About

deliciously ella

Hello and welcome to Deliciously Ella! I’ve been writing this blog for nearly two years now and love it more than I can possibly say; I hope you’ll love it too.

I started the blog as a way of dealing with a relatively rare illness, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which I was diagnosed with in September 2011. The illness had a pretty devastating effect on my life – I literally couldn’t walk down the street, I slept for 16 hours a day, had never ending heart palpitations, was in chronic pain, had unbearable stomach issues, constant headaches and the list goes on – it was anything but fun! I tried healing through conventional medicine for about six months but it had little effect on my symptoms and I was still bed-ridden 95% of the time. So I decided it was time for something new and began researching holistic, natural healing approaches, which is how I started eating like this. Overnight I took up a whole foods, plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. I literally never ate fruit or vegetables before, my diet instead revolved around Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Chocolate, peanut butter and jelly eaten with a spoon, pick-n-mix and lots of cereal and pasta – I was a sugar monster! So everything you see here is part of my learning and healing process, I’m not a trained chef by any means – everything is self-taught and the result of lots of failed experiments! I also totally understand how daunting the idea of changing your diet so radically is, but it’s single-handedly the best thing I have ever done. Knowing that I’m giving my body the love and health that it needs is an incredible feeling, and even better – everything tastes so incredible now! I’d take a batch of raw brownies over candy any day!

Eating this way has allowed me to take control of my illness, stopping the constant pain, restoring my energy and giving me my life back again. It really has healed me, and just eighteen months after starting this lifestyle I’ve been able to come off all my medication and I feel so incredible, better than ever really! I’d never have believed that I could come this far simply through diet; it is just incredible – better than any drug ever. I’ve learnt more on this health adventure than I could have possibly imagined too and I really want to share all of this information with you. It’s my way of turning something negative into something really positive. If I can spread health and happiness with anyone then this is a success!

More than anything I want the blog to show how easy and delicious healthy food is – it’s so much more than bland salads and iceberg lettuce! It’s all about sumptuous desserts, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of incredible veggies, all made with nature’s most natural ingredients. Everything here will nurture and love your body, leaving you feeling incredible. This way of eating is absolutely not about deprivation and starvation but instead it’s about embracing a positive, healthy way of life! Take a look at my food philosophy for more on all the awesome benefits of this lifestyle.

I graduated from St Andrews with a Masters in Art History in May 2013 and I’m back home in London  working on my best-selling app (available on the iTunes store), writing a cookbook and teaching cooking classes. I’m also training as a naturopathic nutritionist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, so as this blog grows so will my knowledge of health!

Have a wonderful day,

Ella x

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Please have a look in the philosophy section for all your questions, I’ve answered all the most common questions there in detail so I hope you’ll find all the information that you need! It covers everything from measurements to equipment, plant protein, supplements, nut allergies, organic food, alcohol, loosing/gaining weight, eating healthily and socialising, starting a blog and everything in between!

If you’d like to get in touch my email is ella@deliciouslyella.com - I love hearing from you all so much and am always inspired by your stories and beyond appreciative of your amazing support! I do get an incredible number of emails though, which is so amazing, but trying to reply to them all is quite tricky so if it’s a question about the way I eat or anything mentioned above then please have a look at all the sections of the blog before sending it, thank you!

For media and book enquires please contact my lovely agent Cathryn at WME CSummerhayes@wmeentertainment.com

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Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

The illness, classed as a type of dysautonomia, affects the autonomic nervous system and is believed by experts to be significantly under-diagnosed. Symptoms present themselves in a wide variety of ways, however orthostatic intolerance (difficultly maintaining a steady heart rate when upright) is the defining feature – my heart rate normally jumps from around 60 to 130 within 30 seconds of standing! I think 194 is my record though! Heart palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, pre syncope (blackouts), constant headaches, severe digestive issues, nausea, abdominal cramps and food intolerances also unfortunately occur on a daily basis!

The illness predominantly affects women and usually develops in your late teens and early twenties. Whilst medications are amazingly helpful in controlling symptoms there is no cure. This isn’t helped by the fact that most doctors have never heard of the syndrome since the condition gets so little attention in the medical community. As a result of this lack of understanding, even the experts do not fully understand why it occurs and what the prognosis is. All they can estimate is that in about 50% of patients the syndrome disappears at some point, although they really cannot predict when, whilst for the remaining 50% it is something they will have to manage for life.

If you want to find out more about POTS then this link may be useful - PoTS: An Overview 

 

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  • http://prairielifemoments.blogspot.ca/ katherine

    Hey,
    I’ve been a huge fan since finding your site recently. Just wanted to let you know I love the new look. Thanks for taking the time to share so passionately your life with all of us.

    kath

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Kath! I’m so glad that you love the new look, I’ve been so excited about it! Have a lovely weekend :)

      • Bojana Orban

        Dear Ella,
        First of all, I want to thank you for a great site, really helped me. My name is Bojana, I am 25, from Serbia. Yes, we heard of you here, too. :) I have chronic gastritis, and every year it is harder to deal with it. I loose a lot of weigt, because I can’t eat (nausea and vomiting). I changed my diet 5 years ago, but I think that it is not enough, so I want to try your recipes. I just want to aks, what fresh vegetables should I avoid because of digestion? Or eating all of them is fine?
        A big thank you,
        Bojana

      • J Beaumont

        Hi Ella,
        Just wanted to say thanks for this blog. I have struggled with poor health and digestive issues since my teens and now in my thirties the doctors are running out of ideas (and chemicals) to throw at me, whilst my body continues to suffer. I ran to the arms of a medical herbalist and she suggested a similar eating plan to the one you advocate but as a newbie I was lost – until I found your blog! Thank you for not just listing recipes but also equipment (key to many things) also, I love the fact that your recipes don’t expect people to be Michelin starred chefs – I have found them all easy to do and delicious. Sorry for the long post, can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive (which I have pre-ordered). Any chance of you coming ‘up north’ for any events/cooking classes?

        • ellawoodward

          Thank you so much for your kind message. I am so pleased you have found the blog helpful in managing your own symptoms. I am sticking with London at the moment but hope you can come down for a class or event soon!

    • Nikki

      Hi Ella,

      I am an avid foodie/fitness fanatic and follower of at least 10 cuisine blogs, vegan and omnivorous. Yours is by far the most inventive, nutirionally balanced, delicious and has beautiful photography. I cannot wait for your recipe book and hope it will also be available in an app, like the fabulous Green Kitchen Stories. Keep up the great work, your recipes make life much, much better!

      • ellawoodward

        That’s so kind, thank you so much! I’m so glad that you love my site! I am absolutely planning an app which should be ready before the book!

  • Paulien Viktoria

    You’re the best! I have been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance a few months ago and a friend suggested me your website..
    I really like your creativity with food and everything is so delicious!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love everything so much! Hope it’s helping you with your gluten intolerance! Have a lovely weekend!

  • http://puddingandpieblog.com georgie

    Your new look, looks really wonderful, fresh and inviting – well done! xx

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Georgie, so glad that you love it! :)

  • Pauline

    Hi Ella

    I’ve just come across your instagram account which led me to your blog.
    I am mesmerised at your recipes! They all look so yummy! I cannot wait to bring some of them to life!
    I am newly vegetarian and learning how to be healthy and make my body happy, so thank you for making a wonderful informative blog that helps newbies like me!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy life :-)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Pauline, I’m so glad that you found my blog and that you love it so much! I really hope that it helps you on your journey into vegetarianism and learning how to have a healthy, happy body and mind! :)

  • Vero

    Thank you Ella for your blog! I really enjoy your recipes.

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome to hear! So glad that you love it so much! :)

      • Yum

        Wow this website is perfect! First i started following you on instagram and i legit fall in love with you and your healthy life. Thank you so much after following you i really got motivated to have healthy diet. Everything you post is so amazing to be honest.

        Yum xx

        • ellawoodward

          I’m so glad that you love the website and the instagram! It’s amazing to hear that they’ve motivated you to lead a healthier life, I’m so excited for you and I hope that it makes you feel so amazing! :)

  • Stephanie colvin

    Oh my gosh!!! I have just discovered your blog from another health blogger I follow in Australia (Melissa Ambrossi). I’m am so excited sitting here reading all your recipes of which I cannot wait to try! I’ve been reading for an hour now and am too excited to sleep, so many great ideas and combinations. Thank you for making healthy eating so clean and easy, I love it. I’m an Aussie living in London, and borough markets is one of my favourite places to visit. I will be on the search for this amazing hummus next time I’m there:)
    Thanks again, stephanie (a new vegetarian, hoping to be vegan soon…step by step) x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Stephanie! I’m so glad that you found my blog and that you love it so much! The hummus is from Arabica Food & Spice company which is in the green market near the restaurant Fish – it’s amazing! Good luck on your transition from vegetarianism to veganism! :)

  • Christine

    Ella,
    I found you on Instagram and started following your post. I love your blog and going to try your recipes starting with the brownies!!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, so happy to hear that! Enjoy the brownies :)

  • http://mrandmrsvegan.wordpress.com Priscilla & Roland

    Hi Ella,

    WOW! We are so inspired by your story and the best part is your food looks so amazing! Your posts have given us so much inspiration and we cannot wait for more updates from you.

    Cheers,
    Roland & Priscilla

    • ellawoodward

      Hi! Thank you so much, it’s really amazing to hear that you were so inspired and that you love the food so much! I hope you continue to enjoy all the recipes! Have a lovely weekend :)

  • izzy

    hi my friend showed me this website as im (for now anyway) gluten,lactose,wheat and fructose intolerant. your recipies look so good but most of the desserts contain dates and i was wondering if you had any recipes that didn’t include fruit (with the exception of papaya and berries though!) good luck with the pots i know i dont have it pretty bad in comparison!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Izzy. I’m sorry to hear that, sadly you need the fruit both for the sweetness and the texture/sticking the recipe together. I normally recommend replacing things like dates with figs etc but as you can’t do that I think replacing things might be too tricky. Things like bananas are key to keeping the recipes together, you could try substituting them for papaya in the muffin recipe for example but I don’t know if it will work – I think I’d stick with savoury things until you can tolerate fruit! Sorry I can’t be more helpful! Have a lovely weekend :)

  • Chris

    I recently discovered your site and tonight made the Asparagus, new potato & avocado salad. My wife and I both loved it. I have been struggling with dysautonomia issues the past 10 months and my medications have had marginal results (at best) so I would like to see if greatly reducing processed foods will be beneficial. I am eager to try out some of the other many great looking recipes.

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you both loved the asparagus salad so much. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with dysautonomia this year, I can really sympathise – it’s the worst! I really hope that you see a great improvement by cutting out processed foods and please let me know if you have any other questions, I’m so happy to help with anything that I can! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Nat

    Ella,
    Your story is so inspirational…….
    Your recipes, food philosophy and this entire blog are amazing!!!!!!! Im so happy to have come across it and so happy for you.
    You HAVE to write a cookbook…it would be sensational!!!!!!!!!
    You rock!!!
    Nat B

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Nat! Thank you so much for your message, I’m so glad that you love everything so much, it’s amazing to hear! I’m planning on writing a cookbook in the next year or so, so I’m really happy to hear that I would already have a reader! Have a lovely weekend :)

      • Ruby

        Hey Ella,
        I LOVE your blog!!
        Today, I made one warm meal and two Smoothies like you proposed in your recipes. Thanks for the best food blog I ever found. My diet is vegan and your recipes are a great inspiration for me. I enjoy your ideas and food pictures a lot! I’m really inspired by your philosophy. Please, write a cookbook. I think it would be sensational. too!!! But please don’t wait till next year…I can’t wait for it :-)
        Greets from Berlin

        • ellawoodward

          Hi Ruby! I’m so glad that you love the blog so much and that the recipes are giving you such great inspiration! I’m so glad that you’d love the cookbook too, it’s awesome to hear such great support for it! Hope you’re having a great week :)

  • http://Www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org Allie

    Hi Ella,

    Found your blog in the What we eat – Overcoming MS Facebook site.

    I have MS and follow the programme and diet of Overcoming MS. It is vegan and fish based and am always on the look out for new recipes. Going to try the asparagus, potato and avocado salad tomorrow. Will definitely be back here and looking forward to the cook book.

    Allie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Allie. It’s so nice to hear from someone else who is using diet for healing, I hope that it is really helping you. Enjoy the salad – it’s one of my favourites!

  • Sarah

    Hi Ella,

    I just wanted to say how much you have helped to inspire me and know there are others that have used diet to heal themselves too!

    3 yrs ago I was practically living in the royal melbourne hospital with my gall bladder, liver, stomach and kidneys not working correctly. I could not eat any food without excruciating pain and the doctors answers where to keep trailing me on 6-7 medications at a time. They never found out what was wrong with me and in turn ive now turned away from the medical world and have turned to natural remedies. All that is known is that due to certain vaccines and medications I have now been left with survere food sensitivities and digestive problems.
    Our bodies are amazing and complex things and its only now that I’ve finally learnt and understand that our bodies are made to fix themselves. All we need to do is fuel it and look after it. No chemicals and nasty food additives. This sounds like it means dull food for the rest of your life but your recipes and pics on Instagram are living proof that healthy food is actually more satisfying and better tasting than any fast food or sugar filled sweet in the world.
    I have just stated trying all your recipes and am glad to say I’m now starting to turn my parents over to the raw vegan way too. I’m hoping that when my skills in the kitchen improve that I too can start blogging and sharing my experiences with people.

    Thank you for your every inspiring recipes and pics!
    Xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for your message, it’s really amazing to hear from other people who are trying to heal themselves naturally too and it’s really incredible to hear that I am inspiring you on that journey. I’m so sorry to hear that you spend so long in hospital with so many health issues though, I totally understand how that feels but it’s truly fantastic that you’re turning it around through natural remedies. Congratulations on turning your parents onto this way of eating too! Good luck with your journey and I really hope that you feel better and better – can’t wait to see your blog once you start, please share the link with me! Have a really lovely weekend xx

  • Ashley

    I am obsessed with your website. I discovered it a couple weeks ago, and I have already told at least 10 people about it. Do you follow a natural, organic skincare routine as well? I am trying to start using more natural products, and I was curious about your routine because your skin looks amazing! (I know the diet is a big part of it)

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful recipes! LOVE them.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Ashley! I’m so glad that you love it so much and thank you for sharing it with so many people! I was actually thinking about doing a blog post on natural skincare as it’s something that I’m getting really into as you absorb about 70% of everything that you put into your body into your blood! The main thing that I do is coconut oil, it’s the only moisturiser that I use now and I am truly obsessed! I use a pea size amount on my face every night and it’s really made my skin so good, so soft and clear! I also use an exfoliator made of brown sugar, olive oil and lime juice, which is amazing. I use the coconut oil as a body moisturiser too and as a hair mask once a week! In the next few weeks I’ll do a whole post on this though but really couldn’t recommend the coconut more, plus of course lots of water and diet! Hope that helps! Have a lovely weekend :)

  • Erin

    You are such an inspiration! Love how enthusiastic and helpful this whole blog is!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Erin, you’re so kind! I’m so glad that you are such a fun of the blog :)

  • Katerina

    Hello from Cyprus :) Your blog is very inspiring!! My dad is diabetic and he takes medicine in order to maintained it on good levels. He always have problems in what kind of food he can eat. Furthermore, he rarely eat any sweet :) So, it was really interesting to see some homemade recipes that i could do for my dad that do not contains additional sugar!!
    Keep it up the good work you are doing :D xxxx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Katerina. I’m so glad that my blog is helping so much with your dad’s diabetes. It’s really amazing to hear that you find it inspiring, thank you! Have a wonderful week xxx

  • http://stephstephxo.wordpress.com Stephanie

    Hey!
    Just wanted to say what an awesome blog you have. Really admire your efforts in changing your lifestyle to combat your rare illness and ultimately improved your daily life.
    I suffer with IBS which can be difficult at times but I have recently changed my diet, removing processed foods and trying to eat more natural foods and it’s amazing the difference it has made. I haven’t even taken a tablet for months for my condition! Unbelievable. As you have commented, it shows medicines aren’t always the answer and we can sometimes control our health by our food.
    Love your philosophy that you can still eat healthy and eat well!!
    I still bake cakes but in moderation and at least with home baking we can control the ingredients and keep it more natural, free from preservatives.
    Keep blogging your lovely dishes as they are proving to be a real life saver, including your sweet treats, proving we can have our cake and eat it……guilt free!
    Take care
    Steph

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Steph. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much! I totally understand how tricky IBS can be, I suffered from it for so long before I got my illness, but I’m really glad that you’re making so much progress with natural foods and that you are no longer having to take medication – that’s really amazing! I hope that you continue to feel better and better! Have a lovely weekend, Ella :)

  • jodi

    Ella, where can i buy your products in New York??

