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26 pounds and counting... 
Jul. 27, 2011 10:29 am 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2011 11:37 am
About three months ago, I decided to try out the HCG diet. This was a last ditch effort for me, after steadily gaining weight for the last several years regardless of diet or exercise. After doing extensive online research, I decided to go with the sublingual homeopathic drops. At first I was planning to do the doctor supervised diet with shots, but then my friend completed a 21 day cycle of the diet while using the homeopathic drops and she had fantastic results. Rather than commit 600+ dollars to doing the shots, I decided to invest only 60 dollars in trying out the diet with the drops. I was eager and well prepared. I charted everything. I lost 1 1/2 inch off my waist and 3 inches off my hips in 3 days. Then I stopped losing for 2 days. On the sixth day, I felt my body simply shutting down for lack of nutrition. I decided to add somethings into the diet but still maintain the principal of primarily eating lean protien, greens and fruits. I instantly felt better! Then, a few days later, as I'm accustomed to veering sharply in the wrong direction for a sinful splurge every now and then, I had a frozen yogurt. My mother was with me and can attest to the effect. All my faculties shut down. I went from lively and chipper, to zombie in 5 minutes. I also experience mucous production overload. I slept and sneezed the whole rest of the day, but I learned that I am intolerant to dairy. A couple days after that, I ate some pizza. Not 10 minutes later, my joints began to ache all the way down my spine. I thought I was coming down with the flu. Another lesson; I learned I was intolerant to gluten.

Since then I have cut all dairy and gluten and processed foods out of my diet. I have continued losing weight at a steady rate regardless of how much or little I eat. Even though the HCG diet didn't work in exactly the way I thought it would, it did get me on the right track to eliminating the problems in my diet. It taught me many good habits like drinking more water, and having a salad every day. It made me look hard at labels and begin saying no to little things like breath mints and gum (because of artificial sweeteners). It taught me to always be prepared for hunger. Now, I always have a healthy snack in my purse for emergencies. I have begun to do some exercising, now that it's much more comfortable to do so, but I'm not engaged in a regular exercise program. I feel confident that whatever had been causing the continual weight gain has now been corrected, and I'm looking forward to a health filled future!
Jul. 27, 2011 11:24 am
I have never heard of the HCG Diet - it was South Beach & exercise for me. Congrats on the weight loss and good luck going forward. There are a lot of us here in the same boat so you know you have support.
Jul. 27, 2011 12:38 pm
Congrats to you!Doug and I will attest that it isn't easy, but feels so great when you start to see results. Good luck with adding exercise in. My exercise partner hasn't lost a ton of weight, and somedays are still a struggle, but just adding in 30 minutes 3 times a week she has seen her insulin use go from 150 units a day to 58 units a day. Not that you are diabetic, but it shows how drastic and immediate a health benefit you can see from adding in regular exercise! Good luck and keep up the good work!
Jul. 27, 2011 1:52 pm
This is interesting - my SIL went on the South Beach Diet - during Phase 1 she felt great then she went to phase 2 and realized that wheat products of any kind make her feel poorly - she is also thinking dairy might be an issue too. I am going to send her the link to your blog.
Jul. 27, 2011 7:03 pm
Like Doug, I am doing south beach and am seeing results though not as fast as I would like. Congrats to you and keep us posted.
Jul. 27, 2011 11:04 pm
To be fair... couldn't your reaction to the pizza have been a dairy thing? Unless it was a soy cheese pizza, I guess. If you are gluten intolerant, you will likely feel much better after cutting it out of your diet. You might consider going to your doctor to be evaluated for nutrient deficiency (iron, vitamin D, and folate are common ones) as gluten intolerance can damage your body's ability to absorb these. If you are deficient, the doctor can give you good info on vitamins and stuff since it's often hard to "catch up" from dietary sources alone. You'll want to go back every now and then and have those levels tested to make sure you're still doing ok on iron and folate even with wheat out of your diet- it's a major source for most people.
Jul. 28, 2011 9:47 am
I definitly react to wheat. I experienced the same joint pain after eating a teriyaki bento, which is when I discovered that soy sauce has a ton of wheat in it. Now I use Braggs instead. Thank you for the tips on nutrition. I am currently taking an excellent multivitamin/mineral supplement that uses Oligo to deliver the nutrients and keep them absorbable. I feel fantastic every day since eliminating wheat and dairy. I've never had so much energy or felt so alive!
Jul. 28, 2011 11:37 am
I like San-J Tamari for Soy Sauce, too. I actually prefer the taste over gluteny soy sauce. Good luck!
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Although I do have other hobbies, cooking...and eating are at the forefront of all my time well spent. The artform of flavor and aroma paired with the visual beauty of a dish, delights my soul to the core! Not only do I love to experience food, but I love to feed my friends and loved ones and watch as they experience each flavor and texture sensation. My husband and I love to entertain and to cook together. We also love to eat out on the town and recreate the dishes that we try.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook rissotto. I love the time consuming but mindless task of adding the broth and stirring. Watching as the husks on the rice slowly turn transparent and the gluten begins to thicken and look creamy. I also love to make home-made pudding. I think I must like stirring...mind-numbing bliss with a delicious reward!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pie crust the way my mom makes it. It's a science, you know? Half lard, half butter. Keep the fats cool but not too cool as to be too hard to incorporate. Cut in the lard first using butter knives, then cut in the butter leaving large pebbles. Add ice ice ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring till dough just holds together then turn out onto the counter and knead 2-3 times. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. You can see the butter in the dough as you roll it out...there's your flaky crust. The trick is to not let the dough come to room temperature where the fats in the crust will begin to break down.
My cooking triumphs
Created recipes for a brandied pear gallette and seared scallops in a lobster mushroom cream sauce. These are the only original recipes I have created although I have "copied" several dishes that I've tasted on many different occasions.
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