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Ultimate Reset: Day 13

Day 13: Craving coffee and still missing chewing gum.

Okay, the Ultimate Reset (a 21 day cleanse) has been a roller coaster of energy and emotions! Yesterday I was cranky and frustrated. Today I felt energized and bubbly.

My father is visiting, and so I spent the afternoon doing things with him and the boys. We went to Barnes & Noble, and Target, so he could spoil the boys with gifts. At Barnes & Noble, there was a Starbucks, where my dad ordered a coffee and a yummy non-coffee frozen drink and pastry for the boys. The smell of brewing coffee and pastries almost did me in!!

I brought my Power Greens with me, but I didn't have my afternoon snack (my Vegan Shakeology), because I wasn't teaching any fitness classes, nor did I do any yoga or walking so I was pretty hungry by dinner, where my dad and the boys ate chocolate cake!! It looked incredible, but I know I'm doing this cleanse, and sharing the journey has kept me accountable, so I didn't eat a bite!!

I was so tempted by that darn chocolate cake!! But don't worry, I stayed strong!

 Today's menu:

8 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox and Optimize supplements

30 minutes later: Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!)

  • Thoughts: I'm not hungry, after eating this, but I miss eggs and oatmeal.
2 hours later: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox and Optimize supplements.

noon: Lunch - Microgreen salad with Pumpkin Seeds

  • Thoughts: I want chicken, or hardboiled eggs, or crumbled feta on my salad!! It's not that I'm hungry, all the food is filling me up, but I just want variety!

2 hours later: Power Greens powder with water.

No Shakeology snack, today. A light workout, yoga, or a walk is not in my schedule today, so I'm sticking to the Ultimate Reset plan of no snack! Oh, do I miss it!!

5:30 pm:  24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, Soothe, and Optimize supplements.





6:30 pm:  Dinner -Roasted Acorn squash with Miso Tahini Sauce and spinach.

  • Thoughts: This was so delicious and filling! I'm not usually a squash person, but I would have this again!! Lucky for me, it's on the menu again for this coming week - haha!

I'm feeling great, but definitely looking forward to being done! ;)

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Ultimate Reset: Day 12

Day 12: Bored of vegetables.
The exhaustion is back and so is the crankiness!
While I feel amazing and am noticing significant results on the Ultimate Reset (21 day cleanse), I'm becoming increasingly irritated by all the meal prepping and cleaning! I'd say that's the #1 drawback to this. You have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and prepping...and then cleaning! But this is how you're supposed to live and eat. I have to keep reminding myself that we need to get out of the "microwave mentality." 
I'm so sick and tired of microgreen salads for lunch! I LOVE salads and vegetables, but I'm missing chicken, eggs, or even a sprinkling of goat cheese on my salads!
I'm down 6 lbs, my digestion has never been better, and I feel great, so it's clearly working. I have zero bloat, even after I eat. This weekend is going to be challenging since I have family visiting. But I don't want to "cheat." So I guess I'll make my own foods and avoid all the temptations! 


Today's menu: 
Upon waking: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, and Optimize supplements
30 minutes later: Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!) 
2 hours later: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, and Optimize supplements


30 minutes later: Lunch - Microgreen salad & Hearty vegetable miso soup
  • Thoughts: Blah....tasteless soup, tired of this salad, just bored of this food.

2 hours later: Power Greens powder with water

30 minutes later: Snack - Vegan Chocolate Shakeology +  1/2banana
  • Thoughts: Seriously the best part of my day, and helps quell my sweets cravings!!

2 hours later: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements
30 minutes later: Dinner -Coconut collard greens, roasted beets, and quinoa
  • Thoughts: This is THE WORST dinner so far! The only good thing was the rice/quinoa blend. I had to choke down the vegetables. I don't like beets, they taste like eating pure soil to me, and I don't like collard greens. I love most vegetables, and these may be the only two I don't like....And they both appeared on the menu for the same meal!! Yuck!
Thanks for tuning in! See you tomorrow!

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Ultimate Reset: Day 11

Day 11: More than halfway done!!!!

