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Sunday, November 28, 2010

What I Have Learned from the Quantum Wellness Cleanse (a Community guest post from Angie)

A guest post from Angie at Angie's List...
So, I just finished my first attempt at Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness Cleanse. In a nutshell, if you follow the cleanse perfectly, you go 21 days with no caffeine, alcohol, animal products, wheat gluten or refined sugar. I didn’t end up following it to the letter.  But I did pretty well, considering that in real life I am a foodie/hedonist/life-is-too-short kinda gal.
Here are some of the things I learned during the past 21 days:
  • Barring any serious motivators (such as pregnancy, serious illness or strong meds) I am not capable of going 21 days without wine. If I had any French ancestors, I am sure they’d be proud.
  • While I can’t resist wine, I CAN resist Halloween candy and Caramacs. Booyah! (Caramacs, for those of you who haven’t had them, are a satanically delicious Hawaiian candy. It is literally not possible to eat just one. Or just five.)
  • Quitting caffeine cold turkey is not fun. It is the opposite of fun.
  • Once you get past the caffeine withdrawal, you sleep really, really well at night.
  • There is no such thing as soy cheese. There is a sad product that calls itself that, which resembles cheese the same way My Little Pony resembles Seabiscuit.
  • I have more willpower than I thought I did.
  • I have less willpower than I wish I did.
  • Certain foods that sound gross in theory are actually quite delicious. Such as raw sprouted buckwheat granola, plain soy yogurt, hemp drink and agave nectar.
  • Vegan, gluten free pizza is disgusting. I am pretty sure that’s what they serve for dinner in hell.
Will I do the cleanse again? I think I will. Maybe I’ll muster a little more willpower next time, too. But as for now, I have a hot date with a cheeseburger tomorrow night. And, I am making pie AND cupcakes for Thanksgiving dinner. Chew on that, Kathy Freston!
Angie is a member of the COFFEE Satellite Community of free-range non-chickens. You can visit her at: http://angiebandy.wordpress.com.
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Tanner May (Tanya) said...

Great post, Angie! Giving up wine is just unnecessary anyway, totally! After all, wine is too good for the heart, and that one glass thing, that's a fine print detail. :)

Enjoy your cheeseburger and chocolate!

patresa said...

hats off to you, angie! give up caffeine? INSANITY!

(i also do not believe i could give up wine for 21 days.) but i did a similar sort of "cleanse" earlier in the year, and i remember how great i felt. must be something to it!

thank you for sharing here, angie!

(also, soy cheese? ridiculous.)

amy said...

Angie! I'm so glad you guest blogged here! I visited your blog several days ago but ran out of time (or functioning brain cells) to leave a comment. I will rectify this in the very near future.

I do want you to know that I deeply admire you for getting through your cleanse. I once tried a cleanse wherein I had to give up caffeine, drink only liquids, and do some type of weird epsom salt bath or something for one week. I lasted exactly 21.2 hours at it, and ended up slinking around my local Starbucks with a grande latte in one hand and fat-laden cinnamon scone in the other.

I'm afraid of gluten-free food. I have a co-worker friend who's on a strict gluten-free diet, and I'm still not sure what she eats all day, exactly. I do know she gets to eat Fruit Loops for breakfast though. My current eating regimen I've placed myself on would get so frowny with me for that (translation: if I put myself on a gluten-free diet, I would eat only Fruit Loops, all day long. While drinking lattes).

The part about soy cheese vs. My Little Pony made me L.O.L.! (But not enough to try something called "hemp drink"...though I have tried agave nectar, and that is quite tasty.)

But most of all: Go you! For getting through 21 days with no caffeine! (I'm still horrified, but with deep admiration.)

Wendy Jans said...

Angie, As I always have, I love your writing!
I went on a apple juice cleanse once for like 3 days and decided I should be featured on a box of Wheaties for my accomplishment. I can't IMAGINE a 21 day cleanse. That's b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
But I admire you even more, now.

Whenever I think of "gluten-free", I think "glutton-free" and that makes me sad. Still tho, I might have to try some of your recommendations, although raw sprouted buckwheat granola sounds like it could have tentacles and a low growl. ;-) I do want to try Caramacs, tho. (yeah, I missed the point, I know.. ;-)
Great post, Angie!

T-Free said...

"There is a sad product that calls itself that, which resembles cheese the same way My Little Pony resembles Seabiscuit."

Hahahahahaha! This is SO true.

Congratulations on discovering that you have more willpower than you realized. It sounds like you did great. Way to go, Angie! :)