It's Sunday morning, and as I sip some very unusual (but delicious!) dandelion root tea, I'm reflecting on my first week of the Ultimate Reset.
This is my 3rd time doing the reset so it's not totally foreign to me, but I learn something new every time. The biggest take aways I had from my first experience was that my body did not need meat to function. Honestly, I never really liked meat in general- I didn't like the taste, or the thought, or the conditions I knew the animals were in before they made it to my plate, but no one really talks much about living a life meat-free, so I just thought to be healthy, you had to eat it. My first round of the Reset taught me that that simply wasn't the case. Not only was I meat free for 2 weeks on the program, but I felt the healthiest I had ever been without it in my diet, so I made the decision to go vegetarian.
After my second round, I saw better how wonderfully my body functioned without any animal products at all, so we made the switch and went vegan. That was easily the best decision I've ever made, in terms of my health and it truly aligns better with my morals. (I'll talk more about how my life has improved since going vegan, specifically a still undiagnosed heart condition that went away not after medication and surgery, but after removing animal products from my diet.)
Now in round 3, I wasn't sure exactly what would change in my diet since I had gone from a "normal" diet, to vegetarian, to vegan, so what could be left?
Well, the first 5 days of detoxing from coffee and the many treats that I filled the house with each week really opened my eyes. I truly thought I had a pretty solid diet, but I knew something had to be off because I constantly felt bloated and that I had more overall body fat than I should based on how I thought I was eating.
Sure, my homemade treats were wheat free and used only natural, low GI sugar (like agave and coconut sugar) and we used just almond milk, so how bad could they be, right? And yes, I knew my almond milk was processed, but I didn't realize how much of it each day I was having. Between my coffee, shakeo and baking I was probably consuming about 3 cups a day. That's a lot for something fairly processed. And sure, I loved carbs, but how many could I possibly be eating each day? Plus, they were coming from natural, plant sources, so it couldn't possibly be that bad, right?!
Boy, was I wrong. The first 5 days were tough! I had a ridiculous headache for the entirety of the 5 days as my body moved from eating these things that "couldn't possibly be that bad" to eating much more natural sources of food for every meal. Did I really need 3 cups of coffee and a scoop of energize every single day? Turns out, no. Do I really need to make some delicious treat for me and the hubby every other night? Definitely not. Do I even need to consume almond milk, knowing that it's a little more processed than I'd like? Turns out life is just fine without it.
I'm still feeling bloated, but that's pretty normal through week 1 and 2 of the reset, so I'm not concerned. Sitting at day 7, I finally feel like I have a clear head. While I still have a long road ahead of me, and I did grab a few extra handfuls of fruit throughout the day to soothe my sugar craving, I feel GOOD. I don't feel like I'm dependent on anything anymore. I don't need caffein to function, or milk to make my shake just to improve the texture a smidge.
I am, though, pretty freaking over salads, if we're being perfectly honest. I'm just bored by them, but I know that the benefit of them are fantastic, so I'll push forward.
This first week has been really interesting. Though, but informative. I'm excited to see where the emotional part of this journey will take me over the next 2 weeks and beyond.
And for those that are curious, after just 1 week, I'm down 3.2pounds and 1% body fat. Woohoo!