to cleanse or not to cleanse?
posted: July 1, 2010
Last month, a few colleagues did the 12-day Wild Rose Cleanse. The reviews poured in: “I feel fantastic.“ “This cleanse has changed my life.” And the one that really got my attention: “I’ll never put milk in my coffee again!”. Coffee with milk is what gets me out of bed each morning, so I had to see what the buzz was all about.
Did lululemon’s Public Relations manager, Jenn, make it 12 days without bread?
As a former NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach with a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Studies, my school of thought is our bodies work fine on their own, thank you very much, and don’t need help from supplements to clean themselves out. Plus, I’m always skeptical about extremely modified diets.
I scoured the web for info and dissected the diet (no sugar, bread, pasta or dairy products). Would this end my uncontrollable infatuation with sugar? Was this the path to long-term healthier eating? Oh – and did I have the mental toughness to get through 12 days without bread?
The first 4-5 days brought headaches and fatigue. I barely made it through a normally-easy 30-40 minute run. At first, I didn’t mind the food, but buyer beware: my life was consumed with searching for cleanse-friendly food and food prep. I didn’t have any crazing cravings, but missed milk in my coffee and toast with peanut butter. I felt better at days 6-10, but nausea, headaches and irritability set in again on the last few days.
In the end, I made it through: mental toughness proven and clearer skin to boot. The first thing I ate at the end was pizza – and it was the BEST pizza I’ve ever had.
While I won’t be doing a cleanse again in the near future, I learned some healthy recipes and discovered new grains such as millet. It helped to subdue my sugar cravings, but I still love my carbs….and that is reason #88 why I run!
End Notes: Be sure to speak with your doctor before beginning any type of cleanse, as there can be health risks involved.
Here are some links to some Wild Rose Detox media reviews: