Hey girls! I know many of you have varied opinions about teatoxes and I am not going to debate on whether it is good or bad because there are many brands of teatoxes out there, and each has different ingredients so results, pros and cons all differ. I am here today however, to talk about my teatox journey with Skinny Mint, the one prominent brand of teatox that is available in Asia (out of the many), and delivers worldwide too.
Teatox (definition): A new term used to describe a “detox tea” system to help individuals lose weight. Most teatox systems come with both a morning tea which increases energy levels and metabolism, and an evening tea which is a colon cleanse.
If you follow me on Instagram, I believe you would have seen that I recently purchased the Besties Value Teatox for myself and my boyfriend who is also jumping onto the teatoxing bandwagon. This isn’t my first time going on a Skinny Mint teatox, I took my first one in June and had a break after that (due to vacation) so I would like to talk about my experience during those 28 days. Obviously it’s been good, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased it again.
I ALSO want to debunk some negative statements some people have been making about teatoxes, without even trying it out themselves, basing their opinion solely on what they think of the ingredients and what other people are saying.
The Skinny Mint team has been going all out! My new orders have all come with a booklet on tips for eating healthy and working out during the program, and also a mini calendar to track your teatox journey. Very cute! Okay, on to the review.
FIRST OF ALL, HOW DOES IT WORK?
The teatox comes in a Morning Boost & Night Cleanse – two different teas for two different purposes. Just take one sachet of Morning Boost every morning with your breakfast, and the Night Cleanse to be taken on every alternate night.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT MORNING BOOST
I love love love the Morning Boost tea. It gives me really good energy as it does contain a mild dose of caffeine (great for non-coffee drinkers like me, and also for those who want to stop drinking so much coffee – no need to go cold turkey) and I find that the energy lasts me well throughout the day up till my 7pm workout session. Of course, this would vary sometimes, depending on your lifestyle. For me, it’s great for work! Keeps me up on my toes and I feel less blah on Mondays.
The taste is good, like a decent fruit tea since it does contain strawberry and pineapple. It’s even better when you add in a wedge of lemon for an extra kick. Lemon is very cleansing after all. As for side effects, I have none. The caffeine is very mild, so for those who are extra sensitive/not used to it you might want to just brew the teabag for a minute or two and take it out instead of leaving it in too long in the beginning.
IMPORTANT TIP! One thing I’d like to add is that with any sort of teatox (and even normal tea), it can be quite dehydrating so if you want to go on this teatox journey, PLEASE drink loads of water. I do at least 3 litres of water daily, and I suggest you do the same. One time I was so busy I forgot about my water intake and I had a very wicked headache all afternoon which carried on till the evening – and it impacted my workout because I just couldn’t do it. So water is very important!!
TELL ME MORE ABOUT NIGHT CLEANSE
The Night Cleanse, I have a love-hate relationship with. I know the recommended dosage is every alternate night (meaning once every 2 nights), but I only take it once or twice a week. The ingredients contain ginger root, and I HATE ginger. I know it’s good for health and all, but I despise the taste of it. So I kind of dread drinking the Night Cleanse sometimes, but I do like that ‘warm’ feeling the ginger gives once it’s inside the tummy. It preps you very well for a good sleep. The taste isn’t all that bad actually, as it also contains lemongrass, and I love lemongrass tea. I’m just very fussy when anything gingery comes into the picture.
The Night Cleanse also contains senna leaves. These are what they call “nature’s laxatives”, which is responsible for the flushing out of all the bad stuff. Some critics have been saying that senna is dangerous and that it could mess up your body’s system. Personally, I have completed the teatox journey with NO issues with my system. On days that I do not take this cleanse, nothing happens that feels out of the blue. I even take it during my time-of-the-month and everything was fine. Of course, experience varies from one to another so if you are worried, do consult your physician first.
I usually take my Night Cleanse after 10pm, twice a week (never two nights in a row). I believe my body takes about 12 hours to process the tea, so that time to flush usually occurs about 10am. It happens quite naturally, no severe tummy aches, just that urge to go. It usually takes me about 3 morning trips to the loo to clear my system. Then everything resumes to normal by noon. So a word of advice, if you are going to be on the road or really busy at work, don’t take the Night Cleanse. Save it for weekends or non-peak days where you can relax and not worry about messy business. I wouldn’t worry too much about following the schedule for this tea, just take it based on your lifestyle and schedule. But the Morning Boost for me, is a MUST every day.
ANY CHANGE IN DIET NEEDED? WORKOUT PLAN?
I actually started this teatox when I started my BBG Journey in June 2015, so I was working out consistently 6 days a week, and eating clean. Skinny Mint recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and eating clean as well while on this teatox journey so I was already following that because of BBG. However, if you want to maintain your current diet/workout, I guess you can just make small changes like maybe eating at least 1 or 2 healthy meals a day, and go for 30 minute walks 3-4 times a week.
Do not have unrealistic expectations if you want to try Skinny Mint. With any teatox/diet, no one loses any weight by eating junk and sitting on the couch all day long. It’s not a miracle tea that will make you ‘skinny’ immediately. You have to make the effort to change the things you eat (less fried food, fast food, junk, etc) and do at least some form of workout. The teatox is supposed to cleanse all the bad stuff out so that your body can absorb the good stuff that you should be eating on this cleanse, and also help speed up your metabolism and make your workouts more effective. It’s supposed to aid your weight loss journey, not miraculously shrinking your size to a zero without lifting a finger. That sort of expectation will only set you up for failure.
THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: DID YOU LOSE ANY WEIGHT??
Of course I did. I didn’t get miraculously skinny, but I did lose some inches. However, I must point out that with a clean diet and consistent workout regime, ANYONE can lose weight. What Skinny Mint did for me was give me energy to do my workouts, helped me cleanse out the bad indulgences and overall, makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my body.
It also helped me stay on track with this new lifestyle. People always say that it takes 3 weeks for you to really allow a new habit/lifestyle to sink in, and I believe that Skinny Mint teatox has helped me through that period in 28 days. The healthy habits have stuck, but of course, it will take a much longer time to unstick those unhealthy ones which I am still struggling with once in a while. We are all human after all and we can’t be perfect, but we can strive to be better.
I’m sticking to the Skinny Mint teatox because it works with me and my BBG regime, and it benefits me in my lifestyle. If you are still deciding whether to teatox or not, I’d say give it a try. If you don’t like it, then consider it money spent invested into your fitness (after all, we do that with various foods and supplements, so this is no different). At least TRY before you give your opinion, otherwise if you base your opinion on others, it isn’t valid and it will only mislead others.
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