Ideal Protein Diet - On IP: What is your biggest challenge(s) with staying OP




Emmy8
08-05-2011, 01:34 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm starting my 4th week on IP and so far, so great!

Still, like I'm sure most of you, I do have my challenges. My biggest one is drinking all the water. On a good day I get in the minimum amount. That much fluid always makes me feel nauseous and of course I spend a great deal of time taking potty breaks!

The second is eating breakfast early enough that it doesn't throw off my eating schedule for the day.

Neither of these are keeping me from my goals but they do feel like sand in my shoes!

It helps me to read what others are challenged with and how they overcome their challenges. You all are so amazing!


jennydoodle
08-05-2011, 01:42 PM
My biggest challenge is the weekends and not grazing and snacking throughout the day. When I am at work, I only have what I pack in my lunch bag, so I can only eat what I bring. At home, on the weekends, I used to grab a handful of this or that everytime I went into the kitchen. Or if my husband was snacking on chips and salsa, I would grab one here and there, etc...

So, for me, that has been the biggest hurdle. To break that habit of snacking and grazing non stop. I am in week 10, and I do have to say that the last weekend or 2, it has gotten easier. I think it has gotten easier overall to not want the high carb or high fat foods.

Porthardygurl
08-05-2011, 01:44 PM
My biggest challenge is weekend..cause usually work sets a schedule for me for eating..But when its the weekend.. i lose the routine of taking a dinner break at a specific time and i lose that being busy part of my day as much..so i find myself thinking about food more on the weekend.


Emmy8
08-05-2011, 01:48 PM
I am in week 10, and I do have to say that the last weekend or 2, it has gotten easier. I think it has gotten easier overall to not want the high carb or high fat foods.

You're doing great! Week 10 sounds so far off to me but no doubt it'll be here soon.

My husband just asked if I wanted to go to a movie then dinner so I can now add that to my challenges. So far I have kept temptation at bay by not going out too often. When I have, I always seem to rationalize the dressing on my salad as not too bad a "cheat!" I know better!

Smelling buttered popcorn was incredibly hard, I so love it! For me, not going out is easier than allowing myself to be tempted. With temps. around 111 degrees, going out isn't that appealing anyway.

jennydoodle
08-05-2011, 01:52 PM
Bring a bar or snack with you to the movies and bring some Mio (water enhancer / flavoring) to put in your bottle of water. It will at least give you the sensation of munching on something and drinking a flavored drink in place of soda.

Emmy8
08-05-2011, 01:58 PM
Thanks Jennydoodle!

I definitely do that or I make sure I eat prior to going, which helps a lot. I went to the Harry Potter movie with my daughter this week. Had a great meal before I left the house. She had sour patch candy which I don't even like but boy did I want it! I didn't give in though. I LOVE candy, always have and until recently didn't care much for chocolate but boy has that changed. ha!

I use propel in my water when I know I'm behind on my water and it helps. The vitamin supplements are so large that I can easily get a bottle in just getting those down.

I'll have to check into the Mio. Thanks for the advice.

coliep
08-05-2011, 02:05 PM
My biggest challenge is not grazing / snacking all day as well. I stay at home with the kids so every day is like everyone else's weekends! I used to finish what they didn't, sample what I prepared, etc. That has been a hard habit to break - both the desire to do it and inadvertantly doing it (i.e. licking my fingers while making a PBJ). Fortunately, I feed them pretty healthy things and am not too tempted by most, Peanut Butter or Almond Butter are my biggest downfalls. I actually crave it. That drives me over the edge sometimes.

As for getting the water down, I drink 16 ounces just getting all my vitamins down 2x a day. I drink 2-3 giant cups of herbal tea at night (while my husband snacks on things). I often spice up my meals (red pepper, white pepper, jalepenos) or use the sea salt to make me thirstier and so I end up downing at least 16 ounces per meal. That right there takes me to about 3 liters on average. Maybe that could help you? I also find I have dry mouth terribly on this diet . . . .

becca1978
08-05-2011, 02:14 PM
My biggest problem is drinking too much water. They want me to limit my water consumption to 64 to 80 oz per day. I used to get 64 oz of water in and probably 6 cans of pop in a day. I have already had 64 oz of water today and it is only noon here.

