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  • Alfamino Formula (AA Diet)

    Posted by alyssa-silva on November 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Does anyone here use Alfamino formula either through a g-tube or orally? I spoke with my GI doctor and nutritionist last week, and we’re going to attempt this. I’m a little hesitant as I’ll be taking it by mouth and hear the taste isn’t pleasant. At the same time, I have a really slow gut and have tried all the Boosts, Ensures, and other variations of these drinks with no luck. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this formula will allow me to get more nutrition into my body while being a little kinder to my gut. Curious to hear your experiences, if any.

    tammy replied 1 year, 9 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • robert-stump

    November 9, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Alyssa, no I have never heard of this diet but I was curious if you’ve ever tried Soylent?  It is much lower in sugar than anything else I have found, blends quite smoothly, and seems to have a pretty rounded nutritional portfolio.  The only thing I add is a daily liquid multivitamin, extra vitamin D, extra potassium, and extra non-soluble fiber.  I’m pretty much living on that nowadays for all of my nutritional needs (~900 cal/day).  For the first week or 2 my stomach was unsure what to make of it, but it quickly settled down and everything is back to normal and I feel like I’m getting way more nutrition and calories.  I still eat the occasional puréed or food blended in a magic bullet, or really soft soups or whatever, but I would say 85% of my other intake is Soylent.  I find it very tasty, especially the Chai and the Vanilla premade bottles, but to save money I usually just use the powder and mix it myself.

  • alyssa-silva

    November 10, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I have not heard of Soylent but will definitely look into it and bring it up to my GI specialist. Thank you for the recommendation!

    I remember you telling me that you take vitamin D and a liquid multivitamin. I was so hopeful to try the same supplements but it didn’t go well for me. It was pretty frustrating, to say the least. My stomach is unusually sensitive so it’s challenging for me to get the proper nutrients. I’ll last about 2 weeks taking vitamins before I get violently ill and have to stop.  I’ve tried several, too.

    • tammy

      January 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      A little bit slow on the response but, I would not recommend (especially for women) everyday consumption of anything soy based. I asked my PCP years ago about soy based supplements/milk, and she said not a good idea. Supposedly soy contains estrogen like compounds called isoflavones. And some findings suggested that these compounds could promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility and mess with thyroid function. My aunt’s oncologist also told her to stay away from soy after she had a tumor removed from her breast. This is just what I’ve been told, obviously I’m not the expert LOL. But I personally wouldn’t chance it