There are a lot of whey powder variants on the market, but if you really need something which is not messy and doesn't need any prep whatsoever, maybe the Primal Fuel is the best option. If you're not into coconut, you're probably better off with plain whey powder.
Danielle, check the ingredient list. If the whey powder had sugar alcohols like xylitol or mannitol or sorbitol or any --ol , that might be what gives you gas. Stevia might be a better option, and it doesn't seem to be as sweet.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently keeping food tracker.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.
I must have looked at a dozen at least different brands of protein shakes this weekend at no less than three different stores. I was less than impressed - honestly Primal Fuel does look like the least of the evils. That being said, after discussing the overall with my boyfriend, we agree that I should make better effort to eat whole food during my lunch rather than try to "cheat" lunches with something less than Paleo or less than Whole30.. I am doing a Whole30 in September.
So this week I am eating fruits, veggies, nuts, and a hardboiled egg for lunches, which I will have to remember to pack either at night or in the morning, and of course remember to take it with me in the morning (the hard part, for me). My boyfriend pointed out that it seemed silly to have something like a meal replacement shake when so much of my time is spent obsessing about whole foods and eating naturally and communing with my food and so forth. It seemed a much more simple-wholesome-life decision to just get my ass up 10 minutes earlier in the morning than shell out 80 bucks for an admittedly un-paleo chemical option.
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I am definitely going to treat myself to the fancy gourmet grassfed beef jerky when I get paid!