how shakeology helped Kelli with her Crohn's DiseaseShakeology and Crohn’s Disease – how this nutrition dense shake helped Kelli gain control 

The best success stories arrive in the most unexpected ways!

One of my December challengers was struggling with being consistent with her exercise due to a variety of things from some personal matters and a VERY hectic work schedule … on top of it being the holidays. The challenge was an opportunity for her to FOCUS and get back on track. Working out to ChaLEAN Extreme and drinking Shakeology every day, I followed up with her progress within our challenge Facebook group along with private messages. About mid-way through the 30-day challenge she she shared with me that she had Crohn’s Disease and Shakeology was giving her RELIEF and CONTROL like nothing else had before. I was stunned and very excited and asked if I could share her story on my blog.

You know what she told me, “Yes. Absolutely! This was no info the Dr’s could ever provide me so if it can help someone else then I am all for it!”

I’m SO HAPPY for her … and when Kelli emailed me her story, it brought happy tears to my eyes! I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s been able to receive help in way she never imagined!

So here’s Kelli’s story – directly from her!

“I began experiencing stomach irregularities and knew something about me was different then anyone else was around 7th grade. Every doctor I went to tested me for anemia, low blood sugar, thyroid issues, diabetes, and the regular string of blood tests. I was very underweight for my age but ate very normal. Every doctor said it had to be low blood sugar and passed it of as “I would grow out of it.” Around 11th and 12th grade I starting missing more school because I always felt sick, and was finally referred to a Gastroenterologist.

I went through every test known for upper GI, lower GI, and tests for my colon.  No doctor could give me an exact diagnosis, but deferred it as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).  Still unsatisfied, I got a second and third opinion.  I had documented my symptoms in a diary by time each and every day and documented what I ate. The third and last Gastroenterologist pulled my Mom aside after reviewing my file and all my tests and recommended I see a psychiatrist, as he felt that my symptoms couldn’t be diagnosed so my symptoms must be something equal to a psychological issue.

At that point I gave up….for five years. My stomach controlled my life. I missed parties, couldn’t eat the same foods as everyone else, experience extreme irregularity, and at the same time, I worked out 6 days a week as a college athlete and ate very healthy.  In many circumstances, this could control IBS symptoms.  Yet, nothing got better.  I struggled through 4 years of multitasking 5am workouts, 18 credit hours, and working 30 hours a week.  Yet, nothing got better.

I moved to Florida from Michigan for graduate school and decided to give it one more shot.  I did a lot of reading on Crohn’s and knew medicine had advanced in the last five years.  The first Gastroenterologist I went to, now knowing that during the appointment I was experiencing a ‘flair up’ was quickly able to diagnose me.  Up until 2 months ago, I took my medicine to control my disease, but just could not gain remission.

I met Vanessa through a Bootcamp class, that up until now, I would not know how impactful this avenue would be.  I recently joined a small group run by Beachbody Coach Vanessa and I started the ChaLean Extreme challenge that included a product drank daily called Shakeology.  After two weeks I noticed immediate results.  I was regular, not getting sick as frequently, and finally starting to control my Crohn’s without it controlling me.  After four weeks, I can’t start my day without it and am finally feeling like there is hope at the end of the tunnel.  With my medicine, ShakeO, and living a healthy lifestyle, I am finally in control.”

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen,” right?

I just really started understanding what that really meant just a few years ago. Wish I did sooner because it’s SO TRUE.  Doing all those crunches and then eating whatever you want sure isn’t gonna do it. Pushing yourself in your cardio class and then indulging in sweets daily, definitely won’t do it.

 

Do not workout to eat.

Eat to workout.

Because in order to get rid of that stubborn belly fat that hides behind all the hard work we do through exercise, we MUST have a clean diet. And that clean diet FUELS your workouts.

So how do you eat clean? This doesn’t mean that you NEVER, EVER, EVER have a slice of pizza, have a piece of cake, or enjoy a glass of wine. It means eating wholesome, natural foods, 80-90% of the time and “fun (cheat) food” 10-20%” of the time.

