I've blogged about Shakeology before, but this time around I asked Lindsey if I could try one packet of Chocolate Vegan in addition to my favorite regular Chocolate packets. I always make the same recipe, since it's my favorite... a packet of Chocolate, a cup of milk (or almond milk) and a few drops of creme de menthe extract. It's my "Thin Mint" shake!
I tried Chocolate Vegan on Day 1, and I will say that the texture was a little bit different from what I was used to. Not in a bad way, but a finer powder like the Tropical Shakeology texture, which is also vegan. I think the trick is to blend it well with some ice cubes and your favorite ingredients. I think a little honey makes it blend beautifully.
The good thing about Shakeology is that it fills you up. Every other time I've tried a "meal replacement" shake, I've felt starving afterwards. Last night, I had to make myself eat something for dinner, because between my Shakeology, high-protein lunch, healthy snacks, and water, I wasn't even hungry! That's something new for this carb-loving, "3rd grader's diet" girl.
Another focus during this challenge: healthy snacks. By having a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, I'm less likely to go "hog wild" during my meals and overeat. Lindsey recommends Lara bars, and I really like apples with a little natural peanut butter. I pack these snacks in baggies before I go to work!
So far in the challenge, the biggest change for me has been appetite. I've been reading Lindsey's motivational messages (you get one daily, plus 24/7 support in an exclusive Facebook group) and it has helped me stay focused.
Disclaimer: I received a 10-day supply of Shakeology and coaching/nutrition guidance in exchange for blogging about my experience. My opinions are my own.