I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight because I'm tired!

Today I almost scrapped the whole thing!!! I was cranky, tired, hungry, and wanted all the food!! I promised to keep it real, on the Ultimate Reset, this 21 day cleanse. Today was the first day I was really hungry. I took my work outside, today, and enjoyed the beautiful weather, and that put me in a better mood. But the cravings were still there!

This afternoon when I was making peanut butter toast for my son, I wanted to eat it. I thought "one piece of peanut butter toast won't hurt." My mouth was salivating. But I didn't take even a bite. I quickly made my Shakeology, drank it, and busied myself with my to-do list.....it worked!!

I taught my Cardio Barre class today, and even though I've been teaching my classes with low impact and low intensity, my body can feel it! I'm not supposed to exercise during this cleanse, but there is a modification for fitness instructors, and that is to have a snack between lunch and dinner. I choose Shakeology every day!!

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Today's Menu:

8 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, and Optimize supplements

8:30 am: Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!)

  • Thoughts: while I love all this fresh fruit, I'm missing something to go with it, like yogurt, oatmeal, or eggs. 

2 hours later: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, and Optimize supplements






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1 pm: Lunch - Quinoa lentil pilaf & Cucumber tomato salad

  • Thoughts: The quinoa lentil pilaf is filling. Perfect lunch, but for some reason, today I was hungry!

3 pm: Power Greens powder with water

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3:30 pm: Snack - Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology + 1/2 banana

5:30 pm: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox, Optimize, and Soothe supplements





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6:30 pm: Dinner -Vegetable miso soup, quinoa, steamed spinach

  • Thoughts: Bland and tasteless. I couldn't even finish the vegetable miso soup! I'd rather not eat - lol!! 

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Ultimate Reset: Day 10

Day 10: DOUBLE DIGITS!!!

Wohooo! I made it to day 10!

This week is ROUGH! Last week I had plenty of food and no cravings. But this week....I'm not going to lie, I wanted all sorts of food today! I was craving pizza, chocolate, bread, chicken, eggs, and of course chewing gum!! However, I drank a glass of water, and then distracted myself and the cravings went away.

AND I have tons of energy and am noticing increased mental clarity, and I want those both to stick around.

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Today's Menu:

8 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox and Optimize supplements

8:30 am Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!)
2 hours later: 24 oz water with Mineralize, and Detox and Optimize supplements

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noon: Lunch - Greek salad with Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Red Pepper Bisque

  • Thoughts: OLIVES!! I get to have olives today in my salad!! And this soup is delicious!! Filling and satisfying. 

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2 hours later: Power Greens powder with water (I squeeze a little lemon in this and chug)!














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4:00 pm: Snack - Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + 1/2 banana

  • Thoughts: the most delicious part of my day!!

2 hours later: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements





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7:00 pm: Dinner -Quinoa lentil pilaf and steamed spinach with a tsp. of olive oil

  • Thoughts: I'm sick of lentils too! They are just mushy and tasteless.

Again, thanks so much for following this journey! See you tomorrow!

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Sweet Potato Red Pepper Soup

I had this on Day 9 and Day 10 of the Ultimate Reset and it made my meal! Thick, but light, with fresh, grated, ginger giving this soup a bit of zest! So easy to make.
This soup is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, paleo, and vegan.
I hope you enjoy it!


Serves 1


INGREDIENTS

1 sweet potato (aka garnet yam)
¼ red bell pepper
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1 tsp. finely grated peeled ginger root
1½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. miso paste, diluted in 1 tsp. hot water
Tamari or Bragg® Liquid Aminos, Himalayan salt, and herbal seasoning (to taste)

