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Protein powder question!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I have posted this same question in the Starfish challenge discussion, but I want to throw it out here too, in hopes of figuring out a solution. It's about protein powder--specifically MRM whey protein powder, Dutch chocolate flavor. I haven't used protein powders in the past, but this one came highly recommended & I'm always on the lookout for ways to increase my protein without adding lots of sodium or sugar. This one is sweetened with stevia. I ordered a big container & really like it. It was the basis of my lunch this past Saturday & again on Monday.

BUT the past two nights I have had really terrible insomnia, the kind that features lots of irrational thoughts that have no basis in day-to-day life (I'm feeling really happy & positive during waking hours these days!). It feels like a "purely chemical" insomnia--I've had lots of experience over the years to classify this as its own kind. emoticon And the only new element in my routine has been the protein powder.

I've read the product info & it doesn't seem to include any stimulants other than the low level of caffeine that occurs naturally in chocolate. Maybe just that small amount is causing me problems--but that seems far-fetched, since I often eat chocolate with no ill effects. Could the proteins themselves be overwhelming my system? Anyone else ever experience this effect with protein powder, chocolate or otherwise? Thanks!
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    1500 days ago
    I wouldn't have a clue! BUT, i hope you are able to figure it out!
    1712 days ago
    Sorry to hear that.. I use plant based protein powder that is unflavored and mix it into baked goods, oatmeal, pancakes, etc.. But your chocolate mix sounds really good.. I do have insomnia some times, but not often.. I should chart and see if I notice a difference in my sleep.. hmmm.. Good catch, hope you figure it out.

    1713 days ago
    Thanks so much to Dee & Beryl for looking this up for me! I hadn't thought to look at reviews--I was just focused on the ingredients themselves.

    Yesterday I used no protein powder--& last night I slept an amazing restorative sleep, more than 9 hours. But dang, I really hope I can find a way that I can use the protein powder & still get my sleep. Brenda, of course THIS powder is not for bulking up. It's just 85 cals per serving, but 18 grams of protein. That doesn't include the nonfat milk I mix it into, but still, hard to beat that!
    1713 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/12/2013 11:59:41 AM
    Wow! BERLYMCCORMICK was able to give you some really great information. I'm glad, because I was stumped, having never used protein powder. I just remember my hyperthyroidic brother using it to bulk up in college. He would drink those 2000 calorie shakes!
    1713 days ago
    These are some things that I found:

    1. Generally speaking there is no Caffeine in Chocolate or in particular cocoa powder. Its another Methyl xanthine, Theobromine. Unlike caffeine its effects are milder but longer.

    Some of the business about taking cocoa or hot chocolate at night are therefore erroneous, but Theobromine does suppress some nervous function which might help sleep.

    Interestingly some folks metabolize theobromine slower than others. Dogs don't metabolize it very well and it can cause liver damage.

    2.Sucralose is thought to cause insomnia in some people.

    *** I do know this-- Several people suffer from the same issue as you. Enough to raise questions. There are forums everywhere. I am not really sure what cause it and neither do they. These are some suggestions they made. I hope this helps.
    1713 days ago
    Hey Ruth!! I wanted to try whey protein products but I just haven't had the courage as I don't want that funny taste in my mouth. lol Anyway, I was reading some of the reviews & trying to see if anyone else had the same result as you with the insomnia but I see nothing...I will keep looking and see if I find anything.....

    God bless,

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