Another weekend coming to a close!
I have successfully completed the 1st phase of The Ultimate Reset.
My work day Monday-Thursday starts at 8:30 a.m. I have gotten spoiled. It is so convenient for this mom of 3. Fridays are my “early” morning. I have to have all 3 kids dropped off at 3 different schools and be at work by 8:00 a.m.
I set everything out for breakfast the night before and as usual, packed my lunch up.
Day 5 breakfast is a childhood favorite: Farina (aka Malt-O-Meal)
I grew up eating Cream of Wheat (my mom would often times make it for breakfast) and Malt-O-Meal at my grandpa’s house. This variation includes 1/2 of a green apple (diced) + walnuts and Grade B Maple Syrup.
Grade B Maple Syrup is a healthy sweetener. In it’s unrefined form, it contains a ton of nutritional content. Grade B Maple Syrup includes vast portions of these vitamins and a large amount of amino acids in a single serving. Grade B Maple Syrup is an excellent source of the mineral Manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a great number of enzymes that help to produce energy and also support antioxidant defense. The oxidative enzyme ‘superoxide dismutase’ disarms free radicals within the mitochondria (the factories within our cells that produce energy) and requires ‘Manganese’ to operate. Just one ounce of Grade B maple syrup supplies up to 22% of the daily value for this mineral. Manganese also plays a significant role in eliminating fatty acids and cholesterol by being a catalyst in synthesis.
As well as being a great source of this wonderful mineral, it is also a terrific source of Zinc. Zinc not only acts as an antioxidant, but also an immune system supporter and is very beneficial to the function of the heart. Many immune cells depend upon zinc in order to function optimally. This mineral is a necessity for proper function of endothelial cells in the blood vessels and helps to prevent damage caused by oxidized cholesterol.
The vitamins present in pure Grade B maple syrup are PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine), Biotin, and Vitamin A. Vitamins are essential, organic nutrients that serve as vital helpers in cell function. Niacin participates in the energy metabolism of every body cell and is unique among the B vitamins in that the body can make it directly from protein. Two other B vitamins – pantothenic acid and biotin – are also very important in energy metabolism. Pantothenic acid was first recognized as a substance that stimulates growth. It is a component of a key enzyme that makes possible the release of energy from the energy nutrients. Riboflavin also facilitates energy production in the body.
Organic Grade B Maple syrup not only contains trace amounts of these vitamin and minerals, but also amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Vitamin B6 has long been known to play roles in protein and amino acid metabolism. In the cells, vitamin B6 helps to convert one kind of amino acid, which the cells have in abundance, to another, which they need in larger amounts. Vitamin A is a versatile vitamin, playing diverse roles in vision, mantnance of body linings and skin, and immune defenses.
Lunch was amazing – Quinoa Salad (Prior to starting my first round of The Ultimate Reset, last July, I had never tried Quinoa and didn’t even know how to pronounce it. For those who are wondering the same thing, it is pronouced Keen-Wah. It is a seed, that is a great source of protein and iron and contains essential amino acids. It is a great substitute for rice or pasta. My favorite website is www.cookingquinoa.net) and hummus (something I HATED 9 months ago, but have FORCED myself to like because I knew it was a healthy food that was a easy, convenient snack) & raw veggies.
(Doesn’t my food look COLORFUL & BEAUTIFUL?)
Snack was… you guessed it: 1 hard boiled egg + 10 whole wheat crackers!
Dinner was the same as Stir-Fry Veggies & brown rice. I used Liquid Aminos to season it.
Since we discovered Liquid Aminos last May, we’ve been thru about 5-6 bottles. Love this stuff. Have you tried it?
Bragg Liquid Aminos is a Certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from healthy soybeans, that contains the following Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids in naturally occurring amounts:
|16 Amino Acids
- Aspartic Acid
- Glutamic Acid
I got to sleep in until 9:00 a.m. Yeah-Yeah! But it totally threw my WHOLE schedule off.
