HCG Diet Blog

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the HCG Diet

April 30, 2018
Finding Freedom From Emotional Eating and Body Acceptance While Losing Weight on the HCG Diet
 
For many of our patients, excess weight and poor body image are huge ELEPHANTS standing in the way to their emotional freedom.  All too often, my HCG Diet patients confide in me that they will do this or that in their life AFTER they have shed the extra twenty or forty pounds that are holding them back and actually ...

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Common Pitfalls on the HCG Diet Protocol

March 15, 2018
 
The HCG Diet is fairly straight forward.  However, there can certainly be differences from program to program.  Small "errors" can surely stall the results of the program.  The most optimal weight loss will come to those who stick with it exactly as outlined in our HCG Diet Manual at The Natural Path.  We work with all of our patients to set them up for true success all through the phases of ...

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Edible Seaweed on the HCG Diet

March 7, 2018
Seawee on the HCG Diet
This is a question that my patients ask me from time to time ... "can I have seaweed on the HCG Diet?"  Of course, I generally allow maybe 1-2 sheets of the roasted, salted seaweed but prefer that my patients source seaweed that is in its more natural form.  There are many forms of seaweed out there today and it is important to check labels for cleanliness. We want to be sure it is sourced ...

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Adding Lipotropic Injections to the HCG Diet Protocol

February 28, 2018
Lipotropic Injections and the HCG Diet
At The Natural Path, we offer Lipotropic Injections as an optional part of our HCG Diet program. Personally, I love them and clinically, I have seen them be helpful with energy, focus and occasionally weight loss on the program. There is no clear science that shows lipotropic injections will escalate fat break down. However, it is know that the nutrients will help the liver ...

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Gaining and Losing Weight After 40

February 10, 2018
Having Trouble Losing Weight After 40? The HCG Diet can Help!
 
Many women that I work with in my private practice share a similar story ... they have a reasonably healthy diet, a moderate activity level and yet they find themselves gaining weight. To many, this is maddening and saddening!  Beginning in their 40s, most men and women find themselves gaining a few extra pounds and also find it extremely difficult ...

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Nuts and Seeds in Your Smoothie!

February 4, 2018
Nuts and Seeds Can be a Great Protein Source in Your Smoothie - Phase 3 HCG Diet Smoothie
Believe it or not, nuts and seeds are a high source of nutrition.  I love putting pumpkin seeds, walnuts and chia seeds in my smoothies to add some protein. Avocado seeds ground are also a wonderful way to add add some nutritional density to your cup!    I highly recommend our phase III HCG Diet patients give ...

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Another 100 lb Weight Loss Patient

January 17, 2018
Celebrating my Loss of 100 lbs at The Natural Path using their HCG Diet Protocol
 
The HCG Diet program at The Natural Path has been a life changer for me. I first came to see Dr. Cara back in December of 2016.  I had turned 49 years old and I was tired of being fat. I wanted to lose weight. I had been carrying an extra 100+ lbs with me since I was in my late teens and I had every excuse in the book when it ...

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OverEating and Weight Gain

January 3, 2018
Understanding The Great Problem of Overeating
 
We have all over ate at one point in our lives and I think that most would agree that over-eating does not feel good!  In my office, I help patients deal with weight gain that is often due to the behavior of overeating. This drive for some to eat is a blurry gray area that lives somewhere between the conscious and the subconscious. It is hard to pin down and change ...

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Keeping the Health in the Holidays

December 20, 2017
Healthy Habits over the Holiday Season
The holidays are here and so is the pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies. Seems that every major food company creates sugary goods in pretty little packages that can be used to tell people " I love you. "  This is the time of year that I encourage all of my HCG Diet patients to keep their eyes on the prize ... which is the very best version of themselves. Honestly, ...

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Healthy Holiday eating on the HCG Diet and Other Clean Eating Plans

December 15, 2017

How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays and Special Occasions on the HCG Diet or any Clean Eating Plan
The holidays are here!  It is such a magical time of year!  There is an abundance of joy and gratitude in the air. There is also an abundance of food laden with sugar, chemicals and then sprinkled with love and Christmas cheer.  In my practice as a Naturopathic physician, I help people get into a healthier ...

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays and Winter Season

November 6, 2017
The Holidays come with Cold and Flu Season
The holidays are here.  They are such a fun, nostalgic time of year.  We love all the cozy fires, seasonal decor and the general holiday cheer.  However, with the season, also comes copious amounts of sugary food, alcoholic beverages and of course lots of virus' going around.  One way we can all keep ourselves healthy this holiday season is by being ...

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Versatile Chicken Broth for the HCG Diet

October 23, 2017
Chicken Broth is a Wonder on the HCG Diet
Chicken Broth during the Fall and Winter months is such a versatile thing to have around as an Phase 2 HCG Diet Staple. You can make a soup with it, yu can use it as a liquid to cook protein or vegetables in and you add any seasonings you like and make a broth to sip on!  I tend to make this weekly and it's something my kids have  learned to love to sip on to warm up.  ...

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Delicious White Fish on the HCG Diet!

October 10, 2017
White Fish Made Delicious on the HCG Diet
 
This is one of my very favorite recipes for phase 2 of the HCG Diet program.  I made it last week and again this week and it is not only delicious but fun and easy to prepare. I ended up making about 12 servings for food prep for the week!  This recipe can really be made with any kind of white fish but I have found that the thicker fillets work really well such ...

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HCG Diet for Vegetarians and Vegans!

September 27, 2017
HCG Diet Vegetarian/Vegan Options
If you are a vegetarian or a vegan and would like to lose weight, the HCG Diet program can work for you!  Through clinical trials, we have found quite a few vegetarian/vegan substitutes for the protein portion of the HCG Diet.  The HCG Diet was not created with vegetarian/vegan protein options in mind and we are pleased to let you know that patients following the vegetarian/vegan ...

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The Do's and Don'ts of the HCG Diet

September 3, 2017
 
 
Let's talk about the DO'S and DONT'S on the HCG Diet Program
 
The HCG Diet protocol really does work. If you can follow the guidelines of your doctor and keep up with the plan you will lose weight.  WIth a therapeutic dose of pharmaceutical grade HCG hunger levels are kept at bay.  In my clinical experience of leading patients through this program over the past 10 years, I find ...

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HCG Diet Phase 2 Soup Delight! Delicious!

August 18, 2017

HCG DIET Tomato Basil Soup!
 
This my friends is delicious!  My neighbor brought over some tomatoes and basil from her garden last night and I was delighted. This soup is a favorite with my family and works beautifully on phase 2 of the HCG Diet program Portland along side one of your protein options.
 
This dish also works great for meal prep as you can make enough for multiple servings. It will ...

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Cake on Phase 3 of the HCG Diet! Yup! It's True!

July 27, 2017

MUG Cake for Phase 3 of the HCG Diet
Today, I had a patient come into my office raving about this MUG Cake that she had been making on her phase 3 program.  She then proceeded to pull one out of her bag all decked out with strawberries on top and excitedly asked me to try it.  I'll tell you what ... it was really good.  I took a second bite and still was rather surprised.
 
The truth is that ...

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Are you Ready to Make a Change with the HCG Diet?!

July 11, 2017
 
The time is now to make a SHIFT in your Life and Be in the Body that you Feel Great About - The HCG Diet can Help!
I love this time of year.  I love watching my HCG Diet patients transform their bodies, their eating patterns, their lifestyle choices and therefore their health!  It is amazing to be witness to confidence rising and people coming into their power. It is amazing what can happen when people ...

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Free Vegetables on the HCG Diet Program

June 21, 2017
Having FREE Food on Phase II of the HCG Diet Program
 
Free food!!  Patients are often very excited when they hear that they have food that can be "free" on the HCG Diet phase 2.  What I have learned through my years of facilitating nearly 2000 patients through this program is that we also have to work with the psychology of being human. At times, when we feel deprived we may end up sabotaging our results ...

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The HCG Diet Prior to Knee ReplacementThe HCG Diet as a means of Quick Weight Loss that can Last!

