My first tip is one passed on by my mother: ALWAYS over prepare. (She’d laugh knowing I wrote this, so don’t tell her.) The night before my first day on Ideal Protein I got 7 large plastic bags and labeled them with the days of the week. I carefully selected three ideal protein foods (1 restricted, and two non-restricted) for each day. I even found small pill cases to put my morning (multi vitamin and potassium), evening (multi, omega, and calmag), and snack pills (calmag). I measured out ¼ tsp salt for each morning of the week. I went a step further and cut up more phase one acceptable veggies than I have ever seen in my life, let a alone, eat in one week. I weighed my select veggies and put them into separate baggies in the fridge. IT WAS THE BEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE! It made my Ideal Protein process so easy and stress free. The only thing I had to think about was my 8oz of acceptable dinner protein.
The best part of the Ideal Protein diet for me was learning to eat enough food throughout the day, starting with breakfast, a meal I often skipped. I’m a serious latte drinker. I take coffee seriously and when I don’t have coffee I become a scary monster that my friends and family can attest to. I was only allowed 30ml of milk in my coffee in the morning. I tried not to seem disappointed at the still mostly black coffee in front of me. I was dedicated so I said to myself -"Focus on your goal and find an upside" My upside? I got to eat a Double Chocolate brownie for breakfast! I gloated to my mother about my delicious breakfast brownie as she laughed. I didn’t even notice I was basically drinking black coffee. I still barely notice that I drink black coffee. In fact, I enjoy coffee so much more now.
I found that I kept staring at the clock around 1130 because I was starving. I would usually grab a cookie and a cup of coffee and go about my day but on Ideal protein I couldn’t do that. I knew my lunch break wasn’t going to be until 2pm and I knew I couldn’t possibly make that. I grabbed one of my unlimited veggie packs and scarfed down as much celery as I could. I also made a clear tea and drank some water to help fill me up. At lunch I wanted something more solid than a drink so I reached for my chocolate pudding pack. I always add a bit more water than the package says because I prefer the consistency that way. I also munched on some cut up jicama with cinnamon and lemon sprinkled on it. Jicama was helpful when I craved fruit because it is similar to an unripe pear. It’s very refreshing and has a nice crunch like an apple. My body wasn’t used to not eating whenever I wanted so I was super grouchy at about 5pm. I usually have late dinners due to work hours so I struggled on my way home. I picked up an Iced Black Americano (Grande in a Venti cup – IMPORTANT TIP with extra water – more room to help mix it and make it go further) from Starbucks and mixed in my cappuccino drink that was supposed to be my after dinner snack. It gave me enough energy to get through the grocery store without succumbing to temptations and to make dinner without biting anyone’s head off.
I made it home about 730pm and started dinner! I had the gentleman at Thriftys to weigh out 8oz of salmon locks so I wouldn’t have to. I mixed the salmon locks with 2 tsp olive oil, raw garlic, raw onion, capers and apple cider vinegar. I loaded my plate with greens and my select veggies were orange pepper and broccoli. I also threw in some celery and raw mushroom to up my unlimited veggies intake and to add some different textures to the salad. IT WAS SO GOOD. Everyone around me was actually jealous of my salad. I had the best dinner than anyone at the table by far.
The important thing- I survived the first day and its challenges! Let me know how your Day One Phase One went in the comment box below!