Ideal Protein Tips for Surviving the Holidays!


There are 3 different approaches to surviving (and enjoying!) the holiday season while on the Ideal Protein Diet.

The Iron Will Approach

Whether you are already in Phase 4, about to graduate, or new to Ideal Protein, you have choices to make. In a perfect world, we would all choose the “Iron Will” approach to the holidays, eating nothing that compromises ketosis.

Dieters who are new to the program and haven’t yet mastered a strong set of healthy eating habits are good candidates for this approach, as are those with only a short time left before they reach their goal, since eating foods that compromise fat burning can extend their time on the program by up to two weeks. So, keep that in mind and remember that failing to plan is planning to fail.

If you’re celebrating outside of your home, bring a large plate of veggies with Walden Farms dips to munch on and share. If you plan to use the “iron will” approach, here are some key phrases you can use to excuse yourself politely from eating things you don’t want to:

The Crafty Dismissal…”Ooh, that looks delicious! But I’m stuffed, so I’ll have to take it home for later.”

The Firm Hand…”Thank you for respecting the fact that I have some personal goals I am working on. That looks delicious, but it would compromise my progress, so I’ll have to wait.”

The Medical Excuse…”My doctor recently told me I am pre-diabetic/diabetic, so I really have to watch out for foods that spike my insulin. I’ll have to pass.”

The Allergy Excuse…”No thanks -I recently found out I have food allergies, so I’ll have to pass.”

The One Day Pass Approach

Since Thanksgiving and Christmas come once a year, many dieters feel they’ve earned a day off from IP. If you choose this approach and decide to eat foods that will compromise fat burning, here are some things to keep in mind as you proceed.

Moderation is KEY…Don’t undo all the healthy habits you’ve learned and established! Practice regulating portion sizes by eating only one or two bites of your favorite holiday foods and do NOT go back for seconds. Skip the cookies and pies…they’re full of fast-acting sugar and fat and they’re just not worth it. More importantly, if you don’t moderate, you may actually feel sick the next day!

The One Day Pass is just that– ONE DAY ONLY! Offset the impact by following it up with three days of ultra low-carb veggies and NO restricted items. Your pancreas needs to recuperate, plus this will get you back into ketosis quicker.

The Hog Wild Approach

This is not an acceptable approach if you are serious about changing your body, your health and your life. In addition to the negative physical impact it will have, this approach can seriously interrupt your motivation to lose weight, so here are some things to consider before going Hog Wild!

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” Don’t expect to do something the same way you always have and see different results. Binge eating and lack of portion control are part of what has led many dieters to the weight they were when they began their Ideal Protein journey.

You are likely to feel very unwell that night, the next day, or even for several days after. You may even feel hungover if you consumed a large amount of sugar, whether you drank alcohol or not.

You will retain excess water. Every gram of glycogen you replenish in your system will have 4 grams of water bonded to it, making you feel bloated along with guilty and regretful. It’s just not worth it!

It’s costly. Going hog wild will direct your pancreas to revert to its old habits, stop fat loss, waste up to five days of progress, and ultimately extend your time on the program as well as compromise your overall results.

Whatever approach you choose,  you still need to write down everything you eat and drink in your food journal!


November is American Diabetes Month


“Eat Well, America” is the theme for the American Diabetes Assocation’s American Diabetes Month. As the ADA celebrates its 75th year, they are ready to show our nation just how easy and joyful healthy eating can be.

Each week, the Association will share nutritious recipes selected by noted chefs and cookbook authors for every meal of the day, including snacks and special occasion treats. Not only that, but they’ll teach you how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious. From tip sheets to shopping lists, they’ll help you make healthy eating a fun and easy part of your daily life. (Ideal Protein dieters, please note that these recipes and shopping lists will be for Phase 4 only. If you need help modifying recipes for Phase 1-3, please talk to your coach!)

Some facts about diabetes…

How Prevalent is it?

  • Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®.
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

The Toll on Your Health…

  • Diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for death from heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • Roughly 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

The Dollars and Cents…

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion.
  • Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is more than two times higher than those without the disease.
  • Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
  • 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
  • 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-DIABETES.