Client of the Month
Why did you start the diet? I was really desperate. My weight kept increasing and I was able to lose some weight and keep it off for a short period of time, but my unhealthy eating habits always came back. I had looked at all options. I even started seeing a bariatric doctor to get the lap band surgery, but even working with a doctor I wasn’t able to lose weight to be approved for the surgery and eventually gave up. A friend of mine and my dentist both were doing the ideal protein diet and had amazing results. I figured if they can do it I can do it too.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1.
What was your biggest struggle? There are times that you want to have something that you know is off plan. It was hard to be at a pub in England and not order a drink, but I keep reminding myself that I’d rather be thin and live a healthy life.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I am a traveler and I wasn’t going to have a diet keep me from my travels. I went on a cruise about 2 weeks into my diet. I decided if I could stay on plan on a cruise I could do anything. I have traveled to England, France, Texas, and even worked at the Iowa State Fair. I’ve been on plan each and every trip. I’ve taken my food in and out of the country in my carry on and checked baggage with no problems at all.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: Chocolate peanut butter bar, Non-Restricted: Vanilla Shake
What is your go to recipe? I love making the rhubarb and zucchini dish. It tastes like apple crisp.
How did this affect your family? I’m single so it was easy for me to stay on plan at home. My mom also started the diet at the same time as me and has had great success. It’s nice to share stories and recipes together. It helps me to stay motivated and on track. A few weeks ago my grandmother passed away. As you know friends, church members, and neighbors always bring food. It was difficult to be around all of those delicious looking meals and deserts. Even during that hard time in my life I was able to stay on plan and lose weight. My grandma has been a big fan of my diet. She was so proud of my success.
Did you get off any medications? I no longer have to take blood pressure medication. I was able to stop taking it about 1 month into my diet.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? I can’t say anything really. I just now know how to healthfully cook the things I love. You can have anything on this diet. I have tacos, roast, seafood, Chinese, etc. Really nothing is off limits which makes this way of living healthy so much easier. I’ve also learned how to order healthy things at my favorite restaurants.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I would recommended for everyone that does the ideal protein diet to purchase Janeva’s cookbook and try new things. That has really helped me to stay on plan. I can make my own tortillas out of cauliflower and have muffins for breakfast. I even had birthday cake for my birthday this year and it was delicious. All because I purchased the cookbook.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Everyone has been so supportive of me throughout my journey. The atmosphere at Innovative Aesthetics is so positive. I get hugs and high fives and I’m always told that I look so good. I think I’ve been able to stay committed to the diet because I’ve visited the Blair’s Ferry location on Wednesday’s. Each week we get to try a new recipe or product. It helps me try new things outside of my comfort zone that I typically wouldn’t make myself. I’ve tried so many new things that I’ve really enjoyed. I also wish that there could be an ideal protein popcorn. That would be amazing.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I wasn’t ready to start a diet. The night before I started my diet I had all my favorite things. I was really disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to have these foods again for a very long time. I had a very different relationship with food at that time. I now eat because my body needs fuel to function. I can still have foods that I love and enjoy. I am living a life I never thought I could have. This year I am accomplishing three things that were on my bucket list, but I never thought I would do because of my weight. I traveled to Europe, I was able to ride my bike in RAGBRAI and in November I am zip-lining in Mexico. I can’t imagine going back to my old unhealthy ways. If I can do it, you can do it too!
Why did you start the diet? I started Ideal Protein in October 2016 to lose weight and get healthy. I had been having inflammatory issues and joint pain for over a year and my weight continued to balloon to the heaviest I had ever been at 241 lbs.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1.
What was your biggest struggle? My biggest struggle before IP was that I wouldn’t stick to anything. I was very addicted to sugar, caffeine, aspartame, processed foods, and carbs so any diet I tried, I failed miserably. I didn’t really feel during the process of Ideal Protein Phase 1 that it was a struggle to stick to plan. I had been praying for a solution that would work for me and my mind was set in stone that this was it! The first week was the toughest as my body adjusted to healthy choices and being without all of the unhealthy choices I had become accustomed to.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I went on a few small trips while on Phase 1, but planned ahead each time and prepped healthy veggies and IP bars to take with me. I took my Walden Farms salad dressings and always found a healthy alternative.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted was most definitely, the Peanut Butter bar. I would only allow myself 2 restricted packets per week during Phase 1 which I always had on Monday’s after my weigh in (to celebrate my weekly success) and on Friday’s because…well, it was Friday! Non Restricted, my go to was the Vanilla Crispy bar, I had one every day!
What is your go to recipe? I’m a very simple meal planner so I mainly stuck to proteins (chicken, fish, steak, pork, grilled and baked) and roasted veggies on the grill in foil or roasted in the oven with garlic and onion powder.
How did this affect your family? I made my own separate meals through the entire Ideal Protein plan while my family ate regular foods. My husband has been very supportive of my new healthy lifestyle and knows that this is a lifestyle change for me.
