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8/27/15 5:00 P

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Hi there PSMITHEZ!

Even if psoriasis is not directly related to diet, I can imagine a body less inflamed that can then combat things like psoriasis better!

please come on up and chat and share in the daily thread when you are ready... it has been kind of slow in here, as the end of summer often is, but there are a few of us hanging around.

WELCOME!
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I have been a watcher of spark people and reader of all the emails SP has sent me for many years but I haven't really tried to lose weight. Until God lead me to this book. I have 3 sisters that have the same body shape as I and our Mother had. I am convinced that we have all suffered from this inflammation and I am hoping TP will help me identify them. I just finished day 10 and thus far have been reactive to eggs and scallops. I have tried to follow every tip and I pray that after day 20 I'll have a good report that I can send to my sisters. On the hunt for more info about reactive foods, I came across SP again. Just this week I first understood the importance of potassium to negate some sodium. We also all have/had skin issues and although the Dr all said that psoriasis is not related to diet, I hoping to see TP prove that wrong too.



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7/27/15 9:38 A

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Welcome Back, Lucy!

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7/27/15 8:37 A

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New old member here. Did the Plan in 2013, and it worked great. Had a life interruption that made Planning difficult, but that issued is done, and I am restarting today.

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Hi VLATRICE! and welcome

I would not sub spinach in this early - spinach is goitrogenic and should be a test, if you've already done it - well then - we'll see what happens.

0.4 is a fine loss for the first day.
You haven't said if you have alot to lose or just a bit - and results can vary regardless,
but 0.4 is okay after Day One - your body just may be one that doesn't jump in quickly.

though you had a bit of a belly ache and were gassy after lunch, I probably would have done the menu by the book anyway. The gassiness/stomach issue could just be cleanse related and settle out - BUT broccoli is a good guess as to what may be the issue - so I understand you wanting to take it out.

What supplements did you add - could any of them be the gastrointestinal issue?

The online menu is more updated since the book came out - but the book menu will work just fine OTHER THAN Day 4! where I would recommend not testing the 4 things the book says. (coffee, wine, chocolate, goat cheese) and choose coffee and only one of the other 3 or wine and one of the other 3 maybe.
AND she replaces the spicy veg soup with the cream of broccoli online for Day 2 because more people had reactions to garbanzo beans/chickpeas than her original data seemed to predict so she switched chickpeas to a different day test, if I recall correctly.

Coconut Milk beverage - like Silk - or Rice Milk is for breakfast with the flax granola, regardless of the menu - probably assumed you know flax granola, silk milk, blueberries for the first few days.

You DO NOT want to blenderize the flax, because this is not to be like ground flaxseed in your meals - only what you chew up is to be broken up - the rest acts similar to psylium seed in your digestive system and aids bowel movements. (TMI - but sometimes we have to talk about some of this!)

You might want to bake your next batch of flax granola a bit longer if you are finding it too slimy, that or you may just get used to it OR you might switch to the flax "porridge" from the new cookbook (the recipe is posted in the recipe thread here in our forum.)

Salad dressing - lemon juice and evoo for now -
Vinegar is VERY reactive for me - and if you want it, you should test it sometime, but I wouldn't recommend testing it quite yet, though that is mostly based on my reactions to it - lol

I would recommend trying to stay as close to the menus as you can for day 1-3 and even beyond, as there is some changing of tastes/cravings, etc that can happen if you go with the flow of the foods suggested.
and Lyn-Genet suggests picking ONE menu - book, online, etc and working with it. Each menu has been set up to provide nutrients in a certain way and early in the game it is best to stick with one.

There's my thoughts....

0.4 for Day One is good!!!!
Stay with it! You are doing fine!

and please, come on up and join us in the Daily Chat/ check in thread.






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7/13/15 1:49 P

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HI, My I am new to the plan and when I read the book it made so much sense and possibly gave me answers to why I have been working out religiously for the last 6 weeks and not seeing any weight loss. I was eager to try so I bought the food, scale and supplements. Been snooping on this teams posts for some good tips and tricks. Well yesterday was my first day and I am only down .4 lbs :( Was hoping for something more jaw dropping. Less enthusiastic today, as I spent over $250 just to get started. I did everything right, no subs, drank my water...

