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meal replacement shakes---good or bad?

I eat breakfast around seven to eight in the morning. Then I go to school, then I go to work. No breaks for lunch. I am a waitress, so even though there is food around, I am not able to eat any of it. I dont get off work until around 6, so by the time I get home and eat its 7. I am obviously starving by the time I can actually eat supper, so my question is, are meal replacement drinks, like Boost or Ensure, good for me to take to work and drink? Does it fill you up? And will it last a few hours until I get home to have a real meal?

Sat. Feb 4, 7:27pm

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If you are like me, you will find that they are not satisfying because youa aren't actually "eating" something...

If you don't have much time, might I suggest that you bring some fruit & veggies to supplement the shakes if you really have to drink them. Something like a banana or apple, carrots, celery, yogurt or some granola bars or make a wrap or sandwich to eat when you have a moment? you will find it much more satisfying than slugging down a replacement shake...

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 8:09 PM

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Also, depending on the shakes, some will give you gas because of high fiber content, others have high sugar or artificial sweenteners. Few are made with wholesome ingredients...

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 8:10 PM

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on the go

Could you pack something in the morning and eat it between school and work? There are some things which you can manage to eat while in transit:
dry cereal
baby carrots
celery sticks
yogurt smoothies

anything to keep you satisfied until you can get home to eat! All these things (well maybe not the yogurt) can also be kept unrefridgerated too!

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 10:27 PM

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I can completely symathize with you schedule! Unfortunately those shakes do NOT stick with you - in fact I swear they make you hungrier! - or least that's what it feels like. I think there is a psychological component to chewing that you also need, because when I drink my calories my body just really kinda acts like 'that didn't count as food' and I'm still just as hungry as if I hadn't had anything.

Something chewy and high in fiber with a little protein helps a ton. Think apples and string cheese or rye crackers (like wasa) with a thick spread of yogurt cheese with chunky chopped up red peppers, onions, celery and artichokes (it would last several hours outside a fridge).

Since I don't have access to a fridge at school - I have an insulated lunchbag and I pack wraps all the time (sandwiches just smash too easily). Use high fiber whole wheat wraps and fill them with turkey, spinach, tomatoe, carrot, cumcumber, zuchinni, black olives, sprouts, red/yellow/orane/green peppers, etc. Add a spoonful of feta cheese to give it some zip and you have something you can eat on the go with one hand that is satisfying and healthy. Pack a bag of grapes or a clementine with it and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

Surely you get at least a 15 minutes break? That's enough time to eat a simple, yet good packed lunch/snack.

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 11:18 PM

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Actually, I think it's okay to leave yogurt out because when you make it, you do so at room temperature.
Obviously, you don't want to leave it in the car on a 100 degree day, but if it is cool outisde, or you have access to a fridge, you could probably leave it out if you needed to.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 1:51 AM

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It really depends on the shake or drink, I agree. So many of them have way too much sugar in particular. If you must do a shake, look for high protein and some good quality fats in your food to stick with you.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 5:26 AM

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add silken tofu

if you add silken tofu that will make your shake have more substance

Chocolate Designer Whey is good. Make sure the sugars are low is whatever you get.

Also, alternate days. Dont do a shake everyday.

Yogurt, nuts, apple, boiled egg, cottage cheese, toast.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 10:26 PM

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I read that meal replacement drinks were originally made for people too sick to eat. I think most people would agree that eating real, whole foods is the way to go.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 2:04 PM

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I would like to suggest the Met-Rx chocolate shake. I bought the powder packets and mix it up in a shaker w/ 24 oz. of water. They suggest less water, but I find that drinking it with more water makes me feel full longer. I think it tastes pretty good, and the nutrition provided is good as well.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 3:31 PM

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I enjoy Carnation Sugar Free Instant Breakfasts. I have a long commute during the week, and mix one with skim milk in a lidded styrofoam coffee cup as I walk out the door. I sip on it as I drive, and enjoy it.

Obviously, a real breakfast would be better, but I don't have time during the week. On weekends I take the time to prepare a healthy and enjoyable meal, but Carnation Instant Breakfast during the week sure beats the McDonald's Drive-Thru.

I was surprised to find that, on most days, that satisfies me until mid-morning, and then I'm ready for a healthy snack. The fat and calorie content is so low that I can also have some fruit, a bagel, or some fat free yogurt on those days I'm not quite satisfied.

On a few occasions, I've come home at night too tired to cook or even nuke a frozen dinner. One of those instant breakfasts with skim milk has been enough to satisfy me on nights when I might have otherwise ordered pizza delivery.

That's just one small part of a healthy weight loss and exercise program I started about a month and a half ago. I've now lost 12 pounds. I'm a 52-year old female, so I'm very pleased with my progress to date.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 7:30 PM

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