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lesstolove 11-10-2009 01:00 AM

Hi there! Love seeing everyone's posts here. I am in the maintenance phase. Loved the diet. It is nearly impossible to gain the weight back...even with my nightly glass of wine. Hehe...For those of you who do not care for Splenda you can try Stevia. It is sold in natural foodstores, Super Supplements, Fred Meyer etc. It comes in many forms. I carry tablets in my purse for hot drinks like coffee. You can also buy it in packets in powdered form. This works well for unsweetened iced tea, etc. I use it in liquid form in my coffee or when making lemonade. It is available in many flavors and if you put it in carbonated water it tastes like pop. It is what my kiddos drink. It's really quite good. It can also be used for making salad dressing, put in marinades, and for baking. It is also very very good for you and for your pancreas! And totally allowed in phases1-3. When you hit phase 4 you can also use agave syrup as a sweetener. It is very low on the glycemic index. Tastes good on cereal etc... Also, you can buy TrueLemon and TrueLime in the baking section of the grocery store. It is powdered lemon or lime juice. Very good on Chicken or fish or in marinades. I love it in water with a bit of stevia. It's just like drinking Lemon/limeade. I have some wonderful, tasty, good enuf for company recipes I would love to post soon. May the force be with you. :)

lesstolove 11-10-2009 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by feverfixer (Post 3007130)
Weigh in day yesterday! Down another 6 lbs, makes 16lbs in past 2 weeks on IP! I haven't been under 160 in 10yrs and can't wait! My goal is to fit into a beautiful dress for my renewal of vows in Feb. Married for 20years.

Hubby made me the choc muffins with WF choc sauce. Texture was great but the taste was not! Any idea how to tweak this to get it more palatable?

You might try putting chocolate Stevia in the chocolate muffin mix. I did not care for them either, but my sweetie liked the muffins o.k. with the stevia.

hockyemom 11-10-2009 09:17 AM

Finally posting
 
:D
Hi everyone -- I have been 'lurking' for a couple of months now and really enjoy all of the posts.
I'm happy that everyone seems to be doing well on this.

My info -- 41 years old, on IP since Sept. 28, 6 week total loss - 25 lbs.

Like many of you, I battle from time to time with the idea of cheating. What I have finally started to understand is that the enjoyment of a momentary cheat is usually outweighed by the fact that it will set me back for 2-3 days (the time it takes to get back into ketosis) -- after 6 weeks, I think I have 'gotten it'! I figure that I have tried many of the diets where I lost 1-2 lbs per week and am doing this because I don't want that kind of weight loss. I am paying for the food and 'working' at IP because I want to do this quickly and then get myself to a place where I can eat sensibly (but normally) and not have to worry about my weight all the time.

Hope that makes sense to someone -- it is just the way that I have figured out how to stop justifying cheating.

Have a good day everyone.

Kim

kira 11-10-2009 09:32 AM

The compounds that make Stevia sweet are now readily available in commercial sweeteners known as TruVia and PureVia. Coke and Pepsi are also both working on drinks using these. They come in a packet like Splenda. Look for the green packet. No chemical taste that I can notice. But I've been using sweeteners for a while - I'm not sure I can tell anymore!

I didn't know about the flavored Stevia. Good to know.

Serenada - that's so hard. You have the additional challenge of having to cook "regular" food for your child. And with each bite you have, I think it makes it easier to cheat the next time. How long have you been on IP? Not sure from your description if this is initial cravings, or if you should be past that.

When I get weak, I turn to chocolate-covered soy puffs (my absolute favorite IP item). When you get that urge, try popping a few of those, and see if you can make it past the urge. You probably won't need the whole bag - just a few to get past the craving or the urge to eat. It will get easier to resist!

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vallygirl 11-10-2009 10:01 AM

Everyone is so doing so great! I had to go buy new pants this weekend so I would have something to wear to work! darn! I hate when that happens! Ha Ha! I kind of had a bad week for little cheats and I weigh in this afternoon. I am a little worried. I think I need to check in here more often because reading about everyone elses struggles, which I share, makes me want to try harder and stick to the plan. This is the first time ever that I have had this much success with a diet and I can't lose momentum now!

vallygirl 11-10-2009 10:07 AM

I forgot I was going to write down what I use for salad dressing. I love raspberry vinegrette so I take Three tsp apple cyder vinegar, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 Table spoon of WW raspberry jelly and a little garlic powder. It makes quite a strong but really yummy dressing. It works best if you put it through the blender so I tripple or more the batch and have enough for the whole week. I can also take some with me when we eat out, so I can really enjoy a salad. You only need about 4 tsp on a salad so it goes a long way.

