Saturday, September 12, 2009

Life After Quantum Cleansing

It's been just over a month since I completed Kathy Freston's 21-Day Quantum Wellness Cleanse and I'm sure you're just dying to know how things have been since then.
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Well, looks like I'm going to tell you anyway.  I'll try to make it brief. (For those who are new to my blog, you may want to start at my QW Introduction post; I also posted daily for each of the 21 days.)

So, the two lasting changes have been that I'm officially (still) decaffeinated and vegetarian
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I still find people's reaction to the vegetarian thing fascinating.  Just yesterday I was discussing this while getting my brows waxed.  The aesthetician asked me in a bewildered tone, "You don't eat meat?  So you just live on vegetables??" 
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Okay, seriously?  People must know that there is more food in the world than meat and vegetables. 
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I spouted out the list of possibilities.  Granted, I expounded at greater length than was necessary just to prove a point. 
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I told her, "There's rice, rice noodles, all kinds of pasta, potatoes (including french fries and potato chips), beans (I like red beans, black beans, chickpeas and navy beans best),  lentils, quinoa (it's considered the "perfect protein"; there's a red quinoa and a white quinoa and oh, you should try quinoa pasta - it's to die for), plus yes, so many different kinds of vegetables, legumes, fruit, cereal, cereal bars, pizza, various vegetarian asian dishes which are so tasty, vegetarian "meat alternatives" like veggie burgers and veggie sausage. Most desserts are vegetarian and thank goodness so is alcohol.  Personally, I do dairy (which those who are vegan don't).  I'll eat eggs as an ingredient but usually don't eat them as a main dish. And *take a breath* no, I don't eat tofu if I can help it."

Anyhoo...

Luckily my blood test came back negative for Celiac Disease so I've cautiously reintroduced some of the previously forbidden foods.  That said, I have a follow up appointment on Monday to discuss the rest of my labs (ANA, EBV, RF & SED).  The Doc may order more tests including another one for Celiac which doesn't sound very pleasant at all. My fingers (and intestines) are crossed.  I can't imagine having to go back to justifying vegetarian AND gluten-free. Ugh.
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The QW Cleanse is generally advertised as a "diet."  Though losing weight wasn't a primary goal for me personally, I've lost ten pounds; seven during the cleanse and three more since then.  *Happy Dance*

Although the formal restrictions are off, I'm just much more aware of what I eat/drink and am making much healthier decisions overall.  

There was that one party last Sunday where I kinda tied on the feedbag.   I also may have attempted to take a bath in Kendall Jackson.  But that was an exception.  Despite everything I preach, I never claim to be perfect. Besides, a girl can cut loose once in a while.

Bottom line, it's "all good."  The Quantum Wellness Cleanse still has my quantum recommendation.
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17 comments:

Sarah said...

tofu is a great choice for vegetarians, but you have to know how to cook it as it's bland and seasoning is vital. cube tofu in salads is the worst possible way to eat it. get some asian recipes and try it. you might like it. :)

Charlene said...

Thanks for the comment Sarah! There's one Thai place near my office which makes the BEST red curry with tofu. It's amazing... but I haven't been able to duplicate the experience at home or at another restaurant.

plainolebob said...

it is the exception thins i would like, veggie snack for me, is a piece of lettuce with a taco rolled up inside, now thats bein a veggie freak to me.

Charlene said...

Well now Bob, you know beer is vegetarian so you're doin' better than you thought! :-)

Rebecca Dakin Quinn said...

I have three words for you, Charlene: The China Study (by T. Colin Campbell). Read the chapter (I think it's Ch. 3) on how researchers were able to turn cancer on and off like a light switch by introducing and then discontinuing a diet including dairy protein (specifically, casein), and I think you'll find yourself eliminating dairy and becoming a true vegan.

Kristen said...

My husband and I are working on vegetarianism. It is a commitment that we have always wanted to make for a life-long span. We're still weaning ourselves off.

Anyway, we made some vegetarian fajitas last week - red pepper, green pepper, onion, and freshly de-cobbed corn sauteed and seasoned with fajita seasoning - to die for! with refried beans and the other fixin's. Way better than fajitas with the meat!

Charlene said...

Morningstar Farms (at most grocery stores) makes some "crumbles" which really work just like ground meat and are especially good in Mexican recipes. I use them all the time for chili and tacos. In the chili, no one ever knows there's no meat!

Charlene said...

Thanks Rebecca - I think you mentioned that book before and it's on my list. Sounds interesting!

MK said...

Hi Charlene, We use tofu quite a lot here in Bangkok. It is a great alternative for vegetarians like me. You can even try the Thai dish 'pad thai'. It is a lovely vegetarian dish.

Charlene said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting MK! I've always wanted to visit Bangkok. I just don't seem to have the knack for cooking tofu. The Thai place which makes it the way I like it, makes it more on the crispy side. When I make it, it's squishy in the middle like boiled egg. I welcome any tips!

Anonymous said...

Don't fear the endoscopy, I had one this summer, you are out, and it is over before you know what happened. It is the only way you will absolutely know for sure. Good luck with all of it!

nonny said...

Hmm, a vegetarian diet is something i have heard is good for you but have never really gotten around to giving it a try... some suggestions would be nice... thank you for introducing me to Philippa Gregory, there's so much out there...wow

Emma Grace* said...

Hi Charlene,

Glad to hear you tests are coming back good - hope that continues. It sounds like you are making very healthy life and nutrition choices. Good luck with everything!

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Christopher Hecker said...

I like tofu in stir fries and other asian dishes. It takes on the flavour of the foods/seasonings that it is cooked with. I like firm tofu much more than soft tofu. I just read the book Slaughterhouse and I'm seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian. That's interesting how you lost 10 pounds with your cleanse. I am desperately trying to lose weight and might try that myself. You have a great blog by the way.

Charlene said...

Thanks! People hear "cleanse" and think of gross concoctions, but this is more just about eating real, "non-toxic" food. It seems difficult because we are so attached to this stuff (I know I was... and still am, to some of it. But now more aware.)

Fibro Viv said...

When I started eliminating diary products it helped my IBS symptoms. I still eat some diary but limit how much.

Unfortunately, I am not great about following a diet or any type of eating program for more than 3-4 days at a time.

I have been loosing weight over the last year and mostly over the past 6-8 months. No dieting or change in diet, I think it was because I was starting to get really sick again. So, something positive came out of my recent flare-up:)

Thanks for visiting my site and for sharing:)

MsByn said...

Okay, I'm going to have to get this book. I recently veered into vegetarianism and am finding it interesting! I did a month long focus on my clean eating blog on Vegetarian recipes. Then I started studying and watching documentaries... I haven't had meat again! I'm curious to read more of your posts on this subject...

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