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Trump Toronto Launches Diet Menu

by Karen Kwan

I didn’t know much about The Plan from Lyn-Genet Recitas until I went to the Trump Hotel to try a lunch based on her famous Plan (you may have seen her on Dr. Oz talking about it). I’ll admit I was a bit scared of leaving lunch starving (especially so as I had a heavy workout planned immediately afterwards). If lunch was going to be just a tiny green salad, I was going to have to have lunch after the lunch.

Creating the menu at Trump Toronto was simple enough, as the restaurant was already serving many foods that align with The Plan, says Lyn-Genet. “There were just a few things to tweak, so I sat with the chef a couple of days to discuss The Plan’s ideology and we created a menu together.”

Credit: Karen Kwan

Credit: Karen Kwan

The crux of The Plan is based on the idea that certain foods (even foods commonly considered healthy such as salmon or oatmeal), sometimes don’t work with your particular chemistry. When this happens, you have a histamine response that can affect your hormones, thyroid and digestion and lead to long-term weight gain. There are certain foods that are almost universally non-inflammatory, including lamb, chicken, kale and broccoli. The key is figuring out how your body reacts to foods (which involves a three-day cleanse followed by a phase of testing different foods).

Another key component of The Plan is cutting salt out of your diet. The menu at Trump is prepared without salt, and you can then personally salt your dish on your own plate by selecting from a tray of gourmet salts. This makes the Plan menu at the hotel helpful not only for those who are on The Plan, but also those with high blood pressure, for example.

Credit: Karen Kwan

Credit: Karen Kwan

And so did I leave the lunch starving? Not at all. We enjoyed a lovely broccoli soup to start, and I had beef carpaccio with arugula, shitake mushroom, truffle and chevre noir as my main. And dessert included choosing chocolate (yes, chocolate is part of The Plan!) from the famous chocolate cart. Not only was I full, I went on to do a barre class and then snacked on an apple and ran 10k home.

 

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