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Cheat Sheet for My daily Protein, Fiber & PBX

Shake #1

  1. 1 Tbsp. Ultimate Superfood Fusion
  2. 1-2 tsp. of Psyllium (NOW brand)
  3. 1 Tbsp. collagen
  4. Ashwagandha – amount of a capsule.
  5. potato starch
  6. Probiotics

Shake #2

  1. 1 Tbsp. Orgain or Vega protein shake powder, vanilla (made with pea protein) or whey protein
  2. Add collagen from source different than Shake #1
  3. 1-3 tsp. ground flax seed
  4. Ground rose hips, amla, acerola, or camu camu
  5. 1-3 tsp. Garden of Life Prebiotic fiber
  6. Ashwagandha  – amount of a capsule
  7. Probiotics

The post where I explain this more in depth is here: http://www.rachels.fyi/stress-much-my-daily-protein-fiber-pbx-herbs/

Stress much? My daily Protein fiber, PBX & herbs

This is the powdered stuff I mix up a batch at a time.  To view the stripped down version, see the Cheat Sheet for this daily protein shake.

Should YOU do it??

Determine your need for each of my suggested ingredients and then use just the ones you need. If you are eating fermented foods, you may not necessarily need the prebiotics. I take them because I cannot eat fermented foods. Each person has different needs.

YOU CAN SIMPLIFY THIS!

To stay easy and economical, determine your ingredients and buy in bulk.

ASK ME!

I have a lot of purchasing experience (and have lived in four different states in the past 15 years) and can advise you how to get this stuff as easily as possible. Once you get going, it doesn’t seem as difficult. I’ve been doing this for years and trying to share what works for me and desire to help people find the solution that’s going to work for them. I’ve discovered that I need these ingredients to operate at my best. It helps me be more resilient. It does not make up for a lost night of sleep. Folks, I’m getting more consistently resilient and recovering some of my lost health over time by staying on my program.

  • hydrolyzed collagen (glycine): excellent source of glycine which is very important to me. It keeps me calm. If I don’t get my shake in the morning, then I take some magnesium glycinate. you can get bovine or porcine or even some that are made from fish (the superior source; I care because I am moving toward rotating my sources of collagen also. I would hate to sensitize to my meat proteins!!
  • greenfood powder; Ultimate Superfood Fusion from Z-Natural Foods.com
  • Ashwagandha root: https://www.braintropic.com/nootropics/ashwagandha/
  • whey protein if you are dairy tolerant. I use vegan protein instead. I use Orgain with greens or Vega with greens as my extra booster pack. This does NOT replace the collagen!
  • fibers – choose or rotate with psyllium, ground flax seed, prebiotic fiber blend such as Garden of Life Prebiotic fiber. I choose to use all 3 or rotate. Psyllium is cheap and effective. Flax is helpful with hormone regulation in the gut. Prebiotic fiber is important if you are working on improving your gut flora balance (which also affects hormone regulation and so much more).

How I Do It

I have a bunch of half-pint canning jars with plastic lids that I measure up and use for about 10-day batches. Each morning I mix the powder with almond milk and drink it down before I eat any food, as I’m taking supplements in pill form.

I have to split this in two different batches because I don’t want to sensitize my immune system to these ingredients (more easily happens to me as I’m aging). I alternate days with shake #1 and #2. You could combine shakes #1 and #2 if you have no inflammation, allergies, etc. Here’s how I do it:

Shake #1

  1. 1 Tbsp. Ultimate Superfood Fusion
  2. 1-2 tsp. of Psyllium (NOW brand)
  3. 1 Tbsp. collagen
  4. Ashwagandha root powder approx. amount that would be in a capsule.
  5. potato starch (feeds your good gut bacteria)
  6. *Take with your probiotics or fermented foods

