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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A Little Bit of What You Fancy Does You Good.... For Eleven Months of the Year....

I have just eaten half a jar of nutella. With a spoon. That might not sound like much but when you add it to the mountain of crap I’ve eaten today (tea and toast, a custard tart, two cappuccinos, antipasti, pasta and garlic bread, chicken salad, mince pies) you’ll understand my reasoning behind the subject of today’s post.

You must all be aware of my love of food by now. And let’s not forget the wine! I spend the majority of the year eating and drinking sensibly – a little bit of what you fancy does you good is my motto. Then in December I am a firm believer of eating and drinking and being merry. Pretty much every foodstuff that crosses my path gets sampled. And let’s face it, not many healthy things cross your path in the run up to Christmas.

Which is why every January, after a month of treating myself to all sorts of festive delights, I do something which makes all my friends think I’m completely nuts.

For four weeks I give up wheat, dairy, meat, fish, caffeine, refined sugars and alcohol.

I have done this for six years now. I know it sounds horrific but I can honestly say that I enjoy it. And it really isn’t as difficult as it sounds.

Giving up caffeine is what I find the hardest. Caffeine withdrawal headaches usually kick in on day two – but are gone by day four. Eating out is next to impossible, but after overspending in December, most people are paying off credit cards in January and meals out are rare. Giving up my beloved cake and wine is a nightmare. But it’s only for twenty eight days.

So you are probably all wondering why I put myself through this every year and there are plenty of reasons. I feel fat and tired and miserable after the festive season. Cutting out processed foods improves the condition of my hair, skin and nails. It reduces cellulite (I SWEAR! Even only after 28 days!). It helps me sleep better and it generally makes me feel energised and alive. It also helps me shift a decent amount of weight (over the last six years I have averaged a 10lb loss over the four weeks).

My friends always ask what I can eat when I appear to be giving up so much. The truth is my diet varies so much more when I am detoxing than during the rest of the year. I eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses. Wheat free bread and pasta, crispbreads, brown rice. I drink fresh juices, herbal teas and lots and lots of water. The best thing is I pretty much graze all day long so I never go hungry.

Today, for the first time this year, I realised how much I am looking forward to the first of January and starting my 2011 detox. I intend to blog about it and although I realise this isn’t strictly Mummy related I thought a few of you might be interested in joining me this time round. On that basis I am going to be posting some detox friendly recipes, generally updating you all on my progress and hopefully hearing about how you're getting on too. If anyone wants anymore info then please leave a comment on here or email me at katyearley17 at gmail dot com xx

DISCLAIMER: You should speak to your doctor before starting any diet or detox. This detox is definitely not suitable for pregnant women. Please note I am not a health professional or a nutritionist!


  1. oh Detoxing is the best!! Have you heard of the Raw Food diet? You basically eat everything raw and unprocessed (and that is edible of course, so no potatoes or meat for example), just lots of veg, pulses (soaked), fruit and nuts. Yes indeed your skin and heair and mood will improve!

    I was in no meat no dairy before Zach; a year on, only now I can manage to go dairy free and very soon meat free again (and no more spotty skin, yes!) :) Check out: http://www.detoxyourworld.com/ for mouthwatering raw recipes, including raw chocolate! which is totally good for you and full of antioxidants! :D xxx

  2. I always feel better when I go Wheat & Dairy free (think I might be a bit intollerant) - So I'm well up for joining you!

    Just think what stunners we'll be in February!!!


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