PREPARATION

  1. Peel and cube sweet potatoes. (I left the skins on for the sake of time). 
  2. Cook in boiling water until tender. Drain and set aside. 
  3. Meanwhile, roast a whole red bell pepper on gas stovetop, or grill, turning frequently until evenly charred on the outside OR in your oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 10 minutes or until skin is charred.
  4. Put pepper in bowl and cover with towel for 10 minutes to steam. (I skipped this step, again, because of time). 
  5. Clean off skin and seeds by running under cool water. Remove seeds, cut in quarters, and chop one quarter into ½-inch cubes. (Set remainder of pepper aside for another use.)
  6. Place sweet potato, pepper, broth or water, ginger, oil, and miso in blender. (If you want chunky soup, set aside some chunks of pepper.) Blend thoroughly, adding more liquid to achieve desired soup consistency. 
  7. Transfer to a pot and gently heat on low until hot. Add tamari or aminos, salt, and seasoning as desired. 
NUTRITION

220 calories
7 g fat
1 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
530 mg sodium
35 g carbohydrate
6 g fiber
3 g protein
509 mg potassium
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Ultimate Reset: Day 9

Day 9: Feeling amazing!

I'm going strong on my 21 day cleanse (the Ultimate Reset), but today, while I was picking up a few items at CVS, I passed by the Easter candy on sale, which got me thinking about, and craving, chocolate!

Then, before my 4:30 pm Insanity-P90X Mash Up fitness class I teach, I REALLY wanted my afternoon cup of coffee! Both for the shot of caffeine energy and for warmth (it was cold rainy and dreary today). But, I'm almost halfway done, and I'm going to keep going. No wine, no coffee, no treats, no cheats! I'm sipping on some herbal tea as I write this and feeling really good! 

I taught two fitness classes today, and tried not to overdo it (I'm not supposed to exercise on the Reset, and am making meal plan modifications for that), but I had so much energy, I picked up the pace in

the classes because I feel incredible! The biggest victory I'm noticing is in my tummy. No bloat, no gas, no heartburn, no food baby after a meal!

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Today's Menu:

8 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize, Detox and Optimize supplements

8:30 am: Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!)
  • Thoughts: So delicious and colorful, but I couldn't finish it all!
2 hours later: Mineralize and Optimize supplements



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noon: Lunch - Microgreen salad with rice and pinto beans.
  • Thoughts: Thank goodness for the rice and pinto beans, and for the pumpkin seeds on the salad. I almost didn't want to eat it...just bored of it!
2 hours later: Power Greens powder with water


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3:30 pm: Snack - Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + 1/2 banana

2 hours later: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements





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6:30 pm : Dinner - Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Bisque with roasted asparagus and almond slivers 
Thoughts: YUM! The soup was delicious (click for the recipe), and I get to have this soup again for lunch tomorrow, which I'm super excited about! And I love roasted asparagus!!

Supplement Info: DETOX
During this second week, I take Detox three times per day along with the other supplements I took in week one.
This is what the booklet says about Detox:
Contrary to common belief, the colon does more than eliminate waste. It influences hydration, nutrient absorption, and immune system function. The colon also extracts water, potassium, and some fat-soluble vitamins from solid wastes before your body eliminates them. If your colon isn't processing and eliminating waste properly, your digestive system can back up, causing you bloating and discomfort.
When formulating Detox, we set out to create a supplement that was not the most powerful, "take it and run to the bathroom" cleanser on the market. Believe us, making that type of supplement would have been easy! We wanted to strike that perfect balance, formulating a product that would get the job done—cleansing, restoring, and resetting your system—while not forcing the body/bowels into a release.
A key ingredient in Detox is milk thistle, which has been used for thousands of years to help support liver function. Herbalists have long valued milk thistle for its ability to help the liver deal with environmental changes.
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Ultimate Reset: Day 8

Day 8: Energy and more energy!

Heyyy friends! Today was the best day yet on the Ultimate Reset, my 21 day cleanse.
I'm down 4 pounds and I am feeling energized!

I'm still freeeeezing! I wear a fleece sweatshirt every day, and I sat next to my space heater while I worked today. At night, I used to wear just a little cotton nightie, and now I go to bed fully clothed. I'm in full length PJ's and socks (a side effect my hubby's not happy about - LOL)!!

