5 Real Food Weight Gain Shakes (Paleo & SCD)

“How do I get more calories?” is a common asked question on this site. Eating more meat and more fat containing foods high in calories is the first step. The second easy change to make is to eat more meals each day; start eating 4, 5 or 6 meals if you are already eating 3. And yes, it’s likely you’ll eat the same meal several times each day. But the point is to get more calories and gaining weight.

When you’re losing mass, the first thing to do is to halt it and begin to reverse it is to eat more calories. Taste should be the last thing you consider. Many times, people are fighting to stay out of the hospital or to avoid public embarrassment. So, while these 3 steps might be uncomfortable they are better than the alternative.

When you reach the point of not being able to chew any more food, the next step is to go to liquid calories. Trust me, focus on steps 1 and 2 first because step 3 might sound easy but has its own learning curves and pain. The rewards, however, can be amazing.

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In one summer I gained 20 lbs of mass. I would chug down a 1600 calorie real food weight gainer shake every day. At first it was fun, but then it quickly got old. But I needed to get the calories.

Shakes Are Used When You Need More Calories

I hear it all the time from personal clients. I can’t eat any more food! After they’ve tried squeezing in 5 or more meals a day and tried some of my other tricks, inevitably we get to a conversation that comes down to this problem.

The easiest solution, which is used in hospitals around the world, is to create a liquid caloric load. Most of the time, I hear stories about well-meaning doctors encouraging the use of chemically-laced, sugar-bomb loads like the drink Ensure. Just look at these ingredients for the chocolate kind:

“Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Pea Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.;  Contains Milk Ingredients;  Contains Soy Ingredients;  Gluten-Free;  Halal;  Kosher Dairy;  Low-Residue;  Not for patients with galactosemia;  Suitable for Lactose Intolerance; “

I would never put this in my body. And would hope you don’t consider it an option either.

Real Food-Based Weight Gainer Shakes

Let’s create some real food-based options for those who want more calories but seem to be out of ideas.

Before we begin, I must add a couple of important notes:

  • The easiest way to get more calories is to consume more fat – as it is 9 calories per gram – vs carbohydrate and protein, which are 4 calories per gram
  • If you’re dealing with fat malabsorption, try the avocado-based or starch-based shake first
  • Understand the risks of eating raw eggs (read this). It’s not for everyone but if you do choose to eat them, get them from pasture-raised chickens, wash them, and supplement.
  • Start by first drinking half of one of these shakes for 4 days, then begin drinking the whole amount
  • Don’t sip on these shakes all day. Drink them as fast as possible. We don’t want the eggs, dairy or other ingredients beginning to ferment or spoil
  • Feel free to add things like vanilla extract, almond extract and cinnamon to all of these to help with flavoring

Okay, let’s get started. Now, this seems simple but we need to cover it. First, I give you permission to change these recipes to suit your kitchen or health. These will work by themselves but are meant to also give you a base of ideas so you can create something that works for you. Second, if you don’t eat a certain ingredient don’t eat it because I put it in the recipes below. Instead, just pull out the offending food category and try to think of a substitute.

Simple and Easy SCD Weight Gainer Shake

1 Medium to Large Avocado (Approx. 1 Cup) = 384 Calories, 35g Fat, 20g Carb, 5g Protein

2 Medium Ripe Bananas = 205 Calories, 54g Carb, 2g Protein

4 Large Raw Eggs = 284 Calories, 20g Fat, 24g Protein

1 Cup of SCD Yogurt From Whole Milk = 149 Calories, 8g Fat, 11g Carb, 9g Protein

Totals = 1022 Calories, 63g Fat, 85g Carb, 40g Protein

Blend everything up in a blender and add ice or water as needed to form the consistency you’d like to drink. Also, feel free to add vanilla extract or other natural SCD legal spices for flavoring.

If you wanted even more calories and could handle it, add more eggs, yogurt and/or avocado.

No Dairy SCD Mass Gain Shake

1 Cup of Coconut Milk – 445 Calories, 48g Fat, 6g Carb, 5g Protein

2 Medium Ripe Bananas – 205 Calories, 54g Carb, 2g Protein

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries – 71 Calories, 19g Carb

4 Large Raw Eggs – 284 Calories, 20g Fat, 24g Protein

Totals = 1005 Calories, 68g Fat, 79g Carb, 31g Protein

Not everyone can handle dairy, whether it’s due to a lactose or casein problems, so I wanted to show you how to use coconut milk as a base for these shakes. Please choose one that doesn’t contain added Gums. The brands I often use are Aroy-D and Chaokoh.

