"The Plan" a diet that worked for us.

By Copperchef Latest Reply 2015-03-25 08:16:58 -0500
Started 2015-03-23 12:03:19 -0500

Hi again all. Well, my wife and I made a major lifestyle change. We went on a diet called "The Plan". It has made a huge impact on my life and family.
My wife and I started this journey January 30th 2015. I was at a point in my life that my health was not good. Short of breath, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, joint pain and just overall fatigue. My wife is an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic, while I am Type2 on Metformin. My wife and I had tried several different diets that were supposed to be diabetic friendly. Haha!!
I would like to say at this point, is that this diet worked for us. Yes, there is a cleansing phase and an adjustment of how you shop and think about food, but we both feel that it has been well worth the results.
However, the weight loss has not only benefited our looks, but has really made changes in our health. My numbers are running 101 to 134, I have an A1c of 5.9, My blood pressure has dropped so that my cardiologist reduced my blood pressure medication by half. I am sleeping much better and a lot of my joint pain has just gone away. My wife has seen similar results. First, her numbers have become much lower and more controllable. She also has seen a reduction in pain and sleeps much better also.
All in all, after "45 days", we are very pleased with this diet and oh by the way, I have lost 26 lbs. and dropped 2 pants sizes. My weight lose has been small but steady, 2/10ths to 8/10ths of a pound per day with some 1.2 and 1.4 lb loses mixed in. My wife's loses have been smaller but also steady.
This diet will take some extra work, I did not like the cleanse, but it is short, 3 days, but I made my way through it and am better for doing so. It is a life style change, but I was tired of the old one anyway.
Just thought I would share, people ask here all the time about foods and diets, for us, this one works. We plan to maintain this style of eating from now on. It is worthwhile to spend the small amount of money to buy the book and read it first. But I will tell you this book was worth the cost.

The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising "Healthy" Foods That Are Making You Fat—and Lose Weight Fast by Lyn-Genet Recitas

19 replies

Copperchef 2015-03-24 08:33:32 -0500 Report

Went to my Endo yesterday, she took me off the Victosa. Said that with a blood glucose of 124 she would like to see how my body reacts without the drug. Keeping my fingers crossed. Just using 500 mg. of Metformin now.

Type1Lou 2015-03-24 07:44:31 -0500 Report

For me, simply reducing the amount and type of carbohydrates I consumed daily was they key to better control. Whatever works to help us gain better control is a positive step. Congratulations on finding a solution that works for you both!

Copperchef 2015-03-23 13:56:58 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby and Jibber Jabber,
Yes, this all makes sense and really empowers you to do more for youself. To make you a healthier person. All I can say about some of the reviews is that I think they confused themselves. Day four is a cheese day test, period. There is a chapter following day four that starts the discussion about some of the foods we should test and lists them, but not to test on day four. YOU HAVE TO READ, READ, READ THE BOOK. This is not a cookbook, it is a lifestyle change, big time. I have read this book at least 5 times and I still refer to it everyday. This is like going back to culinary school for me. I have to break dozens of years of my habits and I cannot begin to remember everything.
Expensive??? Depends, organic fruits, vegetables and meats(chicken, lamb and duck) do cost more, as do spices and you need to do more planning. We find that we make a lot of the food on the weekends and freeze it for use during the week. Initially it does cost more, but you have to remember you are changing your entire eating life style. If you had to change your entire wardrobe wouldn't it be expensive at first?
We have learned to shop in an entirely different manner. We realize we can't buy everything, so we buy what we can afford! We also shop smaller stores, like Mexican and Asian markets. In our Mexican market, I can buy 3 beautiful avocados for $2.25, in a chain grocery they generally run $1.99 ea., same goes for lemons and limes.
We own both the book and the cookbook, I am the cook in the family, but my wife is learning. I find that organic frozen foods are becoming more available and are cheaper than the fresh in the winter. We will be going to our farmers market a lot this year, especially stocking up on the things we can eat a lot of.
See, my feeling is that the people who have complained about this diet being complicated failed at two things, 1. they did not sit down and read the book word for word and 2. they failed to plan long term. You have got to project your plan out for 5 days. If you have to run to the store everyday, your going to get frustrated and start complaining about how hard or expensive it is. This is all about time management and menu planning. If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

Sorry, went on kind of a rant there, Jibber Jabber and Gabby, thanks for your posts and comments, I didn't mean to run on.

GabbyPA 2015-03-24 08:57:50 -0500 Report

That is very helpful. I like to read the reviews on Amazon both good and bad to kind of see what is up. Sometimes you can weed through grumpy people by reading a few. It seemed to be a trend.

My next question was if you got the cook book, and you did. I am sure that can help a lot. What kind of foods did you find you could not eat and how did you know?

