How It Started

Kids are so dumb.

There, I said it, it’s out there. Mine especially.

I know that’s not a very nice thing to say, but I’m just being honest and I’m sure they’ll never get round to reading this – they’re too busy watching videos of PewDiePie and getting lost in Minecraft.

gadeningThe reason why I’m bringing to attention the dumbness of kids is that I recently shifted them on to a completely vegan and they’ve not even noticed.

As a single Mother, there’s enormous pressure for me to do right by my kids. I want to prove to the world that I can be a great Mum and an independent business woman at the same time. There’s a great deal of responsibility on my shoulders, both to set a good example to my children, discipline them and provide them with the love and care that all kids need from their Mothers.

A year or so ago I was recently divorced, struggling with my weight and running down my life savings as if there was no tomorrow.

Having moved to the country, away from my home town of Manchester, I was hoping to make a clean start with my two boys in Herefordshire. Moving away from the city had been tough on them, they’d had to leave their closest friends behind and start over in a new school where they would feel automatically out of place with their Mancunian accents.

herefordshireWaiting on the divorce with my ex-husband to go through, we were living pay-check to pay-check – the boys didn’t get the right uniform until they were halfway through their first term.

With all of us a little down in the dumps and feeling sorry for ourselves, this would’ve been a good time for us to indulge in some comfort food.

But, with my self-esteem at an all time low, I knew that putting on another stone would be the nail in my, already sizeable, coffin.

boys-eatingThankfully, I had the inspiration of the internet on my side. A friend, listening to my worries and fears over the phone, told to me eat better food. If she wasn’t such an old pal, who knows me better than I know myself, I would have told her to ‘take a walk’. Of course, I was halfway through a Mars bar when we were having this conversation and hungrily eyeing the remainder of the multi-pack that I had ‘bought for the boys’ earlier on that day – so I felt that her advice was probably well founded.

After taking down a few names of Health Food Bloggers, I began to cook up vegan and vegetarian meals – to the chagrin of my boys who had got used to a steady supply of family favourites (read: guilty pleasures) like Mac’n’Cheese, Deep Dish Pizza and Chicken with Chips.

The change was a tough one. I’d been unknowingly stuck in a food rut for years now and my waist line had surreptitiously increased as a result. I missed the cheeky chocolate bars, regular takeaway and midnight treats – but knew that these bad habits are what had got us into this situation to start with.

After 6 weeks of tantrums, tears and terrible meals – we had all made huge adjustments to live healthier and feel happier.

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The boys had successfully completed a term at their new school, made a bunch of new friends and got hold of the right uniform. With the help of my new Health Food idols I’d collected a roster of recipes that has boosted my family’s immune system and brought us closer together. My kids may be dumb, but at least they’re eating healthily now!

In this blog I’m going to be sharing the progress we make as a family, as well as the personal landmarks as I try to juggle the worlds of parenthood and running a small-business.

Hope You Enjoy The Ride!

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