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I notice a lot of people stop using shakes. I still have to have at least one 30 gram shake a day, and often some other form of supplement like 1/2 a Protein Bar, some Protein chips or a bariatric cocoa to get to 60 grams. At what point did you stop using shakes and supplements and got your protein only from natural foods?

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I don't plan to stop using Protein Shakes. I'm 9 weeks post-op and still drinking at least one shake a day and eating Protein chips. I've been drinking a Protein Shake for Breakfast for at least 5 years and it's just so convenient that I don't plan on stopping now. I'll TRY and get all of my other protein at lunch and dinner meals, but a few extra in the form of protein Snacks can't hurt.

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My dietician prefers that his patients not use Protein Shakes because solid food is more filling. Right now I don't really experience hunger, so this isn't a factor for me. I'm a month out and am down to one a day. I'll probably continue to use them, because like @GradyCat said, they're convenient. Once I can have coffee again (1 more week!) I'll probably also add it in there.

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My RD has no problem if shakes still satisfy and allow us to easily meet Protein needs. She things that using a shake to get a wad of protein in is a good thing, cuz it frees us from food obsession. That way, we could have more veggies either at a snack, or as part of the meal.

I will have one whenever I'm hungry for one--just like a normal person. I don't drink "just a protein drink". I usually drink it in coffee, or I make a filling, high Fiber, very nutrient dense low cal, low carb, low fat smoothie. (I'm usually craving one if I make one.) It keeps me full for hours and is very thick and luscious! I had one on Thursday I think? :)

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The way it was explained to me was that, once I could get at least 60 grams of Protein in by way of actual food, I could discontinue the Protein Shakes. I still have a Protein Shake in the morning, for no other reason than because it's a fast and easy way to start my day off with a good amount of protein. I don't need them anymore, but I prefer them.

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For some reason I was craving smoothies and milkshakes all last summer, long before I had surgery. I bought a NutriBullet (Thanks Dr. V.) and I mix a Protein Shake or Protein Powder and another liquid with fruit and even spinach and avocado sometimes. No plans to stop.

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3 minutes ago, JessLess said:

For some reason I was craving smoothies and milkshakes all last summer, long before I had surgery. I bought a NutriBullet (Thanks Dr. V.) and I mix a Protein Shake or Protein Powder and another liquid with fruit and even spinach and avocado sometimes. No plans to stop.

I do the same thing. They fill me up. And then I get to have things like salads with only a bit of nuts and low fat feta or blue cheese in them as an accent!

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I stopped them as soon as I started mushies. My dietician was satisfied that I am getting in approx 60g of Protein per day which for someone my size is plenty.

I was quite happy to stop as I really don’t like them

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I have one for Breakfast at least 3 days/week. I like that it’s something I can take with me in the car on days I’m in a hurry. Sometimes food doesn’t appeal in the am but the shakes go down easy.

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I actually came on to ask the same question. I’m so burnt out on Protein Shakes that a single drink triggers a gag reflex at times. Unfortunately, I’m nowhere near the point of getting enough Protein with food alone. I just ate dinner and am only at 17g of Protein for the day. I may try to get a little bit of milk down or some cottage cheese later this evening to push it a little higher, but it’s still nowhere near enough. I had egg for Breakfast, shrimp (the canned kind that are softer) for lunch, and diced chicken for dinner. I’m also still struggling to hit Water goals. I’m averaging about 20-30 oz of Water a day. Another issue I’m having with protein shakes is that it takes me a solid 6 hrs to get an 8oz shake down. I’ve tried a few different brands and they all just seem to sit in my stomach like a brick. I did just order some unflavored Protein Powder and some bariatric friendly cocoa mix with 15g of protein per 6-8 oz serving. If I make the cocoa with fair life milk, it will add another 13g of protein per 8oz serving. I see several people mentioning protein chips, so I’ll look into those as well in the coming weeks. Any other suggestions for protein dense foods/beverages are certainly welcome. I’m just really struggling at this point to get much down at all (which is kind of the point, I guess). I’m about 3 weeks post-op. Just started soft Proteins on the 7th.

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You might do better with Isopure iced tea? Some people like to mix it half and half with Water. It's thick. It comes in other flavors but I like this one best.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00457K6WQ/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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There is a lot of clear liquid Proteins hitting the market. costco has a 12 pack of melon and its $8 off a case right now and averages $1.41 a bottle. I just got them today and haven't tried them yet, but Isopure has great reviews.

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These are the best value I've found. They're 40 grams of Protein and you can cut them 50% with Water and still get 20 grams a pop. I buy them from Amazon.

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I LOVE making my own Protein Shakes, and did so for years before my surgery. I live in Europe and they have something called quark here, which is a very young cheese that is very low fat and high Protein. It's kind of like a very thick greek yogurt. I mix that with a bit of flavorless whey, fat-free yogurt, skim milk, tiny bit of chia seeds and flaxseed, and a little frozen fruit. It's quite lean and delicious with a ton of protein. Unfortunately my nutritionist was not jazzed about me having liquids every morning after the 6-week mark even though I GAINED muscle in the period after my surgery! She asked me to eat fat-free yogurt or quark with granola every other morning. I've been doing that as it's a bit faster before work if I'm in a rush, but I am not going to stop with my shakes anytime soon.

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