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Day 2 of My 24 Day Journey… The Ultimate Reset

“To get through the hardest journey, we need to only take one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping” – Unknown

Today marks Day Two of my 24 Day Journey. I am doing the 3 Day Refresh followed by the 21 Day Ultimate Reset!

This is my fourth time doing th 3 Day Refresh, and it doesn’t get any easier with time! It is tough, but it is only three days to get your body back on track and fights cravings! Every time I do the Refresh, I no long crave coffee! With the 3 Day Refesh, you are given a meal plan for the 3 days, which you can select different fruits and veggies from. You are also given the Fiber Sweep (a once a day drink), a high fiber, digestive drink and the Vanilla Refresh, a high protein, craving cutter shake (2 times a day), paired with the right fruits, veggies, and healthy fats you are going to get amazing results including, feeling less bloated and having less cravings, like coffee and sugar!

The Refresh also shows you timing of how you eat and waiting until you are actually hungry to chow down! Your body starts paying more attention to what you are feeding it with!

You can read about my first 3 Day Refresh, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

The Ultimate Reset

The Ultimate Reset is quite different. Not only is it longer, it is more time consuming and extensive! It basically sets your body back to factory settings! It has a structured meal plan to follow with recipes. You don’t workout, with the exception of light walking or yoga during the 21 days! I am actually really looking forward to this break! Plus having meal plans already pre-planned for your week, will also be nice!

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The Ultimate Reset also comes with different supplements that I will be taking every day. There is Optimize, Alkalinize, and Detox. Each one has a different function and support that your body needs during the time of cleansing.

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The Opimize helps boost your metabolism and also helps reduce inflammation, this is taken three times a day at least a half hour before meals. Alkalinize helps neutralize the acid in your system, improving the overall pH balance, while supporting your body against bacteria, infection, and inflammation. This is taken daily with water. Detox promotes a healthy digestion and immune system (without having to be in the bathroom all day and night)!

Meals

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I was actually surprised when I looked at the menu for the reset! You get to eat a lot and meals are consistant. However, grocery shopping did take me awhile! I had to order somethings from Amazon (Thank God for Amazon!), because in rural North Dakota we don’t have seaweed sheets floating around! Yes, I will be making homemade sushi/seaweed rolls!

Here is an example of what I will be eating on Day 1!

Breakfast: 2 slices of Whole Grain Toast, 2 Eggs scrambled, and Steamed Spinach.

Lunch: A Microgreen salad with dressing

Snack: 1-2 Cups of Veggies with Cottage Cheese

Dinner: Baked Salmon Steamed Asperagus and Baby Potatoes

By week three, the Reset slowly cuts out carbs and meat protein. So, it definitely gets harder, but you still get to eat more than I thought!

The End Result

Before I start anything, I always like to have a WHY. A reason to stay committed, even when you are tempted to give up. My why is number one for my health. I am excited to see how this reset, really resets my system. My second, is for my eating habits. I like having an actualy planned menu so there is less chances of me running off course and cheating! I do better when I plan and have everything ready. Not that I eat terrible now, but I could do better! So for the next 22 days I will be eating my best, staying committed, no matter what, and hoping for great results!

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The Reset end result is to be “testing” what foods effect you, like carbs for example. By slowing cutting out and re-introducing, you’ll know how your body reacts. I am also very excited for this portion (not just because I will be done!), but to see how my body reacts, as well as how my arthritis acts when I start re-introducing foods! It will be great to know what foods trigger my flare-ups!

Odds and Ends AND This and That

I’ll be doing weekly posts on my new Ultimate Journey! So stay tuned!

If you haven’t yet, find my page on Facebook, The Fit Farmer’s Wife, and give it a like! I have LOTS of new and exciting things coming up VERY soon and I can’t wait to announce!

My next Challenge Group is also coming up! Lunges for Labor Day: On August 24th, we will be starting a 21 Day Journey with the 21 Day Fix! Get ready for easy to follow recipes, meal plans, heart-pumping workouts, 24-7 accountability, one-on-one coaching, and of course, AMAZING results! Please contact me you are interested! I’d love to have you!

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Sunday Dinner: Spicy Turkey Burgers with Mango Salsa

This weekend was busy, but fun! I had a baby shower to attend yesterday, for a friend who is having twin girls! And between church and painting… the rest was a blur.

I have been wanting to do an accent wall in our family room for sometime now, and finally made it Taylor’s birthday present to do some updates in the room that we probably use the most. I got him a tv stand and matching end table. We were still using something we found in his parents basement when we moved in our house, as a tv stand so, it was time for something new and different and something of our own.

I decided on a terra cotta color for the accent wall and it turned out lovely! We were both a little nervous until it dried, because it did look really peachy going on. Thankfully, it dried to the perfect color of a Southwest, organgey-brown, red. It really makes everything else in our family room so cozy and warm. And now, I am inspired to do more accent walls in our house! We’ll see how that goes!

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Our new accent wall!

For Sunday Dinner I made spicy turkey burgers with mango salsa on a whole wheat bun! It was yummy, healthy, and the perfect weekend to grill! It is in fact, getting more and more spring like here in North Dakota!

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Package of Lean, Ground Turkey (It was 1.5 pounds and made four burgers)
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick Southwest Seasoning (No Salt Added)
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Mango Salsa (I cheated and bought some from our local Cashwise grocery store)
  • 4 Whole Wheat buns
  • Avocado, sliced

In a medium bowl, mix turkey, garlic powder, and Southwest seasoning. Form into four equal patties. Place on grill and grill until done on each side. While grilling, cut buns in half. Slice avocado, and prepare salsa. Once burgers are done, place burger on bun and top with mango salsa and slices of avocado. Enjoy!

