Protein Drink for CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(ME/CFS)

Hi there, I spent many years looking for a protein drink for CFS / ME.

Before that, for many years, I did not know such a thing existed. I wish I had!



Protein drinks that I considered before

My first experience of a protein shake was the Visalus protein drink which I took every day for some years.
However, some time ago I watched a health programme where an expert suggested that sucralose, one of the ingredients in the Vi Shake, was probably not suitable for consumption and has not yet been around long enough to be fully tested.

In its favour the manufacturer states that Visalus protein drink is used by Olympic athletes.
Nonetheless, I stopped taking it. 

The alternative I came across before that  was the whey protein drinks made for weight lifters.
At the time I could only find them in huge tubs.
They were so expensive and it seems a big outlay when I didn't know if the protein drink would suit me.

Now I have found a cheaper and purer protein shake for CFS and ME peeps looking for an alternative.

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Make your protein drink for CFS /ME from protein powder

In 2019 I read the book, The Metabolism Reset Diet by Dr Christianson and did the diet.

See the book cover below to link through to buy the book on Amazon.

Or click to read about my results on this 4 week diet.
The diet aims to bring healing to the liver and is therefore is worth considering as part of your self healing toolkit if you live with CFS/ME or any chronic illness.

I learned from Dr C's book how to make a protein shake for CFS /ME from protein powder.

Simple.

The following protein powders are available to buy:

  • Pea protein
  • Pumpkin seed protein
  • Sunflower seed protein
  • Hemp protein

Pea protein drinks are the best according to Dr Christianson.
There is more protein per amount of powder so Pea protein is more suitable if you are on a weight loss diet.
Plus pea protein has no strong taste, so if you want your protein drink for CFS to taste of the other ingredients you include, this may be preferred.

I know from my history with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I am vulnerable to food sensitivities. 
I am no longer on a strict rotation diet, but I try to avoid eating any one food on every single day of the week.
For this reason I switch and use different protein powders.
I particularly love pumpkin seed protein powder.
Please know this is my variation on Dr C's recipes and is not approved!

Where to buy protein powder in the UK - my recommendation

I am in the UK and I buy organic protein powder online from DetoxTradingLtd
I recommend the company.
(This is my affiliate link tho I am unlikely to ever reach the payout threshold!).

protein drink ingredient

Detox Trading post to the UK and parts of Europe, but probably not elsewhere.

In the UK, there is also a company Funktional foods which produces Hemp Protein Powder.
According to their website, you can buy it at most Tesco's, although I found it in The Range.
The problem is that the packets are small - 100g.
Dr Christianson's recommendation is 23g of protein mimimum per serving.
For pea protein this requires a serving of 50g.
So a packet is only good for 2 protein shakes.

However buying the small packets is an affordable way to see if you like the idea of using a powder as the basis for a protein drink for CFS. Tesco do home delivery if you are housebound or bedbound.

Liver Healing Diet book cover

Click to buy the Metabolism Reset Diet
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Adaptation to Protein Shake Recipes in Dr Christianson's book

This paragraph is only relevant if you have bought the book of the Metabolism Reset Diet (see link above).

Even if you don't do the diet, I recommend buying the book to get the 30 protein shake recipes.
These shake recipes in the book give you a good balance of the following:

  • protein
  • fat
  • resistant starch.

Many of them are yummy too.
If you are looking for a protein drink for CFS / ME health management, the titles of the shakes may whet your appetite!

The following are only a sample of some of the protein shake recipes in Dr Christianson's book. 
According to Dr C's guidelines, I believe these recipes may not have enough of what is called 'Resistant Starch' (RS).
I have listed them here so you can consider adding more RS.

Please know I'm not an expert. But admin in facebook agree that some of these are lacking a portion of RS.
Dr C says that if  you are using these as a protein drink for chronic illness,
you can even add an extra serving of RS.
So if you are doing this as a CFS/ME diet, it makes sense to make sure you include enough
Resistant Starch.

  • Strawberry orange Sunrise
  • Roasted Strawberry Smoothie
  • Rosemary Pomegranate Blend
  • Super Red Blend. Unless the half a cup of beetroot counts as a serving of RS.
  • Blueberry cheesecake.
  • Green plum cooler.
  • Orange kiwi coriander. It does have one tablespoon of green banana flour but usually it is a quarter cup.
  • Peach and rose water.
  • Plumb lime cooler. It does have one tablespoon of green banana flour but usually it is a quarter
  • Blackberry almond chia
  • Blueberry lime smoothie.
  • Blood orange sunflower smoothie.
  • Cardomon Peach.

At the time of writing this, I am on the maintenance part of the reset diet.
This means I continue to have one protein drink for CFS / ME a day.
I add extra Resistant Starch to each of the above recipes.

Protein drink for CFS as part of a diet for hypoglycemia or when bedbound

hypoglycemia

Although the symptoms are rare now, I still manage my diet to avoid hypoglycemia (dizzy spells and the need to eat frequently).

I find it very handy to have a protein meal to take for breakfast or to take with me if I go out.

If you are bedbound with severe CFS / ME

I do wish I had known about protein drinks when I lived bedbound with severe CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 
It would have been so good to have something by the bed that I knew I could drink if a caregiver did not turn up to feed me.

If you are living with severe CFS / ME  you could just keep some powder in a beaker as an emergency meal.
You could add water when needed.
Or have an unopened long life milk or milk substitute nearby.
Without other ingredients, your protein drink for CFS won't be yummy .
It will also be powdery, especially if you are not well enough to shake it much. (Consider buying a little hand mixer.)
But at least it will be protein.

Before I read the excellent Metabolism Reset Diet book by Dr Christianson, I was just putting in a couple of spoonfuls of protein powder.
It turns out this is not enough protein and that the appropriate amount changes depending on the protein content of the protein powder you use.

As with all advice on this healing website, please make your own decision about taking a protein drink for CFS /ME.

I hope this is helpful :-)


Wishing you health both within and beyond illness,

Katherine

Katherine T Owen

Katherine T Owen runs this website - www.HealingCFSME.com.

She is author of Be Loved, Beloved (Read it in paperback at lulu.com or on kindle)


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