Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset: Day 6, Relief!

I just want to let out a big sighhhhhh with this post! Day 6 was pretty fantastic after the roller coaster of days 3-5! I had no real aches and pains other than a little soreness in my back that was barely noticeable, and my shoulders were a little tight - but they usually are. I guess I carry tension there? Anyway, I felt good! I had lots of energy during the day.  I went to bed slightly early for me and I feel like I got a lot of good quality sleep - complete with some crazy Reset dreams. They aren't kidding when they say you will dream more - I've had some doozies this week.

The Food 

  • Breakfast - Baked tempeh, avocado, and steamed spinach. This was pretty good. For breakfast? Eh, I am not sure. The tempeh did have a smoky maple type taste to it but it felt weird eating it for breakfast. Hubby opted for eggs, toast, and spinach. 
  • Lunch - Microgreen salad and quinoa salad. Yum! I love the quinoa salad, though I do add less lemon than what it calls for just for my tastes. For the microgreen salads we've been having, I find that I prefer the creamy garlic dressing and Josh likes the Greek. Both are really tasty! 
  • Dinner - Roasted root medley and zucchini cashew soup. The medley has beets in it, just so you know... I ummm... I don't really love beets. I tried some with an open mind tonight and could not do it. They taste like dirt to me, no matter how they are prepared! The other veggies were awesome though; we definitely will be repeating this dish in the future!  Now, the soup? LOVE. I will post the recipe below for you. Hubby and I both loved this meal. 
  • Snack - Apple with almond butter - I was STARVING today for some reason. The root medley portion seemed really small and dinner just did not fill me up. After trying to get some extra water down, I caved and went for the snack. I normally would not have one after dinner since the guide advises against it (they prefer you have it between lunch and dinner) but I really was trying to avoid a binge! 

Things I Learned Today!

I watched this great video today from Carl and Isabelle Daikeler. It was them talking about their experience with the Reset going into Week/Phase 2, and they also answered questions. It is almost an hour long but it really helped answer some things for me! For example (I am paraphrasing but you get the idea):
  • Q: Is it safe to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time? A: Yes, since this is a cleanse you are losing water and waste for the most part, maybe a little fat, and VERY little muscle if any. 
  • Q: What should I do if I am starving on the Reset? Can I eat more? A: Yes, you should increase your portions at meal times and see how you feel, and use the snacks provided in the guide. If you stick to ONLY foods from the Phase you are in you will be fine, but be sure to assess your hunger to see if it's more out of habit than anything else. [See, this is great!  I would have loved to increase my portion size at dinner since I was sooo hungry - next time this happens I will do it!]
  • Q: Can I make substitutions? A: Yes, as long as they are in the same Phase of the program that you are in. You may switch dinners with dinners, lunches with lunches, etc. and you may also switch your dinner meal with your lunch meal if that works better for you. [Just a side note here, I would personally not switch my breakfast with another meal, because fruits are better for you to have in the morning. They help to regulate your blood sugar levels after waking and since they are a form of sugar, your body will have a chance to use it throughout the day.  That's why the reset was designed the way it was.] 
Here is the video if you want to check it out - it's really informative!


Another thing I knew about but learned more about today is the "rules" for using Shakeology with the Reset. First, you can only use the vegan varieties, and only the approved recipes in the back of the guide.  My personal fave is Tropical Strawberry.  The Vegan Chocolate is good, but not quite as good.  :)  You can use it as breakfast in Phases 1 and 2, breakfast in Phase 3 (half serving), or a snack in all phases, but only a half serving.  It's great to have options!  Shakeology plus the "Reset in a Crunch" section in the guide (where there is a chart that shows some quick and easy substitutions) really make it flexible.

And now, as promised...

Zucchini Cashew Soup Recipe

1 1/2 medium zucchinis, cut into chunks
1 oz. raw cashews (17 cashews)
Himalayan salt or Bragg® Liquid Aminos (to taste)
Herbal seasoning or fresh herbs, like basil or dill (optional; to taste)

Soak cashews in 1/2 cup water for 1 hour.  Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan on medium heat, then add zucchini chunks and cook for 4-5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Combine cashews (with water), 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. 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

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