I get a lot of shake questions. More so, in fact, than about any other product I sell. So I’ve devoted this FAQ blog to answering your top questions. I will continue to revise this page and update answers to your questions. If you don’t see your answer here, please leave your question below.
General Questions About Shakes
The main difference is its protein source. Each serving of the Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Shake contains 21 grams of high-quality defatted-beef protein and comes in chocolate or vanilla flavors. All-In-One Plant-Based Shake is our original formula contains 22 grams of a proprietary blend of pea, chia, and chlorella proteins along with nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, enzymes, and a proprietary fruit/veggie formula. It comes in chocolate, vanilla, or chia and has the same great taste you’ve grown to love.
Why did you opt for the new formula in addition to the plant-based shakes?
Some folks asked for another alternative to the plant-based shakes. A few wanted the benefits of animal-derived protein, while others didn’t like the texture of plant-based protein. I finally found a dairy-free animal-based protein powder that tastes amazing and gets The Virgin Diet stamp of approval. Derived from defatted beef from animals raised in Sweden without hormones or antibiotics, All-In-One Shake delivers 20 grams of dairy-free, GMO-free, high-quality protein per serving. Its exclusive proprietary process allows the protein to be hydrolyzed into more peptides, resulting in easier absorption and assimilation. But the taste really won me over. All-In-One Shake has a rich, creamy texture like whey but without dairy’s reactivity. Tasting is believing, and I know you’re going to love it.
Are All-in-One Shakes acceptable for all cycles of The Sugar Impact Diet?
Yes. You can use the shakes in cycles 1, 2, and 3.
Why do you call them “All in One” Shakes when you recommend adding kale, berries, fiber, and other things?
I designed All-in-One Shakes to have all the essentials you need for a fast, healthy, nutrient-rich breakfast or any other time of the day you enjoy them. Each shake packs 20+ grams of high-quality protein, healthy fats, 5 – 6 grams of fiber, vitamins and minerals, a proprietary fruit and veggie blend, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. Theoretically, you could combine the powder with water and have a complete balanced “meal.”
That said, a little variety can spark up the shakes, give them flavor (they already taste great!), and also add more nutrients. Berries, for instance, provide antioxidants and added fiber. Flax and chia sees give you extra fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Unsweetened coconut milk gives you fat-burning medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). And kale is a super-nutrient packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
All the essentials are already in the All-in-One Shakes, and customizing them with “add ons” can provide an additional nutrient punch, more calories to sustain you longer, and added flavor.
I have a recipe that calls for protein powder. Is this interchangeable with your All-in-One Shakes?
What are the natural flavors in your shakes?
These flavors are proprietary and these suppliers do not give out that information. Shake manufacturers only get allergen statements and none of the top 8 allergens are in the shakes. There is also no MSG, artificial dyes, and sweeteners in the shakes.
Should I be concerned about the glutamate in your shakes?
No. Glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid in most protein sources.
Is there any MSG in your shakes?
No. Although MSG can be formed if the hydrolyzed process uses acid or alkaline chemicals (which many dairy proteins do), our manufacturers do not use any chemicals and comes from a natural process that contains no MSG.
I am on Coumadin. Will the vitamin K in your All-in-One Shake be a problem for me?
There is no added vitamin K in either the plant-based or Paleo-inspired shakes. There may be trace levels in certain ingredients such as pea protein and cocoa, but nothing to become concerned about. If this is a medical concern, please review with your practitioner.
Does the chai flavor have caffeine?
Vanilla has no caffeine. Chocolate and chai flavors have trivial amounts of caffeine that should not be a problem for most people.
Is the chai sprouted?
No. It is CO2-extracted and then milled into a flour.
Is hexane used to get the pea protein isolate?
I heard that chia seeds can exacerbate leaky gut. So why are you recommended them in your shakes?
I love chia seeds because they are a great source of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutrients. 1 study showed 50 grams of chia seeds a day for 12 weeks could increase gut inflammation. Keep in mind 50 grams is far more than the 1/2 tablespoon – 1 tablespoon we recommend in the shakes. In that amount, they shouldn’t be a problem.
