Did You Know?
Vegetarians can do the Ideal Protein Diet.
Ideal Protein Foods are made with a variety of protein sources: Soy, Whey, Albumin, Collagen (derived from beef), and Pea. There are just two IP products made with collagen, the Raspberry Jelly and the Blueberry & Cran-Granata Drink. Lacto-ovo vegetarians can choose from all but these two products. Vegans will have a smaller selection to choose from, but still enough to succeed on the program. Look for vegetarian options with this month’s recipes.
Diet Pop…to drink or not to drink?
The acid base balance, or PH balance in our bodies is crucial for optimum health!
We’ve all noticed the unwell feeling that comes with our body temperature being either too high (fever) or too low. Variations in the PH of the body affects the formation of proteins, enzymatic reactions in our cells, the immune system, and the functioning of the central nervous system, causing us to feel unwell in many ways.
Pop, even diet pop, is highly acidic, particularly the darker versions. The acids are added to promote and preserve the carbonation. Phosphoric acid (mostly in darker pops) begins to erode tooth enamel in as little as 20 minutes! It also causes calcium in the bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal through the urine, leading your bones to ‘give up’ some calcium to balance the blood level. In this way, excess pop can lead to bone loss, setting the stage for osteoporosis.
High levels of acid in the muscles cause them to become tight, tired, and painful. Sometimes, when we exercise, we feel this tension and pain from the build up of lactic acid (a natural waste product of muscle use), which gradually resolves within a couple days. If, through your diet, there is a constant accumulation of excess acid in the body, your muscles will be constantly tight, tired, and sore.
Some diseases associated with excessive acidity in the system are arthritis, gout, infertility, cancers, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis, and many others. Acid base imbalances adversely affect the white blood cells which form our immune system, creating a favourable environment for bacteria and viruses and predisposing us to minor infections becoming chronic problems because the immune system is weakened. This can lead to sinusitis, bronchitis, candidiasis, urinary infections, kidney damage, and viral infections that often recur even with prolonged treatment, unless the acid base imbalance is corrected.
The Ideal Protein Program is highly alkaline, which is why many of the above listed conditions improve or resolve while on the diet. If you do choose to drink pop more than occasionally, your weight loss may not be affected, but you won’t realize the full health benefits of the program.
In terms of losing or maintaining weight, some people feel that drinking diet pop gives them a free pass to eat more foods that may not be so low in calories. The sweet taste of pop may alert our digestive system that high calorie foods are coming. When they don’t, our bodies are confused and our appetites increase in anticipation of the food it’s expecting. Eating Ideal Protein ‘sweets’ doesn’t affect the body the same way because, on Ideal Protein, you are getting all the nutrients your body needs, so it doesn’t crave more.
So, to drink pop, diet or otherwise……….I’ll pass thank you.
Recipes of the Month
(from Deborah’s kitchen and Phase 1 Friendly)
Delicious ways to use the bounty coming from your garden or local farmer’s market
(September 2012 recipes attached here)
Harvest Stuffed Peppers
Smoky Tomato Soup
Ideal Protein Recipe of the Month
(from Shelley’s kitchen & Phase 1 friendly)
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.
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
Enjoy Thanksgiving on Ideal Protein!
Variety is the Spice if Life
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Deborah Gurash, RMT & Ideal Protein Consultant
Total Rehab Orthopedic & Athletic Medicine
250 Bayly Street East