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jodi. What do you mean by my products? Do you mean dates etc? I would try whole foods!

  • Caitlin

    Hi, I was just wondering which skincare and haircare products you use?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Caitlin. I was thinking of doing a blog post all about skin care etc as it seems to interest a lot of people! I tried to go super natural with that too as we absorb 70% of everything that we put onto our skin into our blood! For my face and body I moisturise every day with pure coconut oil, which is amazing! It has made my skin amazing and it’s so much healthier, simpler, cheaper than fancy products! I use it once a week as a hair mask too, which is incredible! Otherwise I wash my hair with Aveda products but I’m still on the lookout for something even better! Hope that helps!

      • Caitlin

        That’s really helpful, thanks! You should definitely do the blog post, I think a lot of people will be interested :-) I was thinking of trying Aveda so I think I will as I’ve neglected my hair a bit, I do sometimes do a coconut oil mask though and that really helps, especially when the water around London is so hard! I might try and use coconut oil on my face more often! Do you wear make-up or not really?

        • ellawoodward

          I used to wear make up but the more into this lifestyle I get the less I feel the need to, I now very rarely wear it – only in the evenings when I’m going out etc. My skin just feels so good now that I feel so confident not wearing it and I don’t think the unnatural feeling on my skin either, very hippy!

  • olivia

    HI ella,
    I am absolutely adore your recipies and try to make them as often as i can. but i have some problems making them due to having a very cheap blender. could you give me some recommendations of good food processors i could buy or that you use?
    thanks xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Olivia. If you look under my food philosophy there is a link to a food processor that I recommend! Hope that helps xx

  • Rachel

    Hi again! One more question! What do you do in situations with friends at restaurants or family parties? What if the food isn’t the healthiest? Are you vegan also? thanks so much!

    • ellawoodward

      I always explain to people before I go to a party what I can’t eat, if they are happy to accommodate than that’s great otherwise I take my own food, which works really well – people are always jealous of it! In restaurants I always make sure it is somewhere that I can eat something, so not chinese etc, Italian/Greek/Vietnamese type places are great for veggies and are always happy to make you a plate of grilled veggies, roasted potatoes etc. It takes a while to get used to but I’m so happy doing it now!

      • Rachel

        Okay thank you so much! :)

  • http://www.insideoutlife.com.au Jess Hammond

    Hi Ella. Just wanted to say a huge THANKYOU for your recipes. I found your sire about a month ago and have managed to cook quite a few things. I decided to cut refined sugar (and to minimise wheat etc) out of my diet after having a bub and so to find these delicious recipes has been such a treat. Thanx for sharing your journey also – So interesting to read of your illness and your healing through food. The body is amazing isn’t it. Anyways. Thanks heaps!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jess. It’s absolutely my pleasure, I’m so glad that you love all the recipes so much, it’s really fantastic to hear! I’m also so happy for you that you decided to cut out refined sugar and minimise wheat, I hope it’s making you feel amazing!

  • http://www.detox.me Detox.Me

    Hi Ella,
    Your blog is truly inspiring and shows just how effective detoxing can really be!
    Your story is not only inspirational but motivational in terms of the challenge you have had to face and dealt with so brilliantly!
    Big fan of your blog and eager to try some of your recipes!
    Keep it up!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind. It’s truly so amazing to hear that people find the blog inspiring! I hope that you love all the recipes when you try them!

  • Carly

    Ella-

    I am in love with your website! About one year ago, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases. Luckily my midwife is very nutritionally based and had me cut out all sorts of things…. I’ve done oodles of research and can’t believe how I was treating myself before, nutritionally! It has definitely been a challenge to learn to eat differently, but I’m finally feeling better than I have in about 6 years!!! I’m so glad I just discovered your blog….It’s so nice to know others are out there who eat, and think the same about eating as me! And to get yummy recipes from others is so refreshing…i tease my hubby we are turning into organic hippies!
    Nutrition is huge!!! I can’t wait to try all of your recipes!! God has put such amazing food on earth to eat! I love eating a rainbow of colors!!

    Thanks for all your hard work and being willing to share your recipes and wealth of knowledge!!!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Carly. I’m so happy to hear that you love my site so much, it’s really awesome to hear! I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering from autoimmune diseases too, although it’s wonderful to hear of someone on the same healing path and I couldn’t agree more that it’s crazy to think about the way we were treating our bodies before with food! And even better to hear that you’re feeling better than you have in so long. I always get teased about turning into an organic hippy too, I think I kind of am but I love it! Enjoy all of the recipes and I hope you continue to feel better and better! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Emma

    Hi Ella – I think that your site is absolutely wonderful. It is so lovely to see such wholesome food so lovingly prepared and beautifully photographed!

    I am typically a healthy eater, but I personally struggle with eliminating meat altogether as I have rather low iron and it’s something I need to monitor frequently. I asked my doctor whether it would be ok for me to reduce my meat intake as long as I ate lots of dark green veggies (etc), and she said that the body’s absorption of iron differs when you are eating meat to green veggies, and that I would struggle to keep my iron levels up. I take a supplement instead (along with Vitamin C).

    My question is – do you find the need to supplement your diet at all? Not just for iron, but also for calcium etc?

    Thanks so much Ella!

    Emma :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma. I’m so glad that you love my site so much! I don’t supplement at all and my blood tests show that I am really getting everything I need in abundance, iron and calcium included. I think if you eat a varied plant-based diet with lots of additions like chia seeds, flax seeds etc you really get everything you need and more. I hope that’s helpful! :)

  • http://www.gymandtonichay.co.uk cat

    Wow what a find! A client of mine advised me to have a look here. So glad I popped by! I too have a nutritional web site along these lines and shall advise my members to come here for additional ideas! Brilliant.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you and your client love it! Love your website too, great information there!

  • Kate Gregory

    Hi Ella,
    I just wanted to thank you for putting together such an amazing website! I have been trying to improve my diet and lifestyle over the past year and have recently started looking into raw foods. Your recipes have inspired me greatly, and I can’t wait to start becoming the healthy person I know I can be! :-)
    Kate

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kate,
      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love it so much! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been trying to improve your diet and lifestyle, I hope it’s making you feel amazing. I’ve been getting so into raw foods at the moment too! Wishing you so much luck for your journey to be the healthiest person you can be, it’s such an amazing journey! :)

  • Giovanna

    Ella, I am so happy I found your blog. Recepies are amazing!!!!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you found it too and that you love it! :)

  • Taryn

    With a similar story of illness I have too chosen the road to discover how to eat and enjoy healthy foods! I am addicted, to say the least, to finding new recipes (especially chocolate treats!) that look sinful but are heavenly! So pleased to have found your beautiful site… thank you! I am going to tackle a few of these this week. Hubby and my lil ones will be HAPPY to have some treats back in the house! Taryn x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Taryn. It’s so great to hear from such a like-minded person, I love knowing that other people also choose healthy eating as a way of recovery. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the recipes so much too, I hope that your family are enjoying the treats! :)

  • Julia Jansen

    Hi Ella,

    I have recently come across your Instagram account, which has lead me to your blog. I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to an even healthier lifestyle! As a ballet dancer I am constantly looking for recipes that provide sufficient energy but are also completely natural. I have already tried your breakfast smoothies, and I have to say they are quite energizing and delicious! Thank you for helping me be in the best shape of my life! I’m looking forward to becoming the healthiest person I can possibly be! :)

    Julia

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Julia. I’m so glad that you found my instagram and my blog, it’s awesome that they’re helping you find extra energy for your dancing. I hope that eating this way keeps making you feel better and better! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Tabitha

    Hey Ella,
    I recently found your Instagram and decided to take a look at your blog.
    It’s pretty amazing. About a year ago I startet to work out and it helped me a lot. I wasn’t obese but it strengthened my body. At this time I started to eat healthier but still ate meat (I never really ate dairy food because of the lactose). Your blog inspires me and I am definitely going to try your recipes, they your sound so delicious. And maybe I can convince my meat-loving boyfriend that vegan food is not as bad as he thinks it is.
    I imagine it was a very drastic step for you to change your eating habits but kudos to you, for going through with it.
    I wish you all the best!
    Greetings from Germany,
    Tabitha :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tabitha. I’m so glad that you found my instagram and blog and that you’re enjoying them, and it’s awesome to hear that working out and eating healthily are strengthening your body. I hope my recipes help you on this journey and that you manage to convince your boyfriend that vegan food isn’t as bad as he thinks, I find that all of my friends love it even though they expect to hate it! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Emma

    Hey Ella!

    So I absolutely love your Instagram and blog, mainly for the sweets and smoothies :) I was wondering if you have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies? I’ve been craving them lately but don’t want unhealthy ones because then it’ll just take away from all the progress I’ve been making! Just figured I’d ask!

    -Emma

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma! I’m so glad that you love the instagram and blog so much, thank you! Sadly I don’t have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, I really wish that I did, but I’m yet to find healthy chocolate chips! If I manage to find a way to do it I’ll let you know! Have an awesome day :)

  • Melissa

    Hi Ella!

    I am lucky to be healthy and have been a vegetarian for already a couple of years. I only suffer from a migraine that gives me headaches 5-6 days a week, it is a big part of my life but it is something I can easily overcome by eating the right way. Being a vegetarian and eating soooo much fruit and vegetables not only gives me a good feeling it improved my health. Since last year I also eliminated all dairy and sugar from my eating rituals. You can’t believe how good it makes my feel, mentally and physically. Sometimes it is hard because I find that Belgium barely has restaurants where you can eat vegetarian, dairy-free- and gluten-free. I mean, every restaurant thinks if they just have 1 plain pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce they are vegeterian-friendly. Even the supermarkets have a lack of substitutes such as gluten-free.
    I was considering to eat gluten free and when I recently bumped into your website, your story and your philosophy, I got convinced :). All those yummy recipes.
    It is hard to convince my friends how important it is to eat healthy becauwe it makes you so much healthier, happier and you get so much energy. I easily can say ‘no’ to a piece of chocolate cake or to chips. I rather eat something healthy than something that poisons my body. Even my boyfriend said I looked better, he supports me and he joined me in my eating behaviour at the beginning of this year.

    I am very lucky to have discovered your website. You are an extremely inspiring woman! Thank you for giving other women this much inspiration and being a perfect example of how eating correctly improves your health and life.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Melissa. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I so love hearing how diet helps other people with health issues! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying my website too and that it’s given you the inspiration to give up gluten, it’s amazing to hear! I totally sympathise with the difficulty of explaining your food choices to other people, but if it makes you feel better then nothing else really matters and if eating this way gets rid of your migraines than it’s even better! I hope you continue to feel more and more awesome! :)

  • Damian Jaracz

    hi Ella ,,,
    your blog its clear and simple,,, i love your story and i know thats sometimes the only way to change about how
    and what you are eating everyday …., my brother’s health problem make me to think about mu diet…
    i did found your website very,very inspire…
    i’m a fan ….

    kisses

    Damian

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Damian. I’m so happy to hear that you love my blog so much, it’s so awesome to hear! I hope that a diet change could help your brothers health problem, I’d so recommend reading some of the books I suggest in the my bookshelf section so that you and him can understand more about the affect of food on health! :)

  • Eva

    Amazing blog!! Such personal touches xxx

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Eva, that’s so kind. I’m so glad that you love it! xxx

  • http://www.begoodorganics.com Buffy Gill (from begoodorganics.com)

    Hello my dear – just wanted to say I love your blog! Gorgeous. I think you’re my plant-powered UK sister from another mother ;)

    x buffy

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind! :) xx

  • Katelyn

    I love your blog! It is so inspirational! I am trying to turn over to completely clean eating due to the fact that I feel ill when i eat certain foods. I want to do a 30 day challenge of eating through your recipes on Deliciously Ella. I want to make a permanent change to eating fully clean. If you have any tips, please pass them along. Thank you for your beautiful blog!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind! I’m so glad that you love the blog so much. I love your 30 day challenge, I think it’s so incredible. My advice would be to always have snacks available in your kitchen – my staples are dried fruit (figs and dates), almond butter, nuts, rice crackers plus some of my raw brownies or energy balls. That means if you need something sweet you always have something! I also make big batches of quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes at the beginning of each week so that I always have a base of a meal ready for a quick meal and then add avocado, tomatoes etc. Oh and smoothies! Start making smoothies for breakfast, it really helps inspire you to have a healthy day, plus they are so delicious! Hope that helps and please let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck!

      • Katelyn

        Thank you for the tips! I will let you know how I feel midway through and at the end of the 30 days. I am very excited to start my 30 days!

  • http://www.dribbledelights.co.uk Natalie Little

    Dear Ella,

    My name is Natalie and I work for Dribble Delights. We make baby food and toddler snacks without dairy, wheat, soya, eggs, nuts or gluten. I would love to send you a document about what we have been up to recently and would be incredibly grateful if you would consider featuring or blogging about us. Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

    Kindest regards,

    Natalie
    Marketing at Dribble Delights

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Natalie. That sounds like a fantastic company! Sadly I don’t blog about companies though, just recipes – sorry!

  • Anke

    Hi Ella,
    What a wonderful website! Your photos look amazing!!! Could you share which camera and lense you use and also which photo programme? Am just looking to buy a new camera and seeing your pics I’m so impressed! Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much! I use a canon 650D, which I love. I don’t really use a photo programme, just iphoto to crop etc. Hope that helps!

      • http://www.lifedetoxdiary.com LifeDetoxDiary

        wow amazing, thanks for the info!

  • Kate

    Hi Ella,

    I am a personal trainer in Canberra, Australia at a specialist holistic wellness facility.
    We post blogs weekly on our website and I would like to feature your sweet potato brownie recipe (which I have made twice in the last week – SO delicious). Please let me know if you would be happy for me to do this and I will give your blog a linked shout out on our website :)

    thanks,

    Kate

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kate. That would be great, I’d be happy for you to put the ingredients and a photo but not the whole recipe so that it links back to my blog, is that ok? I’d love to check out your site, what’s it called? :)

  • Sloane

    I randomly came across your blog about a week ago and i love these recipes, and your food philosophy! thanks so much for sharing! i’ve told almost everyone i know about this blog now! it’s incredible and delicious!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Sloane! I’m so glad that you found the blog and that you love all the recipes so much, it’s so awesome to hear! :)

  • Lauren

    I absolutely LOVE your blog!!!
    Thank you for posting so many recipes.
    I am currently struggling with Candida and am incredibly excited to try many of these sugar free,dairy free, gluten free recipes
    God bless you and your wellness journey :)

  • Zarah Barkatullah

    Hey Ella, I’ve been a huge fan of yours since a couple of months now when I came across your profile on Instagram. I asked you about which food processor/blender/juicer you use for your smoothies, juices and all the other recipes. You told me to come check out your blog’s about me section but I couldn’t find it here. Can you please direct me or tell me the names at least? Thank you so much. Take care. :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Zarah. Im so glad that you love the blog! I’m so sorry I told you the wrong thing – it’s in the food philosophy section! So sorry! :)

  • Sophie van Haeften

    Hi Ella,

    Wow your blog is really inspirational and beautiful. I also couldnt help but notice what a gorgeous watch you have from your photo’s! What brand is it? I want one!!

    Sophie x

  • JULIE

    DEAR ELLA, I LOVE YOUR WORK. DO YOU HAVE A COOK BOOK? PLEASE SAY YES :)

    WARM RGDS JULIE

  • Paula

    Dear Ella,
    I love your work! I just made your raw blueberry cheesecake for my birthday and it is INCREDIBLE. It was tricky as my blender is too weak (I need a better one; thanks for suggestions). But I managed :) I would like to make similar cake for my niece too, but she is allergic to nuts. Would you have any recipes for nut-free desserts (beside smoothies)?
    I did not find recipes with buckwheat though. It is also gluten-free with high nutritional quality. Have you tried it before? It is something I enjoy very much.
    All the best!
    Paula

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Paula. I’m so glad that you loved this! The raw brownies you can make with pumpkin and sunflower seeds instead of nuts, which might be great and then any other recipes you’d like nut free just send me an email to ella.woodward@ymail.com and I’ll try and help you out! :)

  • Paula

    Hi,

    now I really feel really stupid – you just made a buckwheat salad! So you do know it :) MMMMM….