I’m not a fan of flax or chia seeds in my shake. How else can I get fiber?
My favorite fiber supplement that I helped custom design is Extra Fiber.
Don’t forget too that berries and leafy greens contribute to your fiber intake. 1 cup of raspberries, for instance, contains 8 grams of fiber.
You recommend a blender to mix the All-in-One Shakes. But how can I get a blender into my office?
I don’t travel anywhere without my Nutribullet blender. It’s got all of a blender’s effectiveness but with the compactness of a shaker cup. Make sure you get the largest cup attachment that Nutribullet sells. Put the ingredients in little baggies, carry the So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk individual packs, and you’re good to go to make a shake anywhere.
Another option is Blender Bottle, which has a cool metal ball that ensures smooth, consistent mixing. It won’t blend like the Nutribullet does, but it makes a great option when you’re traveling and not near an electrical outlet.
I’m confused. Is 1 serving of your Virgin Diet Shake 1 or 2 scoops?
2 scoops is 1 serving.
Any way to make the taste of the All-in-One Shakes more appealing?
Taste is unique and subjective. If you eat a low-sugar impact diet, the shakes might taste a little sweet at first. Likewise, if you’re going off high-sugar impact foods, they may not taste sweet enough.
Most people have raved about the shakes. We have had a few people, though, ask us how we can adjust them for taste. Suggestions include:
- Adding a tablespoon of almond butter
- Trying different berries
- Varying the milks – see if you like coconut or almond milk better
- Adjusting the fiber so it’s thinner or thicker for your taste
- Adding unsweetened cocoa powder
- Making the shakes warm – simply warm the almond or coconut milk and stir in the All-in-One powder
Be creative, follow Sugar Impact Diet rules, and before long you’ll create your own shake that you enjoy every morning. Oh, and if you stumble upon a great recipe, please share it with us!
I followed your recipe for the shake and got the worst bloating and cramping afterwards. What in the shake could be creating those problems?
Modifying your fiber should reverse this issue. If you’re using Extra Fiber (my absolute favorite fiber supplement!), start with 1/2 scoop and work up to a 1 full scoop. Same thing if you’re using flax or chia seeds. Start with 1/2 a tablespoon and work up to 1 full tablespoon. Also consider using Hydrolyzme to better digest your shakes.
Why do you tell people not to eat the same foods repeatedly, and yet you recommend doing the All-In-One Shake every day?
In The Virgin Diet, I especially warn against eating highly reactive foods every day. Even if you challenge eggs or dairy and do okay in cycle 2, these should never be every day foods or you risk developing intolerances to them.
In fact, I want you to rotate every food you eat. So even with the All-In-One Shakes, I want you to add raspberries and flax seed one morning, blueberries and chia seeds the next, etc. You would to likewise have a different protein at lunch and dinner. For instance, maybe you’ll do chicken for lunch and grass-fed beef for dinner. Mix it up and don’t get stuck eating the same thing repeatedly!
The All-In-One Shake protein powder has low allergenic potential and almost never creates any sort of intolerance. In fact, for most clients, it helps reduce food intolerances and heal leaky gut. The types of protein in this powder, including pea and cholera, are incredibly low-reactive types of protein that are safe to use every morning without risk of developing intolerances.
So rotate the ingredients you use in the All-In-One Shake as well as your lunch and dinner foods, but use The Virgin Diet protein powder every morning.
I’m having a lot of gas and bloating with my All-in-One Shake. How can I reduce those problems?
Nearly everyone struggling with gas, bloating, and other post-shake issues can benefit from taking Hydrolyzyme™. That’s because Hydrolyzyme™ is a proprietary blend of protease enzymes that helps support efficient digestion and absorption of protein supplements consumed as a shake or liquid meal, since liquid protein supplements pass through the stomach more quickly than solid meals.
