I’m doing a 21-day cleanse based on Kathy Freston’s The Quantum Wellness Cleanse. This is a BIG cleanse, eliminating the BIG Five:
- Animal Products
Essentially, my entire diet! These five components clog up any system, though: decreasing blood flow, diminishing memory, muscles and natural energy, increasing my risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer and getting me out of touch with the natural needs of my body.
Tonight, I sorted out the fridge and determined what needs to be finished, given away or thrown in the trash. (Yes, I recognize the irony of: “Hi, friend. Have some of this food that I’ve deemed unhealthy.”) I also planned my menu for the week and the grocery shopping I’ll do tomorrow.
I decided to do this cleanse because I’ve been feeling stiff, sore and tired in the past six months. I haven’t had the energy I’d like and my weight has plateaued, despite changes in my diet. Let me outline what I’m actually saying Yes to:
- More energy
- Increased strength and flexibility
- A leaner look and, possibly, better skin and hair
- Sharper memory and better creative juices
- A longer and fuller life
The cleanse is 21 days. Just 3 weeks and, for the first 11 days, I’ll be on vacation with a little more control of my time. The cleanse has me getting off of the Big Five all at once, right from the get-go, so this may be difficult. On the other hand, I think I may respond well to the big-changes-all-at-once approach. Regardless, I know I need to take a quantum leap in regards to my diet. I do not eat well and yet I know I’d like to live past, oh, say, 65.
Tomorrow I’m meeting someone for coffee and will likely have the largest latte I can buy, pre-cleanse. I’m also finishing the last can of Diet. Mt. Dew in my fridge tonight. Then, around noon tomorrow, the Quantum Wellness Cleanse plunge!