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3/10/14 11:03 A

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Welcome AbbieCharlie!

please come on up to the Daily Check-in thread and the General Forum and join right in!

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3/9/14 6:58 P

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hi Java, Am trying to get back on the team -- I was here last summer and was unable to do the whole 22 days. I was able to hold the weight I did lose but have gained back a few pounds. I am still in Chicago and surviving the winter of discontent. I
Have been working and am on Day 9 with much better success following everything than I was the last time

Edited by: ABBIECHARLIE at: 3/9/2014 (19:07)
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"I rise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world.
That makes it harder to plan the day." by E.B. White


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Glad to do it. For beef-I'm finding that a lot of it has more to do with the heritage of the beef than the cut itself. Grass-fed beef works way better for me than grain-fed. That means I tend to get it occasionally and only from certain stores.


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2/17/14 9:45 A

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Welcome Jenna!
and thanks for putting some of The Plan recipes into the SparkPeople recipe box!
Much appreciated!

(beef is tricky for me, too - not sure why some cuts seems to work, others don't, and still others do SOME of the time! - learning process!)



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Hi, I'm Jenna. I am a 40-something mother of two young boys (7 and 9 yo). I work full time, attend grad school-also full time, and do most of the cooking in our house. My doc recommended last year that I try eating an "anti-inflammatory" diet. I would have laughed, but I was in so much pain and didn't want more pills-I was willing to try anything. After reading so much conflicting information in other plans, I found The Plan and started. It was a great experience going through the 20-day plan. I've had a rough time doing it on my own, though. So I've decided to go through the 20-day plan again, testing new things though. I still haven't tested beans and fish, which are two of my favorite things. And I need to test beef more-so inconclusive depending on cuts and what not. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you.


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JAVAFLOWER
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2/13/14 12:16 P

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Welcome Shawn!

When I am doing the best I always have lots of leftovers going - enough so, that some days I don't have to cook at all, past warming a plate of leftovers up.

There is a pretty good cook in prep to start the plan page:
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I always bake up a batch of chicken breasts at one time, some plain, some with seasonings, some with panko bread crumbs (if you passed that one.) Some weeks I only do enough for the week, some weeks I do enough to put them in the freezer to just thaw and reheat.

Make soups you like in large batches and freeze in serving size containers.

Alot of the foods can be cooked in large batches and frozen in serving sizes.

The more you do it, the more you get a flow going to make it work! AND there is NO shame in pulling in already cooked items from somewhere else - just test them!

Welcome back to The Plan - and come on up top and join us!

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2/13/14 10:22 A

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Hello, I hope I'm doing this right. I'm Shawn, an American woman working in the UK.

Started on the plan, loved it and lost 4.7 lbs the first week. Then life got crazy, I wasn't able to cook on the weekend for two weeks and I gained it all back.

My problem is that I love the plan but hate cooking every evening. I know, I know but I have lived on premade healthy food from Whole Foods etc.

Any tips to get me back and track and keep me going ladies?

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2/7/14 1:04 P

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Welcome Marilyn - MJN! (we'll have to figure out how to differentiate the 2 Marilyns!)

AMarilynH gave you some great feedback!!!

I agree that you should try to be on the thyroid menu - Lyn-Genet has changed ALL of her menus to being thyroid friendly - you can use the thyroid menu from the back of the book OR the newest menus are found on her website and have updated some days of testing because some tested too many things in a day or some things proved to be higher reactive for more people than she originally thought (ie chickpeas) - etc:
lyngenet.com/tips-for-book-readers/

I will do a little research and see what I can find out about how the antibiotics/meds might be affecting your data and get back to you!

My best guess off the cuff, is that if you currently have an infection that requires antibiotics you probably have some infection inflammation interfering with your data and if that is the case, it would probably be best to hang in there and start anew once the infection is cleared.

