One day over dinner, as I complained about my increasingly uncontrollable sugar and carb cravings, a friend of mine told me about a detox called “Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox”. She suggested I try it, as it helped her NOT only "tame" her sugar cravings, but it also did wonders in helping to clean her organs and reset her metabolism. She said that she found the diet plan that came with it was a bit tough to follow the first couple of days, but after that her body adjusted. Curious, I asked her what made this "detox" different from the rest.
P.S.: you can scroll down the page for the recipes if that is what you're here for.
So she goes on explaining that it comes with a kit which includes supplements that I would need to take every day for 12 days (yes, the detox is 12 days long), as well as a specific diet plan. So I thought I'd share my experience with everyone, should anyone be interested in trying it out!
There are in fact 3 different supplements and some drops. Each of the supplements plays a different role in detoxifying the body, and should be taken twice daily: once in the morning with breakfast and again at dinnertime. My friend raved about this detox, noting that it is manufactured and formulated by a Canadian herbalist from Alberta. She also said that by day 12 (the last day of the detox), she felt renewed, had more energy and had even lost 6lbs! (now who doesn’t like that?!)
So first thing the next morning, I jumped in my car and drove over to the local health food store to pick myself up a kit. I was excited and committed, but mostly I was curious to see if this "detox" was going to work its magic on me (I REALLY wanted a solution to help me get rid of my addiction for sweets!). Plus, if you know me well, you would know that for as long as I can remember, in addition to having a sweet tooth, I also suffer from ACUTE constipation. So naturally, I was also hoping that this detox would tame my sugary cravings and maybe even help me get the much needed relief from years of constipation. Especially now that I am in my mid forties, it would be really great I thought, if this cleanse would also reset my digestive system (i.e.: kidneys, liver, intestines) and set me up for better hormonal balance and a sharper metabolism as I head towards the big 5-O! (Yikes!!)
So I bought the kit, which is by the way, very reasonably priced in comparison to other detox kits (about 25$). When I got home, I immediately opened up the box and started reading the enclosed booklet. I then picked “Sunday” to be my first day on the detox.
So what is it all about? Well...here's what the enclosed diet leaflet instructs:
Basically I’d be allowed an unlimited intake of fruits and vegetables (with minor exceptions- such as no bananas and citrus fruits), and I'd be allowed unlimited fish, lean proteins, almonds and almond butter, as well as certain legumes and grains such as brown rice, quinoa and oats. The down side is that I’d have to abstain from dairy, processed foods, sugar, unhealthy fats, white breads and pastas (all good...I'm 100% OK with that!). Being always on the watch over what I eat, I thought this is going to be as easy as cake: I already don’t eat dairy, and love my fruits and vegetables (though refraining from eating bananas for 12 days might be tough). So here we gooooo....
Before jumping all in, I decided to check out their website (Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox ) to scout out the suggested recipes. I wrote down what I’d like to try and jotted down a grocery list (see grocery list and some of the recipes below). Being the good "planner" that I am, on Saturday morning (the day before I start the detox), I went to the grocery store and bought everything I need so I wouldn’t have ANY EXCUSES to NOT follow the detox to the “T” (Good girl!).
Since I am doing this detox primarily because I want to deal with my sugar cravings, I decided to eliminate most of the allowed grains as well. Ultimately, I decided to abstai from whole grains altogether (yes, I took the detox to another level!). This meant that for 12 days, I was not to have any brown rice, quinoa, breads, and pasta. The only two grains I allowed myself were steel-cut oats and plain rice cakes. I knew I was up for a REAL challenge, but I figured that drastic change is sometimes needed to get drastic results!! I needed to reset my cravings for sweets somehow, and I believed that doing this, would help me achieve my goal.
Before I go through the details of my journey, I just want to say that my experience on the Wild Rose Herbal Detox is very particular to me. I am not everybody. I have major constipation issues and a weaker defense systems. So what I experienced while on the detox, is by no means going to necessarily be what others will. In fact, my brother and his wife were interested in the detox too, and decided to start it two weeks after me. I followed up with them on a regular basis, and aside from more regular bathroom visits (ooops!) they both felt a change in their energy level, and lost quite a bit of weight on it. In fact, on day #6, my brother’s wife reported having lost 3-4lbs and my brother had lost 9lbs. Imagine that!! I was so proud of them for taking their health into their own hands, cooking healthy foods and eliminating all unhealthy ones (amazing you guys!). And by the way, they’ve also adopted a couple of new healthy habits post detox: they’ve decided they’re going to switch from white to brown rice from now on, and from refined to whole grains for cereals. THAT, on its own is a big PLUS. Way to go you two!!
