How is true health defined by this glowing foodie? For Ella Mills, better known as Deliciously Ella, her healthy image was achieved after a difficult but successful battle with a chronic illness. After much research and trial and error, this success story turned successful London-based entrepreneur shares her message through healthy recipes, cookbooks, restaurants and delicious treats.
Ella is an advocate that healthy can be delicious at the same time. When it comes to the holidays, however, this plant-based foodie is all about balance and enjoying time with family and friends around the dinner table. Read on for Ella’s holiday wish list, self-care must haves, beauty essentials, and tips to staying well this holiday season…
Q + A With Deliciously Ella:
Describe your wellness philosophy in one sentence.
Celebrating natural, plant based food – I want to turn simple ingredients into delicious, abundant, nourishing meals.
What is your healthiest “guilty” pleasure?
I hate the concept of a guilty pleasure, it’s such an oxymoron – if something is a pleasure it should just bring you joy, without a side of guilt. I think this is one of the biggest issues we have with the way we eat at the moment; there are too many conflicting emotions and feelings of negativity and deprivation attached to meal times. I love traveling and trying new restaurants and foods, having a big meal with friends and family and having extra dessert some days, it’s food for the soul!
What is your best tip to staying true to your wellness routines during the holidays?
Enjoy yourself. Feeling good is just as much about enjoying time with friends and family, cooking, eating, sleeping, relaxing and generally just having an amazing time as it is about kale and broccoli. I tend to keep my yoga practice up, as I find it does wonders for me mentally and physically and I just love it, and it always helps make a little more room for the next holiday meal too!
Describe your favorite holiday meal?
We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK sadly, so Christmas dinner is the big one for us and I love cooking for it. I love doing crispy maple roasted Brussel sprouts with toasted hazelnuts and cranberries, cinnamon sweet potatoes, spicy parsnip wedges, cumin roasted carrots, a thyme and rosemary nut roast, tons of roast potatoes and a mushroom gravy.
What is the number one ingredient you avoid?
I’m veggie and eat a plant based diet, so I don’t eat meat/fish – I made the decision for a mix of environmental, health and ethical decisions.
After your own personal experience, what advice do you have for those that are experiencing a health crisis?
That it can take longer than you’d like to get your health back so be patient, and look after it when you have it.
What’s on your wishlist this holiday season?
Time away from my computer and emails!
Do you have a supplement that you can’t live without?
I take probiotics every morning and they’ve done wonders for my stomach. I used to have tons of digestive issues and they’ve helped manage them amazingly well.
What about a natural beauty product?
It’s so hard to pick one! I love all of the RMS and Ilia products.
Do you have a go-to energizing morning routine?
I go to yoga most mornings, which I love, it always starts my day off so positively. I find physically creating space really helps me mentally make space too, which creates a sense of calm and balance in my life.
How do you relax and unwind at the end of a long, stressful day?
I love a hot bath with Epsom salts, beautiful bath oil, candles, then I put my pj’s on and cook dinner. It’s so calming and grounding – nothing makes me happier than a quiet night at home with my husband.
What is the one ingredient always stocked in your fridge or pantry?
Spices, I think they’re the key to great food. They’re the easiest way to add tons of flavour to a simple dish and can bring any meal to life. I love sautéing garlic, celery and onion with mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, then I chuck in whatever veg I have in the house and some beans and let it bubble away with some coconut milk, before serving with brown rice – it’s the simplest one pot supper, but the spices make it taste amazing!
Any words of wisdom to navigating the stresses that come along with the holiday season?
Find time to relax amongst all the business.