Monday, January 17, 2011


When I was a kid I always had to give up something for lent (it was usually sweets). Everyone in the family did.  I guess that training made me receptive to giving up things for the month of January with my daughter Anna who is somewhat of a self-improvement freak.  (Okay, maybe we're both self-improvement freaks.)  Anyway two years ago at her urging we gave up sugar for Jaunuary, last year it was alcohol, and this year we've given up pretty much everything with the exceptions of fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, and non-gluten grains for 21 days.

No animal products, no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, no gluten.  You might say, no fun, but you'd be wrong.  It's actually pretty interesting.  For one thing I sleep through the night, which is pretty good for a peri-menopausal 55 year old.  Also I don't have puffiness under my eyes in the mornings, and my skin looks better.  I have plenty of energy and of course I've lost weight.  But as Anna points out, it's really about the discipline.  Even though I know I'm going to get off this cleanse and dive into a plate of eggs for breakfast and have a glass of wine at 6:00, I think 3 weeks on the cleanse may be enough to hard-wire it into my brain so I can get back to a cleansing frame of mind more easily the next time I need to.

I'm just following Anna's directions on the cleanse, but she's following a book: Kathy Freston's Quantum Wellness Cleanse (Oprah's cleanse) and is finding it very helpful.  Anna wasn't as well versed in vegetarian recipes as I am, so she's learning a whole new way of cooking which has been fun for both of us because we're trading recipes.  I love that we're doing something together even though she's in Manhattan and I'm in Mexico.

Funny, I just hung up with my son Ben in NH.  He may be starting a cleanse related to his job at a fitness center that will be offering a Wellness Program to its members.  The program starts with a cleanse.  That only leaves several kids and a husband to go, but at this rate, by next January maybe we'll all do a New Year's cleanse together.   Alice, are you in?


  1. Great post! Next year I think we should give up air. Only thing left really.
    I spent last night prepping the beans. So today I'm ready to make your magic chili.

  2. You'll love it. I'm thinking we get EVERYONE in the family... and I mean aunts, uncles, cousins, distant relations from other planets and have T-SHIRTS!!!!


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