*read update at bottom of post 6.29.16
How did I get here? For years I ate freely and maintained a healthy weight. Slowly as I got older, I found I had to watch what I ate a bit closer or the pounds would creep on. I found the only way to lose pounds was to be moderately active combined with a healthy diet. Out of need to cut cholesterol, we went vegetarian for some time and I did well, but it too didn’t last as long as I’d like. With shoulder pain, exercising became increasingly difficult and now, after years of up and down in my weight, I found myself 55 pounds heavier than I should be eating unhealthy again giving into cravings.
I have never been one for “gimmicks” and the claims of rapid weight loss and that’s exactly what I thought Isagenix was when I first learned of it a year ago. In my mind I thought it was just another money making scheme and I might drop a few pounds but likely would put it right back on. Well as the year went on, I watched people that I know personally use the program, be successful and give endless positive testimonials. My interest was peaked again as I reached the point where I feel like I needed something to make a drastic impact on my life to kick me in the right direction since changing eating habits alone wasn’t enough to get the job done.
So I finally did it. I ordered the system and vowed to give it a good trial and see for myself what it could do for ME. To help others who might find themselves in the same position, I thought I’d post my progress as I go along in a personal “Isagenix Review” or testimonial.
Here’s how it breaks down. The system is a combination of “shake days” and “cleansing days“. I found quickly that I needed to adjust my days to suit my schedule, putting my cleansing days on a day I’m not at work since you are eating almost hourly and drinking plenty of water. There is a lot of science behind this program that I won’t go into now since right now, I’m sure you just want to know how it tastes, how easy is it to do an does it work? That’s what I hope to answer for you today!
Day 1: Stuck to the program and did well. Didn’t find myself hungry during the day but did have a raging headache by evening time and extremely tired. I attribute this to adjusting to a new routine.
Day 2: Another successful shake day with a fulfilling homemade dinner. Uping the water intake helps with the headaches.
Day 3: Cleansing attempt #1: Did well up until lunch and found myself hungry due to my routine. Decided to eat some lunch which really is a no-no since it puts your body in digestion mode. Decided then I needed to move my cleanse days to accommodate my schedule.
Day 4: Back to shakes since I’m adjusting my schedule however we happen to be traveling out of town so I did well up until dinner where instead of selecting a super healthy choice off the menu, I decided to go for some pasta and a glass of white wine. (*I know I will not succeed if I deny myself of occasional pleasures on occasions like these)
Day 5: Oops… didn’t follow shake day program well at all! I had a delish breakfast followed by some beer and pizza for lunch at our favorite restaurant on our way back home from our trip to Portland. I was full still into evening so I just skipped dinner and did the flush tablets before bed. Back to routine tomorrow!
Day 6: Cleansing Day Attempt #2: I did it! I followed the program to the tee and felt good all day except for the fact that i was FREEZING! I guess this is normal during the detox process.
Day 7: Cleansing Day 2: Day 2 was surprisingly easy. I really felt great all day and even made it through my work day without any issues. Yay!
Day 8 : Shake Day – Decided to do my meal at lunch and then that made me want more food for dinner. Probably better to stick to meal for dinner for that reason. I did do my shake for dinner and had 1/2 sweet potato later to satisfy my need to “eat” vs. drink my dinner.
Now… lets talk about product.
Yes, there are shakes and snacks to eat/drink on this program. I have tried many shakes and I actually think this is one of the best ones I’ve tasted. The chocolate isn’t terribly sweet which I prefer and the vanilla tastes a bit like banana to me but my daughter says it tastes like McDonald’s Dippin Dots! They are definitely better cold. (learn more about Isagenix shakes)
The Ionix drink which is an adaptogen to help boost your mood or sooth you, also tastes a bit like strawberry banana to me but the brownish color is a turn off. It tastes great served warm as a tea to drink in the morning or night and also a great addition to the vanilla shake.
Isadelights are not included in the 30 day system but are a must. It’s a dark chocolate and is wonderful! I have to keep my kids from stealing them from me! These little gems are a life saver on cleanse days since you can eat 6-8 of them in a day!
Now the chocolate “Snacks!” are basically little wafers of compressed chocolate shake. At first I didn’t care for them but now if I kind of suck on it like a candy vs. chewing I enjoy it a bit more. Not my favorite but totally doable.
On cleansing days, you add in Cleanse for Life which actually tastes really good in my opinion. It’s berry flavored and you simply drink 4 oz 4 times a day.
At the end of the day, I find the taste good enough that I don’t dread doing it and can see using it continually which is key in making this work.
SO HOW MUCH DID I LOSE?
Glad you asked. At the end of my 8th day, I am down 6 pounds and have lost 11 inches! My pants are fitting better in the thighs, I’m sleeping better and don’t feel like I need coffee to get going in the morning. I’m actually beyond pleased at this point because I know I haven’t followed the recommendations to a tee and it’s still working. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this challenge takes me!
It’s been a long time since I wrote this review of my experience and this post is receiving a lot of traffic so I thought an update is needed.
I didn’t stick with the plan. I tried but for me, there were a few things I found I really didn’t like.
- It gets super BORING! I love food and drinking the same shakes over and over just didn’t work in the long run for me.
- Guilt. Again, I LOVE FOOD. I am a food blogger after all. I want/need to be able to enjoy, indulge and experiment with new foods and I was always feeling guilty any time I strayed from the “diet”
- Social Time. One of my favorite things to do with family and friends is gather for lunch or dinner, share a few drinks and good food. Again, another reason I would not drink my shakes and instead opt for a meal.
- TMI time – over time, drinking the shakes made me super constipated no matter how much water I drank. It left me feeling uncomfortable.
In the long run, maybe it was my attitude toward this lifestyle in the beginning, I just felt like even though the program claims to give you all the nutrients you need and blah, blah, blah… It didn’t seem healthy to me to supplement your life with shakes.
Enjoy life, enjoy food and just make smarter choices when it comes to the foods you eat.
Eat a well-rounded diet full of fruits & veggies.
Make your own fruit filled shakes and smoothies with yogurt and oatmeal in the mornings for a much tastier and healthy treat.
Watch your portions and chose lean meats.
You can lose weight and feel great without buying into gimmicks.
WHERE AM I AT TODAY?
Well, I’m not at my “ideal” weight. In fact, I’m still probably considered overweight! That being said, I am OK with my body and where I’m at in life.
I enjoy good food with friends and family everyday and probably too much wine but I feel good, I’m in good health, and love life.
Could I stand to lose some pounds. Absolutely. But I’m not obsessed with it. I’m enjoying my meals but making better choices, adding in more physical activity, and letting it happen naturally.
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