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Wild Rose Cleanse Daily Diary

After a few consecutive months of excess carbs and sugar, I could barely squeeze on my wedding ring.

And it wasn’t just my fingers that were puffed up like a jumbo Costco wieners — my face was looking rather haggard and my mid-section reminded me of when I was six-months pregnant. Mentally, I felt like my head was in a fog. I was constantly tired, despite the copious amounts of coffee I would pour down my throat (4 cups a day to be exact).

With Christmas quickly approaching and our first family all-inclusive trip to Mexico coming up right after that, I desperately needed to hit the reset button on my eating habits, and I needed to do it quick before Halloween could take my sugar addiction to new heights.

And so on Oct. 31, I started the Wild Rose Cleanse, which I purchased for $43.99. at a local health and supplement store.

Okay, I bet you’re probably wondering how it works, so here’s the scoop.

What is the Wild Rose Cleanse?

The Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox provides a complete multi-system detoxification of the colon and kidneys; acts on the urinary tract and the gastro-intestinal system; and has an effect on the liver. By following the recommended diet and taking the herbal formulas provided, the Herbal D-Tox program claims that it will help to keep a healthy balance of assimilation and elimination.

For 12 days, you take two tablets from each of the three bottles (Biliherb, Cleansaherb & Laxaherb)  and 40 drops of the CL Herbal Extract with both breakfast and supper.

You’re also required to eliminate the following from your diet during the duration of the cleanse:

  • wheat
  • sugar
  • dairy
  • exotic fruit
  • flour
  • alcohol
  • vinegars

But it Sounds So Awful, Right?

It’s actually not as bad as you may think considering all the things you can have.  For example, you can have beef, fish, poultry, pork, a large variety of fruits & veggies, rice, popcorn, butter, certain grains, Olive Oil, almonds and oatmeal.

Does it work?

Yes, I’m living proof. This is my fifth time taking the cleanse and I have experienced positive results each time, which includes:

  • weight loss of up to 7 lbs
  • more energy
  • reduced cravings for sugar/carbs
  • better sleep
  • improved mental clarity

Now keep in mind, if you go buck wild the day your cleanse ends and binge on cheeseburgers and ice cream, you’re going to gain it all back — fast!

Is it Tough?

I’m not going to lie, it’s hard as H-E-L-L the first time you do it, but each time gets easier. I promise!

Will you be glued to a toilet? Let’s just say you’re going to want to be close to a bathroom the first couple of days. After that, you’re going to need to break your fear of going numero 2 in a public facility. I’ve started waking up an hour early each morning to get the party started, if you know what I mean… If taking the laxaherbs proves too tough on your tummy, take one instead of two.

Today marks the halfway point in my Wild Rose Cleanse journey. I’ve been keeping a daily diary of my meals, feelings, progress, etc. Please note: I’ll be updating this diary, daily, until completion.

Day 1 (Wed, Oct. 31)

Starting weight: 143.6 lbs

How am I feeling? Sluggish, bloated, tired. Zoe noticed my eyes are looking “yellowish,” and my mom noticed the bags under my eyes.

Can you believe that of all days to start a cleanse and kick my sugar habit that I choose Halloween? Jason thought I was being nuts — Molly and Zoe were thrilled as it meant Mom wouldn’t be stealing their candy this year.

I’ve had zero will power lately and just need to get back on track with my healthy eating habits again. And it’s not just the junk food making me feel and look gross — I have a lot of food sensitivities, which includes dairy, sugar, wheat, gluten, red meat.

So, I headed to the mall to a health and supplement store this morning to pick up the cleanse. It has gone up in price by $5 since I did it last year, but that wasn’t about to deter me.

Here’s what I ate today…

Breakfast: 

  • Qi’a Superfood Gluted Free Oatmeal with cinnamon, chia, buckwheat, hemp and pumpkin seeds.
  • Black Coffee (this was a tough one, as I usually take 1 tsp of sugar and a splash of milk).

Snack: 

  • Apple, handful of almonds
  • Black Coffee (note, you’re allowed up to 2 cups a day).

Lunch:

  • Salmon and avocado rolls with brown rice, no soya sauce (whoops, didn’t realize that sushi rice contains vinegar, which is a no-no on the cleanse).

