Ultimate Reset Results
I just finished the The Ultimate Reset, a 21 day detox/cleanse, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it, so I thought I’d address those here and share with you how my experience went. I promise to be honest and give you a full account of what I liked and what I didn’t like and how it affected my body. I know when I am trying to learn something new or research info about something I am considering doing, I want the real truth, not a slanted version. So here goes!
The Ultimate Reset (UR) is different than any other cleanse I have ever done. It was 21 days, and the most strict one I have ever done. I have done the Whole 30, but the food on this cleanse is even more limited than that. Supplements are provided, as your body needs them and weeks 2 & 3 are a vegan diet only. Yikes! That was something I had to adjust to. There are three weeks to this cleanse and three phases to go along with each week:
Phase 1: Reclaim In Phase 1 you will Reclaim your body, accessing its inner chemistry and preparing for change. You gradually remove foods, such as red meat and dairy, which are known to place stress on the digestive system.
Phase 2: Release In Phase 2 you will begin the detoxification process by releasing the toxic compounds stored within your tissues that are clogging your cells. Week 2 is when you begin a completely vegan diet.
Phase 3: Restore In this Phase, week 3, you will Restore your digestive system, along with other internal processes to it’s maximum efficiency while providing your body with the nutrients, enzymes, and probiotics it needs to function at its maximum.
The biggest question I often get, is also people’s biggest fear. Will I spend all day running to the restroom as my body gets rid of all the toxins? The answer is NO! You can still go about your normal life, attending meetings, taking care of your family, going to work, whatever you do during the day. No one will know you are doing the UR unless you tell them. PHEW!!
I felt empowered taking on this goal of doing the UR, cleansing my body completely in a way I never have, fueling it in a new way, and focusing on getting healthy from the inside out. It was also new for me to NOT workout. On the UR, it is recommended that you do not do strenuous workouts, only yoga or walking. The UR is about giving your body an internal workout and it can not cleanse and detoxify if it has to work on repairing muscles after a tough workout. So I didn’t workout, which was very foreign to me. Working out has always been a part of my every day life. It gives me energy and helps me with stress and with life. I’m a better mom and wife when I workout, so I was concerned this would NOT be good for me or my family. But, I decided to use my regular workout time as a time to spend in prayer and grow in my spiritual life, and that was one of the best parts for me. I will address that later!
So let’s get into the details of the UR week by week. Week 1 was invigorating. It was hard to give up coffee and sugar and chips and salsa, especially when Cinco de Mayo came along, but that just empowered me even more. If I can pass on chips & salsa, my fav, then I can do anything! The hardest part for me about Week 1 was the muscle soreness I experienced. Before I began the UR, I thought I ate well. I am a Health & Fitness Coach for goodness sake, of course I eat well. So this was surprising for me. My body was literally detoxing and it came out in muscle soreness. Crazy! But once that subsided after a few days, the first week was pretty good. The recipes were good; my family loved them and asked me to make them again. I could eat eggs, fish, and grains and I felt very satisfied.
Week 2 started to get harder for me. My cravings were gone, so that was great, but I was missing my coffee, my morning pre-workout drink, and my exercise, AND I had to begin my VEGAN diet, which is what phase 2 & 3 are all about. I have never done a vegan diet and I missed my eggs and fish, and my body was missing protein from these sources. But the fresh fruit for breakfast was amazing! I have to admit, I found myself hungry if I didn’t stick to the schedule, so you have to be attentive to that. But there are some great recipes I gathered from this week and if you follow the plan that is provided, your body will adjust. With the UR, is that there is NO guess work involved. You definitely have to put the work in to prepare your food, but it’s all planned out in the guide they give you , and you just follow it. It also provides all the supplements you need. Each week, I chose a few of my favorite lunch recipes and dinner recipes and rotated those throughout the week. That way I was only prepping and planning for 3 or 4 new lunches and 3 or 4 new dinners throughout the week instead of spending hours each day. This was a huge time saver and made the UR possible for a busy mom like me. I began to notice in this week I was sleeping better, had more energy, my bloating was gone, and I was seeing my body change. I was losing weight and my clothes were fitting differently. VICTORY!
Week 3 was the hardest for me. I told you I would keep it honest, so I am. I found only a few recipes that I really liked. Grains and legumes were eliminated and the focus was on a cleansing, fruit and vegetable diet. That was hard for me! I loved the fruit, but missed my protein and I had a hard time feeling satisfied. Like I said, I am a busy mom and my life is full, like so many of us. I am going from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed, so my body craves protein. I longed for fish and eggs, but decided to trust the process and stick to it. One of the life-savers of the UR is Shakeology. Vegan Shakeology is allowed on the UR and I had it as an afternoon snack around 3:30 every day. I needed it! Once I had my Shakeology each day, my body felt satisfied and I knew I could make it through the rest of the day! As with anything that is hard and you don’t like, you simply have to make the choice to stick to it and push through, and I did. Despite how hard it was at times, I am so glad I did it and am thankful for the results.
This is one of the biggest lessons I was reminded of. Good things in life take hard work and to get NEW results we have to do something NEW and stick to it even if it’s hard and we don’t like it! I am very pleased with my results. I lost a total of 6 lbs and definitely inches around my waist and thighs. I hate to admit it, but I have to stay committed to being totally honest, and so I will tell you my initial info with with exact measurements got deleted, so I don’t have those specific numbers. But, I know my clothes fit differently and I am much more comfortable in my own skin. Also, I have eczema and I had no flair-ups at all. That was amazing! Additionally, my sugar addiction is gone and I no longer have cravings for it and my body feels great!
Finally, I am so thankful for the time I set aside to grow in my spiritual life. I decided to take the time, from 5:30-6:30 am, that I usually spent working out and use that to do the study, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This was an amazing time of prayer and growth for me and I truly had a life changing experience. The most important thing is I have a deeper and more real relationship with my Creator, the one who made me and knows me. And because of that, I am more confident than ever of my calling in life, who I am as a woman, and that I am perfectly imperfect and loved just as I am. My desire is that everyone would know this and experience this in life. We are ALL a work in progress, and we don’t have to live this life for anyone else’s approval or to be perfect. As a result, I am less stressed and more at peace despite all that is going on, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that by scheduling the first part of my day and putting God first, everything else falls into place.
If you want to chat more about the Ultimate Reset and if it’s right for you, or about anything I have shared with you in this process, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. I can’t wait to chat with you!