Anyway, below I jotted down a recap of my journey day by day. Take a look if you’re interested in knowing what I had for food, or if you’d like to follow a similar plan. Though I do not recommend you abstain from all grains like I did…really not a smart thing to do in my opinion (if you read my day-by-day details below you'll understand why I say that), but also because I really believe in having a balance in everything we eat. Exaggeration or extremes are rarely effective short or long-term. But voilà! Below you’ll find some of the recipes and snacks I made (many more simple/ healthy ones are available with the kit), and further down you will be able to read-up more on my journey.
Herbed Oven Roast Organic Chicken
- 4 skinless-boneless chicken breasts
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp chili flakes (optional)
- large Ziploc bag
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, except the chicken
- Add the chicken and coat well with all the ingredients
- Once the chicken is well coated, pour everything into a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Place chicken with all its juices on the sheet
- Place in oven and cook uncovered for 40-60 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside.
- Once ready, take out and let the chicken rest on the counter for 5 minutes prior to serving
- Serve chicken with a side salad or a rice cake topped with some tomato and avocado slices as I did in the pics above.
Sweet Potato Egg Nest
- 1 large sweet potato or yam
- 1 large egg
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Wrap sweet potato in aluminum foil
- Place in oven and allow to cook for 30 minutes
- Using oven mitts, take out the potato from oven, remove foil carefully and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes
- Cut potato in half and carve out some of the inside and set aside
- Break the egg inside the potato, and place it on a cookie sheet or an oven-safe dish and cook again for 30-50 minutes (until the egg is cooked to the consistency of your liking).
- Once the egg looks cooked, take out the potato and sprinkle it with salt & pepper
- Eat as is, or with a side of salad or a rice cake
Green Eggs Omelette
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup almond milk
- 4 cups leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss card, collard etc.)
- 2 tsp thyme
- 4 garlic cloves (chopped/ or 1 tsp powder)
- Pinch Himalayan pink salt
- PAM butter spray
- put everything in a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour onto warm pan, sprayed with PAM
- Allow to cook for a few minutes and fold the omelette in half and flip to cook a couple of more minutes until all the liquid is dry
- Serve with a side of chopped tomatoes
Almond Butter Rice Cakes / Avo-Matoe Rice Cakes
Another favorite snack of mine is Almond butter spread on rice cake, topped with some fruits. I prefer buckwheat rice cakes, but you can use any plain rice cakes. I simply spread a tablespoon or two of almond butter and top it with a favorite (detox allowed) fruit. At the time I did the detox, strawberries were in season. You can replace these with almost any fruit that is neither bananas nor citrus.
Another great snack idea was simply spreading slices of avocado and tomato on the rice cakes, and sprinkle it with a bit of Himalayan Pink Salt. Loved this snack...so delish!
- 1 buckwheat rice cake
- 1 TBS almond butter
- 2 strawberries - fresh - sliced
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Spread almond butter on rice cake
- Top with sliced strawberries
- Sprinkle with chia seeds
- Enjoy with a cup of herbal tea or with a tall glass of lemon water! (I have mine as bedtime snack because it is so yummy and fullfiling!)
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with coconut oil and lots of veggies + 1 cup of black coffee
Lunch: vegetable soup + 1 turkey patty (recipe here)
Supper: salad with olive oil dressing with baked chicken breast (seasoned w/olive oil and herbs) + 20 almonds
Water: 2.0 L
Feelings/changes: no bowel movement, no noticeable hunger. All seems ok. In fact, I feel exactly the same…nothing new. Took the detox pills and drops as instructed: with breakfast, and again with dinner. I was on top of the world, happy to have taken action towards dealing with my sweet tooth once and for all.
