Detoxing: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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If you’d asked me three years ago to do any kind of detox programme, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I would have screamed back “Oh hell no!” But since turning 30 and spending a large proportion of my time in America (where there is a juice bar on nearly every corner!) the way my body feels on a daily basis has been on the forefront of my mind.

However, let’s keep it real: alongside all those deliciously healthy juices, The Land Of The Free has streets lined with cheese, sugar and enough refined carbs to make even the most iron-stomached person winch in pain. Staying on-track and remaining healthy when you travel so much is bloody tough.

A little disclaimer before we begin: I know this is a sensitive subject for a lot of you. I’m right there with you. I am also massively opposed to any of the excess pressure and almost bullying tactics that so many wedding media outlets put on brides-to-be. I detest the idea of a company praying on the insecurities we have about or bodies (of which, let’s be honest, there are many!) to make money. Period.

There’s a fine balance between succumbing to the pre-wedding weightloss bullshit, and just really wanting to look your very best on your big day. If you want to lose a few pounds then awesome, a milestone like a wedding can be a great motivator to get you back on track to good health. What it shouldn’t provide though, is excess pressure surrounding how you’re supposed to look, act or feel. Pushing yourself to reach unattainable and unrealistic ideals is NOT what Rock n Roll Bride is about.

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However, giving your body a clean out and a kick start towards a healthier lifestyle is something to be encouraged. And although I would never, ever promote anything that pressurised brides (or any woman for that matter) to change their body for anyone else but themselves, if you do want to feel in tip top physical shape, then giving yourself a helping hand with short term detox programme before embarking on a more healthy way of life is a great place to begin.

Although I eat reasonably well on a day to day basis, when I’m travelling it’s really difficult to make healthy choices. I also know I drink too much – wine is my Achilles heel! I can give or take pretty much any sweet treat you might put in front of me, but offer me an ice cold glass of Pinot and it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Anyway, after a few weeks of gorging myself on pizza, bread and convenience foods in Canada last month, I was feeling awful. My energy was low, I was feelings sluggish and heavy and my skin was hating me! When I got home I felt like I really needed a health injection and so I signed up for Kaeng Raeng’s three-day natural detox cleanse immediately. Detox programmes seem to be the thing to do at the moment (green juice anyone?) so I thought I might as well give one a bash.

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It’s a super simple meal replacement system. The pouches come in three flavours and each contains a full serving of fruit and 15g non-gmo protein. They are also high in fibre and naturally occurring vitamins.

While the easiest way to consume the powder is by shaking it up in the reusable bottle (which comes with the pack) with 24 oz water, it can get a bit boring on it’s own. They actually taste pretty good but to make it a bit more exciting and varied they suggest adding juice, non-dairy milk, or by blending it with fruit, ice, and water in a blender. My favourite combo was the strawberry, raspberry and pineapple packet added to coconut milk, ice and extra strawberries, raspberries and some pineapple! Yum!

The best thing about this cleanse is that you don’t have to starve yourself. To keep those stomach rumbles at bay, you can snack on as many raw fruit and veggies as you like. I had a large salad mid-afternoon and some variety of vegetables with a little Sriracha sauce around dinner time (that might have technically been cheating but oh well!) I also became obsessed with perfecting my guacamole recipe and I bought more fruit in one shopping trip than I probably buy all year! Summer is the perfect time to do this programme, by the way, because the supermarkets are stocked full of fresh summer fruits and berries!

I know what you really want to know though – was it difficult and what were the results like?

It actually wasn’t that bad. Yes, I was a little cranky on day one but by the second day I’d got over it. I did miss my morning cup of tea and my evening glass half bottle of wine, but apart from that it was surprising easy to keep up. When blended with fruit and ice the smoothies were actually pretty filling too. The hunger wasn’t even that bad, and I struggled to finish all three smoothies every day!

I haven’t weighed myself for about eight years so I couldn’t tell you if I lost any weight, but really, that’s not the goal. My stomach is definitely a little flatter and I do feel overall a lot lighter on my feet. My plan now, as recommended by the programme, is to slowly start reintroducing protein (oh how I missed cheese!) and non starchy carbs.

While a short term detox is unlikely to completely change your body shape or your overhaul your health significantly on it’s own, if you want to give your body a kick start in a healthier direction then a programme such as this one is a great place to start.

