Surprise benefit of lost weight

Surprise benefit of lost weight

A surprise benefit to lost weight: By Coach Corrina

Like so many of us, I could rattle off a list of standard answers when asked the question, “why?”  But how honest am I actually being? Perhaps I should ask myself why I’m being asked why, so that I can provide specific reasons instead of generic ones.  Often, fully contemplating the answer in its entirety has a direct link to the level of success – or failure – you will find when embarking on a new phase of life.

When I made the decision to lose weight, I had a number of reasons for deciding to do so.  Most of those reasons were health related, of course, but not all of them.  I had high blood pressure and had become pre-diabetic; but, the biggie for me was that I was not happy.

While knowing that these reasons were valid, I had to think about them differently before they would serve their purpose. Sure, in regards to the medical reasons, of course I wanted to be healthier.  I mean, come on, really?  I knew I wouldn’t want to have to self-monitor my blood sugar levels or take a medication every day if I hadn’t lost weight. But there were many factors that I didn’t consider when listing my general health as a why.

Anyone can say, “I want to be healthier.” But what does that really mean to you?  To me, I didn’t realize what it truly meant until I actually became healthier.  I no longer have issues with my blood pressure and I’m no longer at risk of becoming diabetic, but what I didn’t believe before going on the diet was just how much better I was going to feel all the time.  I have more energy, I sleep better at night and I AM happy.  Have you ever experienced a trip to the grocery store on a day when you’re tired or maybe even a little bit grumpy and people avoid eye contact and get out of your way when they see you coming?  How about on a day when you’re smiling and there’s a bit of pep to your step?  On these days, people – strangers – will smile back at you.  They might even give you a greeting!  Positive interactions with people around you, even if only a smile, will lift up the spirits and improve your entire day as well as your attitude.

Now, back to “I want to be healthier.”  I already mentioned that I have more energy and sleep better these days, but the simple desire to feel better or healthier is just that: simple.  The real question here is why do I want to be healthier?  Look at it this way.  The healthier I am, the less time I will have to spend visiting the doctor’s office; and, less time spent there also equals less follow-up visits, lab work or other diagnostic testing to be done; I’m saving countless phone call hours, waiting on hold or playing phone tag for days at a time.  So, what’s my biggest healthcare-specific benefit of being healthier?  I don’t have to pay for all of these doctor visits and testing to be done and I don’t have to participate in the run around of fighting with the insurance company over what is covered, what should be covered and what’s not. When I started I didn’t realize that would be a benefit to the lost weight I achieved.

All of the reasons listed above are for myself.  The motives for your own desire and drive to succeed are imperative to your own success.  However, I still have one remaining reason that I, personally, want to be healthy.  I want more time with my loved ones.  Hopefully, the healthier I am, the longer I’ll get to live; and, perhaps my loved ones will see how beneficial a healthy lifestyle has been for me and decide to do the same, potentially extending their own lives, as well as others around them, too!

Weekly Wisdom: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving! Being prepared with your foods is the key to success during the holidays. Going to Thanksgiving dinner? Plan out what you will eat ahead of time so that you are not tempted to cheat!

Thanksgiving Recipes can be found here:Ideal Protein Thanksgiving Recipes

There are three types of people you can be today; the Iron Willed dieter who will stay 100% on track. The One Day Pass dieter who will allow perhaps an extra restricted or more dinner protein, etc. Or the Hog Wild dieter who will say anything goes! We highly recommend option 1 but option 2 works as well if you keep moderation and all of your hard work in mind. If some deviations do sneak in be sure to keep the next few days very low carb (no restricted) and drink lots of water. Do Not decide to be option 3! Not only will your body and mind not be happy the next day but you will retain excess water and experience bloating, hunger and cravings the day(s) following the feast.

Helpful Tips:

  • Keep extra Ready-Made shakes on hand and have one before you go out to dinner or a party. Being full or content before you go will help keep temptations at bay.
  • Wear clothes that are a little tight. This will remind you to stick with the diet! Bonus: You can show off that new figure you have worked hard to achieve and it will bring some well-deserved compliments to help keep you focused on how far you have come!
  • When you know you have a party to attend, save your restricted treat for the party. While everyone is munching on cookies and cake, you’ll feel like you’re getting a treat too.
  • ABSOLUTLEY NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED! This will not only set you back 3 full days but it can cause a severe incidence of hypoglycemia and you can potentially pass out. It’s very dangerous- Don’t do it! Remember: Alcohol=Sugar!
  • This is ONLY 1 DAY that you have to sacrifice for a LIFETIME of holidays when you can eat what you want. You will be to your goal next Thanksgiving and that pumpkin pie will taste even sweeter!
  • Need to bring an item to a potluck? Bring a veggie tray with IP veggies & WF ranch dip, or the IP deviled eggs, your family and friends won’t even notice the swap!
  • Using your Ideal Protein Thanksgiving Bag swaps and your turkey for the 8oz of dinner protein Thanksgiving can be a very Ideal Protein friendly meal!