June 12, 2017
The HCG Diet Prior to Knee Replacement
 
My name is Kevin and like many people, the aging process has left my knees in need of replacement. When I went to my orthopedic doctor, he told me that I needed to have both knees replaced. However, he also told me that before I could have the surgery, I would need to lose 40 lbs.  I desperately wanted to get my knees replaced so that I could do so many of the activities ...

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What Makes our HCG Diet Unique!?

May 30, 2017
What makes our hCG Diet Program at The Natural Path Unique
At The Natural Path, we have spent the last decade of our practice refining our HCG Diet program. The base of the program comes from Dr. Simeons original work using the HCG Diet for weight loss in the 1950's and 1960's.  Through the years, we have conducted clinical trials in our practice allowing us to add different foods in varying amounts to ...

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A Delicious Way to Prepare Salmon for HCG Diet P3!

May 15, 2017
Tasty HCG Diet Phase 3 Salmon Dinner
 
Personally, I love the phase 3 HCG Diet food plan. It is my own "maintenance" diet that I follow about 90% to 95% of the time. Then, I let myself indulge that other 5-10%.  Honestly, I prefer to eat clean, lean proteins most of the time with delicious vegetables, healthy fats and the occasional serving of fruit. If I indulge, it is usually in some fruit or nut butter ... ...

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An Account of a Mom through the HCG Diet Protocol

April 30, 2017
A Mom needing to Lose Weight and the HCG Diet was my Answer
 
I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself, my name is Brenda.  I home school my two children, I work from home and take good care of the house, I make food as often as I can for my hard-working husband and most days, I am extremely busy.  One thing I am not so good at it taking care of myself!  In my world, I have made it so that ...

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Beef and Broccoli with an Asian Flare on P2 HCG Diet

April 9, 2017
Making an HCG Diet Dinner that makes you say WOW
 
I love when I have HCG Diet patients that want to take the phase 2 food preparation thing to a whole new level.  These patients get excited about what they can create on the HCG Diet phase 2 food list and more often than not it does not disappoint.  All it takes to make yourself a delicious meal on phase 2 of the HCG Diet protocol is a little time ...

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HCG Diet ICEE Deserts! Give these a try!

March 22, 2017
Dessert Icee for the HCG Diet
 
These are two of my favorite evening treats on the HCG Diet. It soothes that sweet tooth and feels like a nice treat!  My kids love it too!  I like to give my HCG Diet patients lots of options to get them through each day on the program!  It is nice to know that you can make delicious "treats" with such healthy ingredients. 
 
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The Joy and Fears that come with Phase 3 of the HCG Diet

March 8, 2017
Phase 3 of the HCG Diet can be Both Exciting and Scary!
You have just completed phase 2 of the HCG Diet and you have most likely lost 20 + lbs!  Great job!  Now, comes the fun part!  If you can keep up the guard rails and eat within the realms of clean, nutrient dense food you will most likely be able to stabilize and maintain your weight with some ease. 
 
Phase 3 of the HCG Diet opens the doors ...

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Some Creative Food Ideas for the HCG Diet

February 28, 2017
The HCG Diet does not have to be BORING
 
Through the years, I have learned by experimenting with the foods on phase 2 of the HCG Diet that it can be truly delicious. The truth is that the list of phase 2 HCG Diet approved foods is actually fairly extensive when it comes to options.  Think back a couple hundred years ago when all we had was what we could hunt, fish or gather from the natural world around us ...

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Refreshing Fruit Slushies on The HCG Diet

February 14, 2017
Making Refreshing Drinks on the HCG Diet
 
It always amazes me all of the delicious things one can come up with in using the minimal list of foods available on the HCG Diet Phase II protocol.  In fact, utilizing those food options has become 75% of my own personal diet!  I love it and it feels great!  Truth is ... 200 years ago the phase 2 HCG Diet food list would have seemed like an incredible variety ...

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The Importance of Water on the HCG Diet Program

February 6, 2017
Water and the HCG Diet
 
Water is what I encourage my patients to drink on the HCG Diet program.  I ask them to drink 2-3 liters each and every day of pure water and herbal tea. Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world and when we breathe in these odorless and colorless toxins they get perfused from our lung tissue into our bloodstream and our liver is left to filter out the toxins.  If the toxic substances ...

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Delicious, Creamy Tomato Soup on the HCG Diet

January 24, 2017
Creamy Tomato Soup for Phase 2 HCG Diet
 
I love some tomato soup and I never would have imagined that one could be made for phase 2 of the HCG Diet that tastes so delicious.  There is a secret ingredient in there that may seem really strange to some.  However, on the HCG Diet many people get quite creative.  The secret ingredient here is a protein source ... low fat, organic cottage cheese!  Yes! ...

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The HCG Diet Protocol While Travelling

January 17, 2017
Traveling and the HCG Diet Protocol
We have a lot of patients in our office who travel for business each week.  This can present some challenges for the HCG Diet Protocol but, with some proper, prior planning it can be done fairly easily.  Of course, there might be some instances where the occasional "cheat" is unavoidable. After all, you cannot bring ALL of your food with you on some of these longer trips.  ...

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Using Your DNA to Find A Diet that is Unique to YOU!

January 4, 2017
Genetic testing for Weight Loss
The Natural Path is proud to have become an affiliate with Genetic Direction and to offer genetic testing for parameters that have an impact on weight loss.  I feel like this information is so useful to me in helping my patients establish a maintenance diet after weight loss with the HCG Diet protocol.
Genes can Help to Determine if Your Body is Resistant to Losing Weight

 
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Going to a Holiday Gathering on the HCG Diet

December 19, 2016
Holiday Gatherings Can Work on the HCG Diet!
I actually encourage my HCG Diet patients to put themselves in social situations centered around food and put their will to the test.  Here are a few things to do before you head out:
give yourself a pep talk and remind yourself of the goal you are trying to obtain and keep that in your minds eye.
Eat before you go so that you do not arrive hungry
Decide before ...

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Healthy Holiday Habits for those on or post HCG Diet

December 9, 2016
Keeping your HCG Diet results Strong Through the Holidays
 
The holidays are here!  This is a great chance to test yourself with balance and will power. If you are on P2 or P3 of the HCG Diet program then any "treats" will get  in the way of your results.  If you are post HCG Diet, you can find the occasional indulgence to enjoy.  After all, I believe if we are too rigid with our diets we ...

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Broccoli Chips - Phase 2 Friendly HCG Diet Snack

November 23, 2016
Getting Creative with HCG Diet Phase 2 Foods
 
The other day, I was cooking broccoli for dinner.  The particular broccoli I was using that evening had unusually long stalks.  I enjoy the stalks but my kids will not touch them. I had the mandolin out for some carrots I had been cutting so I decided to cut up the broccoli stalks into very thin slices. I thought I would try to make "chips" with them and see ...

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The Delicious HCG Diet Friendly Lunch of Turkey "taco's"

November 8, 2016
Get This HCG Diet Lunch Made for the Next Few Days!
I have actually made this delicious HCG Diet friendly recipe twice this week.  I find myself constantly working with phase 2 foods to see what kinds of dishes I can come up with. I often find that keeping it simple is best!  For this recipe, you can use any type of lean, organic ground meats that you like.  I chose lean, ground turkey this week!  ...

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HCG Diet Phase 2 Cabbage Chili Recipe!

October 26, 2016
Delicious Fall HCG Diet Dinner - Cabbage Chili - Yum!
 
The weather turned a quick corner this year from late summer to Fall. With the raindrops coming down outside, the temperatures cooling off and the sun setting early it is nice to have some comfort food for dinner on occasion.  The HCG Diet can be a challenge for many in getting meals prepped and made. This is a dish you can make and eat the left overs ...

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Fall is a Great Season for Soup on the HCG Diet

October 10, 2016
Meal Planning and Soup preparation for the HCG Diet
Planning meals in advance is a great time saver and a wonderful way to encourage succses on the HCG Diet .  Having food ready to eat in "grab and go" containers in your fridge is a fabulous idea.  Many of our HCG Diet patients  report that meal planning is a ticket for success with the HCG Diet.  Soup making is a wonderful way to go!
Gathering and ...

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Oh Those HCG Diet Plateau's!

