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My Journey Using HCG to Lose Weight as a Vegetarian

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Mention you are doing the HCG diet to almost anyone who knows about it they will give you their opinion whether you like it or not. Firstly I hear it doesn’t work, well I lost 17 pounds doing it. Also you hear you lose muscle not fat, really, I don’t think that was muscle in my bum and thighs that I lost, at least now I can see muscle. It’s not a healthy diet, who knows but I feel better than I’ve ever felt. 500 calories a day is extreme, but after the first 3 days I had no problem with it. The hardest part will come when I’m off of it and have to maintain, but that’s on me not the diet.

Some people might say it’s too hard because you always have to think about food, but perhaps what we all need to do, think more about what we are eating, how it’s prepared, ingredient, preservatives etc. I’m eating clean and loving it. I love thinking of new way to eat something, see recipes below. I’m hooked on egg salad with NO MAYO!

Ok so now I’ll talk about the diet and how I did it, especially being a vegetarian and the restrictions of what you can eat on this diet-I had to make changes. The diet for HCG drops is based on a book, Pounds and Inches. Pretty dry reading but you can find it all over the internet I think. Here are the foods you can eat:

Drinks are tea, coffee, plain or mineral water and juice of one lemon daily. Drinks must be free of sugar but sugar substitutes such as saccharin or stevia are allowable. You may consume the desired amount of these drinks and are encouraged to have at least two liters of water daily. (I drank lots like a gallon a day)

Meats and proteins of the diet include veal, beef, chicken breast, crab, lobster, fresh white fish, and shrimp. Cut off any fat on the meat, and chicken breast should be taken off the bone. No salmon, tuna, herring, or dried/pickled fish is allowed. (Vegetarian can’t eat any of this, which is really hard) Tried tofu but I just can never cook it like I find at the restaurants.

Vegetables that may be consumed are spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus and cabbage. The diet or some versions of this diet say you cannot mix vegetables, I can have cukes but not with onion, tomoto but not with salad. I totally dismissed this. I need more.

Can’t have any oils except for coconut oil, which is amazing and you should really read up on it. I added eggs, because I need protein and on some versions you can have egg and also should have 2 egg whites with it, plenty filling for me. No carbs or very low carb. I haven’t had bread for almost 40 days, no pasta, no cheese. No dairy, I did add laughing cow wedge to the tons of apples I ate, again a bit of protein. There is also protein in spinach so it wasn’t really that hard. I always made sure to take my vitamins too.

I love lemon and water with a little sweetener, makes drinking water easy, I juice a lemon a day and it gets me by. A couple of times I ate feta too. You learn very quickly what works and what doesn’t, the scale tells you. Oh and cottage cheese was my friend too, mixed with fresh tomato and cukes. I also am a huge fan of Miracle Noodles and highly recommend them, I had no problems with gaining using these. Also used products from Bragg and Walden Farms.

I cheated a couple days and gained but lost it within a couple days going right back to the plan.

Here are a few recipes I found online to get me by.

HCG Baked Radish Chips Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Yummy, very low cal snack –

Ingredients 10 radishes
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika

(adjust seasonings, more or less, to your liking)

Directions
Thinly slice radishes

Steam in microwave for 5 minutes

Put in bowl with spices; stir

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flip the chips, and bake for another 10 minutes.

HCG Recipes, HCG Radish Chips, VLC Recipes, HCG Snacks Recipes

Marinara Sauce Ingredients(I lived on this stuff-and could cook it anytime and no one would know it’s good for you-serve over Miracle Noodles)

Directions

Mince onions and garlic. Combine well in a saucepan 1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes (can use fresh instead of canned), 1 6oz can tomato paste, 1 cup chicken broth (can substitute vegetable broth), with cayenne pepper to taste, a pinch of marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes to an hour. Allow the liquid to reduce for maximum flavor, or add additional water to achieve desired consistency

Ingredients

Directions

Mince onions and garlic. Combine well in a saucepan 1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes (can use fresh instead of canned), 1 6oz can tomato paste, 1 cup chicken broth (can substitute vegetable broth), with cayenne pepper to taste, a pinch of marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes to an hour. Allow the liquid to reduce for maximum flavor, or add additional water to achieve desired consistency

Coconut Bark (Fantastic for a quick chocolate fix-I only ate little pieces of this)
4 Tbs. coconut oil
1 Tbs. cocoa powder
3 packets (or more) sweetener
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Gently heat the oil until it is liquid or near-liquid in the microwave (mine takes 15 seconds)I melted it by placing it in a bowl and putting that bowl in hot water.Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper (I put mine in a Tupperware container or candy molds) and put into the freezer until hardened. Break into bite-sized pieces.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dropper of Stevia
  • Dash of salt

Combine 3 strawberries with remaining ingredients in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Cut up the remaining 2 strawberries and mix with spinach leaves. Pour vinaigrette over spinach leaves.

Egg Salad (totally winging it, I can’t find my actual recipe but I only used it the first time)

1 hardboiled egg, 1 tbsp of cottage cheese, whatever else you like for seasoning in egg salad. I use garlic powder, onion powder, little yellow mustard, I also used just a touch of sugar free sweet relish.

Peel and seperate the yolk fro the white. Place the yolk in a small bowl and add cottage cheese, mush it up with fork, then add spices. Chop up the white, add to the yolk mixture. Course no bread allowed but I put it on lettuce shredded, sometimes I add some onion, tomato or cukes. Whatever works for you and doesn’t cause a gain.

There are so many great people and recipes on the internet, there are such supportive groups, it’s unbelievable. I couldn’t have done it without them.

If you’re going to leave comments about how awful and horrible it is I’m doing this…don’t bother. Works for me and many many others.

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My Journey Using HCG to Lose Weight as a Vegetarian

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So many major events have happened in my life and these last few months there have been more. I just heard a few days ago when you lose people you care about close together in time you start to become numb from it. I think this is true. Things just don’t seem to phase me like they used to, or perhaps it’s age too. I’ve seen the worst that can happen so events that some would think are major, are not to me. I will survive them and come out better on the other side because of it. That’s not to say that some things knock me down and shake my core, but I get back up with guns blazing. I won’t wallow in the despair that is so easy to fall into.

One of the things both my sister and I have is an abundance of empathy for others, but that comes with a price, you put yourself in their position, you feel their pain or sadness. It’s hard to draw back from this, you feel it like it’s your own. But it’s so much easier to communicate with someone if you can feel where they are coming from. Try it sometime, put yourself in their place, really open yourself up to it, it can make a huge difference in how you deal with people. Both my sister and I when we meet people we treat them like old friends, and people respond to that. It’s not something we consciously do it just kind of happens. Really great fun, because people open up quicker and talk honestly without all that stigma of having to get to know you well first.

I’m rambling this morning, sort of just throwing ideas out there. Done now. My daughter leaves for college tomorrow, working on rolling with this change. What’s happening in your life? How are you dealing with it? Share, maybe we can help each other!

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