Let me start off by saying I’ve spent ALL my adult life studying health and fitness and for the last 20 years I’ve been dedicated to the art of body building in particular.
Not to become cartoonish-big, but to establish as much lean body mass as I possibly could. In other words, so I looked fantastic naked!
I know that sounds funny, but my thinking is this: I have to look at myself in the mirror every day when I get out of the shower, and I want to impress myself. So to look fantastic naked has always been an area of emphasis on my health and fitness journey.
Maybe your goal is to simply fit into some particular clothes, maybe it’s to feel better, have more energy, lessen aches and pains…whatever.
Regardless of what your health and fitness goals and objectives are it all starts with a decision. Once you’ve made the decision, then it’s all about taking action.
The problem with action is there’s good action and bad action.
An example of bad action (after making the decision you want to look better, feel better, perform better or all the above) would be something like reducing your alcohol intake from 5 drinks a day to 3, or reducing your consumption of processed, fatty foods to only lunch and dinner.
These things would be “progress” for sure, but would not necessarily qualify as taking “good action”.
An example of GOOD action, on the other hand (again, after making the decision you want to look better, feel better, perform better or all the above) would be something like discontinuing your alcohol consumption all together until you’ve gotten out of the habit of drinking, or eliminating deserts and sugary drinks from your daily consumption, or walking a mile every day.
These things alone or collectively would all qualify as “good action”.
So STEP 1 is MAKING THE DECISION to look better, feel better, and/or perform better.
STEP 2 is TAKING GOOD ACTION on the decision.
Now the next part is critical.
If you are not exactly sure what good action consists of entirely, and you really just want some guided help then I will provide that to you here.
Heather and I MADE THE DECISION to reset our bodies and, although our initial goals were slightly different, we both understood that human bodies are very fluid and adaptable based on what you are consuming.
Then we were introduced to the LIFE BY SEACRET 10 DAY RESET PROGRAM, which is a plant-based, organic, whole food nutrition program designed to alkalize, energize and detoxify – while allowing your body to experience greater health and wellness.
So, why alkalize? GREAT QUESTION!
The answer is simple…
there are many systems in the body that must function within a balanced state for optimum health. Your temperature (98.6F/37C), your heart rate, blood pressure (120/80), blood sugar, oxygen and even your pH all need to maintain their perfect balance.
This 10-day lifestyle change will help support cardiovascular health, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure for those already in the normal range.
In fact, your pH is one of the most critical levels that the body must keep stable in order for you to survive and thrive.
When you keep your body in a slightly alkaline state, the way it is designed, you have the greatest chance of supporting a better state of health and thus increasing your vitality.
In other words, to get your body back in balance, SEACRET has put together this 10-Day Reset to help promote a healthier YOU.
The program is simple to follow, cost-effective and great-tasting…it’s less of a “diet” and more of what I like to call “waking your body up”.
So, going back to the whole “making a decision” thing I was talking about…I truly believe that this is the easiest part of the entire process and, for some, also the hardest.
And the reason is because many people have an internal voice telling them they essentially are “living to eat” vs “eating to live” and this leads to eating when you shouldn’t and also what shouldn’t.
And that is why I encourage you to embrace your “decision” and really ponder why making the decision to look better, feel better, and/or perform better is important to you.
So, whether you are looking to get back on track with your health or you are looking to take your health from good to great, this program is for you.
Aside from the recommended foods you can eat and when (discussed in detail below) you will need to consume some strategic Life By SEACRET nutritional products along the way (also discussed in detail below about when and how much to consume):
SHAKE (Chocolate or Vanilla) – plant-based protein sweetened with Monk fruit
GREENS Powder – superfoods you mix with your SHAKE
CURB – herbal, organic appetite suppressant
BOOSTER – herbal, organic supplement to support your alkalinity
And I can even break down the entire process of what we went through from Day 1 through Day 10, so you’ll know what to expect physically and also mentally.
First and foremost the main thing I LOVED about this program being a 6’3″ 275 pound body builder is the frequency with which you are supposed to consume your calories.
Because, frankly, when you have this amount of lean body mass it’s kind of needed to eat frequently.
For Heather, she liked the same aspect of the program, but for a different reason: because, while the calorie consumption is strategically lessened for 10 days, for the most part it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on any calories because of the genius in the program.
