8 Pillars of a Nutritious Life

So, I was browsing the interweb this morning and stumbled across LiveStrong’s original video page.  Did you know they make motivational and exercise videos?  Just because?  How amazing is that?  So, today’s video is from their “A Little Bit Better” series, and is episode # 100, and is all about 8 pillars of a nutritious life.

So, what are the tips?

  1. Drink Up – stay hydrated!
  2. Eat Empowered – celebrate foods you CAN eat, don’t focus on foods you CAN’T eat.
  3. Exercise
  4. Pamper Yourself – small indulgences help you
  5. Sex – Link between libido and weight/health, also emotional benefits from intimacy
  6. Sleep Deep – better decision making and better levels of emotion throughout the day
  7. Stress Less – Manage stress and everything else will fall into place more easily
  8. Environmental – By having a relaxing or happy environment, you are increasing your odds of success.

This video is actually pretty fun, and motivating for me at least, and you know what?  I think I agree with all of it 🙂  How about you?

The Salty Truth: Maxing out on Sodium on Ideal Protein

Or rather, sodium-ee…

So today I’m looking up information regarding sodium, because 1/2 tsp of salt is required on the Ideal Protein Diet, and I think to myself…why?

Well, turns out, that 1/2 tsp of salt = 1000mg of sodium, and the MINIMUM recommended amount of sodium for a person is 1500mg/day.  The downside is that the recommended MAXIMUM amount of sodium recommended is only 2,000mg/day … so basically you have a 500mg window, which when you think about a lot of our favorite foods, that’s not much.

A Big Mac, for example, is 1010mg of sodium, so that’s over half way to the sodium goal of the day.  Oh wait, you had a medium coke with that?  8 Ounces contains 30mg sodium, but since you’re getting it carbonated, you’re only getting about 15mg…Oh, and you had this as a Value Meal?  Let’s add some medium fries with that, 270mg of sodium.  We’re not even looking at the carbs (Although that’s 48, 56, and 46g so totals about 150g).  So far during lunch you’ve had 1010+15+270mg of sodium (that’s 1285mg for non-mathletes)

So basically you’ve kissed your sodium intake and carb intake for the day, all in the span of your 30 minute lunch break.

Now let’s take a look at Ideal Protein products.  I’ll pick three packets, one from each category (Shake, Soup, Pudding)…

Cappuccino = 180mg sodium

Chicken A La King Soup (very popular) = 630mg sodium

Milk Chocolate Pudding (sounds safe) = 110mg sodium

So our total intake for the day so far is 920mg of sodium, leaving a deficit of 680mg sodium for the minimum amount to have…guess what…they say to have 1/2 tsp of salt, which is 1000mg of sodium, so we are now at 1920mg of sodium for the daily intake, when 2,000 is the maximum considered healthy.  I would like to point out the items I chose were in the middle to low range of each category, although there were items significantly lower in sodium.  Fun fact, eh?

Ahhh, and we forgot our vegetables!  Canned vegetables are significantly higher in sodium than fresh (go figure, salt preserves things) so we’ll do a quick comparison:

Asparagus: 4spears<canned> 207mg , <raw> 6 mg (no I’m not kidding)

Broccoli: 1 cup<cooked> 64mg, <raw> 20mg

Celery: 1 stalk<raw> 32mg

Lettuce, Romaine: 1cup<raw> 4mg

So when in doubt, go with lettuce 😉 Although it’s free and this would help explain why.

In conclusion: Ideal Protein has sodium in its packets for preservation and flavor, but not in contents quite high enough to justify the need of so much salt in a given day.

With that said, pass the salt please.

Sodium In the Diet

Ideal Protein Phases 1-4 (Standard)

Due to threatened legal action, I had to pull down the PDFs of the Ideal Protein Phases.  Basically, the breakdown of the phases is this:


1 – Until 90%-100% of weightloss is achieved)  Breakfast: Packet + vitamins  |  Lunch: Packet  + 2 cups veggies  |  Snack:  Packet    |  Dinner:  5 oz Lean Meat unless fish, then 7 oz + 2 cups veggies + Vitamins

Note: Drink water all day, use salt to balance any headaches you’re experiencing, no dairy or fruit allowed except 1 ounce of skim milk if you have coffee/tea with breakfast

2 – Continue for 2 weeks) Breakfast: Packet + vitamins | Lunch: 5 oz Lean Meat unless fish, then 7 oz +2 cups  veggies | Snack: Packet  |  Dinner: 5 oz Lean Meat unless fish, then 7 oz + 2 cups veggies + vitamins

Note: Drink water all day, use salt to balance any headaches you’re experiencing, no dairy or fruit allowed except 1 ounce of skim milk if you have coffee/tea with breakfast

3 – Continue for 2 weeks) Breakfast: Complex Carbs from 2 sources, fruits and grains, one serving of protein one serving of fat/dairy (no more than 30g carbs from Grains, 20g carbs from Fruit, at least 25g protein-not protein powder but actual eggs etc., no more than 120 calories from dairy, or roughly 8 oz low fat plain yogurt, no more than 15g total fat PER DAY combined items   +  vitamins  |  Lunch:  5 oz lean meat unless fish, then 7 oz + 2 cups veggies  |  Snack:  Packet  |  Dinner: 5 oz lean meat unless fish, then 7 oz   +  2 cups veggies +  vitamins

Note:  This phase is all about restarting the pancreas.

4 – Maintenance)