an audio book, The Plan presents the author’s
best-selling elimination plan, which is also available in
hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book. The theory behind
The Plan is that chemistry, not calories, pack on the pounds
through inflammation, and lead to a variety of health problems
including premature aging, migraines, joint pain, depression,
insomnia, and eczema. During a 20-day controlled experiment,
starting with a three-day detox, readers learn how to eat
a non-reactive diet, gradually adding more foods each day
to test how their bodies respond.
Going against conventional thought that certain foods are
good and bad, the author defines all foods as potentially
bad, depending upon an individual’s reactivity to them.
She promises quick and easy weight loss (averaging up to 8%
of body fat) once reactive foods are determined. The book
includes menus, recipes, and lists of supplements, products,
and foods to buy.
“Cookies and nachos are not the problem,” she
writes, but foods we’ve been told are healthy, including
oatmeal, salmon, beans, turkey, and Greek yogurt, might be
the source of many illnesses. Once readers adopt the plan
and write down physical reactions, such as elevated temperature
and weight gain, they begin to change their health by recognizing
and interpreting signals provided in response to food.
Beautifully read by Jean Alexander in a clear, sweet voice,
The Plan is easily accessible in terms of understanding
the concepts, however, the overly frequent testimonials disrupt
the flow at times. A PDF containing 20 days of meal plans
helps guide readers through tasty combinations of breakfasts,
soup/salad/snacks, dinners, and desserts with low-reactive
foods. Recipes range from healthy-sounding dishes such as
Kale and Black-Eyed Pea Soup to more decadent delights including
Apple Pancakes with Cinnamon Butter.