Philosophy

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I hope that my food philosophy inspires you to love your plants and really love your food! I’ve also included all the answers to my frequently asked questions. I love all your emails and I can’t tell you how inspired I am hearing all your stories, but my inbox is just over flowing like crazy, I’m getting thousands of emails every week and really sadly I just can’t keep up with them all. I’ve put together all the questions that I’m normally asked below with really thorough answers. The questions cover everything from measurements to equipment, plant protein, supplements, nut allergies, loosing/gaining weight, eating healthily and socialising, starting a blog and everything in between! So please have a thorough read of everything below before you email me – thank you so much!

For me there are two fundamental philosophies for healthy eating – firstly, this is absolutely not a diet and you really shouldn’t think of it as one, it’s never about deprivation or starvation but instead it’s about creating a new mindset and a new way of life. It’s about embracing all the delicious foods that you should eat and all the amazing things that you can do with them. Secondly, I believe that the concept of healthy eating should embrace a diet of pure, unprocessed, unrefined plant-based foods. You can eat as much of these things as you like as your body absolutely loves them and can process them so easily. This means that your digestive system works a million times faster and more efficiently, allowing you to easily process and breakdown everything that you put into your body, which in turn will fill you with an amazing new energy.

So what should you eat?
All of Mother Nature’s goodness! Embrace all fruits and veggies; whole grains – quinoa, brown/wild rice; all beans and legumes – chickpeas, lentils; potatoes – sweet and regular; all nuts and seeds; superfoods like goji berries, hemp, flax & chia seeds; dried fruits etc. Almond milk makes the best dairy alternative, and actually contains more calcium, while quinoa, almond and brown rice flours make the best baking materials. Honey, dates, pure maple syrup, ripe bananas and date syrup make the best replacement for sugar, and are really just as sweet and cacao makes the best chocolate recipes ever while loading you up on superfood nutrition. Dried fruits dipped in nut butter make the best candy replacements and frozen blended bananas make the perfect ice-cream substitute. There are ways of making all your favorite foods healthy, you just have to learn how. But remember with everything I’ve mentioned here that if anything contains weird additives then it’s not going to have the same awesome effect on you, store brought non-dairy milks are a great examples of this as they all contain the most bizarre ingredients. So, make your own, it’s the easiest thing in the world, tastes delicious and gives you more goodness than you can imagine! Also you should always cook everything with coconut oil or olive oil and use things like hemp oil and flaxseed oil for cold dressings – never use things like vegetable oil, vegan butters and sunflower oil – these are nasty and processed and don’t contain any of the good fats!

So what does this mean I eat less off?
This may seem like a long list at first but trust me the list of all the awesome things that you’re adding in is even longer! To really thrive you should say goodbye to the following as they’re all incredibly acidic and your body works best when it’s alkaline, they’re also really hard to digest which means they suck your energy and slow down your digestion:
▪ Dairy
▪ Gluten
▪ Refined sugar, including all candy, fizzy drinks and almost all chocolate – don’t worry you can buy amazing healthy chocolate and make your own incredible treats using raw cacao
▪ All other refined foods – white rice, white flour, white pasta etc
▪ Anything with chemicals, additives and flavorings, including natural flavorings as trust me these are anything but natural!
▪ Almost all supermarket products that are labeled as ‘healthy,’ such as dairy free butter, gluten free rolls and pizzas, soymilk and soy yoghurts, store brought almond milk etc – these items tend to be full of weird additives and chemicals that your body cannot digest, they’re really not much better than the gluten/dairy alternatives.
▪ Meat, fish and eggs – you don’t have to cut these out totally if you don’t want to, but try and reduce your intake!

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How to start?
I think it’s all about starting slowly, just making one small change a day is amazing – adding in one new serving of fruit or veg a day is fantastic, some sweet potato wedges or guacamole make an insanely delicious addition to any meal and they’re such an easy place to start. Whizzing up a smoothie in the morning is incredible too as it always starts you off on the right track for a positive day, while giving you an abundance of goodness and energy. Making small changes every week over a few months will result in huge changes but you won’t feel overwhelmed by them!

What are my pantry staples?
▪ Apple cider vinegar
▪ Brown rice
▪ Cacao powder and cinnamon
▪ Coconut oil and coconut milk
▪ Dried fruit: figs, dates, apricots (unsulphured – they’re always brown not orange)
▪ Fresh fruit: bananas, berries, apples, limes and lemons
▪ Fresh vegetables: spinach, kale, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, courgettes (zucchini)
▪ Gluten free flours: brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, ground almond, ground flaxseed
▪ Gluten free pasta: brown rice, quinoa
▪ Hemp powder and seeds and chia seeds
▪ Home made granola
▪ Honey
▪ Lentil, black beans & chickpeas
▪ 100% pure maple syrup
▪ Nuts: almonds, cashews, brazils, pecans, walnuts
▪ Nut butters: almond, cashew, pecans
▪ Oats
▪ Olive oil – high quality organic extra virgin
▪ Rice cakes and gluten free bread (I use a brand called Biona – http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/script/search.html?query=biona+bread&snar=)
▪ Seeds: pumpkin, flax, sunflower
▪ Spirulina
▪ Tahini

What kind of cup do you use to measure everything?
I use a standard coffee mug to measure everything, which is 3 by 3 and a 1/2 inches!

What equipment do you use in the kitchen?
I use a blender, food processor and a spiralizer. I use the blender for smoothies and soups, the food processor to crush nuts and make things like hummus, nut butter and energy balls and I use the spiralizer to make zucchini noodles.
I have these ones:
My Juicer
My Vitamix 
My Food Processor
My Blender 
My Vegetable Spiralizer 
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, I used to use this Food Processor/Blender Set which works really well and is very inexpensive.

Where do you get your protein from?
I make sure that I eat some plant protein at every meal, as it’s very important for energy! We’re not taught to think of plant sources as great protein sources, but they’re really amazing. The best sources are: lentils, beans, chickpeas, hummus, quinoa, buckwheat, nuts, nut butters, tahini, chia seeds, hemp seeds and powder, bee pollen, maca, spirulina, dark green leafy veggies. For breakfast I have nut butter, spinach, spirulina and chia seeds in my smoothie. I then have a mix of the others with my lunch and dinner.

Do you take any supplements, where do you get your B12 from?
I don’t take any supplements, but I do have really good quality spirulina, maca and bee pollen in my smoothie every morning to get my B12. If you would rather take a B12 supplement then that’s great – this is a personal decision!

Do I have to follow a strict plant based diet to get the benefits?
Absolutely not, you can make a big difference with small changes. Just changing one meal, adding in a couple more portions of fruits and veggies or cutting out some gluten or refined sugar will help your body. We’re all different too so you have to find what works best for you. This is just a guideline that you can pick and choose from; it’s just here to inspire you to eat more plants!

I’m allergic to nuts, what can I do?
It depends on the recipe. In the raw recipes, like raw brownies and energy balls you can use ground sunflower seeds. In baking you can replace the nuts with buckwheat/brown rice flour. In smoothies you can either omit the nut butter or use some tahini or coconut oil

What do you eat everyday?
I don’t share my day-to-day food, there are meal plans on my app, which should give you a guideline. I do have a smoothie every morning for breakfast and then lunch and dinner vary depending on what I’m doing.

How can I eat this way if I’m really busy?
I’m really busy too and I promise it’s actually easy! Smoothies are the best breakfast and they take less than five minutes to make, you can then just throw the blender in the dishwasher and take the actually smoothie with you in a water bottle so that you can drink it on the go. If you have a look at my healthy eating on the go post it may inspire you with ideas!

Can I have a calorie count on a recipe?
I don’t look at calories; all calories are not equal by any means so measuring calories isn’t a great way to eat. An avocado certainly is not the same as a chocolate bar! Instead focus on counting how much goodness you’re eating!

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Can I loose weight eating this way?
Absolutely, eating a wholefood, plant-based diet is an amazing way to get to your natural weight. Taking out gluten, processed food, animal products and refined sugar allows your digestive system to work a million times better so everything will be digested faster and more effectively which allows you to loose weight. Don’t focus on counting calories or fat, focus on eating three proper meals a day filled only with goodness and you’ll see amazing results.

I want to gain weight, is it possible to put on weight eating this way?
Yes you can absolutely gain weight in a healthy way just as you can loose weight, just focus on eating big portions, as this kind of food is very easy to digest so you will need lots of it. I would eat lots of the following at every meal: healthy fats – avocados, coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, seeds and olive oil; lots of starchy fruits and veg – sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, beetroots, bananas, mangoes; lots of grains – brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa; and lots of beans/legumes – chickpeas, beans, lentils. If you have a good mix of them all at least three times a day that will really help. Then try to have a snack two or three times a day, things like rice cakes with nut butter and banana, hummus and crackers, dates and dried fruit.

Do you drink alcohol?
Because of my illness I don’t really drink as my body just doesn’t react to it, I’ve also found that I feel so amazing and energised these days that I don’t really want it. If I do drink I drink good quality vodka on the rocks with some lemon juice, it’s delicious and very pure. Saying that if you love your wine then enjoy it, don’t feel guilty about drinking it – maybe just drink a little less!

Can I repost your recipes on my blog?
I’m so sorry but sadly you can’t repost the recipes, I work really hard to create them and hope you understand that I want them to stay here!

Do you only eat organic food?
I eat a mix of organic and non-organic. I try and eat the ‘dirty dozen‘ organic – so celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, potatoes, berries and then I don’t stress over the other things. If you can’t get anything organic then don’t worry, it’s not a big deal!

How do I eat this way on a budget and is this way of life expensive?
Focus on seasonal fruit and veggies, lots of grains like brown rice and beans/pulses/legumes – those are all super cheap and make an amazing base for any meal! For smoothies use frozen berries, bananas and spinach plus things like oats – all of which are really inexpensive. One of my favourite dinners is ready-made brown rice (which I make big batches of on Sunday night) cooked with black beans, a chopped tomato, some tamari and wilted spinach with a mashed avocado. It takes me five minutes to throw together, tastes amazing, costs very little and fills me with goodness! I find that on a day to day basis eating this way is actually much cheaper than eating a ‘normal’ diet, as meat and processed food is much more expensive than seasonal veggies. Baking is more expensive but if you only bake once a week or so then it all evens out. I also think that investing in your health is the best thing that you can do and what you eat really does determine how amazing your health is!

Why don’t you eat peanuts?
The main reason that I don’t eat peanuts is that they’re especially susceptible to mould and fungal invasions and are particularly linked to one mould that produced aflatoxin, a known carcinogen (linked especially to liver cancer). So it’s not that I think eating peanuts every now and again is bad, but I eat a lot of nuts/nut butter and so in that quantity it’s not great to be eating peanuts.

Can I have the temperature in Fahrenheit?
I’m so sorry but being English I don’t work in Fahrenheit, all the temperatures are in Celsius. There’s a great conversion website that you can use here though.

What do you do when you’re with friends?
In restaurants I order all the sides! I know it sounds silly but the sides are normally amazing – so I get a plate of roast potatoes, roasted veggies, steamed spinach and anything else that they have. Italian restaurants are great as they always have lots of veggies, as do Thai restaurants. I’d say that Chinese restaurants are probably the hardest and I do try and avoid going there! I often cook for friends too as I found that was the best way to introduce them to this kind of food and now they all love it and make it themselves! To start with I was pretty awkward about the way that I eat and very conscious of the fact that it was different to a lot of people but now I’m very open about the whole thing. I’ll go round early do a dinner and cook with my friend to make sure there’s something I can eat, or else I’ll bring something with me. The most important thing to remember is that you have to do what makes you feel best, if you feel happy and healthy you’ll be much better company!

What is your skin care routine, do you only use natural products?
Yes, I only use natural products as we absorb about 60-70% of what we put onto our skin straight into our bloodstream. I’ve written a whole post on natural beauty here, which talks about everything from skin care to make up, deodorant, toothpaste, haircare and everything in between!

Do you exercise?
I do, I try to get some movement in my day everyday as it’s so good for the body! I then do exercise five times a week or so. I love yoga, pilates and walking. I also go to the gym for some sweating once or twice a week!

I want to start a blog, do you have any advice?
I know it may sound like I’m lying but I honestly have no idea how my blog got so big! It all just grew naturally – it took about six months to a year to gain a real following and eighteen months to be really big. I’ve found that probably the most important thing are the photos, as that’s what draws people in. Also once you’ve got good photos you can add them to sites like foodgawker.com, which is great for getting new visitors. Otherwise I think it’s just about being authentic and sticking – write about something you love and don’t be afraid to show your personality, making it personal is great. I’d also say that it’s very important to focus on just one topic, so that the blog is specialized so that your readers know what to expect. Finally blogging regularly is important as otherwise your readers may forget to come back!
I started my blog on wordpress, which is great and then had my site custom designed last year once it really started to grow.

How did you get started, can I do this as a career?
I started with a simple wordpress blog, which just grew by word of mouth into what it is now. After a year I had my site custom designed to look like this. I now have an app, teach cooking classes, give talks and I’m writing a cookbook. At the same time I’m studying to be a nutritionist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, which I love and couldn’t recommend more. If you love nutrition and healthy food then I couldn’t recommend starting with studying more, as it will give you the best foundation to start from.

What kind of camera do you use?
I use a canon 650D, which I love!

How did you heal your PoTS
I would say that my illness was in remission – on a day to day basis I have no symptoms but I am careful to continue to eat well, sleep well and exercise every day. It took me about eighteen months after changing to a totally plant based, whole foods diet (with no gluten, dairy, refined sugar, meat, anything processed) to feel well again and I started really slowly – it absolutely wasn’t uphill the whole way either but it was the best thing I’ve ever done! I combined the diet with daily exercise (starting with just ten minutes walking a day, building up to exercising five times a week for about an hour – yoga, pilates and some gym). I also saw a naturopath at the Hale Clinic who did wonders with supplements to support the areas of my body that weren’t working – this was really essential to the process and something I couldn’t recommend more if you’re struggling with an illness. If you’re looking for initial inspiration I couldn’t recommend Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Diet more highly, it’s all about healing through food (she had stage 4 cancer) and it’s beyond inspiring!

