Shakeology Vs. Protein Powders (and then some)

A question I am asked almost on a daily basis is, “Isn’t Shakeology just another protein drink?

Simply put, NO, it is not. If you want to use more protein, I highly suggest getting in more healthy food options. I don’t like the idea of supplementing our meals for a “shake” unless there is no time for an actual meal and our bodies need the nutrition and fuel. Protein powders are honestly, a dime a dozen (okay, maybe more than a dime but you know what I mean).

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I would be extremely cautious in terms of “protein powders” on the market these days and if you do require a fast fix for protein, read the ingredients. Most of the options available (for cheap, as I hear most people say) from GNC, Walmart, Target, etc have some pretty scary bonding agents that are known to cause diseases. If it’s “cheap” then there’s a reason why it’s “cheap”. Most likely, it’s filled with fillers that do nothing for your body in a positive and long term light. We get what we pay for and if you don’t believe me, do your own research. Knowledge is power and you would have to see what each of the unrecognizable ingredients actually are. I recently looked up many on google to prove my own point and to my surprise, found that many were in the “cleaner” touted protein shakes my kids were using from GNC. Not cool..and this momma said so!

I am going to answer the most common questions surrounding Shakeology so that you can learn more information to form your own decision. This is not, by any means, a push for you to buy buy buy! It’s more about education and answering questions to help you decide what is best for you. Isn’t that what coaching and supporting is all about anyway? So let’s start with the basic question from before:

Question: “Isn’t Shakeology just a more “pricier” protein shake? and can’t I just use my current brand instead?” 

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Answer: Shakeology is NOT a protein shake. Nor is it a weight loss shake. It is a 100% natural (macro and micro) nutrient dense meal replacement. It is not a one-dimensional protein shake.
Because Shakeology IS 100% natural (created by a vegan with a masters in nutrition and agricultural anthropology) the standard to remain natural does not allow for ANY artificial flavors, colors, stimulants, sweeteners or chemically modified micronutrients. Nearly every single product found in gyms, GNC, internet, you name it, have a LARGE amount of manmade chemicals dumped in it so that it tastes appealing to the general publics’ “idea” of what food SHOULD taste like.

When you add ONLY what nature provides, you get the CLEANEST and PUREST product possible. 

On to the superfoods. I don’t expect the average person that follows you to know what Astragalus Root, Ashwagandha Root, Chia Seed, Maca Root, Gogi Berries and Reishi Mushrooms are (just to name a few super foods, I’ll spare listing all 70).

Nor do I expect them to have general knowledge in all the health benefits and medicinal treatments that these foods have notoriously been used for centuries to treat examples as reducing free radicals from our body, improving our white blood cell counts which helps us fight disease, reducing inflammation (the number one marker of EVERY disease), improving the natural flora in our digestive system, etc.

If BB grew these products in a lab and modified them to keep them cheap, that would be one thing, but EACH of the 70 super foods are imported from the countries, climates and pure soil they originate from and then dried to a specific protocol to maintain a whole food- absorption integrity. Everyone should value this $4 meal. Check out this video –

Where do the ingredients in Shakeology come from anyway???

Question: “Why is Shakeology SO expensive??” 

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Answer:  If you have been following me for any length of time, it is no secret that I love my Shakeology and it’s been instrumental in me keeping off the weight from my up and down yo-yo diets and emotional eating binges that lasted for over 20 years!

But I wasn’t always convinced so let me share what I’ve learned. When Shakeology came on the market, I was having good results with my strict food plans and incorporating workouts like, P90X and Insanity to my current training programs.  I initially thought Shakeology was just too expensive for just another meal replacement shake.

And $120 for a bag? Are these people nuts??? Shakeology is too expensive! As a mom with a busy schedule and bills to pay and kids to feed, I figured I didn’t need to invest in this absurdity of hyped up health in a bag. 😛

I made it through two of the hardest Beachbody workout programs they had at the time. I had finally lost the 30+ lbs after my 3rd child and was doing well enough keeping it off, why do I need this overpriced protein powder?

That was before I did my research and educated myself on what makes Shakeology different than the $19 tub of whey protein powder that I can get at the nearest grocery store. Carl Daikeler (Beachbody’s CEO) did a brilliant blog post where he answers the following question:
“How Do I Really Know If This is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?”

