Ideal Protein Diet - What can I do, don't care for meat.




Donna Gel
03-06-2013, 09:17 AM
I am in week 3 of Phase one.
I am not a meat eater nor am I a vegetarian. I can eat meat, just don't care for it. Since I was having so much trouble eating the required amount at dinner, my coach suggested I split it between lunch and dinner. I use my lunch pack for afternoon snack. Can I split the protein between 3 meals. Is there a reason I can't have a protein pack with a salad made with 4 oz of chicken?

I an going to try tofu, but I'm not optimistic.

My coach went to Mexico for 2 weeks, the nerve, so I can't ask her.
For the last two days I haven't' eaten much, I have had no appetite. Today I will force myself to eat.


scorbett1103
03-06-2013, 09:18 AM
I am in week 3 of Phase one.
I am not a meat eater nor am I a vegetarian. I can eat meat, just don't care for it. Since I was having so much trouble eating the required amount at dinner, my coach suggested I split it between lunch and dinner. I use my lunch pack for afternoon snack. Can I split the protein between 3 meals. Is there a reason I can't have a protein pack with a salad made with 4 oz of chicken?

I an going to try tofu, but I'm not optimistic.

My coach went to Mexico for 2 weeks, the nerve, so I can't ask her.
For the last two days I haven't' eaten much, I have had no appetite. Today I will force myself to eat.

there's no reason at all you can't split up your protein between lunch and dinner (including having meat along with your protein pack at lunch) - MANY people rearrange their "real" food around what works for them. On this particular diet, what matters most is getting ALL the food in every day - how you break it up can be tailored to what is best for you.

IntheEvening
03-06-2013, 09:33 AM
I an going to try tofu, but I'm not optimistic.

The thing with tofu is that it flavorless unless you cook it up with some spices to give it flavor. I have to eat a different protein every night or else I get bored. Do you like eggs? Seafood?


Cheekyskeeter
03-06-2013, 09:34 AM
Absolutely split your protein up however it will work for you. As Scorbett said as long as you eat everything you're supposed to it doesn't matter when or how you do it. I was never a huge meat eater before either but now I look forward to it...

Debrasb
03-06-2013, 09:46 AM
The ideas shared are all really good. I have a terriyaki tofu recipe that my family loves, and I really didn't like tofu before I made this. It's addictive! Here it is:

http://www.unlimitedlettuce.com/2013/01/stir-fried-teriyaki-tofu-and-veggies.html

zoesmom
03-06-2013, 09:59 AM
Have you tried seitan? As a life long off and on again vegetarian, I greatly enjoy it...of course, I like tofu too. :) But in any case, my husband tends to like seitan as well. He calls it bread without the bread, but really. it is mock meat. You can find some crazy easy recipes to make your own, or you can buy it. I prefer to make my own, but that is because I like having the ability to choose my flavor...and make it into "smoked ribs".

Also...if you are not a fan of tofu, an easy one to ease into is tofu alfredo. I can get my entire family to eat it, even my super picky three year old. It tastes great and the opinion seems to be the same for everyone...they prefer it over regular alfredo...and the thing with the tofu alfredo...it counts as a super lean protein and the sauce can be used over pasta (which is a no-no for me and my diet) or steamed veggies (which is what I do.)

When I get home later today, I will dig up both my recipes, if you are interested, and post both the recipes and nutritional values.

mrskuby
03-06-2013, 10:52 AM
Have you tried seitan? As a life long off and on again vegetarian, I greatly enjoy it...of course, I like tofu too. :) But in any case, my husband tends to like seitan as well. He calls it bread without the bread, but really. it is mock meat. You can find some crazy easy recipes to make your own, or you can buy it. I prefer to make my own, but that is because I like having the ability to choose my flavor...and make it into "smoked ribs".

Also...if you are not a fan of tofu, an easy one to ease into is tofu alfredo. I can get my entire family to eat it, even my super picky three year old. It tastes great and the opinion seems to be the same for everyone...they prefer it over regular alfredo...and the thing with the tofu alfredo...it counts as a super lean protein and the sauce can be used over pasta (which is a no-no for me and my diet) or steamed veggies (which is what I do.)

When I get home later today, I will dig up both my recipes, if you are interested, and post both the recipes and nutritional values.

