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3/6/15 10:22 P

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Hi Jen!
The Plan can be an interesting ride!

Welcome!

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and a smile."



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3/6/15 9:14 A

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Hello everyone. I will be starting "The Plan" Monday. I'm excited but also nervous. emoticon

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Thank you, I will be checking in. Doing 7 days of probiotics before I get started.

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Welcome, Angie! I look forward to hearing how it goes for you. You can let us know and ask any questions on the daily check in thread.

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This is Angie. I will be starting the plan this friday.

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Thanks, Lora! I'm glad to meet another Planner.

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Hi Ruth, welcome
I am from AL but have been in northern NY for years.


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Oh, yes. Nothing in it that's not been tested and passed. I'll put the results on the daily check in.

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1/28/15 4:01 P

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Ruth,
Have you previously passed all of the ingredients in the Sweet and Sour Chicken?
Coming off that 2# up, a really friendly day is advisable to get you with a loss in the morning.

sorry if this is something you know, etc - without me knowing much about you and your process, I just will put that out there! with only good intentions!
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Thanks for the great welcome! I will post on the daily check-in. I am feeling more positive after lunch and snack are done. I think I can do without the potato wedge for now. (But after the 20 days, I may have to try just one. lol)

I have been following the menu in the book as that is the one I have. I have been following it pretty strictly. Most reactions have been mild. Just no weight loss, but no gain either. The potato was a two pound gain though, and it was itsy bitsy. Menstrual cycle is no longer an issue for me.

Today is a rest day. I am going to try the sweet and sour chicken in The Plan Cookbook tonight.

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1/28/15 1:24 P

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Hi Ruth...and welcome!
Wow you have done GREAT so far!!! - Congratulations!!!!!

I don't think you need to give up any food forever, if you don't want to.
And the longer you stick with it the more foods you like will be tested! some will pass, some will fail, and some will be iffy...but
IN MY OPINION, if you REALLY want to have a few potato wedges with cheese and bacon,
you do it....with a few caveats...

you do it...
BUT
you do it knowing that you will support the day well with friendly foods and a potassium hit of avocado - that is one salty craving and you are bound to gain some from that alone!

AND
you don't do it everyday!

AND
THERE MAY BE CONSEQUENCES on the scale, and maybe other physical reactions

AND you treat the results as Data - don't beat yourself up, learn from it...

AND you keep on Plan after - regardless of those reactions
and you keep at it.


I will tell you that I have had some of those kinds of cravies over the 2 years on Plan, and sometimes I have chosen to eat them, and found they didn't taste as good as I wanted them too, or that the results weren't worth it, (but sometimes they are!) AND sometimes, the thing you want actually ends up being okay, friendly, doable. (I have a few things like a chili cheese hotdog in my Friendly list - not the healthiest thing around, but in a friendly day, it works for me.)

The longer you are on TP, the more likely your reactions to some things will be less later on - it really is a process.


What menu are you following? book? workbook?

Please come on up to the daily check-in thread and talk to us (there still are a few of us here)
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or feel free to private sparkmail message me.

Mind you I AM NOT RECOMMENDING that you have those wedges, emoticon
BUT if you do decide to, it won't be the end of the world - probably just a setback - nothing a few friendly days won't heal, though it will also slow down your weight loss process.

And are you SURE there were no other possible culprits on each of the days things didn't pass?
2 dense carbs in a day, Menstrual cycle, etc.

Anyway -
TAKE A DEEP BREATH!!!!!
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you really are doing fantastic!!!
look how far you've come in such a short time!!!!
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Edited by: JAVAFLOWER at: 1/28/2015 (13:34)
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1/28/15 12:23 P

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Hi. I am Ruth from Tennessee. I am on Day 13 of the Plan. It has gone well for me in many respects as I am down about 20 pounds (10 of those lost pre-plan while preparing foods for the Plan and simply adding the right amount of water daily.) I am also feeling great most days.

I am depressed though as I have had mild reactions to goat cheese, rye, wheat, and pork. Today I had a major reaction to potatoes, gaining 2 pounds. It is hard to imagine going without those foods, even until I reach my goal weight. The Plan menus themselves are getting harder to implement since goat cheese and rye crackers are part of it. I do substitute rice crackers and add more seeds to salads. I keep imagining potato wedges dripping with cheese and bacon.

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1/4/15 12:21 A

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Hi Jan! and Welcome!

Besides your tastes changing, you will test foods that you like and get a list of friendly foods that go beyond the base foods of The Plan.

Good Luck!

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You move through the everchanging landscape with a shifting plan,

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Hi, I have purchased the book and I am reading it. I have begun to order in some of the items needed. Looking forward to finally making it after all the years of failure.

I am a bit worried about the 3 day as some of the foods aren't what I would normally eat or like LOL Well she says the palate changes so I am hoping so.

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Hmm - no ideas about the stomach issue but WTG on the weight loss!! I'd keep working it. When I first began TP I had some strange stomach issues but both times they went away quickly. I felt maybe it was just my digestive system adjusting to more fiber??

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So I yesterday applied the water intake recommendation. Also I stuck with a vegetable protein lunch and animal protein for dinner. My darling husband brought me some fries from a nearby restaurant - nicely browned, seasoned with spices and sea salt

Today I woke up 2.6 pounds lighter! And this was loosely applying TP guidelines. Let's see how the scale moves tomorrow. I'm planning to do about the same.

I had a Shakeology shake for breakfast, made with coconut milk and an apple and I got this bad stomach cramp all of a sudden - out of nowhere, my tummy convulsed, it was weird, as I hadn't happened anything like that before.

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12/19/14 2:14 P

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Hi Javaflower!! I'm excited and curious about this way of eating. I find refreshing the fact that there's not much to count, but it's more about paying attention to how my body reacts to food.

I keep hoping Krispy Kream red velvet donuts turn out to be a safe food for me, LOLLOL!!!

I was surprised when I read about the 16 oz at a time consumption for the water - I could chug 32 oz in a single gulp, no problem!

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Hi TRANSLATIONMX and Welcome!

Your Plan sounds like a good way to approach starting The Plan at this time of year!



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12/19/14 6:55 A

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Hi everybody! I'm new to The Plan. I just got the book and read it, after a friend of mine mentioned it. I think this might be the ticket for me, as I've tried quite unsuccessfully to lose weight with every previous strategy that worked well or very well for me in the past.

I'm going to incorporate some of the principles until the first week of January, when I'll dive in full force, as with all the commotion of the holidays is just hard to start with this.

So yesterday I did the water recommendation, and I avoided diet soda. Today I had the lemon water, and I'll shop for some dandelion tea to start having it tomorrow :)

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My reason for starting TP was more than just weight loss, it was about finding migraine triggers, reducing inflammation because I was starting to feel some arthritis twinges, depression, etc. I hope it helps you figure it out!

I never could eat a full cup of the flax granola after trying to on Day 1, I ate 1/3 to a half usually.
You're making it your Plan!

Good luck testing goat cheese, if you like it!

hmmmm - The brands of rye crackers I am aware of are Ryvita or Wasa.
My guys and I prefer the Ryvita brand Dark Rye (but that is personal preference.)

They are often with the Kosher foods in the grocery store, or the "health" foods.

There is a store locator search on the Ryvita brand webpage:
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and to be fair, there is a store locator function on the Wasa page, too:
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We really like the crunch texture that these can add to a snack or meal.
But if you can't find them, you could test rye bread if you like rye bread, or you could jump to testing a slice of white bread.

Hope that helps!

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You move through the everchanging landscape with a shifting plan,

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Thats amazing..Good for you!

My reasoning to starting this is about the inflammation not necessarily the weight loss.

I only vomited on the second day and day three and today (day 4) I feel fine.

I find that after I take the MSM is when I feel a little nauseous so I am thinking I may discontinue that and only take the liver supplement and probiotics.