Dinner:

  • Baked salmon with garlic, lemon, dill and parsley
  • Asparagus
  • Brown rice

Was nervous about trick-or-treating with our girls while freshly on the cleanse, but my stomach was totally fine. I found I didn’t even crave candy, but was a bit tired and cranky by the time 8 p.m. rolled around. Mind you, it could have also just been the PMS?

Day 2 (Thurs, Nov. 1)

It usually takes around 4 days to notice the good effects of the cleanse, but I’m experiencing them on day 2 this time around. I woke up before my alarm went off and practically bounced out of bed. Laxaherb has started to kick in, but it’s not as terrible as I remember.

Breakfast:

  • Qi’a Superfood Gluted Free Oatmeal with cinnamon, chia, buckwheat, hemp and pumpkin seeds.
  • Black coffee Wow, I’m actually starting to not mind it. You could use almond milk, but I don’t like the taste.

Snack:  

  • Sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon and side of almond butter.

Lunch:

  • Salmon and tuna sashimi
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Sole with a small baked sweet potato and asparagus. I dipped the sole in unsweetened coconut milk and then almond flour, which was seasoned with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then I pan fried it in coconut oil and served with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon. It was pretty tasty — even my girls gobbled it up!

Feeling a bit out of sorts today as my body gets used to being starved of my sugar addiction. Jason asked me if I’m mad at him while we’re watching Hill House on Netflix, but then remembers, “Oh wait, I forgot, this is Cleanse Kristyl!”

This irks me as I watch him enjoy a mini chocolate bar, which he washes down with a dirty martini. I finish my tea and head to bed.

Day  3 (Fri, Nov. 2)

Being sober has given me a big advantage this time around with the Wild Rose Cleanse. In the past, I would have just stayed home for 12 days and been BORED out of my mind. This time around, I figured, heck, if I can have fun without wine, I can sure as heck have fun without sugar, wheat or dairy.

So, I got all dolled up, put on a nice dress and went out to sing karaoke. There was a bit of fear that there herbs would kick in mid-song and I’d have to hightail it to the bathroom, but I felt totally fine.

Breakfast: 

  • Qi’a Superfood Gluted Free Oatmeal with cinnamon, chia, buckwheat, hemp and pumpkin seeds. I really should start changing up my breakfast as I’m starting to grow tired of this one.
  • Black coffee, which is starting to taste totally normal to me now!

Snack:

  • 2 hardboiled eggs

Lunch:

  • Stir-fried chicken with veggies and brown rice. I marinated the chicken in the leftover coconut milk and then used coconut oil to enhance the taste.
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Salmon with brown rice and veggies

Day 4 (Sat., Nov. 3)

Wow, didn’t expect to lose 3lbs so quickly! I know it’s probably just water weight, but I am definitely fitting better into my jeans and do notice my face is less puffy. My skin is totally clear — not a single blemish in sight, despite the fact that my time of the month has decided to make an appearance a week early. I wonder, could this be from the cleanse??? I know one thing, it sure explains the moodiness. I suffer from severe painful menstrual cramps, but Tylenol, Aleve, Aspirin, etc. aren’t recommended on the cleanse. Instead, I have a few drops of CB oil, which brings instant relief. I have a house full of people coming tonight for games’ night and appies to prepare, which puts me in panic mode?

What can I make that is on the list and that people will actually want to eat? My best friend is always eating clean, so she recommended her amazing crispy chicken wing recipe, which doesn’t require a drop of oil. They were so delicious! I made half plain with some seasoning–the other half, I tossed in hot buffalo sauce. Turns out my guests all preferred the ‘clean’ option. I also made guacamole and a huge veggie platter.

Breakfast:

  • Organic scrambled eggs with fresh basil and half a baked yam.
  • Black coffee

Snack:

  • Apple slices and almond butter

Dinner: 

  • Chicken wings
  • Rice cake with a thick slab of guac
  • Raw veggies, fruit

Day 5, (Sun., Nov. 4)

Feeling pretty damn proud of myself for sticking to the cleanse last night, even when sitting directly in front of a bowl of chips, pizza and mozzarella sticks. Honestly, I wasn’t even tempted — not once. I seem to have lost my sweet tooth for now and my energy levels are now sky-high. I feel like cleaning my whole house, but decide to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day instead. Off to Derby Reach with the dogs for fresh air and a walk we go.

