...So much more
Shakeology is at its heart a meal replacement shake, but in reality it is so much more. At first glance, you'll notice it is only 140-150 calories per serving, is made up of over 70 natural (almost all plant based) ingredients, and has around 17 grams of protein per serving - a very high protein per calorie yield. Then you see that it has a glycemic index of only 24, which means it will not spike your blood sugar, but rather provide a sustained release and therefore keep you full longer. Then you look at the ingredient list more closely and see that it contains an incredible fruit and vegetable blend, including plants from all corners of the world rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and adaptogens, as well as just about every supplement that Dr. Oz has recommended on his show, including Cordyceps, Chia Seed, Astragalus root...and the list goes on. Finally, you see that it contains pre and pro-biotics which help feed the healthy bacteria in your intestines, and can help promote regularity and digestive health. And then you taste it, and you wonder how something that can be so good for you tastes so much like a dessert.
How Does It Make You Feel?
All I can tell you is the days I use Shakeology, I feel better, have more energy, run cleaner, and kill my workouts. While I wish I could say I use it EVERY single day, I know sometimes I don't get around to making my shake, and I wish I did! However, note I went off Shakeology for a couple months and there were no adverse affects, so it has no addicting qualities or dependency (although some would disagree because it tastes so good!). So bottom line, it's nice to have 70+ plant based ingredients, but at the end of the day, I buy it because it makes me feel good.
So, what does this mean? Since Shakeology can provide you with a days worth of vitamins and micro-nutrients from plant sources in one low-calorie punch, you will feel full, it will reduce cravings, and you will receive a sustained boost of energy throughout the rest of your day. Many people, myself included, attest to a reduction in the need for coffee/caffeine throughout the day because of the energy-boost Shakeology provides. Shakeology can also improve your hair, nails, and skin - in fact my friend was examined by her dermatologist over time and this positive effect on her was confirmed!
How to Use
Depending on your daily caloric needs, you can use it basically in two ways. As a standard meal replacement shake, replace one meal a day with Shakeology (usually a breakfast or lunch). This will create a caloric deficit at the end of the day and you WILL lose weight, while still providing your body with the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs. If you have a very active lifestyle, are using a program like P90x, Insanity, or TurboFire, and/or are looking to maintain or gain weight, you can still use Shakeology as a mid-afternoon or mid-morning snack as just another nutritious meal in the middle of the day. On intense workout days, I have my Shake at 3:00 p.m. On a rest day, I might replace breakfast with a fancy Shakeology recipe, but in general I use it for the health benefits not for weight loss. Another way to use Shakeology is to perform the 3-day cleanse. This is not a starvation cleanse and isn't meant to provide radical weight loss results, but it is an opportunity to flush toxins out of your body by eliminating sodium, gluten, and anything processed for 3-days while drinking a ton of water. For more information on the cleanse, click here.
A bag of Shakeology contains 30 servings and is approximately $120-$130. Hold on before you have sticker-shock, if you are ready to try Shakeology, that probably means you are ready for a lifestyle change, which means you can find a way to replace one meal a day with a $4 shake and not be financially burdened. Buying a bag of Shakeology is like buying a month of lunches in bulk. It could become the CHEAPEST meal of the day in addition to being the healthiest meal of the day. I mean, you can't walk out of Subway without paying $5.50. When you are on the go, dropping off your kids to practice, and ballet, and in between all that need to grab something quick, you'll want to have Shakeology in your arsenal. It's basically an instant PERFECT meal, and with newer vegan options it's a perfect, instant VEGAN meal too!
Shakeology and the Coaching Discount
As you may know, Beachbody Coaches save 25% on all of their beachbody purchases. This comes in handy when you order Shakeology, as it is marked down to be approximately $90 per bag. Many Shakeology users decide to become coaches solely for the discount, which is a great idea to save a little bit month to month - there is no pressure and penalty if you never grow your coaching business, so you can sit pretty and just get your discount and that is totally fine!
As of February 2012, a new TROPICAL STRAWBERRY flavor has been on the market. Additionally they have added a CHOCOLATE VEGAN flavor which has a sort of dark chocolate taste. These flavors are the new evolution of Shakeology and are completely Vegan and contain newly found superfoods. Check out the new flavors of Shakeology here. Additionally, both the original chocolate and original greenberry flavors have been reformulated to contain less sugar and better taste!
Shakeology comes in different flavors and sizes, and with different shipping options.
First: flavors are Chocolate, Greenberry, Tropical Strawberry, or Vegan Chocolate
Sizes: a 30-serving size bag with a scoop, or a 24-serving size box with individual packets. They are the same price, the only the thing that packets provide is a little more convenience if you are sharing.
Shipping options: you can order as you go, or sign up for the Home Direct, auto-ship option. By signing up for the second option, you allow Beachbody to ship a new bag every 30 days and you NEVER pay shipping! A lot of people prefer to sign up for the Home Direct option even if they are just trying it out so they get the free shipping (can save $15). Of course, you can cancel Home Direct at any time, and you won't be charged until the next order ships, AND there is a 30-day guarantee.
This is only the beginning - and only my testimonial. There is more information about Shakeology - the Healthiest Meal of the Day here, including nutritional information, recipes, and even testimonials from 100 doctors. Thanks for listening!
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