***Updated*** Dr. Oz, ConsumerLab.com, and lots of research…I think someone made a mistake.

So there are a few blog posts popping up about the unsafe lead content in Beachbody’s Greenberry Shakeology¹.

What’s Shakeology??!?! Watch this:

I’ve spent several hours today pouring through sites like:

FDA.govMN Dept of HealthCA Dept of HealthThe Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease RegistryNational Safety CounselDr. Oz – I even signed up for the 24 hour free pass to ConsumerLab.com – And many, many, MANY more sites where I found little, to no, information (so I’m not listing them).

Here’s the basics of what I’ve found:

There are many bloggers who’ve decided to support this report before doing any of their own research, and they have even stated this in their posts. I’m not one of them.

Also, there are many Team Beachbody coaches that are choosing to ignore this report and simply just go with the flow. I’m not one of them either.

I am a blogger and I am a Team Beachbody coach and here’s what MY independent research has brought to my attention:

The only Beachbody product that was tested was the Greenberry formula AND I’m going to assume that ConsumerLab.com’s test (dated 6/11/13) USED THE OLDER VERSION of the Greenberry Shakeology, simply because the ingredient list from ConsumerLab.com‘s study DOESN’T MATCH the ingredient list for the current Greenberry formula (which was released 5/6/13).

image_gallery_shakeo_superfoodsAnd I don’t know what else to tell you. I would post a screen shot of what Consumer Labs has listed for the Greenberry Shakeology ingredients, but they do not allow any of their reports to be shared. (I did take a screen shot though for my own records.) So all you can do is sign up for their 24 hour free access and compare the ingredients for yourself.

I, personally, don’t know the lead content of any of the Shakeology formulas and I’ve googled the heck out of it with search engines and at various government websites – but the ingredient list for Shakeology looks pretty dang good to me: What’s in Shakeology

I also thought it was pretty interesting that SlimFast 3-2-1 was an “approved” product. Here’s a look at the ingredients for that:

WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE (MILK), SUGAR, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SUNFLOWER OIL, GUM ARABIC, MALTODEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GEL, BUTTERMILK POWDER, SOY FIBER, SOYBEAN LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, DEXTROSE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (A NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENER), ASPARTAME AND GUAR GUM. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: CALCIUM CARBONATE, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, RIBOFLAVIN, BIOTIN, COPPER GLUCONATE, FOLIC ACID, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, SODIUM SELENITE, PHYTONADIONE (VITAMIN K1), POTASSIUM IODIDE, CHOLECALCIFEROL (VITAMIN D3) AND CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12). PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. SWEETENED WITH NUTRITIVE SWEETENERS AND A NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENER. MAY CONTAIN WHEAT.

LOL! Yeah, considering “sugar” is the second ingredient on the list? I think I’ll stick with my UNTESTED Vegan Shakeology derived from whole ingredients.

Also, I don’t think Dr. Oz is “out to get” Beachbody, I think Dr. Oz does what ever he thinks is going to get views and followers. If you check out Dr. Oz’s’s home page today, you’ll notice our celebrity trainer, Shaun T. (developer of Hip Hop Abs, INSANITY, and Focus T25), is being featured.

If (when) I find out any new information on this topic, I’ll be sure to update. Until then, did you know that I actually WANT to help people reach their health and fitness goals??!?! I’ve got new support groups starting this month! Email me: princess@themfp.com or find me on Facebook and I can help you tailor a plan that’s just right for you!

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¹Beachbody’s Response to the report:

“What is Beachbody’s response to the Consumer Labs report (posted 6/11/13), where they have declared that Shakeology Greenberry is ‘not approved’ according to their standards, due to lead contamination?

