Bookshelf

Over the last year or so I’ve seen so many wonderful blogs, books and documentaries, however, I think you’d be bored if I listed them all! So here is a list of my favourites, they’re all fantastic. More than anything I’d recommend reading some of the health books, they are just so inspiring and give you some much incredibly detailed information about the benefits of a plant-based diet – Kris Carr’s book was the first one that I ever read and it totally changed my life!

Health books:

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr – the first book I ever read and the most inspirational. Kris shares her story of how she healed her inoperable cancer through diet – just amazing and a very easy, very positive read.
Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger – a fascinating book written by a doctor disillusioned by modern medicine, all about how we should treat our bodies with a clean diet and lifestyle for optimum health. Also easy to read and really interesting.
The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell – a lot of science in this book so less easy to read, more something to dip in and out of but a serious must read. It details the largest study on nutrition ever conducted and the results of it. It really changed my outlook on food and helped me understand why I needed to eat the way I do.
The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman – less ‘extreme’ then the others and offers a very understandable, very straight-forward insight into how to clean up your diet. If you’re very new to healthy eating this is very helpful.
Ultra-Metabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman – similar to the blood sugar solution and great for all the same reasons, but gives a new insight into how our metabolism works and a big stress on how all calories are not equal!
The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder – lovely, very easy book to read that explains how energy needs to be freed from our digestive systems to give us optimum health and therefore optimum beauty. Explains how a plant based diet will do this.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – just the most amazing insight into what goes on in our food system and how nasty most of the stuff we eat really is! Kinda gross but incredible
Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin – this is amazing, it’s all about how powerful the mind is and how important it’s role is in healing. If you’re struggling with illness then I couldn’t recommend this more, it really helped me.

Cookbooks:

Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson
The Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
RAWvolution by Matt Amsden
Refresh by Ruth Tal

Blogs

www.greenkitchenstories.com
www.mindbodygreen.com
mynewroots.blogspot.co.uk
www.rawmazing.com
www.sproutedkitchen.com
www.hipandhealthy.co.uk

My favourite documentaries

Forks Over Knives
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Food Inc.
Supersize Me

My favourite online stores in the UK

www.goodnessdirect.co.uk - they cater for all your gluten, dairy and sugar free needs – bread, pasta, super-foods, kale chips etc:
www.planetorganic.com - the best store in London, like goodnessdirect they sell everything you could ever need for this lifestyle!
www.organicburst.com – for all my super foods (spirulina, maca etc)

My favourite restaurants in London

42 Raw - amazing raw food and juices/smoothies, great take aways and the best raw lasagne ever. The cafe itself isn’t too cosy but it’s nice and the location is great.
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.
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.
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.
The Good Life Eatery - a new cafe and a great option, very small so tricky at peak times but fantastic food and amazing raw juices. Especially love their signature salad with kale, sweet potato, lentils, pomegranates and a tahini/nutritional yeast dressing. Lovely interior too and a great atmosphere.
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.
Wild Juicery - this juicery is attached to the wild food cafe and is awesome, amazing selection of awesome juices and smoothies.
Vitao - a delicious vegan place, cute atmosphere but like wild food cafe it’s more alternative. Fantastic food though, especially love their squash risotto!

  1. Judy Wilson

    Hi Ella,

    A favourite niece has just passed on to me your blog details – I am so excited, so enthusiastic about trying so many of your recipes, I have printed off about a dozen so far and it’s only day 2!! Judy from Australia

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Judy. That’s awesome to hear, I’m so glad that you’re so excited to try so many of the recipes – good luck with them and can’t wait to hear how they turn out! :)

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      1. ellawoodward Post author

        Hi Emily. I just put your email in to get the subscription, I would so appreciate it if you could please let me know if it works or if there is a technical issue going on here! Thank you so much :)

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  2. Kristen

    I love the bookshelf! Thanks for adding this, Ella :)

    I recently read Kimberly Snyder’s books “The Beauty Detox Solution” and “Beauty Detox Foods,” which I found to have recipes whose ingredients are in line with your posts. If you haven’t seen these books, you may find them interesting.

    Thank you for your blog!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      It’s my pleasure. I’m so glad that you like it! I’ve heard a lot about Kimberly Snyder’s books and have been meaning to get them, you’ve just reminded me so ordering them now – thank you so much!

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  3. Jess

    Hi Ella, I just commented on your nutella recipe asking about online shops and just seen the above info! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, I still have so much to learn, and stumbling across you on instagram was a godsend! :) jess xx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I love raw food and I know that it contains more nutrients often than cooked food, so I do try and eat about 70% raw. For me 100% raw is too extreme as it makes it almost impossible to cook with friends/go to restaurants etc, which I love doing. There are also vegetables, like sweet potatoes, squash etc which can’t really be eaten raw, as well as things like quinoa, all of are super good for you and I love so don’t want to miss out on! So I think eating lots of raw is awesome, but for me fully raw is too much, but that’s just a personal opinion! :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you Susan! I’m such a huge fan of your blog too, it’s so unbelievably amazing – your desserts are just heavenly!