Phase 2, the Release Phase began today. This means I start taking the Detox supplement 3x per day, 30 minutes before each meal. The Release Phase completely eliminates animal products, including dairy, eggs, and meat. 
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Today's Menu:

8:30 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize, Optimize, and Detox supplements

9:00 am: Breakfast - Fresh fruit plate (3 cups of fruit!)

  • Thoughts: doesn't it look gorgeous? All those vibrant, fresh colors!! It's a pleasure to eat, BUT, I couldn't even finish all of it! I did't eat about a quarter of it. I was stuffed!
11:30 am: 24 oz of water with Mineralize, and Optimize, and Detox supplements





noon: Lunch - Microgreen salad with avocado
  • Thoughts: I love salads, but I'm getting a little tired of this one. I wish I had some chicken or tuna on this. Again, the pumpkin seeds make this dish!

3:00 pm: Power Greens powder with water

3:30 pm: Snack - Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + 1/2 banana
  • Thoughts: The best part of my day today! Keeps my cravings for sweets away, and I love this new flavor!! 
5:30 pm: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements

7:00 pm: Dinner - Pinto beans and rice, steamed green beans, steamed zucchini
  • Thoughts: The pinto beans and rice were yummy, and while I steamed the green beans, the thought of steamed zucchini make my stomach turn. The dinner also called for 2 tsps of EVOO, so I used one on the steamed green beans, and I used the other to toss in the zucchini and roast it. So much better! It was my son's birthday, today, and I picked up some yellow cupcakes. BUT, I didn't eat one bite, and yellow cake is one of my FAVORITE foods! I remembered my goals and my commitment, and how I'd feel if I ate one!!
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Zucchini Cashew Soup

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This is a recipe I had on Day 6 and Day 7 of the Ultimate Reset, a 21 day cleanse, I'm doing, which I started the Monday after Easter.

This soup was one of the recipes that saved me! Creamy, and flavorful, I wanted to make 4 more servings! It's also easy and quick to prepare, although the cashews have to soak for at least an hour. But I set them aside, went and did other things and let them soak!

The recipe below is for one serving.

INGREDIENTS

1 large or 2 small zucchini, cut into chunks and steamed
¼ cup raw cashews
Himalayan salt or Bragg® Liquid Aminos (to taste)
Lots of fresh dill (to taste)

PREPARATION

1. Soak cashews in enough water to cover for 1 hour. 
2. Boil one cup of water. Add chunks of zucchini to water and continue to boil about 4-5 minutes. 
3. Combine cashews, cashew water, drained zucchini, salt or aminos, and dill in blender and mix until smooth, adding water as needed for desired consistency. 

**For chunky soup, add steamed chopped vegetables of your choice. 
**Can also be served cold. 
**I thought I added enough dill, but when I made a second batch I added even more and it was much better!

Nutrition

250 calories
17 g fat
3.5 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
30 mg sodium
21 g carbohydrate
4 g fiber
9 g protein
1,036 mg potassium

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Ultimate Reset: Day 7

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Day 7: Dragging.

The exhaustion from yesterday subsided a bit, but I'm still dragging, and still wishing for coffee or Energize to perk me up! Also, my chewing gum cravings also subsided, except for after a meal. I still want a piece after a meal to cleanse my mouth. I brush my teeth instead, but I still want the gum.

I almost gave in, today, and had some Energize to give me an extra push. BUT I DIDN'T!!

AND, I'm not hungry AT ALL! I don't crave sweets, and the thought of eating anything greasy, like pizza, or Chinese food makes my stomach turn. My digestive system feels amazing, and I know those foods would make me sick. But I really want coffee!

Since the sun was shining and the temps were comfortable, I walked around the soccer field for an hour with my younger son, while watching my older son play soccer. Perfect day for it!

Phase 1: Reclaim >> Phase 2: Release

One week down, two more to go.

Today is the last day of phase 1, which means no more eggs, meat, or dairy. I think I would've given in to my coffee and gum cravings, if I wasn't blogging and posting about this journey. Knowing so many people are following and cheering for me is truly what's keeping me in the game. So thanks for keeping me on track! ;)

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Today's menu:

9 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize and Optimize supplements


9:30: Breakfast - Oatmeal with ground flax, blueberries and cinnamon, and plain yogurt drizzled with honey.

