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Shaklee does not place the new certified organic label on their products because some ingredients are unable to be certified organic. Check out this investigation by Vani: Does it require a blender or can I mix it with a shaker bottle? I have lots of tips for success when eating out during the 24 Day Challenge. That means all of them might contain GMOs and most definitely contain pesticides that are considered harmful and potentially toxic with long-term exposure.
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There are a lot of reasons why FDA-approval does not necessarily make a product or drug safe, but that is beyond the scope of this post. FDA recalls and withdrawals happen quite frequently and in the case of sucralose, I am not convinced of its safety. Because sucralose is a relatively new artificial sweetener, there is no life-long data available on its use in humans. Research does show that sucralose can significantly alter the gut flora and there is growing evidence that the gut flora is essential to overall health and wellbeing of the entire body.
In our modern society, most of us were not provided with an ideal environment in which to foster optimal gut health from the very moment of our birth. I can assure you that none of us need any additional help from sucralose in creating an imbalance of gut flora! These ingredients are not always intuitive. There is usually little or no testing done to verify the safety of these ingredients in the food supply.
A principle known as the Threshold of Toxicological Concern TTC is used to justify the addition of these ingredients to the food supply.
The concept behind TTC is that very small amounts of chemicals should not pose a risk to human health when they are added to foods. You can read more about how the principle of TTC is applied to our food system here. Well, sure it does. One serving of Advocare Spark contains mg of caffeine. The average cup of coffee contains 95mg. If you are suffering from a lack of energy, fatigue, and mental fogginess that Advocare Spark promises to help, the answer is not caffeine or a low-quality vitamin and mineral supplement with artificial flavorings and caffeine added.
You need to address the root of the problem, which likely stems from a combination of poor diet, uncontrolled stress, a lack of proper movement of the body, insufficient sleep and rest, and exposure to environmental toxins. Without a comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle approach that addresses all of these factors, you will not realize your potential of optimal health. I know someone who sells and was trying to get me on board as well.
Following a Paleo lifestyle has been what has worked best for me, no artificial anything and I talk about it with anyone I can that has asked me what I do. I think with the studies that are coming out more recently that are demonstrating the effects that man made franken-food are causing may help to show some of the population that these things are more harmful than beneficial.
I am confident that eventually the research will support how harmful processed foods are the the population. But you are right though- there will always be some people who choose to ignore the facts. Keep up the great work!!! Spark is not indented to replace eating. You absolutely need to eat. It is just an energy drink.
You can use it whether you are on a diet or not. In no way shape for form would anyone associated with Advocare recommend you not eat. Advocare does offer a meal replacement shake but is only to replace 1 meal a day. You still need to eat 2 additional meals and snacks. I have been drinking spark daily for over a year. I am put of school on spring break and have not drank any since we got out. I am now experiencing chest pains.
Could this be a withdrawal symptom from not drinking it? Hi Belinda- Hopefully, you have followed up on this with your health care provider.
You should always take chest pain very seriously and have it evaluated by a physician. There are too many variables for me to be able to say what could be causing this for you.
Please report back if you are able. I have done some research myself on advocare, their 24 day challenge and particular their spark. I was wondering why so many people jump on board with that…still not sure why. I am no expert but have done my research and do see that there are alot of toxins in their products.
You have to look up the ingredients and what they are. Yes you may lose weight but your are not getting healthy. For those that are drinking spark or doing the 24day challenge I challenge you to look up some of the ingredients and you will be very surprised. Do you really want that going in your body? Thank you for this respectful and thoroughly researched post explaining why real food trumps synthetic food products.
I appreciate the time you put into patiently discussing the negative aspects of turning to a popular yet low-quality and potentially harmful fast fix. I hope people become more aware of the need to address signs of poor health with nutritional therapy and not just a band-aid processed food.
Thanks again for all you do! However, my general viewpoint is that professional line brands almost always offer superior products. Thanks for stopping by!
What do you mean by professional line brands? Can you offer examples or where I can find a list of professional line brands? Are we looking at specific ingredients? Looking forward to your response! Professional line brands are those supplement companies that make therapeutic supplements that are marketed to health care professionals, as opposed to being marketed to the consumer. They are not typically found over-the-counter and you must purchase them through a health care professional.
