Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bootea Teatox & Eating Plan | Review

Name: Bootea 
Length: 14 days (2 weeks)
Weight lost: .4 stone (3kg)
Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

During my summer adventures I didn't exactly keep to a healthy eating plan and saw the side effects of what I was eating very fast. I gained nearly 2 stone in weight, went up a dress size and my skin was terrible. Looking back on photographs it gave me the motivation to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and diet. This is where I came across Bootea. Bootea had been recommended to me by my friend so I went out and bought the 14 day teatox from Holland and Barrett for £19.99.

Bootea is a tea detox (teatox) containing natural ingredients to help aid with weight-loss and cleansing your body. You take one Daytime detox a day and a Bedtime cleanse every other night before you go to bed.

The Bootea package contains two types of teabags, the morning/daytime detox (14 bags) and the bedtime cleanse (7 bags). The Bedtime cleanse works as a laxative so take before you go to bed as the laxative effect works approx. 8 hours after you have drank it.

Daytime Detox contents: Chinese Oolong tea, Mat√© leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemongrass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, Nettle leaves.

Bedtime Cleanse contents: Senna leaves, Peppermint leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Liquorice root, Burdock root, Hawthorn leaves, Valerian root, Psyllium seeds.


For me the start of the teatox was quite hard. I felt constantly hungry and also experienced a weird feeling in my stomach like cramps and not feeling 100% on the second day... possibly due to the bedtime cleanse? By the end of day 2 I wasn't sure that I wanted to carry on with this teatox as it seemed to be really affecting me. However after day 2 was over I seemed to be fine and my next bedtime cleanse didn't seem as bad. Thinking my stomach had overcome the bedtime cleanses I experienced more intense stomach pains on day 9 (same day as a bedtime cleanse). Day 10 the pains carried on all day and felt like I was being kicked in the stomach! Further to this I kept getting waves of nausea.

I didn't think the taste of the tea was too bad, however if you're not a regular drinker of herbal tea you may find the taste over powering. My advice would be to try green tea and see how you like the taste of that first before you put yourself through two weeks of being uncomfortable drinking the Bootea. The daytime detox has a hint of lemongrass flavor and the bedtime has a subtle hint of peppermint flavor.

I don't promote this as a weight-loss teatox, but more to cleanse your body and help remove some of those bad toxins so don't be expecting miracles. These tiny teabags do not have the power to remove excess weight. On this teatox I didn't exercise (except walking to/from work) so the results are just from a cleaner/healthier diet than I would normally eat and the Bootea. Obviously with exercise you will maximize the results.

My skin didn't look any different in the first week, in fact it looked a little worse in the first week. I upped my skin routine in the second week and seemed to see a much clearer complexion however I am unsure on what caused that. Regarding my energy levels I saw an increase and seemed to have a lot more energy throughout the day.

Overall I don't think this teatox was for me. I've read many reviews on this product and people either seem to get on really well with it where as others have had a not so great experience. Even though I experienced quite a few side effects from this teatox, others who have tried it haven't had any bad side effects. I think it is just Russian roulette as to how your body will react. I really wanted to enjoy this detox however due to the side effects I didn't enjoy the two weeks I was on it. Please drink this at your own risk, only you know your body. 

Eating plan: 

Below is my two week eating plan. I tried to keep as close as I could to their own eating plan which can be found here. Personally I don't think their diet helps much with weight loss as there is cheese and carbs which you should probably avoid if you are on a strict diet. However, it did help me keep to a healthier eating pattern. 
On this eating plan you cannot eat meat as the toxins within meat is what the Bootea is trying to eradicate. 

Drinks consumed on this plan: Bootea, water, green tea, peppermint tea, sparkling water (flavoured & non-flavoured), coconut water & orange juice

Day 1
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with 150ml of skimmed milk
Lunch: Salad (little gem lettuce, rocket, sugar drop tomatoes, cucumber, radish, spring onions) with 1 smoked mackerel and 1 wholemeal pitta with a touch of pepper
Dinner: Salmon with a chili, lime and ginger sauce served with egg noodles, steamed broccoli & asparagus
Snacks: 1 low-fat strained Greek-style Strawberry yogurt 100g

Day 2
Breakfast: 2 wholemeal pieces of toast with marmalade 
Lunch: 4 oat crackers with low-fat soft cheese and a large salad
Dinner: Tuna and sweetcorn wholewheat pasta with pesto, tomato and steamed broccoli
Snacks: 1 bowl of all-bran cereal with a cup of skimmed milk. 1 bowl of strawberries. 1 low-fat strained Greek-style Strawberry yogurt 100g