October 5, 2016
PLATEAUS AND SLOWED WEIGHT LOSS on the HCG Diet
 
Tips on how to deal with plateaus and hunger problems The human metabolism is designed to maintain homeostasis (a state of balance). This means the body fights against weight loss. Rate of Weight Loss It is important to understand how fast you should be losing weight on a weight loss program, and have realistic expectations. To obtain a clear understanding of what ...

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It's Autumn ... Try an HCG Diet Friendly Soup Recipe

September 27, 2016
The HCG Diet in the Fall
 
The Fall is a nice season to jump on board the HCG Diet. The gardens are happy and we have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables around.  Apples are ripening on the trees and this is a perfect HCG Diet snack food.  Tomatoes are in the last phase of ripening and they are delicious on the program.  I love harvesting kale, chard and cucumbers this time of year as well.  ...

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PALEO BEEF STEW - Make it an HCG DIET P3 Dinner

September 7, 2016
Perfect FALL HCG Diet Dinner
 
I love the crock-pot as you can create very simple meals that will be waiting for you when you get home.  This is a delicious comfort food dinner that all can enjoy.  There will also be left overs for the next day!  This contains grass-fed, free range stew meat with lots of chopped veggies.  It is warming from the inside out.  This is a great HCG ...

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Our First HCG Diet Patient to Lose 200 lbs!!

August 23, 2016
Beginning the HCG Diet Journey at 375 lbs
 
Kim came to our office 2 years ago July weighing in at 374 lbs and having 73% body fat. She suffered from CHF (congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, diabetes and a host of other metabolic conditions. We spent the first 3 months optimizing her detoxification pathways with specific nutriceuticals and had her do a cleansing diet of clean, lean proteins, lots of ...

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Banana SMores -- Healthier Fun Around the Campfire

August 3, 2016
Health(ier) Campfire Fun!
Campfire season is here and of course that means S'mores for my family.  This is something my kids (and my husband) surely look forward to.  I can pass on them:)  Of course, the kids want to break out the fire pit atleast once per week in the summer months. I don't blame them ... it is so fun to sit together around a fire in the evening. However, roasting "marshmallows"  ...

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Paleo Zucchini Bread - P3 HCG Diet Approved!

July 24, 2016

A Delicious Phase III HCG Diet Treat
 
After receiving so many zucchini this week from patients ... I realized i needed to get creative with it. I love it lightly steamed with stewed tomatoes.  However, I can only have so much of that.  This morning, I threw this recipe together and it worked out beautifully. Since I do spend much of my time as a physician educating patients on dietary wellness and facilitating ...

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Green Goddess Juice for the HCG Diet

July 12, 2016
Green Juice as a Refreshing HCG Diet Treat
 
In the mid afternoon, this can be that perfect answer to the "I feel like I need a little pick me up" thought!  It is simple, easy and packed with nutrients.  I like to put everything in the blender to keep some fiber in there as well. So gather the veggies/fruits and get out your blender and blend it up!  I am sipping on this concoction right now as I ...

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Cabbage -- the wonder Veggie on the HCG Diet Program

June 29, 2016

Three Cheers for Cabbage on the HCG Diet
Cabbage is such a wonderful vegetable. It is great prepared in so many ways.  You can cut it in wedges and eat it raw, add to a salad to deliver crunch and color, you can steam it or juice it and you can also ferment it!  That is some versatility for you in a vegetable.  Cabbage also has some significant health benefits as it is high in antioxidants, it is anti ...

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Pure Essential Oils for Health and Well Being

June 22, 2016
Essential Oils:  a tool for health and well being
 
Essential oils are a wonderful part of my life!  They truly bring me so much joy. I use different oils for so many different purposes. I take them internally as medicine, I put them in my tea, I cook with them, I put them in my water, I diffuse them in my home, I put them in my homemade cleaning products and mix them into my body care products (which ...

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Choosing Organic!

June 1, 2016
Organic vs Non-Organic!
 
In my medical practice, I advise my patients to choose "mostly" organically grown produce for their families.  Pesticide residues that are found on most commercially grown foods can be detrimental to our bodies over time.  I am quite thankful to the environmental working group for their research and publication each year of  "The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15."  I use ...

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Strawberry "ice cream" -- HCG Diet P3 Friendly!

May 24, 2016
Delicious Roasted Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream - HCG Diet P3 Friendly
The strawberries this time of year are divine.  I keep sugar fairly low in my diet and I thoroughly enjoy having a couple of these little morsels here and there.  They are so tasty and delicious and really have such a short season.  I find that other strawberries that you buy throughout the year to have very little flavor. I  try ...

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Phase II Friendly HCG Diet Kale Chips

May 18, 2016
Try these Lemon Kale Chips on Phase II of your HCG Diet
 
I am always trying to modify recipes to find snacky, healthy menu items for phase II of the HCG Diet program.  I have always found that kale chips made without a nut based sauce were really not very tasty.  However, last night, I threw together this recipe and it was truly fabulous.  My kids ate them by the hand ful ... all of them and ...

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A Delicious HCG Diet P2 Recipe: Fish Patty!!!

May 4, 2016
Fish is a Great Protein for the HCG Diet
 
After facilitating the HCG Diet protocol  for almost a decade with nearly 2000 patients, I have learned a tremendous amount about how the program works with all different kinds of people.  One program modification that I have made that works really well is allowing patients to eat 5 ounces of white fish as opposed to the 3.5 ounces that Dr. Simeons proposed ...

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YUM! HCG Diet SEAFOOD Dish

April 21, 2016
The Tastiest SEAFOOD Dish on the HCG Diet
After so many of my patients raved about this recipe after finding it in the HCG Diet cookbook by Tammy Skye (great book by the way) I decided to try it for myself.  I can tell you that I have made this fish recipe over and over for my family. We all love it and it is SO easy.
 
 
Citrus Fish for Phase II of the HCG Diet

Ingredients ...

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A Nutrient Rich Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy free

April 4, 2016
The Nutritious Seed Bread -- a Great Bread alternative for HCG Diet Maintenance
 
This bread was a great discovery for me in my joy of preparing food. It is SO good.  I also love that it is truly filled with pure, dense nutrition.  The recipe is also extremely variable and you can really add in all different kinds of things. It is a nice recipe to experiment with as the consistency will generally stay ...

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Butter Lettuce Tuna Wrap -- HCG Diet Phase II on the GO

March 27, 2016
Quick and Easy Phase II HCG Diet Meal - Tuna wrap
 
The other day, I was making my lunch for work on the go.  I grabbed a pouch of albacore tuna from Vital choices (sustainable caught) and opened it up into a bowl.  I then opened the fridge and tossed in a tbsp of organic cottage cheese and a tsp of stone ground mustard and gave it a stir.  I chopped up a stalk of celery and threw that in as well. ...

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Easter Chocolate for Phase III of the HCG Diet

March 21, 2016
Chocolate ... on phase III of the HCG Diet
 
Yup!  A little bit will be okay. If and only if it does not have any sugars added to it.  I will share with you a very simple, yet very delicious raw chocolate recipe that works really well on this program.  If you have a craving for a morsel of chocolate then this should do just the trick.  See, phase III of the HCG Diet even has room for a bit of ...

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The Use of Lipotropic Injections in Conjunction with the HCG Diet

March 16, 2016
The Lipotropic Injectables and the HCG Diet
We highly recommend our HCG Diet patients have a weekly injection of our "slim shot" injection to help them with energy, fat turn over, metabolism, liver function and immunity during phase II and phase III of the HCG Diet.  I have seen this help patients throughout the program.  We have many who come in every week for months and years later just to get the ...

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Another Happy HCG Diet Patient Joins the Elite Club -- Over 100 lbs lost!

March 9, 2016
The HCG Diet has Allowed the Woman to Change her Relationship with Food and Lose over 100 lbs.
 
Last January, Pat came into our office to have her first consult for the HCG Diet Protocol.  She had just been discharged from the hospital 3 weeks prior after suffering and recovering from a major heart attack.  She was determined to lose weight and regain her health. She knew the road ahead would be ...

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Super Clean & High Protein Pancakes - great for HCG Diet P3

February 23, 2016
Pancakes that Work on a Clean Diet Program
 
For as clean & healthy as these pancakes are ...  they are also super tasty.  My kids even love them. I made them this morning and they gobbled them up with enthusiasm before pre-school.  With such a short list of ingredients, they take just moments to whip up. You can even save them in the fridge and toast them the next day.  It is always nice ...

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The HCG Diet and Learning to Eat REAL Food

February 15, 2016
THE HCG DIET and Healthy Habits Being Created
 
One of my favorite aspects of the HCG Diet is it's ability to teach patients how easy and fulfilling it can be to consume a diet rich in real food!  What is "real food"?
I like how renowned author and speaker Michael Pollan sums it up:
 
"Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.  Do not eat anything that your great grandmother would not recognize ...

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My Success with the HCG Diet Program Was More than I had Dreamed

February 9, 2016
My Journey with the HCG Diet at The Natural Path
 
I wanted to share my story with perspective HCG Diet patients in the Portland metro area.  I am just elated with the success I had with this HCG Diet program.
My name is Kay and I am a 58 years old.  I love my life but have struggled with my health for the past 20 years.  I have high blood pressure, obesity, early stages of diabetes and arthritis ...

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Delicious, Refreshing HCG Diet Friendly Salad

February 1, 2016
Chicken, Apple, Cucumber Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing for the HCG Diet
 
This is one of my favorite HCG Diet Phase II Approved lunches.  It satisfies every time!!  Besides being delicious, it is also very easy to make.  One dish of this can be one of  your servings of protein, vegetable and fruit for the day.  You can easily divide this into 2 portions and have it as 2 little meals ...

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HCG Diet Transition Days between phase II and phase III

January 25, 2016
Transitioning the HCG Diet Phase II to Phase III
 
You did it ... almost.  You have come to your last day of injections on the HCG Diet phase II. Congratulations!  This is truly a huge accomplishment.  I bet you feel lighter, happier, proud and really healthy in your new body.  Now, there is a specific way that we ease into phase III of the HCG Diet program.  This is called the "Transition ...

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HCG Diet Advice After a Cheat

January 18, 2016
What is the Best Thing to do After I Cheated on the HCG Diet?
This is a question that I get a lot in my practice.  My HCG Diet patients always want to know if they should do an apple day after a cheat? Often, my response is no to the "apple day."  I have another recommendation that I call the "HCG Diet Cheat Day Fix."
Why not an Apple Day After Cheating on the HCG Diet?
Apple days work well for some people. ...

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A New Rule About Sitting on the HCG Diet

January 15, 2016
Get a Daily Dose of Light Exercise 
 
The HCG Diet is not just about a specific menu plan and daily injections of HCG.  The whole purpose of the plan is to create healthier dietary and lifestyle habits.  That is the true reason why i facilitate the program in my medical practice.  This is a wonderful path to sustained changes in diet and lifestyle for many patients.  One thing that ...

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Willpower, Weight Loss and the HCG Diet

January 3, 2016
Stay Strong and Stand for your Desires -- The HCG Diet can Help You
 
I hear it all of the time ... "I want to be 20 lbs less."  " I want to feel better in my body."  I want, I want, I want ...
However, if you are not willing to make changes in your lifestyle you will have trouble getting to where you WANT to be.
If you want to transform your body so bad and you think about it multiple times per day why ...

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Super Snacks for Phase III of the HCG Diet Protocol

December 16, 2015
Stabilization Phase of the HCG Diet & Weight Loss Program
 
Stabilizing your Weight after phase II of the HCG Diet is what phase III of the protocol is all about.  I have seen clinically that when patients follow phase 3 as we outline in our Natural Path HCG Diet Manual they have the lasting weight loss results that the HCG Diet is known for.  The most important rule of thumb is to keep all sugars ...

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Simple Macaroons and Chocolate for the Holidays -- made at home

December 8, 2015
Make Your Own Holiday Cheer this Year
 
Pass right buy that fancy aisle with glimmering holiday packages of processed foods that are meant to tell people "I love you."  Instead, exercise your creativity muscle and make your own little treats for that holiday party or to share with family and friends.  There are so many simple ways to do this that are a lot cleaner and healthier than the processed foods ...

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My Experiece With the HCG Diet at The Natural Path as a Patient

December 4, 2015
The Natural Path HCG Diet is the Best!
 
I cam in to see Dr. Cara on a Tuesday in September 2015. I was so desperate to lose weight. I had gained 45 lbs during a very stressful divorce and move and I just felt depressed about it.  It might sound silly but my weight was at the very center of my depression and I needed help.  I tried eating better and exercising daily at the gym and lost only 2 lbs in a ...

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Using the Crockpot for the HCG Diet

November 25, 2015
Easy Peasy Crockpot for the HCG Diet
 
It is so nice to throw things in the crock pot and come home to a delicious meal that has been slowly cooking all day!  I love that.  The crockpot is a wonderful tool to break out on the HCG Diet.  You can make soups, chicken breast, pot roast, etc all very quickly and easily.  You will also have delicious leftovers to use for the following couple of ...

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Eating Well This Holiday Season

November 17, 2015
Healthy Holiday Eating -- Stay on Track
 To many people, the holidays are a time to binge and enjoy a variety of foods that come only once per year.  This sounds nice, however, your body really will not feel so well when you put in a whole bunch of sugar and processed foods over the course of the holidays.  Not only that ... you will most likely gain a few pounds and that really does not feel very good ...

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Phase IV of the HCG Diet -- Treat yourself with Mindfulness

November 11, 2015
Being Mindful as you move on from the HCG Diet Protocol
 
You have "graduated" from the HCG Diet Program and now you are ready to be in life and have control. Yes, you lost weight on the HCG Diet.  Yes, we want you to enjoy food and be social and not feel deprived ... AND you must be mindful. The occasional indulgence is wonderful and welcome.  After, be sure you jump back on to your maintenance plan ...

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A Comforting Bowl of HCG Diet Friendly Chili Keep you Warm

November 4, 2015
Be Sure to Find Comfort in Food on P2 of the HCG Diet
 
Every now and then, we all need to have a little comfort food in our lives.  The Fall is such a time for that.  I encourage my HCG Diet patients to find ways to make "comfort food" within the limited list of P2 HCG Diet approved foods.  Spices are wonderful ways to make food taste warm and flavorful.  Experiment with chili powder, cumin, ...

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Plateau Breakers on the HCG Diet

October 27, 2015
The Dreaded Plateau on the HCG Diet
 
This is one of the most common phone calls, text messages or emails I receive from my patients who are on the HCG Diet.
Plateaus happen and they are totally normal on the HCG Diet Protocol. I would say that a 3-4 day plateau on a 4-6 week program happens
twice for 98% of women and about 40% of men.  Please do not forget that plateaus' are not uncommon. In most cases, they ...

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Life After the HCG Diet Protocol at The Natural Path

October 20, 2015

The ​HCG Diet Protocol is over ...
At this point, many of our patients feel very nervous about the potential to gain the weight back that they worked so hard to lose.  The truth is that the HCG Diet is not a magic bullet, it does not reset your hypothalamus and therefore you can go and eat what you wish and not gain weight. 
The HCG Diet is an amazing way to shed some weight quickly and safely.  Our ...

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An Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie for our HCG Dieters

October 14, 2015
Healthy Smoothies are Great on the HCG Diet Protocol
 
I always love to share some of my favorite recipes with my HCG Diet patients.
There are so many that are simple and easy to create.  By adding these healthy ideas
into the diet one step at a time I see how they can help to create new healthy, habits and patterns
and then before you know it ... your life is different and you are actually putting real nutrient ...

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HCG Diet Experience Round 2 -- Happy Patient

October 7, 2015
The HCG Diet has been One of My Greatest Teachers
 
I came to The Natural Path and saw Dr. Cara Phillipo in May of 2015.  I was nervous to begin the program.  I had 2 knees in need of replacement and my doctor would not do surgery until I had lost 65 lbs.  I felt defeated by life in so many ways.  I did not ever think I could possibly get to where I am today.  In fact, I would call ...

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Getting the Most of Your Workouts After the HCG Diet

September 29, 2015
Get Exercising After Phase II of the HCG Diet
So you’ve lost 25 lbs and you feel fabulous.  You are worried about going into phase III of the HCG Diet and even more worried about maintaining the weight that you have lost.  I am here to tell you ... YOU CAN DO IT ... and ... with a few lifestyle changes it really will not even be that hard.  Throughout the HCG Diet Phase I and Phase II you ...

