Saturday, 14 March 2015

A Step in the Right Direction with Deliciously Ella



I can't stand diets. I hate the thought of depriving myself of food I love or of counting calories excessively, but yet I still want to eat well not so much to lose weight but more to give my body the nutrients it truly needs and desires. I love the feeling I get from making a nutritious home cooked meal or the massive boost I see in my energy levels when I swap a pesky chocolate bar for more fruit and veg. I actually love healthy food too; anything from berries and porridge to quinoa and salmon. In fact I'm what you would call a real 'foodie'. I can't get enough and love trying new things, eating out at new restaurants and falling in love with new recipes. For this reason it is quite impossible for me to diet.

I know a lot of people that think you can eat anything as long as you work it off in the gym and to a certain extent that is somewhat true, but if we are eating foods that we have to constantly think about in a negative way ie 'this cupcake means I am going to have to work extra hard in the gym tomorrow' then I think we must be doing something very wrong. I have a huge sweet tooth, I love tea and coffee and I'll do pretty much anything for a slice of pizza, but that doesn't mean I can't try to find healthy alternatives or that I have a bad diet all of the time. Diets teach you that eating things like pizza and brownies is wrong, which is what I hate so much about them. I'm a huge believer in the whole 80/20 mantra when it comes to healthy eating and I also believe that making just tiny changes when cooking some of your favourite meals can really help matters!

I recently made the decision to try and stop eating processed foods, but this didn't come without a huge struggle. A lot of the things that we would consider 'healthy' foods actually contain a lot of man made rubbish in them if you happen to check the ingredients. Things like swapping your normal pint of milk for almond or coconut milk or swapping white rice for brown really help in this sense. Its unlikely to ever be easy for us to buy strictly all natural foods at the supermarket without a great struggle, but I've been trying to make things like pitta bread pizza instead of ordering my usual takeaway and have started to see huge changes. I've started trying to cook everything from scratch and have noticed I have a lot more energy and I've stopped craving as many caffeinated drinks to get me through the day. I've had a few soy lattes which are completely delicious and have been trying to drink green tea in place of my usual evening cuppa!

This is where Deliciously Ella steps in. I stumbled across her blog a while back and I could not believe how easy yet delicious some of her recipes seemed. Her whole mantra is based on the idea that as long as you are eating all natural foods you can eat as much and whatever you want. So for example, her blog shows you how to cook healthy brownies (I kid you not) using sweet potato and raw cacao powder instead of white flour. Some of the recipes seem so delicious that I'd happily choose to make them over ordering take out or eating refined sugar laden supermarket options. I actually bought her book to keep in the kitchen when I'm needing some cooking inspiration and I love at the start when she tells her story and she actually explains why certain types of food are better for us than other types. Its completely changed my way of thinking about food because before I would just eat for the sake of it and hope for the best but now I feel really good about myself after I eat one of her recipes as I know exactly what those foods are doing for me and my body.

I'll also add that Ella is a vegan and all of her recipes are plant based as well as sugar and gluten free so if the vegan lifestyle isn't for you then Ella does mention that you can try adding meats, yogurt or egg to your favourite recipes. I've thought about going vegetarian (but not vegan) a lot of times but I'm just not ready to fully commit myself yet. I managed almost a year when I was sixteen before I was craving a Sunday roast again so its clearly not really something that works for me. I will however be eating a lot less meats and dairy now that I have found such amazing and delicious plant based recipes which are so quick and easy to make! I got sick and tired of all these fad diets which are being promoted over social media these days and I'm really glad that I've actually found something that is doable and doesn't deprive me of anything.

I hope that those of you who are struggling on diets find this useful and see it as a way of changing your diet and food habits for life rather than following strict fad diets which leave you starving and feeling guilty if you so much as look at a chocolate bar. I find it really sad that these kind of diets are being promoted to young girls rather than a genuine, healthy, and actually easy lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on diets? Do any of you use plant based foods as a staple in your diet? 

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10 comments

  1. This book looks great, although I'd definitely be in the "adding meat" camp, for my husband more than me. I also have up meat for almost a year when I was younger but I caved at Christmas time because I couldn't resist pigs in blankets! Haha!
    Jilly x

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    1. Haha I think its a really good book as it really gives you different ideas for meals without meat and lets you experiment with different healthy foods. I've not been out of the kitchen since I bought it! xxx

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  2. This is such an inspiring post! I totally need to be more healthy ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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  3. Yes! The way I see it, as long as your diet is mainly natural with lots of fruit & veg, where's the harm in the odd bit of pizza?! I've made a few recipes from the Deliciously Ella blog but I'll need to check out the book too :)

    Christy x
    Dinner Stories

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    1. Yes this is so true! Have a little of what you want every once and a while :) xxxx

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  4. I really want to get this book! I've gone sugar free before and I've tried being a vegetarian, I like trying different things but I get lazy if it's too difficult.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. I know it is definitely a challenge to try and change your diet but I definitely think this was worth it! Its not hard to stick to because I genuinely always feel really full and energetic! xxxx

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  5. Really want to try this book, although I must say I love meat. I was a vegetarian for almost a year, I really missed meat! I am interested in some of the alternative sugar free dessert recipes though anything to still have my chocolate fix xx

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    1. I've been making the sweet potato pancakes from this book and they are insanely good! I just drizzle a little bit of honey and chia seeds and it really does satisfy any sweet cravings soooo yummy! I recommend :) xxxx

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