I am so excited to share with you today. Yesterday was my last day of my 21 Day Ultimate Reset Detox. This was my second time doing this cleanse. I was really surprised as to how much easier it was this time around. The first time I completed it was last November and one of the things I didn't like was that you eat a LOT of fruit on this plan and the fruit at that time of year isn't the greatest. This time around I loved the fact that all the summer fruit was in season and literally tasted like candy!  Also, the first time I tried every single recipe because I wanted to be able to know what I liked and didn't like. This time I knew which recipes I wasn't crazy about so I swapped those out for different ones from the program. I felt much more relaxed this time around. Maybe it was because I knew what to expect.

I decided to do the ultimate reset again but knew that I wanted to do it in the summer. I plan to do this detox once a year going forward. This program is great if you are feeling sluggish, fatigued, unmotivated, bloated, craving everything, are in a really unhealthy eating pattern, are curious about what a plant based diet would be like, are trying to determine some food allergies or help with inflammation.

If you are unfamiliar with the ultimate reset…It is a 21 day detox program. It uses food and herbs to restore your body’s natural PH levels. It is a no starvation inner tune up so to speak.  You eat real whole foods like fruits and veggies.  Some people have a hard time eating all the food the first 2 weeks.  It is a really great way to rid your body of the processed foods and refined sugars and any of the other hidden stuff that is just not good for you.  It helps to maximize your energy production and helps your body become more able to process the nutrients and micronutrients and helps to eliminate waste naturally and gently from your system. It won’t leave you running to the bathroom, well except to pee because you will be drinking so much water.

The program lays out a meal plan for you with recipes for each meal for 21 days. You have to STICK to the plan.....thats the hard part.  Some of it looks super unattractive but I am an adventurous eater so I'm willing to try anything at least once. I remember the first time I did this being surprised at some of the things I enjoyed. I have learned to like beets and kale....both of which I didn't like before.  

The supplements are completely herbal and in pill and drink form.

Week 1

The supplements in week 1 help prepare your body for the changes.  It primes your system and gets you on a healthy eating pattern. You learn a lot about how you eat and when and why.  In this phase you remove foods such as red meat and dairy which place stress on the digestive system.  I ate things like apple cinnamon oatmeal, eggs and farina for breakfast.  The food in week one is my favorite. I had sushi, veggie tacos and salmon for dinner.

Week 2

Week 2 is the serious detox phase.  This is called Release because you will release the toxins that are stored in your tissues and inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb proper nutrients.  I was on a fully vegan diet in this week.  This phase also included a gentle colon cleanse. I had to pee a lot because of all the water I was drinking.  I was drinking a full gallon of distilled water per day. I was not running to the bathroom for other reasons like most colon cleanses. It was easier and just made me more regular.  

In week 2 I felt amazing. I had energy. No aches or pains and I was really enjoying the process. 

Week 3

Week 3 was the Restore phase. This is where it got tough. It cut back on grains and I was eating primarily fruits and veggies.  My portions were plenty but my metabolism was kicking so I was hungry more often.  This phase puts back the probiotics, prebiotics, nutrients and enzymes into my system.  I was craving so many things and I was hungry. I had to REALLY work hard to fight the cravings. I did eat the suggested snack when I needed to and was going to use Shakeology if I had to but I was able to get through it.  

I am happy to say that after the 21 days, I am sleeping so much better, I have a ton of energy, my stomach is flat and happy. I don’t feel uncomfortable. My skin is glowing. 

Now that the reset is complete I will gradually start to add back in grains and proteins.  I will certainly be trying to find foods that fall into the same categories as those on the ultimate reset. I just won’t feel as guilty if I choose to go out to eat or have a dessert. Watch for more recipes as I experiment.

I lost a total of 9 pounds on the Reset but I didn't take measurements this time around.

I also enjoyed doing another round of the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. While on the reset you are not able to do intense workouts. This is to allow your body to heal from the inside out. If I am asking it to heal my muscles at the same time I do not give my insides the chance to really benefit from the reset as it will in a relaxed state. Light exercise like walking and restorative yoga or tai chi are perfect. I spent time breathing and just connecting with my soul. It felt great to get re-centered.

I highly recommend the Ultimate Reset to everyone and anyone. It is a great way to jump start your health journey or even just to get a good clean out or “tune up” Even the most healthy fit people need a little tune up every now and then. Please feel free to contact me at christie@christiemarkfeld.com if you would like to do the program. We will discuss what is best for you and how to get the support needed while going through it as well as when to start.

You can also fill out a bootcamp application to join my next online challenge and get you started on your health journey even if the reset is just not for you. There are so many options out there and I am here to help you!

Thanks for reading my Ultimate Reset Journey!