Nausea is most commonly experienced in patients or clients who are not used to eating breakfast. If the body is not used to processing a morning meal, and we suddenly introduce it, the stomach needs some time to adapt.
Advanced Vitality recommends to our Ideal Protein patients to start their day with lighter Ideal Protein products, such as IP drinks, and introduce the foods into their diet slowly. If someone who isn't used to eating breakfast suddenly begins their day with Ideal Protein Pancake or Omelet products, chances are you are not going to feel very well. We encourage these patients to instead consume our Ready-to-Serve Vanilla, Cappuccino, or Chocolate Drink, either on their own, or as the creamer in their morning coffee. This will ensure that they get the protein in a very light meal the body will be able to process easily.
The other common trigger for nausea is an abrupt decrease in sugar intake. Everyone must understand that, through the Ideal Protein protocol, we are changing fundamental metabolic processes. For years, sometimes decades, a typical diet consisting of a lot of fast sugars is consumed, which is used as the first source of energy by the body. Now, if we drastically reduce the intake of these foods, we force the body to turn to other sources of energy (i.e. fat stores). This requires a whole different set of metabolic enzymes, and requires the body to re-tool its metabolism. This does not happen immediately and therefore a slight lag-time can occur, and the patient may feel weak and nauseous. In instances where a patient feels nauseous, we may consider perhaps the Alternative Protocol for one week.
The Alternative Protocol provides some fast sugars and it will allow the patient to taper off their high sugar-based diet and give the body time to get the necessary metabolic machinery in place so that they will be able live off their fat reserves once they begin the regular Protocol. What we are doing here is weaning the Ideal Protein patient off their former diets gently. Again, this will only apply to a very small number of Ideal Protein patients.