Saturday, May 5, 2012

Breastfeeding While Drinking Shakeology

I wanted to address a topic that I get asked about often...
"Is it okay to drink Shakeology while nursing?"

Many new mothers are interested in losing the baby weight, but are worried about things passing through to their milk. I had done research and found Shakeology to be amazing (and healthy) tool for weight loss but I'll admit that I was a little hesitant about drinking it at first. The sample of Shakeology that I had requested from my Beachbody coach sat on my counter for a couple months before I tried it! Finally, I did a little research online and found mostly what the bag says...that it's fine but recommended to speak to your doctor before supplementing while nursing. I showed the nutrition label to my daughter's pediatrician (who uses Beachbody products herself.) She was impressed with all that was included in Shakeology and gave me the go-ahead! She even said it was fine for my toddler (this particular doctor said no more than half a serving.)

From what I read, most doctors give Shakeology a BIG thumbs up...come on, have you SEEN the ingredients list?! :) From what I read of doctors saying no it was mostly for liability reasons.

The thing about Shakeology is it's ALL chemicals, preservatives or colorings! There is HIGH QUALITY isolate protein, vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, super-greens, super-fruits and so much more. Over 70 of the most nutritious foods in the world!! It certainly is potent nutrition but better then most anything else you could be eating! Including fast food, which is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. And so are many other foods that many nursing mothers eat/drink without a second thought.

Shakeology is an INCREDIBLE tool for weight loss. This is because the body is truly nourished and is able to heal from damage we've caused it over the years. Other wonderful benefits include gaining energy, correcting digestion, curbing your appetite for junk/sweets, lowering cholesterol, better mental clarity, to feel full, and so much more. What new mother doesn't want more ENERGY and MENTAL CLARITY? Drinking Shakeology also helps people to get more fruits & vegetables into the diet as you find your favorite recipes that incorporate them.

The main benefits that I have personally seen by substituting one meal per day with Shakeology have been:
  • Weight loss (about 7 lbs...didn't have too much to lose)
  • More energy for working out and my day
  • Better mental clarity
  • An amazing feeling over overall health
  • Appetite satisfied (keeps me full for hours!)
  • It takes care of my cravings for junk ...and... 
  • Helps motivate me to eat healthier for the rest of the day. It's seriously the best boost every time I drink it! I felt a difference the first time I tried it and I feel a difference every day.

One of my personally sponsored coaches had the same question about nursing and Shakeology. Once her doctor gave her the go-ahead to follow a weight loss plan she tried many things but it wasn't until she started Shakeology when she says the pounds start melting off. To this day it has helped her lose 40 pounds!! She is thrilled that she made the decision to take The Beachbody Challenge!! gives Shakeology a score of 97 out of 100! One of the only reasons why they did not give Shakeology a 100 is because of the controversial ingredient Blue Green Algae. Beachbody is actually taking this ingredient out of Shakeology and the change will be reflected on new bags coming out in the next few months. They find that that sourcing of this ingredient free from toxins will become progressively harder as time goes one.

My recommendation:
Start off the first couple days with a half serving (one half scoop or packet). This will help your own body adjust to the burst of nutrition and also to see if baby has any reactions. After the first couple days, if things continue to go well, begin replacing one meal a day with the full scoop (very filling!) And take advantage of Shakeology's 30 day money back guarantee to make sure it's something that will be of great value in your own life. Most people find it be an great blessing and tool to reach their goals...and it tastes AMAZING! (Particularly the chocolate flavor.)

My baby and I have never experienced any adverse reactions...only the wonderful benefits of Shakeology. My baby is now 11 months old and is healthy, alert and very strong. She rarely gets sick and is still exclusively nursing!

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  1. Great post, Melissa! Thank you for sharing your experience! I am sharing on my group page!

  2. Thank you for sharing. I will be starting a beachbody challenge on Monday and still nurse my 12 month old so I was worried about Shakeology. I will be giving it a try. Thanks again.

  3. Terrific post! Very helpful & well written. My sis is soon to join my 21 Day Fix Challenge group & this has been a very big question.


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