Ideal Protein Diet - Last two meals have been disappointing!




clarksgirl
01-25-2013, 03:53 PM
I have been on IP for 10 days now and so far have been doing GREAT! I have lost 15 lbs and feel amazing! I tried the Big mac in a bowl the other night and loved it, but then had it again last night and did something horribly wrong! I just couldn't choke it down, so I set it aside and figured I had a pretty good day that it would be too bad to just skip that meal... Well now for lunch I made myself a bowl of "rice" cereal, with the vanilla pudding and riced cauliflower... well it made SOO much and it tastes really really gross! I dont want to skip another meal two days in a row, so I am sitting here trying to gag it down :( I am thinking I might have to try and only eat half of it... Any suggestions?? I have loved almost all of the IP foods so far! But so far these creations are failing miserably! :P


lisa32989
01-25-2013, 04:02 PM
I have been on IP for 10 days now and so far have been doing GREAT! I have lost 15 lbs and feel amazing! I tried the Big mac in a bowl the other night and loved it, but then had it again last night and did something horribly wrong! I just couldn't choke it down, so I set it aside and figured I had a pretty good day that it would be too bad to just skip that meal... Well now for lunch I made myself a bowl of "rice" cereal, with the vanilla pudding and riced cauliflower... well it made SOO much and it tastes really really gross! I dont want to skip another meal two days in a row, so I am sitting here trying to gag it down :( I am thinking I might have to try and only eat half of it... Any suggestions?? I have loved almost all of the IP foods so far! But so far these creations are failing miserably! :P

Pick things you are sure you'll like! Do you LIKE cauliflower?
I did REALLY well adding veggie purees to the cream soups. Those savory flavors are more in line with my favorites PLUS I was trying to stay away from having everything sweet. I'm trying to NOT teach myself to want sweet all of the time.
The vanilla rice pudding isn't a recipe I'd make but I do LOTS of savory things with cauliflower (cooking some to mash right now!)
Instead of the the Big Mac bowl, my preference is a taco salad bowl. I like my meat seasoned with cumin, garlic, chili powder, onion flakes, to make taco meat & then I have that over lettuce with green onions. If I need to add more veggies (never a prob for me to get in enuf veggies) I add cucumber and celery.
Just play with it and find what works best for you!

scorbett1103
01-25-2013, 05:10 PM
Yeah, I never ventured into the "rice" pudding recipe myself, the thought of vanilla cauliflower kinda turned me off :)

Definitely keep trying stuff - you are going to find recipes you love, and some you will gag down and never try again. (I could never get the pudding waffles right, tried a couple of times and ended up choking down a half cooked mush mess) Trial and error will eventually give you a great arsenal of go-to meals that will carry you through all of your weight loss! Don't give up!


Willi
01-25-2013, 05:15 PM
Pick things you are sure you'll like! Do you LIKE cauliflower?
I did REALLY well adding veggie purees to the cream soups. Those savory flavors are more in line with my favorites PLUS I was trying to stay away from having everything sweet. I'm trying to NOT teach myself to want sweet all of the time.
The vanilla rice pudding isn't a recipe I'd make but I do LOTS of savory things with cauliflower (cooking some to mash right now!)
Instead of the the Big Mac bowl, my preference is a taco salad bowl. I like my meat seasoned with cumin, garlic, chili powder, onion flakes, to make taco meat & then I have that over lettuce with green onions. If I need to add more veggies (never a prob for me to get in enuf veggies) I add cucumber and celery.
Just play with it and find what works best for you!

Love the new avatar, holy sh**- is that really you!!

lisa32989
01-25-2013, 05:18 PM
Love the new avatar, holy sh**- is that really you!!
Amazing what losing 60 lbs will do for a girl, isn't it? (and a professional hairstyle after a cut)
Thanks!

AAAMom
01-25-2013, 05:27 PM
I had issues about 2 weeks ago and couldn't deal with the texture of the veggies. The purée saved me! Try it out.

bubbleblower
01-25-2013, 06:01 PM
Amazing what losing 60 lbs will do for a girl, isn't it? (and a professional hairstyle after a cut)
Thanks!

