bad effects from Carnation Instant Breakfast
I had no problem with the protein shakes pre-op, and I made sure to make them with lactose-free skim milk -- which is a LOT easier to get now than 10 years ago! But post-op, I really get revolted by the texture of the protein drinks, so I have hardly had any at all.
I'm now 3 weeks out, and not getting as much protein as I should. A few posters have suggested the No Sugar Added Carnation Instant Breakfast, which sounds like a great idea. Here's where it gets weird. On three separate occasions in the past week, I've tried to have a glass of the stuff, but my stomach starts churning and making really disgusting sounds by the time I get to the fourth ounce! And this is even though I made it with lactose-free milk !!!! What's going on?
[[[ ... short interlude while I go read the label on the box in search of clues ... ]]]
The first thing I see is the the very first ingredient in the Instant Breakfast (by the way, it's called "Breakfast Essentials" now) is nonfat milk. I suppose it is possible that that's what's giving me this lactose reaction, but even if I'm more intolerant than I had been before, how much lactose could be in the powder?
But then something tells me to look at the sugar. Eight ounces of this milk has 16 grams of sugar, and there's another 7 grams in the powder. (Apparently, even this "No Sugar Added" version has seven grams of naturally occurring sugar in the nonfat milk ingredient.) That means there's 23 grams of sugar in my glass!
Could I be having a dumping episode?
So the likelier culprit would be the lactose. I'd been lactose intolerant since childhood and thought it went away postop but it came back, just in a milder form. Gassy, gurgles.... you know the drill! I find the protein powders make with whey isolate give me no problem and I mix them with s/f soy milk for a creamy taste.... sometimes it's really worth the money not to be gassy!
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No, the reaction doesn;t sound like dumping. Dumping involves a whole series of symptoms like shakiness, racing heart, dizziness, nausea, cramping, and often diarrhea, What you have sounds like something just does not agree with you, and the lactose intolerance issue would be the top suspect.
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You need a lactose free protein shake. Like, one made from whey isolate or soy isolate.
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I'm going to have to remember this in the threads about "How to plan ahead for my RNY". I've bought a lot of stuff that ended up disagreeing with me. Fortunately, I'm eating so little nowadays that my grocery bill is still getting smaller, despite these experiments.
When looking at the list of ingredients for Breakfast Essentials I noticed that it had no whey protein isolate or soy protein isolate as Kelly said above. This type of protein contains the amino acids we RNYers need. On the bright side, the lactose intolerance might have been a good thing in your case because it forced a change to hopefully a better choice. www.vitalady.com sells small samples you can try, so that you don't spend a fortune trying to find a brand or flavor that works for you.
INGREDIENTS FOR BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS
NONFAT MILK, SUGAR, WATER, AND LESS THAN 2% OF COMPLETE MILK PROTEIN, CORN OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CARAMEL COLOR, DATEM, NATURAL FLAVORS (CONTAINS BARLEY), MALTODEXTRIN, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C), SALT, CARRAGEENAN, POTASSIUM IODIDE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE (IRON), VITAMIN E ACETATE, SUCRALOSE, NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE (PANTOTHENIC ACID), COPPER GLUCONATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, PHYLLOQUINONE (VITAMIN K), VITAMIN D3, VITAMIN B12.
They also make a "low-carb" (3 grams I believe) dutch chocolate which is also delish! I order mine from GNC.com, or limited flavors can be purchased locally sometimes. Give it a try!