Emmy8
08-05-2011, 02:18 PM
My biggest challenge is not grazing / snacking all day as well. I stay at home with the kids so every day is like everyone else's weekends! I used to finish what they didn't, sample what I prepared, etc. That has been a hard habit to break - both the desire to do it and inadvertantly doing it (i.e. licking my fingers while making a PBJ). Fortunately, I feed them pretty healthy things and am not too tempted by most, Peanut Butter or Almond Butter are my biggest downfalls. I actually crave it. That drives me over the edge sometimes.

As for getting the water down, I drink 16 ounces just getting all my vitamins down 2x a day. I drink 2-3 giant cups of herbal tea at night (while my husband snacks on things). I often spice up my meals (red pepper, white pepper, jalepenos) or use the sea salt to make me thirstier and so I end up downing at least 16 ounces per meal. That right there takes me to about 3 liters on average. Maybe that could help you? I also find I have dry mouth terribly on this diet . . . .

Thanks Coliep

I saw an ad for almond milk and wondered about it. I haven't tried almond butter yet, maybe I shouldn't?!

I do the water like that too and it does help. My issue is drinking a lot with a meal which I've never done. I can drink only a couple of ounces for an entire meal and I've always been that way. I have changed that though and now make sure I get in my fluids. I know it is absolutely necessary on this diet, it's just still hard for me. My trick is to do a protein drink with my lunch which seems to help in the fluid category too.

I'm not a quantity eater so a big issue for me is actually getting in 2 cups of veggies, plus salad and a protein pack. Dinner is even harder and I struggle to get it all in and usually can't. I'm good if I can get 5 oz. of any type of meat/protein in me, plus everything else. I try and save my restricted bar for after dinner so if I get hungry I can have that and feel full again.

coliep
08-05-2011, 02:24 PM
Hmmm...that must make it hard! I have a big appetite, eat all the time and struggle only to eat what is allowed! I still have a romaine stir fry at least once if not 3x a day . . . sometimes just to keep me from eating junk and sometimes because I am just plain hungry!

wuv2bloved
08-05-2011, 02:26 PM
My biggest problem is remembering to eat. I work at home and I am always doing something on the computer. I will start working and next thing I know its 3 in the afternoon and I haven't even had lunch yet, and I am not even hungry. I have my liter bottle of water right besides me and I refill it often just don't look at the time. So I have gotten in the routine of setting my cell phone to go off at 1 to eat lunch. Crazy how I forget to eat but I am just not hungry. Before IP I wouldn't eat breakfast or lunch maybe a snack around 2 then eat supper that was my biggest problem but I wasn't hungry then either. Guess I am just weird...ha..I eat more now than I did before I was on the program, its just insane! I am totally happy with my results so I will eat my 3 meals a day and snack even if I have to set my alarm to eat....haha

Emmy8
08-05-2011, 02:27 PM
Hmmm...that must make it hard! I have a big appetite, eat all the time and struggle only to eat what is allowed! I still have a romaine stir fry at least once if not 3x a day . . . sometimes just to keep me from eating junk and sometimes because I am just plain hungry!

I'm intrigued, what is a romaine stir fry?

Emmy8
08-05-2011, 02:32 PM
My biggest problem is remembering to eat. I work at home and I am always doing something on the computer. I will start working and next thing I know its 3 in the afternoon and I haven't even had lunch yet, and I am not even hungry. I have my liter bottle of water right besides me and I refill it often just don't look at the time. So I have gotten in the routine of setting my cell phone to go off at 1 to eat lunch. Crazy how I forget to eat but I am just not hungry. Before IP I wouldn't eat breakfast or lunch maybe a snack around 2 then eat supper that was my biggest problem but I wasn't hungry then either. Guess I am just weird...ha..I eat more now than I did before I was on the program, its just insane! I am totally happy with my results so I will eat my 3 meals a day and snack even if I have to set my alarm to eat....haha

I can so relate to this! My coffee with creamer is enough to curb my cravings for hours so that has been a challenge. My Mom likes to call on the weekends with a HUGE breakfast on the table and wants us to come over. (She's two doors down) I can never eat it. I just can't eat when I first get up.

