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Old 02-22-2010, 10:23 AM   #181  
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From what I know about the supplements you can't get the potassium-calcium one over the counter because people who are not on this type of diet shouldn't be taking that much potassium therefor it's not available unless you buy it from a certified coach/doctor etc. If you are on this diet it is perfectly safe to take such a high dose of potassium as it will be lacking in your body otherwise.

*I'm not a doctor, coach or at all affiliated with any kind of medical anything, this is just my understanding. There are a few pharmacists/pharmacy students on the boards who might be better able to answer your questions about getting the vitamins over the counter.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:26 AM   #182  
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Happy Monday everyone. Another good week on the scale. 4 more pounds gone. That makes 24 for the month. As the time goes on, the easier this diet becomes and the more options that are available. On Friday night we tried the tofu noodles, they were excellent, especially in stir fry. Not sure about as a pasta itself, but we will give it a try to see. Hope everyone has a good week...

Hey FTLMIKE - congrats on your loss!! You're doing awesome

I tried the tofu noodles "mr. noodles" style and they were kind of squeeky, rubbery, & hard to eat, I think they would be better placed in a stir fry...that's what I'm going to try doing next time.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:01 AM   #183  
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May I ask the brand name is of the soy cheese you use?
Veggie shreds/Veggie slices.
They are in my normal grocery store "frys" so they arent just a health food store item. They come in several flavors such as provolone,cheddar,swiss,pepperjack,mozzerella sliced and shredded.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:22 AM   #184  
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That seems to be the slowest place for me...where I see it is all upper body
This is happening to me too... I think it's my body's ploy to discourage me. I hate my legs and so they are holding on for dear life. Good thing I am in control of my weight, and it doesn't control me anymore
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:59 AM   #185  
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From Wyo Sky: "My doctor stresses to me that KETOSIS IS NOT the aim of the Ideal Protein plan and is not necessary to lose weight. Ketosis is the aim of other plans such as Atkins, etc. I was on Atkins years ago and checking my reading on Ketostix everyday. I lost weight but gained it all back and then some. From what I understand through my doctor, Ideal Protein is working a very different way. It helps to reset the pancreas and metabolism and whatever else I have going on in my system that has been so compromised by the many diets I've been on over the years."


Hi, Wyo Sky: I'm not sure where your doctor is coming from. The Ideal Protein is based on Dr. Chanh's book The Unbalanced Diet. It is definitely all about ketosis and resetting your pancreas using ketosis. Read Chapter 7 starting on page 51.

Hi BevS, Well I must thank you for directing me to Dr. Chanh's book which I found online. You are correct! I crossed checked with the Ideal Protein website and they feature him and his findings as well. So why is my doctor telling me Ketosis is not important?? I must get to the bottom of this.

If I may ask, what is your understanding of the carb range per day we then need to be in during this diet? Please advise. Also, do you eat the restricted IP items once a day or do you avoid them.

Thank you so much
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:11 PM   #186  
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I saw my coach today and she said I was tired because I wasn't getting enough carbs (been taking the vit / min, drinking enough of water and good salt intake, BP was OK). She added a ristricted pack once a day. Said she was concerned my body might be going into starvation mode. However, I still lost 3#...? Anyway, as long as I continue to take the weight off I'm not gonna complain about extra food!
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Hi BevS, Well I must thank you for directing me to Dr. Chanh's book which I found online. You are correct! I crossed checked with the Ideal Protein website and they feature him and his findings as well. So why is my doctor telling me Ketosis is not important?? I must get to the bottom of this.

If I may ask, what is your understanding of the carb range per day we then need to be in during this diet? Please advise. Also, do you eat the restricted IP items once a day or do you avoid them.

Thank you so much
You should stay between 20 - 40g of carbs per day. Some people find they stay in ketosis better if they stay below 30g of carbs per day.
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Veggie shreds/Veggie slices.
They are in my normal grocery store "frys" so they arent just a health food store item. They come in several flavors such as provolone,cheddar,swiss,pepperjack,mozzerella sliced and shredded.
Josh, I know you use this as a veggie. How much do you use to equal 2 cups of veggies?
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This is happening to me too... I think it's my body's ploy to discourage me. I hate my legs and so they are holding on for dear life. Good thing I am in control of my weight, and it doesn't control me anymore
I've heard that the first place you put weight on is the last place it will come off. Does anyone put any stock in that from what you are seeing in your own body's results? I am noticing that the last places I put it on are the first places it is coming off, so the theory makes sense to me, but was wondering about the rest of you?
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Hey everyone I started Ideal Protein on February 5th and have lose a total of 9.6 lbs. I felt horrible the first few days but things have gotten easier. Before IP my vegetable consumption was super low, i'm having to be creative w/ veggies to ensure I get my intake for the day. Any vegetable tips would be greatly appreciated!! I have my 3rd weigh in on Friday and hope it goes well, I haven't cheated at all so I'm not too worried!

