Mix it up? Mixing Fruits and Meats on the HCG Diet
So there's no mixing of vegetables on the HCG Diet, but what about fruits and proteins?
You will find in his manuscript that Dr. Simeons did say “The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time”, but this phrase is setting forth stipulations regarding whether or not meals, or parts of meals, like the 2 fruits, can be held over from one meal to another or possibly even to the next day, which he declared neither is allowed. Dr. Simeons was specifically discussing the combination of servings when he said, “The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time, nor can any item saved from the previous day be added on the following day.” He didn’t stipulate that two types of fruit couldn’t be eaten at the same time, but that the two fruit servings for the day couldn’t be eaten at the same time.
On the other hand, referencing “The Diet” from his manuscript, Dr. Simeons did specifically instruct dieters to choose “one type of vegetable only” from his list of 13 allowable vegetables for each meal. Again, he didn’t apply this phrase, “one type only” to the other food choices — neither the protein nor fruit choices and, consequently, we understand that the protein and/or fruit can be mixed as long as they are in the exact, limited portions. This makes perfect sense to us because the “one type only” vegetable selection is not limited to a specific serving size; however, the protein and fruit is very limited. We understand that most people do not have a desire to mix these items or may never even thought about it because of the above finer points, which can seem confusing.
So, according to our research, participants are allowed a protein serving of 100 grams of allowable proteins, which we think could be 50 grams of chicken and 50 grams of white fish if someone chose. As for fruit, a serving is ½ grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 apple, or a handful of strawberries, but again, we think you can have ½ apple and ½ an orange, if desired, for a fruit serving. Vegetables, however, are not specifically limited by serving size, but by the choosing of “one type only. “ This also makes perfect sense because eating only one vegetable at a time automatically limits how much of that one vegetable a person will want to eat at one time. A person is not likely to eat as much if eating only one type of vegetable as if they are eating multiple types at one time, simply because it doesn’t taste as good, i.e., a person will probably eat many more vegetables and more of each vegetable at one time, i.e., lettuce when there are other vegetables combined at the same time, i.e., cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions vs. just onions, or just tomatoes, or just lettuce.
There are rare occasions when participants have more than one type of fruit or protein at the same time, but we do interpret the manuscript to allow more than one type of fruit or protein to make up the stated serving per meal.