For 21 days, I reset my body to an optimum state of “thrival”—getting my pH level to a better alkaline state, ridding my body of wastes and toxins, giving my metabolism the kick it needed, and not that I’ve ever lacked energy, but overall ensuring that my energy level stays up where I need it to be. I wanted to do this, because as if law school wasn’t stressful enough, the two months afterwards are the most stressful. And as some of you already know, my body had shut down. It wasn’t absorbing minerals. So, I really wanted to get my body back to “normal,” and to also ensure that it’s at its utmost superior state, physically and mentally, during these couple of months. Well as normal as it can be while it’s still under the stress and lack of sleep that is at the moment unavoidable. Plus, I have an incredible European vacation planned later on this summer, for which I need to look fabulous ;).
Anyways…Once I start telling you what Ultimate Reset includes, you’re going to think this is just another health fad and diet plan, but once I finish telling you about it, hopefully you'll realize that it’s not. It’s much, much more than that. And it’s definitely not a “diet.” I hate that word. Don’t ever use that word in front o fme. Ultimate Reset is a program that Beachbody created, actually that Isabella Daikeler created (the wife of Beachbody’s CEO, Carl Daikeler), to help restore your body to an optimum functioning level, and for many people it’s a complete lifestyle change—an incredible eye-opener. It’s like an incredible and deep cleanse for your insides.
Ultimate Reset, which can be ordered in “The Well” here at Love, Justine, includes a meal plan for each day. So you’re not starving, and you’re actually eating some incredible meals. Part of the goal of Ultimate Reset is to get you to try new foods, which I think is fantastic, because I know many people who are incredibly boring eaters, and I think it’s such a shame. And since it's all laid out for you, you don’t have to think. Just follow the meal plan. It also includes a series of supplements that are all completely natural and are what gives you the extra boost to essentially reset your body, by detoxing, bringing your pH level to healthy place, giving your metabolism a nice kick, and revitalizing your body. You'll also build better eating and lifestyle habits.
Additionally, you’re suggested to walk and stretch 20 minutes day, which is more than doable, even when you’re on a schedule like mine.
Well, I lost 10 lbs. I’m sleeping better, and even though I’m getting five hours of sleep each night, for the most part I’ve still got lots of energy that lasts me the 19 hours I’m up. I’m more aware of emotion eating versus eating out of actual hunger and need, because sometimes when you’re sitting all day working and studying, it’s really easy to mindlessly and constantly munch, or to get late night cravings, which I'm not fighting anymore, thank goodness. And hellooo!!! I’ve lost 10lbs! You’re not supposed to look at this or do this program to lose weight, but you will. When you’re treating your body this well, you will.
It wasn’t hard either, it really wasn’t. Although, I’m not going to lie, on day 19 I was madly craving a grilled cheese, and I couldn’t wait to enjoy a meat pie and a cup of tea. But I was never cravings foods because I didn’t like what I was eating. The meals are delicious, and I didn’t even try all of them, because I stuck to the crunch time schedule. So there are definitely some I want to try when I do have more time to cook. With the little time that I have, I prepared mostly everything on Sundays, and I stuck to the easiest and quickest meals to make. At most I had to cook once more during the week.
And following the Reset, I was a little nervous, because I didn’t want to ruin all the work I’ve done, which is a common fear that people have as they near the end of Reset. But thankfully, I didn’t have trouble. As long as you maintain being mindful of portions and refrain from mindless snacking and emotional eating, you’ll be more than fine. I even enjoyed a pork pie the first day after Reset. Of course, the pork pie was more meat and salt than my body had experienced in a few weeks so it was definitely a bit of a shock to my stomach. However, the rest of my meals for the week were all clean, and I've even continued to prepare a lot of the same meals from the Reset, because I'm not kidding when I say they are delicious.
If possible, make sure you do this when you’re able to get a full night’s sleep. That was probably the biggest draw back for me, but it couldn’t be helped. And actually, during my normal schedule, I’ve got so many lunches and dinners scheduled that this was really the optimum time for myself, personally.
Also, try to stick with the meal plan or at least vary your meals so you don’t eat the same thing every day. I had zucchini-cashew soup every night for dinner for two weeks, because it was the easiest and most convenient thing to prepare, and I LOVED it. But if you can, vary your meals so you get the full benefit of the Reset.
Still, even though I was running on little sleep and lack of much variation in meals, I still got great results. Imagine what you can accomplish!
If you’re like me, and you’re conscious of what you consume on a normal basis, this program is a spectacular way to cleanse and detox, try new foods, and restore and revitalize your body. If you’re not, and you need a serious lifestyle change, this program will be your savior. It's all that I just mentioned, plus you’ll learn how to eat clean, and that eating clean doesn’t mean eating boring and bland. You’ll do more for your body than any modern medicine could ever do for you. And you’ll train yourself to eat proper portions. You’ll be more in tune with your body and its needs than ever before, and you’ll change in more ways than you realize, because as much as this program is for your physical health, if you really take advantage of the program your body and mind will thank you.
It’s 21 days. It’s completely doable. Of course, don’t do the program and then go back to treating your body like a rubbish bin. Just continue portion controlling and self-control. I love all kinds of food. And some foods just don’t have a “clean” equivalent, but don’t deprive yourself of anything you want. Think of the 80/20 rule. You can apply the 80/20 rule to probably everything in your life. And that’s why I like to do some kind of detox/cleanse every 3-4 months—just to clean up my body, and give myself a kick in the butt if I’ve fallen off track.
Do note though, that you will pee A LOT. You’ll be drinking a gallon of water each day, which to some people sounds like a lot, but trust me it’s completely manageable. Many of us don’t drink enough water, and not only is it incredibly important to keep your body hydrated, but water is an incredible healer. It helps you flush out all the toxins, which is exactly what you’ll be doing.
Let me know if you have any questions, or would like to give it a go!
BIG LOVE & HUGS