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Chamber of Commerce Members - Food Bank Matching Donation

Fellow Chamber Members I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Garth Delyea and I own and operate Paradigm Weight Loss Clinic. We have been serving Kelowna for six years and have helped hundreds of individuals in our community reach their goals of health and wellness by using the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. 

PARADIGM is donating $1.00 to the Kelowna Community Food Bank for every pound our dieters lose. Last year our clients lost over 2,000 pounds and our goal this year is 2,500 pounds. That equates to a donation goal of $2,500 to the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

I’d like to offer your company a WIN – WIN proposition.


If you the employer match my $1 per pound for every pound of weight your employees lose, I will drop my $150/person consultation fee that would normally be charged.  This offer is for the owners and staff of your organization.   By signing up for this offer your company wins, your staff wins and the food bank will receive $2 for every lb lost! You could call this a WIN-WIN-WIN!

For details on how to get involved contact me by email and we can discuss how to implement this program for you and your staff.  

Maggie's Testimonial

I’ve shared some inspirational stories about Maggie’s weight loss journey. She reached her goal of 135 pounds! She lost 74 pounds in just over 8 months. And she did it with a smile on her face the whole time.


Maggie was kind enough to write a testimonial for us, here it is:


“I started this journey in the spring of 2013, when I decided to do something about my weight once and for all. I was afraid of failure, since I had failed at weight loss before, many times. I have always been able to do whatever I set my mind to.... except that I had not been able to lose weight and keep it off. I was afraid of failure, but, I had heard of the successes of the Ideal Protein Plan, so I decided to give it a try. I went to the Paradigm Weight Loss Centre in Kelowna and decided that this was the plan for me. The councillors were great and the price was very reasonable, especially when compared to other places that I had checked out. The Ideal Protein diet was easier than I had expected. I lost 12 pounds the first 2 weeks and I continued to lose every single week. The plan was easy to follow, the foods were fun, and I was amazed at how little hunger I felt. The cravings seemed to be gone. When I started Ideal Protein, I weighed 209 pounds and now I am under 135 pounds. The year 2013 was the luckiest year of my life, because I found the Paradigm Weight Loss Centre.”


I have no doubt that Maggie will have no problem keeping the weight off. She is one determined lady. It was my pleasure to see her smile and enthusiasm each week.


Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Garth's Journey Part 2

So it’s been 2 weeks since my last blog and I’m pretty much on target. Down 8 pounds which is average for me at 4 pounds per week.


I must say I love being in ketosis, which is the body’s natural way to burn off excess body fat. Lots of energy, no cravings and no hunger. Sound too good to be true? It’s true. It took 3 days to get into ketosis and I have to admit that on the second day I woke up at 3 am, my body saying to me “you have a fridge full of food, go eat and I’ll tell you when to stop”. Fortunately my mind overruled my body and by day 3 my body had switched gears and started burning stored body fat for its energy needs. After that, as I said, everything just sort of falls into place and I’m well on my way to my goal of losing 12 pounds.


I find the psychology of weight loss pretty interesting. The body has mechanisms to get a person to do what it wants which is to eat lots of food and store the excess for future use (which goes back to the days when the meals we eat now weren’t the norm). The mind, now, has to control the body because there is just too much food available, especially the high carb, high sugar stuff that the body converts to body fat so easily.


Anyway, that is the news from my world. Looking forward to reaching my goal. I’ll keep you posted.


Take care,


Garth's Journey

So I messed up and gained 12 pounds since the end of October... Broke my own rules and now the scale is not my friend anymore. 

Hi, my name is Garth and let’s back the train up a little. I own Paradigm Weight Loss Clinic, an Ideal Protein diet center. I got involve a year and a half ago when I was looking for a small business to buy. For years I had extra weight that I couldn’t seem to shed so I thought this is a great opportunity to do my due diligence on the company and lose weight too. 

I came in as a customer not telling anybody I was thinking of buying it. I lost 17 pounds in 5 weeks with the added bonus of dropping my dangerously high blood pressure to normal. 

So I bought the business. It was an easy and understandable protocol and got right to the point of targeting body fat. 

