Overindulged is an understatement for the Christmas just gone. So when January hit (I’m counting it as the 2nd as I was hungover from New Years Eve on the first (oops)) I definitely decided a detox and a bit of weightloss was definitely in order.
I ordered a Juice To U juice detox* and a BooTea 14 day Teatox, now as I can’t run them both simultaneously (no green teas allowed on the Juice Diet) I began with the Juice – as it’s fresh it also has to be consumed right away. The juice is delivered on a specified day and comes all packed with bags of ice to keep it cool as well as two complimentary lemons (to add to water). It’s then all ready to be popped in the fridge and the detox to begin the following morning. 4 juices a day at specified times, water and fruit teas only. Nothing else. Nothing.
In a word: Torture.
Watching your family eat around you and cooking (god the smells of cooking..) literally drove me insane. By about 3pm I was also feeling what I can only describe as similar to a hangover (and I didn’t drink the night before). Juice To U say nausea, dizziness, aches and tiredness is all part of the detoxing process. I drank more water than I ever have done in my entire life to fill me up – adding a slice of lemon or two also tasted nicer but aims to boost metabolism. By bed time I was hungry and angry – Hungry due to no food and angry not only because I didn’t have food but also that my family were ‘parading’ their GORGEOUS dinners around. Meanies.
I woke up feeling actually loads better, without a fuzzy head and without gagging for food. I was peckish, but not starving. I began the routine but by about 4pm I was exhausted, like really exhausted. I was in bed at 6:30pm – yes pm – and my entire body ached – I felt like I’d been at a hard core gym session the day before!
Monday started off busily – I’m SO thankful I chose to start my detox on a weekend now! – Running around well and truly took it out of me. In terms of feeling ‘rejuvenated, revived, refreshed and invigorated’ as Juice To U Claims the detox does I’d say I didn’t really feel any of them. I felt that I’d just gotten used to not eating, maybe rejuvenated -my mind felt on it, but my body was running on nothing and I was still feeling generally ‘peckish’. I must say though by this point I didn’t even need to use all of my willpower to not eat like I had on day 1 – I was determined and in all honesty it didn’t bother me, I casually walked past Greggs without wanting to die and eat their entire shop. Maybe this was invigoration? It was safe to say though that by my third juice of the day I was well and truly sick of juices!
And there’s my little diary!
In total weight loss: 3llbs
There are some things that I’d like to point out…
Firstly the 9am and 3pm juices are the same, and if I’m honest are not nice at all. Bear through them and try a slice of lemon or lime to the juice. Secondly don’t expect to feel like a entirely ‘new woman’ straight away you’re running off nothing, you will be tired and achey! In terms of weight loss I was disappointed; I stuck to it religiously and I didn’t loose much (my advice is don’t listen to the ‘I lost 9 or 13lbs!’ case studies – That’s obviously exceptional and I expected to lose somewhere near that and didn’t – it’s slightly misleading). Whilst generally I am disappointed one thing that has come out if it is that I look at eating differently, I survived on no food for 3 days, therefore I can skip that bag of crisps… Which I think for me is a good thing, I don’t feel that I need snacks/more food than the general 3 meals a day.
Would I do it again I hear you say?
That’s a tough question.. Part of me feels that at £79 it’s really overpriced. But then Part of me feels that it was a good exercise of will power for me, and stopped me eating junk food – and has probably put me off indulging again in the near future… If I’m honest I think if I was to do it again I’d do it myself. I’ve got a juicer for Christmas (for those who follow me on Instagram: @anna_bridgeman you’ll see I’ve been using it a lot!) and two amazing recipe books so I’d recreate the detox myself – plus the Juice To U has the fruits/veg noted on the bottle labels (just not quantity). I think this would be a MUCH cheaper way to detox, and you can tweak the recipes to your liking as well as doing it whenever you want! I think I’d also do it for a day or two, personally I don’t think day 3 yesterday aided me much further..
Overall, I’m happy with the results but not as thrilled as I hoped I would be, I feel healthier (which is good!) but didn’t lose loads of weight.. I have come away looking at eating differently though which is definitely beneficial. Would I recommend? Yes probably (mainly for cracking the snacking habit!) although I would refer them to this review! Would I do it again? A detox; maybe (and certainly not for a while!) Juice To U probably not – for me it’s just too pricey!
Next is the BooTea review.. This seems a lot more up my street.. A morning brew and a nighttime cuppa every other night (obviously with a healthy eating lifestyle – which from the Juice To U detox I now have) sounds a pretty perfect way to help shift some extra pounds! 🙂
*Thanks to Juice To U for kindly allowing me to try this for free