Here's a little bit about what Wes and I think you should know about Shakeology....

I fully have to admit that we were completely skeptical when it came to Shakeology when we first started our fitness journey. We had been around the block enough to be wary of fad diets, or quick fixes and at first glance, that's what Shakeology seemed like to us. I also have to say that when I first tasted the Strawberry, I thought to myself that there was no way I could drink a whole shake of that every day. Come to find out, we TOTALLY made it wrong, didn't use a blender and we chalked that one up to being total geniuses. Muwhahaha.

I ordered the original chocolate flavor and when that came in the mail I was eager to see what it was all about. I think both our opinions quickly changed, even during the first week of being on Shakeology. As we learned more about it too, we quickly realized that it's far from a fad diet, or a quick fix. The biggest thing that I noticed within that first week was that my energy level, especially in the afternoons, was much higher. Being a sweets lover, I also found that it greatly reduced my sweets cravings since I was downing a chocolate shake each morning. I'm not going to lie, I seriously loved the flavor, especially with a half banana and a splash of peanut butter. Even our kids were totally digging the chocolate. Here's a little bit more of what we learned about Shakeology...

So, What the Heck IS Shakeology?
Basically, its a patent-pending protein shake that provides a TON of healthy nutrients in a low-calorie formula. You can either use it as a meal replacement to help with weight loss, or you can simply drink it in addition to your regular meal plan just to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Wes and I mostly use it as our meal replacement for breakfast. One reason is because I seriously love the chocolate and I don't want to wait all day to drink it haha. The second reason is that its quick and easy and we can easily mix it up and go during the week, and drink it while we are taking the kids to school. The third reason is because of the boost of energy it gives me throughout the day.

What's In Shakeology?
Shakeology contains over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients that ends up measuring out to about the same nutrients equal to a bowl full of fruits and vegetables.
  • Protein from whey, which is highly absorbable, gives you 8 essential amino acids that help you build muscle, lose weight, support brain function, and keep your skin and bones healthy.
  • Vitamins and minerals support optimum health.
  • Antioxidants boost the immune system and help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Phytonutrients support immune function and have anti-inflammatory properties. Many phytonutrients have antioxidant properties as well.
  • Prebiotics support digestive and immune health.
  • Digestive enzymes help in the digestion of foods and increase the absorption rate of those foods for optimum health.

The Numbers Behind Shakeology:
So I'm an engineer by day, wife/mother/sister/friend by night right, so I dig numbers. We have a saying in our family that whenever we have to make a decision, it's all about "collecting the data". So here's the data behind Shakeology....

There was an Independent, 90 day study done and administered by Medicus Research, a leading clinical research organization for natural health products, and was supervised by Dr. Jay Udani, Medical Director and CEO. After a rigorous selection process, fifty people were chosen to participate in a the 90 day study.

Details on the study:
All fifty people were required to drink Shakeology for breakfast and lunch for ninety days, without making any other diet or exercise modifications. Participation in the trial was monitored with a proprietary app that tracked their compliance every single day. This was a very valuable study because it isolated the effects of Shakeology, which is something that had never been done before.

Shedding pounds.
Turns out, when participants drank Shakeology for breakfast they had a significant reduction in the desire to eat lunch. Over the course of the ninety days, participants lost an average of 9.3 pounds, with the highest weight loss coming in at 24 pounds.

Another interesting fact about the results is that the study folks continued to lose weight throughout the entire study. This showed that the continuous use of Shakeology resulted in the healthy type of weight loss—slow and steady (ergo, not a quick fix or a fad diet). And those are the kind of results that are sustainable for the long haul.

Cholesterol plummeted.
In addition to lowering the digits on the scale, another very important number that shrunk was participants’ cholesterol. The average total cholesterol reduction was 7% with the maximum reduction being 50%.

Lowered blood sugar.
The study also monitored participants’ blood sugar levels. And rather than testing just a single day’s blood sugar (which can vary based on what you ate that day or even the day before) the study evaluated the average blood sugar for each day over the 3-month period (also known as HbA1c). Turns out, participants reduced their blood sugar (HbA1c) by an average of 5% while some reduced their numbers by up to 19%. And keeping your blood sugar levels steady is important in helping reduce the risk of diabetes.

And it tastes pretty darn good, too.
If you’re already a Shakeology drinker, you already know that. If you’re not yet, then what's the hurt in giving it a try?! You gotta get your stash ASAP. You can even sample the flavors for $19.95 with our Taste Samplers. There’s one that includes 1 packet each of Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Greenberry. And a Vegan Taste Sampler that includes 2 packets each of Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry Vegan.

Like I said above, even our two little crazies are into the chocolate. They aren't big fans of the strawberry yet, mostly because they tried the chunky version when Mommy and Daddy forgot to put it in the blender. Whoops a daisy!

Remember, it’s called the Healthiest Meal of the Day® for a reason. And now we’ve got proof!

If you are interested in trying Shakeology email me for more information or check out my Shakeology website for even more information.

By the way, if you found yourself here because you were looking for fitness programs for cancer survivors, feel free to check out our other page where I talk specifically about my experience with Shakeology as a cancer survivor.

*Results vary. Results based on a twelve-week independent clinical trial sponsored by Beachbody, where fifty people consumed Shakeology as their breakfast and lunch with no other changes to their diet or exercise regimen. 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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