I was a huge skeptic. That’s easy enough to admit. I blogged about it before. I told people about my skepticism. There were so many believers but I just couldn’t get it. I thought that Shakeology wasn’t for me.
To get to my conversion let me back up a bit. I grew up in a family of pretty healthy eating, we had a nightly salad, sugary cereals were considered a treat, and my mom home made most of our meals. Yet we were still consuming all the hidden sugars of the typical American diet and I had a MAJOR MAJOR sweet tooth. That I INDULGED on my own whenever I could (I’m talking taking a row of oreos and crushing them in a bowl, pouring milk over the top and eating it with a spoon). I was always a multi-sport athlete and one of those kids who was ALWAYS hungry. It seemed like what I ate made no difference to my size whatsoever. I remember my friend in high school asking me, “Do you ever stop eating?” My response “I am ALWAYS hungry.”
Fast forward to my college years of playing basketball. The always hungry rule still applied. I was burning calories like crazy with our practice and game schedule so I was still skinny. Yet I was having SO MANY joint issues. I remember thinking “I basically have an ‘itis’ in every joint.” I had chronic patellar tendonitis, bursitis in my shoulders, bursitis in my hips. As a junior in college I was told I had arthritis in my knees. I’d get tired of older adults telling me ‘just wait til you’re ____ (insert their age).” I’d want to say “I KNOW how that feels now! It hurts to sit down, it hurts to stand up, it hurts to sit in one position for more than a few minutes, it hurts to go upstairs or downstairs. I KNOW!” I think I usually just smiled and said “yeah.”
A couple things changed however. God worked a lot of things out for me in quitting college basketball for a time, and that’s all for another post someday, but He also led me to start learning about food.
After I graduated I really started reading and researching what food does FOR your body vs. TO your body. I started realizing how much of the junk I was eating was probably the MAIN factor in all of the inflammation in my body, whether it was bursitis or tendonitis. I started cutting WAY back on white sugar. I started reading more and just learning about all the chemicals in most of the food we eat that is packaged. I started reading ingredients labels and realizing how most of the food has some form of added sugar- like reeeeeal healthy corn syrup (yes that is sarcasm dripping out). It is in stuff that it has no business being in! Look in pasta sauces, in bread, in crackers, in yogurt. Crazy amounts. I started seeing these ingredients lists were full of things I couldn’t read much less pronounce and I had no idea what they were. I also started learning about how food is actually the greatest way to heal and recover our bodies, but when we jam them full of chemicals and fake foods our system gets all caught up just trying to figure out what to do with that rather than healing itself. It’s like a mom who has so many things going on with her kids that she stops taking care of herself.
I went from quitting college basketball after my junior year of college, thinking I’d never really be an athlete again and that my future workouts would all be on an exercise bike or in the pool, to five years later quitting my job to go play professional basketball overseas.
So fast forward. How does all of that relate to Shakeology?
It wasn’t drinking Shakeology that got me back to playing sports and doing heavy lifting and plyometric workouts. Overall I eat really healthy now. Because of this, I thought I didn’t need Shakeology and didn’t even have a use for it.
But then I kept hearing about it. I was SO curious. The ingredients are all natural. I got that. There were even some ingredients that I had already been implementing in my diet because I had read up on them over the last few years and their health benefits- things like flax and chia seed, quinoa, probiotics, and greens powder. They were all in there. So why was I skeptical?
The first thing that definitely set me off and was the biggest hurdle for me was the price. For many people the price is not a big deal, but we are more on the penny pinching side over here so it seemed extreme. I also had branded it in my mind as a protein powder, which for me has never been used as a meal replacement but a drink I have along with other food (in that same sitting or soon thereafter).
My only other concern was not knowing how much of those superfoods I would be getting in a serving. Okay so there is maca root powder in there, (a superfood I had been reading about the last year and considering adding to my diet for hormone balancing), but I questioned, is there enough of that in one serving to make a difference? Are the amounts of all these superfoods enough to really do anything or are they just putting in enough to be able to stick it on the ingredients label and market it?
I realized the only way for me to find that out was to try it. Shakeology has a bottom of the bag full refund guarantee. I decided to bite the bullet and try it.
