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Fresh Fruits & Veggies, Oh My!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sometimes we do things besides traveling to awesome places all over Europe. Sometimes- oftentimes, actually- we do perfectly normal things. Like grocery shopping and vacuuming the house. 

Ok, alright! Maybe the vacuuming doesn't happen all that often- it's actually been a while since 
the vacuum has seen the light of day, but I digress.

Today I spent my morning at the Commissary (our grocery store on base) where I ran into a great friend (that's one of the greatest things about a military community- you see your friends all the time!) and we did our shop together. Normally that would be kind of annoying since we'd probably be buying different things but today was different - our shopping lists were nearly identical! How did that happen, you ask? 

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

You probably didn't ask, but I'm going to tell you anyway because I'm an over-sharer, remember?

Tomorrow Mike & I (and this fabulous friend of mine) are starting Beachbody's Ultimate Reset Program. It's a 3 week cleanse that has a rather detailed eating and supplement plan and is supposed to be really great at kicking your butt into gear. I need that lately. I've been very lazy about cooking and exercising. We've been eating out a lot and seeing lots of movies. I can feel it taking it's toll. 

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review
I know a lot of people are critical of cleanses like this - and with good reason, our health is nothing to take lightly- so I thought I'd share a little about this one, from where I am right now. 

Each day you follow their supplement schedule. The supplements are:

  • Alkalinze- to maintain alkalinity since most of us are in an acidic state and that's not optimal for health or performance.
  • Soothe- reduces inflammation in the body and enhances digestive health. This is especially exciting for me since I have pancreatitis. I'm willing to try anything that will help with that. The Soothe supplement has a lot of Aloe in it and that's supposed to be especially good for folks like me.
  • Mineralize - adds minerals. This one is a powder that you shake into water. I tasted a little of it. It tastes like salt. 
  • Detox- helps get the poop out. 
  • Revitalize - brings good flora back to the gut. I'm curious about this one because until now I've always thought that live cultures were better, but we'll see. Plus, I can eat yogurt so it should be ok.
  • Optimize - improves metabolism. This one has lots of amino acids and some herbs and enzymes. Again, if it'll help my pancreas function a little better, I'm all on board!

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

In addition to all of that you eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies, some meat (but not every day), minimal grains and very little dairy. I'm pretty happy with all of that. The Reset box came with a book of recipes and a lot of them look really good. I'm excited to try them. The food really focuses on eating fresh produce rather than convenience foods. We are tweaking the food plan just a little to fit our lives more. I don't like sushi, so I am certainly not going to make my own. Also, Mike will get a little bit more food and more meat than I will. It's what he needs to function at work and to keep up his exercise schedule.

I read where some people were criticizing this program for pushing Shakeology shakes on the participants, but I've read all the info in the box and online and I don't know where they are getting this idea. The program does say that to use Shakeology on occasion is ok, but they don't encourage it. The goal is to learn to eat properly. If you don't know what it is, Shakeology is Beachbody's powder mix - sort of like protein powder- that you put in smoothies or milk or water for a quick meal on the go or for post workout treat.

I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. Once I get moving I really enjoy it and usually tone up quickly, but I'd much rather sit on the couch and watch a movie or read a book. If only I could get skinny by reading.... I'm kidding, "skinny" is far, FAR from my list of goals. There are so many things I'd rather be than "skinny." But that's another topic, and again, I digress.

Exercise. The program book recommends taking it easy on your body during this cleanse. A nice daily walk and maybe some yoga or Tai Chi and that's about it. My friend (from above) has done this cleanse before and said she had so much energy she was able to keep her normal exercise schedule (and she's ambitious at the gym!). I think this is an area where I will just listen to my body and do what feels right. It's also one of the places I want to improve and get back on track. 

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

So that's about it. I've spent today shopping, washing and prepping food, cleaning out my refrigerator, and enjoying my last Snapple and the end of my chocolate chips (yes, I eat the semi sweet chips right out of the bag- they are delicious frozen!). Oh, I didn't mention drinks did I? Well, not surprisingly, you drink water. Lots of water. And then some more water. The program allows a cup of green tea or black coffee, too, but I probably won't drink those. Maybe some green tea, we'll see. I actually have a new one I like a lot- it's a mix of lemongrass and spearmint and it is delicious! On second thought, I'll probably keep that.

I'll post an update in a couple of weeks to let you know how it's going. In the meantime, wish me luck! 

Oh, and if you have specific questions, feel free to ask; I'll try my best to answer them or find an answer for you.