Diary of a detox: It’s a process of elimination

We came back from Newfoundland with a little extra padding along the midsection (and butt, and face, and so on.) I believe it has something to do with having potatoes with everything. Actually, if you order your chips (fries) Newfoundland-style, they’ll be served with dressing and gravy on the side.

Yep, just like turkey stuffing. Bread on your potatoes. Beer with everything.

Best reason for not having a weigh scale on vacation? You can just say yes to everything. Lobster claws with your eggs? Yes. Gravy on your fries? Yes. Another beer? Yes. No regrets.

Until we got home and our pants were, well, snug. Time for action.

Dan is doing one of his no-carb, lotsa meat, close to starvation diets. He hopes to lose his extra pounds through sheer force of will and with no respect for healthy meals (I believe he calls this being “all about results.”

I’m going to give another try to the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox, which I tried in January. What I like about the Wild Rose cleanse is that you eat from a short list of regular food over the course of the 12-day herbal concoction regime. What kind of food? Most vegetables, non-tropical fruits, most nuts and seeds, rice, grains, lean meats, fish. No dairy, no flour products. Coffee is OK, alcohol is not, and drinking lots of water is recommended. In fact, there’s a no-go on vinegars and fermented products (like soy sauce or tamari).

The idea is that you keep the intake clean, and let the herbal concoctions (three kinds of pills and a tincture that acts as a diuretic) go to work removing toxins and wastes from the liver and intestines. And how does this removal happen? Well, we mentioned the diuretic and let’s just say that one of the pills is named Laxaherb.

So now you know.


This series of posts follows what I ate, when I cheated and how I felt. I’ve also linked to lots of the recipes I tried — when the list of ingredients is limited, it’s good to spice things up (literally) with new ideas.