Exactly What to Do After the Kroma 5-Day Reset, According To A Functional Medicine Expert
As a functional medicine expert, I have seen my fair share of “cleanses” and “detoxes” that end in disappointment as they are only focused on short-term results. Instead of a quick fix, Kroma’s 5-Day Reset is formulated to deliver targeted, whole-body benefits that help you feel nourished instead of depleted.
By eating and drinking delicious food meant to fuel you throughout the five days, you’ll experience less bloat, better sleep, enhanced energy, improved digestion, alleviated stress, balanced blood sugar, and so much more. But what happens after the Reset is over? Unlike most other resets on the market, Kroma understands that the biggest change happens after the Reset is over. Rather than falling back into your old habits that encouraged poor health in the first place, The Reset is designed to help you create new habits that will support your health long after the 5 days.
To help make the most out of your 5-Day Reset, follow these tips as you transition back into your regular routine.
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1. Don’t go right back to your diet pre-reset
During the 5-Day Reset, you removed four key inflammatory foods: industrial seed oils, cane sugar, dairy, and gluten-containing grains. It can be tempting to celebrate completing the Reset with an indulgent meal like pizza and ice cream, but it isn’t doing your body any favors! Not only will this spike your blood sugar, irritate your digestion, and trigger inflammation, but you’ll be negating a lot of the benefits you gained from the Reset in one quick meal!
A good rule of thumb is to stick with clean, whole foods as much as possible. In fact, for the first week, I recommend following a diet relatively similar to what you were eating during the Reset with a lot of bone broth, soups, smoothies, and easier-to-digest meals before moving on to heavier meals made with healthy fats, clean animal protein, and gluten-free grains.
2. Do regular mental check-ins
Unlike a lot of other cleanses on the market that are hyper-focused on the outcome of losing weight, the 5-Day Reset shifts your perspective on what it means to be healthy. By helping you become aware of your body’s signals, the Reset shows you how to listen to your body and what it really needs. At the end of the Reset, you should have come away with a better understanding of your relationship with food and your personal eating habits. This will help reveal the often neglected emotional aspect of eating which will translate into physical benefits both short and long-term.
Instead of falling back into autopilot after the Reset, it’s important to still keep this awareness you gained around food, especially as you start to incorporate more foods into your diet. A food journal is a great way to do regular mental check-ins as it can help you keep track of any physical symptoms and how you felt before, during, and after eating in order to identify unhealthy patterns and emotional triggers.
3. Stick with your daily rituals
Throughout the 5-Day Reset you had a simple routine filled with daily rituals. Things like the morning Matcha or nighttime Magnesium were designed to easily incorporate healing superfoods into your diet in an enjoyable way. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop them once the Reset is over!
As with most things in functional medicine, there is no quick fix. And that’s the same with superfoods. In order to reap the benefits of these superfoods and their nutrients, you must eat them consistently over a period of time in order to see long-term, sustainable changes — not just a quick boost of energy for that day only.
That’s why Kroma sells each one of the products in the 5-Day Reset separately so you can purchase the rituals that helped you the most. This way, you can continue to fuel your health goals long after the Reset is over! I even partnered with Kroma on my Dr. Will Cole's Daily Essentials Bundle that contains my 5 favorite Kroma products that will lay the foundation for your overall health - no matter what your specific diet looks like!
Plus, daily rituals give you a chance to slow down during your day — whether that is in the morning before you start your day, a mid-afternoon break, or a quiet wind down before bedtime — so you can prioritize your health.
4. Avoid blood sugar crashes
In my years as a functional medicine practitioner, blood sugar crashes are one of the biggest saboteurs of healthy eating I see on a consistent basis. When that dreaded “hanger” hits, it is far too easy to turn to unhealthy options like donuts and soda to get you through the day. To avoid this and set yourself up for success, make sure to have healthy snacks on hand like hard-boiled eggs and sources of healthy fats like mixed nuts and nut butters. This will help you stick with the healthy habits you created during the 5-Day Reset without having to worry about getting stuck without another option.
5. Focus on more than just food
One of the hardest parts of changing the way you eat is sticking with those changes when out with friends and family who may not be on the same page as you. Going out to eat and bonding over food and drink is one of the ways we socialize with others but it can be overwhelming when you are just coming out of the 5-Day Reset. As you begin to transition into daily life after the Reset, try suggesting different types of activities that don’t revolve around food like bowling, biking, or watching a movie. You don’t have to avoid food-based social outings forever (or even right after the Reset) but it can be helpful if you feel pressure in these situations to indulge in food you personally wouldn’t choose at this time.
Also, don’t be afraid to say no — especially if someone puts you on the spot about not eating something that is offered to you. You don’t have to justify your decisions to anyone and their life isn’t ruined because you turned down a dessert or other food item. Remember, life is about more than just food. The 5-Day Reset is meant to help you reclaim your relationship with food during and after the five days.
6. Give yourself grace
Ultimately, making healthy changes should be done from a place of grace and lightness - not punishment, obsession, or restriction. You can’t control everything and chronic stress can be just as bad for your health as the foods you put into your body. If you find yourself obsessing about being perfect, it’s a recipe for failure and isn’t going to do anything to improve your health.
Remember, no one is perfect and it is okay and normal to slip up. What makes the biggest difference in your healing journey is picking up wherever you left off. Whether that is starting fresh with your next meal or doing another 5-Day Reset a few months to a year from now, health isn’t a destination, it’s a journey.
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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.
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