• Mel

    Hey – take charge and just stick it out for the 21 days. I’m sure you’ll feel fantastic from the cleanse AND for accomplishing such a big goal. Keep us posted!

  • Lara

    Of course, we all think that you’re wonderful and inspiring just as you are, but wish you lots of luck with “the cleanse”, anyway. It definitely sounds intriguing and I’m eager to hear more about it. Keep us posted, ‘kay?

  • http://got-toast.blogspot.com Trysha

    I especially like the last paragraph. I think we are always in a constant flux of change or needing change.

    Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abe Lincoln

  • http://teawithdee.blogspot.com Deanna

    I cured a long standing severe sinus problem with grapefruit seed extract nasal spray. This was after several attempts with antibiotics and the threat of sinus surgery. Apparently, many/most sinus infections are fungal in nature, not bacterial. The GSE nasal spray is a natural anti-fungal. It’s not a quick fix — use it a few times a day consistently and within a couple of weeks (or maybe less if his situation isn’t as severe as mine was) you should see dramatic improvement. I spent three years with a total absence of smell, which as a hospice nurse came in handy while doing certain tasks, but after a couple of weeks of GSE spray I began to regain this sense.

    Once in awhile I will start having some sinus problems again and I start the GSE right away. It usually takes care of the problem within a couple of days. You can buy this at health food stores for around $15 or less.

    I have shared this information with several people who have experienced the same positive effect. If Jon tries it and it works for him (be sure to give it plenty of time) I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know, or just post about it in your blog. It’s sort of an ongoing amateur research project. Yeah, I’m weird that way.

  • JulieBrown

    Bravo for attempting to make such fundamental changes in your life, Heather. I’m looking forward to your observations on the process…. and your pithy comments.
    As for Jon’s sinus infections: perhaps others have suggested this (I don’t usually make it through the hundreds of comments you get) but when I was going through the same thing 20 years ago we discovered that it was a wisdom tooth root that was protruding into the sinus cavity and that had abcessed. Sorry if that was TMI, but once that tooth was pulled I never had another sinus infection [knock wooden head]. For what it’s worth.
    Hope the cleanse provides the change you are looking for.

  • Sarah

    I’m so happy to hear about your undertakings, especially the cleanse. I honestly don’t think it’s that big a deal that Oprah did it, because big fucking deal for the rich lady to sit down and have a gourmet vegan meal prepared by her personal chef for 21 days, know what I mean? But I think it’s a great thing to do from a health perspective, I give you a ton of credit for taking this on as a “non-Oprah mortal” and hope you blog A LOT about your experience. I think our diet habits are pretty similar (including the desire to get over our meat infatuation for the animals’ sake, the nagging hypocrisy over loving animals and then loving to eat them, etc) so I eagerly await your posts regarding this! The picture at the top of your post is beautiful.

  • Cori

    Good Luck with your Florida Life! Don’t forget us who are still in crazy land…

  • http://briggsandnatalie.blogspot.com Natalie

    My friend swears all her sinus infections were magically gone once she started going to a chiropractor. It’s worth a shot! Good luck with that Jon, and with your life changes Heather.

  • Laura

    Best of luck to you.
    Very inspirational post!

  • maddog

    Aha! How’ya like the organic free range chicken broth na!

    Find a Whole Foods, buy “Vegan with a Vengeance” and go to town. It’s sooooo easy to do this now that it’s not 1975. You’ll love it. And hate how you start to notice how much crap is in everything you used to eat. Don’t forget your cosmetics, and clothing. Aye.

    Clearly, you’ll have a ton of support and be using your powers for good. So yay for you, role model for bravely making daunting changes!

    PS Unfortunately, cheese and chocolate have no tofu counterparts.

  • june

    This is great! The woman who wrote Quantam Wellness is such an inspiration. I’m starting next week – we’re going to feel wonderful! Operation MAKEEVERDAYFLORIDA in effect.

