Thus begins….the creation of the Phase 2 hCG Diet Cookbook for the hCG Diet Protocol – sometimes you are fine just eating plain stuff on P2, and sometimes you want some recipes for P2 that will keep you on track and help you not give up!
For the please-don’t-write-your-life-story-I’m-busy type people (I’m sorry, I’m a write my life story type journal gal!!), the main point is,
get what YOU want/get your way ;)-
give your feedback please:
- Ignore my beautiful journally story (lol!! jk no guilt, scroll on ladies!)
- Scroll to the bottom
- Look at the Master P2 Ingredient List
- Comment below to add any rogue/off original protocol P2 ingredients you see missing from the list that you have used and love and would like used in P2 recipes (and feel free to include how you used it so we can get ideas!)
Hey you guys!
Okay. So now that the Phase 3 hCG Stabilization and Maintenance program – P3toLife – is wrapping up, I am looking to my next project for the hCG community.
Because basically, I can never be done. I’m a never done person. Someday maybe I will relax at the beach and read a book for several hours, but at this time, after about 10 minutes of trying something like that, my mind has already drifted to brainstorming on my projects and then want to get up and start working on them, so I may as well just admit I’m a project person.
Aside from being a project person, if you are very new to my blog, I’m Rayzel, better known as hCGChica, and you can see a photo here of me prior to doing the hCG diet protocol with injections, in 2011, and this summer, 2017, where I have been maintaining my weight loss without further hCG diet use for 4.5 years.
You can see towards the end of my weight loss journey in 2012 – I love this photo because it shows how much imitation goes on with kids. This was actually the MAIN factor that left me so terrified when I sat in my car bingeing on whole bags of cookies prior to discovering hCG. I KNEW my son would be watching me do that and copy it. I feel like the hCG protocol has helped me be a MUCH better example when it comes to healthful eating and lifestyle the past several years as he now nears 8 years old. I haven’t binged in almost 5 years.
I’d like to take you on a short journey of how the P3 program was created – a little behind the scenes – so you can see the process of creation for something like this and your role and help in helping it come to fruition.
The Phase 3 program was sorely needed because…
there is literally NO structured program out there for after you finish Phase 2 of the hCG diet – not one that tells you exactly what to cook and how much to eat etc in a way that’s pleasing that allows you to reliably stabilize your weight loss.
It was a HUGE undertaking, and by the time it’s fully complete (it’s basically already 95% there and can be enrolled in and used now – you get future updates free at this time – once done there will be 2 versions- the P3 essentials program and the full she-bang version of the P3 program for a little more – right now when you enroll you will always get the full she-bang for the current price, woot woot. #earlyadopterswin #rewardsforearlybirds).
Once complete, that project will be an almost full 2 years in the making. It was WELL worth it, despite my own personal fears and misgivings over such a colossal endeavor, because I get emails like this weekly from ladies who follow P3tolife:
I had such a great experience and loved the recipes. I have not had one steak day on P3 and in maintenance for 3 weeks now I have not strayed over 2 lbs. I feel so empowered and am at a great weight. My goal was to lose 10 more but may wait until after New Years, just to stay unstressed. It has also rekindled my love of cooking. I need to know how to morph that excellent chocolate morning mug bread into a peanut butter flavor, lol.
I’m all in to help out with a Skype interview. I work during the day, I am a nurse practitioner. I found all the articles regarding how to choose hCG and all the others as most valuable to my overall understanding of how it all works. You are my hero!!!Sincere thanks!
Do you guys have any idea how INCREDIBLE you are! This is amazing..the new P3 program is amazing!
I just made the Turkey Chili and I am in HEAVEN!!! Thank you for all that you do!
Those are just two emails among MANY I will eventually show you all.
So this 2 year project has not been in vain! But like I said, this endeavor will soon be coming to a close as far there being a ton of work for me personally to do on it. Pretty soon I will be able to focus on just continuing to support my P3tolife members as needed.
Big projects CAN come to fruition, one step at a time. The P3toLife program started out as simply this mindmap sometime in the beginning of 2016. By March 2017 the trial version of the program was released. By the end of this year, the full blown version will be completed.
YOUR INPUT was instrumental – As It Will be Now
You all helped me get this thing done, both by giving your opinion on logistical stuff when asked, AND by letting me know how excited and interested you were in it,
which helped me overcome the hard days when this was all I checked off my to-do list in order to have a more productive day tomorrow. Making something this involved is never a straight shot to completion. Even just being able to share with you all that some days turned out more like this:
comforted me and helped me get back on my feet to have a productive work day the next day.
