I am having a VERY hard time dealing with eating/drinking foods processed in a lab. Grant it, I've gained weight because of unhealthy things I put in my mouth, but I'm now on day 25 and if the I'm working towards optimal health (and with SUCCESS), so how could I poison my body? Does anyone else feel this way?
I understand what you're saying, and for the most part I agree. However, and this is just my honest opinion, unless you plan on eating only good, clean, natural food for the rest of your life, without exceptions, then I don't see any problem with using the shakes and bars to get healthy. The shakes and bars aren't perfect, but they give you a quick, convenient way to get the protein you need, along with vitamins, in a calorie-controlled way that is healthier than most of the things we might otherwise put into our bodies when looking for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon meal. If you have the time and access to real food choices that allow you to eat healthy in proper portions without using supplements, then I believe everyone on this site would encourage you to do that. But for most of us, the bars and shakes are a good, sound meal option.
Congratulations on your 25 day, keep going!
You feel like the shakes and bars are poison? It is good to ask this question if it is troubling you. I can just give you my experience.
I use the myoplex shakes, lite after cardio and regular after weight lifting. I replace a couple meals a week with a bar. My husband raised an eyebrow when I mentioned that this was suggested, he is a healthy skeptic. But the ingredients in the things I use looked alright to him. I called the EAS hotline to ask about them before I used them, because my liver had been compromised before from years of heavy drinking. They looked up some research and found no long term damage to the liver as a side effect, and also suggested I talk to my doctor. I did that and I got the OK from her to use the products I mentioned.
There is nothing wrong with checking something out before you put it in your body. Because of my liver issues, I stay away from the protein powders because its harder to process. Even though I don't drink anymore, I have to be careful for the rest of my life. I have gotten SUCH benefits from the shakes. The muscles in my legs are so solid, and the layers of fat and cellulite are almost completely gone. I feel it is all natural, it is just protein in condensed form. The drugs like hgh are what I would consider poison.
And like you said, many of the foods we eat have been processed. There is a reason that a Micky D hamburger tastes the same no matter where in the country you get it. The fact that these products have been made and tested in a lab says to me that they were designed to be beneficial by intelligent people who care. I will take a myoplex over a big mac any day.
But yes, I used to be very weary of these things. I didn't understand the reason behind it until I did some research and tried it myself. My rule of thumb is less is more, and the longer a product/company has been around, the more information you can find and trust.
Thanks for the input Dave and Caity. I have been taking orangic protein bars, and Raw Meal as my relplacements, these do not have any soy based products or chemicals.1 bar, and 1 shake a day. I like to know that my food comes directly from plant based products, and still in living form. It seems to be working well. I did order the myoplex, but did not take it yet. It stinks that in order to be a candidate for the challenge, I have to use their products. At least after 12 weeks I will have won a slamming body!
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