So fast forward to Halloween 2013. We bought the commercial treats for the kids (I know this is all wrong but they’re kids right?). Unfortunately not many showed up so we (my wife and I) had this tray of mini Kit Kats, gummies and Coffee Crisps, hmmm... What to do? 

You must understand that sugar (sweets) are my Achilles Heel. This was the innocent start to breaking my own rules. As of January 6th I am back on Protocal 1 with a starting weight of 197. 

I’ll be posting my progress as the weeks go on. Great way to keep myself accountable. :)

Take care,


Maggie's Story Part 2

I was going to talk about another subject today but I changed my mind. At the beginning of October I introduced you to Maggie and her inspirational weight loss journey. I had a weigh in with Maggie this morning and I had to share her joy with you and the benefits she has received since losing her weight.


For a little background Maggie started with us in June this year. She started at 209 with a weight loss goal of 140. I’m happy to say that in just 26 weeks following the Ideal Protein diet she’s just 4.5 pounds away from her goal. She averaged just about 3 pounds lost a week.


Maggie is 61 years old.


We started the meeting with her telling me “it’s fun” appreciating her new body. At the beginning of October the excitement was getting on the back of a motorcycle with ease this time it was being able to ski with ease. “I have so much energy” she said. The last time she skied she was carrying an extra 62.5 pounds. What a difference that would make.


I admire her determination. She plans on being at her goal when I see her after the holidays and I believe her.


Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Coconut Flour

For people who are on a low carb weight loss program, have issues with gluten or are trying to improve their health with a lower carb diet, coconut flour is a great alternative to wheat flour. The flour is made from the fibre left from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make coconut oil. The fibre is then dried and ground up. 

The fact that coconut flour is a great source of low carb goodies is great but it’s health benefits also need to be noted. It is extremely high in soluble and insoluble fiber which a lot of people on low carb diets lack. Fibre is beneficial to digestion, preventing constipation. Fiber can aid weight loss (coconut fibers are also known as a ‘metabolic medicine’), lower cholesterol and protect heart health. 

Since coconut flour is so high in fibre is absorbs liquid at a rapid rate unlike wheat flour so it can’t be substituted straight for flour measurements. I’ve found many different opinions on-line as to what ratio coconut to wheat flour would be so for me I’d rather go on-line to find recipes that have already been kitchen tested. I’m not one to get to creative in the kitchen… 

Coconut flour can be purchased at most supermarkets and I noticed that Costco has it as well. 

Speaking of on-line recipes here’s one I found for sugar free berry muffins: 


  • 3 eggs (room temperature - important)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar substitute equivalent (liquid preferred)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-5 Tablespoons water (see below)
  • ½ cup raspberries or blueberries 


Heat oven to 375° F. Prepare pan with a generous amount of butter. This recipe makes six "regular"-sized muffins. 

  1. Whisk or beat the eggs until whites and yolks are well-mixed. Stream in the butter while continuing to whisk. Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined. If using liquid sugar (preferred, as it is zero carb), add at this point.

  2. Mix the remaining dry ingredients -- coconut flour, baking soda, and sweetener if using powder.

  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Now you will whisk in water, one tablespoon at a time. The coconut flour will absorb the liquid from the wet ingredients like crazy. You want to get it to a consistency that will hold up the berries, but not be too thick. I usually end up using about 4 Tablespoons of water.

  4. Gently mix in the berries and divide among 6 muffin cups. Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until just turning golden on top. 

Nutritional Information (using raspberries, zero carb sweetener, and an average of three available coconut flours): Each muffin has 2 grams of net carbohydrates plus 3.5 grams fiber, 4 grams protein, and 132 calories. 

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Gluten Free Products Exposed

If you haven’t read Wheat Belly by William Davis I highly recommend it. There is lots of good information on the hazards of eating wheat but today I am going to share his concerns with gluten free products and weight loss.

If you are trying to lose weight you may be avoiding gluten  and carbohydrates. Gluten is the main protein of wheat. Other grains containing gluten include barley, rye, spelt, triticale and kamut. An industry has developed around manufacturing baking products designed for people who are trying to reduce the amount of gluten they ingest.