Copperchef 2015-03-24 10:05:08 -0500 Report

Ok, here it is by trial. I can eat chicken and I can eat basmati rice, but I can not eat chicken with rice, I gain a full pound. There are many vegetarian style dishes. We both love kale, but we are both highly reactive to Swiss chard. Also, my wife has a hypothyroid condition, which eliminates mature spinach, asparagus and artichokes.
The cookbook is important, I use it as a aid all the time. I have a computer program where I have stored some 4,000 various recipes I have accumulated over the years. I have not referred to them once since going on this plan. So much more to this plan too. Olive oil and lemons are very important. Lemon goes in your water and olive oil. Olive oil gets used in everything. It is a good fat and helps reduce your LDL. Oh yeah, Just had a CBC blood test and my total cholesterol is 164, my wife's is 188.
We were both closer to 250 or higher before the plan.
I am 68 yrs old, my wife is younger(politically correct thing to say) and we have both seen a big rise in energy and daily stamina.

GabbyPA 2015-03-25 08:16:58 -0500 Report

Very interesting indeed. I read a long time ago, that a sandwich is the worst combination. That carb and meat should never be eaten at the same time. Maybe this is part of why that is the case, at least in your chicken and rice deal.

I do have to ask how you drink water and oil? Does the lemon help it break up? I can see that in a hot drink. Does it help you figure the difference of cold foods versus hot one? Raw versus cooked?

jayabee52 2015-03-24 03:13:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Copperchef
How long is this diet? How does one maintain the weight loss once this dietis finished?

Copperchef 2015-03-24 08:25:09 -0500 Report

Hi Jaybee, for us, the diet is on going as we are now testing new foods, Pizza, Linguine and clams. Anyway, the book gives you 20 days, then you have to start planning your own menus, which include days of dietary rest. Personally, I don't see us changing back to our old ways.
A little example, if I eat a hamburger made of ground sirloin 90/10, I gain weight, about 6/10ths of a pound; if I eat 80/20 grass fed ground beef I lose weight. I gain over a pound on regular grocery store 80/20 ground beef. I have found this to be true for a lot of foods; organic foods against mass produced foods. Also, we noticed a much larger spike in our blood sugars on the regular beef. Don't what to make any claims or statements, but???
Anyway, there is so much more to this than I can explain here. All I can say is this, we (my wife and I) have changed our eating habits, but we still go out with friends to restaurants and enjoy a fun meal, we just know that we will gain weight and will have to have a rest day or two afterwards.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 12:38:33 -0500 Report

I think the idea behind this diet makes sense…everyone reacts to different foods in different way…We diabetics know this more than anyone else…so I think the idea of a cleanse followed by slowly introducing foods to see which ones your body reacts badly to is a very good idea..and this might be a great diet for people who are "doing everything right"..but still not losing weight..

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 12:20:13 -0500 Report

Did you buy the book? It seems that the reviews are mixed as it is very complicated and expensive. I do like the idea of finding out foods that are a problem for me in other ways than just my glucose. Did you find out those things?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 12:45:42 -0500 Report

I don't think it is complicated at all..a three days cleanse only eating the most non reactive foods with a metric ton of water and herbal tea…followed by introducing one food/food group every other day to see how you react…if you introduce eggs…and then experience gas and bloating/weight gain..you know that eggs are a food you react badly to,,,I would however retest the foods I reacted to after all the foods have been reintroduced to make sure it wasn't a fluke reaction…

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 13:01:19 -0500 Report

I guess the issue in the book seems to occur at day 4. They talk about introducing one food at a time and there they introduced about 6 at once. People didn't know what a reaction might be from. There were a lot of reviews that gave it 5 stars as well, but the book, not so much the idea, seemed to be on trial.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 13:13:40 -0500 Report

well that's where common sense comes in…unfortunately we have all heard the true statement that common sense isn't very common..If I had introduced more than one food at a time and got a reaction…I would eliminate all of them then at the end test them one at a time…this is suppose to personalize your diet…so it will be different for everyone..and the first foods reintroduced are the ones that very few people have an issue with…

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 13:40:36 -0500 Report

I did a lot of this in my process of elimination for glucose reacting food. Darn corn and pomegranates. LOL I know being off artificial sweeteners and wheat products have helped me a lot to feel better, more energy and a lot less joint pain.

Copperchef 2015-03-24 08:29:36 -0500 Report

Good for you Gabby. This is what this food plan is all about. Helping you find what you are reactive to and giving the you tools to help you.

GabbyPA 2015-03-24 08:59:22 -0500 Report

How did you do if you and your wife have different sets of foods that you react to? Does it get really restrictive?

Copperchef 2015-03-24 09:37:25 -0500 Report

We compromise. But since her reactions also are coupled with blood sugar spikes, I generally will avoid making the dish.
My palette is pretty broad, as a chef, if it isn't marked poison or doesn't bite me first I'll try it. Plus I love spices and lots of them. My wife is a plain roasted chicken and boiled to death carrot type of person. Taken me quite a bit of time to get her palette to change. Not that much but it is getting wider. LOL

GabbyPA 2015-03-24 09:51:37 -0500 Report

My husband is the same way, that is why I was curious. I am like you, I will try anything once and my spice rack is FULL of all kinds of yummy flavors. I got him to eat Picadillo the other day, and he actually enjoyed it. Victory! LOL