I have had so many people reach out asking about my HCG injections journey that I wanted to create a blog post on what the process was like, what I ate, the injection process and so much more.

As most of you know I have been struggling with weight loss for some time now. I have been going to Virtue of Health to get my health back in check and have had great results. My hormone and vitamin levels are finally normal. Now that they are Dr. Jaqlyn recommended I do a round of HCG injections. Alot of people that do HCG injections accompany the injections with a 500 calorie a day diet. With my health issues I was told to eat normal but stay under 1,400 calories. I was not allowed to have dairy or gluten. I also was not allowed to have any high fats. All of my carbs came from veggies, fruit and brown rice.

My injections were for 20 days with the diet and after the 20 days I could slowly start adding good fats back into my diet (ex: avocado, nuts).

HCG Hormone vs The HCG Diet (credit: Virtue of Health website)

HCG is a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin. It is naturally secreted in high amounts during pregnancy. In fact the amounts that pregnant women are subjected to is much higher than any dose that most people use for weight loss (including in the HCG diet). HCG the hormone itself has some special properties (which we will discus below) that make it a valuable tool when and if you are trying to lose weight.

The problem that HCG gets a bad name because the name itself is often associated with the HCG diet. Which is why we need to spend some time to separate these two ideas. The HCG diet is a combination of a sustained very low calorie diet which is coupled with HCG injections (or drops) throughout the weight loss phase. The problem with the HCG diet is the duration of the calorie restriction, NOT the HCG hormone itself.

The prolonged calorie restriction in the HCG diet often causes metabolic damage and thyroid changes which almost always result in regaining any weight that was lost during the diet.

Despite this known side effect many people still decide to use the HCG diet, presumably for the temporary weight loss that results.

At Virtue of Health they have created their own weight loss protocol that does not have you restricted to 500 calories a day, but on a diet that is specifically customized to your body type, weight, height, gender, age, BMR and BMI. This diet is also customized to your diet preferences whether you’re vegan, dairy free etc, we’ll make it work for YOU. To set-up a patient consultation with Dr. Jaqlyn click HERE.

The first question I get asked so much is are the injections painful? Honestly before I did my first injection in-front of Dr. Jaqlyn I was super nervous. I have never injected myself before just my dogs when they were sick. It ended up being so easy and no pain at all. You just pinch the fat on your belly and inject into the fat. My injections I would have to do once a morning and I was on the dosage of 15 ml. You have to make sure to switch the spot on where you inject every time because you will get scar tissue in the area and that will make it tougher for you to inject in the same area. After the first few days it became second nature to me and was part of my every day routine.

As for the diet the only hard part for me was honestly the no cheese and avocado. I did not realize how much I ate both of these every week! It was a mind over matter for me to get used to it but once I did I was fine. Thankfully I do love veggies and beans so that is what I ate alot of.

When I wasn't cooking for myself for dinner I always ate my ReBuilt Meals. I have posted about ReBuilt Meals in the past but before this diet I was on the performance meal plan. The best part was they were so accommodating with my diet. I was able to pick items from keto, vegan, performance or traditional if it fit better for my diet. I was not eating red meat so I had to make sure to only be eating lean protein like chicken and turkey.

I was so happy to have Rebuilt Meals as my go-to during the 20 days. The meals have so much flavor and honestly all I ever added to my meals is garlic salt and maybe some sriracha (cause your girl loves some hot sauce). Quick, Healthy & Tasty!

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Final verdict of my HCG injections and customized diet? I lost 12 pounds in 20 days! In the past with diet and exercise alone I have not been able to lose weight and if I did it would be a few pounds over a month or more.

I am cycling off HCG injections for the month of July but restarting again in August to try and reach my goal weight. Overall my blood pressure is better, my joints feel better and I am starting to feel myself again.

I highly recommend reaching out to Virtue of Health if you are having similar issues like me. They have been such a great resource for information and I have finally gotten answers in every area of my health that I haven't been able to before.

Any questions on HCG or any of my health journey? Feel free to shoot me an email!

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I had the pleasure of attending the Corsica Wine Tasting at C'est La Vie - University Park.

The tasting included four glasses of wine and four courses. One of the best parts was the education we received on Corsica and the background of how there food and wine is made.

The night started off with some amazing music that made you feel like you were right there in Corsica!

First was the appetizer which was a Gougère (small pastry puff with cheese) and was paired with a glass of Corsica cocktail. Both were delicious and a great way to start the tasting!

First main course was Traditional Soup (white beans and vegetables) and was paired with a glass of Alba Di Diana Rosé. The soup was so flavorful and the rosé paired perfectly. If you love a good dry rosé this will be your new favorite summer wine!

Second course was Tartelettes served with spinach, cream and broccui. This dish was paired with a glass of Clos Sulana Red. The tartelette was probably my favorite dish! I could honestly eat this every day and the wine was very smooth and helped amplify the delicious dish.

Third course was Tianu (stew with pork and white beans) and was paired with a glass of Terra Di Diana Red 2017. All I can say is wow! The pork melted right in your mouth and the dish had such a great spice to it!

We ended the night with Fiadone (Corsican cheesecake without bottom layer made of broccui, sugar and lemon zest) and was paired with a glass of Terra Di Diana Blanc. This dessert was out of this world!

Overall the tasting was fantastic! If you are looking to learn culture, eat some delicious food and try some yummy wine this is the set-up for you!

Don't worry if you missed this past tasting..C'est La Vie has more events coming up like the Bastille's Day Dinner and Rhone Valley wine tasting. Make sure to call and make your reservation because spots sell out fast! 941-355-2323 www.cestlaviesarasota.com

Cheers my friends and see you there!

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