Ideal Protein Diet - First Timer on IP, Little Intro, and couple Q's




Katkat
01-14-2013, 04:00 PM
Hi ALL!!:hug:

First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post!! I know intro's can get a little redundant.

My name is Kat, and I am 29 yrs old. As a child I was always overweight. I was taller and developed sooner than my peers. When I was about 15/16 I did get down to my lowest weight ever, which was about 130. After that I have just gone up and down in my weight. My highest weight was 220lbs, and over the years I have been able to lose 40-60lbs here and there just to put it back on. I have never really been on a diet plan. I always lost weight by restricting/counting calories, portion control, and exercise. I also try to eat whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. I think my main problem is that I have shot my metabolism down. I would never have breakfast and eat a big meal once a day. (I know that's terrible) but an easy habit to fall into when you work a lot, I am sure many of you understand!

I heard about IP through someone at work, and it just sounded like a great program. I loved the idea that it really educated a person on the correct way to eat and how essentially it is almost like resetting your metabolism. I was very surprised I had never heard about IP. I did extensive research when I got home and the more I read the more I felt this was the Ideal program for me.

I met my new coach this past Saturday and got all my stuff to start Monday (today). My coach seems like such an amazing positive person. Very honest, and motivating.

I am so EXCITED and nervous at the same time! So far, I have had breakfast and lunch and I can't say I was disappointed at all with either meal. That surprised me because while doing my research I came upon many people saying it it hard for them to stomach the food, but I have also seen people be perfectly happy with the food as well. Truth is, I have NEVER been a picky eater (prob why I have such weight issues LOL) so I am hoping that I am ok with the majority of the food.

I had the chocolate drink mixed with coffee for breakfast, it was yummy. Like a mocha (my coach told me about that combo).

I had the mushroom soup for lunch. Sautéed a cup of mushrooms that I added to the soup, and I had a cup of baby kale lightly sautéed with ginger and garlic.

So, I guess that leaves me with a few questions for all you guys!

Are there any tips or advice (other than no cheating and get all your veggies in) that are a must to a newbie?

Any IP packets that are a must have or any I should really avoid?

Here is what I got so far: Chocolate drink mix, berry yogurt mix drink, mushroom soup, butterscotch pudding, dill pickle zippers and the peanut butter bars.

I really wanted the tomato basil soup but I have heard/read that the soup is terrible. Bummer because that is my favorite soup ever.

I look forward to making some friends on here that can help me along my journey and way to new lifestyle. I hope I can motivate others as well!

I thank you all for your time!

Oh, how do I get a weight ticker for my signature?

Kat


tobehealthy
01-14-2013, 04:23 PM
First, welcome. I don't post a lot here, but I'll tell you what my four months on IP has taught me. Get in all your water... it really can stall your losses. I think the best packets are the restricted (and in my case my favorite is the strawberry wafers - so much so that I only buy one a week and have it that day). Personally I don't care for the drinks except the strawberry banana rtd, and even that one I'm not a fan of. I love to make the cereal into muffins w/ some WF cinnamon pb.

Anyway, good to know that this board is here, it will help you through this no matter the question.

KLD81230
01-14-2013, 04:31 PM
Using the tom/basil soup to make a flatbread is awesome! Mix the packet, 2 egg whites, 1 tsp of olive oil, and 1/4 tsp of baking powder. Spread thin (I use a Silpat non-stick baking liner on my baking sheet) and bake at 350 for 10ish minutes. Flip and bake some more.

You can use this to make a pizza, but I love it just plain with my salad!!


lisa32989
01-14-2013, 04:33 PM
Welcome Katkat! We also have a Kitkat on the board, just for confusion :dizzy:

Some answers:

Are there any tips or advice (other than no cheating and get all your veggies in) that are a must to a newbie?
Follow the sheet. Get in ALL water, salt, and OIL. Put your oil directly ON your food. Don't count what you cook with b/c much actually remains in the pan. Don't add more than six 0/0/0 extras per day. Do a lot of reading on the threads to spend time learning. Read recipes.
STAY OFF THE SCALE except for weigh in (WI) days! A watched "pot" just frustrates!

