Last week, I finished a three-week commitment to a program called the Ultimate Reset. It was one of the best things I’ve done for myself, ever. I did not initially do this program to lose weight. But I lost 14 pounds — 8% of my starting bodyweight.
So why did I do it? Because I had a whole host of issues I thought may be related to toxicity, inflammation, and/or my body’s pH. I tracked 20 issues, rated them on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best, before and after, and saw improvement in 18/20. (For those who want to see the change in numbers, see Image 1.)
My headaches are gone. My heartburn and acid reflux is gone. My anxiety has hugely improved, and is reflected in the fact that my resting heart rate dropped from 71 bpm to 57 bpm! You might notice there are two issues specific to Women’s Health that instead of detailing out here, I averaged together. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty on those issues with me, as well as several others on this list that are connected with peri-menopause, I’m going to talk about that in more detail on my other blog at www.wombwarrior.com.
The program is three weeks, divided into three phases. It has specific supplements for each phase, strict timing on when to take them and when to eat, and a proscribed menu plan. The only drink during it is distilled water that has been “mineralized” by you, with the supplement provided. You drink at least a gallon of this a day, and it is also the only water you use to cook with.
The first week you gradually drop animal products from the menu, so by the end of the first week, you’re eating entirely vegan. You also drop bread. For most people, all grains are gone by the end of the second week. The third week is designed to be all fruits and veggies, but there are some optional grain snacks, for those who need them. Over the course of the three weeks, the amount of calories and protein you’re consuming decreases to a minimal amount, so strenuous exercise is not recommended while doing the program.
Cooking three meals a day, every day, for three weeks, was a totally new and immersive experience for me. I don’t cook very much. So when I do, I’m REALLY slow. I’m far more comfortable at the table than in the kitchen! Seriously, my husband does most of the cooking for our family, as he enjoys it much more than I do, and is faster and more experienced. We also are kind of amateur foodies and eat out a lot. I specifically scheduled my Reset to happen while he was gone on a work trip for two weeks. I spent a few days at the beginning and the end doubling up my dinners so he could eat it too. It was WAY more work than I expected or was ready for. That’s not the case for everybody. For me, it was like going to an immersive cooking camp. LOL. The amount of dirty dishes alone was crazy. But by the third week, I got a lot faster! I also learned how to prepare foods that I’ve never attempted before – nori rolls, miso soup, blended soups like zucchini-cashew, a variety of salads, and more. I can honestly say that an unexpected benefit is that I’m now way more comfortable with cooking, which is so helpful to maintain a truly balanced, healthy way of eating.
Part of this cleansing process was alkalinizing, and I think that made a huge difference in my digestion problems. Some things I can do to help keep my pH more alkaline and less acidic are to consume less animal products and processed food (including sugar) drink alkalinized water, limit my wine and coffee consumption further, continue with a couple of supplements, including Power Greens, and (of course) eat more vegetables!! I believe my headaches went away and my sinusitis improved because my inflammation decreased. These same healthy habits will continue to support that. What about that huge drop in resting heart rate? I thank the shift from meat fat to the healthier vegetable fats for that. And while anxiety and heart rate can be a sort of “chicken and egg” causal issue, that’s the only direct cause I can see for my anxiety to have improved so much.
Most of all, I am taking away the knowledge that I CAN do this. I can control my cravings. I can consistently make healthy decisions. I can eat more vegetables (even though I still dislike most of them. Lol). I can cook more. I can exercise whatever level of self-control that I choose. I tested what I thought were my personal limits with this program, and I discovered that I still don’t know what those limits are, because I never reached them. This has been a theme this year, and I’ll be sure to write more about that. For now, remember: You don’t know if you can unless you try.
If you are interested in exploring the Ultimate Reset for yourself, please follow my affiliate link here. Please feel free to contact me with questions about the program. Also, if you decide to do it, please let me know so I can support you with tips and tricks I learned along the way.
– Coach Jamie –