I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back here and finish writing about my experience with The Ultimate Reset. Life has been crazy and there are some days when the last thing I want to do after sitting at a desk all day is to sit in front of one when I get home at night….so I’ve procrastinated.
The Ultimate Reset? AWESOME!
I had some real breakthroughs here. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it was not easy. It was not cheap. But…I believe it was worth it. I am so glad I did it and I am planning to do it again!
The Ultimate Reset is basically a three week plan, set up in three phases, that uses good whole foods and supplements to “reset” our systems. I was excited about it because the food is very similar to where I would like my diet to move permanently–lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, etc. with limited animal products. I’m allergic to dairy (although I struggle with giving it up completely right now, I’m headed in that direction), and I only eat meat when I eat somewhere other than my house (I don’t like to cook it, clean it, or have it in my fridge–I mostly just eat it when I’m eating out because it is convenient).
I thought the food was amazing. There were a few things I was unable to find, like tempeh, so I didn’t try it all, but I liked everything I tried–most of them enough that I will use them in my weekly menus going forward. Some of my favorites were zucchini cashew soup, roasted corn and edamame succotash, southwestern tacos, and a lovely quinoa salad with cucumbers and tomatoes. Here are a few pictures of some of my meals:
These are two examples of lunches. Microgreen salads almost every day along with soup or a left over from dinner the night before. These two are zucchini and cashew soup and hearty miso soup.
My favorite dinner was the roasted corn and edamame succotash with steamed kale. MMMMMMM 🙂
And I find myself eating very similar dishes after. Here are two post-reset meals that I enjoy! A large microgreen salad with quinoa, tomato, and cucumber salad on top and a “clean the fridge out” stir fry.
Overall, being on the reset helped me remember that I like eating good foods. It got me in the habit of preparing good foods and eating my meals at home. Fast food has been such a stumbling block for me that it was good to realize I could make healthy and yummy food without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. Now, that is not to say that this wasn’t time consuming. It was. I felt, at least at first, like I was spending a ton of time prepping my food and doing dishes. However, by the end, I had honed some of my prep activities. When I do thins again, I will use a modified menu in order to make the prep even more streamlined. This will mean missing out on some of the yummy recipes, but I’m willing to do it for the sake of my sanity and for the sake of keeping out of the drive-through.
There are a lot of supplements to take with this program.
Mineralize: Daily in distilled water, drink throughout the day. Himalayan Pink Salt to add minerals to your diet.
Optimize: 3x daily (before meals)–enzymes to aid in digestion
Alkalanize: 1 daily (mid afternoon)–a “tasty” green powder you mix with water and drink to help you achieve ph balance
Soothe: daily before evening meal–turmeric/curcumin to help soothe your inflammation
Detox: 3 x daily during phase 2 (week 2)–a little something to help clean you out
Revitalize: 3 x daily during phase 3 (week3)–probiotics
All-in-all the supplements weren’t too bad. I did struggle a bit with the Alkalanize until I found what worked best for me (which was not very much water and the juice of one lime, then shoot it and chase it with a lot of water). At first I was afraid I would have a lot of expensive vomit, but it worked out ok.
A lot of people on the message boards indicated that they had a hard time with the Detox supplement. I LOVED IT! I would drink that stuff every day. It is best with really cold water and I liked it best through a straw to get the gritty part past the part of my tongue that has texture issues. To me it tasted like a yummy lemonade and I looked forward to it and was sad when week 2 was over. Here is what it looked like:
I definitely felt a different taking the supplements and I believe they helped me through this process.
One of the things that Beachbody does really well is support. They had several facebook groups set up for Ultimate Reset that really helped–a Prereset group, a group for each of the phases, and a post reset group. These groups were great for getting an idea of how others were doing, asking questions, finding out that it was helpful to add lime to the alkalanize, and to get some encouragement and support throughout the process. I also have a Beachbody coach (who happens to be my sis-in-law). She and my brother kept pretty good tabs on me throughout and checked in with me almost daily to see if I needed any support. I know others who coach and i know I would have gotten similar support from even someone who isn’t my relative. I appreciated the support so much!
I have always been and “All or Nothing” kind of girl. If I can’t do something perfectly or just how it should be done, I don’t do it. The biggest realization I had through this program is that it is ok to fall off the wagon and get right back on. I started on a Thursday. Thursday was great. Friday I felt like I’d been run over by a truck. I was SO TIRED. Saturday was good. Sunday was UGLY. I found myself eating half a pizza on Sunday and thinking, “I just can’t do this. I’m going to quit. I’ve failed already, so what is the use?” But, I had already invested so much time and money in this program that I decided to just take it one day at a time and to get back on that wagon NOW. I wasn’t perfect for the rest of the time either, but I did so much better than what a typical three-week period would have been for me. If I didn’t lose a pound–it would still totally be worth it. I felt better. I sleep better. While not yet perfect, my food choices are improved.
My results can be measure in so many ways. I didn’t take measurements, but my clothes fit differently. I don’t feel as conflicted about food as I once did. I’m sleeping better. I’m drinking more water. And….I lost weight. Not a ton, but I think this weight is gone for good 🙂
I will be doing this program again, most likely starting the second week in January. If you would like to join me, please let me know.
I was so impressed with Beachbody, that although I was planning to start a different exercise program after I finished the reset, I chose Tai Cheng, a Beachbody product and I’ve been doing that the past week or so. I’ll keep you posted on how that is going. My result were good enough, that I will likely become a Beachbody junkie rather than following my original intent to find free programs to do (although I’m sure I’ll pepper some of those in as well).