January 3, 2014
I knew after completing Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset back in June that I would definitely be doing it again. I felt great and seemed to have a much better understanding of just what my body needed to eat for nutrition as well as how much. I realized I don’t need to eat as often as I thought I did, even with the workouts and running that I was doing. I wasn’t depriving myself of needed nutrients, but I was giving my body only what it needed in the forms of real foods that did not contain toxins or chemicals. It functioned and felt so much better. I felt fuller longer and realized if I ate real foods in the forms of vegetables, fruits and whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa I could eat more for fewer calories. I also stopped counting calories as much as I had in the past and even switched to full fat versions of things like greek yogurt. Guess what! I was actually losing weight and seeing my body change more than it had when I was only concerned with calories and not where my food came from or how it was processed. Not all calories or foods are created equal.
It’s that time again. As the Fall wore on and we got closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas time my eating habits slowly went downhill. Nothing like they had been a year ago, but I did “treat” myself to a bit more than I had planned. Over the last couple weeks I could really feel my body becoming sluggish, bloated and just downright blah. I really wanted to start the Reset before Christmas, but I knew with all the parties and extra holiday adventures it would be very difficult. I resolved to begin on January 1st and that’s just what I did.
I felt good going into this for the second time. I picked up a few tricks and shortcuts the first time around and knew a bit more what to expect. I made sure (at least I thought I did) that I had the supplements I needed. There are 6 different ones.
Help enhance digestive health and reduce inflammation with our healthy blend of organic botanicals aloe vera and curcumin.
Nourish your body with our natural Himalayan salt containing up to 84 essential minerals and trace elements. Helps aid in nutrient absorption and supports nervous system function.
Promote an optimal immune system and manage your body’s natural inflammatory response with our proprietary blend of systemic enzymes and added camu-camu.
Help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract with our formula that includes both prebiotics and probiotics.
Help promote healthy digestive function and an optimal immune system with our exclusive blend of organic fiber and natural spices—that won’t keep you parked by the bathroom.
Support your body’s natural inflammatory response for a strong immune system with a super-green mixture that helps maintain body alkalinity, bringing your body back to a healthy pH balance.
Week one only uses Optimize, Alkalinize and Soothe. This is where my planning failed me. After my first go round of the Reset I had a couple orders of the maintenance kit. I used the first order and after getting the second I decided to put it away for the next time I did the Reset. I knew I would need to order a couple additional supplements since the maintenance kit doesn’t come with everything. When I re-ordered I failed to take a peek and see what I still needed so I did not realize until I pulled everything out the night before I was planning to start to find I was missing the Soothe supplement. Ugh!! What to do, What to do. I thought about putting the whole thing off a couple weeks while I wait for Soothe to arrive, but I had already planned our meals and shopped for the ingredients. I checked with a couple local friends to see if they happened to have a few days worth left from their Resets. No luck.
So, I decided to go for it anyway without the Soothe-for a short time anyway. I really don’t know how that will change my results, but my big goal with this is to get myself back on track with my eating and food choices. I also have to get back on track mentally and I think that will still happen regardless of what I lose for weight.
January 1- Day 1
Woke up ready to go, but had a bit of headache left from the night before. We had done a ton of cleaning in the kids bedrooms and kicked up A LOT of dust. I’m sure the glass of wine I had with dinner didn’t help.
I wasn’t ready to give up my coffee yet so I had that with a touch of ½ & ½. I only drink decaf so it’s really just the dairy aspect and week one still allows dairy, so I went for it.
Had my supplements and then made breakfast: scrambled eggs, steamed kale and a piece of Ezekial toast. Yummy.
I made sure to drink lots and lots of water and of course spent lots and lots of time running to the bathroom. That was to be expected after all the salt I’d been having over the Holiday.
*I should note that the Reset calls for using distilled water. I’m not using distilled. I did for the first week and a half last time and it was a pain. I never seemed to buy enough and had to go back to the store. It was a pain to remember to fill my cups and pots with that when drinking and cooking. And I thought it tasted funny. So, my results may be a bit off and I may not remove ALL the toxins but I’m okay with that.
I was hungry before lunch, but it was more of just feeling like I wanted to munch on something just because. This is one of the things I will be working on during the Reset.
Lunch was a huge salad and a bowl of miso soup. Again yummy. My youngest is a huge fan of miso soup and ended up eating some of mine. She did request tofu next time since this version does not use any.