What kind of PoTs did you have?
I have PoTS in association with EDS 3 and mast cell activation disorder, it is suspected that the illness was brought on by glandular fever (mono).

What are your favourite restaurants in London?
Borough Market - my favourite place in London, the best fresh produce you’ll ever see plus amazing olives, artichokes, hummus, sundried tomatoes etc. Great organic smoothie/jar called Total Organics attached to a great salad bar plus an amazing stall selling vegan burgers with pesto potatoes, as well as the best hummus ever from the arabic stall.
The Good Life Eatery - probably my favourite place to eat in London – their food is absolutely amazing! It’s very small so can be a bit tricky at peak times but so worth a visit. I especially love their signature salad with kale, sweet potato, lentils, pomegranates and a tahini/nutritional yeast dressing and their goodness bowl – just delicious. Lovely interior too and a great atmosphere.
The Wild Food Café - one of my favourites, the best raw food and a lovely atmosphere. A little too ‘hippy’ for some people with its communal tables but I love it. They make an especially awesome raw pizza and insane desserts! All vegan with gluten free options for everything.
Roots and Bulbs - my favourite juice and smoothie place, it’s in Marylebone and it’s just such a winner! Their Boss smoothie and the G1 juice are my favourites.
Mildreds - the coolest vegetarian place in London, carnivores love it and again makes vegetarian food seem awesome. Not all gluten free/vegan but amazing options, I love the stir-fried asian vegetables with brown rice, so delicious!
Tibits - fantastic place for everyone, amazing vegan/gluten free options and a great lunch spot. They have a huge buffet and you fill your place with whatever you fancy and pay by weight. Really delicious and inventive salads.
Manna - a great vegetarian restaurant, works well for everyone as it has a lovely interior and makes vegetarian food seem accessible – not all vegan/gluten free but lots of great options. Especially nice for dinner.
Vantra – a delicious vegan place, cute atmosphere but like wild food cafe it’s more alternative. Fantastic food though and an incredible lunch buffet, which is perfect if you’re on the go!

So embrace all of mother nature’s goodness, throw away anything with additives, learn to love food, love snacking and love your body and I can guarantee it will love you back! You won’t believe how fast your body will metabolize foods when you do this and how much energy you’ll have. Just remember that just because something is marketed as healthy or sold in a health food store, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually healthy!

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  1. Sandra

    Hi Ella, I have a question, when you buy your groceries, what do you check in the label to make sure it’s vegan ?
    there are tons of ingredients to avoid that I just feel difficult to learn all of them, Do you have any advice on how to choose a 100% vegan prodct?

    I will appreciate your answer, I love your website btw, I made the vegan pancakes and omg I loved them , tahnk you for sharing your amazing recipes :D

    greetings from Mexico!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Sandra. I don’t buy that many packaged goods as I try to just buy the raw ingredients and then make everything myself, but when I do I check to see if there are any additives first – anything artificial or ‘natural’ flavourings, any chemicals, nasty oils – lots of vegan things have vegetable oil etc in which aren’t healthy at all. So basically I look for anything that I wouldn’t eat on its own. Hope that helps and so glad that you love the website and the pancakes so much! :)

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      1. Sue Frederickson

        Love your site as it embodies all the nutrition principals I aspire to and try and encourage other to do the same by educating on the power of fresh fruit and veggies to heal the body and keep it healthy. I have been sharing your site with many others who I am working with to transform their health with a whole food challenge for just 30 days to start with. Your recipes, story and philosophy are perfect validations. My company in the US has a mission statement to inspire healthier living around the world by helping people get more fruit and veggies in every single day. I would love to collaborate with you. Please email me the best way to contact you.

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        1. ellawoodward Post author

          Hi Sue. I’m so glad that you enjoy the site and share the same principles, it’s always so great to connect with like-minded people. If you send me an email to ella@deliciouslyella.com we can talk more about any collaboration. Have a great day!

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      2. Taylor

        Hi Ella, I am transforming my way of eating into a ‘free of refined foods/sugars/dairy/meat’ diet and am very excited to start! I wonder though – as I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight – if this will help me gradually lose unwanted pounds of weight?
        Thank you Ella! Love the website – absolutely love it!!!
        Taylor
        Texas, USA

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        1. ellawoodward Post author

          Hi Taylor. I’m really excited for you to start too, I hope it makes you feel amazing! And yes this way of eating absolutely helps to shed unwanted pounds! :)

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      3. 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

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        1. ellawoodward Post author

          Hi Bojana. I eat all of them, but it’s hard to say – just try them and see how your body reacts! :)

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    2. Emily

      Hi Ella,
      Congratulations on your wonderful inspiring blog and foodie success. I’m a food lover and with children avoid refined sugar and too many refined carbs.
      I have a question: have you made any biscuits that a dunkable?! not soft and not too crumbly. Ie: like a classic gingernut of sorts?
      I’ve been experimenting but haven’t quite got it. For sweetners I try and stick to dried fruits, sometimes coconut sugar and sometimes maple syrup. But ideally it would be great if it was just sweet spices that made it sweet enough!
      Thanks
      Emily

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      1. ellawoodward Post author

        Hi EMily. So glad that you love the blog! I don’t totally understand your question, but I think I’d try the chocolate chia cookies! :)

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  2. Esther Feder

    Hi Ella, several weeks ago I was looking for a dairy free sugar free cheesecake and you popped up. I feel like I hit the jack pot. You are awesome. You have the time I don’t to explore and come up with these delicious recipes. Just how I have been eating for awhile, but you need good recipes to make it more interesting. Thank you for sharring.
    Yesterdays recipes look yum, but I’m having a problem, I don’t know if it is just me. They won’t open to your website to give the full recipe. Todays did.
    I think you should put your recipes in a book, I would totally buy it, and I am sure lots of other people also would.
    I’m a big fan of yours, and I have been sharring your site with lots of friends.
    Esther

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Esther. I’m so glad that you’ve been enjoying all the recipes so much! I’m a litre confused about the technical problem that you’re describing, I would love to help so could possibly be a little more specific? Thanks so much and have a lovely weekend!

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  4. The merrymaker sisters

    Hi Ella! It’s e & c from the merrymaker sisters: fit + healthy made. We have just been scrolling through your blog and absolutely LOVE it! Your philosophy on food is great and very similar to ours (only we enjoy our meat!) We look forward to trying out some of your recipes. Love that you are inspiring people to eat and live healthier lives. Always merrymaking, e & c

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi! Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you both love the blog so much! Yours is absolutely beautiful, love it! Hope you had a lovely weekend :)

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  5. Jennifer

    Dear Ella,
    Thank you so much for a brillant website. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 40 years on animal welfare grounds, although I have never fully embraced the vegan lifestyle. But, your website makes it look easy and brings together so much useful information. I am inspired to give it a go.
    Cheers from the land downunder.
    Jenny

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jenny. I’m so glad that you love the website so much, it’s really amazing to hear that it has inspired you to venture into veganism a little. I hope you enjoy all the recipes!

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  6. Bridget

    Hi ella,

    I love your site and I agree that I just stumbled on a jackpot! How do you have time to make your own staples, like almond milk etc? Do you do a lot of prep work for all of the recipes etc. over the weekend and just have lots left over for the week? Wondering how I can incorporate this into a busy lifestyle!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you Bridget, I’m so glad that you love the site so much! As for making my staples, I normally do it on the weekend – on a sunday afternoon. I’ll make my almond milk for the week, roast lots of veggies (squash, sweet potato, carrots etc), cook quinoa/rice, freeze bananas for smoothies and then I have everything ready to go for the week! It means I can throw together a great meal in just 5 mins with the grains and veggies plus raw veg – avocado, tomatoes etc. I normally take these in a tupperwear box as my lunch! Hope that helps!

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  7. kaoutar

    Hello,
    here is an other question about food, but first, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for converting me into this wonderful (way of life), green, tasty, conscious. I just feel good since I cut off all the nasty processed food and began to eat all ‘mother’s nature goodness as you mentioned haha’.
    In brief, I was wondering if the pastas, breads made with a whole grain wheat found on the supermarkets, with nothing in the ingredients but organic whole wheat grain, and organic pumpkin seeds, organic salt, organic.. are good to consume ?
    I’ve been craving this kind of things lately ( pastas, breads ) but I don’t want to buy anything before I am sure it is healthy and not refined.
    Also, I am not taking any probiotics (yogurt, kebir, soy).. Because I heard all these ‘vegan’, ‘organic’ things are quiet nasty. so I was wondering where I can get them ?
    thank you again and have a wonderful day/ night !

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been converted to this wonderful way of life, it’s amazing that you’re feeling so good on it too! In answer to your question finding healthy breads/pastas can be really tricky – for pasta go for brown rice or quinoa combinations, which should be pretty easy to find (especially online.) Bread is much harder as very few have added ingredients but they do exist, just make sure to look at all of the ingredients. For probiotics I wouldn’t really worry, I don’t take one as if you are giving your body all the right things then you shouldn’t need one. You can drink pure aloe vera juice though, I often add it to my smoothies as it’s really good for your digestion. Hope that helps! :)

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  8. Rachel

    Hello! I was just wondering about how many calories you eat in a day? I want to live this healthy abundant lifestyle, but I always feel unsatisfied, and I know its because I’m probably not eating enough! Love your tips! :) Also, I have heard mixed reviews about honey and agave, some saying that its just pure sugar and bad for you still, but isnt it all natural? thanks! <3

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Rachel. I don’t count my calories ever but I do eat a lot, I think it’s important when you eat this way. I always eat two or three snacks a day and eat big portions for every meal – my breakfast smoothie this morning for example was two frozen bananas, 1/2 a mango, a cup of pineapple and some strawberries blended and then topped with homemade granola, so delicious and very filling! I’ll snack on nuts/dried fruit/avocado rice cakes or something before lunch too. Eat until your full and don’t think about calories, they don’t really mean anything when you’re eating this healthily. In answer to question about agave and honey there are lots of mixed things going around but as far as sweeteners go them, plus maple syrup, are the best as they are natural and they’re also low GI which means they are slowly absorbed into the body so don’t cause insulin/blood sugar spikes like normal sugar. I don’t eat them everyday though, maybe once or twice a week. I eat dried fruit and dates instead for sugar cravings. Hope that helps and that you’re enjoying your transition into this lifestyle!

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  9. Kers

    Hi Ella,

    What a lovely and inspiring website! I look forward to trying your recipes. Just a suggestion, albeit an important one concerning health, you might want to stop recommending and using agave syrup. As you might be aware, recent studies have shown agave to have the highest fructose content of any sweetener, even higher than high fructose corn syrup! Fructose is something we should all try to avoid consuming too much of. Most leading health specialist are now advising against products containing agave (most health food/organic products use it as a sweetener). Organic maple syrup is a better alternative.

    Good luck with your site and thanks for inspiring people!
    Kers

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Kers. Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the website so much and I hope you love the recipes when you try them! Thank you for your comment about agave too, it’s a tricky subject as there’s so much conflicting information about it but the one thing I like is that it is so low on the G.I scale so it doesn’t spike your blood sugar which is super important for me personally as that causes issues with my illness. But as you may have noticed all of my recent recipes use maple syrup not agave as I have been questioning it too. I’ll continue to research though to find out even more. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Jenna

    Hello! So I eat fairly healthy, but am ready to take the next step and eliminate processed food and refined sugar! I just always end up caving and eating the ice cream and not so healthy for me foods and then I feel sick and so disappointed in myself! How do you get started and stick with it and also, how do you stay motivated? Thanks dear!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jenna. In answer to your questions I think you should help your parents by reading educational books and sharing them with your parents, I would start with The China Study and then either Kris Carr’s book or one of Dr Hymanns – there’s a list under my bookshelf. I think the more you understand the more you’ll want to stick to this diet. It’s hard to adjust to start with but as you cut the foods out you’ll feel better and better and won’t want to eat them. The most important thing is never to deprive yourself, it you eat healthy pancakes/brownies etc then you won’t want the unhealthy ones! I hope that helps!

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    2. Sue Frederickson

      Hi Jenna,

      I was in the same boat as you and I just discovered a whole food based eating program that I use Ella’s recipes with that have totally transformed me. It has totally given back my will power and control of my appetite and eliminated all my cravings. I feel fantastic, lost some inches, great energy all day long but mostly appreciate the mental clarity I have gained and my memory is better. Contact me directly if you want to learn more at Suephildan@comcast.net.

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  11. Jenna

    One more question! I’m 17 and am trying to convince my parents this is the lifestyle for me, but they are saying its impossible to totally eliminate processed foods and live like this, but I know this is best for my body! Help!

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  12. Corrie luck

    Hey deliciousely Ella this may just be the best blog I’ve seen and also my new favorite recipe book!
    All the pictures are great and really easy to follow recipes :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love it so much! That’s amazing to hear, such a huge compliment! :)

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  13. Jaël Spahn

    Hi

    I have already said how great your blog is… :D (Really one of the best…)
    I have a question according food. What’s your opinion about eggs? For example what’s about a diet like yours, but eating eggs as well. Or why do you cut them off? Are they acidic for our body, too?

    Best wishes

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the blog so much! Personally I avoid eggs as they are slightly acidic and they are much harder to digest than plants, which is why I avoid all animal protein. Have you read the China Study? It’s the most incredibly eye-opening book and I couldn’t recommend reading it more, I think it will really help you understand (much better than I can) why you should avoid animal protein. Hope that helps! :)

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      1. Jaël Spahn

        Thanks for the answer :)
        No, I haven’t read the book yet. But I’m reading “Peace Food” by Ruediger Dahlke. I think it’s pretty similar, but just a German version. I also love this book with all the aspects from the pain of the animals to the health for our body. But I just have to admit, that I’m a bit confused in the last time, because I’ve also read a book about paleo or about the glycemic index. And always when I’m reading the books, I think: Ou yea, of course, this sounds so logical :P
        But Actually I have a pretty similar diet like yours at the moment. But even though I have some questions…could you anser them? Please….

