Award-win­ning food blog­ger Ella Wood­ward shares her se­crets

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK -

HET­HER she’s whizzing up veggies for a juice or head­ing to yoga for a morn­ing stretch, food blog­ger Ella Wood­ward glows with good health.

But just four years ago, Wood­ward’s health was wan­ing, leav­ing the then 19-year-old model and his­tory of art stu­dent bed-rid­den for up to 16 hours a day, un­able to risk a short stroll with­out suf­fer­ing heavy heart pal­pi­ta­tions and chronic pain.

Even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed with pos­tural tachy­car­dia syn­drome (PoTS), a po­ten­tially de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion which af­fects the au­to­nomic ner­vous sys­tem and causes symptoms like se­vere pal­pi­ta­tions, headaches and dizzi­ness when stand­ing up, Wood­ward found that tra­di­tional treat­ments only went so far and de­cided to com­pletely change her ap­proach to eat­ing, grad­u­ally cut­ting out meat, dairy, sugar and pro­cessed food.

As some­one who pre­vi­ously wolfed down ‘moun­tains’ of ice cream and cooked very lit­tle, save ‘boil­ing pasta’ and mak­ing the odd dish of scram­bled eggs, at first, her U-turn was met with con­fu­sion by her fam­ily and friends. But Wood­ward soon be­gan to reap the benefits.

“It was a grad­ual process,” ex­plains the 23-year-old, who was in­spired af­ter read­ing about an Amer­i­can can­cer pa­tient who found mak­ing changes to her diet helped her man­age her ill­ness.

“Af­ter a few weeks of re­ally living and eat­ing dif­fer­ently, I started to feel mi­nor changes. It took 18 months from the be­gin­ning of my diet change for me to say, ‘OK, I feel like I’m re­ally healed’, and grad­u­ally, it just built up and got bet­ter.”

To keep her­self on track, she started a blog - de­li­cious­lyella.com - and af­ter a good re­ac­tion from read­ers, and last year a hefty seal of ap­proval in the

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