Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D

On February 18, 2010, in Fat Solubles, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

Michelle at Vitalady sent me quite a bag of samples to go through with my last vitamin order — this was one of the things that came with my stuff:

Vitamin D3

Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D3 is designed to facilitate ease of dosing for those who need a high potency Vitamin D product.  Our liquid vitamin D is a unique sugar-free formula of vitamin D3 in a suspension of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  It is very pleasant tasting and offers the easy ability to dose either 10,000 IU (a full-dropper) or 5,000 IU of vitamin D.  This is a great solution for those who need to maintain their vitamin D levels and support bone health.

So I have to tell you, I didn’t know what to think.  I put off the tasting for a bit because I was a bit .. apprehensive.

I actually took this to a support group meeting we had.  I belong to a group that has two meeting groups — one that meets in Raleigh, NC every month and one that meets in Greenville, NC every other month.

Greenville, NC group 2/6/2010

So I had little tester cups and we did “D shooters” as one person put it.

It has NO taste.  None.  Zero.  Nada.

Texture — yes.  Taste, no.  It’s a very thin oily texture — enough that if I had to do this on a regular basis, I’d have to put it in a protein drink to dissipate it to get it down.  But it wouldn’t change the flavor of the drink at all.


As you can see, the dropper is marked in 0.5ml and 1.0ml.  If you do 1/2 of a dropper, you get 5,000 IU.  1.0ml, (duh) of course gives you 10,000 IU of D3.  Remember that RNYers need quite a bit of this every day just to maintain our numbers — and that normies are going to get their toxic numbers raised to 10,000 IU.  Taking 20,000 IU a day is not out the realm of possibility just to maintain if you have decent malabsorption going on.

In any case, this has NO flavor, is an easy way of getting your D without adding YET ANOTHER PILL.  If you’re still doing protein shakes daily, toss a mil or two in to get your D supplement and be done with it.  It’s a bit pricier than pills, of course — you knew it would be for all the reasons you can think of.  But it’s an option.

Runs $29.79 at Vitalady

Chike – Strawberry Burst

On February 16, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

(I had a wonderful review all typed out and was adding photos — and my computer, that is already limping along, died.  This re-enforces the fact that it will be reinstalled this week.  Because otherwise I’ll kill someone.)

Many many samples to go through...

I have a bag on the top of my fridge — it happens to be from Whole Foods, but it could be from anywhere — that has a ton of samples that I’ve purchased or have received over the past couple of months that I have said I would review and blog.  I just haven’t done it.  I’ve been in need of a carb detox so this is that week.

Chike Samples

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

I’ve never had Chike before.  Sure, I’ve seen the ads on OH saying “Order your free samples Now!”  And FYI – not QUITE free, you still have to pay $6.95 for S&H.  But $7 for 5 shake samples isn’t bad at all.

In any case, as you can see, there are 5 flavors here to try.  Now, I’m all for flipping of coins (not that there are many 5-sided coins) but the toddler picked Strawberry for the first flavor.


Now, I put this in a blender bottle with the full intention of needing to put the little ball in.  I mixed it without the ball at first to see how well it mixed truly expecting lumps.

There weren’t any.  None.  Nada.  Honest.  I was shocked — and then impressed all as hell.

First whiff gives me hope – a nice subtle strawberry smell.  Nothing overwhelming that I can smell across the room.  I hate drinks that overpower me.  Taste is the same.. very good strawberry taste without being too strong.  What I would imagine strawberry milk to taste like if I would, you know, actually drink strawberry milk.  It isn’t sticky sweet at all but has quite a wonderful flavor.

It’s thin — like milk is.  It mixes with 7oz of water — and only slightly thickens up.  This is not “shake-like” at all.  For a newbie pouch trying to get in protein and fluids, it’s ideal.  For a more mature pouch trying to replace a meal — maybe not so much in terms of satiation.  For a mature pouch trying to supplement protein, or hydrate during a workout — it’s a good option.

