I completed my first ever detox in July/August 2016…….woohoo!!!! Wild Rose Detox kept creeping in to my awareness and after having it show up three times in a couple days….I figured it was my body’s way of asking for it to be drawn in…..My body was wanting a detox ♥
WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO, I asked myself?
“I Love Food….I don’t want to starve, or add stress into my life.”
I consider myself to be a person that is very conscious of what and how I am eating. I have been “eating clean” for over 8 years now…with the occasional sweet or two…keeping it ‘real’ 🙂 lol….BUT… I knew this was going to be a whole new experience for me….I was feeling it was a renewal, in a sense. Everything in our lives seem to cycle….and nutrition was not excluded from that. It was time to check in, see where I was at as a whole. Did I have any left over beliefs floating around in my cells keeping me from experiencing my wholeness? I was going to find out soon enough!!!!
PREPARING FOR DETOX….
I went to the local Natural Foods store and purchased a kit for myself. I found out TIP #1 – it is good to start this detox on a Sunday…minimizing the amount of weekend days detoxing ♥
I was getting myself prepared…reading the booklet that comes with the kit, and sharing with my family at the supper table what I was going to be doing. To my surprise, my husband and youngest decided they wanted to join me as well (my youngest son,10, did not take the supplements). My oldest son, well…different story. He is a teenager, and the door to sweets has opened…lol (another topic for discussion). He was very happy that his good friend invited him to his cottage for a week so that he would miss most of the detox 😉
The universe was looking out for me….a total god send! I had a friend out-of-the-blue, loan me her copy of the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Cookbook for Cleansing….She felt the recipe ideas could help along the journey…..BOY did they ever!!!! TIP #2 – have recipes on hand!!! (more on that further down) Thank-you Deanna for the insight!
I typically do not eat refined sugar, nor do I drink juices, or alcohol much, and I LOVE fresh, whole foods, vegetarian and raw food meals…..I figured this could be a breeze for me…..
As I read through the detox information, I discovered there was a list of foods you CAN’T EAT!!!! yup!!! limitations!!!
My nervous system responded immediately, alarming me that I was feeling ‘controlled’ in some way. This was a TRIGGER for me, that connected way back to an old belief around food being ‘comfort’ and that no one but me determined that. It was interesting to see this rise up so quickly. I was able to see it clearly and was able to remind my cells, ‘I am/we are’ are choosing this with total freedom’.
I KNEW this was why nutrition was presenting itself to me again…..there was an emotional thread still in my around ‘comfort’ and ‘food’.
Here is a list of some of the CAN’T’s during the program and my initial thoughts.
|CAN’T HAVE DURING PROGRAM||MY COMMENTS|
After going through what was ‘allowed’ and what wasn’t’, my plan was to create a list of meal and snack options that I could make and enjoy throughout the week. This totally helped!!!! TIP #3 -create your meal and snack list prior to starting.
make a list of possible snack options
make a list of possible breakfast options
make a list of possible lunches
make a list of possible suppers
make a grocery list from above and get groceries
KICK START | PREPARE FOODS……
washed veggies to be ready for a couple days,
made a vegetable stock,
brown rice and quinoa
Comments: I am super excited about the healthy food…YUM! all is well. Went through my day as usual. I did notice I was craving something sweet after my meals….I sat with it, and was able to release the old belief around control and comfort food.
INTO the PROGRAM already!!! Topic of discussion – ‘toilette talk’…and not the fun kind :0
Comments: The herbal supplements started to work around lunch time…..yup…pooping..lol. I was going every hour or so….little bits….NO CRAMPS or anything….just releasing. I could tell it was from my organs. Jay (my husband) on the other hand….nothing….still typical…just a bit more.
Also noticed how much I still connect with food as a comfort. It is ok to enjoy my food, however I was noticing that I include it in almost everything I do. I bring it along with me for hikes, going in to town, sporting events, etc. I noticed that a few of these ‘to go’ snacks were not as healthy as they could be. Great awareness!!!
I was going through the withdrawal already….lol. Similar to coming off the refined sugar….just not as drastic. MIND was working overtime….really aware of what I CAN’T have…even though I was loving what I could. It’s crazy how when I was told “I couldn’t have something” how much my mind thought about it….
Limitations on my daily routines!
Comments: Due to the amount of ‘popping’, after every time I ate or drank…I noticed I was almost subconsciously choosing NOT to drink my water, as I didn’t want to be in the bathroom yet again, but I did WANT WATER. I felt very STUCK to the house…and I wanted to get out, but didn’t want to because of the bathroom issue. I considered stopping if the poop didn’t stop by Day 4.
Today was more awareness on the snack attack!!! Wanting Carbs…but I was also getting dehydrated. Overall Energy was well.
BREAK THROUGH DAY! Prepping food AGAIN. NEW RECIPES
Comments: held back on fluids for early morning, and then my poops went back to soft. YIPEEE!!!! felt more free. I went for a Reiki Session, which allowed my organs to completely relax into what was happening. Felt pivotal.
Still finding I am ‘wanting’ desert after supper. Which is odd, because I typically do not eat desert. Definitely an emotional aspect coming up for release.
MIND getting too involved!!!
Comments: I was noticing that I was getting full easily…..BUT…I was VERY frustrated with coming up with creative ideas on what to eat…..by supper time I was feeling a heavy load of responsibility…..and feeling like I was stuck. I typically do not put limitations on my ‘healthy’ diet…..but it was bringing me back to when I was cutting unhealthy foods out. I was frustrated, because some of the foods I was not ‘allowed’ to have…WERE HEALTHY!
I was GRATEFUL for the recipe book that was lent to me. I went through it again to re-inspire me for ideas. It became apparent, that when I had a meal plan…all was well. But when I didn’t I felt frustrated….like ALL I was doing was preparing or creating food, and I had to make sure the ingredients were ‘allowed’. Good to see the value I put on food, planning, me, etc.
