GIFTED: I don’t know about you but having had the kids at home for the last six weeks has seen a corresponding increase in my weight. It’s so difficult to resist joining in with snacking and so easy to say yes to that restaurant dessert or the extra glass of wine (or two!).
I also find that my exercise decreases dramatically since we usually walk back and forth to school so, come September, I’m usually feeling in need of some sort of healthy eating and exercise plan.
You may have noticed that teas are gaining in popularity as a way of supplementing your weight loss / dietary programme and they are arguably better for you than the other popular option of juice diets since they don’t contain loads of sugar and are kinder to your teeth.
I was recently sent a selection of teas from Begu Tea to try. Begu Teas are a range of speciality teas designed to help you with your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals.
There are currently six teas in the range, each formulated with carefully selected ingredients from around the World and blended by Begu’s master blender.
The herbs contained in the individual teas have been used traditionally throughout centuries for their varied health and lifestyle promoting benefits and each of the 6 teas has a specific target to help you achieve your goals at specific times of the day in a completely natural way.
|Appetite – £24.99 for 28 bags|
Appetite is full of herbal fillers and appetite suppressants to keep your portion size down. It contains Chinese Green Tea, Cinnamon, Fennel, Liquorice, Peppermint, Hawthorn Leaves, Psyllium seeds and apple pieces.
|Crave – £24.99 for 28 bags|
Crave is a blend designed to kill those pesky cravings that hit through the day (mine are usually for biscuits!). It’s a sweet blend and is strangely filling. It contains Sri Lankan black tea, Cinnamon, Coconut, Fenugreek, Yerba Mate, Caraway, Gymnema, Stevia and Sunflower and Calendula petals.
|Calm – £24.99 for 28 bags|
Calm is designed to bring you inner calm and help you to resist those urges to binge. This blend contains Rooibos, Peppermint, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Lemon Balm, Lime Flowers, Passionflower and Calendula petals.
|Morning Buzz – £19.99 for 28 bags|
This blend is formulated to get your mind and body going in the morning so that you make the best choices to support your body and cut calories. It contains Chinese Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Ginger, Siberian Ginseng, Lemongrass, Gingko Biloba and Lemon Peel.
|nightea night – £19.99 for 28 bags|
Nightea night is caffeine free and designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep so that your body can repair itself. This blend contains Cinnamon, Ginger, Hibiscus, Apple pieces, Rosehip, Hawthorn leaves, Orange peel, Cardamom, Valerian root and Hops.
|System Cleanse – £10.99 for 14 bags|
This is a naturally purifying blend which contains a natural laxative – ideal for those who have a low fibre diet. The blend contains Rooibos, Senna leaves, Dandelion leaves, Hawthorn leaves, Psyllium seeds, Lavender and Vanilla pieces.
Packaged in resealeable packs of 28 teabags, with the exception of the System Cleanse which has 14 bags, these are high quality, beautifully packaged teas which make tea-toxing a lot more glamorous than the days of those fruity herbal teas which could fill an entire office block floor with the smell of blackcurrant.
I am a big tea drinker and it was no hardship at all to substitute a Begu teabag for one of my normal tea bags (Yorkshire Tea or Glengettie, I love a strong brew).
Although the Begu teas aren’t cheap, there are a variety of subscription offers available so that you can defray the cost if you buy more than one type at a time (up to 40%). There is also 20% off your first order.
You’ll also find lots of helpful diet and nutrition tips. My teas came with a selection of fact sheets which contained all sorts of useful advice – for example a structure for a healthy day’s eating and exercise (there’s also a fitness section on the website which contains a selection of basic exercise videos that show you exactly how they should be done. I now know what a burpee is!)
There’s a guide to identifying the triggers that make you eat (anger, boredom) and ways to manage your appetite (plan your dessert in advance, only serve what you intend to eat).
In fact, Begu teas are designed to be part of a more conscious approach to health, fitness and nutrition and on that basis, I can see that their programme would be quite effective if followed diligently.
I personally enjoyed all the teas and will be continuing with the programme over the next few weeks to get my eating and exercise back on an even keel.