All About hCG Drops (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Drops)

How would be if you could lose 1 pound daily without be hungry? HCG diet can do this because it uses a hormone that blocks your hunger while dieting.It is about the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – HCG, that occurs during pregnancy.

When it comes to diets, anyone who struggle with extra pounds would be delighted to find out that there is a recipe for weight loss with visible results almost overnight. In America, the mirage of HCG weight loss has grown in recent times. HCG hormone injections or HCG drops came to be on the wishlist of many overweight people . Moreover, on the US market, there are also supplements containing HCG hormone. But what is HCG diet and how it works? You will find the answer in the following lines.

What is HCG diet?

hcgdietHCG Diet has two clear and difficult principles , which require medical supervision. These principles are: 500 calories a day and daily injections of HCG hormone. Recently, the injections can be replaced with drops which leads to an easier administration of the hormone.This hormone is secreted by pregnant women and provides the necessary nutrients for fetal development, consuming if necessary, from the fat reserves of the future mother.This explanation has led to the popularization of HCG Weight Loss Method because everyone, men and women ,can imagine that the hormone will lead to the dissolution of fat deposits, helping them to lose weight.

What is HCG diet drops?

Chorionic gonadotropin drops is a homeopathic formula which contain diluted HCG hormone . When administered in small doses, it can facilitate weight loss.

How work HCG drops?

HCG influences the hypothalamus and when administered in small doses helps to mobilize the fat stores on hips, thighs, stomach, and upper arms.HCG drops are administered sublingually, 3-6 times per day.

HCG Weight loss benefits

There are 3 main benefits of this method of weight loss:

  • The stored fat will support your daily caloric needs.
  • HCG drops are a homeopathic formula which is taken by mouth, under the tongue and doesn’t adversely affect the adipose tissue or the muscle tissue.
  • You will lose weight very fast, almost miraculously(1-2 pounds per day).

Side effects of HCG drops

hcgweightlossThere are no side effects with the homeopathic HCG drops diet. Very few people following this diet experienced slight headaches or dizziness for the first few days, but these are extremely rare cases and it happens only in the first few days . HCG hormone has been used to lose weight for over 50 years, so there is enough evidence to support its safety.

Who can follow this diet?

The treatment works for everyone, young people, old people, men or women. You can use HCG drops if the value of your body mass index is not less than 20. Always consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program. Pay attention and don’t use HCG Drops if you are a pregnant woman.

HCG Diet Drops – Instructions and tips

  • Before starting this hormone diet, ask your family doctor.
  • Start taking HCG drops three times a day, half an hour before each meal. Put the drops under your tongue and keep them for 5 minutes. At this stage the product will convert the stored fat in energy.
  • Avoid drinking fluid for at least 30 minutes after the drops have been applied.
  • Remember that HCG drops should be combined with a low calorie diet. Start by eliminating sugars and starches from the diet.
  • Create your own daily diet of 500 calories. These 500 calories should consist of proteins, vegetables and fruits.
  • Hydration is very important. During the HCG diet is recommended to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.
  • At the end of HCG diet you will continue another three days with 500 calories a day, but without taking drops.After these three days, you can begin to consume 1500 calories a day and return to your routine.
  • For best results in women , start the program on the first day after your menstrual cycle.
  • During the diet, don’t force your body with drastic exercises .
  • HCG diet lasts between 20 and 40 days. At the end of this period you will enjoy your new body.

Most diets that include rigurous exercises will help you to lose weight and fat. But as soon as you return to your daily routine, you will gain back those extra pounds. The HCG Weight Loss Method reprograms your brain and teaches your body to burn abnormal fat reserves also after stopping the diet.

SIDE EFFECTS AND DANDERS OF HCG DIET PLAN IF IMPLEMENTED WRONGLY

Every good result might be accompanied by some negativity. Same to HCG diet plan might be very effective but has its own side effects to an individual. Majority of us concentrate on how best it works, prescriptions, reviews and forget on how we should take care of the side effects or even talk about it. Well, its business and everyone would like to prosper so let other people talk on the negativity of the product. After all it can be taken care of. Let cross check on some of the possible side effects. This hcg review website has clearly stated that exercise is not at all recommended during hcg diet.So, if you are doing exercise during diet, then you will be facing some dangers with this diet.

