Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Everything you Need to Know about a C-section: PART 2


So, you're having a C-section!  If you are fortunate enough to have a planned C-section instead of "the bomb" dropped on you in the middle of labor, that means you will have some time to prepare adequately. Much of these things will be the same bits of advice for a natural birth as well!

One of the very first things you can do is think about food. You weren't expecting me to say that, were you?

Total recovery time for a C-section is around 6 weeks. For much (or all) of that time, you will be treating your body and feeling the major surgery you've been through. You won't be walking normal, you won't be sitting normal, a simple shower might as well be the devil. Standing? Bending? Hardly. Stressing about dinner for your family? Let's try and make it so you can forget about that one entirely!

I am a part of a group of women that sign up to bring in a dinner each night for a while after you are home from giving birth. For my last baby, I simply asked if they could bring me freezer meals beforehand since I wasn't even totally sure I could make it to the door during recovery. It was hands down one of my most favorite things I decided to do for myself!

This time around, I asked 2 months in advance for anyone who would want to bring in a freezer meal before my scheduled C-section. I think I ended up with around 15 or so! So I put together a dinner menu for a few weeks where I was able to include some freezer meals each week. Leftovers and simple sandwiches/chips were on there as well to fill in the gaps and I was able to stretch these meals out for a long time!

I put the weeks dinner menu together with that weeks grocery list (including things needed for breakfasts, snacks and lunches as well) so neither my husband or I need to spend a second even thinking about it. My husband can just grab the list and go. Between he and my mom they can look at the menu and know what meal to pull out of the freezer to start thawing and what meal goes into the crock pot or the oven. I get to just lie there. :)


Now that the meals are all set up and taken care of, there's a few things around the house to think about. Let's start things off with a room-to-room bag. This little bag will carry things you use frequently, but don't want to have to get off the couch for after you've just sat down to go and grab. Instead, any time you go from room to room, you take this bag with you. It can have anything you want in it really!


- Medela nipple cream
-Nursing cover
-Disposable nursing pads
-hair ties and bobby pins
-Stool softener and any prescriptions I will be on, especially for pain
-Extra phone charger
-Phone

Now, onto the next prep! One of the biggest things you deal with after any birth is the post partum bleeding. So, since you'll be spending some time in the bathroom, let's talk about how to get things prepped in there to deal with all of that while you are struggling to move!

First of all, storing your pads or anything else you will want to use in a drawer or a cupboard below the sink is a terrible idea. I have this basket of necessities sitting on the back of the toilet right now, but it will be moved to the counter right next to the toilet. Twisting your body around or bending in these conditions will not go well for you! One thing that is missing in this basket because I have not actually gone to the hospital yet is a peri bottle. So, what is in this basket?


-Pads. Nice big and fat pads.
- Bamboobies Nursing pads -I have both disposable and washable and I decided to keep some washable ones in the bathroom. I plan to use the cozy ones at night and I will most likely be doing my "getting ready for bed" stuff in the bathroom so to have them right there will be ideal.
-Stall Mates Wipes-  I wanted unscented and flushable. These ones are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. I don't have a bidet, and as much as I looove cleaning up a bowel movement, like I said, it's dang difficult to be twisting your body around. Any kind of reaching during clean up will be hard, so I wanted to make sure that it would go as quickly and smoothly as possible. The wipes make it so I can clean up easily and effectively.
-Peri bottle- The peri bottle is the same! It makes clean up easier with your movements and when you're bleeding so much it's nice to have that extra help.

Something I will also have in the bathroom are these!

They give you some mesh underwear to put on in the hospital and they are so stretchy and forgiving, especially with a bunch of C-section bandages. They are definitely not made to be worn multiple times, though, and the quality of them isn't super great for underneath clothes (they poke out in weird places and make you look a little funny). So, I found these ones online that are a better quality, just as stretchy and forgiving and washable!