        Since the fifth class, I’m very interested in health questions. I have read so many books. Also diet books (I have lost so much weight only with eating healthy, without starvation :) ). But I have to admit: I’m confused. I was vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, paleo,…everything…haha. Not only for 2 weeks. Every diet for at least one year. I don’t know, which is the real one. I have no problems with my health, no disease, no allergic reaction, nothing. Would you even so recommend your diet?
        I know, this is a very boring question for you, but even though: Do you haave enough proteins only with legumes, vegetables and nuts/seeds. They are very good suppliers of protein. But the calorie density of nut’s very high too. (unfortunately). Do you use supplements (I’ve seen you often use hemp protein)
        Another question is about the glycemic index. Do you notice it. (I know, most veggies/fruits are low, but what’s about the dried dates in combination with nuts? Doesn’t this food go directly on the hips? ) :) :)
        And then another question again (sorry for bothering you so much..haha) Paleo diet also says, that gluten are bad, but they also say, that lectins are bad (which occur in legumes) they are both plant hormones against enemies…what’s about that?
        And what’s about soy? I’ve read so many different things about that: good, bad, evil, for a diet, you become fat with it….ARGGGGGHHHH! I haven’t seen a recipe with soy. Isn’t it good? And other soy products–> soy yoghurt 100% natural

        Now it’s enough :) I would really love to know the answers…I’m really looking for a diet, I’m also happy with. I don’t always want to switch and think I make the wrong thing.
        Love your blog, hope you answer, lots of love and go on with that!

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        1. ellawoodward Post author

          I totally see why you are confused, there are so many diets out there and the information isn’t always clear as to which one is best. The reason I suggested the China Study is that it really does explain why my diet is so incredible for the body and why it really is the way that we all should eat, even if you don’t already have problems with your health. So yes I would absolutely recommend my diet to everyone, I think it makes you feel absolutely incredible as well as doing more for your health than anything else. You also do absolutely get enough protein, more than enough actually. I think it’s very common for people to be confused about how much protein we actually need – the world health organisation only recommends that 5-10% of our calories come from protein, and did you know that human breast milk is only 6% protein! I think it’s so awesome that you are so interested in why this diet is good for you and I really think you should read more in order to fully understand that as sadly I can’t explain everything that these books do in my reply, more than anything I would say try the China Study, the Beauty Detox Solution and Crazy Sexy Diet – if you read all three of those than I really think everything will be more clear. I hope that helps! :)

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  14. Elyse

    Dear Ella,

    I cannot be more thrilled that I found your website. You make eating healthy look simple, delicious and fun. I tried being Vegan for 3 months last year, but during Thanksgiving it was so hard to combat all the dishes around me. So I lost my footing. But, I am going to slowly ease my way back into this healthy lifestyle. So, thank you for being a great resource for all of us!

    Just a side note: I don’t know what you do for a living but you could seriously write a cook book. Seriously. Do you have detox, slim down plans for people looking to jump start their new lifestyle?

    Love from the States

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Elyse. I’m so glad that you love the website so much, it’s so awesome to hear and I’m so glad that you think my site can help you ease back into this lifestyle. Thank you for your enthusiasm about a cookbook too, it’s actually what I’m planning on doing in the autumn so it’s fantastic to hear support for it! I’m thinking about writing some detox plans to, so I’ll let you know once I have those ready! Have a great day!

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  15. Kitty

    Hi Ella,
    Your blog is really great and so well-done. Thanks for sharing all of this! What is your opinion about oatmeal ?
    Thank you!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love it! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal, I make it with homemade almond milk and add sliced banana at the beginning so that it melts into the oats and flavours them, making them deliciously sweet and creamy! :)

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  16. mayra

    Hello Ella! I looooove your blog! I just recently went full vegan after being vegetarian for almost two years and my mother just found out she has breast cancer so I am also transitioning her into a vegan lifestyle so I appreciate your recipes which all look absolutely divine and I’m sure taste it too. I can show her how to make everything now and I know she will love how everything tastes. Thank you for sharing your magical cooking abilities and lifestyle with everyone. Xoxo

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, it’s so awesome to hear. I really hope that you’re enjoying your transition into being fully vegan, and that the transition really helps your mum – I’m so sorry about her breast cancer. Hope you both enjoy cooking the recipes together though! xxx

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  17. Laura

    Hi Ella,
    Thanks for the blog, you have so many great ideas :) I made the quinoa pizza last night and oh my it was delicious!!
    I was just wondering, have you given up eggs as part of your diet as well? I am meat dairy and gluten free, but still eat fish on occassion and eggs, but I was wondering what your thoughts about eating them are.
    xx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi laura. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much and that the quinoa pizza was such a success! Yes I have given up eggs and fish too as I found that my digestive system worked so much better and I felt so much better with only plants, but everyone is so different. As a result of my illness my digestive system is pretty useless so anything that I can do to help it is awesome! That’s obviously not the case for most people so I would advise being 80% vegan/gluten free/sugar free and 20% of what you love! xx

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  18. Carol

    Hi Ella I love your blog. I am transitioning into becoming a vegan. Your blog looks great. I can’t wait to try your recipes. Do you plan on writing a book?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Carol. I’m so glad that you love the blog, I hope it’s helping your transition into the vegan lifestyle! Yes I do plan on writing a book, this year in fact!

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  19. Victoria

    Hi Ella,
    I love your blog, and your food. Everything looks/is delicious. I recently got diagnosed with PCOS, and I would like to take the holistic approach to to healing and maintaining balance. My naturopath has me on tinctures and supplements, but I am also supposed to make a very large diet change. I am supposed to cut out dairy, gluten and refined carbohydrates. I like to eat this way at home, although not fully. I have tried to cut out dairy, and it worked for about a week. I am trying to get back on track, as well as work on the other areas, but I find it very difficult, since I work in a restaurant, and all of the food is full of dairy and gluten and refined carbs. I was wondering if you could offer any suggestions, as well as some motivational advice for staying on track with my new eating choices?
    I really appreciate any suggestions, thanks!

    Victoria

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Victoria. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you! I’m sorry to hear about your PCOS though and I really hope that a holistic approach helps you. My advice would be to start reading, that’s what motivated me to cut out everything that I had always eaten as I really understood why I needed to do this. Have you read the China Study or Crazy Sexy Diet? Both are amazingly inspiring, and really motivate you. Personally I couldn’t have made the change without them, although now I love the way I eat so much that I’d never go back to gluten, dairy etc. I hope that helps and good luck! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I would love to help as much as I can.

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  20. Jodi

    Hi Ella,
    I just found your site a couple days ago and have truly enjoyed it! I love your recipes, making a couple today actually. It is very refreshing to find people who appreciate healthy lifestyle choices in much the same way as I do. I wanted to pop in and say thanks for sharing, you have definitely become a favorite blog stop already!

    Have a great day,
    Jodi
    St. Paul, Minnesota

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  21. Annabelle

    Hi Ella, I absolutely adore all of your beautiful creations. I have been living a clean vegan diet since the start of the year and it was one of the best decisions I have made. After I made this decision my family got some pet chickens and I havn’t eaten any of their eggs yet but recently I have been considering eating them. The chickens have wonderful treatment so I know there is no cruelty but now I am unsure about the health aspects of eating the eggs. I was wondering what your opinion is because I think you live a beautiful lifestyle!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love all the recipes! I hope this new diet is making you feel amazing! My mum and my sister are both vegetarian, not strictly vegan, and they eat eggs from our chickens and love them. I think if you love eggs then eating them once or twice a week isn’t a bad thing at all, personally I felt better without them but that’s not the case for everyone and much better to eat eggs than something like dairy or red meat. I also think unless you’re doing this as a way of dealing with an illness there’s nothing wrong with being clean vegan 90% of the time and enjoying other things that you love the other 10%! :)

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  22. Carly

    Hi Ella, I have been following you on instagram for a while, but I just discovered your blog!! I can’t wait to try your recipes! I was wondering whether you have any advice on where to buy these key ingredients in the UK, especially fresh fruit and veg and some of the less ‘mainstream’ ingredients such as cacao? I was also wondering how you feel about organic produce and if you put much value in it? I eat as much food as I can organic at the moment but I’m not sure whether I can afford organic smoothies every day! Would really appreciate any advise :) x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Carly. I’m so glad that my instagram led you to the blog! My favourite place to buy everything is goodnessdirect.com, they really have everything, it’s awesome! As for organic my advise would be to do what you can but not to stress overly about it, it’s better but all fruit and vegetables are still great. I also follow this list of which things are the most important to buy organic and try to buy those and not worry about the rest http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-1 Hope that helps! :)

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  23. Karina

    Ella, have you ever been to a vegetarian restaurant in Kensington called SAF ? My daughter and I will be in London this weekend and thought we might try it out.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Karina. I have been there, it’s great but there are a few I like more – the wild food cafe in covent garden is my absolute favourite! If you look under the about me section you’ll see a list of all my favourite places. Hope you have an amazing time in London!

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  24. Blanca

    Hola yo soy de mexico y me encanta pagina y tengo e confesar que me encantan los batidos o smothiees pero a todos les pongo platano crees que es una fruta con mucha azucar tengo 16 años y me encanta hacer recetas saludables que alimentos me recomiendas que tengan gran cantidad de proteina vegetal y que carbohidratos son aceptables para mi cuerpo?
    y darle seguimiento a esta maravillosa pagina es asombrosa e interesante
    puedo consumir la maca, espirulina, HEMP y chia, acai todos los dias o debo moderarlo ciertos dias a la semana?
    Hermosa pagina FELICIDADES

    Hi I’m from mexico and I love page and I have and confess that I love the shakes or smothiees but they all think I put banana is a fruit with a lot of sugar I have 16 years and I love making food healthy recipes that you recommend that have great amount of vegetable protein and carbohydrates are acceptable to my body?
    and follow up on this wonderful site is amazing and interesting
    I can consume maca, spirulina, HEMP and chia, acai every day or some days I moderate it a week?
    Beautiful CONGRATULATIONS page

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Bianca. I’m so glad that you love my site! Yes it’s great to eat bananas, vegetable protein and carbohydrates! And yes you can and should consume maca,spirulina, hemp, chia, acai every day! :)

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  25. Noor

    Love your food philosophy… So inspirational!!!
    & the list you put was really helpful because I am just starting on my new vegan diet.. Thank you

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  26. Michelle

    Hi Ella,

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this Blog, it is an amazing collection of recipes that really make you feel great! I wondered if you could re-post the link to your food processor as the one above doesnt seem to work anymore. Im on the hunt for a new one and I wondered what you were using.

    Thanks!
    Michelle

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  27. Jaime Gray

    Hey Ella,
    Your blog is absolutely fantastic and I’ve spent hours looking through all your amazing recipes!! I have adopted a lifestyle very similar to yours and I can honestly say I’m never turning back! I feel fantastic and I’m having such a jam experimenting with all these healthy ingredients!
    My only question (and slight concern) is this : is it possible to consume too many calories? Previously you said that with this healthy lifestyle calories don’t matter but how exactly does that work? I eat more than my recommended calorie intake (albeit from almonds and organic peanut butter…om nom nom) and I’m worried that I might start gaining weight if I carry on eating all these lovely nuts and chia seeds…and avocado (yummles!)
    And on the that note, how big are your snack portions? Because sometimes I can get a bit carried away with the nut butter and dried figs (*insert sheepish grin here*)

    Much love from sunny South Africa x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jamie. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you! It’s awesome that you feel the same way about this lifestyle too! I don’t think it really is possible to consumer too many calories if you’re eating such incredibly nutritious clean foods, I’ve leaned out so much eating this way and have never gained weight and eat avocados and nuts every day, three big meals and snacks! It’s so awesome! I guess if you snack a huge amount you probably might gain some weight, I probably eat 4 dried figs each with a teaspoon of almond butter as a snack if that helps! Hope you’ve had a great weekend, Ella x

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  28. Christina

    I’ve been eating healthy pretty much all my life, I mean, I’ll take fruits and veggies over chips and maybe even dare I say, chocolate any day. But my body has been feeling the same, so I was wondering, could I possibly take it to the next level?
    Are there any types of food that I should reconsider eating/any delicious fruits/veggie smoothie combos that you whole heartedly recommend?

    OMG okay so recently I’ve gotten braces and I would like to eat as much veggies as I can without having to eat it like a total baby, so are there any delicious green smoothie recipes you could share/suggest? The thing I’m most confused about is…do you put milk in your green smoothies or is it very light and fresh – with the coconut and the leafy greens and the apples/oranges/those types of fruits?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      That’s awesome that you are such a healthy eater already, but I think you are absolutely right that you could take it to the next level especially if you already love eating this way! My recommendation would be to cut out any gluten, dairy or processed sugars/preservatives, and then to start drinking more greens. My favourite combination at the moment is juicing a cucumber, 3 sticks of celery, 2 carrots, a handful of kale and some ginger and lemon – it’s such a great way to kick start your body with so much chlorophyl. My other favourite is – 1 banana, 1 cup of spinach, some kale, a couple of florets of broccoli, a handful of blueberries and a heaped teaspoon of spirulina all blended as a smoothie with a tablespoon of almond butter and if you like a few dates to sweeten. I drink something like that every morning. As the base of my smoothies I either use coconut water, homemade almond milk or water depending on how light I want it. I hope that helps and please let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  29. Olivia

    Hello, really enjoying your blog. Definitely going to try some of the sweet recipes and the restaurants in London. Would like to recommend Tibits to you – it is a very delicious vegetarian restaurant off Regent Street (on Heddon St) – have had some really great healthy meals there and you can pick exactly what you want – as little or as much! Give it a try!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, so glad that you love it! I’ve been meaning to try Tibits for ages so thank you so much for the recommendation, think I really am going to go this week! :)

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  30. Henny

    Dear Ella,

    First of all, I want to say I love your blog including all your lovely photos. Well done!

    However, I have one question. I have noticed that you have a lot of recipes with tropical fruits / out of season fruits. I heard that if you live in a cooler climate fruits such as mango, banana and pinapple, which naturally grow in a much warmer climate, are supposed to cool down the body. Consuming these fruits will probably make people living in Northern Europe feeling tired. And since they take a long time to reach Europe they are harvested when they are not ripe yet, which means they do not contain all the vitamins, enzymes and natural goodness yet.
    I would love to hear your take on that!