Thank you for your question. Consumer Labs raises a “concern” but unfortunately, while they seek to inform consumers, they may be actually misleading consumers by not distinguishing between harmful heavy metals and those that are naturally occurring in plants, vegetables and minerals (including naturally occurring lead). In fact, it is specifically because Beachbody uses whole-food plant based natural ingredients in products like Shakeology, rather than synthesizing a product in a lab ,that it does include naturally occurring heavy metals along with the countless other benefits nature provides. Most of the fruits, vegetables and herbs we consume every day, even when organically grown and picked right out of the ground, also contain various levels of naturally occurring lead. It is very important to note that Beachbody never adds any heavy metals to any of its products and that we strictly follow good manufacturing practices to make sure that we are always delivering on our promise to our Coaches and customers in only creating programs and products, including Shakeology and all of our other supplements, which help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

Looking for more? See what doctors are saying about Shakeology:

***UPDATE***

Just after I pushed the good old publish button on this post, Beachbody came out with a statement that confirms my assumption on the Greenberry formula ConsumerLabs.com tested:

“As you may have heard, Consumer Labs analyzed an old Greenberry Shakeology formula, the results of which were discussed on the Dr. Oz program along with fifteen other protein powders. The tests were to validate levels of protein, calories, carbohydrates, and also levels of heavy metals like lead. Those results have caused questions among the Team Beachbody community.

The quality of Shakeology and the health and safety of our consumers always has been – and always will be – our top priority, and we proudly stand behind everything we have ever released to our consumers. Every single product we have ever released has been compliant with all regulatory standards established by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

We rigorously test all of our formulas for many important health standards, including heavy metals, and ensure that anything that ever gets put into Shakeology and shipped to a customer is well within any FDA guidelines and safe. In fact, the average numbers of all of our independent lab tests on every formula, even the prior Greenberry formula, are far lower than the Consumer Labs results, which is why we are currently engaging with them to share the results of our independent lab results and to further show how recent results on our current formulas are even lower and well within their guidelines.

While we believe Shakeology truly is the healthiest shake on the market and truly a daily dose of dense nutrition, that doesn’t mean we don’t always learn, adapt and improve. We are constantly challenging ourselves to continuously improve. We updated the Greenberry formula last year prior to Consumer Labs conducting their test on the old formula. This is the drive which results in our providing our customers and Coaches with the most safe and effective products on the market, and why we could not be more proud of the hundreds of thousands of people we have helped get healthier drinking Shakeology.”

Well that felt like a punch in the gut…

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Image from Brene Brown’s website: http://brenebrown.com/

As you might know, I’m taking an eCourse put on by Brené Brown and Oprah. The course is based off Brené’s book: The Gifts of Imperfection

Last week I started Guide Post #3: Cultivating a Resilient Spirit –  letting go of numbing and powerlessness

It’s a chapter that really hit home.

First of all, before you get all Judgy McJudgerson on me, EVERYBODY numbs. Seriously, we all do it. Some of us do it more than others and some of us pick more destructive ways to numb. It’s true.

I numb, a lot. I don’t know why. I’m sure it has to do with some sort of childhood trauma…doesn’t it all? (Sorry kids, but you’re on your own for therapy.) Or maybe it has to do with more recent traumas? Or perhaps I’m just wired to numb…I don’t have the answers to the why. BUT, I know that I want to get better.

I want to heal myself and my crazy psyche. I want to be a better person, wife, mother, sister, friend…I just want to be a better version of me.

And with all this heart and head work I’m doing, I feel like I’m getting better. I’m exploring myself and who “I really am” with the help of Dana, The Therapist, and The Gifts of Imperfection eCourse.

I can literally FEEL change happening inside me. I can see my mind open up before my eyes. Something special is happening here and I’m ready for it!

I was ready for it, until I watched the last video that Brené posted about numbing.

As she went over the journal page she created on how she copes, or as she also says: “What gently puts the fuse out, and keep me open to the other things?” Brené explained that she took a picture of her coping page and hung copies of it around her house.

Then Brené said the some of the scariest words I have ever heard…and those words literally paralyzed me over the course of several days. This is what she said:

“This will be, for me, the rest of my life. The rest of my life I will have to spend understanding, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, what I’m running to. How what I’m using to numb sends me deeper into the darkness. And what I can do instead.” ~Brené Brown

This woman has a Ph.D. She’s a Licensed Master Social Worker. SHE’S SPENT OVER A DECADE RESEARCHING AND STUDYING VULNERABILITY, COURAGE, WORTHINESS, AND SHAME….and she still struggles. She’s not fixed. She.won’t.ever.be.fixed.