I guess if I am looking for a reaction of some sort, I had a bit of a belly ache and gassy after lunch, soooooo I'm thinking broccoli??? Today I've subbed out the broccoli for spinach, per some comments in the posts. Thoughts?

Also a few questions: There seems to be a discrepancy in the online download for the spring menu and the book spring menu, One says you can have the coconut milk for breakfast and one doesn't mention it. Are we to have the coconut milk in the spring/ summer?

I am having a hard time getting down the flax granola, Yesterday I tried it with the coconut milk and it seems slimy, today without the coconut milk it it was really dry, any thoughts? We can't blend it into a coconut milk blueberry smoothy right? Or can we?

Any kind of dressing for the leafy greens? No vinegar right? just evo and lemon juice? I mixed the avacado with oil and lemon juice and made a sort of vinegrette, but would be much better with vinegar.

Please let me know anyone has thought, hints, tip, suggestions or encouragement.

Thanks.

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My husband can come home for lunch so I'm hopeful that will make it easier for him to stay with it.

Having a place to check in is helpful for me. I'm really excited that I found this group!

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7/7/15 6:28 P

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Hi Breny! Welcome!

My Hubby and I started The Plan together shortly after the book came out and it was some of the best months of our marriage!!!! Working together is great, but something about the mix of foods seemed to be calming, too. I am still working at it, but he only follows it in that he eats what I fix at home, (but eats reactive foods for him away from home!)

anyway - welcome!!!!




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Hi Planners!

I'm Breny. I was on The Plan back in 2011 and was very successful. Lyn-Genet was my consultant, and I did a 20 day plan with her between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I lost 17 pounds and felt amazing. I've drifted away from Plan-friendly eating and my body is not happy. I have quite a bit of weight to lose and I'm ok with that.

My husband is very obese and he's finally decided that he's ready to make a change so we'll be Planning together. I'm gathering the tools we need and we'll be starting Thursday or Friday.

I look forward to getting to know you all!

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6/25/15 6:21 P

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Welcome Chris!
I feel for ya!
Please don't pay too much attention to calories on The Plan, count them if you must, but eat what is suggested and as much as you want of the things that you can!

I'm rooting for ya!!!

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6/24/15 12:03 P

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Day 1 on the plan for me. I'm praying this works for me. I'm that post-menopausal woman who's very obese but nothing is working. I have kept cLories under 1000 per day and still not losing weight. I'm just reserving judgment and I'm giving it my all.

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6/22/15 9:49 P

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Thanks JAVAFLOWER

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6/22/15 5:11 P

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Hi Angela - Welcome!

yep - just get back at it!


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6/22/15 1:08 A

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Hi, I'm Angela. I did 6 days on the plan and lost 5lbs. Unfortunately my sixth day fell on a Saturday and I over ate and age things not on the plan. So I decided to start over and do it right . Tomorrow will be Day 1.

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Sorry for the delay, AWIL1110!

Here are my thoughts on what you have asked, to the best of my knowledge, though my personal experience does not include being so close to goal.

Q1: No, you don't need to think about eating more because you are exercising more, etc. On The Plan there are many foods that you eat as much as you want to - like soup, salad, veggies - If days you workout, you FEEL like having more salad, soup, veggies - GO for it. But you don't need to consciously decide to.

Q2: Following the menus exactly is partly developing the habit of eating in a kind of programmed way - developing a new habit. LG has laid out how to set up your own menu; I will have to try to find that for you. Personally, after following her menus so many times, it almost feels second nature even though I am sure there are days I may not have done enough proteins at a meal or somesuch.

Q3: As long as your proteins are in line, I think substituting for the cheeses is just fine. I would try to be alert to any foods that you had every day you stalled, though, in case you can do the mozza one day, but not 3 days in a row...etc.
Avocados are magical - but if you simply can't tolerate them, even mashed up and stirred into your soup! or hidden in an chocolate avocado pudding - be sure that you are getting enough oils/Fats in your day. Make sure you use olive oil dressings on your salads, etc.

Q4: The monotony does seem to kill TP for some people, especially those who have lots of reactive foods!, but there are many sauces and seasoning changes you can make as you power through creating your friendly foods list. The longer you are on TP, the more foods and meals and restaurant meals you can add to your menus. PLUS, one of the true gifts of TP, IMHO, is that when you do have something to relieve the monotony and it fails on the scale - you know just how to reverse it within a couple of days with TP meals!

