Women's Health (UK) - - WELCOME -

Raise your hand if you’ve ever claimed you like to ‘eat clean’? Mine’s firmly in the air, along with, I’d guess, the ma­jor­ity of you lot. As women who live our lives through the well­ness lens, it goes with­out say­ing that nu­tri­tion is one of the key pil­lars of en­sur­ing your health and body are in tip-top shape. And the en­thu­si­asm for clean eat­ing – de­spite the am­bi­gu­ity of what that ac­tu­ally means – has been a guid­ing light for many. Un­til ear­lier this year, that is, when the BBC doc­u­men­tary Clean Eat­ing: The Dirty Truth claimed to de­bunk mis­in­for­ma­tion we’d all read­ily lapped up. Ella Mills, aka De­li­ciously Ella, was the only food blog­ger-turned-in­flu­encer to ap­pear on the pro­gramme – where she elo­quently ex­plained that her sim­ple ethos of ‘more nat­u­ral, less pro­cessed’ stands true – and this pub­lic dis­play of guts is just one of the rea­sons I wanted Ella on the cover of this year’s Nu­tri­tion Is­sue. Now a fully-fledged busi­ness­woman, she has three Lon­don delis, food prod­ucts on sale in main­stream su­per­mar­kets and 28 mil­lion eyes on her so­cial me­dia feeds ev­ery month. Our cover story on page 36 shows Ella in a brand new light, as she tells us how she grew De­li­ciously Ella from a stu­dent side­line into a hugely suc­cess­ful com­pany, and how the strug­gle to learn from her mis­takes and main­tain a per­sonal/pro­fes­sional bal­ance is as real for her as it is for you and me. You’ll also find three recipes cre­ated ex­clu­sively for Women’s Health read­ers. Talk­ing of food, I joined a panel of nu­tri­tion ex­perts to taste-test hun­dreds of prod­ucts in our an­nual Women’s Health Food Awards – the win­ners are re­vealed on pages 115-123. If Ella is the orig­i­nal lu­mi­nary of the food blog­ger world, Kayla Itsines is un­doubt­edly the su­per­star of fit­ness inspo. I lost 2st with the help of Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide af­ter hav­ing my daugh­ter last year. Work­ing out in my liv­ing room, of­ten us­ing my baby as a weight (try it, she loved it!), ul­ti­mately gave me the con­fi­dence to head back to the gym where I’m at my hap­pi­est. Find her ex­clu­sive up­per-body work­out on page 83. Pull-ups, here I come. And here’s an­other treat for you: our first ever ath­leisure spe­cial – it’s all you need to shop the sports luxe trends of AW17. Don’t for­get to fol­low me on In­sta­gram @claire­sander­son. Un­til next month.

Me and Ella

Claire San­der­son / Ed­i­tor Fol­low me on In­sta­gram @claire­sander­son

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