  • Constipation

Regardless of how little food one takes, it may take three to four days for one to have his or her bowel movement. Majority may seem to ignore the fact that a lot of water is needed also in your HCG diet plan. To make your tack smooth and soften things up, have lots of water too.

  • Headache

It is normal for the body to react to different or strange intakes in it. The most common being headache if it is your first time on HCG diet plan. This can be taken care of by over the counter painkillers and if the headache persists, a dieter is advised to seek medical advice from a doctor.

  • Dizziness

This is just a minor effect which is common to low calorie dieters. Dizziness will be experienced in the first week of the HCG diet plan weight loss and disappears as time goes. Therefore, one has nothing to worry about the dizziness unless it becomes severe but it is just a temporary side effect.

  • Hair thinning

Note that hair thinning is different from hair loss therefore the two should not be mistaken. This might be probably due to lack of protein. Even though HCG drops contain protein and helps an individual from feeling hungry, this does not guarantee an individual from not taking proteins from other foods. So, one is encouraged to take a lot of multivitamin to avoid hair thinning.

  • Skin rashes

Anyone who is on HCG diet plan is prone to skin rash since his or her body is burning and consuming fat at a supersonic speed. Fat cells are also consumed hence realising normal toxins to the body. To dilute the toxins, one is required to take lots of water or else, will develop skin rush.

These are some of side effects of the HCG with some possible remedies. It is the duty of the dieter to take care of his/her health while on the HCG diet plan.

How to Eat Healthy When You Don’t Like Vegetables

Eating vegetables plays a big role in your health. But, what if you’re not a vegetarian? What will you do to encourage yourself eat vegetable.

It is a very common scenario in a family in which a member of the family may don’t like vegetables. How will you change that? The good thing is that there are several ways to make vegetables delicious.

As you know, different foods have different flavors including sweet, bitter, sour, savory and salty. The bitter taste of the food is the reason why most people don’t like it.

Many vegetables have bitter taste and this is the reason why children and even some adults avoid eating them. But, as a person grows older, you might overcome your aversion to vegetables.

If your growing children still don’t like to eat vegetables, it’s about time to do some strategies that will make the vegetables appealing.

  • Try a vegetable several times

Studies revealed that trying something several times is the key that you’ll like it eventually. This is also applicable with veggies. Likewise, you should also recognize the health benefits of the vegetable so that you can associate its taste.

Emphasizing the healthy benefits of vegetables to your kids can help to encourage them to eat veggies. You should not stop if they don’t like eating the veggie for the first time you introduce it to them. Be patient.

  • Try the vegetable in different ways

If you don’t want to eat vegetable that has bitter taste, you can combine it with another vegetable that has different flavor. This is the best way to obtain a match-made taste. Keep in mind that there are different ways to cook a veggie until you become used to its taste.

  • Proper preparation to obtain the right texture

Preparing the vegetable correctly can also help to make it appealing. Obtaining the enjoyable texture of the vegetable will also preserve the nutrients present. Once you prepare it correctly, you can then like the taste of it.

  • Camouflage

Trying to camouflage vegetables is the best way to do for you to like them. This means that you can combine vegetables to fantastic creamy soups. You can also combine the vegetable when making smoothie.

You can also add the shredded vegetables to muffins, breads and cakes. The flavor of the veggie become less intense once it is cooked. Making puree vegetables is also recommended and add them to pizza sauces, gravies, pasta and soups.

  • Experiment with different flavors

Cooking vegetables using different flavors is another way to get used to the taste. Combining it with savory dishes or marinades will lessen the intense taste of the vegetable.

This issue of not liking to eat vegetables is very common. Perhaps, you have adapted such attitude when you’re just a kid. But, believe me, as your taste buds mature the way you taste food also changes. In fact, you can also train your taste buds, it is just your willingness to try new foods.

Keep in mind that when you eat, you’re into a learning trial as if training yourself to like something. This is the reason why whatever the food you eat on a regular basis; your body will adapt it. This means that training yourself to eat vegetables is the key so that your taste buds will learn and get used to the flavor or taste of the different vegetables.

Vegetables may not be toothsome, but they are good nutritionally. With this, you can link a vegetable to any food that “tastes good” and set it in your mind. If the food you’re linking with is sweet, then you can easily appreciate the taste of a vegetable. It can be difficult at first, but you’ll enjoy it eventually. Checkout HealthyNaturalDiet.com to learn more about healthy eating.

Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Winter is not a time of year when a cold smoothie will hit the spot. Tea, hot chocolate and hot cider are the comforting choices. Smoothies, however, do not have to be ice cold. Recently, I tried this delectable warm smoothie recipe found on Clean Cuisine.

Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

I like smoothies to be simple. So instead of heating the ingredients in the microwave, I just put on my kettle while preparing the apples and poured steaming hot water into my Vitamix blender along with the cooler ingredients. Once blended the smoothie was nice and warm but not too hot. Here it is garnished and ready to enjoy on a cool March afternoon. I wished I had some cinnamon sticks to complete the garnishing. Yummy!

Ingredients

This is a doubled version of the original recipe. It makes one large mug as shown above.

2 apples, cored and cut into large chunks (leave the skin on)
1/2 cup black or yellow raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
2 – 4 tbs raw pecans
1 1/2 cups steaming hot water

Directions

Using non-glass blender, puree apples, raisins, cinnamon and pecans with one cup of the water. Add in remaining 1/2 cup of water, blending a little at a time, until preferred consistency is reached. Garnish as desired and serve.

Caution!

Use only non-glass blender containers designed for warm liquids such as those made by Vitamix. DO NOT try this in a glass blender as it could explode and cause serious injury.

If using a Vitamix you can opt to blend the mixture for 5 – 6 minutes which will warm the ingredients via friction. This is the standard method for making soups in this machine so it should work for warm smoothies too.

This smoothie is delicious! No sugar needed! A great breakfast appetizer or mid-afternoon treat. I did not have any raisins on hand so used dried black currants instead. My results were darker than the picture shown on Clean Cuisine. Perhaps their more yellow smoothie was from choosing yellow raisins instead of black. I used pecans, as called for, though walnuts would be another good choice. – Robin

Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is so tasty it’s hard to believe it’s grain-free. The secret ingredient is eggs . . . and lots of them! Eggs create the good volume and texture in this recipe. Additionally, the eggs provide protein while the coconut flour provides fibre. Stevia reduces the sugar content. All in all this is a healthy and delicious cake for birthdays or other special occasions.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake

I made this cake for for a family dinner celebrating my father’s birthday. Everyone loved it! The topping is whipped vanilla Greek yogurt garnished with seasonal fresh raspberries. You could also do a traditional frosting or a light chocolate glaze with fresh cherries.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
12 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk or whole milk
1 cup sugar
Stevia powder or liquid
Follow pkg directions and use an
— amount of stevia equivalent to 1 1/4 cups
— sugar. If in doubt use a little bit less.

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Melt butter or coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix in cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside. In a bowl mix together eggs, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. If using liquid stevia add to wet ingredients. If using powdered stevia add to dry mixture. Combine coconut flour with baking powder and whisk into batter until there are no lumps. Pour batter into a greased 11x7x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 C) for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool. Frost / decorate as desired.

Source: Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife N.D.

Notes

  • I used coconut sugar and powdered stevia in this recipe. If you do not wish to use stevia, then use 2 1/4 cups sugar.
  • Dutch processed cocoa powder is recommended in this reduced sugar version likely to improve flavour. If you prefer natural cocoa powder (ie: non-alkalized) that should be OK.
  • I recommend using a springform pan for easy cake removal.

This recipe was tested with Wilderness Family Coconut Flour, Heartland Gold Coconut Oil, Madhava Coconut Sugar, Earth’s Choice Coconut Milk and Purest Cocoa Powder.

Pineapple Wheatgrass Wakeup Smoothie

If you have frozen wheatgrass juice cubes that need to be used up, then a pineapple smoothie is a great way to do it. The flavours work well together and the colours blend to create this lovely fresh green. Not only does this smoothie look refreshing, it tastes refreshing too! Perfect for mornings when you need a little pick-me-up.Pineapple Wheatgrass Wakeup Smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 fresh banana
5 frozen wheatgrass juice cubes

Directions

Blend all ingredients and serve. You should not need any additional liquids, but you can add a little water if your blender is labouring a bit. Makes one large or two small smoothies.