It does have more calories than some protein supplements — but given the vitamin profile, I don’t have a problem with it:

Nutritional Facts:
Chocolate Bliss Strawberry Burst Orange Creme Banana Magic Very Vanilla
2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops
Amount per Serving (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g}
Calories 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280
Calories from Fat 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 4g* 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Sodium 210mg 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Potassium 240mg 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84%

INGREDIENTS: Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, natural and artificial flavor (includes annatto and turmeric added for color), soy protein isolate, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, corn syrup solids, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, salt, mono- and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, sucralose, medium chain triglycerides, acesulfame K, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, alpha¬tocopherol acetate, tocopherols added to protect flavor, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, reduced iron, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, vitamin 03, vitamin B12.

So this is a GREAT option to try.  If you’ve not tried Chike, it’s well worth the money to get the samples.

15-serving tub runs $26.50; 28-serving tub runs $45.50; 20 single servings run $37.50

Available at

Southwest Air kicks off wrong passenger

On February 14, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Yes.. we know about Southwest’s Fat hatred where they have kicked off fat people, humiliated them, made them late for funerals, etc.  They’ve also kicked off kids and people wearing “inappropriate attire.”

But the fat hatred is the most common hatred that Southwest shows on a regular basis.

This time, however, they screwed up.  They kicked off director and actor Kevin Smith — who has quite a platform on Twitter and a weekly broadcast — this week’s, of course being dedicated to Southwest.


via the Comsumerist:

Filmmaker Kevin Smith Kicked Off Southwest Flight For Being Too Fat

By Laura Northrup on February 14, 2010 2:30 AM 0 views

Every so often Southwest Airlines arbitrarily and incorrectly decides that someone is too fat to fly in a single seat. These are people who have regularly flown Southwest in the past and can fit themselves in one seat without a problem. Prior to now, none were cult celebrities with more than a million and a half Twitter followers and a smartphone. Then an air captain declared filmmaker Kevin Smith a “safety risk,” and all hell broke loose.

Yes, Kevin Smith tweeted that Southwest Airlines kicked him off a flight. Yes, it was purportedly because of his weight. Southwest’s Twitter rep apologized (as did the VP of Customer Relations) once the incident took Twitter by storm. Smith took the opportunity to point out that the prompt apology was only because of his fame, and the same exact thing happens arbitrarily to other passengers who also shop in the plus-size section.

Fuck making it right for me just ’cause I have a platform. I sat next to a big girl who was chastised for not buying an extra ticket because “all passengers deserve their space.” Fucking flight wasn’t even full! Fuck your size-ist policy. Rude…

We’ve written about similar incidents here at Consumerist before, and are glad Smith is bringing more attention to the issue.

Kevin Smith [Twitter]
Customer of Size Q&A [Southwest Airlines]

Isopure Smoothie – Orange Peach

On February 12, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

First off — my apologies.  My computer is on the fritz and I can’t give you “Andrea” pictures.  I have to go with stock photos because I’m running in safe mode.  I need to flatten the computer, reload the operating system, and just start over from scratch.  But I’ve been too stubborn to do it and it’s cramping my productivity.  Seriously.  I just need to do it.  So sorry for the stock photos rather than the ones that I take to prove that I actually, you know, drank this and tasted it.

Peach Orange

Isopure Smoothie is made with 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It comes in delicious yogurt like flavors and is lactose and aspartame free. Isopure Smoothie is a rich source of ALA Omega 3 (260mg)and contains more than 7400mg of BCAA’s.

I ordered a case from a company.  I ordered a case because, at the time, I didn’t have a choice.  If I wanted to taste these, I could order a case, or order none.  Well, I could order a single from another company and pay something like $7 for S&H making the drink cost me $13 so it seemed somewhat silly to do that for a single protein drink.  So since I was buying some things from this company anyway, I bought a case of 12 to try.

I mention this because the very next day – and I mean the absolute very next day?  They came out with a single serving option that I would have appreciated.

When I first opened it, it smells good.  A gentle whiff of peach.  Not overbearing whatsoever.  Nice.

First taste is great.  The second taste is great, too.

But then it hit –

The texture.

