Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Day 3: 10-Day Challenge

I've blogged about Shakeology before, but this time around I asked Lindsey if I could try one packet of Chocolate Vegan in addition to my favorite regular Chocolate packets.  I always make the same recipe, since it's my favorite... a packet of Chocolate, a cup of milk (or almond milk) and a few drops of creme de menthe extract.  It's my "Thin Mint" shake!

I tried Chocolate Vegan on Day 1, and I will say that the texture was a little bit different from what I was used to.  Not in a bad way, but a finer powder like the Tropical Shakeology texture, which is also vegan.  I think the trick is to blend it well with some ice cubes and your favorite ingredients.  I think a little honey makes it blend beautifully.

The good thing about Shakeology is that it fills you up.  Every other time I've tried a "meal replacement" shake, I've felt starving afterwards.  Last night, I had to make myself eat something for dinner, because between my Shakeology, high-protein lunch, healthy snacks, and water, I wasn't even hungry!  That's something new for this carb-loving, "3rd grader's diet" girl.

Another focus during this challenge: healthy snacks.  By having a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, I'm less likely to go "hog wild" during my meals and overeat.  Lindsey recommends Lara bars, and I really like apples with a little natural peanut butter.  I pack these snacks in baggies before I go to work!

So far in the challenge, the biggest change for me has been appetite.  I've been reading Lindsey's motivational messages (you get one daily, plus 24/7 support in an exclusive Facebook group) and it has helped me stay focused.

Disclaimer:  I received a 10-day supply of Shakeology and coaching/nutrition guidance in exchange for blogging about my experience.  My opinions are my own.

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