The quality control is higher and a good professional line brand will utilize third party testing companies to verify the quality of raw ingredients, dosing, etc. I hope that this helps! Thanks for the in depth review! Thanks Katie for your article on Spark. I have been taking it for about 3 years in place of coffee. I do still have fatigue and fogginess , and also I seem to have joint problems, could the Spark be contributing to my joint problems? I am not a expert either.
But splenda makes my joints hurt. I came on this site because a friend recently started selling this product and I was curious.
I prefer to eat my vitamins. I recently joined a Crossfit gym and within a few weeks realized it was not for me. The trainers actually, IMHO, went too far. BUT I had already bought the 24 day program. So 4 months later I decided since I cannot return it why not use it. I lost six pounds on it and felt no better.
I added running and a normal run of the mill gym back in to my daily routine. I am up to three miles per run and making slow gains in the gym the biggest part is I am losing size in a good way since I have decided to measure my fat rather than weight it. I modified my diet to eliminate sugar, fried foods, and processed foods; nothing but fresh meats, seafoods, veggies, fruits, and complex carbs.
Better to go natural with food and exercise. Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing your story. Keep up the great work!
Hey Michael, my name is Pete. Understand that every CrossFit has a different environment and fit. I encourage you to go try another one, because the principles and results cannot be matched in my opinion.
You just have to find the right one for you. In response to the AdvoCare I am extremely glad that you have decided to stop and not take those products. This is a big deal for alot of us out there. Can you please tell me what wold be considered professional lines of product? And incluse varying levels of affordability? I truly would love to eat more organic, whole foods and learn how to make healthier choices while having a variety of offerings. It make me sick! Anyway, I would love can email or something with some recommendations of professional lines of product.
Thank you, Stephanie Clark. There are many professional line brands. Professional line brands will be more expensive than over-the-counter in general, but you pay for what you get.
It is better to get these products through a health professional that understands how they should be used. Please contact me if you need more help with this at katy thepaleonurse. I understand what you mean about healthy food being more expensive, but it is a matter of investing in your health now to prevent more health care related expenses later.
Have you looked at cutting your budget on eating out in restaurants and other areas of disposable income? Also, there are ways to shop for cheaper cuts of meat the less desirable, but much more nutritious options such as organ meats and times that you should invest in organic versus conventional check out the Dirty Dozen list. Buying directly from a local farmer can sometimes save money too. I will try to write a post soon about this topic. Best of luck to you! I am an AdvoCare distributor and enjoy the products and how I feel on them.
I have tried multiple products and AdvoCare is by far the best. Hate to burst your bubble but we do have a boards of medical doctors that formulates our products and they do go through a process to make sure they are safe. This is an excellent post. I am a chiropractic that prides myself in lifestyle changes versus quick fixes personally and professionally. I am beginning my quest into functional medicine and I use Apex Energetics. I literally got on my computer to order Spark for the first time and came across this blog post.
I am second guessing it now! I suffer from being tired and fatigued all the time. I have two little boys who have more energy than I know what to do with. Do you do health evaluations or health plans through email? If not, can you point me in the right direction?
I have encouraged my family to get off spark for several years. I have one niece that will soon be 30 and she has been using spark every day since she was She tells me that when she misses her spark she just feels terrible. Do you have any other healthy option that would help her wing herself off of the Spark? I used Spark for over a year. Over time however I started to get shooting pains like lightning in my feet and hands within an hour or two of drinking it.
They would take my breathe away at how sharp and sudden they would occur. So I reluctantly stopped. A few years later, I had long forgotten the pains and ordered some more from a friend. I still take a pre workout…like I said low energy…and I am having success with this product. Your an uneducated idiot. Shame on u preying on people who need help. One of them being there is no caffeine in spark and when you are on the diet you do eat real food.
Chicken rice broccoli and other healthy foods. I had been weary of the products and they way they are pushed on their distributors as well. I have a relative that sells it and to tell her they are unhealthy would be like blasphemy.
I can drink cups of coffee and not have that effect! Also I try to eat as plant based as possible and avoid whey protein drinks. She talks like these guys coaching her are nutritionists, when I know they, in particular, are not. A buddy of mine has been on advocare for roughly 2 months.