Breakfast: oven baked sweet potato with egg
Lunch: turkey patty (recipe here) + salad with olive oil dressing, almond butter on rice cakes, 20 almonds
Supper: oven baked chicken breast (seasoned w/olive oil and herbs) + green salad
Water: 1.75 L
Feelings/changes: no bowel movement, no noticeable hunger. However, I am feeling lethargic today…I feel weak and tired and feel the need to eat frequently. I can tell you, I am most definitely missing sweets. I’m fantasizing about the date-walnut power balls (see recipe here) I had made the week before. It's day #2 and I am definitely looking forward for this detox to be over (seriously??!).
Breakfast: plain rice cakes, almond butter, blueberries, sprinkled with cinnamon
Lunch: chicken breast (seasoned w/olive oil and herbs), 1 avocado + 1 tomato
Supper: Jerusalem artichoke & kale soup, 1 chicken breast, 2 nectarines
Water: 3.0 L
Feelings/changes: I woke up with the feeling that I’m coming down with a cold. I am sneezing quite a bit, and have the sniffles. And then it hit me: feeling weak + the sniffles = flue-like symptoms. Yesss…that is what others said they’ve experienced while on the detox. It’s the way your body expresses withdrawal from everyday unhealthy foods (i.e. sweets in my case). Also, it seems like I am always hungry, so I did indulge a little with fruits between meals today, and had lots of berries, 2 apples and 1 plum. Plus, I finally had a bowel movement for the first time since I started the detox! Yahoo!! Glad Wild Rose is starting to work.
Breakfast: plain rice cakes, almond butter, strawberries and seeds
Lunch: Jerusalem artichoke & kale soup, 1 chicken breast, apple with almond butter
Supper: 3 rice cakes with almond butter and strawberries, 3 cups of air-popped pop corn (butter/oil free), rice cake with avocado and tomatoes
Water: 2.75 L
Feelings/changes: woke up with a very bad sore throat today…wondering if it’s the detox doing its work. But I’m still pretty perplexed as to how it could be detoxifying my body, without too many washroom visits (peeing is NOT a problem…I’m in the bathroom 3 times/ hour! But #2…only once so far!). I even have a bit of a runny nose and some sniffles, but less than yesterday. Sugar cravings: yes, but not as much as the first 3 days. I feel more of a need to have “carbs” …like bread, and cake, and cookies...mmmmm....COOOOKIES!!
Breakfast: baked sweet potato with egg
Lunch: green salad, 3 rice cakes topped with avocado and tomatoes sprinkled with a dash of salt & pepper
Dinner: grilled salmon with pesto, steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes, rice cake with avocado and tomatoes, 3 cups of air popped pop corn.
Water: 2. 50 L
Feelings/ changes: woke up with an even worse sore throat again today! I’m starting to get really suspicious about this, and am inclined to think that maybe it has nothing to do with the detox. The reason being is that I have issues with my throat (I usually get 1-2 infections/ year). Additionally, I often have sinus infections. But...I haven’t had neither a tonsils or a sinus infection in over 3 years (I had discovered a magic potion called “oil of oregano”- more on that in another post). But considering that the pills and the supplements I’m taking are supposed to detoxify my system, it could also be that this is triggering my immune system and detoxifying my weak spots (or is it?!). This is all speculation...but how can I know for sure? I decided to wait it out and see.
Breakfast: two eggs, rice cakes, strawberries and 20 almonds
Lunch: green beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic sautéed in olive oil with rice cakes
Dinner: grilled salmon with pesto, steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes
Water: 3.0 L
Feelings/ changes: woke up with a bad flu (I think). My body hurts everywhere, especially my legs. It feels almost as if I had a terrible fall and am now sore from it. Aside from that, I am not terribly hungry, but I feel like having something new to eat. With no bread, pasta, rice, sugar…I feel as if my choices are limited. Again, no bowel movement today. Zero. Nada. Grrrrr!!
