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The Healthiest Protein Powders

Because I’ve done several reviews of protein powders, meal replacement shakes and otherwise cheap, unhealthy and overly processed quick fixes, I’m often asked about which protein powders I recommend. Here are my reviews and the products I do not endorse: Isagenix Herbalife Plexus Shakeology BeachBody Arbonne Advocare It Works Usana Juice Plus To be clear, I do not recommend meal replacement shakes. Protein shakes are not meals, they are essentially just a supplement to your diet. They’re mainly a good option for post workout. They are not a good option in lieu of an actual meal. I’d also like to point out that my preference is real food post workout. I personally do not consume protein shakes daily and do not recommend them for everyone. However, I acknowledge that they can be helpful for those who are regularly performing strenuous workouts, trying to gain muscle or who just have trouble…

An Unbiased Review of Plexus

Because I do a lot of honest product reviews, I’ve received a ton of requests to review Plexus. I’ve had several people tell me it’s “all natural” and offer to send me some. This proves just how uneducated people are regarding these products. And that’s why I do these reviews. Inevitably, people question my motive behind doing products reviews. And the answer is simple: people should know what they’re spending their hard earned money on. Most people can’t read these labels and decipher what is and what isn’t harmful. Most people don’t know that folic acid is synthetic and has been linked to cancer. Most people don’t know that higenamine is a stimulant that’s been linked to serious side effects. Most people don’t even know what grass-fed whey is. I do these reviews because the truth is important to me, and if a company isn’t willing to provide it – I…

An Unbiased Review of Arbonne

After an overwhelming amount of requests to review Arbonne, I’ve finally done it. I wanted to like Arbonne, which is why I think it took me so long to look at the ingredients. Their branding lends to the idea that they truly are “all natural” – a term that has all but lost its meaning. And it’s just that – branding. Not reality. It isn’t the truth and it’s not very transparent. I want people who are using or selling these products to truly know what’s in them. I want them to know about the less than healthy ingredients. Most people who are introduced to these things just aren’t aware. They don’t know that pea protein is a subpar protein source, they don’t know that rice syrup contains arsenic, they don’t know that sunflower oil is highly inflammatory. I do these reviews because I want to educate people on what…

An Unbiased Review of Usana

At this point, I’m not sure why people even ask me to do an unbiased review of Usana or any other products containing garbage ingredients like soy. I will never recommend  meal replacements, processed food, artificial sweeteners or any other junk that’s passed off as health. And Usana lovers, I hate to break it to you (just kidding, I love getting the truth out there) – Usana’s products contain unhealthy, overly processed trash. Let’s take a look. Peanutty Delite Vanilla Nutrimeal Nutrimeal Chocolate Whey Fudge Delite After taking a look at these ingredients, I had a few very basic questions for Usana: Is they whey grass-fed? Where is it sourced from? How is it processed? Are your products certified GMO free? So I shot them an email and waited. And waited. Over a week. Then I decided to just call customer service. My first very basic question was if…

An Unbiased Review of Juice Plus

While you guys probably already know that I’m not a fan of meal replacement shakes (Herbalife, Isagenix, BeachBody, Advocare, Shakeology), you may not know that I am a fan of supplements. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not possible to supplement your way out of a bad diet, but specific supplements (that are food based) often make a great addition to a healthy diet. So this Juice Plus review is going to be a bit different because they offer supplements as well as protein shakes and “nutrition bars.” And I like supplements. For the most part. But I don’t like JP supplements. ORCHARD & GARDEN BLEND CAPSULES  ORCHARD AND GARDEN BLEND CHEWABLES (ADULT) Looks good right? Vegetable powder, pineapple, cherry, peach, date?! That’s a lot of fruit. But there’s one big ol’ problem with this: folic acid. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is naturally found in food.…

An Unbiased Review of Beachbody

I’ve done several reviews of different proteins and meal replacement shakes and each time, my bias is called into question. Let me make this clear. I have no vested interest in the outcome of whether or not you purchase Beachbody, or any other protein supplement. With the exception of the fact that I think it’s environmentally and sustainably irresponsible to support a company that uses GMOs in their products, not to mention that they do a number to human health. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of meal replacement shakes. There is no meal replacement shake that can take the place of real, unprocessed, organic food. I know that many companies have their distributors convinced that we can’t obtain all of our nutrients from food and that we are so toxic that meal replacement shakes are necessary. This is only true to an extent, and this is where marketing…

An Unbiased Review of Shakeology

After writing my reviews of Herbalife, Isagenix and Advocare, the next protein/meal replacement shake I’m asked about most is Shakeology. I find that in lieu of actually putting time and energy into one’s own health, some people would rather drink a protein shake they have convinced themselves is the end-all-be-all to nutrition and call it a day. Except it doesn’t work like that. Shakeology is a company that touts its products as superfoods, as the best nutrition available, and as a safe, healthy and effective way to lose weight. Is this true? Well, not exactly. Will it help you lose weight? Yes. Is it safe? No. Is it healthy? No. Now here’s why. Whey Protein Isolate I’m all about whey protein. It’s a great protein source – but if and only if it’s grass-fed and organic. Which Shakeology’s is not. Purchasing inorganic whey is a cheaper option, but it is one that…

The Healthiest Protein Shake

I’ve written about Herbalife. I’ve written about Isagenix. I’ve written about Advocare. I get at least one email a day asking me to review a new protein/meal replacement shake, one that promises it’s all natural (which means nothing), one that promises it will finally give you the body you want, one that promises it’s the best protein source for your body. And without fail, every single one has been just another protein shake with fifty thousand ingredients that are meant to sit on your shelf for months at a time and not decompose. Ever heard the saying If it spoils, eat it. If it doesn’t, don’t? For the most part, that’s a pretty good rule of thumb. You know would happen if you left my version of protein shake in your cupboard for weeks or months? Nothin’ good. Because it’s from real food. Because it’s from fresh ingredients that the…

An Unbiased Review of Advocare

Way back when I wrote my review of Herbalife, I had no idea it would garner the attention that it did. After Herbalife I reviewed Isagenix because I received so many emails asking me about the quality of the products. Today, after receiving yet another review request for Advocare, here it is. But before we get started, please understand that I do not advocate meal replacement shakes in general. The basis of my nutrition coaching is not about shortcuts, it’s not about drinks that help you become “trim,” and it’s not about sketchy protein bars. Here at Ancestral Nutrition we do real food, we do healthy food, and we don’t do diets or quick fixes. We eat based on the way traditional cultures have always eaten: organic, unprocessed food. Unfortunately, Advocare doesn’t fit the bill. The Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake ingredient list: Pea protein, whole grain brown rice protein, potato protein,…

An Unbiased Review of Isagenix

After my post on Herbalife and how unhealthy their products are, I got a lot of questions about Isagenix. I am pretty clear on eating whole, unprocessed, organic foods for optimum nutrition, but it seems that people are still taken with idea of meal replacement shakes and bars. Let me clear that up with an unbiased review of Isagenix. It ain’t great. While not as bad as Herbalife, Isagenix still uses some ingredients that I find questionable. If something was developed in a lab, not grown in nature, is unpronounceable or otherwise unfamiliar, do not eat it. Lasting health and weight loss does not come from a shake, a bar, or a “SlimCake.” Below are common ingredients found in Isagenix products: rancid vegetable oils gluten soy agave syrup isolated fructose additives fractionated palm kernel oil corn synthetic vitamins and minerals that are not bioavailable Below is the ingredient list for the…