Bristol Palin has credited her beloved skinny tea for helping her lose weight after giving birth to her third child, but the single mother-of-three is now claiming she is setting a good example for her children by drinking it.
The 27-year-old, who is the newest cast member on Teen Mom OG, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of herself posed with her two-year-old daughter, Sailor Grace, and her Teami tumbler filled with the brand’s skinny tea.
‘I’ve been trying to set a better example for my kids by making healthier decisions with fitness and diet!! I have been avoiding sweets and sugary drinks but it can be so hard for me and my sweet tooth,’ she explained in the caption of the sponsored post.
Role model: Bristol Palin, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of herself posed with her eldest daughter, Sailor Grace, and her Teami tumbler filled with skinny tea
Pattern: Bristol often features her children in her Instagram posts touting the brand’s skinny tea. In her latest post, she claimed drinking it was setting a ‘better example’ for them
‘I have been drinking @teamiblendsskinny tea every morning because it is a much healthier alternative to energy drinks, diet soda, and it’s 100% natural.’
According to Bristol, the tea has helped her stave off her cravings for sugary drinks and even her children have taken notice of how she is controlling her sweet tooth.
‘I can see that they are trying to get into the health kick with me,’ she added.
As a Teami partner, Bristol ended the post by offering her 226,000 Instagram followers a discount code for 20 per cent off.
Despite experts warnings that detox teas are not a quick solution for weight loss, some fans took to the comments section of the post to say that had used Bristol’s code to try out the tea for themselves.
Kylie Jenner, Demi Lovato, and Blac Chyna, are among the celebrities who have shared similar endorsements for the brand, and Bristol isn’t even the only Palin who touts it.
Earlier this year, Bristol’s mother, Sarah Palin, shocked many people when she shared her own post about Teami.
Imitation game: Last month, the mother-of-three revealed that Sailor wanted a pink sippy cup to match her pink Teami tumbler
Always there: Many of Bristol’s family posts feature one of her Teami tumblers front and center
Although the former Republican vice presidential candidate was mercilessly mocked for the promotional post, she continues to join her daughter and endorse the brand on social media as a ‘Teami partner.’
At the time of Sarah’s first Teami post, the brand’s social media manager Carly Halvin told CNN in an email that Sarah has been a customer of the brand since 2016.
‘Her and her family all use and love Teami Blends,’ the person wrote. ‘We are very lucky that she chose to share her Teami experience with her audience.’
However, CNN reported that Halvin did not answer a question about whether Palin was paid for the post.
Bristol and her ex-husband Dakota Meyer have two young daughters, Sailor, two, and Atlee Bay, one, and she is also mom to a nine-year-old son, Tripp, her only child with her former fiancé Levi Johnston.
The reality star is no stranger to featuring her children in her Instagram posts endorsing Teami, and it looks like her eldest daughter Sailor is already taking a cue from her mom.
Last month, Bristol revealed that Sailor wanted a pink sippy cup to match her pink Teami tumbler, and she proudly shared photos of her little girl holding her drink just like her mama.
In another post shared in June, the mom said she drank skinny tea because she wanted to be the ‘best version’ of herself for her girls.
Family: Bristol and her ex-husband Dakota Meyer have two young daughters, Sailor, two, and Atlee Bay, one
From skinny tea to fast food: Bristol is also mom to a nine-year-old son, Tripp, her only child with her former fiancé Levi Johnston. She recently treated him to some Chick-fil-A
‘If any of you have followed me for some time – you know I have struggled with my weight, especially trying to loose the baby weight from my littlest,’ she explained.
‘Honestly the hardest part for me was going into a spin class, or a hot yoga class, and having to look at myself in the mirror. I hated feeling “fat” and insecure… I could pick apart every little thing about myself.’
Like in many of her other posts, Bristol claimed drinking skinny tea helped her cut back on coffee and sugary drinks.
The mom’s most recent post about the brand comes just a month after Cardi B sparked outrage by promoting Teami’s detox teas on Instagram.
Adena Neglia, a registered dietitian at Brown & Medina Nutrition in New York City, told DailyMail.com that the body is already capable of detoxing itself and using these teas as a substitute could actually cause irreparable damage.
Detox teas are essentially a blend of herbs and leaves that allegedly help flush out toxins, flatten your belly, boost your energy and help you sleep better. Some of them contain plant-based caffeine as well, which Neglia says acts as a diuretic.
‘The majority of the weight you lose is body fluid so not only do you risk becoming dehydrated, but once you go back to eating normally, the weight you lost is quickly regained,’ she said.
Additionally, many of the tea brands say that for ‘best results,’ the tea should be consumed in conjunction with an exercise routine and ‘healthy meals.’
Family pastime: Bristol’s mom, Sarah Palin, also promotes the tea on Instagram
New in town: Bristol, who is the newest cast member on Teen Mom OG, hung out with her castmates this week
‘When these teas offer an exercise regimen or to drink them with plenty of water, then there are too many variables to determine if the tea is actually what is creating the health benefits,’ Neglia said.
Neglia also added that these teas are not regulated by the FDA and therefore they are allowed to make any claims they’d like.
In an email to CNN, co-founder of Teami and CEO Adi Arezzini wrote: ‘All of the ingredients are 100% plant based and 100% natural. All of the ingredients we use are written on our product labels!’
Lemon grass, oolong, peppermint leaf, ginger root, lotus leaf, goji berry and roselle just a few of the herbs that the various Teami blends claim to have.
‘Because the teas are not FDA-regulated, the amount of the herbs listed as ingredients in them could be so minimal a percentage that it’s not even beneficial,’ Neglia said.
The dietitian said that occasionally drinking the tea is not unhealthy but that these short-term fixes will not translate to long-term success.
‘Our body will work to detoxify, but the real way to do this is through nourishing foods like fruits and vegetables,’ she explained. ‘They should save their money and that money could go to buying more healthy foods at the grocery store or to an exercise class fee.
‘Real change takes time and it won’t be from this tea, but from the way you’re nourishing your body and implementing stress management tactics.’