Originally Posted by Shelbykins
Has anyone tried the cleanse recommended in Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston?
I have been l/o vegetarian for over a year. I recently came across this cleanse and wanted to try it for five days, but after 2 days I had to give it up because I felt awful emotionally and physically.
I am not familiar with this cleanse, but it really doesn't even look like a cleanse to me, as I usually do a juice or water fast as a cleanse! Most of the food based cleanses I am familiar with feature lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and don't even include cooked soups, tofu, or beans. The idea behind restricting calories in any cleanse is to give your digestive system a rest, and allow your body to divert digestive energy towards working on eliminating the toxins stored in your liver. So increasing your calories will defeat the purpose of your cleanse.
You will feel bad, physically and often emotionally, when you alter your diet by removing all those things you mentioned, and thus initiating even mild cleansing. You may need to eliminate one item at a time, in order to be more comfortable, even though that will take a lot longer than five days. When you become more accustomed to the feelings you may experience, it will be easier. They may not go away, or be reduced substantially, because that is part of the process, but you will be more familiar with them, and they won't phase you so much.
You could try this again in the future, and maybe you will be able to do it for longer. Its not a failure that you could do it for only two days, it just shows that you need to be more gentle with your body. I wouldn't alter the program, though, since this will stop the cleansing process. Cleansing is not an easy thing to go through, no matter what the authors of cleansing books say. Its hard work, and you will assuredly feel much worse than you normally do, before you start to feel better. This is unavoidable, and it is unfortunately what stops most people. It understandable, because people want to feel better the minute they eliminate a problem food, but that's not how the body seems to work.