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Follow Up - Truth or Hype

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

There certainly was quite a stirring of interest to my last blog about the inflammatory effect that foods can have on the body, and the theory that limiting the foods that trigger inflammatory responses in the body can allow the body to return to a natural state of balance and heal itself. What has intrigued me the most about "The Plan" is the focus on body chemistry. In response to comments, I spent a good part of yesterday in search of more information as many had suggested, and many had expressed interest in learning more about it. "The Plan" diet is garnering quite a bit of interest.

Here is more of an explanation of how "The Plan" evolved from Lyn herself:

"Following traditional ideologies I was taught that to do a cleanse it’s best to not include animal protein but to instead introduce “healthier” foods like beans. So I did, but I saw that more often than not, clients would have a huge weight gain in reaction to these foods and their individual health issues would flare. This happened approximately 85% of the time, so I switched to another ‘healthy’ food – salmon — and ended up with the same reaction, but with salmon the effects of weight gain and poor health would last a couple of days. I had been studying inflammatory response for a few years and made the connection that perhaps these foods were triggering an inflammatory response. It was the only thing that made sense. I started to track and monitor how often individual foods were causing this inflammatory response and the reactive food list was developed." You can find the whole interview with more questions and answers here:

Here's more of what I have found with their corresponding links so that you can go and read more for yourself. Lyn has a website with information, and I read many reviews online that suggested calling or emailing them. Virtually everyone who did was contacted by a staff member. In many cases, Lyn herself responded, which really surprised me.
Here is the link to the website:
She is located in New York if you are at all interested in personal treatment.

I also found an easy to read list of the Reactive Foods mentioned. You can find it here:

More research found an article in More magazine that listed the 3 Day Detox Diet, along with the recipes.
Here is that link:

She also publishes a newsletter which is free. You can subscribe via email and receive news, educational information, updates, and seasonal recipes if you decide to follow the plan as part of your weight loss journey. You can sign up here on the right-hand side of the page about half way down the page: There are many seasonal recipes on her blog from clients who are following this plan as part of their lifestyle change.

Raeanne who writes the blog, My Ray of Beauty, has followed this plan for a year, and has documented the Detox portion well, as she has done it several times during the past year. She provides direct links to the specific information about her detox experiences. You'll also find lots of comments here from those who also have first-hand experience as well, as well as comments from Lyn Genet herself. It is here:

Here is another link that also has many comments from people who have personal experience with The Plan:

I also found some comments here on Spark People, and here is the link for that;

Finally, there is also a team on Spark People that is for those who are following the plan. There are currently 34 members on the team, and here is the link to the Team Page:

Here is what I found on the subject of exercise and the plan. They have been compiling information from their work with their clients for over 5 years and have found that:
• Women (and men over the age of 40) who exercise 5-6 days a week lose 25% less weight than those who exercise 3-4 times a week.
• People who exercised every other day had the best results for weight loss.
• Exercising for more than 30-45 min (depending on the exercise) slowed weight loss or caused weight gain.
• The biggest culprits are bootcamp, crossfit style classes, Bikram and spinning.
There is much more on this subject to be found here:

For those of you who are, like me, intrigued by the theory of it, this should help answer more of your questions in depth. As for me, I am leaning more toward the possibility that this can work as an adjunct to my quest for a healthier lifestyle.

Thanks so much for your comments and for stopping by!
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    I keep it simple, just eat a balanced diet every day. I can't worry about the nutritional effect of everything I eat or I'd go nuts.
    1868 days ago
    That is one amazing job of research!!!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time and being so thorough!
    I let the leader of "The Plan" Team know about this blog so she could check it out.
    1870 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2013 6:53:50 AM
    wow woman thanks for the great research I will be checking it out emoticon
    1871 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Thanks so much for researching and finding out all this terrific information. As a vegetarian, I was quite disapointed to see Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese on the list of inflammatory foods as these are my go to protein sources :( I do take a supplement and eat a limited amount of cheese, but that is it.
    I had read that about the exercising. On the other hand, experts are saying you need 60-90 minutes daily exercise just to maintain your weight loss which I am doing. I try for mainly low impact options as its easier on the joints, my elliptical is a staple, as is Zumba :)
    Thanks again Sharon!
    Spark on!
    1871 days ago
    Ouch, I looked at the Dr. Oz list and concluded about the only thing left was water and lettuce.
    1871 days ago
    Interesting -- I just put the book on hold at the library.
    1871 days ago
    Wow! You really did research and find lots of info. Thanks Sharon! I will look it over this week since I have some extra time at home :-)
    1872 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Thanks.Sharon-I'll be looking into this for sure! You're the best.

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    1872 days ago
    Hmmm ... now I must investigate! I was running out of things to poke my nose into anyway! emoticon
    1872 days ago
    Thanks for all the extra info! Will have to check it out!
    1872 days ago
    emoticon It sure is a lot to think about. thank you for all the info.
    1872 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great information,,,
    thanks so much for all your efforts.....
    not sure what i feel about this.....
    will need to study this more...
    blessings and hugs..........lita

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    1872 days ago
    This just makes so much sense! Thank you. I am really going to look closely @ what I eat adn if there are any foods I shouldn't be eating. I DO feel fortunate, being in maintenance stage, that I really have not had any significant weight changes, but having had allergies to things like mik, garlic and other foods as a child, it's worth being aware of!

    1872 days ago
    WTG on finding all this info and sharing buddy! I hope this has ignited your spark again, and helps you in your journey! I am very interested to see, if you so choose, what your results will be! emoticon emoticon
    1872 days ago
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