Salmon, oatmeal, Greek yogurt – the staples of a healthy weight-loss plan, right? Not so fast, says author Lyn-Genet Recitas. On the “Doctor Oz Show” today, the holistic medicine practitioner discussed her new book, simply titled “The Plan” (Grand Central Life & Style, $25.99), which says certain foods can react with a person’s individual chemistry, setting off a toxic reaction that may set off weight gain.
So is it an allergy or an intolerance? Recitas calls the reaction a “reactive response” and her book offers a 20-day program designed to help you find out which foods work for optimal health and weight loss and which don’t.
Inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, eczema, headaches, joint pain – all these can be eased by removing certain foods from your diet, Recitas told Dr. Oz on Monday’s show.
By removing the reactive foods and creating a list of personalized healthy foods, weight loss may become easier and you’ll feel better overall.
Among the most reactive foods on the list: farm-raised fish, deli meats and most sushi (because it’s often made with farmed fish).
And it’s not just proteins – many vegetables come up high on her list, like eggplant, cauliflower and non-organic spinach. Some of the vegetables are from the nightshade family, which may aggravate arthritis in some people. Other vegetables contain goitrogens, which may interfere with thyroid function in some people. Those are the cruciferous vegetables, such as kale and broccoli. But if those are your faves, don’t worry – cooking often deactivates goitrogens.
But what can you eat? It all depends on what your reactive foods are, but there are plenty of meal plans and recipes in the book, including recipes for Carrot Cake, Chicken Mole, Apple Pancakes With Cinnamon Butter, and Butternut Squash Soup.
If you’d like to find out more about “The Plan’s” list of reactive foods, we’ve attached it, but if it’s too hard to read, you can download the list at DoctorOz.com.