Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thumbs Up OR Thumbs Down?

This post is not for the faint of heart and comes with a warning!  Please be kind when you respond as I am not posting this to encourage crudeness but in hopes that perhaps you can offer your own advice or experiences that may help me and others along the way.  That is what Wellness Wednesday is all about!  Sharing wellness tips and advice.

I still need to find just the right image for my Wellness Wednesday posts, don't worry I'll get to it! 

First things first!  Let me tell about some new shoes I picked up yesterday.  I really have been wanting to get some of those tone and trim tennis shoes that are out everywhere.  These are just a few that I have had my eye on for awhile now.




 The only problem was, I was not sure I would like them.  Most of these seemed so tall to me and reminded me of those platform shoes that were a fad for a bit when I was young.  LOL!  Additonally, you ladies know I am a bargain shopper, and these shoes are not cheap!  I just cannot see spending over $50.00 for shoes I may not like and cannot return.  It just won't happen with me!  Huh-uhh!  But when I found some at TJ Maxx yesterday for only $29.99 it was worth the chance!  Here's the shoes I ended up buying.

Okay, so they are all white and kinda remind me of the Nikes that were so popular back in the day, but I like them!  Because they are all leather I am hoping the toes will not wear out as quickly as the pair of Sauconys I bought last year did.  If these shoes work out for me I may consider getting a better quality later.


These are New Balance rock and tones.  They are designed to help tone your thighs and buttocks while you walk.  They are not as tall as some of the other brands I have seen but I can tell you they really do work.  I tried them out yesterday on my way home from shopping.  I was crossing over the dam and decided to stop and walk it.  It's a 4 mile total trek and they felt great!  I also could tell a slight tightness in the front of my thighs but not so much in the buttocks.   Hopefully that will come later after using them more!


I was pretty excited to have found them but when I told the Mr., he said there was a report on the news they were not good for you.  I told him I asked the girls at the check out had anyone told them whether they really work or not and they said they didn't know about these in particular but several of them had some of the different brands.  They all said they really do work but you should watch the CD that comes with them first.  They checked, but mine did not come with a CD (no surprise) but said basically you are supposed to only use them for about 45 minutes at a time.  They said, they are not meant for walking around in all the time.  Perhaps that is where people have run into trouble.  IDK!  My walks are usually 45 to 1 hour so I think I will be okay.  I can't wait to get out there and try them out again!

Okay now for the part of my post I warned you about.  You all know I have been trying to eat better, right?   Well, when I finally decided to buy this cereal I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was.


It is sooo delicious and I am almost finished with the  whole box!  Thank goodness!

It's basically a high fiber cereal that is supposed to be good for you.  It has cane sugar as opposed to regular sugar and  tastes very sweet.  It also has soy protein. 

Unfortunately for me, as good as it is, I cannot continue to eat this cereal.  Why? 

Because it produces the most prolonged amount of gas I have ever experienced.  I also have some bloating with this but not as much as the first day I ate it.  Unfortunately the gas is continous all day long!  It's quite embarrassing and I first thought it was something else I ate the first day I tried this.  After a week of experimenting eating this cereal I can verify it is difinitely the cereal that is causing me gas.  What a bummer because it is sooo good!

I am not sure what the ingredient is that is causing this and if it will eventually go away but I just can't live with that much gas.  I kid you not!  I first thought maybe it was just me but then I "googled" and guess what I found?  Report after report of people having the same symptoms as me from this product.  The odd thing is, not everyones system reacts the same as mine, but enough people did to post about it.

  Last night I was laughing so hard I was crying after reading some of the reports some people wrote about the gas they got from Kashi Go Lean Crunch.  It was seriously, too funny and I could  so relate!  Let me just say men have a wonderful way of discussing this subject that can make you laugh out loud!   We women are a bit more cautious with our descriptions.   I hope you won't be offended but I have to tell you several people said they should rename the cereal, Kashi Go Fart!  LOL!  Sooo true!  That's how powerful the reaction can be!

  There is a page that I found that had the most hilarious stories ever.  You can access that here.  But be warned!  Some of the comments may be offensive but if you have ever experienced what I have with this cereal you will find most of these posts extremely hilarious and feel relieved at the same time that you are not alone. 

If you are still following me after reading this, please don't stop now!  I promise you this is as crude as I get.  I really wanted to share this info with you only as a word of caution about trying this product. Like I said, it doesn't happen to everyone as each of our systems are different, but it could!
Whew!  That was tough!

 I would love to know if these unpleasant side effects will subside because I really think the cereal tastes that good.  Please let me know if you have tried it and experienced this too or not.  I would love to hear your stories, tastefully told that is, as I know most of you will!  LOL!
Have a great day!
Mary