Ultimate Reset Week One
What in the world would make me do a 21 day cleanse/detox that does not allow me to have my favs like chips and salsa, vodka /sodas, and green tea lattes?
I resisted doing this cleanse/detox bc I couldn’t stand the idea of giving up things I like for 3 weeks. But, after realizing that I had hit a plateau in my fitness and nutrition journey, and was seeing that life had thrown me some curve balls and stress was dominating my life, I knew I needed to do something different to get back in balance.
The Ultimate Reset (UR) is not really about giving up all the things you love, but more about cleansing your body and filling it with what you really do need to be healthy from the inside out. It’s about giving your body a rest from intense workouts that were part of my daily routine and filling that time with walking or yoga, exercise that calms and feeds the soul and mind, and focused nutrition. And surprisingly, I am actually liking this 3 week journey. I miss my workouts, but I am filling my workout time with prayer time and it has been so healing to my soul.
I will admit, the first few days were ROUGH. I was sure I had come down with the flu. I had just returned from vacation in Punta Cana and I had convinced myself I had contracted ZIka. My bones felt achy and I was super tired. After doing some research, I realized that it was just my body detoxing from everything-unhealthy food, drinks, not enough sleep and just the not fueling my body properly over a long period of time.
This was surprising for me, because before vacation and even on vacation, I tried to stick to my normal clean, healthy eating. Yes, I had more chips and salsa and drinks than normal, but nothing too crazy. But, the UR requires you to fuel your body with completely whole foods, take the provided supplements and not indulge in ANY processed foods or sugar and my body reacted to that. I could still go about my life, but I just felt a little off. But, after the first few days of that fog ,which is very common, the clarity came back like never before, and since then, I have been feeling great.
I have been so pleasantly surprised by this cleanse. Here are some of my take-aways from Week 1:
I have always thought a cleanse meant you drink only liquids and starve yourself all day. This is so not the case. Every day I eat whole foods and a lot of it. I have not been hungry once on the UR. And good healthy food, prepared right, is DELICIOUS! It fuels the body AND keeps hunger pangs away. And the food has been delicious. One of my favorites this week was the Southwestern Taco. My teenagers loved it too, so I will definitely use some of these recipes even after the UR is over.
Another fear I had was that when doing a cleanse like this, I would find myself spending all day in the bathroom as my body gets rid of all the toxins. NOT AT ALL! Everything is normal; I go to meetings; I meet with clients and I am out and about. I am not spending all day in the restroom. Whew, what a relief.
I thought I would miss my favorite foods and have cravings all the time. But actually, my cravings are gone. I am shocked. I LOVE chips and salsa. And Friday was Cinco de Mayo-chips, salsa, beer and cocktails everywhere we went. And yet, for the first time in my life I wasn’t’ craving it. Did it look good, YES! Did I want some, OF COURSE. But I have a mission and a goal I am focused on and I was able to completely enjoy myself and resist the temptations. VICTORY tastes so sweet!
The hardest part of this cleanse so far, is the supplements. I have never been a big pill popper, and I didn’t like the idea of taking pills every day. But, they are all natural and made to provide your body with what it needs through this cleanse and so I am taking them. As the days go by, it does get easier and when you feel so good, you can do anything!
I love having my Vegan Shakeology as a snack in the afternoon. Before the UR, I always have it for breakfast. Switching it up as my afternoon snack has really helped me during that time from after school-dinner. Typically, this is the time that I am ravenous and eating on the go as I drive my kids different places and this has satisfied my hunger during this time.
Finally, I have learned this week that I can do anything! I was worried I wouldn’t really be able to stick to this menu and feel good! And with Cinco de Mayo and parties every weekend, I was afraid it would just be too tempting and I would cave. But, making sacrifices and doing something different is kind of exciting, especially when you start to see and feel the results. It motivates you to keep going! And I know that the only way to get the change we want is to do something new. One week into the UR, I now have more clarity, I am not tired during the day, I sleep better, and my body just feels better. I will weigh myself at the end of the 3 weeks, but I know my clothes are fitting better, and that always feels good!
Is the UR right for you? The UR is great for everyone! It’s not easy, but if you are frustrated with how you feel and look and need a jump start on a new health and fitness journey, this is a great way to get back on track. If you have hit a plateau and are not seeing the results you want, this is a great way to change things up and get your body back to working at it’s maximum. Anyone, any age, whether you already eat clean or not, or workout or not, can have success with the UR. All you have to do is take that first step and reach out. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s all about being truly healthy from the inside out! See you after Week 2!