If you do the math, you might also be getting a lot of fiber in your All-in-One Shake. For example, let’s say you do the following shake:
- 2 scoops All-in-One Powder – 6 grams fiber
- 1 cup raspberries – 8 grams fiber
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground flax seeds – 4 grams fiber
- ½ avocado – 5 grams fiber
- 1 cup coconut milk – 1 gram fiber
That’s a whopping 24 grams of fiber in one shake!
I want you to get about 50 grams of fiber in your diet daily, but you need to gradually work up to that amount. You don’t want to start at 50 grams or you may experience gas, bloating, cramping, and other very unpleasant issues.
If you’re doing the All-In-One Shake and struggling with any post-shake misery, reduce your fiber. So you might do this shake:
- 2 scoops All-in-One Powder – 6 grams fiber
- ½ cup raspberries – 4 grams fiber
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds – 2 grams fiber
- 1 cup coconut milk – 1 gram fiber
With that, you’ve knocked it down to 13 grams of fiber. If you’re a fiber novice, even that much might cause issues. If that’s the case, you’ll want to reduce fiber intake even more.
Once you’ve found your “comfort zone” – no post-shake gas, bloating, or other unpleasantness – gradually increase the fiber a few grams at a time. If you start to experience those symptoms again, reduce and then gradually re-introduce fiber into your shake.
Ultimately, you want to figure out what works for you to make a delicious, fat-burning shake that keeps you full and focused for hours.
Can you recommend other protein powder brands?
Unfortunately, we can’t possibly evaluate every brand and the many variations within those brands. We have, however, created an easy-to-follow guide to determine whether a protein powder is Sugar Impact-friendly. Here are some guidelines:
- Protein sources. I recommend a blend of vegan proteins: preferred sources are pea, chia, cranberry, chlorella, or rice. The new kid on the block is beef protein (look for de-fatted with no antibiotics or hormones added). Avoid soy, egg, or milk protein powders. Ideally, every serving will contain 20 – 25 grams of protein.
- Go natural. Look for GMO- free and hormone- free (no recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rGBH).
- Go low sugar impact. Look for 4– 5 grams of sugar per serving, max. Stick with a very small amount of natural sweetener or sugar alcohol (i.e., stevia, xylitol, erythritol, rice syrup, evaporated cane juice syrup, dextrose). Avoid artiﬁcial colors or sweeteners and high-SI sweeteners such as fructose, agave, aspartame, and sucralose.
Should I be concerned about the Prop 65 warning on your shakes?
Proposition 65 was introduced in 1986 and requires companies to give clear warning if their product exposes an individual in the state of California to any detectable amount of more than 800 listed chemicals and chemical families known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Many of these chemicals are naturally occurring at some level in all food products, and thus nutritional supplements derived from food products. If this is the case, your product will say the following:
Warning: The state of California requires that we alert you that this product contains a substance known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
The reason some of our products contain this warning is due to the presence of lead above .5 mcg per daily dose/serving. Our chai and vanilla All-in-One plant-based shakes have up to 1 mcg lead, whereas our chocolate contains about 2 mcg lead per serving.
The Proposition 65 level of lead for dietary supplements is .5 mcg (vs. the FDA’s current safety level for daily lead intake of 25 mcg for pregnant women), while a serving of boiled shrimp can contain over 23 mcg of lead, and thus be 56 times higher than the allowable limit. In this example a grocer selling boiled shrimp is in violation of California law, if sold without a warning of lead exposure.
The FDA’s Recommended Safe and Tolerable Daily Lead intake for adults is 75 mcg. This is 150 times the amount that requires a Prop 65 warning, and yet it is considered safe by the U.S. FDA.
Lead is everywhere in our environment and it is impossible to avoid it in many natural, plant-based ingredients. That’s because lead is found in the soil where plants are grown, and therefore, it is present in virtually all plant-based foods.
A Prop 65 Warning does not mean a product is unsafe. As the State of California’s own Prop 65 website states, “A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.”
How much leucine are in your plant-based shakes?
