You’ll NEVER believe the SUPER FABULOUS MINDBLOWING thing that happens NEXT!

Seriously, click bait? Seriously? I get annoyed at the hyperbole that runs rampant across social media. I’m in this team competition thing with some other coaches, and one of the challenges was to post about Shakeology but using the words “daily dose of superfoods”. I’m gonna be honest-it makes me cringe. Now, I LOVE me some Shakeology. It is made from all real, whole foods. The foods are nutrient dense and contain all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, I need for a balanced meal plus extra stuff like pre-and probiotics AND the founders continually look for sources that are eco friendly and benefit the farmers. I think that’s really cool (maybe not your cup of hippy tea, but it’s mine). I really don’t like the word “super food”. I don’t like unnecessary hyperbole. I don’t like labeling food in general, and “super food” just irritates me-even if it fits the criteria from the current nutrition standpoints that do label food super and otherwise. To me, it cheapens Shakeology.

There. I said it. I’m an elitist. I’m a protein drink snob. I don’t want viral clicks on Shakeology from fad following superlative driven yo-hos. You need to be serious. You need to be skeptical. You need to do your own research before you jump on this wagon. And if it is not for you-for whatever reason, then don’t get it.

Do I think Shakeology is beneficial for me? Yes. Do I think almost everybody could benefit from drinking it? Also, yes. It’s food. It’s really well balanced and nutritive but it is legitimately FOOD not chemical additives, supplements, synthesized vitamins, or what have you. It’s food, you guys. Almost everyone could benefit from having one completely balanced meal of real food a day. (I say almost, because I don’t like grandiose absolutes much more than I like excessive superlatives. Someone out there may already be eating exactly perfectly and Shakeo wouldn’t make a bit of difference. Or maybe they’re allergic to every single ingredient. Or something.)

I have been asked whether it’s something I see myself maintaining “for the long term” and when I first bought it I would’ve said, “No, maybe just for a year or two.” But now? I don’t see any reason why I won’t be drinking this into my dotage. People daily drink coffee their entire lives. People daily drink sweet tea their entire lives. People daily drink soda their entire (shorter) lives (ha! ha! Sorry, couldn’t resist the soda jab). Why is it so weird that I daily drink Shakeology? Can the only reason to daily consume something be pleasure? Can I not drink something that is pleasurable AND balanced? There are 220 calories in a McDonald’s large sweet tea. I used to drink that daily. There are 160-170 calories in Shakeo made with just water. I mix it with fruit and water, so I’m in the 200-240 calorie range (depending on which fruit and how much). But instead of refined sugar, I’m drinking protein, vitamins, minerals, complex carbs, prebiotics, probiotics… Seriously, what is the problem here?

And I like it. I don’t like all the flavors, I don’t like all the recipes, but I’ve found the way that I DO like it, and I, well, LIKE it. I ENJOY THIS STUFF. So. Yes, I think you should drink Shakeology. No, I will not try to trick/woo/browbeat you into buying it. You should be a little skeptical. You should do your own research. But I’ve done mine, and “super food” or not, it’s a staple part of my fitness.

Seven Weeks Until Spring!

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Ok guys, February is my least favorite time of year. Last year I dyed my hair purple, this year I’m beginning a challenge! Seven weeks until springtime, let’s focus on our health so that we can power through the gloomy months instead of staying cocooned under our blankets wishing for the sunshine.

-If you want to get in better shape
-If you want to learn about nutrition and eating “clean”
-If you want to increase your endurance, your strength, your speed
-If you want to improve your health so you can do activities with the ones you love.
-If you’re just curious about the “Beachbody” thing

Come join me! This is a challenge for everyone, from ANY starting point on your fitness journey. Bring me your old knee injuries, your tired of cyclical dieting, your frustrated with gym creepers, your fatigue, your pain, your “just plain sick of it all” and lets see if we can get you started on something that works for YOU. (Beachbody offers money back guarantees on almost everything, too, so do it for a lark and return it if it doesn’t work). OR bring me your wanting “a bit more”, your “need to be faster”, your “stuck in a plateau” and let’s see if we can’t push your limits.

