My PCOS Diva journey began when I picked up Kathleen DesMaisons’, Ph.D. book, “Potatoes Not Prozac” over 12 years ago. It was my pivotal “AHA” moment. I was in a state of crisis – my sugar and carbohydrate cravings were spiraling out of control. I wondered why I was in control of so many areas of my life, but yet I had no control over sugar and simple carbohydrate cravings. In her book, Kathleen DesMaisons outlines, “7 Steps to Cure your Sugar Dependency”. The first step is to have breakfast with protein every day. I was never a big breakfast person. Most of the time I just had a cup of coffee and if I did eat something, it was usually a bagel or muffin with coffee. No protein there! Well maybe I would put cream cheese on my bagel. But you can hardly call cream cheese a protein source. Dr. DesMaisons recommended drinking a shake for breakfast for those who didn’t like breakfast in the morning. She provided her recipe for “George’s Shake” in the book. (She now sells a George’s Shake powder that is soy based – you don’t want to use it – see my post about soy for an explanation) I started making a variatiton of the this shake and experimented with different protein powders. This shake was the beginning of my journey back to health. The added protein in the morning made a huge difference in my energy levels and mood and I slowly began to gain control over my cravings.
Over the years, I have tried many different protein powders. I started with soy and then found a soy/whey mix called Aria that I used for years until I found Jay Robb Whey Protein. I love the taste of Jay Robb Whey Protein and the fact that it is sweetened with stevia. However, after doing so much research on dairy (see my post about the dangers of dairy for PCOS) recently and discovering what I think are the downsides of dairy for women with PCOS, I started to question my whey protein choice. Whey is a byproduct in the production of cheese. Rather than discard the liquid portion of the milk that remains after cheese has curdled, producers further process whey into a variety of forms, including whey protein powder. Whey protein contains lactose which can causes digestion issues. I also discovered that whey is very acidic.
I wanted to find a protein powder that I felt confident recommending – something organic, that tastes good, is high in protein and low in carbs and sugar and won’t break the bank. I have taste-tested many different powders and finally found a product that I am excited to share with you.
Growing Naturals makes an organic, sprouted, whole grain, raw, brown rice-based protein isolate powders. Wow, that is a mouth-full. But this product is now my go-to choice for my morning shake. It has a non-chalky, silky texture and the chocolate tastes good mixed in just plain water – that is the real test of a tasty powder, as anything can taste good in a fruit smoothie. It also comes in vanilla and natural flavors. I have been using the vanilla in my plain yogurt, oatmeal and gluten free pancakes too! Growing Naturals Brown Rice Protein Isolate is a complete protein with a 98% correlation to whey. A complete protein contains all 8 essential amino acids, that is amino acids that cannot be synthesized within the human body, and need to be supplied by the diet.
Growing Naturals Rice Protein is:
- Organic: Pesticide and chemical free. No genetically modified organisms. Never irradiated.
- Raw: Low heat process. Undenatured. Organic enzymes. Natural enzymes intact.
- Sprouted: Rich in digestible energy. Bioavailable vitamins and minerals. Increased enzymes. Improved amino acid complex.
- Brown Rice: Allergen free. Vegan. Perfect digestibility. Excellent bioavailability. Complete amino acid profile.
- 24 grams of protein per serving.
- 4 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram sugar per serving.
I love the single serving packets. I can put them in my purse and always know that I have a high quality protein source available when I am in a pinch and all that is available is fast food or pizza. I just mix the protein powder with some cold water and I am good to go!
I contacted the folks at Growing Naturals to tell them I was going to endorse their product on my web site. They were super nice and let me know that if you sign up as a “Growing Groupie” you will get a 20% discount on your first order in the promotional code area of the ordering form. Try it for yourself. Maybe you will have an AHA moment too.
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