The problem with these products is that in a lot of cases the products are made by replacing the gluten with cornstarch, rice starch, potato starch or tapioca starch. These products still trigger the glucose-insulin response that causes weight gain. Although wheat products increase blood sugar and insulin more than most these substitute products actually increase blood sugar even more than wheat products! If you are following a low carb diet plan you may need to avoid these products as well, make sure to check the ingredients and carb count in the nutritional facts.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to give up your baked treats. Coconut flour is an amazing substitute. Next week I’ll be covering the low carb miracle that coconut flour is and supply a couple of recipes.

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

I want to introduce you to a book I’ve read several times, every time I get something new from it. Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth. This is not a religious book but it’s become a bit of a bible to me. This book is about food but it pertains to anything you use in your life to find misplaced comfort.


I highly recommend it if you are needing to find comfort outside yourself. Here are some quotes from Geneen’s writing:


“Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, enough curiosity, enough tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based become apparent and fall away. When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no longer matches the shape of your beliefs, the weight disappears. (p. 80-81)”
Geneen Roth, Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything


“For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticize ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.”
Geneen Roth


Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Drink Water and Lose Weight

We all know the benefits of drinking water, for health, for anti-aging and for weight loss. Why is it so hard to do something that seems so simple?


Let’s focus on why it’s so important to help with weight loss, maybe that will give us the incentive to make sure we get at least 8 glasses a day.


Water is a natural appetite suppressant. Lack of water can lead to over eating. You brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst. So, when you think you are feeling hungry, your body may in fact be signaling to you that you are thirsty! If you are not consuming enough water each day and you feel hunger pains, chances are, your body is really crying out for water. In many instances people will find what they thought were hunger pangs were in fact, satisfied by water. Next time you feel hungry try having a glass of water.


Water also helps flush out toxins, aids digestion and helps your bowels perform more efficiently. All things that help with weight loss.


Many people notice a reduction in weight and inches as their body's water store becomes redundant. If your diet has been one that did not provide you with enough water, your body will have developed a pattern of storing water. It's part of the body's built-in survival mechanism - to store up the essential nutrients in short supply, just in case they aren't available in the future. So if you don't drink enough water, you are 'conditioning' your body to store water.


A couple tips to get optimal hydration. Drink water consistently throughout the day. If you drink too much all at once or too fast, it will simply pass through you, with little or no benefit to your body. Caffeinated drinks cause the body to lose water or dehydrate. For every caffeinated beverage you have you should be having TWO glasses of water to make up for the dehydrating effect or try to cut down. Herbal teas can be a nice alternative, try making your own iced tea.


Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Walden Farms Condiments

This may seem like a sales pitch but it’s not. Yes Paradigm Health Clinic does carry Walden Farm products. 

You may or may not know that the Ideal Protein weight loss program is a low carb diet. In a previous email I described ketosis and how it puts your body into fat burning mode because when sugars and starches are reduced the body is forced to use stored fat for fuel. On any low carb diet, including ones like South Beach and Atkins, eating can get pretty boring. Products like Walden Farms help our clients stick with it and makes it more pleasurable. 

Even if you’re not on a diet program and are just trying to reduce the number of carbs you eat then it may be a product that can help. 

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Going to a party?

Last week I had some tips on eating out in a restaurant. What about when you are invited to a house party? It’s a little trickier. The holiday season is coming and with it lots of parties and temptations.

Here are some tips they may help you enjoy the parties without doing too much damage: 

  • Eat before you go. Make sure to fill up on a healthy meal or snacks before you go to the party, you won’t be as tempted to splurge.


  • Set a limit on alcohol. Try to pace yourself over the evening and give yourself a limit on the number of drinks you are going to have. Try having a wine spritzer by adding soda, mix drinks with flavoured water or diet mixes and try to have a glass of water in between each cocktail.


  • Opt for healthier options. Avoid carb heavy hors d’oeuvres. Stick with deli meats and cheese without crackers. Veggies with a touch of dip and shrimp cocktail are other good options.


  • Don’t stand near the hors d’oeuvres during the party. Better to avoid temptation.


  • Eat healthy during the week.  Then if you indulge a bit more it won’t be as bad.

