Spices and Herbs Buy spices in small quantities to keep them freshest. Don’t store them in the fridge, they’ll gather moisture. Keep them in a dark temperature controlled space like a pantry or a shelf. Near the stove is bad (heat). Sniff them before using and toss out any that don’t have a smell, they’ve lost their goodness. To use dried herbs instead of fresh, the rule is one tablespoon of fresh equals one teaspoon of dried. Most spices have less than one carb per 2 tablespoons, so go crazy!! Make sure that sugar has not been added, some mixes have sugar in them.
As a registered and licensed dietitian, I support Rayzel’s program. Each meal provides clients with the RDIs and macronutrients sufficient in stabilizing one’s weight. Rayzel has beautifully crafted your next meal plan. I appreciate that Rayzel took a personal experience and designed a plan that will help others succeed as she has. The plan balances macronutrients and calories to allow for your metabolism to adjust. Each week, the calorie goals accumulate gradually. The fat and carbohydrate ratios are increased slowly to reduce intolerance like stomach upset. I personally loved the smoothies for an afternoon pick up.
Some doctors are recommending using 200–500 IUs twice a week for men who are concerned about testicular size or who want to preserve fertility while on testosterone replacement. Higher doses, such as 1,000–5,000 IUs twice a week, have been used but I believe that these higher doses could cause more estrogen and DHT-related side effects, and possibly desensitize the testicles for HCG in the long term. Some doctors check estradiol levels a month after this protocol is started to determine whether the use of the estrogen receptor modulators tamoxifen (brand name: Nolvadex ) or anaztrozole (brand name: Arimidex ), is needed to counteract any increases in estradiol levels. High estradiol can cause breast enlargement and water retention in men but it is important at the right blood levels to maintain bone and brain health (refer to the Gynecomastia section for more on this subject).