I don’t have the typical weight loss story, as I never struggled with my weight growing up. I was extremely thin in my teen years, bordering on underweight. I did not develop healthy eating habits since I could “eat anything” with zero consequences. After having children, my unhealthy eating habits caught up with me and I gained close to 60lbs. During the stressful baby years, food was my escape – sneaking candy and cookies to cope with a cranky toddler. As my children grew older and my free time increased, I decided to make some positive lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, "healthy eating" (as I understood it then) and exercise weren’t making a dent in my weight.
After seeking help from my Naturopath she discovered that I was insulin resistant (related to an underlying diagnosis of PCOS). She recommended I give Ideal Protein a try.
I met with a coach at Ideal Northwest and started Phase 1, but I was extremely skeptical. I didn't see myself as someone who needed to learn the science behind the diet or participate in any of the support meetings. I didn't have a goal weight (I just wanted to feel better). And I was definitely not on board with their maintenance guidelines - as I felt just watching my sugar intake would be good enough once I got my weight back under control.
I ended up losing 35lbs in 4 months, but phased off the program because I was still feeling crummy. I sought help from a nutritionist who told me I had a number of food intolerances - all of which I had previously thought were healthy choices. The subsequent restrictive diet was stressful and frustrating. I turned back to stress-eating and began to gain back some of my weight.
I returned to Ideal Northwest for advice. My coach graciously helped me plan a menu that eliminated my "intolerable" foods, and explained why Ideal Protein was the perfect diet to combat PCOS! I never felt judged for my prior skepticism or resistance. Apparently several of the coaches had felt the same way about the diet when they started!
I am now at my lowest weight since before having kids (!!) and, more importantly, I feel amazing! I have energy and I’m learning more about my body every day. This time, I’m taking advantage of the education and support Ideal NW offers, and I am learning how to celebrate and manage stress without using carbs as a crutch. As a Coach, I'm excited to put my new-found knowledge and experience to work helping others make use of this unique and valuable protocol!