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Steak and Mug Cake

Steak and  Mug Cake Day

A trick I tried but didn’t get a chance to do it till I was done with P2 was the Mug Cake and Steak Day.
Many hcger’s have experimented with the later when on P2 and strangely enough experienced great releases even though it doesn’t seem to make sense. One thing I have learned when doing these release tricks is you need to be very strict on protocol or clean eating on the following days or the release will be short lived.

 

 

 

The How to:

Lunch: 100 grams of sirloin
Dinner: 100 grams of sirloin + Mac Mug Cake (recipe below)
Don’t forget to drink all of your water!

The recipe I preferred –
Mug Cake

1/2 oz Mac nuts ( ground)
1 tbsp coco powder
2 pkt stevia
3 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp coconut oil melted
And 1 egg

Mix it together and cook for about 60 sec.

Another Variation –
1/2 oz. of macadamia nuts (or 6 whole nuts), ground into a flour consistency
1/2 Tbl. dark cocoa
1/2 Tbl. cocoa
1-1/2 Tbl. xylitol
2 packets of Splenda for coffee, vanilla flavor (in the coffee aisle)(optional)
1 egg
3 Tbl. heavy cream
1 Tbl. coconut oil
1 capful of s/f flavored syrup, Davinci or Torani (optional)
Fat-free Reddy Whip (topping, optional)

In a coffee mug, combine ground mac nuts, cocoas, xylitol, and splenda. Add one egg and mix well with a fork. Add cream and syrup and stir. Last, add coconut oil. If it clumps, break it up with a fork.

Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Some people had to microwave up to 2 more minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.

Top with fat-free Reddy Whip or any whipped cream around 10 calories per serving.

Greek Yogurt Correction Day – FAGE

FAGE -Full Fat Greek Yogurt Results

This is what you do –

Eat 32oz of Fage Full Fat Greek Yogurt with 8oz of berries

Divided into four meals that you eat throughout the day.
For chocolate lovers instead of berries add in unsweetened chocolate and stevia… tastes just like chocolate mouse!

FAGE full fat yogurt days work and work well and they are very easy to do if you like yogurt.

A nice alternative to other correction days for the hot summer months

This type of yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt almost cheesecake like.

The average correction seems to be 2 to 3 lbs.

As I get more information I will add to this post

Chiro Klenz-The Best “Clean Out” Tea

Detoxing Before HCG Protocol


I know many people prefer to do a detox regimen before starting their HCG P2 Protocol. And during protocol a lot of people need some assistance  with getting “regular”. As most of us know there are a few different teas that are made for this very reason. I first of about Chiro Klenz from a fellow HCGer who bought the tea from her Chiropractor.

As long as you realize that this tea will truly CLEAN you out, this is a great tea to use.

I’s not cheap but it WORKS!

Since posting my original post about the teas I like to use I have since been able to find Chiro Klenz reasonably priced at this website (click link below)

http://www.goodhealthteas.com

Below is the link to my original post and vlog about the teas I like to use;
http://www.loseit4ever.com/weight-loss-teas

HCG Stall Question

HCGer Responded from a message from me – thanks I was afraid it wasn’t normal. most of the release i see on here are between .4 and .8. im afraid to try the cali kickers b/c it reminds me of the master cleanse and i hated that stuff lol! where do u get L glutamine from? that amino acid scares me too, reminds me of my biochem class lol!


My Response –
Yikes – I have no idea about your bio class but because you have that memory you probably won’t be up for it. =/ I did the master cleanse before I even knew hcg existed. I did it for 40 days!!! That right there tells you it was a GOD thing 😉 SO if Cali kickers isn’t an option I would say the next thing is to get the L-Glutamine going for any cravings you have.As far s releases the next trick “could be” ( not MEANT for P2 But has worked) CLA & GLA supplement. Once I heard about it during one of my P2 rounds I added them to the mix and have kept them ever since.
So there you go – my other “trick”ideas 😉

Colleen =)

Sugar Cravings – L-Glutamine
CLA & GLA – Helps the stored fat “hit the road”


Good Health for the Entire Family

The Benefits of CLA and GLA

If you are on P2 you will want to proceed carefully with this choice or choose to wait till P3 with this recommendation but hear me out.

