In short, this is what the book is saying.
- The wrong foods cause inflammation, and inflammation makes you sick and causes weight gain.
- Many people have thyroid problems, and don’t know it. This also causes illness and weigh gain, but eating the right foods can counteract this problem.
- Too much salt is inflammatory
- Not enough water is inflammatory
The book says that everyone has different chemistry so each person can react differently to each food. However, through her testing, Lyn-Genet has determined some generally non-reactive foods, so the plan starts with those foods.
The 20 day plan is a controlled experiment to see which foods are reactive for you. The measuring stick? A scale. If you lose weight, you’re all clear. Gain? It’s a bad food. Plus you have to listen to your body for obvious signs – bloating, head ache, scratchy throat… Since you are eating a shorter list of ingredients, it’ll be more obvious what you are reacting too.
Day 1-3 is a cleanse. Don’t let the word “cleanse” scare you. This is no juice fast or master cleanse. You get to eat A LOT of food. More than I could even handle. You’ll definitely be full. But you could have a whole laundry list of symptoms. She says the symptoms are a sign of your body “healing” itself. Right. If I rub a cat in my face and get a headache and full of mucus, that’s my body “healing” itself. Well, then my body wins first place at continually healing itself.
Day 4-20 is the testing phase. Every other day you try a new food. One day a new food, the next day a rest to heal. The addition of a new food is very systematic, so you can tell if you’ve reacted.