I started drinking Shakeology milkshakes a few months ago and instantly found myself making positive changes in my life. I want to spread the word because if it helped me, it can help you.
Q: What Is Shakeology?
Shakeology is a nutritional supplement that replaces one meal per day (preferably breakfast) with a flavored shake. It is designed to load your body up with the vitamins and nutrients that it needs in order to give you more energy and eliminate junk food cravings. The program also comes with workout routines and a meal plan, however I primarily use the program for the shakes.
Q: Does it work?
A: It has for me and I'm a cheap, lazy bastard. I drink a milkshake almost every morning (I skip some days if I feel like eating an actual breakfast, then I'll have my shake for lunch). This program has allowed me to trim fat from my body, maintain a healthy diet and most of all, I have tons more energy than I used to. I also don't find myself craving snacks throughout the day because my body has received many of the vitamins it needs through my milkshake. Ultimately, the Shakeology milkshakes have allowed me to maintain a healthy weight level, boost my energy and eliminate junk food cravings.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Before I tell you how much Shakeology costs, let me tell you why it will save you money overall. Shakeology ships to you in a 30 day supply. I personally use the 30 day Chocolate Vegan flavor which comes to about $100 each month. Or about $3.33 for each daily dose. Cheaper than a cup of Starbucks coffee and has MUCH more vitamins, will give you natural energy that you won't crash from AND will eliminate snack cravings naturally by providing your body with essential vitamins. I was normally spending between $5-20 on a daily basis for breakfast, coffee and/or lunch alone.
Shakeology has allowed me to save hundreds of dollars each month. I mean, why waste your money on junk foods and coffee that trick your body but only leave you with an empty tank by the time lunch rolls around. By eating junk foods or caffeinated and sugared drinks, we are consuming many calories which provide very little nutrition. Shakeology does the opposite by providing a nutrient dense source of fuel that can carry you through the big part of your day.
That's not even mentioning the meal-plan and exercise workouts that come with the program. I personally haven't even touched the work-out or meal-plan and it has already made a HUGE difference in my life. While weight-loss was not my primary goal, I have trimmed fat from my body and even with minimal to no exercise I feel like I am healthier than I was as an active and sporty teenager.
I'm a cheap, lazy bastard. And as a result is amazing. I spend less than 5 minutes each morning preparing a shake for breakfast. I have been drinking the chocolate flavor for 4-5 months now and I have not gotten tired of it. I can also add bananas, peanut butter or various other fruits to my shake to change it up a bit.
More information from Shakeology:
Shakeology is packed with superfoods.
What’s a superfood, you ask? Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. They go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; in addition, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.*
Shakeology’s ingredients fall into these powerful nutrient groups:
- Proteins and Amino Acids
- Adaptogen Herbs
- Prebiotics and Probiotics
- Digestive Enzymes
(Whey, Pea, Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Sacha Inchi; Vegan Protein blend also includes Oat, Pea, and Rice Proteins
These two very important elements help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food cravings, support optimal brain function, improve your mood, and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. The bottom line is, your body NEEDS proteins and amino acids to thrive—and Shakeology has lots and lots of them!
ANTIOXIDANTS (Cacao, Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, Luo Han Guo)
Antioxidants are incredibly important in one’s diet because they neutralize molecules known as free radicals. These destructive little devils damage your body the same way oxygen in the air rusts exposed metal on a car. Unfortunately, free radicals are natural by-products that our cells produce, and if you don’t have enough antioxidants to absorb free radicals, they overwhelm your cells, oxidizing and destroying them.
Moral of the story: Load your body up with antioxidants and super-fruits (via Shakeology) to help keep you happy and healthy for a long, long time.
(Moringa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale)
Phytonutrients are the active elements found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas. All the green superfoods in Shakeology contain phytonutrients that are known to promote a healthy immune system, healthy aging, and help to detoxify and alkalinize the body.
Alkalinize? What does that mean?
Think back to science class when you were a kid and did that litmus paper test. If something was too acidic it turned the paper red. RED = BAD. If it was too much of a base it turned the paper purple. PURPLE = BAD. But right in the middle is the neutral zone (which is where we want our bodies’ pH levels to be). To be in that happy zone we need to “alkalinize” our bodies. And the alkaline nature of phytonutrients (which are packed in Shakeology) helps promote alkalinity in your body.
Unfortunately, the American diet is comprised of waaaaaay too many acidic foods—things like soda, energy drinks, coffee, alcohol, pasta, and processed deli meat. And an acidic environment in the body may lead to disease. So if you’re a self-proclaimed veggie hater (like our CEO Carl Daikeler claims to be), DRINK SHAKEOLOGY and you won’t even know you’re drinking phytonutrients that help alkalinize your body. You’ll just be happy and healthy.
(Maca, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Maitake Mushroom, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Schisandra)
If they sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, they kind of are. Adaptogens are special herbs that often grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations and on mountaintops where the soil is rocky and oxygen is thin.
Because these plants have to adapt to very harsh conditions, they have been traditionally said to have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, and help neutralize harmful free radicals.
PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS
(Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes [Bacillus Coagulans])
Prebiotics pretty much act as “food” that fuels the growth of probiotics (the good bacteria) that are naturally found in your intestines.
Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that assist your body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bringing an overall balance to the digestive tract while helping support your immune system.
Forget what those cleaning product commercials tell you about bacteria being bad, because these kinds of bacteria are important for proper digestive health and a strong immune system.
(Amylase, Caellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Invertase)
Digestive Enzymes help your body break food down into its individual components, making nutrients easier to absorb. Because cooking can destroy foods’ natural digestive enzymes, there’s a very good chance that you don’t get enough of these enzymes in an average diet.
Then we loaded Shakeology up with VITAMINS and MINERALS.
The truth is, most of us don’t get the complete range of vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, like vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, which means they need to be replenished regularly. And other vitamins, like vitamin D, can be difficult to get enough of in food.
And there you have it, the magical ingredients inside of every Shakeology.
Now try explaining all that to your friends when they ask you why you drink Shakeology every single day! That knowledge really is a good party trick. Or, you could just say: it’s the Healthiest Meal of the Day® and I love the way it tastes—end of story.
*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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