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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.

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I ordered a Juice To U juice detox* and a BooTeaΒ 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.

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Day 1
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.

Day 2
Aches.
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!

Day 3
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 needΒ 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 Β£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! πŸ™‚

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*Thanks to Juice To U for kindly allowing me to try this for free

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15 thoughts on “New Year, New Me

  1. I’m sorry what?! You drank nothing but juice for four days? This is so unhealthy and terrible for you body – it is essentially a binge and can’t really be doing you body any good. “Nausea, dizziness, aches and tiredness is all part of the detoxing process.” – there are plenty of ways to detox without using juice-only diets. Plenty of fruit, veg, water and healthy proteins and carbs are a much better way of getting back on track without starving your body. I don’t mean to attack you in any way, I just worry when I see bloggers promoting things like this on their blogs – it can send out a bad message to impressionable young girls who might think this is a good way of losing weight. Drinking juice and tea and eating barely anything will of course help shift the pounds, but it won’t help keep them off in the long run and it certainly isn’t good for your body. xx

    • I don’t feel attacked, I appreciate your opinion. I tried this detox for three days to try and cleanse my body of Christmas junk, as you can see by my review I haven’t ‘promoted’, I’ve just reviewed it and my journey. If I was to do it again, I’d only do it for a day or two and I’d create the juices myself. I am in my 20’s and this is something that I as an overweight woman wanted to try. If it was detrimental to health it wouldn’t be approved for sale and at the end of the day this was a personal weight loss journey and experiment for me.
      These juice detoxes are aimed generally at over 18’s, however if kids are reading this then I hope they would realise that it actually isn’t worth doing, that was my whole angle.. There are cheaper and better ways, such as this teatox, where you eat normally and just have a cup of this tea once a day. I know many people who use protein supplements or shakes which I don’t think is a healthy way to lose weight etc. To me this was natural and supplied me with viatmins and nutrients from natural fruits and vegetables rather from substitute sources. Everyone has their own opinions and I value yours, so thanks and I hope you can appreciate that this was just something I wanted to try for me and actually it didn’t work that well anyway lol!

      I hope however that you enjoy the rest of my blog and posts, this was a new and brave one for me to do and if I offended in any way I do apologise. Xox

      • I completely understand and I do appreciate hearing about your experience, it is something that I just disagree with though. It was brave of you to post on a new topic and I hope I haven’t put you off in any way as I do really enjoy reading your work xxx

      • Glad you enjoy my work and that you understand! I’ve got a post coming up in a few days about my new hair curler tool thing so I hope you enjoy that a bit more! πŸ™‚ xox

  2. These sound really interesting! I don’t think just doing the juices would bother me, as I’m not a massive food fan! I could eat/drink the same thing every day and not really notice πŸ˜› quite expensive though, do you think you’d pay full price to do it again? xx

    • Well as I said I’d make the juices myself next time, I have a juicer and recipe books and I do think Β£79 is steep. As for the sciencey bit I don’t know much but it wouldn’t be so huge if it wasn’t legit, it is also fab for clearing for general system out and I do feel loads better for that. I don’t feel sluggish and the amount of water I’ve drunk has also benefited hugely. My skin looks amazing ATM too πŸ™‚ xox

  3. Gah, I clicked send too early again! Also, I’m not really so sure about these detoxy thingies, surely it can’t be good for your body not eating any proper food for four days? Would be interested to read more about the sciency stuff behind it. xx

    • It’s also 3 not 4 babe πŸ™‚ I didn’t feel like it harmed me in any way, I just felt generally lighter and not sluggish, my skin looks great and it has made me think about food and snacking differently, I don’t feel the need to boredom eat or anything and for me it was an experiment and just to see what it was like really πŸ™‚ xox

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