Did you get off any medications? Prior to IP, I was taking ibuprofen daily, Gabapentin and Lyrica for pain management of painful joints, and nerve pain in my foot. I take ibuprofen on occasion, but no longer take Gabapentin or Lyrica for pain.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Aspartame! Sugar! Dairy! Any type of processed food! I was drinking over a two liter bottle of diet Dr. Pepper a day when I started IP. I ate massive quantities of sugar, chocolate, pizza, cheese and ice cream. Now I only drink only water and lots of it. I allow myself occasional sugar free candies (Russell Stovers) and do not eat any breads, pastas, or pasteurized dairy products.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? The Ideal Protein plan has educated me on how to fuel my body rather than eat to satisfy my cravings and addictions. The daily videos were very helpful. I learned which foods caused inflammation in my body as a result of my poor eating habits all those years. I continue to eat more of a Phase 3 lifestyle that includes 12-16 oz of protein per day, my 4 cups of select veggies, a daily salad with Walden Farms dressing, one IP packet per day as a snack and Quest Protein bars and shakes. I recently had to have surgery on my foot so am unable to exercise yet but plan to be able to walk and jog if the surgery was successful.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I feel that Innovative Aesthetics was a huge support. My coach Dusty did an amazing job of educating me, encouraging me, and helped me understand how my body responds to different foods. This helped me stay on track and make better choices to keep my weight loss on track.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. If you think that it is impossible to lose the weight, whether it is 40, 60, or over 100 lbs, I am here to tell you that you can just like many of us have at Innovative Aesthetics. Losing the weight and leading a healthy lifestyle is a choice and a mindset. Once you set your mind to accomplish your goals and make the choice in the present moment to take the steps to get there, the next thing you know, you have reached your goal. I never dreamed I would have lost 93 lbs. when I started, but I surely did and have maintained since early July 2017. I choose to be healthy and I choose to be fit. My poor eating habits for years has caused autoimmune inflammatory problems that I am still learning to cope with, but I am now the same weight that I was when I was in my 20’s and I’m 47! I am so much more confident and happy and I feel 100% better than I did a year ago. Focus on your goals for this week only, not on how much total you have to lose so that you don’t get discouraged. Celebrate your success when you reach your goals in other ways that don’t involve food. You can do it!!
Why did you start the diet? I had been gaining weight consistently since college (over 13 years), and had tried crash diets with exercise, but it did not last. I wanted a proven way to lose weight and keep it off. This diet appeared to have that success with many people, so I decided to give it a try.
Which plan were you on? I’ve been following the normal plan on phase 1 since mid-April 2017. I started on a higher amount of protein and an extra packet due to my weight, and have been consistently reducing down to the standard phase 1 plan as I have lost weight.
What was your biggest struggle? I would say going out to eat. I had to get used to prescribing to the wait staff exactly how I wanted my food prepared, and could not continue to go to some of my favorite restaurants. And pizza! And dairy! And sausage! I’ve always loved those, but had to give them up.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes! Many times. I believe I’ve gone out of town every month since I started. When I stayed with family, it was easier, since I could buy food and prepare it there. However, when I went to a hotel destination, I had to prepare a lot more, bringing canned meats, vegetables in a cooler, etc. It worked out!
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product?
Favorite Restricted – Cookie Dough Swirl bar
Favorite Non-restricted – Nacho Dorados
What is your go to recipe? I would say my favorite recipe is one my wife makes. A Chicken fajita salad with Phase 1 approved seasoning on the chicken, onion, peppers, fresh salsa, tomatoes, and lots of lettuce. It’s the best!
How did this affect your family? It was difficult at first, because I was making major life changes. I was making time for preparing food and getting my walking in every day. I was spending a lot more time on myself then I usually did, not eating what the family eats, etc. I was able to make changes, such as doing my walking early in the morning (which is amazing because I’m traditionally not a morning person at all!). Over time, I’ve tried to work in healthier options for my family as well, to ensure we’re all eating better.
Did you get off any medications? I had high blood pressure, and I’m no longer on medication for that. I also was borderline diabetic, and was on medicine for that as well, but was able to remove that and my blood sugars have returned to normal.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Super high carb foods with a high glycemic index. I don’t plan to go back to those, and this includes items with lots of sugar. Also avoiding highly processed foods. For a single item, I would say having a whole meal of pizza is no longer an option. It’ll have to be a piece or two supplemented with other healthier items.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I fully intend to keep my food as whole as possible! Avoid highly processed foods. And veggies will be a go to option for snacks. Also, for snacks, mixed nuts will probably be in my diet. I fully intend to start a CrossFit program when I finish my weight loss and get into maintenance. Complete lifestyle change.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Continue to send the daily videos. There are great tips and education in these! Continue to be available to answer questions to those who are just getting started. I had quite a few!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I can’t stress this enough. Ensure you’re ready, and go all in. Make the decision to stick with it and you will see consistent results! Watch the videos and commit the topics to memory. Treat it like a full lifestyle change. Set intermediate goals along the way to enable celebrations as you go. And celebrate with something other than food! Or if it is food, make sure it is something you really enjoy and in a reasonable portion so you don’t regret it later. There are many other ways to celebrate success without setting you back!
Why did you start the diet? My mom had wanted me to do this may years ago but when I checked into then I did not think I could afford it. I went to the doctor last summer & she was not happy with my weight. I was on 3 medications for high blood pressure & she did not want to have to add a 4th one. She suggested I try Ideal Protein. I was having to buy larger clothes and finding shoes that fit and were comfortable was getting harder & harder. I also had lots of leg & feet pains and very little energy. I decided it was time to spend money on myself for a change so it could be healthier.
I went to the Wednesday night seminar on August 25, 2016 and made an appointment for a consultation which was the following Monday. Day 1 was Tuesday August 29th. I have had a lot of support & encouragement from family & friends this past year. Mom would have been my biggest supporter through all of this. She passed away in Jan 2014 so I know she has been watching my transformation from above.
