Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 More Than Just Weight Loss (Weeks 1 & 2)

Welcome everyone to an amazing start to 2013! During the next six weeks we will all be on a journey that will have its ups and downs as well as its successes and failures.By us working together as a group, I am confident that the higher percentage, and perhaps all of us, will find significant successes over the next 6 weeks. Not only with weight and inches lost but also a reduction in pain as well as an array of other symptom challenges you may be currently living with.

This blog will play a huge role in our success. 

I will be posting daily as well as answering your questions via this blog thread. As we get going, you will also see that others within the group will be equally as supportive. Do not be shy about sharing recipes that you enjoy and well as challenges you may be dealing with. We are all here as support.

As you have likely heard me mention in the past, I never feel better all year as I do on this program. I hold the space for nothing short of that for you also.

Let the "More Than Just Weight Loss" begin.

Glen

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  1. I commit to feeling AMAZING!Wooohoo!

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  2. Here's your first tidbit. Take a look at this and you may not go back to regular whipped cream again.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/249879479296764041/

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  3. One point was not made strong enough. You do NOT want to be hungry on this program! If you have to snack between meals, that is OK. Remember that there is not restriction on how much you eat, just what you eat. The only thing to watch is the over-consumption of fruit.

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  4. I commit to feeling amazing!!!

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  5. The replay of tonight's webinar went out to everyone and the typo of the peas in the avoidance foods was addressed.

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  6. I commit to feeling ama-ZING!!!

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  7. Questions - 1. Does coconut milk come in anything other than cans? 2. Is coconut butter something you can use just like butter? Does it taste good? : ) Thanks!

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    1. It does come in paper cartons also but the cans work if that is all that's available. Personally I love the creamy taste of coconut milk! I wouldn't use it like butter though. Think of it more of using like cream.

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  8. I am committed to feeling Amazing!

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  9. I am committed to feeling Amazing!

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  10. I also wanted to introduce everyone to Lynda Buitrago. Lynda is a wellness practitioner that works along side me at Depke Wellness. Lynda will also be chiming in with tidbits for you and getting to some of your questions through the next 6 weeks. I am sure you will enjoy her expertise. I will introduce her formally in the next webinar.

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    1. Thanks, Glen! I'm looking forward to joining you on the calls. I'm also committed to feeling A-mazing!

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    2. I love the coconut butter from Artisana. It's just 100% pureed coconut. Great to use in recipes! You can find it at Mother's and Whole Foods. http://www.artisanafoods.com/products/coconut-butter

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  11. I am committed to feeling AmAzInG!!
    Glen there is a coconut butter that is sold at Mother's that Jeanette referred to. I haven't tried it. Is this ok on our plan? Kit

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    1. Yes you are Kit!

      I did not know about this. Butter made from coconut works on the program. I'll have to check it out myself.

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    2. Oops, meant to post this here, not above.

      I love the coconut butter from Artisana. It's just 100% pureed coconut. Great to use in recipes! You can find it at Mother's and Whole Foods.

      http://www.artisanafoods.com/products/coconut-butter

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    3. I tried a coconut spread from Mother's Market tonight and it is amazing! The brand name is Earth Balance.

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  12. Hey Glen - Sorry to be all coconuttey but I have one more question in that genre..

    Can we have coconut WATER on this plan?

    It wasn't on the list of allowable foods but I heard you mention it on the webcast.

    Thanks!

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    1. Absolutely! Coconut water will be the "old reliable" for so many of us. When your in a pinch and need something quick, a can of coconut water will be a savior.

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  13. should I continue with all my vitamins?

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    1. If your supplements are part of a health practitioner directed protocol, I would definitely continue. If not and you become overwhelmed with supplementation, simply focus on the supplements in this program.

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  14. I'm committed to feeling amazing for once and for all!

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  15. Still trying to think of "creative" ways to eat : )

    1. is cinnamon allowed?

    2. is mineral water (i.e., Perrier?) allowed?

    Thanks! That should do it for my food questions : )

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  16. I'm committed to feeling amazing!

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  17. I commit to feeling (and being) amazing!!!

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  18. I am committed to feeling amazing!
    I really need program compliant marinades / stir fry sauce recipes if anyone has any yet. Thanks!

