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Is the Lyn-Genet Plan On Your Plate?

Roast Chicken with Apricot Sauce

When my friend asked me to meet him at the 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, I just assumed it would be a chance to catch up over a nice meal.  As I entered the restaurant, I suddenly realized that there was a special event occurring but I was completely unaware of the contents.  In one of those “Now what am I going to do?” moments, it became apparent that leaving would be awkward but staying might mean enduring a lecture type evening after a long day of work.  To my surprise and delight, the subject matter happened to be of great interest to me.

Lyn-Genet Recitas, Executive Director of Nutrition, of The Lyn-Genet Plan, presented an interesting and informative approach to weight loss, health, and reversing the aging process. There were numerous concepts and examples given during the presentation but what stood out in my mind was the idea that food often promoted as being “healthy” among the general population could, in fact, be a “reactive food” thus inducing an inflammatory response in others.  This reaction has an overall effect on your health.

Mixed Salad Greens

Ms. Recitas’ approach was not an all-encompassing diet plan marketed for the masses but rather an individualized assessment to identify acceptable food and eliminate reactive food specific to each person’s needs.  Her ideas may be of interest to those people who have attempted to address health issues solely through radical diets and/or medication—each having its own side effects.

Vegetable Timbale

The bonus in the evening was a lovely three-course meal consisting of a Carrot Soup Shooter, Mixed Salad Greens, Vegetable Timbale, Roast Chicken, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, or Red Snapper, and a Berries, Chocolate, and Whipped Cream dessert.  All items were prepared by the 5 and Diamond Restaurant utilizing a variety of herbs and spices and minimizing the use of sodium. Owners of the 5 and Diamond Restaurant plan to open The Harlem Pearl, located on 112th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Followers of the Lyn-Genet Plan will be able to purchase her 4-Day Detox meals on a “to go” basis.

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I have not had a personal experience with Ms. Recitas’ Plan but feel that her program warrants further investigation.  For a more in-depth explanation, go to http://lyngenet.com/the-plan/, to assist in formulating your own opinion.

The Plan

153 Main St.

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

www.lygenet.com

Email: theplan@lyngenet.com

twitter@lyngenet 646.330.4769

 

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Health for Harlem – Eat less Salt!

Photo: A diverse group of people

By NativeNewYorker

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 9 out of 10 Americans have too much salt (sodium chloride) in their diets.  For those of us who have or are at risk for developing high blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is particularly important.

Food Labels

Not adding salt to cooked foods is a good first step but most of the salt we eat comes from processed foods and foods prepared in restaurants.  Sodium is already part of processed foods and cannot be removed but we can select lower sodium foods when possible and cook more foods ourselves, to better control how much sodium we eat.   Read the Nutrition Facts label while shopping 

Difference in Sodium

to find the lowest sodium options of your favorite foods.

According to a recent national CDC study, the leading sources of overall sodium consumption are bread and rolls, cold cuts/cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches such as cheeseburgers, cheese, pasta mixed dishes such as spaghetti with meat sauce, meat mixed dishes such as meatloaf with tomato sauce, and savory snacks like chips and pretzels. Together, these account for more than 40% of sodium consumption.  For kids, hotdogs and ready-to-eat cereals are in the top ten.   Click here to learn about things you can do at home, when eating in restaurants and while shopping to cut back on salt.

Melba’s – Still the Queen

By NativeNewYorker

When it opened in 2005, Melba’s was one of the first new restaurants to arrive on Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This warm, welcoming, elegant establishment serves “American comfort food”. The menu now includes a few “healthy eating” items as well as traditional southern dishes. Melba’s is a favorite of local residents as well as a destination of choice for celebs, political VIPs, and New Yorkers in-the-know . The owner, Melba Wilson, can often be seen greeting her guests with the grace and style that are her trademarks. NativeNewYorker recently shared an outstanding meal there with other HCL founders HarlemGuy, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem. Melba wasn’t there but the place still ran smoothly. From the moment we walked in, her friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff made us feel at home. We started with appetizers – the catfish strips were yummy, and the drinks were also a hit. I am not a Mojito lover but my colleague assured me that his was first rate. Our entrees were all beautifully presented as well as delicious.

HarlemGuy had the Melba’s signature Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, HarlemHouse really enjoyed the salmon with Melba’s famous mac & cheese and sauteed spinach; ICare4Harlem had the wine braised short ribs of beef and yours truly had the Chilean Sea Bass which was perfectly cooked.

We were almost too full for dessert but couldn’t resist sharing the chocolate mousse cake and the scrumptious homemade green apple sorbet. We lingered long after the last morsel was finished, enjoying the amazing selection of old school music that was playing throughout our meal. Often the music at Melba’s is pumping (sometimes a little too loudly for my taste) but this was a Sunday night and the sounds were perfect for ‘chillin’ with good friends.

If you haven’t been to Melba’s – go. This small, classy establishment is still the Queen of Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Melba Wilson

Melba’s is located at 300 West 114th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. It is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on Saturday & Sunday. Call (212) 864-7777 or email melbas@melbasrestaurant.com for information or reservations. Melba’s also does catering; for information email melbascatering@gmail.com.

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BABY YOGURT coming to Harlem?

By NativeNewYorker

Reliable sources tell us that the owner of Baby Yogurt is about to sign a lease for one of the commercial spaces in the Gateway Tower on Frederick Douglass  Boulevard between 113th & 114th Streets.  Baby Yogurt offers a variety of flavors of frozen yogurt, created using “Yogorino”, an Italian process that produces a low-calorie, low fat confection that is “healthy enough for a baby” (their motto).  A nail salon has already leased the adjacent storefront in the Gateway Tower.