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Ultimate Reset – Day 4…Ode to Peet’s, where are you Peet’s

12 Sep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I realized this morning as I lifted (barely as if you have been reading my posts, I am almost upright when I sleep) myself off the couch with only 4 hours of sleep, I was hoping and praying that my husband would bring me back a large Peet’s coffee instead of herbal tea.

I was so psyched to do this cleanse and purge all of the drugs from the surgery from my system and restore a natural balance to my digestive system.  One of my commitments to doing the cleanse was to blog my experience so that maybe others can learn from my experience.

Doing a cleanse of any kind, there is always the good, the bad and the ugly.  I like to end on a high note, so let’s start with the bad and the ugly.

THE BAD & UGLY:

NO COFFEE, when you like coffee is hard.  I am a Peet’s lover and the smell of a fresh brewed cup of Peet’s coffee and that first sip is part of my morning ritual.  Teeccino is nice and all and maybe would work if you like Starbucks, but Peet’s drinkers won’t be pleased (I do Peet’s french press extra strong, so this is rough).

– SLEEP is HORRIBLE.  Yes, there are those who are going to tell you that their sleep is amazing and they have SO much energy.  That cannot always be true for everyone.  I am a fitness instructor and on those days when I am not teaching, I am usually out on a 10 mile run, doing my own workout or at CrossFit.  This is on top of my regular job.  On these regular days, I am out like a light – head hits the pillow and I don’t move until the alarm goes off.  During this cleanse and without exercise (sorry folks, walking is what you do to get from point A to B, it doesn’t fall under “exercise” for me), I can’t fall asleep, my sleep is not sound and I am not energized.  There is no endorphin rush, there is no “I feel better than I have ever felt before” – there is just an unwavering yearning for Peet’s coffee and a square of 88% dark chocolate.

DIGESTION is HORRIBLE.  Hey, I promised at the very start of this blog when I started with my surgery that I was going to be honest even if some folks might not agree (guess what, that’s okay too, because I am talking about how this is impacting me).  The lack of exercise and the pairing together of new foods as slowed my digestion to snail pace.  I am actually looking forward to Phase 2 (AKA Week 2) when I get to start taking the Detox.  I am on Day 4 today, but am really hoping my digestion improves.

My MOOD SUCKS.  Admittedly the combination of no exercise, no Peets and not sleeping well is making for a very grumpy and short-tempered Amy….that is never good for anyone around me.  If there is some high to ride from this cleanse, I have yet to experience such a high (see, can you hear the grumpy sarcasm).

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ~ enough of being Debbie Downer with the Bad and the Ugly, I promised that I would be ending on a high note, so let’s get to the good.

THE GOOD:

– The FOOD is DELICIOUS.  Yep the food is fantastic.  There are some pairings that I have not tried before that I really enjoy.  Having been vegan for 12 years, I am no stranger to a plant-based diet, but I did not make a lot of soups and sauces before.  These are all really really good!

– The supplements are palatable.  I read a lot of reviews about how horrible they were, but the alkaline is okay.  I guess all of my green smoothies make the taste okay.

– My skin looks brighter and healthier…I mean the part of my skin that is all squeezed up over the collar, not what’s stuck under the collar with all the stuff that gets stuck down there over the course of the day.

– I get to improve my “Chef” skills.  If you didn’t know, I am a self-proclaimed chef, so an opportunity to give new spices and recipes a try is fun.

– My husband is LOVING the meals.  Since I cook the meals, he eats what I have, except he adds chicken or fish to the meals in the evenings.

– My husband is getting hooked on Vegan Tropical Berry Shakeology.  Since I am not drinking it during the cleanse, he is having it and is loving it.  He hated the chocolate, so I am thrilled he is giving this a try.

Let me give a quick recap of the meals from Dinner Day 2 to breakfast this morning (Day 4).

Day 2 Dinner ~ Stir Fry Vegetables over Brown Rice and Hearty Miso Soup.

My husband did everything I did, but his Miso Soup was without the vegetables (he had extra Miso to taste, green onions and wakame seaweed) and then a splash of Braggs Amino.  He also paired it with Ahi Tuna and wasabi and said it was the best (albeit expensive) dinner he has had in a while

Day 3 Breakfast – plain greek yogurt, 2 cups of low glycemic fruit and one piece of rice toast.  I spread my yogurt on my toast and topped it with the kiwi and it was so good.  Wow wee.  I had herbal tea awhile later and then teeccino just before lunch.  Again not Peets, but it is what it is.

Day 3 Lunch was better than expected.  It called for 1/3 cup of humus, but I totally

screwed this up and got less than 1/4 cup from Good Earth.  I also don’t do red peppers, so I substituted half cucumbers and half celery.  The other dish is a quinoa salad.  I love salads, so I must admit that I loved the Microsalad and the Green Salad much more than the Quinoa salad.  My digestive system also likes the raw greens, but the quinoa salad is also good.

Day 3 Dinner ~ last night we did the zucchini/cashew soup, roasted root vegetables and quinoa.  The soup was seriously amazing.  Even my husband commented on how amazing it was.  The roasted root vegetables were good, but I prefer just regular roasted vegetables.  The root vegetables feel very heavy and I have never done well with a lot of sweet potatoes, but I am going to keep going with the foods that are not on my avoidance list since there are already so many foods I can’t have.

Last, but not least, I took Days 3 breakfast from the Ultimate Reset book and made it my Day 4 Breakfast.

