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…
- Drink loads of water.
- Eat loads of fruit and veg.
- Try your best to avoid heavily processed stuff.
- No booze.
- Cut out tea and coffee…
- …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.
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?!