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    Herbal Magic
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:30 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi folks,

    My name's Dave; I represent Herbal Magic.

    What an amazing thread! I'd like to respond to a couple of the questions raised by people here over time.

    If you're cooking for a family, there's no reason to not simply cook the same meal for everyone. While you will want to follow the portion size for your plan, the rest of the family can eat the amount of food they choose to. That way, you keep your life simple while ensuring everyone has a nutritious, balanced meal.

    A couple of people have mentioned the importance of planning ahead. I agree; another tip to go along with that is to get the family involved after the grocery shopping is done. Everyone can help to clean, peel and store food in plastic bags or containers ahead of time. This both cuts down on meal preparation time later, but also helps to cut down on unhealthy snacks as you'll always have healthy snacks available when that craving hits.

    My last suggestion, for anyone who needs a little extra support, is to take advantage of some of the wonderful support available online. There's a very active group here, maintained entirely by people going through the program:

    I hope this helps; good luck to everyone here.

    Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:25 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks Dave!

    I had measurements and weigh in last night and I am proud to report I have lost 6 pounds and 7 1/2 inches. But I have run into a new problem. My doctor has put me on a gluten/dairy free diet as well. I talked to my HM counsellor and we figured out how to stay on the program but I need help with some recipes or ideas. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

    Thanks Carrie
    Herbal Magic
    Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:38 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi Carrie,

    Great to hear it's going well. My first suggestion, if you haven't already done it, would be to let your doctor know you're on a Herbal Magic program, so he has the full picture of what you're doing.

    As far as recipes go, the folks here are the real experts on this, but you can substitute gluten-free ingredients like rice, rice bread, rice/soy pasta, potato, and other grains including Quinoa, Millet, and Amaranth into your recipes. You can also use dairy-free ingredients like rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, and potato milk as your "dairy" allotments.

    I'm sure the community here can give you some good recipe ideas here, but I hope this helps!

    Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:49 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks again!
    I told my doctor about HM and he says that the supplements are really good for the GI tract so to keep on them. The only things they added were Glucosamine and a probiotic. Thanks for the alternative dairy sources, I cant have soy so I will be going to Planet Organic this weekend to stock up on the others. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your support.

    Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:59 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi everyone,

    I just started Herbal Magic a week ago (25yr. old female) and was told that I should lose between 8 & 10 pounds in the first two weeks. Has anyone else here had these results? Is this too much weight to expect? Should I expect less? I apparently lost 3 pounds in the first week but I'm already feeling a little discouraged. Please help!
    Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:18 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi Annie!
    Dont be discouraged it will come. I have been on Herbal Magic for 3 weeks now and have lost 11 lbs so hang in there. Yes I lost almost ten pounds in the first two weeks but healthy weight loss is only 2 to 3 pounds a week so dont be discouraged because your body is still getting used to your new diet and it will flucuate. Try and go in for your weigh ins the same time every day, about 4 hours after your last meal or early in the morning, your weight will be more consistent. Also, drink all your water and then some if you can. I drink alot of green and black tea as well, I find that it helps flush out my system. I am still working out things as well, so if you find things that work for you let me know. We can do this together, I am here to help and support any way I can. icon_biggrin.gif

    Chef #1167169
    Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:02 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello everyone..

    i joined Herbal Magic in Aug 2008, this week i have reached 50lbs lost, and 38inches gone...i am hypoglocemic, the Chrom is doing wonders for my blood sugar, right away i bought the 2 cookbooks, we are 4 in the family and every night i make a recipie from the books, they are very tasty and delicious meals, we are all enjoying them, i stick to my portions, and they take the rest, my husband has even lost some weight due to eating what i eat!!! we are belivers of herbal products, our daughter was followed by a holistic nutritionist when she was 8 and it did wonders for her health and schooling! ive always taken Chromium for my blood sugar, cal-mag, vitamine E, multi-v and D, i suffered from lower back pain for 2 years which made me feel like i was an 80 yr old woman many days, its all gone now icon_smile.gif i feel rejuvinated! ive tried other programs, took forever, paid alot of money, got discouraged and quit...not this time! my hair has thinned a bit but my dr and HM have told me its due to the decrease of the fats, and it will grow back! what im not enjoying is when i tell people how i lost the weight when they ask me i get negative feed back and its really starting to frustrate and stress me know..."old wives tales" do you all deal with the negative feed back if any of you have had some? i will hit goal very soon and i couldnt be happier!!
    Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:35 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have gotten the same negative responses. Some people say HM is a rip off but I tell them I love the program and I need the support that HM gives me. It helps to keep me on track and lift my spirits when I am feeling down on myself. When I think of the money I have spent on fad diets that dont work I am actually saving money. Congratulations on your success and remember you have decided to do this for you and are now healthier than ever. Ignore the naysayers and keep going. icon_biggrin.gif

    Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:06 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hey, I joined about a month ago. Some of my favorite recipes are: Cheesy Spinach Casserole (serves 4, 4 lg eggs, 1 1/4 cup chopped spinach, 3 oz cheese, 1 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1/2 cup onions, [sometimes I add mushrooms], 1tsp black pepper - you sautee the onions, stir the eggs and spinach in a bowl, add remaining ingredients and pour into 2 oz baking pan lined with 1 oz olive oil, cook on 350 for 50-60 minutes) it counts as 3/4 pro, 3/4 veg, 1 fat, and 3/4 dairy.
    Chicken Stir-fry: 2.5 oz cooked chicken, 1/4 cup rice, 1/2 cup mixed veg, 1 tsp marg (optional) - cook them all together, and voila! Easy. One serving is 1/2 pro., 1st, 1 veg, 1 fat
    Egg Wrap: 1 or 2 lg eggs (scrambled works best), 1 tsp mayo (regular or reduced fat counts as a fat, then you don't have to use up your FE) and 1/2 oz cheese - equals 1/2 or 1 pro (depending on how many eggs you use), 1 fat, and 1/2 dairy.

