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Old 07-07-2011, 03:55 PM   #511
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Help needed please!!!
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Im on day four and I didnt get much info from my coach when I started. She just gave me the handouts and about 35 different packets ( a few bars, chips, RTD and puddings too) which is nice because Ive been able to try lots of different things so that I'll know what I like and what I dont. However, Im not sure what is restricted and what isnt, and on one of the handouts it says not to have any restricted the first 3 weeks. And Im not sure how many regular packets I should be eating a day. Right now Im doing 4 a day. Also can I eat peppers?

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Old 07-07-2011, 04:08 PM   #512
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Help needed please!!!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And Im not sure how many regular packets I should be eating a day. Right now Im doing 4 a day. Also can I eat peppers?
We (my BF is doing IP with me) do 3 a day... one for brekkie, one at lunch and one as a snack between supper and bed time. Our coach said we were allowed 1 restricted per day... we usually have that as the snack...

Brekkie is normally a shake for us - heated up with my steamer and then coffee added to make it like macchiatos from Starbucks

Lunch is 2 cups of allowed veggies with an IP packet - either the omlette, soup or just a stir fry with a yougurt or pudding.

Supper is your allowed oz's of meat with another 2 cups of allowed veggies. And yes, the new protocol says you may have bell peppers - all colours are permissible now.

For our snack we are having either a pudding, a bar or the soya puffs.

You can mix it up daily! ;0) Good luck!
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Help needed please!!!
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Im on day four and I didnt get much info from my coach when I started. She just gave me the handouts and about 35 different packets ( a few bars, chips, RTD and puddings too) which is nice because Ive been able to try lots of different things so that I'll know what I like and what I dont. However, Im not sure what is restricted and what isnt, and on one of the handouts it says not to have any restricted the first 3 weeks. And Im not sure how many regular packets I should be eating a day. Right now Im doing 4 a day. Also can I eat peppers?
this site might help: http://www.idealtogo.com/Library/Pha...%20-%20ITG.pdf

I remember doing phase 1: packet for breakfast, packet for lunch and one after dinner before bed.
Occasional (You may choose two items only per week from this list): Brussels sprouts, Beans (Green & Wax), Eggplant, Palm Hearts, Snow Peas, Tomato


I think i waited a month to have any of the following Restricted Foods - only 1of the following Ideal Protein Foods are permitted per day; All Bars, Soy Puffs, Chili, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Soy Nuts, Salt and Vinegar & BBQ Ridges, Southwest Cheese Curls (Spaghetti is permitted a maximum of 2 x’s per week)
Yes peppers are allowed.

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Another thought...
When weightloss slows, I tended to notice it was because I had red meat more than 2x a week. So think about that and refer to your daily food diary.
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Me too... didnt see a response ( or maybe I missed it?) I have debated in using the fat free or sugar free version of Carnation...would this be ok!??
I tried using the vanilla pudding as a creamer by adding more water but it did not work too well. It was way too clumpy and tasted awful. I welcome any ideas...p.s. is vanilla extract added to non-fat milk doable? Can the 2 mix?
I do skim milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. There are also splenda packets in hazelnut and french vanilla if you want to favor it. I only use part of the packet if I want it sweetened.
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♥ Instead of the Chocolate drink which is 7 carbs, why not have the chocolate pudding as a drink for only 3 carbs!! Just add 10 - 12 oz of water I like mine with a bit of instant decaf coffee, some coconut extract & a bit of splenda...so good

♥Add a bit of coconut extract to your raspberry jello for a change of flavor!

♥Turn your vanilla pudding in to a shake by adding about 10 oz of water. Add a dash of vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon and some splenda to make it seem like a delicious no no

♥for those hungry days - Use romaine lettuce in stir fry's in place of celery or bok choy, that way you can have your 2 cups of veggies plus the lettuce in your stir fry, it makes it seem like more food but without adding carb filled veggies. Trust me, you won't even notice it's lettuce!

♥Add some diet splenda sweetened ginger ale to your raspberry jello to give it some effervescence!

♥Superstore has blue label ketchup that is comparable to my recipe - 1 carb per serving...easier than making your own ketchup.

♥I've heard the WF ketchup is similar to cocktail sauce for anyone who's looking for something like that

♥if you feel the need to cheat, have a big glass of water and wait 15 minutes, if the craving hasn't gone away then grab your favorite IP package of food; A 4th package is going to be much... better for you than any other choice

♥Having trouble getting all your salt in everyday? Sprinkle a pinch in your water bottle every time you fill it up, or add a little to your IP puddings and shakes...it won't change the taste at all and you'll be ensuring you get your required salt everyday!