You look great!!

tam67green
01-25-2013, 06:07 PM
Amazing what losing 60 lbs will do for a girl, isn't it? (and a professional hairstyle after a cut)
Thanks!

Whoa, you look like a totally different person! I love the haircut and the color! Your dedication has really paid off--good for you! :)

tam67green
01-25-2013, 06:14 PM
I have been on IP for 10 days now and so far have been doing GREAT! I have lost 15 lbs and feel amazing! I tried the Big mac in a bowl the other night and loved it, but then had it again last night and did something horribly wrong! I just couldn't choke it down, so I set it aside and figured I had a pretty good day that it would be too bad to just skip that meal... Well now for lunch I made myself a bowl of "rice" cereal, with the vanilla pudding and riced cauliflower... well it made SOO much and it tastes really really gross! I dont want to skip another meal two days in a row, so I am sitting here trying to gag it down :( I am thinking I might have to try and only eat half of it... Any suggestions?? I have loved almost all of the IP foods so far! But so far these creations are failing miserably! :P

If you're looking to eat cauliflower, try it roasted in the oven. YUM! I eat this at least 2-3 times per week. I don't like raw cauliflower at all, but roasting it totally transforms it. Toss it in olive oil, add some garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt, spread in a single layer on at pan and bake at 450 for about 15 minute.
I've tried roasting many strange veggies while on IP, and some were flops, but this one is a winner for me.

Do you like canned tuna? I occasionally make a tuna salad--mix a 5 oz can with two hard boiled egg whites, some diced onion and diced dill pickles. Then I toss it with mustard and about 1 tsp of WF mayo. (I think the WF mayo is pretty gross on it's own, but it can add creaminess to some things). I've also made it with just mustard. At first it was strange to eat tuna with mustard instead of mayo and dill pickes instead of sweet relish, but I really like it.

Keep at it, keep experimenting, and you'll build a repertoire of stuff you'll enjoy eating. :)

New Englander
01-25-2013, 06:19 PM
My first two or so weeks were horrible! I made the mistake of trying what others liked instead of thinking what I liked (in the fat world) and tweaking it to make it IP friendly. Just give it time...you'll have to find your groove...once you do you'll be so happy and love IP even more!!!

One of my great find (realized in maintenance) is a protein shake with spinach. Not a huge deal but it helps me get 1/2 of my daily veggies through a straw! :)

I tried Big Mac in a bowl..first time loved it and after that can't stomach it. My problem with it is I love cheese on my hamburgers, real ketchup and a bun. There's nothing about it that I like... :( Bummer because it is a god send for so many others...

So, you'll just figure it out as you go...

65X65
01-25-2013, 06:28 PM
Just want to ask if anyone has tried the Mt. Olive sweet pickle relish? Its great in tuna salad...it is sweetened with splenda, and I believe meets all the "0" criteria for things permitted to add....there is no sugar in a number of their products.

lisa32989
01-25-2013, 06:44 PM
Just want to ask if anyone has tried the Mt. Olive sweet pickle relish? Its great in tuna salad...it is sweetened with splenda, and I believe meets all the "0" criteria for things permitted to add....there is no sugar in a number of their products.
Well, not quite.
It is 0 sugar 0 fat but 1 g carb in 1 Tbsp.
It IS pickles so I've used and counted as part of my veggies, but NOT as a 0/0/0
That's just me, tho. The sheet says "dill pickles"

Whoa, you look like a totally different person! I love the haircut and the color! Your dedication has really paid off--good for you! :)
Thanks so much! The color is mine. But my stylist is awesome on the styling. Love him! Plus all the compliments he gave me today!
BTW: My 72 year old mom has hair about my color and hardly any gray. Can't complain about those genes!

tam67green
01-25-2013, 07:07 PM
Well, not quite.
It is 0 sugar 0 fat but 1 g carb in 1 Tbsp.
It IS pickles so I've used and counted as part of my veggies, but NOT as a 0/0/0
That's just me, tho. The sheet says "dill pickles"


Thanks so much! The color is mine. But my stylist is awesome on the styling. Love him! Plus all the compliments he gave me today!
BTW: My 72 year old mom has hair about my color and hardly any gray. Can't complain about those genes!

