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The Queen of Clean baking cookies - surely not?
A social media sensation (I just love her Instagram feed), Ella Woodward needs little introduction. Hailed as the queen of clean eating, Ella is the online superstar and two-time book author who got us all hooked on courgette ‘pasta’.
Over the last 12 months I've been focused on eating a little cleaner, fuelling my body with nutritious foods rather than empty calories. Sometimes, finding nutritious foods that are also really satisfying is a challenge, which is why I was so happy when I discovered Ella’s award-winning blog - Deliciously Ella!
Ella started her blog as a way of dealing with a rare illness, which she was diagnosed with in 2011. Ella suffers from Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which had a devastating effect on her life. She got to a point where she couldn't even walk down the road, was sleeping for 16 hours a day and was in chronic pain. Ella recalls she tried conventional medicine for about six months, but saw little improvement.
Deliciously Ella was born as a solution to Ella's illness. She decided to follow a holistic, natural healing approach, eating whole foods, giving up meat, dairy, sugar, wheat and anything processed. Ella is the first to admit her diet wasn't 'good' before, fruit and veg were relatively new to her, but eating good wholesome foods allowed her to take hold of her illness. The fruit and vegetable-based recipes she adopted to combat poor health, then began to share with others, have made her the biggest thing in nutrition since Jamie Oliver’s campaign for better food in schools.
Deliciously Ella blog has 60,000 subscribers, she has 790,000 Instagram followers and almost 93,000 on Twitter. Her culinary manifesto Deliciously Ella: A Bible for Plant-Based Living was the fastest‑selling debut cookbook on record – beating Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat and Jamie’s The Naked Chef. Her second book, Deliciously Ella Every Day, just out, is expected to do even better. She runs cookery classes, has a YouTube channel, has recently opened a café/deli in London’s Marylebone and is starring in designer Amanda Wakeley’s spring/summer campaign.
Making healthy changes...
Ella is obviously an extreme (but ‘glowing’) example of how eating the right foods can completely change your health, and the quality of your life; but her inspiring story encourages thousands to eat more nutritious foods and less junk, including me!
Ella regularly blogs about her personal experiences, sharing diet tips, advice and recipes. A lot of the 'clean' recipes out there can be a bit off putting due to their complexity, but Ella makes swapping out processed foods so much easier.
Having published two fantastic books, both of which I own and love, Ella regularly inspires my diet. While I haven't gone as far to cut out all sugar and dairy completely, her blog has helped me take another step in the right direction, and I've learnt to love healthy nourishing foods. The focus of Deliciously Ella, says Woodward, ‘is promoting healthy eating; I’m not suggesting everyone should emulate me. Most people, find a more relaxed approach to good food works better, without having to toe the gastronomic line 24/7’.
Ella regularly updates her blog with great ideas and advice, so make sure you check in at www.deliciouslyella.com to keep up to date and feel inspired. And I'm loving these cute slogan tees and sweatshirts popping up on my Instagram feed ...
Have a great weekend, I’m off to make some chocolate brownies.