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What are Steak Days on HCG and Why are they So Effective??

Monday, November 7th, 2016
NewLeafNaturalTherapies HCG WeightLossSTEAK/SALMON DAYS!

In HCG’s Phase 3 / Consolidation, we are introduced to the “Steak Day.” On any day in Phase 3 that you weigh yourself and notice that you have gone more than 900grams (approx 2 lbs.) above the weight you ended Phase 2 at, you go to Steak Day. So, what is this Steak Day and what will it do for you?

Phase 3 gives you 3 weeks to stabilize your weight. If you gain more than 900gr…ams (approx 2 lbs) during phase 3, you have probably:

? Eaten something your body reacted badly to (causing fluid retention,)
? Eaten foods outside the Phase 3 dietary guidelines (starches, alcohol or sugars)
? Need to evaluate your portion sizes.

Whichever of these is the source of the problem, a Steak Day will give you a day to reset and get back on-track again.

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Steak Day Specifics

? Eat nothing during the day.
? Drink plenty of water / clear soups / herbal teas / black coffee
? Evening meal — eat as much as you comfortably can of a large, lean-cut of steak or salmon, with nothing else (you can use salt).
? A couple of hours later in the evening, you may eat either one medium-sized apple or one tomato.

Why nothing but water until the evening meal?

? If your weight gain is from something your body is reacting poorly to, then not eating during the day and drinking plenty of water will help give your body a way to flush your system.
? If you over-ate or ate food outside the Phase 3 guidelines, not eating will create a considerable calorie deficit. The energy source your body will turn to will largely consist of body fat.

Why eat a large steak?

? It provides a large amount of slow-digesting protein than your body will need for cellular repair later at night, while you are sleeping.
? You won’t go to bed hungry. The fact that slow-digesting proteins are good appetite suppressors is supported by a lot of research.
? Meat proteins have a high thermic effect (around 30.) This means that a significant amount of calories are burned just digesting your steak…which is definitely a bonus!

Why eat an apple or tomato later in the evening?

? It ensures you eat a maximum amount of protein. If you ate an apple with your meal, you wouldn’t have as much room for your steak.
? It provides your body with fiber and enzymes to keep the large amount of protein you just consumed moving through your digestive system. If you have trouble with constipation, an apple is for you!
? Your body digests protein at a much slower rate than fruits and vegetables. Even if you chew the steak carefully, it will still sit in your stomach acid for a few hours before it is digested sufficiently to be released to your intestinal tract. Eating an apple or tomato a few hours later ensures that everything moves through your digestive tract together, instead of having your apple or tomato ferment in your stomach acids and cause uncomfortable gas.

Do I have to eat the apple or tomato at the end of the Steak Day?

No, you don’t have to eat the apple or tomato at the end of the steak day. This is optional—you only use it if you need it. You may not even want it if you eat a large enough portion of steak. However, if you struggle with constipation, eating a bit less meat and sending an apple along to escort that meat through your system is probably a wise choice…

Can I do a Steak Day if I have gained some, but still less than 2 lbs. (900g)?

It’s not recommended to do a steak day when you’ve gained less than 2 lbs (1kg), and here’s why: You are training your body to stabilize the existing weight, and training yourself to interact with food in a way that allows your body to do so. The danger of going on a steak day if you have not gained more than 2 lbs., is that you are falling back to an extremely low cal diet to maintain your weight, rather than training your body to sustain this weight with regular, healthy eating. This is particularly important in Phase 3.

Can I do more than one Steak Day in a row?

Yes, but never more than two. Without the hCG in your system, more than two Steak Days in a row is actually counterproductive in Phase 3, as you risk slowing your metabolism. One Steak Day should give you what you need. However, if it is not enough, it is usually a more effective strategy to do one Steak Day, then give your body a break before you come back the next week for another one. This approach is the best for Phase 3 as you seek to stabilize and maintain what you’ve earned. Again, if you feel the need to really reset, and want to do more than one steak day in a row, just limit it to two days, and don’t repeat it again until the following week, if needed. You want to keep your metabolism up, and without the hCG in your system, too low of calories for an extended period of time can slow your metabolism down and ultimately cause weight gain.

