I have had a busy week and to be honest just didnt feel like writing.
Ive taken photos of some of the meals ive made. I have had a big shift 4 days ago, my body decided to let go and it felt good.
Turn away if your squemish……
I have been having the best poops ever. The ones when it feels like you have thoroughly been. My skin is feeling softer and I had more energy until ive hit a slump today. I have had a few emotional days with old stuff coming up to heal right back to my teenage years.
On Thursday I attended a great ecstatic dance class it was beautiful, I got to dance shake and play until my body was wet with sweat it was just what I needed.
Food…. ive been having smoothie bowls or overnight oats for breakfast. Fruit and a few naked bars for snacks, smoothies with kombucha and clean water. Im adding more raw foods to my evening meals.
Ive just had a cooked brunch of courgette, onion, beans, vege sausage and I made some butter bean scotch cakes and kimchi on the side.
- 1 can butter beans
- 3 tbs milled linseed (soaked for 15)
- Gf flour
- mash the butter beans
- Add into the soaked linseed
- Add third cup water
- Add salt & pepper to taste
- Add flour until firmer consistency
- Make into patties
- Fry in olive or coconut oil until firm
For tonight ive prepared raw pesto courgette with salad, onion, basil and kimchi. (Pic below)
Some meals from the week:
Porridge soaked with linseeds, hemp, cacao, blueberries and maca.
Salad with tbs vegan cheese mixed with vegan salad cream and topped with fried onions, walnuts and flaked almonds.
Smoothie bowl with nut milk, peanut butter, banana, maca, linseeds, hemp and topped with chopped nuts.
Similar to above with cherries, cinnamon and ginger.
Cheers! Kombucha 💜
Last night my eldest Grandson Archie stayed over night. On the way home I asked him what he plans to do with his weekend he, said erm…. Play, Colouring in and have a roast dinner 😁 he surely is a chip off the block!
Maybe you’ve guessed it already… Today I decided its play day. I love to colour and have plenty of pens, pencils and colouring books. So thats what we did, we played, coloured in and went to the park. We laughed so much, I love our time together its so precious.
Breakfast today I kept with the play theme and created a raw gluten vegan free muesli in a jelly mould because I can 😛
I took lots of pics and have created my first video recipe so please be kind if you watch it. I enjoyed playing and creating with the camera and video settings. I will upload to my youtube channel but its locked me out at the moment.
The muesli was scrummy!!! I had it at 9am and again at 1pm with water, chaga and green tea. I then went to hang out with a friend for a bit I had an almond milk chai and on the way home I drove past Little Tofu a Vegan friendly chinese takeaway I decided to have one, I got vegetable rice and crispy chilli tofu. I came home, got comfy and enjoyed it. It wasnt the soup that I was planning on having but hey ho on the grand scale its pretty healthy, made with love and that’s the beauty of a longer cleanse it is about being flexible and gradually sinking in deeper to the cleanse.
Tomorow will be a flexible day as I am out all day. I am going to make a few green smoothies to take with me.
Monday I will start juicing as well as smoothies. I am feeling the benefits already, I have more clarity of thought and generally better all round.
Ive taken measurements of my bust, waist and hips today before the chinese 😁
Happy New Moon Love Stella x
I woke up feeling good after my first day yesterday. Ive had a few moments of hunger pangs this morning I have kept busy and acknowledged the feelings and emotions associated. Ive wrote in my journal, practised Qigong and some yoga.
For breakfast Ive had chaga tea made with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cacao powder it was yummy and smelt very chocolaty and a few glasses of water.
My smoothie today is Sexy Cherry 💜
Soak for 15 mins
- 2 desert spoons of milled linseed
- 1 desert spoon of psyllium husk
In your blender add:
- 2 cup rice milk
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 banana
- Half tsp hemp
- Half tsp spirulina
- Half tsp maca powder
- Half tsp wheatgrass
- Half tsp barleygrass
- Half cup kombucha
Whizz up and enjoy 😁
This made enough to fill one large voss bottle. Im drinking it now at 2.18pm
So tonight’s dinner didnt go to plan as I was out at My Daughters house. I had a can of split pea soup with rice at 5pm then back at home courtesy of my Daughter Charlotte 💜 baked sweet potato with some hummus, broccoli and kale at 8pm.
