Each phase requires a three week commitment. Every three weeks, you will evaluate how you feel and decide if it is time to move to the next phase. If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable then go back to the prior phase and give it more time before proceeding to the next phase. The phases are flexible and you can go forward or backward depending on how you feel as well as your motivation. Deviating from the plan is for the maintenance phase (phase IV) and is not advised until symptoms are clearly and significantly improved. As long as you are motivated, and still have symptoms, stay on the plan and continue to move through the phases.
► Phase I:During this initial phase you will follow the RESET Food Plan strictly and allow yourself to eat as frequently, and as much, as you like as long as you do not deviate from the plan. Frequent eating may be necessary during this phase until the body begins to burn fat as a fuel source (not necessarily for weight loss but for blood sugar stability). The goal of phase I is to decrease the body’s overreactions to foods, switch the body to fat burning, calm down an irritated gut system, and reduce food cravings.
improved stool pattern
no longer tired after eating
Also may observe:
reduction in nighttime urination
water weight and swelling reduction
elimination of muscle cramps (especially calves)
diminished acid reflux
improved blood pressure
better stool patterns
Although the first few days may be uncomfortable (due to food cravings or minor fatigue), there should be noticeable improvements in the expectations list by the end of week one and clearly by the end of week two (fat consumption can be increased short term to decrease cravings e.g. avocado, slice of bacon, etc. - gauge amount by satiation). If not then consult Dr. Cassone (or the Cassone Wellness team) and adjustments to prescriptions and modifications to the plan may be made. Phase I should be followed for a minimum of two weeks but can be followed long term depending on symptom improvements and personal goals.
In Phase I, smoothies are introduced as meal replacements (most common is to replace one meal a day). This approach can offer muscle sparing protein (prevents muscle loss) while providing nutrient density to decrease cravings while lowering digestive burden and total calories consumed. CLEANSE (powdered smoothie base from Cassone Wellness) is the main detoxification supplement that we recommend for anyone on the RESET Food Plan. It is protein rich, nutrient dense, low carbohydrate, and has been specifically designed to support the process of detoxification and to reduce inflammation.
CLEANSE is tasteless and can be used with any of our smoothie recipes. These usually need to be made with a blender. CLEANSE can also be mixed with our Collagen Protein powder (Vanilla or Chocolate) for a tasty low carb meal replacement packed with power nutrients. Simply mix 2 scoops of each with water and shake in a bottle which is very convenient.
CLEANSE is especially important for those with more than 30 pounds to lose and for those with chronic stubborn conditions such as severe allergies, eczema, joint pain, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, or as part of our general cancer patient support.
After 3 weeks, if satisfied with the level of improvements, stay on Phase I. If more improvements are needed, then progress to Phase II to increase the therapeutic effects.
In summary, in Phase I follow the RESET Food Plan but for better results consume a smoothie as a meal replacement once a day.
Note: Going forward, you will evaluate how you feel every 3 weeks and make a conscious decision whether to stay on your current phase, to progress to more aggressive phases (which may include fasting), to go back to a prior phase, or if it's time to shift to the maintenance phase (Phase IV).
► Phase II: continue to follow the RESET Food Plan however, snacks are discontinued. Instead, eat 3 meals a day only. This allows for the body to fast between meals. Continue the use of smoothies as a meal replacement. Follow phase II for 3 weeks and reassess progress. This phase can be followed long term however, if more improvements are needed then progress to Phase III.
In summary, Phase II is the RESET Food Plan but only three meals a day without snacks.