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I’m Imperfect & I’m Enough

And then I realized.

 

I’m not fixed.

 

I will never be fixed.

 

And I’m still okay.

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Have you taken an eCourse that’s changed your perspective on life? What books have you read that have given you an “A-ha!” moment?  Tell me the story of one of YOUR “A-ha” moments.

The best plans….

Can be foiled by a tiny virus.

I had my second go at ankle fusion Friday, 2/7/2014. We’ve done this before, so we had some serious plans in the works:

  • 100+ freezer meals (I’ll blog more about how they turned out and how I did them later)
  • My sister lined up to help us with cleaning, errands, etc.
  • Friends ready to visit and bring things as we need them
  • Handicap accessible-izing our house
  • Easier to use dog food (We feed our dogs raw food. I don’t know exactly why, but my super cool friend, Tori, does it and I thought it would be the thing to do. So far it works pretty good for us and our pups.)
  • A stock pile of things like paper products and cleaning supllies
  • Easy to wear pants (with draw strings because I’ve been losing weight) and shirts that are comfy
  • A friend to take our youngest on Thursday night for a sleep-over and to hang out with most of the day Friday (surgery day)
  • Plans for Nathan and I to hit the RV Show in Minneapolis the night before surgery for our last time out in a few months…

Turns out? The youngest got sick last Wednesday night. He was so sick that we had to keep him home from his homeschool co-op class on Thursday, AND he couldn’t go to his friend’s house for a sleep over; which also meant NO RV Show for us.

But wait…This also meant that we had no one to be with him at 5:00 in the morning when we had to go to the hospital AND we couldn’t bring him with because, well…he’s sick. No one who’s having surgery should be exposed to extra germs, right?!?!?!?

Thankfully Kelsey still lives near home, with her mom, and was able to sleep over at our place Thursday night. Our *new* plan was to have her stay with him through the morning and most of the day, while Nathan was with me during surgery.

Except Kade called us on our way to Tria, the medical center, to tell us that he threw up…And he was sobbing.

He needed us, or at least one of us. Nathan and I made eye contact for a brief moment. We both knew he was going to have to drop me off at Tria and go back home to take care of Kade.

After surgery selfie!

After surgery selfie!

I was going to have to be alone before, during, and after surgery. There was a part of me that was really scared, but I’ve been doing so much heart & head work that I was okay.

I was okay.

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You’re not color blind. This is a blue cast, not a pink cast.

It all ended up fine. Kade was taken care of and had one of his parents to be there for him when he was really sick and I proved to myself that I was “okay” by myself through a difficult situation.

Hopefully things won’t be as crazy as all this throughout recovery, but when I went in this Friday (2/14) for a wound dressing change and a recast, I *did* ask for a pink cast, and this is what I ended up with:

 

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Book Bouncing – It’s a lot like juggling, except you’re only using your brain and not your hands.

I told you all that I’ve been reading Brené Brown’s books:

I thought it was just me (but it isn’t) and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (These are links to the books on Amazon, but they are not affiliate links. Apparently if you live in MN you’re not allowed to be an affiliate anymore…wtf?)

If you read my last post you know that, with a strong recommendation from Dana, The New Therapist, I signed up for Brené’s course: The Gift’s of Imperfection (You have until midnight EST to sign up for this if you want to join me.)

Well, I’ve also been browsing 2014 Create Your Amazing Year and reading The Desire Map.

Desire MapHave you read The Desire Map yet? A-MAZ-ING!

In a nutshell, Danielle LaPorte, talks about how your feelings can lead the way to what your soul desires. AND as I’m reading this book, I can’t help but think about my depression and that I’m such a “feeling” person. Lately, instead of letting myself feel, I’ve been numbing myself.

There’s just simply too much to feel and I’m tired of feeling it, but the “lightbulb” moment came as I was reading The Desire Map and the author, Danielle, asked the question:

“How do you WANT to feel?”

And I’ve been thinking about that and reading, and reading, and reading.

