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Welcome Patty!! I am new to the plan too and have found it very helpful!! Make sure you start soaking your flax as soon as you get home. Those need to soak overnight (I did mine for 8 hours) before you cook them in the oven for your cereal. Lyn Genet's website has a lot of great info for you too. She has her Spring Menu (which you want to follow if your in an area that has temps over 75 degrees F for over 2 weeks). She also has a recipe book (different from her book) and a shopping list and quick prep for the first 3 days. Here is the link: http://lyngenet.com/tips-for-book-readers/

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I'm Patty, and I'm starting The Plan! emoticon I've had the book for a couple of weeks, but you know how life gets in the way of our best intentions.
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So I've begun reading the book, and I'm looking at the instructions for The Cleanse. There's quite a bit I'll be needing to purchase, but that's ok. I have the afternoon free to go shopping and try to find the liver detox supplements and others, and the ingredients for the first three days. I plan to start Day One tomorrow, and I'm very excited about it.

What I'm doing today, other than shopping, is drinking loads of water. I usually drank 64oz a day. I'd put a 2qt pitcher next to me and pour water into my glass from that all through the day. Then I read The Plan, and I found out I needed half of my weight in ounces. My goodness!
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My poor body must be as dry as a desert! emoticon

Because I'm a big gal (317), and half of my weight is 158.5! That's a load of water! That's about 1.25 gallons, almost! Every day!
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So this morning, I had some water with lemon, and then I got started on my water marathon. I told my son I was putting on my running shoes because I'm certain I'll be running back and forth to the bathroom today.
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I'm eager to see how I feel at the end of the three day cleanse, especially adding in all of this extra water that my body must have been screaming for.
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And I can't wait to find out which foods I'm eating are ones that I'm having a reaction to. In the past month, I've found that not only do I bloat up, but I have trouble reaching a deep breath after eating certain foods, like my lungs feel very congested. Some foods, like tortilla chips and salsa have started giving me hives on my neck area along with the swelling. So I'm very excited about finding out what my trigger foods are.
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5/27/13 12:59 P

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Thank you so much!!

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Lauren, when I make the soup, I divide it into individual serving containers and freeze. I always have several kinds frozen, and it's simple to defrost one in the microwave any time I need it. The vegetables should be OK in the fridge though they get a little droopy after a few days. The coco sauce and the orange oil keep a long time in the fridge.

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5/27/13 10:38 A

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I have a question:

I did most of my cooking for days 1-3 today (Monday), but I prob. won't start until Wednesday or Thursday. Will any of the food spoil or go bad by then? II made the Carrot Ginger Soup; kale, carrot, zucchini etc. and spicy cocoa sauce and the oil and orange zest.

Thanks for any of your help or suggestions!

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5/22/13 4:29 P

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Stop by our daily check-in and let us know how you're doing.

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Hi, my name is Pam and I am new to the team. I am starting Day 5 of the Plan and have lost 3.2 pounds. I have been diagnosed with food allergies in the past and have been looking for a food elimination diet to determine sensitivities or allergies when I stumbled across Lyn-Genet on Dr. Oz. I feel that this plan will be helpful in narrowing down reactive foods that cause health issues, and am looking forward to feeling healthier. I am so glad to have found this spark team and hoping to gain more insight into the program, as well as be of some help to others.

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5/20/13 7:43 P

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Columbia Bread Co. has a TP approved flax granola. It actually tastes very good compared to what I made.

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5/19/13 7:54 P

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Thank you for your help and suggestions! I started the probiotics bc I did test positive for that. My thyroid has been at a constant 97.0 for the past 3 days, so I think I am alright there :) my grocery store has flax, but I have not carefully read the back. What brand do you order online? Thanks again for the help! Lauren

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5/19/13 11:35 A

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LWV, practice your water intake so you get used to it. If you're not used to drinking the right amount of water, you may well lose weight even before starting TP.

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5/19/13 9:54 A

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emoticon Lwv2010,

It sounds like you're excited to start this. Have you done the test for yeast overgrowth or thyroid disfunction yet? They're easy enough to do, even while you're traveling. If you have either of these problems it's best to start the supplements before you begin testing otherwise your test results could be off.

Take some time to shop and prepare the 1st 3 days food. Lyn has a shopping list and guide on how to do it in 70 minutes on her website. It's in the same area that you found the Spring menu & cookbook.

The flax granola that you eat for breakfast will need to be made or bought on-line. What you find in the grocery store has oatmeal in it which is a separate test. You'll need to soak the flax seed overnight and then bake it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a low temp.

Hope this helps.

