When a friend asked me to be her accountability partner for a 14-day reset she needed to do, she didn't have to do much convincing. In fact, all she did was ask and I jumped on the opportunity - there was a lot of wine and treats had over the Thanksgiving week. Plus, I LOVE me a good reset🙌. They are a great opportunity to restart healthier eating habits and lose the bloat, fatigue, and brain fog. Where do I sign up?! But many people hear the word reset and they run away as fast as they can. Maybe, like Tweeter in Varsity Blues, they "had...a...bad...experience...".
So for this week's blog post, I'm unlocking all the secrets of a what makes a good reset. Who knows?! Maybe the next time you have an opportunity to participate in one you jump in because you are more informed.
What Makes A Good Reset:
There are a few things that make a good reset - these are what I like to call the non-negotiables.
-The reset is based on real food. I know juice cleanses are popular and some people swear
by them, but human's are meant to CHEW their food. So I encourage you to focus on resets that
are based on real food. But what is meant by real food? Real food includes anything you would
eat from nature - fruits, veggies, and healthy proteins like chicken, fish, and beef. Real food does
not include processed foods that have ingredients you can't pronounce and/or tons of sugar
-The reset excludes food groups that can cause inflammation. Inflammation is your
body's process of fighting toxins or things that don't belong. When a person's body is inflamed
they feel pain in their joints and can suffer from restless sleep, poor digestion, and poor vision
to name a few. The top food groups that can cause inflammation in a person's body include:
gluten (e.g. pasta, breads), dairy (e.g. yogurt, cheese), high fructose corn syrup, (aka sugar),
chemical preservatives, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (e.g. canola oil, vegetable
oil), and artificial sweeteners (e.g. sucralose, aspartame).
-The reset lasts for no more than 30 days. A reset is not a long-term way of eating. It's an
opportunity to hit the rest button and reboot your eating so that you can flush out the toxins
that are causing your fatigue, weight gain, cravings, and irritability. Once the reset is complete,
you should absolutely incorporate aspects of the reset and reintroduce foods systematically to
build your individual diet or way of eating on the daily.
-The reset excludes alcohol and in some cases caffeine. I love my wine and coffee as much as
the next person, but alcohol and caffeine are drugs, therefore are not allowed. They impact all
aspects of your body including brain function. HOWEVER, when I host a reset, we are able to
have 1 cup of coffee per day because #momlife.
-The reset includes an accountability group. Reset's can be hard and it's a lot more fun when
you participate in a reset with other people. The accountability group is meant to share
successes and struggles, swap food ideas and recipes, and provide you with tools and
information to get the most out of the reset.
Now that you understand what makes a good reset, let's talk about my favorite thing of participating in a good reset💗...
YOU LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF
YES! You learn all the things about your body! Specifically, what it feels like to fuel your bodily properly. No more inflammation, no more cravings, no more pain, fatigue, brain fog,...shall I keep going?! You also learn that you can do hard things.
Even more exciting is that the learning isn't over when the reset is over! I know....mind blown 🤯.
You can learn so much post-reset by slowly introducing foods back into your daily diet. So instead of eating all the carbs and drinking all the alcohol and caffeine the day after your reset is over, you reintroduce the food groups one at a time over the course of 10-30 days. I always recommend reintroducing food groups as a side or topping. For example, if you want to reintroduce dairy, you can add a splash of cream to your coffee in the morning, enjoy a half serving of greek yogurt at lunch, and a sprinkle of cheese with dinner while the rest of your diet that day is reset compliant. After this first introduction day, you go back to eating 100% reset compliant for 3-4 days and observe. Do you feel bloated? Are you experiencing gastric issues like gas or frequent bowel movements? Are you feeling sluggish or fatigue? These may be signs that dairy (or whatever food group you reintroduced) doesn't serve your body.
Now that you have your initial observations, you can start peeling back the layers and finding out what part of the food group is disruptive for you. Was it your coffee creamer? Your yogurt? Your sprinkle of cheese? It's definitely a process, but one that is worthwhile as you learn and understand what foods may or may not serve you with the ultimate goal of fueling your body to feel your best.
As a health coach, one of my favorite things to do is host a reset. It's an amazing experience to coach and help Mompreneur's through. Lot's of learning, sharing, and laughing as she learns how to fuel her body. I'm planning on hosting a 14-day reset in mid-January of 2021. Don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to join! In the meantime, I wish you all the best this holiday season and encourage you to enjoy all that life has to offer when it comes to food, family, and friends 💗.