A few months ago I heard about a new product called The Ultimate Reset.  It was released and reported results included decrease in cholesterol, increase in energy, and weight loss of up to 12 to 21 pounds depending on sex and body type. All of these things were desirable to me, but what drew my attention the most was the 21 day time frame that the diet included as well as the emphasis on organic and natural food.  I’d also turned into quite a caffeine addict after my child was born, anyone who has had a baby knows the amount of sleep I experience. The Ultimate Reset also included a period of abstinence from caffeine.  Also, the Ultimate Reset diet requires that you don’t exercise heavily during the 21 days.  Since I was going through a bad bout of migraines, the idea that I could do something good for myself and not have to worry about when to fit in cardio.

So, I bought the pack and it came with a cookbook, variety of supplements, and a DVD on cooking for the diet.  The DVD was awesome and my roommate did the diet with me, for different reasons of course, but he even became a great cook compliments of the cooking DVD.  The program lasts 21 days and it takes you from being a carnivore to a mostly gluten-free vegan.

The first week you have some fish and chicken, but by the second week you’ve given that up.  It introduced me to a type of bread called Ezekiel bread, which is made from sprouted whole grains and is also gluten free.  This bread has become a staple across the household including some extended family interested in eating healthy.  I began eating quinoa which is a great item, which I’d never eaten before.  Since the diet ended I found lots of great uses for it.  I learned a lot of great recipes that have become staples of our family diet and we’ve shared the food with our friends who also love!

On the diet, I developed a taste for many new and great foods/recipes.  I also lost about 9 pounds.  I didn’t eat much meat before hand, so the transition wasn’t overly painful for me and by week three the horrible migraine cycle I’d been in.  I’ve been keeping parts of the diet in my every day plans.  I’ve become more aware of organic and processed food as well has having developed a taste for Quinoa and Vegan Sushi.  I’ve also found I have more energy AND my headaches have been less.  My fitness and work revolve around my migraines, so its great when they aren’t as bad.

I’m pondering on doing the diet in its pure form again, but I have found that if I keep eating similarly to the Ultimate Reset AND my Chocolate Vegan Shakeology.  What keeps me from keeping the diet is that I only have 21 days of recipes!  I hope that Beachbody comes out with some additional recipes to go with our Ultimate Reset.  It would be great if there was a follow up cookbook.

If you want to find out more about the Ultimate Reset and Shakeology you can check it out at www.myshakeology.com/meiz and www.myultimatereset.com/meiz .