Talk show host extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey has made no secret of her latest round in her ongoing battle of the bulge, and after trying Kathy Freston's 21-day Wellness Cleanse, the television staple sang its praises and even blogged about it.
In Freston's new book, "Quantum Wellness Cleanse," the bestselling author offers readers a way to lose weight and improve overall health by eliminating what she calls "the big five."
Freston claims ditching caffeine, gluten, sugar, alcohol and animal products for just 21 days will change your life by changing your tastes, curbing cravings and giving you more energy.
She believes her diet isn't about depriving yourself, but rather, replacing those foods with healthier choices.
That book details how small, incremental changes—in what we eat, how we think, how we move our bodies, and how we relate to others—can reap huge rewards. One of the practices I recommend for "jump-starting" a quantum shift to a higher state of wellness is a 21-Day Cleanse—a period of three weeks in which you abstain from sugar, caffeine, gluten, alcohol, and animal products, and load yourself full of a wholesome, plant-based diet. Of all the things I wrote about in that book, it was the cleanse that elicited the most overwhelming response. Easily 90 percent of the questions and letters I receive from readers have to do with navigating those twenty-one days. Clearly, a nerve has been struck. I don't think it's just that people want to detox and lose weight, although that is surely part of it. I think that the promise of experiencing real, discernible breakthroughs in body, mind, and spirit in a relatively short period of time appeals to the great many of us who have a serious desire for personal development and change.
And so I decided to devote a whole book to the cleanse— to answering your questions, going into greater depth about the process, and offering you a hand as you try to go three weeks without some of the substances you reach for when you need comfort. Get ready for a miracle, because that's what happens when you first make the decision to move in the direction of quantum wellness, when you decide to take supremely good care of your body and work through the obstacles that come up when you do. When you make your move—even if it's a just a single step—toward the shift you'd like to experience, your body, mind, and spirit are brought to a whole new and altogether higher level.