D-Toxing When You're a Mom



It felt so good taking those last six pills with my super duper boring soup I made for dinner on my last night of the detox.

I had visions of a wrap stuffed with all the goods, specifically my favourite roast chicken wrap from Power Lunch in Duncan, while I swallowed the three different sets of herbs, blended together and created by Dr. Terry Willard, PhD.

A thought occurred right then. “Wow I’m craving a wrap. Normally I would have always considered a wrap a healthy option. Normally I would drool over sitting down over a good show, a good beer and a big, big bag of chips all to myself after the kids have gone to bed.

Just the fact my mindset and cravings have changed for the better was already a good sign the WR D-Tox was worth it.

It was worth the splitting headache on Day 4.

It was worth feelings of just pure yuck (no energy, sore muscles and headaches), almost like a flu coming on, throughout Days 3-6.

And well, the more frequent trips to the bathroom.

Although I was warned, “Oh, you’re doing the Wild Rose cleanse, you better stay close to home…" that wasn’t the case.

Not once was I running to the bathroom, squeezing my butt cheeks together.

There weren’t any close calls altogether.

I highly recommend this detox, especially for busy moms. Here’s why:

A friend of mine told me she had done it and I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always wanted to try one, especially one that you can still actually eat while doing it.

And then she told me it was available at our local grocery store. Even cooler.

When I stumbled on it, during a post-New Year’s guilt-ridden grocery shopping trip, I was pleasantly surprised that it was only $45.

So into the cart it went.

I read about it that evening. I googled it. I prepared myself for the challenge.

I decided to start the cleanse when my hubby was away at camp for two weeks. Mostly because he likes to dangle chips in front of me… so cruel hey? And we like to enjoy some adult bevvies when he’s home.

What I mostly loved about it was it forced me to stop and think about my meals and healthy snacks, and being prepared food wise not only for my children but me too.

What about me? I might need a healthy snack so I don’t get cranky, right? That’s normally what I would think for Jack and Audrey but would totally neglect myself.

Because I was eating regular, super nourishing meals (lots of veggies, fruits), I didn’t feel so ravenous.

For example, to get through a shopping trip at Wal-Mart I bribed the kids with Mickey D’s.

Audrey didn’t finish her last handful of fries and before WR D-tox I would have clawed those up and inhaled them before Jack even noticed, but this time I looked at them (with a little sorrow) and offered them to Jack and when he refused I threw them out with the rest of the garbage.


I cut out snacking time at night.

Daytime snacks include popcorn (no butter), almonds and veggies.

I guess I should have mentioned earlier the D-Tox program recommends completely cutting out any dairy, flour and sugar. That was super challenging for me.

There are even some veggies and fruits not recommended as well.

Also, no alcohol for 12 days is a feat on its own, especially being a momma who likes to drown tears in a big ol' glass of wine at night. I’m patting my own back as you read this post.

It also forced me to read labels.

And also I cut down my caffeine intake. Drinking coffee black isn't all that bad either.

I did have some cheats. Some mornings I had a wee bit of almond milk cream with my coffee. I accidentally received yam tempura sushi rolls, when I ordered just a yam roll but ate them anyways.

And the day before my cleanse was up I thoroughly enjoyed my favourite sandwich at Glo restaurant in Victoria.

But that’s NO BIG DEAL in my books as that was about it. I was SO committed those 12 days.

And now I feel rejuvenated and full of energy. I've shed a few pounds, mostly the bloating and I hope I've created some healthy habits.

If you’re still interested in trying the detox, here are some handy facts, courtesy the information pamphlet.

Quick Facts

- Pollutants from the environment, in the air, water and foods that we eat, as well as wastes produced from normal bodily processes, can accumulate within the body and lead to a state of congestion.

- In 1958 there were only a few known food additives, with only 419 pounds added to foods in North American that year. There are now over 3 million food additives, with almost 2 billion pounds added to our food chain every year.

- Since these additives have not been naturally consumed in our genetic history, we do not have efficient methods to eliminate them.

- We should systematically (fall/spring) cleanse the body at least twice a year.

- During a cleanse, a person often experiences more bowel movements and increased urination. Although it is not common, some people experience what is called a Cleansing or Healing Crisis at the beginning of the cleanse. It manifests itself with mild flu-like symptoms as some of the heavy toxic accumulations are being flushed out.

- The dietary recommendations enclosed with the program are of special significance. The selection of foods outlined have been determined to be the best for obtaining optimum detoxification results.


(which include taking two pills from each bottle twice a day, with breakfast and lunch)

Biliherb: Stimulates bile production by the liver and its release from the gallbladder. It also makes metabolic wastes and toxins water-soluble, preparing them for elimination.

Laxaherb: Has a natural cleansing or “laxative” effect on the intestinal tract. They are formulated to minimize bowel irritation and stimulate elimination through a nervous system reflex action.

Cleansaherb: Specially formulated to cleanse the blood stream, muscle tissue and lymphatic system of toxic waste material and metabolic by-products. Red Clover, the primary herb in this formula has been used successfully in many cases of heavy metal toxicity and mucous congestion.

CL Herbal Extract: (in a dropper bottle taken with water)

Is designed to be an effective and complete body cleansing formula. Its diuretic properties focus on elimination of toxins through the urinary system while also acting as a specific urinary tract disinfectant.

Ash Degraaf