As I mentioned before, my appetite has decreased so instead of a full cup of the granola, I may have a half with the blueberries. I am still eating the right foods but smaller portions. Today I try goat cheese and for the life of me, I cannot find rye crackers. Do you think I should just try Rye bread?

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Hi FG!

If your vomiting wasn't caused by a flu, and it continues, I would suspect a food or supplement to be reactive to you, but it may just be part of the cleanse. Keep notes of when it happened in relation to eating, etc. This kind of data can be very helpful.

Here is my story.

I began the exercise part of my health improvement journey in 2009 and worked up to walking 15+ miles a week, 5 miles at a time and lost little weight, but got stronger. Then I added the food part of my journey in April 2012 by counting calories, switching to The Plan in Feb 2013. I lost 5.3# the first 3 days on The Plan and felt some shifts. My husband and I did TP together for 3 months at the beginning, but he is not ON it anymore, though he eats what I feed him for dinner - lol.

I have been on TP seriously during some periods and more on maintenance other times over the last 21 months. I find the changes in how and what I eat and the amount of water I drink has improved my health; no migraines or headaches for the first 5 weeks and way fewer after that, more energy, better blood pressure readings AND weight loss, of course. I eat better quality foods more of the time. And one of the nicest things that my husband and I found early on was that we were both much calmer and kinder with each other when we were both eating TP foods strictly. That was a nice perk - one of the best! (unfortunately, he seemed to shift when he moved back to eating his lunch out at work, etc.)

Anyway, I have had TOTAL weight loss of 67# SO FAR, as of today.
Slow, but keeping at it, as I have a ways to go yet.
I am not an example of fast weightloss, partly because I have taken some hiatuses as necessary, life gets in the way sometimes and that is okay.

anyway - feel free to ask questions up in the Daily chat thread or post new threads or join us in the December challenge thread and report your day to day losses. And private message me if you have questions you'd rather not ask in the forums... I'll try to help if I can.

Enjoy the journey!
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Java you are a life saver.

Thank you so much. I think this type of food decreases my appetite so I am not eating as much but still following it. Good news, thanks to the vomiting, I am down five lbs in four days and heading to exercise today. How has your experience been?

Thank you,
FG

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Hi TryingThePlan28 and Zoe - Welcome!

Our forum is not as active as it was when TP book first came out, that is for sure. There are a few of us here who will try to be helpful if we can.

TryingThePlan28 - You should have a look at the online menus, if you are following the book, as Lyn-Genet has updated them to be more current. Lots of people had issues with the Spicy Veg soup and chickpeas, so she changed that soup out for Cream of Broccoli. Also, Day 4 in the book introduces too many new things in one day and the online menu changes that some too.

lyngenet.com/tips-for-book-readers/

All the best,
java

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Hi all, I've have the book and pre-ordered the new cookbook. I want to try doing the plan on Monday. There doesn't seem to be too much activity here, but looking to hear about everyone's success!

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Hi,
I am on my third day which I am now eating a little differently as I had horrible headaches and vomited on Day 2. I made the Spicy veggie soup but haven eaten it yet. Since I didn't have dinner on day 2 I decided to have the chicken and brown rice tonight with some broccoli. I wonder if the supplements are making me sick. Has anyone felt this way? The liver detox has not affected me but the MSM is. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Good luck everyone!

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Hi Jane!

Welcome!!!!



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Hi, I'm Jane. I am starting the plan this weekend. I will not likely check in on the team in the next few weeks due to some serious time commitments I have until mid-September, but I will be blogging about my experiences for anyone else that may be interested. I posted a pre-plan blog today.



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welcome!!!!

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Hi-Michelle here. About to start the plan in a week or so. Starting now with some of the supplements for yeast and thyroid. Looking forward to learning lots from this forum.

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Hello and emoticon Hughes!



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Hi. My name is Hughes and I have just started the plan. I have always eaten a pretty healthy diet, but struggle with keeping the weight off for a couple of years then slowly gaining it back. Looking forward to participating in this group.

