I thought I would open up another discussion to assist dieters who are nervous about gaining weight after they finish the HCG Protocol. There have already been some great comments in other discussions. Perhaps we can use this discussion to give out information.
I have had the good fortune to have my lovely daughter-in-law live with me this year while my son is serving overseas. She is from East Timor - an island above Australia which use to be part of Indonesia until they gained independence in 1998. In her country the traditional diet consists of local vegetables and fruit, protein from chickens, eggs, fish and on special occasions pigs and goats. They use coconut oil and chillies and eat rice with every meal.
In her country it is very unusual to see a fat person. Their attitude to food is different to ours. She doesn't eat in between meals. She only eats when she is hungry. If offered a nice dessert she really likes, when she is already full from her main meal, she will turn it down.
Food is prepared from scratch using fresh organic vegetables and meat (because thats all they have). If you want meat, you kill a chicken yourself. I was concerned when she came to Australia to live that she would get sick from our "flu and colds". We all went down with the flu, she was better in 2 days where it took the rest of us 2 weeks to recover.
In Western countries like Australia and America we have access to cheap pre-packaged food (often cheaper than buying fresh fruit, vegetables and organic meat). However it is full of preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, processed white sugar (or corn syrup). Because these things aren't "natural", our bodies can't process these "foods" properly. So many of the toxins are stored as "fat" in our bodies.
So what is the point of my story. If we want to stay slim and healthy we need to change the way we eat permanently. To loose the weight then return to old eating habits will bring us down as we will be right back where we started from. So does this mean I will never eat a hamburger, cake, biscuits and ice-cream again. No, but I will more likely make these foods from scratch myself from ingredients I know are good for me.
I want to share some excellent books and websites regarding food and nutrition which may be of assistance to some of you, because they helped me have a better understanding. Sorry if I am preaching to the converted.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, and
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals both by Michael Pollan.
Article on Stevia and its many benefits
and a wonderful website full of articles on food and nutrition.
A website about coconut oil
The reason I love this diet protocol sooo much is because it detoxes the body and resets the metabolism. Its like having your old car retuned so it runs like new.
Our friends and family may try and sabotage us, just remember it is your body and you have to live in it.