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I was extremely skeptical of this diet until my reproductive endocrinologist suggested I do it since nothing else had worked to allow me to ovulate in 9 years. I started ovulating immediately after doing the 40 days of Phase 2 and got pregnant within 2 months! Not to mention I lost tons of weight too! This diet also allowed me to lose the baby weight.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

WHAT IS OIL PULLING & HOW DO I DO IT? Option with essential oils

Oil pulling has made it's way back into mainstream and is at an all time high. You can google oil pulling and see all the benefits that people including doctors like Dr. Axe claim and I too am a believer. I claim that it:

  • Whitens my teeth.
  • Has actually made some of my cavities disappear according to my dentist when I went in to get some filled!
  • Strengthen my jaw so much that I no longer have any horrible symptoms of TMJ.
  • Clears my sinuses.
  • No more bad breath.
  • No more tonsil stones.
  • Strengthens my enamel and gums. My receding gum lines have stopped! 
Tooth brushing is relatively new. Did you know that it's only been around for less than 100 years?! Crazy, right? If you do a historical search for oil pulling, you'll find that traditionally it was a Native American and Ayurveda (South Asia/India) holistic practice. 

Most dentists I've encountered and hear about do not like this practice as it generally can take money away from them. You do the practice of oil pulling, it heals your teeth and gums and you don't see the dentist except for your bi-annual check ups. Yeah, not a good combo for dentists. But for you, it can be a major money and headache saver. 

You can research all the mechanical actions and medical jargon of how and why but I like to just boil it down.

  1. Pick an oil. My favorite is coconut oil. Choices: Coconut, Sesame, Olive.
  2. Choose the amount. 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon is perfect. I prefer around 1/2 tablespoon.
  3. Optional: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil. (Buy pure EOs at link in the right column of this page.)
    • Clove essential oil - heals wounds, relieves toothaches, banishes bad breath, pain reliever, boosts immune system, reduces gum disease, anti-inflammatory, etc.
    • Cinnamon essential oil - anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, astringent, anti-clotting, decreases inflammation, etc.
    • Orange essential oil - anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-septic, kills bacteria, fights infection, etc.
    • Lemon essential oil - astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, banishes bad breath, thirst quencher, kills bacteria, etc.
    • Lime essential oil - immune booster, fights colds/flu/sinusitis/sore throat, kills bacteria, promotes oral health, etc.
    • Peppermint essential oil - anti-microbial, freshens breath, promotes healthy sinuses, allergy reducer, etc.
    • Basil essential oil - anti-bacterial, fights infection, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, anti-fungal, fights colds/flu, etc.
    • Black Pepper essential oil - anti-bacterial, anti-viral, etc.
    • Cilantro/Coriander essential oil - anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, etc.
    • Thyme essential oil - anti-septic, anti-bacterial, expectorant, kills infection, treats respiratory conditions, cures bad breath, promotes teeth from decay, etc.
    • Oregano essential oil - relieves colds/flu/sinuses, kills parasites, eases infections, heals cold sores, etc.
  4. Put in your mouth and swish. Set the timer for 20 minutes, no more, no less. 
    • Do this while you take a shower, check your email, play a video game, prep for the day, read a book or study. It will fly by when you're preoccupied. 
  5. Do not spit this down the drain or swallow it, rather spit it in the trash. Remember that it can solidify in the pipes and you don't want to swallow all the bad things it's been pulling from your mouth, sinuses, throat, gums, etc. 
  6. Do this 3-5x a week. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE ZUCCHINI CHILI

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weight loss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!

1 small chopped zucchini
1/2 C chopped onion
garlic powder
chile powder
cumin
1/4 heaping cup black beans
1 can petite chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 C water
several slices pickled jalapenos

Bring it all to a boil, then reduce to medium, cooking until it reduces. Cool slightly and serve.

This has become my favorite!

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weight loss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!

Slice 1 small zucchini lengthwise

In a saucepan, heat:
8 oz tomato sauce
2 t Italian seasoning
1/4 C chopped onion
1/2 C chopped frozen spinach

1/2 C fat free cottage cheese

Layer:
Zucchini, Sauce, Cottage Cheese, repeat, ending with remaining cottage cheese.

Cook 375° for 30-40 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Cool slightly and serve.

For P3, add ground beef or sausage too!

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: SPICY BLACK BEAN HUMMUS vegetarian

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weight loss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!





1/4 heaping C black beans
cilantro
garlic
a few slices pickled jalapenos

Place all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth.

Serve with raw green vegetables. My favorites are sliced cucumber or sliced green bell pepper.

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: Baked Blackened Tilapia low carb




Line a small baking dish with foil.
100 g tilapia
Sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning & parsley.
Squeeze half a lemon on top.
Preheat oven 400°
Bake 12-14 minutes or until fish flakes.

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: Kale Chips low carb







Preheat oven to 350°
Roughly chop kale.
Spread kale over seasoned pizza stone or parchment lined baking sheets. Lightly spritz with coconut oil spray. Sprinkle with sea salt, garlic powder, chile powder, and any other seasonings you wish. Bake for approx 10-15 minutes, turning once. Be careful not to burn.

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: Caramel Cappuccino low carb









1 T fat free milk, warmed then frothed
Brew 4 oz strong coffee directly on top of the frothed milk.
Pour 1 T Walden Farms Caramel Syrup on top.
Stevia, to taste

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: CLOUD / OOPSY BREAD low carb

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weight loss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!

