My food intolerance issues and GI distress have been an up and down roller coaster ride lately. Following the advice of a friend who also struggles with food intolerance issues and who actually introduced me to my nutritionist whom I love, I decided to try Lyn-Genet Recitas “the Plan.” The premise behind her plan is that certain foods are more reactive than others in our bodies and eating these reactive foods result in our bodies reacting with weight gain, water retention, GI distress, headaches…and a whole litany of other issues depending on the food and the individual.
It’s a new way of thinking. Many of the healthy foods health experts encourage us to eat are on the highly reactive list. Foods such as black beans, salmon, quinoa, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and cauliflower are high on the reactivity list. Before I started the 3 day cleanse, I began eating lower reactive foods on the list…chicken, salad greens, broccoli, carrots…and felt better. My GI issues actually calmed down some.
On Friday, I started her outlined 3 day cleanse. I have both “the Plan” and the updated “the Plan Cookbook” and the menus are slightly different but pretty close. It’s a reset of sorts for your body to rid it of toxins. You make and eat a lot of flaxseed granola, a lot of carrots, broccoli, and greens. Coffee is not allowed for the 3 days but one cup of green or black tea is okay. Water intake is important….you divide your weight in half and that number in ounces is what you drink for daily water…oh, and no water after 7:30 p.m.
So…this is my Day 3 of the cleanse. I have felt tired, sluggish, and mind fog. This is normal along with the headache and irritability. My friend promises she felt great on day 4.
The flaxseed granola…
After the 3 day cleanse, then there are a few weeks of testing new foods for your body’s reaction. Weighing oneself daily is important to see if there was water weight retention and thus, a possible food reaction. It sounds a bit daunting but after trying multiple diets and dealing with GI issues and leaky gut, I am willing to see how this helps me.