Ultimate Reset: Final Recap
Hey there, gorgeous!
So you want to know about the Ultimate Reset?! Well here are all the details!
Before I get into it, I'll be honest, it was challenging! It's 100% mental, but I think that's what makes it so rewarding at the end!
And now that I'm an UR graduate, I can honestly say that I've never felt better in my entire life than when I was doing the Reset and shortly after finishing it!
The day I finished, I left for a trip to the Dominican Republic. I still kept it relatively healthy, but each time I indulged in something unhealthy, I FELT the consequences and realized that I'd rather eat well and feel amazing than savor the instant gratification of a treat for a few minutes and suffer the consequences for hours!
I want to note that I modified the Reset (details below) because I am still breastfeeding (14 months now!) and still lost 10 lbs! My husband lost 16 lbs! We have maintained that weight loss and banished many of our prior addictions (coffee and sweets)!
So if you're wondering if the UR is worth it?! I say YES! But you HAVE to be mentally committed and ready!
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What is the Ultimate Reset?
It's a 21 day cleanse that gradually eliminates dairy, animal proteins, and grains from the diet. There is a specific meal plan you follow with fresh foods that keep you full. I will say that besides the first day, I was never hungry. To be completely honest, there were several days where I was full but NOT satisfied (meaning I ate more than enough, but it just wasn't the food I wanted to eat)!
In addition to following the meal plan, you drink a gallon of distilled water each day and take a series of supplements to aid the body in the reset.
The Reset is broken into 3 phases:
Phase 1: Reclaim
During the first 7 days you begin to alter your diet, slowly removing foods like red meat and refined items that put stress on your digestive system and can tilt your body toward a more acidic state (like coffee).
Phase 2: Release
In week 2, you continue to refine your diet (since you stopped eating animal proteins in week 1).
Not only do you release toxins through your digestive track, you experience skin break outs and a rollercoaster of emotions.
Phase 3: Reclaim
During the final phase, you adjust your diet once again. You cut back on grains and consume mainly fruits and vegetables—for fiber and further alkalinization, and to provide your body with pure, whole foods that are of high nutritional value and are easily absorbed.
What are the benefits?
While it was a challenge, my husband and I have truly never felt better! I lost 10 lbs and he lost 16 lbs. My milk supply stayed strong with my modifications!
I was addicted to coffee before the Reset, drinking multiple cups a day. Sean and I had horrible caffeine withdrawal symptoms the first day and felt like complete crap the entire first week. We were tired, cranky, emotional, hazy, not ourselves.
But once we hit week two, we felt like new people! The fog lifted along with our spirits.
I was filled with creativity and energy. My digestion was the best it's ever been (something I've struggled with my entire life).
The only thing I craved during those 21 days was coffee. But since finishing the Reset, I no longer want or enjoy my cup of joe! I tried to drink it a few times and found the taste to be off-putting and suffered from a caffeine headache afterwards!
So the Reset truly RESET my body and palate!
What are the negative side effects?
The first week was ROUGH! Along with the caffeine withdrawal (headache, lethargy, crankiness), we were freezing! At one point we had our furnace turned up to 75 degrees F and were wearing layers of clothes.
We were super emotional and I cried several times for no reason at all.
BUT once we were halfway through the second week, we felt reborn! Those negative side effects were worth the reward that came afterwards!
Is it safe to do while pregnant?
Is it safe to do while breastfeeding?
Yes, BUT with modifications! (And remember that I am not your care provider!)
How did I modify for breastfeeding?
First, I ate bigger portions and additional healthy fats.
At each meal, I portioned out more than the recipe called for. (Example, if a recipe called for 1/4 bell pepper, I used 1/2. If it called for 1/2 cup quinoa, I had 1 whole cup.)
I also added a whole banana and TB of natural peanut butter to my Shakeology each day.
In week 3, it suggests that you only have 1/2 scoop Shakeology, but I had the whole serving.
I ate an apple and peanut butter whenever I was feeling hungry.
I did not completely eliminate grains in the 3rd week and had oatmeal with my fruit most mornings (to keep my supply going strong). I also added a baked sweet potato to my lunches in the 3rd week.
As far as supplements go, I did NOT take the Detox supplement. However, all of the other supplements were safe!
The Detox supplement is not recommended during breastfeeding because some of the toxins can be released through the breastmilk. Luckily, the other supplements are totally fine for nursing moms!
My husband did use the Detox supplement and enjoyed it! He said it tasted fruity and he actually looked forward to it!
What workouts did I do?
None! It's recommended that you don't exercise while doing the UR because you want your body's energy to be focused solely on the internal organs and detoxification process. By exercising, your energy is redirected to muscle repair and negatively impacts the Reset's focus.
I did yoga one day, pilates another, a sneak peek of a new dance program being released a third...and that's it! 3 days of official exercise! I did take walks with my daughter almost each day, but they were slow and for pleasure.
What foods are on the meal plan?
Please read my previous blog entries to see what I ate EVERY single day!
Lots of fruits and vegetables! Here are some pictures!
What are the supplements?
Read the full descriptions at the very bottom of this blog post. In the meantime, here are the schedules for taking them:
Would I recommend the Ultimate Reset?
Absolutely! Not only am I at my lowest weight as an adult, I've never felt better! I have more energy, less cravings, improved digestion, and a firmer grasp on my eating habits!
I'm obviously not eating as clean as I did during those 21 days, but the habits and positive results have stuck with me!
How to get the Ultimate Reset:
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Week 1 Recap
This information is taken directly from the Ultimate Reset online portal!
The common diet of highly processed foods, sugary treats, soda pop, alcohol, and other items deemed "acidic" can negatively influence the body's optimum responses and balances, causing stress to the system. This means your body needs to work harder just to stay in its natural sweet spot (a state known as homeostasis), and maintain the stability of your internal environment.
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Detox (do not take if breastfeeding)
Contrary to common belief, the colon does more than eliminate waste. It influences hydration, nutrient absorption, and immune system function. The colon also extracts water, potassium, and some fat-soluble vitamins from solid wastes before your body eliminates them. If your colon isn't processing and eliminating waste properly, your digestive system can back up, causing you bloating and discomfort.
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.