Ideal Protein Diet - Other Meats?




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cmk79
02-13-2013, 07:50 PM
I was given a list of meats you can eat, and some of my favorites weren't on there.Does this mean they're not allowed?Some of my favorites include Sausage, Bacon, and Lamb.Am I allowed to eat these while on IP?


M35A2
02-13-2013, 07:59 PM
Simple answer is "no." I believe mainly due to the fat content. I specifically asked about kielbasa with my coach and was told "no way."

ragdoll74
02-13-2013, 08:01 PM
Lamb should be ok, but no on the suasage. Sausage usually has fillers which would not be compliant. I believe bacon isn't allowed because of the high fat content.


Lizzy63
02-13-2013, 08:03 PM
I ate lamb occasionally on phase 1 with no problem. It is fattier than some other meats so I wouldn't do it more than once a week.

cmk79
02-13-2013, 08:15 PM
Ok,thanks.Glad I can at least have lamb!Guess I'll just have to wait until I'm done with the diet to have bacon and sausage again!:(

scorbett1103
02-13-2013, 08:21 PM
I was given a list of meats you can eat, and some of my favorites weren't on there.Does this mean they're not allowed?Some of my favorites include Sausage, Bacon, and Lamb.Am I allowed to eat these while on IP?

Sausage and bacon are far too high in fat to be approved for IP, plus sausages often include fillers/cartilage that just aren't good nutrition.

I know there are people who have lamb periodically on IP, so you can always try it a few times and see if it affects your losses.

scorbett1103
02-13-2013, 08:31 PM
Ok,thanks.Glad I can at least have lamb!Guess I'll just have to wait until I'm done with the diet to have bacon and sausage again!:(

I almost didn't post something because my aim is never to offend. But I'm heading for maintenance myself right now (one more week of P2 left) and I'm realizing that I CANNOT get hung up on foods that used to be my favorites. Bacon, sausage, breads and sweets did not do me any favors, and certainly did not keep me at an ideal weight. I am taking a VERY hard look at the things I might want to eat - and realizing that in maintenance they are just not worth it anymore. Will I still have a slice of real bacon or two once in a while? Sure. But if I want bacon for breakfast it's going to be turkey bacon more often than not. There are still lots of hard choices to make in maintenance, none of us got skinny by eating the way we did before.

I just say this as a word of caution - don't focus on what you can't have right now, because maintenance is still about long-term changes to our diets - hopefully we all arrive to maintenance equipped to make the harder choices especially when it comes to our old favorite foods.

cmk79
02-13-2013, 08:58 PM
What about meatballs?

scorbett1103
02-13-2013, 09:15 PM
Not the prepackaged/premade ones - they use breadcrumbs for filler.

If you make your own, you can't use panko/breadcrumbs or anything like that. But the egg whites are really what hold the meat together, the bread is just filler. You also want to use very lean beef or turkey/chicken.

I make ground turkey meatballs with egg whites, finely chopped celery and mushrooms, and lots of herbs. I pan-saute them in a little EVOO to brown the outside.

cmk79
02-13-2013, 09:46 PM
Ok,thanks for the advice!:)

scorbett1103
02-13-2013, 09:48 PM
No problem! There are TONS of great recipes here and on other websites - if you google the words Ideal Protein Recipe and the food you're wanting to make, you will find lots of resources out there!

Calisto
02-13-2013, 10:03 PM
Yes I have made a couple different meatballs with no bread type filler and they were GOOD!

You know we had some really thin sliced ham and "fried" it up in olive oil the one night and no it wasn't bacon but it helped cut the craving!

KitKat169
02-13-2013, 10:25 PM
I eat bacon if when I can find lean turkey bacon or Canadian back bacon. Both my versions are about equivalent in fat and sodium to the ham I buy.

Lamb I have once in a while too. Try to trim it up as much as possible so it isn't as fatty.

One lesson that can be valuable to learn early on is that what you ate before got you to where you are now. So instead of longing after what you used to love, find new things to love or to swap out. I don't like turkey very much but ground turkey makes a really great meatloaf, burger, meatball, etc. compared to ground beef. So I tend to substitute when I can to make the recipe a little healthier.

JohnP
02-13-2013, 10:42 PM
Calories matter.

This is why bacon wouldn't be allowed but buffalo or ostrich would.

IP43
02-13-2013, 10:47 PM
Calories matter.

This is why bacon wouldn't be allowed but buffalo or ostrich would.

Ostrich? Hmmm... I guess you wouldn't be having 4 of THOSE eggs for your meal! LOL

Moose, like buffalo, also a leaner meat. Never even considered trying to find ostrich

goldilocksinct
02-14-2013, 01:24 AM
I keep almost buying buffalo at the store, but I am just not sure I will like it (I do think I tried it years ago), and my evening 6 oz (I do 2 oz at lunch) of protein is something I look forward to, and I tend to have my old standards that serve me well.

crazynette826
02-14-2013, 01:30 AM
Where would one even buy ostrich? So random! But intriguing all the same.

Buffalo tastes like beef to me. Not bad. I tend to stick to my old stand bys also. Costco chicken is my favorite!

scorbett1103
02-14-2013, 10:08 AM
Where would one even buy ostrich? So random! But intriguing all the same.

Buffalo tastes like beef to me. Not bad. I tend to stick to my old stand bys also. Costco chicken is my favorite!

My supermarket occasionally carries ostrich, it's usually in the "specialty" meats - near where they keep the Angus beef. There are usually a few varieties of game meats that I'm always eyeing but haven't tried yet :)

TripSwitch
02-14-2013, 10:17 AM
Ostrich? Hmmm... I guess you wouldn't be having 4 of THOSE eggs for your meal! LOL

Especially since that would be about a $200 dollar omelet :)

Oh, and Ostrich is worth trying if you ever get the chance, very lean and all of the times that I've have had it... it was pretty good...

KitKat169
02-14-2013, 10:21 AM
Well if we are going for the more exotic meats, then yes bison / buffalo is a great choice. We have a lot of it around me and I prefer it over most beef. I also get Elk as an option, it is a very lean meat as well. They are more challenging to cook right but worth it.

scorbett1103
02-14-2013, 10:23 AM
Well if we are going for the more exotic meats, then yes bison / buffalo is a great choice. We have a lot of it around me and I prefer it over most beef. I also get Elk as an option, it is a very lean meat as well. They are more challenging to cook right but worth it.

Mmmm....bison burgers are yummy. We took a vacation in Maine with the kids a few years back and the campground we stayed at was right near a bison ranch. The local diner served the most AMAZING bison burgers! Bison Big Mac in a bowl?