I have put off doing the Ultimate Reset for years! Initially, I didn’t think it was for me. I assumed it would be hard, restrictive and not enjoyable. I would see other coaches in my business do it and get great results, but I continued to put it in the box of “not for me.”
It really wasn’t until last year when I had a few friends go through it, that I started to gain interest. It was seeing the day to day experiences that really helped me see what it was actually like.
So here we are. I’m now 7 months postpartum with my second and my body isn’t what it used to be. The transition from 1 to 2 has been incredibly challenging for multiple reasons before even adding on the weight of the pandemic. It’s been harder for me to make progress lately and I feel as though I’m in a plateau.
Whether it’s my body, hormones or stress, I’ve also been experiencing a multitude of GI symptoms intermittently and I’ve had enough.
When you really think about it, we’ve been living in a world with air/water pollution and our foods are laced with things we can’t even pronounce – chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides and even toxins. These toxins are in everything from children’s toys to the pillows that we sleep on.
So between all of that, plus the 5 years of hormonal treatments for infertility, pregnancies and postpartum, I knew this would help me.
I might not be able to change everything in my environment, but, I can change myself (with a little assistance), which is what this is all about.
Even though I was a little intimidated, I decided to go for it and commit. March/April truly is the best time of year to do something like this anyway!
What Is The Ultimate Reset?
The Ultimate Reset is just that. It’s a 21 day program, tune up and cleanse where we eat 3 full meals a day with optional snacks. There are 3 distinct phases where we naturally change our body and eliminate waste naturally.
- Phase 1/Week 1 – we reclaim our body, prepare for change and eliminate foods such as red meat, dairy, alcohol and caffeine, which are known stressors to the digestive system.
- Phase 2/Week 2 – we begin to release unwanted compounds that we’ve been holding on to and start the detoxification process.
- Phase 3/Week 3 – we restore our digestive system, putting nutrients, enzymes, pre and probiotics back into our body!
Let’s talk prep!
Everything that I need to know in terms of the program, plan, recipes, what to expect etc. is in this book that has honestly been my bible! It takes the guesswork out of everything and it really is kept very simple and easy to follow.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE
I began reading and researching just to familiarize myself with what to expect.
ONE WEEK BEFORE
I got more specific with printing out my grocery list and checking off items that I already had or needed to get.
THE WEEKEND BEFORE
I started the physical aspect of prepping that Saturday and placed my grocery order through Amazon for Whole Foods. This is so much easier than shopping in person. I feel like whenever I go in person I get overwhelmed, forget my list or end up making multiple laps around the store looking for things. Sitting on my couch and working down a list was so much easier!
My groceries were delivered Sunday and that’s when I did my big refrigerator deep clean and meal prep.
Cleaning out your refrigerator is a weekly habit worth taking on! I remove everything and discard anything that’s expired or not going to contribute to my progress. Next, I’ll clean, disinfect and wipe everything down, before reorganizing. Immediately everything just seems more appealing.
The next steps in preparing are really unique to you and what’s going to help you during the week. I personally like cleaning/prepping individual ingredients like fruit and vegetables so they are more accessible. This saves me so much time during the week when I want to throw something together.
The Ultimate Reset gives you a menu to follow with recipes daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and optional snacks. There’s no guessing!
I familiarized myself with the menu two days at a time and prepped all of my carbs for the week. For the first week, I made quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice and green lentils. I also cut up and prepped things like broccoli, peppers, shredded carrots etc. These simple steps made assembling meals easier during the week.
All together, I spent about 2-3 hours prepping for the first week! (It wasn’t bad at all!)
Stay tuned for my review of Week 1!