Ideal Protein Diet - Canadian on a trip to US - what to buy?




Chikara
05-03-2012, 01:05 PM
Hi there! I will be in the US this weekend...I plan to get some different flavours of Mio (they only have Blueberry/Pom and Fruit Punch here), maybe some flavoured stevia that I hear people talking about. Any ideas for things to pick up would be greatly appreciated!

Oh...and my WI# 1 is tonight! Nervous but I have been 100% OP so bring it on! :sumo:


Busymomx4
05-03-2012, 01:42 PM
Check to see if you have MIO now...here in Quebec we have the mio since about a month.

Get some "i can't believe its not butter" spray, i love it. I can find the liquid stevia at the healthfood store here but none of the flavors I want, let me know if you find any.

Can't think of anything else.

Chikara
05-03-2012, 02:08 PM
Check to see if you have MIO now...here in Quebec we have the mio since about a month.

We have MIO at Walmart here in Ottawa but only 2 flavours...hoping to stock up on different ones. Thanks for the spray idea!


Ei8ht
05-03-2012, 04:10 PM
Just a thought, sorry to hijack the thread's subject, but does anyone think it would be a good idea to have a Canada thread going? It seems that many US IPers have their favourite products, which are are unfortunately not available in the great white north :/

Chikara - both being from Ottawa, it would be fun to find out where the secret spots are for specialty products, like Herb & Spice on Bank for instance that carries a lot of Stevia items.

There was a recent thread addressing the issue of too many threads and wouldn't want to contribute to the daily accumulation unless I knew that other Canadians would also enjoy/benefit from such a resource type thread..

ElociN2392
05-03-2012, 04:15 PM
I think a Canada thread would be awesome. ;)
Also, if you drink a lot of milk, and are able to buy it in the US DO IT...it's so expensive here in Canada, when we went last week my mom bought a huge jug for less then $2. :O

evepet
05-03-2012, 04:17 PM
Just a thought, sorry to hijack the thread's subject, but does anyone think it would be a good idea to have a Canada thread going? It seems that many US IPers have their favourite products, which are are unfortunately not available in the great white north :/

Chikara - both being from Ottawa, it would be fun to find out where the secret spots are for specialty products, like Herb & Spice on Bank for instance that carries a lot of Stevia items.

There was a recent thread addressing the issue of too many threads and wouldn't want to contribute to the daily accumulation unless I knew that other Canadians would also enjoy/benefit from such a resource type thread..

Fellow Canadian here, and that's not a bad idea...... :D
Chikara, if you haven't already discovered it, there are a lot of suitable products available in Canada through http://www.thelowcarbgrocery.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=132_100&products_id=2130 Browse around, but that's where I get all my WF products, and flavorings. I'm using alternative products, so I use some of their other products too.

BTW... I'm in Peterborough, Ontario... and I found about 4-5 different flavors of MIO at my local METRO supermarket. There's probably one in the Ottawa area?

Kaypix
05-03-2012, 04:57 PM
Not sure if this is allowed or not?? But if there's a flavor you super much love, I'm in South Dakota, and could mail it to you...it's not too much to mail stuff across 'le border.

Chikara
05-03-2012, 09:11 PM
Just a thought, sorry to hijack the thread's subject, but does anyone think it would be a good idea to have a Canada thread going? It seems that many US IPers have their favourite products, which are are unfortunately not available in the great white north :/

Chikara - both being from Ottawa, it would be fun to find out where the secret spots are for specialty products, like Herb & Spice on Bank for instance that carries a lot of Stevia items.

I think that is an AWESOME idea! I would definately contribute to that! :carrot:

Chikara
05-03-2012, 09:12 PM
Not sure if this is allowed or not?? But if there's a flavor you super much love, I'm in South Dakota, and could mail it to you...it's not too much to mail stuff across 'le border.

Thanks so much for the offer...I will see what I can find in the US this weekend and then let you know. So sweet of you to offer! :hug:

Chikara
05-03-2012, 09:13 PM
Chikara, if you haven't already discovered it, there are a lot of suitable products available in Canada through http://www.thelowcarbgrocery.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=132_100&products_id=2130

BTW... I'm in Peterborough, Ontario... and I found about 4-5 different flavors of MIO at my local METRO supermarket. There's probably one in the Ottawa area?

Thanks I will check that website out! I will definately head to Metro tomorrow...I have one right near work.

ProteinGal
05-04-2012, 12:29 AM
Just a thought, sorry to hijack the thread's subject, but does anyone think it would be a good idea to have a Canada thread going? It seems that many US IPers have their favourite products, which are are unfortunately not available in the great white north :/

Chikara - both being from Ottawa, it would be fun to find out where the secret spots are for specialty products, like Herb & Spice on Bank for instance that carries a lot of Stevia items.

There was a recent thread addressing the issue of too many threads and wouldn't want to contribute to the daily accumulation unless I knew that other Canadians would also enjoy/benefit from such a resource type thread..

I'm Canadian, would love to have a thread for us. I often have to order from Low Carb Canada too.

Longhorn Energy
05-04-2012, 12:49 AM
Also agree a Canadian thread would be great. As far as the Mio, our local Sobeys carries it. Not sure if there are Sobeys out east?