Any IP packets that are a must have or any I should really avoid?
This is SUCH an individual taste thing. For every person who loves one, someone else will dislike it. I'm not a fan of the berry yogurt or broccoli cheese soup. My mom LOVES both. See what I mean? Find what you like. Have fun with the packets and learn some recipes to change them.

I really wanted the tomato basil soup but I have heard/read that the soup is terrible. Bummer because that is my favorite soup ever. Can't help. I've never had it. I've never been a tomato soup girl. Can you get ONE packet to try? Again, tastes are so individual & I know there are people who DO like it.

Oh, how do I get a weight ticker for my signature? There is LOTS of info in the stickies and the links in the first post of the daily thread. One of them answers this question (not for 20 days)

PamC
01-14-2013, 04:41 PM
Everyone's taste is so different, so I'd try as many things as possible if you can.

I actually tried the tomato basil today for the first time, expecting it to be awful and it wasn't that bad. I added some chopped lobster and hot sauce to it and pretended it was lobster bisque. :)

I like adding chicken to the chicken soup, it reminds me of chicken a la king that way.

Had the pickle zingers for first time yesterday and they're very good and there's a lot of them in the packet.

Really like the double chocolate bars.

I add a fair amount of salt to the butterscotch pudding and let it get really cold. The salt gives it a salted caramel flavor that I like.

I really tried, but wasn't a fan of the chili. The texture creeped me out...but tons of people love it.

The chocolate drink is really good.

ragdoll74
01-14-2013, 04:45 PM
Welcome! My tip would have been start on a Friday. Days 2 & 3 can be really rough and trying to go through that at work is no fun. If you were already eating low carb, you may not have any issues.

I recommend the chocolate soy puffs. They taste like chocolate covered cocoa puffs.

lisa32989
01-14-2013, 04:55 PM
Everyone's taste is so different, so I'd try as many things as possible if you can.

I actually tried the tomato basil today for the first time, expecting it to be awful and it wasn't that bad. I added some chopped lobster and hot sauce to it and pretended it was lobster bisque. :)
Isn't anything better with lobster (or bacon)? Since the latter is off-plan, I'll take the former!

I agree with trying as much as you can! If you can get individual packets or do some trades with others for some, THEN you'll really know. Some coaches sell individual packets even tho FDA labeling they are really supposed to sell the box. My coach makes the nutrition labels available so people can have more options. If IP would just label the packets, it would reduce that problem!

IdealProteinNewbie
01-14-2013, 05:01 PM
All the above is great advice. I would also recommend pre-planning your day the night before. Know which packets you're eating along with your meat and vegetables. It helps me get prepared for the next day. When you have a plan you can easily follow it, without wondering what you're doing.

Also, I grocery shop once a week for meat and twice for fresh veggies. I come home, weigh my meat on a food scale and individually freeeze 8 oz portions in zip-loc bags. In the morning I grab whichever type of meat I want and let it defrost in the fridge during the day that way it's ready to cook when I get home. I also clean, process and portion out my veggies. It makes everything easy to grab and go.

Being prepared will make a world of difference!

Katkat
01-14-2013, 05:51 PM
Thanks so much! SUCH great advice! Couldn't agree more with having everything prepped ahead of time. I know this always worked for me even when I try to watch what I eat.

KLD81230-Love the idea of the pizza type thing with the tomato basil! Will try when I decide to get that mix.

I will have to see if my coach will let me try one pack of something. I know that I can exchange anything I don't like. Which is good to know.

Lisa, thank you for telling me about the adding oil and salt straight on to food. Was wondering if that would make a difference. I see you post here often, that's great!!

Just tried the dill pickle zippers! Love them....that's 3 for 3 today! yay!!

Very Nice meeting you guys...looking forward to learning more

Desafinado
01-14-2013, 05:55 PM
Hey newbie, I'm a newbie too! I tried the tomato basil soup today for lunch and didn't hate it but wouldn't put it at the top of my list. That said, I'm going to try that focaccia bread recipe tonight cause that sounds yummy.

