My Deliciously Ella Clean Eating Experiment


My Deliciously Ella Clean Eating Experiment

I was super excited to receive my pre-ordered copy of the Deliciously Ella cookbook yesterday. I’ve been really inspired by Ella’s journey from self confessed ‘sugar freak’ (I can totally relate) to a plant based, clean eating lifestyle.

Ella made this incredible lifestyle change in response to being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which had a devastating effect on her health. Through these dietary changes Ella regained her health and became an internet sensation as people followed her story.

Ella’s message is that a plant based, refined sugar free, cleaning eating diet can be fulfilling, delicious and even easy.

I don’t have a serious illness like POTS but I do have some health concerns including Anaemia which I have talked about here, the fact is I haven’t always taken very good care of myself.

So, Ella’s message really resonated with me. I’m already a vegetarian and I’ve been making a real effort with my health over the past year but I haven’t been making the progress that I would like (those pesky iron levels just like to go down, not up!).

I should point out that I am the only vegetarian in the family. My husband and our two daughters eat meat – admittedly not a lot of it as there are only about two things I’m willing/able to cook. They do tend to eat a lot of Quorn (mainly so my husband feels like he’s eating ‘proper’ food!). I’m actually not a huge fan of Quorn!

As I was reading Deliciously Ella I was suddenly struck by the thought ‘am I actually going to get around to cooking any of this stuff’? I know, a bit negative right? I wouldn’t be the first person to buy a cookbook and then do nothing with it though!

I’ve talked recently about making 2015 my year of finding joy – it immediately occurred to me that this is the perfect example to put some joy into my week, work on my health, learn something new and do something I actually want to do.

I have resolved to conduct my very own Deliciously Ella clean eating experiment by trying one new recipe from ‘Deliciously Ella’ every week.

I’ll post pictures and a quick review of how it (really) turned out, how difficult it actually was and deciding if I’ll honestly make it again – I’d love to find some new, quick and easy (yet healthy) dinner time options.

I’ll be trying these recipes out on my unsuspecting family – they are notoriously fussy eaters so we’ll see how that goes!

I’ll be posting mid week (because that’s when my food shop arrives!). I won’t be going through the book on a recipe by recipe basis but rather dipping in and out depending on what I already have in the cupboard, and what I fancy making.

If your interested in what clean eating could look like for a normal family then please join me!


P.s I’m not in anyway affiliated with Deliciously Ella and this series is not sponsored so all views are my own.

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10 Comments on My Deliciously Ella Clean Eating Experiment

    Katie / Pouting In Heels
    2nd February 2015 at 12:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Oooooh I will most definitely be joining in…because I too have ordered the book! ;-) It hasn’t arrived yet but I really want to start making more delicious healthy food for me and my family and I hear great things about Ella and her recipes.

    Can’t wait to hear how you get on. We must compare notes! X #sharethejoy

    • Claire
      3rd February 2015 at 7:14 pm (5 years ago)

      It looks great doesn’t it! The challenge will be getting my family on-board but I’m determined to try!
      All being well my first ‘experiment’ will be tomorrow – I’ll be posting on how it goes. I’d love to hear how you get on too!

    Reneé @ Mummy Tries
    2nd February 2015 at 8:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Best of luck lovely! I’ve been on GAPS for nine months, and was Paleo for two years beforehand. Can’t recommend going grain, dairy and refined sugar free highly enough to anyone that wants to listen!

    My photos aren’t great, but I have over a hundred supe easy recipes on my GAPS blog, and a fair few on my main one xx

    • Claire
      3rd February 2015 at 7:18 pm (5 years ago)

      Your recipes look great, thanks for the link.
      I’m determined to give it a go but in a gradual way, I know me, anything too dramatic is doomed (especially the thought of giving up my skinny Starbucks hot chocolates!). I have to admit though that all the sugar doesn’t make me feel great so perhaps I am ready for the change. This is the perfect chance to expand my families range of meals, which is the secret to success I think!
      Thanks for reading!

    2nd February 2015 at 9:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Oooh good luck! I really think it’s great when you can try new things and see how they work for you, so often we reach for the same things out of convenience, don’t we? I have to admit I have a lot of cookery books that I have never tried a single recipe from… so you are far from alone in having that thought!

    • Claire
      3rd February 2015 at 7:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you!
      I used to really enjoy cooking but since our youngest has come along and work is so busy mealtimes have become all about convenience. Although I peddle the vegetables like a good mum the rest is all a bit bland (think pizza and chips with a big side of veg!!). It’s definitely time to shake it up!
      Those unused cook books mock me from the sidelines – but not this time!
      I’ll be posting how we got on this week!

    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    3rd February 2015 at 7:43 am (5 years ago)

    I was diagnosed as wheat intolerant a couple of years ago and now avoid wheat products as much as possible (although the odd biscuit does seem to make it’s way into my hands somehow *whistles*) and it’s made such a difference to both my weight and how I feel – a change in diet can be literally life changing. So good luck with your clean eating experiment! Thank you for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • Claire
      3rd February 2015 at 7:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Well done you – those biscuits just appear from nowhere at the best of times!
      I have become really aware of how much sugar we are eating as a family. I don’ want to say we’re going the whole hog and giving it up because I just don’t think that’s realistic for us (my local Starbucks would shut down if I stopped working from there hot chocolate in hand!) but I do think we can make some positive changes and drastically cut it down.
      Who knows, maybe we won’t miss it…!
      Thanks for reading – loving #sharethejoy

    Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork
    5th February 2015 at 1:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Hope this works out well for you! I’m looking forward to reading your reviews, as I like the Deliciously Ella blog and have been thinking of getting the book. I’m not sure I could live without grains, but I was recently diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy and I KNOW I need to reduce my refined sugar intake. I’ve slowly been making changes to how my family eats but it’s a tough journey – I sympathise with the bit about the fussy eaters!! Good luck with it all.

    • Claire
      11th February 2015 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Fussy eaters are definitely the problem around here! As a vegetarian I’m pretty addicted to my pastas and rice etc so finding some healthier alternatives would be great. My sugar habit is really something else!
      Thanks for reading!


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