Paleo Autoimmune Mass Gain Shake

1 Medium to Large Avocado (Approx. 1 Cup) = 384 Calories, 35g Fat, 20g Carb, 5g Protein

1 Cup of Coconut Milk = 445 Calories, 48g Fat, 6g Carb, 5g Protein

2 Medium Ripe Bananas – 205 Calories, 54g Carb, 2g Protein

1 Cup Sweet Potato Cooked – 249 Calories, 58g Carb, 4g Protein

Totals = 1283 Calories, 83g Fat, 138g Carb, 16g Protein

Lots of people are following a Dairy-, Nut-, Egg-Free SCD diet. The Paleo Autoimmune protocol also takes out nightshades as well. For those who are very reactive and need some calorie help, try this shake first.

Fat Malabsorption Mass Gainer Shake

1 Cup Sweet Potato Cooked – 249 Calories, 58g Carb, 4g Protein

3 Tablespoons Honey – 192 Calories, 51g Carb

6 Tablespoons of Whey Protein -180 Calories, 4.5g Fat, 3g Carb, 30g Protein

4 Large Raw Eggs – 284 Calories, 20g Fat, 24g Protein

Totals = 905 Calories, 24.5g Fat, 112g Carb, 58g Protein

Some of you are struggling with fat malabsorption, so until you make some progress healing and can handle fats better this shake is your best option. Yes, it contains sweet potato, which is not SCD legal. But sometimes we need to make compromises to heal.

The Mother Lode Mass Gain Shake

1 Cup of SCD Yogurt From Whole Milk = 149 Calories, 8g Fat, 11g Carb, 9g Protein

1 Cup of Coconut Milk – 445 Calories, 48g Fat, 6g Carb, 5g Protein

6 Tablespoons of Whey Protein -180 Calories, 4.5g Fat, 3g Carb 30g Protein

3 Tablespoons Honey – 192 Calories, 51g Carb

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries – 71 Calories, 19g Carb

6 Raw Eggs – 538 Calories, 30g Fat, 36g Protein

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Totals = 1575 Calories, 90.5g Fat, 90g Carb, 80g Protein

This has the most balanced macronutrient profile of all the shakes. It’s the highest calorie load and would be a great addition to someone’s daily life if they wanted to add lots of calories fast.

Note: All calorie info was taken from nutritiondata.com.

Are You Still Struggling to Gain Weight?

Start with calories using the three steps outlined in this post. Don’t forget to reduce stress as much as possible and improve your sleep.

Do you have a favorite high calorie shake? 

If so, help those who read this article and post the recipe in the comments section below.

Your feedback and the community we build here will help people around the world for years to come.

– Steve

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Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started HealthyGut.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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141 thoughts on “5 Real Food Weight Gain Shakes (Paleo & SCD)

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    Hi guy,

    What im trying is the first shake on the list. Ive added my own ingredients as wel as keeping it easy and short.

    Alpro coconut milk 1 glass
    1 banana
    Spritz fizzy drink just a drop for the taste has pear and raspberry taste to it.
    Lancanshire yogurt 1/2 glass.

    Taste absolutely fine. Not sure how many calories that is but i will be adding more eggs and some honey to this, once i got use to it.


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    I just found this article 3 days ago on the net. Thank you for the solid info and for the commenters. I have diagnosed with SIBO. Started the diet about 6 weeks ago. I was by no means heavy before but have probably lost 8 pounds. My situation is not as serious as some here who seem to be dangerously underweight. Having said that I don’t want my weight to fall anymore especially since people are already commenting. No one can mind their own business anymore. My question is can I replace the bananas with fresh blueberries? Also, why is it that people seem to use frozen berries more than fresh berries? Any, thanks for the shakes. Had my first today. Not the greatest taste ever but far from awful.

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    Hi Guys,

    I was recently diagnosed with Blastocystis Homis Parisite. I did do antibiotics – didnt work at all. I was already vegan but now ive adjusted my diet to SCD and huge improvement on my 2nd daya with no sugars and carbs.