    Paula

  • Kate

    Hi Ella,

    I think my time at St. Andrews overlapped with yours a little and I remember seeing you at the gym. Being a little older I’m now married and pregnant! I also have tachycardia but mine is more a nuisance problem than anything. I was vegan for a long time and during my first trimester but started to eat everything again for a while later on in my pregnancy. I can honestly say that all my blood test results and iron levels were a million times better when I was vegan. The midwives were disappointed when I’d changed my diet because I was far less healthy.

    I love your website as it’s so calming and beautifully presented, with lots of yummy recipes. I am in my third trimester and have decided to switch back to a fully vegan diet as I truly believe it’s the best way forward for me and baby.

    Keep up the good work :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kate. Thank you so much for your message, congratulations on being married and pregnant, so amazing! I’m sorry to hear about your tachycardia though, totally understand how annoying that can be! I hope the diet change helps, it’s always so wonderful to hear that peoples blood tests and iron levels are so strong on vegan diets as everyone is always so skeptical about that, so I’m glad it’s not just me. Good luck with your third trimester and have a lovely week :)

  • Holly

    Hi Ella,
    Just wondering whether it would be possible to have your email address so I can ask you a few questions regarding your diet and health?
    I would really appreciate it :)
    Thanks, Holly

  • Patricia

    Just found your page Ella and you are such a sweetheart for doing something positive to help others out of something that happened to you that must have been so awful. I really appreciate all the recipes and info that will help me with my healing from auto immune arthritis. I have been wanting to give up gluten and dairy for so long but stumbled at the first hurdle because it seemed so daunting. That is until today when I found all your wonderful information. What a lovely and uplifting site it is! Thank you SO much and best wishes to you for continued good health :-)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Patricia, that was such a lovely comment to read. I’m so glad that the recipes can help you with your own healing, I’ve read about how much diet can help with auto-immune arthritis because of the inflammation issues so taking out gluten and dairy should hopefully be amazing for you. Good luck with your journey and please let me know if you ever have any questions. Have a lovely evening :)

  • Philippa

    Hi Ella,
    Firstly I’d like to thank you for your site and recipes. Whilst I’m not vegan or vegetarian I do try to eat healthily and your blog has given my diet a new lease of life. I’m trying to steer clear of gluten as it really doesn’t agree with me and so many of your recipes allow me to eat the things I love while staying healthy at the same time. I’ve even eaten quite a few meat-free meals since finding your blog and I didn’t miss it one bit. I made a batch of your caramel slices this afternoon and though they didn’t look as good as yours they taste amazing! Do you have any tips for helping the base stick together better! I think it may have been a combination of too many nuts and not enough almond butter. I also love your sweet potato wedges with rosemary, cinnamon and paprika! Thanks, Philippa

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that the blog has helped your healthy eating and so happy to hear that it’s inspired you to make a few meat free meals and love them! In terms of the caramel slices just add a few more dates or a little more almond butter until it’s sticky enough. So glad that you’re a big fan of the sweet potato recipe too, those are my absolute favourite! Have a lovely sunday

  • Fleur Joy

    Hi Ella! Just wanted to let you know how much I absolutely love your blog- in fact I must spend up to 2 hours each day searching and reading! I am a newbie to super healthy foods and I am actually trying to put on weight the healthy way so your blog is my greatest discovery yet! The recipes that I have tried have been absolutely scrumptious, leaving me excited to try all of them! Really- you are doing a great job, keep up your fabulous work!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind – I’m so glad that you love it so much! Hope you continue to enjoy the recipes :)

  • http://RenovatingYourMind.com Rob Kutch

    Ella. remarkable site. Everything from your format, content and pictorials are spectacular. You got me hooked before my first blink.

    Much luck. Will be coming in to read your prose often.
    Rob

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Rob!

  • http://RenovatingYourMind.com Rob Kutch

    Spectacular Ella. You had me before my first blink. Excellent format, photography and content. I will be visiting frequently.

    Kudos.

    Rob

  • http://myjourneythrume.wordpress.com Jess Bruce

    Hello! I have POTs too and your site has been such an inspiration and wonderful resource to me. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! Congrats! Check out my post for all the details: http://myjourneythrume.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/dearest-beloved-we-are-gathered-here-today/

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jess. Thank you so much for that nomination, you’re so kind and I’m so glad that you love the blog and find it inspiring. I totally understand the difficulty of POTS and I hope you’re having some luck healing yourself. Have a lovely weekend :)

  • http://www.pollynoble.com Polly

    Hi Ella! I am a huge fan of your blog and I would love to interview for my site. I do a Friday Foodie section which I would love to feature you on. I have a community of around 25,000 who I would share your interview with so please let me know if you’d like to go ahead by emailing me and Ill get some q’s across to you. Apologies for writing this as a comment but I couldn’t find a contact page! Thanks ;)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Polly. It’s so wonderful to hear from you, I’ll email you now :)

  • http://www.stephanie-thonet.de stephie

    hello ella,
    a friend of mine – christina abercron (a friend of felix’) sent me your web adress and i think it’s fantastic!! it is wonderfully informative, visually beautiful (as are you!) and really inspiring! you’re a very impressive woman and i’d like to thank you for helping many of us try to eat in a helathier way.
    the best of luck for you and all your endeavors; stay well,

    kindest regards, stephie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Stephanie. That’s awesome that Christina sent you the blog, I’m so glad that you love it! Have a lovely evening x

  • http://www.stephanie-thonet.de stephie

    hello again ella,

    i’ve emailed my sister your webadress and she wrote back that she already printed out 2 recipes! (ok, printed out – her husband’s the cook) i’m very happy for you that so many of us show you the enthusiasm in return, which with you obviously work!

    i wish you happy days! stephie

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Stephanie, I’m so glad that you and your sister both love the recipes! Can’t wait to hear how they turn out! :)

  • http://alchemyofhealing.com/ farnaz

    Hello Ella,

    I just came across your recipes through pinterest and they look delish! I look forward to trying the Pure Chocolate this weekend.
    Thanks for sharing your story and how you began to heal. I resonate with your story strong as i was diagnosed with a large array of health issues including PCOS, and conventional medicine failed to help me for 10 years! I’m pleased that you gave up after 6 months and switched to alternative therapies. It took me many years to realise my health issues and syndromes were due to prolonged negative emotions, but within 2 years i was able to heal 15 years worth of issues! And it feel so nice to take your power back, wouldn’t you agree??
    :)
    x

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you found my blog and that you’re enjoying it so much! I’m so glad to hear that you managed to heal too using natural methods, that’s amazing and couldn’t agree more that it’s incredible taking power back again! Hope you love the chocolate :)

  • Arlene

    Hello Ella!

    I love reading your blog daily! I too suffer from palpitations (booo!!!), and changing my diet has really helped me. 10 months ago I became pregnant with my third child, overweight and with previous gestational diabetes I was determined to change my diet through out my pregnancy and for life! I gained 13-15 pounds in 9 months, no diabetes and no other health risk! Changing your eating habits is awesome! I tried many of your recipies and my little girls love them (one of them, Isabella is a sugar freak aslo) but she never knew what were in the sweet potato brownies! Your recipes are exquisite please keep them coming! Best wishes

    Kind Regards

    Arlene Garate

  • GiGi

    Greetings Ella from Boston,

    I was just turned on to your site yesterday! I love it great wholesome recipes and advice i’ll be spending a great deal of time on this site. If I could ask one thing it would be, if the recipes could have an American weights and measure conversion. Other than that it’s a fantastic site!

  • Joanna

    Hi Ella

    I have recently been to a juice detox week and they recommended having only 1 piece of fruit per day and 7 vegetables. They said that people eat too much fruit which is high in sugar – with your smoothies/juices you put nearly only fruit in these and with the dates they are high in sugar too in your delicious brownie recipe. Would you say that it is fine to eat more than one piece of fruit a day ? Joanna

  • Kat

    Hi Ella,

    I came across your blog for the first time last week, and since then I have already tried 3 of your recipes – and loved every single one! I can’t wait to work my way through all the recipes knowing I am doing the best for my body and my health…and eating delicious, gorgeous food as well. As someone with a chronic medical issue as well I am really hoping that by eating whole, unprocessed foods and really nourishing my body I can continue to keep my symptoms at bay – fingers crossed!

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story and your passion for food and health, as well as your beautiful photography: I can guarantee I will be spending a lot more time on here! (Also, I am super excited to support a fellow St Andrews grad – small world!) :-)

    All the best and thank you again,
    Kat*

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kat. I’m so glad that you are loving my blog, thank you so much. I’m so sorry that you’re suffering from medical issues too and really hope that you find the same success with diet! So awesome that you were at st andrews too! Have a great week x

  • http://www.skye-loves.com Skye

    Hi Ella,
    I have just discovered your blog and I love it already. Yours is a very inspirational story. I suffered from M.E. for a number of years and was very debilitated by it. None of the traditional medical approaches seemed to help. Then I found a wonderful naturopath called Elizabeth Peyton Jones and through diet she cured me. She has a book – http://www.epjhealth.com/eat-yourself-young – that you might be interested in taking a look at. But it’s very comforting to hear of other people going through a similar experience as me.
    I will be following your posts and recipes avidly from now on in!
    Skye x
    PS Your food photography is stunning! Do you take all your own photos?

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Skye, I’m so glad that you love it. Totally understand the difficulty of something like ME and I’m so lad that diet managed to help you too. I’ll have a look at that website – thanks for sharing! And yes all the photos are taken by me so thank you! :)

  • Alice

    hey ella, thanks for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. its just so great to read. its a bit tricky being a student and trying to maintain this kind of diet, all the temptations etc and also not wanting to miss group things, like pub lunch !! but its ok because i havent committed to taking the ‘leap’ fully yet so i wont be gutted if i have a curry BUT its so nice to live like this for the majority of the time. so thanks. i bet loads of people have asked you this but do you wear makeup? can you do another blog about skin care cos ive been using cider vinegar on my face for the past week and its so refreshing !! take care .. alice. Xxx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Alice. I was thinking of doing a blog on make up, I think it’s a great idea! I do wear make up and it’s taken me a while to find the things I like so I’ll share them all in the next few weeks! xxx

  • Stephanie

    I just found your blog, and it is my new favorite!!! I completely agree with your philosophy! My downfall is ice cream (it is the only dairy and refined sugar left in my diet). I am working hard to cut it out completely.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Stephanie. I just found an amazing ice cream from Coyo that you may love, it’s totally dairy and refined sugar free!

  • Seline

    Hi again Ella,

    I was just wondering if you could do a blog on the best sources of iron in a diet like yours?

    Thanks you!

    Seline xx

  • Mel

    Hi Ella! Your blog is beautiful. Just curious what blog host and template it is? Love your recipes!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much! It’s actually a custome designed one :)

  • Sarah

    I am about to soak some chickpeas to make hummus in the morning but have got a bit confused with the recipe! You say to soak two cups of chickpeas but then you mention two 400g so I’m thinking tins? You don’t mention cooking them either, just putting everything in the processor. Am I using dried chickpeas and soaking and cooking them or tinned chickpeas in which case would I need to soak them? Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah. Sorry about the confusion I use tinned chickpeas which you don’t need to soak, if you’re using dried ones then you need to soak them overnight and then it’s best to cook them for about 30 mins before blending. Hope that helps!

  • http://mutritiousnuffins.blogspot.com/ Meagan

    Hey Ella :) I’ve been following your instagram, and love it! I finally today put your feed into my Feedly. Thanks for sharing so many awesome recipes. I love your blog!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Megan, I’m so glad that you love it! :)

  • Andrea

    Hi Ella I’m thinking of studying Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM, are you enjoying it and can you recommend the course? I’m a newcomer to your site having followed sites such as The Green Kitchen and The Sprouted Kitchen for quite a while. I love it, and have tried quite a few recipes, all of which have been fantastic. Thank you for providing a constant source of inspiration. Andrea x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. Yes I love it, it’s hard work but it’s really well taught and I’m really enjoying it. Absolutely worth going in and checking out the school! x

      • Andrea

        Thanks very much Ella, I certainly will do. x

  • lauren

    hi ella,
    i just wanted to thank you (on behalf of many others, i’m certain) for the time you spend sharing your food and passion with the world through your blog. a friend introduced me to your recipes about a month ago, and it actually changed my life overnight. i was vegan, but eating too much sugar, gluten, and processed foods. i’ve now (almost entirely) given them the flick, and for the first time it’s not because i feel like i should, or have to, it’s because i want to – i’m now so passionate about my natural, plant based diet, i’m always excited to experiment with another one of your recipes (which my boyfriend is loving!) i’m happier, i have more energy, and i’m even starting to lose some unwanted weight. i only have you to thank for this. so thank you for changing my life from all the way across the world

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Lauren, that was such a lovely comment to read! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying all the recipes so much and hope eating less sugar, gluten etc is making you feel amazing!

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  • Debbie

    Thank you so much Ella, for sharing your amazing recipes. I love the fact that they are not only amazingly healthy but they also taste delicious :) I was just wondering if you were planning on sharing any healthy recipes as alternatives for traditional Christmas pudding, cake etc as I am sure that I can’t be alone in looking forward to spending the festive season eating healthily and deliciously :D
    Btw we need a book from you! My printer is on overload printing your recipes!
    Best wishes
    Debbie x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Debbie. Yes there’s absolutely a christmas post coming up soon! And hopefully a book in 2015, but there’s an app coming in January which will save lots of paper too! :)

  • http://www.msinthecity.wordpress.com Nicola Corbett

    Hi Ella
    I have only just recently come across your blog. The recipes look delicious and I endeavor to become as clean eating as you. I have MS and follow the Overcoming MS program which is a wholefood plant based vegan diet with fish. One of the important requirements for us is that saturated fat content so we limit or coconut and avocados and cacao.

    I would appreciate if you could think about 2 things
    - alternatives to use when you have the above ingredients
    - how to print recipes easily

    I am going to put a link to your fabulous page to my blog.

    Keep well and keep inspiring.

    Take care

    Nicola

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Nicola. I’m so glad that you came across my blog and loved it! The replacing of ingredients really depends on the specific recipe, there isn’t really a general rule sadly. Great news as far as printing goes is I’ve been developing an app, which should be released in January that will save all your printing needs! Have a lovely week

  • Karine Brown

    Hi Ella,

    I’ve just spent hours reading your blogs :) Now it’s time to rush out to pick up the kids :) My friend suggested I check your website after sharing one of your recipe she loves. I am so glad she did!! Reading your story, your philosophy/ lifestyle, your answers and of course your recipes, I realised how amazing you are! THANK you for sharing all these to us. I can’t wait to try my first recipe tonight as I do have the same staples in my cupboards and fridge. We seem to have followed your path in a way that my husband & I decided to live a plant-based diet after reading the China Study too and watching Forks over Knives this year. We love eating like we do now. some of your other book suggestions will definitely be on my Xmas list :)
    Your website is the most beautiful site I have encountered so far when searching for cooking inspiration. Your recipes are mouth watering and your photos SO beautiful. You have such talents and you are motivating me so much to follow our new lifestyle. I am so grateful as I am cooking for the four of us! Thank you for your restaurant recommendations too, we know only two of them so I was pleased to get your list. I am now looking forward to your new app and best of luck with your recipe book. I will be one of the first to have it and will give it to all my friends, hoping to inspire them too.
    I don’t know if you fancy checking some of these delicious recipes but this is the book that my brother ( who is vegan and very sporty) gave me. I know it’s in French but the ingredients are so few you can easily translate and understand how those delicious & healthy snacks, granola and smoothies are made :)
    Thank you Ella, you are definitely ‘spreading health and happiness’… Karine x
    ‘Secrets d’endurance’ de Kecily et Kristof Berg.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Karine. I’m so glad that you loved the blog so much, thank you so much! It was such a lovely comment to read :) Thank you for the book recommendation too, I’m excited to check that out! Hope you have a lovely week and thank you for all your amazing support and enthusiasm!

  • Amber

    Hi Ella

    I love your recipes and the fact that they are so easy and delicious. Your website is also very user friendly. Thanks for sharing your story. I too changed my eating habits overnight to a wholefoods plant based diet after I was told after receiving some results from doctors that I probably had cancer (which turned out to be stage 3 cancer) this year at 27 years old. Thankfully after 2 surgeries I am no evidence of disease but for me eating food in pure form as a lifestyle change is forever now and I am loving it.

