Isn’t it funny how sometimes the most obvious and easiest solution is the most oft overlooked?
I have hinted here and there that I have been working with a nutritionist for the past few months. One of the things she puts an emphasis on is supplementing with whey protein. She was delighted to learn I have been doing so for the past 15 or so years. She said one of the biggest battles she has with clients is convincing them certain bodies, especially those with chronic medical conditions, need the extra nutritional support.
For people with fibromyalgia the cheapest, cleanest, easiest way to infuse our bodies with the glutathione they so desperately need is with whey protein.
Except there’s a catch: Most national brands of flavored whey protein contain chemical sweeteners which can send a fibro body into a full-on temper tantrum.
Not all patients understand why the whey which is supposed to be helping them is not. As a consumer, and a health and patient advocate, it is a source of great frustration.
I’ll avoid ranting excessively other than to say I cannot wrap my head around the sense of doing healthy things for your body only to be battling artificial sweeteners at every turn.
Pure whey protein is nourishing and healing.
The chemicals in artificial sweeteners are potentially disease-promoting.
Isn’t this a case of multiplying fractions imitating real life?
Remember, sometimes numbers cancel themselves out when you multiply fractions.
Not doing any good whatsoever
However in case you have yet to taste plain, unflavored, unsweetened whey protein it is fairly vile on its own therefore ingredients do need to be added to make it more palatable.
Ingredients NOT chemicals.
There are a few brands gaining national traction which contain non-chemical sweeteners but they also come with a bit of sticker shock. In some cases, the price is more than triple. I don’t know about anyone else but my wallet cannot absorb triple the price for the convenience of a ready-to-mix flavored powder.
The other drawback to the pre-naturally-sweetened varieties is they are often so sickly sweet I cannot bear to drink them.
My solution has been using unadulterated whey and blending it with fresh fruits and vegetables. I rarely add a sweetener. Simple. Inconvenient. Time consuming. Messy. Good for me.
Healthy is as healthy does though and my body has responded wonderfully.
I really do try to keep doing the things which coax my body to respond wonderfully. It’s just good practice for us all, don’t you agree.
Yet, I am always on the hunt for ways to simplify or even add a little convenience for the days when life is overflowing. Remember, I have been doing this for at least 15 years so I have had a lot of time to not realize I can mix my own whole ingredients to make my own mixes. Two days ago I found this great blog with recipes for homemade whey protein powders.
Like, really…where was my brain?
After I tested her “Gimme Chocolate” recipe I started thinking of all the ways I could expand on her concept to bring other flavors to the mix. Those thoughts sent me down a four hour research hole. I’d love to tell what I found but I’m keeping it a secret until I can order some supplies and make some mixes.
The recipe was PERFECTION, by the way. Intense cocoa, lightly sweet, easy, convenient, and from jar to glass was six pure ingredients including the water and ice.
Pure ingredients have no other ingredients: for example, my cocoa powder contains only cocoa powder.
Please do not be fooled with convenience recipes which say they have a certain number of ingredients when the truth is each ingredient has 3, 8, or 27 items listed on its own packaging.
And, it tasted great too!
The journey to this point has been wonderfully worth the effort.
I can pat myself on the back and say it takes a lot of courage and determination plus a healthy amount of stubbornness to hang in there as long as I do sometimes. When it comes to health and healing, those qualities are crucial.
It’s not supposed to be easy because if it was everyone would be healthy.
We also do not have to go out of our way sometimes to make it so damned hard.
“Just eat real food.”~ Michelle, my nutritionist.
(She has helped me lose 11 pounds so far even with a 10-pound water weight gain nightmare.)