Have reasonable expectations of yourself. If you overindulge don’t get mad at yourself get back on track. You’re allowed to enjoy yourself (in moderation :)).

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Tips For Eating Out

Kelowna Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – Tips For Eating out 

Reaching your weight loss goal is a joyous occasion, but can also be scary. The fear of gaining it back can be pretty strong. There are lots of strategies for eating and keeping the weight off when you’ve finished your diet. 

Eating out can be a tough one to navigate.  Here are some ways to have a nice night out without feeling any guilt the next day. 

  1. Choosing a restaurant. Make sure to pick a restaurant that will have good choices for you. No all you can eat buffets! 
  2. Be specific when ordering. This seems like an obvious one but a lot of people either feel anxious about asking or don’t realize they can ask. When I was younger I was a server for many years. Not once did I think twice when someone requested changes. Trust me, the computers they put the orders into are programmed with buttons for substitute this, none of that etc. They are happy to provide good customer service. 
  3. Always order dressing and/or sauce on the side. You’d be amazed at how the calories can add up with this. You can do the fork dip trick on pour a small bit on the meal yourself. You really get used to having less and if you forget to ask you’ll be surprised by how much is put on and that you won’t like it. 
  4. Get extra veggies. At most restaurants you get 2 sides with a protein. A starch and a vegetable. Ask that they give you double the veggies and no starch. Make sure to request that there is no butter on your veggies! 
  5. Take it home with you. If you are ordering a big entree either have them wrap 1/2 to go before it reaches the table or keep in mind while eating you don’t have to eat the whole thing. In fact you get to enjoy it twice. 
  6. Don’t go to the restaurant starving. Have a small snack in the afternoon before you go out. You’ll be less tempted to order more than you need. 
  7. Share.  Split an appetizer and an entree. You get to have both but with half the calories. 
  8. Broth based soup.Everybody ordering appetizers? You don’t need to feel left out. A broth based soup is a great choice.

 Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Kelowna Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – What is Ketosis?

Last week I wrote about Maggie’s weight loss success and explained that losing an average of 4.7 pounds a week was a great motivation for her to stick with the diet. The reason our clients have such a rapid fat loss is that the Ideal Protein diet puts our clients bodies into a state called ketosis.

You may be asking yourself what is this magical ketosis? Well, there’s nothing magical about it. 

Our bodies have 3 different sources of fuel that we use to give us energy (calories). The first and most available is glycogen. Our bodies make glycogen from the starches and sugars we eat – carbohydrates. With our North American eating habits we tend to have plenty of glycogen to burn which unfortunately means that we don’t use one of our other sources of fuel. Stored fat. When we stop eating carbohydrates our body is forced to use stored fat for energy and it produces ketones, which is why it’s called ketosis. 

The beauty of being is ketosis is that when you are using stored fat for energy you have lots of energy and no hunger or cravings. Another reason why our clients have great success on the Ideal Protein weight loss program. 

One potential drawback of running out of glycogen to use as fuel is that our bodies will also use protein sources in the body such as our muscles for fuel if we are not getting enough outside sources of protein to use. A great low calorie, low fat source of protein can be found in the Ideal Protein foods. 

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Maggie's Story

One of the best things about being an Ideal Protein weight loss coach is our inspirational clients and how the diet has changed their lives.

Take for example Maggie (not her real name but her story is). Maggie is a 60 year old retired school teacher. She started her journey with us on June 17, 2013 at 209 pounds. 12 weeks later, Maggie weighed in at 164.5 pounds. She’s still 14.5 pounds away from her goal but we started talking about what an impact losing 44.5 pounds has had on her so far.

A couple of things stood out to me. She was talking about a group of women that she walks with regularly. She used to be embarrassed because she didn’t think she was keeping up. She looked at me with a smile and said “now they are having a hard time keeping up with me”.  What a great feeling for her.

The other thing that stuck with me was that her husband and her enjoy spending time cruising on their motorcycle. Maggie used to have a hard time throwing her leg over the seat to get in place. She said the day she really realized what an impact the weight loss had on her quality of life was when she went to throw her leg over the bike and nearly landed on the ground on the other side. It really showed her how far she had come.