SuperSweet 11-10-2009 12:36 PM

Hi Everyone I am still new to IP 2 weeks in and down 12#. I am doing the diet with my daughter and that makes it a bit easier. My daughter is down 14#. I am 45 and my daughter is 25.

Spatime- I am a researcher - I checked out those "miracle noodles". There is no reason to purchase online,they are available from Asian markets for $1.29 per bag. They are called Yam Noodles(not like our yams). They are in the refridgerated section near the produce ...next to egg roll wrappers. For the price they are cheap enough to try different preperations. I went yesterday and bought a few bags. First we rinsed them (VERY WELL!) then cut them into smaller pieces and added them to broth...Our thought...they would do for a glass noodle imposter. Next, we stir fried them and at first them did seem slimy but we added garlic, chili flakes and soy sauce...cooked for what seemed like it was to long and then that slimy feeling was gone and I did enjoy them. We made ground chicken lettuce wraps and filled the lettuce cups with these noodles. It is best to pre cut the noodles since they are a bit chewy. Conclusion: Not for everyday but definatley a change of pace.

JoshB: I must say your description of the leek soup made me laugh...I hate the leek soup. I have not had a restricted item as of yet but I have tried everything not restricted. The mushroom soup is the only soup I like. But the leek...Wow!! not even words can describe! I love the wildberry yogurt and vanilla pudding with cinnamon. Stay on track...When it seems like it is not worth it...I try and think about the grand scheme of things.... one year out of how many you have left in great health...it is all worth it!!! I keep a journal of what I am craving or missing and tell myself on the few holidays I have predetermined will be a cheat day I will revisit my journal and decide how much I really wanted a certain thing. I do not cheat, nor will I on any days, except for the actual day of a major holiday and that is by choice to keep up with family and traditions....I realize the set back and feel if this IP is a lifetime change then I choose to take it as part of the plan. I did not get heavy overnight and don't find it unreasonable to have a few weeks a year of no weight loss.

To the ladies who post- I applaud your effort...I bet there are many people benefiting from your words but not posting...Kepp it up!


Much luck to everyone!

saraj1022 11-10-2009 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaygirl (Post 3006778)
Tasha, I was told by my doctor no cheese . as for the saurkraut that question is on my list to the doctor on wednesday I was told by my doctor that it reads less then 1 gram of carbs ,sugar and fat it's ok to eat.
don't go by your scales because of all the water intake it's going to weigh you down besides the doc says don't worry to much about the scales it will show in inches. When my doctor went on it she said for 2 weeks she didn't lose but 3 pounds but her inches showed a loss then she said her 3rd week she lost 9 pounds. Just hang in there and you are doing everything then it will show somewhere.:)
Good Luck

You def should stay away from cheese...but, I did have cheese on Halloween because I was dying (it just got way past my bed time) I told my counsleor and although she said no cheating, that besides veggies it is one of the better cheats because there are no carbs and its basically fat, and were obviously eating very restricted fats so it was the wiser cheat lol... I have had pinches of cheese here and there and even last night i made a portobello mushroom burger and put a super thin slice of cheese on it and I have now lost 21 lbs in 3 weeks!!! and the people on here getting discourged by only 2-3 lbs STOP IT!!! lol. On a normal diet 1-2 lbs a week is about all you get!