    The issue i have is im naturally very skinny and my weight can fluctuate easily (55kg /178cm/ 28yrs male). Im worried without carbs i will drop weight fast. For me i have to incorporate very fatty foods to maintain my weight so far going through a can a day of 100% coconut cream, also eating avacados, snacking on nuts through day and then steamed vegies. Is there anything you can please recommend. Im worried i might create health issues from too much saturated fat content in the coconut.


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      HI Amin – good question! We typically suggest it is protein from real whole food, as whey protein is usually in the form of powder in which the bonds are already broken down and the stmach acid and pepsin has to do less in a case like that.

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    Hi. I am underweight, because of the healthy foods I eat. I am gluten and sugar free. I eat 3 healthy meals a day and nut and fruit snacks in between the last 2 meals. I load up on coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. I eat full cream yoghurt and butter and occasional gf bread and cake. Green smoothies every day. I cleared up IBS with going gf. I used to have hyperinsulinaemia, so stopped sugar and cut right back on fruit. But need to keep that in check, hence, I think these weight gain shakes are too high in fructose for me. I don’t want to eat raw eggs either. Any other weight gain suggestions? Thanks Steven.

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    Wow I posted a comment on this site a long time ago, got a notification today on FB that I got a reply, and when I came back to check, both the reply and my original comment were gone. What gives???

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    I have Lyme, sibo and leaky gut. I am unable to have eggs, and whey protein and honey as I react to these and honey would feed my Lyme and sibo. I also have histamine intolerance and therefore avocado is out. What alternatives do I have in view of my food intolerances? I am 5’11” and weigh 62kg and desperately need to gain weight. Thank you.

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      HI James, sorry to hear you’re struggling. First off, you’ll need to get your diet dialed in before you try more advanced shakes like this. Start by adding in small amounts of fat and taking digestive enzymes. It’s also important to be on a protocol to kill the SIBO, like the one here: http://gutinfections.scdlifestyle.com You may also need to look into your hormones, as it seems your immune system is really suffering and hormones can a have a lot to do with this. You can email us at support@scdlifesyle for more information if you’d like:)

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      Hi Shumaila – the easiest way to add in more calories is to increase your fat intake. Many find that drinking calorie dense smoothies is an easy way to add in extra calories with out feeling like your constantly eating. We encourage you to try on of the shakes and see how you do!

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    Im wondering if I can just use the yolks of the eggs for this? I think I am allergic to the whites. I notice when I eat too many eggs my depression gets bad. I think this has to do with them being inflammatory…but Ive heard its the whites that are bad. Is this true? I really want to gain like 10 lbs. Only thing is I have SIBO- (which is probably a culprit) and these shakes are all high fodmaps…avocado, and banana…so Im worried it will make my SIBO worse. What do you think? Thanks!

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    Do you have the names of any PREPARED high-carb nutritional drinks you can just buy and go? I am looking for a high carb, medium protein, GMO-free, gluten and dairy free, and preferably sweetened with stevia. I am dealing with fatigue and a lot of the things that were mentioned in the Leaky Gut info (I signed up for your webinar coming up!) and it’s VERY hard to keep preparing everything from scratch by myself and do other things too.
    The closest I’ve gotten to an ideal drink is Orgain vegen drink- it’s got everything I want, even the higher carbs than protein, and even 0rganic– but the sugar is too high, at 9 grams per 11 ounces. That means if I want 2-3 in a day I am having a lot of sugar! I normally don’t use sugar AT ALL now. I am looking for something closer to 3-4 grams sugar per serving. I will keep the recipes in mind as they look very useful, but sure would prefer a drink, or worst case, a powder…. Thanks!

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      Hi Cher – I’m not aware of any prepared options, but you can try looking into different protein powder/meal based shakes from the following brands: Innate Response, Designs for Health, and Garden of life. All you’d have to do is mix them with water so it would still be fairly easy for shakes on the Go.

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    With this article being around so long and many replies – it would be nice to see people actually get back to say how they are doing! But I understand it can be difficult to gauge what truly helps a person. I hope I remember to come back and give a report in a month or two. Will start these shakes this week.

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    Im gluten free looking to bulk been training 5days a week on and off. Because i work night shifts my eating routine changes. Any good easy high calorie protein drinks? I dont like avacado and i dont understand half of other stuff

    Im looking to gain alot of weight. I eat 4-5times a day. 6ft2 72kg


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    Nichola Coughlin says:

    Hi I’m loving the shakes but I really struggle to digest them as it sits in my stomach like a lead weight. I have very low stomach acid and supplement with hcl & pepsin. Is it crazy that I’m having to take 9 capsules to be able to digest a shake? I find it very worrying!!!

