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Category Archives: good eatin’
This is always a condumdrum when it comes to HGC. If fact, it might be easier to ask what you can’t eat (if it isn’t green, you probably can’t eat it). You can only have 500 calories, however, (at least in my household) that doesn’t limit what you can eat.
If I get hungry throughout the day I will snack on no or negative calorie fruit and vegetables and at dinner and lunch I load up on them (which means I put them all together in a salad). Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Green beans, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach, Zucchini and Strawberries (there are a few more negative calorie fruits, but I just stick with Strawberries). And when you add the drops and drink as much water as your supposed to, the only issue you have to deal with is eating because you’re bored (yup. I’m guilty).
Food Day 1:
Lunch: salad with onion and tuna, vinegar, salt and pepper. Snap peas and a pickle thrown in for good measure
Dinner: Steak (3oz) and asparagus
Lunch: Salad with chicken, onion, and fresh salad (recommend going fresh instead of “jarred” as it’d be more processed.
Dinner: Tilapia, tomato, asparagus
If you have tried the HCG diet what were some of your favorite meals?
The reasoning behind this is really simple. If your body isn’t getting enough water, it thinks it is in drought, and it will store any water you intake (resulting in “water weight” … imagine that…) So by drinking a ton of water, your body stays hydrated and doesn’t store water.
This was my duh moment. Really it’s a good rule HCG diet or not.
Of course, being the work at home mom who doesn’t have brain space to remember how many ounces of water she’s drank already, I had to come up with a fool proof system for getting my water (and no, I haven’t been able to find a 90 ounce glass out there…) Always one to drink things better and faster with a straw, I got a fancy shmancy reusable cup from Target (the best store on earth). Being 20 ounces I know I have to drink 4-5 in order to get my allotted ounces in for the day. I write the day on a piece of Washi tape (also purchased at Target although they don’t call it Washi Tape) and I mark a tally whenever I fill up the cup. Not only is it a fun challenge to see if you can get all your water in for the day, you also won’t forget what day it is… because it’s written on your cup that won’t leave your side. Ever.
Yesterday marked day 1 of round 2 of HCG. Two months back Andy and I did a round — end result was he lost 20+ and I lost…. 12. I’m chalking that up to the fact that he’s a man and I’m a woman and for some reason men can just think about losing weight and drop 10 pounds (prove me wrong). It could also have something to do with the fact that in a weak moment at day 23… I cheated. So this time around. No cheating.
I’m going to miss my coffee (er…cream and sugar with a little coffee…)
I will be keeping everyone up to date here (I know, I know… it’s what you always wanted to read about). I’ll let you know tips and tricks (just don’t think about food) from this food lovin’ girl about how to survive on this crazy 500 calorie diet (it’s called vegetables). You should note that: (1) I am not nor will ever claim to be a dietitian. My husband is way better at this then I am (no, he’s not a dietitian either just really smart). (2) I don’t count calories. I only eat the 3 oz of meat that I’m allotted per meal and the rest of the stuff I eat has little to no calories. I hate counting calories and I’m also horrible at math so I’m just not going to do it.
Note: Quick update on Elsie in case you were wondering. There is no update. She is doing fine (we’ve taken her off of “white sugar”) and we’re still waiting on test results…
Holy Nom. This shake is AMAZING. I actually went by a recipe this time around although I did alter it just a little.
2 cups vanilla almond, coconut or soy milk
1/2 cup whole oats
1 1/4 cups fresh, frozen or canned peaches, or mango cubes
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the milk and oats in a blender and blend for 15 seconds on high. Add the peaches, ice, spinach, honey, vanilla and bananas and blend until very smooth, 45 seconds. Serve in glasses.
My Alterations: I didn’t have any peaches so strawberries and pineapple went in instead (and thanks to my bestie moving half a world away from me — ok just to KY, but it might as well be half a world — I actually had frozen mango. Yay!) I (surprisingly) didn’t have any spinach but I did have a spring mix of sorts (that had spinach included) so I used that. In the future I’ll probably use more greens. I cut the recipe by half and still put a cup of greens, but I think it could use a little more. I also added a couple shakes of cinnamon. Yums stuff. Make this now. Your taste buds will thank you.