I like your idea on setting your cell phone, I've been doing that too and it does help! What I love about IP is learning to eat at more regular intervals, even if I'm still struggling to do it, its positive and I know once I'm on the maintenance side, I can continue with that.

wuv2bloved
08-05-2011, 02:38 PM
I can so relate to this! My coffee with creamer is enough to curb my cravings for hours so that has been a challenge. My Mom likes to call on the weekends with a HUGE breakfast on the table and wants us to come over. (She's two doors down) I can never eat it. I just can't eat when I first get up.

I like your idea on setting your cell phone, I've been doing that too and it does help! What I love about IP is learning to eat at more regular intervals, even if I'm still struggling to do it, its positive and I know once I'm on the maintenance side, I can continue with that.

My boys think I am crazy because I am not hungry so I set my phone to remind me. They laugh at me every time they hear it go off if they are here. I would hate to live next to your mom, My mom lives 3 hours away and when I used to come "home" for a visit she would always cook something really good that I hadn't had in a long time and invite my 3 brothers and their families to come over as well. Now since I have started the program, she and one of my brothers are on it as well. So she doesn't cook the big meal anymore when I come home. We just have a big salad and stay OP. My other 2 brothers will come visit and that is it!

coliep
08-05-2011, 02:42 PM
Becca- I was just talking about this on another thread. I am terribly thirsty on this diet and have been getting 4-5 liters (on top of the 20-40 oz to make IP drinks and about 20 oz I have as coffee). I have increased the sea salt regularly, potassium on workout days (and sometimes a propel zero). Thoughts about this level of water and if there's something else I could/should be doing differently?

coliep
08-05-2011, 02:45 PM
Romaine Stir Fry is literally some romaine chopped up and pan "fried" (using pam and/or your olive oil) and seasoned to taste. I use the sea salt and sometimes minced garlic and/or ginger and/or green onion, sometimes tamari and crushed red pepper, etc. Since we can have unlimited lettuce but I feel more satisfied with something hot and am used to eating a whole lot of veggies, I find this makes me very happy. I have it with my eggs every morning and often mixed with my dinner veggies as well. If I am hungry or need to snack on something during the day I will make another one. I can easily eat 2-4 romaine hearts a day!

Yes, I am a delicate little flower . . .

Emmy8
08-05-2011, 03:37 PM
Romaine Stir Fry is literally some romaine chopped up and pan "fried" (using pam and/or your olive oil) and seasoned to taste. I use the sea salt and sometimes minced garlic and/or ginger and/or green onion, sometimes tamari and crushed red pepper, etc. Since we can have unlimited lettuce but I feel more satisfied with something hot and am used to eating a whole lot of veggies, I find this makes me very happy. I have it with my eggs every morning and often mixed with my dinner veggies as well. If I am hungry or need to snack on something during the day I will make another one. I can easily eat 2-4 romaine hearts a day!

Yes, I am a delicate little flower . . .

WOW, that really sounds great and I will definitely try that.

I too am a romaine lover but get so tired of salad. I prefer hot meals too but with temperatures above 111 degrees, hot food isn't appealing right now.

I was prepping 6 heads of romaine at a time, so I had it ready. Lately I've been taking romaine leaves, laying them out on a plate and drizzling 1 tbsp. of dressing over them, which is more than enough. I then eat them whole, which gives the feeling of eating chips since they're so crunchy. If it's with dinner, I will add a few bites of flank steak, chicken, fish or whatever to a leaf and even a little homemade pico de gallo. It makes it like a taco and it's very filling for me. I just had my lunch like this but had grilled zucchini and a little pico on each lettuce leaf. Anything new and different is a big winner for me.

I also use Paul Newman's light red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing. I find that 1 tbsp. goes a long way and it only has 25 calories/2.25 fat grams/1 carb. I realize that it's considered a cheat but using 1 tsp. of olive oil has a great deal more fat in it. I also use the Paul Newman light italian dressing and again, only 1 tbsp. My coach said it was fine to do.

My hardest thing is to not eat more tomatoes and green beans! I never thought of myself as picky but some of these green vegetables just don't cut it for me. I thought I loved raw broccoli and cauliflower but evidently that was the homemade buttermilk ranch dressing cloak they were under that made me think so.

coliep
08-05-2011, 03:43 PM
Lol. I prep broccoli the same way as the lettuce (garlic and/or ginger) . . . usually makes it pretty yummy.

