Healthy eating can be fun
form of a Blogger Award from Red magazine, she launched a healthy eating app, which has so far attracted 75,000 downloads.
Now, she’s just released her first book, also entitled Deliciously Ella.
While Woodward, who was doing a stint of modelling in Paris when she became ill, couldn’t have anticipated the impact the diet has had on her health, she also credits it for changing her outlook.
“I would never have thought it would really change me, and I would come out of it a different person, but I really feel I am very different,” she says. “I’m much more positive.”
She’s always been a positive person, she adds, but these days, she tries to appreciate everything a bit more, and to feel grateful for the smaller things in life.
Always pleased to hear from readers (“it makes everything worth it”), she is nevertheless determined to avoid foisting her healthy eating habits onto anyone else.
“My number one aim is to encourage people to introduce some of the healthier elements into their life,” says Woodward, who splits her time between London and California, where her boyfriend lives.
“If that’s just eating exactly the same as you always have, but adding an extra portion of vegetables, then that’s a great place to start. If you start pushing things on people, they resist. No one wants to have things pushed upon them.”
But the foodie, who is also training as a nutritionist, has found allies in the most unlikely of people.
“My boyfriend, who is German and grew up on sausages, is now loving it!” she says, laughing.
“Recently, he told me very proudly that he’d had three vegetarian days. And the other day I made a green juice, one of the real hardcore green juices, not with fruit or anything, and I was looking out of the window while we were driving to the airport, and I turned around to see him drinking it.”
Her mum and sisters have become vegetarian too, but despite being hugely pleased that she’s having such a positive influence, there are some drawbacks to the success...
“Now when I go home to visit my family, I always cook,” she reveals with a laugh. “So now I think, ‘Why doesn’t anyone cook for me? I need some time away!’ But it’s fun.”
If you fancy having some fun with healthy eating, here is one of the recipes from Deliciously Ella recipes
to try at home...