Ok, so this was a total accident, but it turned into something so much better!! My hubby was simply making a shake out of Greenberry Shakeology and added too much fruit and we got a treat that the kids and ourselves enjoyed together! So yes, this is kid tested and mommy and daddy approved!!
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
4 Ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve right away! This made 2 full servings, 1 for me and the 2 boys split the other serving!
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Ok, so he is not crying because of what I am holding, he is crying because he was not ready for the photo shoot!! HAHA!! Anyways, I am here because I have had SOOOO many people ask me about being pregnant or breastfeeding while drinking Shakeology… ya know, that superfood health shake that has so many veggies that is has the amount of 6 servings of salads?!?
Well, I am DELIGHTED to share my own experience with you, as well as some other info, stats, and feedback regarding us mommas-to-be and new mamas fueling our bodies with this meal replacement superfood shake while pregnant or breastfeeding our babies! I used Shakeology DAILY throughout my entire pregnancy and continue to drink it daily today!
*Please note, while I was pregnant and drinking Shakeology, I did NOT take a pre natal vitamin since all the vitamins and minerals are already in Shakeology… the only thing I added was a folic acid supplement!
First things first, if you have not been following me and my journey throughout my pregnancy, I am 7 weeks post-partum from delivering this beautiful baby boy and it was also my very first home birth experience and it was INCREDIBLE to say the least!! I had a wonderful midwife who is just amazing, along with the rest of a great birth team to help me deliver my babe all natural and a birth photographer Lexi (F 2 Photography) to capture such incredible moments during my labor!
Baby Josiah “baby J” is now growing big and strong and his favorite hobby is… eating, pooping, and sleeping!!
So now that I bragged about my boy and how amazing he is lol, lets get down to it!!
Is drinking Shakeology while breastfeeding or pregnancy safe?!
I am not a doctor, nor an expert, so if you have medical problems or are extremely skeptical, the safest answer for me is to talk to your doctor/OB and show them the nutritional facts and label! But I will say from a nurse standpoint, along with being a momma who wants best for their kids, I found it being an easy healthy meal for me to take while trying to get the proper nutrition for me and baby!
I see so many people (including myself my last 2 pregnancies) eating fast food, foods with artificial sweeteners, and that are processed… so we are eating foods that are full of chemicals that we have no clue what they are actually doing to our body. It is so important to have a well balanced diet, and eat the proper foods, and to stay away from chemicals and processed foods as much as possible!
Shakeology During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Concerns
Some doctors don’t want patients to take Shakeology during pregnancy and nursing due to the following concerns:
1. Shakeology is Not Approved by the FDA
Some doctors will only approve supplements that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the FDA does not approve any dietary supplements.
2. Vitamin A
Too much Vitamin A (in retinol form, from animal sources) has been linked to birth defects. However, the Vitamin A in Shakeology is beta-carotene, with which there are no correlating issues of any kind.
If consumed in large amounts, this herb can cause premature birth. In India, it was traditionally used to strengthen the uterus in anticipation of, and during pregnancy. The herb has a spasmolytic effect, which has resulted in modern Western medicine restricting its use, especially during pregnancy. However, many experts say that it is safe during pregnancy, in small doses.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Shakeology contains less than 50 mg of Ginkgo Biloba, and weak scientific evidence has indicated that it might possibly induce labor and that it has an antiplatelet effect that may prolong bleeding time.
Shakeology’s Official Answer: Can I take Shakeology when I’m pregnant or
“Shakeology should only be taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers under the direction of their physicians. As with all of our supplements; we recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have any medical conditions. SPECIAL NOTE FOR VEGAN FORMULATIONS: Shakeology is dietary supplement in a food form, and since our vegan formulas are not fortified, the levels of any one nutrient should not be an issue for anyone or for a pregnant woman. Pregnant women need to careful about levels of Vitamin A (10,000 IU is the upper limit), but the amounts we have at unfortified levels are similar to those found in unfortified foods and in fruits and vegetables. Accordingly, pregnant women should consider their intake of vegan Shakeology as part of their normal diet, but should not rely solely on Shakeology to meet the needs of pregnancy for nutrients like, iron, folate, Vitamin A, or calcium.”
Where Can I Find Shakeology or Get More Information About it?
This boy right here is one healthy and happy baby!
And is his breastfed Shakeology brother Weston that is 5 and his 7 year old big brother that still drinks Shakeology on a regular basis because it’s what they call “their healthy dessert!”
