JJ: I like the way that shifts the attitude from “Oh, I gained two pounds; I must have done something wrong” to “I gained two pounds; something I ate isn’t right for my body.”
LGR: Yes. Once you know your friendly foods, you can create your own list of foods that you love. I have a lot of clients who’ll say they’re going away for the weekend, and they know they’re going to gain five pounds. Who cares? You put your friendly foods back in for a day, and the weight will fly off. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of eating.
JJ: Can you describe the general format of The Plan after you’ve established which foods work best for you?
LGR: Yes. It consists of three meals and a snack every day. Basically, you have lower-gluten carbohydrates and one animal protein a day, a protein and a fat at every meal, some fruits and unlimited vegetables. You can also have some nuts and cheese. And a glass of wine is encouraged, as is dessert. You’re having about 1,800 calories daily, and you’re still losing half a pound a day.
JJ: Are there any across-the-board exclusions?
LGR: During the cleanse, yes. An important element of The Plan is having no salt for the first three days, which sensitizes the palate. That, plus programming in the least reactive foods, makes people more aware of how their bodies respond to food.
JJ: So you’re not judging reactivity solely by whether you’ve gained or lost weight.
LGR: We can use the scale as a gauge, but people will know how they react to a food by how they feel. I think that’s what makes The Plan so revolutionary. It’s about teaching you to listen to your body. You should never feel gassy, bloated or tired after a meal. Those are all signs that your body can’t process that food.
JJ: It’s interesting to realize just how unconscious we can be about our interactions with food. Whenever I experience those problems after meals, I assume I must have eaten too much—even when I know I haven’t.
LGR: We live in a society that takes you away from your body. I’m doing the exact opposite. And it’s super fun because it’s like a huge puzzle, and your body is giving you the clues. I’m not making up all this stuff. I’m just putting together a lot of pieces that nobody has put together before.
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