Venturing OUT into the ‘REAL’ world….
Comments: Today I was out a lot…and not letting the food consume me. Although I will say I felt I had to be prepared with food….so that I wouldn’t feel like I needed something to eat and didn’t have anything. Went for a hike and brought snacks, and then went for supper at a restaurant with family that came in to town. I will tell ya….I was allowing the thought of “What am I going to eat” to stress me out. I went to the restaurant and did very well with ordering what I could eat…..and noticed I didn’t even care about what others were eating. it didn’t bother me. I felt like I had accomplished something….and it felt good to know I can eat like this anywhere, any time 🙂
At this point I had NOT lost a pound on the detox, not that that was my goal or anything,…. I had simply heard most people do. I was concerned that maybe I had increased my stress and thus was not losing weight. My husband had already lost 7lbs, and I thought it odd that with all the cleansing and releasing….I thought my weight would drop. I had read that my body was at a good weight and that because I had been eating pretty clean already that detox was immediately working on my organs. This made sense to me, so I went with it….
DAY 7 – 12: Continuation….FLOWING, NOTICING and HEALING
Comments: During these last 5 days of the program my energy remained the same, I could feel my organs purifying, and each day I felt gratitude for being able to make it to this segment of the program. I was becoming more aware of what foods I could eat….so I was able to create based on those ingredients. I will say though , that I was still struggling a bit around supper time…..I was DONE coming up with ideas as to what to eat…then I remembered..….that was something that would frustrate me even before the detox..lol….just this time there were more rules around the creativity….so it was amplified. I noticed I had a belief around rules, control, and responsibility….I DID NOT LIKE THEM….I found it hard to limit myself to something that I KNEW was NOT bad for my body…like mushrooms, and fermented foods. I was noticing how I had emotions connected to FOOD! I took some time to go to the core of these beliefs so that I could release them and heal.
DID I STARVE?
No I did not. If anything, I ate more than I did when I was not on the detox. Maybe because I was really trying to make sure I ate what I was ALLOWED because for some reason when I had the belief of ‘limit’ I was subconsciously feeling ‘if I don’t eat what I am allowed to, I will be hungry’ . Crazy how the mind can work. I am grateful for the awareness and being able to release that belief.
DID I LOSE WEIGHT?
No, I did not…however my husband did. I sat with this for a bit, and realized that when on a detox the main goal of the program is to purify the organs…however if there is ‘other stuff’ to get through first, the body will do that first….and then get in to the organs.
DID I ADD STRES INTO MY LIFE?
Yes, I believe I did. I am glad to see how that showed up for me. I haven’t been one to have stress about eating things that I “shouldn’t be”…If I chose to eat a full large size bag of chips, I wouldn’t feel afterwards that I shouldn’t have…or while eating them…saying I shouldn’t be having this…..I would totally enjoy what I was eating and that would be it. I did notice, however, that the STRESS of not being ALLOWED to eat foods that I KNEW were HEALTHY…..that was hard. I wasn’t able to let that go….until I brought about more knowledge…..The reason the foods are ‘not allowed’….are not ALL because they are bad for us…take for example mushrooms. The reason we are not to eat mushrooms is because mushrooms hinder or slow down the process of the HERBAL DETOX….the DETOXIFICATION of the organs!. AND the whole concept behind the Wild ROSE Detox is to RE-SET YOUR ORGANS….in a sense.
DID THE DETOX DO ITS JOB?
You betcha!!! Going in to this, I thought it was really just going to give me a kick start or refresher on eating even more clean! I was not expecting the MENTAL GAME! For me the journey was around healing the Mind and emotional body. as it was being ‘used’.
WHAT WERE MY RESULTS?
• My energy levels remained consistent. I did not experience a low, nor did I feel any flu-like symptoms as others have stated.
• I DID NOT lose weight! I am at an average body weight for my size, and this diet was close to what I was typically eating anyway. My husband did lose weight, and his eating habits are slightly different then mine, with eating out for work.
• It certainly showed me where my emotional connections to comfort food were, and my frustrations around being told not to eat something I KNEW was good…..I discovered that when I have a ‘reason’ as to why I can’t, and it aligns with me…then I can flow with it.
• I noticed that my skin and eyes seemed brighter…This detox did help me increase my good fats and omega 3’s.
WILL I CHANGE MY DIET NOW?
• I will introduce more almond milk, as a substitute for coconut milk in tea, or cows milk in cereal.
• I am aware of my NATURAL sugar intake now…and I will reduce the amounts I use. I will add other fruits to my green smoothies….not always tropical 🙂
• Over the years I forgot that I used to keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for snacks. I will continue to have this available.
I will continue to add cold-pressed flaxseed oil to food.
I will add lemon dressing to my salads more often as well.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OTHERS…
Start on a Sunday, and pick a time when your social calendar is relatively slow. It is definitely easier when you are in the comforts of your own home. This applies to the bathroom issue, and to help manage temptations at friends or out.
Be ready to poop in public….it will happen, unless you stay home for the full 12 days.
Have Detox friendly recipes on hand prior to doing the detox. Other than the recipe book I had, I have heard you can do an ingredient search on all recipes to get ideas. Have a meal Plan ready for the first 5 days, and have all the detox friendly foods ready in your fridge. Prepare dips, ahead of time.
Understand this is a DETOX….not a weightless program. Yes there will be some that lose weight but not all. This is about getting clean, and helping your body’s digestive system.
This is an AMAZING Detox, and I will definitely try it again. I LOVE learning more about my emotional and physical bodies ad how they interact. <3
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you…we are all learning as we grow along our journeys.
Love and Light,