By Shari Jainuddin, ND, BCB

This past October, I started my residency at the Live Well Clinic. The year prior to landing here was jam packed with situations that compromised any quality of food I was getting. I had suffered personal illness, finished my fourth year of medical school, studied and took my licensing examinations, packed up and moved across the country, packed and unpacked a moving truck four times, and lived out of a suitcase for over a month. I also had gained a few pounds but wasn’t really concerned with the weight gain as much as I was bothered by how “puffy” I felt.

After starting my residency, I soon found out about the clinic’s exclusive 21 Day Nutrition Reboot Plan, which comes with a step-by-step booklet, including recipes. Considering that the last two decades of my life had been spent balancing work, school, and motherhood, my repertoire of culinary creations was limited. I brought a manual home to get some new (healthy) recipe ideas. However, unbeknownst to me, when I showed it to my daughter she said, “We are doing this, Mom!” I was not mentally prepared for that type of commitment; I just wanted a few recipe ideas. But I knew that with all the poor food options I had eaten in the last few months, a clean diet was probably a good call. I hemmed and hawed a bit, but with her excitement and relentless encouragement, we ended up doing the 21 Day Nutrition Reboot Plan and I am so thankful we did.

I learned so much doing the “Reboot”. Initially, I lost 12 pounds and kept it off (likely inflammatory weight from my poor diet), mentally I felt more centered, and I unexpectedly found out I was having reactions to certain foods! Needless-to-say, I now keep this diet as a touchstone for my meals. Yes, I venture into less healthy days and weeks, but I find my way back and my body always feels better when I do. The real bonus is that my daughter also learned valuable information on how certain foods impact her and how to cook healthy balanced meals, knowledge she can use throughout her life.