When I began my lifestyle change around this time last year, I used a cleanse to help clear me of all the toxins and give me more energy to stay committed to the work out routines I had to do. And now with the holidays having passed us by and the guilt I've been feeling about all of the gorging that I did during that time, I knew I needed to do another detox to start the year off right.
So, after scanning the cleanse aisle at a local health foods store, I asked the sales girl which cleanses she recommended and the first one she told me about was Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program. A lot of her customers had come back to her after trying it to let her know of all the success they had while on the program and that was all I needed to hear! So I quickly grabbed the last box of it and headed home to try it as soon as I could!
I was a little nervous by the fact that there's 3 bottles you need to take the supplements from for the whole length of the detox which is 12 days. This detox was created to help your body eliminate toxic material, greatly increasing your energy and sense of well-being.
Included in the detox, you will get 4 bottles of herbal formulas which are:
Biliherb: Stimulates bile production by the liver and its release from the gallbladder into the small intestine. Bile is necessary for proper digestion as it serves to emulsify dietary fats, enhancing their absorption. Biliherb helps to decrease cholesterol buildup in the gallbladder and aids in the prevention and dissolution of gallstones.
Laxaherb: Formulated to minimize bowel irritation and stimulate elimination through a 'laxative' effect upon the intestinal tract.
CL Herbal Extract: Designed to be an effective and complete body cleansing formula. Its diuretic properties focus on elimination of toxins through the urinary system while also acting as a specific urinary tract disinfectant.
Cleansaherb: Formulated to cleanse the blood stream, muscle tissue and lymphatic system of toxic waste material and metabolic by-products.
The selection of foods listed are recommended to be the best foods to eat in order to obtain optimum detoxification results during the 12 days. Less than 20% of the diet should be taken from acid-forming foods (i.e. meat, eggs, legumes) and more than 80% of the diet should be taken from alkaline or neutral foods (i.e. fresh vegetables, millet, rice). During the cleansing period you're allowed to eat as much as you want as long as you follow the 20%/80% proportiong. I know this sounds complicated, but it really isn't!
The most recommended foods to eat are fish, beans (dried), beef, coffee (black maximum two cups a day), grains, eggs (whole), i.e., barley, kasha, bulgur, oats, rye, wheat berries, lamb, lentils, liver, nuts, oatmeal, peas, poultry, pork, prunes (cooked), rhubarb (cooked), rice (white – brown is in 80% column), soy beans, tea (black), tofu (plain, unsweetened only), veal, wheat germ.
There are no breads or other flour products (i.e. breads, cakes, cookies, pastas), dairy products (except butter), or tropical fruit allowed during this program. Fruits like bananas (which is understandable) and pineapple aren't recommended during the program. I really love pineapple so this was a challenge for me. Candy, ice cream, cereal (processed), flour, gravy, fruit juices with sugar and pop/soda, jams and jellies, oily nuts and peanuts, pies and pastries, sugar (white or brown) aren't allowed either but most of this is justifiable anyways.
Be cautious of accidentally having any of the restricted foods as I once had a slight episode with a salad that had a bit of cheese on it.. and the consequences weren't pretty! So, note that those foods are on the restricted list for a REASON! lol
There's also a recipe book that is available for purchase with the detox for around $15 which may be of use for someone who cooks often. I decided to mainly eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables and basically sticking as much as I could to the foods listed in the 80% recommended to eat list!
For further restricted or recommended foods, check out the Wild Rose Products site.
Directions: Take two tablets from each bottle and 40 drops with both breakfast and supper.
Price: $38.50 CAD, available at most health food stores
Days 1 - 3: Pretty easy day to get through since the supplements were just starting to work through my system. I had a great work out and was full of energy prior to taking the first supplements but I think it helped them work a little quicker by not letting my energy levels deplete while I was at work.
Days 4 - 6: I really started to feel the effects of the detox. I was feeling a little head achy and tired which I've read is a side effect of the detox. I had a late evening work out which helped boost my energy and made me a bit hungry. This was the first day where I was left with a sick feeling after I had dinner. I don't know if this is another side effect but I only had a soup for dinner and felt turned off from eating anymore after that.
Days 7 - 12: Woke up and felt much better than the day before. I think the supplements have worked their way through my system and have started to regulate things so I'm not feeling the headache anymore or have been feeling a bit sick at dinner. But the sugar cravings have kicked in and it's made me a little irritable. The husband was made aware to be careful on these days..haha. At the end of the week I was able to curb my cravings and adapt to the eating plan.
Overall I'm very happy with the results and how I now feel. This detox has given me a big confidence boost and that's what I really needed after being away in Ohio for almost a week for the holidays and only eating chocolate and cookies while I was there. In total, I've lost about 10 lbs with the detox, which from what I've read from other people's experiences is quite typical! I stuck to their recommended food list and that's why I think it worked really well for me. I think it actually put me off some of the junk food that I would indulge in before the detox and I think it has made me get a little sick if I eat certain dairy products.
Before considering this detox, I would recommend consulting a physician to see if this will work for you. I'm kind of sad that it's over with but I'm very glad that I did it. I think I will follow the food list (sort of) while I still have the liquid herbal formula. I've been taking it morning and night as usual but it isn't as strong as combining it with the pills.
Would I buy this again? Absolutely! I'm already planning on buying this again in the summer as they advise to use it twice a year. It helped me greatly with the Christmas weight gain I put on and has helped me start the year off fresh!
My birthday is coming up very soon (only 2.5 weeks away! Eek! lol) and this was a great early birthday treat for myself. I'm still committed to eating really healthy and working out 6 days a week. I've got a few birthday dinners coming up, so I'm trying to be really good. And I'm also looking forward to going shopping for more clothes!
Hugs, Kisses and Lots of Glitter!