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    Hey explain to me how eating high fats help you GAIN weight, exactly? When that is the basis of the ketogenic diet which is touted as helping you LOSE weight. (Same with eating a high protein diet..that is the basis of the Atkins Diet). Seems to me eating high CARBS is the one that gains weight…yet how to do that with Candida, pre diabetes, diabetes, salicylates intolerances, egg allergies, nut/legumes allergies? :/

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      Hi Michelle – a keotgenic diet can help you lose weight but that only occurs when fat is eaten in high amounts and carbs are kept low (to go into a state of Ketosis) – to gain weight we recommend eating plenty of all the macronutrients (carbs, fat, and protein).

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    My father has pancreatic cancer. He has lost over 30 lbs so far. He is not taking and chemo or radiation. I need him to gain weight. His appetite is almost non existent now but he has been amazing with trying to force down whatever concoction i can think of. Do you think the above shakes will help him gain some weight back?

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      Hi Alaina – thanks for reaching out. We can’t promise it will help your dad gain weight, but these are nutrient dense and high calorie – plus they taste good. I hope your dad enjoys them and they give him some strength

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    So I’m looking up information to help my husband gain weight. He’s 5’11” and weighs 110 lbs. He was diagnosed with diabetes (type 2, supposedly) in August and then Celiac in January. He has almost no appetite so I thought maybe the liquid thing would help. But all of these shakes have a TON of carbs. He’s supposed to limit his carb intake to 30 per meal. He also only has one kidney, and I’ve been told that eating that many calories at once is really hard on your kidneys. Any suggestions?

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    I am beginning phase 1 of this diet on Saturday, and am on day 3 of the intro diet. I’m starting off at 110 pounds, and really can’t afford to lose much more weight, but I need this diet to heal my very sick gut and body. Is there any type of weight gaining shake I can have at the beginning of this diet? Also, I’m lactose intolerant, so my yogurt will have to be made with one of the nut milks.

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    I’m quite desperate to gain weight. I’m a diagnosed Celiac and this site was recommended by a friend. I have ever since being diagnosed, been unable (although they are obviously gluten-free) to eat eggs, avocado and banana and many nuts in iny form. If I do, I double over with stomache ache. Drs have not been able to tell me why and pull up their shoulders. I love all of these… Befor I was diagnosed I would any of them on the run with my then busy schedule. My health has deteriorated to the point where I’ve developed Fibromyalgia (there is of course no way drs know what causes FM, I, hoewever, KNOW there’s a connection between it and my gut, before I was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease 15 yrs ago, I was an active sports person, and could count on my one hand how often I needed to see a Dr for myself in 20yrs). After many investigations, it was determined that it was triggered by “chemical trauma” – 2 anitbiotics that clashed when I got Bronchitis in Aug 1999. I have wince become intolerable to any rich or fatty foods and have thus avoided them. When I was finally diagnosed I weighed a mere 28kg. I managed to gain 20kg in the next 5 years, doing the best to stay well enough to work and be a mother and wife for my son. I supplemented with canned shakes, which I am now reluctant to do as I have recently developed a sugar problem as well. If I have any carbs eg. for supper… I would “zone out” within an hour after eating, sometimes even sitting upright in the middle of a movie…this is só not me! I’m very active by nature, although I was forced to stop working 5 years ago because of chronic pain (FM)… I can do with very little sleep and still is very active. This all being said, I have a few questions… 1. Is Whey Gluten-free? I was always told it is not… 2. My sensitivity to eggs, bananas and avo-what’s your take on that? 3. Your smoothies containing mostly the ingredientsnin question 2, obviously is not an option for me….. Where to from here? Please help!

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    Finally a weight GAIN article! THANK YOU!!
    However, I (and many others cannot tolerate salicylates that are high in coconuts, etc.). So am gonna use Rice Milk instead, and Rice Protein powder vs whey. Please write MORE articles about maintaining and gaining weight! 🙂

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    Just wanna quickly clarify. Everywhere you look it says a “cup” of this and a cup of that but how big is the cup? on one of the above list it said a cup of coconut milk is 445 calories but how big is the cup?