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  4. LifeDetoxDiary

    Hi Ella,
    what a wonderful blog, I came across this site while searching for detox smoothie recipes! I am a graduate of St Andrews and live in London as well. I hope you feel much better now! These resources are extremely helpful, especially the London restaurant recommendations! Keep it going!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the blog so much and that your enjoying the restaurants! So funny that you were at St Andrews too, it’s a very small world! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Eva

    Hi Ella , I am intolerable to Dates and alot of dried fruit. Is there any substitute you could recommend. I want to make loads of your recipes with Dates in them but need a substitute? Thank you xxx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      It depends on the exact recipe as the substitutes vary, could you let me know which ones you want to make and then I can hopefully help!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Eva. I don’t fully understand your question, what you would like to replace in this recipe exactly? xx

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  6. Eva Crowley

    I am intolerable to dates. I would like to make your sweet potato brownie recipe. I was just wondering could you recommend a substitute for the dates in the recipe?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hmmm I’m not totally sure, the dates sweeten it and help stick it together but yes I think you could probably swap them for a mix of maple syrup and ground flaxseed – would that work for you?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      To be totally honest I’m not one hundred percent sure, I would start with three tablespoons each (which I think would be about right) then taste the mixture for flavour and check it’s sticky enough – does that make sense? xx

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  7. Nuran

    Hey Ella!

    Just came across your blog, its so beautiful!

    I am so happy to finally find a London blogger! I am in the midst of setting up my own blog at the moment, any tips for a new beginner?

    Also, any other London or UK based bloggers that you follow? I’d love to be included in the UK tribe.

    Love and light,
    Nuran x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi! So glad that you found and love the blog! That’s awesome that you’re setting up your own blog, I can’t wait to see it! My biggest tip would be to work on the photographs, it seems to make all the difference and then you can share them on sites like food gawker and taste-spotting which are great for attracting new readers! Hope that helps! Can’t think of many UK bloggers but will let you know if I do! x

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  8. Jaël Spahn

    Hi

    I lovc your suggestions!
    Unfortunately I can’t buy most of the books in German, here in Switzerland :( But now the book “honestly healthy” was translated and I bought it! It’s called “vegetarisch basisch gut”. (I liked the heading more in English…lol) It’s genius! And I have already cooked so many things!

    Greetings

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      How amazing that it’s been translated into German! I’m so glad that you love it, totally agree that the recipes are genius! :)

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  9. Sue Frederickson

    Wow you have used the same transforming health nutrition bibles as me and I also recommend. Forks Over Knives DVD and The Sugar Solution book I have found the most concise and helpful. Your site and recipes I am recommending every where to everyone as it is fantastic. I have been eating clean, vegan and gluten free for a while but had the most energizing transformation, healthy detox and fat loss when I did the Transform 30 challenge and used your recipes and ideas. Anyone can check it out on http://SueFreds.Transform30.com

    Thank you for inspiring others to understand the connection between our food choices and our health. Keep those beautiful recipes coming. I now roast a large batch of veggies and keep in the fridge for lunches and to add to my quinoa salad. Roasted sweet potatoes and squash are my favorite.

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  10. Lisa

    I was searching for a bread recipe that included pumpkin seed flour & other non-gluten flours & found your site. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and information. I have Rheumatoid disease and your program works with my diet with a few exceptions that I can simply make substitutions for. This is a great site. By the way, I am still unclear as to whether “oats” are gluten or not. I have given them up until I get a clear answer. Many people say yes, many say no. It’s a little confusing. Any thoughts anyone has out there would be most appreciated!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Lisa. So glad that you came across my site, hope you’re loving it and so glad that it works for your healing diet. Oats are in such a grey area so I’m not sure you’ll ever get a concrete answer! I think go with how they make you feel! They make me feel great when other sources of gluten make me feel so ill so I love them but if they don’t agree with you then leave them out – hope that helps!

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  11. Dori

    Ella, your blog is amazing. I love it so much and I tried your sweet potato brownies today – they’re kind of different, but also really amazing ;-) thanks for that. I wonder what kitchen machines you use – could you tell me? I got a good blender for smoothies – but that one is not made for making creamy cake batter/mixture.
    Again – great job, can’t wait for your new post.
    xo, Dori

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Dori, so glad that you’re loving the blog! If you have a look under the food philosophy section you’ll see a list of my machines and links to the ones I have :)

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  12. Yuritzi

    I love the bookshelf! Thanks for adding this, Ella :)
    I buy for amazon Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and is so interesting i help me to study my English i can reed 70% in English but i try myself understand at all because i try to buy this book in Spanish but not send in my countrie i try to i follow the other book… thanks for sharing and amazing books!!

