Monday, 4 July 2016

I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

One of my friends challenged me to do the #7dayshakechallenge. The idea is that you have a vitamin and protein shake for breakfast and another for lunch then a balanced meal for dinner so you get optimal nutrition for minimal calories. You can read about it in her blog here. There's a recommended shake mix on this website here.

So curious to see if I could do this and if it would help my eating/exercising/skin/energy/mood (all of which have taken a bashing recently) I decided to try it and bought the vanilla shake mix. 




Monday
Breakfast319 calories. 
300ml Lactose Free Semi-Skimmed Milk
1 Banana
2tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

It's like cake. I'm not huge on breakfast anyway usually skipping it and opting for coffee and a biscuit at my desk around 10 so the thick chocolatey pudding that this produced was a shock to the system. It all went in and I felt very full on the bus to work. 5/10.

Lunch: 385 calories
300ml of Green Machine Naked Juice 
0.5 an Avocado
1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

Ok, so I used the juice mix instead of making my own but it was on sale and I knew I wouldn't be bothered to make two in the morning. Plus the Green Machine contains 


  • A
  • pple Juice (64%), 
  • Pineapple Juice (10%), 
  • Banana Puree, 
  • Kiwi Puree (8%), 
  • Mango Puree, 
  • Botanical Extracts (Powdered Spirulina, Chlorella, Broccoli, Spinach, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Parsley, Ginger Root, Blue Green Algae and Odourless Garlic) so there was no way I was going to be able to replicate it mainly because I don't know what all of those things are.... isnt chlorella a disease? No, wait, that's cholera - very different, phew. This one is OK, it looks gross though and my smoothy pot is clear so I could see all the gross green/brown stuff that I was about to drink. Although the juice was originally a vibrant green, the Forever Lite is white chalky powder which makes everything cloudy and less appealing looking. Tasted pretty good though! So note to self: opaque containers.
  • 4/10



  • I also got home and was so hungry! I had a snacksident and ate most of a family bag of kettle chips and half a roll of peanut butter oreos. Whoops. I made salad to compensate but then my ever helpful bf came home and wanted pizza. All in all a terrible day for food ending the day 935 calories over my goal.

    Tuesday
    Breakfast: 341 calories
    300ml Lactose Free Semi-Skimmed Milk
    1 Banana
    15ml Maple Flavour Syrup
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    So the chocolate was too much but I didn't like the taste of the powder on its own and the banana wasn't enough to cover it so in went the maple syrup. Still far too sweet but not as thick as yesterday so it went in easier. 6/10.

    Lunch: 268 calories
    300ml of Green Machine Naked Juice 
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    No avocado this time to maybe prevent the brown colour that yesterday's turned. I'm not sure if it made a difference to be honest. 4/10

    Starting to feel bloated a lot in a weird way and felt both full and hungry at the same time. I couldn't put up with it at work so I had some breakfast biscuits too. Dinner was Oaty Chicken from Lean in 15 and its so much better than it sounds. My tummy was sooooo happy to have something that was savory as everything else had been sweet so far. I did cook as soon as I got in from work though otherwise I would have demolished another packet of crisps. I was slightly naughty and had a Gu cheesecake too though as my bf had eaten all the little chocolate bars.... so really it's his fault I ate the cheesecake. Finished the day 371 calories over goal.

    Wednesday
    Breakfast: 304 calories
    250ml Lactose Free Semi-Skimmed Milk
    10g Porridge Oats
    7.5ml Maple Flavour Syrup
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    I looked to facebook for a way to make the shakes less sweet and was given some tips. Oats was one so I cautiously added oats to this one. It was less sweet but it was now much more like baby sick. I put it in an opaque travel mug to hide it. But then the oats got stuck in the little hole in the lid and it was just not working for me. I was on a long car journey for work to Bristol and split some, so now there's baby sick maple oat shake in the boss' car. He wasn't pleased. 2/10.

    I had my shake at 6am and was hungry again by 9. I bought a breakfast wrap from McDonalds at a service station on the motor way - I felt guilty with every salty oily mouthful. I still ate all of it.

    Lunch: 268 calories
    300ml Blue Machine Naked Juice
    85ml Fever Tree Tonic Water
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    The purple juice looked so much nicer than the green and the tonic water kind of helped make it less sweet but it did make it separate a little which was weird. But I drank it in a business meeting which meant I didn't have to sit through the meeting while being hungry - social acceptance for liquid meals in professional settings win. 8/10.

    I got hungry again on the long drive back to Manchester and ate half a waitrose little veggie quiche. Leftover oaty chicken for dinner and an alpro chocolate dessert cup. Then I got angry that bf had eaten all the chocolate yesterday so I ate the other Gu cheesecake too in petty retaliation. His fault again. 1061 calories over. Damn, I seemed to be eating much more on this challenge than I did usually which is totally not the idea at all! But if I hadn't eaten the McDonalds or the Gu then that would have been on goal. I regret nothing.