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Oh, certainly a case of bronchitis WILL interfere with your data eating on The Plan
- just look at the definition of bronchitis:
bronchitis - noun:
inflammation of the mucous membrane in the bronchial tubes. It typically causes bronchospasm and coughing.

Lyn-Genet often suggests that people with medical issues might do better working The Plan with one of her consultants. That being said, if you think that the bronchitis will be under control after your run with the antibiotics, I would suggest eating healthy until then and restarting TP (The Plan) after that.

Also - remember to do your probiotics, if you can take probiotics, as they will become important in keeping your yeast levels under control from taking the antibiotics.

Does that make sense? and if not, talk to us more - I don't have all of the answers, but will try to help, if I can, as will many of our team members.

Feel Better!
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Welcome!

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2/7/14 7:37 A

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Welcome Marilyn! I'm Marilyn TOO! We are chatting here:

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so come on over and chat in with us!

I'm fairly new with "The Plan" so some of the others with more experience will be able to help you more. But I'm pretty sure it will be a good thing to switch to the thyroid menu. I believe on her website that is the one she is starting everyone on.

From what I do know about the Plan it sounds to me as if this is definitely a good move for you. If you are gaining while eating healthy foods then I'm thinking some of those foods are reactive for you.

If I remember correctly from the book medicines can have an effect on how your body reacts. Java (Javaflower) who is the captain of this team can probably tell you more on that.

For now I'd say switch to thyroid plan but if I were you I think I might want to do some testing of the foods you were eating even in the first three days just in case you were reactive to one of them (especially the third day since you went up after it.) Also, did you eat anything the first day that you didn't eat the second? That might have accounted for your weight going down on the second day?

Also, are you drinking all the water and stopping drinking it at 7:30pm in the evening? That is very important - your body will be shedding toxins and you need that water to wash them away.

I will just say that from what I know I think the fact that you didn't feel well while do the cleanse is a positive thing - your body is shedding toxins. I'm very eager to hear what Java has to say! And do please come over to the chat room to get to know the rest of us who are working on the Plan!

Marilyn in LaGrange, GA
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MJNIELSEN
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2/7/14 7:10 A

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Hi, My name is Marilyn and I have just started the plan. I have had bronchitis and am on an antibiotic with cough syrup. I finished the cleanse and am up.5 lbs. I was up 3 lbs the first day but took it off the next. I had a hard time with the cleanse and felt bad most of the time. I am taking the supplements as my temp. Has been between 95.5-96.5. I think I should switch to the thyroid plan. Any help would be appreciate. I a have struggles for years and each year I gain 10 lbs with healthy eating Nd moderate excercise. I am 57 and really want to feel better.
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1/2/14 8:53 A

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Hi Sharon!

My Hubby and young adult Son both love the food and Hubby did TP with me when I first started in February in that he ate everything I prepared/supplied for him and nothing more. (Son was living on-campus at the time, but has participated on varying levels since he has been here.) The food is different for lots of folks, but it isn't really any different than experimenting with foods from other countries, etc.

anywho - emoticon
I look forward to hearing how The Plan affects your issues! (we're all different!)
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1/2/14 8:14 A

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Hi My name is Sharon, I'm 51 and I live in Southwest Virginia. I work as a school nurse. I've been an active person my whole life, but arthritis has caught up with me after years of wear and tear from sports, hospital nursing, and 2 knee surgeries. I have steadily gained weight since the last surgery 21 months ago, and it seems it's all I can do to maintain current weight with healthy eating and moderate exercise. I've been doing lots of reading about the relationship with food and inflammation and subsequent disease, and I've decided The Plan is the best format for me to conduct this "experiment", and see which foods might worsen my arthritis symptoms in my knees, feet, and back. And ofcourse, hoping to shed 25 lbs as a nice side effect. I've done all kinds of conservative therapies for knee pain, and am facing total replacement as a last option. I've made the statement that I refuse to undergo that major of a operation with the extra weight! So I am resolved I work hard. I have a husband and a teenage son at home, so they will have to fend for themSelves good-wise for a few weeks. Please keep in touch! I hope to share encouragement here. BBT measurement started today and I hope to begin day 1 on Sat.


