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Teatox craze has been all over my twitter feed and Instagram adverts lately. I don’t know if its because its the new year and people are trying out new ways of losing weight and getting healthier, but I got the sense that I needed to review this new product that has caught the worlds attention.
I was lucky to catch the 14 day Boo Tea teatox whilst it was on the all famous Holland & Barrett ‘Buy one and get the other for a penny ‘sale. With the new year and the ‘new me’ vibe going on, I decided there was no harm in giving it a go. So I bought two packs of the teatox box for £24.99 for one box (because of the Penny deal I got them both for £25.00) Instead of the over all 30 day teatox because I’m a sucker for a sale and it looked like they were both identical except for the amount of teabags they gave you and the price was extremely different with the 30 day teatox coming to approximately £35.00.
The packaging is simple yet sweet. The colours really bring you in and give you the sense of healthiness and a hint of girly with some light pinks. When I opened the packaging, I don’t know what I was expecting but I guess the box is for show. I found the content a little bit of an anticlimax. Because of the big box and the price that came with it, I expected some content inside like a booklet on what to do whilst on the teatox to really get a good outcome from this teatox but all it gave you was two simple packages labeled: Daytime and the other, Nighttime.
The package clearly states that you should take the daytime tea every morning and the night time tea once every other night before bed. Simple instructions and overall not too complicated to do and not too hard to forget.
The morning tea, I found kind of light and fruity. Don’t really expect too much taste wise. It just tastes like a herbal light tea. Not a lot of flavour to it but to be honest, that didn’t really bother me. But I do know that they provide a lot of different flavours that you can order online on their website so if you’re a little more pickier than me on tasteful teas in the morning, I’d suggest to check them out.
The evening tea is actually a lot more flavoursome than the morning one. It has a really soothing taste and I definitely feel like i’m ready for bed after each one. Honestly guys, if you try this teatox just make sure you’re snug on the sofa with a blanket or wrapped up in bed when you drink this, its a really calming tea that just relaxes your entire body and gets you super ready for bed.
2 Days in:
I honestly haven’t felt much of a change in the way I feel. I still feel like its a little too soon to tell so I’m still feeling optimistic about the outcome of the teatox.
1 week in:
Energy wise, I feel awake in the mornings after my morning tea brew however, I’m feeling sort of bloated and uncomfortable more than anything. I get the feeling its because its the ‘laxative free’ detox box, which I didn’t realise until five days in and I get the feeling that this sort of cancels out the whole reason why I’m doing a detox in the first place. How can I feel ‘detoxified’ if they stop the laxative effect?
12 days in:
Okay, the ‘no laxative effect’ has still take its toll and I feel horribly blocked up and bloated. Honestly, Today, I felt tempted to give in but since there was only two days left i decided to stay strong and power through the last two days. Its stopped becoming a chore and it felt like part of my routine now, I wake up, go downstairs and out the kettle on etc.. Its become a nice little routine in the mornings.
Final thoughts of overall effect:
I’m not going to lie, I’m rather disappointed in this over all effect. I lost 4 pounds whilst on the teatox but I’m pretty sure that was mostly thanks to my diet and exercise routine that I was doing. If anything, this teatox just made me a little bit constipated. Now the original and recommended product is the one with the laxative effect in it. So I think I’m going to give it one last try and go to my nearest Holland and Barrett and exchange my second box for the box that actually does have the laxative effect. I would say that the product does give you a nice amount of energy and the night time teas make you all warm and ready for a good nights sleep. The taste was lovely and the packaging is attractive but the effect was just a bit of an anti climax. Maybe my expectations were too high…
overall, I’d definitely recommend people to try this teatox but probably try the one with the laxative effect on it as I think you’re more likely to get a more positive outcome in the end.
What I did to support the teatox Diet and exercise wise:
I knew that the teatox needed some help to actually get me to see any effects of the teatox. So to help any of you do the same I have listed out the things I ate during these 30 days as well as the type of exercise I did as well as the intensity and length. I really hope this helps and feel free to do this yourself with your teatox. It helped me and i hope it can help you too.
Please note that I am not a nutritionist and I am not professionally trained to tell people what to eat and what is good for you. Please consult a doctor before attempting to try out new diets as well as tying out a teatox. We’re all special and our body is our temple and each temple needs different care.
The one thing I aimed to do when it comes to losing weight, I needed to cut out a massive percentage of my carbohydrates as well as fatty sugary snacks that I loved ever so much. bye bye chocolate… bye bye popcorn.. Bye english tea with three sugars…
So I went cold turkey around a week before the teatox, the first week is always the hardest. My body was so used to the sugar that I did get a lot of headaches and my mood changed a little and I was particularly grumpy. But nothing too difficult that made me cheat.
List of food I ate for breakfast:
- Scrambled eggs (2 large eggs) with Quorn Sausages and Boo Tea.
- Protein Porridge with Honey and Boo tea
- 1 Cup of grapes and 1 cup of blueberries and 1 poached egg and Boo Tea
Or if I was in a massive hurry, I’d grab an apple and a Belvita breakfast bar (only 2 biscuits out of the 4 you get in each packet) and of course, a quick cup of Boo Tea.
Lunch was a key meal for my diet. I tried it to be my biggest meal of the day so I would be full by the evening time so I could just have a small dinner. I made sure to try and hit all the food groups as much as I can yet still be able to go out and eat with my friends. I just planned out that wherever I went, I would go for the healthy option with lots greens and protein and the dressing on the side.
Green leafy salad with grilled chicken
Green leafy salad with steamed veggies and Salmon
Literally anything with protein and a lot of vegetables and tried to stay away from anything that was fried/deep-fried or considered too sugary/ fatty.
I tried to stay away from anything too heavy in carbs in the evening, If i were to have any rice or pasta etc, I would aim to eat it for lunch and then have a lighter dinner like a leafy green colourful salad with peppers and cucumber and hummus etc. Or maybe a tasty homemade soup like tomato soup or lentil and sweet potato soup or maybe even chicken soup. I’ve discovered my love of soup whilst being on this detox.
Snack wise: Always go for things that are low in sugar like cucumber or carrot sticks with hummus. Or fruit like an apple or banana or an orange. Or even if you’re feeling for something that feels like a cheat snack, get a small packet of ‘skinny popcorn’. With only 115 calories per packet, it makes you feel pretty satisfied. But I wouldn’t suggest doing it everyday as it still has a lot of sugar (or salt if you prefer salted popcorn- blegh)
Try and get off the bus a stop earlier than planned, or maybe get off a station before. Walk to the station instead of taking the bus.
Tak the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator.
When I went to the gym, I did ate last 30 minutes of cardio, weather that was on the treadmill, walking uphill at a decently high walking pace for 30 minutes. Or I would do 5 minutes of jogging then 5 minutes of speed walking on and off for 30 minutes. Then after that, I would go to the weights room and work different muscles each day.
I would recommend getting an app that shows you all the different types of work outs you can do in the gym and ladies, don’t shy away from the weights room! It’s where you’ll get the best outcome in the end.