Ladies and gentlemen, try the burger oh my I felt like a cheater!!! lol
You substitute the bun for portobello mushrooms (you cook them in the over at about 400 for 8-10 minutes coated in olive oil...u put tomatoe, lettuce, mustard and red onion...oh and the slice of cheese which, yes is way naughty...but even with out it, it would have been sooooooooooo goooooood!

saraj1022 11-10-2009 01:06 PM

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saraj1022 11-10-2009 01:10 PM

If you are not offended over foul language I recommend you read Skinny *****. It does go into veganism, and although that will NEVER happen lol, it has some great tips, knowledge and motivation. Its a short read, I read it in a couple hours and it is definatley a motivator to watch what you eat and to care about what you put in your body.

ukandewit 11-10-2009 01:18 PM

The portabello burger sounds good! I cheat with cheese occasionally too (like today, just a sprinkle of sharp cheddar in my chili), and figure it's my once indulgence. I cut back a bit on the olive oil to offset the fat...if that makes any sense. That makes it justifiable to me anyway. :-)

echobaby 11-10-2009 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lesstolove (Post 3008007)
Hi there! Love seeing everyone's posts here. I am in the maintenance phase. Loved the diet. It is nearly impossible to gain the weight back...even with my nightly glass of wine. Hehe...For those of you who do not care for Splenda you can try Stevia. It is sold in natural foodstores, Super Supplements, Fred Meyer etc. It comes in many forms. I carry tablets in my purse for hot drinks like coffee. You can also buy it in packets in powdered form. This works well for unsweetened iced tea, etc. I use it in liquid form in my coffee or when making lemonade. It is available in many flavors and if you put it in carbonated water it tastes like pop. It is what my kiddos drink. It's really quite good. It can also be used for making salad dressing, put in marinades, and for baking. It is also very very good for you and for your pancreas! And totally allowed in phases1-3. When you hit phase 4 you can also use agave syrup as a sweetener. It is very low on the glycemic index. Tastes good on cereal etc... Also, you can buy TrueLemon and TrueLime in the baking section of the grocery store. It is powdered lemon or lime juice. Very good on Chicken or fish or in marinades. I love it in water with a bit of stevia. It's just like drinking Lemon/limeade. I have some wonderful, tasty, good enuf for company recipes I would love to post soon. May the force be with you. :)


Hey, Lesstolove. Congratulations to you for getting to maintenance! Did you post in an earlier forum while you were in stages 1, 2 ,&3? If you haven't, you HAVE to tell us your story. I am dying to know where you started; difficulties you faced; how long were your phases;...everything. People like you and awle, who is almost there, really motivate us. Do tell!

ukandewit 11-10-2009 01:26 PM

I was going to ask if anyone had tried reducing the number of packets they use? I'm kind of struggling with the cost (I'm a single mom, and spending waaaay more on food with the $80ish a week in packets, then other groceries). My mom, who is doing the diet too, and I talked about trying to substitute a lean protein like tuna, for lunch instead of a packet, and maybe 1-2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. (A foil packet of tuna is $2.00 and eggs are $.12 apiece or so... so that's $2.25 compared to $8.00...saving around $40/week....if my approximate calculations are correct) Any thoughts?

saraj1022 11-10-2009 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukandewit (Post 3008643)
I was going to ask if anyone had tried reducing the number of packets they use? I'm kind of struggling with the cost (I'm a single mom, and spending waaaay more on food with the $80ish a week in packets, then other groceries). My mom, who is doing the diet too, and I talked about trying to substitute a lean protein like tuna, for lunch instead of a packet, and maybe 1-2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. (A foil packet of tuna is $2.00 and eggs are $.12 apiece or so... so that's $2.25 compared to $8.00...saving around $40/week....if my approximate calculations are correct) Any thoughts?

Im going "home on vacation" for 2 weeks. I leave on the 16th and had to buy my food today. I could not afford to drop 240 in one day so I asked If I could do something similar like you said. We decided breakfast and evening snack would be packets and lunch and dinner would be a protein and veggies. I believe thats basically the next phase. Realize you can do this partially on your own, this is here to get you through the tough part so you don't have to do the "i am effin hungry and can't wait to cook something" the packets are there and easy so you don't cheat. It is totally up to you and think if you have to make that change you will still lose weight! you won't be eating how you were before. Ill let you know if i lost after my first week of vacation! I have also decided to see if I can find my own supplements...they are way over priced there!

saraj1022 11-10-2009 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukandewit (Post 3008643)
I was going to ask if anyone had tried reducing the number of packets they use? I'm kind of struggling with the cost (I'm a single mom, and spending waaaay more on food with the $80ish a week in packets, then other groceries). My mom, who is doing the diet too, and I talked about trying to substitute a lean protein like tuna, for lunch instead of a packet, and maybe 1-2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. (A foil packet of tuna is $2.00 and eggs are $.12 apiece or so... so that's $2.25 compared to $8.00...saving around $40/week....if my approximate calculations are correct) Any thoughts?