    Kind greetings from Germany
    Henny

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Henny. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you! You are so right that eating as locally as possible means you get the most nutrients, so I do try to eat seasonally most of the time but if you do this it’s ok to eat some things which don’t carry as much as goodness as they could as they still contain lots of awesome things and they taste amazing! As for the tiredness I think that’s something that’s totally dependent on the individual, personally eating this way makes me feel amazing and foods like mangos and pineapples contribute to my energy instead of deplete it but that may be very different for others. I hope that makes some sense! Have a lovely evening

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  31. Cara

    Hi Ella,

    Your blog is so wonderful and I’ve been loving trying out the recipes! I’m currently at university which makes it hard with limited kitchen space, facilities and money to make meals. I was wondering if you have any tips for keeping up this lifestyle while studying?

    Thank you!
    Cara

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Cara. My advice would be to stick to the more basic recipes, and those can work out quite cheaply. I used to make big batches or brown/red rice and quinoa at the weekend and lots of roasted sweet potatoes and squash and then use those as the base of my meals so that I didn’t always have to be cooking, they’re also all very cheap. Then I would add avocado, tomatoes, chickpeas, some sautéed veg etc to keep it interesting and all relatively inexpensive. For breakfast banana berry smoothies can be great if you buy frozen berries as they’re much cheaper. Also buy things like chickpeas dry and then soak them yourself – a pack of dry chickpeas is like £2 and you’ll get around 10 cans worth of beans in there! Hope this is helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  32. Zara

    Hi Ella! I have one confusion here… How come gluten as in wholewheat breads/pasta are not consumed even without being a celiac… Are they okay or are they harder to digest? Sorry if this makes no sense. :/

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  33. Annie

    Hi Ella, I love your blog and use it all the time, and have just done a course at the Wild Food Cafe which I found out about here, so thank you! One question – what’s your view on Vitamix blenders? I don’t have a food processor and only have a pretty bad blender and juicer and was thinking of investing in one (even though they’re super expensive!) to kill all 3 birds with one stone. What do you think? Would be interested to know! Thanks again for your amazing recipes – your story is so inspiring! x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Annie. So awesome that you did one of the Wild Food Cafe courses, I hope you loved it! I’ve just been lent a vitamix to try and I have to say I’m not totally convinced by it. They’re great but I don’t think they’re worth their crazy price tag as they’re just not anywhere near as good at making things like hummus/nut butter/mixing nuts and dates together as a magimix food processor (or as easy to clean/use) and so I think it’s better to invest in a magimix, which is more like £200 and then a good blender (which should cost £60-80), so together its half the price of a vitamix and I think much more effective! Hope that’s helpful x

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  34. Elyse

    Dear Delicious Ella,

    I am a teacher and would LOVE your opinion on healthy recipes that are great to make ahead of time, and then carry in my lunch or something to possibly make a big pot to keep in my fridge all week! I know with fresh food it’s hard to keep for more than a few days. Any suggestions would be wonderful, thanks!

    Elyse

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Elyse. I think maybe this would be a good blog post as people are always asking about this and it’s something I spent a while figuring out myself. What I do is make a big batch of quinoa and brown/red/wild rice on the weekend, plus a giant batch of hummus, some roasted veg – sweet potatoes/squash and then in the morning I mix in some of all three plus some raw veg which just takes 2 mins to chop up – avocado slices, tomatoes, sweet corn, grated carrot/beets, zucchini slices, rocket, spinach leaves etc and then some lemon juice and sometimes some pumpkin/sunflower seeds for a crunch! So easy and so yum! Hope that helps!

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  35. Charlotte

    I just want to tell you that this blog is AMAZING!
    Finding great-tasting and nutritious recipes can be difficult- often the ‘healthy’ recipes (as they are labelled), that ‘taste wonderful’ are…
    disgusting. But all of your recipes are wonderful and you are so clever with food and this blog is just great! Please keep on blogging-
    the world needs people like you!

    Charlotte :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, that was such a lovely comment to read! I’m so glad that you love all the recipes so much! Dont worry I plan on converting the whole world to learning to love this kind of food and showing that healthy can taste awesome! :)

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  36. Edie Finneran

    Hey Ella, I’ve just recently found your blog and it is absolutely amazing! You are so inspiring and have the greatest attitude towards life. Just a quick question. For someone who’s looking to lose about 10kgs if I were to exercise and use your recipes (e.g. one of your smoothies for bf and one of your salads for lunch and one of your main meal recipes for dinner) would I lose weight? Obviously it’s different for everyone and hard for you to answer but are your recipes relatively low in calories? Sorry for the questions I just really want to turn my life around. Thanks for your help. xo

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Edie. Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the blog and find it inspiring. Yes you can absolutely loose 10kg eating this way, if you’re new to it too you should loose it very quickly. My dad did it this summer and lost 6kg in 2 weeks! The thing about all the recipes is that they are so natural that your body begins to work much more efficiently so the weight just drops off, it’s also very sustainable which is amazing. I always eat how ever much I want and never need to even think about gaining a pound, which is amazing! I think if you do have a smoothie then salad then main you’ll see amazing results! I’m so excited for you and I really hope it makes you feel amazing xx

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  37. Laura Philpot

    Hi
    I have heard of your website from a friend and am going to give it ago, I must admit I am finding it all quite daunting as have lived on processed quick and easy foods for years and am not a very good cook – the thought of doing this feels strange but I know it will benefit me in the long run.
    If you have another other tips for complete beginners I’d welcome them.
    Thanks
    Laura

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  38. Sue Frederickson

    Yes Edie,
    I have been recommending Ella’s beautiful recipe site and it absolutely helps your body to detox safely so your body will let go of the fat it is holding on to for a safe place for storing toxins. It is important to facilitate this detox by aiming to drink 2-3 liters of water per day, eat enough plant based protein, getting 8 hours of sleep at night and avoid eating within 4 hours before going to bed.

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  40. Annabelle

    Hi Ella,
    You are very inspiring to me and I absolutely love eating this way! No way will I ever go back to eating refined and awful ‘foods’. I am in my final year of school so I am very busy but I always make time for eating well but sometimes it is hard having to prepare every one of my meals especially dinner. I have just bought an sauce that I thought I read carefully in the store but now looking at I am unsure about it. It contains diced tomato and tomato puree, onion, carrot, celery, extra virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, spice and citric acid. Thankyou for all the wonderful recipes and advice you have on this blog :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Annabelle. I’m so glad that you love eating this way and it’s amazing to hear that you find me inspiring, thank you! Totally understand being too busy to prepare all meals, it can be tricky! When I’m busy I eat gluten free toast with mashed avocado/hummus and tomato, so quick and easy! That tomato sauce sounds totally ok, citric acid isn’t ideal but it’s such a small percentage of the whole thing that eating it once a week or so is no issue. :)

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  41. Grainne

    This is such a great website. You are so positive and make it so much easier and tastier to embark on this healthy lifestyle. Keep up the good work, you’re an inspiration! I keep making the choc mousse and giving it to friends and family, it is YUM :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind – that was such a lovely comment to read! So glad that you love the choc mousse so much too, that’s such a favourite of mine!

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  42. Kathrijn

    Hi Ella,
    I love to eat this way, eating the foods which make me feel good and it is always awesome to find new recipes to try! I love the presentation and your food looks so gorgeous, vibrant and fresh, I think a good looking meal is such an important part to a healthy lifestyle. As odd as it sounds!

    I noticed you do not use any peanuts in your recipes and was wondering if there was a specific reason for you not including them or perhaps a dislike or intolerance?

    Thank you so much!
    Kathrijn.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Kathrijn. I’m so glad that you love these recipes and I couldn’t agree more that making food look good is so important! I personally don’t eat peanuts as they don’t make me feel great, but there also some health issues with them as they’re really associated with a type of mould called aflatoxin which is associated with cancer so I try and avoid them. Also I’m such a nut fiend so I always eat so many so I thought since I was eating such large quantity it made sense to me to go for healthier nuts! Hope that’s helpful!

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      1. Kathrijn

        That was extremely helpful, thanks Ella.
        I am a nut fiend too and like to include a range of nuts to keep it interesting – while I don’t notice any ill effects from eating peanuts, I hadn’t come across that info before. Thank you again!

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  43. Anna

    Hey Ella,

    Crickey, you must be inundated with messages but this just goes to show how much of an inspiration you are to crowds and crowds of people!
    I am not vegan, nor vegetarian as I do enjoy a bit of chicken or fish and it seems to work for me. I do however get inspired by healthy clean recipes, and so I thought it’s only fair I let you know that you totally rock with this web! Great recipe ideas, photography to drool over, and your amazingly contagious attitude that makes me want to go get cooking! :-) I find it particularly useful knowing how you organise your week in terms of pre-cooking and then tossing particular things together to make yummy combinations. So a big blog post in the future would be something so exciting to read! Big thumbs up and hugs going your way! x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much Anna! You’re so kind, I’m so glad that you love this site so much! I totally agree that a blog post about weekly meals and on-the-go ideas would be great and I’ve had lots of requests for it so there will be one coming soon! xx

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  44. Lucy

    Hello,

    I have been trying smoothies this week but bananas give me stomach ache (I’ve had this for a few years now), and I’m not sure what I could use in its place in a smoothie? Unfortunately bananas seem to be the staple element! Would something like avacado work to give it the same thickness?

    I look forward to hearing any suggestions!

    Thanks, Lucy

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  45. Kasia

    Hello Ella,
    I have a question. I’m 15 and would like to try this way of eating, but I am worried I might develop some sort of malnutrition. I was told you need meat for the right kind of protein and that cutting out major groups of food could have a bad outcome. Is that true?
    Oh and also your blog is absolutely amazing and thank you for sharing all those recipes.
    Kasia

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    1. Sue Frederickson

      Watch the DVD Forks Over Knives and read the synopsis on Amazon for the book White Wash by Dr Joseph Keon. Plants have protein (especially Quinoa)though we have been lead to believe otherwise. Good luck and use Ell’s beautiful recipes for a healthy balanced diet.

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    2. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. My advice would be to do some further reading on the subject as I totally understand that we are brought up being told all these things but you really don’t need meat and you’re not cutting out any major food groups apart from animal products, which our bodies really don’t need. I would read The China Study first and then something like Crazy Sexy diet – they really help you understand all of this! Hope that is helpful!

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  46. Lou

    I am sooooo thankful to SheerLuxe for helping me discover your site! It’s amazing and I cannot wait for your book !!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Whole wheat flour can still have a bad effect on our blood sugar levels and is much harder to digest – the book Wheat Belly is really interesting for this!

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  47. Lucy

    Hi there,

    I LOVE your website and was just wandering what your view was on chewing gum? I tend to have sugarfree gum, but I was wandering if even this is not great for the body?

    Thank you so much for your help,

    Lucy

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Lucy. So glad that you love the blog, thank you! I’m not a huge fan of gum as even the sugar free ones have so many chemicals in that didn’t make me feel great sadly :)

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      1. Lucy

        Thank you so much for replying! I can’t believe you manage to find the time to reply to all your fans, I have been inspired so much by you and have the most delicious time exploring all your amazing recipes!
        Thank you again x

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  48. Jennifer

    Hi Ella – I just found your website by searching for vegan brownies – found lots of other recipes to try to! I’m starting a homesteading blog soon – do you mind if I ask if you used a WordPress template to create your site? If so, can you tell me which one? Your site has a really clean look and that is what I want too. Thank you.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      That’s great that you’re starting a blog, I’d love to see it once it’s up and running! Mine was custom designed for me so it’s not a template, sorry I can’t help more!

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  49. Rachel

    Hi Ella,
    I am considering buying a spiralizer as your courgette noodle recipes sound delicious. But after doing a little research online, I noticed some people recommend using a julienne peeler instead. I wondered what you thought about this? Is a spiralizer worth the investment (and the space in my rather little kitchen!), or will the little peeler suffice? I also wondered which vegetables, apart from courgettes and carrots, are good to turn into noodles?
    Thanks in advance,
    Rach

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Rachel. I tried using a julienne peeler a few times and it just wasn’t the same so I’d so recommend the spiralizer, it’s so much easier to use too!

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      1. Rachel

        Thanks for the advice Ella – I’ve ordered my Spiralizer and can’t wait for it to arrive.
        I saw you were featured on SheerLuxe today too – I’m pleased to see things are going so well for you, I think your blog is so inspiring.

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  50. Orla Parsons

    Hi Ella. Came across your website last week and am already a huge fan. Due to health issues I have wanted to change my diet but was having difficulty coming up with recipes. I have already made several of your dishes and love them all. My daughter and I are totally converted and don’t buy any processed food anymore. And I have found that in the long run it will work out a lot less expensive to eat like this. Thank you. Orla

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  51. Eddy

    Hi Ella,
    I love your website, it looks good and the recipes are so natural and pure.

    I am now in transformation to vegetarian, during this process it helps by taking your website as a perfect reference.
    I am from China btw, I wonder if you are interested to let me translate your website into Chinese as a favor?
    It must be helpful for me in the first place and those who are seeking for healthy way of eating habits in China(which is becoming a growing number)
    Let me know what you think ^_^

    have a nice day!

    Eddy

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Eddy. That’s such a kind offer but I’m not sure I’m ready for that at the moment – thank you though! Hope you’re having a great week :)

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  52. Ashley Rivas

    Hi Ella! This past year I’ve really been trying to change the way I eat. I came across your Instagram account one day and I have that you really embody everything I’ve been wanting to do! I’m updating my fridge with fresh and raw everything. How would you suggest I go about this change from pretty much everything store bought?

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  53. Sujaya

    Hi Ella, Thank you so much! I just love your blog and recipes! I have tried several ones, and It is just amazing. Today i would like to ask you which kind of almond butter you use in your recipes: raw or roasted?

    Again thank you, I really follow you!

    Sujaya

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  54. Bee

    Hi Ella,

    I wanted to ask you if you take any vitamin supplements? I read in a lot of books/websites on vegan diets that vegans can’t get Vitamin B12 so now I am wondering if I should take a supplement for that? Or is there any plant based food that I could eat instead? Also, do you drink coffee or black tea? Or would you recommend to not have that anymore, too?
    Thank you so much!
    Bee

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Bee. I don’t take any supplements, but I do use spirulina and maca every day which are amazing B12 sources so that would be my recommendation. Plus they have so many other amazing benefits! I don’t drink coffee or tea as caffeine makes my heart a little crazy but I don’t think either are too bad for most people! Hope that helps!

