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What I Learned from a 21 Day Reset

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For the past 21 days I’ve been participating in Laura’s January Reset. My main purpose in doing it was to get back to my normal way of eating. Vacation and the holidays left me craving sugar and junk. I was following into a trap of eating whatever, whenever just because it was there. Not because I was hungry.

So what did I learn from a 21 Day Reset?

I learned that I can live without snacking on cereal, crackers and chips.

I learned that I don’t need a daily dose of chocolate.

I learned that I missed eating homemade kale chips with nutritional yeast or Banana Soft Serve. It had been far too long since I made either.

I learned that I didn’t really crave sugar until the third week. Most likely due to PMS.

I learned that I need more than eggs and veggies for breakfast. Adding oats or a piece of sprouted toast with nut butter holds me over for hours.

I learned that I “mindless” eat a lot. At work, I’ll eat my snacks or lunch while simultaneously playing with my phone.

I learned that I need to vary my weekly vegetable selection otherwise I get bored.

I learned that I don’t need coffee to function. It’s more of a treat to me or something to warm my hands up.

I learned that I overload on nut butter, nuts and things made with nuts. It’s one of my go-to snacks.

Now that I’m off the reset, I don’t think I’m going to change anything except allowing for glasses of wine (or a margarita) and coffee every so often. I also will be limiting my nut butter intake. While nuts are good for you, having 3-5 servings a day is NOT a good thing. I also am trying to put my phone away while I eat. It’s easy to do at home. At work, it’s a little harder. I only have a short window of time to catch up on things! I’ll try, though.

I never really felt restricted on the reset except while we were out to eat. I just couldn’t refuse fresh out of the oven tortilla chips and fresh salsa. Mmmmm.

I highly recommend Laura’s reset. She did such a wonderful job with the full menu’s and the Facebook support group. She is full of support and knowledge!

Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Salmon, massaged kale and roasted squash

Monday: Vegetable Bibimbap

Tuesday: Dinner out – fundraiser for school

Wednesday: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Thursday: Kale Sweet Potato Salad Bowl

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Fish tacos + broccoli slaw

Have you ever done a reset?

What’s for dinner this week?

Evolution Fresh #3DaystoGreen

Evolution Fresh Green Juice | happyfitmama

I’m participating in the Evolution Fresh blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. 

“It looks a little like sewer sludge.”

That’s the initial reaction of most people who first see a green juice. Let’s face it – it’s GREEN. As it should be because it’s made with ALL the greens.

What’s wrong with green? To me it screams FRESH!

Recently, I linked up with Evolution Fresh in their #3DaystoGreen campaign. It’s the start of the new year and new goals. One of my goals for this year is to cut back on my random snacking. As you know, I’ve been participating in Laura’s 21 Day Reset and have been happy with the results so far. My snack cravings for breads, crackers, chips and cereal have mostly disappeared. I’ve been focusing on eating real food which ultimately means my veggie eating has increased. I thought I was good before but now I’m really good.

Evolution Juice #3daystogreen

Evolution Fresh juices – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, and Smooth Greens – have over one pound (ONE POUND!) of green vegetables in every bottle and less than ten grams of sugar per serving. And there is nothing added – no preservatives, no sweeteners, no flavors – not even natural ones. All you get is pure, delicious juice.

You can choose from four delicious flavors – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, or Smooth Greens. My local Whole Foods only had two varieties available – everything else was sold out!

I took the challenge and began my first morning with a Sweet Greens and Lime. I am not going to lie – it was very green. I could taste a lot of parsley, which isn’t my favorite green. In my opinion, if you are not used to green juice, it’s not the first one to try.

Evolution Fresh Green Juice | happyfitmama.com

At work, I have fallen into the habit of having a cup of coffee around 10:30 every morning. I decided that instead I’d have a juice. The second day I popped open a Sweet Greens and Ginger.YUM! It still had all the green taste but way less parsley. This was by far my favorite.

By day three, I had another Sweet Greens and Lime as an afternoon pick me up. It definitely gave me a little extra zing to power through the rest of my workday.

I can’t say I noticed a whole of difference in my overall being. I tend to eat a lot of kale, spinach and other greens everyday anyway. I did feel like it gave me an energy boost particularly during the afternoon slump.

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On to meal planning for the week – last week of the reset plan!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + roasted veggies

Monday: Egg Power Bowls

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday: Chicken stir fry over spaghetti squash “noodles”

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: out

Saturday: Rainbow Tofu Spring Rolls + Ginger Peanut Sauce

Are you a fan of green juice?

What’s for dinner this week?

Meal Planning {Week of January 11}

Crock Pot Two Bean Veggie Chili | Happyfitmama.com

Happy meal planning Sunday!

Week one of Laura’s January 21 Day Reset went OK. Monday I didn’t pack enough snacks for at work. I was ready to break into the chocolate drawer at work until I scavenged some fruit/nuts off a coworker. I also found that eggs and veggies does absolutely nothing for my appetite at breakfast. I was starving within an hour. I need some carbs! Some of the other reset participants and Laura suggested I try sprouted Ezekiel bread (since it’s sprouted), sweet potato or root vegetable hash, oatmeal or quinoa to go along with my eggs. I tried it one day with oatmeal on the side (since I love my oats). The hungry beast was tamed!

Other than the one day of starving at breakfast, it has gone well. I haven’t had any chocolate or coffee since Sunday. My whole point of the reset is to break the habit of reaching for snacky things (crackers, bread, etc) when I’m hungry. Instead, I’ve been reaching for veggies and hummus or fruit and nuts. I was seriously Jonesing for tortilla chips to go with my Two Bean Veggie Chili on Tuesday night. But it passed and I lived.

Here’s to week two!

Sunday – Fish tacos (didn’t make last week) + broccoli slaw

Monday – Avocado Egg Salad on Portobello Caps + roasted sweet potato fries

Tuesday – Butternut Squash Curry

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls

Friday – Salmon + steamed veggies + quinoa

Saturday – Out

What are you having for dinner this week?