Oh and 2.00 for tuna is outrageous! just go for the can! most places offer an off brand (which is the SAME thing) in a can for 50-75 cents. If you dont want to carry a can opener around put it in a zip lock bag before you leave!

echobaby 11-10-2009 02:16 PM

Someone was asking about nutritional info for the packets. I knew I'd seen it somewhere. I just found it on page 18 of the October monthly chat. I'd post the links myself, but I'm a computer dummy.

Ogdog13 11-10-2009 02:40 PM

Grazing
 
Everyone, I am used to grazing all day. Gaining isn't easy for me, but losing is hard. I'm on the diet now 7 days, have a weigh in tonight. I'm miserable at 10am and 2PM. I WANT TO GRAZE!! Does anyone have any tips to get me through these times, I don't want to cheat!!

PRINCASS 11-10-2009 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ogdog13 (Post 3008722)
Everyone, I am used to grazing all day. Gaining isn't easy for me, but losing is hard. I'm on the diet now 7 days, have a weigh in tonight. I'm miserable at 10am and 2PM. I WANT TO GRAZE!! Does anyone have any tips to get me through these times, I don't want to cheat!!


Sorry to hear your having a hard time.:sorry:

Just a couple suggestions that help me.

:crossed:I split up my salad, veggies and protien packet for lunch. I don't set down and eat all the food at once. If I begin to feel hungry I'll have my packet then later when I get that craving/hunger I will eat my 2cups of veggies and same with the salad. I don't know if this is a no-no but it helps me make it to dinner without cheating. Also if I feel that I cannot make it to dinner I will eat my snack between lunch and dinner or maybe just nibble on a protien bar while making dinner for the rest of the family.


:chin:Hope this helps. :crossed:

:dust:

TashaW 11-10-2009 05:09 PM

Hello everyone:))

Amazing to see all the posting today!! I really needed it:)) I am having a tougher day today. I was up all night with my little girl who is very sick with the flu. i only managed to get abut 2 hours of sleep and woke up with peanut butter cups on my mind. I remember once before my doctor telling me when we don't sleep enough we crave sugar cause when we are sleeping our brains feeds of off glucose and if it doesn't get enough it causes cravings. Still I am having a tougher day and this was perfect to find

I just tried the leek soup and won't be making that mistake again LOL
I will stick to the mushroom one, which I love especially with a cup of pureed cauliflower in it Mmmmm

Saraj..that portebello mushrrom burger sounds amazing i will have to try that:))) Thanks for the recipe!!

lesstolove :) super congrats on the maintenance stage that is awesome.

There was much more I wanted to write but my brain has quite working. I will have to come back later

Hope everyone has a great day:))
Hugs,
Tash

TashaW 11-10-2009 05:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vallygirl (Post 3008347)
I forgot I was going to write down what I use for salad dressing. I love raspberry vinegrette so I take Three tsp apple cyder vinegar, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 Table spoon of WW raspberry jelly and a little garlic powder. It makes quite a strong but really yummy dressing. It works best if you put it through the blender so I tripple or more the batch and have enough for the whole week. I can also take some with me when we eat out, so I can really enjoy a salad. You only need about 4 tsp on a salad so it goes a long way.

Mmmmm this sounds yummy I will be having to try it:))) Thanks for sharing the recipe

feverfixer 11-10-2009 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukandewit (Post 3008643)
I was going to ask if anyone had tried reducing the number of packets they use? I'm kind of struggling with the cost (I'm a single mom, and spending waaaay more on food with the $80ish a week in packets, then other groceries). My mom, who is doing the diet too, and I talked about trying to substitute a lean protein like tuna, for lunch instead of a packet, and maybe 1-2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. (A foil packet of tuna is $2.00 and eggs are $.12 apiece or so... so that's $2.25 compared to $8.00...saving around $40/week....if my approximate calculations are correct) Any thoughts?


