Wordless Wednesday: The hippy hippy shake

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Permalink

It feels like yonks since I particpated in a Wordless Wednesday post… and in all honesty I’m here today because last night I started a Facebook rant which became lengthy so I decided to mix it up and add it onto the blog. (Also attempting to make up for my lack of blogging of late.)

For various reasons – mainly medical and it’s a long story I won’t bore you with at the moment – I’m confined to protein shakes for a few weeks.

And before you pounce to remind me: ‘shakes’ aren’t sustainable; extreme dieting is never a good thing; and / or dieting doesn’t lead to sustained weight loss… it’s okay. I know all these things. Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact I’m having to occupy myself with a meagre amount of food to accompany my shakes over the next week or three.

I’ve successfully navigated day one with no lives lost as a result of my lack of carbohydrates, wine, chocolate and… food in general.

However – it’s killing me. Well, not physically obviously. But I’m inordinately obsessed with food and what I’m eating. And yes… more so than usual. (Insert hashtag: ‘the problem with diets’, here!)

And yes… all the more reason NOT to diet, or rely on shakes and similar. But… like I said… it’s a long story and something I have to do.

Isowhey is again my protein shake of choice because it’s packed with vitamins, minerals and stuff, AND is gluten-free. Long time readers may recall a sponsored post I did for the company almost four years ago*. This time around I’ve bought some mixed flavour packages so I get a lot of variety and I was surprisingly organised enough to do that in advance.

However, I did forget that I only have ONE shake container. When I did the Isowhey thing four years ago I didn’t have a shake container at all and relied on glass jars and similar. Basically anything with a lid did the trick.


Mason jars, look out… old peanut butter jars could be appearing next on hipsters’ tables and in trendy Melbourne cafes. #ornot

Thankfully I’ve since gotten hold of a shake container from my mother. However… I’ve decided it’s something which is worthy of an appearance on the Antiques Roadshow it’s so old.

shake container

It’s Tupperware and though I’ve googled it in an attempt to date its origin, I can’t find anything similar. It’s actually not ideal with its hollowed bottom and top fitting inside the bottom. Anything from this century would be preferable, but that would require me to get myself organised and put it on my shopping list.

And well… #meh. Plus I’m weak from hunger. 😉

Do you remember these old tupperware shake containers? I’m thinking 1970s perhaps?
Any suggestions to liven up a few weeks of protein shakes? (Other than vodka or similar!)

I’m linking up with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

* Bizarrely the 21 days on Isowhey post is my most-viewed post ever and continues to get hits every day!

  • Trish MLDB
    June 29, 2016

    It is hard I’m obsessed with food too. I watched a program yesterday on Netflix (2 food/diet/sugar related) -eye opening. It says go the juicing and vege.
    I hope it works for you.
    I’m keen to lose the weight I’ve stacked on the last year or two. My clothes are tight or don’t fit.
    The program said that 1/3 of women are always on diet and a few less men.
    The Fat,sick and nearly dead guy Joe Cross was in both the shows. One was The kid’s menu and it was interesting.
    I remember those shakers – a good shaker is a mason jar or cocktail 🙂
    I’ve been on blogging hiatus too – only WW mostly.

    • Debbish
      June 30, 2016

      A friend has mentioned that KMart has heaps of shaker containers etc so I think I’ll just buy something there…

      I’ve gained 35kg since my seachange (most of which was gained within 2yrs) and BMI is about 46 so I seriously need to do something Trish. I think I’ve been in denial…

    June 29, 2016

    But I dont love em if they arent frozen solid and eaten with a spoon as they melt.
    It’s my only way.

    • Debbish
      June 30, 2016

      That’s an idea Carla. The doctor’s instructions require me to use water but because I’m coeliac I use Isowhey and they recommend having them with milk. I use 0 fat milk which doesn’t have a lot of calories, but suspect I could add less milk and try to freeze them!

  • Jo
    June 29, 2016

    I too have been in a bit of a blogging hibernation of sorts, but unlike you have never done a protein shake in my life- & not sure I could tbh… having said that, I love a good shaker. It’s a martini thing. Sending you what little willpower I do have!

    • Debbish
      June 30, 2016

      Ha! Surprisingly I’m better than expected at night (well, two days in) cos I’ve been tired. I made it to the gym last night straight after work but was then so tired I just opened a tin of tomato soup for dinner – when I could have had veges and 90g protein.

  • alicia - one mother hen
    June 29, 2016

    That Tupperware container doesn’t look like it has a very reliable lid. Jars with a screw top lid would be the go. Never tried the shakes, I do like soup which is kinda the same thing. Maybe? 🙂

    • Debbish
      June 30, 2016

      Interestingly Alicia I don’t like soup. In fact I have a post somewhere which has a title which is a play on the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld! When I did this Michelle Bridges 12WBT in 2011 I had La Zuppa soup EVERY DAY at work for almost 3mths and didn’t care less. But I can’t do soup for dinner (usually) as it feels really unfulfilling. I don’t get those people who get excited about a big bowl of soup for dinner!

  • Rita @ View From My Books
    June 30, 2016

    I had a sleeve gastrectomy a couple of years ago–epic fail for me, gained back 22 of the 56 lbs. lost– because I have an emotional, not physical, addiction to food. Anyway, I had to live on just protein shakes (and not the Slim-Fast or other sugary ones) for a week before my surgery and for two weeks after. Then it was a slow introduction of SF jello, broth, greek yogurt etc. Believe me, it wasn’t fun! But at least I couldn’t cheat or the physical symptoms would punish me.

    I send best wishes that you follow through and survive this eating plan and it accomplishes what you wish it to. I agree that a jam jar with a screw top or something similar is just as good as a shake jar. Or use a blender if you have one and throw in some ice cubes. Good luck, Deb!

    • Deborah
      June 30, 2016

      I do have a blender (somewhere) Rita so I might try the shake with ice cubes, though it’s winter here now, so brrrrrr…

  • Cascia Talbert
    June 30, 2016

    I am a fitness junky and avid runner so I need my protein shakes. My husband always uses a blender for his shakes and he mixes them in milk, but I don’t mind just shaking mine and mixing it with water. Good luck with this! Thanks for visiting for Wordless Wednesday. Have a terrific day!

    • Debbish
      June 30, 2016

      The ones I’m having recommend you having them with milk Cascia but I’m trying to add some water to dilute them a little. I have to have shakes that are high in nutritional value and protein so limited in my choice, but it’s good that I’ve had Isowhey in the past and know they’re gluten-free.

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    July 3, 2016

    Good luck! It can be tricky creating a new habit. But I find if I stop obsessing over what was and start focussing on what is, it makes it easier.

    • Debbish
      July 3, 2016

      Yes, I think it was hard to accept I couldn’t have ‘what I wanted’ or even the usual (chicken, beef etc) as it’s quite strict, but I’m better now and although I’ve felt unwell a few times and a bit tired the extreme hunger and food preoccupation has gone.

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