First things first. Why a cleanse?
The word 'cleanse' doesn't always get the best reaction from people. My dad thought I was going to have to drink some wacky drink for a month with no food, my mom wondered out loud
I was running, working out, taking care of myself all day and then I would eat my head off at night. Now, I wouldn't mind the eating because I do run and exercise...the problem was what I was eating. I can't tell you how much chocolate or sugary items I ate in one night. Actually, I can...I could easily leave Target with a Snickers and Hershey Almond bar as a 'shopping snack', I would get tins of chocolate for presents and they would be gone the next day, if I ran out of chocolate in the house-I would eat baking chocolate, I've eaten 13 cherry cordials in ONE SITTING. My husband could easily find 10 -12 Hershey Kiss wrappers under my pillow (yes, I did). I was addicted to chocolate. I was addicted to sugar. Sugar loved me and I loved sugar. No question about it.
I also started drinking coffee a few years ago...needed a new habit ;) and over those two years went from a small, to a medium, to a large, to 2 larges. Long story short here...I wasn't sleeping as well at night, I felt jittery and anxious more often than not, and I felt dependent on the caffeine. I was addicted to caffeine.
I first heard about the cleanse through a friend and thought THERE IS NO WAY I COULD EVER DO THAT! Honestly, when I told Scott about it, he looked at me like..."Annette, Seriously? Where should I move for those 21 days?" All I could do was laugh, my nervous-scared-laugh.
I wanted a fresh start. I loved how Kathy Freston promised that I may "break free from some of my lesser habits and cravings and the impulse for immediate gratification", I loved that it was "about choosing foods that don't tax the body and make it work so hard", and I loved how she said "the beauty of it is that you can take what feels right from this program and leave the rest behind". It is an opportunity to "reboot". That is why I did the cleanse. I wanted to clean my slate....and that it did!
So here's how I am going to do it. I 'm going to first wet your palate by explaining what the cleanse consists of.
Kathy suggests Eight Pillars of Wellness-
* fun activities
* conscious eating
* spiritual practice
Her Quantum Wellness Book is a "Practical and spiritual guide to health and happiness". It explains all of the above Eight Pillars.
The Quantum Wellness Cleanse walks you through 21 days of practicing a life-style change. It takes you by the hand and walks you through day-by-day to help you understand what to do, what to expect, ways to eat and how to deal with the crap that comes up when you are indulging in all of those things that help you through your 'tough times'.
Please don't fall on the ground and cry that you can't do this because if I could do it, you could do it.... Absolutely, no one was hurt in my 21 days....so you should be fine.
During the cleanse you will refrain from the "Big Five" (I will leave my first reactions to this in parenthesis)
*caffeine (how on earth?...ouch)
*gluten (seriously...I'm not sure you know how much crap Gluten is in... so double ouch)
*animal products (hmmm)
*sugar (seriously Kathy???WHY OH WHY???)
Okay...that wasn't too bad right?
I will be posting about this for a couple of days just so you can understand how I have changed from it. I didn't want to go toooo much into it in one day because I know its a lot to read with our busy lives.
So here's your favorite part.