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    1. Dawn and I often marinate with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil.

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    2. A great recipe site is FreeCoconutRecipes.com. Explore the Gluten-free recipe area for some great ideas to use coconut and coconut oil. Here are a few good ones that are allowed on More Than Just Weight Loss.

      This first recipe may be right up your alley, Louanna:

      Chicken with Citrus-Garlic-Ginger Sauce
      http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_ChickenWithCitrusGarlicGingerSauce.htm

      Kale Chips
      http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2012/2/1/kale-chips

      Roasted Winter Squash Soup (use the almond milk option, not regular milk, of course)
      http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2008/2/3/Roasted-Winter-Squash-Soup

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  19. So what did everyone have for breakfast this morning. I had my supplements and celery wrapped with ham. Looking forward to digging into some coconut water soon for the missing fat.

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    1. Supplements, grass-fed ground bison cooked with onions, garlic, and spices (minus chile pepper) with broccoli and 1/2 avocado.

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  20. If you find yourself craving after a meal, this is most likely a fat deficiency. Add some fat such as a few olives, some coconut flakes, half and avocado or a can of coconut water.

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  21. I Am committed to feeling Amazing!!!

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  22. I think I have the flu - had severe dry cough for 3 days and today, feel like I've been run over by a truck. Had a slice of ham and apple for breakfast. Didn't really want the fruit, but that was all I had in the fridge. Intended to go grocery shopping today - I'll have to send hubby. BTW, I received 1 4oz bottle of Nitric Balance SM in my kit. This will last 12 days. Is that correct?

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    1. Sorry to hear that you're sick. That's no fun. It actually got me a week ago.

      The Nitric Balance will last for the first week or so.

      Hope you feel better quickly Jaelin.

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  23. Somebody asked if they can take a Motrin if they have a bad headache. If it is so severe that a med is needed, that is fine. Many of the challenges that lead to headaches will be addressed on the program, so hopefully this is not a big issue for anyone.

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  24. B'fast: Pork Loin & Celery

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    1. Good job Christine. Make sure you get some fat in too. This helps considerably.

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  25. As a protein type, what would be your snack suggestion?

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    1. For the extreme protein types, having a bite or two of protein will usually do the trick. For some, eating some fat works well also. Half of an avocado with some sea salt or the chai tea shake.

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  26. I had a protein shake with hemp protein, coconut milks and blueberries. Also a small container of coconut yogurt. I am committed to feeling amazing - however I as a vegetarian, I remain skeptical of relying on just pea and hemp protein shakes for protein for 6 weeks.
    So keep the suggestions coming for the vegetarians, please.

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    1. After week 3 you will be able to add some more plant based proteins as the meal plans shift slightly. There are a few seeds that you can also add at this time. Lynda will address this with you later today.

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    2. You will be feeling amazing but there will be just a few shifts to make with you at the beginning here.

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    3. Here are some other plant based proteins that you can add. Chia, hemp and flax seed as well as spirulina and chlorella. Be careful not to add too much chlorella though as it can push detoxification too fast.

      Lynda will check in with you also to discuss this. She had an "experience" with chlorella last year.

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    4. Sprouted seeds are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein. When a seed is sprouted, its protein content can increase up to 35%.

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  27. Bummer! Day # 1 of my caffeine withdrawals-toughing it out!!!

    Bkfast - Hemp protein smoothie with coconut milk, coconut water, handful of berries and tbsp of coconut oil.....

    Lunch - Chipolte salad with gaucamole

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    1. Sandy -- hang in there! I must be going through some kind of "withdrawals" too. Bad, bad headache! I know I'll feel better when it's gone though! Good luck : )

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    2. Hey Jeanete-
      Thanks for the encouragement, and letting me know I'm not alone....missing caffeine "LOL" I am sure we will feel much better soon....so you hang in there too!!!!

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    3. Not that it provides any relief in the moment but the caffeine withdrawals generally last less than 3 days. I know, it cannot come soon enough.

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    4. Good morning Glen,

      Well, I survived the caffeine withdrawals "LOL" I will pass on that experience again...had to come home and take a nap!

