Woolworths TASTE

DELICIOUSLY EASY

MY INTEREST IN THE HEALTH

and wellness space started in 2011. For those who don’t know, that’s when I was diagnosed with a condition that impaired the functioning of my autonomic nervous system, and after a few months in and out of hospital, I was prescribed a list of medications the length of my arm, none of which really worked. A year later, my mental and physical health reached rock bottom, and I knew something had to change; that’s when I started wondering whether diet and lifestyle could help.

In 2012 I started eating a plant-based diet, which at the time felt so alien to almost everyone around me. I can’t tell you how many eye rolls and exclamations of “But what will you eat?!” I got. Nonetheless, I persevered, and eventually got my friends and family on board by showing them how delicious it could be.

The world has changed a lot since the “What will you eat?” days of 2012, and I’ve been enormously humbled to see Deliciously Ella credited as a trailblazer in the health revolution. It feels as though the wellness industry has developed at lightning speed and with that has come a whole host of absolutely brilliant concepts, as well as a series of weird, wonderful and downright bizarre offerings. On the more unusual end of the spectrum I’ve been invited to stand in my pants in a near freezing cryotherapy chamber; tried vegan “prawns”, vegan “smoked salmon” and so much more.

It feels to me as though the simplicity of making small changes to feel happier, healthier and more excited about life can get lost among the weird and the wonderful. Ultimately, I’ve learnt that there is no one

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