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The body cannot tell the difference between thirst and hunger. If you experience hunger after 6 p.m. try drinking more water.
You may have sugar-free gelatin any time (as long as you make it yourself). Please note, however, that sugar-free Jell-O pudding is not allowed at any time. You may also make ice pops from Crystal Light and/or any flavored drink that’s allowed 24/7 and enjoy that in the evening.
You may have up to 6 pieces of sugar-free gum and/or sugar-free candy any time of any day. For candies, no more than 10 calories each per piece.
No. Special Day protocol is only for very special occasions such as your daughter’s wedding, grandmother’s 90th birthday, grandchild’s christening, etc. Special Day protocol is still time off the diet – it is a guided way to go off plan, but is not part of the program itself. Use of Special Day protocol will slow down the weight loss for the week.
The 1½ lbs vegetable allowance is raw weight. As a reminder, you are not required to eat the entire vegetable allowance – eat until you are satisfied.
No. However you may use vegetable stock or vegetable broth. Up to 8 oz may be used “free” (i.e., not counted as part of your 1½ lbs of vegetables). Over 8 oz, 2 oz of stock = 1 oz of vegetables. For your convenience, there is a vegetable stock recipe on the web site.
You may use vegetable bouillon to flavor soup or to sauté vegetables but you should not drink it. Bouillon cubes are problematic due to their high salt content. We prefer you use vegetable broth or vegetable stock.
No. It is not healthy to have 3 days of either protocol in a row, as it is breaking up the nutritional balance of the program. Get right back on track by continuing with your normal cycle of food as if nothing happened. When you are feeling stronger about the situation, look back and learn a lesson about why you cheated – this way, the cheat wasn’t wasted time.
Approximately 10% of our clients experience some light-headedness during the first ten days to two weeks of the program while the body is going through detoxification. The program is cleansing your body of refined sugars resulting in the normalization of blood sugar levels. This is very healthy, but if it happens quickly it may cause light-headedness. A spoonful of honey in a cup of hot tea and you’ll have relief in 5-7 minutes. If you have high or low blood pressure and are experiencing light headedness or dizziness, please speak to your consultant about the proper protocol to address your medical situation.
No. Most condiments contain vinegar, which will neutralize the chemistry of the program. All spices and seasonings are allowed.
Dijon mustard may be used in very small amounts as part of a recipe. For example, you may use a small amount of mustard as part of a salad dressing recipe to be used over many salads. A ¼teaspoon in a recipe used over many salads is the maximum.
Acupressure points go dull after 9 days. If you are unable to make it to one of our office locations but do not want a gap in your program, you may temporarily join the Long Distance Participation program. Contact the office with your current weight and either an email address or fax number. We will furnish you with a bead placement diagram and instructions for placement. You may move your current beads to the new location and secure with new bandaids. Please note, you will incur the normal office visit charge for this service.
Yes. On occasion, the bandaids used to secure the beads will fall off. You may replace these with any bandaid cut to size. It is rare to lose the beads themselves.
We prefer you do not have any type of juice on a fruit and vegetable day. It takes ½ lb - 1 lb of vegetables to make one 8-oz glass of V8 juice. As you are not having solid foods on milk days, we prefer your body has the opportunity to chew solid food on vegetable days. V-8 is allowed as an ingredient in making salad dressings as long as the dressing is spread out over several salads.
You may not use Greek yogurts such as Fage as they contain cream, not just whole milk. When in doubt, check the ingredient list--if you see the word “cream,” the answer is no. Please note, some whole milk yogurts such as Stoneyfield Farms market themselves as having "cream on the top." Again, check the ingredient list--often these do not have cream in them at all, it’s just a marketing tool.
With the exception of the first two weeks of the program when your body is going through detoxification, you may use the zero-calorie cooking sprays SPARINGLY. We prefer you avoid ICBINB spray as it contains soy, but it is allowed.
When you crave salt and salty foods, it’s typically a sign that your body is dehydrated. Drink more water to alleviate the dehydration. To satisfy the salt craving, have some salt -- lick your finger, dip in salt, lick the salty finger. Then drink some more water.
While we cannot always vouch for how you will feel during initial detox (first 10 days to 2 weeks), exercise is allowed. However, if your body is telling you to slow down during this time, you should listen to your body. The only prohibited exercise is body building (very high weights with low repetition). Body toning (lower weights with high numbers of repetition) is absolutely allowed. All other exercise is allowed. Please see our Exercise Protocol here.
No. With dehydrated fruit it is difficult to determine how much comprises a single serving (i.e., one cup of raw fruit). It is permitted if you are dehydrating the fruit yourself and, therefore, can control the serving size.
Yes. You may have up to 2 “On The Go” packages per day (any time of day). The calorie content in Crystal Light indicates traces of sugar, which is why we limit its use.
Cayenne capsules or Capsaicin capsules (which contain cayenne) will help warm you up from the inside out. Maximum is 100,000 H.U. (heat units) per day.
No. Cool Whip is not allowed as it contains corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup.
Pre-packaged hot chocolate is NOT allowed (unless you find a 0-calorie brand we are unaware of). You may make hot chocolate using Walden Farms or other 0-calorie sugar-free syrup. On a milk day between 12 pm and 6 pm you may use milk to make the hot chocolate. At other times you may make hot chocolate using the syrup with water.
You should use 0-calorie, sugar-free chocolate syrup rather than cocoa. You can use unsweetened baking cocoa but you are limited to 2 tablespoons per day MAX. If used outside of 12pm to 6 pm, 1 tablespoon replaces 1 piece of sugar-free gum/candy.
No, soy is NOT allowed. Instead of soy sauce, you may use BRAGG Liquid Amino, which can be found in most health food stores (Whole Foods carries it). Bragg Liquid Amino has no calories and tastes quite similar to soy sauce.
No. An acupressure point is almost the size of a dime and the beads are quite small. That's why were are able to offer the program long-distance--placing the bead precisely in the center is not required. The head is not exactly symmetrical and as we can feel the points, we put them in the "epicenter" of the point. This will often feel more skewed than when you look at them visually.
The body is searching for nutrition between 12pm and 6pm. The combination of the nutritional balance of the food protocol and the use of the acupressure allows us to trick the body to ignore the reduction of calories. Therefore, the body does not "need" to defend itself and does not go into starvation mode. You still require energy to function. The body turns to its own stored fat for that energy and you reap the amazing results. Please note, this is not a ketotic diet. If you eat outside of the designated hours, the body will begin to recognize the caloric intake rather than nutritional value and the body will begin to go into starvation mode as the caloric intake is so low. The body will instead begin to cannibalize itself using not only fat, but muscle, organ mass and negatively affect your metabolism.
Sweet-N-Low brown sugar is permitted but not unlimited. Once a week for a recipe is fine. Splenda brown sugar cannot be used because it contains actual brown sugar.
We list them in recipes as a fruit and they should be considered a fruit.