Ideal Protein Diet - First Day on IP! Questions and Conerns




lhams
05-21-2012, 08:14 PM
Hey everyone,

So its my first day and while I am excited to start losing weight and everything I can't help but to feel hungry now that it is 8pm.

I don't want to give in to temptation and eat. But perhaps drinking some free tea be okay at this time of night?

Also, because I was not able to go get Sea Salt and Olive Oil before I started the diet I did not have any today, is this overall a bad thing?

Thanks!


Stefany1769
05-21-2012, 08:32 PM
Have you already had your third IP packet today? if you haven't it is meant to be a bedtime snack, have it now if you need it. My coach told me that for my first week if I needed a fourth packet it was fine to have one.
I would get the salt tomorrow, it will help with headaches. You aren't getting the salt from your food now and your body needs it.
As for the oil, by the third and fourth day I noticed I had more aches and pains, I started making sure to get my oil in and I don't have those now.

patns
05-21-2012, 08:34 PM
Hey everyone,

So its my first day and while I am excited to start losing weight and everything I can't help but to feel hungry now that it is 8pm.

I don't want to give in to temptation and eat. But perhaps drinking some free tea be okay at this time of night?

Also, because I was not able to go get Sea Salt and Olive Oil before I started the diet I did not have any today, is this overall a bad thing?

Thanks!

Decaf tea would be a great idea now.

Not a big issue about the oil and salt for one day but get some as soon you can.

Good luck!


NOVAScents
05-21-2012, 09:35 PM
I have problems at night too. I've been Pan Roasting a head of Romaine with Pam, salt, and Ms. Dash table blend. If that doesn't work then I drink lots of tea ;)

SaraBean
05-21-2012, 09:37 PM
Welcome to the world of ip!!!

The sea salt will definitely help with the headaches.

lhams
05-22-2012, 09:55 AM
Thank you all for the advice. I ended up not eating or drinking anything and just went to bed.

Also I picked up the olive oil and sea salt so I will definitely be using those today.

Out of curiosity how does everyone use the sea salt? Sprinkle it on chicken and in soups?

Thank you all for the encouragement. Here goes day 2! :)

CkM
05-22-2012, 10:11 AM
Welcome to IP!!

For the salt I put a dash in my palm every morning, lick it and then drink my water and take my morning vitamins. Of course this is after I have had my IP packet/shake because the multi makes me feel sick :(

Then I add salt to all of my meals. The ladies above are right, use the salt to rid the headaches that will come your way.

Use this forum to keep you accountable, it works wonders. Also, don't cheat and stick to the plan. The 1st week is the hardest, so just remember to keep 100% OP and you will see the results!

Good Luck!

MustangMolly
05-22-2012, 11:44 AM
Welcome to the IP and 3FC family. You will find great advice and support here. I use the sea salt just as I would have regular table salt, in addition to licking it out of my hand if I get a headach. The first week is the worst, or it was for me, hang in there.

DanafromAustin
05-22-2012, 11:56 AM
Thank you all for the advice. I ended up not eating or drinking anything and just went to bed.

Also I picked up the olive oil and sea salt so I will definitely be using those today.

Out of curiosity how does everyone use the sea salt? Sprinkle it on chicken and in soups?

Thank you all for the encouragement. Here goes day 2! :)

Day 2 and 3 can be pretty rough, so hang in there and very soon you will be on the other side and feeling great with lots more energy and not hungry. :)

Longhorn Energy
05-22-2012, 12:12 PM
Thank you all for the advice. I ended up not eating or drinking anything and just went to bed.

Also I picked up the olive oil and sea salt so I will definitely be using those today.

Out of curiosity how does everyone use the sea salt? Sprinkle it on chicken and in soups?

Thank you all for the encouragement. Here goes day 2! :)

Didnt you get salt in your starter kit? Where in canada are you? Southern alberta here, and lots of other Canadians here too. Good luck. 3 weeks for me, and like the others have said, first week is a bit rough but for me after day 4 it was smooth sailing. Lots of advice, support, recipes and ideas here. Like others have said....dont cheat. It will set you back 3-4 days if you do.

usmcvet
05-22-2012, 12:22 PM
I still have my sea salt from the starter kit. I don't use it much. I have a water retention issue and salt is one of the last things I reach for. But it you have a headache a shake it on your palm and lick it off. Remember to drink you water too. The water and lots of veggies has helped me. I am hungrier when I don't get my veggies and water.

lhams
05-23-2012, 10:54 AM
Unfortunately I did not get any salt with my starter kit. Was I supposed to?