I heard about these two supplements early in my HCG journey when a fellow HCGer was recommending these 2 supplements for more consistent releasing.
She also pointed out that they are oil based so some people on P2 may not want to take them or should not take them if they find that for their system they are too sensitive to the oil in them.

As you might know I feel MCT is helpful and ok for when on P2 and the CLA/GLA has been the same great result for meas well. But again everyone’s system is different so adding the supplements needs to be an individual choice. Since using them I have seen HCGer’s post on facebook and vlog positive results from adding the 2 supplements when the wanted either better releases or help with a stall.

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CLA & GLA – Helps the stored fat “hit the road”

Good Health for the Entire Family

I have also bought my CLA from Trader Joe’s But they don’t carry GLA


Here is more detailed information about the supplements health benefits

Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA): Nature’s most potent concentration of GLA in the form of borage seed oil

Gamma Linolenic Acid(GLA) is the result of the body’s first biochemical step in the transformation of the main essential fatty acid linoleic acid into important prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are essential to the proper functioning of each cell, while essential fatty acids formed from GLA are required for each cell’s structure.
Nature’s most potent concentration of GLA comes in the form of borage seed oil (24%).
A great deal of scientific research has been conducted with supplements rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid, resulting in significant interest regarding health ailments, as well as those affected by pre-menstrual syndrome, benign breast disease, eczema, psoriasis, obesity, and vascular disorders.
The essential fatty acids combined here have proven to impart a regulatory function on the body’s fatty acid metabolism.
Fat metabolism is as important, if not more important, than our body’s metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, as evidenced by the drastic rise in fat-related degenerative diseases, such as vascular disease and stroke.
Dietary essential fatty acids common to borage seed oil are ultimately converted to hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins,
Scientists continue to discover the regulating effects of prostaglandins.
Without the essential fatty acids, the building blocks of prostaglandins, a malfunction of fat metabolism is certain, as are problems in the regulation of the bodily functions listed above.
For some individuals, flax seed oil may offer only half of the solution.
Those deficient in co-factor nutrients, specifically the vitamins pro-A, A, C, E, B2, B6, pantothenic acid, B12, biotin, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and zinc, sometimes have difficulty in converting the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, found in borage and other seed oils to the healthful prostaglandins.
Still others are thought to lack the necessary enzyme (catalyst) to make this conversion; particularly those afflicted with diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism and the aged.
For those suffering from co-factor deficiencies, a broad spectrum multi-vitamin and mineral may be recommended with, perhaps, an oil supplement rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid. Individuals who may lack the proper enzyme system would require a GLA supplement in addition to the flax seed oil.

When considering an essential fatty acid supplement and deciding on either flax or borage seed oils, the most sensible solution may be a formulation of the two.
The combination of both flax and borage seed oil yields a true Omega-Twin by providing nature’s best of the omega-3 fatty acids in flax with the best of omega-6 fatty acids in Gamma Linolenic Acid rich borage oil.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group. The study found that approximately 3.4 grams of CLA per day is the level needed to obtain the beneficial effects of CLA on body fat.

Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.” Pariza’s research did not find weight loss in his group of 71 overweight people, but what he did find was that when the dieters stopped dieting, and gained back weight, those taking CLA “were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.” In a separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA was found to improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose level and triglyceride levels.

CLA has been the subject of a variety of research in the past several years, and findings also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the following:
• Increases metabolic rate — This would obviously be a positive benefit for thyroid patients, as hypothyroidism — even when treated — can reduce the metabolic rate in some people.
• Decreases abdominal fat — Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
• Enhances muscle growth — Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
• Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides — Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
• Lowers insulin resistance — Insulin resistance is a risk for some hypothyroid patients, and lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
• Reduces food-induced allergic reactions — Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
• Enhances immune system — Since most cases of thyroid disease are autoimmune in nature, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit.

Liquid Lemon Stevia – Great Alternative to Crystal Light Lemonade

Update to original recipe

I really like my lemonade to be more tart than sweet so since I originally posted this alternative to Crystal Light I have tweaked the ingredients a bit.

Depending on whether you are on P2 or P3. either squeeze one lemon or two. Then add 2 or 4 full squirts (depending on whether you used 1 lemon or 2) of the stevia lemon drop extract. Then simply add water to taste preference. That’s it – Very Yummy!

