True Tales from a Shakeology Skeptic

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Truth time: I didn’t just jump right in on the Shakeology train.

I signed up to do the 21 Day Fix in March of 2015 and I opted out of buying Shakeology. I felt like it was a scam and probably wasn’t worth the money. After all, it was around $125 a month!

Being the little rebel that I am (not really) I hopped on good ol’ Google and started researching cheaper alternatives to Shakeology. I DID want a meal replacement/protein shake but I wanted to find a way around paying for Shakeology.

I read some articles and reviews and picked one on Amazon (chocolate flavored) that people said was very similar. (And it was less than half of the price). It arrived and I couldn’t WAIT to make my first shake! I got everything all set up and put it in the blender.

I blended it all up, poured it in a glass, took a big swig…and thought,

“Holy crum this is GROSS!” 

But I still refused to pay up for Shakeology and I figured if they were similar, that Shakeo probably tasted this gross too. It was super thick, chunky…and (I swear) since it was plant based – I could taste the actual plants. A review I read online said something hilarious like “Imagine blending up grass trimmings and drinking them.” So true. And I just felt kinda gross all day after drinking it. My stomach would bubble and I felt like I had to resist the urge gag to get the whole shake down.

But day after day, I made this mud/plant drinkie-ma-bobber and downed it because everyone else in my challenge groups were drinking Shakeology and I wanted to follow suit.

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One day I went over to my in-laws house and was telling my mother in law about my new mud grass shakes and she said, “OH I have some Shakeology if you want to try it!”

I figured, “Why not?! It’s free!” so I grabbed it and took it home.

I got all set up…put the water, ice and a scoop of the Shakeology in my blender, blended it up and put it in my glass. Took a (skeptical) swig and… (insert angels singing) it was the BEST shake I had ever tasted. Like something from an ice cream parlor.

I was immediately hooked. (True story, I would fall asleep every night thinking about how I could NOT wait to wake up in the morning and make a Shakeology!).

So long story short, I ordered my own bag and became a Beachbody coach “just for the discount” on the products. (Which is hilarious to me because fast forward to now…I am full time with BB and it’s the best freaking job I’ve EVER had.)

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So BESIDES the fact that Shakeology doesn’t taste like lawn clippings…why is it the best option? What makes it so healthy? What makes it worth every single penny?

Here’s what it’s done for me personally. (This is totally NOT a sales pitch, this is legitimately what it has done for my health and my body, personally.)

  • I’ve lost 10+ pounds (my dad drinks it every day and has lost 30!)
  • My energy is night and day difference. This is coming from a mommy of a 3 year old and 1 year old who both don’t sleep through the night.
  • I have so much more energy to power through my workouts.
  • My sweet tooth and chocolate cravings are taken care of with the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology.
  • I’ve SAVED money. I went from ordering a Triple Grande Iced Caramel Macchiato every day ($5.75) to drinking a Coffee + Vegan Chocolate shake at home for about $3.66 (with my coaches discount).
  • I always know exactly what I’m having for breakfast (saves me so much time!)
  • I FEEL healthy from the inside out.
  • Lifts my mood. No more HANGRY mommy.
  • Peace of mind about my nutrition. I know that I’m putting 70+ superfoods in my body every day!
  • In my opinion my hair, skin and nails look so much better.

I could go on and on…

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And here are some awesome facts about Shakeo for all of you who need some scientific proof, and not just some “blogger chick” raving about her personal experience 🙂 

{This is taken from a blog post on shakeology.com}

Shakeology is packed with superfoods.
What’s a superfood, you ask? Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. They go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; in addition, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.*

Shakeology’s ingredients fall into these powerful nutrient groups:

  • Proteins and Amino Acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Phytonutrients
  • Adaptogen Herbs
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics
  • Digestive Enzymes

PROTEINS and AMINO ACIDS
(Whey, Pea, Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Sacha Inchi; Vegan Protein blend also includes Oat, Pea, and Rice Proteins
These two very important elements help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food cravings, support optimal brain function, improve your mood, and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. The bottom line is, your body NEEDS proteins and amino acids to thrive—and Shakeology has lots and lots of them!

ANTIOXIDANTS (Cacao,  Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, Luo Han Guo)

Antioxidants are incredibly important in one’s diet because they neutralize molecules known as free radicals. These destructive little devils damage your body the same way oxygen in the air rusts exposed metal on a car. Unfortunately, free radicals are natural by-products that our cells produce, and if you don’t have enough antioxidants to absorb free radicals, they overwhelm your cells, oxidizing and destroying them.

Moral of the story: Load your body up with antioxidants and super-fruits (via Shakeology) to help keep you happy and healthy for a long, long time.

PHYTONUTRIENTS
(Moringa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale)
Phytonutrients are the active elements found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas. All the green superfoods in Shakeology contain phytonutrients that are known to promote a healthy immune system, healthy aging, and help to detoxify and alkalinize the body.

Alkalinize? What does that mean?
Think back to science class when you were a kid and did that litmus paper test. If something was too acidic it turned the paper red. RED = BAD. If it was too much of a base it turned the paper purple. PURPLE = BAD. But right in the middle is the neutral zone (which is where we want our bodies’ pH levels to be). To be in that happy zone we need to “alkalinize” our bodies. And the alkaline nature of phytonutrients (which are packed in Shakeology) helps promote alkalinity in your body.

Unfortunately, the American diet is comprised of waaaaaay too many acidic foods—things like soda, energy drinks, coffee, alcohol, pasta, and processed deli meat. And an acidic environment in the body may lead to disease. So if you’re a self-proclaimed veggie hater (like our CEO Carl Daikeler claims to be), DRINK SHAKEOLOGY and you won’t even know you’re drinking phytonutrients that help alkalinize your body. You’ll just be happy and healthy.

ADAPTOGEN HERBS
(Maca, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Maitake Mushroom, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Schisandra, Ginkgo)
If they sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, they kind of are. Adaptogens are special herbs that often grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations and on mountaintops where the soil is rocky and oxygen is thin.

Because these plants have to adapt to very harsh conditions, they have been traditionally said to have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, and help neutralize harmful free radicals.

PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS
(Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes [Bacillus Coagulans])
Prebiotics pretty much act as “food” that fuels the growth of probiotics (the good bacteria) that are naturally found in your intestines.

Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that assist your body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bringing an overall balance to the digestive tract while helping support your immune system.

Forget what those cleaning product commercials tell you about bacteria being bad, because these kinds of bacteria are important for proper digestive health and a strong immune system.

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
(Amylase, Caellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Invertase)
Digestive Enzymes help your body break food down into its individual components, making nutrients easier to absorb. Because cooking can destroy foods’ natural digestive enzymes, there’s a very good chance that you don’t get enough of these enzymes in an average diet.

Then we loaded Shakeology up with VITAMINS and MINERALS.
The truth is, most of us don’t get the complete range of vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, like vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, which means they need to be replenished regularly. And other vitamins, like vitamin D, can be difficult to get enough of in food.

And there you have it, the magical ingredients inside of every Shakeology.
Now try explaining all that to your friends when they ask you why you drink Shakeology every single day! That knowledge really is a good party trick. Or, you could just say: it’s the Healthiest Meal of the Day® and I love the way it tastes—end of story.

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A closer look at all of the superfoods in EVERY bag of Shakeology

 

To check out more of what this superfood amazingness is all about, Click Here!

And if you want to know more about my journey with health and fitness OR to join me and get started with YOUR journey, shoot me an email! >> cherisseredmond@gmail.com

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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