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Hmong Chicken Diet

Updated on June 25, 2008

Hmong Women on Chicken Diet

Hmong women goes on a strict chicken diet during post partum for a maximum of 30 days. That means for breakfast, lunch and dinner... 3 meals a day, a hmong women must eat nothing but a special chicken soup and drink nothing but hot warm water. Its a common tradition in our culture to keep our body strong and healthy in the elderly years.

The soup contains a few pieces of chopped chickens, special herbs boiled in water, with steam rice on the side. You eat it on the first day you give labor and then 30 days after that. Its served hot from the stove. Its intended to eat the soup served hot.

The chicken soup helps neuturlize the body and skims down a women's weight after pregnancy.

Hey, its summer time. Good luck with that chicken diet. Especially for me. Argg! No cheating!

Whole chicken, lemon grass and herbs
Whole chicken, lemon grass and herbs


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      shekatie 23 months ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      I will find out the exact names and repost it on my hub... I can identify the herbs but dont know the actual names. Thanks for reading! I will def post the names of the herbs!

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States


      Thank you so much for posting.

      I do wish to learn more about the herbs. I know the lemon grass but the other herbs - can you provide more details perhaps?

      The egg soup substitute is something I hadn't heard of - thank you!

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      shekatie 3 years ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      that's good to know,. The chicken diet is a common tradition that has been carried out from generations to generations... Best wishes to you and your wife, and baby, too.

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      jd 3 years ago

      Shekatie: me and my wife are not HMONG neither any one around our community is HMONG but here also we have a tradition of feeding a chicken diet for the women after birth for 30days, my wife is almost 3weeks and she is still having chicken with some special spices and a boied rice 3 times a day. Hope this diet will help her gain all the strength that she loose during labor.

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      shekatie 4 years ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      Britt: traditionally we cook a half side of a full chicken, eliminating the head n neck and feet and wings. Boneless chicken are good option if you cannot find the full chicken. I usually get mines at the asian market., boil them with lemon grass. 3 meals a day.

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      Britt 4 years ago

      I am not Hmong, but my friend told me about this diet and said she lost a bunch of weight (40lbs in 30 days) following this diet. she is not Hmong either, but her mother-inlaw is and she prepared the food for her, so she could not answer some of my questions, I was hoping you could? Do I have to use chicken with bone and skin or can I do just boneless skinless chicken breast? Is there a limit on how much chicken I should eat during the 3 meals? I did not have a baby recently, I would just love to try this and see if it helps me lose weight and cleanse my body. -Thank you

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      Liz 4 years ago

      Hey Ken, the herb most commonly used is called lemon grass. My mother plants them, so I wouldn't know where you can buy them. You may want to try an Asian store. You just need a little bit, I find it helps with flavor and smell. Also, if she gets tired of chicken, remember that you can also substitute chicken for eggs, boiled and cooked the same way.

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      Flower 4 years ago

      I just had a miscarriage and I'm on the chicken diet now. A lot of people talk about the chicken herbs, but in my family, we don't use any herbs. My mom is super strict on it. There's these herbs that are use for the chicken but due to weight gain, she doesn't put them in the soup. Instead, it's is plain chicken with a small amount of salt.

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      Ken 4 years ago

      My wife is hmong and she would like to try to rekindle som of her traditions, which leads to the chicken diet after our child is born. but she has no way to refrence what the herbs are. can anyone tell me what those herbs are specifically so i can get them and make this chicken diet for her. i am trying to support her and i need all the help i can get.

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      shekatie 4 years ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      I was on a strict diet too, when living with the inlaws. And you're right, I did it to respect the culture and the belief. But I also had steamed veggies, whenever possible/secretly. I am not against the diet, but I would encourage others to add fruits and steamed veggies to the diet too.

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      shekatie 4 years ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      Lily, I also cheated too. A little bit. Because I believe in nurturing you body with plenty of fruits and veggies. Hmong people believe this because your body is still week and it is healing. Chicken Diet will help heal your body and also make your weight go back to normal.

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      chris03cha 5 years ago

      hmong woman- to answer your question... the main reason why we as hmong mothers need to go on the diet is b/c we agreed with our God that we will only eat chicken and chicken herbs for 30 days. the diet helps cleanse the bad blood clots and dead bloods that is left over in our body after birth. it is also very light b/c we need that to help our body to get well again without any other added fatty stuff that will make s sick later on in life when we are old. it can also cause us to have bad stomach issues when we eat later after our dieting. plus, it also changes our blood flow as well and how it's suppose to function correctly if you don't do the chicken diet. (it happened to me b/c i didn't follow it when i miss carried.) but we are only to eat egg soup the very first time before we actually eat the chicken herb soup b/c it will help the body adjust to the new change in our dieting routine for the next 30 days. although you are married to a man that is not hmong you should still continue on with this b/c your daugthers will have to too. as hmong's we must follow so we don't hurt our bodies later on in life. trust me, i went through having stomach problems with not sticking to the diet and i do notice that i can't eat what i use to... not trying to scare you but there's reasons behind our ways. hope it helped you out..?

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      Hmong Woman 6 years ago

      I never fully understood the concepts of the strict chicken diet. I know that the elders all say that it is for better health in the older yrs but even so this diet was created back home where there is not much veriaty of food and food education like in the US. I do believe that eating healthy and light is good but to only limit yourself to chicken, rice and warm water, I think it was due to the conditions and enviorment back home. Now that we are in the US, we have many option of healthy fruits and veggies. I just had my third child and everyday I look at my chicken bowl and ask myself, "Why does only Hmong people do this?" My husband is not Hmong. Does this mean that I don't need to do it? (I know my mom wouldn't agree) I follow through this diet for the respect of the culture and my mother but I still have questions...........

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      ahmongwoman 6 years ago

      Hi! I'm writing a blog about Hmong postpartum care, and I was wondering if I can use your picture above. Of course, I'll give you credit.


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      butterfly22 6 years ago

      I'm on my 2nd week but I cannot wait to eat other foods besides chicken...tired of it..I did ate tapioca yesterday and today cause I could not wait anymore...but I am too tired of chicken diet....

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      LILY 6 years ago


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      Diphthong 7 years ago

      This herb is to gain back your nutritional balance. Say when a women just delivered her baby and loses a lot of her fluids, resulting her having to consume chicken for 30 days.

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      Song Vang 7 years ago

      OMG it does help you loose weight! but it makes you go crazy for other food! I just had my baby 15 days ago.. and I sure am counting the days til I get to eat some GOOD FOOD! I have not cheated yet! Just think of it as being really rewarding after th 30 days!

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      jo 8 years ago

      im on it right now and lost a ;ot of weight =)

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      lala 8 years ago

      The herbs are called "tshuaj qaib" so if you translate that to English then it means chicken herb? haha

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      Jenny 8 years ago

      You eat that for 30 days? wow.!

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      hmong 8 years ago

      your grand mother should know!

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      David Yang 8 years ago

      Hey, does anybody know what the name of those Hmong herbs are?

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      shekatie 8 years ago from Somewhere in the East Coast

      At the hospital, its known as the "Laotian diet." Basically, you boil pieces of chicken in water until the chicken is cooked. Add lemon grass, and minted leafy herbs... like the ones you see in the photo... An alternative would be "Egg Soup." Which is boiling the egg whites and yolk together, add salt and black pepper.

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      Holly 8 years ago

      Do you have a recipe for the chicken soup new moms are supposed to eat?


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