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Thanks so much, JavaFlower!! And Meg, I'd love to be able to avoid artificial sweeteners - time will tell!!

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12/16/13 12:18 P

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Welcome Marilyn!

Just a friendly FYI....LG is DEATH on artificial sweeteners! ;-) But after just a few days on TP, especially after the cleanse, your tastes change and you can easily lose your taste for a lot of stuff like sweet and salty foods that provide mostly junk calories.

Your "muffin top" may well be inflammation, and TP can do wonders for that. I used to think I had terrible ab muscles because my stomach was always distended. Well, with TP, my stomach is the flattest it's ever been.

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Hi Marilyn and welcome!

I suspect there will be a number of people starting or re-booting The Plan in the New Year.
I'm currently thinking Monday the 6th as my Re-Boot start.

Here is a supplements thread going already that you can bump up and repeat your supplements question in:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
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Good morning! I am Marilyn from LaGrange, GA (about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.) I am 65 and retired and have been in my goal weight range for a little over two years. This year I've managed to drop a few more pounds and feel I am at a pretty good weight for my body type and age.

But I still have belly fat (think muffin top) that I'd love to lose!! And after reading The Plan I find myself wondering if that might be something to help me figure out how to lose it? Its not like I'm unhappy with my size, its just that I could be happier LOL.

So I figure why not give it a try and see what I learn. I've already given up sugar almost completely and limit grains. I'm working on eating mostly whole foods but haven't yet given up artificial sweeteners. And frankly I DO NOT want to LOL - but I am working on limiting them.

My plan is to work on preparation for 3 day cleanse and begin early in January (I haven't picked a day yet.)

One question I have is about supplements - I'd love to hear what you guys who have been on the plan for a while can tell me about what supplements (if any) you take? Should I make that a separate thread? I'm sure I'm not the only person planning to try the plan who will be interested?

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Welcome Lee_Peri!!!

Stress is the worst! argh!
...yet most of us have to deal with it and recover from the consequences of it.

Please - Join us up in the General Discussion Threads!











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10/31/13 9:14 A

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Hi, I'm happy to have found this group. I've been on The Plan since August and did really well until the past few weeks. I had lost 10 pounds but then work got very stressful and I reverted to my old eating habits and have put 6 pounds back on. Although I love how I feel on the Plan, I don't feel I've been able to replace my destructive eating habits with appropriate behavior for handling stress. I hope through this group to find some strategies to help myself.I'm also prediabetic and my behavior is pushing me into the diabetic range. I look forward to reading about your stories and successes.


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JAVAFLOWER
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Hi! All. I'm very interested in learning from the team. Inflamation pain is my worst enemy. I cut out wheat- eat Low carb, but still fight inflammation pain in my feet and legs. :o( However- I use to have the pain in my entire body and it sent me to bed by dinner time. So things have improved! But if I can get them better I'm ready to try!
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I see no one has posted in a month. Happening people are still around lol. I'm Katie and I started the cleanse yesterday. I'm so happy I started this plan on the weekend. It takes so much time to eat and prepare this food. I also feel terrible. I could sleep all day lol. I'm liking most of the food so far. Well other then the carrot ginger soup but it's still edible :)



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9/15/13 8:23 P

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Hey Y'all! I just finished reading the book and will be starting the plan next weekend (I'm single parenting at the moment and I have no time to prep for this). I am really excited because I think my body doesn't react to food the way it used to and ever since I moved to LA my whole system has been out of whack (3 years ago). Is there anyone in the group who has done more than one cycle? How has it been doing stage 3? Lots of questions I hope to get answered as I move along this process.

I look forward to getting to know you all better!