There are many “protein shakes” and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. But comparisons – based on the simple “protein shake” or even “health shake” are usually off the mark because of intangibles like quality of sourcing, efficacy, and the delicate balance of incredible health benefits and delicious flavor that is unique to Shakeology. When we developed Shakeology, our goal was to fill a void in the marketplace where the benefits of the shake would live up to the promise of the line “The Healthiest Meal of the Day.”  Shakeology was designed for people who want more than protein, and for people who really expect the health benefits being represented by the ingredients on the label. With Shakeology not only do you get what you pay for, but because it tastes so good and the attention to every detail is so complete, you get more than you pay for.

Question: “What’s the difference then between Shakeology and all-natural whey protein powders?”

Answer: It’s easy to mistake Shakeology as a whey protein supplement since it comes in powder form. Most people that are unfamiliar with supplements see a bag, or barrel, of shake mix and immediately think “protein powder” and that’s totally understandable! I even thought that Shakeology was just some generic protein shake with some fancy packaging that was just being marketed differently by Beachbody, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s so much more.

You have to realize that whey protein shakes and Shakeology just aren’t in the same class. You have to separate the words “protein shake” from Shakeology. Yes, Shakeology does have a comparable amount of protein as many whey protein shakes, but it’s densely packed with so many more vital ingredients that your body needs for proper nutrition and protein shakes don’t even come close.

To really understand the difference between whey protein vs Shakeology, we have to break down what’s in them and what they do for you.

The primary ingredient in whey protein shakes is whey protein and the main reason people drink these shakes is to boost their daily protein intake so they can build bigger muscles in a shorter amount of time. If that’s your main goal, then a good old-fashioned protein shake is all you need. (Or as I mentioned above, just some chicken breast, egg whites or cottage cheese!)

Whey protein is what’s known as a complete protein that has all 9 essential amino acids and is fast and easy for your body to digest. Drinking protein shakes that use whey as the protein source, which almost all do these days, is the quickest way to fuel your body’s muscle growth with complete proteins without having to cook an entire meal.

  1. Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC): The cheapest of the three, WPC’s have the least amount of protein / 100g and is normally higher in fat and lactose than the other two.
  2. Whey Protein Isolate (WPI): The most popular of the three as 95% of its weight is made up of protein and doesn’t taste like concrete powder.
  3. Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH): Tastes like concrete powder. If you don’t care about taste or you just slam your shake down, WPH’s are 99% protein and digest very quickly in the body, but are the most expensive type of whey.

Regardless of which type of whey protein you go with, they all share the same purpose and function. Supplementing your protein and amino acid intake to get your muscles the protein they need to recover faster.

Now what’s Shakeology? 

Shakeology is a protein shake, but in the same way that a tiger is a cat and that because it’s a protein shake doesn’t mean that it’s just a protein shake. Shakeology is a high quality, complete meal replacement and nutritional supplement containing nearly 50 different superfoods!

Shakeology’s nutrient dense formula gives you a natural boost of healthy energy without forcing you to consume copious amounts of caffeine or processed sugar, promotes a healthy digestive tract, boosts your immune system with an antioxidant blend, and helps you fight cravings with a heaping helping of protein.

A single serving of Shakeology has 17 grams of protein from a whey protein isolate formula so a Shakeology shake has almost the same amount of protein per serving as a comparable whey shake which makes it perfect for athletes who are concerned with their performance as well as people just looking for a healthy meal replacement to aid them on their weight loss journey. On top of that, Shakeology is packed with fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract and digestion as well as aiding in the absorption of nutrients.

There isn’t a single shake on the market today that can boast anything that comes close to the health benefits of Shakeology. Nothing.

Some people will tell you, “Oh, just eat a healthy diet, take a multivitamin, drink your protein shakes, and you don’t need Shakeology,” but it’s really not that simple. As I continued to do my research, I discovered that if you separately bought all of the superfoods, vitamins, and minerals that Shakeology has and whey protein shakes don’t, you would easily spend over $300 extra every month! That’s more than twice the cost of Shakeology!

And that’s not even counting having to rebuy the perishable ingredients, i.e. blueberries, pomegranates, etc., because of their short shelf-life. You’ll never say “Shakeology is too expensive!” again when it’s actually cheaper that buying the foods individually!

