Curbing Emotional Eating

I will admit…I am an emotional eater. When I am bored I eat, when I am sad I eat, when I am happy I eat, when I am celebrating I eat. I feel like society encourages emotional eating no matter what your size. Think about it – every holiday we have has certain foods associated with it, every time something bad happens we give food to make people feel better (think casseroles, cakes, etc.) or when you break up with your boyfriend/girlfriend you go for the ice cream. The idea of food making us feel better has been ingrained in our brains from the beginning.

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Lettuce “Burritos” with Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Here is my favorite recipe! Since I started Ideal Protein, this has been my go-to meal. If I wasn’t sure what to cook, if I was extra bored with the Phase 1 protocol I would make these. Mexican food is definitely my favorite, but not very friendly for those on Ideal Protein. This recipe still gives me those Mexican flavors with plenty of vegetables and protein.

While these aren’t technically burritos, the addition of the cauliflower rice makes them feel hearty and filling. If you don’t want to make the cauliflower rice they can easily be turned into tacos by just using lettuce leaves and the meat mixture. Read More »

Tips for Ideal Traveling

With the holidays upon us, many will be traveling to visit family and friends. But, what happens to your healthy lifestyle when you travel? Whether you are following the Ideal Protein protocol or another system planning is everything!

I travel every so often for work and I can remember the first time I traveled while on Ideal Protein. The panic was real! What am I going to eat? How am I supposed to stick with it? The meeting coordinators are providing food, what if it’s something I am not supposed to eat?Read More »

Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls

If you like a filling, spicy meal this recipe is for you. I stumbled across this recipe at Skinnytaste. I had already bought some of the ingredients for another meal and was trying to find something else to make with them.I liked the concept, but I wanted to make it  little more Ideal Protein (IP) friendly.


The main changes are the use of cauliflower rice instead of brown rice, Sriracha instead of Gochujang, and a Splenda mix of brown sugar instead of regular brown sugar. Rice is not allowed on the IP protocol, Gochujang has a lot of sugar in it, and Splenda is better than real sugar for IP folks. I don’t even want to start my lecture about how great cauliflower rice is….because we could be here for days.

But, here is just a brief PSA. I really love the stuff and I can’t tell a difference between the cauliflower and the real stuff. It has really been a lifesaver for me while on the diet. It has even gotten better because frozen vegetable brands are getting on the bandwagon and selling riced cauliflower in the local grocery stores. At first, you had to rice your own cauliflower which is a total pain! Plus, the texture can still be kind of chunky with the fresh cauliflower rice. But, now you can find frozen riced cauliflower from Green Giant and Trader Joe’s.Read More »

My Favorite Blogs

I  enjoy writing my blog here at My Beautiful Ideal, but I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs and websites. From fitness to food to beauty to lifestyle I love to read about them all. Each website gives me ideas and inspiration for both my life and my writing.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite blogs that help me live a healthy, full life!Read More »