  • http://www.becomingjolie.wordpress.com Jolie

    I just got back from a 4 month study abroad trip in Costa Rica, and while I was there a great friend of mine, Benjamin, was explaining to me the environmental and economic reasons he was currently becoming a vegetarian. Having a sister that’s a vegetarian, I sort of had an idea already of the things he went into, but some how all the facts and the compassionate way he put it made me think, “I can’t consciously do this anymore.”

    I do feel sorry for the animals, but more than anything I think it’s a huge waste of resources on our part. I knew I probably couldn’t do it cold turkey (haaah) and so I started off with just beef and pork. it’s been three months. I just cut out chicken and fish 3 weeks ago, and now, all I have left is turkey. as soon as the last bit is eaten out of my fridge, I will be 100% vegetarian. and it feels great.

    if you want any ideas, let me know. I’m asking around right now about tasty meatless menu items.

  • http://www.JenniferSuarez.com Jennifer Suarez

    Best of luck! How wonderful a thought of every day being Florida.

  • http://www.chubbymummy.com Kriss

    Best wishes on finding your center.

    Mine is buried under a lifetime of impatience.

  • http://www.soulmoxie.com sarah

    doing that same cleanse right now. I’m on day 8 and it has not been easy. let me know if you need any support – good luck.

  • June

    In all seriousness, have you considered giving Coco away? She seems to be more trouble than she’s worth.

  • http://susuwatari.net ChristinaTE

    Coming home from vacation is the hardest part. But man is it so worth it! Good luck with your goals!

  • Anonymous

    As a 4th or 5th generation of cattle ranchers, I can’t say I can go there. But I applaud your decision to do so, and I support my family’s approach of using free range beef and humane ways to do what you can if you choose to not be vegetarian. Good luck.

  • http://swampechaun.blogspot.com Swampechaun

    Best of Luck… your post is inspiring to me maybe, probably, perhaps do the same thing.

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    I am trying to just give up red meat.. so far just one minor setback… but i feel better.. so we’ll see..

    Good luck on the cleanse! Coco must have missed y’all so much.

    Hope Jon feels better soon too.

  • Marta (Austin Texas)

    Wow, can’t wait to hear about this cleanse. I feel the same way about meat. I could totally be a vegetarian if it weren’t for brisket, but since I never cook it myself, I rarely eat meat. Good luck with that! I wish you much Florida!

  • TxSuzy

    Well, I wish you luck and hope you make it through the clense and make everyday Florida. I truly mean that, but can I just say one thing? OH LORD… Just what we need! ANOTHER FRIGGEN VEGETARIAN!

    Not hatin’ or anything, but I just had to roll my eyes the other day when my vegetarian friend [and I love her] came back from the doctor and said “But I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat. How can my triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure be high? I eat healthy foods!”

    Me: “Maybe its all those sauces you make with butter and heavy cream and all the cheese and dressings you add to everything?”

    Her: “Hmmm… I never thought about that.”

  • http://www.MichaelandSharon.com Sharon

    I can’t wait to hear how your cleanse goes … You are such an inspiration!

  • Becky

    Landmark Forum is a brainwashing cult. DON’T DO IT.

    Good luck with the cleanse!

  • http://www.alphababy.net andrea

    Looking forward to the updates on the cleanse. I was almost intrigued enough to do it myself, but then found out I was pregnant and decided to hold off until this kid pops out. There are so few things that sound good to me right now, I don’t want to limit it even more.

    Good luck!

  • http://sassymamasays.blogspot.com/ Lola

    Umm, good luck with that!!!! Maybe you should start with something a little less crazy and see how you do. I did the Arbonne 7-Day Cleanse with my best friend, and seven days is a LONG time to give up everything good in life. Now, I love Oprah as much as the next gal, but she’s a super rich woman who has people cooking for her and doing the grocery shopping and the organization and the dog covered in shit cleaning and everything else in life that’s annoying.