  • Thoughts: This may be my favorite breakfast of all time. I will miss it over the next two weeks!
11:30: Mineralize and Optimize supplements





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noon: Lunch - Microgreen Salad and Zucchini Cashew Soup
  • Thoughts: I'm getting a bit tired of the microgreen salad, but I see it's on the plan for the next two weeks. But the salad is so filling! It's actually 3 cups of greens plus a ton of other veggies and pumpkin seeds. The soup was creamy and I added more dill for flavor. Delicious! Click for the recipe!

2:30pm: Power Greens powder with water

4:30pm: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements

6:00 pm: Dinner - Baked tempeh, brown rice, steamed broccoli

  • Thoughts: It wasn't too bad. I like broccoli, and the plan allows for 2 tsp of olive oil and Himalayan sea salt, which I put on the broccoli. The tempeh was okay. I'd rather have a piece of seasoned chicken or fish, but it's better than steamed kale!

That's a wrap on Phase 1: Reclaim!

Onto Phase 2: Release tomorrow!
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Ultimate Reset: Day 6

Day 6: Exhaustion!

Today on the Ultimate Reset (a 21 Day Cleanse), I was exhausted. I helped my husband hang some pictures in his office, did a yoga workout, did some work, and snuggled up with my family and watched a movie. I'm not sure if it was due to the rainy, dreary weather, but I was dragging all day! I read that this is a common side effect, so I'm hoping it passes soon!

What I would do for a cup of coffee or some Energize! I weaned myself off coffee a week before I start, so I wouldn't have caffeine withdrawal symptoms, but man I miss my Saturday morning ritual of coffee and reading a book. Then sometimes if I have an afternoon where I'm dragging, I treat myself to a cup of coffee...I feel a little down without it! I'm definitely mourning my afternoon coffee date with myself! As for the morning, I actually don't miss it so much then!

BUT, my digestion is probably the best it's ever been and I've lost 3 pounds!!

Tomorrow is the last day of Phase 1 and next week we eliminate all animal protein. I don't mind so much, but I will miss eggs and yogurt.

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Today's menu

9 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize and Optimize supplements

9:30 minutes later: Breakfast - Baked Tempeh, Steamed Kale, Avocado
  • Thoughts: I would NEVER eat this breakfast by choice! The tempeh was better than I expected. The recipe calls for marinating it before cooking. The avocado was just too plain by itself, and the steamed kale...I hope to never have to eat a piece of steamed kale again! Blech! I choked it down!
11:30 am: Mineralize and Optimize supplements

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1:20 pm: Lunch - Microgreen Salad and Baked Sweet Potato

2 hours later: Super Greens powder with water

30 minutes later: Snack - Vegan Chocolate Shakeology + banana + peanut butter

I had to drink it in the car while my daughter was sleeping...and I spilled it. I ALMOST cried.






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3:30: Mineralize, and Power Greens supplements





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30 minutes later: Dinner - Zucchini Cashew Soup and Roasted Root Vegetables

  • Thoughts: The only thing that saved dinner was the soup! I don't like beets, I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes, and I can't stand cooked carrots. So, I choked those down. The soup was creamy and delicious. A little bland, but creamy and decadent in texture, so next time I make it I'll put more dill it in. Click here for the recipe.

Supplement Information - Soothe

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This is how the Ultimate Reset describes Soothe:

Soothe is a one-of-a-kind supplement that combines two incredible botanicals: aloe vera and curcumin. Aloe vera is a succulent plant long used in traditional healing to relieve minor cuts, burns, and insect bites. Aloe vera has also been traditionally used to support digestive health and the body's response to oxidative stress. Curcumin, a household remedy in India that's long been a staple in ayurvedic medicine, is a natural extract of the spice turmeric. Like aloe vera, curcumin promotes digestive health and is known for its antioxidant properties that help the body fight free radical damage.