“Failure to plan is planning to fail.”

Ideal Protein Thanksgiving Recipes

Weight Loss at Halloween?

Weight Loss at Halloween?

Can you have weight loss at Halloween? Yes, we know you can! Why not lose weight through the holidays now and this season rather than gain? Halloween can be tricky with candy, EVERYWHERE!

Here are some of our top tips to stay on track when Halloween is trying to give you a Trick!

Go Trick-or-Treating: Yep, go for it! Take your kids out, you’ll get some exercise and fresh air. Feeling tempted to sneak a treat? Bring an Ideal Protein Bar or a hot travel mug of coffee or tea with you to get you warm and full.

Delegate: Do you have a friend or older child not going trick-or-treating that can man your front door? Put someone else on the job of candy handouts so you aren’t even around it. Have someone else pick up the candy for you from the store or if you need to purchase it keep it in a closet or the garage until the 31st!

Buy the icky stuff: Do you love Snickers or Mars Bars? Then if you must buy candy for trick-or-treaters then buy some Skittles or Starburst or candies that you don’t love. This way you won’t be as tempted to snack all night.

Are you enjoying maintenance this year for Halloween? Try some of the tips from our Pumpkin Spiced Belly article to make healthier pumpkin recipes this year.

Whatever tips you use this Halloween remember this is only temporary. If you love the candy at Halloween it’s very important that you start developing new habits now in Phase 1 that will help you avoid sabotage next year at Halloween when you are in maintenance. Those “Fun Size” candies are not so fun the next week if you’ve over indulged and are doing a week of phase one for a Tune Up!

A+ in Health with these Back to School Tips

A+ in Health with these Back to School Tips

Ready to get an A+ in Health and Wellness this year?

It’s after Labor Day and we all know what that means, summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, and moms and dads everywhere are doing their happy dance. The one thing we are dreading is the sleepy kiddos as the long days take a toll on their minds and body. We are also patiently anticipating the round of runny noses, sneezing and coughing we see the kids bring home from school.

It’s unavoidable to miss all of the germs that the kids bring back from summer break and share with each other while in close proximity in the classroom. But, it’s important to be prepared so the germs don’t hit your kids, parents and teachers too hard.

Pump up your immunity: 

One of the simplest ways to fight germs is to have your immune system prepared. Have your kids, and you, take a few key supplements and foods to help improve your immune system function.

Vitamin C — Time to stock up on oranges and other vitamin C packed fruits and veggies like pineapple and mango. Even cauliflower, broccoli and kale pack as much or more vitamin C as an orange.

Echinacea — You don’t need to take Echinacea year round, but back to school time is a great time to take some. A simple way to prep your immune system is to take 500-1,000mg per day for about two weeks.

Omega 3 — Omega 3 fatty acids are very beneficial for your overall health as well as your immune system. This is a great daily supplement to be taking because our bodies do not produce Omega 3 and must be consumed from our foods or supplements.

Keep your supplies clean:

As great as it is to encourage kids to share, we need to make sure if one kid is under the weather they aren’t also sharing their cold. Parents need to make sure they know what to share and not to share. Make sure you wipe down backpacks, lunch pails and school supplies. Remind your kids not to share lip balms, ear buds or other personal items.

Sleep and Stress: 

Back to school can be a big stress for not only parents but students too. Make sure you are taking time each day to talk to your kid about how school is going and if they are struggling in any area.

Sleep is also very important. Going from staying up late on summer nights to waking up early to catch the bus can wear kids, and their immune systems, down. It’s recommended that school-aged kids get anywhere from 9-12 hours of sleep per night. If your child needs to wake up at 6 a.m. to catch a school bus on time, they need to be going to bed around 8 p.m. If this is not feasible, consider cutting back on after-school activities and getting into a good evening routine with your kids.

Have a Happy and Healthy Back to School season.