At the retail price, Shakeology breaks down to about $4 a day. I started looking at what I spent on food while I was running around and picking foods up on the go.  Most places I went into, I grabbed quick food choices on-the-go that would cost me around $8 a meal with little-to-no nutritional value. (That doesn’t include the 2-3 Starbucks stops I would make spending at least $3 a pop during each visit!)

I also took a look in my own cabinets and the money I was spending at health food stores on vitamins, powders, joint support, digestive enzymes etc. All that stuff adds up fast, and became completely unnecessary with Shakeology.

But let’s be honest, at the end of the day all you, or I really care about is two things:

1.    How does it taste?
2.    Does it work?

First, the taste was surprisingly awesome!  I tasted just about every shake on the market, and had grown accustomed to ‘tolerating’ that chalky fake chocolate flavor of most.  But Shakeology really did taste like I was cheating on my diet.  I was getting to drink a milk shake every day and not feel bad about it!

Second, what were the results?  Like I said before, I was already well on my weight loss journey when I started drinking Shakeology.  I felt I was pretty fit on the outside, but I had a lot of internal issues no one could see.  Within the first month of using Shakeology consistently each day, my digestion issues were better, my skin cleared up, and my recurring cravings and emotional eating habits began to subside until they no longer have power over me.

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Now that’s cooler than cool!

I also have had tons of clients who also use Shakeology and it has reduced their needs for diabetic medications, statins and ace inhibitors. It’s also relieved countless cases of IBS, colitis and arthritis. Paying $4 and getting off pricey side-effect laden medications and spending less than the average meal they would otherwise be spending is MUCH cheaper and a price that is well worth the $129 for a month’s supply.

 

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Stop the Diet Cycle

So tell me if this sounds vaguely familiar…

You decide you need to lose weight/get in shape/look or feel better about yourself so you set out to make it happen. You are excited and you find a diet plan that looks amazing and an exercise program that seems completely do-able for your schedule and you set out for some great results.

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Finally! you say…I’m going to reach those goals that continue to elude me and this is the way it’s going to happen. 

So you set out and write out a grocery list, filled with all the foods from your new diet plan; you head to the sporting good store and buy some new workout shoes and clothes to start your fitness plan and you are already imagining yourself strutting down the beach the next summer in that white string bikini you’ve always dreamed of wearing confidently.

This will be the year, you say to yourself.  You proceed to set up your food plans for the coming week and you prepare some meals ahead of time so you are not caught in any excuse cycles as you’ve suffered in the past.

This time will be different, you think. It’s GO time!

So the first few days of your week go surprisingly well! You already anticipated the hunger pangs after the first day and some muscle soreness from your new workouts; but these are inevitable in creating new changes in the body. So you smile and power on through the week.

Obviously, we have cut back our calories and added in some workouts and in return, we celebrate a loss of 4 1/2 lbs after the first full week.

Success!! This is finally going to be MY year, you think to yourself!!

Then, we plan for another successful second week and proceed to repeat the success from week 1. Things go well enough; but then, you hit a snag at about day #10-14. For some reason, you are not feeling as awesome as you did the first week.

You notice you start to feel more tired than usual. Your energy levels are dragging and your workouts are starting to suffer due to these spells of fatigue and lethargy. You start to feel irritable and grouchy at the most simple things. You notice you have less patience, and you start to snap at people in your life that seem a bit surprised by your grumpy moods.

What is going on?

First of all, if you have ever heard of “RDA”…I’ll share a bit about what is happening in your body at this point in the program. “RDA” stands for “recommended daily allowance”. If you are still a bit fuzzy on this term, just check out your food labels on any product. You will see an area clearly stating the foods’ “recommended daily allowance” for said food.

This is basically the daily requirements for a 2,000 calorie plan.

But you are now restricting calories in your new program and that would equal about 1200-1500 calories, at most. (I’ve even heard that most women commonly shoot for lower numbers too). You are dieting and you are adding in exercise. You are nowhere near the RDA for nutrition.

And why would this matter? It’s nearly impossible to cut back on your calories to this extreme and not cut back on your nutrition. This is where we typically fail in our quest to reach our perfect body goals. By day 10-14 on our new program, our body is basically screaming for more nutrients and that comes across in our minds and in our bodies as “cravings”.

