So for those that avidly read this blog (thank you my Big Fat Greek Family), you’ll know that I’ve followed a low-carb (sometimes no-carb when super strict) diet for a while to help get me back to my pre-‘babies’ body and it’s worked, really well in fact and quickly (a matter of months)… as to be honest having PCOS means my body dislikes sugar anyway and white carbs (thanks insulin resistance) and I have to work REALLY HARD to lose weight although let’s face facts, white carbs are NO GOOD for anyone…

Anyway, this way of eating worked well for the time I followed it but the last few weeks have seen me BORED, bored, bored I tell you…

… You see post-Cannes (hello yummy wholegrain carbs with most meals) I’ve realised that I was being too tough on myself, that my body is fine with whole-grains, whole foods and good fats (the way of eating I always ate pre-kids), it’s just about balance. You know, eating well and exercising, what I knew all along.

(Reading Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book (although a little repetitive) and I Quit Sugar for Life by Sarah Wilson reaffirmed all this too!)

Yes being strict on myself helped me lose weight but I wonder if the same would have happened anyway with a low-GI way of eating/ the Mediterranean diet (the one my ancestors invented-clever that). I’m sure it would have done, it did after my first child after all…

Let me be clear, what I have achieved in the last few weeks is not a diet per se (I’ve always been anti-calorie counting) as who can live like that plus calories in don’t equal calories out, they change when consumed so it’s a flawed system), I’m simply viewing tasty and seasonal food as the beautiful, nourishing, fuelling thing that it is.

We must re-learn the true value of food and enjoy it.

Carbs are firmly back in my life now-slow releasing whole foods including bread, sweet potatoes, brown and basmati rice, lentils, beans along with protein in every meal to keep my blood sugar balanced and my tummy full, tonnes of fruit and veg and treats every so often. Hello to treats to not deny yourself too! Not just to maintain my weight but to feel healthy body and mind.

Oh and yoga, and lots of it, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and I must thank you to my good mates and bloggers Deborah of Metropolitan Mum and Zaz of Mama and More for inspiring me to get back on my mat, it has CHANGED my life!

I’m calmer than I ever was and my body has literally transformed in a matter of weeks to be sleeker, more toned and sexier (love yourself sisters) than frankly any diet or even marathon gym sessions ever did. The DVD I use at home is called The 10 Minute Solution-Yoga and was £4.99 in HMV. You can read my other post on it in more detail here

Yoga loves me (along with its close friend swimming) and it will love you too; it’s the only exercise that has ever made me feel truly content. It’s on-going, there are of course parts of my body I want to keep working on such as my arms, tummy etc but I’m happy with my UK size 10 figure and I’m in it for life when it comes to the downward dog now, my friends!

That’s not to say I don’t run either, my running buddy and son Oliver (4) and I hit the park most evenings pre-bedtime for a short run (he always beats me)-love that he says his ‘Spiderman trainers are just so good at running Mummy’ and both my kids are little yoga-converts…but more than that, it’s so flipping lovely to eat the same food together as a family and not restrict myself…hello Friday night fish and chips!

Because life is too short and food is for the taking, to be enjoyed and cherished and I let me tell you, I feel great inside and out!

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33 Responses

  1. Babes about Town

    You look fantastic and so do Zaz and Deborah so it must be working! It’s something I’ve always planned to try as so many people rave about it, so this is good inspiration. And some day I will get all of you into hoola hooping — I’m getting back into it and it’s FUN and super addictive, plus serious calorie burner when you get into it properly xoxo

  2. Mama and More aka Zaz

    I love love love that top picture V, you are beautiful, glowing and full of energy and joy. Finding the things that work for you and create space and lightness in your body – from what you eat to how you move and give back to your body – is so individual and unique, and you have clearly found what works for you! You know me about yoga, so I don’t need to go on about it (apart from wishing everyone was in on this wonderful secret – there is a yoga to suit every body and mind!), but so happy that this is something else we have in common! Xxxx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling Zaz for your lovely comment, so wise as always and yoga really is a gift that keeps on giving x

  3. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Totally agree! I feel better avoiding too much wheat and pasta, so I aim for lower-carb, but could never ever go totally no-carb! Balance is key. We are big sweet potato eaters in our house, and a favourite dish is cottage pie with sweet potato mash for the topping served with lots of greens- delicious! I run a bit, but REALLY need to get consistently practicing yoga again, as I am stiff as a board

    • honestmum

      Sounds perfect way to eat to me Becky! We made a similar sweet potato shepherds pie here. Yoga is amazing and the more you do, the more flexible you get x

