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Giovanna Fletcher on her stint as a vegetarian

The author, vlogger and mum-of-two talks about her stint as a veggie

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Giovanna Fletcher on her stint as a vegetarian

Three years ago, around this time of year, I went on a detox and had an intensive few weeks of juicing to clear my system of all the rubbish I’d been filling it with.

"I’m chuffed I discovered this before properly introducing my boys to food!"

I spent my nights happily flicking through cookbooks, dreaming up the nutritious meals I would eventually start cooking, as well as watching endless food documentaries. I found it fascinating and knew I needed to tweak the way I viewed food. 

One documentary, Earthlings, which is narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix, changed my outlook completely – and Tom’s, too. After watching it, we both decided to swear off eating meat. 

I became a vegetarian while Tom bravely opted to become a vegan. As I was drooling over cookbooks by Hemsley + Hemsley and Deliciously Ella, packed with amazing veggie recipes, it didn’t feel daunting.

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For the first few months, it was great. I hadn’t known vegetables could taste so good. Every meal, from veggie-filled cottage pie to creamy coconut lentil curry, was a culinary delight and we relished being in the kitchen.

More than that, though, we felt amazing – sparkier, brighter with endless amounts of energy. 

However, things got more difficult. Tom was on tour and the options for vegan meals were almost non-existent. I’d started working on a new book, so I didn’t have hours to creatively experiment.

We ended up having the same meal on a loop, namely some form of veg pasta. It got boring. Plus, Buzz, then eight months, had started eating food and I didn’t want to force him to be meat-free!

We decided to reintroduce meat, but in a more considered way. We still eat lots of veggie meals because, as it turns out, vegetables are flipping delicious – I’m chuffed I discovered this before properly introducing my boys to food!