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Hi, everyone. I am Candace. I am not even sure what day I am on. I have reacted to every single food I have tested so far, except almonds and chicken. I guess I'm technically on day 7, but I have to keep going back and doing a friendly day, which is a pain. I am pretty bummed that I reacted to the goat cheese, but I am not surprised. Same with rye. So, I am not even going to bother testing anything with casein or gluten in it any longer.

And today I have kind of fallen off the wagon, but maybe I'll learn bacon and organic gummi bears are okay. LOL


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emoticon emoticon 7 pounds! emoticon emoticon

~Jocy from Idaho~


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My name is Karla. I am on Day 4, so just starting. I heard about The Plan from Mandi. She perked my curiosity and I bought the book. I decided that I had to wait for a better time to start, and that is now. I am flabbergasted that I have lost 7 pounds in the first 3 days!

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Valkyria, It's great that you're doing something about the terrible way you feel. I've discovered that I'm wheat and dairy intolerant and highly reactive to potatoes. It can feel like a hard journey at times but it is really worth it when you start to feel better.

~Jocy from Idaho~


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Hi! I'm Jamie and I'm a university student. I've been overweight and had issues with depression, fatigue, anxiety, and bloating most of my life. I went gluten-free last year and noticed some relief; I've been mostly dairy free these past few months, but I find myself caving into cravings sometimes, and whenever I do, I feel TERRIBLE. I think I have several food intolerances that I am not aware of (strongly suspecting all gluten and dairy, but maybe some others). So, I am going to try "The Plan," and begin the 3 day detox today.

I'm so tired of feeling like crap! I can't wait to discover my reactive foods and to be able to know which foods I can safely snack on -- it will be a major weight off of my mind.

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Hi - I've just joined the team at the suggestion of one of my Spark friends and have ordered the book. I'm looking forward to learning more and seeing if this will help me. I'm the quintessential "yo-yo dieter" - always on a diet that works for a while but then stops working. Last year I went on Medifast and lost 50 pounds but now (still eating Medifast) I've gained 15 pounds. So typical - and I'm still looking for the right answer for me! Hope this is it. Please stop by my page and get to know me, and I'll try and do the same with you.



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Hi everyone, my husband and I are both on The Plan and am I ever glad I finally found these forums last week! We originally started on Aug 5 and did great until I reacted on Day 3 (Thyroid from the book, so tested chickpeas, butternut squash, and chicken that day). Long story short, after looking long and hard, I finally found these forums and discovered that we should be using the online plans, not the book plans! That's the one complaint I have about TP- it's hard to find clarification of questions and you really have to dig a long time to find it. Anyways, we both sort of stalled after that because my DH is a shift worker as well and it's impossible for him to get all his water in and even all the food in when he's working his nights. We took a weekend off and started again this past Wed (Aug 21).

Day 1 and 2 were both fine for us with very little side effects from the cleanse (we've been detoxing for a while tho so we were lucky that way). Day 3 I reacted to organic chicken- really???? He's back to work doing his nights, so we're on hold again until he can get back to a "normal" schedule (thank goodness it's only 3 nights!) and I'm currently testing other forms of protein, tonight being beef since I failed chicken. He's getting tired of salads and so really all we're eating for our meals at the moment are lettuce, carrots, broccoli and zucchini (those last two neither of us care for but we're getting them down), onions, kale, shiitakes, and garlic and brown rice - I'm starting to get creative with our meals, lol. I just don't see the point of moving onto testing days until we will be able to tell if he reacts to something or not.

I have to say my DH is not one to really be aware of what's going on in his body, unless he's feeling really crappy- however, he has commented several times how much better he's feeling eating this way so to me that's huge!

Anyways, again, I'm very glad to have found these forums. I'm not sure I'll be checking in daily but just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing your journey. It's definitely helped to read the past posts to find out what I feel are huge gaps between the book and the online plans (like knowing that LG took the cookbook off the website even tho their info still says to look for it there). A team is much better than just two working on it! We actually have friends who are starting as well so we will have local support but I seem to be "team lead", lol.

