My fabulous friend, blogger Hannah of Mums Days recently spoilt me with lots of gorgeous gifts for my birthday (she’s a good un’ that lady), one being the utterly brilliant and quite frankly, life-changing Eat Pretty written by former beauty editor Jolene Hart.
Since reading it, I’ve quit chicken and am eating, well, absolutely everything to make me feel (and hopefully) look my best.
Not just a vanity project, although who doesn’t want to look healthy, well and full of vitality, I was brought up knowing the value of eating whole foods, natural, seasonal and as fresh as they come, mostly thanks to my Greek background and award winning restaurateur parents.
My husband is a pescetarian so that combined with reading widely on diets that can help with PCOS, something I suffer with, and a family history of diabetes, I felt it was time to get smarter about what I ate. (Fear not, I will still be sharing meat recipes though over on my Tasty Tuesdays feature here!)
…Mostly a health nut-oh the irony that I can’t actually eat nuts (!) I now limit dairy to a little goat’s milk, sticking to coconut milk mostly and I haven’t eaten wheat for months.
Pre breakfast, I start my day with a little fresh lemon in boiling water to alkaline the acid in my tummy and get me feeling great and I’ve been making green juices with spinach, celery, fresh lemon, apples and half a banana to enjoy after. I always add whole vegetables and fruits (so fibre isn’t lost) and have been using one of these Vitality 4 Life’s juicers. Next up, whole oat porridge (gluten free) with a little manuka honey topped with seeds!
King-style eating for breakfast is happening in this house!
…My diet now generally consists of lots of fish, shellfish, gluten free flour, pulses, beans, fresh fruit, oats and tonnes of vegetables drizzled in good fats, olive and avocado oil, olives and lots of avocado. I adore chickpeas and my Mum makes a mean curry with them and lentil soup along with lots of seasonal vegetable soups are the perfect go-to meal at lunch.
I’ve had the odd bit of organic chicken here and there but decided to bid that goodbye recently, mostly to make life easier with meals with my husband as well as the myriad of health benefits of sticking to mostly fish for protein. My kids still do eat chicken and red meat though.
Snacks are homemade, tasty cocoa infused biscuits or squares of dark chocolate (a super food I’ll have you know) and I’m obsessed with these delicious coconut dairy free drinks by Rebel Kitchen, sent to me to review recently.
Brimming with coconut, water, dates, cocoa and bananas in a myriad of natural flavours, I am addicted and will be ordering some more soon!
I use honey as it’s full of medicinal properties and opt for Stevia over sugar.
I’ve adopted most of this for my kids too, limiting wheat and some dairy which is really helping their intolerances and we have never felt, slept or even perhaps, looked better.
Beauty wise-my nails are stronger, my already huge hair is impossibly thicker (Childs Farm hair detangler (not just for kids) is helping too as is Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir) and my skin is clearer than ever.
I’m steering clear of alcohol, not that I’m a big drinker anyway and will try my best to keep up the good work over the festive season because this feeling is addictive, this wholesome happy-making way of eating rocks and I don’t want to lose this feeling!
Have you found a way of eating that works for you?