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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25 thoughts on “DETOX

  1. rightroyalmother Reply

    Woohoo, good for you! This is the kind of detox I do, although I have rarely lasted beyond two days. But when I do I feel loads better so I hope you keep it up for as long as you want and reap the benefits. Sadly it’s too late for me today re. caffeine already (5.40am and I’ve already had a cup of tea). But maybe I’ll have Weetabix and fruit for breakfast too … #coolmumclub

  2. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    Wow well done you! Sounds like you are doing really well with the detox and I’m very impressed by 18 vegetables on the plate. Hope Week 2 goes well. #coolmumclub

  3. Something Crunchy Mummy Reply

    Sounds like your doing amazing! I don’t think I could do no tea though, so good for you! Hope you have an amazing holiday. #coolmumclub xx

  4. Tall Mum in Manchester Reply

    It’s funny how your body just knows when it’s had too much. I love Aldi for fruit and veg – always seems to last longer than other supermarkets. And, you’re right, it’s so much easier to eat salad and veg when the weather improves. Good luck with week 2, especially the caffiene! #coolmumclub

  5. laughing mum Reply

    we always eat salads when the weather starts getting nice! and seeing as you’ve made me remember I could do with a little detox too, I’m going to try and do better. Except for number 4, I’m keeping number 4 lol #coolmumsclub

  6. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Errrr…one question are you still going to be doing this at Britmums? If you are, I’m not sure I want to hang out with you anymore lol ;-), #coolmumclub loving xxxx

    1. MMT Reply

      It’s questionable whether I’ll make it to the end of the day without a glass of wine Talya! 😉 fear not, I’ll be on top form for retoxing by then!

  7. islandliving365 Reply

    I have to say that your clean food looks really lovely! Much nicer than my attempts at clean food. I find myself doing this and I always feel great and swear never to eat or drink crap again and then slowly it starts again. Like you it is the coffee that I find the hardest. I miss it so much when i can’t have it. You have inspired me to do another bout of clean eating 🙂 #coolmumclub

  8. Emma - meandbmaketea Reply

    well done that’s great! its hard to just cut things out all of a sudden. I really want to take a step back from some of the unhealthy stuff I consume :/ I say each day I will and then I don’t :/ keep it up – post your progress, would love to read 🙂 #coolmumclub

  9. justsayingmum Reply

    seriously well done – I like to detox every now and then (emphasis on every now and then!) and feel heaps better. The headaches are quite frightening as so intense – so worrying to think that caffeine (and alcohol) can have that effect – I also get severe muscle aches in my legs who I seriously detox so it can often put me off as they keep me awake at night – not the most pleasant week – however, the feel good results are incredible. Hope week 2 goes as well – keep thinking about the summer holiday you’ve planned! #coolmumclub

  10. wendy Reply

    Wow, go you! I like the sound of your healthy eating plan – it doesn’t sound too intense! I totally ‘meh’ feeling too if I have been eating badly for a little while, I always feel so much better once I get some fruit and veg into my system. Good luck with the rest of your detox, sounds like your doing fab xx #coolmumclub

  11. anywaytostayathome Reply

    I followed the Lemon Detox Diet earlier in the year and strangely I loved it, was not expecting that! Sometime a detox is good for the soul and it makes that glass of wine when it’s all done so much sweeter. Good luck with week 2! #CoolMumClub

  12. Helen Reply

    Oh whoops, I’ve read this at the worst time… I’m wallowing in an exhausted post-wine and pizza binge or exhaustion. I feel sticky, bloated and exhausted. I’ve eaten 2 slices of bday cake and 6 Party Rings … and yet …. despite the shame I still don’t feel motivated to detox. I just crave sleep. But bravo and enjoy your well deserved holibobs! x #coolmumclub

  13. tammymum Reply

    Oh wow good for you, you are doing really well, I would have probably caved at the glass of wine in the pub. That being said we are currently in the middle of the very same thing, over indulgent weekend and a sunny beach holiday in a couple of weeks time. Thus far it is water and salad central and we are still on the wagon. I agree sometimes you just feel like your body needs a bit of tlc. I have had really bad headaches the last few days and it hadn’t even occurred to me that it could be caffeine (lack off) or detox – I’m still having one coffee a day but that is a dramatic reduction. Good luck with the rest of the detox! X #coolmumclub

  14. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    This sounds like my kind of detox. Not trying to exist entirely on stewed sprouts and quinoa which must be blended and drunk through a straw whilst standing on your head. Just sensible, winding in of the neck. I like it. I need to do it. In fact I SHALL do it! Wish me luck… *runs to buy a chocolate melt in the middle pud* 😉 xx
    Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

    1. Rhyming with Wine Reply

      … ooh and have a triffic holiday! xx

  15. Emma Plus Three Reply

    Well done you! I honestly don’t think I could do it. Wine, tea, coffee, I’m totally addicted. #coolmumclub

  16. butterflymum83 Reply

    I really need to do this, currently feeling so “meh”, like you say. Thanks for the inspiration! X #coolmumclub

  17. Mum in Brum Reply

    Ooh good for you! Sounds like you are properly going for this! I always find that our evening meals are healthy, but I slip into bad habits during the day. But we have got better recently at making salads for lunch in advance. I swapped to decaf tea when I was preggers and never went back – to be honest I can’t tell the difference so I thought why not? And I’m not drinking at the moment but that’s mainly due to having tonsilitis and conjunctivitis this week – so not really feeling like getting merry!! Stick with it – and update us on your progress! I also need to healthy meal inspiration when you get time 😉 xx #coolmumclub

  18. crummymummy1 Reply

    There’s only one problem with this, and it’s quite a big one: none wine??!! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Don’t worry Hun I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon after this week! X

  19. Nadia - ScandiMummy Reply

    Well done on the no caffeine. This sounds like a healthy way to approach it, as you say you are only human, #coolmumclub

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  20. Silly Mummy Reply

    Well done! I’m not good at doing anything like this & have no idea how people drink lots of water. I don’t drink alcohol though, drink very little tea & coffee & do like salads, so I suppose I get a few points. If we ignore the chocolate & cake. I have decided to start running again though. I decided to start two days ago & have been running twice, so it’s going well so far! #coolmumclub

  21. DomesticatedMomster Reply

    I did this at the beginning of the year and did 28 days of no booze and no bad food. I have managed to maintain keeping the weight off but as of today I’m going to try from now until we leave for vacation in the middle of June to detox and workout. Keep up the good work girl! It’s amazing what we fuel our bodies with can make such a big difference in how you feel. Thanks again for hostessing #coolmumclub

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