Monday, February 15, 2010

The Quantum Cleanse

Completing the Quantum Cleanse was on my 35 things to do before I turn 35 list. Last weekend I wrapped up my version of the cleanse, returned to normal eating and took inventory of what I learned from the experience.

The cleanse requires that you give up five things: Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar, Gluten, Animal Products for three weeks. I didn't think I would be able to do it all at once so I added one category each week spending only one week without all five.
Here's what I learned:

#1 - I have an enormous amount of self-control when I set a goal.

#2 - I eat an enormous amount of gluten.

#3 - I love cheese. I could probably be a vegetarian but never a vegan.

#4 - I'm not a big dessert person. Not eating sugar didn't bother me too much.

#5 - I need to moderate everything that I eat and drink. I overindulge way too much. Once I start it's hard too stop. I need to set rules for my eating and drinking.

#6 - I will not be returning to my morning coffee or rekindling my love affair with Diet Pepsi. I am just fine drinking my decaf green tea in the morning.

#7 - I will probably do the cleanse again this summer. This time I will do it the right way instead of my version.


  1. Okay, so clue me in to what you ate during the last week.

  2. It was tough! I ate homemade granola with fruit on top for breakfast (I made an exception for the honey I use in the granola recipe); for lunch I ate lettuce, spinach, avacodo and nuts; and for dinner I ate fish, rice and more lettuce. Over the course of 5 weeks I lost ten pounds but I've been running my tail off, too. The gluten was by far the hardest.