hCG Companion

Are you following our new program: The hCG Diet and Protocol?  If so, there is a handy application available on smart phones called hCG Companion by Appilicious.  Of course, first things first, you should always consult with one of clinicians before using the application.

To Get Started

The application is $10.99 but worth it if you are looking for something to keep you on track.  On the main screen you will want to pull down the menu bar to get to the setup screen.  Under the ‘setup’ tab you can put in your start date as well as your first weight-in and measurements.  Make sure to tell your clinician you are keeping track and need your measurement numbers.  In the setup screen you can also set up a daily reminders for your injection.

Plan

In the plan section you can plan out your meals.  This is a great feature that allows you to select your veggies, fruit and meat for each meal.  After selecting food for one day, you can also tab over and enter in meals for multiple days.  The section will also allow you to view the menu for each day and it has a convenient shopping list that you can bring with you to the grocery store.

If you are uncertain about what foods you can eat, you can select the “Can I eat?” tab and it will tell you what foods are allowed during each stage of the program.  Please keep in mind our specific recommendations may vary a little from the actual hCG Diet and Protocol.  If you have specific questions about a particular food on the list please check with your clinician or office support team.

Track

In the track section of the application you can graph your changes in weight and measurements throughout the process.  This may help you to stay motivated as you progress through the different phases of the program.  You also have the option of taking a photo journal and keeping notes.  You could write about your experience and take pictures along the way.  What a great way to track changes!

Diet

This section is pretty neat.  It gives you the opportunity to look over the manuscript that started it all, Pounds & Inches.  There is also a Podcast available and additional information about each of the stages of the program.

Help

Are you looking for further information or a site that offers members the opportunity to share and support one another?  You will find this under the ‘Help’ tab.  Don’t forget our clinic staff is always available for questions and support too!

 

After entering in all your data, the main screen is the best place to see your daily plan.  You can check off meals eaten, water intake, shots, and any exercise your performed.  The main screen will also tell you what phase and day you are currently in.

This is a fun interactive tool that will keep you interested and makes it easy for you to keep up with the protocol if you are challenged with a busy work/life schedule.  It will provide you with daily reminders and is very user friendly.  Logging takes minimal effort but provides you will plenty of information and support.  Try it for yourself!

Don’t have a smartphone?  You can also sign-up on the web @ www.hcgcompanion.com

Recipe Wednesday!

Looking for something cool and refreshing to bring to your next BBQ?  Try this quick and easy recipe.

Tangy Apple Slaw

4 cups thinly shredded cabbage

2 apples, cored and cut into small dice

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 TB lemon juice

1/4 ts concentrated Stevia

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 ts poppy seeds (optional)

1.  Combine the cabbage and apple in a medium bowl.

2.  In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, and Stevia.  Pour over the cabbage mixture, season to taste with salt and pepper, add the poppy seeds if using, and stir to gently coat.

3.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour, occasionally tossing, before serving.

Recipe from: The hCG Diet Quick Start Cookbook

Recipe Wednesday!

This is a quick marinade and a tasty grilled meal!

Skewered Steak and Red Onions

8 oz. lean beef, such as tenderloin, cubed

2 medium red onion, peeled and cut into chunks

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1TB liquid aminos

1/8 ts plain concentrated stevia

1/4 ts garlic powder

1/2 ts dried oregano

1 ts bottled horseradish

salt and pepper to taste

1.  Place the cubed beef and onion chunks in a shallow dish.  In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, liquid aminos, stevia, garlic powder, oregano, horseradish, salt and pepper, and pour over the beef and onions.  Marinate for 30 minutes, stir occasionally.

2.  Preheat a grill or broiler.  Thread the beef and onions on a metal skewer and pat dry.  Grill kebabs to desired doneness (about 4 minutes per side for rare), turning the skewers occasionally to cook evenly.  Serve immediately.

Recipe from:  The hCG Diet Quick Start Cookbook

Recipe Wednesday!

Try his quick recipe to make an ordinary omelet exciting!