Day 3 
Breakfast: 1 bowl of strawberries
Lunch: Salad with meat-free turkey and sage Quorn (2 slices) with 1 wholemeal pitta
Dinner: Potato & wheat flour gnocchi with tomato sauce, broccoli, red onion, baby corn and mixed herbs
Snacks: 2 kiwi fruits. 2 slices of meat-free turkey and sage Quorn

Day 4
Breakfast: -
Lunch: 2 oat crackers with 0% cottage cheese and two pieces of meat-free turkey and sage Quorn
Dinner: Prawn stir-fry (with red onion, spring onion, baby corn, broccoli, red/yellow and green peppers, Chinese five-spice) and egg noodles
Snacks: Handful of almond nuts

Day 5
Breakfast: -
Lunch: Potato & wheat flour gnocchi with tomato sauce, broccoli, red onion, baby corn and mixed herbs with rocket
Dinner: 1 sweet potato with a filling of  pink salmon, 2 tbsp creme fraiche, lemon juice and black pepper with a small salad
Snacks: 2 kiwi fruits. 2 pieces of wholemeal toast with light margarine 

Day 6
Breakfast: -
Lunch: 1 wholemeal pitta with pink salon filling from day 5
Dinner: 1 small salad. 2 egg omelette with red onions, spring onions, mushrooms, carrots, sugarsnap peas, chili, milk, salt & pepper. One bowl of blueberries
Snacks: 1 bowl of Special K with semi-skimmed milk

Day 7
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with 150ml skimmed milk
Lunch: Weight-watchers Chicken, potato and leek soup & 1 wholemeal bread roll
Dinner: Prawn stirfry with baby corn, sugarsnap peas, red bell pepper, mushrooms, red onion, broccoli, carrots with Chinese 5 spice powder and noodles
Snacks: Nut & apple bread/cake (My mums creation*). 1 low-fat strained Greek-style Blueberry yogurt 100g

Day 8
Breakfast: -
Lunch: 1 large salad with 3 slices of meat-free turkey & sage Quorn. 2 oat crackers with low-fat cottage cheese
Dinner: 1 piece of grilled cod with tomatoes, 2 small courgettes, potatoes and sweetcorn. 1 bowl of strawberries and kiwi fruit
Snacks: 2 pieces of wholemeal toast with light margarine. A couple of slices of meat-free turkey & sage Quorn

Day 9
Lunch: 1 large salad with half a tin of tuna
Dinner: mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich with sweet potato wedges
Snacks: Nut & apple bread/cake*

Day 10
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with 150ml skimmed milk
Lunch: Tuna and sweetcorn wholewheat pasta with pesto, tomato, peas and steamed broccoli
Dinner: Meat-free Quorn crispy fillet with potatoes, carrots & cabbage
Snacks: Handful of toffee sweets and two jaffa cakes (Oops! work induction). Chocolate, fruit & nut mix 60g

Day 11
Breakfast: 2 wholemeal pieces of toast with 2 eggs (scrambled)
Lunch: 2 bread thins sandwich with low-fat grated cheese
Dinner: 1 large salad with tuna
Snacks: -

Day 12
Breakfast: Tiny slice of nut & apple bread/cake
Lunch: Handful of vegetables and low-fat cottage cheese
Dinner: Spicy parsnip soup with 2 pieces of wholemeal bread. 1 low-fat strained Greek-style Blueberry yogurt 100g
Snacks: Cashew nuts 60g

Day 13
Breakfast: -
Lunch: 1 large salad with tuna
Dinner: 1 tiny salad with pieces of sliced egg with a small amount of mayonnaise. 1 piece of cod with rosemary and lemon with carrots and broccoli. 1 fat-free apple and watermelon jelly 175g
Snacks: 1 slice of nut & apple bread/cake

Day 14
Breakfast: -
Lunch: 2 pieces of wholemeal toast with 2 eggs (scrambled)
Dinner: Steak stir-fry (I know i'm not meant to eat meat on this teatox but oh well...) (steak strips, carrots, celery, red onion, mushroom, red peppers, sugar snap peas and babycorn) with boiled white rice and half a weight-watchers pitta bread
Snacks: 2 oat crackers with low-fat cottage cheese

*If you would like the recipe just ask!

Have you tried the Bootea teatox or any other detox drinks? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments below! 


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