-Figure 8 Maternity Seemless mesh panty's

Okay! Let's move on to the bedroom. With my kids being a bit older and running around, I've set up my pumping station in my bedroom.

I just grabbed this old reclining rocking chair that fit to the side of my bed and the white stand is from my daughters bathroom that she wasn't using. It's all facing the TV and I've got my pump on the top with......

-Nursing cover. I hate the sight of pumping so I cover myself up! It's so dang awkward to watch yourself turn into a cow (for me personally) so I just hide those babies and zone out!
-A few bottles for the pump
- Medela Quick Clean Pump Wipes- Because I won't have the time to actually clean this stuff properly after every single time right at that exact moment.
-Disposable nursing pads
-Luna Bars- Eating one after each pump!
-Sneaky chocolate- I'll be eating one of these after each pump, too. And probably any time I'm up late rocking the baby.

Now, on to the other side of the pumping station. My night stand! I will spend a lot of time in this area. Between the pumping and the rocking baby to sleep or just sleeping in general on my bed, this is where it's all at, really. If I'm on my bed and need something for the baby, it's here. If I'm on the rocking chair and need something for the baby or something to watch after the baby has fallen asleep and it's late at night, I've got my ipad within reach for some Netflix. So here's the details.

-Swaddle blanket
-Diapers
-wipes
-Burp cloths
-Binky
-Extra baby clothes, mittens & socks
-diaper rash cream
-Gripe water
-Washable nursing pads
-Ipad- You will want to make sure any books you want to read are downloaded and any other apps you want are ready to go like Netflix. Your brain won't work super great and trying to think of these things at 3am won't work out the way you think it might ;).

I have one of these baskets downstairs as well by the nice big recliner that my husband will use if he's up for late nights with the baby. He'll have a nice TV and be all cozy while I snooze upstairs if needed.

As for my 2 1/2 year old son that will be running around freely while I'm feeding the baby. I wanted a fair chance at him not destroying the house during those times. Most of these items (and baskets) are all dollar store. Many of them are just handmade things (like the cardboard car tracks that he absolutely looooves. FREE, baby!). You definitely won't be in any position to hop up in any kind of hurry if something crazy happens, so this is a nice touch!
And, yes, the baby will be sleeping in our room for the first 3 months! It's especially nice during recovery to have them close. My husband and I have a deal during those first weeks while I'm recovering. When the baby wakes up, he gets up and holds her while I position myself for a feeding. He hands her over to me and I feed her before handing her back for him to get back to sleep! It's a nice deal. A really nice deal. I don't have to move much but we both contribute.

Here are some other extra's.  What else do we have here!
-Kiinde Kozii bottle/breastmilk warmer- The Kiinde Kozi warmer is suppose to be the best warmer at the moment. You can thaw and warm up frozen breastmilk in their plastic bags or a bottle and you can you warm up jars of baby food, too! The reviews I read (this was the hardest thing for me to decide to buy and commit to with all the reviews on warmers!) almost all said the same thing; the absolute best warmer.....until it died a few months later. So I made the choice between an amazing warmer with a shorter life span or a crappy warmer that kind of worked for a long time. ?
-Landsinoh Ultimate Protection Pads - I read review after review on disposable nursing pads and these were my winner!
-Lansinoh 3-in-1 Breast Therapy- I have a large heating pad to use before I pump, so I don't plan on using these for the heating. But after pumping and definitely after many feedings these will get some great use from the freezer!
Hanging Shower Caddy- THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!! If you don't already have a tower in your shower stall already that is in FRONT of you, you will need something like this. I've mentioned before that that twisting and bending is just not in the cards during recovery. Just the energy and difficulty it takes to get into the shower alone does not leave much room to be standing very long, let alone twisting around or trying to bend and reach shampoo. This hanging caddy hands on the shower rod so it's right next to you!

Okay, so you've got your house all set up for a C-section recovery. What about that hospital bag?