Ooops! Sorry, I thought your original post said, "cut and color". Well, the color is beautiful, and you're right-lucky you, can't complain about those genes. I can't say the same. I got my first grays in my early 20's. Now, I have to spend quality time with Ms. Clairol every 2 months or so! ;)

cjennyh
01-25-2013, 10:37 PM
My first two or so weeks were horrible! I made the mistake of trying what others liked instead of thinking what I liked (in the fat world) and tweaking it to make it IP friendly. Just give it time...you'll have to find your groove...once you do you'll be so happy and love IP even more!!!

One of my great find (realized in maintenance) is a protein shake with spinach. Not a huge deal but it helps me get 1/2 of my daily veggies through a straw! :)

I tried Big Mac in a bowl..first time loved it and after that can't stomach it. My problem with it is I love cheese on my hamburgers, real ketchup and a bun. There's nothing about it that I like... :( Bummer because it is a god send for so many others...

So, you'll just figure it out as you go...
I'm really happy to hear about the relish! Thank you.... I'm gonna try and find it. I really like tuna and can add onion egg white and relish, that would be really good.

Purrfect
01-25-2013, 10:46 PM
I have been on IP for 10 days now and so far have been doing GREAT! I have lost 15 lbs and feel amazing! I tried the Big mac in a bowl the other night and loved it, but then had it again last night and did something horribly wrong! I just couldn't choke it down, so I set it aside and figured I had a pretty good day that it would be too bad to just skip that meal... Well now for lunch I made myself a bowl of "rice" cereal, with the vanilla pudding and riced cauliflower... well it made SOO much and it tastes really really gross! I dont want to skip another meal two days in a row, so I am sitting here trying to gag it down :( I am thinking I might have to try and only eat half of it... Any suggestions?? I have loved almost all of the IP foods so far! But so far these creations are failing miserably! :P

You're doing well if you love most of the IP foods so far. I can only really eat about 5 things, and the rest I just don't like at all, so I just do use the few packets I really, really enjoy. And I think that like Lisa wrote, if you are creative with spices you can create variety that will help tremendously. I think finding just a few great meals you look forward to and enjoy will see you through. It's the experimenting phase right now, you'll discover what works.
Try the "pudding cake" recipe. That seems to go over really well with most folks.

WorldTraveleronIP
01-25-2013, 10:51 PM
I too had some disappointments cooking/baking some recipe ideas on here. I think what a few said on here is true-find the tastes you like, then play. You might want to just get familiar with the IP packs in their original state before you start playing?. Just a suggestion. I am not too fond of cauliflower myself, so most of those recipes gross me out. I adore real rice pudding but can't face it made with cauliflower...I'd rather add a flavoring or cinnamon and nutmeg to the vanilla pudding than a veggie.

Keep going-you've done amazingly well so far! Also, don't skip meals as it will slow your weight loss. The diet is already low in calories-any meal skipping and your body may just hang on for fear you are starving.

65X65
01-27-2013, 09:36 AM
OMGosh...I just looked at the label...lesson learned..... :eek:.read twice...from now on. Will count it as part of the vegetable for the carb content when making tuna salad now. My husband does NOT like mayo or onion......so I have not used any in years. When making a batch of tuna salad I use 1-2 whole HB eggs and if it's a double batch 1-2 more HB egg whites, only chopped celery...(used to use carrots too..he doesn't even notice or miss those) and 1-2 tbs of Mt. Olive sugar free relish depending on how big the batch being made. If the eggs are still slightly warm, that factor and the relish actually bind the tuna somewhat and we are used to it that way. We eat it with a big green salad for dinner...or cut veggies at lunch on the weekends ....and have for years. Leaving the carrots out is the only change I've really made in how I prepare this! Thanks or correcting me on this tho'....every carb counts!