You let me share my process as it went along on my Instagram- which again, helped me know I was creating this for REAL people, not some far away mass of people that I couldn’t connect with.
Do We Really Need a Phase 2 Cookbook?
I could just stop there. And in truth, there’s actually plenty of cookbooks out there for Phase 2 already – one I highly recommend is Tammy Skye’s hCG diet Gourmet cookbook on Amazon for only $24.95 – it has like over 200 recipes for Phase 2! All on the original protocol. And she has a 2nd volume with 150 more recipes! Tammy is awesome and a very creative chefy gal, I highly recommend her cookbooks.
So it’s not as much of a NEED to create and put out a P2 cookbook, because we already have some high quality resources.
And regardless if you decide you dig my P2 cookbook project, you should still probably buy one of these cookbooks above now, because this new project will NOT be done for at least 6 months and I know you don’t want to wait that long to lose your next batch of weight with hCG!
Why I’d Like to Create a Cookbook for Phase 2 of the hCG Diet
Reason 1: hCGChica Likes Doing Creative Stuff
During the P3 creation of the recipes and meal plans, I both learned the skill of, and came to be passionate about, food photography. I photographed 100% of all the dishes in the P3 plan. I knew absolutely nothing about this art/skill when I began in the spring of 2016.
By the time the full blown version of the Phase 3 program fully complete, that will be 116 dishes photographed (but whose counting). I’m down to shooting the last few dishes and I’m like, wait, there’s nothing else to photograph? But wait, I don’t want to be done! I LOVE doing this! It’s such a creative process, I truly enjoy it.
Even when that involved shooting outside sometimes in 30 degree weather this past winter. Ooooh boy did my fingers get frozen.
So basically, one reason for thinking of the cookbook was to, basically have an excuse to do more food photography. Yep, totally selfish reason.
Because who doesn’t LOVE their kitchen looking like this??
Reason 2: Visuals to Eyes Leads to Hands That Cook
There aren’t actually any P2 cookbooks out there that I know of anyway that have full color appetizing photos. To me, how a dish LOOKS is kind of what makes me decide whether to bother making it or not.
And of course, we all know as a home cook we aren’t going to take the time to sprinkle those little parsley garnishes on top, or swirl our little spoonful of yogurt over the soup in that exact perfect way – but it doesn’t matter-
the point is the beautiful photograph is just to motivate us to get our butt in the kitchen and make the stinkin’ recipe! Then we eat it and we’re like, HEYyyyyy this is yummy. I think I can get through another day of P2 now, or P3, or whatever, and skip those fries as McDonalds.
Here’s some samples images of recipes in the P3tolife Program:
Which leads back to the draw of me doing more work when I can be creative with it – I made a couple of my own ceramic plates for the photography:
As well as did QUITE a bit of painting and distressing of my own background surfaces:
Reason 3: Lead You Smoothly Into P3toLife
The P2 Cookbook will be a downloadable ebook, just like the files in P3toLife, with the same overall look, graphic design, and layout. You will be able to get comfy with the look and feel so that when/if you decide to take the next step after P2 and do your Phase 3 with help from the structured P3 program, you will already be familiar with the layout and that will be ONE less “new” thing to learn/adapt to.
Because new things take additional energy. It takes energy to drive a new car initially because the buttons are in different spots- like argggh how do I turn off that irritating beep eeeeverytime I put the car in reverse?? My old ride didn’t even HAVE that option. #truestory #happened2daysago
I want you to have as smooth a transition into stabilization and maintenance as possible, and the more you are ALREADY familiar with, the less overwhelm and more confidence you will feel, which will make you even more likely to succeed.
Because while it’s true that those who follow P3toLife succeed, pretty much without exception if they follow it, there is still a lot of new things to it right? I mean, it’s a whole PROGRAM. Whatever you can do to adjust during Phase 2, will make it that much easier to breeze into and out of P3.
Okay so that leads to…
YOUR part – how you can help get this Cookbook created in the best way for YOU.
Below you will see my current MASTER INGREDIENTS LIST for PHASE 2 RECIPES.