-Room to room bag
-Cozy socks
-Green bag- Norwex body cloth to wash face, Makeup remover wipes, deoderant, contact solution, case with glasses and contacts, face moisturizer, toothbrush/toothpaste, brush, travel size shampoo/conditioner, extra hair ties and bobby pins
-Ipad/chargers
-Thank You cards
-Going home clothes (for me and baby. Only the baby's are pictured)
-A folder with pockets. Somewhere to keep all those papers and documents they give you!
-Standing mirror- Since you can't bend much or stand much, doing your hair and make up is out of the question unless you have a little mirror you can set on the table that you eat from. This is also why I have my Norwex cloth and make up remover wipes to clean my face! It'll be done from the bed. The only real thing I will need to do at the sink is brush my teeth.
-Black and white bag- makeup brushes
-Pink bag- make up. I'll most likely only do my makeup the day I'm able to leave, but it's a great feeling finally getting dressed and putting the make up on with some brushed hair so I didn't discard it totally!
-Robe- not pictured.

So that's all, folks! Don't forget your car seat cover (they won't let you leave the hospital without them anymore is what I was told), and your diaper bag!

If you're looking for what to expect for the actual C-section, check out Everything you Need to Know about a C-section: PART 1

Everything You Need to Know about a C-section: PART 1

I am just a week away from welcoming our 4th child into our family! It has been one crazy year for us, and not really in a good way. At all. There have been some great blessings along the way, though! One of them obviously being little miss coming! Yep, another girl. Three girls and one boy for this family. It feels right and we are READY to meet her! It is no easy task preparing for a C-section, though.
This will be my third C-section, so I have definitely learned a thing or two along the way! I am going to walk you through everything from the products I have purchased, to a few simple tricks to make things easier and, of course, the C section itself.

Let's start off with the actual C section and what to expect there.

As a doula it has actually surprised me quite a bit the lack of knowledge there is about C sections. Typically, when a woman decides to look into a doula, it's because she is most likely planning for a natural birth of some kind. Whether it be at home or at the hospital without medication, they have their sights set on their plan. C-sections are never apart of that plan for them. Why would it be? You want to live "the secret" and focus on what your body can do and how to push through the pain. You don't want to focus on what to do if you're told you must have a C section. It gets in the way of your vibe! Totally understandable. However, there may be a situation where you do need a C section, and going into one without a clue of what's happening is definitely worse than taking a little time to know what to expect should it happen. So, what will happen?

1. The Bomb
They've just dropped a bomb on you. For whatever reason a C-section is officially happening. You will most likely be told this in the middle of laboring for however long and, no, they won't spend an hour telling you what's about to happen aside from the most basic information. This is likely due to them preparing for the actual surgery on their part so they aren't going to spend a lot of time holding your hand here. This is where any previous knowledge you have about them come in handy.

2. The Prep
A nurse may come in and check your hair line down there and give the area around where your incision will be made a clean shave. Hospitals and doctors will make this next part vary a bit. But between this point and you actually being in the operating room, your husband will be taken elsewhere to prep him to be in the room with you. You will be given your spinal block (usually in the OR) with your husband likely dressed and in the room by now with you. The spinal block will not hurt. I repeat, it will not hurt. They will numb the area first and walk you through everything. Before you know it, it will be in place and you will be asked to lie flat on your back and a big curtain will be pulled up in front of you blocking your view of what's going on. You will be asked to spread your arms out to either side of you and keep them there during the duration of the surgery.

