I'm Ella, and I've been blown away by how many of you share my passion for cooking and eating the natural foods our bodies just love.
I started my blog as a way of dealing with a relatively rare illness, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which I was diagnosed with in September 2011. The illness had a pretty devastating effect on my life - I literally couldn't walk down the street, I slept for 16 hours a day, had never ending heart palpitations, was in chronic pain, had unbearable stomach issues, constant headaches and the list goes on - it was anything but fun! I tried healing through conventional medicine for about six months but it had little effect on my symptoms and I was still bed-ridden 95% of the time. So I decided it was time for something new and began researching holistic, natural healing approaches, which is how I started eating like this. Overnight I took up a whole foods, plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. I literally never ate fruit or vegetables before, my diet instead revolved around Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Chocolate, peanut butter and jelly eaten with a spoon, pick-n-mix and lots of cereal and pasta - I was a sugar monster! So everything you see here is part of my learning and healing process, I'm not a trained chef by any means - everything is self-taught and the result of lots of failed experiments!
I graduated from St Andrews with a Masters in Art History in May 2013 and I'm back home in London working on a lot of awesome projects. I released my best-selling app earlier this year, which I'm always working on (it's available on the iTunes store and the google play store). I also teach cooking classes, host supper and brunch clubs and I'm training as a naturopathic nutritionist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.