How would you feel if someone told you that you are being robbed 20 years of your life? Would you stand in line waiting for a magic pill that would offer those years back, or longevity? Many of us would. We would love to see our children grow, be able to keep up with our grandchildren, make more memories with our spouse and loved ones. You know, we are each deserving of those 20 years of longevity. Unfortunately, we are being robbed of those 20 years by an epidemic that we have all seen, and most of us experienced. The epidemic? Obesity. According to a research study done on Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Obesity, shared by the US National Institutes of Health, “The life expectancy of a severely obese person is reduced by an estimated 5–20 years.” Obesity opens the door for and feeds a great number of metabolic syndrome diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, increases risk of many more auto-immune diseases and chronic diseases. However, did you know that obesity can s...
Skip the wine & cocktails! When you have an alcoholic drink, you burn less fat, and more slowly than usual, because the alcohol is used as fuel instead. Knocking back the equivalent of about two martinis can reduce your body’s fat-burning ability by up to 73%. Alcohol contains 7 kcal/gram so even one small glass of wine will add up to unwanted pounds over a period of time. Beer in particular has a very high sugar content and is manufactured to keep you drinking more and more. Your thirst is never quenched, and your sugar intake just keeps going higher and higher. As you start to develop a more healthy attitude towards nutrition, you will understand the many ways in which alcohol interferes with your metabolic processes, thereby causing you to gain weight.
Not only does alcohol compromise your weight loss success, but having an occasional glass of wine or cocktail while on a ketogenic diet like Ideal Protein (or DIY KETO) is downright dangerous and is strictly forbidden during the weight...
Have you ever felt self-conscious when your breath smells because of something you ate, such as garlic?
Well if you have, do not feel bad because the benefits are worth the smell! I will never forget the negative correlation I had with garlic during my younger years. I recall being afraid to tell my mom I was getting sick because whether we were sneezing, coughing, or looking a little pale, mother would never fail to have us chew up the garlic, and soon after, clear the aftertaste with an apple. She would tell us that the properties in garlic would help prevent a cold and other sicknesses. I disliked the taste of garlic and most of all, the smell that stayed in my breath and system soon after.
I was sure mother was only fibbing and only trying to practice an old traditional herb legend, or maybe, was so terrible she would torture us. Now, that I am an adult, and have done my own research, I realize mother was not exactly wrong- neither were the ancestors that believed in properties of pl...
We all remember eating the famous red, white, and blue bomb pops when we were kids, and we all remember how refreshing they were. So this Fourth of July grab some IP drinks and make your own! Stay on protocol and stay cool as you watch the fireworks with your friends and family.
Begin by preparing the Blueberry-Cran-Pom and Pina Colada drink mixes using the package directions. If you would like a more concentrated flavor, you can use less water when making them. Store the drinks in the fridge until you are ready to make your pops.
Freeze a portion of the Blueberry Cran-Pom drink in the Popsicle mold and allow it to harden before freezing a portion of the Pina Colada drink mix. Finally, combine what is left of the two drink mixes and freeze that on top as the final layer.
2 Popsicles is 1 unrestricted product, while 4 Popsicles is 2 unrestricted products for the day.
The end of spring and the beginning of summer is a difficult season for many dieters. It can give many people excuses to eat things that they know is wrong for them. Summer can be just as challenging as the Christmas season; instead of Christmas or New Year's parties there are graduation parties, BBQ's, birthday parties, vacations, warm weather, cool beverages, and temptation. The fact of the matter is, consistently deviating from your diet is not just stalling your weight loss, it is sabotaging yourself and reverting back to old habits that you've worked so hard to break.
A new habit takes weeks to create, and just a few slip-ups to break.
So how do you continue to enjoy life, go to parties, be around friends and family, and not break the new habits you have worked so hard on? Here are a few ideas that could potentially help:
1. Don't shy away from parties. Don't feel as though you have to avoid any social gathering because you are worried about how you will handle it. Go and spe...
If you are like most people, you likely believe that losing the excess weight that you have is the most difficult part of your journey. You probably think that Phase 1 of Ideal Protein will be among the most difficult things that you can do in life, and that once you get the weight off and get to Phase 4, or maintenance, that it will all be smooth sailing from there.
However, that could not be further from the truth.
Following any diet will cause you to lose weight, it could even cause you to lose a lot of weight and reach your weight loss goal. The problem is, nationwide, there is only a 5% probability that you will keep the weight that you initially lost off after 5 years.
Why is this?
Most people don't use their diets in the way that they should be used- as a catalyst to create a long-term lifestyle change. Instead, most people use diets as a quick fix for a medical emergency, or a way to lose 20 pounds and look good in their swimsuit for the summer. A successful dieter should learn...
Summer is just around the corner and the weather is warming up. Cool down with this fun Phase 1 compliant recipe, courtesy of rechargenutrition.com/cuisine.
1 packet IP raspberry gelatin
1 packet IP peach mango drink mix
Mix the 2 packets together in a bowl and refrigerate until solid. May freeze if you desire a Popsicle consistency. The contents should separate into 3 colors so that the finished product resembles a beautiful Yakima sunrise.
We all know that exercise is good for us. We have all heard our doctors and IP coach tell us that we should begin incorporating some exercise into our lives to improve our cholesterol, mobility, weight loss or maintenance, and overall longevity. BUT we also know the reality of a Yakima winter. We know that from the months of December (if we are lucky) to March (at least) our exercises are basically contained to what can be done inside to avoid the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. We try to get creative by walking up and down the aisles in the grocery store, but what does that typically lead to? Impulsive buying. Which almost always negates the point of exercising.
But as we look outside we see that those long, cold days are behind us. We can see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds and can feel the temperature warming up. But sometimes getting back into the habit of regular exercise following months of hibernation is not as easy as it sounds. So what do we do?
I’ve spent many years gearing up for Christmas with friends and family, while partaking in baking and cooking and eating and drinking and more eating and eating and…, well you get the drift. I mean, that’s what the holidays are about right? Baking and cooking gifts for those you love and accepting the same gifts in return.
In addition, having to make more room on the counter for more goodies as they come home from friends at church and the kid’s school Christmas party, and your work’s Christmas party’s left overs, so you’re constantly pushing the sweet treats on your spouse, and kids, and one cookie won’t hurt the dog, just as long as the treats don’t get tossed before they technically go bad, because it would be an insult to humanity to not consume ALL the foods that were given to you and yours this holiday season.
By the time New Year’s rolls around, you’ve gained the statistical 1-2 pounds that the average American gains between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and even your sweatpants ar...
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. Omega 3 provides a starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, relaxation and contraction of artery walls, and inflammation. We also find that Omega 3 binds to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.
The health benefits of potassium include relief from anxiety, stress, stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders. It helps to enhance muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, nervous system, and electrolytic functions. Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body and is a powerful element in improving health. It contains the components for maintaining well-being and an improved lifestyle. The benefits...