Now I’m not going to get all high and mighty on you about my clean eating lifestyle or being  tee total, I promise.

But a strange thing happened this week…a bit of an unplanned detox. 

It wasn’t so much of a diet, cleanse or lifestyle change as my body screaming for a bit of goodness. A weekend of doughnuts, fish and chips, wine, ice cream, burgers, cider and cooked breakfasts had left me feeling a bit sluggish. Podgy. Lethargic. Generally, meh.

So on return from our caravan weekend, partly due to the realisation I have just three weeks till the wobbly tum will be waving hello to some fellow holiday makers on our ‘proper holiday’ (with sun and sea guaranteed), I decided to go for a bit of a detox. This isn’t so much about losing weight, just about giving my body a bit of love and TLC. Some of my ‘quick wins to being a healthier Mum‘ have fallen a bit by the wayside lately…

I’m not following any major plan here, just a bit of common sense. The general (made up) guidelines go something like this…

  1. Drink loads of water.
  2. Eat loads of fruit and veg.
  3. Try your best to avoid heavily processed stuff.
  4. No booze.
  5. Cut out tea and coffee…
  6. …and replace with decaffeinated green or red bush tea.

I know, it sounds pretty hellish. But something compelled me that this needed to be done. Maybe due to my inability to walk through the kitchen without popping t’kettle on. I reckon I was easily drinking 10 cups of tea or coffee a day. Sounds a load, but when you’re home all day, entertaining the visitors here and there, going to a few toddler coffee mornings, surviving on 18 months of broken sleep, it’s easily done.

The first step was one into my local Aldi…stocking up on a mammoth shop of mainly fruit (crazy exotic stuff as well as the normal apples and pears), and veg. A decent amount of chicken breasts, meat joints and fish.

I honestly worried most of this food would go off before we could possibly eat it, but 5 days later the fridge is cleared  and the three fruit bowls are down to one.


It’s been salad central, which is always easier when the season feels a little more summery. Emphasis on the words ‘a little’. Record number of vegetables on one plate so far = 18. They’ve been jazzed up with spicy chilli and lime dressing, lemon mint and yogurt and a lean grilled chicken or fish fillet. Vegetable stir fries, weetabix with fruit for breakfast, fruit salads with low fat yogurt, sweet potato wedges and even a home made healthy kebab night on Friday. Wild times.

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We even dusted off the spiralizer for a bit of midweek courgetti bolognese, whilst the kids tucked in to their pasta. Even the Nutribullet got a little bit of attention for the first time in months.


The hardest part has definitely been the caffeine withdrawal. Harder than cutting out wine or chocolate or crisps. I have  gone tea-total once before – water only for ten days for the RNLI H2O only campaign, and the symptoms were similar then. Expect terrible headaches, migraines even for days 1-5. Beyond that they start to subside. Strangely though, the headaches have spurred me on, reminding me how badly my body needs a break from all that chemical stimulus. After all, our nights have got better so maybe it’s time for Mum to do a bit of weaning?

Switching in a healthy alternative has been a massive help – I can still flick on the kettle and enjoy a hot drink, but hopefully one that’s doing more good than damage? There are so many healthy herbal teas available commercially now, and fortunately I actually like the taste of green tea.

I’ve even carried a bag of decaf green tea in my bag so I don’t crumble at the first offer of a cuppa when I’m out and about.

So far so good.

I ordered a chicken salad when out for dinner today, and held back on the chips.

I had a soda and lime instead of my usual glass of wine.

I haven’t had a sip of caffeinated drink in almost 7 days.

I hosted and catered a social gathering at my home, and only had one glass of wine. Okay – so this may sound like a fail, but that was one well deserved glass. It’s not like me to not let the rest of the bottle follow!

I did have a chocolate melt in the middle pudding and ice cream after that chicken salad…but I am only human.

Let’s see how week 2 goes?!


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