So, you gave me an idea. I am going to try to make Romaine Chips (like Kale Chips, but with Romaine) since lettuce is unlimited this might end up being a solution to my snacking problem! Off to attempt it in the toaster oven now!

niknakjack
08-05-2011, 04:01 PM
Thanks Jennydoodle!

I definitely do that or I make sure I eat prior to going, which helps a lot. I went to the Harry Potter movie with my daughter this week. Had a great meal before I left the house. She had sour patch candy which I don't even like but boy did I want it! I didn't give in though. I LOVE candy, always have and until recently didn't care much for chocolate but boy has that changed. ha!

I use propel in my water when I know I'm behind on my water and it helps. The vitamin supplements are so large that I can easily get a bottle in just getting those down.

I'll have to check into the Mio. Thanks for the advice.

When I know I'm going to the movies I plan to eat my restricted there while others eat the popcorn and such. I like bringing the white cheddar crisps or the peanut butter soy puffs. As for going out to dinner I tell them what I can have and tell them NO sauces but they can use seasonings. Ie, what type of protein I'd like say grilled shrimp or Grilled steak they can add S&P but nothing els. I'll take a grilled veggie plate and then proceed to tell them what I can have and they will put what they have from my list to my plate. Also possibly a green salad, no cheese or croutons and bring my own dressing packet or ask for white vinegar and olive oil or you can use lemon juice on it. Maybe always carry an extra dressing though a lot of restaurants don't have white vinegar I've found.

karenfromtexas
08-05-2011, 04:12 PM
Hmmm... I would say my biggest challenge is avoiding boredom. When I get too bored, I am more tempted to eat bad stuff.

It is not a problem with my "normal" meals but there are a lot of the IP foods that I just don't like, especially the soups and puddings (yuck!). So, I always have to come with creative ideas to use the products that I do like. Checking this board helps a lot!

Karen

amyniagara
08-05-2011, 05:06 PM
I am in week 10, and I do have to say that the last weekend or 2, it has gotten easier. I think it has gotten easier overall to not want the high carb or high fat foods.

You're doing great! Week 10 sounds so far off to me but no doubt it'll be here soon.

My husband just asked if I wanted to go to a movie then dinner so I can now add that to my challenges. So far I have kept temptation at bay by not going out too often. When I have, I always seem to rationalize the dressing on my salad as not too bad a "cheat!" I know better!

Smelling buttered popcorn was incredibly hard, I so love it! For me, not going out is easier than allowing myself to be tempted. With temps. around 111 degrees, going out isn't that appealing anyway.
I am cured of movie popcorn ever since finding out that it is loaded with MSG -- i bring sliced cukes, seltzer water or if I am struggling I bring a package of IP apple cinnamon soy puffs. If I am stressed out sometimes I cheat and have sugar free gum made with xylitol which is healthy not chemical.

amyniagara
08-05-2011, 05:19 PM
Hmmm... I would say my biggest challenge is avoiding boredom. When I get too bored, I am more tempted to eat bad stuff.

It is not a problem with my "normal" meals but there are a lot of the IP foods that I just don't like, especially the soups and puddings (yuck!). So, I always have to come with creative ideas to use the products that I do like. Checking this board helps a lot!

Karen
I here ya! Those pudding make my gag reflex kick in just by THINKING about them! Ha. The chocolate drinks are great as shakes blended with ice though.

Boredom is actually ants-in-the-pants. If my mind starts to drift around eating as entertainment I put my audio book on (I love audible.com) and go garden, weed, clean house or something -- anything to change the old habit of eating as a time-space-continuum filler! It's not easy though -- just have to keep remembering that it really is better not to torment myself with obsessive food thoughts.

ItsAboutTime
08-05-2011, 08:29 PM
I have problems with the weekends also but it's not snacking, it's that I don't eat enough. At work I have my coffee and shake at 7 and then at 12 I eat lunch and I come home and do a few things before dinner at 5:30 or so. On the weekends I get busy and maybe start the coffee around 9 and by the time I finish I don't want lunch. So when I eat lunch it's closer to dinner and my whole day is mixed up.