Also yesterday was okay no cheating whatsoever but I definitely had some cravings :(

Now onto DAY 3 woo!
Another question though: I will be doing physical exercise today, just biking for 45 mins, and my coach stressed that I had to eat a protein bar before or I wouldn't feel well.

Is this exactly true or is she exaggerating? How have other people who are on IP and do physical exercise feel?

Thanks!

usmcvet
05-23-2012, 11:33 AM
You need to eat the extra packet or bar prior. If you do not your body will attack the protein in your lean muscle and we all need as much of that as we can get. One of the bars is a great idea. I learned the hard way and almost passed out after splitting and stacking some wood. Enjoy the bar you are going earn it and need it.

LizRR
05-23-2012, 11:59 AM
EAT YOUR EXTRA PROTEIN! Especially if you are exercising at the beginning of IP. Most coach's will actually advise you to stop exercising the first 2 weeks as your body gets adjusted to the ketosis state.

You do go through some changes as your body tries to hang on to using your glycogen stores then gives up and makes the jump to using ketones for energy. Hence the sluggishness the first few days as your glycogen is depleted followed by the 'burst' of energy when your body overproduces ketones as compensation - you finally do level off and your body adjusts (explains why "ketone breath" and the metallic/sweet taste goes away after the first few weeks).

If you overexert without the proper fuel you will end up burning muscle for "quick energy" instead of slow-burning fat, since your body used to use the glycogen for quick energy that is no longer available.

Is this a strenuous bike ride? I actually have been doing 2-2.5 mile walks to the park with my son every day while on IP without the extra protein - but I am at a VERY slow and leisure pace. I restarted my more strenuous weight lifting class after 8 weeks and really do need the extra packet or else I feel the energy lag.

lhams
05-23-2012, 12:16 PM
Thanks so much for the advice!

It is a somewhat rough road I will be biking on so I'll definitely have the extra protein then :)

love2travelmom
05-23-2012, 12:18 PM
Good morning.

I've just finished my first week....lost 8 pounds woohoo!! I am NOT a vegetable eater and have a hard time getting in vegetables in a day. Anyone else having this issues?

Also, how important is the salt and olive oil? I do not like eating salt and don't know where to put my olive oil since I'm having a hard time eating vegetables.

HELP!!!!!

LizRR
05-23-2012, 12:43 PM
Good morning.

I've just finished my first week....lost 8 pounds woohoo!! I am NOT a vegetable eater and have a hard time getting in vegetables in a day. Anyone else having this issues?

Also, how important is the salt and olive oil? I do not like eating salt and don't know where to put my olive oil since I'm having a hard time eating vegetables.

HELP!!!!!

I had a really hard time stuffing in my veggies during the day - hence why I now spread them out across all my meals. I have a spinach smoothie for breakfast (it is VERY delicious, but I was so scared the first time I tried it, it's now one of my favorites), I found roasting & pureeing veggies to add to my lunch soup is HEAVEN (adds bulk, thickness, and flavor), usually have a rhubarb & raspberry jelly for snack (I had to swap my snack & dinner to fit my schedule - too much time between lunch & dinner for me and I was stuffing down a late night snack I wasn't hungry for), and have some kind of grilled or roasted veggie at dinner.

The salt is very important, especially in the beginning, you will most likely have nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness that is due to low salt intake. I usually add it to my lunch soup and dinner veggies. If you find yourself feeling bad sprinkle some in your palm and lick it along with some water and in ~15 minutes you should feel better.