If you are a mommy-to-be or a breastfeeding mama and are looking to start or continue your journey of living a healthy lifestyle and want more information on getting started with Shakeologyand/or a fitness program that you can do right at home, email me at Deidra.email@example.com and in the subject, title “Pregnant or breastfeeding mama”!
Testimonies from new moms who breastfeed and drink Shakeology
“When I started with Shakeology a couple years ago, my oldest sons was just 1. I had bought the 21 day fix program to help me lose the baby weight. But my milk supply starting dropping. With my goal to breastfeed until my son was two. I stopped the 21 DF workout and moved to something more fit to my lifestyle. Along with switch gears, I also left behind the one thing that allowed me to get my breakfast meal in ( my hardest meal of the day) SHAKEOLOGY! Any one who is breastfeeding know that your calorie intake and eating healthy food is super important. Well let me back track a moment. Before starting the 21 day fix I was feeding my little one and pumping at least 5 oz on each side. When I lost my supply, I was down to a once on each side. I tried fenugreek tables ( 2, 3X a day) l Upped my water intake to a gal. Was eating oatmeal every morning while having a glass of mothers milk. All things I was told would boost my supply back up. Nothing was working. So when nothing to lose at this point, I reordered my Shakeology and guess what?! Within two weeks my supply was increasing. I’ve been drinking Shakeology for 2.5 yrs with the exception of a couple month here and there. Never once has either of my boys had an issue with me drinking it.” –Lynsi McKinney
“I am 3 months post-partum, am breastfeeding, and also am drinking Shakeology. I love that Shakeology fills me up and helps rid me if my cravings, but I also love that I know my baby is getting the benefits of the nutrients in the shakes as well! I have not seen any negative effects fromy baby, nor has it negatively affected my milk supply. I love my daily dose of dense nutrition! I have used both vegan and regular chocolate with no negative effects to BFing with either” -Becca Bennett
“Shakeology helped with my energy both in pregnancy and after baby when your I’m throughout the night nursing & then wake up to have 3 big kids to get off to school. It’s nice to have a tasty, filling, energetic boost for breakfast on the go. I also need to have a big meal so prenatal vitamins don’t make me nauseous. With Shakeology, it’s my prenatal vitamin and breakfast in one.” -Jessica Shumar
“I drank Shakeology throughout my second pregnancy. I regulated my digestion, curbed a ton of pregnancy cravings, and enjoyed feeling confident that my baby was getting a wonderful blend of nutritious ingredients every day. My total weight gain for this pregnancy was 20 pounds, as opposed to my first pregnancy weight gain of 70 pounds. My baby girl was born perfectly healthy and happy at just over 9 pounds! We are now enjoying our breastfeeding journey that incorporates Shakeology on a daily basis. I continue to curb cravings that we breastfeeding moms encounter, and I was able to return to my pre-pregnancy weight within two months. I’m absolutely convinced that my healthy, densely nutritious breastmilk is responsible for my baby’s thriving growth and that it’s given her the best start possible for her own healthy life! I would greatly encourage any mom-to-be to incorporate Shakeology as part of a healthy, balanced diet for herself and her bundle of joy on the way!” -Misty Nelson
“I started with shakeology when my first child was 5 months old. I was able to feel an increase in energy after about a four day stretch of use. I just felt better all over and was able to get back to running and working out without feeling completely drained even though i was working full time as an RN and also breastfeeding and pumping all day and night. I continued to use shakeology through breastfeeding and then also getting pregnant again. With my second child I felt great even right after birth. The energy I had post partum actually surprised me. Even with having a newborn and a 2 year old to chase after. The only thing I did different was that I was drinking shakeology the entire time through pregnancy and post partum. I feel that it has helped with my energy and filling in nutrient voids even with a healthy diet and especially on days I seem too busy to get in all my meals.” -Kayla Mayes
Since all my little man wants to do is eat I need to make sure I am healthy to give him the best of the best. I snuck some milk boosting foods into my super food shake for a yummy way to start my morning
Share with a breastfeeding momma in your life
-1 frozen banana
-1/4 cup quick oats (good source of iron which is very important for anemic mothers. Low iron levels = low supply)
-2 tbsp peanut butter (because it is yummy and also new studies show introducing peanuts at an early age can decrease risk of an allergy)
-1 tbsp flax seed (helps boost supply)
-1 cup milk
-10 ice cubes
-1 scoop of Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
So it has been over a week since I posted last and I am sooooo sorry.. I have been trying to get acclimated with having a new baby around… and let me say, it’s different than it was 5 years ago!! Maybe its me being older, or maybe it’s the fact that my little bug doesn’t like sleep!! LOL
Anyways… I am excited to be back and share with you how post-partum life is!! It’s tiring!! But amazing!! I am so in love with this little man and he looks SOOOO much like his daddy it’s unreal!!