      Quick questions- are dried Goji berries & stevia allowed?

      Hope you have an "AMAZING" Day!!!

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  28. Question for Glen - saw tomatoes on your 5 day meal plan option. I thought tomatoes weren't allowed. Did I miss something?

    PS. Raging headache right now - bordering on migraine. What is my best option for headache relief? Thanks!

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    1. You are correct. Typo on my end that will be corrected tomorrow.

      Try alternating hot and cold packs on your forehead for the headache.

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    2. BTW Jeanette, thank you for catching the tomato typo. Funny, you can read something 100 times and still miss it.

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  29. Question for group - Anyone know of any restaurants where you can get good HOT vegetables to go with nothing added? (I have no kitchen right now, so no way to cook, but having a hard time finding places with vegetables for take out). Thank you!!!

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    1. Believe it or not - try El Pollo Loco.
      They have, or they used to have steamed vegetables as a side dish option.

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    2. I cannot remember the chain of Asian style restaurants in the area, but I know they have steamed veggies. Perhaps the name will come to someone else.

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    3. Around here the high-end Chinese food place will serve you plain steamed veggies of your choice. Seems like any should do it by request.

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    4. I always ask the chef to steam or saute' in oil with a little garlic veggies for me. Never have a problem.

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  30. I'm committed to feeling amazing!

    -Debbie Q.

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  31. Here's to hoping everyone had a great first day!

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    1. I have to admit that I had much more energy working out this evening.

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  32. We are committed to feeling amazing!

    Jack & Steph

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  33. I didn't realize supplements needed to be refrigerated, but they are now, should that be okay? thank you.

    Jack & Steph

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    1. Yes, they will be fine as long as they were not heated. Not likely with as chilly it's been in SoCal.

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  34. Last thing for the night. was a tough first day, but tomorrow will be better, best thing all day was the Yam Noodles with fish and veggies
    :-) Jack & Steph

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    1. The first day is often the toughest and you will definitely adjust. Good for you, finding yam noodles so quickly.

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  35. Busy day today and getting home late. Managed to pick up a natural oven roasted chicken. With this I had a small container of plain coconut yogurt and a bit of coconut spread. Very satisfied!

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    1. Question about the coconut yogurt! We found some here but it seems to me to have a lot of additives...what should we be aiming for?

      My parents and I just finished a cup of coconut milk with nutmeg and cinnamon! Pretty yummy and good times laughing about our day 1 experiences!

      Thanks for your help today Glen! Excited about day 2!

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    2. Emily the coconut milk with nutmeg and cinnamon sounds tasty. Going to try that. Thanks! Kit

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  36. We are committed to feeling amazing and expect we will.... as soon as we get through caffeine withdrawal!

    Joie and Gerry Way Up North

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    1. So proud of you both already!

      :-)

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    2. I had more than a few go through this last year but thankfully the end is already near. Goes to show how powerful of a drug caffeine really is.

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  37. One of the toughest days are behind us. Some may experience some "different" effects. It is noted that some are challenged with headaches from caffeine withdrawals. Personally, I had diarrhea this morning, releasing some white mucous "stuff". Maybe yeast...not sure.

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  38. I, too, had a bad headache yesterday. Finally took 2 advil and a sinus pill before bed after ice, light therapy and chiropractic all failed.

    I am not a coffee drinker, but I have a serious wheat/sugar addiction. By the late afternoon the addiction seemed to take on a life of it's own, and threaten to kill me if I followed through with this.
    I was wicked depressed walking through the grocery store looking at all the things I hope to never eat again.
    Later I tried some warm coconut milk with pumpkin pie spice in it. That was more depressing.

    I ended up eating a handful of cashews with the advil and going to sleep.

    Feeling much better today!!

    Going to try this for dinner, less the sugar.
    http://www.food.com/recipe/loveless-cafes-braised-pork-chops-209317

    I'm trying to learn how to make food TASTE good without the hot spices I'm used to.

    Glen, you mentioned Chipotle a few days ago...I love the place, but they have to use chili peppers, etc., to spice their meat. I thought all peppers were out? That would kill most mexican / southwest type spices?

    Onward to amazing!