I have cheated from the program with breakfast usually. I make a 3-egg white omlette with 1/2-1cup of peppers and mushrooms. It is a few calories less than the packet, but pure protein and a lot cheaper than their omlette mix particularly if you get the eggs on sale. It is also easy to order for breakfast at a restaurant.

Thanks for the tip on making the chocolate muffin better. I will let you know how it goes. Is Splenda unrestricted??

SylvieG 11-10-2009 08:35 PM

I wanted to thank all of you on your advice... Did not cheat today, though it was tempting at lunch! (office lunch at the restaurant):devil: At first I was worried about ordering allowed food but it was not a problem at all! Replaced the included clam chowder with a salad and the french fries with steammed veggies!:carrot: None of my coworkers seemed surprised of my questions to the waiter and some of them changed items in their meals afterwards!

One of you identified what must have been my biggest struggle over the last 3 months: cooking two separate dinners for my family and I... Putting words to it helped me overcome the difficulty and thinking of the pounds I dropped along the way keeps me motivated fot the final month or so... Tommorrow, I will cook some meatpie for the Holidays - won't be easy but I will think of THE dress I WILL wear then to help me through!!:encore:

kira 11-10-2009 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by echobaby (Post 3008703)
Someone was asking about nutritional info for the packets. I knew I'd seen it somewhere. I just found it on page 18 of the October monthly chat. I'd post the links myself, but I'm a computer dummy.

It's also posted in the FAQ.

torchlaker 11-10-2009 10:00 PM

Whoa....I haven't been on the forum for a few days (son was here and we were loading up a 20 cu.yd truck full of stuff -- garbage!). Wonderful to see all the new posts.

I did talk to my nurse today about going off IP for awhile in December when I go back to Cleveland. She said they would put me on the maintenance phase. Already I have been trying to see where I could tweak it, so I wouldn
t have to buy so many packets. I told her that I couldn't afford 3 weeks of packets. Mmmm....so I have been thinking....could we add protein powder to an instant oatmeal? To a SugarFree Jello Pudding? To a low carb shake? Or would I be better off just going low-carb.

I think all the bottles of DiVinci sugarfree syrups helps a lot. I just ordered (I know...again??!!)...and got pumpkin pie, watermelon and praline. Watermelon was really disappointing. Pumpkin pie was great added to the butterscotch pudding. Haven't opened the Praline yet. My counter looks like a "coffee shop".

Really didn't think I would lose this week...since I sure didn't get in my water....supplements, etc. We were busy from early a.m. until wee hours. I would just grab a protein shake or a bar and keep working. Anyhow...I DID lose 2#....and I am officially in the 150's now! So exciting. My doctor had set 150# as my goal weight, but I had wanted to go to 140#. I guess I will see what happens when I actually reach 150. I started Sept.9th on IP...yesterday was 2 months (but somehow, 10 weeks...duh??).

Have to share a story with you. My son and I were working hard loading the truck with stuff from my parents, then my mom, and finally my husband...we went thru an outbuilding, a garage, a basement, loads of cupboards and closets. ANYHOW....My stomach was bothering me on Monday, so I put on a pair of yoga pants to work and tied the cord tight. They fell off when I was walking! Literally! I thought my son would bust a gutt laughing...he says, "Guess that diet is really working for you, Mom."

So glad to see all the success (and struggles) that everyone is having. It is hard to believe that when I joined this forum in September, there were only a few of us on it....look at us now!!

ukandewit 11-10-2009 11:19 PM

I was thinking of the tuna packets for convenience to take to work mainly...and I like the taste a little better, but I buy both. The packets I get are 6.4 ounces, and cans are 5. I'm going to tough it out with IP for awhile longer and see how I do...just thinking about other options. Thanks for everyone's input!

I see a lot of people cooking 2 seperate meals for their families. My little lady (7) unfortunately just has to deal with what I cook for supper. =) She sometimes gets a different veggie than me, and a bread of some sort, but for the most part she pretty much eats what I do. (Sans the onions and tomatoes). I've always been decent about having her eat healthy, but have been a lot more concious of watching for sugar intake, and ensuring she is eating a variety of fresh fruit and veggies, and feel great about that! I made "garlic mashed cauliflower" for the first time tonight, and she loved it!

