The Wild Rose Cleanse was formulated by Dr. Terry Wilard, a fellow Canadian. It is a 12 day detox solution to help you feel energetic, clear skin and boost your immune system (and maybe lose a couple pounds in the process). The program is made up of some supplements and a diet to follow for maximum results. The Wild Rose Cleanse website has a great explanation of the reason to do a cleanse:
The diet program that is recommended is quite basic but extremely vital. It gets you back on track eating a diet that is rich in whole foods that are alkaline. You can eat as much as you want, but your choices are restricted to three categories: Column 1 is the Protein Foods/ Acid Forming Foods, Column 2 is the Starch Foods/ Alkaline Forming Foods and Column 3 is the Bulk Forming Foods/Neutral Foods. The Protein Foods makes up 20% and the Starch and Bulk Forming Foods make up 80% of your daily diet.
Here is a quick break down of the diet you will follow:
- No flour products at all (no bread, pasta, noodles, cookies, crackers, cakes, pancakes, flour in sauces, etc)
- No fermented foods (No wine, beer or alcohol, vinegar, soy sauce, miso, tofu, etc)
- No peanuts
- Fruit is allowed, but not all of them. The sweeter the fruit, the worse it’s considered.
- Juice is restricted. If you make it yourself its all good but store bought juices are frowned upon.
- Coffee is allowed in moderation, no more than 2 cups a day. But you cannot have dairy or sugar in it. Herbal and green tea is permitted.
- Drink lots of water!
- If the food is not on the list then you cannot eat it!!I have done this cleanse many times in my life. I do it at least twice a year. I find that it gets me centered in my diet. I start focusing on whole foods and eating a lot cleaner. It makes me feel energetic, my skin glows, I lose a couple pounds and all around makes me feel better. Depending on your diet before the cleanse, it can be rather daunting when you look at the list of foods you can eat and all the rules you need to follow but it doesn’t need to be! The basic understanding of the program is to eat a diet that is rich in whole foods. And you definitely don’t need to be vegetarian or get the benefits!
There are some detox symptoms that can and probably will occur during the 12 day program. I found the first three days to be the most intense. I suggest starting it on a weekend so that you are close to home. I won’t go into many details but I will say this: it increases bowel movements. Nuff said. BUT once this part passes you will feel energetic, light, clean and your skin will start glowing.
There are so many creative ways to prepare Wild Rose friendly meals. The options are endless! Here’s some of my faves:
– Red lentil daal
– Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili
– Joli’s Inspiration Chili – just sub the veggie ground round out for more veggies, beans, ground beef or ground turkey (if you’re into that kinda stuff)
– Indian Spiced Lentils with quinoa, kale and swiss chard
– Chickpea patties and Superfood kale salad – fave salad ever!
– Chickpea Spinach Curry
– Cauliflower Curry
– Mexican Quinoa Salad
-Stuffed peppers, Mexican styles
Salad Dressing: Juiced lemons, 1-2 tsp cilantro, ½ jalapeno and olive oil. I didn’t put measurements here because it depends on your palate. I prefer the least amount of oil as possible so I usually only put a tablespoon or two and go heavy on the lemon. But if you like more go for a ¼ cup olive oil, 1 juiced lemon and the remaining ingredients!
Roasted Veggies: Toss some broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash, potatoes in some olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast for 30-45 minutes. Yum! I throw those on a bed of greens and have a yummy roasted veggie salad. They can also accompany any meal or be a great snack.
The key to being successful during the Wild Rose cleanse is to be prepared. Take the list of approved foods to the grocery store and get shopping! Have a Food Prep Sunday and make a bunch of salads, chili, soups and snacks ready so that you have these nutritious foods right at your fingertips. You will be less likely to slip up if you stock your fridge full of these goodies.
Good luck! Happy Detoxing!
Eat better. Feel better.