Which plan were you on? Phase I
What was your biggest struggle? I do not like to cook and did not like very many vegetables. I bought Janeva’s cookbook at the very beginning and have found a lot of recipes in there that are easy to make. I have tried a lot of new vegetables that I never would have tried in the past. I still do not like to cook but like that a lot of the recipes make multiple servings so I put extra meals in the fridge and/or freezer so on busy days I can get something out and heat it up.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? In October I went to Florida for a week to visit my brother, sister-in-law & 2 nieces. I took my packets, vitamins, scale & water bottle. Since I was staying at their house we went to the store and I bought meat & veggies so I could make my own meals just like at home. When they were at school & work during the day I would go out for long walks. They live within 15 minutes of the beach and it was great weather the whole week I was there.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: Chocolate Coconut Bar, Chocolate Mint Bar, Peanut Butter Bar & the Wafers. Non-restricted: Vanilla Crispy Square, Chocolate Chip Pancake & Pudding Mixes for making muffins from the cookbook. I love a diet where I could still have my sweets
What is your go to recipe? Crackslaw, Cauliflower Fried Rice & Shepherds pie
How did this affect your family? I am single so in some ways this was easier for me than others since I don’t have food in the house for a husband and kids that would be non-protocol. When I get together with family for holidays and/or meals and I would bring my own foods so that I would not be tempted by things they made that I could not have. Everyone was supportive and did not try to push me to eat foods I could not have.
Did you get off any medications? So far the doctor has taken me off of 2 of my blood pressure medicines. I go to see her again on Aug 10 so I am hoping the last one will go away after that.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Pop. I had been drinking a lot of Diet Mountain Dew. I haven’t had any of that for almost a year and have not missed it at all.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Can’t wait for the maintenance cookbook to come out. I do a lot of walking and would like to start doing exercises to tone up my loose skin. I also started doing yoga this summer and have enjoyed it. I especially like Dusty’s Saturday morning yoga!
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Love when you have support groups so we can get together with others on IP to talk about concerns, successes, etc.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. You have to do this for yourself. If you have the mindset that you want to do it and be successful you can. If you have a lot of weight to loose set small goals for yourself along the way and celebrate those successes.
Why did you start the diet? I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and tried many different programs and methods to lose weight. I would lose a little, but would end up gaining it back and then some. I realized that I wasn’t living my life, but rather hiding away, ashamed, depressed, and hopeless. When I started, I just wanted to lose enough weight to get my life back – it was too overwhelming to think about the big picture. But, this program made me believe that getting to a healthy weight is actually possible. I’m so excited about where this journey is taking me!
Which plan were you on? Phase I
What was your biggest struggle? I’ve never been much of a cook; it was always easier to pick up fast food or something quick and easy which was usually overly processed and not healthy. So, adjusting to prepping and cooking took some time. But, now it is so worth it and not a struggle at all! I’ve figured out what works for me — taking time to cut up all my vegetables, make up several meals, and portioning out everything for the week at one time.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Just weekend trips.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Non-restricted: Vanilla Krispie Square.
Restricted: Cookie Dough Swirl bar
What is your go to recipe? Get the cookbook!! In the winter, I like Janeva’s Zuppa soup, Unstuffed Cabbage Soup, Crack Slaw or casserole type dishes like Zucchini Lasagna and Pizza Burger Casserole. In the summer, I eat a lot of mason jar salads and grilled chicken/vegetables.
How did this affect your family? My family, friends, and co-workers are the absolute best — they have been so supportive! They’ve asked questions, tried new foods, made accommodations, and have been there every step of the way.
Did you get off any medications? Yes: 1 medication.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Before IP, I would eat foods even if they didn’t taste all that great, but they were there or easy. So, I plan to eliminate those foods that are just not worth it. For example, I love sweets, but I’m going to implement a ‘Level 10’ only rule. If the food isn’t something I love, then I won’t eat it. If it is something I love, then I will only eat it in moderation.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? This is a complete lifestyle change — there is no way that I could go back to the way I used to eat and expect to maintain this loss. So, eating clean, staying away from processed foods, and planning/prepping/cooking meals will continue to be a priority for me. I know there will be some mistakes along the way, but it is a huge comfort to know this program and the people that I’ve met along the way will be here for me whenever I need it.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? No, I couldn’t ask for a better experience – everyone at the clinic is beyond supportive and I love the challenges, the Facebook support group, weekly samples, and ready-made salads. Can’t wait for the new location to open up! And it would be awesome to have another big party like we did at the Kirkwood Hotel — that was an amazing night!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. This program completely changed my life! It has been a lot of hard work — not just the planning/prepping, but also the emotional and mental aspect of dealing with food and my weight. But, it is sooooo worth it… stay on protocol, be patient with yourself, don’t quit, celebrate every victory, and believe that your dreams can come true!
Why did you start the diet? I started Ideal Protein because I was tired of being unhealthy and overweight (obese by NIH standards — yikes!) I was scared what it meant for my future and my health down the road. Also, I wanted to set a better example for my children. I needed a complete lifestyle change. I set out to create the best version of myself — one day at a time, one meal at a time, one decision at a time.
Which plan were you on? Phase I
What was your biggest struggle? At times in the beginning it was very hard to be in social situations because they typically revolve around food and alcohol. At first, I felt sorry for myself for not being able to have this or that and then at some point I experienced a shift in thinking that led to me saying “I am choosing not to have this/that at this time, not because I can’t but because I don’t want to.” The results were so great that I didn’t want to eat these things any more. I wanted to reach my goal!
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? No, just a couple of weekend trips. I stayed on plan.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: Cookie Dough bar. Unrestricted: Vanilla Rice Crispy Square and the Vanilla Premade drink (with my doppio). Can you tell I like my sweets?
What is your go to recipe? Pizza burger casserole, chili con carne, unstuffed cabbage soup, buffalo cauliflower popcorn.
How did this affect your family? My husband tried several of the recipes. My 6 year old daughter asked lots of questions about what is healthy and what isn’t. She began incorporating more veggies into her diet also. I still cook differently for them and differently for myself as that is what they prefer to eat. This is what works for us right now.
