The greatest takeaway from the Group Cleanse at All Wellness is empowerment. As we went around the room sharing our experiences, it became apparent that each of us was thrilled to be empowered to gain control over our health and well being. My personal experience was terrific. I was not alone.

Here are a few poignant quotes from the group:

– I got rid of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Gluten was the culprit. I’m staying on the Elimination Diet forever.

– I was tired of feeling crappy. Now I am paying attention to what I’m putting in my body and I feel lighter. I’m going to stay gluten- and dairy-free. It makes me feel calm. My stomach feels calm.

– I’m having great sex.

– I m totally empowered. I don’t have to eat things just because I want to or because I feel like it. It is so awesome. You can not have things and feel fine.

– I can stay awake longer at night.

– I realized I was an emotional eater. I realized how I see food in my life. Now I am free of those emotions. I am much more conscious of what I eat and how I act.

– I have an outrageous sense of smell.

– Just because I am not eating a cheeseburger and fries does not mean my lunch is not good.

– I have had no cravings at all. I’m feeling full. I decreased my lunch portions and I have a lot more energy.

Next week marks the end of the 21-day cleanse. Because of the wonderful health benefits we have all experienced, many of us are considering making significant long-term changes to our diet.

Each of us is eating more mindfully. Going forward, if we do decide to reintroduce the less-healthy foods of the Standard American Diet (SAD), which feels totally counter intuitive, we will do so consciously. Each of us is equipped with the knowledge of food’s effects on our bodies. Now we know that we can use the Clean Program as a tool.

Laura Savard reminded us “If you start feeling rotten again, you know how to fix it real quick.” If we have to attend a wedding reception and eat cake and champagne, we know that with time and mindful eating, we can regain the vibrant health we have achieved during this cleanse.

NPR and the Wall Street Journal tell me that the clean food revolution is not limited to a group of incredibly healthy, vibrant women in Vermont. Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis start who is taking the French Open by storm, is rockin’ the Casbah with his Gluten-free diet. An article in today’s New York Times highlights the new flavors of gluten-free foods.

Troops in the Clean Revolution include Robert Thurman, Donna Karan, Gwyneth Paltrow. Demi Moore, David Wolfe, Mariska Hargitay and Billy Zane. Mark Bittman is a part-time vegan.

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world…

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