Sandrab 11-10-2009 11:55 PM

hi there!

well i had my 7 week weigh in today, and was pleased with a 4.6lb lost combined with 4.5". that made up from last weeks planned cheat for the wedding...i had accidentally posted a message on the recipes page - i was reading the recipes and forgot to jump back to this forum. i had offered to bring forth any questions to the info session i have been invited to on nov 16 this program has been pretty succesful in my area, and our coaches have invited existing IP users to attend, and invite guests if we like. not sure how to go about "inviting" guests without sounding suggestive, but am definitely going to attend myself to see if there is new info, or possibly info i missed the first time round. have a good week!

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GoddessTT 11-11-2009 03:50 AM

Just posting a hi!!!! I missed everyone and I have since like what mid Oct to catch up. I have internet now, even though the move isn't 100% we are in the new place with a few things (garage etc) back at the old place. I do have lots of boxes though...sigh. I will update the blog soon, I have been losing inches and lbs. I lost the most inches this past Friday though. But I am worried, everytime I go to the dr. office to do the measure I get sick (EVERYTIME), if I skip a week I don't get sick but if I go I get sick. I got sick with the same stuff I keep getting everytime I go.

Anyways I wanted to say hi and happy vet's day!

ottawa 11-11-2009 07:57 AM

[QUOTE=Ogdog13;3008722]Everyone, I am used to grazing all day. Gaining isn't easy for me, but losing is hard. I'm on the diet now 7 days, have a weigh in tonight. I'm miserable at 10am and 2PM. I WANT TO GRAZE!! Does anyone have any tips to get me through these times, I don't want to cheat!![/QUOT

I have to get up early and to drive 1 hour to work, so I am up at 5:30 and leave the house by 6:15-6:30, so I have my breakfast before leaving home (usually a pudding as I cannot eat the omlette package due to the peppers) and to ensure that I eat every 4 hours (I have been told never to go beyond 5 hours) I usually eat some celery and/or cucumbers around 10 am and then my lunch (usually mushroom or chicken soup package) and a salad. As my hubby does not get home till 6:30, dinner is late so I usually eat 1/2 to the whole package of my snack in the afternoon or sometimes more celery, cucumbers or some other of the allowed veggies. If I only eat 1/2 of my snack I have the other 1/2 in the evening. As we have been told at lunch and supper we can have unlimited veggies from the list I consider the veggies I eat in between meals as part of the unlimited veggies allowed and a mechanism to keep my metabolism going.
From some of the posts I have seen it appears that others have been told to have 2 cups of allowed veggies? Is this the way the plan is for most of you?

Harmonymom2 11-11-2009 10:27 AM

hockyemom, you're an inspiration to me. I've been on the diet since 1 day before you, and have only lost 15#. I'm pleased I've lost that much, but see it could have been so much more if I didn't cheat so much! I justify my cheats by focusing on low carb counts, but I sometimes ignore calories and fat. :(

for others: It is perfectly acceptable to spread your veggies out over the afternoon, or even start late morning. I don't believe in forcing yourself to eat all of your food at once, if you're full, or just not hungry. That's a bad habit to start, because when you get to maintenance, you're going to want to listen to your body and not eat unless you're hungry.

echobaby 11-11-2009 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by feverfixer (Post 3008956)
I have cheated from the program with breakfast usually. I make a 3-egg white omlette with 1/2-1cup of peppers and mushrooms. It is a few calories less than the packet, but pure protein and a lot cheaper than their omlette mix particularly if you get the eggs on sale. It is also easy to order for breakfast at a restaurant.

Thanks for the tip on making the chocolate muffin better. I will let you know how it goes. Is Splenda unrestricted??