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Hi ECG / Elsa!

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Hi! I'm Elsa,

I've always wanted to determine what foods my body favored and what foods were negative reactions. I'm so excited about going through The Plan. I'm on day 2. Lots of headaches yesterday.

Looking forward to chatting with all of you.

 
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Hi Kal!
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Good Morning. I downloaded the book and started reading it yesterday. I have heard about it from many. After a 2 1/2 month break from Paleo due to a house guest that eats totally differently than we normally do, TODAY is emoticon of taking ME, my fitness and my wellbeing back!

Glad to find a team to help with the many emoticon 's I'm sure I will have.

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Hi Roxane!

Welcome!
I hope that the information you gain from working TP helps you.

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Hi everyone,

I am on Day 9 of TP today. I am 45 and have a few pounds to lose but I am hoping to regain some energy. I have had chronic fatigue for about 15 years now. And after working with several different doctors, (alternative and traditional) no one has been able to get to the bottom of it.

My husband and I have 5 children ranging from 4-20.

Roxane in Northern Indiana

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Hi Lynn!

Biggest thing is Day 4, you should probably not test as many things as the book recommends, Lyn-Genet has changed her thinking on that a bit since the book came out. You may want to choose to use the online menus instead, they are all thyroid friendly menus online. lyngenet.com/tips-for-book-readers/

Welcome to The Plan Journey!



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Hi everyone,

Elsa recommended that I join this team since I am beginning TP on Friday. I'm very excited and hope to find out that I'm not reactive to so many foods I love, especially potato chips and chocolate!

I have four little children at home that keep me busy and I'm probably going to have lots of questions for you guys. Since I'm on thyroid med, a low dose, I'm going to start the thyroid menu.

I'd appreciate any advice for a newbie. emoticon

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Hello everyone! My husband (33) and I (40) just started The Plan. We are on Day 2 today, and loving it. We live in the Middle East, so some of the foods and supplements are really hard to come by - or ridiculously expensive. So far we have managed to find most of what is required.

Our biggest challenge, I anticipate, will be that we both love to travel and travel for both work and pleasure several times a year (or even just weekend getaways).

I'm excited about learning more from all of you, and hopefully being useful in terms of supporting others.

I'm all in!


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Hi Anne and Welcome!



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Hi! I just ordered the book after hearing about it from Amarilynh. Looking forward to seeing the results of this "experiment". Off on holiday next week so hoping the book will be here by the time I get back. Will share daily about what happens.

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Hi Elsa and Welcome!

there is no hard and fast rule about your age - getting started and keeping your age as part of your data is the only way to really know.

IMHO, the best way to start The Plan is to plan ahead a bit, you don't HAVE to read the book all the way through, you can jump in, but doing some shopping and food prep in advance of the day you start can be very helpful to your ability to stay on course, especially if you end up being one who has detox symptoms in the first days.

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Hi! My name is Elsa and I am a 34 year old mom of 4. I just got my book yesterday and started reading it last night. I am excited to get started. Do you suggest I read it all the way through or just get started? Also I am right on the edge age - wise. Will that affect things at all? I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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I wanted to introduce myself. I am Michelle and just started The Plan on Saturday. I am loving it so far. My friend Marilyn introduced me to The Plan and am so excited to see where it takes me.

I am turning 50 this year so would love to get healthier and maybe down a size or two, ok 10 emoticon

I have two dogs, have a job with a long commute and am on the phones all day so am a bit worried about getting enough water in.

Can't wait to chat with y'all.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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.
Thanks

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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
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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.

Good luck!



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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:

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Edited by: JAVAFLOWER at: 12/16/2013 (12:44)
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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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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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Welcome, NOWYOUDIDIT!

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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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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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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.

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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.


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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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8/17/13 2:26 P

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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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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, Yomitan, JAPAN

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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!

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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 Posts: 73
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


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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
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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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