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Ultimate Reset: Phase 1 Reclaim

As I shared in my last post I am currently doing an in-depth and intense detox called the Ultimate Reset. I have done this detox in the past and really enjoyed it. More so then weight loss, my goal is hormone balance. I feel like detoxing has become more popular lately and yet still there is this mysterious veil over it– like it’s a magical and secret thing that some people can do and others are destined to fail at because it’s just so hard…. detoxing isn’t all bad and it isn’t about pooping everything out or starving yourself while living off liquids and funky concoctions. Real detoxing will involve some type of supplementation to get all the good stuff inside. Anything that sends you running to the toilet is too harsh for your body and will only cause it trauma– not detox. True detoxing is done through creating a supportive environment for your body to be able to release toxins naturally and safely (i.e. NOT by giving you the runs).

So to help lift this mysterious veil off detoxing I wanted to share my journey through following the 21-day Ultimate Reset.

The program is split into 3 phases, one per week. This also is how the supplement schedule is split up. The first phase is called Reclaim– in this phase you slowly phase out dairy and meat. There is no sugar, caffeine or processed foods during the detox so it’s a quick, cold-turkey removal of those items so it’s best to get mentally and physically prepared by eliminating those items the week before you start–that will also help not leave you with a gnarly headache and keep you from turning into a raging hangry monster at the close of day 2.

The food: Here I’ll break down what I actually ate in phase one! This is what I ate, I followed the meal guide as closely as possible, but I want you to know that I did some substitution for convenience or do to not having all the ingredients in hand. The guide teaches you how to do this.

day 1Day 1:

Breakfast: Shakeology– Vegan Chocolate, I blended it with some almond butter and a banana– I later found out that bananas are not recommended during the reset due to it having a higher glycemic index, but we had just bought some, so I wasn’t going to let them go to waste. (be real, not perfect). Lunch: was a microgreen salad.

Dinner: salmon, aspargus and baby potatos– so yum! This is a meal we repeat often when the reset is over (this is my 3rd time doing this detox).

day 2

 

Day 2:

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ cinnamon & yogurt

lunch: greek chicken salad

dinner: beans & rice tacos with corn and salsa, so yummy and filling

 

 

 

day 3Day 3:

Breakfast: eggs, tomato (cause I’m not a fan of spinach, which was what was on the list) and toast.

Lunch: Microgreen salad & lentil salad

Dinner: Miso soup, cucumber salad and SUSHI! yup, home made sushi! Ok, my very first attempt at this dish was NOT pretty, but having done this program 2 times through already, I have to say, my sushi rolling has improved greatly! Boy was that yum!

day 4Day 4:

Breakfast: fruit platter, after finding out that bananas were not on the “approved list of fruits” I took that list and bought a bunch of “approved” fruits… I’m not a fan of banning natural things from your intake… but I understand that this is a detox and lowing your natural sugar intake will help detox.. so I will stop rolling my eyes and follow the rules 🙂

Lunch: more sushi! and a tomato & cucumber salad

Dinner: Veggie stir fry over quinoa & salad

Snack– this day landed on a day I usually go to Starbucks and work while my kiddos are at their church group, so I opted for a fruit bar, nuts and herbal tea.

day 5Day 5:

Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology

Lunch: Veggies & hummus & a salad

Dinner: Stir fry again, we are huge fans of veggie stir fry since the first ultimate reset and it taught me HOW to actually make stir fry delicious! I’d say on a regular basis we have this dish about once a week all throughout the year! & miso soup, I got a “mild” miso which apparently means that its VERY bland… boo, next time I will try to find one that is bolder.

day 6

Day 6:

Breakfast: Shakeology again, but now I’m out of chocolate vegan, so I opt for tropical vegan… my sadness of being out of vegan chocolate leads me to forget to take a picture and therefore I have recycled yesterday’s picture– in case you caught that 🙂

Lunch: microgreen salad w/ avocado

Dinner: Roasted root medley and cashew zucchini soup. Ok, the first time I made this I was VERY unsure about this soup, but it is DELICIOUS!

day 7Day 7:

Breakfast: Yogurt & berries

Lunch: cashew & zucchini soup & quinoa salad

dinner: baked tempeh, brown rice & veggies. If you have never tried tempeh, try it at least 3 times before you decide you don’t like it. Many people get it, under prepare it and decide they hate it. I’d say this time was the BEST time I’ve made it. I don’t know if Beachbody changed their recipe for this or if I just followed the recipe better, but the mixture the tempeh marinaded it and baked in was perfect!

 

Oh and all these dishes were prepared following the Ultimate Reset’s nutritional guide– I do NOT usually cook this much so there was MUCH more prep time needed then normal– so I just planned accordingly. The recipes are very easy to follow, some require marinating and baking– so Ryan (my husband) and I would buy everything before the phase started, but first looked at the meals to see which we wanted to replace and shopped accordingly (another words, don’t buy ingredients for a dish you don’t plan on making). We then would review the night before what we were going to eat the next day and see what we could prep and cook before we went to bed. Making this a habit helps during the off Reset time and making food prep just part of what you do.

