Why I stopped Juicing

For years, I juiced daily. A delicious green juice flooding my body with nutrients and energy every single morning. A day could not go by that didn’t start with a green juice.
There are health fads that come and go and this is one I jumped on. I raved about my green juice to everyone I knew. Most of my close family members received juicers for Christmas presents so they could get on board too. Like most people’s coffee addictions, my day just didn’t seem to have started without the green drink. Yes it took a tremendous amount of produce and more importantly, time, to keep up with this daily habit. But I felt literally in my gut, that the benefits were worth it.
Friends would comment that my skin looked better than it had in years, I would credit the green juice.
I didn’t have nausea during pregnancy, I would give credit to my green juice.
I was always full of energy in the morning, I would credit my green juice.
I would even risk waking up my sleeping babies by the loud noise of the juicer because I just had to have the green juice.
So why did I stop juicing you must wonder?
It all started with trying something new. I was told about a superfood drink that could give you energy, help you lose weight, reduce cravings, lower your cholesterol, and flood your system with nutrient dense calories, and to top it off it tasted like chocolate. Sign me up I said. This was exactly one year ago. I started replacing my daily green drink with Shakeology. I have not looked back.
Here’s my honest review.
First off, I realized how much time my juicing habit was taking me in the morning to make and clean up. Even though I had the peeling down to an efficient art, it would still take me at least 15 minutes every morning. Versus scooping the Shakeology mix into a jar, adding water and shaking, 30 seconds.
Second, I would remain full for hours before feeling hungry again after drinking my Shakeology. My green juice would literally run right through my system and in 15-20 minutes leave me starving. This is primarily in part to the protein and fiber in Shakeology that my green juice just didn’t have. I was stripping away the natural fibers by juicing the produce.
Energy comparison I’d have to say was pretty much on par. Both give me a great dose.
Cost comparison, we all know this is a big one. Produce for the juice by week rings in something like this: (depending of course on the season)
Bunch of kale $3
Bunch of spinach $3
Romaine $2.50
Parsley $2
Celery $3
Carrots $3.50
Fresh Ginger $2
Cucumbers $3
Lemons $3
Limes $4
Apple or orange $4
Produce total for the week $33 X 4 weeks = $132/month
Shakeology $130/month with my 25% discount
Shakeology is composed of over 70 ingredients derived from whole food sources, each one working to repair and strengthen your body. There is nothing artificial in the product. I just can’t get this many nutrients into my green drink.
The health benefits, time savings and taste have convinced me that my daily juicing habit is better served by a daily dose of Shakeology. As a busy Mom on the go, I’m always looking for ways to simplify and save time without sacrificing nutrition.
I’ve been using this product now for 12 months. Please know that I stand behind these meal replacements 110% and I would LOVE to bring you on as a client via a Shakeology bag purchase. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when people tell me they are feeling healthy, energized, and even losing weight by incorporating the shakes into their fitness and nutrition programs.
If you have any questions about the product, the ingredients, the benefits, etc., please send me a message. Bottom of the bag guarantee if you are not fully satisfied you can get your money back no questions asked.
As an added incentive, for anyone who orders Shakeology in the next month, I will show you how you can receive a 25% discount and a FREE Bella Rocket Extract Pro Personal Blender (valued at $79 and my favorite appliance in the kitchen)!
Have a great week,

Featured Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter cup smoothie
1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
1 tsp peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
1 cup of water
3-4 cubes of ice
Blend and enjoy!

The Power of Protein

At the age of 13, I became a vegetarian. On my own, I decided I wanted to be a vegetarian. This decision was not based on anything health or animal rights related. It was simply a decision I made out of disgust in a science class dissection.

Fast-forward 10 years, I still called myself a vegetarian and this just became a part of who I was and how I ate. A diet full of mostly carbs and cheese, who doesn’t love that?

In the next decade I was introduced to more of a Mediterranean diet, and I began to include eggs and fish as additional protein sources. I realize now this balance was necessary for me to have the energy it took to fuel my pregnancies. I’m still far from being able to stomach a rib-eye but now I do realize a balanced approach to carb/protein/and fat is what is really necessary to feeling optimal and to help shed pounds. You might question why protein is so powerful. How does it help you lose weight?

Here are 4 reasons why I have found protein to be so powerful:

Protein is important because it helps you feel fuller longer. Protein slows down digestion and makes us satiated for a longer period of time. When this starts to compound over the course of days and months, you save calories by not filling up all the time on empty calories, thus aiding weight loss.

I used to constantly get light headed, dizzy, and even faint. By pairing protein with carbohydrate-rich foods, the absorption of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream slows down, which may help keep your blood sugar from skyrocketing and also helps to ward off future cravings.

Your body cannot effectively burn and use fat as energy if it doesn’t have help from either carbohydrate or protein. As you are losing weight, your body loses both muscle and fat. During this process it is especially important that you have adequate protein coming in from your food in order to fuel fat burning while preserving calorie-burning lean muscle.

Your protein needs increase especially after bouts of intense exercise. It is beneficial to increase your protein intake on days that you exercise. Additionally, if you strength train, try having a high protein snack right after a training session when the muscle is sensitive to nutrients that it can use to repair and grow.

As you can see protein is a very powerful macronutrient. But protein alone won’t help you shed pounds. You need a balanced approach that will give you all the energy you need to power through your workouts and your daily lives, while still helping you lose weight. Personally, I like to follow a plan that is roughly 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. So what does that mean? How do you know if you’re getting enough protein?

For my size, I aim to eat 4 servings/day of lean protein. Here’s an example of how I incorporate the power of protein into a typical day:

Breakfast ½  Cup oatmeal with ¾ cup Blueberries
2 Scrambled Eggs
Snack Shakeology Vegan Chocolate meal replacement shake
Lunch Large salad w/Tuna fish
Olive oil/balsalmic dressing
2 Tangerines
Snack Chopped carrots/celery
w/ Hummus
Dinner Pistachio crusted baked fish
w/ ½ cup Quinoa

If you would like help learning how to eat a balanced diet according to your size and goals, please let me know.

Have a great week,

tuna bean salad

Featured Recipe


This quick and easy protein-packed mini meal is perfect. Keep canned tuna or salmon and white beans in the cupboard for a meal that can easily be transported if you bring your lunch to work.

1 can of water-packed tuna or salmon
1/2 cup white beans (drained and rinsed)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp olive oil

Flake tuna or salmon into a bowl and toss with all the other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.