Didn’t eat breakfast until 9:30 a.m. One of my new coaches, Sheila came over around 10:00 and we spent 2 1/2 hours going over things to help get her started.
I had breakfast from day 1: 2 scrambled eggs (fresh organic, from our chickens), steamed baby kale/spinach with pine nuts and 1 piece of 100% whole wheat toast.
I wasn’t all that hungry come lunch time, so I just made a Microgreen Salad, which never gets old.
We jetted out the door shortly after I ate my lunch.
We headed to College Station to go SHOPPING – for Haylie’s FIRST Homecoming Dance dress.
She is going to her 2nd dance ever, again with her girl friends. Although she was asked by a boy, a family friend. She had already made plans with her best friend Lexie, so politely declined, but told him she’d meet up with him there to hang out as a group.
I found out that she is JUST as paticular as her mother when it comes to finding the perfect outfit.
The great thing is that I did NOT have to purchase a pair of shoes for her because we wear the same size shoes!
I can’t wait to see pictures of her as she heads out to her first Homecoming Dance (She is with her Dad this weekend)
We went grocery shopping for Week 2’s essentials. I love looking at how colorful my grocery cart looks during the Reset. Even funnier when the checker has no clue what 1/3 of the items are. It never fails they never know what JICAMA is and can’t find it on their list because they are looking for an item that starts with an “H” not a “J”.
Shopping took longer than excepted. We were on a time table. Haylie needed to be back at the house by 7:00 p.m. because she had been asked to babysit and the mother was picking her up a little after 7:00 p.m. and we were expected at a friends house to come over and hang out and watch Football.
So I guzzled my Alkanize in the parking lot after we loaded all the groceries in the car.
Due to being pressed for time, Day 6 dinner was not in the cards. So I opted for Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology.
I survived an evening at our friends new house while everyone was drinking, smoking, eating BBQ and watching Football. I sat there and sipped my distilled water and stayed strong! Yay me!
How do you do faced with temptation?
Another morning of laziness. This time I didn’t wake up until 9:15 a.m. Breakfast was oatmeal with flaxseeds, 1/2 green apple and 1/2 c. organic oatmeal.
Lunch was another Microgeen Salad and one of my favorites – Zucchini Cashew Soup.
- 1 large or 2 small zucchini, cut into chunks and steamed
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- Himalayan salt or Bragg® Liquid Aminos (to taste)
- Herbal seasoning or fresh herbs, like basil or dill (optional; to taste)
- Steamed vegetables (optional; for chunky soup)
Soak cashews in enough water to cover for 1 hour; drain. Combine cashews, zucchini, salt or aminos, and seasonings in blender and mix until smooth, adding water as needed for desired consistency. Pour into saucepan and reheat gently, but do not boil. For chunky soup, add steamed chopped vegetables of your choice. Can also be served cold. Serves 1.
- 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
Dinner was one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITES: Roast Root Medley with leftover Zucchini Cashew Soup.
- ¼ medium yam, cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ medium carrot, cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ medium beet, cut into 1-inch chunks
- ¼ medium onion, peeled, cut into large wedges
- 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Himalayan salt (to taste; optional)
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Combine yam, carrot, beet, onion, and oil, plus salt (if desired), in bowl or dish; mix well.
Arrange vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, turning once or twice, or until tender.
- Calories: 168
- Total Fat: 10 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 328 mg
- Carbohydrate: 20 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Sugar: 6 g
- Protein: 2 g
I feel that week 1 was a success. Out of all 3 rounds, I have yet to experience any “emotional” effects.
My face looks slimmer. I am down 3 lbs. I feel some slight “achiness” in my lower back which is a normal side effect when your body is detoxing.
Tomorrow starts WEEK 2 – which means I add the supplement DETOX to my regimen 3 x’s a day. Some people hate it, but I actually kinda like it! I would rather drink that 3 x’s a day than Alkanize once a day.