Did you get off any medications? I was not on any medications.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? White bread. I have no desire to eat it again, it has no health benefits.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I will begin a regular exercise program as well as keep tracking my food. I plan to stay within my BMR calorie count. I do plan to have an occasional splurge on the weekends. I will continue to set goals for myself to remain focused and to challenge myself.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I really liked the challenge. That was a great way to meet others who are on this journey. I think you should have tiered prizes for those so that more people win stuff. You should also expand into Waterloo/Cedar Falls.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Figure out your “why.” Be honest with yourself about the current state of your health and where things are headed. I drove down to Cedar Rapids from Waterloo once a week to meet with my awesome coach Stephanie. I juggled this with my full time job and my two kids. I made it a priority. Along the journey you’ll encounter a lot of naysayers and people you thought would cheer you on may not necessarily do that… brush it off and keep going!
Why did you start the diet? My daughter asked me to do it with her and I had just been to the doctor and found out ALL of my numbers were WAY high.
Which plan were you on? Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? Finding vegetables I liked.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? No
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: Peanut Butter bar and Non-restricted: caramel mug cake
What is your go to recipe? Chicken cauliflower rice
How did this affect your family? They helped and are eating some of my healthy dinners too.
Did you get off any medications? Yes, four
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Soda
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I will be exercising at least 30 min per day. I am using the My Fitness Pal App and will be tracking my intake and making sure I burn that off. I will definitely keep the IP products on hand and keep using the Walden Farms items.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Maybe include the vegetable weight chart in the starting packet and talk about it at start up. I felt I wasted a whole week not understanding I needed to weigh my food for accuracy.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Just remember you are the only one who can make the change in your life. If you stick to the protocol, you will see results every day. If you never start, you can never get there. I have tried every other diet on the market… but this was the success!!! Thank you so much, Innovative Aesthetics and Ideal Protein.
Why did you start the diet? I started to become uncomfortable in my own skin. I was tired of my clothes not fitting and my confidence had gone way down. I was also very close to having to take medication for very high cholesterol. I knew I needed to make a change for my overall health.
Which plan were you on? Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? Not eating my normal carbs like pizza and bread. I would say getting through the first and second week without these was very tough, but worth it.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Not a long vacation but a couple weekend vacations. I just made sure I packed accordingly.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: peanut butter protein bar
Unrestricted: chocolate soy puffs
What is your go to recipe? I’m pretty picky and don’t really cook but if I had to pick I would say chicken cauliflower rice. I definitely like just eating my 8oz chicken breast with delicious spices and vegetables.
How did this affect your family? It was definitely a change as I couldn’t have the typical pizza night on the weekends but I adjusted. For example, if my family wanted to go get ice cream I would eat something on the sweeter side from IP like the Double Chocolate Brownie or Chocolate Soy Puffs so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. I work opposite shifts of my spouse so I really just depended on myself other than the weekends.
Did you get off any medications? I never had any prescribed medications besides taking over the counter Omeprazole for heartburn which I no longer need to take due to eating better foods.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? This question took me awhile as I honestly don’t know the answer. I would say more of “moderation” rather than “elimination.”
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I’m going to keep active and continue to use IP products because I love that you can just grab and go with most of them. I want to continue my success and this program has proven that it works!
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I definitely love your “sample Wednesdays” This really gave me the opportunity to try new recipes and IP products.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. There may be some weeks when the pounds don’t come off as fast as you want or as much as you want and it can hurt your motivation to keep going. Be patient. Things are definitely happening in your body that might not show up on a scale. Each new week renew your commitment to yourself. Progress is progress whether big or small! Keep going and remember why you started!
Why did you start the diet? My “Ideal Journey” is complicated. I feel like that word can describe most of our relationships with food, health, and overall nutrition. Before starting Ideal, I never felt like how I ate was “that bad.” I would eat nachos with friends or a couple beers at the ball game, and I didn’t think anything about it. I love socializing and being part of a group, and somehow over the years that went hand and hand with eating junk.
Last February, I was surfing through Facebook when I came across a girl I knew from high school that posted her before and after pictures. She was currently a college athlete and I was floored as to why she was doing a weight-loss plan. It seemed silly for her to be focusing on her weight, but she looked great. Naturally, I sent it to my sister to share in the awe-factor. To my surprise, my sister looked into the program and joined in her city (Lansing, MI) within the month. I didn’t know that her weight was an issue for her too. I wasn’t that easily persuaded to jump on board, and didn’t think it was for me. I told myself what I always told myself, that I needed to just start going to the gym and start eating better. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. After 2 months of my sister getting awesome results, I wanted to get the kind of compliments and recognition that she was getting. Plus, I had a little extra motivation because my roommate and I planned a trip to Costa Rica for that upcoming summer.
On April 17th, I went to a Wednesday night meeting and set up my consultation. The program worked great right up until my vacation. I didn’t phase off and I just stopped going to my appointments, which was probably the dumbest thing I could have done. I went on a 2 week trip and put myself back into the dating scene, and just like that Ideal Protein was off my radar. I wasn’t happy with where I was physically, but I hadn’t decided at this point that I was ready to commit.
In the blink of an eye, it was November. I had been off Ideal Protein since my vacation in June, 5 whole months. My sister came to Thanksgiving looking PHENOMENAL! There was no reason for me to be jealous because there was no reason that I couldn’t have had the same results as her! I decided to really start that day. Not just lose 10 pounds for a trip, not just test it out, not just eat healthy until the next party/holiday/get-together, I was all in and committed. I wanted to find myself attractive. I wanted to buy clothing from the middle of the rack, not the largest size that the store carried. I wanted people to notice me. I wanted to want to take pictures with my family and friends. I wanted to make the change.