Okay, so I read your post and immediately went in search of a recipe...I found quite a few in my google search! I am so going to buy some tofu and making this tonite! I've been missing creamy sauces and I think this will hit the spot! I'll post tomorrow! :carrot:

zoesmom
03-06-2013, 11:24 AM
Okay, so I read your post and immediately went in search of a recipe...I found quite a few in my google search! I am so going to buy some tofu and making this tonite! I've been missing creamy sauces and I think this will hit the spot! I'll post tomorrow! :carrot:

Make sure you get "silken" or "soft" for sauces and drain it completely!!! (Common mistake amongst first time tofu-ers.) ;)

Mantuagirl
03-06-2013, 11:27 AM
Can you follow a vegetarian diet on IP?

scorbett1103
03-06-2013, 11:35 AM
Can you follow a vegetarian diet on IP?

Yep - it's definitely more challenging but there are a few vegetarians on the boards who follow IP!

Donna Gel
03-06-2013, 11:42 AM
Good then I will split my protein up.

Do you like eggs? Seafood?
Eggs yes, seafood no.

I haven't tried Seiten. Think I will give tofu a try first.
What I bought was tofu noodles. Thought that might be a good place to start.

The fact that I ate very little the past 2 days, has that thrown me out of keytosis?

mrskuby
03-06-2013, 11:50 AM
Make sure you get "silken" or "soft" for sauces and drain it completely!!! (Common mistake amongst first time tofu-ers.) ;)

Okay, some of the recipes I saw said no to drain it but to use the liquid in the blender...(and I am def a first time tofu-er! LOL):dizzy:

Mantuagirl
03-06-2013, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the answer Scorbett. I am a vegetarian that is intrigued by IP.

zoesmom
03-06-2013, 11:59 AM
Okay, some of the recipes I saw said no to drain it but to use the liquid in the blender...(and I am def a first time tofu-er! LOL):dizzy:

hmmmmm....well....hmmmmm. I know for me, the only time I do not drain is when I am making a soup. The liquid tends to sometimes have a very strong flavor or can make a recipe not cook up right. If you found recipes that explictly state not to drain, then they must have a reason...such as not using any other liquid such as milk or water. I'll say go with it as per the recipe. But make sure to get silken or soft (preferably silken.) Anything else used in a sauce will give it a grainy texture, and when you are looking for creamy, that just doesn't cut it!

JODIO
03-06-2013, 12:28 PM
How about eggs..?

JODIO
03-06-2013, 12:30 PM
oops I see someone already asked...
I like a big veggie omelet!

mrskuby
03-06-2013, 12:30 PM
hmmmmm....well....hmmmmm. I know for me, the only time I do not drain is when I am making a soup. The liquid tends to sometimes have a very strong flavor or can make a recipe not cook up right. If you found recipes that explictly state not to drain, then they must have a reason...such as not using any other liquid such as milk or water. I'll say go with it as per the recipe. But make sure to get silken or soft (preferably silken.) Anything else used in a sauce will give it a grainy texture, and when you are looking for creamy, that just doesn't cut it!

Awesome! Thanks! :D

mrskuby
03-07-2013, 08:27 AM
FYI...tofu Alfredo is so good, DH even liked it!!! He isn't on IP and doesn't like tofu!!! I added 1/4 cup of good quality parm cheese since I wasn't adding any meat...then I added sauteed mushrooms, scallions and swiss chard. I had it over roasted cauliflower and DH had pasta. It was sooo good!!! :chef: We were discussing the different veggie options to add in the immediate future and meats (chicken or shrimp would be divine) once I am in maintenance. DH's specialty is Alfredo and while this isn't nearly the same as his homemade version, it is a great substitute for an average weekday meal. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm gonna go do some research on tofu possibilities! LOL

zoesmom
03-07-2013, 08:35 AM
FYI...tofu Alfredo is so good, DH even liked it!!! He isn't on IP and doesn't like tofu!!! I added 1/4 cup of good quality parm cheese since I wasn't adding any meat...then I added sauteed mushrooms, scallions and swiss chard. I had it over roasted cauliflower and DH had pasta. It was sooo good!!! :chef: We were discussing the different veggie options to add in the immediate future and meats (chicken or shrimp would be divine) once I am in maintenance. DH's specialty is Alfredo and while this isn't nearly the same as his homemade version, it is a great substitute for an average weekday meal. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm gonna go do some research on tofu possibilities! LOL

YEAH! :D Glad to hear it! Tofu Alfredo is how I introduced tofu to my hubby because I LOVE the stuff and just wasn't going to make two meals a night when I craved it. Check out Nava Atlas. I LOVE her recipes and you can find most online.