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    I thought this was the answer to my problems as I’m struggling not getting enough calories or fat on leaky gut diet. Tried half glass yesterday and within 20 minutes I had bad head, felt sick and sore stomach. Head is worse than normal on waking this morning and stomach still sore. I can normally drink the watered down coconut milk from superstores (alpro here in UK), and I can eat coconut pieces. Is this just a reaction to such a high amount of calories and fat in one go? I brought Grace brand which is just coconut milk and water, no nasties. Do you think I could try again with smaller amount, maybe a dash in my protein shake and soup to start with? I really need the calories I can feel my body struggling needing more fuel. Any advice please, I really need some help. Thank you.

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      Hi Karen, we’re so sorry you had a bad reaction to the shake.

      For weight gain we recommend you double your portions of meat at each meal and try supplementing with a tablespoon of coconut oil at each meal if you can tolerate it.

      If you want to try agin, wait until your symptoms subside before introducing a small amount and gauging for a reaction.

      If you have more questions or need more support, don’t hesitate to email us >>>> support@scdlifestyle.com

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    Is there an alternative to the eggs, that would have the same affect? My boyfriend has a schedule that does not rely on time. Concerned he wouldn’t be able to keep it fresh through out his day.

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    chloe galloway says:

    I might give this a try….I’m veeeerrrrry skinny…I’m having a hard time gaining weight and I dont know if its medical or just fast a metabolism. Has anyone tried this before? Does it help? I had tried everything. I dont want to have to go the medical rout just to be a “perfect” weight. Im looking forward to trying this out!

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    why to take raw eggs. you can use boiled eggs also. it is a myth, that raw eggs are better… I tested and it worked with boiled too… Problem solved 😉

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    I would advise against raw egg whites in a smoothie each day. Raw egg whites contain avidin, which binds on to biotin and will cause a biotin deficiency.

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      Thanks for your comment, Christiaan. True, raw egg whites can contribute to biotin deficiency. However, as long as you aren’t eating raw egg whites at every meal, and are eating biotin-containing foods at your other meals (like the meat on the SCD diet) raw eggs shouldn’t be a problem. However, the SCD diet is about building a custom diet that works for you, so if you’re uncomfortable eating raw eggs, feel free to skip this recipe.

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    Hi, these shakes are very interesting, i have been looking for ever for ways to help my mother add weight, she had tounge cancer five years ago, had heavy doses of radio therapy which the doctors said was her only chance, Thank God they were right, she has meanwhile been cleared but lost all her teeth (had to be pulled out) lost her salivary glands and taste buds (burnt away through the therapy) and lost all her weight, she weighs only 34 killogramms and finds it difficult to eat anything. My question, is it alright to introduce her to these shakes? Are any of these ingredients dangerous for cancer patients? Are there any shakes you can recomend that could help? Thanks.

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      Hi Jenifer, sorry to hear you and your mom had to go endure all of that. We certainly recommend speaking with a medical professional about certain things she should and should not have based upon her condition of cancer. That being said, these shakes are meant for those who have went through the SCD program, done some healing, and are just recommendations for people to test them out and see how they do with them. You may consider adding more healthy fat in for easy additional calories as well.

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    These shakes look delicious but how in the world would a pre-diabetic be able to tolerate these? I have not been able to gain weight and when added more carbs like this my blood sugar went up. There doesn’t seem to be any way to gain weight for people like myself without adding tons of carbs which then elevates blood sugar. Thanks.

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      Hi Loretta, thanks for reaching out. These shakes are certainly not for everyone, as each person is unique with their own specific needs. Adding in more healthy fat, like coconut oil, is a great way to add in extra calories. Also, as your gut begins to heal and absorb more, most find they naturally will start to gain some weight.

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    Hi there,
    Good article. My brother and I are looking at trying the recipe’s above from a fitness perspective to help get the extra calories and muscle gains. The most suitable to me seems to be ‘the mother lode’ as it’s quite balanced. Would this suit this purpose?
    Also, 6 whole eggs, there is a stigma about having too many egg yellows so alot of recipes have say 2 whole eggs and top up with egg whites. Any thoughts on which way is best or recommended for what we want to achieve?
    And lastly, coconut milk, I have little knowledge about the nutritional benefits of this? Seems very high in saturated fats. Would this be recommended for what we are wanting to achieve.
    Many thanks for your time.

