Ideal Protein Newsletter: August 2012

ip-top-bannerIdeal Protein Newsletter
August 2012

What’s New?
Vanilla Crispy Bars have arrived!
Just like homemade. A must try!

Drink Up!
Wondering if you can use the new Mio water enhancers while on Ideal Protein?
Although the product lists no carbs, no fat, no calories, it is sweetened with sucralose. A teaspoon of sucralose (Splenda) actually contains about 0.5g of carbs and 2 calories.
Conclusion: Use in moderation. Go ahead and enjoy a squirt of Mio to flavour your water occasionally, just not in every glass.

Ward off Hunger
Pre-cut your raw vegetables at home (cucumbers, celery, green peppers, etc…) as soon as you buy them. That way, they’re ready for an easy, take-a-long snack, or to munch while you prepare dinner. For extra flavour, feel free to dip in a little Walden’s or homemade salad dressing.

More BBQ Party Recipes
from Deborah’s kitchen and Phase 1 Friendly
(August 2012 recipes attached here)

Grilled Cauliflower Nibbles
Fired Up Vegetable Dip with raw vegetable platter

Main & Sides
Bacon wrapped Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin
Zucchini Ribbons
Thai Cucumber Salad
UnPotato Salad

Ideal Protein Recipe of the Month
Chocolate Bark
A very satisfying frozen treat for a hot day.
Using Ideal protein shaker, mix 7oz water, 1 IP chocolate (dark or milk) pudding packet, 2Tbsp cocoa powder, 1tsp vanilla extract, 1Tbsp instant coffee granules, and 2tsp Splenda.
Pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Freeze 30-45min. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Note: Cocoa powder has 3 carbs and 15 calories per Tbsp, so this will be your ‘restricted’ food for the day.
Try with other pudding flavours, or make two (i.e. chocolate and butterscotch) and swirl on cookie sheet for a marbled bark. Just remember to split finished product into two storing one for another day.

Olive Oil: Safe to cook with?
What is the best oil to use for cooking?
All oils have a smoke point: the temperature at which the oil begins to break down and smoke rises from the pan. At this point, the flavour and nutritional components of the oil also break down.

Ideal Protein recommends that you cook with virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil doesn’t contain trans fatty acids and is slightly lower in calories than most other fats and oils. Most ingested fat goes directly into your bloodstream and into fat cells. However, the medium-chain fatty acids in virgin coconut oil are processed in the liver and instantly converted into energy. It is also easy to digest, has anti microbial properties and supports the healthy function of thyroid and enzymes. Unrefined coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees F. Although refined coconut oil has a much higher smoke point of 450 degrees F, the many health benefits of the oil can be destroyed in the refining process, so be sure to purchase only organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil.

Olive oil is also a good choice, being a great source of vitamin E and antioxidants. However, not all olive oils are suited to all purposes. The traditional full-bodied, olive aroma and taste of extra virgin olive oil is best saved for salad dressings and dips, as its smoke point is between 374 and 406 degrees F. For sauteing and baking, choose a milder tasting, pale olive oil with smoke points from 438 – 468 degrees F.

Whichever oil you choose, remember to use sparingly. You can saute very effectively in non-stick pans, using little to no oil at all, adding a little water or broth if needed.

Phase 4 Lifetime Support
It’s been great to see our Ideal Protein graduates coming back for a tune-up!
They’re enjoying the changes in the program and all the new foods.
It is recommended that we all repeat Phase 1, for 2 weeks annually, to reset the pancreas and drop the few extra pounds we may have gained

In Next Month’s Issue
Harvest Stuffed Peppers
Is diet pop good for dieters?

Contact Us
Let us know what you’d like to see in future newsletters and weekly meetings.
Send in your Ideal Protein recipes and tips.

Deborah Gurash, RMT & Ideal Protein Consultant
Total Rehab Orthopedic & Athletic Medicine
250 Bayly Street East
Ajax, ON