Sammie12
01-14-2013, 05:56 PM
Welcome, when I started my coach gave me a pack of most items with a menu to use if I choose to. It actually helped so I was able to try several things. You will notice that as you go along your taste buds change so what taste yucky now might be great in a couple of weeks. I personally love the choc, van & straw/banana drinks. I like the chicken patty crumbled up on a salad or even the southwest cheese curls on a salad. The jello is great as well. Once again welcome

Desafinado
01-14-2013, 05:57 PM
OH! And the pancake you can make with the cereal is delicious!

1LittleStar
01-14-2013, 06:50 PM
Welcome!! Here's a few answers from my experience:

Are there any tips or advice (other than no cheating and get all your veggies in) that are a must to a newbie?

I like having raw veggies to munch on at work, throughout the day. I found one of my plastic containers is about 2 cups, so I cut up my veggies the night before and bring it to work. I use peppers, celeri, cucumbers, broccoli, etc.

Also, read on here that others carry an emergency IP pack in their purse. I started putting at least one or two packets in purse, a small container with my vitamins for the day, etc. to make sure I never get to work with no food for the day!

Any IP packets that are a must have or any I should really avoid?

I like the Ready to Drink or pre-made puddings because I find it easier. It's a big more expensive, though. I already make breakfast for the kids, pack their lunches, make sure I have my veggies, so I like the convenience of the premade stuff.

I love the snack - soy puffs, zippers, ridges, soy nuts, strawberry waffers, etc. Haven't found one I didn't like. Had to buy extra packages of Apple Cinnamon Soy Puffs because my kids love them! I try to wait until the evening to eat them, since that's when I like to munch on something. I haven't tried many bars because of this!

I really wanted the tomato basil soup but I have heard/read that the soup is terrible. Bummer because that is my favorite soup ever.


The only packet I really could not eat was the tomato basil soup! It was the second IP food I ever ate. I've been a bit shy of the soups as a result, but I do like the chicken noodle soup.

pocahontas812
01-14-2013, 07:25 PM
As others have already said, be sure to get your water in....and also get a good night's sleep. I find if I don't drink enough water and/or not enough sleep the next day I feel dehydrated and hung over. I drink almost 4 liters per day. It's more than required for IP, but it's what works for me.

My typical IP foods have been the yogurt drink for breakfast and RTD chocolate for lunch and snack.....not a lot of variety, but I really like them! I make a big salad from the salad bar at work with broccoli, red onion, spinach, peppers, and cukes. I pack a big lunch bag each week with my IP foods and my own salad dressing. I also like to add a couple teaspoons of the IP soy nuts (any flavor) to my salad. Gives it a little extra something.

When I'm at home for breakfast, I make a shake with the dark chocolate pudding mix, water, ice, and a cup of baby spinach (thanks to Lisa for this idea!). You can't taste the spinach and it's a nice way to get some of your veggies in.

I have really enjoyed this diet and done well on it. I love meat, eggs, and veggies, and am not a huge fruit or carb person, so haven't missed them. I loooove dairy, but have surprisingly not missed them. Sometimes I add Veggie Shreds (by galaxy nutrition, found in grocery store with tofu) to my salad or omelets. The flavor is great and they melt nicely.

Best of luck, I'm sure you'll do great!

Katkat
01-14-2013, 07:31 PM
When I'm at home for breakfast, I make a shake with the dark chocolate pudding mix, water, ice, and a cup of baby spinach (thanks to Lisa for this idea!). You can't taste the spinach and it's a nice way to get some of your veggies in.


Yum...that sounds really good! Will have to make sure I get the dark chocolate pudding mix next time!
;)

lisa32989
01-14-2013, 07:57 PM
When I'm at home for breakfast, I make a shake with the dark chocolate pudding mix, water, ice, and a cup of baby spinach (thanks to Lisa for this idea!). You can't taste the spinach and it's a nice way to get some of your veggies in.
I can't take credit. LizRR came before me & I got it from her! I'm not sure if it was her or someone else who said they used cold coffee (instead of water) and coffee ice cubes. This makes it VERY flavorful. We're pretty close to decaffeinated at our house, now. Liz used lettuce sometimes, too. I tried it but taste the lettuce. I don't really taste the spinach.