I hope that helps! There is alot of information in our threads -
(our search engine has not been working well lately, and I have alerted the SP techs about it!!!)

Please come on up to the Daily Check-in and random chatting thread and join us, if you like.
It sounds like you are doing well on TP, from what you have shared.
All the best,
javaFlower

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Welcome AWIL1110!

I wanted to say hi and let you know that I will answer your questions as best I can,
when I can get back online - which may not be until tomorrow afternoon.

If you don't hear from me - private message me (in case I forget - argh)

sorry for the inconvenience...

Q 1: NO

ttyl

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6/10/15 5:36 P

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Hi everyone,
I am on day 10 of the Plan and have been having some success, but also my experience so far has raised a lot of questions not answered in the book. Hoping this forum can help!

First, a little background on myself. I am a 31 year old female, who set out awhile ago to lose those last 5-10 vanity pounds. I ate moderately healthy before, but really didnít think about it too much, so I ate whatever/whenever I wanted and stayed slim. Then I decided I wanted to tackle those "trouble spots", so I started eating healthier, learning about calories, adding in planned exercise, etc. Well, it has been an uphill, frustrating battle since then because the more exercise I do, and the healthier I eat, the more I seem to gain weight!! It just doesnít make sense! Finally, I said enough is enough and started looking for possible REASONS why that was the case. Obviously, I was eating too few calories and overexercising, and ate the dreaded oatmeal, salmon, and yogurt VERY often! I came across The Plan and was interested in the science behind it.

Now on to my questionsÖ I sailed through the first 5 or 6 days losing weight (about 4 lbs in 6 days, which is a lot for me), but have now stalled/gained the past few days (even on a friendly day) I know Lyn says that is to be expected with the higher reactive foods, but I am also unsure sometimes whether I actually reacted to a food, or just am reaching my homeostasis?

Question 1: I cut WAY back on my exercise/intensity, but still do exercise about 4x a week. If we are exercising, can/should we add in an additional snack or more calories to our day?

Question 2: She talks a lot about the importance of sticking EXACTLY to the meals laid out in the Plan because it is balanced chemicallyÖ but when we are on our own, how do WE know how to continue to plan a chemically balanced meal? Or by that, does she just mean the info in Part 3 about having only one dense carb a day, X amount of protein at each meal, etc?

Question 3: I do not like avocado or manchego/goat cheese. However, those items are present in EVERY day of the plan. I have been leaving them out, or subbing in mozzarella (which I seem to test fine on), but is there anything I can sub for avocado? I feel like by not eating these things, I may be skewing my results/ leaving me hungry!

Question 4: I am getting pretty darn sick of eating the same combination of zucchini, mushrooms, kale and carrots.. How did everyone power through the monotony of it?? It is especially frustrating when then you end up reactive to something and you canít add it on to your list.

I donít know, I WANT to continue The Plan, but at the same time, Iím not sure if Iím even doing it right or interpreting my results correctly. Hoping for some insight.

Thanks so much!

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Hi InnerPeace24/7 (that sounds nice!)

Welcome!
Sorry for the delay in welcoming you; I've was called away for a couple of days.

I hope to see you joining us in the Daily Chat thread!...heading there next!

welcome!


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Hi new here. read the book bought the groceries prepping &cooking today. started a journal. tracking on spark(feels good). & excited to begin tomorrow after holiday festivities today!

"Fix the problems you can fix, do your best not to create any new problems, and buy time for the brain and body to heal themselves." Gemini


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Thanks! :)

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Welcome Beth!
life does get in the way a bit sometimes!

Wishing you more success!



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Hi there! I'm Beth, and am new to this board, but not to The Plan.

I have tried the program several times over the past few years, with varying degrees of success. I have had a hard time sticking to The Plan in the past, because I haven't been able to test enough foods, and have been discouraged to see my weight go up on those testing days. Also, the holidays, family events, vacations, etc., tended to pull me off track.

I am ready to try again - I'm already into week one, and am feeling so much better. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all - I think it will really help keep me on track when things get discouraging!


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4/18/15 10:49 A

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Hi CuleBra78!

I started The Plan when I was 54! it is pretty amazing!