ElociN2392
05-04-2012, 01:39 AM
I work at Sobeys and we have 4 different kinds, I just noticed them tonight while stocking shelves. -_-

Chikara
05-04-2012, 07:57 AM
I work at Sobeys and we have 4 different kinds, I just noticed them tonight while stocking shelves. -_-

Sweet! I have a Sobey's I can walk to from home...will check it out tonight! Fingers crossed!!:thanks:

I will keep my eye out for the Canadian thread!

IPdivajen
05-04-2012, 09:17 AM
Metro also sells a bunch of Walden Farms stuff. :)

When you're in the US you should go to a grocery store (we go to Tops) and stock up on 4C Totally Light drink crystals. They're individually packaged singles that we use in 1L water and they're delish! Best of all they're made with splenda so totally IP 'approved'.

Each box of 20 (or 24 if you get the mixed box) is $2 cheaper than Low Carb Canada (which we love - we're pretty close by so we go to the store often). But our biggest score when we were in the US a few weeks ago was that they had a buy one get one free sale on the boxes. We stocked up like crazy! Was awesome!!!

Busymomx4
05-04-2012, 09:22 AM
They have tons of WF products at IGA Extra too (has to be an extra regular IGA have nothing). Along with all the jams, maple syrup, salad dressing, i also found 3 kinds of mayo, the PB (which IS bad but i like it mixed with my chocolate pudding), they have the regular, thick and hickory BBQ sauce.

My walmart and Maxi & Cie have all 4 kinds of Mio

evepet
05-04-2012, 09:35 AM
I work at Sobeys and we have 4 different kinds, I just noticed them tonight while stocking shelves. -_-

That's good to know. Another source for MIO. :) There are a couple of Sobeys in my city. Oddly enough one is practically across the street from the METRO where I also found MIO. Do you happen to know if Sobeys sells any of the WF products?

Longhorn Energy
05-04-2012, 11:08 AM
That's good to know. Another source for MIO. :) There are a couple of Sobeys in my city. Oddly enough one is practically across the street from the METRO where I also found MIO. Do you happen to know if Sobeys sells any of the WF products?

Not the Alberta ones...

Chikara
05-04-2012, 12:48 PM
Metro also sells a bunch of Walden Farms stuff. :)

When you're in the US you should go to a grocery store (we go to Tops) and stock up on 4C Totally Light drink crystals. They're individually packaged singles that we use in 1L water and they're delish! Best of all they're made with splenda so totally IP 'approved'.

Will see if they are there for sure! Thanks!

That's good to know. Another source for MIO. :) There are a couple of Sobeys in my city. Oddly enough one is practically across the street from the METRO where I also found MIO. Do you happen to know if Sobeys sells any of the WF products?

Found 4 flavours at our local Loblaws so obviously catching on...

They have tons of WF products at IGA Extra too (has to be an extra regular IGA have nothing). Along with all the jams, maple syrup, salad dressing, i also found 3 kinds of mayo, the PB (which IS bad but i like it mixed with my chocolate pudding), they have the regular, thick and hickory BBQ sauce.

Will see if there are any IGA's around but Sobey's here does not have any. I have found WF only at the College Square Loblaws (for those in Ottawa).

IPdivajen
05-04-2012, 01:03 PM
For the 4C stuff, make sure you get the Totally Light ones. They carry the same flavours in larger canister sizes so we bought two, thinking we could make pitchers of water at home.

Well, they're FULL of sugar. Not the Totally Light brand. Yeah. Won't be using those!!!

Ei8ht
05-04-2012, 02:01 PM
I know that there is endless debate on sweeteners, whether they be products containing:
Sugar Alcohols (MIO)
Natural Sweeteners with Zero Calories (Stevia) or,
Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda)

I just want everyone to be wary of their effects on your personal ketogenic state.. It's difficult to get a clear answer online unfortunately, and from what I can glean from various sources, is that their effects depends on individuals.

Chikara
05-06-2012, 11:02 AM
I am back from the US...wow what a price difference in WF products.

My IP approved items were:
I can't believe it's not butter olive oil spray
WF spicy BBQ sauce and regular BBQ sauce
WF ketchup
4C totally light iced tea (for the cottage when everyone is drinking)
Different sea salt grinders and some spice blends for meats
Freeze dried red chili peppers
Dill pickles made with sea salt
Shirataki noodles - angel hair and fettuccine

The biggest score for me was fish fillets, shrimp and scallops. So much cheaper!!! Good thing I brought a cooler.

I made an amazing dinner when my parents visited on Friday so these days I am craving seafood. Here is what I did:

5oz tilapia and 3oz shrimp (raw tail and shell removed)
1/4 c asparagus
1/4 c cauliflower cut small
1/4 c sliced zucchini
1/4 c red pepper sliced
Baby spinach
minced garlic, sea salt, pepper, fresh dill, parsley, and tarragon and squirt of lemon juice

I made packets with parchment paper...lay fish and shrimp on baby spinach. Add herbs, garlic and lemon. Place veggies on top and season with salt and pepper. Fold parchment packets over and roll the edges. Cook at 425 for 15 mins or until fish is cooked through. Place packets right on plate and slice open in centre. Nice presentation and delish!

I am going to try adding scallops next time.

Thanks for all the suggestions.