3. The Surgery
The anesthesiologist will be sitting right up near your head the entire time along with a giant team of nurses and other experts to monitor everything. They are there to watch you while your doctor and his staff focus on the baby delivery. If this is an emergency C-section, it is very likely that they have given you a medication of some kind that will make you sleepy and drift off. You will not feel a thing aside from pressure. I know that word can be tossed around in the medical world as just another word for PAIN. In this situation, it really will be pressure. Soon enough, though, you will hear the baby crying and you can focus on little one while they stitch you up. If you've been given a sleepy medication, it's very likely that you won't be awake much enough to see the baby right away or you could be "out" for a while afterward. This is something that you need to bring up with your doctor if you have an issue with being so tired during and after the surgery. If the C-section is planned, you are fully awake and aware but totally numb, so there is no problem in asking about their particular routines and if you are able to make it known that you do not want to be sleepy or put out should there be an emergency. They may or may not allow you to choose, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

4. Recovery
If you have been sleepy and out of it, the next hour or two will just basically be you sleeping. But you will be taken to a recovery area and watched to make sure you're doing okay. Nurses may place the baby on you to try and feed if they know you are hoping to breastfeed. As you come out of it more and more, you will likely be waking up to nurse after nurse coming by to check on things. Your uterus, your blood, your temperature, everything they can possibly monitor they will be monitoring. You have just been through a major surgery and they treat you as such.

5. Now what?
Now that you're awake and functioning normally, you're going to spend your time pretty normally as if you had just given birth vaginally. Many doctors are very strict with your diet during recovery in the hospital and you may spend the entire time there on a liquid/jello diet. Some doctors are lenient and you will be introduced to more solid foods earlier on. You will be in your own hospital room spending time with your baby and any family you want there. As the pain medicine wears off you will start to realize exactly what kind of surgery you just went through, and the nurses will make sure you know how to ask for more pain meds and to stay on top of them. At some point you'll be asked to try and walk, likely just to the bathroom. This will seem impossible, but if you allow people to help you (it's their job so you might as well), it will go easier and you can do it! I promise!

6. Going Home
Every doctor is different in their requirements for going home. You will either be waiting until you have passed gas, had a bowel movement or just a solid 3 days of monitoring with no issues. Expect no less than 2 nights in the hospital. You will have a final visit from your doctor to give the OK and you are free to somehow get dressed and get your things ready to go!

There are a few things that might cross your mind the moment you hear you are having a C section. Probably the most common one being; Will the baby and me be okay?

It's important to know that your baby can't feel any of the pain you are feeling during contractions, and they certainly won't be able to feel the incision happening. What baby's can be effected by is stress. Going from a planned natural birth to a C section, your stress level might sky rocket for a bit there, so it's important to focus on the fact that the baby won't feel pain and you won't feel pain. You will just be lying there :). It's a calm procedure and anything outside of "gentle" will just be a nurse giving the baby a little helpful push to come out if necessary (hello. pressure).

So focus on that mantra you practiced for your natural birth to keep you calm. Focus on the fact that a room full of medical professionals will be devoting their time to watching you. Every blink, every breath, everything. There will be medical professionals monitoring your baby and ready to jump in at a moments notice. Stay calm, my friend! It will likely be less stressful on you and the baby than going through hours of agonizing pain during a natural labor if you allow yourself time beforehand to process what a C-section would consist of and time to meditate and calm yourself from that initial bomb moment.

The physical recovery from a C-section is painful and varies in how long it takes you to feel 100%. If you want to know what to pack for the hospital and and how to set your home up for a C-section, it's right here! Everything You Need to Know about a C-section: PART 2

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Revealing Radiance Facial Peel

Wow! That is quite the name for a product! What does it even mean? Repair Revealing Radiance. That sounded like something I could definitely use. My skin had just been through the ringer between stress and winter. Dry, dull, sad, breaking out, you name it.

So! I was able to have an amazing Mary Kay consultant come to my home for my little facial. It was all fun and games and girly just having fun until I applied the facial peel. I was confused! A facial PEEL? This feels like a really soft luxurious moisturizer of sorts. Not a peel. You usually think of peels as either thin and sticky that you eventually peel off or something pretty rough on your face to slough off all the crap. So I was intrigued. How could this texture possibly perform the way it claimed it would? It was soft, almost buttery without the stick factor from butter. It almost felt refreshing. Can "refreshing" be a texture? I'm having trouble coming up with how this product feels on the skin. All I knew is that I loved how it felt and wanted to know how it was going to work. 