Which plan were you on? The regular plan, but I have hit my goal weight and moving into phasing off.
What was your biggest struggle? The first month sucked. I was crabby, hungry, craving everything I couldn’t have, trying recipes that didn’t taste like the real thing, but I got over those obstacles pretty quick. Truthfully, my biggest struggle was admitting that I was on a weight-loss plan. I tried for months to not tell people. Honestly, I felt a little bit ashamed because the only person to blame for my weight was myself and I didn’t want to take responsibility for that. Once I verbalized that I wasn’t eating carbs and sugars, Ideal became a lot easier. Everyone in my life (boyfriend, roommate, family, coworkers, etc.) became very supportive and curious at the same time. They started asking questions about the program, which in turn made me want to educate myself on nutrition and ketosis.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes, I went on Spring Break to Michigan to visit my sister. I packed a small cooler full of tons of chopped veggies and stocked up on packets. Traveling definitely wasn’t the easiest thing. I had a fantastic routine and method to prepping/eating here at home. Going off my schedule gave me a little anxiety, but planning it all out definitely helped. It is totally doable.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted: I think it is super weird, but lately my favorite restricted is Dill Zippers. Before Ideal, I hated pickles, but my taste buds have definitely changed. Non-restricted: I would probably say that my favorite non-restricted is the Sweet Chili Dorados. The best thing is a walking taco or with mockamole.
*I love a snack that I can get a good portion with. It makes me feel more satisfied, but don’t get me wrong, I totally crave Vanilla Squares too!
What is your go to recipe? Stir-fry! I love it because I never make the same one twice. Just dice up some veggies and a protein, and throw it in the wok. I make a variation of the crackslaw sauce with some WF peanut butter and curry powder. There is no exact measuring.
How did this affect your family? Like I said from the beginning, I started this journey because of my sister’s progress. It has been fun sharing recipes and checking in on each other. Plus hearing about other clinics and coach’s recommendations is helpful too. This has definitely strengthened my relationship with my boyfriend as well. He is a very adventurous eater; it is super comforting knowing that if I bring home a kohlrabi or a jicama that he is game for giving it a whirl. Ideal Protein has given me confidence and I find myself attractive, which is a lovely benefit to any relationship.
Did you get off any medications? I wasn’t on any to start.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Soda. I have zero desire to have a pop. While starting the phasing off process, I was relieved to start learning about healthy carbohydrates found in foods other than grains. I don’t have a desire to eat simple carbs (breads and pastas). There are sooooo many other options out there that I didn’t know existed.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I think my largest growth during this transformation was educating myself on what’s going on in my body. I have really been inspired by information. Also I have become more aware of the amount of water I drink. It took me awhile to associate my successful weeks with my H2O intake, but it DEFINITELY was a determining factor.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? When I came to the Wednesday information meeting there was a woman there are that shared her story. She hadn’t been on it long, but long enough that she had overcome her initial carb craving and was starting to see results. That was really inspiring to see someone at the start of their journey. It made my next few months to be doable. The challenges are also a great motivator and accountably piece.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. There is always going to be a holiday, a party, a game, a birthday, or an event. Every time, I went to start a diet or a workout routine it was determined around life at that time. “After Christmas.” “After my birthday.” “After this weekend.” I wish I would have switched the after to before. I want to be healthy before Christmas, before my birthday, before this weekend.
When did you start the diet? I started IP on January 8, 2015.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? We all have different reasons for the extra weight. For me it was overeating. I love to cook and always made a meal for 8 to feed just 2 people. My biggest struggle was being satisfied after eating. I adopted a few practices that helped me overcome this struggle. Eating hot food kept me more satisfied, using salads to bulk up my meals, and ALWAYS drinking 16-24 oz. of water after consuming IP products helped.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I reached my goal right before an all-inclusive vacation. Luckily I had adopted so many healthy behaviors in the 5 months on IP that I WANTED to make good choices and maintain my success.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Non-restricted: Herb and Cheese omelet! I’m not one of those people that can get by on a shake or Doppio and IP drink for breakfast. I needed something hot and filling. I still have the H&C omelet several times a week.
Restricted: This is tough; I avoided restricted most of the time for maximum results. However, the Carmel and Peanut Butter bar put in the freezer is a great treat!
What is your go to recipe? When I started IP I cooked something different every night for dinner for the first 4 weeks. I didn’t want to get bored and I love to cook so it was easy. So, I have a lot of go to recipes and for me it’s more about go to ingredients. Mine is frozen riced cauliflower. I use it to make mashed potatoes, fried rice, Spanish rice, stir fry, soups, and so much more.
How did this affect your family? Friends and co-workers were extremely supportive. My family took a while. They didn’t get it, the diet seemed confusing, and they thought I was losing too much weight. They came around and now we share recipes and I’ve helped many of them find healthy options to make some lifestyle changes. My mom even asked if I thought she could do IP. Absolutely!!!
Did you get off any medications? I didn’t take any prescription medications but I did take a few over the counter medications that I have no need for now. HEARTBURN was not my friend. I spent a small fortune on Zantac before starting IP. I had heartburn nearly every day before I started my IP journey. Within 2 days I was heartburn free!
