My boyfriend and I are about to start the weight loss tea. Are there any side effects that we should watch out for? If so how soon do they start? Can you grate the daikon and carrot the day before and boil in the morning? I find that the daikon smells kind of bad. Is that normal? If so does it get worse when boiling? I know this is alot but I'm trying to be well prepared. Thanks!!
Amanda - I just came off the ten days and am now into the three week period. I can only tell you my own experience, but there are several threads on here about the tea and the ume plum that you might want to read through to answer some questions you might have.
One person mentioned that they read that grating veggies ahead of time starts leaching the nutrients or something, don't know if that's true, but it is always best to have things as fresh as possible. I grated fresh each time. It's a mild, natural drink. The effects are slow and might not be noticable until until you complete the cycle, just like a lot of homeopathic remedies, you have to complete it as stated.
I haven't researched it, but others have mentioned that it's big in the macrobiotic scene. I think it mostly gets rid of water retention, but someone also mentioned that it might help to break down fat stores. Follow the recipe, drink the broth, then eat the pulp (until we learn otherwise from someone who knows more, we're all kinda feeling our way around some of this stuff) . . . I believe the recipe does say carrot-daikon drink in parenthesis, so it's not really a tea per se. Some people don't like the smell, I hardly notice it, but if you want to make the drink, it's something you'll have to deal with, however the taste is very mild. Hope this helps, sorry for the length!
Amanda - I didn't mention anything about side effects - there aren't any side effects other than having to pee. Sorry to be blunt, but that's it. Me, usually a couple of times within an hour. That's it, don't be wary, it's mild tasting, and if you don't like it, no harm done.
I don't know what you're 'supposed' to do. For me, dpending on what my day's schedule was/is, I would finish the tea, then have a small breakfast about an hour later, usually just a piece of toast. The tea tended to fill me up and I would only eat a little more if going to work because I wouldn't be able to eat again for several hours, so I needed a little more. Some people around here have looked into the tea more, maybe they would have something more definitive to offer. I say, if you're hungry eat, if you're not, don't.
I agree with Hazel. Listen to your body. If you're hungry eat. I have one more day on the tea and really haven't had any side effects. I did grate fresh with the exception of one day when I needed to do it the night before due to a 5am shift. Good luck and have fun.