    Thursday
    Breakfast: 540 calories
    200ml Lactose Free Semi-Skimmed Milk
    40g Porridge Oats
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    Cheated moderately this morning by turning my shake into porridge. It was pretty good to be honest! I went to work feeling happy and full. 7/10.

    Lunch: 150 calories
    250ml Earl Grey Tea (black)
    4 Rich Tea Biscuits

    I made another green shake and I just couldn't bring myself to drink it. So I ignored it and had a cup of tea and some biscuits instead. I intended to drink the shake when I got home but it sat in the fridge and I ignored it some more. 0/10.

    Dinner of beef buritto from Lean in 15, diet coke, and another chocolate soy cup. I also finished the little bit of kettle chips I'd managed not to eat before but I did walk a lot today so the exercise cancelled the calories. Total 169 UNDER GOAL!

    Friday
    Breakfast: 444 calories
    200ml Lactose Free Semi-Skimmed Milk
    20g Porridge Oats
    1 Banana
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    Porridge again but much less than yesterday having learnt how calorific oats are. I added banana on top and it was good. I didn't feel like eating any more when the banana was gone so that bit was a struggle. 8/10.

    Lunch: 248 calories
    200ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
    150g Skyr Natural Yogurt
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite

    One of the other tips to make shakes less sweet was to add natural yogurt to them so I tried it out here. I thought the Almond Milk might make the shakes less rich too. Whizzed all together it made an almost plain cheesecake topping which wasn't unpleasant. I would make this one again although one bad thing is that it now contains lactose from the skyr so I have to take some enzymes to digest it. 9/10.

    I should also mention that "lunch" wasn't eaten at lunch time. I swapped lunch and dinner this day and had a leftover beef burrito from yesterday for lunch and then the shake later in the day. I think this worked better for me and curbed my savory craving. Minor problem today was that it was bake off day at bf's work and he came home with 3 yummy fresh cupcakes two of which had been driven up from the Hummingbird Bakery in London and it would have been a shame not to eat them while they were fresh. I did some exercise to counter the cupcakes and finished the day only 40 calories over goal.

    Saturday
    Breakfast: 363 calories
    0.5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
    1.5 tbsp Self-Raising Flour
    1 Scoop Vanilla Forever Lite
    1 Egg
    1 Banana 
    7.5ml Maple Flavour Syrup
    100ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

    I made chocolate and banana pancakes. But the shake mix was in there so it counts right? Plus it was a recipe from Kayla Itsines (with flour rather than blended oats as bf was asleep still and the blender would have woken him). Needed more chocolaty taste so maybe with more cocoa or milk not almond? It was good though and a nice Saturday morning breakfast. 8/10.

    Lunch: Urm....

    Ok I went into town and completely forgot that I was meant to be having a shake for lunch until I spotted milkshakes on the menu where we had lunch. I split one of those with my bf and forgot about the shake challenge. He really is a bad food influence on me isn't he? Lunch was a feta, olive, and veggie cheese toastie, dinner was king prawn stir fry from Lean in 15.Lots of walking around town meant that I finished the day 28 calories under goal!

    Sunday
    I'm going to be honest with you; I didn't have any shakes on Sunday. I went out early in the morning with a cup of tea in my travel mug not a shake, then I had stuffed pasta for lunch, and went out to dinner for a friend's birthday and had smoked salmon with spiced avocado followed by duck with balsamic glaze and french beans. I walked home and I was fairly active in the morning so finished only 120 calories over goal.

    I think I must have failed my #7dayshakechallenge having only consumed 7 out of 14 shakes. I did however incorporate the shake powder into another 3 meals so 10 out of 14? Not sure. But how did I do against my goals eating/exercising/skin/energy/mood? Eating - I seem to have over eaten for the majority of the week but only drastically twice. However I managed to loose 2lbs which is something! Exercise - I don't think I did any more exercise than usual, if anything I did less because I was already putting effort into diet so exercise too seemed mean. Skin - yes my skin has been better after this week! I haven't had any large spots, I've been less oily, and I've not seen any blackheads! A major win there because I was worried that the additional dairy I was consuming would be inflammatory. That's why I tried to only use milk in one shake a day and use juice or a dairy substitute in the others. Energy - I've not noticed a big difference to be honest. I'm still tired a lot and have to push myself to do anything very active. Mood - I think this one should be moot because I've had some other variables interacting with this one. 

    So all in all, the shake challenge is hard, the powder is sweet, and I missed crunching things which is hard for a carb-o-saurus like myself. I lost weight and my skin was clearer but I didn't exercise as much as usual and my energy didn't go up. A fairly mixed bag but nothing overly negative and some strong positives. However, I was thrilled to eat my avocado on toast for breakfast this morning! *crunch* *crunch* *crunch*

    OGD x