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? I don’t know that I have eliminated anything from my diet forever. However, I consume very little processed food now and the first thing I read when buying food is the carb content.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I continue to use IP products every day. They are so convenient, easy, and I use the ones I enjoy. I also only cook enough food for our meal at dinner. This helps me avoid overeating and keeps dinner different every day so I don’t get bored.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Have a veggie tasting workshop. It’s easy to get bored with fresh vegetables and the same 8 oz. of chicken every night. Trying new recipes will encourage people to try new things and offers a variety to people. Keep having Wild Tree workshops! I love them. We need another event like we had last year at the Kirkwood Hotel. It was a great time!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. You’re worth it! Take advantage of all the support the IP community offers for motivation, ideas, struggles, and successes.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? Not eating pizza is my biggest struggle. I also wait tables and seeing all the food at the restaurant is hard.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I did go on vacation. I phased off so I could drink and party safely then got right back on the horse the day I got back.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? My favorite product is the southwest cheese curls.
What is your go to recipe? I really like zoodles with turkey meatballs you can get at Hy-Vee.
How did this affect your family? My husband now eats healthy with me and also lost weight.
Did you get off any medications? No meds
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? I’ve eliminated Rockstar energy drinks, which I used to drink two a day.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I’m going to make healthier choices by drinking a shake in the morning and eating more veggies.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I think the coaches do a great job of keeping everyone motivated and helping out all clients.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. It’s hard, but worth it. Most things that are good for you aren’t always the easiest.
Why did you start the diet? I have struggled with weight loss for as long as I can remember. I tried so many different things. Sometimes with good results sometimes with bad. I always ended up gaining it all back though. This time I was almost 330 lbs. Way higher than I had ever been before. I needed a change. I had heard really good things about the Ideal Protein plan though and saw the changes myself in a friend of mine.
Which plan were you on? I believe I was on the standard plan.
What was your biggest struggle? Actually I did not find much of the plan to be a struggle. The IP foods are great and really easy to use. The plan is simple and easy to follow. I would have to say my hardest time was the first family BBQ I went to. It was really hard on me emotionally not to be able to enjoy some of the foods I used to. But it was well worth it.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I did not go on vacation while on IP.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Non-restricted is a tie between the maple oatmeal and the mug cake. For restricted I am actually going to go with the veggie chili. Soooo good!
What is your go to recipe? I think my most used recipe would have to be the buffalo chicken meatballs. Add spice to your life!
How did this affect your family? I was lucky and my partner did the diet with me. Teamwork definitely helped out.
Did you get off any medications? I was not on any medications when I started or now.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I still pay really good attention to what I eat. I love the food habits that this program has taught me. I have been really good so far at maintaining with diet alone but I have added some weight lifting to my life to take myself to that next level.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep being awesome. The coaches and staff at Innovative Aesthetics are so amazing. Not only have they helped me achieve something beyond my dreams but I feel like I have gained some really great friends along the way. Shout out to Lindsay, Stephanie K., and Brooke!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I think the true thing to realize about this program is not only will it for sure help you lose weight. It will give you the knowledge and ability to keep that weight off for the rest of your life. If life gives you a bump, Innovative will always be there for you!
Why did you start the diet? I started this diet because I was tired of being overweight. I was at the heaviest I had ever been and was very unhappy. I hated feeling like I was the biggest person in the room, and I was embarrassed to go to my kids activities because of how I looked.
I wanted to be the mother that my two boys deserved. I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and watch what they were doing; I wanted to be right there with them.
I also wanted to be around for a long time to watch them grow and hopefully see them become parents and make a life for themselves. I knew if I stayed on the path I was on, I wouldn’t see any of that, so I decided to make the change, and investment, into my future, and my children’s futures.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? During this journey, we did a lot of traveling for baseball tournaments, basketball tournaments, camping trips, a family vacation, and a couple weekend get-aways with girlfriends. With all the traveling, I really had to plan to have the right options for me to eat, even though I wasn’t home.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I went to South Dakota for a little more than a week, camping and exploring the area around Mt. Rushmore. During the trip, I always had my trusty water bottle next to me, and I always had a small cooler packed with either a meal or snacks, depending on how long we were away from the campsite. I made a lot of food ahead of time to have ready to pull out and warm up during the week to make it easier for me to stay on track.
I also had a couple of weekend trips to St. Louis for a “Girls Weekend” with my best friend. The first one was within the first month of being on the program. It was so hard, but I planned ahead and had my snacks and meal options to help make it a bit easier.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? My favorite Non-Restricted product is the Krispy Bar. My favorite Restricted product(s) are the Wafer Bars. Can you tell I like my sweets?
What is your go to recipe? My family has several go to recipes: Beef & Broccoli, Sloppy Joes with rutabaga fries, Italian Roast in the crockpot, Zoupa Toscana, just to name a few!
How did this affect your family? My family was phenomenal during this whole process. They ate the same meals I did every night for dinner. They were so supportive of all the new recipes and actually really enjoyed them. They were my biggest cheerleaders. If not for them, I don’t know if I could have been as successful as I have been.
Did you get off any medications? No meds
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Soda, I used to drink at least one Diet Pepsi a day prior to beginning this journey, and many days it was more than one. I haven’t had any since starting my journey, and I don’t really have the desire or craving for it any longer.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I know that if I don’t exercise, no matter how well I do with my food intake, I won’t be able to keep the weight off. I plan to keep exercise in my routine. I love to ride my bike and I finally feel comfortable getting on it again, so I have found cycling classes to take during the winter months and will continue to ride in the spring and summer with my kids.
I also am in the habit of making out a menu each week and only getting the food required to make it through the week. I will continue to do this to avoid having as many of those days/nights not knowing what to have for a meal, and possibly making unhealthy choices.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The thing that really helped me be successful was my coach, Stephanie. She was always available with a smile and word(s) of encouragement. Even when I would be struggling, she would acknowledge it, but remind me of how far I’ve come and that I can push through it and come out on the other end and be successful. The positivity and energy within the clinic is so contagious and helps a person be successful. Keep with the positive feedback and environment and clients will be successful.