Welcome!!!!
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Hello all! I'm just getting started on the Plan - - - - I'm in the middle of 7 days on the probiotics to prep for the detox days... I'm really looking forward to finally doing something healthy for myself! I'm 54, work too much and am way sedentary when I get home each evening.... and I'm hoping that changing up what I put into my body will help me get some energy so I can be more physically active. emoticon Looking to support others along the way as I get smarter!

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4/16/15 2:04 A

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Hi JAVAFLOWER,

I'll have to look for the Day 4 information. I'll keep that in mind as I get closer to starting. I have to do my shopping first.

I looked that the Sam-e at the store and it looked like it could be good for me, because I have serious arthritis. Anything that gives me relief there is welcome! Arthritis is so horrible. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

I do get weird sniffles when I eat certain foods, but not all of the time. Maybe I'll hold off for a little on the MSM, unless it's cheap. I used to think I was weird for getting the sniffles when I ate. I guess my body is trying to tell me something.

Thanks so much for the helpful information. It's great to know this team is here in case I have any questions.

-Luvlylorelei

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4/15/15 10:16 A

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LL:

The cookbook only has the first three days - the Cleanse Days. LG has put out some workbooks with updated menus for sale; she used to have some updated spring and fall menus on her website for free, but I don't think they are there for free anymore.

You can do just fine with the book!!! though I would suggest some adjustments for Day 4,
if you can't find that info here in our threads, PM me and I can help with that.

I did not do the Sam-e or the MSM until I thought the MSM might help some suspected sinus stuff, but IMHO, those items are for specific issues and I would suggest started and seeing if you need those tweaks later.

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Thanks for the idea of breaking the prep down like that and for the link. I have to take my temp first in the mornings to find out if I need the thyroid menu, but I haven't done that yet. I keep forgetting to get my thermometer out and put it by my bed. Then I wake up and find myself remembering what I had forgotten the night before. Perhaps since I am writing about this at night, I'll remember this time.

As far as the flax seed granola, it's too bad one can't used milled flax seed because that I already have that. Oh well.

As for the menu beyond the first three days, I guess I will use what's in the book because I don't see anything on the website except a vegetarian option. I like meat -- so whatever I do will definitely involve meat.

Are there other menus beyond what's in the book and the one I just mentioned? Perhaps in the cookbook? I didn't buy the cookbook -- although I suppose if it works out well, maybe I will.

Do you do the Sam-E and the MSM? I noticed that it's $26 dollars regular price for 7 pills of Sam-E. That sounds atrocious to me. I couldn't find MSM -- so I'll have to shop around for that or maybe buy it online. I'll have to check the book again, I'm not sure how often one takes that Sam-E. I should have bought the print version though -- referring to the e-reader version isn't likely to be as quick as flipping through the pages to find what I need. I'll have to place a lot of e-bookmarks I guess or just simply buy the print version too.


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Hey LL -
Here is The Plan Prep for first 3 days but in a power session:
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you might want to take a couple of days to get food ready...
and you can sit and chop, if need be!
-maybe make the carrot soup and freeze it up in 1-2 serving containers one day,
(read the carrot soup thread - add some canned coconut milk to your soup - way better!-creamy!)
-make the flax granola the next day and cut up and cook broccoli, roasted veggies...run carrots and beets through the food processor (I do a bit and store them in the fridge in separate bowls)
-then on Day One you just have to add blueberries and eat your cereal, heat up soup and broccoli for lunch and dinner will be what you have to chop and saute.
-from then on out there will be leftovers for some meals and making fresh for some, but, hopefully not too overwhelming.

and as for milk - you'll have either coconut milk beverage or Rice dream from the beginning,
and creamy canned coconut milk too.

AND start getting your water in - getting used to that while prepping to start is easier than starting it on Day One IMHO

and your tastes will mostly likely change some too!!!! which is kinda cool!

Which menu from what resource were you planning to start with? if I may ask....

Edited by: JAVAFLOWER at: 4/14/2015 (19:05)
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Thank you Chickybee and Javaflower!

I think if I do go ahead with this plan, I will be hanging around here a bit at least until I can get my bearings -- even after watching a bunch of YouTube videos of someone following the plan, I'm still a little overwhelmed. It may be because I have a hard time standing, walking and such, so cooking is not so easy for me at the present time. If it works, it will be worth it, but right now, I get stressed out about making scrambled eggs.

