I admit, though being quite the healthy person, I was never really that great at eating my vegetables. Most people aren't, in fact. We spend time replacing meals with "meal replacement bars" (or other goodies) that are full of all sorts of processed badness, yet they are marketed as being good for you. Bah!
If you recall, in the past I talked about how I was anti-cleanse. Well, I should've said that I'm anti-fad-cleanse. There is a difference between a cleanse that has you drinking lemonade (or some other strange liquid choice) and keeping your calories dangerously low, vs. a cleanse that has you eating whole foods that are well balanced and within a healthy calorie allotment (that teaches you how to actually live healthfully for the rest of your life!). I, personally, just finished the Ultimate Reset cleanse. It was with great resentment that I even took on doing this cleanse... but now I am glad I did. You see, I've discovered a new love affair with vegetables. I not only enjoy my veggies now, but I CRAVE them! I've since done a lot more reading about toxicity in the body, and I've learned a few things...
TOXICITY IN THE BODY CAN CAUSE:
- Lack of energy/chronic fatigue
- Excessive mucous production
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent colds and flu
- Anxiety, nervousness, irritability
- Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts
- Joint pain and swelling
- Gas and bloating/acid indigestion
On top of that, there is research that shows that having more toxins in the body can increase risk of cancer, or having more aggressive versions of cancer. I even recall a friend who's mom had cancer once telling me how she craved cake when she had cancer. Why? Because cake is full of sugar. Sugar promotes toxicity in the body... so, of course a disease is going to crave that which will make it stronger. Based on this, alone, I am now working towards eating a more Alkaline diet, in general, because I want to have the healthiest body I can, inside and out.
IMPROVEMENTS I GAINED FROM DOING MY CLEANSE:
- Boundless Energy (the most I've had in a while)!
- Better sleep
- Clearer Skin
- Sugar cravings are GONE!
- Mood Improvements... my depression has gone away!
- Cravings for HEALTHY foods and veggies
- A new appreciate for whole foods and new, delicious, ways to prepare them
Of course, for other people that start out with problems like high cholesterol (which I did not), their cholesterol has lowered at amazing rates! A friend of mine did the same cleanse as me with her husband and reported: "Dave finished Reset and lost 23 pounds, and shocked the doctor who 3 weeks ago insisted he get on Lipitor asap..and Dave said.. no. :) His total cholesterol dropped 86 points, bad cholesterol dropped 80 points. He's down from 273 to 187!"
That's just one of the amazing stories I've heard from people who have tried this cleanse (The Ultimate Reset) in particular. For me, I lost about 7 pounds. I didn't start at a bad place, so I didn't experience a lot of the withdrawals that others did (caffeine headaches, for example), and my cholesterol wasn't high to start. Despite being already quite healthy, though, I've learned a lot more about myself and how my body reacts when I eat more alkaline foods vs. acidic ones.
Curious about which foods are which? Check out THIS PHOTO on my FACEBOOK PAGE -> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151799465810080&set=a.10151785769320080.856468.74555615079&type=1&theater (a full size version of the feature image at the top of this blog... so that you can open it and read the details...)
I'll also be posting more info about this on my Facebook page, as well as meals that I'm enjoying now since doing the Reset (I like fennel bulbs, who knew?). If you are curious about the Ultimate Reset Cleanse, you can find more info about it here -> http://www.myultimatereset.com/turbomelanieb (my direct link... if you decide to do it and get it through me you'll have me to coach you through it... you'll likely want the support!).
In the meantime... enjoy this recipe from the Ultimate Reset cleanse... this is, by far, one of my favorite dinners from it!
ROASTED ROOT MEDLEY
- ¼ medium-sized yam, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ large carrot, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ large beet, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
- ¼ yellow onion, peeled and cut into large wedges
- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- Himalayan salt (to taste)
Preheat oven to 400° F. In a bowl, toss all ingredients together. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until tender, turning once or twice to prevent burning. Serves 1.
- 190 calories
- 10 g fat
- 1.5 g saturated fat
- 0 mg cholesterol
- 65 mg sodium
- 24 g carbohydrate
- 11 g fiber
- 2 g protein
- 535 mg potassium
You can accompany this with some toasted millet or brown rice! Keep in mind, for a regular dinner, 190 calories is a bit low... so you can make this a higher calorie meal by using a 1 whole yam, 1 whole beet, and 2 whole carrots (it'll still be well under 500 calories at that point... that's why I love veggies, you get more food for your calories!).
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