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By Jeremiah McElwee, February 24, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jeremiah McElwee
Guayaki Energy Shot Ok, so this blog is actually a confession...Well a couple of confessions! First off, a bit about Whole Foods Market that people may not know…We work REALLY hard!!! I think sometimes people think we are a bunch of crazy hippies that sell natural & organic food and in between hang out in the back room and eat tofu while sipping herbal tea. Well, actually we ask a lot of our team members at all levels of the company and because most of us are so passionate about what we do it is not uncommon for us to be working 50, 60, 70 hour weeks! In fact, I am writing this blog on a Sunday evening at 8:00pm actually as it was the only time I had to sneak it in to the normal workflow. So all of that work and long hours definitely creates the need for an occasional boost every now and then which leads to confession # 2... I must admit I really love energy shots and quick fix products that give you a nice KICK, when you are about out of gas. And frankly, I have to tell you that caffeine, especially from natural sources has been a good friend to me lately as we all plug away on those long hours! So, if you are like me and many of our team members then you will be as stoked as I was to try the new Guayaki Organic Energy Shot (GOES). It is the first ever certified USDA Organic energy shot and it is full of wonderful herbs and of course Yerba Mate so that it gives you a smooth burst of energy without a crash. We all have seen those energy shots at the convenience store that are full of artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners and other junk that you wouldn't give to an enemy let alone put in your body. Well, now you can get a super clean, super powerful shot when you check out at Whole Foods Market. By the way, they taste GREAT too, so good that Bevnet recently gave the GOES shots a 5 star rating on their site which is a big honor. Check them out when you need a lift!




Martie says ...
So, you're proud of the fact that your company is so poorly structured that you're working 50 to 70-hour weeks? What is this, Walmart or Whole Foods? I thought you guys were different.
02/24/2009 11:45:37 AM CST
mcelweej says ...
I would not say there is pride regarding working many hours, but we are not asked to work that many by WFM…it is more about a passion we have for the positive work we believe we do every day. So, many of us could surely limit the time we spend working, but when you believe in what you do and have a sense of ownership & mission, you often choose to work more and hours melt away. I hope that everyone finds a career path that they are so passionate about that they have the time, energy and commitment our team members have. Whole Foods Market is different which is why people put in that type of time, but also why the company has been listed as part of the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for every year since they started that honor.
02/24/2009 12:18:43 PM CST
Zucchini Breath says ...
If you need a boost in energy eat a variety of real food, green veges, fruit, nuts and grains daily. You will never get lasting energy from some fractured "supplement". Cheers to you!
02/24/2009 7:56:42 PM CST
Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good? says ...
I'm with Zucchini Breath. Energy Drinks are not only bad for you, they contribute to our culture of doing too much and expecting instant fixes.
02/25/2009 4:13:19 PM CST
Sparkle Dunebuggy says ...
Well I live in the real world where a nice kick would be appreciated at about 4 pm and I'm looking forward to trying this. Thank you for telling us about it.
02/26/2009 12:40:30 AM CST
keenaztec says ...
I agree that "quick fixes" for optimum health are not possible but anyone that drinks a cup of coffee or black tea is doing the same thing. Add a danish & glucose levels and satisfaction levels shoot up. I own a food vending co. and people need quick fixes just to make it through the monotony sometimes. A piece of chocolate not only gives you small doses of caffeine but sometimes heals the soul!
02/28/2009 4:52:34 PM CST
JessikaRabbit says ...
I am eager to try this product. I enjoy the other yerba mate products, and there are no artificial products in this..not to mention its organic.. also it has goji berry and ginger in it which are both very good for you. I wouldnt compare this to your regular energy shot and I will definitely be giving this a shot!
04/11/2009 7:42:09 PM CDT
Patti says ...
Does Whole Foods sell a caffeine-free energy shot? I'm concerned about having caffeine since I am caffeine-free for a month now.
02/25/2014 2:22:35 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PATTI -Since our products vary between stores, I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly to find out. They'll be happy to help!
02/25/2014 4:31:52 PM CST