3 eggs, carefully separated
1/2 t cream of tartar
2 T fat free cream cheese or cottage cheese
couple of drops of stevia

Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Beat the remaining ingredients, including the yolks, together in a separate bowl. Fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Drop large spoonfuls onto seasoned pizza stone or parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated 300° oven for 10-16 minutes. Watch carefully! You want them to be lightly browned. See photos.

Now I've seen many blogs where they tell you to cool completely then to store them in a ziploc overnight, but let me tell you, I found them soggy and gross. I love them fresh out of the oven either plain, sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia or served with Walden Farms pancake syrup.


HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: Vegetarian Asian Cabbage

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weight loss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!

1/2 chopped cabbage (VEGETABLE)
1 1/2 C fat free vegetable broth or water
2 T chopped onion
1 t grated or dried ginger
pinch cayenne
1 T tamari soy sauce (aka gluten free soy sauce)
 red pepper flakes, to taste
1 t garlic powder
1 T vinegar
1/4 heaping cup pinto beans (PROTEIN)

Add all ingredients except the beans in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and cook until cabbage is tender. Add beans. Cook until water has evaporated and it's sticking slightly on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat. Cool slightly and serve.

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: VEGETARIAN Deconstructed Cabbage Roll

Since the "outlaw" of over the counter hcg in the USA, I'm now seeing a weightloss doctor that prescribes hcg injections and gives me a weekly check up. I have found it more informative than the few times I did the hcg diet with the drops. Although she uses the original protocol as a base, she also goes by blood type, allergies, etc. She has me on a vegetarian protocol which is why I'm deviating from the original protocol in the past. I've actually had more success!


1/4 heaping cup pinto beans (PROTEIN)
1/2 chopped cabbage (VEGETABLE)
1 1/2 C fat free vegetable broth (or water)
8 oz tomato sauce (FRUIT)
2 T chopped onion
3/4 T paprika
1/2 t cumin
salt, to taste

Combine it all in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn down to medium and cook until cabbage is tender.
Cool slightly and serve.

HcG diet recipe phase 2 P2: Zucchini noodles

1 zucchini, spiral cut & boiled to tender (VEGETABLE)
8 oz tomato sauce, heated with 1 T chopped basil & salt to taste (FRUIT)
100 g lean ground beef or bison, browned (PROTEIN)

Layer and serve.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HcG DIET RECIPE PHASE 3 P3: Thai Coconut Chicken Curry over cauliflower rice - low carb atkins diabetic friendly ketosis paleo whole 30

Eating low carb can get monotonous. If you're needing more flavor, this is the right recipe for you.

Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

16 oz cubed chicken
2 T coconut oil, separated
2 zucchini, speared or chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 red and/or orange bell peppers, speared or chopped
1/2 t ground ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
2 T red curry paste
1 can full fat coconut milk
Red pepper flakes for garnish (optional)
2 C cauliflower rice (Walmart, Trader Joe's & Costco sells it in bags)

Heat large skillet over high heat. Add 1 T coconut oil & chicken and season with salt. Cook until browned. Remove from skillet to a plate and set aside.

Add the remaining T of coconut oil to the skillet, along with zucchini, green onions and bell peppers. Cook for 5-7 minutes until they're starting to brown but still crisp. Add ginger and garlic, stirring and cooking for another couple of minutes.

Incorporate red curry then coconut milk. Add chicken to reheat and mix well.

Serve over cooked cauliflower rice.

Left overs will keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

HcG DIET RECIPE PHASE 3 P3: Low Carb No Bake Cookies - low carb atkins diabetic friendly ketosis

Combine and heat over medium heat. Bring to boil then remove from heat.

1/4 C heavy cream
1 1/2 T unsalted butter
2 T unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 T Xylitol
pinch of sea salt

Fold into chocolate:
1/4 C natural almond butter
1 1/2 C unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
(Spread out in baking pan. Cook 5 minutes in 350° oven.)

Scoop in mounds onto wax paper or silicon mat.


HcG DIET RECIPE PHASE 3 P3: 7 Layer Mexican Salad - low carb atkins diabetic friendly ketosis

In a glass bowl or dish, layer in which ever order you want. I personally like the lettuce & cheese furthest away from the beef.

1 lb cooked ground meat with 1/2 t each paprika, chili powder & oregano, 1/4 t each sea salt & cumin, cooled
4-6 T guacamole
4-6 T sour cream
1 - 3.8 oz can sliced black olives
3 chopped roma tomatoes
2/3 head lettuce, chopped
1 C shredded cheddar/jack cheese

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with salsa.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HcG DIET RECIPE PHASE 3 P3: Fiesta Baked Chicken - low carb paleo atkins diabetic friendly ketosis

Place boneless skinless chicken thighs in baking dish.

Saute 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 - 1 C sliced or diced bell peppers of different colors, and 1 jar drained nopalitos (cactus, found in the Mexican food section of your grocery store) in 1 T olive oil. When there's no more liquid in pan and and it's starting to sear, turn off heat but leave on burner. Add 1/2 C cream cheese and stir until melted. If you like a little kick to it, mix in 2 T salsa. Spread over raw chicken. Sprinkle 1 - 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese over. Cover and bake in preheated oven 375° for 50-60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

I served this with Loaded Cauliflower.