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The first book I received, I returned because it was damaged. I received a replacement book and that one was damaged as well. Great book, but for the money it shouldn’t look like it has been used already in someone’s kitchen twice!
Bought this in a flush of enthusiasm for The Plan. I have made one of the recipes in it which all of us enjoy. But quite a few of the recipes contain ingredients that are American and made be difficult to obtain here.
***Update*** I emailed the author and she said this book is not for colitis sufferers.
This is a fairly incomplete supplement to The Plan. I bought this first because of IBS, not knowing what I was really getting into. It outlines the 3 day cleanse but not the rest of the 20 day diet. The 20 day part is not clearly described in this book but when you buy the companion books they describe what you’re eating for the whole 20 days, which is basically whole flaxseed, broccoli, zucchini, and carrots with no salt. It’s tough. The recipes really don’t taste all that great. She swears the cleanse will cure you of your desires for salt but they don’t (I didn’t eat that much salt before but going to zero salt with all these veggies is not easy). My sugar cravings are definitely way down but as soon as the cleanse was over I started eating recipes in this book I gained back about .5 lbs/day until I gained back 5 of the 7 lbs I originally lost. It wasn’t until I got the workbook that I realized this is a 20 day cleanse and not a 3 day cleanse with a slow reintroduction to foods that don’t inflame. The reintroduction is a long and painful process that still involves lots of flaxseed, broccoli, zucchini and carrots with a few bites of other foods occasionally thrown in to “test” how you react to them. Unless you live in a controlled environment with 2 hours to cook every day, no kids, and no friends to have dinner with its pretty tough to follow. Also this is not a colitis/ IBS diet and many of the foods are on the no go list for IBS (pear, apple, mango, watermelon are staples here). I did lose a lot of bloat but gained it all back without really identifying what my trigger foods were.
Love the premise of the Plan! The book contains many great nutritional notes and I was surprised to read 'my story' in the wonderful uplifting and encouraging stories presented, BUT, I found the Plan complicated and cumbersome and impossible to fit into my family's regime. I imagine that I am not in the minority of readers.