Last night I went out to dinner with friends and enjoyed my dinner. I had a glass of wine and had a delicious kiddie size ice cream afterwards. This new lifestyle I have adapted too is something I can do for the rest of my life. I do not feel deprived. I do make better choices, I don't eat as much as I use too and I have learned how much food does effect my body & mind. I have found myself saying in my head " I can eat that, but I am choosing not too". If I am at a birthday party and I want cake & ice cream-I eat it. In the past I may have gone for seconds or took the largest serving, that is something I don't do anymore. We use to have ice cream in the house and I found myself eating it every night. I do know what things I can store in the house and what things can not be kept here. The best thing about participating in a clean eating lifestyle is the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you are eating clean 20% you are indulging (not binging). You learn how to make better choices, how to fuel your body and I find myself making our favorite foods still, but with better ingredients. Drinking Shakeology has made a huge difference in my life. I have such a sweet tooth and this has helped me rid those sugar cravings. I actually crave my Shakeology and the best part is it fuels my body with everything it needs-leaving me feeling full. Unfortunately a lot of the fruits and vegetables we purchase are not providing everything our body needs, this can be because of the soil or seeds being genetically produced. It could be because your cooking a lot of the nutrients out of the vegetables as well. When your drinking Shakeology its providing your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. I chose to drink this for my lunch, because that was usually the meal I skipped. If I do eat lunch then I have my Shakeology at 7pm, which totally keeps me from nighttime snacking. Everything I have tried doing in the past left me feeling deprived, making me want the things I could no longer have and unfortunately I would find myself binging and feeling terrible. This vicious cycle no longer happens and it feels good not to feel deprived and to still enjoy food!