I use the olive oil in my lunch salad dressing (along with apple cider vinegar), and also use it to help cook my veggies - I spray/toss them in it before sprinkling on the spices and roasting or throwing them on the grill. You do need some fat in your diet to function, this protocol works, make sure you get all your foods in!

love2travelmom
05-23-2012, 12:48 PM
I had a really hard time stuffing in my veggies during the day - hence why I now spread them out across all my meals. I have a spinach smoothie for breakfast (it is VERY delicious, but I was so scared the first time I tried it, it's now one of my favorites), I found roasting & pureeing veggies to add to my lunch soup is HEAVEN (adds bulk, thickness, and flavor), usually have a rhubarb & raspberry jelly for snack (I had to swap my snack & dinner to fit my schedule - too much time between lunch & dinner for me and I was stuffing down a late night snack I wasn't hungry for), and have some kind of grilled or roasted veggie at dinner.

The salt is very important, especially in the beginning, you will most likely have nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness that is due to low salt intake. I usually add it to my lunch soup and dinner veggies. If you find yourself feeling bad sprinkle some in your palm and lick it along with some water and in ~15 minutes you should feel better.

I use the olive oil in my lunch salad dressing (along with apple cider vinegar), and also use it to help cook my veggies - I spray/toss them in it before sprinkling on the spices and roasting or throwing them on the grill. You do need some fat in your diet to function, this protocol works, make sure you get all your foods in!

Thanks for the suggestions....will definitely try the olive oil on my veggies at dinner.

I just don't like veggies (I'm an extremely picky eater) and it's very hard for me to force myself to eat them. Wondered what the consequences were for not getting them in.

I've never had the headaches or nausea etc the people seem to experience so I haven't used the salt much. I put it on my meat at night because I know I'm supposed to though. Just hope that's enough.

LizRR
05-23-2012, 02:20 PM
There are some good recipes using rhubarb you should try if you are a picky veggie eater and are missing fruit. Rhubarb is in season now so you should be able to find it fresh, I usually buy it frozen year round. When I don't sautee and add it to my raspberry jelly I have another favorite "rhubarb upside down cake" recipe.

I sautee 2 cups chopped rhubarb and sweeten with Splenda/Stevia to taste, cooked until it is 'mushy'. You can also use WF Strawberry (I find splenda/stevia or WF strawberry to be the best flavor combos with rhubarb).
As it's cooking, whip up 2 egg whites until frothy, gently fold in 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a packet of crushed Crispy Cereal.
Pour the cooked rhubarb in a corningware dish, top (and I lightly mix) with the egg white mixture and bake at 350 for ~20minutes.

It's hard to believe it's 100% OP. And the smell is incredible!

And I recommend you try the spinach smoothie at least once - be warned the green color, but it is really delicious and you can't taste the spinach AT ALL. Make sure to blend it for at least 2 minutes to make sure the spinach is completely pulverized/liquefied. I use enough loose leaf spinach 'unpacked' to fill my blender to the top, 2 cups chilled half-caf coffee (you can use water or herbal tea flavor of choice), chocolate RTD/pudding/or drink packet, 2 cups ice, 1 tbsp WF Chocolate Dip. It's great with vanilla too.

love2travelmom
05-23-2012, 04:13 PM
There are some good recipes using rhubarb you should try if you are a picky veggie eater and are missing fruit. Rhubarb is in season now so you should be able to find it fresh, I usually buy it frozen year round. When I don't sautee and add it to my raspberry jelly I have another favorite "rhubarb upside down cake" recipe.

I sautee 2 cups chopped rhubarb and sweeten with Splenda/Stevia to taste, cooked until it is 'mushy'. You can also use WF Strawberry (I find splenda/stevia or WF strawberry to be the best flavor combos with rhubarb).
As it's cooking, whip up 2 egg whites until frothy, gently fold in 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a packet of crushed Crispy Cereal.
Pour the cooked rhubarb in a corningware dish, top (and I lightly mix) with the egg white mixture and bake at 350 for ~20minutes.

It's hard to believe it's 100% OP. And the smell is incredible!

And I recommend you try the spinach smoothie at least once - be warned the green color, but it is really delicious and you can't taste the spinach AT ALL. Make sure to blend it for at least 2 minutes to make sure the spinach is completely pulverized/liquefied. I use enough loose leaf spinach 'unpacked' to fill my blender to the top, 2 cups chilled half-caf coffee (you can use water or herbal tea flavor of choice), chocolate RTD/pudding/or drink packet, 2 cups ice, 1 tbsp WF Chocolate Dip. It's great with vanilla too.

Thanks for the tips & recipes....I'll see if I can work up my nerve to try them! :)