Shake #2

  1. 1 Tbsp. Orgain or Vega protein shake powder, vanilla (made with pea protein) – most people should use whey protein
  2. Preferably also add or use collagen instead of the Orgain. You could use the alternate form of collagen as mentioned above for rotating proteins.
  3. 1-3 tsp. fresh ground flax seed
  4. Ground rose hips, amla, acerola, or camu camu, if you have one of them.
  5. 1-3 tsp. Prebiotic fiber
  6. Ashwagandha root powder approx. amount that would be in a capsule.
  7. *Take with your probiotics or fermented foods

And, I don’t worry about doubling up on the ashwagandha if I happen to want to make the Adrenal Support Tea, which I think is actually a better way to get the benefits of ashwagandha. I put the Ashw. in the Shakes #1 and #2 in order to ensure that I am getting at least some of it every day.

RECIPE: No Bake Cookies

Family favorite recipe from God knows where.  Good in the summer–you have to boil the mixture 5 minutes but no oven!  Continue reading

Mayan bowl tips

This is how I made some easy Mayan Bowls* on a moderate temperature summer day.  In the evening I started two Chuck roasts in my instant pot:

1. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown on the sauté setting. Brown all four sides of the two roasts.

2. Slow cook 6 hours with a can of tomato sauce, layered with sprinklings of ground Cumin, powdered onion, dried onion flakes, garlic cubes and/or granulated garlic, paprika.

3. After six hours it should be falling apart. Pull it into little pieces and put it back in the sauce. [You probably have too much sauce left over. You can freeze extra sauce with all that good flavor in it and use in either enchilada sauce or as a base for some veggie soup–put a little bit of the beef in there too, maybe some barley, and don’t forget your green beans.]

Wash and spin dry chopped fresh curly kale or kale of any kind.  Massage well with light olive oil and salt. You can use any leftovers of this for salads or put into a bag in the fridge and keep for leftover Mayan Bowls

Chop or smash avocado with lime and salt. Or you could go with some prepared guacamole from the store.

I like to cook my canned black beans extra because I like them a little soft. I drain a can, add some water and cook for another 10 minutes or so with a little extra salt.  [I know some people eat the beans straight from the can.  Some brands may be softer than others.]

Cook some quinoa, wild rice, brown rice or the Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf shown below (from the freezer section).

Assemble bowls with whatever ingredients each person wants adding extra lime juice on top of the kale and be generous with it.

Toss tortilla chips, especially Garden of Eatin’ red-hot blues or Costco Kirkland organic tortilla chips.

Some people might like salsa on there for a more Mexican-style bowl.

Top your bowl with some crispy shallots. You can substitute crispy onion rings. Or perhaps some kind of toasted nut or pumpkin seeds with garlic on them.


Easy addition to Mayan bowls. Cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.

RECIPE: Lemony snack

Mix fresh lemon juice into cashew butter with some stevia extract powder.

Dip apples in it.

Tip:  Every nut butter and also chocolate… will get much thicker when you add a small bit of water. This is what makes chocolate “seize up”.  With nut butter, if you keep adding more liquid, it will get past the point where the fiber absorbs all the water and the extra water will then begin to loosen the mixture so it becomes more “watery.”  So, the *ratio of water-to-nut-butter is the important thing in getting the correct consistency. If it seizes up, just keep adding a little bit more liquid at a time until you get the consistency you want.

 

Pistachios are great for your gut biome

Faithful reader and champion of Rachels.FYI, Jane W. has brought to my attention a great health tip for those of us who are “gardeners of our biomes,” (cultivators of our gut flora).

Pistachios.

Here is an article from a trusted resource, Mark Sisson in his article 16 Things that Affect Your Gut Bacteria.

Friends, the way my blog is supposed to work, is when friends share with me, I somehow synthesize it in my Brain of Rachel, and often would (at least TRY) to share it back out, either immediately or in some way, at some point. My thinking is to try to be a hub for a circle of friends who are all interested in actually being healthier. I TRY, because this is not my job. It’s just my passion. And, even though I don’t have time for this passion, I make time. Helping friends be healthier is worth it. I saw Jane’s comment tonight after I have been contemplating, yet again, whether I have time to do this blog. I don’t have time to make it look beautiful or like the slick blogs that are out there. But, I can keep it up on the server, alive, if not thriving. And, it can serve a purpose.