The recipes are a great resource as well. Continue to provide these to clients, as they give us something new to try.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. There are two take aways from this experience that I think everyone can benefit from:
First: You have to plan! Without having a plan in place and readily available to consult, you will be more apt to struggle and possibly stray from the diet. Trust the Ideal Protein protocol and the tools that your coach gives you. Every struggle is temporary; the benefits and results can be forever, if you just take the time to plan.
Second: Have a strong support system available to help motivate you during those times of temptation. If you don’t have the support at home, really utilize the coaches at the clinic and reach out to others that are on the same journey. Just know that you are not going through the process alone, there is a huge community that is ready to help support you and help you achieve your goals.
Why did you start the diet? I started because I was in the unhealthiest place I had been in my life. I have 2 young girls, one of which has bad habits with eating and I knew that I was a huge influence on that. I was also very restricted in the physical activity I could take part in with my girls.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? No Diet Mt Dew! And I work at a pizza restaurant one night a week…pizza is my favorite so that was tough to stay away from. I was able to create my own IP version of a grilled chicken salad to have when I am there. Very thankful for the pizza crust recipe in Janeva’s cookbook so I could have my pizza once in a while.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Not an extended vacation however, day trips, kid’s events and travel for work. I was able to plan/pack the right foods to be sure I stayed on protocol.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Double Chocolate Brownie, Non-restricted: Vanilla Crispy Square
What is your go to recipe? Crack Slaw
How did this affect your family? My family has been very supportive! My girls have been excited to help me prep my foods, organize my IP foods and have been very inquisitive of what kind of foods are good for me to have vs what is not. This has been very good for not only me, but my family as well.
Did you get off any medications? I did not get off any medications however, I have struggled off and on with high blood pressure…which has come down significantly. I also had very frequent migraines…at least 2-3 per month. I have had only 2 in the 7 ½ months that I have been on the program!
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I am looking forward to the next phases where I can incorporate exercise. I have learned a great deal about how to handle hunger in itself and learned that huge portions don’t do you any favors. I will likely continue on with some of the IP bars/snacks as we are on the go daily and these seem to be a pretty easy “grab and go”.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The support that I have received from Stephanie Kruse has been amazing! She is always so positive but yet will hold me accountable when I have not made the best choice.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to make a change! Believe in yourself and know that you are worth it!
Why did you start the diet? I didn’t want to be the next family heart attack!! My uncle and cousin both had heart attacks in 2014. My uncle had a triple by-pass and a year recovery.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? Thinking about all the food I couldn’t have. As I got closer to goal not giving into cheating.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes, two weeks into it my brother had a heart attack/triple by-pass. Left the next morning and threw everything I had in a bag and hoped it lasted until I got back home. Vacationed in Florida, Las Vegas and Tennessee at Christmas while on plan. Just have to plan and keep the commitment while on vacation.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Cookie Dough Bar, Lemon Wafers
Non-restricted: Chocolate drink, Chocolate Chip Pancakes
What is your go to recipe? Unstuffed cabbage roll soup and Big Mac in a Bowl
How did this affect your family? My mother eats better; she still eats her sweets at night
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Nothing that I know of maybe when I get to phase 4 I will find that trigger food item.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Exercise, Jeneva’s cookbook, IP products
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? No changes just continue to support and understand we will make mistakes.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I started and stopped the plan twice. The third time starting was the charm. I guess I just decided it was time and my head was in. Not wanting to be the next family heart attack is a big motivator. You can only do this for yourself!!! If you do it for any other reason it will not last forever!!! Never be afraid to ask for help. One day there was a box of donuts at my office. I took a picture and sent it to Lindsay and she told me that I had the strength to stay out of them and sent me a cinnamon roll recipe from Janeva that I could have.
Why did you start the diet? Theresa: Matt’s physician referred him and after the introductory seminar he was excited to start. I wanted to make changes but wasn’t sure about the plan; it seemed expensive and I was not convinced that we could manage the strict protocol of phase 1. But, Matt was so excited and I knew it would be hard for HIM to be successful unless WE did this together. Matt: To lose weight.
Why did you start the diet? Brandy: I started Ideal protein because I knew I needed to get healthy and lose weight (I was so out of shape and the heaviest I had ever been) and I had heard great things about Ideal protein and saw great results, so I finally decided it was time. When I had my first appointment I found out I was pre diabetic and I knew that I needed to do something NOW. Amy: I actually wasn’t going to do this plan. My friend asked me to join her at a informational seminar and it wasn’t until the end of that seminar that I agreed to do it.
Why did you start the diet? I was very skeptical when I first heard of Ideal Protein. My friend Mellette Drager had success on the program and invited me to an open house. I went to the open house very hesitant. I met with Dusty Swehla (aka Superwoman, and my coach). I asked her million questions and I’m so grateful at how kind and patient she was with me. I took home the information and I did a lot of praying. God answered my prayers and more. It has been one of the best decisions, investments I have made towards living a healthier lifestyle.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The only thing I can think of is taking the before picture. So many of us hide from the camera because we don’t like what we see. I don’t have too many full length pictures of me before the weight loss. Now I don’t mind it! But to see that visual as you go along is a huge help because you don’t see how much you’re losing when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning. But when you can put it side-by-side, it’s a great motivator to keep going!
