Week 16- Detox-ish!

Not such a good girl....

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Caffeine. Sugar. Alcohol. A potent mix of stimulants with a variety of consequences. I, like a lot of people, have days where I feel pretty much in control of any form of consumption, and others when a Kitkat and coffee is the ONLY way I am going to keep going (generally around 4 o'clock in the afternoon). Added to this I am by nature a little contrary if I am told what I am NOT allowed to consume! I like being told what I can, but become quite petulant when told what I can't. So if anything this experiment was a gentle reminder that I can be an awkward so-and-so!

How did I negotiate this experiment - in a lazy, easy way. This is a stressful time for any teacher or parent: with the heady cocktail of exams on the horizon, I was not going to risk a massive headache from going cold turkey with coffee. So coffee stayed, in a form of moderation: three daily cups of instant, flavoured with hazelnut during the week, and one large cappuccino from my treasured local cafe at the weekend.

Sugar, in the form of obvious 'bad' sugars went - notably the daily Kitkat, but also the granola I might have as a treat for breakfast. I did find that this left me more clear headed and with a less 'heavy' feeling. I will carry on limiting this.

Alcohol is easy for me - I hardly drink anyway. After a reckless few years in my youth, I have learnt that I am better keeping this for lovely occasions, rather than getting into any form of daily habit.

So reflections on this experiment: I am pretty balanced in terms of my attitude to food and drink. If I binge it will be on oat cakes! As a vegetarian I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. My vices are probably dairy, in the form of yoghurts, and coffee - and in the grand scheme of things are these vices? So I didn't really feel I needed too much of a detox. It was useful to confront my panic at anyone taking my daily coffee away, but I am not going to change that habit. That weekly cappuccino in my wonderful local coffee house is a sensory and socialable treat. Would I like a zen-like lack of attachment to these earthly pleasures? I am not sure! I am such a 'good girl' in many ways I need to keep some of my rebellious habits!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


Go to the profile of Vanessa
almost 6 years ago
Fantastic balance - I think you've got it right!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Good for you! and yes sounds like a great balance. C x