And, hey, if I can keep Jane on her probiotics, then it’s all worth it.

Non-dairy protein powder 70:30 pea:rice

70:30 pea:rice blend… is seen as the vegan alternative to whey due to their similar amino acid profiles.”1

If you need a  protein powder that’s vegan and dairy-free and low cost, look for a pea-rice blend. Orgain protein powder awaits you at the nexus of Costco (low cost and convenience if you are a Costco shopper) and a Primal-ish yet busy lifestyle.

There are of course things I don’t like about Orgain.
1)  Real food is always a better option, IF that food is paleo style.
2)  Whey protein (non-denatured) is better, if you can.  My #1 reason is brain neurotransmitters.
3)  The fat that it does contain not ideal an ideal form. High Oleic Sunflower Oil.
4)  It can have a bit of a chalky taste.  I fear this is rancidity.  The large Costco size is not a great idea if you’re not going to consume it regularly. Don’t let it sit around a long time. Perhaps keeping it in the fridge is a good idea. I keep mine in pantry because my fridge is too full of real food. Maybe keeping a smaller portion out, while the bulk of it sits in a deep freezer is a compromise.

Good points:
1) Good blend of Pea and Rice
3) Chia seed and hemp protein added
2) Sweeteened with erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit extract. Not overly sweet
3) chocolatey

My 12 year old is making a lot of food choices that I’m not going to create a battle about. One of them currently is he prefers Orgain over whey powder.  He says he likes the way it tastes.

Quick SHAKE:

1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen (this is not vegan, but it is dairy free and it is high in glycine for a brain-calming effect)
1 scoop (half serving) of Organi
Milk of your choice. (My son prefers our whole, non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized milk, which happens to be a convenience purchase in Minneapolis.)
Shake in a jar  (I use smaller mayonnaise jars)

When I need really fast protein, I grab this.  For my son, I will work at finding a whey protein recipe that he likes. I suspect it could be plain whey (not vanilla) with Mt. Hagen coffee granules.  Stay tuned.

whey powders

I’ll be honest, I’m not going to do a lot more price checking. I’ve done it intensely in the past and learned enough to know I can spot check things now. I found sources I like and I tend to stick to those now. I still usually do at least one comparison on things that I buy on Amazon.com. And, I know that if I can get something in bulk, whether that be at Costco or a bulk-specialist, then it’s likely to be a good deal. Rarely can a “sale” beat a bulk price. Or maybe I should say that sale prices can get into the ballpark with the bulk products.

With this in mind, then, let’s take a look with a quick brain dump about where to buy your whey protein, be it cow or goat. Or, even your vegan, non-dairy options.

This Naked Whey goat whey on Amazon.com is on sale right now at $17.99 per pound.

And, while Mt. Capra is a highly regarded goats’ products brand, and I have taken it before, the lower cost option is at ZNaturalFoods.com. See all the bulk protein powders here.

Q: Is protein isolate good?
A: No. Go for a concentrate, not an isolate.

Brands that I would trust: There are a lot of new “Paleo” brands out there, but always check the labeling and online customer comments for true Grass-Fed whey. My kids have been drinking Natural Factors. BioChem is popular also for a quality-meets-price option.

I recently purchased this chocolate cow’s whey on Amazon (bodylogix), based on decent price and reviews that said it tasted great. The packaging is very earth-friendly. It looks like a big canister, but it’s made out of a brown paper material. My daughter hasn’t tasted it yet.

Whenever doing experiments at home to try to mimic a commercially blended product, I have never been able to get flavors to match those in commercial products. My son enjoys vanilla, so I buy Natural Factors vanilla flavor. My daughter enjoys chocolate, but since we add other things to the shake, she likes to add extra cocoa, so what I’ll be doing for her is use bulk, plain whey and mix-master our own–that way we save money on bulk whey. In other words, if you really want a smooth tasting flavored product, you may need to stick with a commercially blended product whose taste you already prefer.

