Why is the 28 Day Reset Program different?
Our prepared meals program is a plant-based whole foods diet demonstrated by medical research to prevent or reverse chronic disease. Our program includes the additional personal support necessary to ensure that participants successfully achieve their health goals.
What kind of support is available to participants?
We got it covered! In addition to weekly support meetings, participants receive daily messages with important tips, resources and recipes, and access to online community forums that promote full success completing the 28 day program.
How hard is it to eat this way?
It’s much easier than any other diet out there. Food choices are simplified and participants generally see changes fast. Changes in weight and energy levels are regularly reported within the first two weeks–increasing motivation and making it easier for people to stay committed. In the first two weeks the body is getting over its addiction to fat, sugar and salt.
What about picky eaters?
Taste buds will change! People on the Standard American Diet S.A.D. are hooked on salt, sugar, and fat. One to two weeks after eliminating these foods from their diets, taste buds, which have been stunted for years, come to life. People begin to better appreciate the more subtle tastes of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
What about hunger?
The beauty of eating plant-based whole foods is that people can eat as much as they want of vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, beans/legumes, whole grains. Their bodies will self-regulate and settle in at the “right” weight for them. Participants report eating more food than before while easily maintaining a healthy weight.
What about energy levels?
It takes about a week for the body to adjust to eating this way and to eliminate stored toxins. After that most people report high energy and greater vitality. Those who have low energy are not eating enough calories and need to eat more! Remember, there is no need to count calories or worry about overeating on this diet.
What supplements are needed?
Our physicians recommend 1000 mcg of B12 and 1000 units of Vitamin D, daily. For Omega 3’s, some people use a tablespoon of ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds once or twice a day.
Is this a temporary diet?
No, this is a lifestyle change. After initiating this regimen, most clients report that their health improves in a matter of days. Some lose weight (if they need to), while blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels improve, resulting in a lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain cancers, (especially colon, breast, and prostate). AND PEOPLE FEEL GREAT! Going back to the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) will reverse the benefits gained.
What about after the 28 days?
Our goal is to give participants the information and support that they need to eat differently at home, traveling or eating out. There are greater options available every day as more people are finding out about the health benefits of a plant-based whole foods diet.
What about people who don’t cook?
Our program is perfect for people who don’t cook. Easy, convenient prepared meals can be ordered during and beyond the first 28 days.
What about athletes?
Many endurance athletes, NFL and NBA players, and even bodybuilders follow regimens focused on plant-based whole foods. Click here to read about plant-Based Athletes That Blow The Protein Myth Out of The Water
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What about protein?
Eating a plant-based whole foods diet provides all the protein our bodies need because ALL plants have protein. The Standard American Diet has until recently set the bar for beef and dairy as the best sources of protein without attention to their “side effects,” including high levels of fat and cholesterol. The 2015 U.S. Government Dietary Guidelines endorses a diet high in plant-based foods, and removed lean meat from their list of “favored foods.”
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What about fat?
Plants naturally contain fat. Our meals do not require any additional fats. We avoid avocado, vegetable and other oils, all of which are concentrated fats and include some saturated fats.
What about Coconut?
Coconut water has been shown to promotes re-hydration in the body. Both coconut milk and coconut “meat” contain a high amount of saturated fat, which may contribute to the onset of chronic conditions.
What about alcohol?
Alcohol is plant-based. We advise that four ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or one ounce of hard alcohol per day are acceptable, based on the approval of your healthcare provider.
What about caffeine?
Some clients are OK with one or two cups a day. Many doctors recommend obstaining from caffeine.
How about smoothies and juicing?
Juicing and smoothies are very popular right now because they offer an easy way to take in vital nutrients. It’s important to remember that chewing foods breaks down their fiber, distributing whole nutrients into the body. Juicing can marginalize the fiber, releasing higher sugar content into the bloodstream. Blood sugar levels are measured by the glycemic index, a basic tool that allow us to regulate our options. We recommend juicing sparingly, as a “snack” option, with low glycemic vegetables. Click here to learn more about the glycemic index and check levels on your favorite foods.
Research shows that any form of refined/processed sugar, may be harmful, one should consider minimizing natural sweeteners–maple syrup, honey, dates, etc. And read labels: four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon.
What about whole grains?
Again, read the label. In order for a food–bread, cracker, etc.–to be considered a “whole grain” product, the ratio of carbohydrates to fiber needs to be 10/1 or less. Dave’s Killer Bread, available in the regular bread section of most grocery stores has the best ratios we have found.
Is grass fed or natural meat OK?
Research shows that animal proteins are linked to chronic diseases of all kinds. If it is not possible to avoid meat, wild game would be the healthiest choice, with buffalo or grass fed beef a good second choice. Because of the study data, our healthiest option is to stick to plants.
Where’s the flavor and variety in eating veggies all the time?
Rosane Oliveira, Founding Director of the Integrative Medicine program at the University of California, says one of the biggest myths out there is that a plant-based diet is equivalent to a bland one. With a few spices and simple techniques, the truth is that a plant-based diet really is more flavorful, interesting and diverse than the same old meat & potato routine.
“Once you stop drowning out the flavor—the true nature—of your food with salt, sugar and oils, you’ll taste it like you never have before,” says Oliveira. Click here for more on her perspective.