  • Lucy

    Hi ella,
    Your blog has inspired me so much, I can’t wait to try a new one of your recipes every time I wake up, and every time they are so unbelievably delicious and healthy! I am so interested in treating your body well when it comes to food, and also when it comes to skin care, for example using coconut oil and cacao butter. I was just wandering what make-up you use and which one is good for the skin as well as being effective. I don’t usually wear much, but a bit of tinted moisturiser/powder is a bit of a habit.
    Thank you so much for your advice,
    Lucy

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lucy. I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! I have a whole post coming on natural makeup soon, hopefully in the next couple of weeks!

  • Sally Bird

    Hello Ella, Do you have a book out? if so were can I purchase it? and if you don’t you should your recipes are amazing. Every week I try a different recipe , myself and my whole family love them x

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Sally! I don’t have a book at the moment, but I will in a year or so! Very exciting! I have an app coming out in January though which should make using all the recipes a lot easier! x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sally, sadly not yet but I will in the future! I have an app coming out next year though which is very exciting!

  • Jazz

    having leukemia…………you deliously ELLA……….have changed my life………….so thank you…..i am forever grateful on you blogging your nutritional ideas…….keep it up……J

  • Danielle Burger

    hi ella, what is your email address? i have a few personal questions and really need your advice regarding my healthy journey. it would really be appreciated. hope to hear from you soon. xx

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  • annabel

    hi ella, thank you for the good recipes, they inspire me and i’m happy to read the blog.
    i don’t know if you know “amaranth”. it is a difficult product and i am looking for recipes to prepare it but it is hard.
    and maybe you know the delicious buckweitseeds, which you can cook and eat like quinoa or rice and they are glutenfree too

    enjoy the warm and cosy christmastime and thankyou again

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Annabel, I’m just experimenting with amaranth at the moment, I’ll get some recipes up once I’ve mastered it! There are a few buckwheat recipes up already :) Have a lovely Christmas!

  • Elle

    Hi Ella,

    Please keep up with the videos.. they’ve been really great!
    I also had to change my diet because of a painful condition which, similar to you did not go away after the doctor plugged me with antibiotics and medication. A chance visit to an online forum of people discussing the condition led me to read a comment to go Gluten-Free as this would help the painful lumps and sores go away- I tried this on a whim and I couldn’t believe the miracle- I’d been cured! It’s been 3 years now with much less pain and only if I eat something that I’m not aware has gluten in it.
    I don’t think I’m as strong as you to give up meat and dairy but I do still find your recipes incredibly eye-opening and I feel that I can relate to you as a girl of similar age.
    Keep up the good work and please, more videos!
    Good luck with your training!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love the videos, thank you! It’s amazing to hear how much going gluten free helped you too, I’m so happy for you! :)

  • Dorota

    Hi Ella, I’ve just recently come across your website, actually through looking for some cooking classes in London; I hope to take part in yours early in the New Year :). Your website is amazing! so beautiful, informative and inspiring! I’ll be trying out your recipes during Christmas break and can’t wait to eat all this lovely food!
    I’ve been up and down the diet roller-coaster for years and finally finding my emotional and physical best when living plant-based lifestyle. As I’m still learning and constantly coming across the questioning from family and friends, it’s just a quick question, which I’m currently in the middle of exploring, for you as another healthy woman living on plants, with our delicate hormonal make-up, can this lifestyle hurt our hormones? How could we approach protein and fat intake on plant-based diet? Do you personally make sure (measure?) that you take enough protein and good fats on daily basis?
    Love & plants!
    Dorota

  • mandy

    Hi Ella!

    I absolutely love your blog! I especially love your rainbow bowls! I am very active (yoga and running). Any tips on getting more protein with this kind of diet? I do not like protein powder and do feel better when I get more protein. Would love a daily breakdown of your eats.

    Thanks,
    Mandy

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Mandy. For protein I love adding spirulina, chia seeds and hemp powders to my morning smoothies, I then eat chickpeas/hummus and lots of nuts and nut butters as snacks, lots of dark green leafy veggies and quinoa, buckwheat, lentils etc with my main meals. Hope that gives you some ideas!

  • JG

    Hi Ella!
    I really like your website and recipes! I was very interested to learn your story and found that I could relate to it, as I am going through some problems right now. I wanted to ask how you dealt with the psychological aspects of having a physical problem, with the fear and anxiety that many feel in a situation like yours.

    I wish you all the health and happiness in the world!
    JG

    • ellawoodward

      I found yoga and meditation the most helpful things for me. I also read the most amazing book called Mind Over Medicine, which I found incredible! Hope that helps and have a lovely new year!

  • Aqilah

    Hi Ella,

    I know you have been told this a million times but i just have to say that your blog is such an inspiration. im a 21 year old girl from Brunei and my diet, i would say its unhealthy. I dont remember going a day without eating something processed. But I am slowly trying to become healthy, although I dont have a disease, i feel like i need to change my eating habits if i want to stay healthy in the long run. I have been looking up on things on the internet about healthy eating and i keep coming back to your blog. i have never done any of your recipes though because most of the ingredients are not so easily available in Brunei. but your blog gave me inspiration to make my own recipe from the local fruits and veges. so thanks for that!

    Also, I have recently watched a movie called Julie and Julia. It reminded me so much of you. It was about a woman who decided to create a blog about her journey in cooking all the recipe in Julia Child cook book. her blog slowly grew and became famous got recognized by the NY times and agents kept ringing wanting to publish her book. that is so much like you :) you inspire me, maybe one day i’ll have my own blog and become well known too, I’ll let you know when that happens :p I wish you luck in you future endeavors and keep those youtube videos coming, its so fun to watch!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the blog and that it’s helping to inspire you to change your eating habits. I love that movie Julie and Julia too, it’s one of my all time favourites! I’m very excited to say that I do have an agent and there will be a book so you never know maybe I’ll end up like them! Have a wonderful new year and I hope 2014 brings you great health! :)

  • Joanne

    Hi Ella, happy new year to you.

  • Joanne

    Hi Ella, happy new year to you. My question is what skincare range do you use. As the moment I am using Dr. Hauschka but I am looking for something a bit more pure. I made your quinoa, pumpkin bread last night, it is only yummy. I am working my way through the truffles which meant I havent touched one sweet (nothing short of a mircle for me). One more thing, I have a vitamix which is wonderful for
    Smoothies but when it come to dates, nuts etc it is not as good. Does the mega mix blend dates and nuts without a bother, if it does I will save up for one as I am using a lot of dates and nuts at the moment. Thank you again for your blog, it is in my opinion the best out there.
    Thank you,
    Joanne
    P.s. Can’t wait for your book

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Joanne. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying my recipes, thank you! As for beauty products I actually only use coconut oil to moisturise and apple cider vinegar to cleanse and that’s it, trust me they work amazingly well – better than any expensive products I’ve tried! Hope that helps and have a lovely New Year! x

  • Joanne rothwell

    Thank you Ella, will definitely give the coconut oil a go. Made chocolates yesterday and a large batch of banana and almond granola clusters today. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes, I’m eating my way through them and they are all only gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what will be next x

  • RG

    Hi Ella,

    So glad I stumbled across your site while browsing the web for a buckwheat porridge recipe, ha. Reading this page really struck a chord with me, as I’ve been dealing with chronic, debilitating GI issues for quite some time (and gone through all the conventional medications, invasive tests, etc.), and am really trying to turn over a leaf and clean up my diet this year, since that is after all where the majority, if not all, of the problems originate. Your site is so inspiring and really makes cleaner eating seem attainable AND enjoyable. I’m planning to use it as something of a road map for my new food adventures, so thank you so much for sharing your journey and all of this amazing information with us. Have a blessed and happy new year!

    • Lindsey

      I’m also a *guac-a-holic. Autocorrect doesn’t like that word. ;)

  • Lindsey

    Hi Ella,

    Thank you for this blog and documenting all of your hard work so that those of us following a similar path can navigate it with ease and inspiration. The information you’ve compiled is incredible, and I am truly grateful. I love that your recipes focus on (what I call) “real” food, but more importantly, that they are accessible, thorough, uncomplicated, not time consuming, and major consideration has been put into flavor and the benefits of combining essential ingredients. This is really a piece of art that you’ve constructed, one that will change and save the lives of those who take head. I am also a guar-a-holic (I wanna share a totally different, but also yummy guac. recipe with you), and my body also revolts to raw onions! Hail to your recipes! Haha, oh yeah! Pineapple, how do you feel about it? Grill it and add it to the rainbow salad! OMG! Cheers! :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lindsey, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so happy to hear that you’re such a fan of the blog! Love the idea of adding grilled pineapple to rainbow salads, thank you for the inspiration! :)

  • Anni

    Hey,
    your website is really inspiring and I was wondering how did you create it? Was there some website you were able to use to create this site? I asking because for school I want to create something similar and I just find yours the best<3

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love my site so much, thank you! It’s actually been custom designed for me but I did start using a wordpress blog, which was really great!

  • Airi

    Hi, Ella, nice to meet you! I love your blog very much.
    I wanted to know how to cook healthy and delicious dishes but I didn’t know which blog is good for me.
    But now I found you! What a amazing blog!

    I’m gonna start healthy life with your wonderful recipes :)
    Thank you so much!

    p.s. I’m sorry for my bad English.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Airi. I’m so excited for your new healthy life, I hope it makes you feel amazing! :)

  • Nadia

    Hi Ella! I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this question, but what is your skincare routine? Do you buy products or do you use natural ingrediens from your kitchen? What cleanser do you use or how do you cleanse your face?
    I love your blog and instagram!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Nadia. I use coconut oil daily to moisturise and apple cider vinegar to cleanse! x

  • Alexandra Appleton

    Hi Ella,

    I am a huge fan of your Website and your entire approach towards nutrition and holistic healing. I have a friend who was fairly recently diagnosed with POTS and it has really begun to restrict her in her not just her social life but now her work life as well. So much so Doctors have now withdrawn her driver’s license as she keeps having random and unpredictable blackouts/episodes and she has had to quit her current job (it involved a lot of road travel) and now find another.

    I read into your blog and how you have suffered with your illness and have also bought several of the Books from your Reading List, including those by Mark Hyman and I am currently enjoying ‘Mind Over Medicine’ by Lissa Rankin. I have also introduced my friend to your blog and it has given her new hope and inspiration and has shed some much needed light on what she was beginning to feel was an impossible situation. So firstly I wanted to thank you for the hope and help you have provided her with.

    I am so fascinated by food and nutrition, constantly wanting to know what is in the food I am eating and wanting to make sure anything I do eat is benefitting my body, to the point where I now am strongly considering taking on a Part-Time Nutritional Course in London, on top of my 9-5 job. I wanted to ask you if there were any courses/colleges that you would recommend, in particular along the line of Nutrition that you have entered into and also if there were any recommendations for those that are regarded as respectable ‘qualifications’ by nutritional bodies in order to be able to do what you do and advise others.

    I know you are more than likely a very busy lady but if you do find yourself with 5 minutes to advise the help would be very much appreciated.

    I am looking forward to all the exciting things to come this year from you and your blog – I love all of your recipes and your blog is like a bible to me!

    Many thanks,

    Alex Appleton

  • http://www.purrpleivy.com/ Purple Ivy

    I found your instagram account and had to check out your blog after posting the sqaush and lentil curry. I like what you are doing and congratulations to beating that illness. I look forward to more yummy recipes.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

  • Lavinia

    Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your life with us! You are absolutely amazing!
    X x

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Lavinia, you’re so kind! x

  • Madlyn

    Hi,
    I have a question that you may have answers before but how are you liking your nutrition course? What are you doing/hoping to do job wise with food (if your doing nutrition as a profession)?
    I am at a bit of a loss right now as I love history and want to study it, but I also love nutrition and cooking/baking which I always cath myself doing. It is clear that nutrition/food has a lot of jobs, where as history sadly doesn’t have much to offer. I can see myself opening a cafe/health food store and keeping history as a passion. You studied art history, and then turned to nutrition, was it always Planned like that or did you decide on nutrition only after you graduated? Was it a hard decision? Are you glad you did it?:)

    Thank you!x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Madlyn. I love my course, it’s amazing! I’m doing my blog full time and through this I’ve got lots of projects. I really didn’t plan this but after I got ill and got so into food it just seemed to make sense, and it’s really the best decision I’ve ever made! Hope that helps xx

  • katie

    Hi Ella,
    I absolutely love your site. I have been on a health journey for about 2 years now after being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. I got a bit lazy and started going back to my old ways. Last year my daughter was diagnosed with horrible kidney problems and my husband and I weren’t happy to give her steroids, so I started the whole family on the journey again. and to date, my daughter hasn’t been sick for 3 months now!!! It’s truly amazing. I want to thank you for your wonderful recipes, as it can be so boring at times, thinking of new things to feed my family..
    One question for you though…. A lot of your recipes have banana, apple, dates etc… from my research, these aren’t strictly sugar free. do you know if this is correct?
    thanks again
    Katie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Katie. I’m so happy to hear that your daughter is doing so well! Yes all fruit has sugar, but for me that kind of sugar is totally different. By sugar free I mean anything refined or processed, I eat all fruit as it makes me feel amazing!

  • http://thenycdiet.blogspot.com Camille

    wow, what an amazing story. i wish you a lifetime of health and happiness. definitely an inspiration to continue to eat healthier every day.

  • roshni

    Hi Ella, this is the BEST BLOG EVER!! i am officially a convert to the no refined sugar lifestyle and i’m loving it :) please could u tell me if buying psyllium husks whole and grinding them is the same as psyllium husk powder? thanks

    Roshni x

    • ellawoodward

      I always buy the powder so I’m not totally sure, sorry! x

  • Lea

    Dear Ella!
    I only just discovered your blog, but am beyond happy! About 2 years ago I fell seriously ill only to find out that a stomach parasite had basically destroyed my entire stomach lining. My discomforts continued for the next year, and this past August I was told that I would have to change my diet drastically. I have been off gluten, dairy, refined sugars and other refined foods ever since. As you know this can be quite challenging. Even more so for me as I am a university student and these products do not only tend to be the cheapest, but also the quickest and easiest to prepare. So you cannot imagine the excitement I felt upon finding this blog. I cannot wait to try all of these amazing recipes. So thank you for sharing your story and embarking on this journey. I am happy to have become a part of it!

  • http://www.carrotsforclaire.com Veronika

    I just found your side and am totally in love!!! I adore your ideas with tahini and many, many more. I can’t wait to try your recipes and tell my german readers! You go, girl!

  • Taylor

    Hi Ella!!
    I Absolutely love your blog and photography. Beyond encouraged and blessed by you and all the wonderful information you provide us with. Did you create this site or use a certain theme from somewhere? Wanting to start a blog but have no clue where to even begin.
    Thanks for all you do!!

    • ellawoodward

      I used a wordpress blog to start with, which was amazing and I’d so recommend it! I then had this one custom made for me :)

  • http://www.blog.cleanprogram.com jessi

    Hey Ella,

    Just stumbled on your website, and I love it! I work with Dr. Alejandro Junger, I’m one of the Wellness Coaches at the Clean Program and just wanted to say hello. I looked for your direct contact and couldn’t find it, but I’d love it if you could shoot me an email. :) I’d love to feature you on our blog, if you’re up for it? Drop me a line and we can chat.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers,
    Jessi

  • Katy McLean

    Hi Ella, me and my sister adore your blog and we use recipes from it almost everyday. I saw a comment above asking about a book and I was wondering (a) if there is officially a book coming out and (b) when the book is coming out because I’d like to buy it for my sisters birthday. Thanks, Katy

  • Kat Goodacre

    Hi Ella,

    I, like many it seems have been totally inspired by your blog and recipes- after struggling for years with illness including CFS and IBS; I have seen a massive improvement through changing my diet over a period of time, slowly working out which things work best. I cut our most meat about a year ago, continued eating fish as this never disagreed with me, focusing on mostly fruits and veggies, not many grains and no nuts, much less dairy- the last few weeks I have based my diet on your whole food lifestyle, cutting gluten, dairy, using lots of your recipes and inventing my own versions; inventing recipes for friends with specific diets using natural ingredients and I am absolutely buzzing with energy- it’s like what I have been searching for to work best for me has been clarified and I really wanted to thank you for that. I am passionate about food (despite many years of mostly burning things) and I have made recipes lately for friends which they tell me they would happily pay for so i must have improved! I am actually cooking for a local pop up Valentine’s Restaurant on Valentines Day (just me cooking for 14 people- eek!!) and although i have had to adapt from the menu I would ideally serve; I am loving this journey and I know that food and this way of eating will stay with me for life. I am even converting my two young children (they love the pancakes and granola most!). I just wanted to wish you the very best of luck with your next ventures, your new ap etc- you are helping change people’s lives for the better, what better job is there?!

