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Eating to Live by Celeste Rancourt
Seriously, I was the biggest food pig! Gooey, sweet, comforting foods. Potatoes, breads, pastas, cheese, etc. You name it, I ate it! I was born and raised in the state of Maine during the 60's and 70's when there were still family dinners at the table every night. My Mother cooked from scratch nightly and since there were so many of us, I learned to eat pretty quickly in case there wouldn't be enough for second helpings! My eating "problem" began at a very young age. Being the middle child, and the heaviest; food and I became fast friends.
I remember being a "closet eater" since my family was always concerned with my weight. I used to sneak things when nobody was looking. As I got older, the issues with eating became worse. When I was in high school, I remember fasting for 6 days with just water and ice cubes. I did that during field hockey season and on the sixth day (Saturday) we had a game and I scored--for the other team. That little fasting stint caused many more problems down the road.
After graduating from high school in June of 1983, at which time I weighed 195 pounds, I put on 40 pounds in six months and since then, have never been below 200 again.
The 21 day Quantum Wellness Cleanse was literally a life saver! Who knew that after all these years I would finally be able to eat to live instead of living to eat! I still can eat a lot, but the right things for my body. I noticed the best feeling when I gave up dairy products. I was a vegetarian when I began the first cleanse in June, so it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be to give up animal products.
I developed diabetes at age 39 (I never wondered why). I just could not keep my sugar level steady or low no matter what meds they gave me. After the cleanse, when I went back to my doctor, my three month sugar was 5.9 which is perfect! He said, "I guess the meds are working" and I told him they had never worked before--it was what I was putting in my system that was working. Kathy Freston saved my life!
Now we are in June of the following year. I have been off and on cleansing but just decided to eat by her basic rules. I don't ready as strictly as the 21 day cleanse but I use her information to keep myself healthy and my sugar at acceptable levels. Thank you for the books, Kathy! Please keep writing them. You will never know how many lives you have touched!
The Discovery of my Gluten Sensitivity and End to Acid Reflux by Gail Davidson
I just completed the 21 day cleanse! I have never felt better!!!!
I did have headaches for the first few days due to the caffeine withdrawal, but other than that I just kept feeling better and better everyday! I am definitely staying a Vegan for ethical and health reasons. I will have a glass of wine once in awhile and maybe something with sugar on very rare occasions.
Since I am now off caffeine, I don't think I will return to it as it is nice not to HAVE to have that coffee in the morning.
I have no acid reflux anymore and no stomach pains or gas. My daughter took me out for my birthday dinner tonight and I thought I would try to have some gluten, we had a very thin crust vegan pizza, but not gluten free and I immediately got stomach pains and gas and my stomach is distended - which it had become flat during the cleanse. I now know that I am sensitive to gluten and will remain also on a gluten free diet. I really enjoy the rice, rice pastas and the gluten free breads etc., so why not!
I really wanted to thank you for your book and your inspiration. You have changed my life. I lost 10 lbs, and am in the normal BMI range, I have normal blood pressure now, and normal sugar levels. I just had all my blood work done and my blood is perfect. I told the doctor that I am a Vegan and he said whatever you are doing keep it up! My iron was normal but at the low end of normal so he gave me some information on getting more iron from certain Vegan foods.
With my extra energy I also started power walking everyday for 35 min which goes along with my new way of life!
Thank you again for your wisdom.
Feeling great at 52 in Canada,
Changing My Relationship with Food by Hector Gonzales
I was recently diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and my doctor said I really needed to change the way I eat and get to the gym. When I decided it was time to do something about how I felt, both physically and emotionally, I was scared. Scared of all the fad diets, of the health issues I was facing and most importantly just flat out scared of trying something so foreign. I made a conscious effort to learn more about The Quantum Wellness Cleanse, the 21 day cleanse, prior to starting it and found a friend crazy enough to do it with me. I found this book by accident actually and began to read it. The way that Kathy described the challenge sounded so much more manageable than most of the other “diets” did and I felt like she made an effort to connect to the reader.
The first day was very tough, primarily because my brain had yet to adjust to life without that first cup of caffeinated tea early in the morning, that morning bagel with cream cheese and more importantly, the idea that I wouldn’t be able to eat all the foods I love for almost a month. I bought a notebook and decided it would be beneficial to keep a food journal. It was very hard to give up all the foods that I loved and replace them with foods that were dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and didn’t come from all the animals I love to eat. I live in the Bay Area, which was a great asset during this cleanse and we made our first trip to Whole Foods, which was an adventure in itself. We managed to find a lot of really interesting items, after about an hour and a half of searching of course, that were on the shopping list provided in the book and we were on our way.
With each meal I prepared I had mixed emotions. On one hand, I was excited to try something new, ready for the challenge and thinking about the benefits more than the idea of missing out on all my favorites. On the other hand, I was skeptical. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, I didn’t think the food would taste good and I wasn’t very confident that I would be able to make it 21 days. Luckily, I live my life one day at a time these days and that helped keep me centered and focused on the challenge. I was also a bit worried about feeling full with each meal, which was more of a problem during the first few days than it was after about a week. I started doing a lot of research on the internet after the first week because I wasn’t in love with the recipes in the book and I found a raw foods store a few miles from my home. I began creating recipes in my head as I sat at my desk, daydreaming about eating and my perspective began to change. Instead of spending so much time worrying about when I would have my next bacon cheeseburger, I began to get creative and figure out ways to use local ingredients that I had never eaten before and I found myself thinking of how to make meals similar to those that I loved so much. For example, I love LOVE fried rice. I created a fried rice recipe using brown rice as a substitute for white rice and shared that recipe with friends. It has become one of my favorite meals to cook and I almost don’t miss the white rice as much as I thought I would. That experience helped me realize that I could do this and that I could be successful.
When I craved the foods I missed, I was able to write about that in my food journal. I would describe my feelings and by doing that I was able to take the power away from those feelings. I mean don’t get me wrong, there were times when I was terribly frustrated, like when I was out to dinner and the only items on the menu that I could eat were salads. There were plenty of times when I wanted to trade my jicama and avocado salad for a slice of pizza. But I was able to recognize the feelings that came up, face them and move past them. About a week into the cleanse I began to feel confident and comfortable for the first time. The changes I made, which were rather drastic to say the least, became a part of my life instead of feeling like such an overwhelming challenge. I was able to find a great brand of tea that was caffeine free but still tasted like the caffeinated tea I enjoyed every morning. I was able to find brown rice cereal and coconut milk to replace the bagel and cream cheese I was used to eating each morning. I started to look forward to each day as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and that’s when my anxiety began to subside.
Aside from changing my diet, I started going to the gym on a regular basis. I would workout 3-4 times a week, 60-90 minutes of cardio and my body started to look better, feel better and that was motivation to continue to do the work each day. I had a difficult time with the meditations at first because I have a difficult time sitting still and being present with myself, but these short meditations became an asset. I often found myself at work, craving the foods I love so much and I would step away from my desk and take a deep breath saying in my mind as I as breathing “I am flexible” as I exhaled I would say “I am confident.” Following the suggestions in the book began to come naturally and really started to change my perspective. I slowly was becoming more comfortable in my own skin and the challenge was not nearly as difficult as it was in the first few days.
I also cheated. Yes, I said it, I cheated on the cleanse. I read the book each day and recognized what Kathy was describing. We made tremendous sacrifices and we did so in such a short period of time and all we needed to do was make progress and not try so hard to be perfect. I felt bad after I ate that delicious plate of risotto, but I actually did pretty good. I asked them to make the dish dairy free and they did it for me, so I didn’t feel bad for too long. I just got back on the horse the next morning and kept doing the work.
I found weekends to be much more difficult than weekdays. When I was at work and keeping busy, I had less distractions and less time on my hands. During the weekends I needed to be proactive. I made it a point to get to the grocery store late in the week to make sure that I had plenty of good foods at home to cook with, to snack on and just in case I wanted to eat pizza or pasta, I had plenty of substitutes available to make it through the long days. I found brown rice tortillas and decided I could bake homemade tortilla chips instead of eating fried tortilla chips. Making simple changes to the foods I was most comfortable with inspired me to find new ways to use healthy ingredients.
At the end of the cleanse, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I had started something that was a very difficult challenge and I made it through to the end with just a few hiccups. I lost 18 pounds in 21 days, my skin looked better, my body felt better, my perspective had changed and most importantly, my relationship with food had changed. This was a tremendous experience on a physical and emotional level and I found it to be truly amazing on every level. I know that if a guy like me who lived on bad foods can do it, that anyone can do it.
Epstein Barr Virus and Rheumatoid Factor Eliminated! by Charlene DeCesare
Prior to completing the 21 Day Quantum Wellness Cleanse, I struggled with fatigue and had been diagnosed with acute Epstein Barr Virus and a positive rheumatoid factor. As an active person with a family, a full-time job and many goals, I was seriously “sick and tired” of being sick and tired.
I heard you on the radio and decided to buy the Quantum Wellness book and give the 21-day program a chance.
In the past, a "cleanse" made me think of diets involving concoctions I might have drank on a dare (or for $10) in the fourth grade. But luckily, your program wasn’t anything like that. Whew!
I blogged daily about my experience (www.beamingbalance.com) but long story short, it was a challenging but incredible three weeks!
After the program, I felt wonderful. Although not advertised as a “diet,” I was also pretty excited to have lost seven pounds and have a much flatter tummy! *Happy dance!*
Because I felt SO good with this program, I just knew there was something in “the Big 5” that had been making me sick before.
After a period of reintroducing gluten back into my diet, I was tested for Celiac. That was a negative. However, through an IgG food allergy test found out I have severe immune reaction to most dairy products. Since I never noticed significant dietary distress with dairy, I would never have thought to even consider it!
Today I continue to avoid beef, poultry, pork and dairy. The difference is night and day. My RF is negative and the chronic fatigue I had for most of my life is completely gone. I feel great! Truly amazing.
I still find people's reaction to the vegetarian thing fascinating. People often say to me, "You don't eat meat? So you just live on vegetables??"
People must know that there is more food in the world than meat and vegetables! Then again, before your program made me let go of my own restricted attachments and see all many, many wonderful options, I guess I felt the same way!
The bottom line is that I actually enjoy a much broader array of tasty food choices and I have so much more energy to do the things I need and want to do. Life is good!!
Thank you so much!