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Staying Healthy and on Protocol

As you’ve no doubt discovered, losing weight takes dedication and perseverance. But you’ve also found that it is well worth the effort. With some planning and dedication, this current pandemic doesn’t have to derail your success.


Here are a few tips to help you maintain your hard-earned weight loss success over the long term:

  • Plan to not only lose weight, but to transition from the weight loss phase into a long-term maintenance regime. You will continue to need coaching, monitoring and support during this transition and through maintenance. So, reach out to your coach virtually! The team that supported you this far may become even more valuable when you are facing more choices and need to learn different coping skills.


  • Keep following the healthy, positive eating habits that you’ve already developed. You may have more tempting food around you at home now, but don’t give in.


  • Watch for situations that might sabotage your weight loss journey. For example: if you find yourself hitting that afternoon slump, instead of reaching for a piece of candy to boost your energy, go outside for a moment and get some fresh air (practicing “social distancing” of course).


  • Stock your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks so you always have something on hand. Ideal Protein has dozens of tasty products to choose from.


  • Reach out virtually to family and friends for support to help you get over any “bumps in the road.”


  • Monitor your weight and if you gain a few pounds, don’t panic. Just re-set. Adjust your eating and exercise until you’re back where you want to be—but try not to delay and get back on track as quickly as possible. Or reach out to your coach or clinic to discuss an Ideal Protein Tune-up!


Plan ahead, stay on course, and enjoy your healthier lifestyle!




Make Sure to Stock Up on Hearty Vegetables!


Substantial research has shown that certain micronutrients, in particular vitamins A, B, C, D & E, and the minerals iron, selenium and zinc, play a significant role in our body’s immune response against infection and disease. These micronutrients support our body’s natural defenses by supporting physical barriers (skin and mucosa) as well as boost cellular immunity and antibody production.


When taken as directed, our Ideal Protein Multi-vita provides 100% of the minimum daily allowance of these important micronutrients. But now, more than ever, it’s important to boost these “minimum allowances” through a variety of vegetable and protein choices in order to maximize their benefits!


  • Increase green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale), broccoli, peppers and brussels sprouts to increase Vitamins C, E, iron, zinc and selenium.


  • Include a few servings per week of fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna or mackerel to provide additional fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E.


  • Increase iron through lean cuts of beef, poultry, turkey and fish.



Recipe for today!


Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp



This shrimp and broccoli recipe perfectly combines 8 oz of protein to 2 cups of select veggies all in one complete meal!

Servings: 2 people

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, toss broccoli with 2 tablespoons oil, coriander, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and chili powder.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine shrimp, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lemon zest, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  4. Spread broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  5. Roast for 10 minutes.

  6. Add shrimp to baking sheet and toss with broccoli.

  7. Roast, tossing once halfway through, until shrimp are just opaque and broccoli is tender and golden around edges, about 10 minutes more.

  8. Serve with lemon wedges, or squeeze lemon juice all over shrimp and broccoli just before serving.


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