♥Try a veggie you've never tried before; you might find you have a new favorite veggie. Bok Choy & Napa cabbage are two of my new low carb favorites. Don't know how to use it - try my bok choy soup recipe!

♥Make an "IP Emergency Kit" in your purse. Include a days vitamins, sea salt, an extra IP pack, some splenda packages and a WF dressing package for those emergency days when you find yourself stuck.

♥use your water flavorings in 1L of water instead of 500 mls. This will cut down on the extra carbs & artificial sweeteners/flavorings you're taking in and in a few days you won't even notice the difference anymore!

♥Don't get stuck in a rut eating the same things over and over again, it's the easiest way to get sick of a diet and cheat. Try a new recipe, prepare your veggies in a new way. Have you borrowed an IP Cookbook from your coach? Have you tried roasting cauliflower or eating asparagus raw? Shake things up, you might find a new favorite!

♥Experiment to keep it interesting!

Don't rely on the same meals over and over again to get you through this diet, that is a sure fire way to fall off the wagon. Go online and look up low carb recipes, grab one from our discussion boards, borrow a cook book from Trista, take old favorites and add new spices...change it up so that you don't get bored and give up!

Mix up the packages into new flavors - I recently started adding half a package of chocolate pudding and half a package of cappuccino to 10 oz of water then pouring it in a mug and heating it for about a minute (give or take depending on the microwave). It's delicious and comforting and rich. Next I'm going to blend it with ice to make a yummy mocha ice cap!

Have you tried a dreamsicle yet (1/2 orange drink & 1/2 vanilla pudding with 8 oz of water)?

Have you tried a strawberry delight (1/2 strawberry pudding & 1/2 vanilla pudding with 10 oz of water)

or how about a double iced cappuccino (1 pkg of cappuccino mixed and 8 oz of coffee shaken over ice).

Experimenting with flavors and new ideas will keep you on the track to success!

♥ask questions & plan ahead!!

If you go out to a restaurant you can mix and match different dishes to accommodate your needs on Ideal Protein! Most restaurants will dry grill your food, change salads around to suit your needs, pull vegetables from one entree to serve as a side dish on your entree...all you have to do is ask!

It also helps to plan ahead, most restaurants show their menu online so you can plan your meal ahead of time and have a firm plan in place by the time you get to the restaurant with hunger and a weakened resolve!

What restaurants do you eat at on IP? What do you order? Feel free to share your ideas with everyone on the forum - knowledge is power & success for us all

♥Whether you have 20 lbs to lose and you're losing it a pound at a time or 100 to lose and you're losing it 4 or 5 at a time it can get overwhelming to think about getting to that end goal. Focus on mini-goals to achieve one at a time and reward yourself along the way; before you know it, you'll be there!

I put $50 in a jar for every month I'm on program with no cheats, at the end I hope to have about $600 to put toward a new wardrobe! I've also gotten a pedicure, a haircut & a new bike as rewards for my success. We don't always have to celebrate with food!

"I can't lose 120 lbs that's too hard to do but I can lose 10 lbs 12 times, that I know I can do!"

♥Have you been craving something you can't have? Try using the flavor profile from what you crave to create a meal that will satisfy your craving but keep you on program!

Try the Big Mac in a bowl recipe or Egg Pizza!
Not just for Newbies... I'm 5 months in and just tried your third hint... Vanilla Milkshake using the pudding. Followed your recipe to a tee and am BLOWN AWAY! This is just too good! I am so excited. It is like being on a different diet with all these new ideas. Thank you so very much... and I went to your blog. The relationship between you and your dad is hilarious/wonderful! I really enjoyed it and look forward also to trying your pancakes. Smile. Thanks again!
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Hi I am new to 3 fat chicks and will start ideal protein in exactly 7 days. I have tried South Beach, diet pills, lemonade diet drink, fasting myself to death and working out to infinity and beyond. So far, nothing has worked.
I weight 188 and am miserable fat. Any suggestions for a newbie?
Also, i noticed a comment from someone named fatandfunky. Any idea if she posts anymore. I liked her post and her success. Thanks
Just stopped by to welcome you WhirlyBird... I'm originally from New Orleans and was excited to see someone from Baton Rouge. Smile. Best hint... keep checking in with 3FatChicks. The info here and recipes are incredible help. The first 3 days are hardest - don't let any of the symptoms (if you have them) stop you. You'll be at your goal so much faster than with any other diet you've ever been on and with a route to permanent success. Smile. Again, WELCOME!
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