Click on the image below to get Lemon Drop Stevia

Click on the image below to get Lemon Twist Stevia

In a Vlog I did I had to admit that though I know Crystal Light lemonade is filled with chemicals because I liked the taste I was still drinking it.

Besides the unhealthy ingredients It also slows my releases and even causes stalls yet I was still drinking it – no bueno!

Then a wonderful HCGer came to my rescue with great healthy alternative!
Thank you Mary Beth!

Here is the better version: juice one lemon, add 5 drops of liquid clear stevia, 6 drops Lemon Drop stevia, add ice and 3 cups water and throw in blender. This makes 2 decent sized P2 authorized lemon icees.

ACV and MSM Drink Shot – Skin Tightening Benefits and More!

I first explained the MCT Oil and ACV drink shot, but then I really wanted to find an alternative for P2ers. Please watch the video for details =)


Where I buy my MSM Liquid

Herbal Remedies

There is also a serum for the face that I get from there that I LOVE!
Super Skin Serum, Antioxidant Skin Care System with Lipoic Acid, 1 fl oz

Hunger Pang Killer

AVC/MCT Drink Shot

Be aware that if you are on P2 you should proceed with caution. MCT is an oil and like mac nuts some people get a release from adding them to P2, while others my want to stick with “virgin” protocol.

Where to get MCT Oil

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See below for information on mct benefits

Benefits of MCT Oil

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oils are a special class of fats that are digested and handled by the body in a different way than most fats. Most fats are long-chain triglycerides which are difficult to process, so the body prefers to store them in fat cells.

MCT oils are absorbed in the bloodstream, passing the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCT oil provides quick energy for the body and therefore is less likely to be stored as body fat. MCTs are such an easy source of fuel, they are even more likely to be burned off than low-fat fare. When MCT is metabolized in the body, it behaves like a carbohydrate not a fat.

Unlike other fats, it does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized and released like a carbohydrate and then is used for fuel. MCT has a thermogenic effect in the body, helping you to stay slim by keeping your body fat levels down while keeping energy levels up. MCT oil is easily absorbed by the body and is therefore ideal for individuals with digestive problems. For those with Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome, the healing effects of MCT oil could be beneficial. MCT promotes intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.

Diabetics could benefit from using MCT oil as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Supplementation of MCT oil began as a fat source to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption. Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have used MCT for its fat burning and energy-sustaining powers. It has been found that MCTs burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than other fats. It is thought that MCTs stimulate production of thyroid hormone, improving thyroid function boosting metabolism.

Athletes benefit from the use of MCT oil for both weight gain and weight loss. Bodybuilders must consume incredible volumes of food to put on size. We have found that adding MCT oil to their diets is an easy way to increase the caloric intake of their food without increasing the volume that they must eat. Since MCT acts like a carbohydrate and not a fat, athletes do not increase their body fat percentages while increasing their calories with this product. Since MCTs are thermogenic, not only are athletes increasing their muscle mass, but they are decreasing their fat percentages at the same time. We have put champion bodybuilders on stage consuming as much as 2000 calories from MCT oil starting 16 weeks from show day and continuing right up to contest day. These athletes have competed at body fat percentages of less than 2% and still maintained a healthy appearance. MCTs help to add flavor to the food that bodybuilders consume. The bodybuilding diet is know to be quite bland, adding MCT to rice and tuna helps to make it quite palatable.

MCT oil is beneficial for any individual who wishes to gain or lose weight, maintain a healthy immune system or maintain constant blood sugar levels. We have used MCTs since the late 1980’s with our high performance athletes. We feel this product has given our athletes an advantage in weight loss over other competitors. It is just now becoming more popular with the general public as a very valuable product for health and weight loss. The athlete’s secret has now become public knowledge. We highly recommend the use of this product for continued good health.

Drinking Water Increases Fat Burning

Drinking Water Increases Fat Oxidation

I am sure you have heard or read the weight loss tip of drinking water to help you lose weight. Well, for most of us the reason for drinking water was to help feel fuller faster so we ate less calories.

Also, if we drank water instead of caloric beverages we would consume less calories, which may lead to weight loss. There were also the critics that may have told you this was ridiculous and you were wasting your time drinking water as a tool for greater weight loss.