    Thank you for your blog!

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  13. Sujaya

    Hi Dear,

    I also love your recipes and have tried some already! Today i would like to know if the almond butter that you use in your recipes, like the sweet potato brownie, is raw or roasted?

    Thanks for post so many nice health goodies!!!

    Sujaya

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      So glad that you love the recipes! I sometimes use raw and sometimes roasted, just depends what I have in the house – both always work really well!

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  14. Ana

    Hi Ella :)

    Thank you for all the great recipes. I really like the restaurants that you recommend. There is one that has recently been launched in Bayswater at La Suite West. It is raw and it is amazing! Me and my boyfriend both fell in love with it. So if you by any chance wanna try a new restaurant I suggest this one as well.

    Have a lovely day,

    Ana

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you so much for the recommendation, I just looked at the menu and it looks so great! Can’t wait to go check it out! Have a great weekend :)

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  15. Hanni

    Ella you should go to Saf Restaurant in Wholefoods Kensington – you would love it! For sure the greatest vegan, health food restaurant I have ever been to. I’ve been to all the recommendations on your blog though and really liked them all!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Hanni. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m actually not a huge fan of Saf but so glad that you love it! :)

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  16. Mary Sweeting

    Hi Ella, what a beautiful blog! Looks like you’ve been on a real journey, best of luck with the naturopath course, well worth it there are some amazing things to learn about using food as medicine. Ps another good book is ‘Healing with whole foods’ by Paul Pitchford :-)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Thank you for the recommendation Mary, someone else told me about that book too so I have to go check it out :)

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  17. jessica@klavervijf.nl

    Hi Ella! I look forward to finding some of the books you recommended and reading them during my winter break from uni (I unfortunately don’t have any time for personal reading as I am a student of English literature). I personally love reading Michael Pollan, and my sister kindly gave me ‘An Omnivore’s Dilemma’ for my birthday. I’m sure you’ve heard of him, were his books interesting to/helpful for you? ‘Forks over Knives’ is also my favourite docmentary; it really started my interest in health and nutrition :) Love, Jess

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’ve been meaning to read Michael Pollan for so long but haven’t managed to find the time, you just inspired me to read it over Christmas though! :)

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  18. cecilie sørensen

    Hi Ella!

    I really love your blog, it’s so inspiring :-)
    Which books would you recommend to read first, for a new beginner in the plant based vegan lifestyle? (i really want to rad them all, but want to start with some of them) How do you get inspiration to new delicious recipes? Is it expensive to live like that?

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  19. Hannah

    Hi Ella.

    I think I am addicted to your blog.. keep coming back for more recipes and information all the time. I am attempting to eat as raw as possible.. I read that you eat 70% raw and that sounds about right for me too. Just wondering if there are any tips you could give me as I am a Uni student so I sometimes struggle to budget money for food etc?

    Thank you!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Hannah. Eating seasonally is the best way to go for keeping it less expensive and markets are often cheaper than supermarkets! x

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  20. Becky

    Hey Ella,

    I am so inspired! I started to change my diet after I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in March and began looking into cancer fighting recipes which led my Dad to read and introduce me to the china study. I started with just eliminating meat and then started a more vegan diet. However now I am fully embracing the whole foods/plant based, as is most of my family and a couple friends. I love it but i was struggling with recipes that were still delicious and that my friends who were not on the same diet as me could still enjoy. I felt like I was still missing out on something. My sister in law showed me this site over Christmas and we have been hooked since. (we had your Christmas meal) I no longer feel I am missing out on anything and instead feel like I have gained a whole new cupboard of ingredients that I can experiment with but mostly really enjoy. I love making everything from fresh and I feel great for it…I cannot wait for the ap as this website is now my go to! Thanks!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Becky. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis but I’m really happy to hear that you’re finding my blog helpful. I really hope that all the amazing food helps your body. So excited to share the app with you too!

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  21. Stefania

    Hi Ella,

    First of all, I have to tell you that I love your blog!
    I cannot start my day without bread for breakfast. I’m looking for a “proper” Buckwheat bread, I don’t want to buy the wholemeal one, I would like to find a place in London, if it was in West London it would be amazing, where I can find an artisan or fresh buckwheat bread, but honestly, It’s being really hard to find it. (even online stores)
    An Homeopath has recommended to my sister, because she has some stomach issues.
    May you help me? many thanks!
    Take care

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  22. Dionne

    Hi Ella!
    First of all I have to say your blog is amazing, I got pretty much obsessed with it… I was wondering whether you have a recipe for almond butter, I couldn´t find it on your page.

