My care for fueling my body with quality ingredients over the past several years became less of a hobby and more of an obsession.
I scoured nutritional facts labels, pored over books and internet resources, considered opposing opinions of “leading experts” in the nutrition field, and (probably most notably) studied nutrition and food sciences in school for a few years. I experimented with several different styles of consumption that stretched beyond what I put in mouth to how it got there and why. My lifestyle evolved from vegetarian, “flexitarian,” vegan, paleo, “clean,” gluten free, ketogenic, and many more that did not last long.
The one strand of similarity that made me feel good about experimenting with all of these styles was the emphasis on striving for a healthier life. I had done some serious damage to my body that would take time to heal. It’s still healing; I’ve discovered long-term health requires a consistency through life that requires adept mastery of mind.
The bottom line of nurturing your body into a healthier you is EVERY BODY is different! What works for me will work differently for you, your sister, your best friend, and your guru. This is IMPORTANT! Got it?!
Don’t let anybody tell you what’s good for your body, that’s only for you to decide. Coming to that decision requires years of trial and error, unfortunately.
My lifestyle remains in flux; a constant evolution. After all, if you have the same values at 50 that you did at 20, you’ve wasted 30 years of your life, right? There’s always more to learn, and more to be done. Let it flow. We are transient.
My affinity for studying human consumption led me to have a seriously well stocked supplement cabinet. I mean, I have at one point had what seems like everything that is tried and true. My rule is to only buy something that has decades of tested efficacy, I won’t buy into Get the Bod You Want in 10 Days pills or jump on board with the Kardashian’s vitamin line. Lately, I’ve found a pretty awesome regimen of clean supplements that makes me feel like a million bucks if I stick to it consistently. There is not just this one thing that makes everything in your body SUDDENLY run optimally.
Let’s get one thing straight -- above all, I rely on whole food, plant-based nutrition. Getting a range of micronutrients from a varied diet of plants, minerals, fungi, and animals (if you’re into that kinda thing) is the only place to start.
Most people following the Standard American Diet (rightfully: S.A.D.) are overweight and undernourished. Chronic malnutrition leads to chronic overeating. The SAD lifestyle can screw people up so badly, that their hormonal messages are not at all effective. It’s like a game of intercellular telephone; the hormone’s job is completely misconstrued, wreaking even more havoc on an already broken line of communication.
What you put into your body IS INFORMATION to your cells!! Your DNA expects something it is NOT getting from the SAD. A total body reconstruction needs to occur! Your hormones have been ALL confused by the misinformation you have been feeding them. It will not occur over night.
Be patient, my friends.
With all the work that has to be done, whole food nutrition ALONE cannot be entirely effective for people who have say, spent years of their life partying, shirking exercise, eating only to cure a hangover, and ignoring signs of disease in their body.
So in most cases, I am a big advocate for supplements. Even if you’ve led a perfectly healthy life up until this point, there is a ton of negative environmental influence that occurs in our modern world that cannot be combated just by using food from our broken agricultural system (topic for another day..).
NEXT STOP: SUPPLEMENT CITY.
So things got complicated. I would set my supplement regimen out on the counter. Measure my powders into bottles and baggies, ready to go for the next 24 hours. I had tons of physical and neurological damage to undo, and I knew it would take some serious bolstering. I cycled through tons of supplements, unable to afford to take everything I wanted in unison.
B-complex. Maca root. Multivitamin. Multimineral. Iron. Niacin. Folic acid. Biotin. Flax, primrose, borage, hemp, and fish oils. Green plant concentrate. MCT oil. Krill oil. Chromium. Conjugated linoleic acid. Guarana. Green tea. Green coffee. Probiotics. Prebiotics. Cacao. Camu camu. Goji. Seaweeds. Cordyceps. Reishi. Lion’s Mane. Chaga. Kava kava. Valerian. St. John’s wort. A plethora of homeopathic compounds. A plethora of naturopathic compounds. GABA. 5-HTP. Magneseum. Zinc.
The list goes on.
To be honest, there’s a lot of these I still like to take every once in a while. It’s amazing to have a boost of a lil’ sumthin seriously beneficial to your body when and if you need it. But HEAR ME WHEN I SAY playing russion roulette in the supplement aisle with quality and quantity gets real old, real fast.
Descending down to earth on a frothy cloud of deliciousness.
You can imagine by critical skepticism!
Oh, how I hemmed and hawed!
The label was scoured. The quality sourcing was confirmed, and checked out to meet my obscene standards. I brimmed with distrust.
It took me SIX MONTHS of careful consideration. For real.
Please, save yourself the trouble. I have truly accepted the contents of this bag to be worthy of the human body.
But how? How do they get all of the goodies into one single, nutrient-packed shake? I’ve left that up to the research and development team at the well known Beachbody company, to whom I bow deeply.
I have qualms, sure (I haven’t found a nutritional product with which I don’t feel some contention).
