- Physical and emotional stress
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Secondhand smoke
- Over consuming processed foods
- Older age
- Lack of exercise
- Diet rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats
- Lack of sleep
- Unresolved autoimmune disorders
- Sex hormone imbalances
- Increased Energy
- More Restful Sleep
- Clothes Fit Better
- Boosted Immune System
- Clarity and Focus
- Decreased Anxiety
RESTART® Program FAQs
We get a lot of questions from those who are curious about RESTART®, which is our 5-Week nutrition program that helps you address the consequences of inflammation that occur as you age, also known as “inflamm-aging.”
RESTART® is NOT a “diet.” Diets do not work. Sure, you may drop a few pounds through restricting specific foods or calorie counting. Yet, you may still be a metabolic wreck inside, continuing to suffer from anxiety, migraines, burn-out, poor sleep, skin issues, joint pain, and more. That’s because weight loss due to dieting doesn’t necessarily mean that you are giving your body the crucial fuel it needs for long-term health. In fact, oftentimes, restrictive diets further inflame your body due to nutrient deficiencies.
The intention behind RESTART® is to help you understand and reset your current eating patterns. And while RESTART® is not a weight loss program, many individuals find that their clothes fit better than ever within just a couple of weeks. But that’s only one of the benefits you’ll receive.
Shifting toward a healthy, whole-food approach can result in profound improvements in not only how you look and feel, but also in reducing the damages caused by years of yo-yo dieting, physical and emotional stress, environmental toxins, and prescription medications. Indeed, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other inflammatory-based conditions are considered “diseases of aging” for a reason.
It’s not a stretch to say that this program teaches you a whole new way to view food and your health forever.
Frequently Asked Questions about RESTART®
This program was created by a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and is evidence-based, founded on proven principles of nutrition science. One of the biggest differences is that RESTART®, along with powerful nutrition education uses only real food. There are no pills, powders, shakes, or gimmicks, just real food that you buy and prepare on your own! It is not focused on weight loss or a “diet” plan. It is a personal experience of self-discovery that will provide you the tools to use for a lifetime.
Another difference is that I and your fellow participants (if you do the group class), will be by your side to answer questions, support, and encourage you for the full 5 weeks. You’ll never wonder if you are doing the program “right” or left hanging to figure things out on your own.
The program is designed to be part education, part sugar elimination, and part support. There are 5 weekly classes taught by Miriam Zacharias, which last about 60-90 minutes each depending on your needs. If you opt to take the group class, the maximum number of participants is 10. In each class, we will be covering a different topic, such as Food Mindset and Preparation, Digestion, Blood Sugar, and Dietary Fats. Below is the weekly schedule.
Week 1: This week is all about PREPARATION and planning. We will talk about what to expect from the program, and how to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for your successful REAL FOOD challenge. You’ll set your intentions for the program, and lastly, you’ll receive a foods list that will guide you on what to eat and what not to eat throughout RESTART®.
Week 2: This week is all about DIGESTION. Healthy digestion is critical – how is yours? Find out how it’s designed to work and how to optimize your digestion to get the most out of your healthy diet.
Week 3: BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION. This week we will learn how your body responds to excess sugar and refined carbs, and how to get off the sugar rollercoaster.
Week 4: We unveil the truth about dietary FATS and why healthy fats are essential to your diet. Learn which ones to enjoy, which ones to avoid, and why.
Week 5: YOU DID IT! You can move forward with your success and keep feeling great! Learn how to integrate the tools and skills you’ve acquired through the RESTART® program.
You will receive materials each week, as well as email support throughout the program. Each participant will also get a cookbook with lots of recipes and resources, so you’ll have plenty of delicious ideas for meals and snacks and won’t find yourself wondering what you should eat. After your first week in the program, you will start your sugar elimination protocol which will last 3 weeks.
The only scheduled obligations are the weekly classes (which are 60-90 minutes). Beyond that, time spent at home will include shopping for and preparing nourishing foods based on the approved food lists provided in the first session. A strong focus will be on paying attention to how different foods affect your body. This is where food journaling can be so helpful (we talk about how to do this as well!). You have a lot of freedom in what you choose (you are not expected to eat anything that you do not like!), and it doesn’t have to be complicated. I love simplicity, and I always share ways to keep it simple in the kitchen because, let’s be honest, not everyone has tons of time or loves to cook.
Nope! You don’t have to use any of the recipes provided if you don’t want to (although there are some yummy ones in there). As long as the foods you are preparing (or recipes you are following) are “RESTART®-friendly”, then you are good to go. Of course, you will always be able to send along a photo of a recipe or food item to me, just to be sure.
The program is designed to teach foundational information related to digestion, blood sugar regulation, and the importance of choosing healthy forms of dietary fat for overall health. You may be amazed at how beginning with these foundations goes a long way with any healing journey. For those who choose to do RESTART® for individuals, you will have more direct access to me, and I can offer a deeper level of support for your needs. If you wish to take a deeper dive into your health concerns following RESTART®, I have a long list of associates whom I trust that I can refer you to.
It depends on whether you are going to go for the individual or group class option which we will discuss in our discovery call together. Regardless of which program you choose, prior to our first class, you will receive an email with materials for that class. During this session, I will explain the rest. The first week of the program is all about preparation, both mindfully and logistically. The actual sugar elimination protocol will not begin until the day after our 2nd class. Bottom line: for the first class just show up ready to learn!
It really varies for each person. However, I can tell you that in every class most (if not all) participants feel better and experience improvements in symptoms. Here are some of the reported successes in previous classes: Improved sleep, clearer skin, improved digestion, reduced anxiety, improved mood, more positive view of food, more energy, clearer mind/less brain fog, less or no headaches, no more bloating, better sleep, improvement in symptoms of hormone imbalance, improved blood sugar balance, fewer cravings, reduction in allergy symptoms, knowing which foods do not sit well with them/sensitivities, spike in motivation and an eagerness to learn more moving forward. I’m always excited to hear participants share how they are feeling towards the end of the program. Sometimes it isn’t anything that they expected, which is also cool to experience.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Get Ready! Learn how to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for your successful REAL FOOD sugar detox.
Healthy digestion is critical – how is yours? Find out how it’s designed to work and how to optimize your digestion to get the most out of your healthy diet.
So what’s the big deal about sugar? Learn how your body responds to excess sugar and refined carbs, and learn how to get off of the sugar rollercoaster.
Think fat makes you fat? We unveil the truth about dietary FATS and why healthy fats are essential to your diet. Learn which ones to enjoy, which ones to avoid and why.
YOU DID IT! You can move forward with your success and keep feeling great! Learn how to integrate the tools and skills you’ve acquired through The RESTART® Program.
These are some of the words that RESTART® participants have used to describe their experiences with this program. The RESTART® Program is a five-week class led by Age Well Nutrition CEO and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Miriam Zacharias. It provides basic, evidence-based nutrition education, offers a guided 3-week sugar detox (aka Real Food Challenge) and builds in ongoing support so that you have the best possible chance of staying on track and achieving the intentions that you set out to have from the very start.