The other day I listened to an interview on OprahXM between Mehmet Oz and Kathy Freston, author of "Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spritual Guide to Health and Happiness".
The idea of "quantum wellness" seriously caught my interest so I went out and got the book. Talk about validation! It summarizes so much of what I believe, even when admittedly I don't practice it 100% of the time. (Progress, not perfection right?)
It would be easy for me to write an entire (long) blog entry enthusiastically describing and supporting the philosophy and exercises. Suffice it to say I highly recommend Kathy Freston's book!
For now, I'm focusing in on the "jump start cleanse" which is covered in chapter five and then much more detail in Kathy's follow-up book, "Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit".
When I hear "cleanse" in this context I instantly think of diets involving concoctions I might have drank on a dare (or for $10) in the fourth grade.
Luckily, that's not what this is about.
The major "DO" part of the exercise is to give up these five things for 21 days, or as long as you can make it:
5. animal products
When I mentioned this list in the lunchroom at work the other day, someone said the exact same thing Oprah Winfrey wrote on her blog which was,"What's left?"
As I contemplate embarking on this exercise myself, it's interesting how I struggle to prioritize my potential ability to give up these five things for any length of time. Here are my first impressions:
1. Alcohol: I hate to admit it publically, but this is the one which stands out to me as the most difficult. Three weeks without my boyfriends, Kendall Jackson and Robert Mondavi?? I'm not sure I can do it. In the past ten years, the longest I've gone (consecutively) without a glass of wine is about five days. The exceptions being during pregnancies, which if you know my story, actually was a fair amount of the time. Sadly, getting knocked up is no longer an option. I suppose my thought process alone should be a sign that I need to lay off the sauce. It doesn't help that my husband is already conspiring to keep me drinking -- for his wellness.
2. Caffeine: This one should be easy. I gave up caffeine for three weeks last year because it was causing this ridiculous breast pain. Eventually I went back to one cup of coffee a day, a drastic reduction in my previous consumption. I *think* I can give up the one cup. We'll see I guess!
3. Sugar: I don't think I'll have a problem with this on a day-to-day basis since I'm already pretty careful about my sugar consumption. It will be more difficult if there are a couple of good parties during the 21 days. I likes me some birthday cake and all. Then again, I won't be drinking so maybe that will make it easier to control my urge to go bobbing for frosted flowers.
4. Gluten: My kids' babysitter recently gave up gluten and I see "gluten free" all the time on food labels. I've heard people say they solved multiple health problems by giving up gluten. But really, I have no idea yet how this will go. Isn't gluten in like, everything? I think I saw a commercial for gluten free air recently. (Kidding.) This will be an area of education for me which I'm strangely excited about.
5. Animal Products: Lots of friends and family members eat from the "no animal zone" so this shouldn't be intimidating at all. I even hosted my sister's vegan wedding reception at my house last summer. During the planning for this event I learned a lot. For example, did you know that there are various "animal stuffs" stashed in all kinds of unexpected foods and ingredients? (Ew!) My little bit of extra insight actually makes this seem more daunting somehow. That said, of the "foul five" this is the one I'd actually most like to keep as a permanent change.
My friends want to know why oh why I would want to do this "Quantum Wellness Cleanse." Aside from being truly interested in the concept overall, I'm curious to see if I can do it.
If I can do it, will it make a noticable difference in my overall well-being, inside and out? How will the "doing" affect my "being"? It is already providing insight into my "attachments," as Kathy says. I'm curious to see further how these specific attachments affect my ability to maximize both my physical and spiritual health.
In addition, I'm hoping it may inform and help you. Or at least entertain you with the high jinks which is sure to ensue. STAY TUNED!