We live in a generation where we’re always looking for the next great diet trick that will help us shed those last few pounds but do you ever think that losing weight and feeling good may be as easy as just eating right. The 3-Day Reset by Pooja Mottl takes us through a sensible and fairly easy way to change our bad cravings and instead begin to crave eating healthy foods that are delicious and actually good for us too.
There are ten resets that include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout and each reset takes 3 days. Now I had every intention of trying one of these out – I already don’t eat salt, sugar, takeout, or chocolate (migraines) and I never touch beverages like sodas or specialty drinks. However I could do with changing my breakfast eating as well as wheat and yogurt. I’ve had a sick pup for the last few weeks so I didn’t get a chance to tackle breakfast but I plan to and I’ll make sure to post my results for everyone. In the meantime I want to give a brief overview of each reset and what I found interesting about it:
Sugar – an average person eats about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. This works out to about 13% of our daily calories. It’s no wonder we feel tired and sluggish. Sugar is only a pick me up for a very brief time before you tumble from that high. Even scarier is that sugar is in so many things we casually eat without even thinking like ketchup, waffles, and bread.
Wheat – this is a tough one for me because I truly love my white bread and pasta but I fully intend to see if I can change that in the future. What amazes me about wheat is the processes and additives that go into taking the wheat and making it into our breads and pastas, etc. That alone had the ability to make me anxious about putting all those additives in my body. Not to mention that eating whole grain wheat flour instead of refined can lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Salt – this is one that I have done after finding out I had high blood pressure. I went cold turkey but what’s astonishing is just what foods you can find salt in and one that I found most surprising was eggs. This is a difficult reset to tackle because as Pooja says our tastebuds have become so accustomed to salt but you know after you do it for a while and become used to not using salt it’s next to impossible to eat something salty again.
Chocolate – Not an issue for me as I haven’t eaten chocolate in years but I found it interesting to read about the history of chocolate that Pooja writes of. Chocolate is yet another thing that our modern world has over processed.
Yogurt – I had read about my yogurt being fake long before Pooja related the same thing in her book. Once again it was interesting to read the history of yogurt and how different it is from the over processed stuff we eat today. I don’t eat any of the fancy yogurts they make today with all kinds of things added in – I eat boring old vanilla but I do want to try this reset and some of the recipes that Pooja has included just to see what I think. Just maybe I can leave my fake yogurt behind.
Chicken – once again it’s a matter of how different we do things now from back in the past. It used to be that people prepared whole chickens yet now it’s chicken pieces or breasts. Even more disturbing is the chicken lunchmeat or nuggets that may come across as being healthy but really aren’t. In our house we still use whole chickens although not all the time but we do make stock and soups and I still say there’s nothing better than a homemade chicken soup.
Beverages – this one speaks for itself. We are a nation that drinks a lot of soda pop and those fancy drinks. I’m not one of them but I do drink way more coffee than is healthy. I’m not sure people always stop to think of how much sugar and calories is in a can of pop or an iced coffee for example. It’s a little scary when you find that you could have had a meal for that iced coffee.
Breakfast – I am a bad breakfast eater so this reset is on my radar. So many breakfast foods are so full of sugar and if you’re eating a take out breakfast that’s even worse. If you start your day that way how can you expect to feel good throughout the rest of it.
Salad – normally we think a salad is good for us but stop – did you put salad dressing on it? That just made it unhealthy unless you’re using a homemade salad dressing. Pooja makes salad making something to take pleasure in. I used to make wonderful salads and dressing but somehow strayed away from that and I’d like to get back to eating simple but delicious salads so I’ll be revisiting this reset.
Takeout – the last reset and maybe one of the most difficult for some. I haven’t eaten takeout in years because I have this thing about knowing what’s gone into my food and I know that takeout has a ton of salt which I won’t eat. Pooja also mentions these things as well as saying that you can usually take your favorite take out meal and make a much healthier version of it at home.
I found the 3-Day Reset a very interesting book to go through. What I enjoyed most was the conversational tone to it and all the extra information like the history of these resets. I liked the tips & tools that are great to helping you succeed on your 3-day reset and the grocery lists, pantry swaps, and especially the recipes included at the end of each chapter are awesome.
Recommended for those who are really interested in making a commitment to follow a better lifestyle where their eating is concerned. I do believe that when you try these resets you will notice a change in the way you taste food and the way you feel as I did with the few of the resets I’ve already done. If you want to get healthy and feel good The 3-Day Reset may be a great first step for you!