10pm I am having some fresh pineapple with half a coyo yoghurt. I love coyo 💜
Ive eaten more food today than yesterday its all good though this is about being flexible and listening to my body.
Stella 💜 xx
Ok! So firstly to all the grammar police you may wish to find another post to read 😁
I allowed my dyslexia and fear of the grammar police to stop me sharing for far too long. Five plus years ago I thought fuck it! Im entilted to share my story as much as anyone and so this blog began alongside my Vegan journey.
Alot has happened in my life since then, more about that another day.
I am a qualified holistic nutritionist with over 18 years experience. Since learning the Taoist Yin Yang Philosophies of health alongside my Tai Chi and Qigong practice for the last 14 years its changed how I view nutrition and health as some of you reading who have been to my talks or workshops will know.
When I give my beautiful body a big cleanse I start out gently cleansing my colon for as long as it takes. I listen to my body for when to transition into the deeper phases and I build up to juice only fasting then water fasting. This is the same process I use for my clients its about listening to your body and working with it not forcing it harshly.
Today, Day One I have only had water and a barley cup (coffee alternative) its 13.30pm.
The kick off green smoothie!
Makes 3 wine glasses worth, I like using wine glasses for my smoothies sometimes.
- 2 tsp ground linseed
- 2 tsp ground hemp
- 2 tsp psyllium husk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
Place the above in your blender, I have a vitamix now however when I started out I only had a cheap one. Leave to soak in some apple juice for 15 mins.
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 cup apple juice
- Few apricot kernals
- Half tsp spirulina powder
- Half tsp wheatgrass powder
- Half tsp barleygrass powder
- 1 tsp baobab powder
- Half tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cacao powder
Whizz up and Enjoy 💜
Or check out Goddess Smoothie and add linseeds/psyllium if you have it.
This is filling and delicious, it will help to gently ease your body into cleansing mode. If you are carrying alot of toxins or have not cleansed before reduce the green powders and add extra spinach or kale. You can amend where necessary the important part is that it contains the linseeds and pysllium husk.
I am having this smoothie at 2pm then a light dinner of veg curry courtesy of my Daughter Yasmin 💜 made with lots of veg, coconut milk, madras curry powder and mango chutney ill have with quinoa tonight at 5pm and lots of distilled water, which im adding one drop of food grade juniper berry oil and warm chaga and mate tea.
I will have an epsom salt bath tonight, dry body brushing, massage my body with oils and practice Qi gong and some Yoga before bed.
I will keep you updated throughout my cleanse which will be a minimum of 28 days.
Chaga Tea made with mate, nettle, turmeric, 2 cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Yum!
Veg Curry and Quinoa round the fire in the garden to celebrate solstice 💜 9pm in the end. Bit late, I got carried away re-potting my plants 😁
Ive had a really enjoyable day despite the migraine the first half of day. Ive only had 3 glasses of kick off smoothie between 2/4pm, one solid meal at 9pm and lots of water and 3 chaga teas.
Tomorow I will pretty much repeat and add in some cardio excercise, maybe a bike ride.
