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  • Why I Do A Protein Shake Every Day...

    There seems to be a lot of talk of protein shakes lately and I am one who likes them. Some have poo poo'd them. Some are okay with them. The honest reasons... here's why...

    #1 They are delicious...
    I like to have something sweet and delicious and a protein shake to me is just as delicious as a milkshake. Mine are made with coconut milk and a scoop of whatever whey protein I have (i have chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana, berry...)

    #2 They are low carb, low fat, low calorie...
    They don't mess with any of my macros that much...

    #3 They help me reach my protein levels desired
    I eat the majority of my protein in meats and sometimes some greek yogurt. My protein shake helps add about 20 more grams of protein.

    I have one a day...just one cup. It totally curbs my desire for sweets. I eat 100% paleo 99% of the time until this week in which I'm giving lean gains a go (this will cause me to go probably 80% paleo in order to get my correct macros).

    So for those of you who also enjoy them, I raise a frothy glass to you. ^__^
    March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

    "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back?” - Rivvin

  • #2
    Hear hear!!!
    People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.


    • #3
      I don't currently... but a good chocolate protein powder is how I have "mocha frappes" all summer. (One per day.)
      So, since I'm in FL it won't be long until I'm raising my glass too!
      “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
      ~Friedrich Nietzsche
      And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.


      • #4
        #4 It's a good place for me to sneak in my other supplements. Creatine, liquid fish oil, greens supplement, ground flax.

        *frothy prost*


        • #5
          #5. Try opening a high-end breakfast line at 4 in the morning, with nothing but biscuits, pancakes, and "primal" foods soaked in soybean oil to eat
          “The whole concept of a macronutrient, like that of a calorie, is determining our language game in such a way that the conversation is not making sense." - Dr. Kurt Harris


          • #6
            Just had a whey protein shake not 20 minutes ago.

            Juiced whole lemon, two scoops vanilla whey, 1/2 cup berries, melted butter for fat content (out of coconut milk right now). Intensely rich and decadent... but healthy!
            There aren't many problems in life that can't be solved by sleeping it off, or adding more butter.


            • #7
              Not a daily thing for me to consume, but I make them every morning for my partner because it's ridiculously hard for him to actually eat the calories he needs because he doesn't have a job where he can just eat at his desk.

              So yeah...

              #6: for some people, drinking extra calories is a good thing.
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

              Owly's Journal


              • #8
                I agree with the "not an everyday thing" mentality and I would recommend trying to get as clean as you can with the whey source (as little added sugar, sucralose, stevia, etc.) as possible. Then just let 'er rip, I say.

                I've been playing around with BPC in the mornings and most days I'm down to eating 2 meals and I'm quite concerned I won't be able to get enough protein that way. So, I've actually been having more of these lately, especially after workouts.

                I also use it to add in things I'm thinking I might not be getting enough of, but don't necessarily feel like consuming "straight up" Like for example, sometimes I just don't feel like leafy greens everyday, but I can throw 1/2 lb of spinach in the blender along with some organic raspberries to cut the spinach taste a bit and get my leafy greens and get some good organic berries -- both of which are still WHOLE foods...just because I threw them in the blender doesn't change that.
                Re-focusing on the Primal Lifestyle in 2012!

                Starting: 221.0lb, 29.5% BF (1/9/2012)
                Latest: 208.9, 26.1% BF (3/19/2012)



                • #9
                  Totally agree, hallowprince. Love them, they give me a different and cost-effective way of getting my protein in (plus some good coconut fat, as you suggest), they keep me full for hours, plus I don't much care for anything that involves too much chewing first thing in the morning ...
                  I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                  Oscar Wilde


                  • #10
                    I agree but I'm confused about how yours is low fat if you use coconut milk.

                    I also make mine with whey and coconut milk, but a can of the stuff I get is like 75g of fat (for the whole can). Do you just use a little bit or are you making tiny protein shakes?


                    • #11
                      Pika, he may be referring to the "So Delicious" type of coconut milk, which does have some processing but is very low calorie, delicious and doesn't have *too* long or horrible an ingredient list. I believe it has around 5g of fat per serving. I love this stuff, too, although it may not technically be "Primal" and is no doubt nutritionally inferior to the "real" stuff.

                      Hallow, I totally agree with you, and I will add a reason that shakes have helped me: compliance. I have two little boys and a home to run (and a DH who also needs care and feeding, lol), as well as a business that is experiencing rapid growth. Life is wonderful, but what I don't have is as much control over my schedule as I used to. Even when I was a prosecutor in NYC, and thought I had the most insane schedule on earth, I had more predictability than I have now. The shakes are my "go to" meal when I am caught short and don't have my planned meal - which is often! I feel great after drinking one similar to yours and it really holds me for a long time in terms of energy and appetite.

                      I don't pretend it's ideal, but I'm not shooting for perfect here. It's a process.


                      • #12
                        True that. They can taste good, and can really replace a meal when you have no time.

                        For those that dont like to drink whey powder, beat a scoop of your flavour of choice with and egg and and microwave. You end up with high protein cake. (not as tasty as high fat cake though lol)

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                        • #13
                          I'm new to this and was wondering when people say coconut milk, do they mean the milk from a coconut or the milk from the refrigerated section of the grocery store? how do you feel about using the "coconut milk" from the carton?


                          • #14
                            The stuff I drink IS called "So Delicious" but it's gotta be the unsweetened kind. It's price efficient and good enough to have both on my training days and nontraining days with Lean gains
                            March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
                            Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

                            "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back?” - Rivvin


                            • #15
                              thanks. also, if we have dairy "issues" how do you feel about substituting hemp powder?