I've been reading this chat since I've started and have found it inspiring and helpful when I'm having a bad day or just need something to do. Thanks everyone and good luck!
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:08 PM   #191  
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Wondering what we are supposed to do when we get a cold or flu? The flu is running rampant in the workplace right now and my son has lovingly passed on his cold to me and my husband. Throat and sinuses are killing me but unsure what to take.......
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MysticalMamma - I was starting to get a cold last week. I have terrible allergies so for me a cold means a severe sinus infection. I take Mucinex D during winter to ward off any problems, and I irrigate my nose everyday with a NetiPot and saline solution. You can take Mucinex D at the sign of congestion and it will help.

Regarding what to do as allowed on IP, last week I ate a TON of garlic, some of it raw, as it is a natural antibiotic. I put 4 cloves of garlic into my salad dressing (along with 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp water, lemon juice, 1 tsp olive oil, spring onions, and sesame seeds-blended it up, used on 1 salad). Also, I sauted some garlic with olive oil and ate it inside a piece of lettuce. Wow did that clear out my sinuses! It's a bit stinky but after 2-3 days of this, my lurking cold had gone away.

I recommend trying garlic for your cold.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:13 PM   #192  
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Ladies I weighed in today and am only 1lb away from having lost 40lbs, I am so excited. I stared on Oct 1st. I have lost slowly on a number of weeks and partly becuase I have cheated here and there so I am pretty excited to have lost almost 40lbs. I also bought some new jeans this weekend and am now in a size 9!!!
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Josh, I know you use this as a veggie. How much do you use to equal 2 cups of veggies?
I dont use enough cheese to equal two cups, I just add it ontop of burger and turnip fries or on my broccoli just as added vegetables onto mine.
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Today is only my 5th day on IP and when I put my pants on this morning I felt a definite difference. I have not weighed myself yet as I will wait to complete my first week. I was wondering does anyone know if there are any other brands of vitamins that can be purchased outside of the IP program that are the same as the IP ones. I find their vitamins very expensive and since this program is not cheap cutting corners where I can will hopefully allow me to continue the program until I reach my goal weight. ... Unfortunately I an now unemployed and cost is an issue. ...

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I buy the liquid calcium, multi-vites, and fish oil directly from "Our Health Co-op" and save buckets of money. Their phone # is 1-800-667-0781 and you can also order online. The only supplement I can't find is the potassium calcium, but you only take one of them a day. I bought two bottles and that will last me almost 7 months.
Sam and BevS, you are referring to products that are alternatives to the ones IP sells. There are a few people on this board who have problem with posts referring to alternatives. They say they find it "confusing" or "distracting" and therefore want nobody to make posts about alternatives -- even if it benefits other people. However, I'm with BlueMermaid who says:

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Even though I'm committed to doing IP exclusively I'm of the belief that information is power and I'm open to learning everything possible about this program - even if that includes other products or ideas. Bring 'em on, folks!
Yes! Knowledge is power!

Personally, I really respect people's differences and their right to make the choices that are right for them. AND, I want to support others on this board -- regardless of whether their situation and choices are the same as mine or not. Hence I will not let the close-minded people scare me off this board. I will support others here as best as I can. If someone has a problem with my posts, they are free to report me to the moderator.

So, Sam0617, in response to your questions about alternate supplements, I wanted to mention that one can only buy potassium over-the-counter to a maximum of 99 mg, even though the US RDA for potassium is 3500mg. The reason for this is that too much potassium can be toxic (to my recollection, like screwing up your heartbeat.) To get a potassium pill with a larger dose, you need to get it via prescription, or directly from your doctor.

However, you CAN get larger potassium doses OTC in non-tablet form. I get a simple powdered potassium supplement that is very inexpensive. Each 1/4 teaspoon is 750 mg. I generally buy my products/supplements online from Netrition or iHerb, but you can probably get this at most healthfood stores. Now, I gotta warn you. The stuff tastes terrible. I put it in a bit of water and swig it down, while I having a full fresh glass of water on the table to quickly follow it and wash the taste out.

Not sure if this method is right for you Sam0617. Just sharing the info so you can make your own choice.
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Hi Everyone I have been reading your posts since my dad started this diet, since then my husband, mom, and I have also started. I have found many of your tips very helpful! I started the diet on Monday Feb 8th, so today is exactly two weeks! (I cheated on Sat...it was my 24th bday party) Honestly I started the diet to be healthier and because my mother is always telling me that I need to lose weight! I have had three children, after the first I had no problems dropping the weight, I was actually smaller than before without even trying! With the second one I held onto about 10 lbs but this was again without trying to lose weight in any ways, this third one I held onto an extra 15 lbs and have been trying like crazy to lose them! IP is definately working, and I feel so much better in general At my first weigh last Thursday I had lost 8lbs and 9 inches, We don't have another weigh in until next Monday but I am very excited (she said she will be moving me on to phase 2-so hopefully the cheat didn't set me back too much!) My goal is to lose 20lbs and my husbands is to lose 40 and lower his BP. I just wanted to say thank you to all you ladies (and few men!) for all your inspiration!
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