Yes, Splenda is unrestricted as far as I know.
BTW, I made the choc. cake again this morning and along with the splenda, etc. that I added to the water before mixing, I added Molly McButter...a few shakes...even better!!

echobaby 11-11-2009 11:37 AM

[QUOTE=ottawa;3009522]
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ogdog13 (Post 3008722)
Everyone, I am used to grazing all day. Gaining isn't easy for me, but losing is hard. I'm on the diet now 7 days, have a weigh in tonight. I'm miserable at 10am and 2PM. I WANT TO GRAZE!! Does anyone have any tips to get me through these times, I don't want to cheat!![/QUOT

I have to get up early and to drive 1 hour to work, so I am up at 5:30 and leave the house by 6:15-6:30, so I have my breakfast before leaving home (usually a pudding as I cannot eat the omlette package due to the peppers) and to ensure that I eat every 4 hours (I have been told never to go beyond 5 hours) I usually eat some celery and/or cucumbers around 10 am and then my lunch (usually mushroom or chicken soup package) and a salad. As my hubby does not get home till 6:30, dinner is late so I usually eat 1/2 to the whole package of my snack in the afternoon or sometimes more celery, cucumbers or some other of the allowed veggies. If I only eat 1/2 of my snack I have the other 1/2 in the evening. As we have been told at lunch and supper we can have unlimited veggies from the list I consider the veggies I eat in between meals as part of the unlimited veggies allowed and a mechanism to keep my metabolism going.
From some of the posts I have seen it appears that others have been told to have 2 cups of allowed veggies? Is this the way the plan is for most of you?

Do you have a desk at work? Is it possible for you to just have coffee or tea on your drive to work, and eat your breakfast when you get there or on your first break? Maybe if you pushed everything forward a couple of hours it would work better with your schedule.

torchlaker 11-11-2009 12:06 PM

What chocolate cake? You guys have the cakes? I thought they weren't here in the US yet?

I know I would lose faster if I didn't eat so many restricted...and have tried to think WHAT I could make from scratch (or buy) that would cut down my costs? (like the egg white omelet...good idea!). Any ideas?

I have tried to think of something I could use as "breading" on my chicken or pork? Yesterday I did succumb to "shake and bake" altho I shook most of it off. I threw some of those soycrisps into a blender (had a bag left over -- I didn't like them) and thought of blending those into crumbs. Will let you know if it works (they are still sitting "whole" in my blender). Would adding some grated parmesan (the one in the green can??) work since I don't use my 1oz of milk in coffee? I did buy reduced-fat feta cheese, and often put about a teaspoon on top of my salad to make it look more edible. (Can you tell I am getting bored with the diet? -- Don't know Valkyrie has done it for so many months!!). I have no intention of going off IP until I take a break from it around Dec.15th....I still think it is the best diet out there for quick weight loss. (I try not to focus on how MUCH each pound is costing me...lol!!)

kira 11-11-2009 12:34 PM

I've had more people complete the survey on the Ideal Protein Products. The updated results are posted in the FAQ (page 1)

kira 11-11-2009 12:46 PM

ottawa - For quantity of vegetables, the Phase 1 information that I received states the following: "*2 Cups of Select Vegetables & Unlimited Lettuce". The * info is: *Serving size must be respected with no more/no less then indicated.* I've included a copy of this in the FAQ - it's in the page 1 materials.


My coach told me that the snack does not have to be in the evening. A lot of times I'll have half a bar mid-morning, and the other half mid-afternoon. Then I go without for the evening snack. My husband also does this, although he'll still have the evening snack many times. And he still loses more, *jerk* :)

A while ago I did a program called 6 week body makeover. Some similar concepts (and some differences). It was harder because you had to cook so much food. But it's premise was eating lean protein every 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Egg whites and diced chicken breast were typical.

Torchlaker - have you considered dipping the chicken into egg white, and then seasoning the plain crepe mix and using it as breading? I'd go with italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic powder as seasoning. I think that would probably work really well. You may want to reduce the amount of chicken since you'll have some additional protein from the crepe mix.

echobaby 11-11-2009 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by torchlaker (Post 3009869)
What chocolate cake? You guys have the cakes? I thought they weren't here in the US yet?

I know I would lose faster if I didn't eat so many restricted...and have tried to think WHAT I could make from scratch (or buy) that would cut down my costs? (like the egg white omelet...good idea!). Any ideas?

