Progress Continues With Skinny Gut Shakes

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Don’t you just love that name?  Skinny Gut Shakes?  I love to think of my gut being skinny.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen a skinny gut on myself, but many times after I read the name, I visualize myself with a skinny gut.


Are you wondering how it’s going for me on this awesome, Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes program?  Well, it’s been fun, that’s for sure.  It’s a journey I’m definitely not done with and one that I’m glad that I gave myself some time to get used to.


I started with the shakes, expecting to feel different right away.  The truth is, I had to be drinking the shakes for several days before I noticed any changes in the way I felt.  But, once I got in the habit of having a shake every day, my digestion was so much better and my cravings became less and less.  I didn’t really notice the cravings change until after about a week on the program.  Once that change hit, it was much easier for me to say no to junk foods.  I had to be careful though.  If I got off of the shakes for more than a day, I would gradually start craving junk food and adding them back into my diet.


Having a Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake helped me feel like I was getting a dessert when I added a little more cocoa powder to it to make it extra chocolatey.  Making a smoothie out of the Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake, adding in apples and greens, helped me to get out of any ruts I felt like I was in, by not having the same thing day in and day out.


My weight has been decreasing by about a pound every week since I began using the shakes.*  I had about 2 weeks where I got off track, while my daughter was having surgery and I succumbed to my bad habit of stress eating.  During that time, I gained a few pounds back, but that was my own fault for not staying on program.  I’ve also been exercising regularly and dropped several inches from the combination of diet and exercise.


Overall, I’ve noticed that I feel much better while I’m on the shake program.  I didn’t realize just how bad my digestion was, until suddenly my system is working just like it’s supposed to be.  I used to make runs to the bathroom after indulging in a meal that was less than optimal.  Now, I feel good!


I’ve managed to lose 3″ off of my waist alone!*  Here’s a picture to prove it!

As you can see, I still have a long ways to go, but I’m on the right track and love how just making some slight diet and exercise changes can get me this far.  The key is consistency and not giving up!  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to make sure to take before pictures and measurements, so that I can actually see the progress, too!


If you’d like to join me in my weight loss journey, feel free to join our Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook group.  Plus, you’ll want to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter to see more recipes and results from others around the web!


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Greens & Apple Smoothie or Coconut Heaven? More #SkinnyGutShake Recipes

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Hello, hello!  As you know, I’ve been doing the Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes to help me with my health and weight loss goals.  As time goes by, I keep experimenting with new recipes.  While, I still love my Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake, this time, I tried two of the recipes provided on the packaging on the Skinny Gut Shake mix.


The first one was the Greens & Apple Smoothie.  I’m a big fan of drinking your greens, as you often can’t even tell that there’s spinach (or kale) in your smoothie, but you still get the health benefits from it.


Greens & Apple Smoothie

  • 1 Serving of Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake 
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, cut in chunks
  • 2 ounces plain yogurt (or kefir)
  • Small handful of spinach (or kale)

I mixed all of the ingredients into a blender, poured it into my glass and enjoyed the great taste!



Did I like it?  Yes.  Next time, I will add ice, as I tend to prefer my smoothies pretty cold, but I stuck it in the fridge to cool it down for a little while and it was perfect.  Isn’t it a pretty shade of green?


The next smoothie I tried was the Coconut Heaven smoothie, also listed in the brochure that is attached to the lid of the Skinny Gut Shake Mix.



Coconut Heaven Smoothie


Mix all ingredients in blender until nice and smooth.  Pour in a glass and enjoy!



This one, I liked even more than the first one.  I really love a coconut taste!  I made mine with vanilla, but I think having it with the chocolate flavor would be perfect, too.  The original recipe called for coconut butter, but our little town doesn’t have coconut butter, so I used the coconut oil I have in the house already.  I have been wanting to add more coconut oil to my diet, so this is the perfect way to do that!


I love how easy it is to grab a Skinny Gut Shake for breakfast or lunch and keep on moving.  I’ve been known to quickly throw it all into the blender and take it in the car with me to sip on my way to appointments.  When I’m in a hurry, it’s still very possible to get a nourishing meal in!


Have you tried Skinny Gut Shakes yet?  If so, have you tried either of these recipes yet?  How’d you like them?


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My Skinny Gut Shakes Progress Report

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Skinny Gut Progress Report


I’ve been using the Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes for about 3 weeks now.  I began by telling you about my plan, and how I expected that I would use the shakes. Then, I shared my favorite Skinny Gut shake recipes.  This week, I wanted to tell you how I’m doing and if I’m seeing any results or even sticking to my plan.


Am I Sticking to My Plan?

Yes and no.  I have not been drinking the 2 shakes a day.  Mostly, I get one.  I aim to increase this to two a day still, but my changes seem to take place at the slow and steady pace.  I really don’t like change and I really like over eating, so my brain is getting retrained.  I have struggled with getting exercise in as often as I had originally planned, too.  I’m a busy mom of 7 kids, one of whom is a baby who is always getting into things, but progress is being made and I will build upon it!  Do I work out 5 days a week?  No.  Will I keep trying to?  Yes!


Do You Notice a Difference While Using Skinny Gut Shakes?

Yes!  I can really tell a difference when I’m drinking the shakes as opposed to not drinking them.  For starters, when I don’t drink a shake for breakfast, I tend to start wanting to snack on foods that are full of carbohydrates as well as foods high in sugar.  I’ve noticed that my cravings are less on the days that I’ve had a shake, too.*  In fact, one day, I was not hungry when it came time to eat dinner. I was almost shocked!  I’m always starving by dinner.


Second, I’ve been losing weight.  I’ve lost about 4 pounds in the past 3 weeks.  It’s not as much as I had hoped for, but it’s definitely progress in the right direction.  I’m still nursing my baby, and I tend to hang on to weight while nursing.  As I continue to keep my gut healthy, it will help me to drop weight a little more easily.*


Third, I’ve noticed that my digestion is much better!  Does that mean I’m successfully healing my gut?  I think so!  Yay!   I no longer have sudden stomach cramps after I eat (a problem that I had several times a week) and my bathroom trips have become more regular and less dreadful.    This is because in each shake, there is a good source of dietary fiber.  The Skinny Gut Certified Organic Acacia Fibers help provide 5 grams of the 20-35 grams of fiber recommended daily.  They also:


• Help curb your appetite* 

• Promote digestive health & gut balance*

• Provide prebiotic action that promotes the growth of probiotics or “good bacteria” naturally found in your gut*

• Help remove digestive toxins*


 Do I like the flavors of the Skinny Gut Shakes?

I love them.  In fact, when my can is out, I get a big sniff of it, because I really like the way the powder smells.  I know, that sounds weird, but it makes me happy!  At first, I was hesitant to drink it without adding other ingredients to it, because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.  Overall, I do tend to add ingredients almost every time, but one reader, who recently made a Skinny Gut Shakes purchase (hi Amy!), asked if I like the shakes without added ingredients.


Reader Question

I tried the Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake with only almond milk and it was really good.  In fact, I thought to myself, why do I add ingredients to this one?


I tried Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake with water and ice.  I had a harder time getting that one down.  I think my biggest problem was that the ice got so thick (like a thick shake), that the shake mix and the ice would separate.  So, I wasn’t crazy about it with thick water, lol, but I think as long as you mixed it up really well with cold water, being careful not to add too much ice, it would still be great. 


If you decide to give Skinny Gut Shakes a try, let me know what you think.  Do you have a favorite recipe?  What’s your favorite flavor?  Do you have results to share yet?


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.