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The model The model of healthy of healthy eating; When health problems took over Ella Woodward's life, a diet overhaul helped her regain control. With a successful blog, app and book launch under her belt, she shares her healthy message with Keeley Bolger.

Byline: Keeley Bolger

HETHER Wwhizzing up veggies for a juice HETHER she's whizzing up veggies for a juice or heading to morning yoga, award-winning food blogger Ella Woodward glows with good health.

yoga, award-winning food But just four years ago, lla's health was waning, leaving the then 19-year-old of of But just four years ago, Ella's health was waning, leaving the then 19-year-old model and history of art student bed-ridden for up to 16 hours a day, unable to risk a short stroll without suffering heart palpitations and chronic pain.

student bed-ridden for up to 16 hours a day, unable to risk a short stroll without suffering heart palpitations S), a potentially debilitating condition which affects the autonomic nervous system and causes Eventually diagnosed E with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), a potentially debilitating condition which affects the autonomic nervous system and causes symptoms like severe headaches and dizziness when standing up,Ella found that traditional treatments only went so far and decided to completely change her approach to eating, phasing out meat, dairy, sugar and processed food.

When lla found that traditional treatments over overhaul control.

app As someone who cooked very little, save "boiling pasta" and making the odd dish of scrambled eggs, at first, her U-turn was met with confusion by her family and friends. But Ella soon began to reap the benefits.

her belt, first, her U-turn was met with message "It was a gradual process," explains the 23-year-old, who was inspired after reading about an American cancer patient who found making changes to her diet helped her manage her illness.

"After a few weeks of really living and eating differently, I started to feel minor changes. It took 18 months from the beginning of my diet change for me to say, 'OK, I feel like I'm really healed', and gradually, it just built up and got better."

To keep herself on track, she started a keep herself on track, she started a T blog - deliciouslyella.com - and after a good reaction from readers, and last year a hefty seal of approval in the form of a Blogger Award from Red magazine, she launched a healthy eating app, which has so far attracted 75,000 downloads.

Now, she's just published her first book, also entitled Deliciously Ella.

While Ella couldn't have anticipated the impact the diet has had on her health, she also credits it for changing her outlook. outlook.

"I would never "I would never have thought it would really change me, and I would come out of iit a different person, but I really feel I am very different," she says. "I'm much more positive." positive."

makes everything worth Always pleased to hear from readers ("it makes everything worth it"), she is nevertheless determined to avoid foisting her diet onto anyone else.

"My number one aim is to encourage people to introduce some of the healthier elements into their life," says Ella, who splits her time between London and California, where her boyfriend lives.

"If that's just eating exactly the same as you always have, but adding an extra portion of vegetables, that's a great start."

But the foodie, who is also training as a nutritionist, has found allies in the most unlikely of people.

"My boyfriend, who is German and grew up on sausages, is now loving it!" she says, laughing.

Here are three Deliciously Ella recipes to try at home...

D | | Deliciously Ella is published by Yellow Kite, priced PS2

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