I recently published the 2nd edition of by book, HCG 2.0 - Don't Starve, Eat Smart and Lose; A modern adaptation of the traditional HCG diet.
The one criticism I receive is that the book doesn't contain enough HCG 2.0 recipes. As a result, I hired a certified meal planner to create recipes specifically for my HCG 2.0 protocol. Her story is below. She happens to be my sister. I also shared some of her recipes at the bottom of the blog. They're worth the read.
Adrienne, among many things, is an educator and certified meal planner. In addition to sharing an HCG 2.0 recipe with my readers every Friday, she picks up shifts at the local hospital. She's a great girl, but I sincerely hope you don't have to meet her at work. Because if you do, you are likely recovering from bypass surgery, or amputation due to diabetic neuropathy or, at best, a hip or knee replacement. She doesn't enjoy it. It is not fun being the villain and telling patients that their current predicament is a result of the poor choices they made and now they're stuck eating low-carb, low-salt hospital food. That may sound harsh, but it's the truth.
The reason I bring this up is because you might have a family member or loved one that could use your help. Trust me, I know how hard it is to suggest a weight loss plan to someone. I thought a couple of husbands were going to knock me out when I told their wives that they needed to lose weight, but it had to be done. I'm a wellness practitioner.
A quick story that, for some, might be hard to hear..
I had a woman in my treatment room with low-back and hip pain. She wasn't obese, but she was certianly over-weight and it was obviously contributing to her pain. As a result, I suggested that she try and lose 30 pounds. Needless to say, she didn't like that idea. She said why. I'm happy, she said. My husband is in the waiting room and he thinks I'm beautiful. So why do I need to lose weight?
My only response was that it was contributing to her pain. I wasn't able to articulate my thoughts at the time, but on the drive home from the office, it hit me.
She has probably struggled with her weight her entire life. And she has always associated it with her aesthetic appearance, so when suggested that she lose some weight, she heard me say that she needed to look thin. That she was fat. I was disappointed at myself for not immediately realizing this and articulating my rationale properly, but I was also a bit upset with her as well.
I lost my mother to a car accident when I was 17. It was a tragedy and nothing could have prevented it. Had I lost my mom to something largely preventable like lung cancer from smoking or heart disease or diabetes related complications due to obesity, I would be upset with her for short-changing me of my time with her.
You have to ask yourself, who does your health belong to? Is it yours to throw caution to the wind, to eat, drink and live recklessly knowing that it could potentially rob your loved ones of time with you? Not just the quantity of time, I'm actually talking more about the quality of your time. If you can't pick up your grandkids because you had a double knee replacement, you're not just hurting yourself, you're taking something from them as well.
I know this is a buzzkill of a way to introduce some really amazing recipes, but it reinforces my overall theme that eating healthy doesn't have to be miserable. If you can replace a couple of bad habits with a couple of good ones, smart ones, you won't have to sacrifice anything. That is what Adrienne's recipes are all about. Making a healthy, wholefood lifestyle delicious and fun. And really colorful and beautiful as well. You smile just looking at them. Am I right?
The best thing about Adrienne's HCG recipes are not the actual recipes, but the insight. Anyone can put some ingredients together and prepare them accordingly, but Adrienne will educate you on the hows and whys, in addition to where she finds her ideas and inspiration for creating unique and tasty dishes not just for my dieters, but for her kids too. She always adds a way to make her HCG 2.0 recipes family friendly by adding a starch for the kids. It's great stuff.
Again, if you're looking for a quick menu to sustainable weight loss, you're going to struggle. But if you want to make real lifestyle change and dedicate the proper budget and time to it, Adrienne's insights are a great place to get started.
Your don't have to become a certified meal planner to do well with 2.0, but you should certainly be the expert at your own dinner table.
Below are four of Adrienne's HCG Diet recipes designed specifically for the plentiful food options that you're afforded with HCG 2.0. I don't know why anyone would beat themselves up with the traditional HCG diet when they can eat meals like these.
I included one for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also included a multi-purpose HCG 2.0 recipe that was inspired by your's truly and can be refrigerated or frozen so you can use it throughout your 30 to 40 day protocol.
Finally, notice that you literally get a world tour with Adrienne's HCG recipes. The four recipes below are delicacies from four different countries.
For breakfast - Mexican Layered Egg White Casserole
An HCG 2.0 style lunch - Thai Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
And for dinner, an Asian HCG 2.0 delight - Ginger Lime Stir Fry
Lastly, my favourite, the base broth for Vietnamese Pho - Homemade Bone Broth