Here’s what I found:
- I REALLY liked the taste. I liked that it blended up really creamy rather than super icy. You know when you make a protein shake and you get all the ice and then the liquid that pools at the bottom? This blends to the texture almost like a Wendy’s Frosty. I dug that. But that’s not that important, so more importantly:
- It DID help me with cravings. I am not so sure it’s because my body is getting all this amazing stuff that it just doesn’t even want sugar anymore (see, still skeptical), but because I have it every day and it feels like a treat to me, it’s like I answered that craving for dessert. So instead of eating a half a bag of chocolate chips in one sitting, I had the Shakeology.
- It did help me feel full like a meal would. I have tried having it at different times during the day as what I’ve eaten at other times varied depending on when I got my workout in, but I really got into a good groove of having it late afternoon right after I put baby girl down for her nap. I like to use nap time as my time to catch up with blogging, reading, and cleaning. I realized that I’d have the Shakeology and not even think about eating until I was getting baby girl up again- 3 hours later.
- It helped my energy levels. Again, probably some of this is due to what is in it, I mean, I do believe in the ingredients, but also some of this is due to the fact that because I look forward to it, I am making sure I eat in that time slot every day where before I might get caught up doing other things and let myself go too long in between mini meals and then end up bingeing on popcorn and crackers. It didn’t really occur to me that this was happening until the other day when I was looking at my iphone. I think most of you can relate to me in realizing that you have 15 windows up on your interent ap and its’ time to close a few out. I was doing this and came across an article I had googled a little over a month ago on “What to Eat to End that Afternoon Slump”…I had been slumping hard core. I’d put baby down for her nap and everything in me just wanted to go lay down myself. I realized this had not been happening for a while.
- The jury is still not completely settled on this one, but I really think it has helped balance my hormones. Sorry for tmi, but every month when I get that certain visitor I have a solid week before my guest shows up where I am an emotional rollercoaster. Like crying at the drop of a hat. Like mad at my husband for everything. Like wondering what my purpose is. Well this last month the visitor came and went and about two days after it was over I had this thought “huh, I had a really good pre-week. Like, I was a normal person.” Two days after that it clicked “Huh, I wonder if the Shakeology (with the maca powder) really did help me?” Like I said, I’d like to go another month at least before I attribute it to this.
- It is convenient nutrition. Could I make a meal every meal? Yes, I could. But the odds are I won’t. Even with my not all that busy life at this point, the odds are I won’t. It is so great to have something that is quick and easy and I know what’s in it. There are not any ingredients that I am doubting. It’s not something that is merely “not bad” for my body, it’s something that is really good for my body. And that’s the sort of stuff I want to give my body. Stuff that’s going to treat it right. And the truth is, the more convenient something is, the more likely it’s going to happen. Get a balanced meal with nothing fake or chemical? Done.
In addition to trying it, I also wanted to hear more of the product from its maker. It was a big boost for me to hear the creator of Shakeology, Darin Olien, interviewed on the Rich R0ll podcast. I had already been interested in Roll for a few years as he is a vegan ULTRA ENDURANCE athlete. What’s that mean? Well for one he and a friend completed the EPIC5 CHALLENGE – just a little deal of completing 5 Ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. So though I don’t want to be a vegan, I have big respect for the guy and if your body can do what his does, I think you know a thing or two about nutrition…(You can check out the interview here).
So once I got through these discoveries and research I had to go back to the price. Is it worth it? Again, that is for each person to decide. Only YOU know your food budget. Only YOU know if you can make this work. I confess I was a little annoyed with people continually telling me “it’s worth it if you understand the value.” I wanted to say “yeah, I get the value of a Mercedes Benz, but I still can’t afford one.” (yeah that’s my sassypants side coming out again)…Turns out though, I COULD afford it. I decided to go ahead and try to make it work. Adding to this was when I had a week where twice I tried other protein/meal replacement shakes, one at a local cafe and one in the cafe inside my gym where they were giving away free Herba Life shakes. Both were several dollars MORE for the serving, and both were LESS impressive to me with the ingredients list. That was an aha sort of realization for me. So with that said, for me at this point, it is worth it. And like I said, there are plenty of people who it is not a big expense for at all. It’s all about you and your budget.
I have to say also, that I ended up liking it so much that I decided to sign on as a Beach Body coach, but there’s a whole other post coming about that…
So there’s my confession. I went from complete and total skeptic to believer. I will humbly admit I was wrong.