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5/18/13 8:06 P

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Hi Everyone,

I am half-way through Lyn-Genet's book and am about to start doing The Plan. I am going on vacation and will start as soon as I get home. I have downloaded her Spring 2013 cookbook and meal plan. I bought MSM and my Probiotic. What else can I do to prep? Does anyone have any good advice for me? Thanks in advance :)

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5/14/13 1:07 P

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Kikicee - Welcome to the team. It's great that your husband is joining you on this journey.

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5/14/13 11:47 A

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I started The Plan yesterday. I have Hashimoto's and have known I needed to try an elimination diet for a while now - I just haven't had the drive to do so. My husband told me about TP and we decided we'd give it a try together.



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5/13/13 8:10 P

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Lola369 - Welcome to our team and congrats on the weight loss. It's always exciting to see the scale go down. I've found that the physical reactions to foods that I react negatively to start on the same day I eat the food and continue for 24 to 48 hours. Most of my reactions have been gastrointestinal distress and headaches.

Lyn suggests that you don't exercise when you are in an inflammatory state. Your body is already working hard trying to clear up that inflammation. You don't want to divert your body's energy away from that important work.

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5/13/13 3:15 P

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Hi everybody! My name is Laura. I just started the plan late last week. I am currently on day 5 and have lost 4.5lbs. So far I have only reacted negetively to the goats cheese and thankfully it wasn't a gain! Just stayed the same. The physical reaction was surprising though! My stomach was sore all afternoon, I've had trouble maintaining my body temperature, my hands have been blue since yesterday afternoon. I mean I live in Canada and it's fairly cold right now but not blue hands cold! I went for my first run this morning since starting the plan and was dissapointed in my body. I felt tired earlier than usual. My body ached. Hopefully that was just all from the cheese still!

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5/10/13 8:29 P

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I read that you should not have soup for dinner it causes weight stabilization.

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5/7/13 12:24 A

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Hi, I know what you mean about the travel, I travel a week per month. I now see if there is a fresh market in the city I am visiting. If that fails I will pickup a bag of salad. For dinners out, I just order a salad and maybe a small appetizer. The Plan issues are much easier than hauling a blender around. I also take a bag if cereal and pickup a small container of rice milk.

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Mer, you are right, add the carrot soup at lunch to help after a reaction. I follow the general concept most days and I have been mixing matching my meals and still losing over a pound a day. I eat one of the approved breakfasts, either soup and salad for lunch or leftover veggies and salad for lunch followed by dinner which is an approved protein on a bed of greens and an approved cooked veggie, wine & chocolate. Snacks I alternate between the approved and passed list.

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5/5/13 10:59 P

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Thanks for the feedback. I have been keeping the food for each day ON that day, but I did misunderstand the soup advice, I guess. (I thought the book had indicated that the carrot/ginger soup was okay on any day after reactions?) I will try to be more careful.

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5/5/13 3:50 P

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LG also says you can fix the ingredients listed for the soup without all the liquid so they are no longer a soup.

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5/5/13 3:10 P

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LG says it's ok to swap lunch & dinner from the same day. It's also ok to move the snack around to the morning instead of afternoon, or to add it to a meal. You can also skip the snack if you're not hungry for it. She doesn't want you to swap a meal from Day X to Day Y.

The hesitation about swapping dinner & lunch is that in the 20-day plan, the animal proteins show up mostly at dinner. A lot of people find animal proteins harder to digest than veg protein sources, so if you ate them at lunch, it may affect you in the afternoon. You really don't have soup all that often after the first several days, so the objection to soup in the evenings is moot.

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Mer...I believe the book said that switching both the lunch and dinners from one day to another was okay. Not sure about flipping the lunch and dinner. Protein at lunch is a separate test. It says not to switch a lunch without switching the dinner from the same day because the days are chemically balanced. However, if it's working for you then go for it!

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5/5/13 12:36 P

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Meg, I work odd hours and find that I need to switch dinner & lunch, otherwise I'm eating animal protein very late in the evening--not great for the reflux issues. I was surprised to read on FB that soup at dinner is a Plan "no-no" yet read in the book that switching around lunch & dinner is okay. Since many lunches are SOUP, I got pretty confused! Thanks for posting this.

A series of "reactions" to chickpeas, goat cheese & vinegar not only stalled my weight loss, but added weight, migraines & reflux issues--and caused my basal temperatures (which had began to climb using kelp) to plummet again. Fighting my way back--this morning the added weight is gone, headaches are better. One good thing? I sure am learning to "listen to my body" through all this!
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5/4/13 5:10 P

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Welcome! TP is designed to allow you to live your life! You CAN eat on plan at restaurants, you don't have to be perfect and you CAN get back on track with in days of being off track. Check out my recent blogs! There is also a link in there to a revamped carrot ginger soup. I too hated it and set out to revise it and now I find it delicious! Stop by and visit on the daily check in for the most support.