I missed my Steak Day timeframe. Can I do it at a later time?

Yes, although it may not be quite as effective as the day after you hit the 900g/two pound gain mark, it is still beneficial. If you watch your calories and increase your physical activity levels, it is our experience that you will often naturally drop back to your end-Phase 2 weight, as long as you don’t let things get out of hand for more than a couple of days.

Is Steak Day effective in Phase 4/Life?

Absolutely! Fasting/Steak days bring our body back into balance quickly and effectively!

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Fasting Benefits at New Leaf

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Another HCG Tip…

One of Dr Simeon’s proven techniques for maintaining our weight during and after consolidation is intermittent fasting. During a fasting day we drink plenty of herbal teas, drink lots of lemon water, utilise powdered supplements (greens, magnesiums, n acetyl-carnitine) and then eat a normal protein & veg meal at night time.

This is like a fat-cell-resizing process! Any time we’ve weighed more than 900g more than our end-weight (end of HCG – on the first day of regular eating – after your 2 days off HCG drops still on 500 cals per day) we do a fasting day to reset our fat cells!

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Phase 2 HCG Chocolate Mousse – High Protein Chocolate Sweet!!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

HCG Phase 2 recipePhase 2 Chocolate Mousse. ..  Yumbo!

500 g lowest fat cottage cheese
3 dessertspoons cocoa
Xylitol or stevia to sweeten. Blitz in blender until smooth…..

Makes 4 x portions!

Top with strawberry portion if you like. This is your protein and fruit serve. Eat your veggies separately!

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Low Carb Pizza for Consolidation Phase of HCG

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

New Leaf Natural Therapies HCG Consolidation RecipesHere’s a low-carb pizza made with angelhair noodles..
(available at New Leaf) yummy!!

1. Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees. rinse, dry heat and dry 2 x packets angel-hair noodles
2. chop roughly into smaller pieces and mix with 2 eggs – spread out over tray (I used alfoil over my pizza tray – it sort of got stuck but was okay)…
3. mix 2 x cups grated mozzarella cheese; 3 x tbsp parmesan cheese, 1 heaped tbsp Italian herbs and spread out over egg/noodle mix
4. place a sheet of baking paper over the top of the pizza – cook for about 15 minutes until nice and crispy
5. spread warmed sauce (marinara) over the top of the pizza and enjoy!!

HCG Chicken and Asparagus Cassarole

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Number of Servings: 1

Ingredients

        100 Grams cubed chicken
        Asparagus chopped
        1/2 C Chicken Broth
        1 Melba Toast crushed (optional)
        1 clove garlic crushed minced
        2 tbsp. onion chopped
        Dash of paprika

      Salt & Pepper to taste

    Directions

    Directions:
    Place chicken, asparagus, liquids, and spices into a small baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Top with crushed Melba toast crumbs and sprinkle with paprika.

    Makes 1 serving (1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 Melba toast)

    Number of Servings: 1

    HCG Prawn and Spinach Soup

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

    HCG Prawn & Spinach Soup:   great protein, fibre, nutrition, easy to prepare!

    Minutes to Prepare: 5

    Minutes to Cook: 10

    Number of Servings: 1

    Ingredients

    100g prawns (uncooked)
    1/4 cup onion, chopped
    1 cup vegetable broth (divided) or 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon vegetable broth seasoning
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon curry powder
    1/4 teaspoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon cumin
    1/4 teaspoon turmeric
    2 cups chopped spinach
    Juice of 1/4 lemon

    Directions

    In a tiny bowl, mix the curry powder, chili powder, cumin, and turmeric. Set aside

    Pour 1/4 cup veggie broth into a skillet. Saute the onion until soft. Add the prawns, garlic, and seasonings until prawns are done to your liking.

    Cover and remove from heat.

    Pour the remaining 3/4 cup broth into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the spinach. Cook and stir just until wilted.

    Put cooked spinach on your plate. Drizzle with lemon juice. Top with the prawn curry.
    Serving Size: makes 1 serving

    Mock Meringue Cookies!!