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Phase III HCG Diet Chicken Cacciatore

September 22, 2015
A Delicious Phase III Dinner that Keeps on Giving
 
This recipe was given to me by my Dad.  It was and still is a family favorite.  I am delighted to be able to share it with my HCG Diet patients that are on phase III of the program and for those who are following their own personal maintenance diet. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it can be frozen in containers and pulled out meal after ...

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Three Cheers for Green Tea on the HCG Diet

September 15, 2015
Green Tea as an Adjunct to the HCG Diet or Every Diet
 
Green Tea is a wonderful addition to any diet.  It also offers a lot of protection when consumed with a healthy diet rich in green foods to many complaints that affect our nation such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.  Packed into green tea leaves are very powerful phyto chemicals and anti-oxidants. 
 
Green Tea and its ...

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Cruciferous Cabbage on the HCG Diet

September 9, 2015
Cabbage -- a special vegetable for the HCG Diet
 
Cabbage has been cultivated for many ages of time.  It was a highly revered plant by the Germans and Celts.  The Romans believed it helped with depression and was the go to cure for hangover.  It is believed that immigrants long ago brought cabbage seedlings over to America. 
 
There are three types of cabbage that are most common. Pale green ...

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Chlorella -- my favorite micro green algae supplement

August 19, 2015
Chlorella is a Broad Spectrum Health Optimizer
 
Chlorella is an algae that is extremely rich in chlorophyll with essential amino acids, lots of fiber, ample amounts of B 12 and many minerals.  Chlotophyll is sometimes called the blood of plants.  It is that amazing substance that can convert light into energy.  Chlorohyll is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, healer of wounds and a great anti-oxidant.  ...

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Summer Chop Salad - A Beautiful HCG Diet Dinner on Phase III

August 12, 2015
Phase III HCG Diet Colorful Dinner Salad
 
I made this salad on Sunday evening for my family!  I saw it in a magazine and decided to altar it a bit to make it suitable for my phase III HCG Diet patients.  The corn is a bit on the starchy side for P3 but this minimal amount per serving would be okay!  The salad was colorful, easy and fun to make.  We added an ounce or two of white fish to ours ...

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GMO Foods - We Deserve to Know

August 5, 2015
We Have the Right to Know if our Food is Genetically Modified
 
This past week, many memebrs of our Please share U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.  Thes epoliticians voted against the wishes of most Americans and even of science if they would be willing to look at the facts.  We are asking for clear food labeling -- it really is ...

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Medications and the HCG Diet

July 29, 2015
What Medications work with the HCG Diet?
After leading over 1200 patients through the HCG Diet I have learned a lot about prescription medications and the HCG Diet Protocol.  The truth is that most medications do not impact the program in a negative way.  We have patients do great on anti-depressants, birth control, hormone therapies, blood pressure and blood sugar lowering meds, cholesterol lowering meds,  ...

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Living and Eating for Health after the HCG Diet and Every day

July 20, 2015
The Opportunity to Achieve Higher States of Health after the HCG Diet
 
Patients always ask me how they should eat to maintain their weight and to have greater health in their life.  My best advice is to always choose clean, lean proteins and organically grown grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.  Anything outside of this realm is food that I do not necessarily believe that we need. I love plants ...

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Living and Eating for Health

July 20, 2015


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The HCG Diet is a program of TRANSFORMATION

July 15, 2015
Bodies and Lives can Transform with the HCG Weight Loss Protocol
 
Today was a wonderul day in my office. I find myself smiling with an over all sense of joy as I finish up my day.  I saw 12 patients all on the HCG Diet Program and all of them were doing really well. Two of my patients were nearing the end of a 5-6 week cycle on phase II of the HCG Diet.  When they walked in the office, I was amazed ...

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Finding a Maintenance Diet Plan after the HCG Diet

June 30, 2015
Tips to Maintain Weight Loss After the HCG Diet
 
After you have lost weight with the HCG Diet program and you are feeling great you most likely want to find a way to maintain those results.  Truth be told, it is really not that difficult.  In Phase III of the HCG Diet program, we taught you about the "correction day" of eating phase II foods in phase III amounts.  This is a very simple way to ...

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Delicious Dressings and Salsa for Phase II of the HCG DIET

June 23, 2015

HCG Diet Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
5 Strawberries
1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 dropper of HCG Safe Stevia Clear
1/8 tsp. Salt
Combine strawberries with other ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. This HCG Safe Dressing is great over baby spinach leaves.
HCG Safe Salsa
1 Tomato, Chopped
1 T. Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp. Oregano
2 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 ...

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The Natural Path Phase III HCG Diet Recommendations

June 16, 2015
The Importance of Phase III of the HCG Diet Protocol
 
Dr. SImeons created the HCG Diet in the 1950's and when it came to the 21 days of the "stabilization" phase or phase III he had but two rules.
AVOID SUGAR AND AVOID STARCH OUTSIDE OF THE VEGETABLE AND FRUIT REALM
I have found that my patients needed strict guidelines in phase III in order to stay on program and to reap the benefits of stabilizing their ...

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Lipotropic Injections and the HCG Diet

June 10, 2015
Lipotropic Injections and How they can Help!
 
  We love adding the lipotropic injections to our weight loss programs.  We find that the nutrients can help the liver to process the fat that is being turned over, improve metabolism, raise energy levels and help in detoxification.  Our patients love them and many come back week after week just for a little injection.  Patients report a boost in ...

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Helping with Hunger on the HCG Diet and in Life

June 3, 2015
Tips for Managing Hunger and Flexible Free Foods on the HCG Diet Protocol
Luckily, most patients on the HCG Diet Program deal with little to no hunger despite following a very restricted diet on phase II of the program. This is due to the fact that the HCG along with the specific diet helps the body to let go of 1500-2500 calories per day for your body to use as fuel. For this reason, the body is not going through ...

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My HCG Diet Program Helped me to Shed 82 lbs

May 27, 2015
The Funk that Led Me to the HCG Diet
 
My story begins in May of 2013. I was turning 50 and I was really down on myself. I had a beautiful life ... a loving wife, a great job, lots of friends, successful children, a beautiful home and the list goes on and on.  However, I did not feel good in my body and I hadn't in years.  Between the age of 47 and 50 my health went down hill.  My blood pressure was ...

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Maintaining Weight Loss Post HCG Diet with the Hunger Scale

May 19, 2015
Eating With the Hunger Scale … A Practical Tool for Weight Maintenance
 
It may be the most simple premise ever … “Eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you feel satisfied.” However, this little task is certainly not an easy one for most of us to follow. It takes a GREAT deal of mindfulness and in the process we learn about all of those urges that make us want to eat despite the ...

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Making Apples into Decadent Dessert on the HCG Diet Weight Loss Program

May 13, 2015
Apples as Delicious Dessert on the HCG Diet
 
Apples are a wonderful food.  They are filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and they are even easy to carry around. Apples also offer a nice crunch and spcific sweetness that most people love.  It is really great that apples can be enjoyed on the HCG Phase of the Natural Path Portland, HCG Diet program.  Every now and again, it is important ...

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Stocking the Paleo Kitchen

May 7, 2015
The Paleo Diet for Today
 
My patients often ask me for a list of foods to have in their kitchen after they have finished the HCG Diet Protocol. I usually spend an entire visit introducing the paleo diet and all of the ways it can be modified to meet the needs of individuals and families.  Again, we can simply ask the question "Did my caveman ancestors eat this in their time?"  If so, it is most likely ...

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Phase II or the "HCG Phase" of the Medical HCG Diet Weight Loss Program

April 28, 2015
Phase II of the HCG Diet Program “The HCG Phase”
Many HCG Diet Programs may name the phases slightly differently. At the Natural Path Medically Supervised HCG Diet Program we call the phase where you switch over to the “very low calorie diet” (VLCD) Phase II or the HCG Diet Phase.
 
This phase of the HCG Diet generally begins on day 3 or 4 (depending upon if 2 or 3 days of loading were ...

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What Can Be Negative Side Effects of the Medical HCG Diet Protocol?

