On June 22, about 20 of us on Twitter took part in a group review of Prairie Naturals’ ReCleanse, a whole-body herbal cleanse.
I’ve always been curious about cleanses but never really took the next step to try one. Prairie Naturals got me on board when I heard others would be tweeting about their experiences with the week-long cleanse… and that the product offered a “gentle” cleansing approach. :P
Unlike a lot of cleanses out there, this one was doesn’t make you drink sickening beverages (Master Cleanse, hint hint) or call for nothing but papaya for two weeks. With ReCleanse, you still eat. Thank God.
You must eat three complete meals a day, consisting of low-density carbs (most veggies & fruits), high-density carbs (whole grain pasta, brown rice, beans, sweet potatoes), lean protein and good fat (avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil). You take 4 pills around breakfast and another 4 pills around dinner.
What you can’t eat is food with preservatives, colourings, added sugar and added salt, alcohol, coffee (well, one cup a day), white grains, mushrooms and anything deep fried.
Basically, my meat was a bit bland, and I craved sugar like you wouldn’t believe, but I’ve never had so many different fruits and vegetables in my fridge at once.
Here’s how I felt:
- Day 1 - Felt as usual.
- Day 2 - Exhausted, nauseated, cravings up the ying yang.
- Day 3 – Tired, headache, cravings a bit better.
- Day 4 – Still a bit tired, cravings continue to improve.
- Day 5 – Mildly tired.
- Day 6 – Lingering cravings thanks to commercials & food bloggers. :P
- Day 7 – Officially felt great.
In the end, I dropped 4lbs (though it was probably just water weight) and adopted fantastic eating habits. I’m impressed about the latter. I didn’t think anyone or anything could break my Starbucks addiction.
I definitely recommend this cleanse for anyone looking to break some bad food habits and jump start their way to a healthier lifestyle.
Have you done a cleanse before? Would you try one?
[EDIT: I forgot to mention its flaw -- the instructions didn't include enough snack examples. Yep. That's the only flaw.]