There are lots of studies that say nutrition can help make your depression better. Or worse. Or even cause it in the first place.
This one, for example: nutritional deficiencies that may cause depression/
Either way, it’s crucial what you put in your body, especially during your darker times. Which is not always easy. The prospect of having to prepare a meal alone can seem such an impossibly difficult task that you rather eat nothing at all. Or whatever you have in your fridge that doesn’t require preparation.
It gets even more difficult if you have a very sensitive stomach that only ever so slowly recovers from years of disordered eating – that sometimes goes hand in hand with depression – you may have put it through, and which – partly as a result from that disordered eating – now presents with various food sensitivities and very disturbing reactions to all kinds of things it can’t digest properly.
I’m on my way to recovery, but it’s still going to take some time, and right now, I know that my body doesn’t get everything it needs from the few things I can eat without having symptoms (thank god dark chocolate is one of those few things I can eat :D).
In comes a fairly new product called Jake. I can’t remember how I stumbled across it, might have been a simple facebook ad. Basically, it’s a shake that you can use to replace a regular meal. The website says „Jake is a simple, vegan and nutritious powder that provides you with all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy“. It also promises that „after your first meal, you can already notice the constant flow of energy that you get from consuming a correct ratio of carbs, protein, fats and fibers„. Here’s the link to the nutrition facts.
Well, if that doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for all my dietary struggles.
So I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I had really high hopes, especially when it comes to the promise of „more energy“.
My plan original plan went something like this:
Start replacing one meal per day with „Jake“, and if my digestive tract doesn’t complain, slowly build up to a couple of days of only shakes.
As we all know though, even such a simple test can go wrong on more places than one….
But let’s start with a couple of first impressions:
My test package consists of both Jake Original and Jake Light shakes, and a plastic shaker.
First up: Jake Light.
The smell of the powder isn’t great, but not too bad either. A little earthy maybe. The kind of smell you might recognize from plant based protein powder. After adding 300 ml of water, I’m ready to go. Ready to shake I mean.
The shaker works ok and it doesn’t leak but it takes some time and violent shaking until there are no lumps of powder left.
And here we go, the first sip…
Ugh. Ok. That is… not delicious.
The website does state that sometimes it takes some getting used to the taste but that people eventually love it, so I didn’t exactly expect a taste explosion. I did however expect it to be drinkable. Looking at the amount of shake in the plastic container neither my stomach nor my taste buds are amused. After one more sip I’m so horrified by the taste that I decide not to finish the shake and try Jake Original instead. It can only get better, right?