Ain’t it the truth?
I am reminded of the quote from Hippocrates:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
That is true on our weight control journey and in our day-to-day lifetime maintenance, but no less the truth for how we should eat while on The hCG Protocol.
There is a sentence in Pounds and Inches that sometimes people feel gives them carte blanche in regards to what you MUST eat (or rather NOT eat) while on P2 (found here):
“Those not uncommon patients who feel that even so little food is too much for them, can omit anything they wish.”
That line has messed up The hCG Protocol for more than a few people over the years that I have been associated with it. More often than not, people will assume that this means that they can give up either the fruits or the vegetables (or both!) and just eat more protein while on P2. I seriously feel this is a disservice to the protocol.
The unfortunate thing about the Pounds and Inches manuscript is that there is a lot of grey area that was never addressed. For example, while Dr. Simeons does say the above, he also says this (found here) after he explains that local conditions or feeding habits of a population might change the menu portion of the protocol:
“…the total daily intake must not exceed 500 Calories if the best possible results are to be obtained, that the daily ration should contain 200 grams of fat-free protein and a very small amount of starch.”
The italics are just to show that yes, I understand that for the best results to be obtained, it is better to follow the protocol and eat 500 calories. I believe that you can still get great results by going just a tad higher with certain components as I have clients do with The Biz Buzz Method.
Now, before I go on to my next point, let me emphasize this little piece (found here) which is about the part that is in bold in the above quote:
“During treatment the patient has been only just above the verge of protein deficiency and has had the advantage of protein being fed back into his system from the breakdown of fatty tissue.”
My belief system is that the 200 grams of protein is the maximum amount allowed for a reason, and he mentioned it time and time again for a specific reason. Your body absolutely must be on the verge of protein deficiency in order for The hCG Protocol to work. I have not swayed on this point in all my years associated with The Protocol. Yes, I have added things like fats, but I have never strayed from only 200 grams of protein while on P2.
There are exceptions to this rule, but I only share that with clients. ::giggle::
But I digress…this article was supposed to address the importance of fruits and veggies on The Protocol.
I am not in the camp that believes that you can omit anything in the protocol. In fact, I firmly believe that you should include everything that Dr. Simeons says to include because it is a very balanced way of eating, and while you on P2 you need that balance because your body is going through some immense changes, you could even call it a detox of sorts. Also, I believe that including all the food choices it is a chance to really train the body to accept balance, which will serve you in your P3 and beyond.
THAT ALL BEING SAID…
Dr. Simeons recommends the following veggies in The hCG Protocol:
“spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage”
And these fruits:
“apple or an orange or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit”
In The Biz Buzz Method I include other veggies and fruits. I wrestled with whether or not I should explain the various reasons I have come to believe over time that these veggies and fruits work. The winning thought is that you will just have to trust me.
But seriously, I have had almost 6 years of being deeply involved in The hCG Protocol and have helped thousands of people over those years, and I have come to determine that these additions have a remarkable success rate with clients and members of HTA. Therefore I don’t feel like I have to explain WHY these things are legal for The Biz Buzz Method. They just are. HA!
cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, green beans, artichokes, Brussels sprouts and depending on the person, green peppers
blueberries, peaches, kiwi, and pomegranates
Now, this might shock you, but I am not all that concerned about mixing veggies, but only in certain cases. There are some things I consider free, and when I say free I just mean that they are free to mix, not free to omit from counting the calories, if that makes sense? These include lettuce or baby spinach, cucumbers, onions and celery. And I also allow veggies that are considered fruits to be substituted for fruits. In other words, you can use your tomatoes as a fruit, and in case you didn’t know, avocados are a fruit and if you read my Clean Fats article, you would know that they are allowed as well.
So there, the reason I encourage fruits and veggies, and the extended list that is allowed if you use The Biz Buzz Method is because … you will have more success during P2 and better stabilization during P3.
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