I will say that the first thing I noticed about the peel was the smell. I swear to you guys, if I could bathe in this scent I would. I don't know what it is about it but it just smells so clean! Again...refreshing. Ha!

The time came to wash it off and as usual, my skin felt amazing. In my experience, that's usually how your skin feels immediately after ....well.....any product, really. Soft, smooth, clean, impurity free. You know the drill. So of course, I loved it. But I knew the real test would come later. Hours afterward. Would my skin feel stripped dry? Would it start to actually peel from the potency in the ingredients (like most other products do on my skin)? 

I obviously didn't want to make my consultant hang around for hours and hours on end before I made my decision, so I went ahead an bought it so I could test it out. She handed me a bunch of the microdermabrasion samples and advised me to apply that one day and then wait a couple of days to apply the facial peel because together they are a dream team.

I did NOT feel that way! The peel stood the test of time for a full day (haha), meaning that my skin did not get dry, it did not react negatively at all. It just stayed the same nice clean and smooth moisturized way it was right after I'd washed it off. BUT, after I started using it with the microdermabrasion, my skin started peeeeeelliiiingggg ooooofffff! Like crazy peeling. It was terrible. I wasn't sure if my skin was finally reacting to the peel, or just the microdermabrasion or the combination of the two. So I quite using the microdermabrasion. 

I went ahead and just used either my GlamGlow skin brightening mask or my GlamGlow hydration thirstymud mask the couple of days before my facial peel day. My skin cleared right up and got back to normal. So I'm assuming it was the microdermabrasion that caused me trouble!

For the past two-ish months, I have continued on with that same routine. My skin is brighter and happier and moisturized. The past two weeks I quit using it to see what would happen. I immediately started nursing about 5 giant zits all over my face and crazy dryness on my forehead. What the HECK. I've started up with the peel again and things are going back to normal. So I have to say that can't be coincidence. The ingredients are gentle enough that it can work like some kind of magic on your skin without roughing it all up. All the while, you smell like a dream. 

It's pretty rare for me to find a skin product that I feel like I HAVE to repurchase after I've used it all up. I can normally just buy something else that does the same thing and call it good. I don't have any major loyalty to anything because I never really feel like I find anything that my skin is in love with. I'm already getting anxiety about running out of this stuff! It's a huge bottle though so I've got plenty of time (a little goes a long way). 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Redefine Lip Renewing Serum

By now, most of you have probably heard about Rodan & Fields. How could you not, they are the #1 skin care company in the nation as of right now. They specialize in skin care regimens that have an insane success rate! Since I'm a pretty skeptical person in general, I figured I'd give their lip repair serum a try to get a feel for how their products and company work.

My R&F distributor advised me to do the treatment day and night for one week at first and then just once a day. Here is my before & after! Yes, the middle one really is me. I wasn't very diligent in making sure the lighting was the same in my pictures and it really shows. The first one is in my bathroom with a mixture of natural and artificial light, the second one is in my bathroom with only natural light and the last one is in my car with only natural light. I hope you can still see the differences-


Let's get to the details! Here is what you will get-

On the inside are little capsules with the serum inside of each one. Mine came with 63 capsules, so one could argue that you are given 63 days worth of treatment. However, upon opening up my first capsule and applying it to my lips I quickly realized that there was waaaaaay more than enough for two applications per capsule. So, with my recommendation of applying it morning and night for a week, that meant I only used 7 of my capsules for that.

My first impression when I first applied the serum was, "ooOOOooo!" It honestly felt like it was kind melting into my lips with the warmth of my body heat. It was very smooth and comfortable as a serum and not sticky or overwhelming. It absorbed well over time, thought when I woke up in the morning after my night time application I still felt like my lips were moisturized and nourished, yet I couldn't really feel any product on my lips? I note that as a good thing.