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    1. Hang in there Louanna...it really does get easier. The first few days are the toughest. Kit

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    2. Kit definitely knows what you're going through. She was in the program last year.

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    3. Louanna - Thanks for sharing your story! I did eat at Chipotle yesterday and noticed the beef seemed to be seasoned with some kind of chili type seasoning. (I had half chicken/half beef on top of lettuce). I'm not sure the chicken had the spices, but I could be wrong! I tried Outback salmon with steamed brocolli for dinner. Have no idea if the salmon was seasoned right either. Soon I should have access to a kitchen, so hopefully won't have to be having to guess what's on my food soon : )

      As for the headache, I don't have ice or a freezer, so all I could do was hot water/cold water. Didn't work for me so I took the Advil as well : ( I only take that stuff a couple times a year, but I couldn't sleep from the headache - so I chose sleep over Advil side effects : )

      Good luck and thank you again for sharing!

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    4. Hey Jeanette, I was on this program last year. I was eating totally clean. Went to Outback and had a supposedly 'clean' steak and veggies. Before I finished my meal, I started having a reaction to something. Don't know what they put in food, but I find it best to stick with non-chain restaurants that don't use flavor enhancers, preservatives, etc. BTW I ordered a bison burger at True Food and found out they put yeast in it. You can't assume anything when dining out. I have a typed list of all the avoidance foods: 'dairy, yeast, etc' and hand it to the waitperson to show the chef when I eat out.

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    5. I always get good quality, on-program food at Houston's. My favorite is a burger patty with olive oil-saute'ed spinach and garlic. They're very happy to accomodate and don't put extra 'stuff' in their food.

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    6. Thanks, Jaelin!

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  39. I am committed to feeling amazing.
    Denise P.

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    1. I am excited for you both! With your commitment, you will see significant changes for you both.

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  40. Feeling much better from flu today, although pretty weak. I think some of my withdrawal symptoms got stacked on to flu symptoms...probably lucky that way...

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    1. Hi Jaelin...glad you are feeling better!
      Both flu and withdrawal symptoms together not fun! Kit

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    1. Hemp and coconut milks are the only allowed.

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    2. I'm off nuts, myself, but noticing some recipes and what people ate with nut milks and nuts. Perhaps they're 'ramping up' to the real diet...

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  42. Had bacon and avocado wrapped in lettuce leaves for breakfast. Really good! And am now cooking yams for my favorite dish...yam with coconut cream and seasalt. Delish.
    Feeling great today. Kit

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  43. Is bacon allowed? I didn't know!! (For some reason, I didn't think pork was on this -- espcially bacon!) Oh yum if it is... fingers crossed ---- Glen???

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    1. Hi Jeanette, I'm pretty certain bacon is allowed. I've been on this plan off and on for almost 2 years. I love bacon and raw baby spinach for breakfast + it's very easy to run into Whole Foods and get those 2 items off the breakfast/salad bar if you're on-the-run in the morning

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  44. anyone have good options to use on a salad instead of salad dressing?

    Day 2 headache is not nearly as bad as Day 1 headache :)

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    1. Christine, I think I saw something on Glen's meal plan or recipe list that had balsalmic vinegar and olive oil. If you like that : )

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    2. We use a combination of olive oil with just a bit of balsamic vinegar. You can also mix this with some of the creamy coconut milk to thicken if desired.

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    3. Lemon juice & olive oil I've heard.

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  45. Made homemade turkey soup with carrots, celery and yam noodles, very tasty. I am using balsalmic vinegar and olive oil for my salads. Good Day. Debbie

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  46. Just so everyone knows, there was a typo on the day 2 breakfast on the meal idea sheet. No tomato obviously. That was suppose to be a cucumber and olive oil salad. Cut up your cucumbers and add olive oil, sea salt, pepper and basil.

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  47. So was anyone else ravenous today? I simply could not stop eating. The good news is, I ate like a pig today and still lost 3 pounds of likely inflammation since yesterday morning. Remember that most of the earlier weight loss will be inflammation and fat will drop as we progress.

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    1. I was hungry too and ate more than usual. Kit

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  48. Please remember that a key is to not get too hungry and do not skip meals. You'll be amazed at how much more clean food you can eat and still drop pounds, inches and feel better.

