WIAW #46 – Planning It

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all having a great week. Before we get started, I just wanted to give thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this link party.

 As I mentioned last week, I was thinking of doing the Lyn-Genet Plan to test foods to see what was causing my bloating. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Plan, it is basically an elimination diet to figure out what foods are reactive for you. Foods that cause a reaction can cause inflammation and weight gain. For more information, head over to Lyn-Genet Recitas’s website.

I started the Plan on Friday, and yesterday was Day 5. The Plan is scheduled for 20 days; but you can always extend phase 2 to keep testing foods. Yesterday morning was the first time I’d ever had the Plan Smoothie. It was basically a pear, blueberries, chia seeds, avocado, and Silk coconut milk. It doesn’t look appetizing, but it wasn’t bad; it was a little bland for my taste.

the-plan-smoothie

For lunch, I had cream of broccoli soup, red leaf lettuce, carrot & beet salad, all topped with pumpkin seeds. The soup tasted better than it did on the day that I made it; no complaints here!

broccoli-soup-mixed-veggies

I forgot to take a photo of my snack, so I’ll recycle a photo from March last year when I was also doing the Plan. It was carrots and almond butter. This time around, I forgot I was supposed to get raw almond butter, but since I didn’t react to it when I had it on Monday, I think I’ll be okay.

carrots-almond-butter

For dinner, I was testing a new (to the plan this time around) protein: halibut. The way you test things is to have a small serving, and everything else during the day has been previously tested. I baked it and topped it with some lemon juice. I had mixed baby romaine lettuce, and mixed sautéed vegetables with goat cheese (which I tested on Monday and passed).

halibut-veggies

After 5 days, I’ve been feeling great so far, my bloating has subdued, and I haven’t gotten any stomach aches. I plan on testing all my favourite foods – Greek yogurt, papaya, GF granola, ground turkey, pecans, cucumbers, asparagus, GF bread (that can be highly reactive due to the starches), salmon.. I think I’ll have to come up with a list.

Today, I’ll be testing another protein; I haven’t decided which yet, but it will probably be beef or lamb. Last time I did the plan, I failed beef miserably… I LOVE beef and when I get a craving for steak, there is nothing that will satisfy it but steak. The thing is, I remember how much it hurt when I tested beef; although I haven’t refrained from it, I hope I’ll pass…Wish me luck!

Which food would you hate to find out you’re reactive/intolerant/allergic to?

WIAW #29 – The Lyn-Genet Plan Edition

Hello again, friends! I tend to neglect my poor li’l blog when I’m busy, but I finally took some photos for WIAW hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

Now that we got the Austin Half Marathon out of the way, I finally decided to start the Lyn-Genet Plan — a plan to help you find foods reactive to your body. These foods cause inflammation, resulting in weight gain. I posted about the Plan shortly after I had met Lyn-Genet Recitas in Houston.

Yesterday was day 3 of the phase 1 {detox}. The first two days were rough with the first day being worse than the second. On the first day, I suffered from lethargy, difficulty sleeping at night, and a headache that continued through to day 2. The second day, I felt lethargic up until dinner time, then I felt fine. I had a difficult time falling asleep, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the first night.

Back to the food… I’ve had almost the same breakfast for the first 3 days.

Flax granola with apples, and Silk coconut milk

Flax granola with apples, and Silk coconut milk

For lunch, I got to have a different soup than the prior 2 days

Baby romaine, carrots, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and cream of broccoli soup with sunflower seeds

Baby romaine, carrots, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and cream of broccoli soup with sunflower seeds

Yesterday, we tested almonds and I passed, which meant I got to have some as a snack today

15 almonds 

In the evening, the fiancé complained that since I’ve been “eating healthy,” he’s been “forced to eat junk.” Just for the record, he’s been offered what I’ve had for my meals, but since they’ve consisted of mostly vegetables, he has declined my offers. Yesterday, he finally agreed to have some.

2.5 oz of baked chicken on a bed of baby romaine, and grilled vegetables

2.5 oz of baked chicken on a bed of baby romaine, and grilled vegetables

As far as side effects went, I didn’t suffer any on day 3. I’ll keep you guys posted in regards to what foods I end up having reactions to. Before I started the plan, I wrote down what I thought I might be reactive to:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy {including Greek Yogurt}
  • Peanuts
  • Strawberries

It will be interesting to find out what I actually am reactive to.

Are you allergic or intolerant to any foods? Have you ever done an elimination diet?

WIAW #26 – Road Trip Edition

Today is a great Wednesday as my fiancé is coming home :D I’m so excited about it… This is a special WIAW because I am going to post some of the photos from this weekend.. Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW party.

My friend Alicia invited me on a last-minute trip out to Houston/Sugar Land to go see an author of a book we’d been talking about for over a week– “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas:

In this revolutionary book, cutting-edge nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people pack on the pounds. Carbs and portion sizes, it turns out, are not the problem. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with each person’s unique chemistry, they can cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging, inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation, migraines, joint pain, and depression.

Alicia first saw Lyn-Genet on Dr. Oz and told me about it. I had a few episodes of Dr. Oz DVR’ed, so I was able to watch the segment (you can watch it here), and it made a lot of sense. Anyway, I decided to go with Alicia on a day trip, we were going to head out around noon and come back that evening.  During our run on Saturday, we decided to stay the night. We hit the road at 11:30 and got to our destination three hours later.

Sugar Land City Hall

Sugar Land City Hall

Lyn-Genet talked to us about the book, her experiences with the plan, and answered questions. We then watched the Dr. Oz segment. Afterwards, Lyn-Genet signed copies of her book.

Lyn-Genet, Alicia, and me @ Ruggles Green (credit: Ruggles Green FB)

Lyn-Genet, Alicia, and me @ Ruggles Green (credit: Ruggles Green FB)

What I was really looking forward to, however, was trying out the food at the venue, Ruggles Green, which is a certified green restaurant and has a lot of Gluten-Free options.

Alicia had a burger, which had the most amazing bun!

Alicia had a burger, which had the most amazing bun! It was fluffy and had a nice flavor

I had the Crab & Shrimp Pasta, which was sooo good, that I ate it all!!

I had the Crab & Shrimp Pasta, which was sooo good that I ate it all!!

After a bit of shopping, we went to P.F. Chang’s for dessert and drinks.

Drinks @ P.F. Chang's

Drinks @ P.F. Chang’s

We had the Chocolate Dome for dessert, but we actually took it back to the hotel. We checked into the hotel around 8:30, had our dessert, tried to stay up, but by 9:00, it was lights out! We were exhausted. I slept until about 7, we got ready, and drove back to Austin. Since it was Sunday, we decided to grab brunch at Wild Wood Cafe.

Brunch @ Wild Wood Cafe

Brunch @ Wild Wood Cafe – chicken tamale, migas, French toast, bacon, potatoes, and bean & veggie enchilada 

It was a short, but fun trip. I definitely learned a lot, and in regards to “The Plan,” I will be trying it out after the Austin Half Marathon. I know there are some foods that are reactive to my body, and I have been frustrated when my weight has gone up when eating clean. I’m going to wait to do the plan until after the half marathon because it’s best that you don’t exercise during the 20 days of the plan.

How was your weekend? Did you have Monday off?

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