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      Hi Tim, thanks for reaching out! Eating extra healthy fats like coconut oil and coconut milk is one of the most effective ways to gain weight, but there is a lot that goes into gaining muscle. Types of workouts, when you eat, what you eat, how much of your food you are actually absorbing (gut health) all play a role in gaining muscle. eggs are a great health food and are an awesome source of calories and protein, but if your gut is impaired you may not be able to tolerate them. From our perspective, we suggest getting control of your gut health if you haven’t already by eating a paleo or SCD type diet.

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    There are a couple things I do to increase digestion of the food I eat so that i get more out of it, instead of having to eat more. Absorbing 50% of one meal is better than 10% of 3 meals. Things I do are many, but related to this page that I didn’t see mentioned are:

    1) I follow proper FODD COMBINING. That means that I never mix a banana (sweet fruit) in with eggs (protein) or coconut milk (fat). I eat blueberries, pineapple, etc instead (acidic fruit), and 30 mins before the eggs, and then limit the fat I add so as help increase the break-down of the proteins. Fat is often better by itself (coconut milk drink with the spices, tea, etc…just not the eggs or fruit) or with non-starchy veggies.

    2) HCl with Betaine to help digest the proteins and fats (not carbs like fruit or veggies).

    Hope it helps,

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    Love the recipe for mass gain shake/1283 calories. My son is 17 6ft tall and weighs 125. He has allergy to cow/goat milk, soy, coconut, pea, egg. What other types of weight gain shakes can I give him that has lots of calories, sans the coconut and egg?

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    I eat daily two large banana twice a day and two dried of egg ,one cup of milk.I want to know is it good or bad for muscle or wheight gainer please tell me because i can’t affored other costly food,plz plz help me iam 55kg but need 65or 70 kg !!#!!

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      Hi Michi, thank you for reaching out! There are many factors that play a part in gaining weight and one of them is a healthy gut. We suggest taking care of any digestive issues you may have and then implementing the weight gaining tips found in the article. Also, you can work on adding in some healthy fat such as coconut oil to get more calories.

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    How many times per day would you suggest eating if trying to gain weight on this diet? I am struggling finding room to fit in all the meals/snacks needed to get in the calories….Do you have any sample days/meal plans that you could share?? I just need some ideas! Thanks for the suggestions!!

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    I know nothing about Paleo, but after having esophagitis causing me to lose weight I’ve made more ‘natural’, homemade Ensure drinks without the chemicals and high fructose corn syrup that makes me feel sick when I drink it.

    I use:

    1 cup whole milk (150 calories)
    1 banana (80-100 calories)
    1/4th cup of oats (75 calories)
    1 tablespoon of flax oil (120 calories)
    1/2 scoop of protein powder (50 calories)

    This usually gives me around 500 calories and goes down easy and tastes great. Add a dash of cinnamon if you want. You can add water if you need to thin it out in order to take it down even quicker. Adjust the portions as needed. You could easily double this recipe.

    Coconut oil and peanut butter help too, but recently allergy testing told me I’m supposedly allergic to these things (even with no symptoms). Hope this helps.

    If you want to avoid dairy, try almond, coconut, or soy milk. They have fewer calories, though.

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    John e. Polko says:

    Is your book available in bookstores or is it available only online? when ordering can I send a bank draft rather than pay thru paypal (I have had bad experiences). please send your company name and address to my email address, and I will send you a draft to pay for the books.
    Thank you kindly.
    John e. Polko.

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      Hi Sonya,

      Thank you for reaching out today! Butternut squash is a great substitute for sweet potatoes, as it has the same consistency and similar taste. The calories in that particular shake may vary with this substitution, but in regards to digestion, it is okay. You can substitute more avocado for banana, or anything SCD legal that has the same sort of consistency.

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    Hello – can any help provide a substitute for bananas. I have a food intolerance to them.

    Also do you make your own coconut milk? OR do you purchase from the store?


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    Hi, I am wondering if there is shake that is good for the first stage of the SCD / leaky gut “tough case” diet. I have been using a wonderful rice based protein for shakes that my Naturopath recommended, but that won’t work on SCD. Same goes with pea protein. I have trouble eating first thing in the morning so shakes are really the only thing I can tolerate – I just don’t see the suggested Phase One breakfast of ham and cooked veg working for me. Thanks for any ideas!!!

