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Veggies to Eat When You're Re-Introducing Carbs with the PCDS

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ORGANIC VS. NON-ORGANIC: POINTS TO CONSIDER WITH THE POST-CORRECTION DAY STRATEGY
In my experience, there are certain veggies that have always helped with weight loss, both in P2 and P3. And, perhaps not so coincidentally, they're "low-glycemic" vegetables. I also only eat ORGANIC vegetables whenever I can; some are more important to have as organic than others. The guiding principle: if you CAN'T SKIN IT, you need to buy it as an organic veggie. IF YOU CAN skin it, you probably don't.

YOU CAN BUY THESE AS "NON-ORGANIC" (BECAUSE YOU CAN "SKIN" THEM):
+Cucumber
+Avocado ((also helps when you're upping your fat ratio))

BUY THESE AS ORGANIC ONLY:
+Any "Spring Mix" without Spinach
+Any Lettuce (Romaine, Iceberg, etc.)
+Asparagus
+Fennel
+Green Onions/Chives
+ALL HERBS -- fresh or dried
+Alfalfa Sprouts
+Celery
+Mushrooms
+Parsley

NO GOITROGENS
I won't go into great detail on this one, as it's posted elsewhere on my blog (in great detail there, of course...heh heh). Note: the only way you can hope to offset the negative effects of a goitrogen is through eating saturated fat (from animals) or avocados (because of their specific kind of vegetable fat)...so that's only applicable in Phases 1, 3, and 4. More details here: http://hcgdietinfo.com/hcgdietforums/entry.php?b=16719

GRAY AREA: IT'S MADE FROM A GOITROGEN, BUT DOES MORE GOOD THAN ILL
Sauerkraut, strangely enough, seems to act like a friend rather than a foe to folks; it helps the intestinal tract with its probiotics, and aids in digestion. All while being made from one of the most mean-n-unfriendly goitrogens out there: cabbage. Raw cabbage is notorious for stalling people in Phase 2, and does the same in Phase 3. But once it's fermented and stored in a GLASS jar, it becomes your friend. So, why "glass" over "canned"...? Canned has a chemical lining that seeps bad stuff into the sauerkraut, so glass jars only apply here. The bad stuff? It's the same thing that's recently been banned in baby products and other plastics: Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen. You can read more about it here: http://saveourbones.com/canned-food-bone-health/

NO CANNED VEGETABLES, OR CANNED FOOD IN ANY FORM
SO, don't eat any canned vegetable for the reason I just mentioned above; canned food isn't what you need to be using for your vegetable sources. Instead, try going to local Farmer's Markets and getting your veggies there, if you're buying on a budget. Chances are, you'll be cutting out the middleman and getting it way cheaper than if you bought it at your local commercial supermarket chain. Another cost-saving option: if you have the space (freezer space in particular), and the ravenous appetite to do it, buy in bulk. Chances are, on the PCDS you won't be eating that many veggies, so buying small amounts of fresh veggies from a Farmer's Market and not freezing them might be the best option for your palate and your budget.

FROZEN VEGGIES
The jury's still out on this one. If it's a "one ingredient food" then chances are you're fine. But if you get a "mix" of things for vegetables...check the sodium content and other ingredients on the label. If it has a "butter flavoring" or some other seasoning, drop it back into the store's freezer and walk away. If it's ONLY the veggie on the label that it needs to be to qualify as "one ingredient food" then you're good. And when you get done cooking it, be sure to plug it into your tracker as "cooked" food (find a "cooked" version of it in the database you're using), and to weigh it AFTER you've cooked and drained it. If you're eating whatever it is in the package as "raw" then you need to make sure you defrost it before you weigh it, and choose only the "raw" version of it then in your tracker's database.

GETTING "CREATIVE"
If there's a veggie you want to eat that isn't mentioned here, check the list of goitrogens first. Then, if it isn't on that list...PM me before adding it in. I've tried to list as many as possible here, but I'm sure there are a few I haven't thought of. Nevertheless, be safe rather than sorry; don't add it in before PM'ing me.

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Updated September 16th, 2012 at 09:17 AM by GonnaLoseIt

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