Shakeology and TTC

Ok, so I've been doing lots of research on the benefits of Shakeology and I would like to start supplementing one shake a day to get the vitamins. There are tons of great items in Shakeology and if I weren't TTC soon I would jump on the bandwagon. But, there isn't much research on-line about Shakeology and TTC since it's a relatively new product and I think doctor's just don't know enough about it.


So I guess I'm just wondering if any of you have looked into this? I have an OBGYN appointment coming up so I'm thinking I'll bring DH's back with nutrition facts to the apt with me. 

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 4:31 am
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As a general statement, I tend to avoid all meal replacement shakes/powders.  Even if they're natural (like Vega).  I don't doubt their benefits, just not my thing.  I'd rather use my Vitamix to make a smoothie loaded with different fruits & veggies and maybe add some omega oil with DHA, or flax oil.


First glance makes me a tad skeptical.  It's put out by Beach Body, and they seem to be focused on exterme workouts (which get results!).  Not baby making bodies.  I don't think it would hurt, because the ingredients list looks natural.  I don't see anything alarming.


Let us know how it goes if you try it! And what your doc says.

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 4:48 am
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nicole, PMing you, I have done research on Shakeology =)
Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:19 am
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I drink Shakeology & I am pregnant :) I asked my OB about it at my first appointment since I drank it regularly when not pregnant & TTC. He said that on the days that I drink Shakeology, I shouldn't take my prenatal, but take a folic acid pill. The reason behind NOT taking a prenatal on those days, is because there are a handful of vitamins in Shake-O (A,E,K,etc.) that are fat soluble - meaning it can penetrate the placenta ultimately going to your baby. And too much of a good thing in this case, is, well, too much when your pregnant. Also, he recommended that I drink less than a full scoop if I am going to drink it regularly JUST to make sure I dont go over my daily allowance of those fat soluble vitamins. And, to have it as a snack vs. a meal replacement since I should not be cutting calories - Although I am sure you would be fine when TTC... But I would ask your Dr when you become pregnant. I drink if a few times a week - Not daily like I use to prior to getting my BFP. In the 1st Trimester, it saved me a few times... I could have gladly gone days without eating (I had NO appetite & food made me sick), but I got Shakeology down just fine.   


Claire - what research did you find?

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:26 am
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When I was looking into Shakeology I checked all the ingredients, because there are some herbs and such out there that will interfere with birthcontrol.  I am also allergic to peppermint (lame allergy, trust me) among some other weird things so I always check.  At the time there was a root listed that also had a warning on the label.  Now this was about a year ago and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the root.  But it is a naturally occurring steroidal compound.  The warning on the label said not to drink shakeology if you had to pass anabolic steroid testing because you would fail.....the root has since been removed from the formula because a lot of people don't read every single thing on a package and guys in the military specifically were failing their drug tests (I know because a dear friend of mine is a Beach Body coach and her husband was one).  The source of the issue was determined and these guys were given a pass - the failures were too numerous and too widespread to think that a few guys here and there in units were suddenly doping.


At any rate.  Shakeology has been reformulated.  But the original formulation went through a lot of testing before it was marketed.  It bothers me that there is a new formula without the same years of research before it was released.


Add to that, my nutritionist said to stay away from supplements - you want your nutrition from food, not concentrated into a shake.  Most doctors can look at a label and see benefits, most never took more than the required classes on nutrition in med school - they are not specialists - you wouldn't go to a general practitioner for your OB care, don't ask your OB or your general practitioner about nutrition on this level - this is just MHO.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 1:05 am
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Suma root - had to google it, was driving me crazy!

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:20 am

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