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A few years ago my husband, Nick, and I decided to clean up our diet.  I was experiencing seasonal allergies every June, always seemed to have a tickle in my throat, and things were just off.  Nick was having skin problems.  He is a chiropractor who specializes in Functional Medicine, and we wanted to find a natural solution to our problems.  We did food allergy testing and found that we were both sensitive to gluten, soy, dairy, and egg.  When we discovered this, I worried, “how are we ever going to do this?”  We had to completely shift the composition of our diet and rely on meat and veggies as our main staples.  We learned to adapt by substituting a few things we really like with allergen-free alternatives.  We started eating things like rice pasta, coconut amino soy sauce, and almond milk.  By default this diet ruled out almost all sweets– all cakes, cookies, and even many candies– because all of those treats include at least dairy, egg, or soy, if not gluten.  After several months, Nick’s skin cleared up and my stomach started to settle.  It was subtle, and it took a while to notice, but I became really aware of those changes when I re-introduced some of those foods back into my diet.  With my new awareness, I couldn’t believe I lived my life so oblivious to my physical comfort for so many years.

As a result, I found new excitement in cooking and eating healthy food.  While I was a practicing dentist, I found my interest in Dentistry waning, and my interest and passion for nutrition and health growing.  As I grew restless, I knew that a career change was in order.  I did not anticipate that I would help people achieve their health goals and lose weight.  Instead, this new career found me.

A trusted friend and colleague of Nick’s introduced us to a medically-designed weight loss program called Ideal Protein.  He had spent the last year having tremendous success helping people lose weight, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and decrease insulin resistance– all with food.  We entered with some doubts, thinking it was too good to be true.  After months of our own similar success stories, I can now confidently say to people, “if you follow this program, the fat will melt away.  Results ARE typical.”

So here I am leaving an old health care career to start a new one, and for the first time in my life, I love what I do!  Helping people get healthy, feel good, and live the life they want to live fills my days with joy.  I love food, and I love to share how I make a healthy meal taste great.  I will mostly share Ideal Protein recipes that can be enjoyed by anyone, and every once in a while you might find some healthy living tips on here.  So here goes.  Join the ride, and hopefully I can inspire you to treat your body with the love and respect that it deserves.

After all, it’s the only one you have.

21 comments on “About

  1. Great blog will be reading alot from you! Thanks

  2. Thanks Lolabees !
    Looking forward to more of your super entry’s.
    Are we ok to offer you some v healthy recipes from the Indian subcontinent that you could perhaps adapt to your ideal diet ?
    Keep writing 🙂

    Rinku the dentist / mum / future author lol !

  3. I like your blog. Yours is the first blog I”m following regarding food—except for the psychic medium who blogs about cupcakes. 🙂 Look forward to more. I’m a vegetarian, but eat fish. I get bored with veggies. ~ Sam

    • Thanks so much, Sam! Cupcakes and veggies– sounds like a good combo to me! 😉 Thanks for following. I do include a lot of lean proteins in my recipes, but will have a lot of veggie recipes, so hopefully I can help with ideas to spice up your veggie boredom! In the summer I should have more fish recipes. I tend to prefer to grill my fish– I especially love the wild sockeye salmon that summer brings! Thanks for stopping by and for following!

  4. I’m a total sugar addict! 🙂 What can I do to give up the sugar, which I realize is horrible for me?? Good site, Lola!

    • Thanks! Sugar is the hardest thing to give up because it’s hidden in a lot of our foods. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice, but it’s definitely doable. I also think once you stop eating it, it’s easier to stay away. The minute you have a taste, you keep wanting more. 😉

      • That is so true! I’ve avoided sugar before…and was successful for several weeks. It definitely got easier…and I missed it less and less. Then…of course…an event would come up where there was birthday cake, or ice cream…or whatever. And it seems the sugar addiction only needs to be fed one time to return in full force. Thanks for your response. You look great…obviously eating right 🙂

      • Very true– one time, and you’re done! It’s actually a lot like smoking or drinking, right? Thanks!

  5. I just wanted to say, THANK YOU for coaching me with Ideal Protein. It\’s day four and I feel fantastic. I love getting on the scale and seeing a lower number every day 🙂 Four pounds so far! I am really looking forward to trying some of your recipes. You are an amazing person and just the right coach and I\’m so glad you started helping people with this! Teresa

    • Aww, Teresa, you’re so sweet! I’m so glad you’re seeing such immediate success and know that YOU will have continued success– that’s just who you are! Can’t wait to hear what you think of some of these recipes. Keep up the good work, and thanks for leaving a comment for me 😉

  6. […] One day my husband had received a call from an old chiropractor friend of his who he knew well and trusted a lot.  He wanted to introduce Nick to a weight loss program he had successfully been using for himself and for his patients throughout the past year.  After a lengthy conversation Nick asked me, “have you ever heard of Ideal Protein?” […]

  7. Hello Lolabees,
    Great article.
    It was amazing to read how the importance of your own health, made you so passionate about health & nutrition, to a point it converted you from being a practicing dentist, into the field of nutrition and health.
    Two years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2, and at that time there was a wake up call for me to change my eating habits, and pay attention to hydration…I cut out dairy, beef, pastas, pizza, breads, rice, sweets, and started drinking 1 gallon a day of KANGEN WATER (a Japanese medical grade water ionizer)…After 6-8 months I went from 295LB down to 213LB, reversed my diabetes, and am into eating healthy food, consisting of fish, some chicken, lots of greens and fruits.

    I will look forward reading your blogs…thank you

    Henry

    • Wow, Henry! Your story is so impressive. I love to hear about people who are able to make life changes like you did. You’ve probably not only saved your own life, but also a lot of dollars and side effects from meds along the way. Thanks for stopping by. Your current food choices sound pretty darn good to me. Congrats!!

  8. Stumbled in here and loved it.
    Will be back for more in-depth look.
    Strangely, just did a food-related blog, though perhaps not quite as meaningful as yours.
    http://anelephantcant.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/breakfast-epiphanies/
    Cheers

  9. i just started my ideal protein diet its been two weeks…have been lost 14lbs, lookig for more recipes with idealprotein ….. its been great i checked your receipes. Thanks for posting a good recipes when we r confused abt wat to prepare , u guys r giving a clear idea abt it…Keep posted.

  10. I am starting Ideal protein with my husband. My only problem that I foresee is that most of the products have milk in it, which I am allergic to. I read that were as well. What did you mainly use for your Ideal protein store bought packages? Any tips are appreciated.

  11. Hi Kim,
    You’re right– most of the products do have some milk in them. Most people find a few products that they stick to anyway, so it’s still possible to enjoy the food and avoid the diary. I love the plain omelet and usually season that with my own spices. I also like all the flavors of the soy crisps and the apple cinnamon soy puffs are good. There is also the raspberry jelly (jello). Ask your coach and she’ll be able to give you some ideas too!

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