    Kat xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kat. That was such a lovely comment to read, thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear that you’re energy has come back and that you’re feeling so amazing! I hope you continue to feel better and better and good luck with the valentines pop up, I’m sure it will be amazing! xx

  • Mari

    hiya!

    love love your website! all the desserts look amazing! really trying to give up sugar but love my desserts especially cakes and chocolate!!

    I am in the uk and was just wondering how to do the measurements as I noticed you use cups.

    do you know the conversion? or did you buy something that is a cup measuring tool?

    thanks!
    marina

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Marina. I’m so glad that you love my site, thank you! I measure everything with a standard coffee mug :)

  • Ichelle

    Hi Ella,

    I have this question about fruit. Fruit contains sugars, natural sugars offcourse. But what is the maximum for fruit per day?
    For example; I always start my day with a green smoothie which contains approximately two or three pieces fruit. Sometimes I’ll have overnight oats for lunch which also contains also two or three pieces fruit (one mashed banana and one apple and one pear with cinnamon and ricemilk for example). Is this too much fruit? I was wondering because of the fact that insuline plays this huge part in losing or gaining weight.

    X, Ichelle

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ichelle. I would just go on how you feel, if eating this way makes you feel great then I wouldn’t worry! Otherwise I’d stick to joint one meal with fruit :)

  • Alice

    Hi Ella,
    I was just wondering when your cookbook will be coming out? I love all your recipes so much! X

  • Ailsa

    Hi Ella,

    I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while & only just recently occurred to me you have a blog!
    I absolutely love it, your healthy recipes are so inspiring and whats more so easy & quick to make.
    You definitely need to get a recipe book out, would without a doubt be a top seller!

    Just wanted to say a quick thanks from me & my body; love your recipes and as a result I have so much more energy..I feel great! :)

    Keep them coming!

  • http://heerlijkpuur.blogspot.com Lotte

    Hi Ella!

    I just wanted to let you know you’re a huge inspiration to me! I have been following you for a while on Instagram, together with a lot of other ‘health IG’s', but you definitely inspire me the most. I really like you’re recipes and food philosophy. And your personal story is amazing! You’re the living example of how important healthy food is. I also started my own IG and my blog. It’s so cool to inspire people. I’m planning on coming to London very soon, I would love to join one of your workshops!

    Keep up the good work girl!

    Love, Lotte

  • http://www.manvsclock.com Anthony

    Wow, what an incredible story of bounce-back-ability! Keep up the good work :)

  • Carolina

    Hello Ella!!

    I have a similar illness and I’m trying eating without gluten to,but you use oats and oats contains gluten I think.
    I would like to know because oats are to healthy but my doctor said to me that the only cereals that no conteins gluten are rice, quinoa and buckwheat?

    I wanted to know if you fell better now , I’m sure it will but I didn’t read and I wanted to know ;)

    Thank you !!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Carolina. You can buy gluten free oats, which are great, but most people with gluten sensitivities don’t react to gluten – I have terrible reactions to wheat, rye, spelt, barley but oats make me feel awesome! And yes I feel amazing now, it says all about it in the about me section :)

  • http://www.roshniskitchen.com Roshni

    Hi, Jus stumbled upon your website.. You have a wonderful collection of recipes. I think I pinned all your recipes in my board :-) I want to try them all. will do so in the coming weeks and will let you know

    roshni

  • Lisa Novick

    I love your recipes, blog and new app! Do you have a store cupboard list that you would share as it would make my shopping list easier and trips to the health shop less frequent!!! Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you Lisa! If you look in the food philosophy section there’s a pantry staples list :)

  • Mathias

    Just ran into your blog and am really amazed by it. Am trying to eath healthy myself, however still according ‘the standard’ way which involves low fat dairy , meat etc.. But am thinking to switch to a more ‘green’ lifestyle.

    Do you follow a strict vegan diet? How do you get your B12?

    Again, great blog / recipes you have!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love my site, thank you! I am vegan and feel amazing on it, I get my B12 from spirulina, bee pollen and maca which I put in my smoothies every morning!

  • Sarah Bee

    I am excited to try many of the recipes. I have been a vegetarian since I was 15 and have recently cut out dairy, gluten and refined sugars too. I must admit I do still eat fish and seafood. Do you think this has a limiting affect on the power of this particular diet?

  • Stephanie

    Hi Ella! I absolutely love your recipes and just bought your app! All the recipes I tried were delicious! I am just wondering if you have considered eating a completely raw diet or 80-10-10 and why you chose to go the way you did. It’s simply curiosity as the raw movement is very strong and I am wondering if there would be more to gain that way. Thanks and continue your great work!

  • Mariam

    Hello Ella!

    OMG I cannot believe I just found this blog yesterday! I must have been living under a rock! I just want to say that you are amazing, your recipes look extremely delicious, fresh and nutritious. I wish I knew healthy alternatives to chocolate brownies before lol! I am so going to try your recipes so fingers crossed they come out good!

  • Maddalena

    Hi Ella,

    I hope you are well.

    First of all I would like to let you know that I tried a couple of your recipes and I love <3 them!!!! :)

    I am sorry to disturb you but I just have a question. You often use medjool dates, why are these healthy and what are their benefits? I never ate them or used them so I do not know much about them.

    Thank you very much,
    Maddy

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love the recipes, thank you! If you have a look under the ingredients section you’ll find a whole thing on dates telling you all about their health benefits! :)

  • Sophie

    Dear Ella,

    I’m presuming that when you say you are writing a book you have a publisher for it? Otherwise, we would be really interested in meeting you to discuss!

    Thanks and best wishes,
    Sophie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sophie. Yes sadly I already have a publisher, but thank you!

  • Anya

    Dear Ella,

    Your blog is absolutely incredible and I wanted to thank you for all of your recipes and inspiration! I just bought your app and am so excited to start using it! I am looking to study in the UK and was wondering if you knew of any good universities (in London or elsewhere) for holistic Nutrition? Thank you again for such amazing recipes and your story is really inspiring . :)

    P.S. We just took a trip to London and tried many of the places you recommended. Thank you, they were all delicious!

    Thank you!!

    Anya

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Anya. I’m so glad that you love the app, thank you! I’m studying at the college of naturopathic nutrition, which I love and couldn’t recommend more – http://www.naturopathy-uk.com/home/main/

      Hope that helps and so glad that you enjoyed your trip to London! x

  • Eimear Mcgann

    I love all your photos of food! i was wondering do you have any camera suggestions for a food blogger?

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love them! My biggest recommendation would be to only use natural light, it makes such a huge difference!

  • Nikita

    Your’e helping change people’s lives for the better. Ella you’re an absolutely beautiful and amazing person.

  • Kelly

    Hi, Ella.
    After many months, (eh, many years!) of struggling with my relationship with food, I stumbled upon you on Instagram. My discovery was very timely. As someone who is continually looking for ways to eat better, lose weight, have more energy, etc., your inspired meals have provided me with renewed hope.
    After downloading your app, I spent the entire weekend planning my meals from your recipes, grocery shopping, cleaning out my cupboards, cooking delicious foods, and paving the way for a new beginning. I am now two days without gluten and refined sugars and feel amazing. Thank you for making a healthy lifestyle more attainable (and fashionable!).
    With gratitude,
    Kelly (Michigan, USA)

  • Chad

    Ella:
    Excellent blog. I’m so glad that you’ve been able to improve your health so dramatically by changing your diet. Do you mind sharing what underlying medical condition triggered your POTS? My wife was diagnosed with POTS at The Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2011. A rare autoimmune periodic fever syndrome initiated her POTS.

    Best,

    Chad

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Chad. They’re not totally sure what triggered my POTS, I have EDS which seems to have a link and I also had glandular fever (mono) so my doctor thinks it was a combination of the two! I hope that your wife manages to find success with her healing too.

      • Chad

        Thanks for responding, Ella. Amy presented with Mono twice: the first time in high school and again in graduate school. We now believe that one of the autoimmune suppressants she was on (Methotrexate) reactivated her EBV. POTS and the periodic fever syndrome by themselves were enough to deal with, so the reactivation of the EBV has been a real burden.

        Continued health to you.

  • Thomas Huynh

    So happy that you god rid of your symptoms! I just started having POTS last month, did it really take 18 months to get rid of it all? When did you start seeing progress? Currently on an insane quest to better myself. Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so sorry that you have POTS too! I think we’re all probably really different with our variations of POTS, but yes it took eighteen months to feel like myself again and to be ill 1% of the time rather than 95%. It took about three months to see the first difference and then it built from there. It’s a long process but you do feel better quite quickly. I also got into daily exercise which I think really helped. Hope that’s helpful!

  • http://angelalaw.org Ange

    Hi Ella,

    I love your site so much! I would love to send you an email to discuss the possibility of asking you a few questions to post on my own blog as an interview. I couldn’t find your details on the blog here (may be a little blind of me) Would love to hear back from you. My email is angelaw@hotmail.com.au

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Ange. xx

  • http://www.intention21.com.au Lisa

    Hi Ella
    I absolutely love your site, and your recipes are amazing. I am having an absolute ball and I find I have most of the ingredients already in my cupboards – aside form the odd buckwheat flour or I might have run out of nuts or something! I made the Power Bread yesterday, and having tried similar recipes to substitute my carb cravings before, kept my expectations low. But it was so delicious, I couldn’t fault it. Your hummus recipe is the bomb! I can’t wait to keep experimenting. I don’t know what your trick is, but my body must be very similar to yours as I am finding each recipe a taste sensation and yet I’ve tried numerous healthy eating sites / recipes in the past that have not satisfied like you. THANK YOU THANK YOU, I’m starting to feel great again ! Lisa X

    • ellawoodward

      That was such a lovely comment, thank you Lisa! I’m so glad that you’re loving all my recipes! x

  • Karin

    Hi Ella
    I love your recipes. I´m a new follower. One qustion, how much is a cup? I have notice that an american and an english cup is not the same. I live in Sweden and we use millilitre. I want to try Sweet Potato Brownies. Karin.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Karin. I measure everything with a standard sized coffee mug :)

  • Thomas Huynh

    Ella, did you have rapid heart rate after you ate when you had POTS symptoms? Did switching to healthier eating help this in anyway? My POTS started because of a stomach flu that lasted 2 weeks. I can’t eat normally anymore, I get full really easily and have a high heart rate after eating, which makes me scared to eat.

    Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Yes my heart rate used to increase a lot but once I changed my diet it didn’t at all!

  • Natalie

    Hi Ella,

    I just came across you page and I love it already! Reading through the symptoms you had, I recognize them all. It’s scary! Although my doctors, can’t seem to find out what’s wrong with me. How did you get diagnosed at the time, was it your doctor or did you go to a holistic practitioner? Also I have just started eliminating sugar, dairy and gluten from my diet and thinking about quitting meat as well. Can you recommend me any supplements that would be a good thing to take? Again congrats with you page, it looks amazing! I’m excited to see your book :-)
    -Natalie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Natalie. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having all the same symptoms. I was diagnosed by a doctor at St Mary’s hospital in London and then about a year later, once I’d started my healthy eating went to see a holistic practitioner. I would so recommend going to see one, I can’t tell you how much she helped me as she did some tests and gave me supplements to boost the areas of my body that were struggling. :)

  • LaurenK

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. I was recently diagnosed with POTS, but I believe I have been suffering with this condition for at least 10 years. I am anxious to read through everything you have written and get started changing my diet. I am a registered nurse, but this condition has taken me away from my job. I need to get it under control!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lauren. I’m so sorry that you’ve had it so long, I’ve only had it 3 years and can’t imagine what 10 feels like! Please email me, ella@deliciouslyella.com, if you have any questions and I’d love to help as much as I can!

  • carol street

    Hello Ella, great recipes.
    Can you tell me if all the sweet recipes are suitable for diabetics.
    I was diagnosed about 30 years ago with type 2 am taking a lot of medication and am now 71 yrs old retired with my husband in Northern Thailand.
    Regards Carol

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Carol. I’m not a registered doctor and haven’t finished my nutritional training so I can’t really say, but yes they should be great!

  • Anna

    Hello Ella, your website and your story are absolutely inspiring! I just started following your advice, but I am not sure about the structure of a day’s meals and the ideal portions in each meal. Start your day with a glass of water with lemon. Is a smoothie enough for breakfast? Or is it up to my apetite each morning? Then snacks: what portions do you recommend? And for dinner is it a good idea to eat as much as your lunch portion?

    Thanks a lot and sorry for the overwhelming questions!

    Regards,
    Anna

  • Elizabeth

    Hi,
    I’m really excited to try your brownie recipe. But, I’m allergic to nuts. Is there something else I can substitute in for the almonds in this recipe?
    Thank you,
    Liz

    • ellawoodward

      Absolutely, you can use double the amount of buckwheat/brown rice flour!

  • Hayley

    Hi Ella,

    I’ve just discovered your blog and as a fellow potsie I have oodles of questions for you, but I’ll just ask one for now! Would you say the change in diet has cured you from POTS? Is your heart rate normal now? (Sorry, that’s two questions!). I was diagnosed a year ago after suffering for 5 years after the birth of my daughter. I mostly ‘eat clean’ and am significantly better now and the chronic fatigue has vastly improved but reading your blog I can see many more dietary changes I could make. Thank you for sharing your amazing testimony, you are an inspiration.

    Hayley x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Hayley. I would say that it has been put into remission, my heart rate is totally normal now. The last few changes I made really helped me to get it fully under control. I hope that helps! x

  • Amber

    Hi Ella-

    I’m so glad I found you, your blog, Instagram and App. Like a few others who have commented before me, I also have POTS. I was diagnosed in August of 2012 after dealing with symptoms for about 3 years prior to that. Since then, I’ve gone gluten and dairy free, which allowed me to come off prescription medications, but I still haven’t been able to return to work. It’s inspiring to see you doing so well and I’m excited and hopeful to see my symptoms continually improve with the help of your beautiful recipes.

    Thank you for all you do!

    xo,
    Amber

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amber. I’m so happy that you could come off your meds! I found that exercise really helped the last bit of healing, as did eating lots of greens! x

  • Therese

    I probably sound like everyone else who leaves a comment but I am so happy I found your site! I had visited several other sites but there was always something that left me wanting more. When I found yours, I called my adult daughters and told them that I finally found someone who eats how I want to eat!! One of my daughters suffers from leaky gut syndrome. She suffered from low platelets (35,000) for five years and after numerous tests, she was told she had ITP, an autoimmune disease. But her instincts told her it had to be something else and she kept on researching and found a site about Leaky Gut Syndrome. She had all of the symptoms. She had the test done and her hunch was correct and gave up gluten. For nearly a year now she has been gluten free and her platelets have gone up to 162,000. Her hematologist is astounded. Her sister and I wanted to support her so we became gluten free and after six months we have realized the wonderful benefits and feel so much healthier. I want to become vegan and so your site is helping me very much.

    I subscribed to your blog, have your app on my iphone and I pre-ordered your cookbook this morning! I hope you will include the Lettuce Salsa Wraps. I take them to work for lunch at least once a week. I live n America so I had to find a conversion chart to figure out how to convert celsius to fahrenheit so maybe you will consider putting a conversion chart in your book. I am making the Raw Zucchini Lasagne today and am certain it will be wonderful.

    You inspire many people so keep creating and posting.

    Can’t wait to try the new cookie recipe!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you for your lovely comment Therese, it was such a joy to read – I’m so glad that you’re loving the blog and that you’re daughter is so well after giving up gluten, it’s just amazing!

  • http://www.sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com Sophie

    Since I have chronic pain, 7 years ago, I now eat mostly vegan 5x/week & mostly GF too! I also blog about that! ;)

    I have made many recipes from your tasty blog & they energize me too! While, my husband & I, my mom & dad, eat this way, we all feel better & more energized. My chronic pain is still the same though but I cope with it better!

    I can’t wait for your cook book! xxx Many greetings from a foodie from Belgium! :) xxx

  • Nikki

    My husband was diagnosed with POTS in March of last year after 2 years of symptoms and being told he had fibromyalgia or it was all in his head. I’ve gotten really into nutrition and clean eating since he got sick and came across your blog today. Can’t wait to look around :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you Nikki. I really hope this helps you and your husband! :)

  • http://foodbod.wordpress.com Elaine Boddy

    So nice to find your blog! Your food philosophy and mine are very similar, I’m looking forward to having a good look around your blog :) have a great day.

