How are you getting on with your resolutions?
Mine, as always, is to be a better version of myself than I was the year before. Is my resolution rather generic and foolproof (and by foolproof, I mean that it give me lots of wiggle room to fall off the wagon)? Hell yea! But fear not, dear reader... I do have a specific goal in mind for 2013.
To get health-y/ier.
I'll admit to making a few bad health choices in 2012. The biggest culprits were the few slimming pills (off the counter and prescribed) that I started taking, because I thought that they were a quick fix for weightloss. What they really did was give me near-daily migraines, blurred vision and a general sense of toxicity. Like my body was in constant gnawing pain. Worse yet, when I went off the pills, I gained back the weight that I lost through them and then some. Horrors!
And so I did what probably no sane person would do - take more pills. Dear reader, you must be thinking "WTF!" But really. I took detox pills. Ha!
And so here is the story of how I became a detox convert, and here follows my reviews of the evangelising products.
2. Nature's Secret Ultimate Cleanse - here
I started off my detox journey with these two very basic, very cheap cleanses. I much preferred the Applied Nutrition cleanse for the following reason: they worked their cleansing magic almost immediately. And secondly, I'm terribly forgetful when it comes to taking pills, so the Applied Nutrition cleanse wins hands down - their program consists of a fewer number of pills and only goes on for two weeks while the Nature's Secret one takes a month and calls for a whopping max of 12 a day. You don't have to take the full amount, but Nature's Secret just didn't have the same "kick" as Applied Nutrition when I took less than 12.
On the downside (or not, depending on your tolerance), Applied Nutrition is a lot stronger and intense (yes, that means going #2 a few times a day). If that's something that you can handle, Applied Nutrition can be an excellent and somewhat violent kickstarter. If it's a gentle introduction to detoxing, or maintenance you're going for, then Nature's Secret might be for you. I didn't experience any major side effects for either, save for slight headaches. Remember to leave 3 months in between cleanses - that means a maximum of 4 a year.
THE DETOX DRINK:
While Kilo Off isn't exactly a detoxing cleanse per se, it does help flush out toxins and water weight that aggravate the appearance of cellulite. This one really helped smooth out my bits and bumps, and the effects lasted for a good while. Awesome for a special night out or a beach vacation. But at around S$30 for a bottle that lasts only a week, this stuff doesn't come cheap. Would I buy this again? In a heartbeat/thigh-wobble.
THE ONE THAT I WANT TO TRY:
Heidi Klum's a fan of this. Say no more. Sign me up.
Marketing aside, this cleanse has an intriguing concept - if you're chewing, you're cheating. No food for 48 hours, just sip on this cleansing blend four times a day. I'm struggling with my diet at the moment, so this sounds like a way to restart my relationship with food i.e. give me perspective on what I really need to eat and what I absolutely don't need.
From the various reviews I've read, it seems that this cleanse isn't the most healthiest/balanced one on the market... No shit. So if you're going to give this a try, make sure you take a break from any strenuous activity for 48 hours. Don't walk the dog, don't pet the dog, don't go for a run, don't even water the plants. Do the cleanse on a weekend where you can cocoon yourself with a stack of magazines and 1 season's worth of Revenge. Have a friend on speed dial and make sure he/she has an emergency bar of Snickers on hand. Quin, I'm counting on you.
THE ONE THAT KEEPS ME SANE:
No, really. It's really just a tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with 350ml of warm water. First thing every morning. It cleanses, detoxes, and supposedly aids weight loss. I'm only on week 2, but I already feel more balanced and energized. Pshaawwww, fiddlesticks and poppycock, you say? Nope. Here's proof.
Of course, consult your physician if you think you'd like to take any of the above and remember to drink lots of (lemon) water.
Cheers to a healthy 2013!