Our organic aloe vera is harvested to ensure that only the mature leaves are picked, and filleted to keep only the beneficial gel. These careful steps allow us to bring you pure and potent aloe vera that's freeze-dried and powdered to help preserve its beneficial compounds. The resulting product has a 200x concentration for potency.

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Quinoa Veggie Salad

I made this recipe when I was doing the Ultimate Reset (a 21 day cleanse). I LOVE this recipe. Eat it hot or cold, bring it to a picnic or summer potluck. The flavor was fresh because of the mint and parsley, but had a tang from the olives and lemon juice. It was one of the delicious recipes that got me through the Reset.

Ingredients

½ cup cooked quinoa (I used a quinoa-brown rice blend)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Himalayan salt (to taste; optional)
½ medium tomato, diced
½ medium cucumber, peeled, diced
2 Tbsp. pitted, chopped Kalamata olives
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Combine quinoa, oil, and lemon juice, plus salt, in a medium bowl; mix well.
Add tomato, cucumber, and olives; toss gently to blend.
Gently fold in parsley and mint.
Let salad marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 308
Total Fat: 21 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 761 mg
Carbohydrate: 27 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 6 g

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Ultimate Reset: Day 5

Day 5: I feel great! I got this!

First, I'd like to thank everyone for following my journey, and sending me thoughtful, encouraging messages! You guys, motivate me, and help me keep going!

Today, I felt great! I felt light, and energetic! I've taught 9 fitness classes this week, and had plenty of energy to get through them, so my modifications are working! I'm adding in a daily snack of Shakeology, which is eating more than on the Reset plan, but I don't want to feel run down, or get too hungry, so I'm adding that extra snack!

I taught 2 fitness classed today: Boot Camp at 6 a.m., this is when I REALLY miss my Energize, and then a TRX class at 9:30 a.m. Then, I came home to work, clean the house, and walk the dog. Plenty of energy to do all of this, AND ---->  I'm NOT HUNGRY!!

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Today's Menu:

8:30 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize and Optimize supplements

9:00 am minutes later: Breakfast - Farina cereal with apple and walnuts.
  • Thoughts:  If you don't know what Farina is, it's just another name for Cream of Wheat or Cream of Rice. I didn't even have to buy it, because we already had it in the cupboard. However, I don't care for walnuts, so I substituted pecans, and the recipe called for maple syrup, which I also don't care for, and I didn't think it needed any sweetener. The apple made it sweet enough. It was a bit cool here this morning, so it was the perfect warm, comforting breakfast. 

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11:30 am: Mineralize and Optimize supplements

noon: minutes later: Lunch - Quinoa Salad with Hummus & Veggies
  • Thoughts: LOVED the Quinoa Salad Recipe! (Click for the recipe). It was flavorful with the olives, parsley, and mint. 
2:30pm: Power Greens powder with water

3:00 pm: Snack - The new flavor of Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + 1/2 banana
This keeps me from craving any sweets, and gives me that extra energy for my fitness classes.

5:30 pm: Mineralize, Optimize, Revitalize supplements
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6:20 pm: Dinner - Veggie stir fry with brown rice, and miso soup
  • Thoughts: We had activities for the boys from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm and then again from 7 pm to 8 pm. So, instead of coming home for dinner, my husband and the boys wanted to go out for pizza. I brought my veggie stir fry, rice, and miso soup with me. While the pizza place smelled delicious (one of the best smells there is), I didn't even want it. My digestive system is running smoothly, I feel light and energetic, I didn't want any greasy pizza weighing me down. 
9:00 pm:  My husband and I sat down to watch TV and he made air popped popcorn as a snack. It smelled so good, and now I was a little hungry. So, I did have one cup of blueberries just so I wouldn't eat the popcorn. This is a specified snack on the Reset, so I still stayed on track. 

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Supplement Info

I take Optimize capsules 3x a day, as specified on the plan.

The Ultimate Reset description of Optimize

Enzymes initiate millions of reactions within the body each moment. They are responsible for nearly every bodily function, including vision, growth, and respiration, as well as the storage and release of energy. Without enzymes, life simply can't exist.

