Managing the Holidays on Ideal Protein, we are all faced with different challenges over the holidays. Some of us will be obligated to attend several business functions. Some will be spending time home or away, with family and friends they may not see any other time of year. Some will spend the holidays quietly catching up on reading and enjoying holiday movies. And some will be social butterflies, flitting from one function to the next. Regardless of how we’re spending the holidays, one thing is certain; we will all be surrounded by festive food and drink. Every business function, family gathering, or party we attend, every store front we pass, every magazine we open, and every shop we enter will tempt us with festive food and drink not available at any other time of year. And colleagues, friends, and family will be pressuring us to indulge. What to do? Plan! Plan! Plan! Well, we have some decisions to make.
Whether you’re in Phase 1, 2, 3, or the freedom of Phase 4, you don’t want to undo all the progress you’ve made thus far. Time to grab a cup of herbal tea, kick up you feet, and think about what challenges you will be facing this holiday season. What do you foresee tempting you? How would you like to see yourself dealing with these temptations? Would denying yourself any indulgences at all make you feel powerful, strong, and triumphant? Then go for it! Don’t attend any functions on an empty stomach. Carry a nice, tall glass of ice water with lemon. Stand your ground (as politely as possible of course) with pushy family, friends, and colleagues. Have a great time reaping the benefits of staying on track!
Are you one of the lucky ones who aren’t at all tempted by sweets or libations? If so, you could very well get through the holidays staying true to your Ideal Protein Phase. Would denying yourself any indulgences at all make you feel angry and resentful? Do you know, from experience that those feelings will inevitably overwhelm you into a binge or to give up on your diet entirely? Are you someone who knows that regardless of best intentions, you will give in and cheat? Are you someone who’s already made the decision to imbibe &/or indulge in festive treats over the holiday season? If any of the above describe you – OK – let’s cheat. Yes, you read that correctly. Let’s cheat, but let’s plan ahead and do it intelligently, minimizing any damage to your waistline and pancreas! If it’s just a single event or meal you have to deal with, then the plan is fairly simple. Have just non-restricted foods the day or two before and the day or two after your Holiday Meal (unless you’re having a restricted food for your Holiday dessert).
If you have several events to attend, or if you’re going away over the Holiday Season, and are on Phase 1, 2, or 3, it would be wise to ‘Phase Out’ for the season and go back to Phase 1 after the holidays. Phasing out of weight loss mode and spending the holidays on the Phase 4 maintenance plan will help to stabilize your pancreas and minimize weight gain from the sudden addition of carbohydrates in your diet. To learn how to do this, book a brief appointment with Deborah right away. If your schedule just doesn’t permit, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your concerns or requests and Deborah will do her best to guide you through the process.
See Enjoy Thanksgiving on Ideal Protein from October 2012 newsletter for more tips With just a little thought and planning, we can all have a Happy Holiday Season!
Did You Know?
Ideal Protein isn’t just for weight loss! Ideal Protein can greatly reduce stubborn cellulite. Supplementing your diet with Ideal Protein before and after surgery will assist with your healing process. Supplementing your diet with Ideal Protein while following a strength training program can help you achieve the toned look you want. For information on this and more, see Deborah Gurash, RMT, Ideal Protein Consultant at Total Rehab
The time when you couldn’t savor the texture of pasta during The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is now past! Be ready to enjoy them as part of your menu once more and fall in love with our delicious Rotinis! And, it’s non-restricted! Prepare just like regular pasta. Enjoy with raw vegetables and Walden’s Italian dressing for a pasta salad or dress with a fresh meat sauce. Yum!
Recipes of the Month From Ideal Everyday!
New – Express Recipes volume 3 and Phase 1 Friendly (Cookbook available for purchase at Total Rehab)
Sweet Red Pepper Soup
Gently sauté 1 chopped leek (white part only),
3 cloves minced garlic,
1 stock chopped celery,
3 chopped sweet red peppers,
1/4tsp each thyme, rosemary, and parsley for 2minutes.
Pour in 8cups cold water.
Add 1Tbsp sweet paprika, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1Tbsp sea salt, and a pinch black pepper.
Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 25minutes.
Dilute 1/2Tbsp cornstarch with 2Tbsp cold water and add to soup, stirring constantly. Simmer 2minutes more.
Use immersion blender to puree or transfer to blender in batches. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Lemon Poppy Seed Brussels Sprouts Serves 8 Cut 6cups trimmed brussels sprouts into quarters.
Steam for about 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. In large skillet, heat 1Tbsp olive oil or margarine over medium heat; cook Brussels sprouts, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1Tbsp poppy seeds, stirring for 30seconds.
Stir in ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth, 1/4tsp each salt, pepper, and Splenda.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated and sprouts are hot and well coated.
Sprinkle with 2Tbsp lemon juice and 1 chopped green onion to serve.
1 bunch arugula or medium head romaine plus 1 medium head radicchio or red leaf lettuce plus 2 heads Belgian endive, torn into bite-size pieces.
Toss in bowl and top with 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and sliced; ½ English cucumber, sliced; 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges; 1 ½ cups white mushrooms, sliced or 1/2cup white onion, sliced into rings.
Dressing: Combine 1/4cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2cup(or less) olive oil, 1Tbsp lemon juice, 1tsp Dijon mustard, 1tsp Splenda, 1tsp minced fresh or 1/4tsp dried rosemary, 3 cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
Whisk until well mixed. Serve with dressing on the side or toss salad with some of the vinaigrette and serve immediately.
Extra dressing can be refrigerated.
Phase 4 Lifetime Support
Worried about gaining weight over the holidays? Remember, once you’ve been on IP at Total Rehab, you have our lifetime support! Make an appointment with Deborah and create a plan to manage your holiday events. We can show you how to have a great time and still maintain your health. Call or email your questions, or make an appointment to come see Deborah for a consult.
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Deborah Gurash, RMT & Ideal Protein Consultant
Total Rehab Orthopedic & Athletic Medicine
250 Bayly Street East Ajax, ON