Ever had these? 😉

Yes, I’m sure that you know exactly what I’m talking about! Cravings are basically our body telling us that we need more of “something” in the nutrition department. But since our bodies cannot tell us exactly what we are lacking, we just crave the foods we love most.

Have you then experienced issues similar to these:

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You’re feeling tired; you’re feeling cranky and you’re starting to get irritable about this new plan that you’re on. We are feeling this way basically because we are trying to get by on less nutrition and then we don’t feel as good anymore. We start to lose focus and our drive for reaching our goals takes a huge nosedive into oblivion.

You then may be invited out to join your friends for an evening at a restaurant. You see your friends enjoying pizza, chicken wings and some drinks. You get so annoyed at how miserable you’re feeling that you finally say “SCREW IT!” I’m going to eat this because I feel miserable and I deserve it after how hard I’ve worked all week!

Right? Ever done anything similar to the above scenario??

Then we end up overeating and we feel guilty and we feel sick. We tell ourselves that we suck; we say, “I do this every single time” “I’m such a failure and I have zero willpower”…

Then the all time favorite: “I’ll start again on Monday”…

So the bottom line is that you are not a failure and you do not suck and you need not just repeat the whole cycle again because the same result will happen. When our bodies are low on nutrients, then the situation will repeat again and again.

I can relate because this is exactly what I fought for repeatedly. I thought something was truly wrong with me and I would never experience success in my goals. This situation happens because we buy into the diet industry’s teachings that there is another better way out there and we need to just find the one that fits our lives.

But that isn’t true either.

This all happens only because the body is low on nutrition. If we add in the daily nutrition which our bodies require, we will feel more energetic. We will feel better and we are then able to do more and recover better and the weight loss becomes a natural byproduct of the good nutrition and calorie deficit.

No secrets, and no lies.

We are doing it backwards. We cut back on all of our nutrition and on the calories needed to maintain the daily required nutrition and we cannot succeed in this scenario.

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This is the #1 reason that I have used Shakeology for over 6 years now, day in and day out. I’ve missed a handful of days during the past six years and let me just say that I don’t “feel” different on days I get it into my body (it’s not a drug, after all) but I definitely notice how I feel when I don’t get it into my body on any given day.

If you are even remotely intrigued in seeing this for yourself, send me a message about getting a trial offer to see how your body responds. http://www.spazzykay@gmail.com

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I can guarantee you results or your money back every time! Now that you are out of excuses, aren’t you ready to move forward?

Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

Choose Your “HARD”


It’s HARD to keep up with your goals, I know. I get it.

If it feels as if things have been a struggle lately, I just wanted to let you know that I do understand.

Yesterday , I made another trip to the grocery store (as my kids seem to be eating us out of house and home these days! Seriously!!)  As the young man scanned my food items he made a comment regarding how healthy I eat.  I took another quick look at the items on the conveyer belt; fruits, veggies, eggs, Greek yogurt, water bottles, almond butter; to name a few), my modest reply was “I try”. (honestly, every waking moment is filled with thoughts and plans of the next meal, workout, sleep, etc.)

He shared that he doesn’t have time to eat right and indulges in quite a bit of candy and unhealthy food options.  He also stated that stress can keep him from making any changes.

I proceed to share how eating right and exercise go hand in hand in making life more simple.  Planned foods, workouts to increase energy and lessens missed work due to sick days.  This was followed by a list of “buts” – I’m a student.  I have loans.  I’m on a fixed budget, I work long hours….

But wait, I can help! 😉

With a reassuring smile I share that I get it, I am also a very busy business owner, I have 3 children, work long hours, have endless lists to conquer each day of the week and yet, I am still able to fit in my daily workouts and healthy meals; even if it’s just 10-15 minutes on certain days.

I saw a glimpse of hope and humor in his eyes and he asked; “But what kind of exercise do you do and what do you eat every day?”

I quickly explain that short bursts of strength training mixed in with some cardio moves can be done anywhere and with either body weight or some basic dumbbells.  I also have access to dozens of workout programs, nutritional products and support that can bust through most excuses that get in the way of success.  