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  55. Joanna

    Hi Ella,
    Love your philosophy- I’ve been experimenting with cutting different things out of my diet this year, starting with refined sugar- which blew my mind and changed my world- and then trying out entirely raw which really wasn’t for me.
    I love the sugarfree lifestyle and that encompasses enough for me to cut out the naughty processed versions of food but keeps enough in that I don’t have to spend the entire day eating just to sate myself.
    One big prob I have is I really don’t like coconut oil. Coconut water is ok, desiccated (sugarfree) is yum but the oil is yuck. Have you any recommendations for replacement?
    Thanks and thanks for a lovely blog,
    Joanna

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love refined-sugar free life! I totally agree, raw was way too much for me too! I’m actually not much of a coconut girl either but I find when I use it for baking and cooking you can’t taste it at all, otherwise olive oil works well in most recipes!

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      1. Joanna

        Thanks for replying. I’ve often been replacing coconut oil with butter in healthy recipes (unhealthing it a bit). I hadn’t used olive oil because it’s hard to find a subtle one. That said, I could use it in my favour and use any one of heaps of tasty nut/seed oils that will add a flavour, rather than trying to avoid it so I might try that. Sadly I can usually taste coconut oil, esp in savoury recipes.
        I tried your nutella last week and left my hazlenuts to soak for too long and they went gross. Whoops!

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  56. Bekah

    I know that cacao is really good for you, but I was just wondering if there’s anything unhealthy about cocoa powder. It tends to be a little more affordable, and I already spend a fortune on groceries. (By the way, I love your blog. I’m already vegan, but I’m definitely considering cutting back on gluten and refined sugars, and I’m definitely cutting out natural flavoring stuff now too.)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Cocoa is just very processed so it’s not great for us, the thing about cacao is that is lasts forever. I just made a batch of my raw brownies and used 2 teaspoons of it, whereas with cacao I would have used about a quarter of a cup so it ends up working out at the same price, unlike many healthy things which I agree can be pretty pricey! :)

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  57. Debbie

    Hi Ella

    I have just found your blog and I think it is amazing. I have wanted to go plant based for a while – deciding which way to go is hard – Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Vegan – so many options. I think your philosophy makes the most sense and your recipes will make it more enjoyable and easy to stick to. I cannot wait to feel incredible. I hope to even convert my junk food loving husband into living a healthier live style. Maybe I can lead by example lol. Keep up the great work x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much Debbie! I’m so glad that you love the philosophy, and hopefully in time your husband will come round to it too! x

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  58. Alicia

    Hi Ella,
    2 questions… 1) do you ever drink alcohol? and if you do what do you tend to drink?
    2) Would you be kosher with adding vegetable stock to your quinoa when you cook it?
    Thanks.
    Blog is a life saver

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Alicia. So glad that you love the blog! I’m not a huge drinker, but if I do drink I drink good quality vodka on the rocks with fresh lemon as it’s the purest, least sugary thing you can drink. And yes great to add veggie stock to quinoa as you cook it!

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    2. Joanna

      Sorry to chime in on the veg stock Q: I gave up refined sugar (and felt amazing) but it meant I had to scrutinise the labels of EVERYTHING. Stock cubes are one of the worst culprits for sugar weirdly, it’s often one of the top ingredients (or glucose syrup or some other derivation). You might be talking about home-made veg stock in which case disregard my comment.

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  59. Eefje van der Meer

    Hi Ella,

    Loving your recipes. I was wondering, are soy products not a good thing? In holland we have alpro soya. I like drinking coffee with soy milk. So I’m looking for healthy soy milk. Can you help?

    Thanks!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      The problem with soy is that it’s often genetically modified, it also more importantly can play a role in disrupting hormone balance – especially oestrogen. I think it’s ok in small quantities but it’s something I try to avoid. Hope that helps!

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    2. M

      Alpro soy milk contains sugar. If you’re from the Netherlands you should check out the ‘Ekoplaza’, they have a lot more (healthier) options when it comes to vegan milk than regular supermarkets w/o additives and not all of them are that expensive but still organic. Can’t tell how which brand of milk tastes in coffee though as they must be less sweet w/o the sugar. I know the brand ‘provamel’ does have soy milk

      Link to a topic about genetic modified soy (milk) http://www.veganisme.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7800 )

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  60. Layala

    Hi Ella,

    I love your blog and recipes! Im currently on a gluten sugar and dairy free diet clean and healthy diet. Im a pescatarian so I do eat fish and eggs. Your beautiful blog and mouthwatering recipes is inspiring me to cut out all the animal proteins. I was just wondering are you 80/10/10? Meaning, do you divide your calories to be mostly carbs? Do I need to limit my carbs or fats for optimum energy and weight loss?
    Thank you,
    Layala

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Layala! I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you! I’m not 80/10/10 as I don’t like giving myself restrictions, I just eat what I feel my body needs at that time!

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  61. Joanne

    Hi Ella, just fell across your blog by accident. What wonderful recipes you have!! I seriously can not wait to literally eat my way through it, thank you! Joanne

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  62. sarah

    Hi Ella,

    I was just wondering if the cheaper food processor/blender set you mention is okay for juicing hard fruits and vegetables? Thanks!
    Love your blog, have a wonderful Christmas :)

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  63. Suzy

    Hello!
    I love your site and have just been given your detox cooking class for Christmas. I have been advised to cut sugar and clean up my diet for health reasons and was wondering if you had any stall recommendations for borough market? Your sweet potatoes always look amazing!
    Looking forward to the 23rd. Happy 2014 when it comes, hope it’s another fantastic year for you.
    Suzy x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Suzy. That’s so great, I’m really looking forward to meeting you at the class. In borough market I love Chegworth Vallery and Ted’s Veg for seasonal veggies and The Veggie Table for amazing veggie burgers. There’s also an amazing juice stand called Total Organics and a couple of fantastic olive places which I also love! Have a lovely new year x

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  64. Katie

    Hi Ella, a friend told me about your blog and I am so happy she did! After years of dealing with pure exhaustion, stomach problems, and constantly gettting sick (and having hypothyroidism on top of it), I finally decided to change my diet. Currently, I am eating close to the diet you describe and I have never felt better! I have more energy than I’ve had in years and really believe that you can heal yourself through what you eat. I have one question for you though… I’ve found it can get expensive buying all these fruits and vegetables and then having half of them go bad because I can’t eat them quickly enough. How do you plan your shopping lists for each week to make sure most of the food does not spoil? Thank you so much for your blog, I absolutely love your recipes!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Katie. I’m so happy to hear that you’re feeling so much better, it’s really so amazing how much changing your diet can do! I’m really lucky and live next to a market so I buy as I need but to stop spoiling I freeze things! Fruit especially is great frozen, I just chop it up nice and small and then throw it into my smoothies in the morning! Hope that helps!

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  65. Lisa

    I just discovered your website today. I have been craving a change in my eating habits and 100% agree with the food philosophy you’ve outlined but it just feels so overwhelming. I’ll be digging through your archives for inspiration to make the changes. Thank you so much for this.

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  66. grace

    hello ella!
    i’ve been fighting with different types of diets and habits for almost a year now, and have always been looking for a tasty and worthwhile way to eat “clean”. today after my classes were let out early due to this awful blizzard that is here in new england i was on tumblr and i came across a link to your website, and moments after clicking the link i knew that this is what i have been searching for for almost a year and i imeaditly began writing down recipes and ingredients. i plan to go food shopping as soon as the roads are safe enough to drive on. i believe that this lifestyle will be worthwhile and i will finally get the confidence and body that i have wanted for a long long time. after reading reviews i realeize that the longer you live by this lifestyle the less cravings you have for sugary junk food, i was just curious if you had any tips on saying no in the transition stage, like if there is a plate of cookies sitting in front of me what can i do to not eat every dingle one of them??? lol i am looking forward to a healthy new year and thank you for sharing this blog with the world

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      The transition stage is really hard, my advice would be to make healthy sweets like the raw brownies/sweet potato brownies/energy bites/chia cookies to keep in your kitchen and then you can reach for those instead of the normal cookies! I found that helped me the most! Good luck and I really hope eating this way makes you feel amazing!

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  67. Lucy

    Hi Ella,
    I am so inspired by your blog and absolutely love creating all of you delicious recipes. I adore making something that is so delicious yet completely good for you, and you have made me so interested in fuelling the body with what it needs, rather than a bunch of junk it can’t make use of. However, I was just procrastinating away on the internet looking at different bloggers and I have now found a few people, like Ellen Fisher, who suggest a 801010 diet. I am sure you have heard of it but it basically consists of whole fresh ripe raw fruits and vegetables, very little plant protein (nuts and seeds) and very little plant fat (avocado, coconut and all oils). I would love to hear what your view on this was, because I am not sure how I feel about having no cooked food at all (zucchini noodles and sweet potato), and very little nuts and seeds! Given that you are studying nutrition, I thought that you would know more than me.
    I would really appreciate your advice,
    Lucy x
    (Here is the link to the website where I read about it, its an interview with Ellen Fisher: http://www.realrawkitchen.com)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Lucy. I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! I read the 80/10/10 book this summer as lots of people were talking about it and I have to be honest and say I wasn’t convinced at all. I didn’t feel there was enough science behind it and it goes again almost everything else I’ve learnt about the important of good fats and plant protein. I also thought it was just way too restrictive. I’m sure it’s great for some people but it wasn’t for me! x

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  68. Sheefra Valldeflors

    Hello Ella~
    Just want to comment that your site is beautiful and inspiring. I stumbled across it looking for some “coconut bliss ball” recipe variations.
    I am a clinical herbalist and wellness coach, and while I do eat good quality meat, I absolutely love your recipes, and I am very excited to try them out!! I offer many of my clients meal planning, and I am ever so curious to see your meal-planning app that I read about someplace on your site. When does this come out? I will be sure to point some of my clients in the direction of your site. What a wonderful resource.
    Sheefra

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Sheefra, I’m so glad that you love my site – thank you! My app should be out in two weeks or so, I’ll let you know when it is! x

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  69. Fan

    Hi Ella! Which brand of coconut oil do you use for skin and hair? Not sure if I need a different one for cooking and beauty care so am interested to know your thoughts! Thank you.

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  70. Alyssa

    Hi Ella!

    My boyfriend & I are considering venturing to London for 3 months. He is currently in a part-time MBA program in the USA which provides him with an opportunity to do a quarter abroad and I am considering going with him. We are really excited about the potential opportunity, however I want to be realistic about the experience. The time frame of the program is January – March 2015. I was hoping you could give me an idea of what it’s like to live in London during the winter? During that time we would hope to venture through Europe as well. We want to make the most of the experience and I am sure Summer is a more optimal time, so would love to hear your honest thoughts, opinions, and advice! I am excited about the opportunity because I would be able to continue to explore my passion of wellness & nutrition in a whole new country! I would love experience all your favorite restaurants, participate in one of your live cooking classes, and potentially take a short term course at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion with the world. As a devoted follower of your work, you inspire me daily to live life to the fullest by nourishing my body in the way it deserves to be nourished!

    Grateful for anything you are willing to share. Much love!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Alyssa. That sounds so exciting for you, you’re right that it’s nicer here in the summer but London is a beautiful city all year round and I think you’d love it! It’s so easy to travel anywhere in Europe very cheaply from here too, which is amazing. I’m sure it would be a great place for you to explore your love of wellness and nutrition!

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  71. Allie

    Hi Ella, I’m trying to convert to this way of life as a way to cope with debilitating health problems too so I was wondering how long it took you to start feeling well again. Obviously I know it’s different for everyone, but at the moment my digestion and headaches are so bad and I have so little energy that any time I put anything in my body (even just smoothies) it feels full and bloated and horrible. How did you cope in the first few weeks of your transformation? I’d be really interested to know how you dealt with it all right at the beginning! Thanks so much – your blog is truly inspiring! I have faith that this will work for me eventually!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Allie. It took me about a month to start noticing a difference and then about eighteen months to fully feel normal again. For the first few weeks I was still in bed most of the time and spent most of the time reading books like the China Study and Crazy Sexy Diet to inspire me!

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  72. Jamie-lee

    Hi Ella,

    Your blog is amazing and I am so glad that I stumbled upon it! After Christmas I decided I wanted to kick off the New Year a healthy way so I began 3 week cleanse eating completely meat, dairy, gluten, sugar free, etc. At the end of the cleanse I was feeling AMAZING, had shed a few kgs and had discovered delicious recipes I will keep for life. However, this past week post cleanse and bringing the other foods back in I realised immediately how they impact my body, mood and energy levels. I decided I just don’t need them and I want to change lifestyle altogether to eat the way I did for the 3 weeks prior! That’s what led me to you when researching this way of life – I have been pouring over your blog and can’t wait to read the books you recommend! I am inspired, motivated and cannot wait to try every singly recipe on this site, beginning with your homemade almond milk!

    Yours in good health ad yummy food,

    Jamie-lee

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  73. Amy

    Hi Ella,

    I adore your website, thank you so much for providing us all with so much information and recipes!

    I just wondered what you buy organically?

    I try and buy as much of my produce organic but it is certainly expensive. Do you buy everything organic, such as the almond for the almond milk and berries for your smoothies? A brief run down would be hugely appreciated and apologies if you’ve already answered this question before, i did scroll through everything but couldn’t see it!

    Thanks so much

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  74. Ichelle

    Hi Ella,

    Frist of all i would like to say what an amazing and inspiring website you’ve got!
    I’ve started 1,5 month ago with skipping all ‘added sugars’ out of my diet and the past two weeks I’ve started with the green smoothies. It’s so amazing what they do for your body en energy level!
    I definitely want to keep up this lifestyle and diet. But I was wondering… Will you also lose weight with this kind of lifestyle and do you have some tips or tricks in order to lose some weight while continuing this?

    Thanks so much!

    Ichelle

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Ichelle. I’m so glad that you’re feeling so great and energetic without sugar and with the green smoothies! Yes you can absolutely loose weight this way, it should fall off very naturally when you cut out gluten/dairy/sugar and anything processed until you reach your natural weight!