GeauxTigers82
01-14-2013, 08:16 PM
Water, water, water! Get a big water bottle with a straw...goes down faster!

jensyd
01-14-2013, 09:04 PM
I'm also a newbie, and I love the information. Thanks for sharing, and I couldn't agree more about the tomato soup. I'm hoping the thread is wrong about lemon tea, because that's tomorrow and I'm looking forward. But I also have the chocolate pancake/ muffin and butterscotch pudding tomorrow, so it will be good.

Keep the good advice coming.

vvei
01-14-2013, 09:05 PM
WELCOME!!!!

You CAN do it. A gift from you to you!

My little piece of advice: Learn to make a salad dressing that is IP approved. Make a large quantity when you like it, as it will come in handy! Also, have "spare" packets in your purse for the in-case. And lastly, stay on 3FC for at least 6 weeks. Read it all! I've taken the best advice and motivation out of this site... and I have 53lbs lost to prove it.

Again, welcome and congrats!

1LittleStar
01-14-2013, 09:10 PM
I also like to add a couple teaspoons of the IP soy nuts (any flavor) to my salad. Gives it a little extra something.


Ohhh, what a great idea!!

[QUOTE=vvei;4590582] And lastly, stay on 3FC for at least 6 weeks. Read it all! I've taken the best advice and motivation out of this site... and I have 53lbs lost to prove it.
QUOTE]

I agree completely. I lurked for a while, and I'm finding that I really feel at home here. I finally got my signature yesterday! I'm part of the club.

Congrats on the 53lbs!!

Bellamack
01-14-2013, 09:33 PM
Welcome!

I mix a chocolate drink with cold French pressed flavored coffee over ice in the morning, just love it and you can drag it out using a straw!

My favorite IP foods are the chocolate & cappucino drink, as well as, the wild berry yogurt. I put ice in the blender, water, wildberry yogurt packet and I put a slpash of Torani Sugar Free coconut syrup, very refreshing.
I love, love, love the Dill Zippers, apple cinnamon puffs & the chocolate puffs. You will find your favorites.

In this colder weather (upstate NY), I love the veggie purees that can be found I think under "having fun with veggie purees" The one I have made the last 2 weeks is EVOO, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 head of garlic, 2 Pablano peppers, 1 red pepper, fresh herbs, ROAST and then puree with organic chicken broth. I heat it up for lunch and it warms me right up.

WorldTraveleronIP
01-15-2013, 06:08 AM
Welcome! My tip would have been start on a Friday. Days 2 & 3 can be really rough and trying to go through that at work is no fun. If you were already eating low carb, you may not have any issues.

I recommend the chocolate soy puffs. They taste like chocolate covered cocoa puffs.

So wise about the start date. The first time I went on IP, I started on a Thursday, so my withdrawal was Friday-Sunday...way better. This time, I started on a Sunday and am experiencing the hellish migraines of carb/sugar withdrawal on day 2 at work :(

I actually like the tomato soup-I add spinach and fresh basil, salt and pepper and I think it tastes pretty good. I love the idea of baking it, will definitely try that.

Try as many packets as you can. Everyone has different tastes so who knows what you will like :)

mrskuby
01-15-2013, 08:09 AM
I hated the tomato soup but I have found that I really don't like any of the soups by themselves other than the chicken noodle, but with the veggies added to them they are all good. I like cauliflower in the leek soup, broccoli in the broc-cheese soup and zucchini in the creamy chicken soup.

I LOVE the apple cinn puffs!! I didn't like the chili or the bolognese...but it's just personal preference!

This is the easiest and most effective program I've ever tried! I've lost 16 lbs in 4 weeks! Good luck!!!

