I will be the very first to admit that I’m a skeptic when it comes to diet/food fads in general, but in this case, meal replacement drinks. I think, more often than not, they’re full of junk that our bodies don’t need when we could be eating an actual meal. I am also willing to try (almost) anything once. Keep those two things in mind.
Back in mid-December, after a belly full of junk from all the Christmas goodies, I tweeted about my need to clean up my diet.
2013 is starting with a sugar/junk food detox.
— Mindy (@grmindyjean) December 19, 2012
My friend Kelly sent me a message in response asking if I’d be up for joining a Shakeology 10-day challenge set to start after the first of the year. Kelly has been doing the whole P90X/Insanity/Shakeology gig since May 2012, and is now a Team Beachbody coach. She has had so much success with these programs and she’s a person I trust, so I looked into it, but I was still pretty resistant. Seriously though, check out the progress she’s made! I’m so proud of my friend. You’ll hear more of Kelly’s story next week – I am really excited to have her share her journey!
What I like about Shakeology is that it is made from natural ingredients like quinoa, flax, amaranth, acai, and lots of superfoods. Thanks to all the super foods, there are tons of amino acids and antioxidants. That was definitely a convincing factor, plus when I’m blending the shakes, I can still had fruit and such like I would if it were one of my green monster smoothies. It seemed a lot different than just a normal meal replacement drink.
So, I agreed to join in, admittedly still holding my reservations about the whole deal. Despite the reservations, I’m excited to try something new and mix things up a bit. I’m looking forward to experiencing a bit of this program that my friend believes in so strongly.
My 10-day challenge started on Monday; I’ve been drinking the shakes for breakfast since I don’t have access to a blender at work to have them at lunch. I’ve been drinking the chocolate vegan flavor, and blending with almond milk and other mix-ins like bananas, almond butter, or strawberries, and some ice. It has a bit of a chalky texture like most protein powders do, but the flavor is good. I chose the vegan flavor because I’m trying to limit my dairy intake.
With the 10-day challenge, Kelly shared a meal plan that I can follow as much or as little as I like. The plan encourages a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack, along with a shake for one meal (breakfast or lunch). Although I took some inspiration from the meal plan, I’ve thus far mostly been doing my own meals, with a big emphasis on salads. I do think that a morning and afternoon snack is a bit too much for me personally, but I want to experiment with different options! Although I haven’t noticed any drastic differences quite yet (you know, two days in!), so far, so good!
I am curious to see how the Shakeology affects my weight and my energy levels. After the ten days are done, I’ll share my experiences.