Lavender and Earl Grey Home Molded Chocolates

Another of the four home molded chocolates I made for the holiday season was this lavender and Earl Grey ganache in a 70% Valrhona shell.  I’d made lavender ganache chocolates before and decided to pump them up a bit with some Earl Grey, but the Earl Grey flavor was mostly overshadowed by the lavender.  The chocolates were still great, I think, but they didn’t taste a whole lot different than the lavender chocolates I’d made before.  In the end, I think Earl Grey is too delicate a flavor to share the stage with lavender.  But this ganache recipe can be made with or without the Earl Grey tea . . . and you could also increase the amount of Earl Grey and see if that works.  Here’s a link to an instructional post on how to mold chocolate.  This recipe makes enough ganache for about 80 pieces.

  • 260g heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea (about 4 tea bags)
  • 74g light corn syrup
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 376g dark chocolate, tempered at 90°F
  1. Combine the heavy cream, lavender and tea in a saucepan; bring to a boil; remove from heat; cover and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain out the lavender and tea using cheesecloth, wringing the cheesecloth to ensure maximum extraction.
  3. Return the cream to its original weight using whole milk.
  4. Add the corn syrup to the cream and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to cool to 105°F.
  5. Combine the butter and tempered chocolate, making sure no lumps remain.
  6. Gradually pour the cream into the butter/chocolate mixture stirring constantly to form an emulsified ganache.
  7. Allow to cool to room temperature and then pipe into molded chocolates using a pastry bag as shown here.

Tapioca & Red Rice Pudding With Cayenne-Spiced Mango & Papaya

I was invited to dinner at friend of a friend’s home on Saturday night and the menu was Thai food.  I offered to bring a dessert and wanted to make something that worked with the rest of the meal, so I came up with this tapioca and red rice pudding, inspired largely by this recipe.  I’ve had tapioca puddings before and I’ve had sticky rice desserts before, but I’ve never had or seen the two of them combined.  I decided to try it, mainly for the varied texture and the visual effect of combining red rice with a dish that’s typically white/translucent.  I flavored it with Thai basil, cilantro, lemongrass, lime, cayenne and coconut milk.  I don’t have much experience cooking Southeast Asian cuisine, but this turned out really well, I think.  The flavors all worked and the textures were varied and fun.  This recipe makes about 10 servings.

  • 1 cup (uncooked) Bhutanese red rice
  • 2 cans (13.5 oz. each) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 10 sprigs of cilantro + more for garnish
  • 10 Thai basil leaves + more for garnish
  • grated peel of 1 lime + more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemongrass, chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (uncooked) small pearl tapioca
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 papaya
  • pinch of cayenne
  1. Cook the 1 cup of rice in 1.5 cups of water.  When it’s done, add 1 can (13.5 oz.) of coconut milk and set aside.
  2. Combine the ginger, cilantro, basil, lime peel and lemongrass in a food processor for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Combine the aforementioned, food-processed mixture with the remaining 2 cups of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the solids from the water, pressing on the solids to extract as much of the water as possible.  Discard the solids and return the infused water to a clean saucepan.
  5. Add the 2 cups of milk and the sugar to the infused water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring frequently; add the tapioca, stirring; return to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, until the tapioca softens and swells and the mixture thickens—about 35 minutes.
  6. Remove the tapioca mixture from the heat and combine in a large bowl with the cooked rice that’s been soaking in coconut milk.  Add the second can of coconut milk and stir thoroughly to combine and allow pudding to cool to room temperature.  When pudding has reached room temperature, either serve or cover and refrigerate until 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve it.  Regardless, the pudding should be brought to room temperature before serving because the many subtle flavors are muted by cold temperature.
  7. Combine the mango, papaya, juice of two limes and pinch of cayenne in a large bowl.
  8. Serve pudding as pictured above, topped with the mango-papaya mixture, cilantro, basil, and grated lime peel.

Veracruz-Style Tilapia

Tonight marks the launch of ArtSpace DC’s first cooking class, taught by yours truly.  I showed some of my photography at ArtSpace back in November and, in the course of setting that up, had conversations with ArtSpace’s director that led to me agreeing to teach a one-night-a-week for six weeks class focusing on simple, healthy meals suitable for weeknight preparation by people with busy schedules, not a lot of money and no special cooking equipment.  To this end, my goal is to come up with simple recipes that take no more than 30 minutes or so to make and that require nothing more than a knife, cutting board, pots and pans and, maybe, a blender.