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Did I mention this is 21 Day Fix approved. This meal would equal, one red, two yellow, one blue, and one half purple! Since starting my new lifestyle in January, not only did I lose almost 11 inches but, my Rheumatoid Arthritis has been so much better and my psoriasis has pretty much cleared up and I am now a BeachBody Coach!! I am so excited to help people change their lives through eating and exercise! I will be holding a couple of challenge groups coming up, so if you are interested in trying Shakeology or a BeachBody program, please feel free to contact me with questions! And the best part, I get to be your coach for free!

Happy Monday! Xo

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More Bad News in My Health Department…

As many of you know I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in October of last year. Now, on top of that, yesterday I found out I have yet another auto immune disease, psoriasis.

Rewind to about 5 years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I noticed some itchy, patchy, spots on my leg. I didn’t think much of it, and eventually, over the past 4-5 years, it would come and go. Now, ever since we have gotten back from our trip to the Bahamas, it has gotten worse. Taylor has noticed that I am constantly itching during the night, and it is spreading. Sun, so far, is the only thing that noticeably helps. Taylor finally encouraged me to go in and get it checked out and get help. I willingly agreed.

What is Psoriasis?  It is an auto immune disease that has no cure. It is when your skin cells are out of control and grow faster than your other skin cells causing severe itching or red blotches on your skin. Some people have no itching at all. Some people, it effects their entire body, some people, just areas like armpits or behind the knee.

I was prepared in a way, because I always kind of knew what it was, but then again I wasn’t prepared at all. The doctor prescribed me a steroid cream to apply every day, twice a day for 10 days. This cream is strong so, after 10 days, you have to break for about two weeks. It can cause stretch marks and permanently damage your skin. The other option is to take strong RA medication with it. Usually RA meds and psoriasis meds go hand in hand, unfortunately. And sun or UV rays also can help. I am hoping and praying the cream works because the likelihood of Taylor and I moving to Hawaii is zero to none.

Am I scared, yes. One hundred percent. I have and probably always will be a person that care what I look like, so it is very hard. Even though, I am only 23, I feel like my body is about 87 years old. So many people say, you’re to young, yes, I am young, but diseases don’t care. I know my diseases and trials are small compared to others, but while other people are talking about starting families, I just long to be healthy in everyway possible. Last night, I saw this on Facebook from Daughter by Design, “If God intended for every day of your life to be easy, it would be. But in grace and love He permits difficult days to refine you.” Reading that last night, brought tears to my eyes. It was not a conscience. After that, I know He still cares. I know God is still on the throne.

I am the God that
Healeth thee
I am the Lord
Your healer
I sent My word
And I healed your disease
I am the Lord
Your healer

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How To: Cut a Pomeagranate the Right Way & a Recipe

After one week of being pretty Paleo (Paleo Diet), with the exception of the little ghost and pumpkin Halloween sugar cookies. I have been enjoying lots great food, and learning a lot! I also ordered the “Against All Grain” Cookbook from Amazon this week, and I am very excited to get that! I have enjoyed eating a bigger variety of veggies and fruits this week, which I eat a lot of anyway. I have really have been enjoying pomegranates with strawberries and raspberries! How many of you have never eaten a pomegranate? Have you eaten one, but don’t know the proper way to cut into it? Well, today I am your life saver!

You’ll need a knife, a bowl of some sort, and pomegranates!

First, start off by putting on an old shirt or apron, pomegranate juice stains!! Then, start by cutting around the point that sticks out on the end (I call it the bellybutton)!

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Then, cut little quarter segments on the top where you cut out the belly button. Don’t cut in too deeply, or you will puncture the juicy seeds!

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Then disassemble it by taking it apart where you cut the little segments. And wiggle the seeds out into the bowl. It will take some work and be time consuming, but it will be worth it when you get to eat your pomegranate seeds with out having to do all the work later!

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There! You have cut and de-seeded your first pomegranate!

Like I said, this week, has been interesting. Food prep is not something I want to do after getting up at 5 AM and driving to work, and working for 8 hours. When I get home, I like to relax or go for a run, when the weather decent. The last few nights, my right knee has had shooting pain through it, so I backed off the running. Last night, I left work a little earlier and came home and did some food prep, including cutting pomegranates! I also made mug Paleo English Muffins, yes mug, and Paleo Eggs Benedict! I was pleasantly surprised and it tasted almost like the real thing! Here is the recipe!

I started by making the Hollandaise sauce first, because it is the most time consuming. (This recipe is from Against All Grain by Danielle Walker)

What you Need:

3 Tbsp of coconut oil heated to about 95 degrees F

2 medium egg yolks

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp Salt (sea salt)

1/8 tsp Paprika

Fill a blender with boiling water and cover with lid. Let sit for 10 minutes. Thoroughly dry the blender, then blend the juice and eggs. With the blender on low, slowly add in the heated coconut oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and paprika, then pulse a few times to combine.

While you are waiting for the water to heat the blender, make your microwave mug English Muffins.

What you Need

1/3 cup of Almond Flour

1 tbsp. Coconut Flour

1 Egg

1/4 tsp Salt (sea salt)

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp. Water

Combine all ingredients in mug and mix well. Then microwave for 2 minutes. Insert knife around edges and take out muffin and cut into halves. Easy as pie!

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Then continue making the Hollendaise Sauce and poach your eggs. Also remember to get your meat ready. I used turkey ham, sliced thin. Serve warm with fresh squeezed orange juice!

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