Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I have been seeing a naturopath for about a year and a half now. I started to see her after my dad died of a sudden heart attack at age 62. It devastated me and really caused me to think about my life and how much more of it I want to live and live it healthy. There also happens to be a strong family history of diabetes from both sides - mom and dad. So with double heart disease and double diabetes risk factors facing me I really began to worry about my future.
My naturopath has educated me on so many levels. I understand more how the food we consume is used by the body - how much the food can negatively affect the body too. I am definitely a big believer in trying to eat as clean as possible. So why do I still struggle so with my weight? Why can't I get past the hump?
Well, there are many reasons why and maybe the bottom line is because I give up or give in too often. Because at this point I certainly know what I should be doing. Why am I not doing it?
I don't know if you have ever had this experience but I can go along great - feeling on top of the world because I've lost weight and feel good and then WHAM! I see a photo someone took of me or I see my reflection in a store window. Suddenly reality hits me like a ton of bricks - I have a long way to go to look on the outside like I feel on the inside. It overwhelms me sometimes. When you have a significant amount of weight to lose it can seem impossible.
Yeah, yeah, I know there are hundreds of success stories out there of people just like me who did it. They took all the weight off and kept if off and they did it on their own merit. I get that. But I also get my own reality, excuses, and frankly real life obstacles that I can't seem to over come. I won't bore you with the details of my busy and stress filled existence. Let's just leave it by saying its a miracle I don't weigh a hundred pounds more than I already do.
So, getting back to my naturopath - when I saw her last month she asked me what I was thinking about doing next in my journey. Did I want to continue going as I was or did I want to try something new. I told her I had been thinking about eliminating things from my diet to see if I had any food sensitivities, as I suspect I do. So she told me to consider a form of the HCG protocol.
For those who don't know HCG (human chorionic gonadotrpohin) is a hormone pregnant women produce to mobilize non-essential fat to nourish a baby. This hormone allows women who are undernourished and underfed to give birth to healthy babies. The man responsible for this research was Dr. Simeon. Dr. Simeons "also noted characteristics of the obese. Nearly always they had a depressed metabolism, constant state of hunger, cravings, and many would actually gain weight when on a calorically deficient diet. Dr. Simeons discovered that the diencephalons, (or the hypothalamus) a primitive part of the brain, was responsible for the the accumulation of fat through various factors, a condition we call obesity. Dr. Simeons explains that there are three kinds of fat. The first two are normal fats, structural fat that resides around organs and joints, and fat reserves which are used for energy. The third fat is an abnormal fat that accumulates around the hips, thighs, waist, stomach and other unwanted areas. These abnormal fats do not move with normal diet and exercise. The body holds on to these fats for extreme emergencies such as long term starvation. However, during pregnancy, these fat reserves are burned for the baby and also when inadequate calories are consumed, the hCG will mobilize this fat storage. This is how the hCG works on a low calorie diet. The abnormal fat is mobilized by the hCG. The purpose of this diet is to re-set the diencephalons so that your body does not go back to its original weight. This is when life style changes need to be made." You can read the full article here: http://www.bodyhealthyself.inf
o/hA2cg-Diet.html - (but it is full of typos so use other sources if you have any interest in looking into this. I just wanted the explanation of how HCG hormone works).
So anyway, I told her I would look into it. I spent hours researching blogs and youTube videos of people who have done it. I watch Dr. Oz's five part series on it. I read Dr. Simeons entire research manuscript. Then I made a huge list of questions and went to see my naturopath last night.
First of all - let me say I knew there was NO WAY she was going to put me on a hormone taken from pregnant women or any other place - totally against homeopathic medicine! So I proceeded to ask her all of my questions and she thoroughly explained that I would be taking HA2CG drops- which contain no HCG hormone what-so-ever. It contains two bioidentical amino acids that do the same thing the HCG amino acids do - make your body use the "abnormal fat". The drops also contain 21 homeopathic ingredients for appetite control, blood sugar management and immunity support. It provides a good cleanse for your liver and kidneys and knocks out candida. In addition to the drops she recommends a potassium/magnesium supplement.
One of my biggest concerns is gaining all the weight back. She said that in 50% of her cases that has been true. She said those people did one of two things - and admitted it - they either cheated during the 23-41 day diet (which did not reset the hypothalamus) or they went back to their old eating habits. She said she feels that I have shown already that I am willing to do the low carb diet necessary to keep the weight off. She feels that this would help me get over the hump and gain some momentum and motivation to keep going. Here is what the diet looks like (please try not to judge):
2 days of "loading" while taking the drops 3x day under the tongue - eat as much as possible for 2 days.
Days 3-41 (you have to do a minimum of 23 days but no more than 41) you eat 7 ounces of protein, 4 cups of veggies, and 2 fruits per day along with the drops and 1 gallon of water each day. Because of the restriction on what kinds of fruit, veggies, and meat - and you may have no oils, butter, dressings of any kind - the calories add up to about 500 a day. You are not living off of these 500 calories - you are living off of your stored fat. That is why you need supplements for some minerals.
When you finish your last day of drops you continue 3 more days with the low calorie diet. Then you go into 3 weeks of maintenance where you can eat any amount of meat, veggies, and most fruits. No dairy, sugar, grains or starches yet.
After the 3 week maintenance you begin to add back in one thing at a time and see how it affects you - if you add in rice twice during the week does it make you gain? Feel achy? Change your mood? If yes, you are sensitive to rice. Try something else the next week. If no, then keep eating rice and add in something new the next week. The key is to only add in one thing at at time.
So I decided to do it. I may not make it the whole 41 days but I am going to try because this is it. I won't do it again. I feel confident after talking to her that this is a good decision for me. I trust her - I know that she is in the business of healthy living and would not suggest this to me if she didn't believe in the product. She used it herself, as she does all the products she sells. She believes in me too. I will see her weekly to weigh and measure and she is available to me by phone for any questions that come up. There are no side effects except those that occur through other detoxification programs.
I am mentally and physically prepared for this journey. I will blog each week about my progress and I appreciate any support from you, my Spark family. I know this isn't for everyone, but for now, I know that it is for me.