Popular Diet Review: Isagenix

As promised, this is the first in a series of popular diet analyses.  Disclaimer:  These are MY opinions, which I happen to think are rather good opinions based on my research and clinical backgrounds.  You may disagree with my opinions, and that’s okay, but you’re wrong.  JUST KIDDING!

Isagenix……

What is it?

Isagenix is an international company with direct sales associates available to sell their products and ‘coach’ their customers.  Isagenix sells shakes, snacks, supplements, coffee, even skin care products.  They have varying plans, such as the “9-day deep cleanse and fat burning program,” and the “30-day cleanse and fat burning program.”  For the purposes of this review, I’ll be looking at the 30-day program.

The 30-day program requires you to purchase 7 primary products:  shakes, cleanse powder, Ionix supreme, snack wafers, natural accelerator, Isaflush, and Replenish sports drinks.  The base of the program is the shake, which is available in a variety of flavors.  It contains 240 calories with 24 grams of protein (“Myo-Isa Lean complex, a high quality whey protein from cows raised without hormones or antibiotics).

The plan includes 5-6 days/week that are “shake days,” and 1-2 days/week that are “cleanse days.”  This goes on for 30 days.

A “shake day” includes:  2 shakes, 1 meal (400-600 calories), 1 Ionix supreme, 2 Accelerators, 2 Isagenix snacks, 1-2 Isaflush capsules, and 80 oz water. 

A “cleanse day” includes 4 cleanse servings, 1 Ionix supreme, 2 Accelerators, 4-6 Isagenix snacks, 1-2 Isaflush capsules, and 80 oz water.

The claimsdetoxification, weight loss, clear skin, balanced digestion, increased energy…. the list goes on & on.

The Pros

  1. No. Brainer.  So, there’s really no thinking in this 30-day plan.  It’s all laid out for you.  All you need to do is figure out the 1 meal/day.  They give you a few ideas for that meal, but not many.
  2. Sample Meal. The sample meal graphic provided is based on the USDA MyPlate.  Thus, it does include all food groups – protein, starch/carbs, vegetables, fruit.
  3. H2O.  The water intake is nice and high.  May be too high for a lot of people, but there’s not a lot wrong with a high water intake.
  4. ResearchThey do provide some peer-reviewed scientific journal articles based on their research (all funded by Isagenix company).  Journal articles noted on their website are from Nutrition Journal, Nutrition and Metabolism, and Nutrients.  Certainly better than lay literature type magazines.

The Cons

  1. Expense. It’s very unclear from the website how much every element of this plan costs.  
  2. Very low calorie dietOf course you lose weight on this diet.  It’s only 1200 calories/day.
  3. Little guidance for that meal/day.  It’s a great goal to have 400-600 calories per meal…. but the majority of people don’t know what that looks like in terms of foods.  The website provides 2 recipes, and some meal ideas.  There are some ‘coaches’ to help.  But, little guidance in this particular area.
  4. Little to no maintenance program.  Interestingly, the only maintenance involves continuous use of their products.  To me, this is a huge ‘red flag,’ because you shouldn’t rely on these shake/supplement products for the long haul.
  5. No emphasis on healthy, whole food eating.  I should have listed this first.  In my professional opinion, eating whole foods in a healthy well-balanced manner, is the goal.  Clients need to be able to eat ‘real’ food, not rely on supplements.  They should be able to cook and meal-plan with whole foods, as close to the source as possible.  Limit packaged, processed foods, and increase whole, fresh, recognizable foods!  There is not a lot of that happening on the Isagenix website.

Bottom Line

  • I will likely never endorse or recommend a program so heavily reliant upon supplement, pre-packaged foods/shakes/etc, or multiple supplements (flush, accelerator, cleanse….).
  • The ingredients in each Isagenix product were just too numerous to evaluate.
  • I emphasize and focus on well-balance, whole foods, with wide variety…. that is just not in the Isagenix program.
  • Expense is likely prohibitive.
  • Maintenance & life-long cooking/eating habits are not emphasized.
  • I would not recommend the Isagenix program to clients.
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Resveratrol – Is it Safe?

is-resveratrol-good-for-diabetesSupplements are challenging…. largely unregulated, not always well researched, but alllllll over the internet.  What about resveratrol?  It’s a supplement made chiefly from the skin of red grapes, commonly touted as a superfood.  I wrote this article recently.  It concentrates on the claims surrounding diabetes and glucose control, but parts could apply to anyone considering taking resveratrol.  Read & let me know what you think!

Resveratrol & Diabetes

 

Recipe: Tropical Yogurt Ice

Perfect for summer!!!  Enjoy!    mango

Very kid friendly!  Strawberries, plums, nectarines, raspberries and peaches also taste great, so experiment with your favorites.  You will need about 1 pound of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe mangoes
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 2 cups thick plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  1. Cut mango into chunks.  Peel and slice the bananas.
  2. Put all ingredients into the blender.  Blend until thick and creamy.
  3. Pour the mixture into a shallow container with a secure lid.
  4. Freeze for 2-3 hours.
  5. Whisk the mixture with a fork to break any ice crystals.
  6. Freeze another 2-3 hours & whisk again to give the yogurt ice a creamy texture.

11 Diabetes Dinner Mistakes

Do you have diabetes?  Do you have glucose intolerance?

Check out this article, written by yours truly, outlining common dinner mistakes that can affect individuals living with diabetes or glucose control difficulties.  I hope you find some useful tips!  Thanks for reading!!

Cheers,  — Jennifer

Diabetes Dinner Mistakes

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New Food Label!

Heard the news?  The US will have a revamped, revised, new food label by July 2018.  Here’s an article I recently wrote detailing the changes.  Just when you thought you knew it inside out!

Check this out – New Food Label Article

What are your thoughts?!

Food Label Comparison

Giveaway!

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Super excited for the first Giveaway offer!!

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Sign up on the right side of this page to follow the blog.  That way you’ll get regular updates & know when giveaways or other exciting things are happening.

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Tell your friends!  Gotta make this happen soon!

Cheers!  –Jennifer

Online Nutrition Coaching – Introductory Special Offer!

appleSuper excited to announce new online nutrition coaching!  If you don’t live in the the Tucson area, I would love to work with you in this virtual environment!

“Health coaches” are all over the internet.  What makes me different? 

  1. I have been counseling and coaching patients for 25 years – all ages, backgrounds, medical diagnoses.
  2. I am a Doctoral-level Registered Dietitian, a national credential designating nutritional expertise.  Don’t settle for less.
  3. I am down-to-earth.  I’ve heard it all after 25 years, so nothing you share with me will shock me.  Truly.
  4. No gimmicks, cleanses, crazy one-food diets…. just realistic healthy life.
  5. I would be honored to partner with you to reach your health goals!

What should you expect?

  • One-time background email exchange
  • Goal-setting
  • Help with your long term goals by setting short baby-steps
  • Weekly coaching via text &/or email
  • Nutrition education resources
  • Lots of expert advice
  • Individualized detail and attention
  • Complete confidentiality

This for a one-time $50 fee, payable via PayPal for your convenience.

Online nutrition coaching can be purchased on a month-to-month basis.  It will not be automatically renewed.  You control your payments.  Click on the PayPal icon on the right sidebar of this blog.

Let’s get started!  What are you waiting for?!

Cheers!  –Jennifer