I receive a lot of questions about what I eat in a typical day and with my 2-year Veganniversary coming up in just a few short days, it seems like the perfect time to spill the beans.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe I once guzzled Diet Coke, ate Starburst lollies for breakfast and inhaled vast amounts of cheese. I’ve shared my story about my time in diet hell and I really have veganism to thank for turning all that around for me.
I wouldn’t say I was a super healthy little vegan during the first year, but enrolling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition at the start of this year changed my diet again. We’re encouraged to experiment on ourselves and really listen to our bodies, and it’s largely because of this that I no longer eat gluten or refined sugar.
But do I ever eat potato chips, the occasional vegan soft serve ice-cream from Loving Hut, gluten-free cupcakes baked by my beautiful Mum, or drink wine?
Of course! Every now and again I’ll deviate from my normal healthy eating habits but those times become more and more infrequent because I don’t like the way I feel afterwards. And when healthy food tastes so amazing, I know I’m not missing out.
I rise and shine with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice, and then a glass of freshly squeezed juice – usually one of these:
Carrot, Orange, Lemon & Ginger Juice
Pineapple & Mint Green Juice
ABC Sparkle Juice
On the weekends I’ll usually mix it up and treat myself to a smoothie instead of a juice – like one of these babies:
Banana Bread Smoothie
Mint Choc Chip Smoothie
Choc Hazelnut ‘Nutella’ Smoothie
Wild Berry Fool Smoothie
Key Lime Pie Smoothie
If I’m hungry between meals, I’ll usually snack on:
A handful of raw nuts
Carrot sticks with hummus
Apple or Jaffa ‘Cupcakes’
A couple of spoonfuls of home-made Muesli
Plus several cups of herbal tea per day and lots of filtered water.
Lunch is almost always a large salad with lots of leafy greens, avocado and fresh, crunchy salad vegetables. Sometimes I’ll throw in some quinoa, cooked brown rice, fresh mint or parsley, sesame seeds, or raw nuts or seeds, and I’ll usually dress it with splashes of apple cider vinegar, tamari, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil.
If I have a little extra time I’ll whip up one of these salads:
Thai Noodle Salad
Asian Tempeh Salad
Spicy Taco Salad
I love a good stir-fry with lots of green vegetables, tempeh and cashews cooked in splashes of tamari, chilli, garlic and ginger, and eat it for dinner at least once a week.
Other nights (especially lately while the weather’s been so chilly) I’ll have something more substantial like:
Sweet Potato Bruschetta
Eggplant Chana Masala
Beet & Basil Risotto>
Thai Red Curry
I may not eat refined sugar anymore and my taste buds have changed a lot but I still have a sweet tooth. Luckily there are raw desserts to the rescue!
Just like with my sweet smoothies, I try to limit desserts to just a few days per week but when I do indulge, these bad boys really hit the spot:
Choc Mint Slice with Choc Ganache
Raw Choc Mint Mousse
DIY Raw Chocolate
1 Ingredient Banana Ice-Cream
Remember, beautiful, if you’re looking to improve your diet, above all be kind to yourself and congratulate yourself for even the smallest changes. Making lasting lifestyle changes takes time and it’s extremely difficult to transition from an average diet to 100% organic, clean food in just one month or so. Having realistic short-term goals rather than ideals based on perfectionism or fantasy will help you to progress with enthusiasm and avoid being overwhelmed.
Keep it interesting, keep it fun, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey. Your life will be so much richer for it. xx