Good morning! Today is day 5 of my cleanse and the end of my water fast. I haven’t eaten solid food since Wednesday lunch time and nothing since 8pm Thursday eve, that’s a 36 hour water fast. I feel slightly sick this morning and a bit light headed, was very hot in the night and woke a few times for a wee. I am looking forward to a smoothie this morning and a warm nut milk maybe, see how I feel. Today I will ease myself back in gently with only liquids until tonight when I will have a lovely salad with some avocado and a few nuts. Going to eat light and raw at the weekend and then back onto another cleanse on Monday morning for week two. Next weeks cleanse focuses on cleansing out the colon, I will increase my exercise next week to at least an hour a day of high intensity exercise. Next week I will really start to feel the benefits 🙂 A cleanse brings up emotional stuff we push down with food, I did have a few tears last night and a few moments of panic about certain areas of my life! This is quite normal when we are clearly out our shit (literally) I recognise these feelings from many cleanses before so I just went with it and allowed those feelings to surface, recognised them and allowed them to move on. The only constant in life is change! Go with the flow of life, the ups and the downs! I realised yesterday how we do not always appreciate our food as we should, I was watching people down the seafront gobble up food without enjoyment or gratitude! I would have savoured a grape yesterday! I do take time to enjoy my food mostly but I had fallen back into the trap of addiction. Food is more addictive than most drugs, food is a drug! We use it to cover up feelings, comfort us, make us fat so know one will notice us, make us thin so people will admire us, make us ill to sabotage ourselves. It really is so powerful. Unlike drugs and alcohol, if food is your drug you cannot avoid it! If your an alcoholic you can avoid the pub or the alcohol section of the supermarket. Food is essential to life, we have to eat so you cannot avoid it, food is shoved in our faces wherever we go. The mind is what we need to master not the food! Love yourself enough to nourish your temple not punish it! I’m off to make my smoothie now 🙂 have a good day x
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Day Three of my spring cleanse.
It’s been a good few days to be honest, I felt like I was overdue for a cleanse, my body is enjoying the feeling of lightness!
This cleanse is one of my own programme’s I’ve devised. This particular one ive used a few times before now and it works well. This time my eldest Daughter whom is 22 and my Partner Jamie have joined me.
I will give a quick rundown of the format of this cleanse.
This is a raw vegan cleanse, I will not eat cooked foods during this time. This cleanse is gentle yet very effective at cleansing the digestive tract and rejuvenating your cells with living foods containing live enzymes.
It’s a gentle start on Day One ease in with two smoothies, raw lunch, herbal tea, lemon water and various Qi gong exercises to stimulate the lymph system.
Day two Two juices, raw lunch, herbal tea (my own blend), minimum of 20 mins exercise enough to raise core temperature.
Day Three liquid only day, warm nut milk with carob, juices, smoothies, water. No tea, no solid food.
Day four 24 hour water fast
Day five ease out of water fast with juices, smoothie and a few herbal teas and two pieces of fruit.
This is a five day cleanse, however I may carry on for longer see how I feel Friday.
I started the day with freshly made Almond milk. (See recipe below)
I added a banana, a teaspoon of Spirulina, two teaspoons of maca powder, two teaspoons of Lucuma, 1teaspoon of cacao, 2 heaped teaspoons of hemp powder and 1 teaspoon of honey (organic, fair trade and certified)
I drank water during day
Salad at 6pm
With alfalfa I sprouted, hemp oil, half avocado, onion, pepper, watercress and kale.
Too make almond milk
1 cup of Almonds (grind with coffee grinder or vitamix)
2.5 or 3 cups of water (depends on strength you like)
Blend all together then strain with muslin bag or tights (preferably a new pair and defiantly not you’ve stolen from your Nan 😉
Will store in fridge for a few days.
Drink on its own, in hot drinks, cooking or smoothies its so versatile.
Happy birthday to me 🙂 today is my Dairy Free Birthday!
1 year today since I made the best decision of my life!
The best decision for my Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Self.
Never underestimate the power you have within, you can surprise yourself! believe me I have!
It all started with a post it note, yep that’s right a post it note 🙂 its amazing the power a post it note holds! An affirmation, a statement to your subconscious mind.
In this last year of becoming vegan I have experienced massive shifts and changes in my self and my life!
I have more energy than ever before, I have discovered you do not need to eat no where as much as we fool ourselves we need to.