The Ultimate Reset is not ALL just food, there is supplements to be taken at certain times of the day. The guide tells you what supplements to take and when and in which phase. If you are starting the Ultimate Reset don’t let this part confuse you– instead use the guide, set alarms to remind you and pack your supplements! don’t get caught without them.

More about phases 2 & 3 AND the supplements coming VERY soon! I hope you will consider trying the Ultimate Reset! It’s on special only through the end of the month! (May 2015)

 

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It’s time to Reset! Recovering from hormonal imbalance.

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Every step, every page of your journey is your own– and you should own it! Many times my personal journey has taken detours and turns I had not expected. Going into my last pregnancy at my fittest I had ever been in my life I had a plan to bounce back from pregnancy without skipping a beat. I even announced to some friends that I was going to call it “6 months to a 6-pack after a baby”… yeah, not so much. It’s been 3.5 years now and I am far from a 6-pack or even from where I was before baby. Now, I didn’t fall off the deep end or decide that I’d give up on my goals– instead I have been struggling with much frustration. After my son was born in August of 2011 I felt great and 4 weeks post baby I started with light yoga and walking and graduated up to more once I got cleared by my doctor. And while at my clearance appointment 6 weeks after baby my doctor suggest I go back onto the Mirena IUD, since that’s what I had before my pregnancy, I thought nothing of it and gave my approval and in it went. The last time I had lost the majority of my weight I had gotten the Mirena, it was between my kids and never had noticed any issues. And it wasn’t until after my son’s 3rd birthday that I started to reflect on my frustrations and I started to put things together…

My son was 12 weeks old when I had the opportunity to take a full time position, which was a blessing to my family at the time and I felt called to take it and so I did. The weight wasn’t coming off the way I was expecting– it must be my schedule I thought, so I kept pressing on. Soon I started to experience hip pain, my pregnancy must have messed up my hips I assumed. You hear some moms assign different ailments to each pregnancy and I thought, well I guess my son did a number on my hips, I kept pressing on. Soon after my feet were killing me, it was painful to step out of bed in the morning and walking upstairs at the end of the day left me looking like I was 95 years old. I had always had “bad feet” and I assumed that the pregnancy had made them worse. 18 months of plantar fasciitis is what I had lived through– exercise would make it worse… right? So I dialed down the exercise. Not seeing the weight move, but instead move UP made clean eating depressing. I’d lead groups of 50+ through clean eating challenges, through workout programs and I felt like a fat loser with the fit version of me lost inside, confused and broken. I decided I needed to exercise for my sanity, pushed through the pain and realized that for me, the more I moved, the more my plantar fasciitis felt better– after 18 months of wobbling the pain faded the more I moved and stretched– PiYo workouts were a godsend for this.

nearly 3 & 1/2 years later the weight still not gone, efforts seem to be going no where. Depression constantly stealing my joy and making me feel like a failure…. and I truly felt as if I was a failure and I wore it– in the form of the fat that had accumulated and not moved off. This lead me to investigate and do some research on the ONLY other variable I could think of… the Mirena IUD…. but why? I hadn’t had any issues before…. but again, I never had one in RIGHT after I delivered a baby and had some extra fluff to work off… could it be what’s keeping me? but how?

I’m no expert, but the more I searched online and read of other’s experienced sounded all too familiar– weight not budging no matter how great the efforts, hip pain, plantar fasciitis, and my newest symptom– lower back pain. In layman’s terms the Mirena was causing inflammation which was throwing my body off balance, it was messing with my hormonal balance causing depression and my metabolism to basically work against me. Many woman gained anywhere from 10-65 lbs while I didn’t gain a ton– I was grateful that my fight and all my effort had kept me at a standstill instead of putting MORE on. I was so relieved to have an answer– so out came the Mirena as soon as I could get an appt, in late January. Immediately I felt my energy back, I felt like myself! My hip pain, GONE! and my lower back was left weak. I quickly turned to a 3-day cleanse I had fallen in love with– the 3-day Refresh. While many woman I met had waited MONTHS or even YEARS before their hormones were back in balance and experienced their first cycle post Mirena removal– mine came 2 weeks later and regularly ever since. I am so happy to have such a great tool to help my body and I do feel that my daily intake of Shakeology had a huge part in that too… but NOW I am ready to kick this into high gear. But instead of hitting my workout programs hard, start lifting heavy and going at my clean eating in beast mode– I want to Reset my body– like an in depth tune-up 🙂 that’s why today marks my day 1 of the Ultimate Reset. More on what exactly the Ultimate Reset is and about my journey with it! Today is day 1 of 21!

Click here if you want to read more about it!

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