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The Quantum Wellness Cleanse

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Kathy Freston's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show prompted Oprah to commit to the "21-day cleanse" featured in Quantum Wellness, creating an instant bestseller and a national trend. During her 21-day cleanse, Oprah's daily blog provided updates on her progress, intriguing millions of readers and creating a media frenzy.

Now, with The Quantum Wellness Cleanse, Kathy Frest
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Paperback, First, 281 pages
Published 2009 by Weinstein Books (first published July 1st 2007)
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Pam
I was looking forward to reading this book and taking part in the cleanse. I was not disappointed. I appreciated the structure of the book: a day-by-day guidebook through the cleanse. While it was challenging to give up "the big 5" for 21 days-- caffeine, sugar, gluten, animal products, and alcohol-- I feel like I truly accomplished something by doing so. My favorite part of the book was the daily meditations; I will continue with these. I have made some major changes thanks to this book. My onl ...more
Kecia
This book has changed my life. I don't know if it's because I've done every diet out there but this "cleanse" was the easiest "diet" I have ever done. I started this book just wanting to start fresh with my body, something very clean and healthy. But as I found on the 3 week journey it became more than just to lose a few pounds. I truly believe that a vegan diet/lifestyle is the kindest way for MY body and the planet.
Also-There are many recipes in the back of this book. I have not made any of t
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Laura
I've been having a few health issues and thought that this might help with some of them... while the idea of the cleanse is a good one, and the shopping list and recipes come in handy, the daily discussions detracted from that. As the cleanse goes on the tone becomes more shrill and less helpful; it also concerned me that she relied on doctors studies from Famous Name Doctor with Agenda/Business to Push (like Andrew Weil). Call me cynical, but that bothers me - where are other studies, from thos ...more
Amy D'lima
If you've ever toyed with the idea of vegitarianism, this is a helpful book. I did the cleanse: no alcohol, caffine, sugar, meat/dairy, and gluten-free! Sound fun!?! It was an interesting jouney!
Sheryl
I have lost five pounds as of 1/23/10 by eating a plant based diet during the cleanse. My abdomen is also not as puffy probably due to not eating foods with gluten. I highly recommend this book.
Cnelsonquilt
This was not hard to do and after holiday eating felt really good. Also if certain foods do not agree with you this is a good way to find out which ones they may be. That was my motivation.
Mo
A very do-able cleanse with lots of cheerleading and great recipes. You don't have to fast to detox. I felt GREAT after I did this last year, and not 'cuz Oprah said so, OK?
Bethany
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Sherry
This book is about challenging yourself to think a bit more about what you eat by doing a 21-day cleanse in which you cut alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten, and animal products. The author, a vegan herself, does not attempt to hide her opinion that everyone should adopt a vegan lifestyle, but the point of the cleanse is not to necessarily become a vegan (technically, vegan+ since you're giving up more than just animal products). The point is for you to allow your body to detox of all these things ...more
Robert Beveridge
Kathy Freston, The Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit (Weinstein Books, 2009)

You've heard all this before, though not necessarily in the same place. Go vegan. Give up alcohol. Give up caffeine. Etc. And you will be a better person. All well and good, and Freston tries to market this as being as spiritually approachable as possible. And if you're just thinking from a religion standpoint, I guess it is, though I know a few orthodox religious
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Leslie
Love the idea of the cleanse and giving up the "Big 5". In general, doing that is always a good thing and promotes health. I think the mediations are good but not well though through. Would have liked more discussion on visualizations for the mediatation. The book, however, is really just propaganda for animal rights and having a vegan lifestyle. Kathy Freston brings up a few scientists and their findings but I thought it was irresponsible to not have any notation or footnotes. I had to search o ...more
Melody Cook
Great cleanse - I'm going to try add this to my yearly traditions. The book is set up so that you read a different chapter each day of the cleanse and the author did a great job of explaining some of the issues associated with how each of the big five (sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluton, and animal products) affect us our bodies and sometimes the environment in negative ways. After reading the book and participating in the cleanse I feel a greater awareness into what I put into my body and how tha ...more
Julia
I think Oprah led us astray with this one! I consider myself very open minded and proactive when it comes to healthy eating/organic food, but I am not 100% organic, vegetarian, or vegan. I do however, subscribe to almost all of Michael Pollan's teachings and look for ways to be more conscious of where my food comes from.
Freston was WAY too far out and unrealistic for me to even try 90% of her suggestions. Sure there were some good ideas but if you want them I'll mail you my highlighted version
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Jennifer
I'm a little skeptical of the healthfulness of a vegan diet, but I have no doubt that it is more humane. I am going to try the 21-day cleanse which involves giving up the big five: alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar, and animal products. I will do the best that I can and see if it really makes a difference in how I feel (not that I feel so bad now, mind you). This promises weight loss, increased energy, and fewer gastro-intestinal issues...we'll see.
Ellen
I'm thankful to a dear friend who introduced me to this book! It taught me so much about how various foods affect our bodies and why we should slowly remove them from our diet (meat, dairy, gluten, along with alcohol and nicotine, neither of which were an issue for me) . Kathy Freston includes some recipes to help you with this new, and to some, drastic changes.
Betty
Jun 18, 2009 Betty is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I plan to do this, but got discouraged when I skipped to the back and saw the recipes. They look much too complicated and unusual. I have many other books that have recipes that will fit the guidelines of this 21 day cleanse. Looking through them now to develop my plan to begin tomorrow.
Jmatthews
This is the best cleanse I have ever been on. It makes you really think of what you eat and how it effects you and the world around you. This will change my eating habits for the rest of my life.
Deb
A good step-by-step guide to cleansing and moving into or at least towards a vegan diet. An easy read--not a lot of new information but easy to understand and some good recipes/food ideas/
Marla
Oct 20, 2009 Marla marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Life is too short to give up sugar, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, meat, fish, dairy all at the same time. Been there, done that on the "wacko diet" 12 years ago.
Mandy Skinner
1st day is today
Well made it about 1 1/2 weeks and I felt wonderful even temper, light, anything could roll off my back. This is very easy to follow and read
Adrienne
Great book- convinced me to give up meat. Still working on some of the other suggestions. This is one that is going to take rereading
Victoria
I thought this book was great. Very intuitive advice, but a good reminder about all of the key elements to being a healthy, happy person.
Anna
No: caffeine, alcohol, gluten, animal products, sugar
Yes: grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables

...for 21 days
Peggy
Mar 17, 2010 Peggy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book while my mom was dying it was phenomenol and a real blessing. The book really puts things in perspective
Mary Ellen
I really like her philosophy on "leaning in" and can apply it in so many other areas as well.
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and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Freston has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The Dr.
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