I’m a healthy eater most of the time. Veggies, whole grains and lean proteins usually dominate my daily diet. That’s not to say I don’t stray at times – and boy did I get lost when the warm weather kicked in a few months ago. Ice cream, cheeseburgers and potato salad found its way to my plate, as did five pounds to my scale in just a few weeks. I was an Awful Awful away from an adjustable waisted summer wardrobe when I met up with Mark McCormack from Coastal Nutrition.
Along with his three business partners Shannon, Mike and Cybil, Mark launched an Herbalife club six months ago. “It’s a support system,” he says, describing the healthy community they are building. Herbalife is a global weight management phenomenon, with millions of devotees in over 80 countries. Having struggled with his own weight for years, Mark lost a whopping 150 pounds with the Herbalife products. One major life change led to another, leading him and his partners to open Coastal Nutrition in March.
The location is bright and inviting, with a seated counter welcoming you upon walking in. The lime colored walls are decorated with before and after pics of customers, each touting pounds lost. On the day of my visit the place was hopping, with regulars popping in for meal replacement shakes and nutrition coaching. “I call it fast food for smart people,” Mark says.
I was curious about the system so I decided to try it for two weeks. I chose chocolate-flavored products (Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix and Protein Drink Mix), vowing to replace two meals a day with them and eat a healthy third meal and snacks. As I headed home with my meals-to-be, I was actually relieved not to have to think about what I’m going to eat for the next 14 days. The next morning I added scoops of each product, water and ice in a blender, then poured my breakfast and lunch into portable cups. I drank one my way to work and put the other in the office fridge for later. Not only were the shakes super tasty, they are quite filling. And so I prepped, sipped and repeated for days, adding strawberries or banana for an extra punch.
Two weeks of easy eating went by and my clothes are feeling and looking better. I stepped on the scale and saw those five pesky pounds were gone. “The products are amazing,” Mark boasts. “And combined with our coaching they create amazing results.”