Drinking enough water was a huge challenge for me. I can drink as many glasses of wine at dinner without a care in the world but when it came to drinking water I struggled. Peppermint tea and hibiscus tea were my saviours. Peppermint tea was great for digestion and added enough flavour to my water to make it interesting. The hibiscus tea is a beautiful pink color that helps trick your mind. It looks almost like a rose if you drink it out a wine glass (WARNING - do not drink out of a wine glass if it before 5pm, people may give you weird looks). It’s a bit tangy but I would often add extra lemon especially if I was craving fruit. The mangosteen supplement is great to boost your energy if you find yourself hitting a low point during the day. I found it a bit sweet to add the whole packet so I only added a bit of a pack at a time.
The night before I mixed up a batch of muffins using the Maple Oatmeal Packets. My biggest weakness is needing something sweet with me tea or coffee. For lunch I had four large muffins, 1 cup broccoli salad (1 cup of zucchini in muffins counts as select veggies) with the Walden Farms balsamic dressing. I found I also liked the dressing more if I mixed them or diluted them with soy or apple cider vinegar. I also snacked on some fresh daikon and cucumber during the day. I never even tried the oatmeal its own because a friend of mine who’s on IP turned me onto this recipe:
1 Ideal Protein Maple Oatmeal Packet
1 Egg – beaten
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 – 3/4 of small zucchini finely grated.
you may need to squeeze out the extra juice.
I also added 1/2 cup rhubarb a couple times making these muffins. It makes then very moist.
TIP – Make sure you use cupcake papers because these muffins like to stick to your pans!
Beat the egg in a bowl. Add Maple Oatmeal, baking powder, salt , Splenda, cinnamon, and zucchini. Mix and gradually add water until you have a good batter. Bake at 385°F (200°C) for 20 minutes. Makes 3 regular muffins or12-bite size.
The muffins saved me on so many occasions. Often one batch of muffins makes 4 large muffins but I made lots of mini muffins. I’d usually have the muffins as my IP snack food and have them in between meals when I needed something to tide me over. The 1 egg = 1 oz of your dinner protein. I also found you could make different muffins by subbing the Maple Oatmeal protein pack for the puddings. I even made double batches (keeping in mind you are using two packets so any muffins yielded need to be split into two meals and 2 eggs = subtract 2oz out of your dinner protein) where I would add one Oatmeal pack and one chocolate pudding pack. They turned out okay too!
After work I had my cappuccino drink with cold coffee on my way home and completely crashed when I got home! I napped from 530-830! When I woke up I baked 7oz chicken breast (subtracted 1oz egg from muffins earlier in day) with Mrs Dash seasoning. For my select veggies I had steamed broccoli and mushrooms. I panicked when I realized I had forgotten to have my olive oil for the day and actually gulped it down on the spot. I don’t recommend it. The smarter idea would be having some extra greens and mixing one of the Walden Farms dressing with the daily intake on olive oil.