A Diva’s Secret Sauce – Protein Powder October 26, 2011 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 variation 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. Really, it was my first step toward controlling my PCOS naturally. 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) and discovering 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. PCOS Diva Power Protein is perfect for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free and 97% pure protein. PCOS Diva Power Protein gives your favorite smoothies and other recipes a nutritional boost. You will love the smooth and creamy vanilla flavor that is easy to digest and optimized to deliver 21 highly concentrated grams of protein per serving. Added to your morning smoothie, my Power Protein will give you the energy and blood sugar stability you have been looking for. 97% pure protein From hormone-free, antibiotic-free, beef raised in Sweden on pasture with no GMO feed Unique process allows the beef to be hydrolyzed for easier absorption with no beef flavor Contains both complete and collagen proteins No artificial sweeteners Creamy vanilla flavor with none of the bloat you get from whey protein I searched long and hard for protein powder I could trust to consistently deliver high quality nutrients. I finally found it with one of the most respected nutraceutical companies in the United States. In fact, they are GMP certified, which means their products are held to the highest quality standards. I am excited to share this windfall with you.