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    Im on day one and have a FOOD question - mixing vegetables

    Hi all ... I posted this within another message on the newcomers board but thought maybe this board would be more appropriate.

    Ive read pounds and inches and am doing the Simeon 500 diet calorie ~ The one thing that is a bit discouraging to me on the orginal protocol vs the recipes Im finding is that I can only have one vegetable at a time! Ill do it, today for lunch I will have 2 cups of spinach with lemon juice along with my chicken ... but it sure would be nice to add some tomato or celery and have more of a salad. Was looking forward to making a simple broth veggie soup too, but that wont be possible without more than veggie at a time. Oh well - Im determined to make this work no matter what!

    Is it really a big deal to only have one veggie per meal? wondering why so many recipes involve mixing.

    Also some of the recipes call for using coconut oil ... is that ok now too?

    I didnt use any oil to cook my chicken today, just a bit confused with all the different recipes

    Thanks

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    Coconut oil is not ok. Mixing veggies seems to work for some and not for others but the original protocol does not let you mix. You might do okay with it and you might not.
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    I've never tried mixing vegetables since it isn't protocol, but lots of people mix them. It works okay for some, but not for others. Try using some fresh herbs to add to your salad instead of adding different vegetables to it. And what fruit were you having with that meal? Spinach salad is good with sliced strawberries, or you can make a nice dressing with some orange juice and red wine vinegar, and then add the sliced orange to your salad.

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    No fruit - ate an apple for a snack. Used lemon juice as dressing. Fresh herbs are the best idea!

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    I totally agree about the herbs making all the difference. I love chopped cilantro or fresh sweet basil added to either grape tomatos or cucumbers. It makes it feel like a salad that way. I use a simple wine vinegar-sweetener-cracked black pepper dressing.
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    I'm new as well. Ph 2, day 4, down 6#. The mixing vegetables thing has me a little confused too. It's tough when you read all of these great recipes that call for mixing your approved veggies in the very same website that says eat your vegetables without mixing them. But that being said it sounds like the strict protocol is the method...almost food misery dang it!

    I'm using a few spices which helps and I'll try adding the fresh herbs too. (So fresh basil is both an herb and a green leafy vegetable?) Just sayin....

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    haeole, it doesn't matter if one chooses to think of basil as an herb and a vegetable both or just as an herb. It is specifically named in P&I as one of the tested food ingredients* that is allowed to be used for seasoning food during P2. So, even if you think it is a vegetable, it doesn't count as "mixing vegetables" in terms of the instruction to choose just one vegetable from the vegetable list. You're right that a lot of recipes that claim to be P2 compliant call for mixing vegetables. It's a little annoying and most P2 recipes either can't be used or else must be adapted with the non-compliant ingredients either omitted or else substituted with something compliant.

    P2 is a little bit of food misery. Well, more just really, really plain eating rather than misery. But if you get creative and rotate through all 13 vegetable choices, it can be okay.

    Make some mashed radishes or radish hash or radish chips or roasted radishes in place of potatoes
    roast some fennel and toss with some diced orange
    slice onions thin as noodles and use them to make chicken "noodle" soup with chicken, onions, water and lots of herbs
    make saag with spinach or beet greens http://hcgdietinforecipes.com/recipe...hase-2-recipe/
    have some coleslaw (substitute chives for the green onion or omit) http://phasestoforever.blogspot.com/...trus-slaw.html
    make "cream" of chicken soup with celery http://hcgdietinforecipes.com/recipe...-chicken-soup/



    *"Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet-basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc, may be used for seasoning...", reads Pounds and Inches.

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