He is down 70lbs. Also, I have high blood pressure, and energy drinks and supplements concern me. Does this spark drink and any other advocare products affect my blood pressure? I too am a registered nurse with my BSN in nursing however I do not claim to be a nutritional advisor and neither does any of our AdvoCare distributors.
Your information is not entirely correct. As a start, we have a complete Science board that is occupied by very highly known and knowledgeable in developing our products and all our products are 3rd party tested for multiple more ingredients than is tested by the FDA or RDA. Again, I urge you to stop bashing products and companies that you do not have correct information of.
I rest my case! Are there any shakes, etc. My son is playing baseball, and is dedicated to making healthy choices.
He eats healthy, eschewing soda, candy, and too many sweets, choosing whole foods. He is wanting, and sees his teammates using, a muscle-building shake to drink ore-workout. A family member just gave him samples of Advocare, but we are unconvinced it is the best way for him to go. Any thoughts would be appreciated! I generally steer clear of protein shakes, but in this case, I would recommend searching for a grassfed whey protein supplement. Anyone can and will find a reason to pick apart a particular program like AdvoCare and Yoli and Beach body etc etc etc.
I can honestly say that those programs have been successful for a large number of people. The ingredients in the products are No different than what you all consume on a daily basis. I have used AdvoCare off and on since and have maintained a 75lb weight loss. Yes I change my eating habits and had been exercising too. And on the Gluten aspect, that is such a bunch of over sensationalized bullshit.
People have eaten gluten for decade after decades without any issues. Will it catch up when I get home? Are you just going to leave them unboxed for the first 10 days?
During the cleanse phase, can you eat any healthy solid foods? Or do you just simply stick to the Spark, Fiber drink, and th meal replacement? First time user here and just a bit confused. I actually save my meal replacement shakes for the MAX Phase. Did you get the booklet that came with the Challenge Kit? It should give you guidelines. If not, you can see that here: You can also go here and get an idea of some of the things I ate during the cleanse portion, just as an example.
Is this list for the 10 cleanse? Can it all be eaten on the cleanse? Some say yes some say no. And can low-fat mayo be done? Low sodium chicken broth? This was the list of things I bought. Yes, any of it works for the cleanse. Yes to chicken broth. This might help you: What foods could I eat for breakfast and through out my challenge that contain complex carbohydrates?
I am not big on oatmeal either. I just started, I am on my third day of the 24 day challenge. How many eggs for protein? The book says a serving of protein is 4 to 6 oz. What is the serving size for Complex Carb? I never do more than 2 or 3. What about cheese on the 10 day cleanse? I like to blend up frozen bananas!
Y r mushrooms not ok during the cleanse phase? I had no clue and have eaten twice, will this mess everything up? They are a mold so they recommend you stay away from them. It will not mess everything up. I purchased the Dr Max Powers 15 day Cleanse product about 2 years ago and had a really good experience with it, decided to try it again after becoming constipated. I was told that the buck thorn root and the senna is what causes the light cramps, For best results please start out with 2 capsules twice a day if you think that you might have my experience.
Apples and peanut butter, almonds, carrots and hummus, a piece of fruit and hard boiled eggs are my picks. In the max phase I will also do an advocare snack bar. My husband signed up to sell just so we can get the discount.
But he is pretty much new to this whole, clean eating thing. Where did you get all the suggested serving sizes? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Some of the details will be in the Day Challenge information guide and materials on the website.
He should also be able to contact the person he signed up under for assistance. Most Advocare teams will have a Facebook group or a website with lots of information!
Crackers, not so much. You can do PB and apples. The tuna would be okay. For sure no mayo. I was told by my coach only beans lentils and quinoa first 10 days.. I for sure do brown rice during the challenge. I would do a spaghetti squash instead of whole wheat pasta though, but I really like brown rice! Oatmeal is okay too. So, I am on my 1st day of my 1st 24 day challenge and I ran into a friend while grocery shopping.
She says it may be a bad idea for me to do the cleanse because I have IBS irritable bowel syndrome. Should I be worried? I have the same issues, and as long as you stay away from dairy and anything fatty, it is actually a gentle cleanse. I have become more regular, and I am not having the issues I have always had, with gas, and bloating and such. A change in diet is a huge plus for the condition.