I know this plan does make sense for me regardless of my difficulty cooking because I "poof up" like a giant puff ball when I eat certain foods. My digestive track hates me some days. My fingers swell on some days and not on others. My feet are almost always swollen. My leg got so swollen it sprouted a leak -- leaky edema. That stopped, but amazingly enough, one leg shrunk dramatically after that. The other one stayed "poofy." Now they are both back to about the same size I think.

I have severe arthritis. I'm hoping this will help with that because I it would be nice to walk easily again. My skin cleared up once when I tried going organic for a while. That's when I shopped at a store out of state that had a lot more organic food than I can get at my current store. They are getting more organic foods, but have a ways to go in my opinion.

I'm almost afraid to find out what my reactive foods are because I suspect there are a lot of them. That will also mean maybe I have to give up the dairy I eat because I already know I am lactose intolerant and have kept eating dairy because it's my favorite food -- anything dairy really -- except ricotta. I don't understand ricotta. I suppose if I got used to it, but I generally avoid it at all costs. ...

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4/13/15 9:46 A

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Luv your username LuvlyLorelei!
WELCOME!

The Plan can be alot of work, especially the first prep work to get started...but after that, there starts to be a flow to it - you make broccoli and you have it available to just heat up this week, you make a double batch of soup and freeze up 1 or 2 serving size containers so you can just pull them out at the ready, etc.

As far as keeping track and figuring out data - food tracking on SP can do alot of the work for you, but I highly recommend you keep a text edit list of what you eat, because, unless something has changed on SP, the food tracking on SP does not allow searching and when I can't remember after 2+ years if I reacted that time I tried coconut shrimp - I want to be able to easily search it and see what my notes are and a text edit page on my computer works really well for that.

Come on up to the Daily Chat thread - WELCOME!

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Welcome LUVLYLORELEI - emoticon I am fairly new to The Plan, but I would like to say to someone starting or thinking of starting... don't be intimidated! Everyone is different, and everyone has different reactive foods. I have found that despite the challenge of discovering exactly what foods cause a reaction in your body, you will discover that you will immediately experience a response that you can see and feel. Although I am one who believes I fall into a highly reactive category, I would never tell another that they would have the same response I do. The help on this team is fantastic, and I have restarted this plan a few times, and am positive this time that it addresses exactly my problem - food reactivities. I am determined to stick it out this time because I have discovered outside The Plan, all I do is gain weight, even eating right and light.

And although I have started The Plan a couple of times before, this is the first time I have been able to do it within a SparkTeam. Good luck with your journey, and should you decide to try The Plan, we will be here for you.

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Hi! I'm a Sparker that's been around a while, but was absent and am returning again. I am considering doing "The Plan" but I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by it. I'm curious what it was like for others starting up and doing "The Plan." It sounds like a lot of work. If that's so, does that ever lighten up any?

Anyway, I look forward to checking out this community and "The Plan" to see if this is something that may work out for me.

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hoping the best for you this go-round!!!!!

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Hello. I am new to this team, but not new to The Plan. This is the 5th day of the 4th time I have begun this testing routine. I have had a difficult time in the past, as I continually have reactions to foods in the first 3-4 days. I end up having only 1 or 2 menus I can eat for too many days, and I tire of it. This time, some of my reactive foods have been identified, and I am hopeful to get through the whole 20 days. Already, I am really on my 7th day of working The Plan, but am just now on Day 5 of the testing diet. I have had to go back, and repeat Day 1 or 2 twice already. I am learning to be careful of every single ingredient, including spices, and am trying to add new items to test only one at a time. My first reactive day originally was when I added Spicy Vegetarian Soup. It was chock full of new items, and took multiple start-overs to test that soup. So, here I am again... trying to be more cautious and determined to finish because I really, really need to identify my reactive foods. I am positive of the effects of them on my weight. I am hoping that the extra support of a team will help me complete this 4th try. I am excited. Thanks for being here.

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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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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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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)
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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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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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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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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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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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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Your Plan sounds like a good way to approach starting The Plan at this time of year!



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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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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,
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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,
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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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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-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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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! 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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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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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.

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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/

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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! 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!

~~Elsa ~~
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Hi Michelle and Welcome!



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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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"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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