Archive | September, 2011

Why Cleanse? – Liver Detox

28 Sep

A properly functioning liver is vital to health.  Have you been on any medications? Or are you currently while on the HCG Program or getting ready to start it?

We recommend that you do a cleanse before starting this program. It could be the difference of losing a pound or 2 a day verses a half pound to 1/4 pound a day.  At the very minimum it is best to do a 2 week liver cleanse.  If you have been on any medications (birth control, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, cholesterol, NSAID’s etc, etc.) a 4-week whole body cleanse is truly in your best interest.  This will help avoid a plateau and also make the plan more successful with ridding the weight more quickly! Who doesn’t want that?!

What is the liver and how does it function? The liver is your largest internal organ and it performs many functions including detoxification of the body. The liver works by both filtering toxins directly and by altering toxins so that they can be removed at other stages of detoxification. The liver filters toxins from one quart of blood every minute. After the liver processes these endotoxins (produced in the body), exotoxins (from outside the body) and other wastes, they are sent to the kidneys and colon for elimination.

Liver Detox is an easy-to use, two-part cleansing and detoxification program formulated to simultaneously support, protect, stimulate and assist with the body’s natural detoxification of the liver with natural minerals, vitamins, herbs and amino acids.‡ Both the Morning Formula (Part I) and the Evening Formula (Part II) contain minerals, herbs and amino acids that promote healthy liver function.

Liver Detox includes:

Milk Thistle – an herb used traditionally to support normal detoxification functions of the liver. The strong antioxidant activity of the main ingredient in milk thistle (silymarin) helps promote healthy liver function and to protect healthy liver cells.

L-Methionine – amino acid that the liver uses to create glutathione.‡ Glutathione is powerful amino acid made by the liver, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxifying compound. Supplementing with L-methionine can help raise glutathione levels.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) – the liver also uses NAC to create glutathione. Supplementing with NAC can help raise glutathione levels and thus support the natural detoxification functions of the liver.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – antioxidant that helps revitalize glutathione and supports detoxification.

Selenium – essential trace mineral that enhances the antioxidant power of zinc and vitamins to allow them to function better in their natural detoxification roles.

Ayurvedic Herbs – used to promote the natural detoxification capabilities of the liver. Among the most commonly used herbs are Boerhavia Diffusa, Eclipta Alba, Terminalia Belerica, Tinospora Cordifolia, and Picrorhiza Kurroa.

Dandelion – herb used traditionally to stimulate bile production and promote healthy liver detoxification.

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Caramel Apple Pie

28 Sep

My sister in law called the other night wondering what in the world she could make as a special treat for her friend who is on the HGC Program Phase 2.  We thumbed thru the amazing HCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook and found this recipe for Caramel Apple Pie!  Looks delicious!!

Caramel Apple Pie

1 apple

I tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 packet powdered Stevia

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 tablespoon water

English Toffee Stevia to taste

Slice apple into very thing slices.  Arrange in layers in a round 3″ creme Brulee dish.  For each layer, sprinkle generously with cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered and English Toffee Stevia.  Continue layering with spices until dish is full.  Sprinkle lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and water over the apple slices.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until apples are cooked and top is slightly crispy.  Drizzle with additional English Toffee Stevia if desired.  Serve warm!

.5 gram protein, 0 fat, 95 calories

Phase 3 modifications: Add a small amount of melted butter to the mixture and top with a tablespoon of chopped walnuts or pecans.

HCG Client Testimonials – Layne and Kathy

21 Sep

Layne and Kathy shared this experience:
It’s an amazing diet!!  If you stick to the instructions and are committed, you will lose a lot of weight.  My husband and I are absolutely thrilled with the weight loss.  After two rounds, I lost 40 pounds and went from a size 18 to a 10.  My husband lost 30 pounds and 4 pants sizes.  We had a family reunion just after completing our first round and didn’t do Phase 3 and 4 fully so we did gain some back after round 1. It’s been a year and a half since we finished our 2nd round of HCG (we did the maintenance phases right this time) and have kept the weight off!  I also must say the cookbook really saved us on our 2nd round, it is so much easier to have the amazing variety of meals provided in it.  For our 2nd Round we added the Slim Support. It helped so much more with appetite control, breaking through barriers and just seemed to make it easier.  I love the new me!! Thank you Alaska HCG!! – Layne & Kathy

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HCG Grilled Chicken Taco’s

21 Sep

100 grams (3.5 oz) cooked chicken, shredded

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 clove garlic

1/8 teaspoon oregeno

cayenne pepper to taste

pinch of cummin

cilantro, chopped

2-4 lettuce leaves, washed, dried

In a small pan cook chicken in broth, add spices.  Deglaze the pan with lemon juice or water.  Wrap chicken in lettuce leaves and eat with hands like a taco. May top with small amount of salsa.

(1 protein, 1 vegetable)

HCG Salsa

21 Sep

1 large tomato, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon oregeno

fresh cilantro, chopped

salt and pepper

Chop ingredients. Add spices and chill in refrigerator to allow flavors to blend.

(1 vegetable)

Strawberry Vinaigrette

21 Sep

5 strawberries

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 dropper of Stevia

Dash of salt

Combine 3 strawberries with remaining ingredients in food processor (I used VitaMix). Puree until smooth. Cut up remaining 2 strawberries and mix with spinach leaves. Pour vinaigrette over spinach leaves.

1 fruit (1 vegetable if served over spinach leaves.)

 

HCG Client Testimonial – Tina in Soldotna

20 Sep

I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT!  I can’t put enough praise on these products and staff that helped me the whole way! Some days were a little rough for me but with the unlimited support from Craig, Becca and the Doctor there was no way I would fail! They are available for you all the time and offer so much encouragement and helpful tips that I am confident to say anyone can get amazing results with this program. I even had a little bump in the road and was able to immediately get on the phone with Craig and the Doctor and get it worked out!! How awesome it that?  The support products were so helpful!  I started the program with the HCG Plus Drops and the Slim Support.  I did awesome and felt great right away and was honestly never starving!  About half way through my round, I discovered the Slim Trim Tea and my days got that much easier!  Its tastes great and it really added flavor to my day! I still to this day drink the tea every day and take the Slim Support. – Thank you, Tina

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