Katkat
01-15-2013, 10:51 AM
I actually like the tomato soup-I add spinach and fresh basil, salt and pepper and I think it tastes pretty good. I love the idea of baking it, will definitely try that.

what you will like :)



In this colder weather (upstate NY), I love the veggie purees that can be found I think under "having fun with veggie purees" The one I have made the last 2 weeks is EVOO, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 head of garlic, 2 Pablano peppers, 1 red pepper, fresh herbs, ROAST and then puree with organic chicken broth. I heat it up for lunch and it warms me right up.


Wow! SOme great tips....I actually thought that maybe fresh basil would help that soup if it's that bad. I LOVE fresh basil. ANd I can't wait to try that Cauliflower puree! Yum

But a quick question....I noticed that the broths I have at home contain carbs. Not much, like 1 or 2g....but since extras are suppose to be 0/0/0 is it ok to use broth? Or is there a brand you would recommend?

scorbett1103
01-15-2013, 01:59 PM
Wow! SOme great tips....I actually thought that maybe fresh basil would help that soup if it's that bad. I LOVE fresh basil. ANd I can't wait to try that Cauliflower puree! Yum

But a quick question....I noticed that the broths I have at home contain carbs. Not much, like 1 or 2g....but since extras are suppose to be 0/0/0 is it ok to use broth? Or is there a brand you would recommend?

I believe College Inn broth meets the requirements - but I actually make my own so there's no question about what's in it. I roast a whole chicken once every week or two. When we're done, I strip the meat off the bones and then toss the carcass in my big crockpot, cover it with water, thrown in an onion cut into wedges, two celery stalks with the leaves, a turnip chopped into wedges, some bay leaves and a Tbsp of peppercorns. Cooks in the crockpot overnight on low, by morning I have about 10 cups or more of fresh homemade broth to put in the freezer!

lisa32989
01-15-2013, 02:07 PM
I believe College Inn broth meets the requirements - but I actually make my own so there's no question about what's in it. I roast a whole chicken once every week or two. When we're done, I strip the meat off the bones and then toss the carcass in my big crockpot, cover it with water, thrown in an onion cut into wedges, two celery stalks with the leaves, a turnip chopped into wedges, some bay leaves and a Tbsp of peppercorns. Cooks in the crockpot overnight on low, by morning I have about 10 cups or more of fresh homemade broth to put in the freezer!
I've actually started saving veggie "scraps" to use to make my broth. All the celery leaves/ends, all the stuff that would have made it in the trash before goes in my bag in the freezer. It all goes in with my chicken carcass.
The more I read about the health benefits of bone broth, the more I know I'm doing the right thing making my own!

scorbett1103
01-15-2013, 02:11 PM
I've actually started saving veggie "scraps" to use to make my broth. All the celery leaves/ends, all the stuff that would have made it in the trash before goes in my bag in the freezer. It all goes in with my chicken carcass.
The more I read about the health benefits of bone broth, the more I know I'm doing the right thing making my own!

So true!!! Oh and I forgot to mention that I also usually add some Apple Cider Vinegar to my crockpot - vinegar helps some of the great nutrients leach out of the bones!

Betterthings
01-16-2013, 03:30 PM
All great advise. Thanks for all the great information.

coffeebean
01-16-2013, 05:39 PM
Starting week 3 of reboot. What seems to help me this time is that I have 3 ounces of protein with my veggies and salad for lunch and the remaining 5 ounces at dinner. I don't seem to feel like I am dieting and it helps me stay on track

alexmichelle05
01-31-2013, 11:40 AM
Are there any tips or advice (other than no cheating and get all your veggies in) that are a must to a newbie?

I get the broccoli cheese soup, and steam broccoli and cauliflower and chuck it in with the soup. It makes it much thicker, very filling, tasty and gets you your veggies in without having to always have a salad.

Any IP packets that are a must have or any I should really avoid?

Premade drinks are amazing for in the morning, you got the right idea with adding them to your coffee. I also enjoyed the cappacino drink too its pretty tasty but dont add extra water, only put the amount advised on it or else it wont taste good at all.. In that case for the capiccino less is more :)

I really wanted the tomato basil soup but I have heard/read that the soup is terrible. Bummer because that is my favorite soup ever.

Never had the soup, not into tomatoe soups lol