Vacationing is awesome. Want to know what’s not so awesome? Having limited options as a vegetarian. I just got back from Iceland a couple of weeks ago (more on that later, the trip was amazing!) & though I loved every single minute being there I’m going to be honest & come clean: my eating was abysmal. The Icelandic diet is very meat-centric which left me with very little options while there, let’s just say I ate a cheese sandwich pretty much every day! For someone like me who eats mostly gluten free my post vacation body wasn’t happy, I was feeling very bloated, craving carbs galore & came back a couple of pounds heavier. The good news is that I got back ready to hit the ground running & do a reset to balance my body, get back on the clean eating train!
I did a ton of research as to which detox or reset program to try, & after a lot of reading I settled on Usana’s Reset Program. Why did I pick this program? For starters, it sounded super simple: snacks, shakes, fruits, vegetables & being active. I also liked that it included a vitamin pack, to really help you get your body to a balanced point. To top it off, I liked Usana‘s overall mission, the company as whole is science-based, they approach nutrition & health analyzing all of our body’s functions & addressing them at the root. A lot of times we deal with diet & exercise at the surface, that’s part of the reason why many of us lose & gain weight in a vicious cycle. I was optimistic in trying a different approach & see how I felt after a five day commitment to follow the Reset program.
I completed the program today & I have to admit it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The shakes were delicious (you get chocolate, vanilla & strawberry), the protein bars were too (especially the chocolate one. Yes, I know, I’m a chocoholic), and the vitamins came in two packs, one to take in the morning & one at night. I made the shakes every day, ate one serving of fruit & one serving of vegetables, had the snacks, drank tons of water & went on walks or did yoga for 30 minutes. Day one was super easy, day two was probably the hardest one but I find that’s always the case when doing cleanses, detox or reset programs. Days three through five flew by & before I knew it I was done! I’m now 1.5 pounds lighter, lost 3.5 inches & curved those crazy carb cravings I was having. A big win all around!
So what’s next? I’m getting back to my clean eating routine & mixing up my exercise routine. I know it’s a crazy time of year to think of eating clean & exercising, after all the holidays are all about indulgence, but why delay what you can do today? I will do my best to eat clean most days, give myself some grace for Christmas & New Years, & stay healthy through the holidays because it is possible. Trust me, it really is. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to commit to a healthier lifestyle, over the holidays or to start the new year, I hope this post inspired you to do so. Do it. You can do it! If you’re not sure where to start, here are my thoughts on a few programs I’ve tried. Do your research, pick the one that works for you & persevere. Good luck!