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Win a Kaeng Raeng’s natural detox cleanse!

If you fancy giving a detox cleanse a go but are nervous, then don’t be. Look, if I can do it, you CERTAINLY can! If you still need a little incentive though, those lovely creatures at Kaeng Raeng would like to offer one Rock n Roll bride reader a free 3-day programme for them to try for themselves. The shakes are also vegan, gluten free, soy free, caffeine free, nut free, non-gmo, all natural, and only locally sourced ingredients!

To enter, simply like Kaeng Raeng on Facebook and then comment below letting me know why you’d like to try it. Contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride, wherever you are on the planet! You have until Sunday 6th July to comment and the winner will be randomly selected after that date.

Kaeng Raeng are also offering every single one of you 15% off the three-day programme. Just enter the code “ROCKNROLL” at the checkout. Discount is valid until July 6th 2014.

This contest is now closed

Ts and Cs

♥ One winner will receive a three-day Kaeng Raeng cleanse.
♥ Closing date for entries is 6th July 2014. Winner will be selected at random and emailed after that date.
♥ Contest open to all Rock n Roll Bride readers over the age of 18, regardless of where you are in the world. Depending on your home country, you may be liable to pay customs charges to receive your prize.
♥ Only 1 entry per IP address.
♥ If for any reason the advertised prize is unavailable, Kaeng Raeng reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Kaeng Raeng’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ The winners will be contacted via their email address within a week of the the competition draw date. Rock n Roll Bride/ Kaeng Raeng will not amend contact information provided.
♥ No purchase necessary.

84 comments

  1. Beth Pettit

    My mum died recently so it’s really really made me realise how important my heath is. I’ve been meaning to lose a bit of weight and get fitter anyway, but now I know that I need to be around for my younger brother and sister and getting my body in good condition is the best way to do that. A detox would be a great way to kick off my healthier life!

  2. I’d love to give this a go, my immune system has basically disappeared over recent months due to a lot of drugs that I’ve been put on for Rheumatoid Arthritis and I’ve had various colds, infections and viruses for around 6 months now… maybe a little detox might help me get back on my feet!

  3. Lucy Valentine

    I’ve just had a baby and need to counteract all the white bread and ice cream I’ve been eating (not at the same time!)

  4. As a photographer I love a good detox every 6 months, one in March (in preparation for the wedding season) and one in October (post busy wedding season). Really boosts my immune system and I feel rearing to go!

  5. Bookworm's Revenge

    I would love to try this because… like you, I have always been sceptical about detoxes (faddy or otherwise) and I have this unhealthy obsession with cake :) (being a roller derby girl doesn’t help matters) – Plus, I’m getting married May 2015 so would love to start getting on the right track to boost my energy levels and be a wee bit healthier xoxo

  6. Jessica Robinson

    I was never sure if I could survive a cleanse, you’ve given me hope. :)

  7. Sarah

    Have to say this sounds great! I know I could do it myself but the convenience of it being prepared, ready to go in a packet would be perfect for me, a single mum who also works, is studying towards a degree and who could really do with a boost! xx

  8. Helen

    Would love to try this. It’s so refreshing to see a gluten free detox ad I find it hard to find ones that fit atound my many allergies!

  9. Amber

    always wanted to try a detox, just never got around to it. having it in my hand would make actually doing it easy.

  10. Priscilla

    I would love tk give thid a go it sounds awesome!I recently bought a fit bit in a bid to get healthier for the first time ever

  11. I like that this cleansing system is powder based, and the flavors look good! I can’t stand Carrot juices, haha. I would love to try!

  12. Storme Gibson

    As a bride to be I’m starting to think about looking my best for the big day! I completely agree with the ‘pre-wedding weight-loss bullshit’ this is the way I am, with lumps and bumps, and its so important that I look like me on my wedding day! I don’t want to starve myself and I’m under no illusion that I’ll drop from a size 12 to an 8 but I do want to be the best version of ‘me’ just a little less lumpier and bumpier and on my A-Game! Also these are completely natural meaning I can use them which rules out a lot of cleanses I’ve looked into due to the fact I’m still breastfeeding my son, although this is only for his night feed and he is weaned the rest of the time so completely safe for me and baby!