April 23, 2015
Concerns about the Medical Weight Loss HCG Diet Program
 
This is a question that our patients deliver to us from time to time and we always like to be fully transparent  with what we know and what we have seen with this HCG Diet Program.  We have facilitated  this program with well over 1000 patients.  Most of them have had incredible success with maintaining weight loss and more importantly, ...

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The Importance of Hydration on the HCG Diet Protocol

April 14, 2015
One of the Key Elements of the HCG Diet -- Drink more WATER
 
Staying well hydrated is very important, especially on phase II of the HCG Diet protocol.  At this time, your body is undergoing fat metabolism and water is a key to keeping the body flushed and clean.  Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world and when the body does not know what to do with a toxin it gets stored in our fat or adipose tissue.  ...

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Exercising on the HCG Diet

April 1, 2015
What kind of Exercise can I do on the HCG Diet?
 
This is a very common question that we get from our patients on the HCG Diet Protocol.  In leading patients through this program for nearly 10 years now I can honestly say that the answer to this question is very patient specific.  Many patients have in their mind that they are eating 500 calories and any for of exercise could wipe them out.  The truth ...

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Almond Butter - Easy Steps to Make Your Own for HCG Diet

March 24, 2015
Making Your Own Almond (Nut) Butter - Healthier than from the Store
 
After learning that most almonds in the US were fumigated with a propylene oxide gas and heated to over 200 degrees, I vowed never to purchase almonds again unless I knew the source.  It is important that the food I serve my family & friends comes from a good source ... and not be showered with a toxic, hazardous chemical such as propylene ...

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Make Your Own Almond Milk for HCG Diet Phase III

March 11, 2015
Almond Milk works on P3 of the HCG Diet
Can I have almond Milk on the HCG Diet Program in Phase III?
As long as the almond milk is free of sugars and low in carbs it will work on the HCG Diet.  When you go to the store and read the labels on most almond milks you will see ingredients such as carageenan, xanthum gum, etc. These are not my favorite ingredients.   It is really easy to make your own almond ...

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How I Lost 60 lbs on the HCG Diet -- an hcg diet patient speaks

March 1, 2015
A Patient Testimonial for the HCG Diet at The Natural Path
 
Hi!  My name is Helen.  I am a 57 year old physicians asistant and I have lost over 60 lbs this year on the HCG Diet at The Natural Path.  After hitting menopause, I slowly began to pack on the pounds.  With each year that passed, I gradually put on 10 lbs while actually trying to eat consciously and exercise more.  After 5 years ...

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Studies Show that More Sleep Could Mean Less Weight

February 25, 2015
Sleeping and Weight Loss
 
There have been studies over the years to confirm that better sleeping habits can lead to improved body composition.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where there seem to be two speeds FAST and FASTER.  The amount of hours in bed has diminished over the years.  I know this is true for me in my own life.  It is a hard habit to change as we all love being productive. ...

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Yummy Soups for the HCG Diet

February 18, 2015
Soups and the HCG Diet
 
While on phase II of the HCG Diet, it can be really easy to keep the meals pretty boring.  I have patients who live on chicken breast and broccoli for the entire time.  For those that like a little variety, I assure you that it is rather amazing all of the wonderful dishes that can be prepared with the simple list of foods on the phase II HCG Diet Protocol.
 
I love experimenting ...

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Bliss by the Spoonful - works for phase III of the HCG Diet

February 12, 2015
Raw Chocolate Bliss for that Special Valentine (HCG Diet Phase III friendly)
 
Well, it is that time of year where people say "I love you," with sugar and chocolate of so many different kinds.
I like to say "I love you," with raw chocolate full of superfoods and yumminess.
Tonight, my kids and I will put together little jars of "Bliss by the Spoonful" for my HCG Diet patients
who are on phase III of the HCG Diet ...

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Lipotropic Injections as a Benefit to the HCG Diet

February 10, 2015

Lipotropic "Fat Burner" Injections help boost energy on the HCG Diet
 
At The Natural Path, we  highly recommend our patients have a weekly injection of our "slim shot" injection to help them with energy, fat burning, metabolism and immunity during phase II and phase III of the HCG Diet.  Many  of our patients report a greater sense of well-being fro the injection as well as mental clarity, focus ...

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Inspired by my Patients on the HCG Diet

January 27, 2015
The HCG Diet is a Huge Source of Inspiration and Motivation
It makes my day to see an HCG Diet patient move through the entire program and feel a sense of true success. As my HCG Diet patient left my office today she turned to me and sai "This is the first time in 45 years that I have felt truly successful at something that I did just for me." I could see the pride and satisfaction all over her face.  ...

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Cooking with the Crockpot on the HCG Diet

January 21, 2015
Crockpot Cooking on the HCG Diet Program
 
The good ole crock pot is a great tool to break out on the HCG Diet.
It is just so easy to throw things in the crock pot before you head off to work, turn it on
and then voila ... you have dinner waiting for you when you get home.  I always remind my HCG Diet
patients that creating crock pot meals once per week or more can add some flavor and variety to the HCG ...

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The HCG Diet for Weight Loss Maintenance

January 14, 2015
The HCG Diet Protocol as a Yearly Weight Maintenance Program and Cleanse
 
After leading patients through the HCG Diet for over 7 years now I have come to realize that the HCG Diet program is a weight maintenance program for a good handful of our patients.  The problem is  ... we live in a world where food is just too available and we have these minds that crave pleasure and sometimes ... food wins.  ...

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Give the HCG Diet a try in 2015 to shed that Extra Weight

January 7, 2015
An HCG Dieters Amazing Results in 2014 - go for it and jump start your weight loss in 2015!
 
My name is Dan and last year at this time I weighed 318 lbs. I knew when I stepped on the scale on 1/2/14 that I had to do something about my constant weight gain or it was going to take my life.  I had friends who had used the HCG Diet Program with success and I knew it was my only hope. I had tried a million other ...

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Phase III Diet Holiday Cookie using Miracle Noodles

December 21, 2014
A Chocolate cookie for P3 HCG Diet with Miracle Noodles
Who ever would have thought that Miracle Noodles would taste good in a cookie?  Leave it to the HCG Dieter to get creative!  Truth is that Miracle Noodles are nothing more than a fiber in a noodle form.  Once you blend them up in the blender it is just a gelatinous substance that makes a nice base for baking.  I was pretty impressed with how ...

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Homemade Nut Butter ~ an HCG Diet P3 Food in Moderation

December 15, 2014
DIY Nutbutter - P3 HCG Diet and Beyond
 
Nut butters are a healthy fat if eaten in moderation. In my experience in working with patients on weight loss nuts are a common food that is all too easy to over eat.  Remember, when the body has eaten more calories than it needs it will store them.  However, a couple tbsp. of nut butter every day is a nourishing way to go.  There are also so many options ...

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Eating Well over Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014
What did the “Pilgrims” eat for Thanksgiving?” asked an HCG Diet patient
It was in the 1600’s that the pilgrims had their first Thanksgiving dinner.  It was not a time of over eating and sharing in huge amounts of food and drink.  Instead, it was a 3 day celebration of the incredible bounty that the season of autumn brought to the table.  The Fall harvest was food that would last ...

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Ginger Tea - a cup full of Yumminess and Healthiness

November 19, 2014
Ginger Tea -- One of my all time Favorites
 
There is nothing that soothes the cold weather for me like a cup of steamy ginger tea.  I have been having it twice daily now for almost the entire month of November and with every sip I love it.  The root or rhizome of the ginger plant is the part that is used for making tea.  I always purchase organically grown ginger root.  This time of year, you ...

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Sugar and Metabolism 101

November 12, 2014
Post HCG Diet we Invite you to Learn About Sugar
 
If you choose a breakfast cereal, a hard candy or a slice of bread the carbohydrate called sugar lives within. We all know that an overconsumption of sugar is not healthy for our bodies, the waist line, our brain,  the aging process, etc.  We also know that an overconsumtion of sugar is most likely responsible for many cases of type 2 diabetes, obesity ...

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Simple Cooking Tips for the HCG Diet

November 5, 2014
The Art of Cooking on the HCG Diet
 
It truly is amazing all of the wonderful dishes you can create with the limited food list on phase II of the HCG Diet. This week, I made stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, halibut, cauliflower soup and beautiful salads all of which could be eaten on phase II of the HCG Diet.  I really do not find this diet to be short in variety or flavor. It just takes a little creativity ...