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  49. felt good today...worked out this am. Had B'fast: Chicken,broccoli,avocado Lunch: chicken,carrots,olives and dinner: salmon, spinach, olives. I had an apple between lunch and dinner and some herbal tea and feel great! Was not hungry all day and feel very satisfied.

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  50. I too was hungry all day. Grass fed burger with onions and avocado and salad finally held me over for awhile. Just had another hemp protein / coconut milk / blueberry smoothie now before bed. Felt good most of the day.

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    1. It is funny how the body just craves clean foods given the opportunity. Aren't the smoothies awesome?

      Happy to hear that all went well today.

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  51. Day 2 - Not doing well. Headache is so bad! I am also running a little fever and glands are swollen. Maybe I'm getting the flu or something. Not sure if this is a part of the "normal" detox or not but headache is really bad.

    Have stayed on program diet wise. I've also gained 3 pounds since we started : (

    Don't know why I'm going backwards. Kind of scary!

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    1. The fever and glands along with your headache would tell me that you are dealing with some type of cold or flu bug.

      Through the program, your body will begin to adjust and shift accordingly. Some hit this right away while others take a bit longer.

      You'll get there Jeanette.

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    2. I am going backwards, too, so far, you are not alone in that. Quitting will only waste the last 3 days of suffering, that's how I'm looking at it for now.

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    3. Hi Louanna -- Thanks for your support! Don't worry, though, I have no plans to quit : ) It was just scary to start gaining weight so quickly. I had horrible diarrhea today (sorry if that's TMI!!) and basically "lost" the weight I gained. Not that that is the way I hope to continue to lose it though!!

      Meant a lot to see someone having the same issue as me - so thank you for posting that!

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    4. The toughest time for my caffeine or sugar addicts are the first three days or so. It all gets easier after that...

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  52. Where are the recipes referred to in the meal plan emails? Also is there a particular Asian store where people are finding the yam noodles? Would love to get some.
    Vicki

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    1. I am from wisconsin so i have gotten my yam noodles at a little asian store, i just searched the internet for asian stores in my area and then called to make sure they had them before taking the drive. They are good and come in different sizes. Good Luck Debbie

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    2. Vicki - The recipes came in an attachment with one of Glen's e-mails this week. I believe it was on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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    3. I found Yam noodles at Sprouts

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  53. Tonight's dinner was easy, fun to prepare and tasty. Dawn and I cut up broccoli, celery, green onion and garlic, sauteed this in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary and added pulled chicken left over from last night's oven roasted chicken.

    What's left from this will likely go in a romaine lettuce leaf in the morning for breakfast.

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    1. Forgot the best part. A small spoon of the coconut spread after. Delicious!

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    2. What's this coconut spread you speak of!? Also, still wondering about the coconut yogurt! We're trying to find some here....what is "allowed" in terms of ingredients!?

      The three of us WAYYY up North had bison sausages for breakfast, homemade chicken wings with salt and pepper and a baked yam for lunch and beef stir fry with tons of veggies for dinner. We just flavored it with salt and pepper. My dad (Gerry) says he has never ate so much in his life (he's had trouble eating consistently throughout the days until now!)! And I haven't seem him so up in a long time. My mom is feeling a bit achy so we're all hoping she isn't getting sick. I'm tired, but feeling great aside from that. I'm so ready to take on Day 3! :-)

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    3. Okay so I am either getting sick, or it is withdrawal from the wheat/sugar drug, but I am miserable. I have a headache, mostly sinus, I'm exhausted. Meds not doing much for the head. If I had no daughter I would not put myself through this. I can fully understand why drug addicts die in their addiction. The gap between here and 'amazing' seems too wide to bridge today.

