Yayyy, here we are in Phase 2! The first few days proved to be pretty easy for us. Here is a recap!
- Breakfasts: (Day 8) fruit plate, (9) mashed chickpeas, nori gomasio (toasted seaweed and sesame seeds blended together), and avocado, and (10) fruit plate.
- Lunches: (Day 8) microgreen salad and avocado, (9) microgreen salad with pinto beans and rice, and (10) sweet potato and roasted red pepper bisque with Greek salad.
- Dinner: (Day 8) pinto beans and rice with steamed zucchini and string beans, (9) roasted red pepper and sweet potato bisque with roasted asparagus and slivered almonds, and (10) quinoa lentil pilaf and steamed broccoli.
The Dreaded Detox SupplementThis is really not as bad as everyone has said. I find the Alkalinize to be way more foul. :) I add my Detox to about 8-10oz of cold water (with Mineralize of course), squeeze in a little lemon juice, and stir really well. Then chug it before it settles. Also, swirl it around a bit in between chugs to keep it mixed. The texture is the worst part I think, the taste is kind of like iced tea - kind of... As for the "effects", I didn't really notice anything immediate. It's not like it hits you and you run off to the loo or anything. I would say it does change your "movements" but nothing too severe. For the record, you drink this supp 3 times a day.
How We FeelThe hubs has not complained of being particularly tired, although I know he had a couple nights where he didn't sleep well. That is somewhat normal for him pre-Reset. I have been sleeping well and still having bizarre dreams! I have been going to bed earlier also. The other night I was so wiped out and was sure that it was really late and I had lost track of time - nope! It was 9:30. :) But overall we feel rested, and I can tell that I have a lot more patience with the kids, I don't get stressed out as easily as before the Reset, etc. My moods are on an even keel. It's great! The only "negative" side effect right now seems to be that we are freezing, at night especially. I have been turning up the heat at night and wearing extra layers with socks. That is of course normal, and I have heard it pretty much begins in week 2. It's just a detox thing. Drinking tea helps. I AM feeling slightly burned out on the prep and all the work that goes into planning everything, but it's so worth it, and I plan to get caught up on more prep and cleaning and stuff this weekend when my hubby is around more. This leads me to my next topic...
Things that will make your life easier on The Reset!
- paper plates (Don't hate me, you should see all the dishes in my kitchen. You use a LOT within a day!)
- lots of Tupperware/storage containers for prep/leftovers, all sizes
- a giant fruit bowl. You'll need it.
- a lemon juicer with a built in measuring cup
- shaker cups or bottles for your supplements, or even a kids' cup with a lid that you can use to shake small amounts. My husband had these plastic "jars" from making freezer jam and they work awesome!
- insulated lunch bag and containers if you plan on taking things to work. Microwaving foods is not recommended on the Reset, so something that can keep things warm would be great.
- a Snuggie - see above about the COLD!!
Stocking up on a few key items will help you SO much. If I think of any more I'll add them here! As promised, here is the recipe for the fantastic soup we had!
Ultimate Reset Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque
1 medium sweet potato
¼ red bell pepper
1-2 cups vegetable broth or water (I used water here and it was great)
1 tsp. finely grated peeled ginger root
1½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. miso paste, diluted in 1 Tbsp. hot water
Bragg® Liquid Aminos, Himalayan salt, and herbal seasoning (to taste)
Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Cook in boiling water until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, roast a whole red bell pepper on gas stovetop or grill, turning frequently until evenly charred on the outside OR in your oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 10 minutes or until skin is charred.
Put pepper in bowl and cover with towel for 10 minutes to steam. Clean off skin by running under cool water. Cut in quarters, remove seeds, and chop one quarter into ½-inch cubes. (Set remainder of pepper aside for another use or to make another batch.)
Place sweet potato, red pepper, broth or water, ginger, oil, and miso in blender. Blend thoroughly, adding more liquid to achieve desired soup consistency. If needed, transfer to a pot and gently heat on low until hot. Add aminos, salt, and seasoning as desired. Serves 1.