Not really.

Susan Maria posted on her message board about her vitamin this morning.  I’m guessing she isn’t getting the sales she was aiming for and needed to write a commercial for it.  But I feel it’s important to share her words that she has FINALLY provided (we’ve only been asking since the beginning of November..) and lay the science out point by point to either counter or agree with what she says.  She will not answer any questions about the science — will only reference people to the Albion happy science papers — which are nothing but press releases.

The post below can be found (by those not banned, of course, at her message board here.  This is, assuming, unless it gets deleted (which she has a history of doing — to me personally).  I give my word, as much as it is worth, that I am not abridging her post whatsoever, changing her words at all, or changing any intent.  This is her entire post, word for word.  All I am going to do is break it down into sections to discuss the science in points.  That is all.

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Playing games

On November 23, 2010, in General Nutrition, Vitamins, by Andrea

So I’m not the only one BariatricEating is moderating.

After my blog post yesterday suggesting people ask for the science behind Journey, people started questioning the missing posts and the questionable science.

Now?  Their facebook page is completely blank.

Rather than answering the requests for more information and about the censoring of previous requests made in the past, BE has simply wiped the slate completely clean and disabled posting ability.

What exactly do they have to hide?

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Well, this is new.

On November 22, 2010, in General Nutrition, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

I’ve been around the Interwebz since before a GUI really was in place and there were text-based links for the BBS system that WAS the Internet.  This was back in the dark ages before teh Google or even teh Windows.  (Yes, there was a time before time..  I’s remembers it.)

With that said, I’ve now experienced something I’ve never had happen to me in all of those years – I’ve been modded.

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OOh.. that looks like what's in my Advent Calendar -- can I have one?

OOh.. that looks like what's in my Advent Calendar -- can I haz one?

Bariatric Eating was at the Atlanta OH Event with samples.  While there, if you shared your email addy, you got a $5 coupon.  Well, I’m not only an email whore, but I’m a coupon whore, so of course I sign up to get my free coupon.  I wasn’t sure I would actually use it — they DO sell the Calcet candy (err.. calcium), but knowing I’d never leave it alone, I wasn’t sure what I’d buy.  So who knows.

But then they tempted me with an email about this new, limited edition flavor of protein — Candy Cane..  I like mint.  I like it enough that I once got sick on grasshopper drinks..  It’s a nice flavor for me.  So I figured — WTH and ordered it.  It came in yesterday, and I fixed it for my “dessert” for lunch today.

Candy Cane is our delectable Limited Edition Holiday flavor!
  • Mixes instantly and completely with a spoon
  • Zero sugar & zero fat
  • Created to blend with just four ounces of water

We know what qualities it takes to make the perfect protein, and we’re proud to bring you Inspire Pure Whey Isolate Protein Drink. Inspire is a thin, smooth, small-volume protein drink offering excellent taste & convenience. We use 100% pure whey isolate as it offers a clean unflavored background for luscious real peanut butter & premium flavorings. Our bestselling protein is flavored with cool natural Peppermint!

How to blend: Place one scoop of protein isolate in a dry shaker cup or glass; add four ounces (1/2 cup) of cold water and gently shake or blend with a spoon. Add ice if desired. You many use more or less water to your taste


Candy Cane is our delectable Limited Edition Holiday flavor!
  • Mixes instantly and completely with a spoon
  • Zero sugar & zero fat
  • Created to blend with just four ounces of water

We know what qualities it takes to make the perfect protein, and we’re proud to bring you Inspire Pure Whey Isolate Protein Drink. Inspire is a thin, smooth, small-volume protein drink offering excellent taste & convenience. We use 100% pure whey isolate as it offers a clean unflavored background for luscious real peanut butter & premium flavorings. Our bestselling protein is flavored with cool natural Peppermint!

How to blend: Place one scoop of protein isolate in a dry shaker cup or glass; add four ounces (1/2 cup) of cold water and gently shake or blend with a spoon. Add ice if desired. You many use more or less water to your taste.

So yeah, while I’m holding clingy baby (he’s always like this on the days I work outside the house — can’t blame him since this is a new thing), I put together my 4oz of ice cold water, a scoop of this protein, and my Tupperware shaker cup that I got from ATL and shake for about 5 minutes.  And I really shake it.  It’s not a wimpy shake.  We’re walking around, I’m being shown the gingerbread house that the preschooler and papa put together (and the video that papa made on his iphone..), the coloring pages that were done, and talking to Terminix about the fire ants out by my mailbox that WILL NOT DIE  (which got more violent shaking..  0_O)

My shaker.  Complete with lump ON the shaker thingy.

My shaker. Complete with lump ON the shaker thingy.

Remember how this said it could be spoon stirred?

One lump..

One lump..

Two lumps..

Two lumps..

I only make a big deal out of the lumps because BE makes such a big deal about how this can be spoon stirred.  Honest.  I’m a busy gal.  I rarely sit and do one thing at one time except late at night when I get to blog in relative silence after the kids go to bed.  Today I was holding clingy baby, while shaking this and doing everything else while on a lunch break from my paying job.  I used a shaker cup rather than a blender cause 1) it said I could even use a spoon and 2) I could walk around and be productive while doing it.  If BE hadn’t made such a big deal about the blendability of the protein, (especially after blending as well as I know I did this time.. sometimes I’m half-ass — this time I was not)  I’d not make a big deal of the lumps.  Honest.  I have lumps in my Click AND I DON’T CARE.   Enough about that.

The taste.  Well, I honestly thought it would be really strong, like a slightly toned-down Altoids for some reason.. but it was very, very mild.  I was quite surprised with how mild it was.  I could totally drink this on it’s own — and don’t kid yourself, 4oz was thicker than you’d think with the foam that was created with my violent shaking (DIE FIRE ANTS, DIE!) — but I’d like to try it with maybe some coffee for a java burst, and also some of the Monin SF Dark Chocolate Syrup for a mocha blast.  One interesting note — I did not find it uncomfortable, but I did feel it in my pouch for about 30-45 minutes afterwards..  kinda a cool / hot feeling.  Imagine a icyhot patch for your skin, but in your pouch.  It wasn’t unpleasant.. just that instant cold that warms up sorta feeling.  It was intriguing.  But I didn’t burp it, which was a pleasant aftereffect.  I don’t do well with some of the artificual flavorings, so this was nice.

The stats are great — and I think are particularly nice for early postops who are limited in volume, but still need their protein:

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

So yeah, I’m willing to give BE Inspire some more chances — they have other flavors available, and this one was pretty good.  We’ll see.

Available at Bariatric Eating.  $19.99 for 14 servings