Let me explain…
First, plan to feed your body every three hours. Here’s what I, along with the 10-day reset program suggests:
Whenever you feed your body every 3 hours it helps increase your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
As part of this 10-day reset program you are to take your CURB before a snack or a meal to help avoid falling for unhealthy cravings before your next meal, so the process is made even easier for you.
And from a guy as big as I am, I can fully attest that CURB works beautifully to alleviate hunger pangs in a healthy, organic way.
Then take your BOOSTER before bed, which not only helps you to sleep VERY well, but it also supports alkalizing your body while it’s at rest for the night. Then you wake and repeat the process.
During the course of the 10 days Heather and I religiously followed this plan, I did my regular hard work out every day while Heather did a circuit 3-4 days a week. At the completion of the 10 days I had lost 13 pounds, and Heather had lost 9.
MORE importantly, though, was the way we both FELT!
Way more energy and alertness, we were both sleeping better, there was no mid-afternoon “wall” of turning into zombies, and our skin just felt softer and smoother.
Now we’ve both committed to doing a new 10-day reset at least every other month.
I took it a step further and had a new blood panel taken to compare my results after the 10-day reset to my results BEFORE we started…and unsurprisingly to me, my numbers overall were far better than before.
My blood sugar, albeit already in healthy range, was lower…my cholesterol levels, also already in healthy range, was lower…and all other important panels were better.
LET’S TAKE A DEEP DIVE
At the foundation of the Life By Seacret 10 Day Reset Program are the 4 products from the Life By Seacret nutrition line I mentioned earlier.
They are the plant-based, Vanilla or Chocolate Protein SHAKE, the GREENS powder, BOOSTER and CURB. Simply, the program involves having your SHAKE and GREENS together for breakfast and lunch (taking CURB 30 minutes before your lunch SHAKE/GREENS), and a healthy meal for dinner along with your BOOSTER before bed.
Include some exercise, like walking or resistance training, and you’ve got a program set to get you on track. This is done for 10 consecutive days and then say hello to a healthier new you.
That’s it! It’s that simple.
Most people love how good they feel after day 10 that they either continue the program or move into a health maintenance program by continuing their
SHAKE & GREENS at breakfast or lunch and having 2 healthy meals a day along with their CURB and BOOSTER.
Just remember, adding exercise to your daily routine is recommended as it helps provide health benefits and works in conjunction with the other efforts you’re making.
After Heather and I finished our first 10-day reset she decided to continue as the program states for another 7 days, at which point she started including a regular lunch and dinner but still had the SHAKE/GREENS for breakfast, fruit for mid morning snack, and vegetables for mid afternoon snack.
Me, on the other hand, after my 10-day reset I decided to go immediately to the same thing she did after 17 days on the program.
For an entire week after we stopped the regular program, neither of us gained a single pound of fat or weight.
What does a typical day on the reset program look like?
Let’s take a look…
Consume 20 fluid ounces (0.59 L) of clean filtered water with 1/2 lemon or lime. I prefer lime, while Heather prefers lemon. Either way is fine, but make sure it’s the first thing you do when you get up.
The added benefit of drinking it first thing is that you get a head start on the full gallon of water you SHOULD be drinking over the course of a full day.
What we do is take a clear gallon jug for each of us and fill them each up with purified, filtered water every morning, then we have an easy gage to see how much we’ve drank and how much we need to drink as the day goes on to ensure we’ve taken a full gallon of good, clean water in every single day.
Mix 2 scoops of Life By Seacret Vanilla or Chocolate SHAKE with 1 Scoop of Life By Seacret GREENS powder with 12-16 fluid ounces (0.35-0.47 L) of cold, clean, filtered water. Blend or shake vigorously and consume.
**Personal deviation note: This is one area that we both deviated from the plan a little and, in our personal experience, it helped greatly. We added one tablespoon of coconut oil powder and one teaspoon of MCT oil to each of our SHAKES.
Then right before blending them we added ¼ teaspoon of both ginger, turmeric, and organic Japanese matcha green tea powder. It’s technically not part of the protocol suggested by the plan, but we like to experiment so we added these things to our SHAKES, and not only did it not impact the flavor in any way we know that we are getting added nutrients for our bodies.
