Month: November 2015

(If you missed the start of this conversation click on this link Four Phase Fat Elimination Protocol!)

To be clear, for those who are not familiar with the Four Phase Fat Elimination Protocol, Phase One is called the Loading Phase which is when you load up on great natural fats. This process is designed to stop you from feeling too hungry during the couple of days it takes for the HCG drops to start kicking in. I completed these two days over the weekend, loading up on yummies like coconut, avocado’s, chia, nuts, macadamia and olive oil and enjoying the fat left on my steak and chicken.

So this morning for me is Day 1 of Phase Two which is the Core Phase. This phase can last anywhere from 13 – 43 days depending on how much weight you need to loose. Even if you haven’t lost all your required extra weight you will need to end phase two by 43 days and give your body a break. I am hoping to achieve what I need to within 21 days, giving myself a little leniency as apparently the last 5 kg are the hardest to loose. We will see.

So today I started with the required HCG drops straight after rising. I then weighed in, this showed me that I have 6.8 kg to shed. 1/8th of a teaspoon of good salt followed by a super sized glass of warm water, about 600 ml, with a tablespoon of good quality apple cider vinegar added (you will get used to this!), was next. This was followed up by the usual routine of making breakie and lunches for the kids, peeling them out of bed, and getting them off to school.

After the chaos died down I enjoyed a 30 minute walk, followed by some super greens and a colloidal mineral supplement. I then had a cup of frozen blueberries which were so good on a hot morning.

Lunch was at 12 – consisting of steak, zucchini ribbons, sauerkraut, tomato and a pile of lettuce with a splash of apple cider vinegar as dressing. Yum! FPFEP Image 1

HCG drops at 2pm and an apple at 3pm.

Dinner was actually a repeat of lunch as I hadn’t done the shopping!

 

So how do I feel?

Fine! Definitely feeling a little hungry, but nothing stressful. I actually think it is important to remind myself that feeling hungry is OK! We are so conditioned to go into a slight panic at the thought of being hungry. I am especially guilty of this with the kids, which I guess is exactly where this mindset begins. It is actually great to establish the habit of not eating until you feel genuinely hungry. This is after all your bodies signal that you need to fuel up sometime soon, but certainly not to go into a panic and grab for the closest item resembling food, as if some sort of emergency is at hand. Remember …. it is OK to feel hungry – actually embrace it for short periods of time!

Biggest frustration for the day was realizing that I forgot to get some Jojoba which I will use as a moisturiser …. Poop! Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oils and penetrates deep into the skin, but what makes it great for the purposes of this protocol is that Jojoba is actually a wax, this means it won’t be adding to your fat intake like an oil based moisturiser would. It works a treat, I love it!

*TIPS*

  1. Keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  2. Depending on your chosen routine for taking the drops, set an alarm in your phone to remind yourself. I take mine 1st thing in the morning, at 2 pm, and then again at bedtime. I have a permanent alarm now set on my phone to remind me at 2 pm, as this is when I am most likely to forget.
  3. As the drops are homoeopathic it is best to take them at least 15 mins either side of food or brushing your teeth.
  4. Don’t forget to stock up on Jojoba!
  5. Embrace the feeling of taking control of your own health, it is the ultimate gift!

In April of 2013 I was lucky enough to have an adventure to Cape Town, South Africa, to spend time with my 'soon to be husband' Lawrie, and to meet his gorgeous family. There were a million reasons why this was an amazing experience, but for the purposes of this post I am wanting to share with you that, thanks to being on holiday, I was on the other side of the camera for a change, and consequently got a really clear picture of just how much extra weight I really lugging around. Funnily enough I had always managed to convince myself it wasn't that bad, and truly didn't realize how big I was. In the 'before' photo I was 17 kg overweight. If you think of that in terms of 17 kilo bags of flour, that is a lot of extra weight to be carrying around. It was the wake up call that I needed.

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The 'Before' photo taken in Cape Town with my then 'soon to be' mother-in-law!
I will use this promo photo as my 'After' photo as I am wearing the same t-shirt!
I will use this promo photo as my 'After' photo as I am wearing the same t-shirt!

So now the question was what to do about it. At the time I had thought I had my diet pretty well sorted. I had been vegetarian for about 20 years, ate organics whenever possible, ate a wide variety of grains, pulses, nuts and seeds and aside from my one a day coffee and the occasional glass of wine, I really only drank water. My thoughts were therefore that my extra weight was a result of lack of exercise as this has always been an area I struggled with. I had been overweight since I was about 13 so this explained why I really felt that my size was simply 'just the way I was'. Fortuitously following endless research I came across the Changing Habits 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol. 

I have now done this protocol twice and am about to start my 3rd round in order to loose the last 5 kg. The first time was just before my wedding in April 2014, you have to love a wedding as the ultimate motivator to look your best! I lost 10kg, which wasn't all the weight I needed to loose, however I stopped the protocol so I could fully enjoy my wedding and an amazing honeymoon to Indonesia. Whilst I want to stress that loosing this weight is certainly not all about how you look, but rather about being the ultimate gift to your health ........ feeling like a foxy mumma certainly helped me enjoy this amazing time, never before have I felt OK in a bathing suit!

 

Round 2 was at the end of 2014 when I shed a further 7 kg. I then got waylaid by the busyness of the end of the year so called it quits. I was not so disciplined so did put 4kg back on. Still all in all I was heading in the right direction.

 

Now I am about to start my 3rd round with the goal of loosing the final 5kg in order to reach my optimal weight (for the first time since I was 13), and to learn the final bits of information regarding what foods to embrace and which to eliminate.

 

Through sharing this part of my journey I hope to inspire those that have at least 5 kg to loose, to jump onto this amazing protocol and give yourself the gift of understanding exactly what your body needs, by way of food, in order to flourish. I will post my results regularly to give you a picture of how this works, and feel free to ask questions any time, if I can help you on your journey to wellness it would be my greatest privilege.

For more detail check out the Changing Habits Website

x Edwina