I would strongly suggest goat whey to everyone. However, if the taste is prohibitive, use cow’s whey if you tolerate it. f you don’t tolerate goat or cow whey then consider using a plant protein only if and when you really need a quick block of protein. And, in that case, don’t buy a lot of it and do keep it in the fridge.

Buy yourself some whey protein powder today, along with some (hydrolyzed) collagen and then make yourself a blend for your daily mood-boosting protein shake.

Basic Protein shake for neurotransmitters and gut health

This is a protein shake that my kids and I have been taking and will continue on through maybe forever. My kids have entered the almost-puberty stage and don’t like to eat regularly. I will give them a choice for the school year whether to take the protein shake in the morning for breakfast. Or, if they want to eat food for breakfast, then I will bring the protein shake when I pick them up for school. I started doing the after school shake for my 3rd grade daughter last year and since they are so hungry right after school, it is sure to get scarfed down!

For the Brain:

  1. Collagen (hydrolyzed type, which dissolves in water)
  2. Whey (cow, goat or any type you can tolerate)
  3. Fat as avocado, coconut milk, coconut butter or dairy fat in your milk
  4. take a vitamin C supplement with this.
  5. Take your other amino acids, vitamin and mineral supplements.
  6. Optional: Egg yolk, full of choline and vitamins for the brain.

Use high quality ingredients!

For the Gut:

4. Fiber, covered by the avocado and fruit or can add flax or chia seed meal
5. Probiotic
6. Resistant Starch*: Unmodified Potato Starch or Plantain flour or green banana flour
*I prefer to take my resistant starch at bedtime with my probiotic supplement. Take yours whenever you take your probiotic food or supplements.

Optional Flavorings, mix-n-match:

  • For the Whey above, try Natural Factors Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla.
  • Fruit, berries, cherries. Keep stock of frozen fruits on hand.
  • Honey or Stevia and/or erythritol. Truvia packets. Rachel uses KAL brand 100% stevia extract powder which is very economical and potent.
  • Liquid Stevia extracts come in many flavors.
  • Milk (any type you can tolerate if it fits your dietary needs)
  • Peanut butter flour (Honeyville brand Organic can be found at Costco)
  • Instant coffee granules (look for Mt. Hagen brand. I use decaf.)
  • Dandy Blend powder
  • Baking cocoa

Add your greenfood powder if you take one!

Easiest Product for stress or travel

Pure Encapsulations is a great brand for the amino acids and mood formula needs. This product PureClear is pretty smart, including the rice protein and stevia, for any day when you are in a rush and just cannot give the attention to several different bottles of supplements. This has the basic vitamins, minerals, including B complex plus free-form amino acids (for Mood Cure aficionados).

PureClear Web page

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/pureclear-vanilla-bean.html

Pure Clear PDF
http://www.pureencapsulations.com/media/PureClear.pdf

If you wanted to take ONE product on vacation/travel, this might be it. You could take it in your hotel room when you wake up to get your protein going and before you have a chance to visit the hotel breakfast bar. The protein is only 15g, so you have some leeway to also eat some food along with it.

I don’t know if this formula is going to proportionately be where I want to end up for my Master Supplement Plan (it might take me a year to get to my final maintenance plan), but I would certainly trust this for super busy days and travel, it would be MUCH better than nothing!!

Note the Vit E is from purified soybean oil.

Yep, it’s got tryptophan in it. I will be looking to switch from 5-htp to tryptophan when I can, next bottle and see if the effects work for me. Results will be skewed due to me taking the 5-htp now (since serotonin will build up over time, hopefully with either nutrient.) So, do what you will, but consider that if you are taking 5-htp, taking extra tryptophan may not be a big deal as you could have just as easily eaten a huge grass fed steak. My point: I wouldn’t worry too much about adding this onto my daily intake if I am traveling or having a stressful day.

Comments welcomed below! Do you have a rushed-morning fall-back plan, or things you plan to take on your next trip?