About 1.5 grams of leucine per serving. Please see exact amino acid breakdown below.
The plant-based shakes have 6 grams of fiber, but where do the rest of those carbohydrates come from?
Primarily from flavor and vitamin carriers.
I noticed every serving of your All-in-One Shake contains 6 grams of fiber. Can you tell me the source of that fiber?
Inulin, bamboo fiber, pea fiber, flax seed, and apple fiber.
What kind of improvements did you make to your new plant-based shake?
We’re thrilled to announce a new, improved plant-based All-in-One Shake, with the same great taste you’ve grown to love but with a better nutrient profile. Among those changes include:
- Added sugars removed (now only 1 gram of sugar per serving!)
- Erythritol added
- Xanthan Gum removed
- New and improved flavor profiles
- Environmentally friendly packaging
- Sources for the following minerals changed:
- Zinc (Zinc Citrate)
- Copper (Copper Gluconate)
- Manganese (Manganese Sulfate)
- Chromium (Chromium Picolinate)
- Molybdenum (Sodium Molybdenum)
What is the source of vitamin D in your plant-based shakes?
Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, making it vegan-friendly.
What are the percentages of protein in your shake?
Pea (>99%), Chia (<1%), Chlorella (<1%).
I noticed 45 of the 150 calories in your shake come from fat. Why so much fat, and where does that fat come from?
The calories from fat originate several forms but are found primarily in sunflower oil, medium chain triglycerides, pea protein, and cocoa. The latter two are naturally occurring. The oils are included as an energy source for functional purposes and help deliver lipids which aid in protein digestion and absorption.
Do the 3 sources of protein in your shake provide a complete source of protein?
Pea protein isolate is a highly bioavailable protein with a broad amino acid profile which, while largely complete, does not fully constitute a complete source of protein. Its PCDAAS score is 0.93. Upon review this product met all requirements for a complete protein with the exception of the required levels (mg) of methionine and cysteine per gram of total protein. (combined requirement = 25, actual = 20.8)
Can you provide an amino acid breakdown for your protein?
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Is there MSG in the plant-based shakes?
Should I be concerned about the free glutamate in your shakes?
All protein sources contain glutamic acid. These amino acids are bound in the protein and digested by the body. Free glutamic acid is not added to this product. Glutamate (monosodium glutamate) is a salt of glutamic acid and is similarly not added to this product.
Why so much sodium in your shakes?
Salt is added as a flavoring to the shake. The sodium levels (Choc = 350 mg/14.6%; Vanilla = 220 mg/9.2%) equate to about one tenth of one teaspoon of salt, roughly one pinch.
Paleo-Inspired All-in-One Shakes
Are beef peptides, beef gelatine, and beef collagen the same things?
- Beef gelatine is collagen which has been dried and turned into a powder.
- Beef collagen is collagen which has been heated to higher temperatures and then treated with enzymes. The process breaks the bonds between the amino acids (though keeps the amino acids themselves intact). The collagen is then turned into a dry powder. It will NOT gel and can dissolve into both cool and warm liquids. Because the amino acid bonds are broken down, it is easier to digest, is absorbed by the body faster, and is good for people with digestion problems.
- Beef peptides are a more digestible form of gelatin.
How much leucine is in your shakes?
About 1 gram.
Where do the carbohydrates in the All-in-One Shakes come from?
The 9 grams of carbohydrate in the shakes come from fiber and inulin.
Can you tell me what the rationale, and evidence, was to offer the beef protein based shake?
I am always looking for great products to share with my community. The Paleo-inspired shakes with defatted beef protein have the creamy texture and delicious taste of whey protein without whey’s potential reactivity, that can come with whey such as congestion, skin issues, and even weight gain. An alternate choice to have.
What is the source of the other vegetable fiber?
How much is soluble and how much is insoluble?
91% soluble, 9% insoluble.
What form of vitamin D is in the shakes?
What exactly are beef protein peptides, how are they produced, and where are they sourced from?
Please see the flow chart below.