Sharing the Truth – Misconceptions of Shakeology

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Here recently I have been hearing a lot of hesitations, reservation, misconception, and/or misinformation about Shakeology.  I wanted to compile all of my thoughts and the information that I have, then all the sudden this popped up and I realized that I couldn’t have said it any better myself so I had to share with you!

 

Sharing the Truth stated by Coach Seay Stanford (Shared on Facebook).

#1 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is a protein shake.

Meaning just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for ANY shake. But, all shakes are not created equal—especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’d have to eat a whole lot of fruits and vegetables to equal the nutrition in a single glass of Shakeology—and you probably couldn’t do it for less than 170 calories. Shakeology makes it very easy to cut your calories without substantially cutting down your daily volume of nutrients needed. Truth be told, the majority of people are WAY MORE nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why just stop at a protein shake?

#2 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is about comparing carbs, proteins, and fats to other shakes.

This is not at all what you should be comparing when you look at other shakes versus Shakeology. Sure, other shakes have 0 grams of sugar. But how do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural. Yes, that’s right, they are probably using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners to get to 0 grams of sugar. Even fruit has sugar in it. A shake with 0 grams of sugar is using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners. Shakeology has NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial colors, NO soy, NO artificial stimulants, and NO artificial flavors. One of its main sweeteners is Stevia, which is plant-based.

#3 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is just a bunch of extracts, with no whole-food ingredients.

That’s not true. Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are preserved in their whole-food state to retain maximum nutrient value. It’s a very difficult process to use whole, plant-based ingredients so that the formula retains as much nutritional value as possible, but Shakeology has a whole team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every ingredient in Shakeology. Imagine trying to juice all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.

#4 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is expensive.

To anyone who feels this product is expensive I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its REAL VALUE. Most people will agree that they would spend an average of $3 to $7 on a HEALTHY nutritious meal. I know most store-bought salads cost even more than that, and don’t contain nearly the dense concentration of nutrients. But on average, I think we can all agree healthy meals run between $3 and $7. Shakeology, at $4.33 per shake, comes in on the LOW END of average. (You can make Shakeology into a breakfast or lunch that you’d be buying anyway.) Not only are you spending less than you normally would, you’re also getting vital nutrients your body needs, that you just can’t get from your run-of-the-mill salad, plus the normal range of vitamins and minerals. So you can replace your VITAMINS, too. Sure, you may need a specific vitamin, based on your conditions, geography, or age—but in general, Shakeology will provide you with a solid base of your whole-food nutrients.

When was the last time you went to your grocery store and bought THIRTY meals all at once? Typically, I’m guessing, you buy a few days’ worth each time. When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you are buying 30 of your shakes up-front. That means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. For the price, I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients.

#5 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is only for weight loss.

Most shakes are marketed this way. But here’s the thing. Anything will induce weight loss if it’s low enough in calories. Just because you are drinking a shake, does not mean the fat will melt off. Actually, if you are not getting enough nutrients and calories you will actually inhibit your weight-loss efforts. Shakeology is about HEALTH. When you put the RIGHT nutrients in your body that it needs to develop, heal, recover, repair, and thrive, you may ultimately have MORE energy, LESS cravings, and FEEL better therefore you eat less and become more active. With Shakeology, weight loss becomes a BY-PRODUCT of dense nutrition.

To make my point, when was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and had a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. What if you’re at your goal weight, or need to GAIN weight? Because Shakeology is about DENSE NUTRITION you can use it as your base and add clean calories to make it 300 calories or more. Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone needs to be healthier. Shakeology isn’t MAGIC. It’s just clean dense nutrition made SUPER easy for everyone at a very affordable price. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter. Yes, my family goes through 4–5 bags a MONTH because even though we all have different weight and caloric needs, we all share the same NUTRITIONAL needs. Shakeology isn’t a weight-loss shake—it’s a nutrition shake.

*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.

 

For more information http://www.shakeology.com/rlrenz  or to check out my upcoming 12 Day Challenge group click here

What is it with all the shake pictures…

Oh back about two years ago when I first started using Shakeology my coach told me you are going to love this it is the best tasting protein shake that also helps you loose weight, reduce cravings (I have the WORST sweet tooth),  increase energy, and improved overall digestions.  Okay so she got me with the best tasting and the reduce cravings.  Sweets were and still are my weakness.  When I wasn’t pregnant I actually had really good control over them so I can’t wait to get back to that point.  I will say that it has dramatically reduced my pregnancy cravings and I don’t feel like they are as intense.  It also seems to me that I can curb them easily with say a piece of fruit or by just drinking some water or heaven forbid just walking out of the kitchen!!

So what is Shakeology?

It is your daily dose of dense nutrition and a very delicious superfood packed protein shake.  So I have tried lots of protein in my time and this is by far the best tasting.  I will say that about a year and a half ago they reformulated it and I didn’t care for the taste but luckily they fixed it and it is much better!  Then again when they did that I had just found out I was pregnant with baby girl so who knows if it was the formula they were using or the pregnancy talking!  Guess we will never know!  With Shakeology it is protein-rich with 17g per serving so it helps you to feel full which in turn reduces the chances for you to reach for those “cheat” or junk food snacks throughout the day!  It is also great if you have one meal a day that is always rushed this would be a great meal for that time of day!  Then you would know that you are always making a healthy choice no matter what!

So you see me post about these shakes every day!  Well except for the past few days because…GASP…I ran out!!  The WORST thing in the world to happen especially when you are craving some serious chocolate!! Have you ever wanted to give them a try and see what it is all about?  You have a chance!  Starting 6 October I will be offering a 12-Day Shakeology Challenge.  This will give you a chance to see what it is all about!  I will provide you with a detailed meal guide to meet your needs along with the accountability to keep you going strong for the 12 Days!  Groups in the past have lost up to 12 in and 25 lbs and all in 12 Days!  If this is something you would be interested in trying go to the 12-Day Challenge under free Coaching and sign up today! You can also check out Shakeology here for more information!!