And a good way to start eating clean is with a clean grocery list, but before I list my grocery list, here are some helpful tips.

Healthy Grocery List & Tips for grocery shopping

TIPS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING:
  • Get rid of the junk food – now! Time to go through your fridge and pantry and remove any temptations.
  • Do NOT go hungry! Because otherwise you’ll stray away from you healthy food list and start buying junk, or just over-buying.
  • If you’re on a budget, stick to the minimum requirements and look for coupons and deals at local stores.
    • This is a cool site: http://www.organicdeals.com/ (I also follow them on Facebook)
    • I also use the following free smartphone apps: Zipongo, coupons, fooducate.
  • Just because something is labeled “low-fat” “a good source of…” or “healthy” DOES NOT mean it is healthy!
  • Reduce alcohol consumption. It shuts down your metabolism, promotes fat storage (especially in women) and breaks down muscle tissue (makes you rethink your weekends, right?!) If you can’t go a few weeks without a drink, then … there may be other, bigger issues to resolve other than weight.
  • The following foods generally should be avoided or just set aside for your one or two cheat meals: soda (includes diet soda), fruit juice, sports drinks, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, ice cream, pudding, flavored yogurt, deli meats, processed meats, white breads and pastas, sugary cereals, and any packaged processed foods that are full of sugar and processed, chemical crap! Did you know that sugar spikes insulin and promotes fat storage? So avoid it as much as possible if you want to lose weight,  get leaner and just be healthy!

GROCERY LIST
(asterisks indicate my highly recommended foods):

Protein:

  • Protein powder (Vegan options available)*
  • Eggs & Eggwhites*
  • Boneless/skinless chicken breast*
  • Canned Tuna (in water)*
  • Tilapia*
  • Wild Salmon*
  • Lean Ground Turkey or Turkey Breast
  • Tofu (Vegan friendly)
  • Plain Nonfat Cottage Cheese
  • Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Fage is my favorite brand)
  • Nonfat cheese sticks (great as a snack)

Fibrous Veggies:

  • Kale*
  • Asparagus*
  • Spinach*
  • Broccoli*
  • Green beans*
  • Bell Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Artichoke

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try other veggies (including those that are not as fibrous). There are so many others out there besides what I’ve listed, so explore and have fun!
Complex/Starchy Carbohydrates:

  • Old-fashioned Oatmeal*
  • Low-carb/Low-sugar cereal
  • Brown Rice*
  • Quinoa*
  • Sweet potatos*
  • Yams
  • Whole Grain Bread (I personally LOVE Ezekiel bread, from the brand Food For Life, and they are also gluten free)

Healthy Fat Options (pick at least 2):

  • Olive oil*
  • Natural peanut butter or almond butter (please note that the only ingredient should be: peanuts or almonds. There should be oil on top, low/no sodium).
    • And I LOVE PB2, which is powdered peanut powder that’s half the fat of regular peanut butter, easier to add to shakes and you can add water to make it into the peanut butter consistency that we’re used to.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios

Fruit

  • Blueberries*
  • Raspberries*
  • Strawberries*
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Banana (women should limit to 1/2 of a banana and make sure it’s on the greener side and not so ripe)
  • Lemons (for water & fish)

Beverages

  • Water* – MUST HAVE and make sure you’re drinking frequently
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk* (can be flavored, I like vanilla)
  • Sugar Free Coconut Milk
  • Green tea bags*
  • Coffee* (watch for those creamers, they are REALLY fattening)

Condiments & Spices

  • Balsamic Vinegar*
  • Honey
  • Salsa
  • Chili powder
  • Mrs. Dash*
  • Mustard
  • Cinnamon*
  • Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
  • Stevia or Truvia

Vitamins

  • Fish Oil*
  • Multi-vitamin* (or Shakeologycan also be your daily multi-vitamin … and then some!)

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Hope this was helpful and let me know if you need any help.

If this helped you do some of your grocery shopping, please leave a comment below!

 

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