Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oh, the Acai..

I am on a never-ending quest for how I can be lazy and skinny at the same time. Don't pop my bubble people, I know it doesn't really work that way, just let me dream ok? ;)

Anyhow, I should first mention that the inventors of *anything* that is "As Seen On TV" must have seen me coming long before my birth. I am such a stickler for infomercials, and all things junk that are far too overpriced, and probably don't work to begin with.

So my latest endeavour has been checking out the Acai Berry (ooh and guess what, I learned to hyperlink, yay me for catching up with the 1990's! LoL).

The Acai Berry is basically a craze right now amongst people trying to lose weight with little to no effort. But, there are supposedly health benefits to it as well, a couple of them being increased energy and lowered cholesterol. You can read all 59 supposed ones here. Upon doing research, you will find that 99.9% of the reviews and information come from people (consumers), not credible companies or sources, other than the ones promoting their product who will obviously not have anything bad to say. Their stories are inspiring, if true. But the good thing is that unlike most products, I have yet to find anything about scary side effects or reactions.

However, the Acai berry is very rich in antioxidants, which we all know are good for you. You have to find it in a form (pill usually) that has been prepared just right- freeze dried immediately, and not with a bunch of added sugars.

You also have to be weary of where you're ordering the product from, because each "free trial" will start billing you around $80-$90 per month if you don't cancel within their time frame (typically 14-30 days from the date they ship your product, not from the time you receive it).

My first endeavour was with Acai Berry 500, or something like that. It came in the mail, and was purple chewable tablets that tasted great. It was a small trial- I'm thinking 7 days, as opposed to some that are 30. I started taking the pills and of course noticed no effects, until about 3 days later, I caught myself skipping down our hall for no apparent reason. I sooooo don't skip, and especially not without reason. In my 7 day trial, I changed no habits at all, and I lost 5 pounds with no side effects. I REALLY wish I would have continued that trial, but I canceled and now I cannot find that company again. Ugh. If I had lost 5lbs per week on that stuff, then I really would have been one of those "-30lbs miracle".

I let it go for a month or so and ordered a different free trial, which gave me NO energy like most advertise they do, and so now I'm trying a different trial, and a version from GNC.

I'm saying all of this mainly because if I am a miracle that drops 30+ pounds by doing nothing like these people claim to have done, then I want to blog about it. Or, I'll be back on here in a month talking about how I haven't lost JACK and it's a scam. Either way, I felt the need to share ;) Feel free to do the research, so far I have not been able to find one bad thing about the Acai Berry itself, and I figure that' good enough reason to keep at it until it's obvious that it will or will not work for me- or in other words, when my two months free trial supply is up ;)

If anyone decides to try it for yourself- of course consult your doctor first because things like that can interfere with some medications. Now, don't blame me because I warned you ;) I am also not a salesperson or representative, nor am I trying to get you to do/be/try/buy anything. I have enough to keep me busy as it is ;)

In addition to my Acai pills, I thought I would supplement with Mona Vie . There's of course the same testimony out there from people who love it, and claim awesome health benefits from it. Quite a few news clips on You Tube. I was sold after I saw it on an episode of The Doctors. Of course, there are no doctors or researchers that will say that acai products contribute to this amazing weight loss that people are having- the verdict is still out, and obviously they encourage you to just continue the change of eating habits and add exercise as opposed to unproven methods. Basically, they just take all of the fun out of it. HA :)

So I bit the bullet and decided to order a bottle of Mona Vie. I should say that my main reason for taking all of this is because I stay COMPLETELY exhausted at all times, and every blood work test that I could have has came back normal, so I'm going a different route to see how it works out. The Acai is supposed to be great for energy. I wait for what seemed like forever to get the bottle (probably more like 2 weeks). It came in yesterday and I was sooo excited. They recommend you drink only 1-2 ounces, 2 times a day. Which is good because it's NOT cheap, and (drum roll please)


Apparently all of those people in the You Tube clips were either paid actors, or they have lost their taste buds in some unfortunate incident because the stuff tastes like watered down blueberry ass. I will say it was much better today chilled, yesterday I drank it straight after delivery and that was a mistake for sure. I love blueberries, which is the fruit that the Acai is most similar to, but this juice is some NASTY stuff. I can only hope that it's an acquired taste that I will soon acquire, because I don't know that I can handle a lifetime of nose-pinching-straw chugging-watery ass tasting madness. But I am hoping that I see some type of result from this all, or I shall just add it to my "as seen on TV, but does not work" pile.

So there you have it. I am easily swayed by mainstream media who promote things that may or may not work, feel free to heckle me now ;)


Persnickety Ticker said...

Blueberries have asses?? Who knew??

Thanks for the giggle!

Bridgett said...

Well, here's the good news. We've been drinking Mona Vie (Parker and me) for nearly a year now. I've lost almost 90 pounds and Parker saw immediate gains in cognition after drinking it, I'm thinking because of the antioxidant effect.

The stuff is outrageously expensive, but worth it, I think.

It's definitely better cold though. After awhile, you'll get used to it. :)

I think it tastes almost fermented. More like wine than juice. LOL

So here you have it from a reliable source who's been using it for quite awhile...the stuff works. :) But damn, is it expensive! Eek!

Chantelle said...

Oooh, I am so glad to hear that there is someone out there that has tried it that I can trust a review from! You just never know who is typing thost raving reviews. Do you drink the Active, or just the original?

I actually thought I was being cute and had daughter take a drink of it, just to see if she would get mad at me like she usually does, and of course she LOVED the stinkin stuff. Of course! She wastes a $2 bottle of Sunny D, but chugs 2 ounces of the good stuff. LOL

Thanks for letting me know! I am off to drink, I mean gag, down my first ounce of the day heheh ;)

Chantelle said...

Oh, Persnickety, blueberries most definitely have asses. If you would like to taste them in liqud form feel free to come by and I will indulge you :P Hehehe