Last October, I lost 35 pounds by doing the standard HCG diet as prescribed by Dr. Simeons in his manuscript "Pounds and Inches." I have a B.S. Holistic Nutrition and am very educated about holistic nutrition and natural health. It is truly my deepest passion! Thus, I am always skeptical about the latest fad diet. A favorite client of mine recommended the diet to me because he had lost 25 pounds...and his wife, mother, and father had also lost substantial amounts of weight. After doing extensive personal research, I decided to give it a try because there are no serious side effects. Plus, the homeopathic oral HCG is affordable and easy to use (you can go to a doctor and have HCG injections instead). In addition, the HCG diet has been in existence since the 1950's and is strongly supported by scientific reasoning. You can read "Pounds and Inches" for free at this informative website: Pounds and Inches Manuscript
The diet itself is challenging because of its restrictive nature and must be followed EXACTLY as prescribed. I can't emphasize this enough...it is essential to be disciplined enough to follow the diet word-for-word. Additionally, socializing is difficult while on the VLCD portion of the HCG diet. However, you truly are not hungry while taking HCG and you WILL lose weight if you do it properly! I loved waking up every morning on the HCG diet. I couldn't wait to hop on the scale to see how much weight I had lost! Moreover, the diet is also an extensive detoxification for your body.
The HCG diet tests you mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you take it as an opportunity for self-examination, you will discover the roots of your "issues" with food, body image, control, etc. One of the things I learned about myself is how much I do not care for eating meat. The standard protocol requires you to eat two servings of lean protein daily. However, you can't use any oil or sauces to enhance the flavor. I got so tired of eating meat. By the end of the VLCD, I was forcing myself to eat. Without the flavor enhancers, the taste of meat itself made me sick!!!
I knew there was a vegetarian option outlined in the Simeons manuscript. However, it requires substituting skim milk, eggs, and cottage cheese for the meat. I am not crazy about milk or cottage cheese so I did some research and found vegan options. One of the vegan options incorporates all raw food. I am a huge fan of raw food and did raw food cleanses and fasts frequently in the past. Still, I thought it would be "too much" for me at the moment. Hence, I decided to go with the standard vegan option.
The standard vegan option involves substituting cooked quinoa, raw brown rice protein, and Ezekiel bread for The meat protein and melba toast. The HCG Vegan Protocol for the VLCD is below. You should eat no more than 500 calories per day. Twice daily, choose one item from each group below:
1 serving of Ezekiel bread, 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, or 28 grams raw brown rice protein powder
Vegetable (One type only)
Spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, or cabbage
Fruit (One type only)
Medium apple, Medium orange, A handful of strawberries, or a half of a grapefruit
Other Allowed Items
- The juice of one lemon daily
- Dry Seasonings (must account for any calories, but no oil, butter or dressing)
- Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water
I can live with that! I plan to eat the fruits for breakfast and dessert and enjoy the complete protein and vegetable for lunch and dinner. While I found several outlines for the standard vegan option, I could only locate a couple of blogs where people detailed their experiences while doing the vegan HCG protocol. Hence, this is why I am blogging for you right now!
This blog will honestly chronicle my daily diet, emotions, and thoughts as I embark on round 2 of my HCG journey, vegan-style! My goals are:
- to lose 20-30 pounds during the VLCD portion (Phase 2)
- to detoxify my body and regulate my appetite
- to eliminate coffee, sugar, red meat, and cow dairy from my daily diet
Most HCG dieters start taking the homeopathic HCG and "gorge" for the first 2 days while the HCG builds up in the system (Phase 1). Today, is my second gorge day. I plan to spend the day with my best friend and her sweet little babies. We are going to have a fabulous Cuban lunch today. Later this evening, we will cook breakfast for dinner with another one of our girlfriends. Hey, if you have to do a gorge, do it up right!