That tasty concoction is egg whites and spinach in 1/2 tsp of olive oil.  The book called for 2 eggs, but the eggy taste of yolks makes me want to hurl, so I did 5 whites instead and 4 cups of spinach (I love spinach).  Spices added include cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder and a dash of finely ground Himalayan salt.  I again went with the toast from yesterday and topped with the egg/spinach.  It was pretty tasty I must say.

All in all, I know that the cleanse is worth it because my system needs to be cleansed from all of the drugs during and post-surgery.

Do I recommend this for others?  Absolutely.

Is it hard?  Undoubtedly.

Would I do it again?  Probably, but it would have to be another time when I lay off of my workouts again due to necessity as it is tough.

Will I keep the recipes and use them post-cleanse?  We will use about 70% of the recipes post-cleanse and I will likely come up with a monthly menu board (maybe it will end up on Pintrest…follow me if you want to).

Have questions about the cleanse or the food?  Just email me @ basefitmarin@yahoo.com or fit4lifewithamy@yahoo.com

Enjoy

~ Amy

Ultimate Reset Review – Quick Overview

10 Sep

Not a lot of people would be crazy enough to take on a 21-day cleanse after surgery, but 3 weeks post-surgery, I decided that I needed to basically RESET my system from all the drugs, trauma of surgery, etc.  My digestion has been horrible since the surgery (lack of exercise means lack of movement with your entire system), I’ve had the strangest metal like in my mouth that has made certain foods that I normally love taste horrible and I am finding that I started eating not the healthiest “mushy” foods.

Ultimate Reset is a 21-day cleanse program offered by Beach Body.   I have been following several people on the cleanse at various stages, to decide if this was something I wanted to do.  I knew that I would probably never do this cleanse at any other time as you are not able to exercise during the cleanse.  Also, I knew that being home would be best as there is a set schedule for taking all of the supplements and time invested in the food preparation.  If there was ever going to be a right time – now is that time.

I have done a lot of research on the supplements used and I really believe in this program…but I always find that there is so much more validity in words when you try it for yourself…so here I am, trying it for myself.

Here is a quick overview and please, if you want to reach more about the cleanse, head on over to this link and watch the videos http://myultimatereset.com/basefitmarin).  Also, please feel free to ask any questions along the way.  I provide reviews of products and I try to be honest, but I don’t always hit everything.

Week One is Reclaim:

You have a set meal plan that you follow for all 3 meals each day.  During the first week, you are allowed eggs twice for breakfast and chicken and salmon each once during the week.  The remainder of the week is predominantly vegetarian.  I know that Paleo folks may shun this as both grains and beans are included, but there have been enough people who have done the program now (yep, even CrossFitters and non-vegetarian/vegan folks) and will skeptical, the results are in (many do blood panel work in advance.  I will do mine in the end as I had all my blood work done right before my surgery).

I have food aversions (yep, I did the full diet elimination last year to find out which foods are on my high sensitivity list), so I am mixing the food for the week.  My aversions include soy, nightshade vegetables (so no potatoes, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, and tomatoes), milk (but am okay with yogurt), citrus acid, gluten, avocados, coconut, and peanuts.  I did email the consultant for Ultimate Reset and was told that I can switch out any meals within the same week for those meals containing ingredients that I need to avoid. 

Day 1 – Breakfast: I did fruit plate and Greek yogurt.  I am fine with plain yogurt, so I don’t add sweetener.  I didn’t do the toast as I don’t do wheat bread.  Lunch: Greek salad with hardboiled egg instead of chicken breast.  Dinner: black beans and rice tacos, with salsa and steamed kale.   

I am a big planner so I did all shopping on Saturday, washed and cut up all vegetables and put them in the proper marinades (EVO, Him Salt, etc).  Yesterday I made a pot of MISO soup and a pot of the zucchini cashew soup.  I roasted a variety of nuts/seeds for salads and I made quinoa, brown rice and the roasted root vegetables (since they take the longest to cook).  I find that it is best for me to be able to pull food from the refrigerator in the evenings without having to take a lot of time to prepare a meal.  I find those are the times when I snack until dinner is ready, so I am taking those extra steps to ensure success.

 

Day 2 – I did gluten free steel cut oatmeal, 1C berries and yogurt.  Lunch: Quinoa salad and micro green salad.  Dinner: Miso vegetable Soup, Stir Fry Veggies and 1/2 C Brown Rice.

You drink approximately a gallon of water today and 36 ounces of that water is 30 minutes before meals with Himalayan salt provided as well as other supplements.

Day One I felt a little hungry midday and I suspect that is due, in large part, to the fact that I was preparing all of the soups. During my normal Sunday food prep, I generally don’t eat regular meals as I am tasting all of the foods that I am preparing for the week.

Day Two – it’s been more than 3 hours since I finished breakfast and I am not even a little hungry.  Pretty surprising for me, but the steel-cut oatmeal packs a serious punch.  I will continue to give an update and review.

As a side note.  I didn’t take a starting weight.  The day of my surgery I weighed 126lbs and I lost 8lbs while in the hospital from my surgery, but have since regained some of that weight.  I will take an end weight and I will take measurements later today to see where I am.  I also didn’t take any pictures yesterday.  I was a chaotic day, so I will try to do pictures today or tomorrow for start and finish.

Have questions?  Feel free to ask away.

~ Amy

 

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