Of course, I want to feel “good”, but what kind of good? Well, all sorts of kinds of good, but this would be a crazy long post if I worked them all out at once, so let’s do this one feeling at a time:

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I’ve gained 40+ pounds since The Social Guy moved out and my ankle went super bad. I haven’t lost any of the weight. I just teeter around 220 pounds, wearing dirty yoga pants and cruddy  t-shirts during the day, then sipping wine at night.

Sure, I’ve been working out a few weeks here and there, but NO AMOUNT OF EXERCISING COULD’VE MADE UP FOR MY RIDICULOUSLY SHITTY DIET!

And sure, I’ve put on jeans and a tiny bit of make-up, once or twice, when I’ve left the house to see a friend, grab groceries, or convince Nathan we needed a night out, but those times have been few and far between.

It’s as though there’s a part of my mind that decided because I’m laid-up, gimpy, hurt, injured, sick, disabled, BROKEN, I don’t deserve to be pretty¹.

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Yep, those are my fat thighs. I don’t care. I still feel pretty. Oh, and I need a pedi with my Sissy…

Too bad.

I want to feel pretty.

And there are things I CAN do each day to get that feeling.

They’re easy things, like slipping on my skinny jeans (Don’t judge, they’re almost as comfy as yoga pants.), a *clean* cute shirt, and putting on a little eyeliner.

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Selfie!

Hell, I can even wash my hair, put stuff in it, and diffuse it instead of trying to jam teeny-tiny ponytails in my ‘barely past my ears’ hair.

And that’s exactly what I did tonight.

And I feel pretty.

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¹In NO way am I saying that I’m not pretty because I’ve gained all this weight. What I am saying though, is that I haven’t LET myself feel pretty, extra weight or not, non-fused ankle or not, family issues or not.

And in other news…

I had my doctor appointment with the orthopedic surgeon last week. He confirmed (and so did a second opinion) that my ankle did, in fact, NOT fuse and the only thing to do is to have surgery again.

We pretty much knew this was the case since I can barely walk enough to do my “normal” routine, but I guess it was good to hear it for sure and we made a plan to go forward.

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 1.57.42 PMI scheduled surgery for February 7th. This will hopefully give me enough time to get our house “recovery ready” and take care of a few things before I spend 6-8 weeks laying on the couch again – before I start the painfully slow process of learning to walk again, and again, and again? (It’s three agains if I’ve had to learn this several times as an adult, right?)

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about my mantra for the year, “I am enough” and I feel like there are serious changes happening to me. My mind has been swirling around words like love, guilt, happiness, hope, healing, shame, environment, etc. I have a stockpile of books I’ve been reading (or will be reading during my recovery) and Dana, The New Therapist, “highly suggested” I take Brené Brown’s online course: The Gifts of Imperfection¹ since I wouldn’t be coming in to see her for a couple months. The course starts this week and I think it’ll be a great way to get my mind “recovery ready”.

One of the other things I’m doing is Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset. If I’m going to get the house, and my mind “recovery ready”, I might as well do what I can for my body too. It’s a three week (super) gentle cleanse and I’ll be posting more about it in the following days, but here’s a quick video about it:


I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to getting this ankle of mine fixed and moving forward with what ever lies ahead. I might not be running cool races or mountain bike racing this year, but I do know life is going to be amazing.

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¹If you want to take it with me, you can. The last day for registration is tomorrow, 1/15 and the class started this week. It’s okay if you sign up today or tomorrow, there aren’t super, intense due dates. In fact, I won’t be getting my book and supplies until tomorrow so there is that. (Oh, and let me know if you sign up because maybe we could make a Facebook group/email/Skype thing and connect with each other on how it’s going.)

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Oh, and my Etsy shop will be open until Sunday, 1/19th. I’m having a HUGE sale to get rid of my inventory and help pay for my re-surgery. Check it out if you like because Monday morning it will be shut down as I finalize all sales over the weekend. (I’ll be opening it back up after surgery.)

 

 

 

 

Tales of a modern day princess living in suburbia; where tutus, tiaras, and brightly colored hair don’t *exactly* fit in.