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5/4/13 11:34 A

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Hi, I'm Kristin. I started the Plan about a month ago and got results, but then fell off the wagon quite a few times. The hardest thing for me is that there is always a lunch out, dinner with friends, party, etc a few times a week. I wish I could avoid all social events for a few months. Another issue is that I despise the carrot/ginger soup and hate the vegetarian soup ! I like pretty much everything else. I am trying to do some clean days so that I can test some of my favorites.........but I am traveling the next 2 weekends........ so it's going to be hard

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Hallo, I am Maggie and I am living in New Zealand. I have been following Mandi's blog and she inspired me to know what foods are Maggie-friendly. I just got the book from the library and I am keen to read it. I will not start until I have done the reading and then on top of that we will be moving house on the 13th.

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Hello, I'm Melissa & just began to read about the Lyn-Genet plan from a fellow Sparker. I've downloaded a boat load of info & am considering ordering the book. Her sight has some free recipes & they sound YUMMY!!

Can't wait to learn more!!

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georgette....

They say that physical reactions speak louder than weight gain. If you had a migraine it may have been detox but it may have been a reaction even with the loss. I would test again before you consider them safe. Also the low loss on the next day could have been soup for dinner or could have been goat cheese- I would redo the goat cheese day just to be sure.

Also we have a daily check in thread that you can use to get questions answered daily. I don't know that everyone is super good about checking this thread.

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Thanks, Meg! It really helps to hear someone else's opinion!

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4/29/13 9:18 A

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Georgette, when I started TP, I ate soup for dinner for several days until I found out about the rule. That didn't seem to hinder my weight loss. I was also drinking water with meals, right before bed, etc. before I found the FB page. Again, no biggie.

As for your case, I would tend to think your day 4 was a pass. You could test goat cheese again on a day when you stick to the menu.

Your headache on day 3 was likely detox. My detox symptoms lasted like 5-6 days (headaches, insomnia), even though they're supposed to subside after 3 days. Given your great weight loss, I'd assume you were fine with chickpeas.

The online menus & cookbook reflect LG's latest thinking & data, so use those whenever you can.

Good luck.



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4/29/13 8:42 A

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Hi, I just joined and I am on Day 5 of TP. So far I have not reacted to anything (I think). I started off vegan and caffeine free so I think that made the cleanse easier for me. I am doing the vegetarian menu, not the vegan one because I want to test milk and eggs. I am down 7.2 pounds - Yay! I had a baby two years ago and one year ago I started putting on tons of weight no matter what I did. I got diagnosed with hypo thyroid and Hashimoto's Syndrome. I am regulated on my meds and my bloodwork and BBT are fine. I am 20 pounds up and no matter how much I dieted or exercised I could not come down.

I have a couple of questions if anyone has some time to answer:
1. Last night I substituted cream of broccoli soup for dinner and then later read on the LG website that you should not have soup for dinner. Today I am only down .2 pounds but I also tried coffee and wine and goat cheese yesterday so I do not know what to think. I feel fine.

2. I had a massive migraine on the night of Day 3 and I tried chickpeas for the first time that day. But I still lost 1.4 pounds the next morning. I assume this means I am reactive to chickpeas. But I still lost. What do you think? I don't want to eat them again but I love and depend on humuus as a vegetarian!

3. Is everyone using the online cookbooks solely now? I get confused by the messages I have seen here.

Thansk so much! I am excited to hear from others doing this!!!!!


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Hi Unicorn,

Definitely makes sense to consider all the angles. Your ideas and observations help us all. I do like that LG says Silk and Rice Dream can be consumed with breakfast and lunch, and wine are no problem with can be done with dinner. Coffee is ok with breakfast. I believe her thinking based on thousands of clients is that water dilutes the digestive process if consumed with a meal. That includes teas.

Once I get to the point where I feel more certain of which foods help fuel me without gaining weight, I will definitely test drinking tea with my meals! Thank you for helping me consider making drinking water or tea with meals a new test!

lib

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I lurked here for the week before I started the plan and want to say thank you for all the helpful tips. It made the transition that much easier.
I know that everyone is different but I never worry about when I drink my water other than being done within 3-4 hours before bed. I personally feel that obsessing about those little details puts undue stress on our bodies and can cause inflammation which in turn can cause weight gain. I think we need to remember that even though most of this is based on science and our physical reaction to foods there is always an emotional factor as well and stressing out about too many rules could actually be as much of a problem as eating the wrong things.
Lib: I love your explanation it's so detailed and will help alot of people (including me). I figured the sleep thing and it was nice to see someone confirm this. I actually weighed myself this morning after only 6 hours of sleep and was expecting to gain weight and was really happy to see -.8 on the scale. Thanks for the information.

