Vegetables...I have NEVER liked them. As I've gotten older and learned to cook them myself in ways that don't make me gag, I've begrudgingly added them to my diet, ONLY because I know that my body needs them. If solid research came out tomorrow that veggies don't do anything for your health, I could easily say goodbye to our green little friends and never look back. But (unfortunately) we all know that isn't going to happen. Vegetables are VITAL to your health, and the truth is, most Americans don't eat ANYWHERE NEAR what we are supposed to each day. When I was little, and forced to sit at the table until I ate everything on my plate, I vividly remember swallowing mouthfuls of peas with a big gulp of milk. To this day, even thinking about actually chewing and swallowing peas makes me want to gag. Somehow, though, I must have been channeling my future self, who literally looks forward to drinking peas daily now. Yep. I said DRINKING peas (What the what?). They are one of the many ingredients in Shakeology, which I drink every morning and at this point, quite honestly could not live without. I'm not going to go on an on about the ingredients (most of which I can't pronounce and have no idea what they do) or the taste, or even the health benefits, which are PROFOUND (My LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol, went from 143 to 89 after 3 months of drinking it). This post, ladies and gents, isn't going to be about the goodness of shakeology. I think if you know me and have ever asked why I'm so addicted to it, you have already gotten an earful. In this post I plan to gloss over all the benefits and skip right to the awkward part...the cost. Yep. I said it. The dreaded money issue.
Here's the deal. I'm not claiming to know intimate details about anyone's finances. I'm fully aware that there are some people who literally live paycheck to paycheck (or less) and CANNOT account for ANY additional expenses or "fun money" in their budget. The good news is, they aren't my intended audience for this post. Who I am talking to is most of the people I know. Most of America, actually. If you work a 9-5 job, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. What do you see every morning while sitting in traffic? A line wrapped around your local McDonald's, Burger King, and Starbucks. I'm not calling out those chains here at all. I can't knock the hustle. They serve what people want (If anyone's headed out, I'll take an egg and cheese croissanwich, please!), and charge what people are willing to pay. Did you see what I did there? WILLING TO PAY. Every day, hundreds of thousands (maybe millions? I have no concept of that kinda stuff) of people spend their morning or lunch hour in a drive thru, or pop into Starbuck's to get their morning latte. These purchases are AT LEAST $4-5, and they are purchasing something that has little to no nutritional value. Yet when people ask about the cost of Shakeology, they are FLABBERGASTED that something that contains almost an entire day's worth of nutrients, includes antioxidants and superfoods, and could replace that coffee or McGriddle, would cost $4 a serving. Now I know, I know, you can't buy it by the serving. You have to buy it up front. That's because they don't sell it on every street corner (unfortunately). But that's literally the ONLY difference between Shakeology drinkers and the fast food/coffee crowd. We pay for ours once a month. They pay for it day by day. Wait...No...I lied. That's not the only difference. We are paying for something that NOURISHES our body, not something that will flow through you and splatter the back wall of the toilet in your office bathroom for your coworkers to look at until the cleaning crew comes by the next morning (I used to work in an office building...trust me, I know what I'm talking about). Here's another thing: How many people "go out" on a weekend? You can EASILY spend $25 each weekend on bar tabs, cover charges, movie tickets, or even shopping for shoes or getting a mani/pedi. The difference there? Rather than breaking it up morning by morning in the drive thru, you're breaking it up weekend by weekend. Guaranteed, if you spent $100 in one weekend shopping, you would tighten up a little bit for the rest of the month, right? Sure, but the point is YOU COULD AFFORD IT. It's just WHERE you see VALUE.
Some people see value in shoes and handbags. Some people see value in a monthly massage or pedicure. And some poor souls see value in their morning processed meat patty and greasy hashbrowns, which are slowly pushing them into an early grave. I see value in knowing that I'm getting EVERYTHING that my body needs daily. Do I have to give up some things because I drink Shakeology? Sure! I have all but given up fast food. If someone can explain to me how that's NOT a good thing, I'd be happy to listen. I paint my nails at home. Quite honestly, I shop rarely. Not because I don't LOVE shopping, but because since I've started drinking Shakeology and become healthier in general, I cannot stay in one size. I am literally shrinking, so I don't like to invest a lot in clothes at the moment. Alright, you get it (I hope)...I'm not trying to bully anyone into drinking Shakeology. It's YOUR life. As much as I love to help people, your health is YOUR PROBLEM, not mine (and quite honestly, Shakeology isn't the ONLY way to get healthy. It's just what I recommend). All I can do is offer my advice and support if you WANT to become healthier. But please, PLEASE, if you have a smart phone, internet connection, cable, go out on the weekends, stop at the fast food drive thru a few times a week, or hit up the Olive Garden twice a month, DO NOT tell me that the reason you are not buying something that could change your life and DEFINITELY make you healthier is because you don't have the money. You HAVE the money. You just don't see VALUE in spending it on Shakeology. Please tell me that instead. Because I promise, if you really wanted it, chances are if we sat down and looked at your finances, we all know that you could find somewhere to pull it from.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.