 

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Shakeology Info Chart

Pregnancy Differences…

Prego Comparison

 

The top pictures were taken in February and April 2013 and the bottoms were taken in July and August 2014.  There has been such a huge difference in my pregnancies and I am preparing myself for the children to be just as different!  With my baby girl I was sick from the day I found out I was pregnant which was in September until November.  I remember being so thrilled that I was going to get to enjoy Thanksgiving without feeling sick, I still took my Zofran just in case but nothing!  I was so exhausted that I would come home from work and pretty much crash till the next morning when I would get up to do it all again!  Healthy food, salad, and veggies – what were those!  I did not want anything to do with a salad or anything healthy for that matter!  It was all revolting!  This is funny considering that month’s prior my coworker and I were swapping tips on transporting salads with our favorite dressing to work!  Crackers were a staple from the beginning, so much that I kept a stash next to the bed for the longest time!  Fried anything and ice cream anything all sounded great!  We moved houses when I was about 6 months along, our new house had a Dairy Queen less than a mile down the street, and my husband visited it frequently for me!  I was working and on my feet, a lot and I think that was my saving grace for not gaining more weight!  I was able to swim some in the beginning, which felt amazing of course!

Pregnancy number two has been night and day different!  I was running 3-5 miles almost up to the day that I found out I was pregnant!  We were in transition from the US to Japan when I found out and I did not stop running because I found out I was pregnant it was more the feeling a little sick and I continued running intervals up until about 22-24 weeks and then I couldn’t do it any more!  I continued to walk until just recently when it got too hot here during the day for me to be out and even in the morning it was still just too much for me to be out walking!  Time to move it indoors.  I had also been doing  Les Mills Pump prior to finding out that I was prego so once our household goods arrived I started that back up immediately and I was able to keep it up for a while!  Then PIYO was released and with it being low impact and great for all fitness levels I decided to give it a try and I was able to do it for about 4 weeks.  Then my belly just started getting in the way too much!  I made a great discovery of a new program that I have ordered and I will share what it is once I receive it and start it so keep checking back!  Food wise I had to eliminate sugar as much as I could especially about 2-3 PM.  I would feel miserable if I ate anything sweet after then!  I went ahead and requested Zofran just to help me in the evenings but as long as I ate well I did not have too many problems!  I loved salads, veggies, and all things healthy!  So much that I tested out the recipes for my 12 Day Challenge

before starting one of the groups so that I could show some pictures for the group!  It is just now getting to the point that I am just not super hungry in the evenings and it takes every ounce of my being to cook dinner!  My poor husband!  Luckily, he is very understanding!  I am trying my best to muster the energy to cook for him and baby girl in the evenings, usually by the time that I have cooked dinner and tasted it I am ready to eat!  This far I have only gained a total of 13 lbs but unfortunately, I had not been able to get the majority of my previous baby weight off so I have about 25 lbs extra to spare.  Therefore, I will still probably weigh the same amount at the time of delivery as I did with baby girl, which I topped out at 210-215.

My labor with baby girl was only four hours total so I cannot wait to write-up a post about the differences there too!  So, stay tuned for more to come!

Starting to get tired of being pregnant!

– Lauren

Taking time for family and friends…

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Once a week I meet with a good friend over FaceTime!  It is our time to work on setting goals for our businesses and discussing the ups and downs that life brings us!  She has also played and huge part in helping me to grow and push my business to what it has become and will become in the future!  Thanks to all the advances in modern technology it has been so much easier to keep in touch with friends and family and they have all been able to watch my baby girl grow even though they cannot be here with us!  They have also gotten to see my ever growing belly!  So please do not take for granted living close to family and friends.  I have always wished I could live closer to family and one day it will happen!  In the mean time I am very thankful for FaceTime, Skype, MagicJack, and all of the other pieces of technology that have made it possible for us to feel more connected to family and friends.  So please go call someone you love and tell them you were thinking about them! Or go see them if you can!  Embrace it for all of us that can’t!

Cravings Happen…

The struggle is real folks and as much as I try to keep healthy foods here I have days (since being prego, when not prego I could go a lot longer without sweets!) that I just can’t help it!  There are days where yes I chug some water and feel better or eat an apple with some PB and  I don’t think twice about it.  Then there are days like the day I made the purchase below that I just couldn’t help myself!  There was no way around it! Or there are days when my husband (Mr. I don’t eat sweets!!) wants ice cream and he brings home 2 pints of Ben & Jerry’s and yes I resist at first.  Then a couple of days later I am at a moment of weakness when nothing is helping and there is goes more ice cream consumed!!  I will say that this time around the cravings are a lot fewer and far between, I am managing them better, and well it helps there isn’t a Dairy Queen less than a mile down the road!!

Here are some of the snacks that have really helped me to manage this craving!!

Greek yogurt, sliced banana, with PB – mix the yogurt and PB, slice the banana and put the mixture over it and put in the freezer for a little bit.  ENJOY!!

Greek yogurt with PB2 – mix together and use as a fruit dip!

Plain almonds

Good old fashion glass of water! With lemon or lime of course!

Prego or not one serving at a sitting is not going to kill your weight loss or your eating but continuing to eat like that will or eating half of a container in a sitting will! Hang it there it isn’t the end of the world and it happens!  It is a fact of life it happens and depriving yourself of something that you enjoy will only make matters worse in the long run!

 

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