I find the lighter more nutritious I eat the better I feel. The old Stella wouldn’t leave the house without a veggie snack, for fear of going hungry 🙂
The old Stella wouldn’t be able to have no solid food for a few days. I have been vegetarian for a large part of my life. This last phase which is here to stay has been 7 years. I struggled to eat meat as a youngster and to be honest it gave me some OCD type behaviours. I would struggle to swallow whilst eating which was really awful and embarrassing especially when at a friends house etc I used to start to think of the little lamb or the cow I had in my mouth and I couldn’t swallow, I also didn’t like the texture of meat. If I see a vein or bone I would make excuses not to eat the meal, I didn’t like the smell of meat either. Unfortunately for me and all children who are natural vegetarians I didn’t have a choice. My Parents didn’t have much money for food. My Dad grew his own vegetables in the garden which was a blessing. I learnt to enjoy homegrown vegetables and through helping my Mum and Dad in the garden I’ve grown up loving gardening and growing vegetables. I have and allotment, a poly tunnel and raised beds in the garden. I Love producing my own food from quality heritage seeds. I love nothing more than getting my hands in the soil and working with the seeds, witnessing new life emerging. It always brings me back to my roots of being human, it also symbolises changes in my own life. Growing your own food experiencing the cycles of nature, the cycle of birth and death.
I started experimenting with Raw Food 7 years ago after going on a Raw Food Tai Chi retreat in Assissi. I had never experienced eating purely fruit for a whole day then exercising and walking up mountains. It was pure bliss! I felt amazing 🙂 I underestimated the power of myself!
I have discovered how powerful our subconscious mind is! The little demon that sits on our shoulder nagging in our ear, the scared demon acting from fear. Whispering that your a failure, you cannot achieve, you should go back to your old ways. The key is manifesting a little Angel who sits in pure joy and comes from a place of love. She whispers to your subconscious mind how wonderful you are, she whispers to you, yes you can! she brings you back to a place of love <3
A year ago today I made the decision to go 100% Dairy free/ egg free/ vegan (whatever label you want to stick on it) alongside my Vegetarian diet.
I wrote a post it note with 1st April no dairy or eggs. That was it simple, I had slowly been transitioning over a couple of years to less and less dairy. I had become more and more uncomfortable about the way the animals are treated and the quality of what I was consuming. Realising that some animals never see daylight, that baby male chicks are thrown in bin bags live! Just so I can feed my desire for cheese, eggs, milk etc. I started to become more and more conscious of this, I researched information to clarify how animals were treated. I was quite angry at myself at one stage for not becoming Vegan years ago. I do appreciate some dairy farmers treat the animals with care and respect. Even so I now would not eat or drink dairy produce as I know it’s not good for my health.
Since becoming dairy/egg free and introducing a high raw diet my health and vitality has improved immensely. I have been healthy for 15 years since I moved away from the pharmecutical drugs but that’s another story for another day. Its amazing how you think your healthy, then you make changes and you realise you was not as healthy as you thought.
I have lost two stone in weight with no effort at all, it was a great side effect.
Below is a before and after picture.
Men you can switch off for the next bit if you like 🙂
My periods are now not a problem at all 🙂 after suffering for 28 years and I mean suffering! Sometimes having days off school/work, dreading my period arriving each month. Sleepless nights in agony, days spent with hot water bottles, taking pills from the doctor (when I was younger) oh I’ve tried it all. I actually hated my period it was not unusual to hear me say ” I wish I was a Man”
Since going dairy/egg free and high raw foods they have been virtually pain free. This happened within a month, I now occasionally get a small griping pain and that’s it! I now embrace my periods, I no longer dread them arriving each month. I forget I’m on my period. I am thankful for having them and being a woman. For those of you that suffer every month I know you will understand exactly where I’m coming from and I’m sure that includes men who suffer 😉
I have since had emails from people sharing that their periods became pain free after going vegan so I know I’m not alone.
I have so much more energy now than ever before, my skin is clearer, my eyes brighter and my waist 4inches smaller which is a bonus.
My girls who are 21 and 18 have been a great support to me especially now I no longer buy or have any meat foods in the house. My Grandson who is 2 particularly love fruits dried in the dehydrator. Everyone supported me at christmas joining in on a nut roast Christmas Day which everyone loved. My sister Heidi made me a lovely vegan pizza recently. My friends are all very supportive meeting me in coffee shops or at the Railway Hotel Pub that serve vegetarian/vegan options I feel blessed to have the backing and support of my family and friends.
Bring on the next year