As we age, our enzyme levels and activity can decrease. Couple this with poor diet, stress, or other environmental factors, and we can find ourselves in a state of enzyme deficiency, impacting various bodily functions – including how we absorb and digest nutrients.

Optimize is a proprietary blend of systemic and digestive enzymes that function to help catalyze various natural processes of the body. These enzymes, such as protease, bromelain, amylase, and lipase, can also help support nutrient absorption and bioavailability. Added camu-camu fruit supplies vitamin C to help promote health and wellness as well as optimal body function.

I'm off to bed! The Reset has really made me tune into my bodily processes and when I need sleep. And it is a WHOLE cleanse, and recommends putting away technology and TV before bed, and reading a book or practicing mindful breathing instead! G'night!

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Ultimate Reset: Day 4

Day 4: I can do this! I'm doing pretty good - oh, wait, should I eat this graham cracker?

Even though I had zero energy today, it's not because of the Ultimate Reset (21 day cleanse), it's because I went to bed too late for two consecutive nights and because last night I was up all night with my sore knee.

No time for a nap today with my crazy schedule, but I stayed strong.....EVEN when I met a friend of mine at the Waffle Shop for breakfast. We were supposed to go to Starbucks, where I planned to order a cup of tea, but she hadn't eaten breakfast, and even though I had already eaten my 3 cups of fruit, I met her, and still only had caffeine free tea!! Never did I think about ordering pancakes or waffles or bacon! I'm determined!

However, I was really late with my lunch - I didn't get to eat it until 2:30 pm!! After breakfast, I did errands, had physical therapy, and taught a fitness class.  As I was driving around in my car all day before I had lunch, I noticed my son had left one graham cracker in a baggie in the back seat...I knew it was still hours until I could eat lunch. I thought about eating it: "It's just ONE graham cracker...." BUT, I knew if I ate that, I wasn't staying true to the process. I am committed!

I missed chewing gum much less today. I miss it most after a meal, when I want to freshen my breath, and get the flavor of what I ate out of my mouth. So, now I brush my teeth. Not quite the same feeling, but the results are the same.

With this post, I will start giving info about the supplements I take daily. Below, after the menu, check out today's description of Power Greens.

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Today's Menu:


8:30 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize and Optimize supplements

9 am: Breakfast - Three cups of fruit. Doesn't it look gorgeous and colorful? AND, greek yogurt drizzled with honey.

11:30 am: Mineralize and Optimize supplements

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2:30 pm: Lunch - Lentil Lime Salad and Vegetable Sushi Roll
  • Thoughts: I DO NOT LIKE LENTILS!! They work in a soup, but they are just mushy and tasteless prepared this way... The sushi roll was tasty, full of veggies, avocado, and smoked tempeh. I did miss the soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi, though. 
4:30 pm: Power Greens powder with water

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5:00 pm: Snack - Vegan Vanilla Shakeology (the other new flavor) + 1/2 banana

7:00 pm: Mineralize, Optimize, Revitalize supplements

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7:30 pm: Dinner - Veggie stir fry with quinoa, tomato cucumber salad
  • Thoughts: Delish dinner! The stir fry is made with sesame oil, liquid aminos, and himalayan sea salt. And the tomato-cucumber salad had chopped fresh herbs in it - tasted like a fresh, summer dish!! 
POWER GREENS

Power Greens is a combination of six powerful greens, including kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, Matcha green tea, and chlorella, each known for providing their own unique benefits, and now brought together to form the perfect "green team." Many people don't like the taste, but I mix it with a squeeze of lemon, and I don't mind the taste. It has a grassy, earthy flavor, but not overwhelming.

The Ultimate Reset booklet description of power greens:

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The common diet of highly processed foods, sugary treats, soda pop, alcohol, and other items deemed "acidic" can negatively influence the body's optimum responses and balances, causing stress to the system. This means your body needs to work harder just to stay in its natural sweet spot (a state known as homeostasis), and maintain the stability of your internal environment.

The Ultimate Reset program is built around supporting the internal balances needed for optimum health and well-being.