    I don’t sell Arbonne, so don’t get the wrong idea, but if you follow what the doctor that suggests that one says, you will feel great at the end and not a total failure if you can’t make 21 days. It’s basically no sugar, wheat, dairy, soy, meat (except chicken/turkey), no caffiene unless it’s green tea, and the dreaded no alcohol. You have to drink this drink with a ton of water, and you shit your brains out, but you do feel much better in the end, and I lost eight pounds and kept it off. Day four was my worst, and I did only do four out of seven days without my red wine, but WTF. Trying to keep up with the shopping at Whole Foods so that you can eat this way is a MAJOR deal and a major expense. I eat very well to begin with, so I thought it would be easy, but it takes serious planning to succeed.

    I wish you well. You have no idea how crabby you will be getting in no time!! Your husband, child and the dogs will be throwing food, coffee and booze at you just to survive your mood.

  • http://www.elegantlyrandom.typepad.com Sarie

    Heather, good luck with all the things on your list. I have to admit, I cringed a little bit at the giving up meat item, because that is just a real pet peeve of mine. I believe that it can be done – we can find meat that hasn’t been tortured if we hunt and gather a little harder – but that’s just my opinion. The 21-day cleanse sounds good to me – I’ve done aspects of it, and even just cleansing out the caffeine and alcohol will make a huge difference. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of wine (or 4) but sometimes it’s really just a great thing to drink, ya know, water for a few days. Good luck.

  • Jenny

    heather, yay! i know you always hated the many variations on the “please become a vegetarian” emails/comments/threats, but on a strictly selfish level, giving up meat and eggs helped my anxiety SO MUCH. like completely off my meds much.

    and just to plant the seed, if you decide to get truly carried away at some point in the future, raw vegan helped even more. i’m very aware how insane this makes me sound–my family in texas and alabama have all but disowned me (and i still eat cooked food–i just try to eat mostly raw)–but i actually wake up happy every morning now, instead of swimming in a pool of tears and hysterics. i can’t remember my last panic attack, and i literally never knew it was possible to be this calm and excited to start every day.

    diet totally works.

  • http://spoiledonlychild.blogspot.com spoiledonlychild

    If you’re into all this, you must read Oprah’s darling Eckhart Tolle. His books A New Earth and the Power of Now will give you a whole new perspective.

    And can I ask, Florida in summer? Wasn’t it as hot as the blazes of hell?

  • http://www.sleepingKelly.com sleepingKelly

    I’m interested in seeing how things work out for you too. I know I’ve been trying to slowly convert to a more natural diet. I wish you the best of luck. I only have one question, how will you live without bacon?

  • http://rhubarbsky.wordpress.com/ Carrie

    Seriously, have you been reading the Skinny Bitch book? Lots of the stuff you’re talking about eliminating is included in what not to eat according to the bitches. Though, they should have called it “Skinny Vegan Bitch”, just so you know what you’re getting into.
    Good luck. Making it all so public takes balls. . . I know you’ll stick with it and reap all of the rewards and benefits you deserve.

  • cara

    yay for not eating meat anymore!

    i’m not sure if i could do 21 days without alcohol, but if you can make it i’m sure i could, too!

    good luck!

  • Sarah

    Gosh, that ocean picture is spectacular!

    Does that include seafood too (no animal products)? I hope you can do it, and I’m curious about how you feel about it and what changes you notice in yourself. I’m just not so sure I could give up the Merlot and Corona. Everything else could go though.

    Nothing like a dog to bring you back down to reality! But .. at least she’s a CUTE dog!

  • http://softersideofcynical.blogspot.com/ Addie

    As my father would always say to me:
    You have what it takes, and you can do it.

    As I always say to myself:
    Working on myself is my least favorite job with the most dramatic results.

    Best of luck squaring everything away and becoming who you want to be! I’d still share a bottle of wine with you.

  • Annie

    You’re going to feel and look so much better cutting that crap out of your diet. I’ve been gluten, dairy and refined sugar free for a few months and it makes a HUGE difference! Good luck!

