“The Plan” is a new diet that was created by
nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas. I first heard about “The Plan” when I was watching the Dr. Oz show on Monday, January 7th. I don’t normally watch Dr. Oz, but it was playing at the gym while I was running on the treadmill. Since my eyes dart all over the place while I’m running, I felt obligated to at least tune in to portions of the program.
What, at first, seemed like a bit of nonsense turned into a very fascinating story. “The Plan” diet sounded relatively simple:
Step One: Conduct a body cleanse (If you are like me, all of your insides constrict when you hear the word cleanse. Step one happens to be the reason I
will never go on this diet. I think that I have such an adverse reaction to the word“cleanse” because I can still recall my little sister and her best friend
storing gallons of “Hollywood Fit Juice” in our refrigerator. They could never bring themselves to drink all of the contents and complete the entire cleansing product, so the orange colored drinks sat in the fridge, untouched, for months.)
Step Two: After your cleanse, you should add three or four foods to your diet. These foods should be some of your favorite foods. Foods you would like to
be certain can remain a part of your diet. (Recitas recommended trying out chocolate, cheese, and wine first. She said that these foods often make people happy, so adding them to a “diet” quickly makes people feel better.)
Step Three: You should begin keeping track of how foods affect you, your weight, and your intestines. Recitas warns that you should only add a few foods
at a time and that you should carefully track how those foods react with your body. She says that the amount of food consumed doesn’t necessarily equal weight gain-rather there are “Devil Foods” out there that will add weight to your body because of the way they interact with your body’s chemistry. (Interesting,
right? I immediately began to wonder about my “devil foods”. I imagine that cake is at the top of that list. Go figure.)
Recitas studied holistic medicine and based her diet around old-world style healing and weight management programs. She says that most of her clients appreciate the fact that this is not the traditional diet. They do not have to give up foods they love, unless they are devil foods. They do not have to start adding lots of new foods that are unappealing. They simply find foods that they
already enjoy and make sure that their body is capable of processing the food correctly. She says that most clients stick with “The Plan” because it doesn’t cause a huge disturbance in the familiar.
While I was completely intrigued by this idea, my favorite part of this program was Dr. Oz’s reaction to this woman, her “Plan”, and her research. He
was careful never to contradict or discredit her in anyway, but he also made it apparent that he had very different views. For example, they discussed Greek Yogurt and almonds. Dr. Oz said that he has been recommending people add these
healthy foods to their diets for many years. Recitas did not disagree with Oz. She conceded that these foods are healthy . . . for some people. But, according to her plan, other people should beware of these “health foods” because they
could add weight or produce gas in the body.
Are you fascinated yet? I know that I was. If you would like to
learn more about “The Plan”, I found Recitas website. You should visit: