The Case for Real Butter Enjoying Butter on HCG Diet P3 and maintenance


I was recently watching Julie and Julia, the wonderful film on the life of Julia Childs and her adorable stalker blogger namesake. Their mutual love of butter is a truly amusing comedic aspect of the movie.  So, I got to thinking about real butter.  Butter has gotten a bad rap over the years as being saturated and unhealthy.  Not true.  Yes, I know I have some controversial views (I’ll blog more about how fat doesn’t make you fat one of these days) on nutrition but it is absolutely true.

Real butter not only tastes great but is chock full of antioxidents, and is a great source of vitamins A, E, and K, host of minerals and even has anti-fungal/anti-carcinogen properties.  Contrary to the misinformation of the past, saturated fat is not to blame for increased cholesterol or obesity.  Shocking?  Well, in fact butter actually aids in the metabolism of cholesterol.  Another wonderful health product is coconut oil which has also been blamed for numerous health problems whereas margarine (chemical fake butter which is pure trans fats) was touted as a health product for years.  Interesting how that works.  And of course it’s important to mention that the tissue of the brain is about 60% fat.  No wonder it cries out with carb  and sugar cravings… it’s starving.  Ah well, I’ll blog more on that another time.

So, the key with the HCG Diet is …. GET REAL!  Real food and real butter as close to its natural state as possible.  Remember that on the HCG Diet P3 and Maintenance, fat is not the bad guy.  Fat is actually your friend.  It’s the carbs and sugars that can really trip you up on phase 3 of the diet and maintaining.  Put away the “fat free” milk and put real cream or half and half in your coffee.  Watch your starches and enjoy your butter guilt free.  Cook with it, spread it on hot vegetables, and play like Julia Childs with a giddy smile on your face as you realize BUTTER is actually good for you!


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9 Responses to The Case for Real Butter Enjoying Butter on HCG Diet P3 and maintenance

  1. Terry September 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Good morning, my name is Terry, and I am almost finished with my second round of HCG, the first round resulted in losing only 13 of the 20 I wanted to loose, well, only 7 pounds to go, it’s going a little slower this time, but am a patient person, lol.

    My question, last time as well, MORE PHASE 3 RECIPES, PLEASE.. and since the holidays are just around the bend, would like to incorporate some wonderful recipes to enjoy at home, and at work, have any great recipes out there?

    My man loves my new look, I will be 56 in January, and am sold on this way of loosing weight healthy, would recommend this to anyone, and have 2 co-workers doing it as well, one girl got down on her knees and said “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME!” Well, it is a nice feeling to know that I’ve helped someone, and now THANK YOU TAMMY FOR HELPING US!”

    • Tammy September 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      Hi Terry! I’m so happy that you are in the home stretch with your weight loss. Only 7 pounds to go! That is fabulous! I’m feeling the call for more phase 3 recipes! Oh goodness. The P3 book is about 3/4 done and I’ve just gotten busy with finishing up some other projects. But I’m ON IT! I’ll do my best to post a few of my favorite P3 recipes here in the next few weeks. I’m loving your story and so happy that you are getting your friends on board and helping them! So great to hear how great you are doing!

  2. Jill October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi Tammy,
    I just want to say THANK YOU for the HCG Gourmet Cookbook, it has been a God send durning the P-2 phase of the diet. Nearing the end of it, have lost 24 lbs. so far & looking forward to P3. Was wondering if you have the P3 Cookbook avaliable yet? If so where can I purchase it? In the meantime where can I go to get started with a few good recipes. Thank you again for your expertise and wonderful recipes. They have definately made P2 MUCH easier along the way. Are you on facebook by anyway?
    Thanks =)

    • Tammy November 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      Hi Jill,

      Congrats on your weight loss!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I really appreciate it and that you are enjoying the cookbook. I am finishing up a P3 cookbook with a tentative release date of March next year. The new P2 cookbook and Spanish version of my first cookbook will be available in a couple of months. I’ll put you on the list to get updates on the release! I plan to offer new books at a serious discount when I first release them to that list. For Phase 3 in the meantime just find recipes without starches and sugars. You can follow a modified Atkins style diet but include fruits and plenty of vegetables. You can look on some carb free recipe sites and just keep it clean and natural. Hope that helps you! I am on FB but haven’t been posting a lot yet. Tammy Skye is the name on FB and I will be setting up a site just for the cookbooks.

      Take care,


  3. Michael March 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Hello Tammy,

    I was quite shock to read your post and the comments concerning the use of Real Butter.
    As I have all ways been taught that it was bad for you, because it contained saturated fat.
    Are you now saying that all the experts are wrong and that we have been misinformed ?

    That is quite shocking if it is true !

    Thatnk you for your post I really enjoyed reading it.


    • Tammy March 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      You would be amazed at how backwards and off the “Experts” are. Coconut oil for example is a totally saturated fat and is actually one of the most healthy oils you can eat whereas canola oil for example is actually not so good. GMO etc.

      We were also taught by the health “experts” that a “low fat” diet is healthy for us… WRONG. Fat is what satiates you, turns off the hunger buttons that make people overeat. Fat is also necessary for the functioning of the brain. The brain is made up of primarily fat. Fat is also what slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream when you eat. When you remove the fat from a food… starches and sugars just get dumped into the blood stream and over time can cause… you guessed it… Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance… The precursors of diabetes.

      And so, ….. many things that we have been taught by “Experts” are just plain wrong and even dangerous. Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for sharing. Who would have thought that a 100 calorie pack of starchy pretzels or sugary fat free cookies are more “fattening” than vegetables drenched in butter or fresh fruit topped with stevia whipped cream?

  4. Faye Delbridge March 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Tammy …. I am looking to see when you will have the Phase 3 cookbook ready …. I have lost 32 lbs and am about 30 lbs away from my goal. I was on Phase 2 for 50 days and moving to phase 3. A little confused as to what I should be doing there. Seems like if you drop taking the HCG you will gain weight only eating 500 calories a day. I know I did before?? How many more calories are you suppose to eat??

    • Tammy March 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      Hello Faye,

      I am working on it and also the Shirataki FiberNoodle cookbook which will be mostly phase 3 ready. I’ll definitely keep everybody here posted on when those are available. Congrats on your amazing weight loss!!!! Best advice I can give for Phase 3 is to read labels to avoid starches and sugars. (avoid any ingredients that end in ose) Fruits in moderation, lots of fresh vegetables, Choose full fat varieties of dairy and cheeses. Real cream or half and half in your coffee for example. Most any kind of protein is okay. When in doubt… check the glycemic index of a food and avoid anything approaching the high end.

      I recommend getting away from calorie counting and focusing more on the quality of the foods you eat. Don’t be afraid to dive right in with normal calories. Don’t keep trying to eat the 500 calories or be afraid that you will gain. Everyone varies based on height/weight/activity level but you will be fine if you avoid the sugar and the starch. Your weight will fluctuate wildly for a week or so. Do a steak day if you need to and then don’t worry… your weight should stabilize within the 3 weeks on P3.

  5. Eric Omand November 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I am wrapping up phase 2 and starting phase 3 on Monday. Interesting enough I have had no cravings except my coffee with grass fed butter. I will enjoy my first cup guilt free Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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