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Hi, I first saw the whole health optimizer at my local co-op and decided to give it a try for a meal replacement. I started out with a partial dose and mixed it with a lot of water (sometimes almond milk and sometimes coconut water) since the instructions had a warning about the high fiber content. I loved the flavor of the vanilla chai flavor I tried and a against my better judgement took money out of my savings to order more optimizer and try the shake n go smoothies. I spent $35 at my co-op and $260 at amazon.com because I'm so desperate to lose weight, even though this was a great expense for me.
By the third day of using the optimizer, I experienced painful, cutting-feeling cramps in my lower abdomen. I thought it was detox symptoms so I trudged forward and slowly upped to half a serving for breakfast. I tried the other flavors with that amazon order and found that all three optimizer flavors give me the sharp cramping. The Shake and Go smoothie mixes make me cramp las but leave me very nauseated. I have been trying to get these into my routine since mid-august and I am miserable! I talked to my doctor the other day and she feels the vega products are tojo hard for me to digest properly.
Is this typical? I do not know what to do. I have all this powder that my dr. told me to quit taking, and I have wasted (for me) a terrible amount of money. It has not assisted in any weight loss and actually causes me to retain water. I want to love these products but am sadly disappointed.
I have looked up other people's reactions and see a lot of discussion about "detox" and "getting used to" Vega, but this is sheer pain and nausea. I have added chlorella, maca and other ingredients to smoothies in the past without problems. I normally consume lots of fiber. What frustrates me even more is that I wrote to Vega customer service about this last week and have yet to hear back from anyone.
I am having different side effects. Firstly, I also bought the vanilla chai flavor and found two scoops is just too sweet! It was almost sickeningly sweet. I reduced the amount to 1 scoop and I drink it fast as I can't stand how sweet the stevia is. And it doesn't taste like chai or vanilla.
I find that there is an odor that comes from my stomach and it is disturbing. It is like a chemical smell and it's pretty gross. When I met Brendan back in 2007, I told him about this side effect and he said he had never heard of this. Surely I am not the only one?
I wonder if you are replacing too many meals right away. I use 1 scoop once a day and incorporate the vega meals. I would start out slow.
It is beneficial to start off slowly when starting to take Vega as it contains quite a bit of fiber and chlorella which can be detoxifying. It is best to detoxify slowly. We recommend you start with ½ scoop to 1 full scoop and work your way up to the desired amount over the course of a week or two. Please make sure you drink a lot of water to help with this cleansing process. Also, the extra water helps to allow for the expansion of the fiber.
There always is the possibility that there is something that does not agree with you in the formula, as people are all different (some people are allergic to foods and some are not) it would be difficult to determine which of the ingredients that you might be sensitive to. Having said all of this, please also be assured that we stand behind our products 100% and as such we have a no questions asked return policy with our retailers. I am advising you of this because you can take your Vega back to your point of purchase for a full refund as long as it is within their internal store policy. Most of our retailers have no problem refunding their customers as they know that we will always credit them.
Hope this helps,
Try to book an appointment with a credited dietician and bring the products with you. Maybe together you can figure out if you have a certain food sensitivity.
I know that for myself, wheat grass makes me feel awful. Luckily, non of the Vega products have been negative for me.