The rule is you have to commit to either drinking Shakeology for seven weeks, or commit to one of the workout programs (some of them are only 30 minutes a day. 30 minutes! With modified exercises! You can do that!). How much you want to do is up to you, but I’ll be right there with you head down, barreling through, praying for warmer, sunshine filled days. Follow the link to pick your poison! I mean, uh, find a healthier you!

**You can choose how you want to do your thing-through the accountability groups on facebook or through me just harassing-um-supporting you through emails, texts, what have you-or any combination! Start small, go big, just do SOMETHING. One step at a time, folks, slow is a completely acceptable pace (and faster then the guy sitting on the couch).

***Shakeology came out with a new Cafe Latte flavor, too, for all you coffee drinkers! OR you can add cold coffee DIRECTLY TO YOUR SHAKE. You can still have coffee, is what I’m saying. 😉

 

Drinking the Beachbody Koolaid

I keep trying to find ways to write a blog post that talks about Shakeology, should I ease into it a bit guiltily? Laugh at my absurd obsession? Try to be all inspiring and stuff? Truth is, any of those perspectives would work but I am a bit frazzled with all the move chaos so my creative juices aren’t in full flow.

I do feel slightly guilty for how much I am enjoying Shakeology because I usually just don’t like shakes or smoothies. They’re ok, but I rarely seek them out, even milkshakes or malts are just  “eh, take or leave it”. And I’ve had my fair share of health drinks/meal replacement shakes/protein smoothies and they all leave an after taste of dried feet. Gross. So, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I like the taste of Shakeology-I look forward to drinking it. Not the vanilla flavor-gag me with a sock-but the tropical strawberry and vegan chocolate are very palatable and absolutely not feet tasting. At least, when you add over a cup of various fruit to your blender along with the powder, haha. To be fair, I can drink them just shaken in water, but I don’t like them as much that way.

It may have gotten a bit out of hand, though, because I was without it for over a week and when it finally arrived in the mail I was so excited I almost Instagramed a photo of the box. Then I was like, whoa, that’s a bit much, nobody cares about your box of nutritional powder. You’re welcome, Instagram followers.

I don’t know how to be all “light a fire under your butt” inspiring, but I WILL say that as a meal replacement Shakeo is quick and easy, doesn’t make me hungry 30 minutes after drinking it, it’s quick and easy, it tastes good, it’s quick and easy, and I think it may actually help keep me from snacking the rest of the day while giving me a nice boost in energy first thing in the morning. Did I mention it was quick and easy? Or that my two year old likes to push the buttons on the blender and my one year old thinks my Shakeo cup is just the coolest thing ever to lug around nonstop? You can’t beat a drink that is ALSO child entertainment.

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After we finally move and get settled I’d like to write a post comparing Shakeology with Soylent since Brian drinks Soylent as his meal replacement (I couldn’t stomach the taste day in and day out but he doesn’t mind it). They’ve got very different back stories and different ingredients and serve slightly different functions but kinda have some similarities, too. Biggest difference is Shakeology is entirely real food ingredients and Soylent uses synthetically derived chemical components for some of it’s nutrient sources. And the taste, they definitely taste different.

ANYway, anyone else have a meal replacement drink they like? Have you had any luck losing weight or gaining muscle or dropping blood pressure/improving lab levels or boosting immune system, etc., etc., etc.? This is only my second month on Shakeology, and the biggest thing for me is it seems to balance out my blood sugar in the morning so I don’t crash and get all woozy mid morning. I tried drinking Ensure during a race (I think it was a race? maybe just a training run?) once. It was rough. I kept burping up that nasty aftertaste. It did provide me with nutrients but, ugh. Almost bad as trying to eat those racing GUs gel packet thingies. Blech.

There you have it, I am totally drinking the Beachbody koolaid. I’m one of them now (cue horrified screaming in the background).