What is the HCG Diet Food Plan?
The food plan for the most part has no breakfast. At this time of the day tea or coffee or lemon juice with stevia sweetener are allowed. Those who have trouble skipping breakfast may divide the days’ allotment of food differently such as having cracker and fruit at breakfast time or dividing the lunch and dinner into three meals rather than the two. While below is the basic plan, there are modifications that can be arranged with Dr. Sierra, such as a plan to accommodate a very active person’s needs, or one where low blood sugar is accounted for with changes in the eating plan.
Lunch and dinner are similar, with each meal to include:
- 2 cups of the following vegetables: asparagus; all types of salad greens; celery; all cabbages-such as nappa, red, green, or brussel sprouts; spinach; cucumber; radish; tomato; onion; fennel bulb; chard; and beet greens. There are additional vegetables that are similarly low in sugar as the above, that can be used additionally as long as you have first discussed this with your Dr. Sierra. (See the last paragraph.)
- 4 ounces of the following protein rich foods: chicken breast; 90-95% fat free beef, or the naturally lean buffalo or venison; white fish such as tilapia, cod, halibut, sea bass, mahi, etc; shell fish like shrimp, scallops, lobster, or crab; tuna packed in water; ground turkey; 1 cup of fat-free ricotta cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese; or 2 eggs.
- 1 serving of fruit: medium apple, orange, 6 strawberries, or 1/2 grapefruit.
- 20 calories of carbohydrate-rich cracker: Wasa rye cracker, ryvita rye cracker, or rice cracker is best; wheat-based crackers are ill-advised
Additionally one is allowed chicken, beef, or veggie broth daily, 2 cups, homemade, natural veggie cubes, or vaccuum packed from such a company as MSG free Pacific. Best of course is to make your own beef or chicken or vegetable broth and to skim off any fat.
One is allowed 2 oz. of lemon concentrate, or 1.5 oz of unsweetened concentrated cranberry juice daily. Try using ½ oz-1 oz of these concentrates per quart of water, or carbonated water, and adding a packet of stevia. Santa Cruz, or Knudsen make these juices preservative free and in concentrates, or one may make ones own.
In addition to point 1 of the veggies above, Dr. Sierra has had much success utilizing the additional following low glycemic vegetables: zucchini, peppers, eggplant, kale, collard, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Vegetables may be combined in order to achieve the 2 cups. Please note that Dr. Simeone in the original HCG plan, only utilized one veggie and one meat at a time, while Dr. Sierra advocates for combining veggies with a meat for more recipes options.
A few recipe ideas: Most individuals do very well with “chili,” combining tomatoes, eggplant, onions, and zucchini, along with spices, and meat. Similarly a crustless quiche can be made with eggs and veggies. Or a “smoothie” with fat-free cottage cheese, strawberries, ice and stevia. Speak with Dr. Sierra if you would like an HCG cookbook sent electronically to you, or for more ideas.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First, do no harm.
2. Act in co-operation with the healing power of nature.
3. Address the fundamental causes of disease.
4. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
5. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.