Holistic nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas says not all health foods are healthy for us. In her new book The Plan, Lyn-Genet investigates how different health foods like salmon or asparagus react chemically in our bodies. These foods may actually be making us gain weight!
In The Plan, Lyn-Genet says certain people don't do well with healthy foods. Your weight is nothing more than a reflection of your body's chemical reaction to foods, she says. So healthy foods can cause an inflammatory response based on your chemistry, causing three to four pounds weight gain. Oatmeal, salmon, turkey, beans and Greek yogurt are all examples of surprisingly reactive foods.
So, Lyn-Genet suggests a 20-day plan to help figure out what your body wants to be fed. Every person's chemistry is different so The Plan systematically tests foods to learn how your body reacts so you can start making informed choices!
Phase One: Three-Day Cleanse
- An easy detox to create a neutral base line in your body
- ave lots of lemon water, dandelion tea, and tasty foods that aren't highly reactive.
Phase Two: The Testing Phase
- Here we start testing specific foods and your favourite restaurants
- We want to pinpoint "friendly" and "reactive" foods
- You may discover foods you love are reactive, but don't worry! You'll learn how to easily work it in and enjoy it in an informed way
Phase Three: Testing On Your Own
- This is where you get to create your own menus and test and analyze your body's response.
- This phase makes The Plan a way of life as opposed to a temporary solution.
In The Plan, Lyn-Genet also says we should all start these three practices to improve our health.
The Thyroid Test
If you're thyroid isn't functioning up to par you will experience many uncomfortable symptoms: inability to lose weight, fatigue, depression just to name a few.
Anyone at home can test their thyroid — no blood test needed. Keep a digital thermometre by your bed at night. When you wake up in the morning, place the thermometre under your armpit for a couple of minutes. This will give you a basal body temperature (BBT) reading. Keep as still as possible. You have an underactive thyroid if your BBT is under 97 degrees. Lyn-Genet's found repeatedly that when temperatures are under that limit it is harder to lose weight.
The Water Rule
Something as simple as water can contribute to weight gain and we don't want to let something so easy impact your health!
That's why it's important to calculate your personal water intake. Take your body weight and divide it in half. That is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. You should add a bit more if you're exercising but this is a good rule of thumb for everyone to follow.
Eat and Cook with Herbs
Spices should be your best friend when cooking! They enhance digestion and decrease e.coli poisoning.
Regularly add the following spices to your meals: oregano, thyme, cinnamon, and cloves. The compounds extracted from the oils of these plants pack a powerful antimicrobial punch!