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    4. I have been sick all week so i don't think its the program i believe there is alot of sickness going around right now.
      We can't look at the gap between here and amazing right now, we have to take one day at a time because sometimes that's all one can handle at a single moment. I am sure your daughter is very important in your life but you have to want to do this for you so you can be the best version of yourself that you can be. Be strong. Good Luck. Debbie

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    5. Thanks Debbie. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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    6. Hey You Three Wayyy Up North, the first time I was on this program I ate the heck out of chocolate coconut yogurt. I ignored the fact that it had sugar and caffeine it - I was so hungry. I didn't lose as much weight nor have the feel-good results that I wanted due to the sugar. What you're looking for is called SoDelicious coconut yogurt. I personally don't like the taste of any of the other flavors, so am just going to do without it. Just make sure the one you get does not have sugar of any kind in it. Glen, wanna add anything?

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    7. Emily and family of course. Tell Gerry that I am with him. I eat like a pig on this plan and am always amazed that I can almost double my food consumption and respond so well and actually lose quite a bit of weight and inches. Kind of throws our paradigm out the window.

      The flu season has hit so many hard this year but thankfully ALL of us are working toward building amazing immune function.

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  54. I commit to feeling AMAZING!Wooohoo!

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  55. I too am curious about coconut spread. where would one find such a thing? Looking forward to connecting with Lynda on the protein issue. Thanks. Vicki

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    1. I got it at Mother's Market. It is not by the butter though and tough to find. I asked someone in the department and they walked it right to me. I call this a little spoonful of heaven.

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  56. oops I posted in the wrong spot somehow. New post is three up from this, mistakenly in reply to another....

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  57. Hi everyone,

    I made this "YUMMY" Gingered sweet potato carrot soup this morning for lunch. and thought I should share since its an easy recipe from Women's Health magazine. Enjoy!!!


    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 C low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
    1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
    5 large carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 tbsp jarred ginger, chopped
    Plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt (optional)
    Directions

    1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock plus 2 cups water, then add sweet potato, carrot, and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
    2. Strain out vegetables and put them in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, adding a bit of broth if needed. (If you're using a standard blender, allow the mixture to cool first; hot liquid may cause the blender to squirt out contents. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches.)
    3. Pour vegetable puree back into the saucepan and stir until well blended and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of yogurt on top, if desired.

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    1. Sounds great Sandy...thanks for sharing. I bet you could substitute some coconut cream or coconut yogurt for the Greek style yogurt. Kit

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  58. Ok, my skin is almost crawling! I swore after going through this last summer, I would never have another gm of sugar in my life! Going through this again is not worth the eating and drinking debauchery I went on on my vacation that got me off track. I'm happy to be here now, though, with all of you - thanks Glen! Having the flu mixed in with these withdrawal symptoms is good b/c I'm just calling it the flu and not doing much work...taking it easy, being good to myself AND I'm blogging and FB'ing more this week than I did all last year - ha! I'm not hungry - I'm eating for my type, 4 small meals a day and feeling very satisfied. I know what I have to look forward to: when I eat this way all the time, I'm happy and more energetic...Amazing :)

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    1. I share your sugar/wheat addiction. Very encouraging for me to read, "I know what I have to look forward to: ... happy and energetic." That sentence helped me get through this day!

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    2. What is so true but so often misunderstood is that feeling amazing feels better than sugar ever does. You can quote that...

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  59. Hey Glen, I'm x-reactive to potatoes. Can I have yams?

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  60. How are we supposed to be eating by type on this plan? I'm a mixed -- but very close to being protein type.

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    1. Jaelin was right. I will be addressing Nutritional ID this coming Tuesday.

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  61. Jeanette, I've been eating for my protein type for a good while (when I'm not acting out with my sugar addiction :) ) According to the notes I took from this week's seminar, I think Glen is going to address the types on next week's seminar - don't know - I guess we'll stay tuned...meanwhile...frying my chicken thighs for 2 o'clock and 5 o'clock meals in this morning's bacon grease - who needs sugar and flour?!?
    :-D

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  62. Previous to this venture I lived on Mexican / Southwest type of food. The lack of taste and kick in my food has been killing me. I finally asked Google how to make food spicy without peppers. There was an answer!

    http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/22487/how-can-i-spice-up-ground-beef-without-using-pepper

    I used the cumin, ginger idea and squeezed some lime juice in it with salt and pepper and it was adequate!

    I made guac with fresh red onion, garlic, lime juice, salt, black pepper, and fresh cilantro (with stems). It was the most enjoyable and satisfying meal I've had in 4 days.