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Exercise and the Benefits for the Brain

October 28, 2014
Your Brain Loves Exercise
We all know the extra-ordinary benefits of exercise for the body as far as weight maintenance and over all feeling good for the body. However, exercise is paramount for brain health.  Exercise is a sure way to put a halt on cognitive decline as we age.  Exercise increases blood supply throughout the entire body and facilitates with the exchange of nutrients and oxygen to the organs ...

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Stave Away the Flu this Winter with FIRE CIDER

October 23, 2014
Natural Tonics to Keep Your Immune System Strong this WInter
 
This past weekend I was visiting a dear friend in Mill Valley, California and she introduced me to the Fire Cider. She had been brewing some up for the past couple of weeks and it would be her immune tonic through the Fall and Winter months.  I tasted it and could feel the strong immune boosting properties and digestive qualities of this tonic.  ...

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AN Autumn "TREAT" on the HCG Diet -- DIY Applesauce

October 15, 2014
It is Nice to Have Seasonal Treats on the HCG Diet
 
This is a wonderful, seasonal delight that can count as one or two of your fruit servings on the HCG Diet.  As a child, my grandmother would make applesauce every Fall and it was my favorite.  No other apple sauce has ever compared.  My Dad also took on this tradition and continues to make applesauce from the apples in his yard each fall.  In ...

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Curious About Testosterone Pellet Therapy?

October 9, 2014
The Bio-Identical Testosterone Pellet Implant
 
After years of using many other bio-identical hormone preparations to meet our individual patients needs as they go through menopause or andropause we have seen the best clinical results with testosterone pellet therapy. Dr. Madda has been extensivey trained in this procedure and has had exceptional results with his patients.  
 
What does "Bio-Identical" ...

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My Transformation with the HCG Diet

October 8, 2014
A 48 year old Female Shares her Experience with the HCG Diet
 
My name is Sherri and like many people these days I was overweight.  The funny thing is I did not really think I was "overweight" until I stepped on the scale in my doctors office and I was 232 lbs. My doctor ran some labs and when they told me I was pre-diabetic and obese I knew right then and there that I needed to do something about it.  I ...

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Know what is in your Protein Powder ... on the HCG Diet and off

October 1, 2014
What is in your Protein Powder?
 
Many of our HCG Diet patients at The Natural Path ask us what kind of protein powder we recommend.  After extensively researching the protein powder industry I was rather appalled at the processing that went into producing most protein powders. I was also quite surprised by the long list of fillers and preservatives used.  I found that most whey protein was so processed ...

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The Growing Obesity Trend in America

September 24, 2014
 American's are Growing in Size --
the obesity epidemic
 
Obesity is really becoming a huge, growing problem in our country and in our world.  It is predicted that by 2030, 165 million Americans will be obese. The AMA defines obesity as a BMI > 30.  This accounts for 42% of our population.  I find this statistic to be astounding.  In the 1960’s, 70’s and even into the early ...

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The Undervalued Benefits of Sleep

September 17, 2014
Get your Sleep On
 
As part of our HCG Diet Lifestyle & Welless program at The Natural Path, we emphasize the importance of sleep. We ask our patients to committ to 6 weeks of going to bed between 8:30 and 10:30 pm.  Sleep is so beneficial to the body in more ways than I could ever list in this blog entry. Studies show that every system of the body is affected by the amount of sleep that we get each night. ...

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Eating Excess Food on the HCG Diet Food Plan

September 10, 2014
The HCG Diet and Additional Food Intake
 
When the HCG Diet is followed exactly as outlined in our Natural Path HCG Diet Manual  the results can be quite astonishing.  The HCG is known to impact leptin levels and therefore this program is hormonally intricate.  Occasionally,  I find that our patients get a little "lazy" and begin to food in addition to the HCG Diet Plan. Many patients feel that ...

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A Glass of Lemon Water per day can keep the Doctor Away

August 27, 2014
Beginning Each Day with a Warm Glass of Lemon Water
 
This is a wonderful ritual to have as part of your morning routine.  All it takes is 1/2 of a fresh lemon and a glass of water and you have done your body a huge favor.  We recommend this as an essential part of our HCG Diet program at the Natural Path, as well as all of our cleaning and detoxification programs. If you want to take the health ...

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Doing the HCG Diet in the Summer

August 20, 2014
The Bounty of HCG Diet Phase II Foods in the Summer
 
The summer is a fabulous time to take on the HCG Diet for so many reasons.  The warm weather makes us feel less hungry in general.  It is so easy to go out for walks, play around in the yard and simply to be more active.  Also, there are SO many fruits and vegetables available that are local and fresh and delightful.  I have been facilitating ...

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Doing the HCG Diet in the Summer at The Natural Path Portland

August 19, 2014
The Bounty of HCG Diet Phase II Foods in the Summer
 
The summer is a fabulous time to take on the HCG Diet for so many reasons.  The warm weather makes us feel less hungry in general.  It is so easy to go out for walks, play around in the yard and simply to be more active.  Also, there are SO many fruits and vegetables available that are local and fresh and delightful.  I have been facilitating ...

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The Important Role of Vitamin D in our Bodies

August 13, 2014
Vitamin D -- an Important Vitamin
 
After, helping our HCG Diet patients lose weight and feel great they often ask us what else they can be doing to promote optimal wellness in their lives. Often times, I recommend blood work to include a lipid panel to be sure cholesterol and lipids are within a normal range; an in depth thyroid panel; a hormoe profile; comp. metabolic panel,  as well as a CBC and Vitamin ...

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Why Fructose is Killing the Health of our Society

August 6, 2014
Fructose and our Health
 
This day in age it is obvious that the health our society is on a quick decline.  Just look around ... cars are lined up to go through the drive through at the local fast food restaurant; folks are sipping on cola and drinks loaded with sugar; people are eating processed foods loaded with high fructose corn syrup.  It is a trip to walk by a restaurat sometimes and watch how many ...

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Happiness is the HCG Diet - Reviews by Patients at The Natural Path

July 30, 2014
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE HCG DIET PORTLAND
The HCG Diet at the Natural Path was a total transformational health experience  for me! I have learned about healthy eating, natural and organic ways to fuel my body, how to cook in a healthy way and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I have studied health and fitness for years and yet, was feeding my body with all of the wrong foods. Dr. Robert & Dr. Cara ...

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Delightful "GREEN TACO" for HCG Diet P2

July 23, 2014
The "Green Taco" Delight for Phase II of the HCG Diet
 
An HCG Diet patient came into my office today very excited to share her latest creation with me.  This woman has taken the HCG diet protocol to the next level when it comes to cooking.  I am truly inspired by people like her.  I also feel so blessed that she brings me a decadent lunch every week that is full of healthy nutrients.  The foods ...

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The Effective HCG Diet Program at The Natural Path Portland

July 16, 2014
 HCG DIET & WEIGHT LOSS AT THE NATURAL PATH - PORTLAND, OR
a physician supervised weight loss program
 
The Natural HCG Diet offered by the Natural Path - Portland, Oregon
At the Natural Path, in Portland, Oregon we offer a wonderful medically supervised HCG Diet program. The Natural HCG diet consists of a very low calorie diet, full medical support as well as treatments of HCG injections.  ...

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Why is Weight Gain so Prevelant in our Society by Dr. Cara Phillipo ND

July 16, 2014
More and More People are Becoming Overweight
 
... and this is a growing problem year after year.  As I began to study the obesity epidemic in our country, I became passionate about wanting to play a role in alleviating this problem. 
So, where does it all start? 
Well, in my opinion, it issimply  too much of the wrong foods.  Most food these days is better labeled "food like products."  ...

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The Importance of Phase III on the HCG Diet!

July 11, 2014

HCG Diet Phase 3 "The STABILIZATION Phase"
Phase 3 of the HCG Diet is the 3 weeks following phase II or "the HCG phase."  This is a wonderful part of the program as your food options expand quite a bit and you are consuming a normal caloric intake.  The challenge is to remember that you are still on a the HCG Diet program and must stick within the broad parameters of the phase III Diet.
This ...

