Staying on track with your weight loss goals can be challenging at times. Sure, you meet with your coach on a regular basis, but we get it, it’s easy to get caught in a rut sometimes. No worries, that’s normal. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for preparing food, staying motivated and staying on track.
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Tip #1: Konjac/Shirataki noodles
Konjac/Shirataki noodles are 97% water and 3% soluble fiber, so these noodles and other high moisture foods (like tofu) do not freeze well and tend to lose texture when thawed. This affects all konjac/shirataki noodles packed in liquid, including Ideal Protein’s konjac spaghetti. It’s best to keep noodles refrigerated after opening and consume them within 24 hours.
Tip #2: Add spinach to Ideal Protein drink mixes
Having troubles getting your veggies in? Add spinach to one of your favorite IP drink mixes. Start with 1 cup of spinach blended with an IP flavor of your choice. Add some ice for a thicker drink.
Tip #3: The best way to store vegetables
Some vegetables stay fresher if you store them at room temperature. Store your garlic, onions, shallots and squash in a cool, dark spot, such as your pantry. Remove the packaging and store them so air can circulate around them. Make sure to keep them away from heat sources, such as the oven, hot water heater or hot water pipes.
Tip #4: Eggs
Did you know that eggs can be stored for more than five weeks in your refrigerator? They're not only a fantastic protein source, but they also have an impressive shelf life!
Tip #5: Ideal Protein Lemon Balls
Grab one IP vanilla pudding packet, one IP lemon water enhancer and two tablespoons of water. Combine all ingredients and stir into a soft workable mixture. Feel free to adjust the amount of water if you want the mixture more dry than wet. Form into small balls and refrigerate. Enjoy as a snack.
Tip #6: Enhance your soups
Soups not filling you up? Add your favorite vegetables into the soup mix to make it heartier.
Tip #7: Hydration is key!
It's easy to confuse signs of hunger with signs of thirst. This uncertainty can also lead you to reach for food when you really should reach for a tall glass of water instead. One of the best secrets to diet success is consuming plenty of water before, during and after meals and snacks.
Tip #8: Set reminders for your supplements
Having trouble remembering to take your supplements? Try setting an alarm on your phone for the time of the day you need to consume them. This will ensure you never miss your important supplementation.
Tip #9: Trick your brain
Try flossing and brushing your teeth right after dinner. This is a mental trigger saying you are finished eating for the day.
Tip #10: Add a different flavor to water
Flavor your water naturally. Cut up lemons, limes or cucumber and let them sit in the water to diffuse.
Tip #11: Food journaling keeps you honest
Keeping a food journal helps to keep you honest. Being honest makes journaling a more effective learning tool. You’ll create healthier habits that will promote overall health and well-being.
Tip #12: Incorporate cabbage into meals
Cabbage is great eaten raw, roasted or sautéed. Roast it in the oven with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté it for a stir-fry. Add it to salad for an extra crunch. You can also make cabbage slaw, cabbage soup or sauerkraut.
Tip #13: Protein mix and hot water
NEVER shake a protein mix with hot water in a closed container. It may explode, make a mess and it could burn you. If you want to mix it with hot water, use a small whisk instead of shaking it.
Tip #14: Don’t eat before bed
Try not to eat two hours before going to bed. For your evening snack, choose lower carbohydrate packets like pudding or a drink.
Tip #15: Protein residue
Rinse, soak or wash your dirty dishes right away. Protein residue is difficult to clean once it’s had time to solidify.