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. They may help your body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy aging.
Matcha is high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Studies have linked green tea to a variety of health benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and even encouraging weight loss.
MID MORNING SNACK:
1-2 pieces of fresh fruit from recommended list provided. You can reference the list provided in the graphic below and randomly select from the list. For us, we found that having a simple Pink Lady apple and a handful of grapes was not only tasty, but gave us some energy before lunch.
Take 2 capsules of CURB 20-30 minutes before lunch with at least 8 fl. oz. (0.23 L) of purified, filtered water. Then consume a second serving of SHAKE
and GREENS prepared as described at breakfast.
For us, we again added all the extras as described above giving us an added serving of good oils as well as spices and Matcha green tea.
MID AFTERNOON SNACK:
Sliced carrots and celery sticks (or other vegetables from recommended list). Heather stuck to this snack religiously, but me…always the rebel…decided to test a deviation to see if it still worked, and it did! I had a small saucer with 3-4 small broccoli crowns, a handful of baby carrots, two medium celery sticks, and two tablespoons of homemade guacamole (for yet more good fat).
3-5 ounces (85-141g) of lean protein with 1-2 cups of steamed vegetables. Buffalo, wild salmon, and turkey were our meats of choice.
AFTER DINNER SNACK (OPTIONAL):
1 cup frozen cherries (or other fruit from recommended list). For us we diced a pear each up into tiny, thin slices for this snack. Not for any particular health reason, but simply because we both like pears. By cutting them up into almost slivers it made it seem like there was more of it and, combined with our final glass of water for the night, made us feel “full” and we didn’t have any late cravings before bed.
Take 4 BOOSTER capsules on an empty stomach before bed. I will say that, whatever “magic” this supplement does there is a reason why its suggested to take it before bed time…because for us, it KNOCKED US OUT. I can personally say I’ve never slept so well in my life!
Repeat day 1, varying the foods from the recommended list.
I’ll wrap up by saying this:
In life, I’ve learned that there are really only 12 key things you need to be successful, and many of them diet related and apply to your soon-to-be success with this amazing 10-day reset program.
- Surround yourself with people that lift you up and encourage you to pursue your goals and dreams.
- Make the decision that you’re going to be successful in life no matter what.
- Reduce stress by reading at least one personal development book (or listen to a personal development audio) once a month.
- Get a good night’s sleep! Your body does its best healing while it sleeps.
- Drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces (3.2% of kg of body weight in liters) of water daily (Alkaline water is ideal). For instance, if one weighs 180 lbs. (81.6 kg), drink 90 fl. oz. (2.6 L) of water each day.
- Help others and do something that brings you joy each day.
- Exercise AT LEAST a few times per week (both cardio and strength).
- Eat fresh, organic foods DAILY!
- Eat nutrient-rich foods and eat only healthy fats like almonds, walnuts, avocado, coconut, or hemp..
- Eat live, raw foods as much as possible (uncooked fruits and vegetables) and keep animal proteins (Beef, chicken, eggs etc.) to a minimum. The ideal portion size would be 3-5 ounces (85-141g) per meal.
- Make a difference in someone’s life.
- Make decisions as if you may not be alive tomorrow.
Some of the above list are far more philosophical than others, and you may or may not take them all seriously or implement them, but as one of my best mentors ever once taught me: You have to participate in your own rescue, and you can only lead a horse to the trough but you can’t make it drink.
All that being said, here’s my challenge for you:
Do the 10-Day reset program and witness for yourself what it will do and how it will change your life, inside and out. Remember, life is all about the decisions you make and your ability to follow through on the actions necessary to turn dreams into reality.
In our personal experience the mental clarity and the overall way we FELT after this 10-day reset was worth it ALONE. The added fat/weight loss was the bonus. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step as one ancient Chinese proverb once taught me, and the single step represents your DECISION to make a change.
One of the most important parts of any successful program is the commitment to doing your absolute best throughout the process. Starting a new health program can be exciting, but what people sometimes forget is that getting healthy is a process and takes time.
So although you can and will see results over the 10 days of this program, you have to maintain mental and physical health afterward or it will be all for nought. Commitment to follow through with the entire program takes a real dedication to yourself, remembering why you started the program in the first place. Take this moment to make a commitment to yourself.
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