  • http://nrsunday.blogspot.com/ Nikki

    Dear Ella,
    I have POTS too, but with IBS. Is there anything you recommend I try to eat differently?
    -Nikki

    • ellawoodward

      I was the same, crazy stomach issues with the POTS. Eating this way over eighteen months really took away all the issues though :)

  • Mari

    Dear Ella
    Your website is brilliant . I read the article in The Telegraph and immediately looked up your website. I am a mother of a 12 year old coeliac and am always desperate to find delicious but healthy recipes for her (and me!) and I know you will be able to supply those in abundance. I think it is great how sometimes debilitating illness can lead you to something inspirational in life and I am so envious of you embarking on such a worthwhile career so young. I wish you every success and am looking forward immensely to your cookbook! I’m sure you will do great things.

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  • http://www.southtexasbiosuperfood.com Adam Huerta

    Hello!

    First, I want to thank you for the amazing website and yummy recipies! I searched for “almond chia flax” and it brought me here to those delicious bites you made.

    Second, I am a fan of the Nutribullet and will be trying all of your smoothie recipies… they look amazing!

    And finally, the spirulina smoothie really caught my attention because I take a micro-algae product called BioSuperfood. It is a blend of four of the most nutrient dense algae on the planet! Visit the website I added to find out more! I’m sure youll love it as much as I do!

    Keep up the good work! God bless!

    Sincerely,
    Adam Huerta

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Adam. Thanks for sharing that website, excited to check it out!

  • http://www.bobosjuicery.com Bobos Juicery

    Hi Ella,

    Hope you are well and had a great weekend!

    We would love to talk to you, please could you email me at press@bobosjuicery.com or call me on 020 7584 7805.

    Many thanks,

    Bobo’s Juicery X

  • Laura taylor

    Hi Ella

    As a fan of your philosophy and recipes I’ve been following you for a while now.

    I also look after the PR for Striders Edge (www.stridersedge.com) a UK performance wear brand for women (set up in Dec 2012 by Ex Sweaty Betty technical designer Katy Biddulph). We’re really keen to work with you on a project – please can you get in touch if this sounds of interest and I’ll fill you in?

    Best wishes

    Laura
    07775 898694

  • Meg

    Hi,
    Like all the other comments on here I absolutely love your blog, your recipes are amazing – I’ve even managed to convert my sweet-tooth husband and 3 children onto the sweet potato brownies instead of the horrible processed, sugar loaded cakes they would usually go for!!
    My son made them for a bake sale at school and not only did they sell out but nobody could believe they were actually a healthy option!!
    I have PCOS and suffer from hormonal acne and am hoping that eating a much healthier way might improve this, do know if eating this way can help?
    Also I was just wondering if you were planning to do an Android version of your app? Both my phone and tablet use Android and I get all my apps from Google Play Store, it would be great if I could have your app as well as following blog :)
    Meg x

    • ellawoodward

      I love that your son loves the brownies so much! Yes eating this way should really help to balance your hormones – putting maca powder in your smoothies is amazing too for balancing hormones! And yes android version coming soon! x

  • Amanda

    Hi Ella,

    Like everyone else I have been so excited to come across your blog and have told many people about it as well! I struggled with vegan vs paleo and am wondering why you don’t eat grass-fed organic meat. I understand eliminating gluten and dairy.

    I have made your granola and have had your blueberry and banana smoothie every day now for a week! I can’t wait to try the brownies and bread this weekend.

    Thanks so much,
    Amanda (NY, USA)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amanda. Meat is much harder to digest than anything plant-based, it’s also more acidic and my body wasn’t strong enough to deal with that! If you’re interested to learn more I’d so recommend having a look at the china study!

  • Nadav

    Hi,

    First of all it’s great to see the big change you brought on yourself.

    I was trying to read the early blog posts but the first two are not accessible.
    I was wondering, do you think it would have been enough if you just dropped the heavy sugar/fat diet that you were on, and kept on eating dairy and meat products together with vegetables/fruits/nuts , only this time preparing it yourself, cooking the food etc’?

    Regards,
    Nadav

    • ellawoodward

      Everyone is so different, so you have to do what makes you feel right – as long as you’re eating more veggies/fruits/good grains and less processed food with refined sugar then you’ll do great things for your body!

  • Sally

    Hi Ella,
    I have only just come across your blog yesterday after seeing an article in the Daily Mail. It looks great!
    I was wondering, do you drink coffee? Or do you have an alternative? As I love my morning cuppa. Also, do you drink any alcohol or can you recommend a (reasonably) healthy option as I do enjoy a few glasses of wine or beer with my friends. Finally, is your book out yet as I would love to get it.?
    Thanks. Keep up the great work x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sally. I don’t drink coffee as it gives me heart palpitations! I wouldn’t worry too much about drinking coffee, enjoying your wine – as long as you have healthy foundations you’ll feel great! Sadly the book isn’t out yet x

  • Emily

    Jesus christ I think I’m in love with you! I have spent roughly two hours on your blog and have a sizeable shopping list for tomorrow which I am hugely excited about.

    I was in hospital this week after an allergic reaction to painkillers and have been pumped full of weird drugs which have made me feel completely horrible and weak. Can’t wait to give my body something healthy and clean.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing because you obviously love it and you’re very talented AND you’re helping people! I just bought the app too.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you Emily! I hope you feel better soon! x

  • Marguerite

    Hi Ella, I came across your article in the telegraph magazine. I was wondering is cacao related to cocoa? You seem to use it in place of cocoa alot so I just wondered what it was. Also do you miss things like bacon? I love what you do with food, it’s all so colourful. I’m still at school so it’s hard to eat exactly what you want but I am definitely going to try your recipes.
    Marguerite x

    • ellawoodward

      Yes cacao is the unprocessed version of cocoa – it’s a lot stronger so you need much less of it. I don’t miss things like bacon at all, I feel amazing eating this way but you can totally still eat bacon and still get all the goodness from this diet!

  • http://www.mixitcookit.com Mita

    Hi Ella,

    I think this site is so gorgeous and lovely. Incredibly inspiring and love all your photography.

    Mita.x

  • Fia

    Hi ,

    I’d love to ask you advice on how I should nourish myself as in the last 2/3 years I have battled with a health condition that has very much affected my digestif system.

    Thank you :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. If you read my food philosophy section that should help you!

  • Susannah M

    I’ve just read your article of the 23 Feb 2014 in the Daily Telegraph magazine. Brilliant article! Brilliant site! For over half of my 52 years, I’ve struggled with vague, seemingly undiagnosable, autoimmune symptoms which I’ve only managed to control through a gluten/dairy/sugar free diet. It’s just so good to see that through your experience others can see how powerful a player food is towards achieving and maintaining optimal health. And for me personally, I can now justify my diet as I’m no longer a lone voice in the wilderness. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    Susannah M x

  • Charlotte B

    I’ve made two of your lovely recipes this week for friends. Thank you. And shared this website and a friend said she also has POTS and is going to take a further look.
    Brilliant stuff. Keep up the good work and thank you!

  • maedee

    Hi Ella,
    I’m so glad I found your site. Amazing testimony, inspiring life style that lead to a major health breakthrough.
    You are truly passionate about healthy eating and so talent. Thank you for sharing your God given gift.
    I have a question, which spiralizer are you using in your photo-shoot. I’m not much into gadgets, but there are things worthy of the investment.
    Keep inspiring…keep helping people!
    Maedee

  • Barb

    Hello Ella!
    I just came across something about your site in my reading today, and immediately did a search for it. I have had health issues since I was a child, beginning with asthma. With age more diagnoses and prescriptions have come as well. I have been on a modified vegan, gluten free, diet for about 6 months, and really have not felt much difference and am continuing to search for answers. I too believe that healthy eating will improve my physical health. Finding you site today was a God-send, and I just want to thank you for sharing this information with everyone. I am impressed and inspired that you found this path at such a young age. I think you have a brilliant career as a naturopath! I too have an interest in this area and have been harvesting plants as teas and medicines for a number of years. Sadly, I have not found the right combination yet for my health issues, but I have hope and am committed to continue on this path as long as the Lord keeps me here. I will close this now, with much gratitude and inspiration for your work, which has become a fuel to push me on in my path. God Bless Ella.

  • Ashley

    Hey Ella!

    First off, let me say that I think what you’re doing is extraordinary. I live in the US and am trying very hard to stay away from the highly processed, sugar, fat, and gluten products that have become so accustomed and accepted in society here. Everywhere I look is over-processed, fatty or sugary burgers, burritos and the like, which ultimately led me to having Gall Stones and the removal of my Gall Bladder at a young age. Even after the removal of it, I still am forced to stay away from overly fatty foods as they can still give me an “attack”, which is an excruciating, debilitating pain just below my ribcage above/near my stomach (potato salad is a huge no-no for my body), or something else that sends me running to the nearest restroom. So far I’ve gone mostly gluten-free (I’m just starting this process-it’s all very new to me) and eating more fruits and veggies; that alone has me feeling a lot better . In just one week I noticed a real difference in my energy level; it’s amazing! I have been struggling to find good recipes that I would trade for a burger and fries and am really thankful to have stumbled across your blog/website. I’m a huge smoothy fan too and can’t wait to try all the recipes you have for them! Your gluten-free pizza has intrigued me and as soon as I can I want to try it as well.

    I’d love to know, since your life-style change, have you missed eating meat? Is there a good meat alternative that you know of? If so, I’d love to try it! I’d also like to know what your take is on sushi. I know the “raw” fish can be left out, and for the most part, a lot of sushi seems to be extremely healthy and filling. What do you think of it?

    Finally, I want to say thank you. Thank you for taking the time to share what you’ve found with everyone. Thank you for running through failed attempts of recipes to give us the amazing ones you’ve discovered from it. And thank you for being an inspiration!

    Ashley

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ashely. I’m so happy to hear that your energy has improved! I honestly don’t miss meat at all, but you don’t have to cut it out totally – we’re all different so have to find what works for us, if eating some sushi and meat make you feel amazing alongside lots of plants and while grains then absolutely enjoy them! x

  • Nicole Patterson

    Hi Ella

    Absolutely love what you’re doing here and on the App. I have tried to get tickets for your cooking class but they’re all sold out. Could you put me on a wait list (if there is one) or notify me of the next round of dates? Thanks very much. Nicole

  • David Aldrich

    Dear Ella,

    Coming across your site was the highlight of my day…my week….my month. You have inspired me! I used to eat better but some of life’s difficult times blurred my focus for awhile. Reading about you and your recipies has renewed my passion to eat right again. Thankyou for your inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. xo :-)

    David

  • Karen

    Hi – really glad to have found your site; congratulations on your success =)

    The links to POTS are broken; do you know of any other resources?

    • ellawoodward

      I’ll find some other resources, thanks for letting me know!

  • Irina

    Hi Ella

    I think your site is fantastic – enjoying many recipes! I also have EDS type 3 and POTS and am in a bad POTS flare with chronic migraines chucked in for extra fun.. Can I ask you if it was clear which foods were triggering which symptoms for you? I eat a dairy free, gluten free, meat free diet ( though I eat organic eggs and fish) and I confess I do have sugar from time to time. I would happily go totally vegan and sugar free if I thought I could get my POTS under control as it is, as you know, quite disabling. All my doctors look at me like I’m a bit crazy if I ask about diet – would love to know whether you or you readers have any thoughts on this.
    Thankyou so much and thankyou for your blog.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Irina. I just posted in the philosophy section my answer about everything that helped me heal – hope that helps you! x

  • Guy Salisbury

    Hi Ella,

    Still loving everything on the site! :-)

    Just had a quick question about Honey.

    Is it fattening? Ive asked you about Apple Cider Vinegar before as what I try and do is have a tablespoon of that with hot water everyday, but I also add a teaspoon of honey. Is this teaspoon of honey a day going to end up being fattening in the long run.

    Its just a general musing about honey really.

    Thanks,

    Guy :-)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Guy. Honey isn’t fattening, I mean if you eat a whole jar a day it would be but a tablespoon is great! :)

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  • Jamie

    SO excited to find this blog. I am going to the grocery store today to try out a bunch of your recipes for this week. I have a TON of health issues and one of my doctors once told me she thinks many are connected and are caused by inflammation in my body. I am really hopeful a more alkaline based diet will help my issues as it did with yours, especially because one of my issues is an autonomic one like POTS. I do have one question though, I have food allergies, one being bananas, can i pretty much always sub bananas for avocado/extra avocado in your recipes? Thanks!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jamie. Yes avocado always works instead of banana!

      • Jamie

        Thanks !! Making one of the smoothies now, can’t wait : )

  • http://www.fatbustforever.com fiona kirk

    Hi Ella! Your site is just going from strength to strength – so impressed! I know the beautiful Antonia is doing her best to try to arrange for us to meet which would be just lovely but in the meantime, I thought I should mention that I have linked your blog into my new diet eBook, 2 Weeks in the Super Fast Lane, a healthy and nutritious diet for those occasions when time is tight and dieters need to shed some flab and shave a few inches from bums, hips and bellies before an event or a holiday! It is available on all Kindle sites – have a ‘Look Inside’ if you have time – http://www.amazon.com/Weeks-Super-Fast-Lane-People-ebook/dp/B00IPA66S2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394278358&sr=1-1&keywords=2+weeks+in+the+super+fast+lane

    Should you wish to review it, refer to to or read the whole thing (it’s pretty short but I am well-pleased with the recipes!) I will happily send over the pdf.

    Hope we can get together soon, very best regards Fiona x

  • Elizabeth Nouri

    Hi Ella! I really enjoyed finding your blog and want to incorporate a lot of your recipes into my weekly meals!

    I was wondering, in all your research if you found any benefit from Essential Oils? If so, do you have any tips in using them or the best products?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Elizabeth. I love essential oils, I use them in my bath and I’ve find them so calming!

  • Eleanor Stevens

    So excited browsing your website having read about you in the telegraph magazine! I have always been interested in healthy eating and recently several people I know have fallen ill which to me just highlights how important it is to treat your body the best you can. My boyfriend is obsessed with pick and mix and unhealthy snacks – I’ve told him I am going to cook one of your dessert/treat recipes every week so he can snack on those to his hearts content and I will know he isn’t putting something bad into his body! Can’t wait to start cooking your recipes! Ellie :) x

  • http://funkysteph.canalblog.com/ Stephanie

    Dear Ella,

    I have discovered your blog through RudeHealth… I do not have any chronic disease just doing my best to stay healthy and watch my weight. I thought so until very recently, when after a blood analysis, I decided to go on a detox to try to balance my vitamins and hormones levels. I have been on a path of healthy/clean eating for some time after discovering Hungry for Change documentary, but it is only very recently that I have understood all the mistakes I was still doing. The detox (which lasted 10 days) brought me back to an energy level I thought was gone for ever, my mind has never been so clear… I am now trying to NOT go back to my “old” eating habits, but I have found difficult to find attractive recipes… So far, it looks to me that your blog is part of the answer… I am also a fan of Kris Carr, which positivity is so contagious! I wish you all the best for your cookbook which is already in my Amazon cart :-) Thank you for inspiring me. Take Care.

  • Ruth Bailey

    Hi Ella. thank you for sharing your story. I know how hard that must have been and how much strength it takes to speak out about something so difficult. I left a comment earlier asking you about your studies. I left the Royal Ballet for a number of reasons. one of them was because I’ve been struggling with anorexia for about 3 years now. I’m in recovery and doing well. I would love to know more about nutrition and eventually become a health coach. I love to fill my body with nutrients. Do you take any food supplements as well having an amazing diet? is there a risk of overdosing on nutrients? thank you Ruth x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ruth. I don’t take any supplements, except superfoods like spirulina and maca! And no don’t worry no risk on eating too much goodness from this kind of food! x

  • Kristina Maurice-Jones

    Hi Ella,

    Firstly I want to say how impressed I’ve been by your website and inspired by how you have turned a negative situation into a very positive one! I’ve been unwell for almost 3 yrs with neuro symptoms being tested for lots of conditions. I’m worried I have MS but thankfully all the tests have been normal. Its a scary time but like you, I have turned to the diet, detoxing my life to heal;-). There is a fab website by Sarah Ballantyne (a biochemist) called http://www.paleomon.com written for people with auto immune conditions. I’ve just brought her new book and am looking fwd to reading it. For now I’ve removed grain/legummes from my diet (doing the paleo diet) but hope I can re-introduce them in about 6 months. Interesting to see you have done well without having to remove grain! Good luck to you! Kristina

  • zoe

    Hi Ella,
    Read about you in the Telegraph – inspirational!
    Love the site too, can’t wait to try the recipes. Especially as I am desperate to get a Spiraliser – please can you let me which one you have/ recommend.

