strawberries al fresco‘Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants’.

Michael Pollan.

What can I say? I’m pretty impressionable, particularly when it comes to anything health-wise.

I want to feel and OK, look, my best and I’ve never felt this more since having kids because like all parents, we simply want to be strong and well for our kids, as much as ourselves.

Going sugar-free these last few weeks has been a bit of an epiphany for me, yes I never ate tonnes of the white stuff but curbing it and focusing on the pure forms of sugar: fruit, honey and maple syrup, and eating my mostly healthy Mediterranean diet has given me more energy and made me happier than before. So I thought why not take things to the next level, and over the last few days, I’ve started a little Deliciously Ella inspired vegan detox too.

Oh and the whole Beyonce vegan thing might have encouraged me a little too. I did tell you I was impressionable! Not sure the ‘I still eat meat’ while you’re selling your diet Bee was the right move but hey ho!

Today is day 3 as a vegan and I have to say, so far I feel flipping ah-mazing.

I did Carol Vorderman’s detox diet years (and years) ago and felt good with glowing skin, bright eyes and a bushy tail (aka big shiny hair) and getting back to plants and pulses is making my body happy so far.

I’m going to see how long this feels right and heck if it works well for me, I might just make the transition full time. Who knows!

I love Ella’s beautiful book and blog and can’t wait to hear her speak at BritMums Live this weekend (I’m honoured to be speaking at the festival about my career too), I love that she turned her health around with her clean diet, and I adore that going back to basics can improve body and mind.

raspberries

But what do you eat you cry?

I’ve adapted the way Ella eats to fit my own lifestyle and tastes, and as nuts are not my friend I don’t eat those, something that features a lot in her recipes.

So I’m eating lots of pulses: beans, chickpeas, lentils, hummus, gluten free bread and pasta, every fruit and vegetable under the sun (literally), sunflower spread, olive oil, coconut oil, oats and oat milk, cocoa, corn (fresh popping corn), quinoa, sweet potatoes and brown rice and rice flour, products and Pinterest is definitely my friend (make that my best friend) and I’ve even started a Deliciously Vegan board if you fancy following it.

I have felt a little more hungry than usual these last few days, but I think it’s because I need to eat up my portion size as plants are not that calorie dense, but I’m loving experimenting with veggie curries, homemade hummus and lots of soups.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing non-vegan dishes over on Tasty Tuesdays for my meat lovers and the kids and husband are still eating their usual diet with a few more veggie dishes thrown in.

…Who know where this journey will take me, I’m reading up on the benefits of veganism online, of which there are so many, it prevents cancer, diabetes, obesity, is amazing for skin, hair and nails and energy levels and of course is kind to animals.

One thing I’ll be stocking up on is Vitamin B12 though, something vegans need to add to their diet as low levels can be dangerous.

So far, I’ve felt more energised than EVER before, it did take me a while to sleep last night, but I think it’s due to feeling so flipping invigorated, and one thing I’ve noticed over the weekend is this wave of serenity that’s taken over me.

It’s amazing what a tonne of plants can do for a girl.

Tonight I have a date with OINTB on Netflix and a bowl of quinoa and roasted veg.

Who’s fancy joining me?

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26 Responses

  1. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    Great to see this is working so well for you, Vicki. As you know from when we met at BritMums, I am a huge Ella fan. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 12, eat about an 80% vegan diet, and I cut out refined sugar four months ago. A lot of the things Ella makes are similar to how I have been eating for a long time – but it’s great to see her (and you!) bringing it into the main stream. x
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    • honestmum

      That’s great to hear, Ella is the vegan star but I really wanted to share how it’s made me feel, you sound like you have a great diet x

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  2. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Honey whatever you are doing it is working – you looked a-mazing at BritmumsLive this weekend! Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy
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  3. Mother Mands

    I couldn’t go completely vegan or vegetarian for that matter, but I do love a lot of vegan recipes and try to have more veg based meals every week. We always do meat free monday and my other half still hasn’t noticed I’ve started sneaking a couple more meatfree meals in there too! 😀
    I’ve tried a few raw desserts in the past which have been absolutely delicious, really fresh and good for you but have managed to taste so rich and indulgent too!

