Weight Loss: Ideal Protein with Alternatives April 2016

I wanted to report in with how it went for me in April along with sharing some new IP alternative products I tried.

April got off to a slow start because I didn’t get organized and order my food from Amazon in time. I finally had everything mid-April; until then, I just ate low-carb/high protein and used up some leftover IP alternative foods I had from last time.

I did manage to lose 10 pounds in April so that was good 🙂

I’ve become a big fan of the shaker cup since starting this way of eating. I lost the first one I bought and had been using one of my kids’ who was getting annoyed with me, so I ordered new large and small cups.

BlenderBottle Classic Shaker Bottle, 28-ounce, Clear/Pink


BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Clear Aqua, 20 Ounce
blender bottle aqua 20 ounce

I didn’t mean to order the kind with the loop for the smaller one but that’s how it came – oops! I don’t have a need for it since I use my bottles primarily at home and it just seems like a pain to clean. So if you order, pay attention to whether you want the kind with the loop or without.

I use shaker cups for my favorite soup that I eat at least a few times a week.

ProtiDiet Chicken Flavor Soup

protidiet chicken soup

Needless to say, I love this soup! It’s creamy, very tasty, and filling. It’s my favorite of all the ProtiDiet products. You just fill the shaker bottle with super hot water from the tap to 6 ounces, dump the soup packet contents in, shake it up, and drink.

I work from home and just take it to the computer with me. It’s a quick and easy lunch – perfect! Sometimes I’ll pour it over broccoli or put it in the blender with broccoli. Broccoli chicken soup? Sounds odd but it’s good and very filling. Plus you’re getting in your 2 cups of vegetables with some flavor 🙂

Another reason for the new shaker bottles was wanting to try some protein powder for the first time with this diet. I really hate overly sweet stuff so I decided to taste-test a variety of flavors before settling on one or two. This pack was perfect for that!

Quest Protein 1 Single Serving Pouch of each flavor 7 Packets

quest protein shake packet variety

I’ve only tried 2 flavors so far and liked both of them. The cookies and cream was interesting because it had little “chocolate chips” (don’t know what they’re actually made from) so it was like drinking a shake but occasionally chewing a little 🙂 The strawberry was good too. I took a drink right after making it with cold water and didn’t care for the flavor but once I added ice, it was tasty.

One weird thing was that the shake packets didn’t have instructions for how much water to add. I tried the first one with 12 oz of water and got lucky because that was perfect (at least for me).

I’m looking forward to trying the other flavors like banana, peanut butter, and salted caramel. I hope the flavors continue to be pretty mild and not overly sweet because that’s exactly what I’m looking for in a protein powder. How about you – do you like them pretty sweet or more mild?

Another thing I ate this week was Big Mac in a Bowl, which I’ll talk about next time and make sure you have the recipe. Overall, it was a great month – hope it was for you, too! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Weight Loss: Week 1 Diary with My Version of Ideal Protein

As I talked about HERE, I lost 25 pounds in June 2014, gained back 5 in October, and started up my weight loss eating plan again on Monday 11-03-14. HERE is where I’ve shared the basics to my weight loss plan and an offer for you 🙂 If you haven’t read that page yet, I would suggest doing so before you read my weekly posts.

Speaking of which, I don’t want to flood this blog with weight loss posts (for those who aren’t interested in them). Instead I’ll do a long weekly post and put everything in one place: my diary, sample daily menus, new products I’ve discovered, etc. And here we go with Week 1 . . .

First thing’s first: I lost 5 pounds in Week 1!! VERY happy about that. The first week loss of any diet is always the biggest so I know future losses won’t be that big – yet it’s a nice boost to start long-term dieting with.

Days 1 and 2, I was STARVING! But that’s to be expected upon starting a plan that cuts back on the amount of calories, fat, etc. you’ve been eating. I cut myself some slack and ate more food than allowed just to get through it. However, I didn’t ‘cheat’ in the sense of eating french fries or anything. I stayed about 95% on program just with more volume than allowed. It’s so important on this plan NOT to cheat by going way off plan with fast food, sweets, etc. Trust me, you’ll regret it. Since Day 1 was my re-start on this eating plan, I did weigh myself and take my measurements.

Days 3 and 4, I had a headache. I could blame it on stress or cutting down on my coffee to 1 cup per day but it could’ve been the diet as well. I hear it’s quite common to get a headache early on. One cure to try is to up your sea salt – or make sure you’re getting it, if you’ve been slacking.

Day 5, I went grocery shopping and that really helped – to have more variety of foods other than just what I had leftover from my last try at this over the summer. I stocked up on fresh veggies and some seafood.

Days 6 and 7 (the weekend), I was very busy with my kids’ sports activities including sitting for hours to watch them – which I love, but boy did I want to go snack crazy! To combat that, I pre-planned and took a green salad in a Tupperware container both days. About halfway thorugh the day, I ate the salad and it really filled me up. Plus, salads take a while to eat so it kept my mouth and hands occupied 😀 I had some wine on Sunday afternoon; alcohol is NOT allowed on this program but it’s one of the treats I do allow myself.

I probably would’ve had a larger loss showing on Monday morning had I not had the wine but that’s okay. I feel good about my week and my loss. I had a relaxing time with a glass of cold white wine, sunshine, and a great book. It’s an acceptable trade-off to me and I need the stress relief with my crazy-busy lifestyle.

I keep a food journal every day (very important!) and here are a couple samples of what I ate this week.

Sample 1
B: Baked pork chop marinated in Walden Farms (WF) Italian, salt & pepper
S: Coffee w/vanilla protein drink
L: Trader Joe’s turkey meatloaf w/no sauce (1/3 = 6 oz), lettuce w/WF bacon ranch, Protidiet chips (1/2 pack)
D: Lettuce w/WF ranch, S&P
S: Protidiet chips (1/2 pack)
Drank water w/lemon

Sample 2
B: Hardboiled eggs (2), coffee w/vanilla protein drink
S: Protidiet tomato basil soup
L: Shrimp 5 oz w/garlic, olive oil, S&P
D: Chicken strips (3), gluten-free/no calorie/no fat bbq sauce
S: Hot dill pickles (2), turkey sticks (2)
Drank water w/lemon, chai herbal tea

Here’s a new product I found this week that I’d like to try: CLICK Espresso Protein Drink

Checking it against the IP Alternatives checklist, I see that it’s an allowed item, although Restricted:
At least 12 grams of protein (15 grams)
Calories between 70-160 (120 calories)
Unrestricted 8 or less net carbs/Restricted 9+ net carbs (12 net carbs so it’s Restricted)
30% or less calories from fat (8% of calories from fat)
No aspartame (none; sweetened with fructose and sucralose)

It’s on my Amazon wish list ready for my next order and will be a nice change from my usuals of hot coffee or Starbucks Iced Coffee w/vanilla protein shake for “creamer”.

So that was my first week. I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave a Comment below!