Every spring and fall I like to do the Wild Rose Detox to give my digestive system a tune-up. Cleansing is very popular amongst the natural health community and there are countless systems and protocols you can follow. The benefits range from brighter, clearer skin, healthier digestion, improved mood and everyone’s favourite; weightloss. Some people do juice cleanses but I prefer a whole food approach to cleansing or detoxing.
Enter the Wild Rose Detox. Wild Rose is a Canadian based company and their 12-day detox is a staple product in most natural health food stores. There are four supplements that you take with breakfast and dinner and a diet guide that is fairly simple; no sugar, dairy, tropical fruits or flours of any grain, further details on the diet are found in the kit. You continue this protocol for 12 days and at the end, you should feel rejuvenated – body and mind.
This was probably my fifth or sixth time doing this detox and it may have been the easiest experience I’ve had yet. Days 1-4 were a piece of cake (no pun intended). I was happy to step away from food indulgences and happy hour drinks, which were becoming far too frequent. On days 5-10 my energy slumped a bit and I was finding my every-other-day 10k runs to be a little more challenging. On the final couple days, I was looking forward to the detox being over and dreaming about a cupcake or ice cream treat. So yesterday, after the detox period was complete, I indulged in a delicious ice cream cone at Made by Marcus here in Calgary.
I find the Wild Rose diet to be pretty easy to follow and are the basic guidelines that I try and follow for the most part, as my normal healthy eating routine. I believe that treats like ice cream should be enjoyed here and there in life. As someone who was borderline orthorexic for a few years, I am learning how to balance a 90% clean diet and allowing myself to have indulgences like ice cream or a cupcake once in a while without guilt or loss of control. I typically do well with guidelines and protocols and have committed to many sugar-free month challenges and like that structure. Moderation can be difficult for some of us, and it always looks different for everyone.
I did not do the detox for weight loss, but I did notice that my clothes were fitting better at the end of the 12 day period. My skin also improved and the breakout that I was experiencing in the week before I began, totally cleared up and vanished by day 12. Over-consumption of sugar and dairy always, without fail, causes me to breakout, and at 34, it’s far more embarrassing than it was at 14. Better gut health and a cleaner diet going forward should help keep the blemishes at bay.
I finally feel like I am back on track with my normal healthy diet, my digestive issues are gonzo, and I have my running mileage back to the 40k / week range. For the first time in about three years, I am feeling like my real self, my best self, and my most authentic self; just in time for spring!