    These are just a few that I can remember off the top of my head, keep at it, the results are worth it! I've been at it for just over a month now and have lost 15 pounds and 9.5 inches!! icon_biggrin.gif Best of luck to you!
    Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:08 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Don't be discouraged! I only lost 3 pounds in my first week, it's been 5 weeks now and I'm down 15 pounds and 9.5 inches! You can do this, even a small gain is okay every now and then, my first gain was 0.4 pounds and I thought it was the end of the world, you just go with it and stay focused, you'll get there!
    Chef #1063906
    Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:45 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have now lost 63.5 pounds and over 65+ inches on HB. I love the program. AND, my wife is NOT on the program but following the portion size and balanced eating program and has lost 20 pounds herself! Anyone who is discouraged, keep going! Be honest with yourself and your cheating and keep going. Don't listen to naysayers you are the one you are doing this for, not them. This program works. Period.

    p.s. this is NOT a diet. Diet implies that this is a temporary state of eating. This is a LIFE CHANGE! Keep going everyone, you are doing great!!! icon_smile.gif
    Chef #1213344
    Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:41 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I just started two days ago and lost 1.8 pounds, which is to be expected considering I'm drinking 8 to 10 glasses a day.

    I've known several people who have done Herbal Magic but only two I know of who have actually kept it off.

    I've also done so many weight loss programs - honestly - I could have bought a brand new car by now! The best one that worked for me was Nutri-System about 18 years ago when they still had centres in Canada. Once I lost all the weight, I got cocky and thought I could do this on my own and that I would never gain it back. Well, I did and then some.

    All in all, the bottom line is this. I know I have to stay determined and accept that I simply cannot do what I've always done because I'll get what I always got - FAT!!

    I hate to give up all my favourite foods - I enjoy them so much! I'll probably have what I like very infrequently but so far, I haven't had any of those big cravings.

    It is very expensive - my friends told me on average $53.00 per pound. But it is an investment in my health that I hope will have a great return. I'm recovering from knee surgery and I need to lose the weight or I'll continue to have problems.

    Support is key so I'll be looking to check in on this website for yours!
    Chef Chantal
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:00 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi there,

    I've been reading your posts throughout my lunch hour.
    I have a free consultation at Herbal Magic tonight.

    Do you guys know if it's possible to try the program without the supplements? I would pay for the yearly support but stay off the pills to see what my progress would look like...?
    Just a thought... not a big fan of pills but what I want is mostly the support cause it's SO close to my home.

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    For anyone skeptical about HM...I started the program almost 3 weeks ago and I've already lost 10 lbs and 6.5 inches! You hear a lot of people on the forums saying it's WAY too expensive and not effective. Well, if you're like me, it's completely worth it. I've been obese my entire life, and over the years I've tried every diet and pill on the market...a lot of the time I'd loose a bit of weight and as soon as I lost motivation/interest the weight always came back.

    Herbal Magic is perfect for me because I'm not on my own! I choose to go into my local centre every day (it's a 20 minute walk) and it's very important to me that I have that motivation and accountability. And it's not about going on a diet, it's about re-training yourself how to eat properly! You can still dine out and have a glass of wine with dinner. The Guide to Dining Out makes it so easy to pick a restaurant (even fast food!) The herbals they give you are important, they help to curb appetite and cravings, increase energy, and as someone who's had digestive problems for years, it's been totally worth the weekly cost.

    It's a HUGE life change. It takes some getting used to, but I'm never hungry, I enjoy the foods I eat, and I've got all the motivation, incentives and accountability I could ever need! And it's not about giving up everything you love, it's about learning to eat everything in moderation, proper portions, etc.

    Is it expensive? Yes. But how much do you spend on junk food and fad diets, diet pills, and more junk after you crash from the diets? What is your health worth to you? I'm sure HM isn't for everyone, but if you're determined and you can afford the weekly costs, then you absolutely should get into it. It was the best decision I've ever made!
    Chef Chantal
    Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:39 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I agree with the poster above.

    I spent a whole weekend anylizing all my options.
    My only other option in my area was Weight Watchers...which is about $14/wk ONCE a week.
    With HM, it can be as much as 6x/wk for $16.50.

    Of course, that doesn't include the pills...but you know what?
    Me & husband would put $100 per pay in this envelope called dining out/activities... well I'll this to pay my pills. No more take-out for us...might have the occasional night out but not on a weekly basis.

    It's a personal option. I feel so great, knowing that I have all this support. I'm going in again tonight and it feels good.

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