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The Insider: Deliciously Ella

Being naturally healthy doesn’t have to mean deprivation or blowing your savings on seeds. Hip food blogger Deliciously Ella has pioneered the trend, making getting back to nature affordable - and fun…

I first started eating a natural, plant-based diet five years ago and found it incredibly hard to begin with. Going from sugar-fiend to healthy eater meant cutting out the things I loved like chocolate and cookie-dough ice cream. Over the first few months of eating well (which I was doing in the hope of healing a chronic illness, called essential Postural Tachycardia syndrome), I realised that the most important aspect of healthy living was to enjoy what I was doing - there was no way that I’d continue eating well if every day was about restriction as forcing yourself to do something you resent just isn’t sustainable.

It’s now a way of living for me, with healthy eating bleeding into my lifestyle - I am the ambassador for Neal’s Yard Remedies and have a natural beauty range with them, and I always try to choose healthier alternatives where possible, even cleaning my house with toxin-free brand Method. Here are 5 of the easy healthy rules I live by:

Add an extra portion of fruit or vegetables to every meal. It may sound insignificant but it really adds up – over the week you’ll eat an extra 21 portions of goodness, which will work wonders for your body, doing everything from increasing energy levels to making skin clearer and brighter.

Watch what goes onto your body. What I eat and what I’m using on my body go hand in hand so over time I swapped my products for more natural substitutes, relying on lighter products mostly from Neal’s Yard Remedies (and now use my own Deliciously Ella range!). I focus on making the things I use every day like moisturiser and deodorant, more natural.

Simplify. I just use an organic coconut oil as a make-up remover - it’s amazing for taking off mascara - all your have to do is gently massage a pea-size dollop of coconut oil straight onto my lashes and it removes everything and leaves lashes feeling so conditioned. For a moisturising night time treatment I’ll use an oil blend of the Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm.

Homemade is best. Try making your own pasta sauce, or a medjool date and raw cacao-based brownie if you find yourself fancying sweet foods and want a treat. I recommend stocking your fridge up with Abel & Cole organic vegetables so you always have a variety of veggies to hand.

Look up the Dirty Dozen. These are the 12 fruits and vegetables to avoid that are higher in pesticides as they absorb more water. Spinach, kale and cucumber are on it, so make sure you buy organic versions.

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