    Thank you!

    Z

    • ellawoodward

      Hi

      I’m so glad you like the blog. There is a link to the spiraliser that I use on the Philosophy page.

      Ella x

  • Angela

    Hi Ella, I came across your site when I was looking for some inspiration to help change my diet and health. It’s a beautiful layout, and very easy to navigate. I made your tomatoe and seed crackers ( fab) but I wonder if I didn’t leave them in long enough, should they be very crispy..my first attempt so I’m not expecting perfection lol. Just finished making your minted pea and avacado dip for a snack later. Thank you for sharing your hard work and energy with us all.

    Angie

  • Kelly

    Hi Ella,

    I was diagnosed with POTS in August 2013, two weeks before my wedding. I feel like I’m serving a life sentence to this illness. I came across your website after you were featured in a magazine and am completely impressed with you tackling your illness head on with a lifestyle change. Is there any advice you can offer me? I am a girl who indulges in snacks and not the best eating but I’m committed to this change. I just find it difficult and often feel sick when I make initial attempts and then revert back to my poor eating (which also incidentally makes my stomach feel lousy but I’m not “shaky” as I like to call it)

    Thanks so much!!
    Kelly

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kelly,

      Have a look at my Philosophy page. There is lots of info on there about PoTs and my lifestyle change which you may find helpful. Good luck with your lifestyle change.

      Ella x

  • Jane Ozmus

    Hello
    I purchased your app without realising I couldn’t use it on my computer, can you tell me if it’s compatible with my i pad?

    Thank you

    Jane

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jane

      Yes it is compatible with iPad

      Ella x

  • Tony Marsh

    Dear Ella
    Having come across your recipe in the Mail magazine for Courgette noodles with minted avocado. Would you define for me the use of the half of lime ingredient, is it ‘juice of ‘ zest of or flesh of, ….thanks for any help, I hope I’m not comeing across as a numb-nut.
    Many regards..tonyfmarsh

  • http://www.thepurelife.ca Sisley Killam

    Hi Ella,

    I am a fellow healthy foodie living in Vancouver, Canada. I have decided to take a year off and move to Europe (preferably London) and hopefully land a job or an internship related to food, fitness, etc. I was wondering if you are hiring anybody in the future (an assistant, etc?) or if you know any places in London that I could research/apply to? Completely in love with your blog and your app (!!!).

    Thank you,

    Xx

    Sisley

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sisley,

      I’m afraid I am not hiring at the moment.
      Good luck with your move!

      Ella x

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  • http://hayhouse.com Michelle Pilley

    Hi Ella
    My US colleague who is Kris Carr’s Editor and I were just talking about you. She spotted the announcement about your book going to Scribner. Would be lovely to make contact and talk about future projects and the other non-book stuff we do at Hay House. I run the London office. I contacted Cathryn too.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Best wishes

    Michelle

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Michelle,

      You can send me an email at ella@deliciouslyella.com if you like!

      Ella x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for getting in touch, I’m Kris Carr’s biggest fan and love everything that you do at Hay House so I would love to make contact about future projects – my email is ella@deliciouslyella.com

      Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend,
      Ella

  • Alexandra

    I just found your website today! I am HOOKED! Not only you give great advice and information, but, as far as I saw, you try to answer your readers comments and help them with whatever questions they might have! I have already bookmarked a lot of recipes and, as I keep reading, I’m sure I’ll be bookmarking a lot more. Please, keep up your good work!

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  • Chelsea

    Hi Ella!
    I love love love your blog! It is so beautiful and inspiring and wonderful and all things great! I have a specific question about nutrition for you. What are your thoughts on healthy fats? Maybe you could do a blog post on that! As a vegan I eat lots of yummy foods to keep me full and satisfied and provide lots of nutrients like bunches of avocados, nut butters and raw nuts galore, and good amounts of coconut and olive oil. I know these foods have great properties, but how much is too much? What are your thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Hey

      If you have a look at my philosophy page there is some information on what I think about different food. I think the best thing is to get a really balanced diet with a variety of good food.

      Ella x

  • Olivia

    I absolutely love your site and app – you’ve really inspired me to turn my lifestyle around! Will you be updating the app with new recipes?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Olivia
      I am just working on the Android version at the moment but hope to update the app soon.
      Ella x

  • Jane Ozmus

    Thank you for your reply

  • Sarah

    Hey Ella,

    Do you know anywhere in Scotland that does a good juice cleanse?!

    Thanks so much! Your site is amazing.

    Sarah

  • Margaret Davies

    Directed to your blog through booksnob blog and I just love it. I have wanted to eat this way for so long and your recipes inspired me. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy but is willing to try anything! Made the butternut squash, broccolini recipe but alas the quinoa turned out really mushy so in order not to freak him out substituted rice. He loved it and the creamy avocado was to die for and i was a bit annoyed because he scoffed the lot and I did so want leftovers. I am going to make a smoothie for breakfast. Even seniors can change their habits! Thank you so much.

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad you and your husband are enjoying the recipes!
      Ella x

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  • ummbilal

    Dear Ella,
    words cannot express the delight with all you inspire to a healthier lifestyle. Brilliant. May you continue to be blessed with success and happiness. I just make a yummy almond milk but am wondering if there is anything that can be made with the pulp? It seems a waste to discard it.
    Thanking you very much

    • ellawoodward

      Yes, you can use it to bake with. Just place it on a baking tray in the oven on a very low heat for a few hours to dry it out and then you can use it as almond flour.

      Ella x

  • Mary

    Hello Ella.
    I’m a big fan of yours.
    I am from Argentina and I always ate what was in regular home, but from some months ago, I started with a much healthier life since I’m an athlete and I need it.
    I love your blog and everything you write!
    I admire your stance with your illness.
    Thanks for sharing all your amazing recipes!
    x!

    • ellawoodward

      Thats so lovely to hear and I am glad you have been enjoying getting healthier.
      Ella x

  • http://www.gratitudeandgreens.com genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Ella, I’ve been following your blog for almost as long as you have been blogging but only just realized you graduated from St Andrews last year! I am currently studying the St Andrews and will be graduating this June. That’s crazy! I am so bummed I didn’t realize sooner- I would have loved to meet you while you were here. Thank you for sharing, and let me know if you are ever back up in St Andrews! xx

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  • Ciara Taylor

    Just discovered your website this week. Made your sweet potato brownies this evening and have not been able to stop picking at them. They’re amazing. I’m going to start making my way through your recipes over the next few weeks, so excited to try some of them. Looking forward to the cook book coming out!

    ciara xx

    • ellawoodward

      I could eat a whole batch in one go! So pleased you love them too!
      Ella x

  • http://www.mimking.com Mim

    Ella…hello!
    A delight and inspiration to come across your website….and YOU!
    I too have EDS, hypermobility type….and POTS.
    Have just been to an Ayurvedic clinic in Kerala, India.
    Daily massages for a month which so, SO helped symptoms.
    ANYWAY….whilst there, I stopped eating dairy and wheat….and gave attention to what my body needed/wanted. Consequence of which, seems like I am now vegan and wheat free. I just started eliminating foods that didn’t leave me feeling good/uplifted…rather than deciding to become vegan and wheat free. I had chance to ‘listen in’ to what my body really wanted. I am now feeling SO much better, and with brighter energy. Food is making SUCH a difference….. and then today, by chance, I come across your website!!!
    EVERYTHING you write completely links with my experience.
    WONDERFUL!!
    :-)
    x mim x

    • ellawoodward

      I am so pleased you are finding a way to manage your symptoms. It has worked so well for me so I hope you have the same experience!
      Ella x

  • Jo

    Hi
    I am a big fan having started by making small changes to my diet and after 2 months am 95% there. Just can’t cut out wine and the odd bit of chocolate (although I LOVE your energy balls!) am addicted to my morning smoothie now too.

    Having bought your app I was wondering when you might add some more of the recipes from your blog to it? It’s quite hard to cook scrolling from my iPhone! Especially the sweet potato and lentil coconut curry (yum) and just tried the Aubergine and Tahini bowl tonight. Delicious but again frustrating having to read from your blog!

    Anyway no doubt I will be buying your cookbook. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Xxx

    • ellawoodward

      I’m working on an update at the moment!
      xx

  • Emma

    Hi Ella!
    I absolutely love your blog, so amazing! I wondered whether as well as organic and raw eating you use organic skincare products as well and if so, which ones?! Do you think it’s important to use organic products?
    xx

  • Emma

    Hey Ella! I absolutely loveeee your blog/recipes! I was just wondering what blood group you belong to (type: O, A, B or AB) ? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      I have no idea, sorry!

  • Angela

    Hi Ella,
    Absolutely love your ethos, recipes, way of life etc. So glad you turned your life around with diet. (you are what you eat).
    Not stopped ‘spiralizing’ since I found you! I just wondered if you had any news when the app for androids is going to be available?
    I would find it so much easier to follow your recipes with it. Even my 19 year old chef son loves your raw brownies!
    Keep up the good work, you’re an inspiration to us all!

    • ellawoodward

      Fingers crossed it will be out very shortly. I am just working on some final tweaks! So pleased you and your son enjoy the recipes!

  • Kate

    Hi Ella,

    I have really been living your blog. Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes! I was wondering whether you could do a post about water. Is it better to drink bottled, tap or filtered at home water to get the maximum benefits? Do you use water filter? If so which one?

    Thanks
    Kate

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kate,
      It really depends on where you live as tap water can really vary!
      Ella x

  • jackie

    hi ella!
    Im planning to heal my body and hopefully lose some weight through eating a wholesome plant based diet such as yourself. So my question is; How long until i will notice a difference in how im feeling and how long will it take for me to drop the excess weight?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jackie,
      I personally didn’t start eating this way to lose weight but I think it can be a great way to reach your natural weight. There are lots of factors that influence how quickly you would notice a difference so there is no real guideline. In terms of the difference in how you feel, you should notice slight improvements within a few weeks and certainly within a few months it will hopefully make a big difference with things like your energy!
      Ella x

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  • Ramona

    Hiya Ella,
    I have had many hurdles in life and it led to M.E. then my body had enough and Fibromylagia followed. I was bed ridden for 2 years and reading your story rang a few bells ! I managed to click about the eating a few years ago but the only thing bad I didn’t extract was sugar !!!! It seems strange now that I didn’t but I thought that I was boosting the much needed energy levels with it…….. Oh how wrong I was , Gulten , diary , sweetners , caffeine free …… but sugar no !!!! I came across your blog by chance …. I saw your app on T.V. I can’t rememeber where now ! But I couldn’t get enough of it I read it and it put the last piece of the puzzle in place for me !
    I am getting better slowly as you know it is a slow process……. but my cupboards are full of ingreidents and I make my own food as well as your reciepes …….. Some with a few adjustments if I don’t have an ingreident !!!! ( the bread I have sucessfully made without your vital ingredient ….can’t rememeber what that was now but had sucess yesterday I didn’t write it down thou ! I will next time and let you know …… BUT I want to say thank you for putting that last most important piece of the puzzle in place for me. My biggest wish now apart from getting more better is that others see the right way to helping themselves and that the medical proffession will take it on board and start to enforce the changes needed ! Life is far to short to waste it but we tend not to know how unless we have been life changing poorly ( …….. Thank you xxxxx

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much for your amazing message. It is really inspiring to hear your positivity and I really hope you continue to see a difference with the changes that you are making.
      Best of luck,
      Ella xx

  • Rebecca Davies

    Hi Ella,
    I’ve been raving about your recipes to my family for the last few months, and as a former sugar addict it has really surprised everyone that I’m enjoying the healthy way of life so much! My Dad has just been diagnosed with Coeliac disease after suffering for years with horrific symptoms, and rather than panicking about a gluten-free lifestyle, we’re embracing the opportunity to try out more of your recipes together, and I’m planning on filling his fridge with lots of your healthy snacks and sweet bites! Thank you for your inspiration, and for making it easier for my family to be a whole lot healthier.
    xx

  • Kelly

    Just wanted to get your thoughts on Frozen fruits and vegetables. My fruits seem to spoil quickly and I’ve purchased frozen. Do they lose any nutrional value by being frozen?

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    • ellawoodward

      Aw amazing – Congratulations!x

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      That’s so kind, thank you!

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  • ella meadon

    Hi Ella, I am a couple of years below your sister kate at school and i absolutely love your blog! I am hoping to come to one of your cooking lessons over the summer. I have tried a lot of your recipes and they are all so yummy :) xx

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing! Looking forward to meeting you there! xx

  • julia corcoran

    Hello Ella! I have your app, i got it when it first came out and I love it so much, it has been so inspiring!!
    I had a question, you always use buckwheat flour and I cant find any where I live but i did find coconut and almond flour.
    Do you think those would be okay substitutes?
    thank you! xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Julia,
      It depends what you are making but I imagine they should be fine. You can also find conversions online about the difference in quantities needed if you are substituting.
      Ella x

  • Cassie Needels

    Over the last ten years, I was diagnosed with anemia, chronic dehydration, SIBO, gastroparesis, chronic dehydration…you name it, I “had it”. That is, until my gastro doctor and a neurologist specialist confirmed that I had a neurological disorder. My doctors confirmed I have an orthostatic intollerance disorder but are unsure if it is POTS. Regardless, holistic treatment plans to heal from the inside out – starting with what I put into my body and how I move my body have truly changed my life. I am 27 but have been experiencing many of the symptoms you speak about for the last 10 years. Your recipes & story gave me a fresh step, and a new found motivation to keep my eye on the goal of long-term health. Thank You for that – it was beyond helpful, it was necessary.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much for sharing this. It is so inspiring to hear from people that have been through so much and have been able to motivate themselves to make changes!
      Best of luck and I really hope you are able to manage your symptoms this way.
      Ella x

  • Lucy

    Tonight, as I was slaving over a hot stove (a delicious kale, butternut and chickpea curry, FYI) my mind began to wander. There has been a lot of speculation in the press recently about the S word. Sugar! I have watched countless documentaries, listened to endless radio debates, and read endless newspaper articles on the matter. I am totally against the refined white stuff, or “white shite” as I have came to call it – but what is the deal with fructose? Some say yes, some say no, some say in moderation – but what exactly IS “moderation” when it comes to fruit? Should I be banana dodging? But what about all the incredible smoothies I could be whizzing up? And dates? Sweet mother nature! My brain is baffled. At the moment I only eat small amounts of berries and the odd apple or pear. Although I will admit to a cheeky Nakd bar now and again (I know, I should be rustling these up from scratch, but hey – what’s a girl to do when hunger strikes in the middle of Sainsbury’s?!) . Anyway, I am eager to know your opinion and/or advice on fructose consumption.

    Kind regards,

    Lucy x

  • http://www.annettesloly.com Annette Sloly

    What an inspiring Lady you are Ella, I am going to share this with clients and friends.
    So sorry to hear what you have been through with your illness, but what an incredible, strong and creative woman you are – and wonderful to hear that adjusting your diet helped you heal and manage the symptoms better… a real inspiration to people everywhere!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much for such a lovely message – it means so much to me to hear that you think that! x

  • Chantelle Jaques

    Ella,

    My sister attended the same university as you, and has since pointed me towards your blog. I have been using it for the last week, you are an inspiration. I work as a health coach and I am trying to tell my clients to cut ou pop and sugar and meat every day and although it doesn’t always get through I feel like small parts do. I recently started recommending you blog to my clients, and I cannot wait to hear the feedback from them when they explore your page. Thanks for taking the time to post all this stuff and for being a true believer in the power of plants. You are amazingly inspiring. Keep it up.

    • Chantelle Jaques

      Apologies for the missing letters, apparently the work keyboards have a hard time with certain letters!

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing, thank you so much for sharing with your clients and I really hope they love it!
      Ella x

  • Olivia

    Dear Ella,
    I am looking to change my diet as have a lot of health issues- I understand the negatives of gluten/sugar/dairy but for what reason have you given up meat?
    Thanks for the wonderful blog!
    X

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Libby,
      I cut out meat for the same reason as the other things as they have helped to improve the symptoms associated with my PoTS. It is an individual choice and you should do what makes you feel good and is sustainable for you!
      Ella x

  • Tina

    Hi, Ella
    I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I open it every single day, just to inspire myself, :)
    You made me think about my life and food I eat myself and give to my little children.
    thank you

    Tina

    • ellawoodward

      That is so lovely to hear, thank you Tina x

  • http://ohmyvegan.com Lindsay

    I’m so glad I found your blog! Such an inspiration

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you!