I have always always wanted to go to the farmer’s market, but was to shy to adventure by myself (with both kids) into this unknown land. So Saturday, I talked my mom (ok really there was no “talking in to” I just asked and she said yes) into going with me.
I. Am. In. Love. I’m just kicking myself that I’ve waited so long to actually go (now that the season is almost over. Pout).
I mainly went to get homegrown tomatoes because honestly I was tired of throwing out store bought tomatoes because they tasted like plastic. I ended up coming away with tomatoes, zucchini (chocolate zucchini bread anyone??), mini cucumbers, and honey (which after getting home, over half the bottle found its way onto very many surfaces throughout my home. One of those moments you praise Jesus that you went with all wood floors).
Another thing that I like about the farmer’s market is who you are supporting. When you by local, you’re helping the little guys. And I like that. A buddy and I were just talking about how good it feels to make (or grow) something with your own hands and bring in money from it. I like thinking that I can give someone that bubbly feeling.
So. If you haven’t found a farmer’s market in your area, you probably should. It will change your life!
Ol’ Faithful: big handful of spinach, about 1-1 1/2 cups of blueberries, 1 banana, a handful of flaxseed, 1/4-1/2 cup coconut (unsweetened is best if you can find it), water or coconut water to texture
Piña Colada: big handful of Spinach, 3/4 can pineapple chunks, 1/4-1/2 cup coconut, 1 banana, a handful of flaxseed, water or coconut water to texture
Sugar Sweet: big handful of Spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 a honey dew, 1/4-1/2 cup coconut, a handful of flaxseed, water or coconut water to texture
Tapioca?: big handful of Spinach, 2 bananas, a handful of flaxseed and almond milk to texture
Dinner: Tuna patties, steamed broccoli and corn
Shake number 1:
Spinach, blueberry, banana, coconut, flax seed, coconut water
Lunch: handful of chicken
Shake number 2:
Lunch: Spinach salad with eggs, tomato, and chicken
I got a couple questions on why green shakes? What are green shakes? And why do you think they are so awesome. (Just a note. I’m not a medical professional, nor do I want to claim to be. The below is just some of my findings)
It really started last summer when a fellow police officer’s wife gave me this book to read. Victoria Boutenko and her family had all sorts of medical problems — obesity, diabetes, heart issues, ect. After studying the eating habits of monkeys — specifically chimpanzees — she and her family (originally raw foodist) decided to do nothing but green shakes. What are green shakes? Shakes made out of green things. I’m not so hard core, but Boutenko and her family would drink shakes that were mainly greens and no fruit (they
worked up to it) I’ve tried switching up my greens with something other then Spinach — romaine tasted dirty and kale’s texture was so weird I couldn’t drink it (wish I could do Kale). Anyways after drinking nothing but these shakes, Boutenko and her family were basically cured from their medical problems. My fellow PO Wife and her husband lost 5-15 pounds in one month just by adding the green shake to their daily life.
Green shakes are healthy — crazy healthy. You are getting something like 10x your needed amount of daily greens just from one shake! I know many many of you are concerned with taste. Trust me when I say it tastes nothing like spinach. My husband, who is typical man and is very anti vegetable, loves these things. If I start making a shake, my two year old daughter will run to get a cup because she wants some shake too and then she proceeds to share with her nine month old brother who can’t get enough either (of course, this is very very messy…but that’s a whole other story). So if you’re frighten off by taste, don’t be! Find what works for you — add your greens and every favorite fruit and you’ll be good (to this day, my favorite is still spinach, banana, blueberry, and coconut). Green shakes are also known to fight fatigue!
I’d encourage you to try green shakes! Start with just adding one shake a day — trade it out for breakfast or a snack even. You have nothing to lose (but maybe a couple extra pounds that have been hanging on).