I would never attempt to be on Phase 2 during the holiday season. But for many of us, a Phase 3 holiday menu is possible. Roasted turkey–perfect P3 main dish. Ham is not bad (as long as it doesn’t have a sugary glaze on it), but it is high in sodium, which may end up causing you to retain water. Green vegetables–asparagus, greens, green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts–are all perfect for Phase 3. Two years ago after my first round of hCG I was on Phase 3 during Thanksgiving. I brought creamy whipped cauliflower, a sugar-free version of my famous cranberry relish, and a sugar-free pumpkin cheesecake to my family’s gathering. After dinner I was satisfied–not stuffed–and I was back to my regular P3 foods the next day. I maintained the weight loss from this round through Christmas. Loaded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and started my second round the day after Christmas. This worked great for me. The one thing I didn’t account for was a family gathering (centered around food, of course) that was planned for New Years Day. If I had it to do over, I would have continued P4 through New Years Eve, and then loaded on New Years Eve and New Year’s Day.
The point is, you should arrange your hCG diet rounds around what works for you. Here are some more tips for Surviving the Holidays on the hCG Diet.
Check out these P3-friendly holiday recipes and please let me know what Phase 3 versions of your favorite holiday meals you’ve created.