    Monday, September 2nd, 2013
    Mock Meringue Cookie!!
    Found this awesome recipe for a mock “meringue” cookie. Its made from egg white so it’s a good source of protein. I am working out a bit now and I usually pop a few of these before my workout so I can have extra energy and don’t feel light headed. They haven’t stalled my weight loss! Enjoy
    3 Egg whites   Pinch of cream of tartar   Pinch of salt   1/2 t vanilla (or almond) extract   Stevia   Beat e…gg whites, tartar, vanilla, and salt until stiff peaks form. Drop by teaspoonful’s on cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake in 250 oven for 20 minutes.
    **tips and tricks*****I turn the griller on for a few second in order to get them to have a golden top
    ***I usually sprinkle a little stevia (to taste) on top of the cookies instead of adding it while baking as stevia tends to be bitter if baked.
    ***I have also sprinkled them with a mixture of cinnamon, stevia and a dash of nutmeg. YUM!

    HCG Friendly Recipe: Fennel & Onion Chicken

    Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
    From HCG’er Sara.  Thanks Sara!!!
    A fun HCG friendly recipe (2 person serve)
    Ingredients 1 fennel
    4 sticks asparagus
    1 onion
    200g chicken breast …
    4 cloves of garlic Lemon juice
    Your choice of herbs (I chose extra garlic chilli thyme and dill)
    Preheat oven to 180
    Dice your onion and soften using either lemon juice or non stick pan. Once that’s done get out a glass baking dish (or line a dish with baking paper) and put your onion in the middle put your chicken on top and place four whole garlic cloves (skin on) around chicken. Chop up the fennel (not the stalks) add them to a separate dish I chose to add some garlic to the mix.
    Bake chicken for 30-45 mins and fennel for 25 (turning every five) While they’re baking put your asparagus in foil and season with herbs salt and pepper to taste then put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
    When the fennel is done put them in a blender (this is where I added a chilli and other herbs such as thyme) slowly add water until the mix starts to look similar to mashed potato. Don’t forget to manually mix it around before you serve it as you’ll see from my photo it’s quite watery (I’ve since figured out that by using no-noodles/low cal pasta (available at New Leaf) you can get a thick texture similar to potato)
    Then simply put your fennel on a plate then your garlic chicken and asparagus on top and you’ll have an extremely tasty HCG friendly meal that is only 137 calories per serve! And I was STUFFED afterwards!
    Photo: A fun HCG friendly recipe (2 person serve)<br /><br />
Ingredients<br /><br />
1 fennel<br /><br />
4 sticks asparagus<br /><br />
1 onion<br /><br />
200g chicken breast<br /><br />
4 cloves of garlic<br /><br />
Lemon juice<br /><br />
Your choice of herbs (I chose extra garlic chilli thyme and dill)</p><br />
<p>Preheat oven to 180</p><br />
<p>Dice your onion and soften using either lemon juice or non stick pan. Once that's done get out a glass baking dish (or line a dish with baking paper) and put your onion in the middle put your chicken on top and place four whole garlic cloves (skin on) around chicken. Chop up the fennel (not the stalks) add them to a separate dish I chose to add some garlic to the mix. </p><br />
<p>Bake chicken for 30-45 mins and fennel for 25 (turning every five)<br /><br />
While they're baking put your asparagus in foil and season with herbs salt and pepper to taste then put them in the oven for 15 minutes. </p><br />
<p>When the fennel is done put them in a blender (this is where I added a chilli and other herbs such as thyme) slowly add water until the mix starts to look similar to mashed potato. Don't forget to manually mix it around before you serve it as you'll see from my photo it's quite watery (I've since figured out that by using no-dooles you can get a thick texture similar to potato)</p><br />
<p>Then simply put your fennel on a plate then your garlic chick and asparagus on top and you'll have an extremely tasty HCG friendly meal that is only 137 calories per serve! And I was STUFFED afterwards!

    The healing journey with New Leaf

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

    Embarking on a health journey is a brave move to make. It means looking at the issues you may have avoided for a while and facing them head on. It’s a process that is often scary yet can also be richly rewarding. When you are the best version of yourself you can be, you can really shine and be there for those close to you.

    It can be said that it’s a means of coming back to your basic self  – seeing your body as a precious temple and paying attention to what you really need. It’s treating yourself gently and gaining a greater connection to the whole of you – body and mind. As one of my favourite authors Sarah Avant Stover puts it – the only way out is in and through. To go through our health issues rather than going around them is the only real way to back to balance and health.