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JKMCAJKMCA/MAUREEN73/T/Heather/BLESSED4HS -welcome. I started the plan the end of June, but just recently joined the team. I am still learning, but did finish reading the book before returning to Japan. I am having trouble finding things that were friendly to me in the States, but just began to lose a bit again.


Mary

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Hello, I am Tonya, just started The Plan on Sat August 17th. I am on Day 4 today. I was very sick the first day but felt better each day. Looking for a place to ask questions and get and give encouragement with others on the Plan. With today's wt. I have lost 5 pounds so far.

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Welcome!

I am just getting started. I suggest that you go to Lyn-Genet's plan website for some tips. I found it after I started, but wish I had checked it out earlier. She has some instructions for Day 1-3 Food Prep and more info on recipes that will save time and shopping trips. Also, it is good to start checking your basal body temp to see if you have any thyroid issues - since there is a separate food plan for that.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck!
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Hi Everyone!

I am new to "The Plan". One week today. Down 4.8 pounds. I think it is all water weight from inflammation. I feel better. I am hoping that this plan will also allow me to burn fat. I am 48 and just cannot seem to lose weight no matter what. I am hopeful that this will work for me. Especially since I have been gaining about 3-4 lbs per month since I started dieting again back in June.


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SKINNYSTRUMMER
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8/17/13 10:35 A

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Good morning, my name is T. (Yep that is it!)

I am reading the plan now, and think it will be an interesting ride. I want to finish the book and do some prep work before I start working it. We are planning a holiday on the labour day weekend, so I want to start after that. While weight loss got my attention and is one of the reasons I am on Spark, I would really like to sleep through the night again, and be able to breathe through this nose of mine.

I have been lax this summer with my health but have been maintaining my weight.... Well until this week. Reading this book and feeling I may be able to have 'regular' food again, I mean not low fat, not calorie reduced .... That is very exciting. That alone would be worth it.

My weight goal is to lose 15 to 20 pounds: 142 pounds.

I am exciting to have found this book, and this group. I look forward to getting to know everyone here.

T
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8/10/13 9:45 A

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Hello, I am Maureen and I am a wife and mother of three children ages 8, 6 and 5. I have started this plan because healthy eating and working out have done nothing. I have noticed that when I eat tomatoes and peppers (we grow our own in a huge organic garden) that my eczema breaks out and my weight goes up....every time. That let me to researching inflammatory response and that is how I found The Plan. I have never followed a weight loss plan before because I am normally skeptical but I couldn't stand doing everything right and having the scale stay the same or gasp....go up. I am on day #2.


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8/9/13 9:49 A

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Started on Monday-so far I've lost 10 pounds (although I had been up a few the day before I started, so probably more like 7). I had been stalled for a long time, and the part in the book where she said 35 was an age where a lot of things changed spoke to me, because that's when I felt like my weight loss stalled (37 now). I had previously lost about 30 pounds through running and changing my eating, but gained about 10 of them back in the past couple years and even with calorie counting, couldn't seem to get rid of them. Hoping my weight loss continues, although yesterday, with Day 4, I was starving before dinner and again before bedtime. That hadn't happened the first three days, so I'm hoping that won't continue! I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts to see how people are doing!



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8/6/13 10:05 P

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Hi, I started "The Plan" before the 4th of July, and had lost 11 lbs. at that point. Since that time, I have gone up and down-right now 4 lbs. above that point, but working to get back there. I am in the US, but fly back to Japan in one and a half days. My doctor will be amazed that I lost anything while I was here. He says returning from the US at the same weight as you left is a miracle considering the American food!


Mary

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JAVANUTTY
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7/30/13 7:48 P

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Hi everyone, I'm on day 7 of the plan and find it very interesting. Definitely not loving it...it is hard work but I'm amazed how my palate has changed and I know seem to love un exciting foods :). I am trying to lose the last of my baby weight (my baby is 21). I'm at th high end of healthy him now but my clothes don't fit. Mostly, I'm hoping to see the impact of the anti-inflammatory process on varying health issues. I am giving it the full 20 days and will reserve judgement for now on phase 3. I'll post questions on other boards.