Well, there is some pretty solid evidence that says this is not ridiculous at all and the studies conducted on this have been some of the more rigorous studies conducted with crossover experiments and randomized and controlled trials.

In various crossover experiments drinking water resulted in lower total caloric intake with the subjects that were tested. The reason for this is simple and it is because they were not consuming calorie filled beverages. They were replacing these caloric beverages with water that has zero calories.

What was also found was that the individuals do not eat less food when they know they are drinking caloric beverages. They still eat the same amount of calories regardless of if their beverages contained calories or not.

Drinking Water Increases Fat Oxidation

Fat oxidation is at its greatest when your insulin levels are low. The reason for this is because insulin inhibits or decreases the ability of rate limiting enzymes that breakdown triglyceride fats into free fatty acids. As well as the transport of these free fatty acids into the mitochondria and Krebs cycle to be burned for energy.

Water importance

Since water does not contain calories or carbohydrates like over beverages it does not trigger an insulin response. If you were to compare it to the glycemic index water is of course 0, milk is around 35, juice is around 50 and sugary drinks are as high as 80.

Keeping your insulin levels lows results in greater rates of fat oxidation. Now remember this doesn’t apply just to water. The foods you eat and what combination of nutrients you eat can all influence the insulin response. Keeping your insulin response consistently lower throughout the day will allow your body to burn more stored fat as energy.

Anytime your insulin and blood sugar levels are elevated you stop fat breakdown and fat oxidation.

There have been decades of crossover studies that consistently show higher levels of fat oxidation when drinking water compared to caloric drinks before or during low to moderate exercise. If you look at the average of these studies the fat oxidation is around 40% greater after water is consumed than after a caloric beverage.

It is normal for fat oxidation to be depressed for a length of time after a meal because naturally your body is going to release insulin to properly utilize the nutrients you just consumed. What you choose for your beverage though can dictate how long that slow down of fat oxidation really is.

Research has shown that drinking water instead of a caloric beverage can restore the rate of fat oxidation to pre-meal levels about 2 hours sooner than if you were to drink a caloric beverage with the same meal.

Some studies have shown that consumption of 500-600 calories from carbohydrates can depress fat oxidation for 6 hours after consumption.

Hypocaloric Diets and Water Leads To Weight Loss

Two very interesting intervention studies looked at a hypocaloric diet and then the same diet plus water as the beverage. One study looked at 48 randomized overweight or obese men and women. They were given a hypocaloric diet plus 500ml of water at each meal or they were just given the hypocaloric diet (control) with no water.

The results showed that weight loss in the water group was 2kg greater. In analysis of data from the Stanford A to Z Study they focused on 155 overweight premenopausal women who reported drinking less than 1L/ day of water before beginning 1 of 4 different weight programs. The programs were the Atkins diet, Zone diet, LEARN diet, and Ornish diet. The 4 programs do recommend drinking 1L/day of water or more and limiting or no intake at all of caloric beverages.

After 2 months of their diet classes they all reported higher water intake and less caloric beverage intake. Independent of any changes in diet or physical activity those who increased their water intake and decreased caloric beverage intake had significantly greater weight loss.

Summary

Ok, lets summarize all this data as some of it may have gotten confusing.

Drinking water during the day and at your meals instead of drinking calorie filled beverages decreases your total calorie intake and it also promotes greater fat oxidation, which is the burning of stored fat as energy.

So drink water at meals and in-between meals instead of calorie filled beverages. Take your Prograde Metabolism so you are consuming scientifically proven nutrients that boost your metabolism and help to control blood sugar and insulin levels. Finally, eat a higher protein rich and lower carb diet to minimize the insulin spikes that will depress fat oxidation for hours after that meal.

Metabolism Boost & Stall Buster

The California Kicker

Metabolism Boost, Stall Buster and Digestion Aid for Me

Ingredients
Mug full of water
For 2 drinks per day – Juice of half a lemon per drink
When on P2 – You are allowed the juice of one lemon per day
Cayenne Pepper (don’t use too much all at once)
Approx. the same as the contents of 2 cayenne capsules opened up and poured out
I prefer to use a cayenne pepper from the spice bottle and measure out approx 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Stevia to taste
Either use boiled water or zap in the micro to the temp you desire.

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