Ideal Protein Newsletter: July 2013

Ideal Protein Newsletter

July 2013

Slim Down for Summer
Are you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in your summer clothes?
Avoiding invitations to pool parties and picnics?
It’s not too late to slim down, regain your confidence, and enjoy the summer!
Losing weight and inches with Ideal Protein is fast and healthy.
Ideal Protein products are fun and easy to take to parties, for camping, and on vacation
Call Deborah Gurash, RMT at 905-426-7690 or email
Get started today!

Sunscreen Foods
I’m a great believer in natural healing, but
Wearing sunscreen is essential in protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays. While you’re wearing sunscreen on the outside, here are some ideas to help protect you from the inside.
Salmon: contains a specific type of Omega 3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. This may help prevent sunburn and reduce DNA damage in the skin. Omega 3’s also help fight inflammation, so may lessen the severity if you did get sunburned. Other EPA rich and Phase 1 friendly foods include sardines, tofu, shrimp, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
Lycopene: the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red colour can help prevent sunburn, especially when eaten often. Lycopene also helps increase collagen in the skin, keeping it more elastic and preventing sagging. Lycopene is also found in dried parsley and basil, liver, asparagus, chili powder, and red cabbage.
Vitamin D: Our main source of Vitamin D is the sun, but it may also help protect us from the sun. In some studies, vitamin D supplementation was shown to increase the skin’s tolerance to the sun, and helping to prevent skin cancer.

Recipes of the Month
A BBQ to Impress Your Guests

(Phase 1 Friendly from Ideal Protein)
3 cups chopped broccoli, 1 jalapeno, chopped, seeds removed, 2 tbsp green onions, 1 tsp olive oil, 2 ounces silken tofu, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1 tbsp dried cilantro 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Cook the broccoli in lightly salted water until very soft. Overcook the broccoli in comparison to the tender crisp version you’re used to. Drain broccoli very well. Transfer to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth; add additional olive oil for a smoother texture. Serve warm and use slices of cucumber for dipping. Serves 2-4

Wolfgang Puck’s Grilled Rosemary Garlic Shrimp Kebabs
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck’s “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy.”)
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp lemon zest, grated,
2 or 3 fresh basil leaves, cut into fine julienne strips (or 1/4tsp dried), 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined, 2 lemons, cut into 8 wedges, seeds removed
8 sturdy fresh rosemary sprigs, each 6 to 8 inches long, Kosher salt and black pepper.
In a large glass bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, basil, and garlic.
Add the shrimp, stir to coat them evenly, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and no more than 3 hours. Preheat an outdoor grill, an indoor double-sided grill or the broiler. Strip the leaves from each rosemary sprig, leaving just a tuft at one end. With the knife or gardening sheers, trim the opposite end of each branch to a point. Soak in water for 15 minutes. With the tip of a small, sharp knife, carefully remove any visible seeds from the lemon wedges. Set the wedges aside. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and skewer them on the rosemary sprigs, passing the point of each branch through both the head and tail end of each shrimp and alternating the shrimp with lemon wedges on the skewers. When the grill is ready, season the shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Place the skewers on the grill rack directly over the fire, or under the broiler, and cook until they turn bright pink all over, 1 to 2 minutes per side, turning the skewers once with long-handled tongs.
Note: The Rosemary sprigs are gorgeous and will lightly infuse the shrimp with flavour. If you don’t have them, or are preparing a larger quantity, use a few rosemary sprigs for beauty and thread the rest of your shrimp on regular, soaked skewers. Be sure to add a little chopped rosemary to the marinade for the shrimp on regular skewers.

Stacked Summer Salad – A Showstopper! (Adapted for Phase 1 from Serves 6-8
3 medium yellow or green zucchini, sea salt, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1/2 small red onion, 1-2 cups torn leaf lettuce, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil or canola oil, 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill (or 1tsp dried),
freshly ground black pepper (optional)
With a vegetable peeler or mandolin, shave zucchini in thin strips. Salt lightly, and transfer to colander to drain, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut orange and/or red bell peppers in thin strips and thinly slice onion. Rinse zucchini and drain in colander. To assemble salad, in a 2-quart square dish layer one-third each of zucchini, lettuce, peppers, and onion. For dressing, in a glass measuring cup whisk together lemon juice and oil. Drizzle some of the dressing on layered vegetables. Repeat layering and dressing twice. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or up to 12 hours before serving. To serve, sprinkle salad with fresh dill and pepper. Cut salad in rectangles with a sharp knife; lift out with a spatula. A very beautiful, impressive dish to serve to guests.

IP Recipes of the Month
(Phase 1 Friendly from Ideal Protein)
Don’t Miss Out! Mix up your own IP Smoothies!
Creamy Peach Mango Wildberry: Combine 1 packet Peach Mango Drink and 1 packet Wild Berry Yogurt Drink in a blender with desired amount of ice and water. Puree until well blended. Counts as two Ideal Protein Food Packets, so divide it in half and
save some for another time or share with others
Orange Chocolate Smoothie: In a container with a sealable lid, pour in 1 package Orange Drink with 1 Package Chocolate Drink or ready-made Chocolate drink. Pour half of the mix in the blender with 2 cups cold water. Add ice. (Save other half of mix, without ice, for another day)
Strawberry Banana and Mango Smoothie: In a sealable container mix one ready-made strawberry banana drink and 1 ready-made mango drink. Add ice…or freeze as a popsicle. This is a delicious combination sure to please those missing the fruit flavours.
Choco-Coconut Smoothie: Mix 1 package of Chocolate Drink Mix or ready-made chocolate drink with 1 package of Pina Colada (Note that the pineapple in the pina colada changes the flavor from a pure choco-coconut, but it’s still really good.

Woo Hoo, an ‘Ice Capp’!
In a container with a sealable lid, pour in 1 packet of chocolate drink or ready-made chocolate drink and 1 packet of cappuccino. Pour half in the blender with 2 cups of cold water. Seal the unused portion for another day.

Mix up your own combinations. If you have one you think is a hit, let me know.

Phase 4 Lifetime Support
We’re always here for you!
You’ve worked hard to attain your goals. Don’t fall off the wagon on summer vacation. Dieters don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. Come in and see Deborah to help you plan for all your summer activities, parties, and trips. I have loads of tips, fun ideas, and many recipes to share!
Call Deborah at 905-426-7690 or email

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