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  75. Matthew

    Hi Ella –

    I came across your blog from a vegan friend of mine and your recipes look amazing. Unfortunately, I am deathly allergic to tree nuts(walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, etc.), is there any way to modify your recipes for such an allergy? Its terrible to be allergic to such superfoods, but I like breathing so I continue to avoid. Any thoughts?

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  76. Emily

    Hi Ella, I love your blog and all the great information you provide! I have a question about store bought cultured coconut milk. Is this an example of a store bought item with hidden nasty chemicals in it? At first, I thought this was a healthy alternative to yogurt, but after reading through your website, I’m second guessing it.

    Thanks!

    Emily

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Emily. Some coconut milks have lots of weird additives but lots don’t – it should say on the back on the tin :)

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  77. Abby

    Ella,
    I just discovered your site and I am in awe. Just by reading through everything and taking a look at some of your recipes, I can’t wait until I am able to live more like you. I absolutely love your Food Philosophy and it just makes so much sense! Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your recipes/thoughts/ideas, I am ever so grateful.

    Best,
    Abby

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  78. Jules

    Ello :)

    You are such a delight, I love all your recipes and reading through them all has opened my eyes to the variety of meals and snacks that can be created! I will never understand why when people want to eat healthily they think to cut out all fats and adopt the tuna and lettuce lifestyle – its so dull! My only concern, however, is that I’m enjoying all of these new foods so much I feel I am overeating! Especially when it comes to the chocolate date truffles/balls – I know my body will be digesting these foods without effort but is it possible to gain weight by eating too much of a good thing? I vary my diet with fresh vegetables and fruit always but I fear I’m indulging too much in the ‘sweeter’ treats, but I can’t help it!

    Jules xxxx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jules. Everyone is so different so it’s hard to say, but everyone I know initially lost a lot of weight eating this way. It then plateaus at your natural weight and should stay there forever! :)

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      1. Jules

        Thank you for your speedy reply Ella :) I am actually excited every breakie, lunch and dinner time now thanks to yourself! All the best, xxx

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  79. lgair

    hey ella! great blog and great food…i am immeadiately fallen in love with all your salads! i have to questions: what do you drink? water, tea, juice? do you drink coffee? and do you know the “vegan for youth” author attila hildmann? you both have so much in common!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! I drink lots of water plus herbal tea and then I make fresh juices and smoothies every day!

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      1. lgair

        thanks for your reply! one of the best things at your blog is, that you do reply. please keep on doing, cooking and posting. it is real awesome what you do…

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  80. Guy Salisbury

    Hi Ella,

    Ive been trying to introduce Apple Cider Vinegar into my diet where possible because Ive heard its brilliant for you.
    At the moment I have 2 tablespoons of ACV , 1 tablespoon of honey and about the same amount again of hot water.
    Can you suggest any better / healthier ways to use it as Im not sure what the nutritional values are of honey.
    Can it be used in any smoothies?
    Any suggestions would be great.
    Thank you
    Guy :-)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Guy. It’s not great in smoothies but it’s amazing on all savoury dishes, as a salad dressing or on quinoa/rice etc – just pour it on the top!

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  81. Julia Abeln

    Hi Ella,

    I just found your blog today by chance and I’m so happy, it’s great! Been a vegetarian for almost one year now and I’m going vegan this month so I guess your website is going to be a great help with all the recipes and tips.

    Keep up the good work and greetings from Germany,

    Julia

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  82. Maddalena

    Dear Ella,

    First of all I would like to congratulate you on your brilliant website. In addition to being very nicely design, this website is also very useful and interesting. I have discovered Deliciously Ella not so long ago through an article on Vogue and I am really glad to have found it. I also love cooking and really interested in healthy nutrition. I do not have a lot of experience and do not know a lot of recipes so I am looking forward to trying some of yours.

    I have recently discovered Wheatgrass and I have just managed to buy powder from Holland&Barrett. I have read that it is very good for you in general therefore I try to have 1-2 spoons a day in my morning smoothies or yogurt.

    Since you seem to have a lot of knowledge on foods I was wondering if you know about Wheatgrass. What do you think about it? Do you have any recipes with this element?

    I understand you must be very busy but I remain hopeful of your reply :)

    I wish you a very nice day,
    Maddalena

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. I’m so glad that you love my site, thank you. You can use wheatgrass in your smoothies, that’s how I use it. So just add it to any of my existing recipes. My advice would be to go for a better quality brand than the ones they sell at Holland and Barrett as it doesn’t taste nice at all so you’re only eating it for it’s health benefits and lots of brands don’t have the best quality. I would try something from Planet Organic instead, a brand like Organic Burst :)

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      1. Maddalena

        Thank you very much, Ella, for your reply and your suggestion. I will try this brand your suggested. The brand which I bought from Holland&Barrett is Naturya. If I can be honest, I have bought this one because it is the first that I found.

        I am looking forward to trying your recipes!

        Have a nice day,
        Maddy

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  83. Emma

    Hi Ella,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now and I love your recipes and philosophy. I’ve recently read a lot of negative information about nuts and seeds (as part of the saturated vs polyunsaturated fats debate), which has suggested that the high PUFA content as well as phytic acid and other “anti nutrients” means we should pretty much be avoiding nuts altogether. I always felt great including nuts in my diet and have read the specific benefits you’ve posted about some nuts, but decided recently to cut back my nut consumption and add more saturated fat, just to see how i felt. I immediately regret this decision, I don’t feel great and I put weight on quickly. But I was just wondering what your take is on the pufa content of nuts and whether you could give me any further insight into nut consumption in relation to their supposed “anti nutrient content?”
    Thanks!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I personally believe that nuts are amazing for us and the more of them I eat the better I feel so I just go with that!

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  84. Emma

    That’s true- listening to your body is always best, I think! It can be so confusing with all the nutritional debates going on out there. Maybe I’ll try activating my nuts before eating them. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog and recipes- they’re about to get me through my first attempt at finally cutting out meat!

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  85. Annabelle

    Hi Ella,
    I have been posting on another section on the website, but I just wanted to say a general thank you. So far I have attempted to make the sweet potato brownies, the pure chocolate, the raw brownies, the almond milk, the nutella, the raw lasagna, loads of smoothies and… I keep coming back for more :) Your blog is truly inspiring and you’re a very generous person for taking the time to share these recipes. Everything you’ve recommended so far worked a treat, be it on the food or the beauty front!!! (apple cider vinegar+coconut oil = my newly adopted amazing beauty routine). Also, I 100% agree on the calorie matter; it really annoys me when I hear people ask about calories or fat content. They’d rather not eat nuts cause they are “fat” and then you spot them biting into Sainsburys eclairs (hello?!). We should only care about the quality of the food. Only downside: I find it hard when I am out socialising with old pre-diet friends/family in vegan unfriendly restaurants (otherwise you have to decline or impose another place) but when I feel lonely it’s always good to go back on here and see that a lot of people are doing it too. I feel great in my body now but I can’t see all the effects on my PCOS just yet and I feel that it’s because the changes were less brutal (as if I went from 100% processed food to plant-based). I was already eating a diverse diet with organic fruits and vegs but now I am cutting both meat and dairy. How long did it take you to see the change in your symptoms? (sorry if it’s a personal question) When/if you had some infractions at the beginning of your diet, would you have a relapse in the symptoms? I find it hard to give the real reasons behind my diet (because people always ask WHY) and I don’t want to get into the whole medical thing so I struggle to find a good enough answer. Thanks again Ella for your help and thanks for your amazing blog xxx
    ps: I have discovered buy whole foods online uk and they seem to stock pretty much everything you refer to in your recipes, so I found it quite convenient to buy everything at once, have you ever come across it? good/bad?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Annabelle. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the blog and so awesome to hear from such lovely people who are so in line with the way I think! I took me eighteen months to feel totally better and about 3 months to really see a change in my symptoms – I hope that helps you. xx

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  86. veronique

    Hi Ella,

    It’s a real pleasure to go trough your website, and also the app with the recipies.
    The “shopping list” for the pantry staples is really handy, I hope I will find everything, could you suggest me few shops in London? Although I’m gonna have to mix with some supermarket shopping for budget money, I think for the seeds I had no idea existed before, I should buy them in a “proper” healthy shop.

    Also, you do’t say anything about Couscous? Do you use it or not at all?

    Thank you

    V.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the shopping list, thank you! My favourite shops in London are Planet Organic and Wholefoods, and then Borough Market! I don’t eat couscous as it has gluten in it. Have a lovely time in London x

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  87. Corrina

    Hi Ella,

    I have literally just come across your site and am getting very hungry looking at all of the lovely foods! I am a student in Leeds and am already dairy free. I don’t eat much meat anymore and am trying to cut down on my gluten intake. This website is brilliant and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes out.

    I am obviously concerned about price but am going to start out small and see how I go. My only real issue is that I haven’t got a food processor and I do really want one. Do you have any recommendations? The link to your current processor is not working and I would like to make sure I get one that is good – as you can imagine I do not have much spare cash!

    Well done on working so hard on putting such an incredible site together and sharing your knowledge with others. I am very grateful!

    Kind regards,

    Corrina

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  88. Veornica

    Thanks Ella for sharing all your wonderful recipes and ideas, it all looks so wonderful and beautifully presented! I totally agree with your food philisophy, and will be checking out the Good Life Eatery cafe soon, i cant wait as i’ve heard so much about it from lots of London food bloggers. Take care :)

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  89. Flip

    Thanks Ella for a fantastic app. Together with your website, you have transformed my cooking! I am really enjoying this way of eating and my health has improved and I have loads more energy. It is great to have some bread that I can eat again. This weekend my daughter and I have made many of your recipes including the raw chocolates and the banana pancakes this morning. When you use cups in your recipes, do you mean the standard American cups for measuring or a British mug? I have been using the American cups.

    Thanks so much and keep those inspiring recipes coming!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you and your daughter are enjoying all the recipes, thank you! You can use either type of cups, as long as you always use the same one in a recipe! I use a standard coffee mug :)

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  90. Flip

    Thanks so much for your speedy response. Can you also suggest any coconut oil which doesn’t have too pronounced a flavour? The one I have is very coconutty.

    A big thank you again …..

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  91. Flip

    Many thanks, Ella. I am trying to teach myself to like coconut! Have you tried the fresh cinnamon from Cinnamon Hill, direct from the estate in Sri Lanka? If not, do check it out. It is good when you only need a small amount as you grate the stick on a special fine grater. The flavour really packs a punch!

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  92. Irene

    Hi Ella, I have discovered your website yesterday on IG and have been reading your story. I love how you’ve turned a negative thing into this super positive experience. I share your believe in the power of food and that it can make amazing changes in everyones life. I’ve been eating as vegan as possible for over a year now and I love it. I also believe that this lifestyle is about nurturing the body and not depriving me of anything.

    I’m stunned that you made a change in your diet over night, which wasn’t possible for me. It was a gradual change and it’s a process that is still going on. Your recipes are inspiring and I absolutely love how you don’t use tofu in every dish. I like tofu, but I don’t want to eat it all the time. All your ingredients are easily available, which I think is super important and the key to your success! There is no point in spreading the idea of eating healthy when it’s made super complicated. Thank you for passing your recipes and your passion onto us!!!!! I can’t wait to try the raw brownies :)

    x Irene

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  93. Meagan

    Hi Ella! I love your philosophy and recipes!
    I am struggling with finding a good multi vitamin. I am a vegetarian, I eat a ton of greens, vegetables and fruits and think I am getting enough protein. If I go to better health or vitamin Shoppe they will encourage me to walk out with 6 different supplements. Knowing what I am lacking, I am looking for a multi with B12, vitamin D, iron and probiotics. I realize taking too much of anything, even if it’s a good thing will make my body toxic.

    Can you recommend a good multi? Thanks Ella!

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  94. Vicky

    I suffer from depression and chronic fatigue and I think this diet might help although I’m seriously lacking in will power! One thing I keep wondering is if you drink alcohol and if so, what you drink? And do you drink tea and coffee?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Vicky. I don’t drink alcohol really, if I do it’s just vodka with lemon and nope no tea or coffee! :)

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  95. Lotte

    Hi Ella,

    I totally agree with your foodphilosophy! In your recipes, I saw that you use olive oil for baking & cooking. I heard that olive oil oxidizes when it’s gets above a certain temperature, which is very unhealthy. What is your opinion about that? You’re also using coconutoil, but not always. Coconutoil is pretty expensive, that’s why I’m asking. And what is your opinion about vegetable oils (like sunflower)? Is it always unhealthy, no matter how you use it, or only when it’s heated? It’s so confusing!!

    Would love to hear from you. Thanks in advance!

    Greets,
    Lotte
    the Netherlands

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Lotte. I’ve read about similar things but I found that if I start worrying about everything it gets too obsessive. I would never use things like sunflower or vegetable oil as they’re full of terrible fats. Coconut oil works but then everything tastes like coconut! So I stick with good olive oil :)

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  97. Jackie

    Hi Ella,

    Just wanted to say big thank you to you! I was introduced to your blog about a month ago and it really has changed my view of ‘healthy’ eating and forced me to answer lots of nutrition based issues in my own life! I absolutely adore all your recipes and, on your good advice, am currently reading the ‘China Study’ which is quite frankly mind boggling! I have made the decision at first to go vegetarian and will also attempt to be wheat free most of the time – I’m sure as time goes by I’ll give up bits as I go along! It’s also given me the opportunity to try and protect my family by educating them in the things I have learned and encouraging them to protect themselves through nutrition! My husband may not quite be ready to give up bacon but he’s definitely willing to try and for that I am very thankful!

    So here’s to future health of us all and the hope that we will all continue to learn about the amazing effects of nutrition as a medicine and the best ways to treat our bodies! I really can’t thank you enough, finding your blog has been an eye opening and life changing experience and I am loving every second.
    Also loving the app and can’t wait for the cookbook!
    Good luck with the continuation of your food journey, thank you for inspiring my own (and for the future health of me and my family!!) and please keep the amazing recipes and guidance coming!

