April 8, 2010

Thanks for a great class!

Posted in Weight Loss at 7:44 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

Hello and thanks for coming tonight! It was a pleasure to meet those of you new to our clinic, and great to see those familiar faces!
I look forward to working with each of you individually!


April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Posted in HCG, Weight Loss at 9:19 am by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

Holidays, and the celebratory eating that goes with them, can be difficult to navigate.

What to do?

You have three options when you are on plan to handle a holiday feast successfully, and here they are:

1. Stay on plan

Tough though this is, it is the most efficient way to maintain your weight-loss momentum. Now this doesn’t mean that you can’t have the yummy foods commonly associated with your holiday meal, but it does mean that you will have to modify where you can, prepare or bring your own foods to eat along with your family and friends, and possibly just say “no” to dessert.

2. Modify and Triage

This is the hardest way to manage a holiday dinner, but it can also be the most satisfying. Although you will be going off plan, you are moderating the damage done. What do I mean?

Stick to plan as best as possible, but with allowances for this one day. For example, instead of your lean chicken breast or cut of pork, you go ahead and a have a modest portion of the Easter ham. Another example, have a devilled egg, but get most of the yolk out (or better yet, make them yourself without all the mayo, etc.), leaving just a taste of it. The egg white portion of course is good to go.

3. Just go ahead, enjoy the meal, and get back on track the next day.

Really, I mean it. Eat as you normally do around the holiday table, and tomorrow, jump back on that weight-loss train with 100% effort! Here is where folks go wrong: don’t eat the leftovers, don’t snack on the carrots tomorrow, don’t nibble on the cake/jello/biscuits/etc. Leave them alone. If you are hosting dinner, great, send all your guests home with goody bags!

Will this holiday eating effect your weight loss for the week? Yes, of course it will. However, it is a good lesson in weight maintenance. Remember, maintaining your weight after you lose it is more important that losing it in the first place. This principle goes back to what I say in class – you should be able to “eat clean” 80% of the time, so that you can have the flexibility to absorb higher calorie days like holiday celebrations the other 20%!

Hope this is helpful and that you have a great day!

April 2, 2010

Loading Days

Posted in HCG, Weight Loss at 12:33 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

A lot of folks who have read the original manuscript from Dr. Simeon are often confused about the “gorging” days at the start of the protocol. Let’s clear that up!
First of all, the “gorging” days should be called “loading” days. This is a better term because the whole point is to get your blood level of HCG high enough to send the right signal to your brain to sustain it’s lean body mass and use the excess fat as fuel. This message needs to be in place before you drop your calories!

Common mistakes:
Using the diet, as written, but not the HCG.
The problem here is that your calories are too low and you’ve put your body in starvation mode. Not healthy and not effective for weight loss!

Using the HCG, but “gorging” on high calorie, high fat foods for 2-3 days.
Guess what? The amount we consume day to day is far greater than the average consumption of Dr. Simeon’s time. So, his “gorging” days are pretty equivalent to our “everydays”! If you make a special effort to over-consume, it will just be that much more weight for you to lose later.

The right way:
Take your shot each morning at about the same time, or within a 2 hour period.
Eat as you have been, don’t make special effort to get in every last bit of food you think you’re going to miss out on while on plan.
If you have an avocado or other healthy fat in your fridge, or bananas or other fruit that isn’t on the plan, than sure, eat it. Don’t waste your groceries or your money!

Hopefully, that clears that topic up a bit!

I wish you all a super-successful week!

March 15, 2010

Taco/Chili Seasoning

Posted in HCG, Recipes at 8:22 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

Very flexible recipe – feel free to customize!

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • March 14, 2010

    Veggies, Roasted or Steamed

    Posted in HCG, Recipes at 12:19 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    Tired of cold salad? Me too.

    At work, the ladies and I often enjoy a dish of veggies hot from the oven. We get a box of organic vegetables delivered directly to the office each week, so we always have plenty of great, healthy options available for a reasonable price. And we’re supporting local farms! It doesn’t get better than that!

    This recipe is absolutely flexible, so I’m just going to give you the version we most recently put together:







    Put into a casserole dish with the sturdier items/longer cooking items at the bottom (ex. the asparagus and onion).

    Add some water, salt, pepper and whatever seasonings you want. Or take a short cut and add low sodium chicken or veggie broth. You can leave it uncovered and move it close to the broiler for top heat, or you can cover it with foil and steam the veggies on the middle rack.

    Pop in the oven, 350-400 degrees for 20-40 minutes (I know, broad recommendation, but everyone’s ovens are a bit different, and it depends on the volume of food and your crunchiness preference!)

    March 11, 2010

    Turkey Frikadellen

    Posted in HCG, Recipes at 9:36 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    My mom used to make Frikadellen when I was a kid – they are German equivalent of meat-loaf, but in individual portions. Way more fun to eat that way!

    The “normal” way to cook these is in the pan with oil – but as we know, that isn’t the lowest fat option available. Instead, you’re going to get these together and bake them. The oil that runs off in the pan can be put into food compost or added as a nice treat to your dog’s bowl!

    • 1 lb ground turkey, the leanest you can find
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 1/2 can diced, low sodium tomatoes – or you can chop up a fresh one
    • 2 egg whites (If you can eat them. If not, just leave them out.)
    • Pepper, salt and other spices to taste (I like marjoram and parsley; or cumin and coriander; or garlic salt; or…)

    Mix it up, divide it into 8 balls, flatten them and put them on a cookie sheet covered with foil, shiny side up.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes at 325-340 degrees.

    Now you have enough for 4 meals, two Frikadellen each!

    Blueberry Dessert

    Posted in HCG, Recipes at 9:35 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    When you need something really sweet and really yummy – especially if everyone else is getting pie and cake!

    • 1/2 Blueberries (frozen is fine)
    • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 packet of xylitol or erythritol granulated sweetener (not necessary unless you really, really need it sweet!)

    Put it into a little pyrex dish or something else microwave safe. If fresh, microwave for 1 minute, if frozen, 2 minutes.


    Thanks for coming to our class!

    Posted in Weight Loss at 7:27 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    I very much enjoyed meeting you all this evening, and I hope you found the information useful. I look forward to working with you individually so that we can make some great changes in your life! See you soon!

    What do you mean, “no latte”?

    Posted in HCG, Weight Loss at 9:58 am by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    A lot of folks in the general Seattle/Western Washington area have a big concern that I hear at least twice daily:

    What do I do about my coffee if I can’t have milk/soy/etc!?”

    So here is the solution!

    If you are used to putting creamer into black coffee or your americano, use 1/4-1/2 a scoop of your protein powder instead. It is sweet and creamy and does the trick. If you have a little frother or whisk, that’s even better, but not necessary.

    If you’re more a latte or mocha kind of person, substitute the water for making your shake with coffee instead. If you add it to the vanilla -> latte, added to the chocolate -> mocha! This works with both hot or cold coffee so play around to find what is perfect for you!

    Ta da! A great substitution that is totally diet “legal”!

    March 9, 2010

    Hello & Welcome!

    Posted in Weight Loss at 5:19 pm by Dr Michelle Torrance ND, LAc

    Welcome to my newest patient resource!

    Please be patient as I get this up and running – but I hope to have for you (in the very near future) recipes, some tips and tricks to make weight loss easier, as well as thoughts on digestion problems, allergies and behavior.

    What would you like to see? What questions can I answer for you?

    I want to make this resource as informative and relevant as possible – and I need your help to do that! Let me know if there are topics you want me to discuss or questions that I can answer.

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