A few weeks ago I took part in a Forever Living 7 day shake challenge. Over the next few days I’ll be posting the blogs I wrote during the challenge in case any of you were thinking of trying it yourselves! I paid for my own shakes and I was not compensated in any way to write these posts – well, other than with a (hopefully) slightly flatter stomach at the end anyway!
Today, I embarked upon something I never thought I’d try…. A Forever Living 7 day shake challenge. A friend and former colleague of mine has a Forever Living business (if you want more information about that or any of the products, visit her page Dream It. Live it.) and she was looking for people to take part in a 7 day shake challenge and provide some feedback.
I asked her for some more information and learned that it is essentially a 7 day meal replacement plan – two shakes per day to replace two meals of your choice. They contain:
To be honest I’ve always been slightly sceptical of these types of things (I get majorly hangry!) and I doubted my ability to actually stick at it so I’m not entirely sure how I ended up volunteering (but I definitely did volunteer!)
Whatever the reason, my vanilla shake was delivered to me this morning (alas, sadly too late to stop me from indulging in one last latte and almond croissant for breakfast) and I made up my first one for my lunch – convenient really as I’d forgotten to pack myself any that day!
Before we go into that, I might as well lay out the specifics of my own challenge and a few points of note.
First things first – I do not know my starting weight and I do not own a scales (or have much desire) to find out. Sorry if that makes this review less helpful to anyone but for my own reasons, I find life much less stressful when it isn’t controlled by a scales. I will treat you all to a ‘Start’ photo and a ‘Finish’ photo in my final post but that’s about as technical as it will get I’m afraid. I’m really more interested in how I feel after completing the challenge, how my clothes fit and any physical side effects I experience (good or bad).
As far as I can gather, the ‘rules’ of the challenge are as follows: that you choose two meals to replace (I’ve chosen breakfast and lunch) and then it’s just water to drink and one meal under 600 calories (dinner for me). I’m aiming to keep my version fairly similar except that I plan to add some fruit to my shakes to make them more ‘smoothie’ like and, although I plan to drink no coffee or tea (argghhhh!) or alcohol (ARGGGHHHHH!!!), I will be drinking my lemon and ginger tea when I want a hot drink – I get this from Lidls, it is naturally caffeine free. In fact, it is the first fruit tea I have ever tried that I actually genuinely like! I’ve also got myself some sparkling water to try and spice things up a bit 😉
So now that we’ve established the ground rules, let’s get straight on to my first impressions….
Oh my gosh, the flavour is so sweet. Despite this, I was pleasantly surprised by my first taste of the shake as I really didn’t like the smell of the powder when I first opened the packet but thankfully it didn’t taste anything like that. It also made me so grateful that I’d opted for vanilla – the other flavour option is chocolate and I dread to think how sweet that would have been! If I’m honest, it was FAR too sweet for my taste but I’ve already bought some berries to add to tomorrow’s and I’m hoping that the tartness from the fruit will tone down the shake a bit. Otherwise, it’s going to be a tough week!
Stay tuned for Day 2…..