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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!

Whey and Collagen daily for neurotransmitter support

The combo of whey protein and collagen (gelatin) is a very good one.

I took a few minutes to look at this combo (a good reference point):
https://bio-recoveryinc.com/shop/individual-products/bio-aminos/

This is prepared without Tryptophan or Taurine.

My friend whose health is worse off than mine, but who has taught me a lot in chasing down these health solutions, said this year that she has been taking whey protein and doing a lot better mood wise. Chief suspect there is Tryptophan in the whey.

Collagen doesn’t have Tryptophan in it (important for making serotonin). I had taken Collagen for maybe a few months(?) and didn’t notice a real mood difference to speak of. Of course, you know I have a game-changing mood difference taking 5-HTP which is a step further along from Tryptophan. (I am starting to think about taking Tryptophan instead of 5-HTP and see how I do).

I’ve been taking Magnesium Glycinate (glycine) and now also Taurine for extra insurance. But, here’s why I’m not going to be taking the Taurine any more…

Neither whey nor collagen have Taurine. But, Taurine can be made by adult bodies from Methionine and Cystine. Collagen doesn’t have Cystine. Whey has both. Fish is also high in Taurine. For various reasons, I am increasing fish in my diet. I plan to eat fish at at least one meal per day. Sardines (in water) will be 2-3 meals per week. Also, liver, which I plan to eat once per week.

Collagen is high in Glycine. You know I love Glycine and require a good couple of doses every day. I normally get this from magnesium glycinate supplement.
(But, I’ve been thinking of trying straight glycine supplement so that I can use magnesium oil on my skin.)

So, For mood repair, if you have to choose whey OR collagen, choose whey. But, I do recommend blending the two to cover all the bases.

I’m dairy free, so I have to look at it a different way.

I will definitely stick with collagen daily. This Winter, I will try to make broth at least once a week and use all the broth for that week. I’ve found that saving it in the freezer is too much work. Just make more! And drink up the leftovers.

I will be trying to get my kids and Erik back on the protein shake daily with whey + collagen.

When I get my ears un-clogged from my crap travel diet, I will try a round of whey. I may just do goat whey. I may also try cow’s whey–maybe there is one out there that comes from A2 cows (So that traces of A1 don’t end up in my body).

Some of us are more easily sensitized to foods we eat often. That’s me. So, there’s the possibility of getting sensitized to these products if taken daily. If so, I’ll be going to a free-form amino acid blend in a pill.

To help digest the proteins and reduce the chance of sensitization, it seems prudent to be taking HCL to the degree that a person feels they need it and tolerate it. I am one who may need it and I need to get that into my repertoire on a regular basis. HCL (Such as a supplement of Betaine HCL with Pepsin) should be taken 40 minutes after a meal (anywhere from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes later is still acceptable and helpful). It “mops up” the proteins leftover which haven’t yet broken down in your stomach and gets them ready to enter your small intestine where they can get further processed and absorbed. As such, this should help those with leaky gut who have low stomach acid. Some pretty sharp people do like the work of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, which informs us about the need for us to eat according to our blood types. Some blood types will do better using HCL.

Banishing Cravings

Let me tell you a little story about my own mood repair project.

I did not ever know how I was going to be able to stop food cravings. Honestly, I didn’t even know what it was like not to have cravings! OK, I’ll be truthful: I did get close to no cravings when I had previously done low sugar diets in the past. But, I couldn’t explain or maintain it. Plus, I’m sure that as soon as I felt like, “Oh, I don’t feel hungry right now,” I would skip a meal and then the downward cycle would begin. Because eating regular amounts of protein throughout the day is super important for me, as I have now deciphered with the help of the mood repair books.

Now that I have begun as many of the directives as I can, I have experienced what it is like to not be craving. I have been off of chocolate for 4 months now. But, let me explain further: I was eating a dark chocolate bar every day. On Feb 7, I put it all in the basement out of sight. I have been eating SOME, but the difference is that it was first a straight month of no chocolate and thereafter maybe once a week. I’ve binged once, but it was more of a cognitive decision rather than a craving. I put the chocolate away that night and returned to my plan the next day.

The difference is that I can feel the underlying discomfort and know that I’m craving protein and that chocolate will not help. I can feel the blood sugar swings and know that it’s my job calling me.

The difference is 5htp, which raises my serotonin. I am no longer a monster at 3:00 p.m. for the rest of the evening. I’m no longer fighting with inner bad mood, trying to hold my tongue from saying the irritated things.

With enough serotonin, I feel better, more like my best self, and I can make better decisions about what foods to put in my mouth.

I finally can see that I don’t binge EVERY DAY like I used to. And, I’m left wondering, “Is this why some people seem more naturally in a good mood and able to resist the cake at a party?” Well, now I’m the person who is usually not taking a second look at the birthday cake.

I eat before I’m hungry. And, when I mess that up, which is often, I get back on track as quickly as possible by going and getting some protein. I can’t eat dairy and eggs, so this is even more difficult for me than most people. If you can eat cheese and eggs, consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, make it your job to stock up on meat sticks, leftover cooked meat, hard boiled eggs, etc. (I eat a duck egg on most mornings. It only takes 20 minutes to cook thin pieces of frozen fish in the oven.)

I’m also eating complex carbs and vegetables. These are important. Complex carbs help you not crave sugar. Fiber slows down the digestion so that you can get more tryptophan out of the food so you can make more serotonin.

I no longer eat to lose body fat, although, that would be nice. I think it will eventually happen as my body repairs.

I eat to be in a good mood.

Eating to be in a good mood helps me avoid consuming sugar, which eventually will help me lose body fat. I just have to do this long enough to get my cortisol lower, or whatever it is that’s really going on in my body imbalances. And “long enough” now looks easier to do for a very long haul. Like til I’m dead. Because I do want to be in a good mood when I die.

9 Essential Amino Acids

Inspiration: book called The Mood Cure by Julie Ross.

I just verified all 9 essential aminos are in whey protein!

I’m so happy, and Meredith will be happy I’m not taking away this product from her, even though it’s chocolate.

Why?  I am weaning us off of certain foods that are depriving us of good moods.  I am upping our Paleo foods, getting rid of more and more sugar and junk.

This time I think it’s for good. We are going to still eat out, but home is getting a pantry cleanse.