The first few days after I committed to healing my body and mind were, quite frankly, very annoying.
Caffein withdrawal is not fun, and neither is not knowing what to eat on this new kind of diet. Of course I knew where to look for healthy plant-based recipes and I’m pretty good at coming up with them myself – I run this blog after all.
But to have any kind of clue what to eat over the course of an entire day? Nada. It’s silly really because I’ve done this before.
I’ve been vegetarian or vegan for a large part of my life and for a long time I ate a very holistic and wholesome diet (which is what I’m heading back to).
But somehow having babies messes with my memory, so I felt a little lost after my third meal in a row consisted of oatmeal in some form.
I’m passionate about inspiring you to make this change with me ❤️ So I thought I’d do a little What I Eat in a Day post to show how
much delicious and abundant I eat now that I’ve gotten back into my groove!
I know getting bored by your food or not knowing what to cook can be one of the first reasons you don’t keep pursuing your wellness, I hope my posts and recipes will help you with that already.
But if you’ve been wondering about a concrete example, I’ll show you what I eat as a newly reformed hippie soul.
Just a disclaimer: This is not to show you what exactly you should be eating or what amounts you should be eating. It’s to inspire you to eat a large variety of plant foods. To realise your wellbeing is worth the time spent in the kitchen – even if it’s for you only. And to listen to your body in every aspect of your life.
Also, I’m 5ft 11 and I’m nursing a 14 month old. I eat a lot 🤷🏻♀️
Also also, I just grabbed screenshots from the IG story I did on this, so no fancy pics. Entire story at the bottom if you want it with sound and movement.
/stern voice over
What I Eat in a Day:
Every morning I drink a large mug of warm water with lemon juice.
I have started researching this a little bit and it seems to come from Ayurveda. It does so many good things for me: Helps my digestion (a lot!), warms me up in the morning (getting out of bed in winter is the literal worst) and makes me feel really calm and comfortable.
Before I would thirst for coffee and barely be able to talk until the caffein hit. I was expecting to be a lot more tired without coffee, but I’m actually not at all. I have so much more energy! Crazy, right?
This warm water and lemon juice thing first thing in the morning is a great natural pick me up for an extra wake-up boost.
I’m going to start experimenting with adding ginger and turmeric. Wish me luck!
I like starting my days with a warm breakfast, so I mostly eat some form of porridge. I do always switch up my grain so I get a rotation of nutrients.
Yesterday I made porridge with an organic gluten-free multigrain hot cereal.
I always have fun with the toppings. Nut butter, maple syrup and some seeds are always there in some form. Yesterday I really needed to finish a pomegranate, so you’ll see that a lot all day long.
I always need a snack in between meals, and depending on the day and how active I was I also need a bedtime snack.
I felt like eating something sweet and crunchy, so I dug into my jar of my homemade granola.
I made this batch with gingerbread spice and molasses because #festive.
You know, it’s actually funny that I made a grain bowl for lunch to show as an example for what I eat, because my husband Brani keeps complaining that I make too many of them.
According to him, there should be more things you can do with plants than putting them into a bowl.
What can I say? I love them. Of course I also make other things, but I really do eat grain bowls quite often during the week.
Yesterday I roasted plenty of veggies, cooked some quinoa and sautéed some palm kale. Then I doused it all in lemon tahini sauce. So good!
The 14 month old loved it. The 3 year old? Apparently not yesterday. You better believe she ate a pound of Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes by herself just last week. Sigh.
After a chilly 45 minute walk with the kiddos, I was so tired and hungry.
We had some tea to warm up and then gorged ourselves on plenty of vitamins from this beautiful fresh fruit.
A+ for the “princess kiwi”, as noted by mini-me.
In full disclosure, I don’t usually make our fruit platters look pretty, but I did it this time just for you <3
And there you thought I’d eat three fancy meals every day.
Avocado toast and lunch leftovers for dinner!
I like quick and easy meals just as much as the next person, especially because I already spend so much time in the kitchen for my job (this blog!! OMGosh, can you believe it?? I’m still gobsmacked).
And then this happened… Ha!
(If you’re freaking out about the honey BUT THAT’S NOT VEGAN, I’m not vegan. I recently switched to a very plant-heavy diet and currently don’t feel like eating dairy, meat or eggs. But I do not believe in self-imposed restrictions, I believe in listening to your body and how it reacts to food. Also, I come from a family of small scale bee-keepers and never purchase commercial honey. Bye, soap-box.)
Not pictured because lazy, but I just grabbed another handful of granola. It was there, it wanted to be eaten 😉
And there you have it!
That’s what I eat over the course of a typical day. Here it is with fancy sounds and movements and
loud cute baby babbles in the background (I think the story downloading doesn’t always work so well with the sound, so it’s not the most synchronous, boo 🙁 )
Only now that I’m writing this down for you I’m realising that I didn’t have a single juice or smoothie. Usually I have either a green juice or smoothie every day, but I was at the dentist on Monday and my teeth were still pretty sensitive to cool drinks, so I made a double batch of green smoothie to drink this morning – recipe coming sometime soon!
I truly hope this inspires you to see how colourful, varied and abundant a healthy plant-based diet can be. And how simple!
I didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen all day.
Most of the meals are portable to take to work (yes, you can make a double batch of everything for the grain bowl and then have your meal prep lunch ready the next day!) – and you can always keep some roasted nuts, an apple or some energy bites in your handbag for a quick snack.
So that’s it – this newly reformed hippie’s mission to make a plant-heavy diet less annoying, one meal at a time.
And it’s also my mission to stay in touch with you gorgeous lady, so better click here now so we can become eMail buddies ♡