It’s at this time in our conversation that I hear a woman standing in line behind me interrupt with her quite popular opinion:

She very loudly announces that it’s just not that easy.  She explains how losing weight costs a lot of money and it just doesn’t always work –

She continues to explain that she’s “tried everything” and her weight has remained unchanged, and if anything, she’s only gained more weight.

It was difficult to not look at the food items she was buying that day; and many were packaged and processed choices.   

I gave the young cashier one more reassuring smile, wanting to spend more time giving him tips on what he can do while at the same time just wanting to remove myself from the negativity of the confrontational woman behind me.

As I left the store, I had a feeling of heaviness and disappointment.

I knew that I had been instantly judged by someone who only saw my current physical appearance and only heard me share one small piece of advice for results.

The truth of the matter is that you have to work super hard at this EVERY single day!!! I too, have to work and I too, sometimes still struggle!  

What I’ve learned hasn’t been an overnight fix, but has taken over 20 years of battling and learning and growing.  I made the decision that this is more important to me than just giving up and giving excuses.  Who cares about our excuses anyway? The only people who do; are the same ones who have settled for the same excuses and enjoy complaining about all the reasons why it won’t/can’t work. 

I struggled on and off before I had ever started on my fitness and health journey.  I focused on how the scale wouldn’t budge; day after day.  I focused on how I would have unbearable food cravings that would sabotage my efforts of cutting back on calories.  It seemed as though NOTHING was ever going to change!

The reality was that progress was DEFINITELY happening.  It was just happening much slower than I wanted it to happen.  In our instant gratification lives, we expect change to happen tomorrow.  We want to be the fittest and thinnest person immediately.  But once I realized it wasn’t going to happen as fast as I wanted, I also decided that what I was doing WAS working in smaller ways.  The key was to keep doing the daily habits and it would show up in a BIG way soon enough!  Time would pass regardless, so why waste valuable time feeling miserable?

I Think I Can!!

 

 

 

I struggled to reach a higher level of fitness to be my very best to compete in my first fitness competition at the age of 40 – and now I’m almost 42 and still reaching and growing and changing in so many ways.

The amount of discipline and hard work were intense at times and SOOO out of my comfort zones! I felt at times that I was in a separate, more lonely world.

Not everyone understands the level of intensity when training for a competition of any kind.  The reality is that it doesn’t have to be THIS extreme!

Once I had accomplished my goal of competing, the thought crossed my mind to keep going. But honestly, my mind and body were a little bit “broken”.  I felt that my sanity needed me to take it back to a more “natural” state again and settled into my life without constant training, preparing, resting and repeating.

I began to struggle due to the depletion that had been done and reverted to some overly fun “treats” that lasted a bit longer than they should have.

Needless to say, I started to put my weight back on (and quite quickly this time around) and found out I had gained 20 lbs in a short amount of time!  It was time to get serious again and in a balanced and healthy “non-competitive” mode.

This has been my mindset ever since and has stuck with me until now.  I must say it’s humbling to admit that I have my own struggles – as a coach/trainer, since I should be the example- BUT I realized that by sharing with others that I have my own issues, I become more relatable.  I now enjoy sharing my weaknesses and how I have worked to overcome them; and still succeed regardless of regular challenges and struggles.

What I’m trying to say is that I understand that it can be hard.

I get that putting yourself out there to make a change is seriously frightening.

We don’t want to let our trainer/family/friend/etc down.

I know that putting money down to make the necessary changes can feel uncomfortable.

I also want you to know that I also have my ups and downs and scary moments.  The difference is that I just do it anyway.  Take a deep breath and jump in with both feet.  The hardest step is to start.  Once you get started and push past the discomfort , you notice a shift.  It’s gradual and it may take a little time before you realize it’s happened; but it DOES come.  You WILL surprise yourself if you push forward no matter what.

Having support only keeps you moving with more confidence and helps keep you focused on the goal.  I have shared all of this with you today to show you that yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s scary…but that goes for any goal you choose in life. 

The important word in all of this is “CHOICE”.  We all have them.  

“You must make a Choice, to take a Chance or your life will never Change.” 

Own the fact that your results and where you are today, are a direct impact of the choices you have made up to this point.  No excuses or denying it will change this fact.

The beauty of it all, is that you get to choose your “HARD”….

Which will it be?

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