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Old 02-22-2024, 04:47 AM
 
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OP: “I want a food product that no one makes, and everything that I can buy off the shelf contains something I refuse to consume — please help me!”.

You have my ultimate commiseration for your impossible dilemma. Hope you feel better soon.
TimAZ: "I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I'll write a snippy response anyway."

Not only is there such a product, but I provided a link to it in the very first response to the OP in this thread.
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Old 02-22-2024, 04:55 AM
 
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Have you tried OWYN?

It's a plant-based protein shake [20g] with only 4g of cane sugar and no sucralose or other fake sugars. You can get the full ingredient list here: https://liveowyn.com/products/protein-shakes/?sku=8419
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I forgot to check on this one until now. It looks okay, but I can't see anyway to order anything but the variety pack. I don't like coffee flavored drinks, so that would be a waste for me.
You don't need to order it from the manufacturer. It is sold in single flavor four-packs in mainstream stores such as Target, WalMart, and Kroger; as well as available in single-flavor 12-pack cases on Amazon.
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Old 02-22-2024, 05:27 AM
 
Location: In The South
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Catsmom21, I may have missed it, but are you seeing a nutritionist or dietician? They may have some ideas for you. I know, I know….another “doctor” to have to visit with. But there are dieticians who deal with all natural diets, and you may find help there.

Hope you feel better soon.
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Old 02-22-2024, 05:41 AM
 
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NavyShow, Kara, and SimplySagacious, glad to see someone is actually reading and understanding my posts.

I'm not trying to be all mysterious, but I don't care to share my diagnosis here as I don't want to fend off all the helpful and not so helpful suggestions about what I should be doing to heal and recover, and what I did wrong in the first place, however well meant some comments may be. I prefer to follow the advice from my medical professionals about that at the moment, it's all new to me, and they are the experts.

I am very happy with my care so far, from walking into the ER that first morning to my PCP visit yesterday and everything in between. My new PCP and I are getting to know one another in a hurry lol, I've been there 4 times in the last 3 weeks. Response has been very good, including even when I was reacting to meds in a bad way, meds were changed quickly without a lot of hassle, phone calls returned almost immediately, even to the hospital that first weekend after I came home, when I got so scared again. And I make a point of telling anyone I come in contact with how grateful I am for the good care I have received and am receiving. The nurses in the hospital, where I spent a few nights, were absolutely wonderful, and I know how overworked they are.

Except for one thing. I won't see the specialist for another 2 weeks, tough to get appointments these days. In fact I was supposed to be seen 2-3 weeks after discharge from the hospital, they gave me an appointment 6 weeks away, then a week later pushed it back another 2 weeks (a common practice), so I had to get on the phone and make some noise to finally get it moved up to March 8. Which is only 4 weeks after discharge. Fingers crossed they don't try to change it again. As it is I have to travel quite a lot further, since it was the for local practice they kept pushing me back.

I had severe symptoms originating at work when I received some extremely upsetting news, that I put down to anxiety, went home sick that day but didn't go to the ER until the next morning, when I realized I wasn't feeling any better. After tests, the ER sent me to a bigger hospital via ambulance. (we are a small community but thankfully, there are FOUR ambulance services here. My first ambulance I got bumped out of line because a more urgent case came in just as they were about to load me in, but another was available in less than an hour). I was in panic over my little 14 year old cat who'd never spent a night alone in her life, had to learn in a hurry how to use my cell phone so I could contact the friend who has a key to my place to take care of her, (and contact other people later) it was a very bad time. My boss came and got my car keys while I was still at the local hospital to bring my car home for me. She also brought me home from hospital when I was discharged.

I really appreciate all the input on my questions about the meal replacement. It's a very interesting discussion and helped me sort things out, and as I said before I am likely to return periodically for reference. I'm glad people are still dropping ideas here, lots of information for anyone who is looking for it. At the moment I'm getting beyond the need for that now, I'm starting to feel better, I'm doing everything they tell me, and my fear is abating, though I do worry about having the same problems, once I am back at work, because of how sick the building makes me. My boss assures me she is in my corner and is going to fight for what I need. Union and HR are not being so forthcoming, but I haven't had my meeting yet.
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Old 02-22-2024, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Beacon Falls
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Ensure contains sucralose. Why? It's insane. In addition to being loaded with regular sugar. I do not find this a healthy option.

..... in a palatable form without too much sugar and NO fake sugar.


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Silly me! Here I was thinking honey was a form of sugar, and thought bananas were loaded with sugar!


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Old 02-22-2024, 06:33 AM
 
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To clarify something, I don't 'blame' my new PCP for suggesting the shakes in the first place. She barely knows me, and judging by some of the posts here, it is a common recommendation for medical personnel to make for people who are struggling to take in adequate nutrition.

In fact my neighbor friend who has cancer also drinks these things, they've had her on them since she first started chemo, she says she takes one every day and they don't bother her. Considering what the chemo is doing to her I'm not sure she could tell if part of her symptoms are due to the garbage in the shakes, but I'm not going to be the one to point that out to her. I keep my mouth shut, except in support, when it comes to other people's problems, unless they ask my opinion. She's like me, rarely asks for opinions from the people who care about her, just wants to do it her way and follow doctor's orders as much as is feasible. "Care about me, support me, listen to me, help me if you are able, but don't tell me what to do".

I helped her for the first 5 months, did her weekly grocery shopping, and took one dog walking shift a day, but in late October I realized it was all getting to be too much for me and told her I couldn't do it anymore, now we're just back to neighbor friends.

I'll be taking the remainder of my Ensure over to her.

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Old 02-22-2024, 07:14 AM
 
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Ensure isn't poison; my goodness! It's probably keeping your cancer patient friend alive.

Are you thinking of applying for disability since you can't work in a sick building (what you called it; I have no idea if it is or not)?

It's true that if you're trying to avoid pure sugar, bananas and honey also won't work; they ARE full of it...

I'm out of ideas!

But I wish you well and hope you recover soon; hugs to your little 14-year-old kitty who must've missed her mom!
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Old 02-22-2024, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Beacon Falls
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It's true that if you're trying to avoid pure sugar, bananas and honey also won't work; they ARE full of it...
Hold on.


It seemed to me that the op was trying to avoid this:




- and other non-healthy derivatives, such as corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, sucrose, dextrose and so on. The title of this thread even says:


no fake sugar



Eating that ^ (pic) is not the same thing as eating honey and/or a banana - honey, and fruit do not contain fake sugar.


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Old 02-22-2024, 07:44 AM
 
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She also said she wanted to avoid real sugar, I believe ("in addition to being loaded with sugar, I do not find this a healthy option...without too much sugar..").
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Old 02-22-2024, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Beacon Falls
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She also said she wanted to avoid real sugar, I believe...

No, she didn't


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I could make my peace with the loads of sugar, temporarily, if it weren't for the sucralose...
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