As I was looking back at my post-partum journey with my last baby boy, I couldn’t believe the mindset I have this time and how my body is so different… the pictures I am showing you is 6 weeks post-partum with both pregnancies…. the only difference is, I actually took care of my body and health this time around!!
The first image is when I started my fitness journey with Beachbody… I was a full time nurse, taking master’s classes, and had a 6 week old and a 1 year old at home.. I was miserable and hated to even look in the mirror! I ate too much fast food during pregnancy and slacked on working out big time. But I got into my home fitness programs with Beachbody and joined an online accountability support group to help with a free Beachbody coach! The daily accountability and following a regimen with a workout program and nutrition guide made all the difference! I got results, I gained new healthy habits, and I felt good!!
This time around, I maintained everything I learned from my Beachbody journey and continued the healthy eating and exercise throughout my 4rd pregnancy! And it made my pregnancy enjoyable and afterwards, it has helped me with recovering and feeling pretty darn good for just having a baby!! Yes, I had some complications and have not been cleared to workout yet, but hopefully tomorrow I will have some good news from my OB!
Since I have not been working out, I will admit I really struggled with eating healthy the last couple weeks.. I mean, I did better with my pregnancy with eating than the last couple weeks, but I am ready to move on and get over myself lol.. So yesterday, my challenge group that I run for my team and challengers who have fitness goals have inspired the crap out of me, and I decided I am jumping on board with them.. at least with the nutrition part! They are doing the 80 Day Obsession! It is a new fitness program by Autumn Calabrese (fitness expert and bikini competitor) that is done at HOME. It is 80 days long, and focuses on Abs, Arms, and Booty (A$$)!! These ladies are ON IT and in our pre season alone, are already seeing results and learning tons about timed nutrition, using workout blocks, and eating for fuel, not just for the heck of it!! So I needed badly to get my nutrition on point with them!!
Egg whites with 2 yoke, spinach, chicken, and shredded cheese 2 red, 1 green, 1 blue
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola (Kashi cereal) 1 red, 1 purple, 1 yellow
Hard boiled egg whites, fresh veggies, hummus 1 green, 1 blue, 1 red
Of course, most of my food, especially lunches and dinners, I cook and prep in bulk.. so I have sliced sweet potato and tilapia baked with seasoning, chicken, turkey burger, quinoa, brown rice, all ready! And yes, my hubby and kids eat this food with me!
Dinner is served
It is so crazy how much of a difference eating healthy will do for your body and how you feel overall!! Just getting strict again was a decision I knew I needed to make for me, but also because I am breastfeeding my baby boy and he is getting the food that I ingest also, so I want him to get the best of the best!
So… if you are a new mom or a mom, or just want to get on board with your fitness and health journey and want daily support and accountability like we are giving each other, join in on the fun and lifestyle change!
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Chances are at some time in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are ten tips to help you get started.
1. BE REALISTIC
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again or to workout 2 hours every single day is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now. You know yourself, how much time you have, what changes you can make.
2. PLAN AHEAD
Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31st arrives. And if you didn’t that is okay – plan today. Remember you don’t need a New Year or a new month – just a new day with a new mindset.
3. OUTLINE YOUR PLAN
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. This could leaning on one of my challenge groups and myself for help, practice positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “bad” will affect your goal.
4. MAKE A “PROS” AND “CONS” LIST
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
5. TALK ABOUT IT
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other. You will find lots of these buddies in my challenge groups where we are constantly talking about our goals and if what we did today got us closer to our goals or further away.
6. REWARD YOURSELF
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
7. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated throughout the year. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
8. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time. Just because you have a bad day or a bad meal doesn’t mean you should toss all your hardwork in the trash. If your cell phone has a crack in the screen, you don’t go and smash the rest of it – right?
9. STICK TO IT
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
10. KEEP TRYING
If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.