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