Emily Countryman is a board-certified health coach and owner of Ideal Wellness http://www.idealwellnesswa.comlocated at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104 in Smokey Point/Marysville She can be reached online at info@idealwellnesswa.com.

Be fulfilled on a diet

Be fulfilled on a diet

Are you struggling to feel fulfilled on a diet? Maybe this sounds familiar…

You’ve recently started the Ideal Protein diet. You were so excited to lose all your weight. You met with your coach, and the two of you helped create your goal weight. It’s achievable, it’s desirable. The first few weeks were great. You figured out a system that works. You figured out the right plan for your lifestyle, all the little things like what to keep with you for your drive home because you are always starving at that time of day, or how many sliced cucumber you need to slice Sunday to have enough munchies at your desk to last a week.

But then reality sets in.

You go out to dinner, and you order a water. Drive past the fast food, you pass the ice cream stand, you pass the espresso stand. You go to the grocery store to get your veggies, and it’s everywhere. Everything you ever wanted at that current moment is in every direction you look.

It doesn’t have to be this hard. You can be fulfilled on a diet!!

The key to feeling fulfilled on the diet is by changing your mindset. Instead of focusing on all of the foods you no longer get, focus on all of the foods you DO get.

You get to try new foods.  

Jicama, cilantro, fennel, okra. Is this even real life?

You get to experiment with new flavor combinations.

I bet you’ve never tried a jicama, radish, fennel coleslaw. Pair that with some fresh grilled seafood and now you’re talking.

You can look forward to the protein and veggie meal you get to create yourself.

This is your time to get fancy. All day, when the cravings present itself, just remember you get the best dinner of your life tonight, and tomorrow night, and the night after that! Tonight it might be flank steak stuffed with mushroom, spinach, and red pepper flakes. Tomorrow, it might be creole/Cajun-inspired oven roasted pork tenderloin with a side of roasted spicy Brussel sprouts. There’s nothing wrong with living large!

You get to learn to love to cook.

Cooking is like an art. There are no rules. And you get to create what inspires you. While you may not be the best cook now, by experimenting in the kitchen because you’re excited to learn rather than cooking as a chore, you will get to watch your own skills transform.

How to lose weight fast!

How to lose weight fast!

By: Jessica Logan

You know that feeling when you find a new diet, and you are so excited, you see the testimonials and success of others and your encouragement is at an all-time high. You want to know how to lose weight  fast! You start. Day one, going great! Day two, whoa- this is harder than I expected. Day three- temptation and cravings intensify, and next thing you know you’re reaching for the chocolate brownie and caramel latte you used to have every afternoon.

Having a coach with your diet plan will help you lose weight fast.

Weight loss coaching is the use of personal coaching techniques to bring about long-term weight loss. Here are 5 reasons why hiring a weight loss coach will help you lose weight.

  1. Your coach is your personal support system.

Studies have shown that you are more likely to stick to a program when you have someone supporting you and encouraging you through the process. A coach is by your side, checking in, motivating you, and keeping you on track. They help hold you accountable for your actions. You coach also knows the ins and outs of how to lose weight fast!

  1. Coaches understand the connection between the mind and the body.

It’s more than just eating kale. Your coach understands that weight loss is about the balance in all areas of your life. Sleep, stress and anxiety, hydration, and happiness all play a role.

  1. A coach helps work your diet into your individual lifestyle.

Not everyone has time to attend a morning yoga class, cook three meals a day, take the dog for a jog, grocery shop frequently for fresh ingredients, have a night-time meditation routine and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Coaches understand this, and work with you to make weight loss convenient in your life. It doesn’t matter if you work nights or play taxi with 4 kids, weight loss should be easy and achievable.

  1. They help you keep the weight you’ve lost off- for good.

Statistics have proven that keeping a coach after weight loss will help you keep that weight off for good. They teach you how to create a new lifestyle rather than follow short-term diet. They show how food can be fun and you can still enjoy all of the foods you loved before, but in a way that makes maintaining your ideal weight achievable.

  1. They make weight loss less overwhelming.

Whether you have 20 or 120 to lose, the idea of having to change your lifestyle to lose weight is scary. There are some big sacrifices that need to be made. A coach can take these big sacrifices and scary thoughts and break them up into bite-sized action steps and keep you from feeling like the task is beyond reach. Your coach is here to help teach you and with the help of your coach you too will learn how to lose weight fast!

 

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