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    james mullaney says:

    Just done quick, search and feel extremely silly.lol, no grains alllowed in SCD diet. sorry
    i am just looking to gain weight which i have always struggled with, and as such i am making my own high calorie shakes.

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    hi Steve.

    question regarding the coconut milk. which coconut milk has 480 calories per cup?
    I have an almond coconut milk but it only has 80 calories per 250ml.


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    I do weight training four days a week and recently started up on SCD. I’ve always relied on whey protein (isolates) for that all-important post-workout protein intake; however, that is no longer an option with SCD. Can you recommend any good SCD-legal alternatives that will serve the same purpose? Thanks!

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      I’ve been looking into this too… I’ve been looking at the hydrolyzed whey protein. It’s predigested so it is absorbed quickly. I’m thinking that means nothing will reach the bad bacteria…? Obviously you have to find one that is SCD in terms of other ingredients. I’m still researching but NutraBio unflavored has been the only one so far that looks somewhat compliant.

      Steve, what are you thoughts on hydrolzed whey proteins???

      Thank you!

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    Elizabeth Sales says:

    Hi! I am trying to gain weight as I have lost too much eating paleo. However, I can’t find an acceptable coconut milk and have a question about you recommendations. The Chaokoh cocnut milk has no gums but has sodium metabisulfite and citric acid. My concern is more a out the sodium metabisulfite. I have not read good things about it. Why is this okay and gums are not?

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    I’ve been on chemotherapy since late June, have a number of times where I’ve been “hungry but with no urge to actually eat”. Then a day later I’d be unable to stuff enough down my face. When I can eat, I’d not have the capacity to eat “enough”.

    (Far from “real food” I used to be able to eat a 14 inch pizza in under 5 minutes, that was 15 years ago, now I’d be hard pressed to manage two slices.)

    The next step will be to acquire/assemble one of the above…

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    I would expect that drinking raw eggs would taste quite bad. What does the motherload shake taste like, (sweet, sour, tangy, etc.) and what is the texture like (lumpy, gluggy, smooth, thick watery)?

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      Check out the canned coconut milk in the baking section. I found a brand which is pure coconut with the fat and liquid. It is so creamy and pleasing taste. I made an AIP avocado ran h dressing with it and it was great. Check it out, but read the labels to make sure no Guar gum or other additives are in it.

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    wow these shakes look so delicious. I can’t eat eggs due to an intolerance, but my shakes are pretty similar to this- bananas, yogurt, kefir, vanilla, gelatin, and other berries. I’ve put on 16 lbs since I started SCD and don’t think I would’ve without the diet.

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    I love this article, especially how you cover so many diet options. I’m a new fan. I was under the mistaken impression you were SCD only, but there’s so much crossover in the healing diets, you obviously have a wealth of knowledge to share. I’m a blogger newbie (started in January). I have rheumatoid arthritis which I’m healing through a GAPS/Paleo AIP blend. My website focuses on healing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle. Thanks for being an inspiration.

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      He said it (sweet potato) is SCD illegal in the article, he never claimed it was legal. The first two shakes are SCD legal which is why they are labeled as SCD shakes, the other three are not.

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    Yeah, shakes would be great….but I’m terrified to eat this much of any one thing. Two whole bananas in a single day? Four eggs? A whole cup of coconut milk? That’s how I’ve become allergic to stuff in the past, eating too much of the same thing. “Highly reactive”, my doc calls it.

    Maybe it’s more in my head now, I don’t know, but it’s really difficult for me to try new things, and makes me super-stressed, which probably doesn’t help the whole reactive thing.

    I make do with a batch of pumpkin-coconut milk custard every three weeks. For others who aren’t so…weird, it’s an excellent source of calories and also, absolutely delicious. I halve the sweetener and change it to honey.


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    Having my first 1/2 weight gainer shake. Very good tasting but I am finding it difficult to drink that much ( even cutting the recipe in half made a 16 oz drink ) you say to drink it fairly quickly. How long should it take for 16 oz?

    Thank you


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        I have been taking hydrolyzed lactalbumin protein for 2 months as I have been unable to digest protein in any form. This is a predigested protein that goes immediately to the blood stream without requiring the stomach to digest anything. I have seen great improvement in how I feel.

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    Thanks for this great article! My husband has a j-pouch and SIBO right now, and he seriously needs to gain weight. One question: is it okay to eat raw eggs? We’re concerned about salmonella and wondered if there’s a certain kind of egg that is safer than others.

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