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Hi Kris-

Your weight gain was definitely a reactive response. Major inflammation to be up .4. I agree that it may have been the aciditiy of the chocolate but it could be a variety of other factors. Unless you are within 10 pounds of your body's set point (ideal weight), then losing -.3 or more means you had a friendly day. If your result the next morning is between -.2 and +.2, you had a mild reaction. If you gain +.3 or more, you had a major reaction.

If you lost .3 or more one day, and were up .4 the next day, then you would do any previously friendly day until you see your weight start to come down again (even just a -.1 would show that your body is recovering from the inflammation, but you could choose to do another safe or friendly day - eating just safe foods). It is your plan.

If you had a friendly day with the very same cheese in the same amount, then it was likely to be the extra acidity in the 72% chocolate. Did you drink all of the water for your day? Did you remember to drink it at least 45 minutes before and 45 minutes after your meals? Did you remember not to drink any more water after dinner? Did you drink coffee or wine? If you drank coffee, did you only drink caffeinated (not decaf) and did you add half and half or something with fats to cut the acidity? Did you make sure to only have it in the morning? If you drank wine, did you remember to drink an extra 4-6 oz of water earlier in the day to compensate for it?

Did you get a full 8 hours of sleep?

For every 2 hours of sleep that you lack, your morning weight could be up between .2 and 1.0 pounds! It is during that 8 hours of sleep that your body is healing and using that food/nutrition to repair and process what you ate.

We have a new topic that anyone can start each day to report our progress and get feedback. It is certainly a chemistry experiment!

Glad to hear that your eczema is eliminated on the plan!
Keep us posted,
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MOMXOXO2 If it was me would retry the chocolate after a friendly day. If you go too high then the acidity of the chocolate get alot higher which can cause inflammation. Get a lower percentage I have 55% and have lost 8.8 lbs in 5 days. If that is not the culprit then try your cheese seperately on another day.

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All the best to the new members! I am new too, on day ugh, well I think 5?

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Hello , Katt from florida here starting day 1 today and headache already kicking in its going to be a hard journey for me but up for the challange

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Hello! New today - drinking my water and baking the flax. Looking forward to chatting with all of you. This should be an interesting day! I've read the book twice and trying to keep track of the details. Will check in tomorrow! emoticon

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Hi, another newbie here. Today is Day One on the Plan--though I've been doing some pre-Plan stuff to get ready. I've read the entire book twice--yellow highlighter in hand. On 4/4 I began drinking the water--nothing else. I lost 7 lbs in only a few days. Showed me just HOW much I needed to "do something" to get well--to take responsibility for my own health.

Since then, I've added the liver detox supplements, as well as MSM & thyroid supplements, but still ate pretty much as usual (i.e. badly) & by some quirk, managed to maintain the initial weight loss. Today was my LAUNCH date. (The beets are vile!!!!) My main goals have more to do with health challenges than anything else--any weight loss will be a bonus.

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Thanks, at least I know I am not weird! LOL

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�
The choices before me are mine to choose, win or lose!

Don't wait until you "feel like it " to exercise, that only happens AFTER YOU ARE DONE! ( the first 10 minutes are the hardest, after that it gets easier to keep going)

You never know what you might achieve if you just go for it and push through!


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YES! It's a lot of information to process, but it does get easier!

-Amy

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Weightloss isn't as easy as calories in and calories out. To be successful you have to find what works for your body!!


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I just started following "The Plan" and I am 3 pounds down after 4 days!
Did anyone else find it hard to wrap your brain around the whole thing when you started?

Anyway, I am loving the results, even if it makes more dishes! LOL

�Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.�
The choices before me are mine to choose, win or lose!

Don't wait until you "feel like it " to exercise, that only happens AFTER YOU ARE DONE! ( the first 10 minutes are the hardest, after that it gets easier to keep going)

You never know what you might achieve if you just go for it and push through!


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I'm almost finished with the book. I most definitely see how the concepts work. I've already come to some conclusions prior to this on certain foods, and will try them again to see how they test. Now I know what to look for and I am glad to see how conclusions I have been slowly developing are reaffirmed with this plan. I love it when things come together.

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Did you drink ALL of your water?

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I don't remember reading it in the book but, I wonder if the kind oof chicken used can make a difference? I've switced from conventional to organic. I can't help but think if the chicken has been injected with fillers, that extra sodium has to go somewhere. What kind of chicken are you usi g?

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I don't remember reading it in the book but, I wonder if the kind oof chicken used can make a difference? I've switced from conventional to organic. I can't help but think if the chicken has been injected with fillers, that extra sodium has to go somewhere. What kind of chicken are you using?

Edited by: P2CUSD at: 4/20/2013 (06:44)
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Did you drink ALL of your water?


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