Award-winning food blogger Ella Woodward shares her secrets
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