This is a BEAUTIFULLY, WONDERFULLY, GREAT flavored bottle of liquid chalk.

I mean it.  I love the flavor.  Completely lurve the flavor.  But the texture — it is *just* like liquid chalk.  It’s not gritty.  It’s just dry and … leaves you saying .. wow that’s chalky.

I mean it.  If it weren’t chalky I’d love it.  I LOVE the flavor.  Completely.  Absolutely.  I just don’t like the texture.

Amount Per Serving:
Calories 210
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Saturated Fat 0 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 32g 64%

Ingredients: Filtered water, whey (milk) protein isolate, strawberry puree concentrate, pomegranate juice concentrate, raspberry puree concentrate, non dairy creamer (sunflower oil, maltodextrin, sodium caseinate, mono- and diglycerides, dipotassium phosphate, soy lecithin), phosphoric acid, milled flaxseed, pectin, citric acid, cellulose gel, sucrose, cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavors, fish oil, sucralose, FD&C Red 40.

Directions: Shake well. Refrigerate after opening. Aspartame free.

If you can get past the texture, this is a wonderful protein.  It’s a large quantity for a newly post-op patient, but for those of a more mature patient it’s pretty good.  The sugars that are in it are from fruit sugars, so if you are sensitive to those you should be cautious.  But many of us have no issues with those types of sugars.

Seriously — this is worth a try if you get an opportunity to try one without buying an entire case at a time.  It does come in different flavors — I’m not sure if the others are the same way -0- I’d be interested in tasting them to find out.  I LOVE the flavor, but the texture is what gets me.

Price: about $3.50-$5.00 each depending where you get them and how many at a time you get

Where: all over the net

Rating: WONDERFUL flavor, where’s a chalkboard?

My week, in perspective.

I get asked quite often what I take.  I hesitate to put it down, line by line, only because I take things that are higher due to need for deficiency, or due to my headaches, or a few other idiosyncricies.  I also tend to not like to label what brands — simply because sometimes this could be seen as an endorsement when it’s not (I shop sales).

But because it does get asked so often, fine.  This is not the order I take them in, but rather the order I put them back in my container.  Hey, I want easy.

As of February 10th, 2010, I take:

  • 2 Members Mark (Centrum) multivites — after this bottle is gone (ha! 450 in a bottle) I have actual Centrums that I got on MASSIVE discount with good expiration dates
  • 5 Vitalady 140mg Tender Magnesium Citrate capsules — magnesium has been shown to help migraine sufferers in clinical trial; I’m actually about to up this another capsule or two; important to note that magnesium helps with calcium absorption, but if taking for migraines, not to take with calcium
  • 1 NatureMade 500mg Vitamin C — taken with the mag citrate to increase absorption
  • 4 Citracal 250mg calcium citrate, 200 IU D3 tablets & 4 Citracal 200mg calcium citrate, 200 IU D3 tablets — 1 of each x 4 servings gives me 1800mg of calcium a day; I buy Citracal because of coupons and the BOGO deals typical of this brand
  • 1 every other day Members Mark 1000mcg B12 — I over absorb b-vites for some reason; I also, for some reason absorb tablet B12.  Don’t try this at home.
  • 1 every other day NatureMade Liquid Softgel Super B-Complex – I over absorb b-vites and am off the chart
  • 1 400mcg CVS folic acid
  • 3 Proferrin ES heme iron — this I love and need and is the only iron that has worked for me in years
  • 4 Vitalady Tender D3-5 5,000 IU
  • 4 Solaray 100mg Vitamin B2 — Riboflavin of doses of 400mgs has been shown in clinical trials to treat migraines, actually thinking of upping this 200mgs to counter malabsorption
  • 1 GNC 2mg Copper
  • 1 NatureMade 30mg Zinc
  • 1 Vitalady 25,000 IU Tender A-25 Retinyl Palmitate
  • 1 Bio-Tech (Vitalady) 100mcg K1-100 (Phytonadione)

This isn’t a listing of what you SHOULD take by any stretch — only what I take.

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