When shopping on the HCG diet there are a few strategies that you can incorporate to guarantee that the diet goes well and that you don't spend more money than you need to every week. The diet pretty much requires you to cook at home, unless you purchase pre-made HCG diet meals, so you'll need to be able to cook and be able to purchase the ingredients for the diet's recipes before you start dieting. Phase 2 of the diet is the most restrictive phase and it only lasts for 3 or 6 weeks. Although Phase 3 will also require you to stick to limited foods, you still have much more leeway, so the strictest shopping rules really mainly apply to Phase 2.
Review the protocol and the allowed food list
Before you start shopping for the HCG diet, you need to become highly familiar with the protocol and the allowed foods. There is a list of allowable foods that Nu Image Medical includes with your purchase of the diet, and any other legitimate diet provider should also give you a similar list. You should understand which foods are allowed and which ones aren't and then stick very close to that list once you get to the grocery store. It might seem redundant but the more that you review the protocol before starting the diet, the easier that the diet will really be because you'll know exactly what to do and which things that you need to avoid.
Purchase your HCG diet foods separately
One of the most important things to do when shopping for the HCG diet is to purchase your HCG diet foods separately from food for anyone else who is living in your household. Purchasing your foods with other people's food can make it difficult for you to discern what you should be eating and in some cases you might forget about the diet's requirements and buy something that you meant for someone else, or your food might otherwise get mixed up with someone else's. It's easier just to do your shopping for the HCG diet completely separately, and although you will need to do it frequently you won't need to buy many things for the week.
Purchase a week's worth of food at once
One strategy which can save you time is to purchase a week's worth of food at one time. Buy enough food to prepare all the recipes that you will need to prepare for the week, and it is pretty easy to estimate how much food you'll need once you know the protocol and the diet requirements. Buy the food that you need for up to 7 days at one time and you won't have to worry about making another trip to the grocery store in the middle of the week. It might take a bit of time to plan your meals and your food purchases like this, but the weekend is the perfect time to do this and it can also save you a ton of time.
Don't buy any packaged or processed foods
When you are shopping for the HCG diet, you might be tempted to buy a few foods here and there that are processed or otherwise pre-packaged, perhaps canned vegetables or canned fruits. This is almost always a bad idea because the canning process can destroy vital nutrients, and many products add extra ingredients or preservatives to the fruits or vegetables. The best way to buy the foods for is raw and whole, and preferable organic. You'll need to avoid pretty much every type of pre-packaged food with the exception of frozen fruits and veggies - these are usually perfectly fine to eat for the diet assuming that all they have done is freeze them and haven't added preservatives.
Learn food expiration dates
With the HCG diet, any food that you don't use will quickly go to waste because you have to buy everything fresh. Learn the expiration dates of different types of fruits and vegetables and plan your purchases accordingly. In most cases you'll be able to purchase about a week's worth of fruit and vegetables without having to worry too much about the fruits and vegetables going bad, but you'll need to check the expiration for certain foods. Oranges last a lot longer than strawberries for instance, so you'll need to use your strawberries earlier in the week. The more that you understand the specific requirements of the diet, the less likely that you are to purchase too much food and waste anything.
Only buy what you'll need for the diet
It's important to make a distinction about your shopping for the HCG diet as opposed to your other shopping. Even if you need to make a separate trip for your HCG diet shopping it is well worth it because you won't be likely to buy a food that is not approved, and you'll be able to focus more on the requirements of the diet. Buy all of the foods that you'll need for the week at one time and avoid the temptation to add in other foods during your trip; you need to be very precise with the diet in order for it to properly work.
Buy organic when possible
Organic fruits, vegetables and meats are by far the best choice for the HCG diet and will work much better for you. Try to find organic fruits and vegetables, especially the ones that require you to eat the skin, and also try to find organic chicken and beef for the diet. The difference that organic produce can make is tremendous as it will not have harmful pesticide residues or other compounds or chemicals that may interfere with the hormone or lead to other unknown effects.
You might have to shop around at a few places to find the organic foods that you need, but it is well worth the effort to ensure that your Phase 2 of the HCG diet goes as well as it possibly can, and so that you lose as much weight as you can. You also always have the option of buying pre-made HCG diet meals which can save you both time and money. For more information about the food requirements of the HCG diet or to speak to a medical provider today to ask any questions, click here.