Breakfast:

  • Qi’a Superfood Gluted Free Oatmeal with cinnamon, chia, buckwheat, hemp and pumpkin
  • Black coffee

Lunch:

  • 2 Cabbage rolls

Snack:

  • 12 almonds

Dinner:

Roasted pork tenderloin with carrots and potatoes. I marinated the pork in a mixture of Olive Oil, garlic, Braggs Soya Sauce, roasted apples and parsley. I served it with unsweetened apple sauce, which I was able to partake in as well.

Day 6 (Mon.., Nov. 5)

Definitely feeling more energetic and clear headed. Woke up when my alarm went off with no issue. Usually I hit snooze 4-5 times.

Breakfast:

  • Qi’a Superfood Gluted Free Oatmeal with cinnamon, chia, buckwheat, hemp and pumpkin seeds.
  • Black coffee.

Snack:  

  • Sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon and side of almond butter.

Lunch:

  • Homemade Chicken Fried Rice (made with chicken, brown rice, veggies, eggs, ginger and Braggs soya sauce.
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Turkey sausage with canned tomatoes, mashed potatoes (used butter and almond milk)and steamed spinach).

Went to the gym to take a TRX class. Found it more difficult than usual to keep up, especially when it came to ab work.

Day 7 (Tue.., Nov. 6)

Definitely feeling more energetic and clear headed. Woke up when my alarm went off with no issue. Usually I hit snooze 4-5 times.

Breakfast:

  • Homemade oatmeal with apples, cinnamon, vanilla and flax seed
  • Black coffee.

Snack:  

  • Handful of plain almonds

Lunch:

  • Homemade Chicken Fried Rice (made with chicken, brown rice, veggies, eggs, ginger and Braggs soya sauce.
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Repeat from last night: Turkey sausage with canned tomatoes, mashed potatoes (used butter and almond milk)and steamed spinach).

Starting to get very bored with the cleanse, irritable and moody. Forced myself to take a barre class at the gym, which helped me snap out of the mood.

Day 8 (Wed.., Nov. 7)

Wow, clothes are feeling so much better on now that the bloat has pretty much disappeared. As tired as I am of the cleanse, I try to keep focus of the big picture.

Breakfast:

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach
  • Black coffee.

Snack:  

  • Apple and handful of almonds

Lunch:

  • Chicken salad with olive oil
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Two cabbage rolls purchased from deli

Snack:

  • Huge bowl of popcorn with coconut oil

Day 9 (Thurs., Nov. 8)

Feeling anxious about a work meeting today. Hoping my stomach doesn’t go crazy!!

Breakfast:

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach
  • Black coffee.

Snack:  

  • Apple and handful of almonds

Lunch:

  • Tuna salad with avocado
  • Black coffee

Dinner:

  • Roast deli chicken with sweet potatoes and veggies

Snack:

  • Movie theatre popcorn with butter (probably a no-no, but did it anyway). Snuck in my own sparkling water so I wouldn’t be tempted to order a Coke.

Day 10 (Friday., Nov. 9)

The end is near!!! Very excited for this to be over, but trying not to think of it that way or I’ll just go back to my old ways.

 

Note: This is not a sponsored post. To find out more about the Wild Rose Cleanse, visit www.wildroseproducts.com

Have you ever been on the Wild Rose Cleanse? If so, how did it go for you? I’d love to hear all about it, so tell me below in the comments section!

One of Vancouver’s top Mom Bloggers, Kristyl Clark is a work-at-home mom of two little Valley girls proving there is nothing bland about the burbs. Her adventurous family seems to always be out on some sort of crazy quest, from helicopter rides and wild river rafting, to top-secret paranormal investigations and living the high-life sampling the fine wines and foods of the Fraser Valley region. The ValleyMom.ca blog inspires her loyal fanbase through the trials and tribulations of suburban family living, guiding readers to local hotspots and hidden gems in her Canadian backyard

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