Shakeology v. Advocare (opinion of a meal replacement pro)

So, if you didn’t know, about 2 years ago, I used to drink Advocare meal replacement shakes. I didn’t eat … Well I didn’t eat and I knew I needed protein so, I drank the meal replacement shakes. I drank them honestly because they tasted good and they were easy, just add water/milk and shake, no blender required. At that time in my life I didn’t really care much about what I was putting in my body, I just wanted it to taste good and be easy.
About a year ago, I really started to look at what was in the food (and I use that term loosely) that I was eating. I took the packages and really compared the difference and I found that Shakeology was more than just a protein shake. I also decided to give up dairy because I was having some tummy issues and I wanted to phase out certain things and see if it made a difference.
If you read the ingredient list on the Advocare meal replacement the first ingredient is a protein concentrate with milk protein isolate. The second ingredient is chrystalline fructose, and the third ingredient is a vitamin/mineral mix.

 

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I recently wrote about my first experience with
Shakeology, and it was a failure! But it was my fault- operator error! The first ingredient in Shakeology is whey protein with pea protein. No Dairy! The way that they sweeten it is with the Stevia plant and not fructose. Then we come to the major reason why I love Shakeology and it is because of the superfoods- no vitamin mix- you actually have vitamins.

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It’s hard to eat the recommended daily servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. Shakeology ingredients contains over 70-plus superfoods.
The other thing that Shakeology has that Advocare doesn’t is probiotics and digestive enzymes. Probiotics help promote better intestinal health. Stimulate growth of friendly bacteria for better digestion.
Shakeology is made from whole ingredients that help the body break down foods and increase absorption of nutrients.Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are preserved in their whole-food state to retain maximum nutrient value. It’s a very difficult process to use whole, plant-based ingredients so that the formula retains as much nutritional value as possible, but Shakeology has a whole team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every ingredient in Shakeology.

For me the choice was simple. I was trying to focus (and I still am) on nourishing my body in the best way possible. Do I like salad? Yes, but I don’t want to eat 7 of them per day and that the number vitamins and minerals you can get from one serving of Shakeokogy. I wanted clean and natural ingredients and Shakeology was the only meal replacement that I found that has that!

It is an acquired taste and you HAVE to find the recipe that works for you. Once you have trained your taste buds and your body starts craving all the goodness Shakeology has to offer, you will never want to be without it. It’s about value to me! I value my health and my nutrition. Do I still like a doughnut now and then- yes I do, but I don’t crave them like  I used to. Your taste buds are trainable and when you drink Shakeology daily, you are training your taste buds to crave things that your body actually NEEDS.

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