Tonight we’ll be making this sort-of-Veracruz-style tilapia, along with some white rice and some radish greens sautéed in olive oil with garlic (not pictured).  Red snapper is typically used in this Veracruz-style dish, but red snapper is on Seafood Watch’s don’t eat list, while tilapia farmed in the U.S. and Central and South America is a more sustainable, less expensive alternative.  (Tilapia farmed in China and Taiwan are problematic due to pollution and general poor management).  Also, Veracruz-style fish is typically started on the stove top, where the sauce is made, but then transferred to the oven and baked when the fish is added.  For the sake of speed and simplicity, I cook this dish from start to finish on the stove top.  This recipe serves four.

  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped, pitted green olives
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  1. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a dutch oven or other large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat.  Sauté onions until translucent, stirring regularly, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, oregano and bay leaves and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add tomatoes, including juice, along with olives, raisins and capers and continue cooking over medium-high heat until sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tilapia fillets, covering them with the tomato sauce.  Cook over medium-high heat until the fish is flaky and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Season sauce with salt and pepper, then serve over rice.

Mushroom Risotto (with Italian Sausage Variation)

The third course for Saturday night’s dinner was this mushroom risotto.  I made the dish Saturday as a warm-up for the cooking class I’m teaching on Monday nights at ArtSpace DC.  My guests on Saturday night, as well as the folks in my class on Monday, all seemed to like it . . . and I thought it was great both times . . . so I’ll share the recipe here.  On Monday night, we made two batches in the class, one of which incorporated Italian sausage, so I’ll include that as a variation here.  Also, you can substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock if you want to make this vegetarian . . . but I think homemade chicken stock does wonders for this dish.  (I used homemade stock at home and store-bought chicken stock in class.)  Enjoy the weekend, folks.

This recipe serves 6-8 as a side dish/small course or 4 as a main course.

  • 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock, if you want to skip the sausage and make this a vegetarian dish)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms (I used hedgehogs*)
  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms, re-hydrated
  • (for sausage variation, 1 lb. Italian sausage, casing removed)
  • 1 small onion*
  • 2 cloves garlic*, minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup (packed) grated Parmesan
  • Salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf Italian parsley (or some other green herb), chopped
  1. Place the 4 cups of stock and 2 cups of water in a saucepan over med-low heat.  As soon as it begins to simmer, turn the heat down to the lowest setting to keep the liquid warm.  This is simply a step to reduce the cooking time of the risotto when you add these liquids.
  2. To prepare the dried porcini mushrooms: Combine ½ cup of dried porcini mushrooms with 1 cup of water and set aside to soak.
  3. To prepare the fresh mushrooms: Ideally, you want to time this to have the mushrooms done cooking at the same time as the risotto, so try to start it about 5 minutes before the risotto is done.  Another option is to cook the fresh mushrooms early and then stir them into the risotto at the very end to reheat them.  Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.  When butter stops foaming, add the fresh mushrooms and cook until soft.  Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.  Serve them on top of the risotto, or set aside until the risotto is done.
  4. To prepare the risotto: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.  (For the sausage variation, when the butter stops foaming, add the sausage and sauté until browned.)  When the butter stops foaming, add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 6 or 7 minutes.
  5. Next, add the Arborio rice and cook until it is translucent around its edges, around 4 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the white wine and cook until the wine is fully absorbed by the rice, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add about 2 cups of the pre-heated stock/water mixture (don’t worry about measuring it).  Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed, about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Add the re-hydrated porcini mushrooms with their liquid.  (If the porcinis are dirty, you may want to strain the liquid through cheesecloth.)
  10. When making risotto, you should at this stage begin checking grains of rice for doneness.  I prefer my risotto soft (not mushy) with a little bit of resistance from the center of the rice—al dente.  Some like it softer and soupy, some like it more firm.  Follow your heart and mouth on this one.
  11. Proceed by adding additional pre-heated stock/water by half-cup increments, stirring and waiting for the liquid to be absorbed, testing for doneness, and adding another half-cup if necessary.  If you run out of stock/water before the risotto is done, don’t panic . . . just add some water.
  12. When the risotto is cooked to your preferred degree of doneness, add the cheese (and fresh mushrooms if they’re cold and you want to reheat them) to the risotto, stir, salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.  Top with the sautéed fresh mushrooms and flat-leaf Italian parsley or something else fresh and green.