Does your Meal Replacement Shake matchup? What’s the importance of understanding what is in the shake you are about to drink. This series will cover many of the products on the market that claim to be a weight loss, protein or health shake.

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Weight Loss Drink
Go online and search for “Weight Loss Drink” on Google and you’ll get about 50,200,000 results. How about walking through any health store, your local grocery store, convenience store or gas station, even your local pharmacy you’re going to see at least one shelf filled protein powders, weight loss powders or smoothies promising they are healthy and can get your the results you are wanting for your nutrition. While there are a few that come close to being all natural and healthy for you many of them FALL SHORT and odds are have the same ingredients that are linked to weight gain, cravings and preventative disease.The last half century has seen a steady increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic inflammatory diseases with further increases expected as more GMO ingredient filled products are introduced into the market and these ingredients are what’s filling our shelves and online products everywhere.In this series I will be dissecting the ingredients of these products that I have seen out in the market found in gyms, health food stores, local grocery stores and gas stations. I am writing these not to bash these products but to help YOU become aware of what’s truly going into those “healthy” alternatives that is highly advertised as a healthy shake, protein or energy drink.

I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer, I am coach that has done extensive research on the ingredients of products I was at one time drinking or interested in drinking. But in 2010 when I was diagnosed with an Auto-Immune disease I discovered many of the foods I was eating or considering eating were actually the cause of the autoimmune disease coming out of remission and showing it’s ugly face. It didn’t happen over night. It happened over years and years of abuse from ingredients that are deemed safe by the FDA but actually can create disorders or worse death. These shakes, meal replacements, energy drinks were also adding to my constant weight struggles from my teenage years to my early 40’s and it was time to stop putting such ingredients in my body.

I also don’t want to see more people harming their bodies more than they already have and being taken advantage of my some company that clearly identifies the bottom line as more important than the health of their customers.

Herbalife – Instant Healthy Meal.

Herbalife Instant Healthy Meal is a delicious, water-mixable on-the-go healthy meal that provides an ideal balance of protein and nutrition to help satisfy your hunger and give you lasting energy. Each shake is packed with 24 vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of antioxidants†. This product is certified kosher. Clinical studies have shown that daily usage of meal replacement shakes is proven effective for managing weight, along with moderate exercise.

When evaluating the safety of a meal replacement shake like Herbalife, it is important to know whether the ingredients themselves are safe and have limited side effects. One of the growing concerns is whether the ingredients are GMO and Synthetic. In addition since no published, human clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of Herbalife seem to have been conducted, there are some additional important questions that must be asked when evaluating its safety. I’d like to break down some of the key ingredients that are of concern to me.

  • Soy Protein Isolate – The very first ingredient is Denatured GMO protein. Numerous artificial flavorings, particularly MSG, are added to soy protein isolate.
  • Non-Dairy Creamer [High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, Potassium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate, Tocopherols (added to protect flavor) – this right here causes me to run for the hills… high oleic sunflower oil presents a potential risk for those who suffer from diabetes allergic to plants within the sunflower family (ragweed, daisies, marigolds and others).
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors – Once again if something is healthy for you why would you have to put chemical in it to make it takes good, smell and look good? Artificial Flavors
    and Artificial Colors
  • Sucralose – Sucralose is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. The chemical structure of the chlorine is almost the same of that in pesticide DDT and there are numerous side effect associated with Sucralose such as headaches, stomach issues, skin rashes and muscle aches. I only have 2 words for Sucralose “STAY AWAY!!!” This one ingredient is sabotaging your health. Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison of Hotze Health & Wellness Center says if you could make one simple change in your diet to help you melt fat, sleep better, and improve your memory … wouldn’t you do it? What if that same simple dietary change could increase your energy, conquer depression, save your eyesight, restore your mental alertness, get your bedroom energy rockin’, and increase your lifespan? Research Shows Splenda And Sucralose Have Extremely Harmful Effects on Humans and more and more studies have made it very clear the potential for disturbing side effects from the ingestion of artificial sweeteners.

Herbalife claims their shakes are balanced meals with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. For obvious reasons, they neglect to mention the abundance of toxins. Very concerning to me and for many additional reasons I will not take anything from Herbalife.

My Choice
I prefer my Shakeology and have 1 everyday. Why Shakeology? Look at the label and ask yourself what those ingredients are? Here’s a clue. They are WHOLE FOODS that humans have been eating for 1000’s of years and are linked to helping the human body function better.
See all the Shakeology flavors and ingredients right here.
Shakeology is the core of my nutrition which will never change. It’s that easy. Eat whole foods 80% of the time along with Shakeology and you WILL Lose weight with a light daily exercise. It’s easy to make too the change when you can make Shakeology the way YOU like it everyday. You get to eat REAL FOOD, not a processed or over heated ingredient chemical soup made by a company that uses cheap ingredients (chemical extracts) just to make a buck.
THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL OR POWDER THAT CAN TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF! But it can come off easier with WHOLE FOOD and daily exercise. It comes off with hard work, behavior modification, and patience. Any program that promises you instant results may cause you to initially lose a few pounds, but as time goes on you’ll gain the weight back and only end up losing money.Again the choice is up to you. If you do not wish to use Shakeology in your plans to lose weight, then that’s ok. Beachbody coaches are not here to “push” products. We inform you of what we have available which has helped us and may help you. You make the choice that best suits your lifestyle and goals. I may be contacted here with any further questions.


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