    Feeling way better than I did when I woke up. :)

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    1. You're right! Avocados are relish sliced up with just some lemon juice and salt&pepper. I used to chop up tomatoes, too, but not anymore. Glad you found something satisfying.

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    2. Thanks for the share Louanna. We actually added some tumeric to our chicken and it added that little something. I am like you, love spicy food.

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    3. I'm with you and the avocados Jaelin. I've been having fun with coconut so far but the avocados are a gift on this plan.

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  63. Fellow "planners" ---- I found something GREAT today! I thought it was too good to be true --- but it's not!

    Deemer's American Grill -- has the most amazing grass fed beef - no hormones - hamburger and it comes as a lettuce wrap! I got a California Burger - with avocados, baby spinach, yummy yummy burger with lettuce wrap. It was deeee licious! Unfortunately, I leave to Chicago tomorrow and this is a local restaurant in Laguna Niguel, but I will definitely be eating there when I get back!

    For you locals craving something tasty, tasty -- this is it. (I don't know if the veggie burger falls into our plan for you vegetarians, though.)

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    1. Thank you Jeanette. Looking forward to trying it myself.

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  64. Is Almond Milk allowed?? I just got back from Trader Joe's in Chicago...No Hemp Milk, No Coconut Butter :(

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    1. No nut milks are allowed. Perhaps Whole Foods has the hemp milk for you...

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    2. Vitacost.com has it, delivered to your door.

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    3. Trader Joes has coconut milk - unsweetened.

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    4. I got coconut butter at Whole Foods. Its called Coconut Manna and it was in the section with nut butters. its 100% organic coconut brand name Nutiva.
      Vicki

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  65. Another day with constant eating. Thankfully I love to eat and better yet, I know the end result is feeling better than ever. This too will be you!

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  66. If I ever miss a question in a thread, please repost this in a new thread. I do want to make sure all questions and comments are properly addressed. Talk to you all tomorrow.

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  67. Woke up constipated, weak, shaky and nauseous but in a good mood. (just for the record.)

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    1. Sounds like you are still going through some withdrawals/detox but you are likely not far improvement. The good mood is a positive direction.

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  68. Woke up with enough energy to clean my house... which I haven't had all week! This is good!

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  69. Kombucha tea is on the allowed foods list. That would mean only ones without caffeine right!?

    Posting this for Dad. :-)

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  70. Just made a great salad combo - Tuna, chopped spinach, artichoke hearts and blueberries drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper! Delicious! Took a photo but can't seem to paste it on here! Not only was it yummy, it was beautiful!

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  71. Also a question, can we eat hemp hearts? I am not sure if they are a seed or a grain or what?
    Thanks.

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  72. Here's an easy meal idea. Last night I was in a pinch without anything ready. I took 3 turkey breast slices and topped these with sprouts and avocado. Salt and pepper to taste and simply cut and eat. Quick, easy and enjoyable.

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  73. Tonight's dinner: Onion, celery, radish and garlic in the bottom of the crock pot, add a pork roast and veggie broth. Very easy and tasty, while letting the crock pot do most of the work.

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  74. Let me first define constipation. This would be one bowel movement or less per day. If anyone is constipated, it is OK to take Smooth Move tea to help move your colon. A change in diet can constipate you as well as the elimination of caffeine. Caffeine stimulates movement of the colon, not in a healthy way but stimulation none the less.

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  75. Hopefully everyone is hitting their stride with their nutritional choices. Next week we will focus on specifics per Nutritional ID.

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  76. For anyone looking to add more protein without adding more meat, sprouts are and answer for you. Sprouted seeds are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein. When a seed is sprouted, its protein content can increase up to 35%.

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  77. Hey Glen,

    Are dried goji berries & stevia allowed?

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  78. FYI...it is likely that your bowel movements will appear different. This is not a concern and expected. Intermittent diarrhea could also occur.

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  79. One of the things I am noticing is that we have to pay more attention to what we eat and to planning so we have the right things available and enough to fill us up.

    I also created a new recipe today - we don't seem to be able to get unsweetened coconut yogurt here so I put a small amount of the sweetened coconut yogurt in the blender with coconut milk and created a lovely creamy, only very slightly sweet, "coconut cream" which tasted excellent on a bowl of fruit.

