Shakeology Price Increase – How Much and Why?

If you have not ever heard of Shakeology, then the recent news about the price increase won’t mean much to you. Team Beachbody announced that starting April 1st, the price of the regular Chocolate and Greenberry flavored shakes will increase by $10. According to the Coach 411 News website, the price increase is as follows:

Unfortunately, this is one battle we can’t fight forever. We were forced to make a tough decision: Lose the FREE shipping guarantee and potentially move to cheaper ingredients OR raise the price of Chocolate (regular) and Greenberry by a mere $10/month (33 cents/day)? Considering we’ll never sacrifice the integrity of our ingredients, the choice was clear.

Effective April 1, 2013, the new price of Chocolate (regular) and Greenberry Shakeology will be $129.95.

What This Means to Current HD Customers

Those who are already receiving HD (home direct) shipments of Shakeology will not experience a price change. They will be locked in at the current $119.95 price it has always been. New customers can also lock in their price by ordering Shakeology on home direct before April 1st.

Why is This Nutritional Supplement So Expensive?

Believe me, this is a question that is asked time and time again. I guess it’s because most people just don’t believe a supplement in powder form, that comes in a bag, should cost that much. What I tell people who ask is that the product is high-quality. It contains no refined sugar or caffeine. The ingredients are derived from whole food sources and it is probably one of the top meal replacement shakes on the market.

It tastes good, especially when blended with frozen fruit, and it is quite filling which makes it even better when using it as a meal replacement. Other possible benefits include:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduction in junk food cravings
  • Increased energy
  • Lower cholesterol

Many people have managed to lose a lot of weight by using it as a meal replacement. I’ve personally lost 10 pounds by replacing one meal a day with it (for me it was either breakfast or lunch.) Keep in mind that I ate healthy and exercised.

Overall, it is an excellent product for supplementing a healthy diet. It doesn’t have to be used just for weight loss. I for one like the ingredients (primarily the superfoods and antioxidants.) Paying $129.95 for a 30-day supply can seem outrageous for some and an investment for others. It all depends on what you need and what you can afford.

I also want to mention that Team Beachbody offers a 30-day money back guarantee which is referred to as the Bottom-of-the-Bag guarantee. What it means is that you can use up an entire bag, return it within 30 days, even if the bag is empty. You will receive a full refund, no questions asked, less shipping & handling.

Learn more about the ingredients and health benefits by visiting the official Team Beachbody online store.

Oatmeal VS Cream of Wheat – Which is More Nutritious?

I enjoy eating both oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. Both are really good choices in terms of hot cereals, however, I’ve always wondered which is best to eat in terms of nutrition. I have read and heard about the benefits of plain oatmeal over the years. Yet a good, hot, bowl of farina is a nice change of pace for breakfast or a snack.

What is Cream of Wheat?

Cream of Wheat, as it is most popularly referred to, is actually wheat farina. Most people refer to its commercial name. Cream of Wheat is a processed carbohydrate. It contains some vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron and is somewhat low in calories (plain version.) The downside nutrition-wise is that it lacks fiber. This causes it to rank high on the glycemic index which in turn causes a spike in blood glucose and insulin levels.

Which is the Better Choice?

In my opinion, oatmeal is still the better choice between the two. Oatmeal is a whole grain and contains fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals. It is higher in carbohydrates, but it doesn’t spike blood glucose and insulin levels. Oatmeal is also known to help lower cholesterol.

Keep in mind that oatmeal is best eaten without all of the added sugar. Same goes for Cream of Wheat. I tend to avoid the instant (flavored) oatmeal variety packs.


Learn to Cook Healthy – Easy Tips for Healthier Meals

Learning how to cook can seem like an overwhelming task for the non-cooks out there. The good news is, it isn’t as difficult to learn as you may think. I am not the best cook but I can follow a recipe and I can prepare some decent meals when I’m inspired to do so. However, even intermediate chefs may have an issue with preparing healthy meals. This is because healthy meals are often equated to being bland and boring.