  • Melda

    Hi Ella,

    Absolutely love your blog! Such an inspiration! Quick question would you reccomend a highspeed blender or a food processor to make most these recipes? My food processor died and it wasn’t a very good one so I’m willing to invest some money into a good one! I’ve found one that’s a food processor and a juicier just wondering what you’d reccomend?

    Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Melda,
      There is a recommendation on my philosophy page. I hope it helps!
      Ella x

  • softy

    hey ella,

    i know you receive a million comments like these, but i thought i’d share anyway. the day you were featured on into the gloss was the day my life changed. i used to be horribly addicted to sweets. i knew they were terrible for me and triggered inflammation. i would always break out immediately after eating them, but i just couldn’t stop no matter how hard i tried. then came the day i discovered your website – the first recipe i tried was your raw brownies. i was so skeptical, because it just seemed too good and simple to be true. well now, a couple months later, i’ve made your sweet potato curry, sweet potato wedges, sweet potato brownies…yes, i’ve been buying much more sweet potato since i started reading your blog! i would say that i now eat 90% clean and i could not be happier. i haven’t had real brownies/cookies/cakes/cupcakes since the day i first made your raw brownies and it still shocks me that i was able to kick a lifelong sugar addiction with such ease.

    i hope you continue on your current path – what really makes you stand out from everyone else is the ease of your recipes, and the fact that they actually taste good. i love that most of your recipes don’t require complicated ingredients, or if they do, it’s just 1 or 2 at most. thank you so much for everything!

  • http://www.clayandlime.com Tuomas Isoaho

    Hi Ella,

    I was told about your rare fabulous site and rare condition the other day. Do you do any exercise/training? a carefully designed progressive program could help your condition markedly,

    Hope you’re having a great day,
    tuomas

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tuomas
      I do yoga and pilates and sometimes go to the gym too!
      Ella

      • Tuomas

        Great, love the energy ball video, I avoid all ‘shop’ ones bc of the nasty ingredients they invariably contain, yours seem like a great alternative,

        thank you
        tuomas

  • Amanda

    Hi Ella
    I love your blog, philosophy and recipes…. I do have a question for you :)

    I get hit by the 3pm tired slump and sugar craving monster every day. Does this happen to you? And what snack, food or approach would you favour to tackle this? Desk naps are not permitted in my office sadly!!
    Thanks
    Amanda :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amanda,
      The food that I eat helps me to avoid this as it stabilises my blood sugar. There is nothing wrong with having an afternoon snack though and something like a slice of superseed bread with avocado or nut butter is perfect.
      Ella x

  • Katharine

    Hi Ella
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your great recipes, they’ve really helped me while I’ve been on the Fodmap exclusion diet to try to identify what foods give me IBS. Being on the diet has reawakened in me a renewed interest in nutrition and I noticed you said you were training at the college of naturopathic medicine, which really interests me. Would you recommend it as a training course?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Katherine,
      I am so pleased you have found it useful and I would definitely recommend the course!

  • Alice Daisy

    Hi Ella,

    Just wanted to say how much I LOVE your website! This week I have successfully navigated my way through dangerous food situations
    (picnics, work meetings etc) by making some of your delicious recipes, avoiding eating rubbish and feeling horrible. Just had your amazing aubergine and tahini bowl for dinner and am delighted :)

    Thanks xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Alice,
      Thank you. I am so pleased that you are enjoying the recipes.
      xx

  • http://r-h.juiceplus.com Ryan

    Hi Ella,
    I am so excited that I found your site! I, too have been struggling with POTS and had previously been diagnosed with a variety of things all relative to the symptoms only. I saw an allergist for sever hives over the last 3 months. Over the last 8 years, I’ve seen a cardiologist, a nutritionist, a gastroenterologist, a naturopath, and I am scheduled to see a rheumatologist in July because no one can help me. I am a nurse and definitely understand the risks of polypharmacy and also NOW, of nutrition. I ate relatively healthy before, but I started a modified paleo diet and started increasing my fruits and veggies in my diet. I added A juice plus supplement and am starting to see so many changes! My gastro issues have improved, I have less joint pain, and I have noticed a drop in my heart rate by almost 15 points! I am so excited to finally find a page full of recipes and information from someone that understands the struggles! Thank you so much!
    xoxo

    • ellawoodward

      I am so pleased you are finally getting some relief from your symptoms and I hope they continue to improve as you try some more recipes!
      Ella x

  • http://sproutingalmonds.wordpress.com/ Vicky

    Hello Ella!
    I just wanted to say thank you and congratulations on such a fabulous blog/website and your upcoming book! You inspired me to start my own blog (http://sproutingalmonds.wordpress.com/) – although I am very new to blogging and out of my depth.
    I always look forward to your new posts and recipes and still have so many to try. Can’t wait for the book! Good luck with finishing it all :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Vicky,
      Amazing, good luck with your blog! Thank you – I hope you keep enjoying the recipes.
      Ella x

  • http://www.samanthalennietherapy.com Sam

    Wow, so glad that I found your site today having read your article in July’s Red magazine! I like to think I eat quite healthily meal wise but inbetween I am seriously addicted to chocolate and sweets which I believe gives me massive headaches, especially behind the eyes. Having done many a detox in my time which are effective but short lived, I’m hoping that your receipes will keep me on the healthy eating track that I so desperately need. I’m a reflexologist so understand how the body systems can become so imbalanced, I spend much of my time supporting others with their conditions that I should spend just as much time on myself. I nurture my mind with meditation, now it’s time to focus more on the body from the inside out too. Thank you Ella. I’m off to buy some lovely groceries :) Sam x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sam,
      I really hope you enjoy trying some of the recipes and that you notice a difference in your energy and headaches. It is so important to remember to look after yourself too!
      Ella x

  • diane thompsonm

    Hi ella just saw you on sunday brunch and have now discovered this website. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and am currently in bed need a lot of sleep. I have also put on a lot of weight with my medications. Would this way of eating help control my weight ?? And where do you get most of your ingredients from as I am sure asda doesn’t stock them.

    I think your brilliant

    diane

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Diane,
      Yes definitely. I think it can really help you to reach your natural weight. Of course, don’t go crazy on the brownies and sweet treats but they are perfect for soothing any cravings you may have in a healthier way!
      It should definitely help with your energy levels so I hope you notice some benefits soon.
      Ella x

  • diane thompsonm

    sorry forgot to ask is shop bought almond milk ok

    diane

    • ellawoodward

      I don’t use shop bought almond milk as it contains additives and emulsifiers that I avoid.

  • Molly

    Hi Ella,

    I watched Sunday Brunch this morning and couldn’t believe my luck when you came on and started talking about your food ethos. I had spinal surgery last December and have been reacting badly to sugar ever since; migraines and nausea being the main symptoms. So naturally I have been trying to find alternative treats that satisfy my sweet cravings – I couldn’t possibly do without the occasional treat! And your recipes are exactly what I’ve been searching for! Can’t wait to try them out!

    Molly

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Molly,
      I hope you love some of the recipes and that they help you deal with your symptoms.
      Good luck!
      Ella x

  • Sarah

    Hi Ella,
    I saw you on Sunday Brunch this morning and found your raw brownies intriguing! I was diagnosed with MS in September 2011 and after a high dose of IV steroids my body couldn’t tolerate prescribed medications anymore as the side effects were horrendous. I’ve recently been made aware that a drastic diet change may be the best solution so seeing your recipe this morning has really inspired me! I haven’t been able to work since my diagnosis and finding your sight has given me hope that I can be well again. I was only 26 when I was told and had just got married so I felt my whole life had been taken away from me, now I feel I can do something about it so thank you xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much for your message. It is so nice to hear that my blog can give people inspiration to make changes and I hope you find them really beneficial in dealing with your ME.
      Good luck,
      Ella x

  • Sally

    Just been given the link to your website and the recipes look fantastic! I have an auto immune disorder which has been in remission for 5yrs (through diet) but has decided to make a comeback! In the 5 yrs since I last had to deal with this so much more diet knowledge seems to have emerged, (and hardly any medical progress it seems) and sites like yours are so encouraging and exciting. Thank you for sharing your journey and knowledge.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sally,
      I am so pleased that you are encouraged by the blog. I really hope it helps you to get your disorder back in remission!

  • Carol

    Love your blog, but would really like your book as I think it may help my daughter who has been ill for about a year with similar symtoms but not as severe and as yet no medical diagnosis, I certainly feel that eating this way would really help her whatever the out-come! When is your book due out?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Carol,
      I am sorry to hear about your daughter and hope she is given a diagnosis soon. The book is out in January. I hope that you enjoy experimenting and that your daughter feels better eating this way!

  • Jamie

    Hi Ella

    Just wanted to say a quick note to thank you on your fantastic recipes! I also saw you on Sundays Brunch – your recipes are exactly the type of thing I’ve been looking for.

    One thing for me is the cost of ingredients – it’s much cheaper (unfortunately) to buy junk. Could you recommend anywhere in particular to buy ingredients? Do you use any particular websites or shops to buy ingredients from?

    Once again, thanks very much!
    Jamie

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jamie,
      Amazon and goodness direct are great and lots of things like raw cacao last a long time!

  • http://www.juicingrunner.weebly.com Taryn Gabrielle

    Hi Ella!
    I’m new to the clean lifestyle and I was just wondering if the pain I’m having in my head is normal. Today is my first day with the juice cleanse and my cousin told me that my head would hurt for the first two days. This pain is not related to dehydration because I’m drinking water non-stop but I was wondering if this happened to you when you started or how soon it will go away?
    Let me know! Thank you so much.
    You’re an inspiration to all!!

    Taryn Gabrielle

    • ellawoodward

      With juice, you can get headaches as your body is getting rid of any nasties! Hopefully it should settle but don’t continue with the juice if you feel too awful!
      x

  • Emma

    Hi Ella, but of a long one but I don’t know how else to contact you :)
    I’ve been undergoing test upon test for uncontrollable and random bloating, sickness, upset stomach etc. they haven’t found the cause yet. I had tests for PoTS and Chrons and all sorts…nothing. So I’m taking it into my own hands. I have been off refined sugar for ages and have been dairy, oat, wheat and gluten (and grains in general) free now for 4 weeks and feel so much better. But I’ve decided to take it to the next level and give up meat too.
    I’m just a bit unsure of good, high protein foods to eat which will replace meat for me as I do strength training at the gym and want to maintain muscle.
    I already make and LOVE tonnes of your recipies and I know that chia, chickpeas and spinach are good protein sources but was wondering if you could highlight a few more for me.

    Sorry for the long message, but I think you are amazing and would really appreciate/value your advice.

    Emma.

  • Tamara K

    Hy Ella, your blog, instagram photos and recipes are so amazing, and truly inspiring! I’m 22 like you, and also graduating Art History this summer :-) I love everything about your recipes, amazing ingredients and beautiful colors! I’ve been diagnosed with dairy/wheat/egg intolerance 2 years ago, then I started to avoid those things for about six month but didn’t exclude sugar and some other bad foods… However I wasn’t food educated enough to know there are amazing and healthy substitutes for all those food I wasn’t allowed to eat any longer, so my diet wasn’t balanced, I was constantly hungry, nervous and my immune system got bad even though I healed my IBS like 80%…. After six month I started to introduce wheat/dairy food again, in one month I gained back all 7lbs I lost in few months… Even though eating those food again was tasty and delicious my body felt horrible again, I’ve been struggling with dermatitis and IBS for long period of time… So last year I decided to eat healthy like 80% of the time to avoid cravings, but now I’m ready to go absolutely dairy and gluten free again… I stopped eating meat like 3 yrs ago, but I do eat fish like once a week, even though I’m ready to go completely vegan now… I’m using all this healthy ingredients from your blog on daily basis, and Love everything…
    I’m 5’5′ and 124lbs, I would love to loose about 8-10 pounds to feel and look best ever, I’m eating about 1200 kcal, but struggling to loose those last pounds, I really hope going dairy/gluten free again will speed up the process :)
    Did you loose any weight with vegan clean eating, and if it’s not secret what’s your current height, weight, thank you :-)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tamara,
      I’m afraid I don’t work in calories and weight – I am all about feeding your body with as much goodness as possible and I believe that you will reach your natural weight that way. I hope you feel an improvement in your symptoms and enjoy your vegan cooking if that is what you choose to do!
      Ella x

      • Tamara K

        Thank you so much for finding time to respond :-) I know you love this lifestyle, and enjoy it to the fullest without additional restrictions, I was only curious did you lose some weight when introducing this type of eating because you seem naturally slim and fit to me. I’m eating this way for about a week now, and I love it so much, I enjoy going to farmers market and health food store to buy all amazing food and prepare meals. I feel better when it comes to my regular health issues, only problem I’m having is a little bit of stomach ache and more frequent visits to bathroom, but I suppose it’s due to higher level of fiber I’m consuming now, I just hope it all calms down in few weeks.

        I would also like to ask you a little bit about spirulina, I’m taking it for few months now, but not on daily basis, is one teaspoon powdered spirulina enough for daily dose (5 grams approx.)? Can it have any side effects? I read few opinions and articles about spirulina and this one made me curious : http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/nutrition/spirulina-nutrition-health-benefits-is-it-worth-the-cost/
        What do you think about this (quote) :” One way that the nutritional benefits of spirulina are dangerously over-hyped is in its B12 content. Surprisingly, most online marketers of spirulina still promote it as a rich source of vitamin B12 despite studies showing that the B12 found in spirulina (and all other plant sources) are an analogue form that is not metabolized by humans.Not only will the analogue form of vitamin B12 found in spirulina NOT prevent vitamin B12 deficiency, it might actually facilitate deficiency since analogue B12 competes with bio-available B12 for absorption. In short, spirulina is not a B12 supplement and should never be relied on to provide this vitamin.”

        Is it true? Are there any other really good vitamin B sources for vegans? I’m asking because I was told I’m lacking some when I introduced similar eating style 2 yrs ago, Thank you :)

  • Emma

    Hi Tamara,

    I really reccommend this book by Neal’s Yard called ‘Healing Foods’. It has a really good break down of vitamins and minerals and which food sources provide them. You sound a bit like me with your intolerances and stuff…I’ve found it really useful.

    Sorry Ella, not trying to answer your questions :) he he.

    Emma.

  • Tom

    Hi Ella,
    Loving all these recipes, am excited to discover them because the food actually tastes great as well as being healthy – not an easy combination!
    One small thing, and it’s probably just me – but your logo (the D and E combined into one) looks like a bum turned on its side..! :)

    • ellawoodward

      Haha – That is the first time I have heard that!!

  • Maria

    Hi Ella!

    Thank you so much for this website and the app, I really admire you for changing your health instead of relying on medication. I was diagnosed with Erythema Nodosum last June, it lasted for 6 months and I was in bed most of that time with what felt like horrific arthritis leaving me unable to walk properly and affected all my joints, lumps on my lower legs, flu symptoms, lethargy and other horrible symptoms like yours I had doctors and hospital appointments every week but they don’t know much about it as it’s very rare. I thought I’d finally got rid of it but it has come back this month, I’m so upset. I had to turn down a lovely new job and I feel like my life is going to be on hold again for 5-6 months. I’m hoping eating this way will help me ease the symptoms or fingers crossed stop it from coming back! Will just take it day by day but just wanted to say thank you. Can’t wait till your book is out!

    • ellawoodward

      I am so sorry to hear you have been so unwell. I really hope you find some relief of your symptoms by making changes to your eating habits.
      Best of luck,
      Ella x

  • Carol Mott

    Hi, did you realise that your link to the magimix is now taking you to a £400.00.one when I’m sure the other day it was taking you to a £50 one which I was planning to buy and now I can’t find! I love your food and want to get better equiped so I can carry on.

  • Richard J D’Souza

    Does regular exercise help the condition?

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  • Taylor

    I love your blog. It is so beautiful and the recipes are so delicious and healthy. Thanks for all that you do! xo

  • smo Trevor

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  • Kelsey Smith

    I have just recently found your blog, and am so happy that I have! I have a very rare sympathetic nervous system disease that hit me smack at 27, 3 month after my wedding and changed my life forever. Like you, I was up to my eye balls in pills, doctor confusion, and nothing really working. Fast forward four years later and I have now taken my health into my own hands and am all the better for it. Through food and herbs and I learning the journey of better healing. I have so much to learn, but whole, clean, real food eating is a BIG help. You’r blog is such an inspiration to me that we really can change the course of our bodies. Can’t wait to cook up some of your creations as I slowly stock my shelves with things like buckwheat and chia! :)

    xx Kelsey