The Plan: a change behind the scenes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on something very special behind the scenes: MYSELF. It’s taken a lot of my time and discipline, and now I feel like I’ve had enough success that it’s time to tell you about it.

Long story short, three weeks ago I started a healthy eating experiment using a new book called The Plan. Yup, that’s what it’s called: The Plan. BAM. This isn’t just one of the many fad diets you’ve heard of a million times. It’s the plan to end all plans.

The gist of the book is to help you identify which foods (possibly even “healthy” foods) are causing inflammatory reactions in your body that can lead to all kinds of physical problems and damage your health over the long term. These negative responses to food can range from weight gain, head aches, bloating, brain fog, irritability, depression, etc.

This is why I started The Plan. I was tired of eating healthy and still gaining weight, of exercising regularly and still feeling exhausted and foggy every day. I had to try something new.

So, what’s makes The Plan different from fad diets? 
The author, Lyn-Genet Recitas, emphasizes that each person’s body chemistry is different and therefore our reactions to foods differ. If you’ve ever noticed a friend have extreme success with a diet plan while you “failed” this is probably why. Maybe the diet worked with her body chemistry and not with yours.

Possibly my favorite thing about this book is that the author doesn’t just tell you what foods are “bad” and what foods are “good.” Using a 20 day meal plan she guides you through testing the major foods that can help get your health back on track.

What can you expect? 
This is the part where I get really honest with you guys: The Plan requires a lot of work. If you don’t like to cook but you want to make a difference in your health, you’ll have to get over that for this book. You will cook A LOT. You will chop a lot of vegetables. Your entire paradigm concerning food will flip over and stand on it’s head.

You might eat things you’ve never been interested in before. Like kale. There’s lots of kale in The Plan. You will have to cook things from scratch that you’ve never dreamt of before. But I am telling you, it’s worth it!

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After three weeks doing this thing, I can look you in the eye through this screen and tell you: I have never felt so good. I have never had this much energy since I started having children over six years ago. And I have never seen the shape of my body change so fast. 

I’ve lost 12 pounds in three weeks, and no, I’m not hungry all the time. I’m satisfied and fulfilled. One week into The Plan I called my mom and, with tears in my eyes, told her I hadn’t felt this happy in years. I’m not making this up!

I’m telling you this because just a month ago I felt so lost. I had over 30 pounds to lose and no energy. My dear friend, Kari, posted about The Plan on her blog and I was so intrigued I had to try it out. Thankfully, she has been available to me the whole time, answering text messages and giving me pep talks on the phone when necessary. I know how important it is to have a partner for these sorts of things. If you are interested in trying The Plan, or have some questions, please leave them in the comments below. If you would like an email back, please make sure you leave an email address, and I promise you, I will respond!

Our health is important. We have been given these beautiful bodies as a way to interact with our world and the beautiful souls in our charge. I don’t want my body to deteriorate before its time! I want to be a good steward of what God has given me so I can live a full and thriving life with the people I love.

Lastly, I know this is a long post but I want to make a few things clear before we end this. I did not go on The Plan because I think I need to be thinner to have a good life. I already have a great life. I have a beautiful life. My husband and children think I hung the sun. I am the center of their world and I will embrace that no matter what size I am. Over the duration of my life I will probably go up and down in sizes. I’m a woman and we are made of good stuff–sometimes we have more of it than at other times.

I like myself the way I look, but it was my internal well-being, energy, and health that was worrying me. I’m in my 30s and it’s time to take control of this issue! My body doesn’t own my mind. I own my body, and I’m going to do what’s right for it once and for all.

If you are discouraged in this area, I encourage you to embrace hope! All is not lost. You are not alone and you CAN make a difference in your health. Maybe this is the right thing for you, and if so, you won’t be along on the road.

I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress! 

In the meantime, thanks so much for reading! More sewing posts are coming tomorrow…


  1. says

    Caila, you have me intrigued. I’m a “few” years older than you, but still want my healthy life back, along with a body that feels and looks better. Fortunately, I do like to cook, so this may be what I need to get myself going towards my goal. You were meant to write this post…right now. Thank you.

  2. says

    Caila, thanks so much for sharing this! I am going to look into it for sure. I recently started noticing that certain foods are inflammatory to me, too, and they’ve been contributing to some chronic (but low-grade) health problems. I’ve also been finding it much harder to lose weight and get my shape back after baby #2.

  3. says

    That’s awesome! I started 2014 off really well but the past 2 weeks have had poor eating choices. Looking forward to getting back to eating right for my body!

  4. says

    This is such a great post, Caila! I love reading about your progress with The Plan, and found it so inspiring. Thank you for being willing to share with us!

  5. says

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to hear updates. I thought you’d like to know that talented Mr. Green designed this book cover and just submitted comps a couple of weeks ago for The Plan Cookbook. I’m not sure when the cookbook will be out, but it’s in the works.

  6. says

    How great! I feel like something is missing in my wellbeing, but haven’t identified it yet. However, after I dropped dairy and wheat (holy cow, the worst! I love butter!) for my nursing baby with major sensitivities, I noticed that my baby weight just started to drop. I’m feeling better and better, but not GREAT. Though, maybe if I’d had a full night of sleep at any point in the last 5 years I would find that missing part…..hahaha

  7. says

    Thank you for sharing this book, Caila. I love the idea of working with your body’s chemistry to eliminate inflammation. I just read the intro to her book on Amazon. I’m planning to get this one to add to my reference library. Good stuff.

  8. says

    I find this very interesting. I feel tired all the time, but I blame the baby…though he’s 8 months old and sleeps through, so it probably isn’t his fault. I wonder if it’s something I’m eating?! Now, to see if I can find any kale here in Australia.