Like 90% of the British population, I overindulged over Christmas. And when I say overindulged, I meant overindulged. Pre-Christmas I found myself finally getting into a regular fitness routine (having been going out with a personal trainer for 6 years it was really bound to happen at some point) and I'd managed to settle on a somewhat healthy diet. However, after eating chocolate in some form or other for breakfast almost every day in the run up the 25th, and then non-stop between then and New Year, I began to believe that I couldn't function unless my system was at least 60% sugar. The true extent of my problem finally came to light last week when I found myself scavenging around my room at midnight hunting for some - ANY - kind of chocolate, whooping in delight as I found a solo chocolate coin that had rolled under the bed at some point during the festivities. At that moment (well, the moment after I ate it), I made a conscious decision to sort my life out and go down the tragically predictable 'new year, new me' route.
I'm not too focused on losing weight, more on toning up and getting a bit healthier, and two things that have really helped me are a) some new sportswear and b) getting back on the detox tea train. I know a lot of you had questions about the detox teas I've been using after seeing them on my Instagram so hopefully this'll help a little! I've tried out quite a few brands of detox teas, most recent being the SkinnyMint detox teas back at the beginning of December. One of the things that drew me to SkinnyMint was that rather than the strict, 'drink three times a day and leave at least half an hour before eating' - a serious struggle for a serial nibbler - there's just one morning boost tea (before or during breakfast) and one night cleanse tea (every second night). Make sure and pay attention to what's what though - the colour coded tags'll help - because the morning one contains caffeine so you'll be buzzing through the night if you drink it past 5pm. The ingredients in the teas work together to increase energy, burn fat and reduce your appetite.as well as improving digestion and detoxifing. The two benefits I've noticed most myself is how awake I feel in the morning after one, compared to when I have a green tea, and improved complexion. I think I've touched on my skin woes briefly on here before, 22 with the chin-skin of a 13 year old boy, and although I still struggle with that, my actual complexion has definitely improved and I can see my skin looking healthier. I did also notice that it helped with bloating before Christmas (ahem, pre-chocolate binge).
NOW, sadly you will only see the benefits of these teas if you drink them as part of a balanced diet (sorry kids) which is one of the reasons I've kitted myself out with some new workout gear to give myself the kick up the butt I need. H&M's my favourite place for sportswear, which is where I picked up this orange stripy top for a mere £7.99, and then JD Sports kindly sent me over these amazing Nike's which just so happened to match perfectly. I always try and go for coloured sportswear because it makes me feel much more motivated than black, plus it makes it very, very hard for me to go missing on my way to the gym. I've also tried to cut down on sugar since my shameful late-night chocolate coin experience and am now four days sober. Well, with the exception of a few mini eggs. Why the shop insist on teasing me with their Easter chocolate in JANUARY I'll never know.
Anyway, I hope that's answered any questions you might have about detox teas, but if anyone has anything they're still wondering about then feel free to give me a wee tweet (@little_magpie1) and skinymint also have a snazzy livechat service on their website to help answer all your questions!
Post in collaboration with SkinnyMint tea but all words and content (including the chocolate coi story, sadly) is mine