How to Spice Up Your Healthy Meals

I was surprised at how easy it is to add flavor to any meal. Healthy eating is far from boring when you add some spice. The way to do this is to stock up on all types of spices. Check out the spice section of any supermarket and start adding to your basket. Basics include:

  • Sea salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Lemon pepper

There are many more to choose from but the above are the basics and will do wonders when you begin to incorporate them into your meals. Other staple items include olive oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

Other Ways to Cook Besides Frying

Frying food seems to be an easy way to add texture and flavor. This is because most fried food is battered and cooked in fat. Cooking light can be done on a grill and an oven. Food prepared in a frying pan doesn’t require tons of oil. Consider stir frying instead. A wok is a great pan to have on hand as it cooks on very high heat with a minimal amount of oil. Steaming is also a cool method of cooking. You can steam fish and vegetables.

Tools You Should Have in the Kitchen

If you’re a new cook or want to cook on a budget, having a ton of pots and pans isn’t essential to preparing a decent meal. I would recommend the following:

  • Good quality knives
  • Cutting boards (one for meat, one for vegetables)
  • Frying pan
  • Stock pot
  • Baking dish (various sizes)

Of course you can outfit your kitchen with more but starting out, these are probably the bare essentials.

In conclusion, don’t be afraid to add spice to your dishes. You will be amazed at how something as ordinary as a piece of fish or a chicken breast can become a tasty work of art with a little experimenting. Healthy eating CAN be delicious.


Do You Treat Food Like a Religion?

Food can make or break your fitness goals as you may well know. Eating a poor diet of primarily processed food and you will probably feel tired, lazy, and will eventually gain weight or have difficulty losing the excess weight you already have. Anytime you eat healthier, weight tends to drop much easier and you feel healthier in general whether it is in the form of increased energy, feeling lighter, more positive, etc.

Tony Horton

I read an interesting article by fitness guru Tony Horton. If you’re not familiar with who he is, he is the creator of one of the most popular home fitness programs on dvd: P90X and P90X2. The article talked about his rules for nutrition. In it, he discussed how he was a vegan for many, many years and after some time, he realized that having such a strict diet no longer worked for him. He was running low on energy and so he changed up his diet to accomodate the rigorous workouts he was performing. One of his rules stated to not treat food like your religion. Meaning, some people are so strict with their diet, that they are probably lacking specific nutrition that could help enhance their health. For Tony, it was a boost in energy.

Some Strict Types of Diets

People choose to eat in specific ways for various reasons. Some for ethical reasons, others primarily as a health choice. The most common stricter type of diets include:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Paleo

If you follow a somewhat strict diet but primarily for health reasons, would you ever consider changing up your diet to include items you may not usually eat? For example, the paleo diet excludes items such as grains, legumes, and dairy products. Any strict diet falls under some type of scrutiny. You can find tons of articles for and against any type of diet. How anyone chooses to eat is a personal choice. Anyone who wants to eat healthier will often hear the most common sense approach: cut back on sugar, salt, fat, and calories. However, some may feel the only way they can eat healthier is by taking it to the extreme and following a strict diet. Sometimes it is easier to stay motivated when you are involved in a group that eats or works out the same way you choose to.

Can Strict Diets Be Harmful in the Long Run?

While it is important to eat a healthy diet in general, opting for a super strict form of eating could mean missing out on nutrition that could help boost your performance, help build muscle, increase energy, as well as other potential positive effects. If a former vegan like Tony Horton realized that his strict diet no longer worked for him, is it something to consider for yourself as well?

You probably won’t truly know until you experiment with various diets and discover what works well for your own body. What do you think? Have you treated food like a religion in the past and changed your approach later?


How I Quit the Fast Food Breakfast

Several months ago, I started a full-time job and continued with a 1-2 night a week part-time job, plus freelance work in between both jobs. Anyone who has a hectic schedule can understand that time is precious. You have to make the most of every minute. Since time was not on my side, I slacked-off big time with my diet. I’d be in such a rush that getting breakfast from a drive-thru window was just more convenient for me. I wasn’t surprised that the morning stop for fast food was a common occurrence for many morning commuters.

Breakfast Sets the Tone of the Day

One thing I did notice about eating a fast-food breakfast is that I would then eat a fast-food lunch and finish out the day with dining out for dinner as well. These were the habits I wanted to avoid but once I screwed up my breakfast choice, I felt like the rest of the day didn’t matter in terms of what I ate. I finally swapped my bad habit breakfasts with my shake pictured below:

shakeology versus fast food

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