I can think about food all day and dream all night about romantic settings (with food), fantasy vacations to Italy (with food), entertaining friends (with food) and weekend getaways (with food). I am constantly on the search for new ideas; cookbooks surround me with inspiration and, I confess, cool restaurant menus sometimes find their way back home with me. I view food as a pleasurable celebration that provides nutrition and fuel for my body and warmth and love for those I cook for. I enjoy the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and vegetables, the impossibly irresistible aromas that fill my kitchen when I’m baking and cooking and gorgeous settings to sit down and dine.
So when I heard of Kathy Freston’s book, The Quantum Wellness Cleanse, I was immediately fascinated. And why, you might say, if I so love food am I fascinated in a cleanse? First off, I would never go on a “fasting cleanse” or deprive myself on a fruit only or cabbage soup diet. But I do believe in continually improving my eating habits and exploring food choices that can benefit and enhance my health. I’m fascinated as well, in the challenge of creating flavorsome and inviting meals that do not contain the five ingredients to eliminate: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, animal products and gluten.
In the forward of the book it reads: 21 Days May Lead to a Lifetime of Pleasure and Feeling Good. Yes, I’m so all about that! And then some. The concept really is to step back and re-evaluate in a conscious way the food we eat and incorporate within these 21 days healthy meals that will cleanse and detoxify the body.
I will begin my 21 days on November 1 ending right before Thanksgiving, and on a personal side note, my birthday. I have engaged a few coworkers to join me. In fact, it was another coworker that introduced this book to me and excitedly shared her results thus far on feeling great! I plan to post my healthy recipes and share my journey. If anyone is interested in joining along, please let me know or simply follow my menus!
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.