  4. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Vicki, totally needless to say, but I’m going to say it anyway – you look fabulous. Your philosophy on food is right, and it works. Whole foods, everything in moderation and protein, protein, protein (plus good carbs). You might think I’m mad, but I recently gave up eating meat, on the back of an animal welfare issue. I didn’t eat much of it anyway, but did enjoy it properly – rare steak, chicken on the bone… I eat a lot of fish now, and I have noticed that the weight is steadily dropping off. I never say never, so I may well return to meat at some point. I MUST start yoga! x

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling for all your lovely comment and support, they always brighten up my day. Well done you. My husband is a pescatarian too and eats so well. You are so right, whole foods and lots of protein! Yoga is amazing, you must try it x

  5. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    WELL DONE Sweetie for sticking to your guns and getting to the point you want to be, where you truly feel like the sexy lady you are inside & out!
    …I am as ever loving your resolve & determination

  6. GiGi Eats

    As long as you feel absolutely phenomenal eating the way you’re currently eating- stick with it! 🙂 We’re all made differently, so what works for you may not work with someone else! So eat those slow-releasing carbs and LOVE EM!

  7. Emma's Pet Portraits

    Yeah that video does sound good because a lot of yoga classes just go on forever and make me feel a tad claustrophobic. As for cutting out carbs I can never do it because I just do not want yogurt or eggs or whatever for breakfast, I want porridge or toast. Still you are lucky because you do not crave chocolate like moi. Still, a little bit of what you fancy does you good, I say!

  8. Tory Knowles

    This is so ridiculously true! So many if us strive to eat and live in a way we know is not sustainable and then reach and burn – for me that’s when the refined carb binge comes in. This is a lovely celebratory post about loving and nourishing your body. Oh and you look great too!

  9. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Vicki, all I can say is ‘woooo’!!! You look seriously gorgeous darling (although in my opinion you have always been a stunner). I adore that top pic of you, for me it captures your vibrancy, beauty and vivacious personality so perfectly. I think it’s my favourite pic of you to date.

    So pleased you have found a healthier, happier way to find a balance and thank you so much for the mention and link. It’s true though isn’t it, diets don’t work, not really. (They’re bloody horrid and tough too!)

    Haven’t had a go at yoga for ages (I’m in to ballet currently which I adore) but you’ve inspired me. Recently I’ve felt like I need to become more centred so this could do me the world of good.

    Gorgeous post. Gorgeous you x

    • honestmum

      Thanks beautiful lady and that post stayed with me so thank you for writing it. Ballet sounds amazing, loved it as a young girl so will have to look into that. I am seriously addicted to yoga, feeling so much calmer and it’s an exercise that feels a joy x

  10. mummytries

    Fabulously uplifting post hon! I love the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs, their Target Toning vid helped get my fitness back after bubs one and two, and if I could just allocate half an hour three times a week for it now I’d be happy 🙂 You look awesome in that dress, I can feel the positive vibes coming through my tablet xxx

    • honestmum

      Oh so pleased @mummytries and wow must look out for those Target Toning DVD’s. I’ve got the Pilates one too so must try that, what a great idea and love the almost reverse psychology, you can do 10 minutes but I always do 20 minimum and usually 40 x

  11. Notmyyearoff

    definitely about balance and something I need more of. I am a lover of white carbs but am trying to substitute certain things now and do a lot more excercise. You look awesome and that dress is really lovely x

  12. Ebabee

    You are glowing girl! I so agree with the whole carb thing – I try and avoid most white carbs as they do nothing for anybody. And once in a while, indulgence is a must. Keep glowing xxx

  13. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    I am so glad I have missread the title, as was worried you are following the no carbs diet. I can only agree. It does work, if you follow no carbs diet, but means not enjoying lots of food I love. I used to do it for mnay years when living in sunny Syndey, but could not follow after having kids. I can only agree, that it’s all about balance. Why not ot eat what you like, but then go for a run? That’s what I do, and as you know I love running marathons, and honestly without eating carbds cannot imagine! Now you need to get me into yoga. I love “sweating” types of exercises, but have realsied I need to slow down, and this sounds like the right thing to do. have always thought that lieng on a yoga mat is not an exercise…sorry, but would love to check it out!

    • honestmum

      @Mirka thanks darling on both comments, think you will love the DVD, I’m addicted. There’s an aerobic 10 minute section too so you’ll sweat as well. Really glad to be eating ‘normally’ and well again x

  14. LinsDCB

    You look amazing Vicki and what you say it so true, everyone’s requirements are so different. I also agree with being able to enjoy what you want to, amen to fish and chips! X


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