Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the newer Ideal Protein products and although their nutritional profile is light years ahead of typical chocolate chip cookies, they are one of the higher carbohydrate Ideal Protein products.
Each cookie has a net of 14 grams of carbohydrate, which put them on a par with most of the Ideal Protein bars.
For my daily carb ‘quotient’ I prefer this product over the Ideal Protein bars because these cookies are less sweet, but more satisfying.
The longer I work with Phase I, the less I prefer extremely sweet foods and this includes some of the Ideal Protein bars (granted they are convenient for travel).
Keep in mind that on Phase I we are aiming for a maximum of 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrate consumption per day, with the exact amount varying depending upon ones unique metabolic history and characteristics such as height, degree of body fat, gender, activity level, and genetics.
Each of our bodies react somewhat differently to carbohydrates and that is why glycemic index tables are based upon averages.
And as the Phase I weeks pass, our body’s carbohydrate tolerance may fluctuate.
Most significantly, our individual bodies ability to handle carbohydrates depends upon how far along we are on the 100% normal, to insulin-resistant, to hypoglycemic, to pre-diabetes, to full blown diabetes, Western Diet degenerative continuum.
You will recall that due to their higher carbohydrate content, certain Ideal Protein products are listed as ‘restricted’ in that on Phase I we are to eat one of them per day at the most.
Some Phase I clients need to go for days without consuming any restricted products. Alternatively, sometimes we may advise a client to try consuming one half or one quarter portion of a restricted Ideal Protein product over a period of several snacks or even days. Keep in mind that if we spread them out like this, that we will still need to consume regular Ideal Protein snacks or meals throughout the day in order to adhere to Phase I, keep our protein and caloric levels sufficiently high, and maintain our metabolism.
Why the fuss pertaining to minimizing insulin stimulating carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are chains of glucose and with digestion glucose is cleaved off these carbohydrate chains and released into the circulation. A modest portion of glucose is burned for energy and then the remainder, with the help of insulin in the liver, is assembled into triglyceride (fat). Triglyceride then circulates throughout our body, raising our risk profile for a variety of troubles, and then, once again with the assistance of insulin, is absorbed and stored by fat cells.
By avoiding triggering waves of insulin, by adhering to Phase I, we are effectively reversing this process so that the fat cells release stored triglyceride (fat) into the circulation, so they can be burned as a ‘high octane’ fuel source. This is why fatigue often resolves and energy levels stabilize on Phase I. And our goal is to teach you how to sustain this sense of well-being on an ongoing, post Phase I, basis.
Insulin, on the other hand, increases hunger and thus food cravings and if one succumbs to satisfying these cravings with carbohydrate foods, one is truly in for a roller coaster ride. Prior to Phase I some of us could literally consume 8000 calories of carbohydrates in a day and still feel hungry.
Thus the futility of attempting to lose weight by simply reducing overall calories, because unless carbohydrates are sufficiently avoided, hunger and cravings do not abate and long-term success remains elusive.
Once insulin stimulates our hunger, few of us are strong enough to resist its gnawing pull toward available food. Thus the need to avoid carbohydrates on Phase I. Fat and protein on the other hand have a much less stimulatory effect upon insulin, and thus satisfy rather than stimulate our hunger. Thus the wisdom of avoiding carbohydrates and turning toward lean protein foods, or if we absolutely must, toward higher calorie fatty (avocado, butter, cream) and/or fattier protein (lobster, shrimp, steak) foods.
Reading labels and/or looking up nutritional data of food online, avoiding excessive carbohydrate laden foods, and having a back-up plan is part of Phase I.
With this we are not suggesting that one deviate from Phase I if all is well, but rather suggesting that we each have a pre-thought-out strategy, so that if we deviate from Phase I we remain in control rather than succumb to mindless high carbohydrate eating patterns.
Now back to the Chocolate Chip Coolies. As with all Ideal Protein foods, they contain a significant portion of protein, 15 grams per cookie.
I find them to be delicious and to absolutely melt in my mouth when they are warmed (only for a few seconds) in a microwave (after the wrapper is removed).