Maggie has been on lots of diets over the years. She feels the reason that she’s had the best results on this one is because she’s been averaging a weight loss of 3.7 pounds a week. This has given her the motivation to stick it out. It’s hard to stick to a diet where you are only losing 1/2 to 1 pound a week.  If that were the case she’d have only lost 6-12 pounds instead of 44.5.

The Ideal Protein program achieves this rapid fat burning by putting the body into a state called Ketosis. Look for next weeks blog when I’ll explain what Ketosis is and how it gets rid of fat quickly.

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.

Why We Need Protein

Last week I posted about why it is so important to retain your muscle mass while dieting and that the best way to do that is to consume enough good quality protein. This week I thought it would be a good idea to explain why protein is so important, not just during your weight loss journey, but all the time. 

Did you know that protein makes up about 20% of our bodies weight? It is present in the outer and inner membranes of every living cell. You hair, nails and outer layers of your skin are made of the protein keratin. Muscle tissue is made up of protein, and not just the ones you see when you flex, but also your heart and smooth muscle tissue that helps with digestion. 

Our bones also contain protein. The outer part of the bone is made of minerals and calcium but the inner structure is made of protein and it’s also part of the bone marrow. 

Red blood cells contain hemoglobin which is a protein that helps carry oxygen through the body. Lipoproteins help remove cholesterol from the body. Proteins also interact with certain nutrients by binding with them to carry them through the body. 

Wow that’s a lot! 

Depending on how active you are you should be getting 20% - 30% of your calories per day from protein. The more active the more protein you require. 

What we call protein is actually a compound of smaller components called amino acids. There are 21 amino acids in total. Out of the 21 amino acids, 12 are non-essential, meaning your body can make them. The remaining 9 must be derived from the food we consume on a daily basis. 

There are both complete and incomplete proteins. A complete protein is one that contains all 21 amino acids, incomplete are the 9 that we have to get from food sources. 

Animal sources are all complete sources, including red meat, poultry, seafood and dairy. 

Now you’re asking yourself, what if I don’t want to get all of my protein (or any of it) from animal sources?

 The good news is that there are lots of non animal sources.  With both complete and incomplete proteins. 

Complete sources include: 

  • Quinoa
  • Soy products such as edamame, tofu, miso, tempeh and soy milk
  • Coconut – consider using coconut flour in your baking, you’ll cut down on carbs too
  • Beetroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Hemp seeds
  • And of course our favorite IDEAL PROTEIN FOODS 

Incomplete sources include: 

  • Brown rice
  • Nuts
  • Legumes (a fancy way of saying beans, peas or peanuts)
  • Oats
  • Avocado
  • Corn 

Good news, by combining some of these foods it makes them complete. You can enjoy them together in one meal or they can be consumed over the course of same day. 

Food combing to create a complete protein includes:

  • Corn and beans
  • Brown rice and beans
  • Oatmeal made with soy milk
  • Whole grain bread with peanut butter 

Basically combine grains and legumes or nuts and legumes. 

Whether you’re dieting for weight loss or just want to have a healthy diet make sure you get enough protein. 

Take care of yourself, you deserve the best.





The Importance of Muscle Retention

I’d like to introduce you to Paradigm Health Weight Loss Clinic. We at Paradigm feel fortunate that since starting our business we have been able to help over 300 clients lose weight, get healthy and feel good about themselves. The program was developed in France over 25 years ago by a Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Tran Chanh. He was looking for a way to help his athletes lose weight quickly without sacrificing the musle mass.                           

It is vitally important to spare muscle mass when you are on a weight loss program for a few reasons. Healthy muscles let you move freely and keep your body strong. They help with joint health. Having strong muscles around your joints helps prevent injury. They help you keep your balance so you are less likely to slip and fall. We generally think about the muscle we can see but we use muscle to help with digestion, pumping blood and to support organs.

Most importantly the more muscle you spare while dieting the more likely you will keep the weight off! Did you know that the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism is when you are resting? One pound of muscle requires approximately 6 calories a day to sustain itself while one pound of fat burns just 2.

The best way to prevent muscle loss is to supply your body with a quality protein product.

Take good care of yourself, you deserve the best.

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