Protein sources?

Melody P.
on 6/22/20 12:51 pm - TX

I discovered I can't do whey proteins anymore. Not premixed or powders. I got some egg white protein that is a very tepid ok. It's vanilla flavored.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried the unjury brand of plant based protein powders? They have an unflavored and I'm curious about it!

I can't seem to eat a lot of dense proteins...I can only eat fish so many times.

I've been eating eggs too and almond butter sometimes. I'm averaging only 30 or so grams of protein a day for about a week or two now.

any tips are appreciated!

39 F and 6 foot 2 inches

VSG - 3-14-18 - - - Revision to RNY - 5-29-19

One day at a time.

White Dove
on 6/22/20 1:31 pm, edited 6/22/20 6:32 am

Unless you are suffering from a severe protein deficiency or some condition that prevents you from eating, you do not need protein shakes. Just get your protein from food. 30 grams of protein might be enough. I rarely eat that much and my protein counts are fine.

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TheWombat
on 6/22/20 2:06 pm
VSG on 06/11/18

As a vegan, I'm a connoisseur of plant-based protein powders. Here are my favourites. I don't know if these are available outside Europe. If you can't find these, I recommend looking for protein powders that are primarily soy-based. Soy is higher in protein than other plant sources, the flavour is unobtrusive, and it mixes readily in ho****er. Rice-based protein powders taste like flour to me. Hemp-based powders have a strong vegetable flavour; I think they'd be good in green smoothies but not much else.

Plantforce Synergy Protein Vanilla

Pulsin Soya Protein

If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, you can make your own protein powder. I'm thinking of getting one just so I can do this. Google for recipes.

Although I'm a chocolate fiend, I generally prefer vanilla-flavoured protein powders. I mix them with cocoa powder, and find that tastes better than the chocolate flavoured powders.

I top up my protein with "hot chocolate": I mix 1 spoonful of protein powder, 1 spoonful of cocoa, sweetener to taste, ho****er, and a dash of nut milk. Sometimes I add a spoonful of flaxseed for a nutty flavour and added fibre, or a quarter teaspoon of hazelnut butter, or a dash of cinnamon. Depending on your powder, each cup of hot chocolate gives you about 12g protein for only 80 calories. I find this a great way to have a decadent treat and get extra protein in.

Citizen Kim
on 6/22/20 8:30 pm - Castle Rock, CO

When you say you can't, what do you mean? I find I eat a lot of minced chicken, minced beef, fish, eggs, cheese, bacon, deli meats etc. I can eat chicken breast that is chopped into small pieces and marinated or cooked in broth.

I've never had a protein shake and my protein numbers have always been great.

Eating solid food may take more effort, and I still struggle to eat some dense meats if they're not softened, but it should not be impossible unless you have something physiologically wrong.

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JuniperBerry
on 6/23/20 2:57 am - MA
RNY on 07/20/15

I liked all of the Unjury products after surgery, but I agree with the others that it's okay to supplement once and a while but you are better off in the long run to find some dense proteins that work for you.

When I had the LapBand I could barely keep anything down, ever, but I worked my way around to find some things that were moist enough to work most times. Chicken thighs cooked in the slow cooker or InstantPot with a moist marinade or salsa were winners. Same with canned chicken--super moist and a nice alternative to canned tuna if you are bored with it. I also found turkey to be a lot more moist and easy to go down than any other protein. Trader Joe's sells thick turkey breast slices and I would cut those up into tiny pieces and add a dip of some sort to it to keep it extra moist.

I could only have ground meat if it had a lot of fat--85% hamburger worked but not 93%. And for the record, meats that I never got moist enough, no matter how I cooked them, were: pork chops, ground turkey, steak, and, surprisingly--salmon. I still have a hard time with salmon unless it is canned and packed in water.

Good luck experimenting.

  • 4'11"
  • High Weight before LapBand: 200 (2008)
  • High Weight before RNY: 160 (2015)
  • Lowest post-op weight: 110 (2016)
  • Maintenance Weight: 120 (2017-2019)
  • CW: 130 and dropping... thank you Keto! (2020)

Erin T.
on 6/23/20 3:22 am
VSG on 01/17/17

I used the Unjury unflavored powder in soups immediately post-op. It was okay then, but I quickly didn't like the whey flavor that's inevitable. At this point I honestly can't stomach the flavor of a protein shake at all and that's been the case since about 1 year PO.

VSG: 1/17/17

5'7" HW: 283 SW: 229 CW: 135-140 GW: 145

Pre-op: 53 M1: 22 M2: 12 M3: 12 M4: 8 M5: 10 M6: 11 M7: 5 M8: 6 M9-M13: 15-ish

LBL/BL w/ Fat Transfer 1/29/18

Melody P.
on 6/23/20 6:20 am - TX

Thanks everyone for your replies.

my doctors is 60 grams of protein. That's why I was worried. A lot of dense proteins do not sit well. I get about an oz in and then I start feeling sick and nauseous.

i see my surgeon on the 2nd and I'll likely be having an egd done. The omeprazole isn't helping much with heartburn either.

thanks again!

39 F and 6 foot 2 inches

VSG - 3-14-18 - - - Revision to RNY - 5-29-19

One day at a time.

momyshaver
on 6/24/20 5:37 am
VSG on 06/28/17

Are you avoiding whey due to the taste? I am asking because I am wondering if you can have dairy as a source of protein or if anything dairy is "out", (like greek yogurt, ricotta bake, melted cheese in refried beans, etc.)

When my GERD was uncontrolled due to my sleeve being strictured eating and drinking was really difficult. I hope that you can find something with your provider to get that under control. I hope you can get any tests done now that more hospitals are starting to resume services that are non covid related.

Cris1976
on 6/25/20 12:16 pm, edited 6/25/20 5:17 am

Take Care with omeprazol?

You drink milk and eat eggs?

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