I am very satisfied with my results and tell everyone I know about it. I am very confident and comfortable with the idea of ordering more product from this company. I already know what I'm getting next and and I can't wait! If you are wondering what on earth you would get from Rodan & Fields but you're curious about what they have to offer, take their little quiz right here which will guide you to the perfect regimen for your skin! Or you can just browse around and get familiar with all they have (like their brand new hydration serum that has caused a crazy stir in the skin care/beauty industry already)!

Bottom line: On a scale of 1-10 (my favorite way of rating products), I give this an 9.5. It's in the pricier side, but with how much product I received and the overall results I got, it was very VERY worth it. The ONLY reason I did not give this a 10 is because of a minor packaging detail and the issue is only an issue because there's so much product..... so am I really I'm a place to complain? You decide!

Here's what I mean. Since there is too much product for just one application (for me personally), I'm left with an open capsule and no real way to seal it or keep it closed until my next use without it just pouring out all over. I quickly discovered that my bobby pins "teeth" clamped the opening shut tight enough to keep it closed until my next use.


I just placed my capsule carrying bobby pin over the container and it stayed that way just fine! 

So, I don't know. Is that fair to complain about? There's probably a better way to deal with this and I made it complicated. I might as well have given this a 10!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sesame Noodles


First let me just apologize for this picture. It was just sitting on the counter waiting to be eaten and I remembered I needed a picture. So I didn't try to make it look fancy. It's just as is. Also, I just had angel hair pasta on hand, so it looks a little "off," but I promise you it's good!

I have no idea where my head was at, but as I was preparing meals for our "health week," I looked at my plans for buffalo chicken lettuce wraps and thought an Asian noodle side dish would pair well. They were both great on their own, but together I have no idea why I put them together! It's not even really like they're super healthy, but hey, I had already drowned chicken in hot sauce so.... we'll just go with it.

These had really good flavor, most likely due to the sesame oil used! My husband loooooves sesame oil so I had zero reservations about the whole thing. They were deeeelicious! Of course. Pioneer Woman, right? Not to mention, this whips up FAST. You're using thin noodles so they don't take long at all and everything is just kind of dump and mix and go. Loved it!




What you will need:

  • 12 oz. thin noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 2 T sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 3 T pure sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. hot chili oil
  • 4 T canola oil
  • Green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients (minus the noodles) together in a bowl
  • Toss the cooked and drained noodles with the oil
  • Top with green onions (optional)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

So yesterday happened, which was a Sunday, and my husband was craving a dessert with peanut butter in it. Specifically, peanut butter bars. The catch? We only had 1 stick of butter. Since we don't go shopping on Sundays I was up for a bit of a challenge in finding something that would satisfy his craving!

But you guys, I did it! And, of course, it's a Six Sisters Stuff recipe. I swear between them and Pioneer Woman they are always saving the day.

I was a little skeptical at the whole cake mix idea of it. I was sure the texture would be way too off to be considered a "bar." The recipe was so dang easy though it was worth it to just go for it and see what happened.

Well, here you have it! Freakin' YUM! I love these things. My husband says that the cake flavor mixed with the peanut butter isn't quite up to his standards, but it satisfied what he was after. I, on the other hand, had zero issue with the cake flavor mixed with the peanut butter! I thought the whole thing was great and we both agreed that the texture was definitely that of a bar!


What you will need:

Bars-

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 C peanut butter
Frosting-
  • 1 stick (1/2 c) butter, softened
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla (I used 2)
  • 2-3 C powdered sugar (I ended up using 2 1/2)
Directions:

Bars-
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non stick spray
  • Mix cake mix, egg, water and peanut butter together until mixed well
  • Pour and spread mixture into the 13x9 dish
  • Bake about 20-25 minutes
  • When completely cooled, spread frosting on top
Frosting-
  • Mix all ingredients together until a smooth frosting forms. Add powdered sugar as needed for desired consistency
  • Spread over the top of the peanut butter bars

It's Official: I FinallyTried Shakeology

Finally, after YEARS! I have tried Shakeology. 

