Ideal Protein Newsletter: October 2012

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October 2012

What’s New?
Strawberry Banana Drink
Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with this ready to serve drink.
Packed with 15g of protein and bold flavours, it’s sure to please!

Enjoy Thanksgiving on Ideal Protein
Yes you can enjoy Thanksgiving and remain true to the Ideal Protein program!
These strategies are great for those on maintenance too!
Although this is a holiday whose main focus is ‘the big meal’, with a solid plan in place, we can navigate dinner, enjoying a filling and flavourful meal, and stay on target.

Here’s the strategy:
For the host: Prepare a variety of vegetable side dishes. Use herbs and spices, a variety of cooking techniques (steam/roast/broil/sauté), and even Walden’s dressings, to create an array of colourful, flavour packed offerings. Keep reading for ideas below.

If you’re cooking the turkey, consider removing the skin and any visible fat prior to cooking. As long as you baste it frequently, it will still be very moist. Carve prior to serving, laying all cuts on a platter. No one will miss the skin and all will benefit from the lower fat content. If doing ham, boil with Splenda, cinnamon, and nutmeg instead of pineapple juice or sugary glaze.

For the guest: Offer to contribute to the dinner and bring one or more delectable vegetable side dishes. Keep reading for ideas below.

For all: When it’s time for desert, enjoy a delicious, soothing mug of tea. Really!

Teas like Irresistibles Apple Cinnamon Caramel or Chocolate Berry Flavoured Rooibos are truly a decadent desert in a cup. Stash’s Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Chai, Chocolate Hazelnut are equally as satisfying. If you’re already full and not craving desert, refresh and settle your stomach with a cup of Stash’s Moroccan Mint Green or Pomegranate Raspberry Green with Matcha. Flavored green teas are also great iced. Brew, chill, and pour into a lovely wine glass for a festive drink that boosts your metabolism.

Before and after the big meal: Consider having just non-restricted foods the day before and the day of your Thanksgiving dinner (unless you’re having a restricted food for Thanksgiving desert). If you fall off the wagon at all over the holiday weekend, or have just eaten more than usual, have only non-restricted foods for the next day or two.

Recipes of the Month
(from Deborah’s kitchen and Phase 1 Friendly)
Thanksgiving Specials
See previous Recipes of the Month issues for veggies and desert, or try:
Roasted Cauliflower with sea salt, pepper, and cumin
Broiled Asparagus with sea salt, pepper, and fresh squeezed lemon
Roasted or grilled bell peppers drizzled with Walden’s Balsamic dressing
Green Beans (fresh or frozen) tossed with a grainy Dijon, or Walden’s honey mustard dressing. Hint: always add a little sea salt to water when cooking, to retain colour.

Gravy
Surprise! Bet you didn’t think this would be on your menu.
After removing turkey from roasting pan, skim off fat, leaving just the brown drippings. Place roasting pan over low heat and add 3/4 cup chicken broth, stirring to scrape up tasty brown bits from bottom. When broth is simmering, add 1cup almond milk, 1/4tsp each pepper and onion powder, and 1 1/2tsp spice brown or Dijon mustard. Mix 1Tbsp cornstarch in a little water and add to mixture to thicken gravy. Enjoy!

Sweet Roasted Turnip (Instead of Sweet Potato/Yams)
Thanks to Barb who visited the clinic while on holiday from BC.
Peel and cut turnip into small cubes. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Roast at 400F for 45 min, or until tender and golden. Serve with a drizzle of Walden’s Maple Syrup for a sweet and guiltless finish. Yum!

Cauliflower or Turnip Mash “Fauxtatos”
Steam cauliflower or boil turnip. Mash either, adding a little almond milk, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil, or margarine (yes, an indulgence, but it is a holiday and you’re not going to eat the whole pot. Right? Right.)
If using turnip, adding a little horseradish gives a pleasant zing.

Lose 20 pounds Before Christmas
We’ll show you how!
Improve your health and regain confidence.
Feel great and look great for the holidays.

Call Deborah and make an appointment to start today or call to register for our next informative Ideal Protein Workshop Wednesday October 17, 2012 7:30pm

Phase 4 Lifetime Support
Remember, once you’ve been on IP at Total Rehab, you have our lifetime support!
Call or email your questions, or make and appointment to come see Deborah for a consult.

Fall is the perfect time to come in for a tune-up. We’re back in our routines after the lazy summer days. 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
Variety is the Spice if Life
Soothing Soups

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
905-426-7690
dgurash@gmail.com

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