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The BEST Phase III Diet Dessert -- Chocolate Coconut Balls

June 30, 2014
Chocolate Coconut Balls -- A deliciously, decadent dessert for HCG Diet Phase III
 
I have been facilitating the HCG Diet now for almost 10 years and just this week I was introduced to this truly amazing HCG Diet phase III desert by a patient.  I made it for my husband and children over the weekend and it really was awesome.  I had to share it.  This is a desert tha is good for anyone. It is easy ...

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Marinara Sauce - A Delicious Compliment to HCG Diet Meals

June 24, 2014

A Delicious HCG Diet Marinara Sauce Recipe
I love this recipe and I always make atleast four or five times the amount to have some on hand in the fridge. This HCG Diet friendly & approved tomato Marina sauce is delicious and super healthy! This is also a great recipe for anyone who is not on the HCG Diet.† It is absolutely decadent on chicken breast and browned ground beef wth onions.  Dress up your ...

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The SLIM SHOT Injection as part of the HCG Diet Protocol

June 18, 2014

The “Slim Shot Rx” Injection on the HCG diet & HCG weight loss program
We highly recommend our patients have a weekly injection of our "slim shot" injection to help them with energy, fat burning, metabolism, liver function and immunity during phase II and phase III of the HCG Diet. We have found this injection to be a wonderful adjunct to the HCG Diet.  The feedback we have from our HCG DIET ...

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Maintaining Weight Loss with The HCG Diet

June 11, 2014

The HCG Diet "Stabilization Phase" or "Phase III"
Phase III of the HCG Diet is the last of the structured phases of the HCG weight loss program. This phase is extremely  important to the overall success of the HCG DIET. It is theorized that at this time the hypothalamus of the brain is re-calibrated. The stabilization phase is known to help reset the body metabolically. This phase is also a nice reward for our ...

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HCG Diet Patient Success -- Losing 100 lbs!

June 4, 2014
Success and Profound Life Changes Through the HCG Diet
 
Today, I am wrapping up my day feeling extremely happy and proud of the job that I "get" to do every day.  I had my 5th patient reach the goal of 100 lbs of weight loss through the HCG Diet.  I look back to just over a  year ago when I met this woman and find it extrememly hard to believe that it is the same person that was just sitting in front ...

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#1 Tip for Success on the HCG Diet -- Be Prepared

May 28, 2014
Taking Time to Prepare for the HCG Diet is Important for a Positive Outcome
This day in age, I find that most of my HCG Diet patients are leading very busy lives.  Most are professionals with children and life does not provide a lot of time to rest and relax.  I find that my patients who prepare for the HCG Diet by planning and prepping meals and snacks in advance do a lot better overall and have an easier ...

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A Simple Meatloaf Recipe that is Quick, Easy and can be Used for Multiple Meals on the HCG Diet

May 21, 2014
Quick, Easy & Tasty HCG Diet Friendly Meatloaf
 
I love this HCG Diet friendly entree as it is really simple to make.  It is also versatile in the sense that you can use lean ground beef, lean ground turkey or ground chicken breast.  You can add in any spices that you like as well as chopped onion, pepper, garlic, chard, etc.  The other beautiful thing about this HCG Diet meal is that it can serve ...

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The Many Benefits and Convenient Ways to use CHIA SEEDS (Great for HCG Diet Phase III)

May 14, 2014
Chia Seeds are a Wonderful Addition to a healthy Diet - Phase III HCG Diet Recommended
 
The word Chia actually means "strength" and it is no surprise that though history this little seed has been known to add energy and endurance to those who used them.  They have been known throughout the years to boost energy and increase endurance for runners.  In my own practice, I encourage my weight loss patients ...

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Yum Yum Chimichurri Sauce on the HCG Diet

April 29, 2014

Chimichurri sauce ... a delicious sauce for the HCG Diet P3
*can be modifed for Phase II
This HCG Diet friendly sauce can be used on Phase III of the HCG Diet program to liven up your protein!  This is not a dip but it is a wonderfully flavorful sauce that can be used as a marinade or even a dressing.  Hundreds of our HCG Dieters have tried this recipe and the feedback is only positive.  We wanted to ...

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The HCG Diet and The Metabolism Shifting Theory

April 26, 2014

The Medically Supervised HCG Diet & Weight Loss Plan and a Shift in Metabolism
physician supervised by Dr. Robert Madda N.D. & Dr. Cara Phillipo N.D.
The Natural HCG Diet is based off of the HCG Diet created by a  British physician, Dr. Simeon’s 1950′s.  Through years of research and study,  he discovered that when HCG was administered daily along with a low calorie diet, patients ...

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The Natural Path HCG Diet Review and Testimony from a Patient with Thyroid Issues

April 18, 2014

Success on the Portland HCG Diet from a Thyroid Patient
 
We often have prospective patients call to ask if the HCG Diet is okay for those with thyroid conditions.  At the Natural Path, we focus on the whole person and endocrine imbalances are a strong area of focus in our Naturopathic medical practice. The medically supervised HCG Diet has been a wonderful way to lose weight for our patients with thyroid ...

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A Five Star Testimonial about the HCG Diet Portland and HCG Weight Loss Portland at The Natural Path

April 9, 2014

A New Chance at Life after the HCG Diet Portland
A Patient Testimonial to the Natural Path HCG Diet Program
 
 
My name is Claudia Hicks and I began my HCG Diet  journey in June 2013.  The HCG Diet protocol that I went through at the Natural Path in Portland, Oregon  has truly been a life changer for me. The HCG Diet is  an amazingl way to lose weight quickly.   It is a springboard ...

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The HCG Diet Portland is more than a Diet ... It is a Lifestyle!

April 6, 2014
A Few Simple Lifestyle Changes is what it takes to Maintain Weight Loss through the HCG Diet and Beyond
 
The HCG Diet & Weight Loss protocol at The Natural Path is a more than just a trend or a fad in the weight loss world... it is a true lfestyle! In the end, that is the real GOLD of this program.  Changing your lifestyle by sticking with clean eating that feels non-deprivational and incorporating exercise ...

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Portland HCG Diet Program ~ Advice on Maintaining Weight Loss

April 2, 2014
Let's make the weight loss that happens on your Portland HCG Diet Protocol maintainable!
 
Most of our patients who lose the weight learn how to keep it off.  For some, this may take 2 rounds of being on the HCG Diet program until they really learn what causes them to gain weight in general. The HCG Diet is not a "magic bullet" for weight loss.  Instead, it is a jump start to getting some unwanted weight ...

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Portland, Oregon -- Medically Supervised HCG Diet Helps Change Lives

March 29, 2014
Dr. Madda and Dr. Phillipo are both Naturopathic physicians practicing at The Natural Path Clinic in NW Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Madda & Dr. Phillipo are passionate about helping their patients to live healthier lives that promote a vital aging process. Through weight loss, hormone balance and teaching about eating a healthy diet and the importance of exercise they have helped thousands of people lose weight, ...

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Who is an ideal Candidate for the HCG Diet Portland?

March 26, 2014
The HCG Diet is really for anyone that has 12+ lbs of body fat mass to lose and wants to LEARN a way to eat that promotes vitality to the human body.  In my opinion as a physician, weight loss is a beautiful side effect of the HCG Diet Protocol.  The true beauty is the learning that takes place during the process.  Through the 3-6 weeks on phase II of the HCG Diet our patients learn how to prepare and ...

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A Simple and Delicious HCG Diet Phase 2 Dessert -- Strawberry Popsicle

March 16, 2014
I love this little dessert.  It can really help those HCG Diet  phase II evening cravings.  I loved having these in my freezer at night when I have a little craving.  My kids love them too.  Super simple with only 3 ingredients.
 
Organic strawberries
Filtered Water
Stevia Drops or Powder to taste
 
Blend the above until a thick creamy consistency and pour into popsicle molds.  ...

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Skeptical about the HCG Diet Portland

March 14, 2014
I was too ...
I had patients ask me help them through the HCG Diet back in 2005 and I just was not open to the process at all. I heard "HCG injections" and "500 calories" and that just shut me down right there. My narrow minded belief was that the HCG Diet program for weight loss could not be good. Also, it sounded very "un-naturopathic" to me as well.
 
After a diabetic patient that I had been working with on blood ...

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