    Jackie :)
    p.s – sweet potato brownies!! Oh my goodness!!! Soooooo good.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jackie. Thank you for your lovely comment, I’m so glad that you’re loving this way of healthy eating and that your husband is open to it too! I hope it makes you both feel amazing! :)

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  98. Lauren

    Hi Ella,
    What an inspiring story, a terrific blog and marvelous app idea. I am studying to be a nutritionist here in New York, and in a wonderful full-circle sort of way, my teaching client shared the Mail article with me – your story reminded her of me. I have managed my CRPS, a rare nerve disease, through a vegan diet. Now I am helping others to manage their conditions , to get healthy in general, save animals and the planet through my fledgling practice and my blog, http://www.thecompassionit.com

    You are such an inspiration in so many ways, so happy you are thriving and so glad I learned about you.
    Regards,
    Lauren

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  99. Luke Jones

    Hi Ella, just stumbled across your blog from a friend, can’t wait to read more and try some of your great recipes!

    I have a very similar philosophy with regards nutrition, and we actually have pretty similar stories too!

    I graduated from uni this last year in London, and suffered with health issues all throughout. Not quite as severe as the problems you were facing, but they were definitely taking a toll! Like you, moving towards a whole-food, plant based diet helped massively, along with a few other lifestyle changes.

    I started my own blog called Health Room just after graduating, sharing recipes, and other ideas in health, lifestyle and sustainability. I’ve been really enjoying it, and my goal is to keep growing and help as many people as possible!

    Anyways, looking forward to reading more of your blog. It’s great to see other people out there succeeding, and doing what they love!

    Thanks!
    Luke

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  100. Heleen

    Hi Ella,

    Last weekend I stumbled upon your website. Your ideas are a fresh new approached to a healthy living and without making it to complexed -> Love It! I immediately made the Sweet Potato Brownies and I was completely hooked! So today I made two different Smoothies (yum!) I just saw on your website that you use a Normal Juicer. Just wanted to let you know that juicers, because of the quick blades and heat, destroy allot of the vitamins from the fruit or vegetable. Have you ever heard of a Slow Juicer? They are a bit more expensive than a normal juicer but they provide you with more juice (50%) and all the vitamins/antioxidants from the fruits/vegetables without being destroyed during the process of a normal juicer! They are handy, small and I think just the machine that gives your smoothies/juices the extra kick we all deserve. I’m curious if you ever worked with them or why you prefer the normal juicer :)

    I’m looking forward to your cookbook I hope it will be available in the Netherlands soon!

    Would love to hear from you!
    Greetings, Heleen :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Heleen. I tried one of those juicers and I really didn’t like it, but thank you for the advise! So glad that you’re excited about the book! :)

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  101. Madeleine

    Hi Ella,
    Love your website and philosophy- couldn’t agree more and I think you’re recipes are incredible!
    I am a full time boarder at school, so obviously completely following this diet isn’t really possible…(as much as I would love to)! I don’t eat dairy anyway, an have definitely noticed profound health benefits (especially with my skin), but I am looking to take it a step further. I was hoping to give up gluten or meat next, which do you think would be more beneficial?
    I avoid refined sugars as much as possible, about 99% of the time!

    Thank you ever so much for your advice

    Maddy :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Maddy. I would try and replace gluten with whole foods – brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat etc instead and see how you feel! :)

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  102. Fi

    Hi Ella,

    Congratulations on fighting PoTS. I just found your blog and am so inspired and excited by. It is informative, easy to follow and looks great.

    I have PoTS and am taking Midodrine 3 times a day to increase blood pressure. My PoTS was triggered by chemo for lymphoma and was diagnosed in the summer. I was just recently also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos – Hypermobility type which is linked to PoTS. I am typing this message lying down as my PoTS is so severe that I am currently bedridden and my career is on hold because of this condition.

    I am going to start making big changes immediately. I will set myself monthly goals. This month I am going to cut out ALL sugar and refined / processed foods. I will also up my intake of fruit and vege. I want to move towards adopting your diet and lifestyle. I will get there – I am determined to beat PoTS.

    I will be checking your blog daily.

    Thank you so much.

    Fi

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Fi. I also have EDS 3 and mast cell, I’m so sorry to hear that you have the same. One of my biggest inspirations when I was in bed was Kris Carr – her book Crazy Sexy Diet is just amazing and so inspiring! It really motivated me and made me feel so positive. This is the book if you’re interested – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crazy-Sexy-Diet-Veggies-Ignite/dp/0762777931/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393058894&sr=1-1&keywords=crazy+sexy+diet
      I then started exercising every day, just 10 min walks to start with and saw a naturopath who gave me supplements to support the weakest areas of my body – that with the diet change was just amazing! I hope that helps!

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  103. Sue Frederickson

    Hi Maddy,
    Congratulations for understanding the significance of what you eat to how your body feels and functions. I found an easy way to follow Ella’s eating philosophy and use her recipes with a Cleanse that uses whole foods and whole food supplements. A simple way to kickstart your health, feel amazing energy and change your eating habits. Take a peek at http://SueFreds.Transform30.com to get some ideas.

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  104. Flip

    Hi Ella, fantastic to see how much press you are getting! Well done! Just pre-ordered the book on Amazon – can’t wait …… can you give me some advice on juicers/liquidisers? Which one do you use? Many thanks.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. I’m so glad that you’ve pre-ordered the book – thank you! If you have a look in the food philosophy section there’s a link to the juicer I use!

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  105. Fi

    Hi Ella,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly with an excellent book recommendation. I am going to order it now.

    You are such an inspiration. Maybe you should have a link to your blog put on the PoTS UK website to get a wider group of PoTS sufferers in the loop.

    Again, thank you so much.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I would love to, but I often get quite negative responses with people with PoTS who say I didn’t actually have the illness etc and that this would never work so I don’t want to impose it on them!

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  106. Rin

    Hi Ella,
    I’m from Israel
    I read the article about you and your blog and was very impressed
    I also very important to eat healthily
    Unfortunately Israel has so many products that contain colorings, flavor enhancers, such as monosodium glutamate, preservatives.
    So I’d like to change here as well as the revolution

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  107. Ailsa

    Hi Ella,

    I just wanted to say that I have been so inspired by your blog. I read your article in the Telegraph Magazine and since then I have been looking at all your recipes. I have had an eating disorder for almost a year now and your blog has motivated me to get better. You look so pretty in your photos and you have such glowing skin and its made me realise that I need to nourish my body with healthy foods. I am in my final year at boarding school and I want to go to St Andrews next year – I saw that you went there and did history of art which is so funny because that is probably what I want to study (my brother is there reading Classics). Anyway I am so excited to try out some of your recipes in the holidays and I am determined that this summer I will be super healthy. Thank you so much!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Alisa. I’m so touched that my blog inspired you to get better, nourishing your body with healthy foods is just the most amazing feeling! Good luck at St Andrews – it’s the best place!

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    2. maddie

      hey you go to downe house, don’t you!! haha (sorry ella, i am in the same history of art class as her) :)

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  108. Fi

    Hi Ella,

    I am sorry that you have had a negative response from some PoTS sufferers. It is ridiculous for anyone to claim that you do not have the disease. It is not something anyone would think of to invent.

    Perhaps some people are afraid to have hope of fighting the disease and their fear is holding them back from even trying. There will no doubt be others who are just not disciplined enough to take control of their lifestyle and are jealous that you have and as a result have beaten this thing. In any event, you cannot claim something doesn’t work unless you have tried it. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain from making positive lifestyle changes.

    I have started already. Off now to have a vegetarian soup for dinner! Sugar craving has kicked in after 24hrs but I will resist!

    Take care
    Fi

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  109. Cait

    Hi Ella! Your blog and app have been a huge inspiration for me. I recently adapted (still in the first week) to this lifestyle to try to heal some of my own health problems and I was wondering if you have any advice for dealing with some digestive discomfort I’ve been experiencing while my body adapts to this way of eating.

    Thanks!

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  110. Coretta Kufuor

    Hi Ella, thanks for all this amazing information, inspiring and motivating. I was wondering, as I’m on a budget, I was going to also incorporate Frozen green veg to my to my new way of eating aswell as fresh. It this ok, and can you recommend the best supermarket to purchase the frozen veg from?

    Cxxx

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  111. Elisa

    Dear Ella,
    first if all, thank you for being such a great inspiration, I absolutely love your blog and recipes! :)
    Do you take any supplements/probiotics? Or do you think it is possible to be a vegan without taking any supplements?
    Thank you! xx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I don’t take any supplements, but I do have bee pollen, spirulina and maca in my smoothies every morning for B12 :)

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  113. Tayllor

    Hey Ella!

    I absolutely LOVE your blog, as an athlete and health nut in college, you have helped me create many quick, simple, delicious and healthy meals! I have a question for you: My friend and I are going to be traveling to Europe this summer for a month. We will be traveling along the coast of Spain, France and Italy, then flying to The Netherlands and Belgium. I was wondering if you have any tips and tricks to eat healthy and pure while traveling throughout Europe, as well as any specific spots that we could check out, like markets, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

    Thanks so much for all your help!
    Tayllor

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      My biggest recommendation would be to look at a site called happycow.com – it has listings for almost every city! x

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  114. eMilie-

    Hi Ella,

    I am so happy I discovered your blog (thanks to Meat Free Monday).

    I lived in London for 6 years and that’s where I started to cut on meat and dairies, to become a vegan for more than a year. I just loved it and being vegan in London and working for Lush at the same time changed my life.

    Now I’m back in France and it’s hard not to fall for a rib steak or cheese from time to time…

    Anyways, I love your blog and can’t wait to try your recipes, specially the smoothie ones!

    Also, I found it amazing that you take the time to reply to each and everyone here.

    Keep it up!

    eMilie, from France

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  115. Colleen

    Ella, your blog is amazing! You are so inspiring, I can’t wait to share with everyone I know :) I’ve just downloaded your app and bought my first juicer. I’m so excited to make everything on here and get back to feeling healthy. I have one question, is there a particular brand of supplements you would recommend? There are so many out there its hard to know which is the best.

    Thank you!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Colleen, I’m so glad that you love the blog – thank you! I don’t take any supplements, but I do take super foods in a supplement style way – I use spirulina and maca every morning in my smoothie! :)

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  116. Dsebbit

    Love the look of this & will definitely be using your amazing recipes. One question though – as a vegan – should you be using honey?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the look of the recipes! I don’t define myself as a vegan, I’m all about plant-based, whole food eating so yes I feel I should eat honey as it’s incredibly nutritious and delicious!

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      1. Dsebbit

        I see what you mean – but I don’t think one can say that honey is plant-based. Anyway, browsing your smoothie recipes at the moment! I too make a mean juice with everything I can find in the fridge plus ginger. I often use kiwi & plum with the carrot, apple, pear etc. It’s more of a pick-me-up than coffee!

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  117. Ally

    Hi Ella,

    Firstly I just wanted to say thank you so much for your blog – I’ve been gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free for almost a year now because I have intolerances, and it has seriously helped me everyday to realise that this kind of lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring at all – and has made me feel so much better generally!

    I’m also hoping to come to one of your cooking classes to learn more, and your app is an everyday lifesaver! I was just wondering what foods I should avoid if I want to lose weight/maintain my current weight. I workout quite a lot, 5 or 6 times a week, and usually have 1 or 2 snacks a day of a smoothie or nut butter/hummus on rice or oatcakes. I don’t think these are bad though, but I find myself eating a lot which sometimes freaks me out, but then again I guess it’s all healthy!

    Just wanted your thoughts!

    Thank you again,

    Ally

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Ally. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying all the recipes – thank you! There aren’t any foods that you should be avoiding to loose weight, it’s all amazing for you so don’t worry!

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  118. Antigone XXI

    I love your website, Ella, and all the work you’re doing, and I don’t want to sound intrusive, but you should be careful with B12.
    As you’ll find out if you do a bit of research, B12 in seaweeds & algae (such as spirulina and chlorella) does not contain ‘real’ B12, but a B12 analogue, which is inactive and which can even interfere with B12 activity in our body (preventing the absorption of real B12). This ‘fake’ B12 can also interfere in your blood tests and gives the impression that you have enough B12, whereas you already have a deficiency. You can check this here for instance : http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/plant or http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/mol).
    Also, even if pollen is a terrific food, it is not a reliable source of B12 : it contains tiny traces of B12, but not enough for humans.
    A deficiency of B12 take a really long time to develop (our body has stocks for 2-3 years, even more in some cases) but it has very serious consequences. This is the reason why all vegans should take a B12 supplement.
    I understand that you prefer not to take a pill on a regular basis,. Yet, I’m a bit worried that people (in particular young vegans) who read you might think that it’s OK not to take a B12 supplement. It would be OK if you’d consume large amounts of B12 fortified soy / almond milk or fortified nutritional yeast, but without this kind of foods, people must take a B12 supplement, it’s really important!

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  119. Karen

    Hi Ella
    My friend emailed me your website details and I’m delighted to have found you! Following a bad car accident 10 years ago I have been in bad health since, all kinds of odd things going on with my body, food intolerances, bloating, headaches, poor energy etc etc.
    I recently started to cut out dairy, wheat, gluten and was finding it difficult to change standard recipes. I’m excited to try your way of eating and hope it will help with health and loosing many excess pounds. How amazing to see and feel your energy and enthusiasm literally bouncing off your website! The passion and adoration you have for life, and great tasty healthy food is infections.
    THANK YOU
    Karen

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  120. Hannah

    Ella! You are one beautiful genius!

