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Cheat Sheet for My daily Protein, Fiber & PBX

Shake Day 1

  1. 1 Tbsp. Ultimate Superfood Fusion
  2. 1-2 tsp. of Psyllium (NOW brand)
  3. 1 Tbsp. collagen (contains a lot of glycine, so add Inositol…)
  4. 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. Inositol powder–everyone will need a different dosage. For some mood problems like OCD and anxiety, dosages can be 2g up to 18 g per day!  I’m starting small as all I want is a calming effect on my lower level symptoms. I read that it’s good to take the Inositol with the glycine, which is a major component of collagen.)
  5. Ashwagandha – amount of a capsule.
  6. potato starch (pre-biotic)
  7. Probiotics (PBX)
  8. MCT Oil

Shake Day 2

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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 Day 1

  1. 1 Tbsp. Ultimate Superfood Fusion
  2. 1-2 tsp. of Psyllium (NOW brand)
  3. 1 Tbsp. collagen (contains a lot of glycine, so add Inositol…)
  4. 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. Inositol powder–everyone will need a different dosage. For some mood problems like OCD and anxiety, dosages can be 2g up to 18 g per day!  I’m starting small as all I want is a calming effect on my lower level symptoms. I read that it’s good to take the Inositol with the glycine, which is a major component of collagen.)
  5. Ashwagandha – amount of a capsule.
  6. potato starch (pre-biotic)
  7. Probiotics (PBX)
  8. MCT Oil

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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!

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.

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?

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.

Women’s Hormone Real-Food Supplements

Update Aug 18, 2016:  Please read my follow up post here: 
http://www.rachels.fyi/lengthening-menstrual-cycle-on-purpose/

Seed Rotation Diet for Improvement of Female Hormone Cycle

Hey, Ladies!

This one’s for you.  Here’s an update for what I’m doing with my morning protein shake.

www.hormonesbalance.com

I learned this from www.hormonesbalance.com

What you want to know, is that I eat certain types of seeds on particular days of the month to hopefully impact my estrogen and progesterone cycles, to help smooth out the hormone curves over the course of my monthly cycle.  I hope to see an improvement in all of my cyclic symptoms.  The improvement may take 6-8 weeks to detect.  I am doing this in the context of an overall Primal-style diet.

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Rachel’s Protein Shake

June 2015

2 Tbsp. Collagen Hydrolysate

Half serving of Orgain (1 scoop)

Alternatives in Protein Powders See Protein Powders

about 1/2-1 tsp. of milk thistle seed powder (for fiber and liver health)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I do not measure. It’s low calorie.)

Tips:

No lumps. Best way to shake it: put 1/2 cup liquid in a jar. Put the powder on top and shake. Helps also to have an ice cube—acts as a shaker ball. Little bits of ice are annoying when trying to down the shake.

Mix powders first before  you add liquid. If you have clumps in your powder, they will not shake out. Mixing all the powders ahead contributes to smoother end product.

Fast Food. I usually measure up several servings into dry, cleaned 12 oz mayo jars. So, when I put in my water I just make sure to shake it immediately and vigorously!

Other things you can add:

Greenfood powder (I like to take mine separately and not every day)

Potato starch to feed your gut flora

Chia seeds for minerals and fiber

Flavorings:

Organic peanut butter powder

KAL stevia extract powder

unsweetened Cocoa powder

frozen strawberries or blueberries in the blender

The Liquids:

Cheapest liquid: water.

Creamier shake: Any type of milk beverage…

  1. Goat milk
  2. Raw milk (for dairy tolerant)
  3. Non-homogenized milk, low-temp/Vat pasteurized
  4. Or for non-dairy folks like me:
    • Silk brand NON-GMO unsweetened Almond Milk Beverage (Many grocery stores. Costco customers: Vanilla flavor comes in a box of 3 half-gallons)
    • Blue Diamond brand unsweetened Almond Milk from the refrigerator section of many grocery stores
  5. Use your imagination – kefir, yogurt in blender
Bliss Granola and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate beverage

Bliss Granola and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate beverage. Use chocolate milk in your protein shake to up the yumminess!

Chocolate Blast!

When my protein powder contains cocoa, I like to use chocolate milk. I order a case of 12 quarts which are shelf stable.

Shown here next to my daughter’s favorite granola (which also comes in Gluten Free). She loves chocolate too.