Namely; whey. Whey, whey, whey! How you’ve dominated the health and wellness scene with your mass gaining, weight-loosing, meal-replacing mastery. I can’t do dairy in general, but especially dairy that isn’t grass-fed, organic, and growth hormone free.
Shakeology heard my call of despair. They answered with a decadent vegan chocolate, as well as a tropical strawberry vegan variety. My favorite is the strawberry for straight up shakes, but I use the chocolate all the time in baking (can you say protein and vitamin-packed brownies for breakfast?! I think yes).
Cool. That part’s out of the way.
(Shakeology Gods, if you’re listening … please use quality dairy in your products!)
Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Pea.
Gotta highlight the superfood poster-child of the past several years -- quinoa. This stuff has gotten quite the buzz among health food enthusiasts. Hello, vegetarian’s dream plant protein profile!
All thirteen essential amino acids (those which your body CANNOT synthesize from other materials) are naturally occurring in this ancient Incan plant.
Get your daily dose, right here.
Let’s talk superfood blend of the century.
My ALL TIME favorite mushroom (that’s saying something) is here! IN THE BAG!
Cordyceps have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine as a human performance enhancing supplement. The Chinese Olympic team has been tested for suspected performance enhancing drugs multiple times, only to find what??
They’ve all been consuming THIS weird fungi stuff...improving their vascular function, and proliferation of NK (natural killer) cells?!! Amazing!
Get in my belly.
This is one of those supplements that I like to take a large dose of before some serious physical exertion. But taking it every day in my shake improves my immune system function, muscle recovery, and reduces those pesky free radicals. The polysaccharides, specifically beta-D-glucons, found in all of these adaptogenic mushrooms stimulate NK cells to combat cancerous intruders.
Probably the most widely known, and commonly accepted mushroom in the health and wellness sector is reishi. People have been noshing on reishi for a long time. No wonder it’s packed into Shakeology, working in synergy with other adaptogens to boost immune system and improve lymph health. Lymph is your body’s natural waste management system; carting toxins out, and moving fresh inter-cellular fluid in.
Commonly known as hen of the woods, maitake is a tastey medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The beta-D-glucons in maitake in particular have been patented and are sometimes referred to as MD-fraction.
Maca, a member of the radish family, is grown in the heights of the Andes in Central Peru. Adaptogenic plants are often found thriving in places where other plants might have difficulty growing. Tradition speaks of humans absorbing the powerful adaptive powers the plant has acquired through its evolution. Maca has a long standing history of use to balance hormones, improve athletic performance, and enhance memory.
Also, it’s delicious. It smells like butterscotch and has a delightfully starchy texture.
Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen. Touted throughout history for such a huge variety of things, it's almost comical: backache, anxiety, sleeplessness, arthritis, hiccups, stress, and chronic liver disease.
I've taken the stuff by itself during times of transition and found it helpful. Overall, super cool plant with a rich history of use.
Other adaptogens included in shakeology? Astragalus, ginko, schisandra, and holy basil.
Camu Camu. Not only is it fun to say, your body loves using it too! Camu camu has a beautiful antioxidant profile that satisfies the immune regulatory supplement regimen of the most scrupulous Granola Cruncher. Berries from the shrub found growing in Amazon rain forests have been revered for their healing properties for a long time.
If you start eating goji berries while you're alone, or deny emptying full bags single-handedly...
please seek professional help.
Getting your goji on via Shakeology can help prevent goji addiction, an expensive epidemic sweeping the nation.
At this point, we're all privy to the many benefits of green tea, right? The protein L-theanine has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, which means you can reap neurological benefits from this medicinal plant. Proven to increase the activity of inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which produces anti-anxiety effects. It triggers the release of dopamine, and production of alpha brain waves.
Green tea has been shown to decrease your risk of developing type II diabetes, cancer, obesity, parkinson's disease, and dying. The multitude of benefits are worthy of investigation. *adds to To-Do List*
Also included in our featured presentation: Acai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Grape Seed, Lun Hao Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips. Pretty darn comprehensive.
Super Green/ Phytonutrient Blend!
I am in love with spirulina. The highest protein density by weight of any other digestible material. Spirulina, along with its cyanobacterium buddy chlorella, is revered for its ability to cleanse heavy metals from the blood, increasing muscle recovery, and stamina.
Other amazing plants included: Moringa, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass.
Pre-/Probiotic & Digestive Enzyme Blend!
LET THE MICROBIOME FLOURISH!
Yacon Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain.
These enzymes are designed to digest proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates more efficiently. Some people have experienced total gut health transformation through consistent shakeology use.
Thank you for tasting like a milkshake, and making my belly feel awesome.
Stevia is a fantastic plant. I use it in place of pretty much all sweeteners.
That's Not All...
To name a few benefits from plant-based ingredients: biotin, magnesium, manganese, chromium, copper, zinc, iodine, phosphorus, folic acid, pantothenic acid.
Let's get to the bottom line here.
Getting all of these long-studied, effective supplements into your body the old fashioned way would run you around $1256.40 per month, at $41.88 per day.
Shakeology? $4/ shake. One a day.
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