Let me first start by mentioning that the Beachbody program drove me absolutely nuts from the start. The constant selfies with their "superfood, dense nutrition shake!" along with becoming a nutrition coach from simply paying a fee was not rubbing me the right way. So I stayed away from the whole thing. Far, far away.

Now of course, since it's been years of Beachbody not going anywhere, I have seen people actually benefit from it. My husband is a Chiropractor so we are no strangers to a holistic and nutrition based approach to health. He is required to attend classes and seminars with top nutritionists from all over the world every year, so there is no lack of knowledge in that area in our home. We have both scrutinized the Beachbody programs; the meal plans, the workouts, you name it. While it tends to follow "what sells" as far as the meal plans go and not always super up to date, there is no doubt that it's good for you!

For the past year or so, I have been very happy to recommend Beachbody to people who are looking to lose weight. Why? Because time after time I have watched nearly every person touched by this program become happier and more confident. They have not only lost weight, but managed to keep it off because the program focuses so much on learning to manage lifestyle changes and WHY. 

Would I ever become a coach? Absolutely not. Their compensation and business plan is TERRIBLE in my opinion. I know so many who really love it, though, and actually know a couple who have become VERY successful with it. So, while I personally don't see it as worth joining, I would never tell someone not to do it. We are all different with our own ideas so if this is your thing, I say go for it.

Now, onto the Shakeology portion of the Beachbody program. Number one, it's expensive. Beachbody coaches will kindly remind you that it breaks down to only about $3-$4 a shake. So you can decide if that's a reasonable price for a meal replacement or not! 

For me, that's not too bad actually. However, it better be pretty good for me to commit to that pretty chunk of change. The ONLY flavors I have tried are Strawberry and Chocolate.
Image Source: Shakeology.com

I started with strawberry and got the low down from my experienced shakeo friends. I tried every single thing they recommended. I could not get through more than a few gulps before giving up each time. However, I was not about to go down that easy! 

I researched what flavor is the "best," and it's pretty unanimous that chocolate is the best tasting over all. I got excited and my friend gave me a full bag to have (I mean... that's a big gift). Both my husband and I were almost giddy to try it. I started Pinteresting ways to make it immediately.

My husband tried first and he made one that was actually decent tasting. It wasn't the best, but for the first time I felt like maybe I could get used to it. I got optimistic and saw myself actually becoming a Shakeology person! I WANTED to be a Shakeology person. There is no denying how amazing it is for you and I wanted that for myself.

It was downhill from there. We could never quite find a way that we could get used to and enjoy enough to go for it seriously. I think my biggest issue was texture. No matter what ways we tried it, I just couldn't get past it. I sort of knew that would be my biggest hurdle because here's a secret; I have never liked shakes in the first place! Now my opinion might as well be completely void. My husband, however, loves shakes. He is not as picky as I at all. He gave up days after I did and we both just had to admit to each other that it wasn't going to happen. I feel strange about this, like I'm wrong in this opinion, like we are the only ones who don't like it.

Bottom line. Beachbody itself is an A. Even with Shakeology. Why? Because SO MANY PEOPLE love Shakeology, it can't be some mass club where they all initiate the newcomers by forcing them to lie about how much they love it, right? Okay, I've seen people lie for less. But you know what I'm saying. I know so many people who just drink the mix with water and they are totally fine with it. I have some leftover chocolate Shakeology and I still plan on trying out new recipes to use with it in the form of healthy snacks. I'm still a little in denial here, can you tell? 

I think over all this is definitely something worth TRYING. And I know that you don't need to drop a ton of money to just try it. You can contact a coach and get a sample first if you're skeptical! I am so glad that I gave it an honest go, and to be honest, I'll probably try again when I'm not pregnant and see if anything is different for me!