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    New to HCG & Frustrated With How Tasteless My Meals Are. Any Tips?

    Hello,

    I am new to HCG- started last Tuesday and 6 days later, I have lost 4.8 pounds, going from 157.2 to 152.4 pounds. I am happy with my results thus far but I am struggling with how bland all my prepared meals taste. I've actually never really learned how to cook well so this problem may just be because of my poor cooking skills and not so much because of HCG food and its limitations.

    For instance, I had a "tuna salad" for lunch today that I made. I seasoned the tuna with lemon juice, crushed peppers and some garlic, forgoing the mayo since its not allowed on HCG, and quite frankly it was repulsive to the point that I could not finish it. The same thing happens when I cook any other meats for HCG, it just lacks flavor.


    Any tips you could offer? Any real yummy recipes you could share with me? Any particular herbs I could mix together for one delicious meal? I am doing HCG for 23 days, which means I have more than two weeks to go. My goal is to be at least 140 pounds and I would be so appreciate if you can offer tips/advice on how to make my meals more tasty to help me reach this goal.

    Thanks <3

    -Sammie09

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    Before I address the tasteless food issue, I want to mention that tuna is not on protocol. In fact, it's expressly forbidden. Just so you know.

    I actually think it's a great thing that you just continue to not worry about the food being tasteless to you. There is something about the protocol that helps break food addictions if you don't get caught up in trying to lighten your lot in life by preparing gourmet meals. LOL Embrace the boredom! You will find it will help you in the end. If you find you just can't, there are tons of recipes out there but be careful because many of them contain food that isn't on protocol.
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    This is a really important time to re-think the way you eat. The food selection for me is terrible, I can't eat strawberries and I really don't care for seafood. But I keep moving on and having so little to eat, really makes me appreciate all the selection I will have once I lose the weight. Also, this diet is making me appreciate food in a way that I will be more aware of what I eat and how much.

    In response to your seasoning question... Have you tried Beau Monde seasoning? It is very good. I really enjoy it. It does have salt in it, so just use it sparingly. I like to sprinkle some on my chicken. Keyword sprinkle lol. Also try some other pre made seasonings, just check your labels! No sugar, low or preferably no salt. And of course the ingredients list is always worth checking on everything.





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    You actually want salt, our bodies need some salt and with eating all fresh foods and most drinking more than normal water it's easy to flush too much salt out of your body. So be sure to keep some salt in your seasoning or you'll likely wind up with muscle cramps and weakness. Using sugar free seasonings is a great alternative, for me there is no good way to prepare tuna on hcg, it's just nasty with no mayo. So that's a no go. You can easily season up hamburger, steak, chicken etc with all kinds of seasoning though to make a variety of flavors just by picking up different seasonings. You can go Italian, Mexican etc. I use individual seasonings since I do from scratch cooking normally so I have big bottles of seasoning here. But for someone that doesn't buying smaller premixed bottles would be a better/cheaper option as long as they are sugar free. A cumin based one would be good for seasoning hamburger into a taco meat, a basil and oregano based one would be good for Italian chicken breast with some roasted tomatoes YUM

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    Microwaved apples with stevia and cinnamon, for baked apple
    I squeeze half a lemon on fresh apple slices, so good!

    Chicken, cooked with curry and celery and make water broth from it, seasoned
    Very lean hamburger cooked with chili seasonings and cabbage Cooke up
    Apple chicken seasoned stir fry
    I have a great natural milk free ranch seasoning, and make ranch chicken
    I buy super lean ground chicken and make meat balls and met all soup with it, like broth with tomato
    Super lean steak over vinegar salad
    Lemon chicken
    I mix veggies without issues usually, so cucumber with seasonings, onion and tomato with vinegar
    Or just cucumber with vinegar tastes like pickles


    Vinegar I mix Apple cider vinegar with half a lemon juice, stevia drops and dash of salt and onion powder
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    i agree with the idea that the blandness of this diet is breaking the food addiction. many of us used to live to eat, while we should eat to live.
    as for seasoning, i personally use yellow mustard on meats and apple cider vinegar (with "mother") on salads.

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    Dear Grammie1952,

    Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I have seen tuna on some HCG recipes online and so figured it was allowed, but I am glad I know otherwise now. I haven't read "Pounds and Inches" just yet, and I am sure the answer to my question lies in this book somewhere, but perhaps you can help me with my question. WHY is tuna strictly forbidden? Do you know? I am curious.

    Framing my concern with HCG's tasteless flavor the way you did, is helpful! I think you are right in that it is something I need to embrace and it in the end it will help me break my addiction with unhealthy foods. I've never thought about it this way before, and I thank you for introducing this new way of thinking to me.

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    The main thing to remember about the hcg protocol is that it is not a diet in the sense that most understand. It's a hormonal protocol. Dr. Simeons said that he tested the foods for the proper response. Why did tuna fail? He didn't elaborate just as he didn't elaborate about turkey. As an experiment in one round I chose a week when I'd always had good losses and subbed turkey for chicken. The result was not a single pound lost in that week. So I believe he knew what he was talking about and did indeed test the foods.

    Tuna or chicken probably works for some people. But remember he was developing a protocol that worked for everyone, especially those who suffered from actual obesity, a problem in the hypothalamus. It took a very specific list of foods to fix that kind of person. The great thing is that it actually works! Nothing else ever worked for me in all these years. I found hcg when I was 57 so it's sad that I went so many years struggling when there had been an answer back in the 70s but I never heard of it. I'm thankful I have now though!

    Do read Pounds and Inches when you can. It answers a lot of questions even though there are still unanswered ones like the WHY we are talking about. But I don't really have to fully know the underlying reason behind why tuna and turkey don't work for the metabolically broken. I'm just grateful there is something that works even if I don't fully understand it.
    My expert Hcg Diet advice is based specifically on the original Simeons Protocol. Grammy's personal protocol:Grammy's Hcg Diet Protocol
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    Hello 1WomansJourney,

    I know how you feel exactly- I too am not a huge fan of strawberries or seafood, in fact I am deathly allergic to shrimp. Having limited food options now however, I've also gained a better understanding of food portions which I think will help to not over eat once I'm done with the HCG Protocol.

    I haven't tried Beau Monde seasoning but I found Amazon carries it and I am excited to try it! Thank you so much for your recommendation.

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    Was curious about beau monde as I have never heard of it. Checked Amazon and see that it contains dextrose which is a sugar. Not for POP for sure. I would save it for P4 and beyond.
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    Be creative and try different spices. Just read the labels as some contain sugar. I find the longer I'm on the vlcd the more vibrant the food looks and how good it tastes. I usually eat my salads without any dressing and allow the other veggies as the flavor. It amazes me how good it is. I also use lemon oil and spices to marinate my meat even if for just an hour. It can really make a difference in it not being bland. Good ideas for looking at food differently and for getting a handle on addictions. This is a journey, a permanent change in our relationship with food. Your journey is your own just embrace it and watch yourself shrink!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginger1 View Post
    Was curious about beau monde as I have never heard of it. Checked Amazon and see that it contains dextrose which is a sugar. Not for POP for sure. I would save it for P4 and beyond.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea,

    Still learning something new everyday I wonder if there is a sugar free alternative out there.





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