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  80. Here's something I made - I took half a bunch of asparagus, and two zucchini and some black kale (only because that's the kind I had. Threw it all in a pot with barely enough water to cover with salt and pepper. Cook until zucchini is soft, but still bright green, and blend it up. Add coconut cream to taste for creaminess. You can even add flax seeds before serving if desired. Something I've been eating for years. Experiment with different greens and let us know! Vicki

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  81. Glen - I am getting the 5 day meal plan emails, but don't see any recipes. Also I never heard anything from Linda on proteins - getting a little tired of hemp protein powder and flax seeds.
    Thanks - Vicki

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  82. OK -- now I'm getting concerned and need some support. Something seems "off" here for me. I've followed the diet plan since we started. Yesterday and the night before had really bad diarrhea and yesterday and today it was green! (I don't remember eating much green food, so that was pretty freakey!)

    But I'm super concerned because I went from gaining 3 pounds - then having bad diarrhea and going back to the weight I started with - and now I am literally 8 pounds heavier than my starting weight!! I am out of town for several weeks and have only one pair of pants that "sort of" fit me now and all of the clothes I brought with me won't even zip up! (I was technically - from a BMI scale - in "normal" range when we started -- and I've quickly moving into "overweight" status!)

    I feel awful, actually. I don't feel energy. I did feel OK for a day or so, but now I am feeling very drained and the weight is freaking me out because I've gained more in the last week or so than I have in over a year!

    I didn't want to post this because I didn't want to discourage anyone else, but I think Glen prefers that we post our experiences here.

    I could deal with a few pounds here or there but eight pounds in a week is super scary and it seems like it's getting worse every day! I even have fat in places I never had before! (And I used to be stick thin for years!)

    The thing that I am wondering is if there is a certain food that I am reacting to that is making me gain weight. (I.e., what if I am "allergic" to coconuts and I've been living on coconut water?) Another thing I wondered is if one of the vegetables or supplements is slowing me down. My pituitary specialist told me I shouldn't take selenium, or eat brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage or strawberries or they would cause me to gain weight. I having been eating them very much and my weight had somewhat stablized a bit.

    If anyone who has been on the plan before has heard anything like this, please let me know. Something doesn't seem right!

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    1. I meant to say.. I have NOT been eating them (brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage and strawberries) very much in the past few years, and my weight had somewhat stabilized a bit.

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    2. Jeanette - I have not been on this before nor am I experiencing the challenges you are facing. I just wanted to reach out and say it sounds very frustrating and a little unsettling. I admire your courage for taking on a challenge like this while traveling. Its challenging enough being in my own home, I can't imagine doing it while traveling. Kudos to you and hope things stabilize soon. Hopefully someone will get back to you that can alleviate your concerns and steer you in a positive direction.
      Vicki

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    3. Vicki - To answer your question above regarding the recipes. I couldn't find them at first either but they were on an attachment on one of the emails Glen sent last week. (I think Tuesday or Wednesday). I went back in my email and found them.

      Thank you very much for your note here, by the way : ) Funny thing, I actual travelled, in part, so that I could have access to a kitchen because I've been staying at a hotel until we find a place to live. The hotel situation was difficult because there was no way to cook food and the refrigerators there were not too good so I couldn't really keep food in them. I travelled to a relative's house so I could actually use a kitchen!! : )

      Thank you for your kind words regarding the other part. I can't imagine what would be causing me to gain weight so quickly. I'm still on the plan though! Trying to cut back on fruit if that could be an issue, although I haven't had too much on the plan. I can't figure this one out.

      Today was a hemp protein drink with blueberries and this afternoon - chicken soup (homemade) with carrots, celery and leeks.

      I had a few hours of feeling better than yesterday, but the weight gain is disconcerting.

      Thank you : ) Jeanette

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  83. Glen,
    I am used to having a protein shake in the morning and have been using the hemp protein but no matter what i add to it i can't stand the taste. You sell PureLean Protein Blend with your supplements would that taste better and would that be allowed? Or does pea protein taste better and mix better? Thanks Debbie

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