I’ll never forget the first time I heard someone talk about doing a cleanse. It was spring 2011, and I was meeting up with girls from my university’s fashion and business group for a board meeting. Two of us were drinking Diet Coke and/or eating Swedish Fish and offered some to another one of the girls who declined because she, as she informed us, was “on a cleanse”. We all looked at her like she was crazy. “No seriously though!” She said. “I’ve been drunk-eating a lot of Taco Bell lately.” We all nodded, knowingly. It seemed legit. Since then, cleanses have gone totally mainstream, and though I personally haven’t lived through any t-bell binges as of late, I HAVE been feeling like my system and palate could use a bit of a reset. I’ve done juice cleanses in the past (and loved the results), but wanted to try something that was a little less stringent, sugary, and allowed me to chew. I did a little research and decided on the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox system.
Wild Rose’s detox system is a 12-day program that uses a combination of herbal supplements and liquid drops to help restore your body’s natural balance. While participants are allowed actual food while completing the program (woo!), the cleanse requires some pretty drastic dietary shifts: no sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, processed foods, certain fruits, dairy, peanuts or peanut butter are allowed. Foods like almonds, fish, garlic, brown rice, and ginger are encouraged, and pumpkin, spinach, tomato, and meat are deemed “acceptable”. There’s no limitations as to how MUCH Wild Rose-approved food you can eat, either. It’s healthy, but much more restrictive than my usual diet, which is exactly what I was looking for in a cleanse. Plus, since it’s only 12 days and involved real food, it’s totally doable and easy to fit into my life.
As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, my eating hasn’t been as on-point as I’d like lately, and ultimately I’m hoping that Wild Rose will help kick my sugar addiction (which is out-of-CONTROL at the moment!) and get me back into the habit of dining out less and cooking more. If I lose a quick 3, 5, or 7lbs while doing it, that’s just a MAJOR bonus. Stay tuned!
I start the Wild Rose Detox tomorrow, and will finish November 6th. Be on the lookout for part two in this series–a detox recap–later that week if you’re interested in the cleanse and/or my experience! Oh, and you can find out more about Wild Rose HERE, and order your own detox kit HERE.
Have you ever done a detox diet or cleanse before?