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What kind of drink do you recommend for weight gain?

Hi....I am new to NutriBlastbut I also have a VitaMix that I have used to make Smoothies in the Past.  I was told that the NutriBlast was MUCH better than the VitaMix so I purchased one & made myself a drink yesterday.  I have been ill for 18 months w/o a Diagnosis.  I mostly am unable to eat much and Digest Food.  I am on TPN for the 3rd Time since January 2013.  I get it through a PICC Line in my arm.  I HATE living like this but all my tests are conflicting & I am going to Mayo Clinic in a few weeks.  The Doctors suspect Gastroparesis because food just sits.  What kind of drink do you recommend for weight gain?  I eat a Gluten Free Diet for Fibromyalgia.  I just started adding Dairy back into my Diet like Yogurt.  Every time I get off of Liquid Nutrition my weight drops fast.  I just can't consume enough Calories to maintain my weight.  It's a vicious circle.  I am tired of going round and round.  Any suggestions?  I am also Hyper Sensitive so I have a lot of trouble with supplements.  I just started adding 5000 IU's of Vitamin D to my Drinks. My Vitamin D Level is very low.  I also am back on Culterelle-the Kids Gluten Free/Dairy Free Powder.  It's been Very Frustrating.  

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Hello. I also have a Vitamix and a Blendtec that I use and love, but I have to keep them in the garage because they are pretty loud, and I sometimes wanna make something late at night or early in the morning. I borrowed a Nutribullet from a neighbor to test it out and decided to get one for myself because I can actually keep it in the house. If you check Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, or similar sites, you can do a search for weight gainer powders. There's a wide variety of products available in different flavors. I think some might even be unflavored so as not to interfere with whatever you're mixing with it in the Nutribullet. I wouldn't normally recommend them because they can be high in sugar, but it sounds like nutritional quality is not as important as finding something that will provide you with the calories you're not able to get through whole foods. Since you're sensitive to supplements, just start with the smallest quantity available and experiment until you find a product, or hopefully a few products, you can stick with. I originally saw your post under the "Latest Posts" section. After writing all this, I just noticed it was posted in the "Ask the Dietitian" section, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the dietitian they're talking about. My apologies if I broke protocol. First day and first post...
No worries mh88, you're suggestions are welcome and much appreciated! While we all like to choose whole foods first, there are times when supplements are warranted. We must make sure these are coming from pure, unadultured sources. Since we don't know of a diagnosis and I am unaware of your whole health history and test results, please use any of these suggestions as topics for discussion with your personal health care provider. Weight management is often a trial and error, however once you find the underlying cause of the weight loss it is often easier to stabilize. For now, I'd suggest adding in some more calorie dense ingredients into your Blast such as cold-pressed coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, nut butters, protein powders, and possibly high calorie supplements such as a weight gainer. You may have brought back in yogurt for the protein, however dairy may be a trigger for increased inflammation and fibromyalgia symptoms in the body so I'd suggest maybe using a coconut milk yogurt for the fat and calories and then using other protein-rich sources for the protein component. You can also try a goat's milk yogurt which is more tolerable for some. Best of luck at the Mayo Clinic! I hope they can help you figure out what's going on and get you back to feeling well.

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