Tomato Bruschetta Omelet

1 medium tomato, cored, seeded, and diced

1 garlic clove, minced

salt and pepper to taste

2 ts red wine vinegar

pinch of dried oregano

2 ts chopped fresh basil leaves

1 whole egg plus 3 egg whites

Directions:

1.  In a small bowl combine all the Bruschetta ingredients and stir well.  Set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and egg whites and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and turn the heat to low.

3.  Cook the egg evenly by lifting the firm edges to allow the wet egg mixture to reach the bottom of the pan.  Coverand continue to cook over the very lowest heat until the top surface has set.

4.  Spoon the Bruschetta mixture onto one side of the omelet and carefully flip the other side over with a spatula.  Cover and cook a further minute.  Slide onto a plate and serve immediately.

Recipe from The hCG Diet Quick Start Cookbook

 

Recipe Wednesday!

Savory Sage and Apple Chicken Burgers

Picture from eatlivegrowpaleo.com

8 oz. ground chicken breast

Salt and pepper to taste

1 ts dried rubbed sage

1/2 ts dried thyme

Dash ground cinnamon

1 medium apple, peeled and grated

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1.  In a medium bowl combine the ground chicken, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, cinnamon and apple.  Stir mixture well and form into 6 slider size burgers.

2.  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Fry the burgers in the skillet, adding a little broth as needed to prevent sticking, until nicely browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside.  About 6-8 minutes.

Transfer to a plate and serve.  Makes two servings.  Serve on lettuce wraps or with freshly steamed veggies.

Recipe from:  The hCG Diet Quick Start Cookbook

 

hCG Diet

Perhaps you have already included hCG into your Complete Clinics program.   Or maybe you are wondering what hCG is and what it does.  This will answer your questions and give you a basic overview into our newly available hCG Diet and Protocol program at Complete Clinics.

What is hCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy that stimulates production of progesterone allowing the uterus to sustain a growing fetus.  hCG has also been used to treat infertility in both men and women.

The Introduction of hCG to Weight Loss

A British endocrinologist, Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons studied how this hormone could mobilize fat. Firstly, he identified 3 different kinds of fat: structural, normal, and abnormal.  Abnormal fat is the last line of defense against starvation and is located around the waist, hips, thighs and upper arms.  Those are the pesky areas where extra weight sits.  Then, he recognized that injecting the hormone into his overweight patients and having them follow a very low calorie diet enabled them to shed weight quickly.  Dr. Simeons tested his diet and protocol on thousands of patients with great success. He officially developed his hCG diet and protocol in the 1950s and wrote a manuscript called “Pounds and Inches” to share his data.  He recognized obesity as a disorder and set out to help patients take control of their bodies.

Benefits of hCG

  • accelerated weight loss through the loss of abnormal fat
  • body re-shaping
  • higher energy levels
  • lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • less insulin required while on the protocol

Our program

Our hCG Diet and Protocol based on Dr. Simeons’ research consists of 4 phases that include hcG injections and the introduction of a VLCD or very low calorie diet.  Each stage of the diet is monitored by one of our clinicians and we have resources available to help you along the way.  We want to help you achieve your weight loss goals and provide you with the tools to maintain that weight loss for life.  If you would like more information on the hCG Diet and Protocol, please call our office.

Recipe Wednesday!

Looking for a quick and easy dinner?  Look no further!  Enjoy this healthy version of fajitas!

Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, root removed, washed and dried
  • guacamole
  • 1 small jar salsa (or substitute fresh chopped tomatoes, cilantro and garlic)

Directions:

  1. In  a medium bowl, combine garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and sea salt (if desired). Toss chicken in mixture until fully coated and set aside.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add coconut oil.
  3. Saute onion for 3 minutes. Add chicken and continue to cook until chicken is almost fully cooked (about 10-15 minutes), stirring often.
  4. Just before chicken is done, add red peppers, lemon and lime juice. Stir and cook for 3 more minutes.
  5. Serve over lettuce and top with guacamole and salsa.

Recipe from paleoplan.com