I have tried to think of something I could use as "breading" on my chicken or pork? Yesterday I did succumb to "shake and bake" altho I shook most of it off. I threw some of those soycrisps into a blender (had a bag left over -- I didn't like them) and thought of blending those into crumbs. Will let you know if it works (they are still sitting "whole" in my blender). Would adding some grated parmesan (the one in the green can??) work since I don't use my 1oz of milk in coffee? I did buy reduced-fat feta cheese, and often put about a teaspoon on top of my salad to make it look more edible. (Can you tell I am getting bored with the diet? -- Don't know Valkyrie has done it for so many months!!). I have no intention of going off IP until I take a break from it around Dec.15th....I still think it is the best diet out there for quick weight loss. (I try not to focus on how MUCH each pound is costing me...lol!!)

Hi, Torchlaker, congrats on blasting thru the 160 barrier(it is one of mine too, from previous diets). You don't have the pancake packets? Everyone here talks about having it, so I guess it is available here all over the US. Maybe you can go on the IPtogo or Matol websites and order them separate. There are plain and chocolate flavors and you can make them as a crepe/pancake, muffin, or cake, depending on how much water you use. The various directions are on the packet.
I've only had the chocolate, which requires some additions to taste good(I posted a recipe in this forum, maybe 2 days ago), but I hear the plain is unsweetened, so maybe you can use a bit of that for breading. Have you ever tried almond flour? Very few carbs. Also Atkins makes a baking mix you could use. They sell it online. Hope this helps.

Ogdog13 11-11-2009 01:15 PM

Whooohooo...first weigh in and dropped 4 pounds in a week! An all time first for me with that much weight....and even cheating a bit on day because of a birthday. Now to stick with it totally until Thanksgiving.

PRINCASS: Thank you for the advice on grazing. I had my lunch shake at 10:30 and it did the trick!!

All: Thank you for for posting on here, reading everything is a wondeful help!:D

coolbreeze 11-11-2009 01:23 PM

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I know I would lose faster if I didn't eat so many restricted...and have tried to think WHAT I could make from scratch (or buy) that would cut down my costs? (like the egg white omelet...good idea!). Any ideas?

I have tried to think of something I could use as "breading" on my chicken or pork? QUOTE]

Several of my friends did IP for about 6 weeks, and they swear EAS makes shakes and bars very, very similar to IP for about $1-2 per bar. I think eggs are always a good choice. You can also make the IP chili by using hamburger replacement ( I think its soy protein, cant remember the name). When I priced actual low carb "meals" online, they were just as expensive as IP (mac and cheese, chili etc.).
On the breading, have you ever tried pork rinds? Dip the chicken in egg white, then roll in crushed pork rinds. Low carb and very few calories for what actually coats the chicken. Just a thought.

Today I had something weird happen. I lose 2lbs which I wasnt thrilled with, but then my nurse pointed out that I actually lost 4 lbs of fat, but gained 2 lbs of water. I guess I am heading toward PMS week but didnt know they could break it down like that. Anyone else had that happen?

echobaby 11-11-2009 01:44 PM

TORCHLAKER QUOTE:
I did talk to my nurse today about going off IP for awhile in December when I go back to Cleveland. She said they would put me on the maintenance phase..

Are they going to phase you through the 2nd and 3rd phases before you go? Or just straight to maintenance?

ottawa 11-11-2009 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ottawa (Post 3009522)

Do you have a desk at work? Is it possible for you to just have coffee or tea on your drive to work, and eat your breakfast when you get there or on your first break? Maybe if you pushed everything forward a couple of hours it would work better with your schedule.


I was told not to skip any meals and that not eating within 1/2 hour (1 hour max) after waking up was skipping a meal
so I have been trying to stick to that and therefore ended up with the schedule that I have been following.

Has anybody else been told this?

echobaby 11-11-2009 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by echobaby (Post 3009827)


I was told not to skip any meals and that not eating within 1/2 hour (1 hour max) after waking up was skipping a meal
so I have been trying to stick to that and therefore ended up with the schedule that I have been following.

Has anybody else been told this?

No, I haven't ever heard that. I never eat until I get to work, which is about 1.5-2 hrs after I wake up. Come to think about it, I'd be starving too if I ate breakfast that early and had to do what you've been doing. I don't know that it's slowed me any, but I'm only on week two. It couldn't hurt to try it just one day and see if it helps. Maybe it'll just have to be a tradeoff you'll need to do in order to keep you from cheating later in the day.:?:


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