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7/29/13 5:24 P

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Hello.....My name is Tiffany and I have started the plan. I am excited. I really can see where I have done the same mistakes over and over in my dieting life!! I am currently in BLC and love the challenges. Since being in BLC, I do enjoy being involved and getting to know everyone. Totally excited there is an active group for this!! Thank You!

Tiffany..
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7/28/13 10:17 A

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Hello, I have been a spark member for four years, during that time I have lost 102 pounds, regained 45 of it and have been working on losing it again plus 50 more. I heard about the book from Mandi and thought that her success was amazing, was trying to find out what triggered the weight gain and wanted to find foods that are friendly to me. I tried the Type B diet but a PLAN sounds better than a diet and giving up all I enjoy because I have a certain blood type. I lost 30 following a low carb plan with only 600-900 calories but thought if I have to take supplements for the rest of my life at $49/wk that I was not really finding a solution, I much rather find food that I can cook at home.


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7/25/13 9:32 A

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Good morning! The Plan makes so much sense to me. I have had migraines & IBS for about 10 years. During this time I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, so I have been on Synthroid for 6 yrs. I also had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago and things have gotten worse since then. I have tried gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, you name it! With all of them I feel better for a while, and lose a few lbs, but I never feel great long-term. I have a 4 & 6 year old and I want so badly to have energy and be happy with them. Instead I am tired, crabby, no patience. This is NOT the person I want to be and I have been trying to fix it for a while now. I am hoping and praying that this is the answer. I am on day 1- eating the flax granola as I type :)


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7/5/13 6:32 P

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Hi everyone. So glad to find this forum. I started the Plan 3 days ago and have lost 7.4 lbs. I have a long way to go at my current weight of 235.6 lbs. I have tried all kinds of diets, but this one makes a lot of sense. I am 60 years old so losing weight gets more difficult the older I get. I am hoping this will be the fix I need.

Kathy

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6/25/13 1:14 P

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"Eating Out" can be the ultimate destruction of The Plan...all the hidden ingredients sabotage daily results and the data is unreliable. I've been on TP for over 2 months, and have lost 21 lbs. I'm still "testing" and find I can react up to 48 hours afterwards so I only "test" every 3 days, eat the carrot soup at lunch, and document everything I eat/drink. I've seen many posters, over the past 2 months, who lament their gains but continue to ignore the culprit.

I went to the beach last week, and ate all my Plan foods except for a cheesesteak (had already passed all the ingredients) and a plain hamburger that I got at restaurants. Gained 5 lbs during the week, due to sodium, then lost 4 lbs. of it, overnight, after I got home...I think that's a testament to my theory!

I still have 9 pounds to lose but I'm re-doing the cleanse this weekend and resetting my body to go the distance. I really want to succeed and a proper mind-set is required to accomplish that goal.


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ABBIECHARLIE
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6/25/13 10:27 A

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A friend was on the Plan, said she lost 20 pounds.
I was not unhappy with my weight – 3 years ago a nutritionist said I had a lot of “itises” and to go on a gluten free lifestyle. I did and lost 30 lbs without trying. Just give up breads (wheat) gluten and process foods (too much gluten hidden). After noticing the 30 lbs gone, I did go back to very occasionally eating gluten food and it was okay.

I am a recent widow and learning to live alone. After many, many years a stressful existence. Found I was eating out too much and my weight was still staying the same (30 lbs down) but was aching, tired, bloating, etc – all the itises cropping up. As the Plan is really an anti-inflation plan, I decided to give it a try, if I lose weight, an added bonus. After all I am a ‘closet’ Vegetarian.

