Don’t Miss Megan!
Live in the Community on Monday
Looking for info? Have questions related to fasting and healthy eating?
IDM’s Megan Ramos will be live in the Members area Monday at 5 pm EST. Be sure to mark it on your calendars and be ready with your questions!
Diet and Climate Change
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We want to hear your questions! IDM is conducting a survey of our readers, looking to find out what your questions and thoughts are when it comes to diet and climate change?
How do you think the two are connected? What questions should we be asking? What’s your opinion on the matter?
Please send your thoughts to questions@IDMprogram.com.
We understand that there’s a lot of conflicting news out there right now, and we want to do our best to help you navigate through all of the science.
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IDM has targeted new groups to help you fast and get healthy!
If you’re looking for targeted solutions for issues such as weight loss or diabetes, or more specific help with long-term fasting and behavioural change, IDM has new, focused groups for IDM Community Members and coaching clients.
These sessions are free to IDM members, so be sure to take full advantage of them!
Log in to your membership dashboard and sign up to these weekly groups, which include:
Monday: Intermittent Fasting with coach Larry Diamond, 10:00 am ET
Tuesday: Intermittent Fasting with Nadia Pateguana, 8:00 am ET
Wednesday: Diabetes with Andrea Lombardi, 2:00 pm ET
Wednesday: Weight loss with Jeff McCann, 5:00 pm ET
Thursday: Extended Fasting with Brenda Zorn, 11:00 am ET
Friday: Behavioural Change with Terri Lance, 5:30 pm ET
Saturday: Extended Fasting with John Clary, 10:00 am ET
Intermittent Fasting will focus on talking about different intermittent fasting protocols, generally ranging anywhere from 16 up to 48 hours of continuous fasting, two to three times a week.
Extended Fasting will look at extended fasting protocols, which need to be carefully considered and planned for. These can range anywhere from 48 hours to seven to 14 days for some individuals. (Talk to your doctor before you take on an extended fast.)
Diabetes will focus on different strategies to help with type II diabetes. This may include different fasting strategies and dietary changes. (You will need to follow-up with your physician about your diabetes medications if you are currently taking any.)
The weight loss group will focus on talking about different strategies to help with weight
loss, including different fasting strategies and dietary changes.
The behavioural group will talk about different behavioural issues and how we can overcome the emotional and mental aspects of dieting and fasting.
Coach’s Notes: Dining Out Low Carb
In part two of the series, IDM’s Brenda Zorn looks at staying low-carb at Fine Dining and Other Restaurants
Last time, we looked at a few fast food hacks. Now, let’s look at fine dining restaurants. Here’s where we get clever!
Most restaurants will cater to you if your requests are reasonable. I have SEVERAL tips I can offer, so I’ve made a list:
- Instead of the potato, order double vegetable
- Decline the bread basket ahead of time. Be proactive
- After establishing that the restaurant does, in fact, use real dairy butter, ask for extra. (I always tell them: “Whatever amount you plan to bring me… Double that!”) Add extra butter to your vegetables, your steak, chicken, pork, fish… Basically everything
- Our own Megan Ramos carries a small bottle of olive oil in her purse. Healthy fat on-the-go
- Order bone-in wings. They are usually unbreaded. Ask
- Ask for extra dressing or olive oil
- Get your vegetable “loaded, butter, sour cream and cheese”
- Make sure any nuts added are not candied
- At barbeque places, they will let you order with no sauce and you can ask for the fattiest cuts of brisket
- Most chef salads are 100% low-carb as-is
- Caesar salad is low-carb minus the croutons
- Bring your own butter
- Bring your own salt if you are a salt snob like my friend Tom. Ha!
- Read the menu online ahead of time and plan
- They will often sub side items from another menu choice. Look for low-carb sides such as side salad, green beans, asparagus, creamed spinach, broccoli or mushrooms.
- For Latin food, ask for no beans, no rice and no tortillas
- As for Asian food restaurants… I would seriously skip them. Aside from possible unbreaded wings on the appetizer menu, your only other choice is steamed plain vegetables. All their sauces and soups contain too much starch and sugar. I avoid Asian buffets and restaurants.
Next: Some great carb-friendly dining-out tips from a chef!