    I’ve been working my way through most of your recipes and with every single one i have been nothing short of ABSOLUTELY AMAZED! (You have been bombarded with ‘health_happiness_hannah’ instagrams of my attempts! :) )
    I’ve always been a fan of healthy nutrition-i LOVE cooking healthily- and started dabbling(isn) in the ‘genesis’ way of life when my Grandad was given 6 months to live due to bowel and liver cancer. As soon as he altered his diet and adopted a positive mind, he dramatically prolonged his life expectancy, exceeding it by 3 years!!! He sadly passed away this time last year and i started to become more involved in nutritional health. I’m 21, at uni and have had an eating disorder for 11 years. With your help i have almost managed to climb out of the rut that my illness had forced me into! You have helped me on my quest to changing my mindset, realising that nourishment and treating your body well with nature’s goods, changes your entire life. I now think i want to follow this career path as i’m so very passionate about it! Please open a shop so i can come and work for you! haha
    I honestly can’t thank you enough, you deserve all the success you’ve achieved! I’m so glad you found this way of helping your own condition!
    Hannah xxxx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much for your amazing comment Hannah, I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying eating this way so much and that it’s really helping you. I’m so inspired to hear about your granddad too, that’s just amazing that he was able to spend another three years with you. Have a lovely day xx

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  121. Annabelle

    Hi Ella,

    Can I say I am a bit infatuated by you, your blog has recently been introduced to me and I absolutely love it! I’ve been vegan for a few months now and was loosing quiet a bit of weight (too much for my height) and I was worried Id have to give it up. You’ve helped me get some variety in my diet and some sweet treats which hopefully will put a stop to my bony backside!! I want to try out the almond milk and wondered whether you can use ground blanched almonds? At the moment I’m drinking rice milk, but after seeing your recipe, fancied the satisfaction of making my own…..in the meantime I will continue trawling your blog way past my bedtime while my stomach rumbles! Xx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Annabelle. I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! I don’t think that ground almonds work sadly, I think they have to be whole! xx

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  122. Laura

    Hi Ella !
    I must say I LOVE your blog , it makes healthy eating funnier and easier ! :)
    I wanted to ask you a question : since I’ve stopped counting calories I don’t know how to tell if I have eaten enough or too much … How do you listen to your body and to your apetite ?
    Love from France ,
    Laura

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  123. Cathy

    Hello Ella
    I have been making your recipes for about three weeks and I feel transformed. It really is having a fab effect on my skin but also my weight (bonus!) I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘sluggish’ anymore, which is brilliant! One thing I am struggling with is I don’t digest bananas very well and wondered whether you may be able to recommend another fruit to replace it with. I love the taste of bananas but unfortunately they don’t like me. I am not sure what else I could replace them with but thought you may have a bright idea.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration. All the best
    Cathy

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re feeling so great! Bananas can be switched with either mangos or avocado x

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  124. Jessie

    Hi Ella,

    I’ve just stumbled onto your site and am very excited to try the recipes here. I’ve finally got a handle on my exercise routine and I’m now ready to tackle my diet. I’m curious if I would be able to find all of the ingredients you work with at a typical grocery store (I live in Melbourne, Australia). Are acai berries, dates, pure maple syrup, cocoa powder and other ingredients you reference all typically available at most stores or would I need to look for a health food store to find them?

    Cheers,

    Jessie

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jessie. I don’t know what stores are like in australia, but in the UK I buy the pure maple syrup and dates at supermakets and the raw cacao (which is different to cocoa), acai etc at health food stores or online

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  125. Marc Harris ND

    Hello Ella,

    I have some wonderful recipes from your site and am inspired by your story. I would like to give something back. In one section of your web-site someone asks if you take any supplements. You said you do not. The are some that are crucial to a vegan (and carnivorous) diet.

    I wish to present this to you privately.. If you would give me you email. You can then post it to your blog if you deem it appropriate.

    Your coffee cup measurement cracks me up!

    You can check me out on my web-site.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Marc. Thank you for your offer, I’m already under the care of an amazing naturopath though

      Reply
  126. Jet

    Hi Ella,

    Love the blog. The colours, dishes and your attitude. All very vibrant : ) I have a quick question, about 18 months ago I started on a journey to improve my health through food. Like you I cut out (most) dairy, sugar, gluten and also yeast. And ofcourse processed foods. In about the first 8 months I lost a lot of weight, but the last couple of months I’ve been slowly gaining it again, to the point that I am now heavier than I have been in a long time. :/ I have been doing a more intense yoga practice, so I’m hoping some of it is muscle, but I still find the weight gain confusing (as it is an significant amount). I do love my nuts, dried fruits and coconut oil and have become less ‘strict’ allowing the occasional indulgence but other then that… Well crisps have made there way back into my weekly routine, so I’m guessing that’s not helping haha. Do you have an opinion or any tips on this subject? Thanks a ton and keep up the beautiful work. Inspiring people is awesome!!

    Love and Peace to all.
    Jet.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jet. I’m not sure about this sorry, eating this way should take you to your natural weight and you probably have put on muscle weight. Personally I don’t really believe in scales, I think it’s more about the way you feel and the way that your clothes fit!

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      1. Jet

        Hi Ella, Thanks for your reply! I know your right about the scale, Im tossing it out this weekend, haha. Ill just continue eating healthy and caring for myself (and loving myself!) and Im sure things will stabilize again. It can just be frustrating at times, especially if you feel your doing everything right and you dont get the results you hoped for. I just have to listen to my body and get back to basics! Thanks again for your quick reply. I understand its an impossible question to answer : ) Ans thanks for the inspiration! I think its very cool and admirable what you have accomplished.

        Love and Peace to all.
        Jet.

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  127. Daniel

    Hello from Michigan! As a busy nursing student and ER Tech, I usually have one day to cook and the rest of the week to pack meals up with me to be eaten on the go and microwaved. I’m curious with the Buckwheat Porridge in particular, can that be reheated days later if kept refrigerated or is that a no no? Also any input you have which dishes of yours might work best to be reheated for a man on the go or which I should stay away from? Love the site and app!

    Daniel

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Daniel. Yes this can be reheated, just add a little extra liquid to it. Basically every recipe can be reheated too, the only thing to stay away from are dishes that have things like pine nuts in them as they go soggy!

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  128. Bella

    Hej Ella!
    I realy love your blog and try to follow your diet as much as possible. However every time I am on it for some time and cut out everything gluten, dairy, meat and sugar I start showing signs of iron deficiency such as sores on the side of my mouth. Its realy frustrating! So I start eating meat again and two eggs every day and the iron dificiency signs go away. The iron deficiency signs got even more apparent when I was pregnant. So I am wondering, how can I get lots of iron in my body while being on your diet and without eating extra supplaments which I realy don´t like? I have read that there are lots of iron in vegetables but these are harder for the body to take up than iron in meat. However I dont like to eat meat realy so I dont know what to do about it.

    Keep up the good work with your blog and intstagram!

    Regards
    Bella

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  129. Cyndy

    Hello Ella,
    I cant believe it took me this long to find you!! I suffered and occasionally still do from POTs. I went to a naturopath after a year of seeing countless doctors. Its amazing how the vitamins and the change of diet was the only thing to help. I got pregnant two years into my illness, and it kinda ” rebooted ” my body back to health. My doctors said pregnancy sometimes does that.
    Well my son is now 15 months old and I started to get the symptoms again. Especially the SVT, and I know its because I became complacent with a healthy organic diet. After reading your story and recipes, you have given hope where I was feeling so lost, and frustrated about feeling ill again. I just wanted to say I cant thank you enough for sharing your experience and recipes.

    Warm Regards,
    Cyndy

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Cyndy

      I really hope you get yourself feeling well soon. I know how frustrating it can be! Enjoy the recipes and good luck!

      Ella x

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  130. Flip

    Hi Ella, I’m currently away on a lovely holiday, but my body is missing the Ella way of cooking and eating. Next time I’m away from home, I plan to take some seeds, chia, linseed, pumpkin, ready crushed to help. Can you give me any advice? What do you do when you’re in a hotel?
    Many thanks.

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  131. Love Dubey

    Hi Ella,
    I am a 32 yr old male from India. Lately I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis, I am practising yoga, homeopathic/ayurvedic treatment followed by allopathy medicine. Besides this I wish to know about correct diet, pertaining to my case of Ankylosing spondylitis, that I must take in order to lead a healthy life. Thanks to you in advance !

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  132. KK Brown

    Hi Ella, I am so excited to have found your blog and want to follow it for a month to see how it will help my system as I have had so many issues since I was a teenager. I have been GF for a few months and that is already helping a lot – but the one question I have for you is, what do you drink through the week? I assume Water, tea? Do you drink sparkling/mineral water? I find that I do crave the carbonation at times and am wondering if you include that in your lifestyle.
    Can’t wait to report back how I feel soon! Thank you so much!!!

    KK

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  133. Louise

    Hi Ella,

    Your blog is such an inspiration and I keep seeing recipes that I want to try out but can’t choose which one to do first! I’ve also been looking at CNM as I would like to study nutrition so it’s fab to get such a recommendation from you :) I wondered though if you had any tips for pre and post work-out foods? I do a lot of sport and it’s afterwards that I end up eating toast to re-fuel. I’ve gone from jam to nut butter at least but I’d really like to cut down on bread so are there any other snacks you’d recommend as good after vigorous sport? I like bananas but these are high in sugar as a fruit and I’m also trying to cut down on my sugar intake.

    Thank you so much! I know you get tons of emails so I appreciate your time :)
    Louise x

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  134. Ruth Bailey

    Hi Ella.
    Do you have any tips how to lose weight with your food choices? Would really appreciate a reply. Thank you so much and hope you’re well x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Ruth,
      Have a look at my philosophy page. Hopefully you’ll find that helpful!
      Ella x

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  135. Libby

    Hi Ella, just wanted to say that I think it is fab how you get back to everyone! So kind! I love your answers to the places to eat in London question, and was just wondering if you knew of any similar places in Edinburgh, I’m moving there to study and saw that you were a post St Andrews student, could you recommend anywhere? X

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  136. Cherie

    Hi Ella

    I just love your website and have been trying to adopt a more plant-based diet recently which is very easy for me as I’ve never been that into meat. I would say I generally eat quite well in that I consume the same type of products you list above however I have a major sweet tooth and find myself making bliss balls, chocolate avocado mousse, sweet potato brownies, homemade nutella etc quite frequently. Do you eat sweet “healthy, homemade” treats often i.e am I normal or do I really need to cut down on my sweet treats. Just interested:-)

    X Cherie

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  137. Niamh

    Dear Ella,

    I have been trying to change my diet for quite a while now. I always loved vegetables and fruit and the idea to start the day with a green smoothie certainly sounds appealing to me. However I run into problems. Throughout the years I have developed allergies for many types of fruit (such as apples, pears, cherries, plums etc) and vegetables (carrots, beansprouts, celery etc). This basically means that I cannot eat them raw, but that I’m fine when they have been heated. I have noticed that most smoothy recipes include fruits/vegetables I cannot eat raw. Is it possible to heat a vegetable, let it cool down and use it once cooled down, or would that process not work? I would be really grateful if you could answer that question for me as I haven’t managed to find anyone so far who could help me out :)

    X Niamh

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Niamh
      Heating the vegetables changes the taste and texture so I am not sure that it would work too well. In a lot of the recipes you could substitute the fruit and veg you can’t eat for something else. However, something like apples would probably work fine stewed.

      Good luck with your experimenting!

      Ella x

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  138. Kamila

    Dear Ella,

    Your blog is absolutely amazing! I can read it for hours! Thank you for all your delicious recipes, beautiful ‘yummy’ pictures and inspirational thoughts.
    What can be better than a healthy lifestyle? Being sugar-free, gluten-free, etc. and eating raw vegetables and fruits makes me such an optimistic person! Also the way of getting vitamins through natural foods helps me during my periods.
    I have a couple of questions for you: what do you think about using soy sauce as a dressing for salads? And is it fine to have a smoothie after 8 p.m.? (I’m a student, so it matters). It would be great if you could reply.

    P.S. hello from Russia!:)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi,

      I am so glad you love the blog. I’m so glad that you are enjoying your healthy lifestyle.
      I use tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) to make dressings and I think its generally fine to have a smoothie whenever although you digest it much more easily in the morning and it will set you up really well for the day if you have one for breakfast!

      Ella x

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  139. Sarah

    Hi Ella!

    I’m at St. Andrews and I was wondering if you knew anywhere in Scotland that does a good juice cleanse that I could do here? – Or somewhere that would deliver here?

    Thanks! :)

    Sarah

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Sarah,

      I don’t know of any specifically in Scotland but a lot of juice cleanses do deliver throughout the UK.
      I love Imbibery so you could contact them to see if they would deliver to Scotland or if you have had any other recommendations then I would imagine the delivery cost may just be a bit higher.
      http://www.imbiberylondon.com/Imbibery%20Order%20Information.pdf
      I hope you find something!

      Ella x

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  140. charlie

    Hey Ella, what blood type are you? i have heard that certain blood types do better on plant based diets? thanks :) x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      That’s really interesting – I’ll definitely look into that! I think everyone is different and it is great to work out what suits your body best.
      Ella x

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  141. Lucy

    Hi Ella,
    I’m on a mission to over haul my beauty regime . I’ve been doing lots of research about deodorants and came across kiss my face and wondered if you had tried this? I’m concerned that I need a good anti perspirant as well as deodorant and noticed the toms anti perspirant contains aluminium which I think is the bad stuff? Any help much appreciated. I visited content beauty today and they were wonderful! Thanks Ella, lucy

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  142. Jenny

    Hi Ella
    I would just like to endorse all the wonderful comments about you. You have an amazing story that you have shared through your web site. You look amazing. I am so glad you are well again and thank you so much for sharing all your fantastic receipes with us.I have started making your sweet treats for my granchildren. They love your banana bread and will now make some nutella,sounds great.I love all your receipes, so easy to prepare.Thankyou so much.
    Take care
    Jenny x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you, that is so kind of you! I’m so pleased you and your grandchildren are enjoying the recipes!

      Ella x

      Reply
  143. Sam

    Hi! You say you get your daily B12 from spirulina, but have you heard about spirulina B12 not being avaliable for our bodies to use? Have you researched this topic? I hear mixed reviews.

    Thank you and I absolutely love your blog!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi,
      Yes I have heard that there are mixed reviews but I personally really like it and it works well for my body.
      Ella x

      Reply
  144. Beth Furtado

    Hi Ella, I have recently been diagnosed with Pots. I have yet to start any medications. I am looking into ways I can change my diet to help my condition. At this point I know that my current diet is not helping. Thank you for bringing awareness of Pots. I will look into your eating style carefully and I am excited to help my condition by changing my eating habits.
    Fondly, Beth

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Sorry to hear that Beth. Good luck with looking into your diet – I really recommend this lifestyle as it has been amazing for managing my Pots!
      Ella x

      Reply
  145. Karen

    Hello Ella,
    Have you experienced hair loss? If yes, how did you address it? Thanks!

    Your blog is awesome btw

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Fortunately it isn’t something that I have experienced so I wouldn’t be able to advise you I’m afraid
      Ella x

      Reply

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