Breakfast: two eggs, baby spinach, tomatoes and onions, 20 almonds and some dry roasted seeds
Lunch: green salad, tuna with a squeeze of lemon and some olive oil and herbs + rice cake with almond butter and some berries for dessert
Dinner: grilled salmon with pesto, steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes + 2 plums and 1 apple
Water: 2.75 L
Feelings/ changes: I woke up super lethargic today…and I’ve noticed that my hair has been falling a lot lately. Today, was no exception. It seems to be falling off in strands!! I’m starting to get a little concerned. Could it be the detox? Could my falling hair have anything to do with the fact that I am not having any carbs (other than a few fruits a day)? Or is it because of the lack of bowl movements (last bowel movement was 3 days ago). Is this why I’m tired? Or do I have the flu? Or do I actually have “flu-like” symptoms as a sign that my body is detoxifying from sugar and other toxins??...I don’t know anymore. By day's end, my nose was no longer runny, but I do feel super tired and still feel aches and pains all over.
As to hunger…not hungry but craving variety more than anything. Also starting to feel down. Well, I felt this way for two days now. I looked this up and the only thing that made sense is that it could be because I am super deprived of carbs (i.e.: bananas, dates, bread, etc.). I read an article on how limiting complex carbs from your diet can actually have an impact on your mood as it reduced the secretion of serotonin (the happy hormones) in the brain (more on this subject here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/336671-low-carbohydrate-depression/). Oh God! Feeling achy, constipated, tired, bored of food, going through sugar withdrawal, and now depressed!! But I’m thinking “look at the bright side Boussy: 7 days done, 5 more to go!!” Yeahhh! - NOT REALLY :(
Breakfast: Green egg omelette (recipe below).
Lunch: cabbage vegetable soup, turkey patty, rice cakes with avocado and tomatoes (recipe below)
Dinner: grilled chicken breast (recipe below) with cabbage-vegetable medley
Water: 2.0 L
Feelings/ changes: woke up groggy and unwell. My husband was putting a lot of pressure on me yesterday to take some pain killers as the aches in my body were almost unbearable right around bedtime. But I decided to tough it out, especially because I knew that I am not supposed to take any meds that would interfere with the detox supplements. But here I am, unwell, weak and slightly worried that this detox is causing me more harm than good. By lunch time, things started deteriorating quickly. I now have a runny nose and a fever. As well, my hair seems to be shedding like crazy!! There’s hair everywhere. I decided to wash my hair in the afternoon, and the amount of hair that fell during and after the shower was simply ridiculous!! I’ve never seen my hair fall soooo much! Even after giving birth. NOTHING was ever this bad. And then it hit me: “what if the detox supplements are actually doing their job by expelling all the toxins from my liver and intestines, which are now floating in my body, poisoning me instead of cleansing since I am not going to the washroom for #2? After all, I only had one bowl movement in 8 days!!!”. So I made up my mind. As of tomorrow, I am stopping the detox. What’s the point really, since I am feeling like total crap!! Maybe this detox is just not for me, I thought.
What happened after I stopped taking the Wild Rose supplements was quite surprising. Firstly, the hair shedding stopped 3 days after I went back to my normal eating. Second, I had a bowel movement 2 days later. As for the sugar cravings? They were a lot milder and certainly felt like I have more control over them. Cravings for bread, rice, whole grains however were OUTRAGEOUS! I felt in constant need of starch. I felt a deep, DEEP chemical and bodily need for starch. I’m not talking about craving stuff here…this felt more like I need to eat these for SURVIVAL. I felt that if I didn’t satisfy that particular need, I would really be doing more harm than good to my body.
What a journey....
*Note: with all my meals, and during all my detox days, I also had lots of snacks whenever I felt the need to munch or was feeling hungry. These consisted of fruits (apples, plums, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries) and nuts (mainly dry roasted almonds and pecans). Sometimes, when the urge for something crunchy and salty hit me, I would have air popped popcorn (I use my own popcorn maker).
Organic Almond Butter
Dry Roasted Almonds
Chicken Breast (skinless-boneless)
Jerusalem Artichokes (these are very high in Prebiotics)
Salmon filets (fresh)
Extra lean ground turkey
Variety of herbs & spices
Brown rice, millet, quinoa, steel cut oats and rice cakes
**If you do decide to try this detox or any other one for that matter, do me a favor please and take a moment to share your experience with me in the space below?
Best of luck Healthy Obsessionners!
Hope to hear from you soon,