How Do You Know When It’s Time For a RE/SET?
Change your life, one choice at a time.
Growing up in a family of nine, every meal of Alisa Barry’s childhood was home-cooked and served at the table. This created a moment and memory to mark the occasion, making food — and family — two inextricably linked, emotional themes throughout her life. Though Barry traveled the world — studying in Spain, discovering rituals in the Mediterranean, and receiving culinary training in California — she ultimately found her way back to Atlanta, Georgia, to rē•connect with her family. There she opened her own café to showcase her point of view, sourcing ingredients from local farmers and operating her business around one central challenge: to create recipes using the best seasonal ingredients.
Barry has since become the ultimate multi-hyphenate — artist, author, the entrepreneur who founded Bella Cucina, and now RE/SET, a four-week, healthy living program that harnesses the health potential to be found in our food. As you’ll see, cleansing your palettes reaps rewards that go long into the future.
The RE/SET Epiphany
Barry can track RE/SET’s conception back to the very moment a light bulb went off in her head, ideating the brand-to-be. The story begins with her husband’s health struggles, which ranged from high blood sugar to random aches and pains. This ultimately led them to a naturopathic doctor, and the prescription they were given was a list of foods to avoid.
This is when Barry put her culinary background and creativity to the test. She began concocting recipes using the safe foods in order to ensure that her husband would follow the protocol (because let’s be honest — giving up a list of foods is never easy). The daunting task of modifying his diet became an enjoyable experience, resulting in new recipes — and new health benefits — to be gleaned from their diet.
As her husband’s pain and high blood sugar resolved, this one-time cleanse turned into far more than a temporary elimination diet. Barry and her husband both found that they felt better — more comfortable in their bodies, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a feeling of confidence. “These [results] were not only life-altering but long-lasting,” she tells rē•spin.
This is when Barry became motivated to share their positive results with others. Over the course of three years, RE/SET was born — a food “cleanse” that goes beyond nutrition and into wellness territory by making the foundations of healthy living sustainable. “Although food is the foundation of RE/SET, our well-being is more than what’s on our plate,” she says. “Our body, mind, and spirit need to be in alignment to be our best and have a holistic feeling of healthiness. RE/SET addresses all these areas and more.”
Not Your Typical Lifestyle Program
The RE/SET philosophy on food is that it is not just physical fuel; it can also satisfy the soul. There is an undeniable connection between food, mind, and body, that is driving a more conscious eating culture. Each and every item we consume has an effect on us mentally, physically, and spiritually. The program is also centered on sustainability, allowing us to bring food ethics into our shopping, cooking, and eating choices, without having to sacrifice.
However, Barry notes that RE/SET is not a quick fix. It is meant to be the catalyst for a lifestyle change, and one that makes sustained changes possible, which takes time. “In a world addicted to speed, we want quick fixes and easy answers. The detox program is four weeks because it takes that long for the body to recalibrate and rejuvenate,” says Barry. Learning to make pro-health choices can be daunting at first, but by breaking down the transition into daily steps over the course of a month, you can learn one baby step at a time. “It takes our emotional state of being that long to experience the kind of awareness needed to objectively observe our existing patterns and time to instill new patterns that support our better well-being with lasting change.”
The “Anti-Diet” Diet
Barry is clear that RE/SET is not a diet. Rather, it’s a lifestyle plan that aims to rē•awaken your commitment to a healthy lifestyle — day by day, meal by meal. It does so by cultivating self-awareness around your culinary decision-making and patterns. “When you can change your patterns, you change your life,” she says. This process allows you to begin making conscious choices that are more aligned with your health goals.
The four-week plan is further broken down into different journeys designed around holistic health. RE/PLENISH, the theme of week one, focuses on nourishment. During this week, you discard the foods that do not suit your health to help rebalance your body. During week two, it’s time to RE/CALIBRATE. This week requires that you split your attention between implementing movement and self-care into our daily routines, along with the nutrients you add.
By week three, RE/JUVENATE, mindfulness enters the plan. Practicing this skill cultivates awareness to promote calm, focus, and presence. By the final week of the program, RE/INVIGORATE, Barry introduces rituals to bring meaning and mindfulness to your routines, sending mind, body, and spirit onto the new wellness trajectory you have carved.
The RE/SET Mentality
RE/SET is the product of Barry’s own innovation, with an end-goal that is not as black-and-white as certain other programs. The purpose of RE/SET goes beyond nutrition as a tool that does not just change what you eat but also focuses on teaching to make healthier choices moving forward. “As you become more conscious of how you eat and consider a new way of eating, you will start to see other areas of your life shift and change,” Barry says. “When we become aware of our patterns, we can make more conscious and considered choices to change the behaviors and habits of our entire lives.” In just four weeks, you can undergo a dietary detox… but you can also pick up healthy habits that can transform your lives.
Want a peek at what you can expect from Barry’s RE/SET program? Try out her recipe for a Summer Squash Souffle.
- 1 pound yellow squash, about 2 medium,
- 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon Bella Cucina Wild Oregano & Sage salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Method of Preparation:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 Tablespoon salt.
- Add the squash and cook until tender. Cook the squash until it is tender and almost falling apart, about 10-12 minutes. Drain off the liquid, reserving it for soup stock or for rice/quinoa stock. NOTE: You can add the onion to the pot uncooked and skip the saute directions for ease.
- In a saute pan, heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked squash, sauteed onion, eggs, mayonnaise, nutritional yeast, thyme, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Coat an ovenproof casserole dish with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Spoon the squash mixture into the dish.