  • cattitude

    I took the plunge and became a vegetarian a week ago, after not really eating much meat the last couple years. I’m not craving meat at all so far.
    Good luck with your cleanse!

  • Anonymous

    Does this have something to do with colonics?

  • jukeboxjamie11

    maybe Coco has kennel cough?
    once my black lab did, it was horrible

  • Allison

    Just read a great book about not eating meat. “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Check it out.

  • Terroni

    The cleanse sounds sort of hideous. But, if in three weeks you’ve morphed into a wildly successful Black woman, I’ll be the next in line to give up coffee and liquor.

  • http://www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com RuthWells

    Cleanse is a funny word.

    Keep us posted.

  • Jodi

    Good luck Heather. I’ll be cheering you on (and learning from you) every step of the way.

  • Colly P

    Good thing for you for trying the vegetarian route! I went off of meat 3 months ago and I feel great. I think it’s actually helped with my anxiety, since there is a theory that when you stop eating the adrenaline spiked bodies of animals (because they are afraid before they are slaughtered) it makes you calmer. Who knows, I just know its been good for me. Good luck!

  • Cassandra

    I saw this on Oprah and really wanted to try it, too. It was weird timing because just the day before I was thinking about wanting to try a cleanse. And I never watch Oprah, but for some reason did that day.

    The author was telling Oprah to be kind to herself, though. To not be too hard on herself if she slipped up.

    I tried starting with one thing at a time and I gave up red wine for 2 weeks – a hard thing to do in my house – felt quite a bit better and lost 5 pounds.

    Then, I kind of forgot about the whole thing so thank you for the reminder.

    I think what will kill me is the coffee. Really, do I have to? I think I might have to keep that evil in my life. And besides, my local news (from Vancouver, BC!)
    says people who drink some coffee live longer. So there, Oprah…

  • http://www.uncommonality.wordpress.com Al

    god, coming back from vacation totally sucks. hang on to that vision, don’t let it fade!

  • Kara

    Don’t listen to all this nonsense about nothing left to eat, or only eating leaves, or even “organic, free range” meat. By caring for yourself you’re caring for the planet and the countless species we share it with. So many birds with one stone! (Birds, not for eating.)

    I’m working on this same cleanse. It’s doable! And it becomes a lifestyle. I have no will power at all, not even a little. I love cheese pizza more than any human- and this is not a point worth arguing. But I see the zen at the end of the tunnel and I WANT it. (Need it.)

    Anyway I believe in you! And myself. I hope.

  • http://www.xanga.com/emylibef Emily

    Seriously. You choose coming back from vacation with a landfill house and liquipoo dog to change your dieting habits? You are nigh unto a god.

    If it works, I may try it. Although, you know, who am I kidding with that.

  • LWagz

    Don’t forget to drink lots of water. I read an article about the effects of dehydration and started drinking half my body weight (in ounces) of water everyday. Within a week, I was off most of my meds and my body feels so great. Good luck with your cleanse, I’ll keep tuned in to see how you do and to cheer you on.

  • Lisa

    Hey, I’m on day 4 of the cleanse myself! I’ve found that there will come one point in every day that I try to talk myself out of continuing with it (always, always hunger induced). Then I eat a banana and I’m fine again.

    Trying to come up with meals everyday is a struggle. I’m not too keen on vegetables, see… I do feel a sense of calm that hasn’t been present before though, and the last month has been really rough, so that’s saying a lot for me.

  • Megumi

    I read the last paragraph empathically.
    I have 5 year-old son and 6 month-old baby. I struggle to discover something…. Recently, I don’t try to strive for 100%. Don’t compare others.
    Getting better the situation, though, I still feel that something is missing in my life.

    Speaking of dieting, I gained 38.8 pounds when I was pregnant!! But I could success to lose my weight! I did pelvis remedy. Giving a birth make womens’ womb dilated. And of course I did diet control.
    Best of luck!