The body is a complex organism. Balance is key. And so are greens. Keep the green team on your side.

Day 5 coming at you tomorrow!

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Ultimate Reset: Day 3

Day 3: So far so good...

Overview of the day: I woke up to teach my 6 am Boot Camp class and I was exhausted because I went to bed too late! I was REALLY missing my Energize (my pre-workout drink), but by the time I came back home, I felt great! Full of energy, and just felt "light!" I started feeling more mentally clear and accomplished most of my "to-do" list!!

This is my third day on the Ultimate Reset, a 21 day cleanse.

The spring weather is a bit rainy and cooler than the past few days, and I was cold all day, but this is a common side effect.

I missed my chewing gum less today, so that helps A LOT! I stilled missed it at certain moments, mostly after meals. I would chew gum to freshen my breath and cleanse my palette. Since I'm not chewing gum, I've decided to brush my teeth after each meal. That means I'm brushing 4 times per day, but that will mean cleaner teeth!! A bonus side effect. LOL! I love that I've been able to conquer this unhealthy habit. If someone had told me that I'd stop chewing gum, I wouldn't have believed them!

If you've been following me the past few days, I've been posting about what I eat an also the supplements I'm taking that come in the Ultimate Reset kit. I'll give detailed information about the supplements in my coming posts, but today I included info below about the Power Greens supplement.

Exercise
You're not supposed to exercise while doing the Ultimate Reset because your internal body is doing a lot of work and you don't want to take energy away from your organs by exercising. However, a 20-30 minute walk or yoga is recommended!

Because I teach fitness classes, I do mostly demonstrating in the classes, and modify the moves. Being the instructor allows me to do that; "it's not my workout, it's your workout," I tell my class. 😉 I also modify by having an extra snack, as the program specifically recommended for fitness instructors!

But since I had the energy, I did the sneak peek of the upcoming new Beachbody workout You V.2. It was SO MUCH FUN!! It reminded me of the fitness classes I used to teach when I first started teaching. If you love dancing, and want to have fun without realizing you're sweating, check out this video!!



This workout will be released on Beachbody On Demand in May, so that is super exciting!

So today's challenge was timing. I was so busy, that I didn't get home to eat dinner until 8:45 pm, and forgot to take my pre-dinner Optimize and Soothe until 8:25 pm, so I didn't wait the 30 minutes I should have, but by that time I was hungry!


Detox Effects

Being cold! This is a side effect mentioned in the Ultimate Reset booklet. As my body releases the toxins, and I chug water all day, it makes me cold. So, I worked all day with my space heater beside me!! Hoping it gets better soon!


Today's Menu:


8:00 am: 24 oz water with Mineralize and Optimize supplements

8:30 am : Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, generous portion of steamed kale, whole grain toast

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  • Thoughts: I put the kale and the eggs on the toast like an open faced sandwich. This made the toast seem less dry and I was able to eat the kale!
11:30: Mineralize and Optimize supplements

noon: Lunch - Lentil Lime Salad and Microgreen Salad with Greek Dressing

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    Mezzaluna - salad chopper
  • Thoughts: I've eaten lentil soup before, but made like this, they were mushy and bland! I didn't enjoy them at all! Still love the microgreen salad and the pumpkin seeds make the dish! I have a mezzaluna I bought on Amazon and I used it today to chop the salad. It made it delicious, a perfect balance and blend of ingredients!






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2:30 pm : Power Greens powder with water - these are tough to get down. A bit like a glass full of pureed grass. BUT,  I added a squeeze of lemon to my glass and it made it easy to drink!

3 pm : Snack - Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology

8:25 pm: Mineralize, Optimize, Soothe supplements

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8:45: Dinner - vegetable sushi rolls, miso soup, japanese cucumber salad

  • Thoughts: Even though the sushi roll, didn't really come out like a roll (it sort of fell apart when I cut it), it tasted ok. A little bland, but filling, and loved all the textures of the rice, crunchy veggies, and creamy avocado in the roll. 

Thanks for keeping me company on this journey! It helps to have support. :)

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