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11/20/07 8:30 P

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The last time (2003-2004) I lost a great deal of weight, I used Herbalife. Bought a lot of the product on eBay and still have oodles. On this diet, I don't have my Herbalife rep and have been eating regular food. Except, I like to keep my fiber and protein intake high. For that, I use the product as my last meal of the day -- adding protein and/or fiber to hit my goal. I start out the day with an AdvantEdge Rich Dark Chocolate drink. It gives me 17 grams of protein for only 110 calories. I find the drinks like Ensure and Boost, too high in calories and too low in protein. I feel the protein in SlimFast is also too expensive in calories.

My Dad, with mouth cancer, could not eat solid food for the last 7 years of his life. He was looking for a drink that packed the most calories per ounce and settled on Ensure. Makes it hard for me to see it as belonging in a weight-LOSS program. . .

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11/6/07 10:56 A

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I haven't used anything, have missed a couple of meals though. Been sick a couple of days in the morning. Think it is sinuses draining in my sleep. Anyway, thanks for all the recomendations guys!!

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11/5/07 9:47 P

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I like the EAS AdvantEdge, but I only have 1 a day because they are more pricey than Slim Fast Optima. Although, I like the taste of Slim fast more...the chocolate one is yummy!!!

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10/26/07 12:28 A

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I guess I'm lucky, I'm from th SF Bay Area, we cater to everyone's faith :)

I do my best to shop locally, but sometimes the mark up is insane. The one of the supplements I was taking was $13 online and $27 at my local shop. Of course that was back when I had a real job and could afford to buy supplements...

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10/25/07 7:48 A

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I prefer to support my local economy when I can. I guess because there are so few shops in my area that cater to people of my faith, that it just transfers to most aspects of my life when supporting the local community. Thanks for the info.

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10/25/07 2:50 A

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I buy mine at my local health food store, but I've seen it online. I buy most of my supplements online, but like to support my local store for some of the larger bulkier items or things where there is not a big price difference with online stores.

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10/24/07 8:56 A

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Where do you find that at? I would like to look for some sort of protein base. We have two or three health food shops here in town, one is a GNC store.

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10/23/07 3:29 P

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I use a base of Nature's Plus Simply Natural SPIRU-TEIN Shake and add what ever I feel like that day. I really like that I can customize it to my own needs. They make a bunch of different types of protein powder. I'm sure they make one that is dairy free.

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10/23/07 2:13 P

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Don't know, I prefer the most expensive soy milk available in this area!! It gets a bit expensive, but I do clip coupons when I can find them!!

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10/23/07 2:08 P

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I think the smoothies would be better from what you described and probably cheaper too. You can always add soy protein or whatever if you need to bump up some aspect of your daily nutrients that way too. I've been craving a smoothie lately... might have to have one tonight myself. :)

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10/23/07 2:02 P

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I have to have something not milk based/ lactose-free. Don't know what it is, but straight milk makes me physically ill. I can eat yogurt, cheese, etc. but not straight milk. Leaning more towards the smoothies, so I am in control it that aspect.

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10/23/07 1:11 P

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There are a lot of different nutritional shakes out on the market right now. You may even want to give the Slim-fast one more try. They've added a lot of different flavors over the past couple of years. I'd also suggest the Myoplex light shakes from EAS. You can add things to them if you get a blender as well. I'd probably think twice about the Ensure since they have more sugar than anything else. Another trick is when you make a smoothie to add 1 TBSP of oil to it. A healthy oil of course. It will add a fullness to it that you will be able to notice and it will boost the calories as well. It sounds gross, but it really makes a difference.

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10/19/07 8:59 P

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You can boost the fiber in your smoothie by adding FiberSure. It doesn't affect the taste at all, but adds fiber. I got that tip from the F-Factor diet. I've been adding it in milk, and it mixes well and doesn't change the taste. It is kind of pricey, but the bottle seems to last a good long time since it only takes a teaspoon.


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10/19/07 8:46 P

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You can boost the fiber in your smoothie by adding FiberSure. It doesn't affect the taste at all, but adds fiber. I got that tip from the F-Factor diet. I've been adding it in milk, and it mixes well and doesn't change the taste. It is kind of pricey, but the bottle seems to last a good long time since it only takes a teaspoon.


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10/19/07 4:30 P

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Sounds good, but thinking something bigger than individual serving because I was going to try to get the kids to do smoothies after school instead of really sugary snacks. I will look into it though, emoticon

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10/19/07 12:03 P

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I don't really like bananas and prefer to leave them out of my smoothies most of the time. I bought a great blender at costco (I've also seen it on Amazon). It's by a company called Back to Basics. It is similar to the Magic Bullet blender, but only cost $28 compared to $80. The nice thing is that you blend your shake in a special blender cup that you can drink it from and eliminate having to clean a blender and a cup. I hate doing dishes, so this was a major plus for me.

Also a lot of blenders have a short life span, even some of the expensive ones. At 30 bucks its not a major investment, mine is still going strong after 2 years of being used it 3-4 times a week.

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10/19/07 8:07 A

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I did, and I am looking at different blenders. I don't currently own one, but it is something that I was planning on purchasing anyway. I think I might do more homemade smooothies, than store bought ones. I am allergic to bananas and most store bought ones have banana puree in them. emoticon

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10/19/07 12:08 A

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Did you see this article about smoothies?

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
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10/16/07 5:33 P

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I tried the slim fast thing a few years ago, because they came out with a soy line of products. I couldn't stomach the slim fast stuff back then, so I wouldn't use it personally now. As far a nutrition goes, I guess they are alright, but taste was lacking.

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10/16/07 4:20 P

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I used to eat a slimfast bar for breakfast and lunch almost everyday. Aside from the fact that they're extremely processed (something I'm trying to break away from, personally), I would not hesitate to recommend them.

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10/15/07 6:01 P

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I have a friend who would drink Ensure when she didn't feel like eating but had to get in a meal. I'd think that getting your nutrition any way you can would be more important than anything else, but I can't really offer much more of an opinion. I've never done it myself.

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10/15/07 3:04 P

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I should clarify, I am not talking about diet shakes, just something like ENSURE.

Thanks for the power shake idea Drea, I may have to try it. I just bought a bunch of frozen berries and have plenty of yogurt on hand for snacks for me and the kids!!

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I don't have any advice really, but I do use meal replacement shakes on occassion. I like to make 'Super' Shakes, I mix in protein powder, fresh or frozen berries and other fruit, even broccoli sometimes (you really can't taste it), non fat yogurt. They can be pretty filling. I use them mainly to get in enough servings of fruits and veggies.

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10/15/07 1:34 P

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I was wondering what everyone's take on using meal replacement shakes or supplements is. I have been told not to use them, to use them if I am not really hunger, etc. I go through phases where I don't really want to eat and don't feel hunger, sometimes for 2 or 3 days. I force myself to eat, but hate it. I end up resenting eating then hate myself for eating when I "did need to". I know that I need to eat, and I do take a mulivitamin daily. What advice to you all have for me?

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