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TooBusy4UC
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   Posted 1/31/2013 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone!
Just had the craziest last week with my UC. I was watching a commercial for those Pediasure sidekicks protein shakes and thought to myself that would be a good way to get a few of those extra vitamins they have in them and I went to the store and got some vanilla and chocolate. Day 1, had a chocolate shake... by day 2 had blood and a pretty good amount of it.. Day 2, had a vanilla shake.. and by day 3 had alot of blood.. as in dripping! I ran to the natural food store and grabbed a bottle of aloe vera juice to get it stopped asap...
Then got to thinking... when I was getting sick before I was diagnosed, I had stopped eating most solid foods as it caused me terrible pain in my stomach and I was drinking those Special K protein shakes daily then and had a lot of blood... now trying these similar shakes and it was instant in the same day I drank the first one.. wham.. blood... and continued the next day when I drank another one and then it was bad! So, day 5 out of this and taking the aloe vera juice twice a day.. no blood and all is back to good.

Have any of you had this happen with similar store bought protein shakes? I am wondering if there is a preservative in it that triggered my drama or what it could have been...
Your thoughts?

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/31/2013 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I even have to look at the ingredients of these big-brand protein shakes. They are more like sugar shakes, with low-quality sourced protein, and refined carbs like corn syrup or maltodextrin (gmo corn)...

If you wan't a protein shake, look into Whey Protein Isolate. Which is strictly whey protein, no fillers usually. If sensitive to whey, you can look into alternatives like goat whey, which has a little less lactose than milk, and also pea protein (SunWarrior Brand) makes a good mix.

Look into Knudson veggie juices like "Super Veggie". I drink these during the week to get some extra servings of veggies.
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TooBusy4UC
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   Posted 1/31/2013 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm.. thanks for the tips Stereo... I was trying to be all about quick and easy but kind of good for me at the same time.. that was a mistake! Lol... I will try the whey protein, but what do you add to yours to make them taste good? I love chocolate types of flavors and the less the ingredents the better since I have to make them on the go most of the time.. UC doesn't make life very easy when it rares its ugly head, thats for sure! I was so crushed when I saw all the blood again and it almost sent me into panic mode of the getting REALLY sick all over again..
Will you share some of your protein shake recipes??
:)
Diagnosed: April 2011 UC; moderate

Currently taking: Lialda 1.2g X 2 daily

CaptPoopyPants
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   Posted 1/31/2013 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I figured I'd jump in here and add my 2 cents to this thread. I've been down this same path as you and suffered the consequences of the store-bought protein drinks as well. Also discovered that whey protein doesn't agree with my system for some reason, perhaps lactose intolerance. So I personally go with egg white protein or pea protein. I purchase the "Now Foods" brand because they don't contain anything at all except the protein powder and they're lower cost compared to some of the others. For whey protein I've heard that the Optimum Nutrition "Natural Whey" line is one of the best if you're attempting to avoid some of the typical additives and chemicals found in most whey protein powders.

Every morning for breakfast I mix in a blender:
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 4-6 oz apple or orange juice (not from concentrate and with no added ingredients - Tropicana or Simply brands are good examples that are widely available)
- 1 tspn l-glutamine powder
- 1 small banana
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

I've got the preparation down to 1 minute flat as I'm rushing out the door to go to work. Tastes almost like a Jamba Juice drink, doesn't upset my UC, and good for you too. =)

I originally got the idea from this video, but put my own twist on it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=367OHRrMzaQ

Sara14
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   Posted 1/31/2013 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I use pea protein powder in my smoothies once in a while but if i were you i would just stay away from the protein drinks altogether. Im sure you are getting enough protein through diet so why risk it?
29 years old; diagnosed pancolitis March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Hydrocortisone enemas nightly - restarted 1-27-13; Rowasa as needed for flares tapered to maintenance of 2xweekly; Canasa in a.m. as needed for flares; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Singulair; Allegra; Omnaris nasal spray; multivitamin; B-12. Vegan diet.

InSoFla
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   Posted 2/1/2013 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I love my protein shakes, and this is the recipe I use since finding it:
Here’s the recipe for “Morning Glory Shake”:

-8 oz. of Almond Milk
-1 scoop of Pro-Optimal Whey Protein powder (by Dr. Mercola), chocolate favored
-1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
-1 teaspoon of Maca Root Powder
-3 scoops of L-Glutamine powder (approx. 15 grams)
-1 scoop of D-Ribose powder (approx. 5 grams)
- add liquid minerals and liquid vitamins
 
 
I think that protein shakes are a great addition to supplement nutritional needs with IBD, and especially with all the research on the benefits of whey.

Rx meds didn't help me. But 4.5 mg LDN +Paleo diet +supplements=REMISSION.Protein shakes w/almond milk,Maca powder,L-Glutamine,D-Ribose,chia seeds.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3,slippery elm bark powder.For more info,my protocol is the 11th post at this link: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1666318
If you have any questions, you can find my email address at my profile.

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/1/2013 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I did the morning glory shake for a while. Its delicious when you add some cocoa!

Captpoopypants (lol) that also sounds like a good shake, think i'm gonna try it....

TooBusy4UC, I use to prefer flavored whey or protein shakes, but I realize that the flavors tend to dull my mood for protein shakes. I tried unfiltered/unflavored and its perfect, tastes like nothing, goes down easy!
I use a Healthylivingmarket.com brand of whey.
Diagnosed Crohns-Colitis Sept 2011
Gluten Free-Limit Grains+Sugar, VSL#3, InflaGuard, Zyflamend, Asacol, Wise Woman Supps#2
Metametrix Labs stool testing reveal yeast overgrowth/parasite & h.pylori
Two Month Protocol: Candida Control Diet, Phytostan, ParaGuard, ADP
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