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? “The team does a great job. The girls were always available over text or messenger for any questions I have. My recommendation would be to put together a list of local restaurants and some menu items that are phase 1 approved (or customizable for phase 1) for when you have to eat away from home”
Maintenance Client of the Month
Why did you start the diet? I actually was very hesitant to try something like this program. I thought it was going to be more money down the drain for something that I would fail at. However I was proven wrong and I have succeeded beyond what I could have every imagined. I’m extremely blessed.
How long have you been in Maintenance? 9 months
What was your biggest struggle going into Maintenance? I liked the structure of phase one it was very black and white. You had a clear definition of what you could and couldn’t have. However I never felt deprived and at times I thought I was cheating. In maintenance I feel more pressure and more accountable due to being allowed that cheat meal or foods that my body may be more sensitive to and risk of making a cheat day or cheat week. It’s all about keeping what you have been doing a routine and not going back to old eating habits. That’s where this plan works. If you prepare and plan ahead, write down your food you will succeed. The best thing I could have done is make a list of my y’s. I thank my Coach for making me do that. I cannot wait for Janeva’s maintenance cookbook. Her cookbook was so crucial for me in phase one.
Did you go on vacation while while in Maintenance? How did you handle it? Yes. I did actually really well. I packed a cooler with meals same as phase one. I even cooked in the hotel. We did eat out and I stuck to things I knew would be lower carb options and no extra dressing or I asked for olive oil.
What is your favorite Snack options in Maintenance? I still love utilizing the Ideal Protein premade shakes for my doppio espresso, and cookie dough bars but for a non IP products I would have to say a few would be the oh yeah bars, trail mix (homemade), hard boiled eggs with cheese, yogurt with granola, PB with celery, peppers, dill pickles, sliced cucumbers, chocolate zucchini cookies.
What is your go to recipe? I have two Crackslaw and Unstuffed Cabbage Roll.
Do you have a new normal now? TWhat are a few things that you never did before Ideal Protein that you do now to help with this lifestyle change? A new normal would be running, and getting up early to work out. I also find myself not being able to sit on the couch as much as before. I have to be doing something or moving. I have so much energy.
Did you get off any medications? No meds
What have you completely eliminated from your lifestyle forever? I can’t say I won’t ever have it again but I haven’t had it for two years and that is soda.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I plan on continuing to set new goals. I have already achieved a few that Dusty and I have talked about. I ran my first half marathon and will be running my second on November 6th. I will still use the shakes, cookie dough bar. I love the option of doing a reset day (phase one day). I will meet with Dusty (call, text and get her help when needed) and not wait until it’s too late. I want to host a support group for other individuals on this plan as well. I plan to continue my work out routine. I will also keep journaling my food.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I love the personal relationship that I have made with my coach. I am very fortunate as I know a few other individuals at other clinics have not experienced the same experience as myself. It has to be daunting and overwhelming for the coaches to keep up but I commend them. Innovative Aesthetics is a top notch clinic and I am extremely blessed. If it was ever an option to have Ideal Protein offer a transfer refund if another clinic isn’t following protocol that would be something helpful to those struggling.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Invest in yourself. Physically, mentally and spiritually. Know you are worth it. We only get one body and we need to provide it with love and care. The only way I was able to get through this plan is to pray and I still have to. Do not listen to anyone that is negative. I have experienced that it’s really hard for others to see you make self-improvements in your life or watch you succeed. When you learn to put you as a priority people think you are being selfish. In a way you are, but look at the bigger picture. Keep being a positive influence to them. Since putting myself first I am able to give back so much more. I am so much happier. Before starting this plan I wanted to be a better person, wife, daughter, sister, and I wanted to be a role model for my family, friends, nieces, nephews, and employee. Guess what I am all of those things!!! God knew what I needed. I thank him every day. Plan ahead, prepare and you will succeed. If you tell yourself you can you will.
Why did you start the diet? I have been on “diets” most of my life and over that lifetime I have probably lost over 600 lbs. 12 years ago, when I started my journey – a light bulb went off and I came to realize that it is a life style, not a diet. But during that time I did lose 100 lbs. – only to gain back a good portion of it. My hair dresser is the one who told me about Ideal Protein, so I did some research and was very impressed, but I also wanted to see her progress. Oh my what progress she made and in such a short amount of time – I took the plunge – and 75 lbs. & 8 months later I reached my goal. The clinic I was at turned me loose – big mistake, and I gained back 20 lbs. Z102.9 I heard about Innovative Aesthetics – so I took the plunge – again and paid the $100 transfer fee – I was so excited to get started again, I showed up a week early for my appointment! But Lindsay was so gracious and welcomed me with open arms! So now I am actually 5 lbs. down from my last goal at the other clinic – that makes me so happy!
Which plan were you on? I am on phase 4 now and have been for 3 months. I weigh in every other week still to stay accountable.
What was your biggest struggle? Going to my favorite restaurant! (adalitias)
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I was on phase 4 when I went on vacation.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. My favorite restricted is the chocolate coconut protein bars – non-restricted – Vanilla Crispy squares
What is your go to recipe? Crack Slaw from Janeva’s cookbook
How did this affect your family? They are eating healthier, (although – I still eat healthier than they do and at times they get upset with me, and say this one thing is not going to hurt you!) and they LOVE the crack slaw.
Did you get off any medications? Luckily I was not on any medications before I started.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Yes I have – every once in a while, people will ask me what diet I am on – and I tell them I am not – it’s a life style.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Choosing my favorite recipes and experimenting with others. I have started to walk, and of course I will always have the vanilla crispy squares close by!
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep encouraging them, maybe when they reach goal, put their names in a bowl and draw for a prize!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Use your coaches; don’t be afraid to ask for help. That is what they are there for. Use the Facebook support group – they are wonderful, very encouraging and not judgmental.