I don't want to anger anyone. I'm not trying to start a war & I'm not pointing a finger at anyone. I'm certainly not putting forth a "holier than thou" attitude & I hope no one is going to be upset that I'm posting this but I can't help but wonder about some of the posts I've been reading over the past couple of days.
I see people writing things similar to the following ...
"I know I should've have eaten this but ..."
"I didn't care ... I just went ahead & ate _________ & now my weight is up."
"I am looking for a recipe for donuts/brownies/cookies/cakes that are allowable."
"I made _________ last night & ate so much it made me sick."
I just don't understand. We are probably all coming from the same place. We were overweight. Some of us still have a lot to lose. We had various addictions ... addictions to breads, addictions to sweets, etc. We ate food as a way to get through bad times, celebrate good times, socialize with friends & family, & more. Some of us ... like me ... ate constantly. I would bake a pan of brownies, a batch of cookies, or buy a loaf of French bread & sit down & eat the entire thing within 1 or 2 days ... among other things. My grocery cart would be filled with various junk foods.
We spent money on hCG & followed the protocol. We lost 20 or 30 or more pounds within 6 weeks or so. Why in heaven's name would you want to throw that all away by overeating allowable foods, searching out junk food substitutes, or running off to McDonalds or Taco Bell or Dairy Queen for "just this once?"
The hCG diet is supposed to, among other things, change our way of eating. We aren't to rely on food anymore to be our comforter, or therapist, or our friend. Food is just fuel for our bodies. It's not something we need to be constantly stuffing in our mouths. Phase 2 should have helped us learn to eat real, nutritous food & to eat wisely.
It would be sad to continue to follow some of the trains of thought as the ones I posted above. Think of an alcoholic. An alcoholic could be sober for a few months but decide "I will just have this small sip of wine to toast the birth of my nephew" & start down the path of alcoholism again. I've always said, even before others thought of it, that food addiction is no different than alcohol addiction. I lost 60 pounds several years ago on a low-carb diet. I felt great. It was Christmastime. I wasn't particularly hungry for candy but hey, it was Christmas! It had always been a tradition to bake M&M cookies, to drink hot chocolate, & to eat ribbon candy. I bought the stuff. It didn't taste particularly good to me at first but again it was Christmas! It was tradition! I ate it! And I ate it some more! And I continued eating it! And before I knew it I was eating like I had always eaten & had gained back the 60 pounds I lost plus another 20.
Upon entering P3 my thoughts were not "Oooo! I can have this chocolate substitute!" or "Yummy! Here's a recipe for sugar-free ice cream!" I am so happy that I can have a piece of cheese, or an omelet filled with various veges, bacon & cheese, or stuffed peppers, or egg drop soup. I have no desire for sweet stuff. I will admit that my heart sometimes skips a beat when I pass the homemade bread section at Whole Foods but I know there are other good, whole grain, low-carb breads over in the freezer section & I can let myself toast a slice for breakfast every so often once P4 gets here. I don't want to but it, take it home & eat the whole loaf.
Those of you who are making excuses for eating unhealthy foods, junk foods, or eating too much of allowable foods ... think hard about how hard you've worked to get where you are right now. Don't throw it all away.