    I’d definitely recommend everyone add vegan recipes/meals to their diet as some are fantastic ones out there. Variety is the spice of life and all real food cooked with a bit of love from scratch has got to be better than the processed muck lining super market shelves! 😉 X
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    • honestmum

      Those desserts sound wonderful and yes the more veggies in our diets, the better huh, I am feeling so good xx

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  4. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    I do sometimes toy with the idea of going vegan or partly vegan. But one whiff of a bacon sarnie and I’ve forgotten all about it! Your 3 day detox sounds good though. Maybe I just need to incorporate more meat and dairy free days rather than going the whole hog (no pun intended!!!)

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    • honestmum

      Haha it’s a bit longer than 3 days chick, just rolling with it and seeing how I go, you made me laugh about the bacon (and pun), I think even having more vegan dishes in your diet is a good idea, I know that’s what my husband is doing x

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  5. Alison

    I don’t think I could go vegan but I do need to start including more pulses in my diet. They are so versatile. Look forward to hearing how you get on
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Alison, not sure I will but enjoying the detox and will see, really loving having more pulses and veggies in my diet x

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  6. Random Musings

    I could never go vegan myself, but it sounds like you’re having fun with it 🙂 #sharethejoy
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  7. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Wow good for you, sounds like you are making some great positive changes and I’m glad to hear it is going so well for you! Xx
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  8. Megan - Truly Madly Kids

    Inspiring stuff! I am a part time vegetarian – don’t eat meat in the week. I find it hard occasionally as I revert to cheese and eggs for meals.

    I am now tucking into strawberries on the strength of this post!
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    • honestmum

      Yay, strawberries are good and I love that you are veggie through the week, sounds like a great balance-def check out Ella’s blog for foodie inspiration too xx

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  9. Emma - Me, The Man & The Kids

    I have been attempting ‘clean eating’ for the last couple of weeks, my main reason being is taking I cannot stand the bloating and stomach aches any more and I am hoping that the acne that has plagued me for the last 10 years will vanish. The husband said I had a glow to me so it must be working 😀 Looking forward to following your detox posts!! 🙂 X x

    PS also looking forward to seeing you at the weekend xxx
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    • honestmum

      Yay can’t wait to see you at BML! So glad to hear clean eating is helping you, I really can’t believe so energised I feel, see you soon gorgeous xx

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  10. Sophie Lovett

    Definitely curious to hear how you manage whilst avoiding nuts – my allergy is always what puts me off the whole vegan thing as they seem to be pretty ubiquitous! It sounds like you’re finding lots of other options to keep things interesting though 🙂 xx
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    • honestmum

      So far so good Sophie, and I honestly feel so relaxed and serene, hard to fully explain, it’s as if this is how I’m meant to eat and I’ve only just discovered it! Will see how things progress but I’m feeling really happy x

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  11. Mandy

    I love the Deliciously Ella book too! I’ve been veggie for years but definitely eat too much cheese. Not sure I could give it up completely but I’ve been meaning to cut down. Maybe I’ll join you on this detox!
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  12. Lins @Boo & Maddie

    I recently bought her book and the first recipe I made was the sweet potato brownies which were delicious. I think like you say any little changes that we can all make to bring good things into our eating habits can only be beneficial and it’s wonderful how far vegan and vegetarian diets have come in the past couple of decades. It was all so bland back in the 80s… 🙂 Good luck with your detox X
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  13. Lucy Bishop

    Ooh exciting! I’m a complete Deliciously Ella nut – and I cannot wait to hear her on Friday too – I too have blogged about her book and recipes – so far I’ve tried the veg curry, the bean chilli (which is IMMENSE), the almond butter, chia & nut balls, sweet potato brownies, and chocolate/hazelnut spread – all of which have been so so good! A cleaner diet definitely makes me feel really good, and although I know I could never eat a vegan diet full time, I think the principals and her methods are fab – talk about make vegan food exciting! Cant wait to hear how you get on my darling – and will be great to catch up over the weekend! xxxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh wow well done you, will have to check out your posts, her dishes are so inspiring aren’t they. I don’t feel deprived at all and really feel so good. Excited to see how things develop and either way, more plants and wholesome food can only be a good thing. Excited to see you soon too, not long now! Whoop, whoop xx

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