December 8, 2010

More recipes and tips from our patients...

Another favorite recipe of mine is a mock Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad.

Peel and section one orange then I like to cut the sections into little pieces. I soak them in the lemon dressing (one packet of stevea sweetener and the juice of half a lemon 2 splashes of organic balsamic vinegar ). Then add this to fresh spinach add the rest of the juice too. This is quick and easy. You can also add your 4 oz's of Chicken and it is very filling.

One trick I have learned for Dining out is to order a Ceaser Salad ask for grilled chicken and lettuce only no dressing. Ask for a to go box when your order comes split your order in half when you get it and have the rest at your next meal.

December 7, 2010

Holiday Cravings...

Many of our patients are done with the hCG pills or drops and the 500 calorie plan. Now it's maintenance time.

Other patients are finding it hard to keep on the 500 diet during the holidays, despite still have a one or two weeks left. Here's what to do:

If you are off the strict 500 calorie diet, this is a great time to stay with the habits of the diet, but consume more calories. The diet starts us on a great regimen of eating protein, veggies, and fruit, and in small amounts. To up the calories, even a little bit during this time, can feel like a lot of food because the body was used to being on the 500 calorie diet. Upping the calories, but still being vigilant will ensure that you are satisfied and are able to control your weight.

If you are currently on hCG but have been cheating from time to time during the Holidays, just get right back on track. If you eat a few hundred calories extra one day, continue to take your hCG and then go back down to the 500 calorie diet.

If you are currently on hCG, but need a total break for the holidays, you may stop the pills and start again in January. Regardless, please keep us updated on your status.

In the maintenance phase, patients are asked to stay on a 1400-1600 calorie diet. During this holiday time, remember to be diligent about counting calories and weighing in. We suggest that you weigh daily, and if any weight gain occurs, make an adjustment. There are many ways to count those calories, including phone apps, internet websites, or the old fashioned food journal.

If you need a snack, eat it! Celery is great low-calorie snack. Grissini breadsticks are also low in calories (25 calories!) and meet the need when you have a carb craving. Snacking can fill the mouth's desire to be moving and will help with hunger and will help you maintain your weight this holiday season.

Whether you are still on the diet, or you have gone off the diet for the holidays, you may need help with hunger suppression. Dr. Crockett can prescribe to you a suppressant to help you through the holidays, or through the long-haul.

Most important of all: WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! If you are having trouble with your weight, let us know so we can help. Dr. Crockett is committed to helping patients reach their goal weights and is here to talk about your concerns.

Thank you! Happy Holidays!

Crab Lettuce Wraps

Use large lettuce leaves and wrap up the following for a TASTY lunch or dinner:

Cooked Crab
Lemon Juice
Apple bits
Celery bits

This is a great recipe for the maintenance phase since it has multiple vegetables involved. What a good recipe to help you stay with the habits of the diet: eating protein, fruit, and veggies!

Chicken with Sauteed Onions

A new recipe from one of our patients:

Place chicken breast in a one gallon Zip Lock bag. Add pepper and other spices that you like plus 1 cup of water. Close up bag and place back in the refrigerator until ready to use. Spray pan with Pam Spray. Add Pepper and all the spices on the list that you like in the Hot skillet. Slice up one Med. Onion and add to skillet. Sauté untill just starting to turn golden brown. Add chicken and keep turning. The more you turn the chicken the juicer it will be. Turn down the heat and keep turning every minute or so. Add water 1/2 cup at a time. This will make a juice. Cover after you brown the chicken on both sides. Turn off the heat leave covered untill you are ready to eat. This only takes about 30 minutes total. Have a breadstick and your favorite beverage.

For desert I have an Apple sliced thin and sprinkled with a little Cinnamon. So far I have lost 20 Lbs. This has been my go-to meal during this journey. I have 1 more week until I start my maintenance.

Sometimes I will cook a couple of chicken breasts with the recipe above and use the second one for dinner where I will use just the Chicken with no onions then just slice it up in small pieces and put it on lettuce. I use the juice of half a lemon as dressing.

Thank you!