Saturday, July 9, 2011

Long Hiatus....and a Change in Format

It has been a while.  It is not that I haven't been cooking (because I cook every day!) or haven't had anything to write about, but we have been busy living life and settling here in Florida.
Now that I have a moment, I can explain that the tone and purpose of this blog will be taking a detour for a bit.  I have decided to start and have started on a controversial diet.  The HCG diet is a very restrictive diet that also utilizes HCG injections.  I have done lots of research on the diet and though not for everyone, I believe this diet will help me.
Medically speaking, I have been given 2 strikes against me.  I was diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism and poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) not long after I married (May 2003).  The news was not pleasant.  The problem is both the thyroid issue and PCOS make it difficult to lose weight. The PCOS causes insulin resistance which can lead to Type II diabetes (no thank you!). The thyroid disorder makes for a sluggish if existent at all, metabolism.   Since the diagnosis, I have been through 2 pregnancies.  Luckily, I didn't gain a ton of weight with either of them.  However, I have had such issues with trying to lose weight and to no avail.  I must also mention, I don't eat poorly.  I have been pretty health conscious most of my life.  I am pretty active as well.  I run after two kids, have a full time job, and a very busy life in general.  So the idea that if you eat healthy and are an active person you should be able to maintain or lose weight doesn't apply to individuals with Hypothyroidism and/or PCOS.  My endocrinologist told me that I needed to accept the fact that these disorders have changed the way my body works and I will never look like I used to.  But, when I look in the mirror, I don't see me.  So I am going to try anything I can to make a change (within reason).
I know that there are people who will disagree with this diet.  I know there are people who will argue the science behind it.  However, I ask that if anyone should post comments concerning this diet, my progress, and recipes that it be positive.
The diet has been around since the 1950's and has gone through several peaks and valleys in regards to interest and effectiveness.  The medical director of the organization I work for recently completed this diet and did very well.  He is a breast cancer specialist and needed to lose weight for cardiac health issues.  He is even considering offering this diet for his breast cancer patients as there is some information that the HCG diet may be beneficial to those in remission, not only for weight loss but for hormonal reasons.
The recipes, though tailored for the HCG diet, can be used as a part of a low carb, low sugar diet as well.   I started phase 2 (very low calorie phase) of the diet July 5th.
Though I will not be sharing photos (before and after), starting weight, or measurements; I will share my progress and struggles as a weekly re-cap along with the recipes I have found or created.  
I look forward to sharing my creations and possibly helping anyone else who is on the HCG diet or just trying to eat healthier.
Thanks and Bon Appetit!

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