june’s PBA: food cleanse

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Reviewing May’s PBA Intention

First, let me take a moment to review last month’s Personal Bank Account [revised] intention of eating four salads a week. Though I didn’t keep official count, I think I hit the mark a few weeks and probably fell two salads short during the final week of May. So I wasn’t perfect, but it’s a good thing that I’m back in the habit of eating salad. How did your PBA go?

June’s PBA Intention

This June I decided to kick the PBA challenge up a notch. In February, my friend Kaitlyn of Eat My Blog and I followed Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness Cleanse for three weeks. We were pretty true to her outline but made modifications as we went along [she suggests avoiding dairy, gluten, meat, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine for 21 days]. Once we were finished, I decided I would continue to follow many of her principals in moderation. But fast forward to June of 2009, and many of those good habits have drifted, and it’s time to make some adjustments.

So for the remainder of June, Kaitlyn and I have decided to review the cleanse with some of our own modifications. Here’s the plan:


Week 1 and 2

Eat plenty of:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Soy and beans
  • Healthy oils

Avoid the following foods:

  • Dairy (trace amounts in bread allowed)
  • Meat
  • White flour
  • Added sugar
  • Caffeine (except tea)
  • Alcohol (limited to twice a week)

Week 3

Follow week 1 and 2 and add dairy (CHEESE!) into the mix.

So there you have it. Its not a diet, but a general refresher course on healthy eating. Anyone interested in following along?

Don’t be intimidated by the list, feel free to add your own modifications. I suggest reading Freston’s book if you are interested in learning about the health and spiritual benefits of the cleanse. I know I’ll be re-reading the book to keep myself inspired as I go through cheese withdrawal.

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  1. Jess

    Hmmm… no comments. I wonder what readers were thinking as they read this piece… perhaps one of the following:

    “She’s @$@#@! crazy!”

    “I. Would. Never. Do. This.”


    “What the heck is a PBA? And why is she comparing a bank account to food?”

  2. How is the cleanse going? I’m definitely going to need to start next week, once I’m back from vacation. I’m actually excited to eat like this again, maybe we could go on a Stanley’s trip for more produce!

  3. Jess

    @ Kaitlyn: So far so good! I had serious cheese withdrawal on Sunday but it has gotten easier each day since then.

    I’m definitely up for Stanley’s! I get back from Philly on Monday. Maybe next weekend?

  4. Leigh

    A friend asked me to do this with him. I’m gluten free (Celiacs disease) and am having a hard time willingly giving up more foods. I did quit smoking when he started the cleanse in Feb, so that’s one bad habit kicked!

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