The reason for this post is to address some of the controversy in the Facebook group regarding some of the HCG 2.0 recipes. I must admit, I don’t pay close attention to the recipes unless something really jumps out at me. I mostly patrol the page for comments or posts that are more medically related or in relation to HCG 2.0 or the traditional HCG diet, so I might be a bit out of the loop on the recipe controversy.
If I’m understanding things correctly, some don’t agree with the direction the page has taken with the use of protein powders to make dessert type recipes for the HCG 2.0 protocol. I have to admit, when I first saw the dessert/snack recipes using protein powder pop-up, I was quite impressed. I thought it very innovative. In fact, my sister is always experimenting with different baking dishes that utilize far less sugar, butter or junk. She comes up with some brilliant stuff. The same can be said for the Facebook group. There is some brilliant stuff there, but keep it all in perspective. There is no substitute for real whole foods.
I think this is understood by most in the group, but there were some feathers ruffled a bit. Obviously I don’t want to offend or upset anyone, but do want to make my intentions clear.
HCG 2.0 is intended to provide sustainable weight loss. This means real lifestyle change. And yes, part of that means replacing some of the sugars and sweets in your diet with sugar alternatives, but it’s more about reconditioning yourself to get by without the sweets. Taste is an acquired sense and by eliminating the sweets (real or sugar substitutes) and replacing those items with whole good alternatives, you’re reconditioning your sense of taste to desire sugar less and whole foods more.
Furthermore, sugar substitutes damage your insulin response. The second something sweet hits your tongue, your pancreas is alerted and told to release insulin in preparation of the sugar you’re consuming. If there is no sugar, only a sweet alternative, it’s like crying wolf with your pancreas. The more sugar substitutes you consume, the more intolerant your insulin response becomes. This is why people that consume an over-abundant amount of diet soda gain weight. It’s because the artificial sweetness corrupts the normal insulin response.
I’m not saying DON’T or NO, I’m saying moderation. I’m also saying you have to make food the priority that it is. You eat it at least 3 times per day, every single day of your life. What else do you do with this kind of consistent frequency? This means you should put it in proper perspective in regard to the time you take in preparing it and the money you spend on it. It’s expensive to eat healthy in America, I’m aware. But is there anything more worthy of your dollar? On most days, the food you feed yourself and your kids should be your number one priority. Have a steak dinner twice per week. Have a steak dinner three times per week. When was the last time you walked away from a steak dinner unsatisfied? Never, because it’s delicious and with a combination of veggies and a small starch (big starch for active kids) you’re giving your body everything it desires so your body rewards you by saying, “I’m full.”
With a little bit of time and a bit more of your budget, eating healthy can be really tasty and fun. I read a comment in the blog, “HCG is not a lifestyle.” I agree, but HCG 2.0 is MY lifestyle. It’s how I choose to eat. I like to have my beers and a glass of wine, sometimes the whole bottle, so I budget my carbs. The point is, you have to do what’s right for you. And if what you’re doing isn’t working, you need to be disciplined enough to address it and make the necessary changes.
Finally we’re all on the same team. Don’t make me put anyone in time out! Cause I’ll do it 🙂