Looking into Plan closely, I couldn’t figure out where I was going to find 20 days to set apart and eat all meals at home. Didn’t know if I could drink that much water. So before starting I tried 2 days drinking all the water, eating normal foods and lost 3 pounds. Am now on Day 10 and am finally getting the hang of it, but not losing the weight. I set a 20 pound goal, and think it should have been a 10 pound goal. I have seen a bit too many Solstice Summer Days in my life and have adjusted to and accept my body as is.

As I understand it, if you are reactive to a food, your weight goes up, if you stay the same you’re not reactive to the food you ate the previous day. When your weight stays the same (set) you are fine. I might be wrong.

This is my first experience with a message board and am finding it very helpful – the support is fantastic – I was ready to throw in the towel, but now I am a big support of SparkPeople


Mary
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That makes it harder to plan the day." by E.B. White


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6/17/13 8:34 P

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Welcome Dee!

It definitely sounds like your body is talking to you. Glad you're listening and trying to decipher it's message. The Plan does feel a little extreme to start. Just remind yourself that the Cleanse only lasts 3 days, and then you can start adding in those favored foods.



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6/17/13 8:58 A

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Hi, I live in Houston, Texas.
In January my weight shot up approximately 10 lbs and I haven't been able to lose it. About 6 weeks ago, I started having aches in my knees and hips. Getting up from a chair was painful, and I felt like I was 90.
While The Plan seems a bit extreme to me, if I can ferret out what foods are causing distress, I can deal with this. I know variety will return to my diet when I understand what's causing the problems.

Dee
Houston, TX

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6/11/13 12:36 A

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Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.

I have decided to do the plan because I am eating huge volumes of veggies and a little fruit. On a normal summers day it is easy for me to eat more than 2.2 pounds. I simply love it.

My problems is lately that it is feeling as if someone is dragging a dry towel through my intestines and it is very painful. I also realised that suddenly dried peas that I always used in pea soup is turning me into a noxious gass factory.

With Mandi's blogs to guide me, I have decided to start THE PLAN. What can I loose? Only a few pounds that is all.

Every thing was going swell till last Sunday. The goats cheese, wine and chocolate was too much for me to test in one day. Something there is not working for me. I have to admit that I could not eat all my food as I missed out on my snack. After the 18 days, I will test those things seperately. In the mean time I will have the fruit dessert instead of choclate.

I blog every second day. Please feel free to add your advice optained from your experience.

Have a great week.

Maggie from Auckland the City of Sails in New Zealand.

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6/8/13 10:41 P

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So far, the hardest part is explaining to some people in my life that this isn't some fad diet. Carrot-ginger soup isn't normally something I'd make, so naturally people question if I'm on another "crazy diet". Ugh. I just know that I have foods that bother me. If The Plan will help me to see what those foods are so I can avoid them, then that's fabulous!
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Since entering my 40's, I've noticed lots of changes in how my body reacts to foods--and these are foods that I've never had a problem with before now. Sometimes it's just a huge 5lb weight gain (but I haven't tried to single out which specific food caused the 1-day gain), and other times, it's the feeling of not being able to get a deep deep breath, and for two foods (tortilla chips, and pumpkin bread), I actually broke out in hives! The hives for the tortilla chips were on my jawline, and the pumpkin bread hives were on my forehead and temples. Strange, huh? And every attempt at losing weight seems to fail, no matter how hard I try. Something is definitely going on.
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So I'm really excited to see if The Plan can help me to solve some mysteries. Oooo...it's like the game of "Clue". It was Patty, in the kitchen, with the tortilla chips! Does anyone remember that game?
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6/8/13 11:04 A

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Welcome Patty!

The Cleanse (detox) is not as bad as "most"...the veggies do an excellent job of sweeping out the body of the toxins we've been eating, without the pain of a true cleanse (think 'colonoscopy' cleanse...YIKES!)

Good luck!!!


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6/7/13 11:28 A

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You too Patty!!!! You can do this!!!! Once you make it through the first day of the detox things look up from there!!!


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