    At New Leaf, we are committed to your success in this process. We know it’s yours, to go through in your way. Offering a harmonious range of therapies, we seek to find the real cause of your health issues and guide you back to balance and health.

    We see your journey to optimal health as a partnership between yourself and us. Thus, we have a few suggestions for you in order that you get the best results from your treatment with us:

    • Eat a fresh, wholefoods diet. When you eat fresh, vital food, you feel just that. Everything we eat nourishes our cells. If we consider that the body is really the only vessel we have to take us through this lifetime, it makes sense to nourish it with the best food possible.
    • Drink a minimum of 2 litres of pure filtered water daily. Besides hydration, there are countless benefits of drinking adequate pure water. Improved energy, detoxification, digestion, skin condition and weight loss are just a few.
    • Limit caffeine, or better still, cut it altogether. Caffeine creates extra work for your liver, and can place stress on the adrenal glands and nervous system. It also promotes dehydration and in the long term, fatigue. There are many delicious herbal teas and coffee alternatives available in supermarkets and health food stores.
    • Sleep 8 hours a night. While sleeping as little as possible in modern society is often considered admirable behaviour, the truth is, it promotes premature aging, weight gain, can increase stress and complicate many other health issues. It may require changing your usual routine a little, but getting 8 hours of quality sleep a night is an investment in your health.
    • Spend a few minutes a day alone, doing some quiet breath awareness in a comfortable seated position. All you need do is focus on your breath with your eyes closed. This can have wonderfully beneficial effects on your nervous system, improving mood, reducing stress and creating calm. A calm body heals well!
    • Increase body movement. This means different things to different people. Start with where you are at in terms of your current physical fitness, and do what feels right for you. Even if it just means adding incidental exercise by taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to a colleague’s desk rather than emailing, or taking a short walk before or after work. Start where you are at the moment and build gently from there.

    These are simple steps you can take today to improve your body’s ability to balance and heal. You can do one at a time, a few, or all of them, whatever feels right and good for you. It’s up to you.

    We look forward to supporting you in achieving a state of greater health.

    Vegetarians and Vegans on HCG Weight Loss Process… Can It work??

    Friday, September 14th, 2012

    It sure can!  We’ve had vegetarians do the RFM HCG Weight Loss Process at our clinic without any problems.  Vegans have less choice, obviously, and the weight loss is a fraction slower in vegetarians/vegans.  Extra nutrients are needed throughout the process, and it’s a good idea to do at least one serve per day of a complete protein – a protein powder or tofu…

    There’s a few things that can be used in place of meat proteins for vegetarians and vegans… As always with HCG it’s really important to keep an eye on the calories (of course).  The vegetables, fruit and starches aren’t an issue so here’s a few ideas and possibilities for you…

    1. 2 cups skim milk (about 170 calories – maximum per day)
    2. 1/2 cup cottage cheese 81 calories
    3. 1/2 cup low fat yoghurt 77 calories
    4. 100grams tofu 55 calories (so within calorie range could have up to 150g as long as weight loss continues)
    5. There a powder called “Shake It Soup” that we stock, and you may be able to find, that’s a vegetarian pea protein with around 100 calories per scoop
    6. With protein powders you have to watch the carbohydrate content … but there are whey, rice, soy based protein powders out there – there’s are carbs added to many of them to make them taste better and many also contain artificial sweeteners…
    7. Low fat soy milk 127 calories
    8.  Eggs – if you eat eggs – 2-3 egg whites + 1 egg yolk (maximum due to the fat content).  You can buy ‘bags’ of egg whites at the supermarket, so egg white omelettes are a possibility.

    The normal protein sources (where combinations are used to create complete proteins) are not allowed: legumes, nuts & seeds, lentils, rice… but it’s very doable as a vegetarian – more challenging as a vegan, but absolutely worth it. I was a vegetarian for 20 years and struggled much of the time to balance my weight, if only I’d known about HCG many years ago – I’m so glad we have this tool now!

    Good luck!

    Madonna Guy ND
    New Leaf Natural Therapies
    07 3348 6098
    healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au