A mid afternoon snack of a cup of decaf tea was helpful to keep me on track. I felt a bit hungrier in the afternoon and was still dealing with a headache.
Dinner was a pretty common one around here: salmon, haddock (for my non salmon fan), roasted potatoes and steamed green beans. The book calls for asparagus but the one bundle at the store didn’t look so good so I went with fresh green beans instead.
Now for the difficult part. After dinner, this is it. There is no more food on the plan. Tough one for me since I almost always have a small snack of some sort at night while watching TV.
Woke up feeling better. Headache was gone. Yay!
I wasn’t as hungry as I expected given the fact I didn’t eat after dinner the night before. I took a quick run to the grocery store to stock up on groceries for the coming week since we were expecting a storm that day into the next, which happens to be my grocery day.
It was probably a bad idea to go so long before breakfast. I was STARVING when I got home. Thankfully breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt was a quick fix.
I veered off the plan again and decided to jump on the treadmill for an easy run. There isn’t supposed to be any working out for the 21 days. Yoga, stretching and walks are fine though. I really wanted to get some mileage in for my running buddy so decided to do an easy 2 miles. You can read about my running buddy in a previous post.
Lunch- Another huge salad and a sweet potato. I changed up the salad a tiny bit and added some leftover shrimp to the top. I also added a bit of Greek yogurt on top of the sweet potato. I figured it was all food that was within the plan and I was pretty hungry.
My headache seemed to come back as the day went on. Not horrible, mostly nagging. Luckily I didn’t get nearly as achy as I did on day two the last go-round.
I had a cup of tea again in the afternoon and that helped me get to dinner.
Dinner was one of my favorites. Southwestern Veggie Tacos. I’ll include the recipe at the end.
My headache seemed to get worse as the evening went on. I also had more cravings after dinner and felt a bit hungry. Bad combination. I ended up having a couple Akmak crackers with a tiny bit of all natural peanut butter and all was well.
Cue headache. Yup, woke up with that pesky thing. Not horrible just mostly annoying. I had breakfast: scrambled eggs, kale and toast again, then gave a Pilates workout a try. Felt good after and it wasn’t overly strenuous. I wanted to get some mileage in on the treadmill but worried it would make the headache worse so gave it a rest for the day.
Today I noticed that I wasn’t overly hungry outside of just immediately before eating. I actually took my pre-meal supplement before I even felt hungry just because I knew I needed to eat at some point. It was good timing because once lunch was ready I was feeling hungry. Lunch was lentil lime salad and some of last night’s taco leftovers without the tortilla. As much as I love salads, I just wasn’t feeling another one today. It is okay to repeat meals from each week. They just suggest you keep them within the week they belong in. This will make my life much easier next week when I head back to work. Planning on leftovers for some lunches will cut down on food prep.
By dinner time my headache was much better. Here’s hoping it’s gone for good now.
Dinner was one of the more labor intensive meals in my opinion. It’s also one that the family tends to like. We are huge fans of sushi so the Nori Rolls are a hit. I figured out last time that regular long grain brown rice doesn’t work well in the rolls unless you plan to eat them with a fork. As soon as you cut them they fall apart. The rice just isn’t sticky. I did some research and found out that sushi rice should be short grain. I was able to find medium grain brown rice at my grocery store and that seemed to work much better.
These rolls are basically just California rolls with some tempeh added in instead of crab. I make some without the tempeh because a couple kids don’t really like it.
A big bowl of miso soup went with it. My youngest requested I add tofu in as well.s
I feel a cup of tea is needed this evening and one of the banana muffins I made earlier today is really calling me. The tea is within plan, the muffin not so much. It is however made with all “real” ingredients.
As promised. The recipe for Southwestern Veggie Tacos
Black Beans and Rice:
(makes 1 serving)
What you need:
1/2 cup canned low-sodium black beans, drained ¼ cup corn kernels 1/4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 dash ground chili powder 1 pinch ground cumin 14 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos Himalayan salt (to taste; optional) 3/4 cup cooked brown rice, hot ¼ avocado 2 Tbs pico de gallo (salsa)
What to do:
Combine beans, corn, rice, oil, chili powder, cumin, coriander, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and salt (if desired) in a medium saucepan; mix well. Heat mixture over medium heat for 1 to 2 min., or until heated through. Remove from heat. Serve with ¼ avocado and 2 TBS. pico de gallo (salsa)
Stay tuned for the rest of week one.
If you’d like even more information feel free to check out my Ultimate Reset site.