Well, not quite.
It is 0 sugar 0 fat but 1 g carb in 1 Tbsp.
It IS pickles so I've used and counted as part of my veggies, but NOT as a 0/0/0
That's just me, tho. The sheet says "dill pickles"


Thanks so much! The color is mine. But my stylist is awesome on the styling. Love him! Plus all the compliments he gave me today!
BTW: My 72 year old mom has hair about my color and hardly any gray. Can't complain about those genes!

TWaff
01-27-2013, 12:18 PM
Hang in there. I am only in my 3 week and it has been a challenge. I stuck with safe foods for the first 2 weeks (chicken & hamburger). The IP food tastes a lot better to me if I used refrigerated bottled water instead of room temperature water or even cold tap water. I did the big mac salade and loved it. I also made a pork stirfry this week and liked that. I have a few more recipes I want to try but am a little nervous. I tend to pick recipes that will allow me to pick out the meat if I don't like the rest. I also save my favorite snack for the nights that I am trying a new recipe just in case I don't like it.

lisa32989
01-27-2013, 12:29 PM
Hang in there. I am only in my 3 week and it has been a challenge. I stuck with safe foods for the first 2 weeks (chicken & hamburger). The IP food tastes a lot better to me if I used refrigerated bottled water instead of room temperature water or even cold tap water. I did the big mac salade and loved it. I also made a pork stirfry this week and liked that. I have a few more recipes I want to try but am a little nervous. I tend to pick recipes that will allow me to pick out the meat if I don't like the rest. I also save my favorite snack for the nights that I am trying a new recipe just in case I don't like it.
You can have your favorite snack EVERY DAY! No need to save it. Make the plan enjoyable.

OMGosh...I just looked at the label...lesson learned..... :eek:.read twice...from now on. Will count it as part of the vegetable for the carb content when making tuna salad now. My husband does NOT like mayo or onion......so I have not used any in years. When making a batch of tuna salad I use 1-2 whole HB eggs and if it's a double batch 1-2 more HB egg whites, only chopped celery...(used to use carrots too..he doesn't even notice or miss those) and 1-2 tbs of Mt. Olive sugar free relish depending on how big the batch being made. If the eggs are still slightly warm, that factor and the relish actually bind the tuna somewhat and we are used to it that way. We eat it with a big green salad for dinner...or cut veggies at lunch on the weekends ....and have for years. Leaving the carrots out is the only change I've really made in how I prepare this! Thanks or correcting me on this tho'....every carb counts!
Gotta count those whole HB eggs as part of your protein too. I'm guessing you already thought of that.

I too had some disappointments cooking/baking some recipe ideas on here. I think what a few said on here is true-find the tastes you like, then play. You might want to just get familiar with the IP packs in their original state before you start playing?. Just a suggestion. I am not too fond of cauliflower myself, so most of those recipes gross me out. I adore real rice pudding but can't face it made with cauliflower...I'd rather add a flavoring or cinnamon and nutmeg to the vanilla pudding than a veggie.
If I did packs as-is, I'd NEVER have stuck with IP for 6 months! I started out adding veggie puree to the soup packs. Just the smell of those told me I wouldn't like them without some doctoring.
People who add veggies to packs are working on ways to get veggies in for the day (or I like them as binders in my muffins). You certainly don't have to do it tho! I've said over & over that everyone has different tastes. Many of us find cauliflower very bland in recipes but those who aren't fond of cauliflower, it probably won't work out.

65X65
01-28-2013, 08:12 AM
Yes Lisa...I did count the eggs as well. I just thought I "knew" what the label on the Mt. Olive stated..:rollpin:.....because we've been using it for years.
So thanks again! When I use a 5 oz can to make the tuna salad... it is a meal for both of us...so the eggs boost the protein and along with the celery,the total calories and carbs also go up a little...then I divide it all by 2. But if we are having a busy weekend... a double batch usually ends up being 3 meals. Usually hubby ends up snacking on it truth be told..... And we don't eat bread. Me with the gluten issue and hubby has a glucose that hoovers at the high end of normal so he's careful. Good thing we like tuna salad! I watch for the water packed solid albacore to go on sale and shop it in quantity....