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One of the things I committed to doing this year was to try Isagenix, a nutrition system for athletes and dieters that offer everything from protein powders to skin care. It’s also an MLM (multi-level marketing) company, so people that use the product, tend to sell it as well.
I was hesitant to give it a go as I’ve mentioned before – I’ve dealt with a crazy Amway lady in the past, so I’m a little leery of these companies. But, my coach generously let me try some of the products at no cost, and there was no weird sales pitch, so for that, I was grateful.
Isagenix has TONS of products, but I only used the IsaLean shakes, Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme and IsaDelight chocolates. From this package, I was expected to experience reduced cravings (from the shakes and chocolates) and a reduced feeling of stress from the other products.
The first few days of using the shakes, I can say that there was some feeling of reduced cravings. That said, I had just come off the Whole30 program, so I wasn’t craving much anyway. Overall, I didn’t feel that it had changed much for me.
I felt the Ionix Supreme did give me a sense of calmness initially, but it’s hard to say if this was the product or placebo effect.
Overall, I’m not clear that the Ionix or Cleanse products provided many benefits and I am on my second month of taking them. BTW, I left these powder-based products on my window sill and they clumped like hard sugar and became totally useless so I had the throw 40% of the product out. The chocolates are okay, but it’s not something I would buy for myself.
I will say the protein shakes are REALLY good. They taste rich and make a killer pudding, but that’s also because it’s a meal replacement shake, so it has more fat and carbs than a straight up protein powder (which I didn’t try). Generally, I wouldn’t recommend meal replacement shake for people though as they are essentially a high-calorie beverage and most people will still eat meals with them, so it defeats the purpose.
Unfortunately, I’ve also come to realize that I don’t handle whey protein well. It makes me tired and irritable, so I probably have a mild sensitivity to it.
I did get to try the vegan IsaLean shakes, which are great, but again, it’s not a straight-up protein powder, and Isagenix doesn’t offer a vegan option of protein only shakes yet.
Will I go forward with Isagenix?
But not because I don’t think it’s a good product. I do think the meal replacement shakes are high quality and their whey isolate comes from grass-fed cows (or so they say), which is of particular importance to me.
At the end of the day, I need a nutrition protocol that is plant-based, and Isagenix simply doesn’t have what I need. So back to Vega products for me, and I’m going to start checking out more of their product line including the pre-workout accelerator.
I’ll let you know how that goes!
Many thanks again for my coach who sponsored this little experiment!
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.