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Old 27.05.2011, 18:02
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Nutritional drinks (meal replacements - NOT for dieting)?

Hi,

I suffer from recurrent episodes of feeling very nauseous (although I hardly ever vomit) which make it nearly impossible for me to eat. I've been to the doctors, had blood tests, but they can't find a physical cause, and the medication they've prescribed (motillium) doesn't help. Current theory is that it's psychological, which isn't a surprise with my medical history...

In the UK when I had symptoms like this I used to buy powdered 'meal replacement' drinks which could be mixed with milk to make a thick shake. They were supposed to be the equivalent of a light meal - I think they were actually designed for older people who had a loss of appetite but they worked fine for me. The two brands I used were Complan and Nestlé Build Up.

I've searched pharmacies and health stores here but I can't find anything like this. I can find products that are designed as meal replacements if you want to lose weight... but that's not my problem!

I've been on the Nestlé Swiss site and can't find the Build Up there either.

Can anyone suggest anything? I'm wondering if there is something I could be prescribed as I haven't seen anything on the shelves...

Any advice gratefully received!
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Old 28.05.2011, 01:59
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Re: Nutritional drinks (meal replacements - NOT for dieting)?

I think they're just the same, V, it's just marketing and packaging. They're basically just protein powders; I haven't checked, but there's also probably not much difference to the ones they sell to weight lifters.

Try looking up the ingredients for the ones in the UK, then looking up Slimfast, and see if there's any real difference!

Hope you find something that works for you and doesn't taste too bad.
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Old 28.05.2011, 02:22
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Re: Nutritional drinks (meal replacements - NOT for dieting)?

You could try a 'breakfast' style drink product - I'm not sure exactly what's available (it's not something I buy) - but I'd expect that there are some things on offer near the breakfast cereals.

A word of warning, though...if you are overweight, they are extremely dense in sugar... so might not be considered 'part of a balanced diet'.

I experience waves of nausea with pregnancy, and at other times, which seem to be hormonal.

For something equivalent to 'complan' I'm quite sure you could ask the apotheke - I assume you've spoken to the doctor ? I've had experience with dieticians in the past and found them extremely helpful with restricted/special diets...
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