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So, one of my 43 Things to do this year is to try Isagenix (item #6!). I’ll tell you why in a second, but first I think it’s important to point out two things:
- I received this product free from my coach – Cathy Savage. This was a special offer to try the products at no cost (and who doesn’t love free food?), with no commitment to buy anything, or even blog about it. Hats off to Cathy for her generosity!
- Isagenix is an MLM (or, multilevel marketing program). I am NOT a sales person for the brand and in all honesty, I’m still leery of network marketing companies in general after working for a slightly loony woman who sold Amway on the side, back in university. I mean, she pitched me on everything from dish soap to underwear EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and it drove me nuts. That was 15 years ago, and I am still having nightmares about it, so to say that I’m a little gun-shy about MLM’s is an understatement.
Why I tried Isagenix
I’ve been with Cathy Savage Fitness for almost a year now. It’s no secret that they promote Isagenix products as part of their nutrition protocol, and although it’s certainly not pushed on anyone, many of the girls use it.
And they look really good.
Recently, an athlete I super respect, who historically has NEVER used supplements has started using it and she says she’ll never compete without it again.Now, I’m naturally a huge cynic and it’s taken me a year to even entertain the idea of trying this stuff, but given that other people that I respect are endorsing it, I’m willing to give it a try.
So I went ahead and gave Cathy the thumbs up when this opportunity to try it out came up, and by the time I got back from the cabin, there was a box of goodies at my front door (love, love, love getting packages!).
My Isagenix package included:
- 2 canisters of IsaLean Meal Supplements – 240 calories meal replacement with 24g of protein per serving
- 1 box of IsaDelight Chocolates, – 50 calories each, and intended to curb cravings (made with stevia)
- 1 small canister of Cleanse for Life – intended to remove toxins at a cellular level
- 1 small canister of Ionix Supreme. – contains adaptogens intended to improve energy, clarity, and focus (I will say, I’ve noticed this to be true)
I think this package retails for about $200 (less if you’re an associate), and it’s intended to be enough for a month.
The protocol, based on what I’m already doing through Cathy Savage, is 5 small meals a day (two of which are the IsaLean Meal supplements, and 3 are regular meals), then one to two servings of the Ionix and Cleanse for life, which are just crystals that you add to water, and then the IsaDelights, intended as a little treat when you need it.
So far, I’ve only been on the program for 3 days, so I don’t really have much to report. I just wanted to mention that I’ve started this, and toss my evaluation out there to the “internets”. One curious thing I’ve noticed in my research of the brand is that there isn’t a lot of unbiased (meaning, non-salesperson) feedback about the product, so I hope to offer that here.
So far I’m pleased with the quality of the protein powder (it makes great pudding), and I have felt a little more energy, but it’s hard to say if that has anything to do with the products or not. I acknowledge that experiences can often be psychosomatic, but I’m okay with placebos as long as the outcome is positive.
The IsaDelights are a little too sweet for me, and since my Whole30 (er, Whole21) experience, I don’t really crave sugars that much anymore, so I’ll probably pass those along to my husband who will eat pretty much anything that looks and smells like chocolate.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress!!
Post-Isagenix Experiment Recap
Hey, it’s me again (from the future). I wanted to drop my comments in here in case you didn’t want to search for my follow up post.
- I like the taste and texture of the meal replacement shakes, but at 25g of carbs per serving, it’s a little too high for me.
- The chocolates were too sweet for me but my hubby loved them.
- The Ionix Supreme did help with focus which I appreciated (because I have none)…. squirrel!
- I left one of the products on my window sill and it hardened to the point where I had to toss it. If you buy this product, you might not want to do that.
- I did feel some reduction in cravings for sweets and wine, interestingly enough.
So should you invest in Isagenix?
That’s up to you, but if you don’t like the idea of buying it through the MLM model, then you can always buy it on Amazon.
One thing I will say about buying these products through an MLM is that there’s often a value-add that makes it worth the investment. If the person who sells you the product also offers support and coaching, it might not be such a bad deal. For example, you can buy Vega Meal Replacement Shakes from Amazon, but there’s no system or structure to help you use the product in a meaningful way that will help you reach your goals. So consider any additional benefits that come with the product before you buy.
In full transparency, I sell a meal replacement as well, but I offer fitness and nutrition coaching with it. That’s a huge value that comes included in the price.
Just something to consider.
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.