    Can´t wait to buy your app! Keep up the good work.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Dionne. I don’t have an almond butter recipe on my blog but I do have one on my app which should be out in a couple of days!

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  23. Greg

    I’ve seen 4 of the 5 documentaries that you listed there. I’m excited to try and eat healthy more often, I’ve had a nutribullet for about a year now, it’s just hard to have cold smoothies during winter :( What would you suggest? Also, my family always stocks TONS of unhealthy food and it’s hard to say no to that when it’s in the shelf… Finally, the last thing I struggle with is shopping… I will go buy ingredients listed for one recipe, but then I have leftover ingredients and they go to waste…. I struggle with knowing what to do with the other ingredients I buy and how to make healthy eating feasible on my budget, any advice?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Greg. Porridge/oatmeal is a great winter breakfast if you’re looking for something warming. With shopping I can’t really help as I just always use whatever leftovers I have for the next few meals!

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  24. April

    I’ve just discovered your blog and downloaded your APP! – Love all that you do. ;-) Can you do a blog or video post of your favourite kitchen equipment/tools? – Hugs xx

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  25. Denis

    Hi Ella,
    Great recipe ideas.
    You should also read “Grain Brain – The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by David Perlmutter. He provides a good insight why these foods are so bad with some good references to research that supports what he says.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’ve just ordered grain brain as I’ve heard it’s great, thanks for confirming it – can’t wait to read!

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  26. Deborah

    I’m still exploring this site but really enjoying it so far, I noticed you studied at St Andrews and wondered if you had any Scottish restaurant recommendations as I am new to all this and live in Glasgow.

    Thanks

    Deborah

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Deborah. Sadly no restaurant suggestions but there is a great site called happycow.com that lists everywhere in every city!

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  27. Simon

    Hi just seen you in the daily mail amazing that’s all I can say downloaded your app great work cannot wait to start using it also try Hungary for change interesting film. Wish you all the best

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  28. Lorenzo

    Hi Ella!

    I just learned about you through my dear friend, and I am very excited to learn from you. That said, my dear friend has struggled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the past 13+ years. I wish I could dive into the details more, but she would be better equipped to explain. I suggested she reach out to you, hoping that she can share her story with you and you could help to encourage her, but not sure if she will and I couldn’t find your email to do it myself – nor do I imagine you that have time for a personal chat. I suppose my email will now be on the “system” on your side, so please feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in talking.
    I was looking through your recommended readings and thought I could gift my friend “Crazy Sexy Diet”, since you commented that it was inspirational to you. When I searched for the book online, there were a few different titles (e.g. Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! , Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor: More Rebellion and Fire for Your Healing Journey, etc.(. Would you be able to point me to the exact title for the one you reference on here?
    Keep up the great work. It sounds like you have already inspired and helped out many. I hope you can do the same for my friend and me. Thank you!

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  29. charlotte

    Hi Ella,

    I’m newly vegan and I was wondering what/ if any vitamins and supplements you take?

    Thanks!

    ps. great work on the app :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Charlotte. I don’t take supplements, but I do put spirulina, maca and bee pollen in my smoothies every morning to get my vitamin B12!

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  30. Ran

    Hi Ella,
    I read with great fascination about your journey to health via food and it exactly parallels my nieces’ experience who suffers from MS. She changed to becoming a vegan too about 1 yr ago, she’s lost 7 st from a total weight of 18 st and like you, does not require any medication and has arrested, in the main, the deterioration of her illness.
    I wanted to write to say, I’m delighted that you have shared your story and that you are getting this media attention!!! Keep it up, the World needs to know about the power of vegan food!

    Ran

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Ran. Thank you for sharing your niece’s story – it’s so inspiring and I’m so happy for her!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      My stomach doesn’t love garlic and onion but you can definitely add them to lots of the dishes if you like!

      Ella x

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  31. Caroline

    Dear Ella!

    This has been soo helpful! I was looking for a new book and loved your recommendations. I have read every single one except Mind over Medicine already, and have never even heard about it! So as our taste in books seems to be so similar I ordered it immediately. Thanks so much for this super helpful and awesome blog !

    xx Caroline

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Caroline,
      I hope you enjoy the book! I think it is great so hopefully you will too.
      Ella x

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  32. Stephanie

    Dear Ella -
    Congratulations on this amazing blog & thank you so much for sharing with us this great lifestyle full of sense, pleasure & fun!
    I’am currently living in Paris & was wondering if by any chance, you have spotted there some shops where to buy good ingredients & superfoods? French food is soooo goood but lacks a bit of healthy ;)
    Many many thanks in advance & best from the city of lights,
    S.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      I am not sure of any there although I do recommend online stores like Amazon if you struggle to find things.
      Ella x

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