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Hi Dee,

I have read your book and loved it so much I gave it away to a friend, and I missed it so much I purchased another, haha. It changed the way I purchased my food, looked at labels, and thought about processed foods!  I want to thank you so much!  I have a few questions for you that always seem to be in the back of my mind. I have horrible acne on my back, and moderate acne on my face...I was wondering if you have ever noticed a change in your own skin on 'Plan D', or if you have any advice for this problem.

I also LOVE sugar and was wondering if eating too much sugar in fruit (dates, mangos etc) could be just as bad as eating sugar in processed foods? I also juice fresh fruit/ veggies throughout the week, and wondered if this as well may not be as good for me as just eating the whole fruit/vegetable.

Also, I found some Artisana brand "raw" products such as their raw coconut oil, and wanted to know if you thought these were good products and if the coconut oil is safe for sauteing, frying, etc.

 Do you upon rising make lemon water, and then also vinegar water, and drink this all before breakfast? Or do you combine the two into one glass? I've been feeling overwhelmed by forcing myself to drink so much water in the mornings. Also, will drinking so much acidic stuff do any damage to my teeth?


I was confused in the book if you gave up all refined flours or all flours in general, including whole wheat. I am looking to lose ten pounds and I love Ezekiel bread but I often eat whole wheat pasta.


Lastly, what do you think about nutritional yeast??


That's all for now! Thanks again for all you do!!! I look forward to your response!




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Hi Abby,

Thanks for your post!  Personally the only change in my skin that I experienced on Plan-D is that my skin is very beautiful and glowing due to the healthy oils and foods that I eat.  As Plan-D is a cleansing way of eating, your body will begin to eliminate toxins. One of the ways it does so is through the skin, so the acne may just be a part of your healing and elimination.  It won't last forever.  You can use a diluted apple cider vinegar solution directly on the acne to help clear it up.  For more info and directions on how to do that, click here.

Of course you love sugar, it's an addictive substance, and we need to be careful of too much consumption, even from natural sources.  In my book, I do mention that for many thousands of years humans ate naturally occurring sugar in fruits only when the fruit was in season, maybe one or two months out of the year.  Too much sugar in any form is not healthy and disrupts the body chemistry.  Although natural sugars are obviously much healthier than refined sugar, we still need to keep them moderated.  That is why the plan recommends only three portions per day, and for some people, especially those with blood sugar problems,  it should be limited to one or two. 

Juicing vegetables with one apple is probably OK to do daily, but juicing just fruits is not recommended as a daily or regular practice.  The fibers in fruits are very important for slowing down the absorption of the sugars into the bloodstream.  You really need to keep your fruit and other natural sweetener portions within healthy amounts.

Artisan brand is a great brand for coconut oil and their other products, and coconut oil is THE SAFEST AND BEST oil to use for cooking.  It can take heat up to 350 degrees on the stove top and 400 degrees in the oven.  This information is in the Plan-D book.

You can combine the lemon water and vinegar water into one morning drink if desired.  The reason the lemon juice and vinegar need to be added to water is to dilute the acid so that when you drink it, it will not affect the enamel on your teeth.  Many people, including Patricia Bragg herself, have been drinking the vinegar in water for more than 20 or 30 years with no effect on the teeth, and only magnificent health benefits for the whole body.  One 8-ounce glass of lemon water and one 8-ounce glass of vinegar water is not a lot of water to drink in the morning, but if you want to combine it into one 8-ounce glass, that is fine.  I personally drink 32 ounces of water each morning.

In the beginning of my weight loss, I gave up eating foods made from flour, including bread and pasta, cereals, and of course all the bad sugar/flour products.  I did eat Shredded Wheat cereal, Grape Nuts, and Puffed Kashi, which are cereals that are made from the whole grains, but not flour.  Ezekiel bread was not an option for me back then, but it is today.  I still do not eat pasta, even whole grain, except on rare occasions.

Nutritional yeast is a very beneficial food.

Just so you know, there is a great search feature on this forum.  Often times your questions have already been asked and I have already answered them.  Just click on the tab at the top of this page that says "SEARCH" and you can type in a keyword.  All of the posts that contain that word will come up, so you can find lots of great information that way.

Best of Health,

Dee McCaffrey
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