This cookbook WILL have both strict simeons protocol recipes AND rogue/newer/updated/variation type recipes using ingredients that many now use on hCG that aren’t on the original ingredient list Dr. Simeons made. We will OF COURSE always clearly state on the recipe what is original and what is rogue, so that everyone can make an informed choice about what they want to eat while on P2.
I do not want it to be strict simeons only because there are so many other options these days that DO work for many and that variety can make the diet much more doable for many.
- Look over the master ingredients list
- Comment below (or reply to my original email) and let me know if you have any additional ingredient rogue P2 ingredient ideas for use in recipe creation for this cookbook – please feel free to share HOW you used the ingredient to help us get ideas as well! The ingredient you suggest could be a food, a spice, a product or brand you came across (if product, a link would be help but if not, no worries, we totally know how to go to googlemeister) ;)-
Thank you SO much in advance, I couldn’t have created the P3 program without your input, and I know your input now will be instrumental in the P2 cookbook project as well.
Current Master P2 Ingredient List for Recipe Creation – What Should I Add?
Currently: Rogue ingredients have an “R” listed at the end.
1 Serving size = 100 grams/3.5 ounces(2 servings a day total)
- Beef – very lean – ideally 95% or more fat free – ground/london broil/ etc (80/20 will not do)
- Chicken breast
- White fish (examples: Catfish, Cod, Flounder, Halibut, Sole, Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Tilapia, Trout)
- 97% Fat Free Ham – R
- 99% Fat Free Ground Turkey – R
- Water-packed tuna – R
- Low-fat canned Salmon – R
Occasional meat replacement allowed (1 serving):
- 1 egg + 3 egg whites
- 100 grams fat free cottage cheese
- Protein Powders – (sweetened only with stevia or erythritol) – R
- Beet Greens
- Bell Pepper – R
- Broccoli – R
- Cauliflower – R
- Crookneck Squash- R
- Mushrooms – R
- Zucchini – R
- Carrots – R
- 1 Apple
- 1/2 Grapefruit
- 1 Orange
- Strawberries – 1 handful
- Blueberries – R
- Blackberries – R
- Raspberries – R
- 1 Grissini Stick (without oil- check many have olive oil in them)
- 1 Melba Toast
- ¼ Smart Bun (gluten free) – R
- ? More gluten free options ? Brands?
Side Ingredients – both savory or sweet:
- 1 lemon/day
- 1 tbsp milk/day
- Judicious use of sugar sweeteners – swerve/erythritol/stevia (would you consider that R?)
- Psyllium husk
- Coconut oil spray – R
- Coconut Oil – R
- Fat Free Greek Yogurt – R
- Protein Powder – R
Savory Only Type Ingredients
- Spices and herbs (that do not contain starchy fillers etc).
- Tomato paste
- Canned tomatoes (with no added sugar) – fire roasted is awesome
- Mustard – yellow
- Brags amino
- Fresh herbs – cilantro/basil/parsley/mint/rosemary
- Miracle noodles – R
- Chicken broth – msg free or homemade
- Vegetable broth – msg free or homemade
- Walden farms dressings – R
- Bare Foods Zero Calorie Stevia sweetened dressings/barbecue sauce
- Louisiana Hot Sauce
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Sweet Baking Type Ingredients
- Vanilla bean powder – R
- Vanilla extract
- Cocoa powder
- Flavored liquid stevia flavors- Ie grape, chocolate, toffee, orange, etc.
- Bakto flavorings
- PB2?? (One without added sugar) – R
- Other calorie free or almost calorie free products?
- Stevia Diet soda – use in? Smoothie? – R
- Spices – nutmeg/cinnamon/cloves/
- Fresh herbs – Mint/Basil
- Flavored teas- sun tea – etc
Possible cooking methods to make things fun/easier/more satisfying:
- George Foreman grill
- Spiralizer for veggie noodles (zucchini/cucumber/etc)
- Mixing vegetables is considered off protocol- so if I put a salad with lettuce with tomato onion and lettuce, would most consider this off protocol and include in the “rogue” section of the cookbook, or is it so close to being original protocol that I can call it a regular old p2 recipe? Opinions?
- Is stevia considered strict protocol? I think so. But how about erythritol- would that be considered more rogue?
- Any other ideas or thoughts you have for me to consider while creating this? You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? Well it takes a village of brains to create a P2 cookbook– especially when I have brain fog a lot from lyme disease and hashimotos lol!!
- Potential issues you foresee coming up and your ideas on handling?
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