  13. Sarah Lewis

    Sounds awesome! I’ve been thinking about a similar programme for a while but was put if by the idea of pills but this sounds perfect x

  14. Laura Bradley

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with coeliacs disease but still having reactions. I have other allergies so this sounds like a great way to flush out all the bad things and get a healthy new start.

  15. Teresa

    i finished a 3 day cleanse this weekend. I did a 3 day only apple cleanse many years ago and felt horrible throughout. This cleanse was great and I’d love to do it again. I only had 2 shakes a day, I could not even finish that much let alone the 3 servings a day. I lost 6 lbs.

  16. I would LOVE to try this cleanse! I detox about 1x/mo and it is hard to get all the juicing and food prep done with a 5yo and a wee man (1 year this month) running around like crazies.I have digestive and liver issues that need constant upkeep as well.

  17. Danielle Mcleod

    I too have always been skeptical of cleanses but so curious to try one. The fear of terrible hunger has kept me from taking the leap. This cleanse sounds great, and your blog has inspired me to try and then hopefully do regularly as long as i survive it! I would love to win as i just moved states with my fiance and daughter and have eaten poorly over recent months. Love your blog!!xo

  18. Amber

    A cleanse would be a great way to get my second stage of a healthy lifestyle in gear. I have finally been working out on a daily basis and now need to start eating the right kinds and quantity of foods. Thank you for giving me hope that a cleanse helps jumpstart that and makes you feel better inside and out! :)

  19. Katharine Fowler

    I have put on a lot of weight in the last 2 years due to various health issues.
    Now I’m getting them on track, I need to kick start fixing my weight issue so that I can get back to the healthy state I was in before my troubles began, mostly so the health issues don’t reoccur.

  20. Becky smith

    I am a bridesmaid in the UK on the 19th July and would love to do this before hand to feel fresh and give me the boost to carry on with a healthy diet! X

  21. Clare Bartram

    Recently I’ve fallen into difficult mental and emotional struggle that I’ve decided to tackle by bettering my life in all areas. I’ve started yoga, tai chi, better eating, whatever Ican. I would really benefit trying this detox regimen

  22. Tia-Lewise

    I’ve been a lover of pole fitness for the last few months and after a bout of illness that left me unable to exercise I’ve become more wary of my general health, I think a detox would really kick start me back into the green zone.

  23. Naz

    This detox sounds great! I would love to try it to give my body a boost. Been feeling very lethargic since spinal surgery in April so this could be the perfect kick start for me!

  24. natasha

    would love to give this a try, with a wedding cumming up I could use all the energy boost I can take.

  25. Rosie

    I’ve always been sceptical about detoxes, but never had the chance to try one out. Ive been exercising so much, walking at least 2 miles a day, buying a treadmill and aiming towards running 5k for charity but my weight hasn’t dropped at all. Its really getting me down. I do all this hard work! I’m not aiming for a ridiculous weight, all I want to do is fit into my dream vintage wedding dress I bought without having to alter it drastically (it’s a size 8-10, I’m a size 12). I’m getting married soon so this would be my last chance!

  26. I’ve been working as a carer for the last 12 months and the food I’ve been stuffing in my body has been… Questionable. And also, far more than I should be eating. I usually work night shifts which basically means I sit and stuff my face for 12 hours!

    I’ve applied to study midwifery from September, and I really want to get my health back on track, ready for the semester to begin. I’ve started going swimming and going to dance classes, but I think a detox would be the perfect addition to helping me to achieve my goal!

  27. Lauren Hall

    I would love to give this a try, need to loose a few pounds and feel better in my general health.

    :)

  28. briony

    My advice (with the caveat that yes, being-a-woman-body-image-bullshit and wedding-industry-body-image-bullshit are both just that, and not to be encouraged) would be that if you’re after a slightly more amazing version of your own body, start running, and maybe do it using the NHS couch to 5k podcasts because they really work and there’s a hugely positive, supportive online community here https://healthunlocked.com/couchto5k/posts to jolly you along.

    I started in the spring as a way of trying to deal with stress and anxiety (best mood-enhancing drug I’ve found, by the way) and am now totally hooked for the emotional benefits. The physical stuff was sort of beside the point for me, BUT I honestly cannot remember feeling so good in my skin. And if you run on hills and through long grass/bracken as well, not only will you get lungfuls of lovely fresh air but I have also noticed that my stomach is magically turning into a bit of a washboard without a sit-up in sight! Woohoo!

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