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Meet Deliciously Ella, our Woman Crush this Wednesday!

Ella Mills is the founder of Deliciously Ella, best-selling author and owner of Deliciously Ella Deli’s in London as well as a line of retail products. Her newest cookbook, Natural Feasts: 100+ Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes to Share and Enjoy with Friends and Family (Deliciously Ella) just launched in the US in October! Ella’s personal journey of how eating well healed a debilitating illness inspired her to begin sharing her healthy and delicious recipes with others. The original recipes in Natural Feasts offer a fresh spin on plant-based meals and make it easy to incorporate it into your daily routine. Ella’s delicious meals and approachable personality have garnered her a engaged social media following with over 1.1 million Instagram followers.

How Ella practices Self-Love

• I try to take a minute for myself every day, no matter how busy things are. During the week I go to a 6.30am yoga class, it sets me up for the day and helps me create a really positive outlook
• I cook, I love cooking. I find it so relaxing and love turning simple ingredients into something special. It’s even better when it’s shared with friends and family
• I do something I’m passionate about. I feel so incredibly lucky to work in an area that I’m so passionate about, and although stressful at times, building a growing company is incredibly exciting.

Meet Kim-Julie (@brusselskim), our Woman Crush this Wednesday!

Her name is Kim-Julie and she is the face behind Brussels VeganBest of Vegan, The Vegan Reset and The Vegan Challenge. After years of leading an unhealthy lifestyle, she became an ethical vegan in 2011 and soon also discovered the many health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. As scary as it seemed then, it was the best decision she ever made. In 2013, she developed a passion for whole foods, which helped her get rid of allergies, chronic migraines, and many other health issues. She started Brussels Vegan and Best of Vegan to show people how easy it can be to change your lifestyle, no matter how hard it may seem in the beginning. In addition to vegan foods, she enjoys doing Yoga, drawing, reading, writing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She loves helping others make the transition. That is why she wrote the book The Practical Vegan and regularly organizse vegan challenges.



How she practices self-love

We often talk about self-love and how important it is, but I think that sometimes the concept of loving yourself unconditionally can seem so foreign that we don’t even know where to begin. I believe that paying attention to the way in which we speak to ourselves and about ourselves is crucial. Gently catching the thought patterns that don’t serve us and trying to show ourselves more kindness instead is a great starting point. So, instead of saying “Why did I do that? I can’t believe I failed again…”, try saying “It happened and it’s OK, I’ll be OK. Now, how can I use this experience to learn and grow?”
At times I feel overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to get done and the pressure I feel to achieve my goals and not disappoint certain people. In those moments, it’s tempting to prioritize impressing other people over making sure you don’t burn out, but at the end of the day, you can’t serve a greater purpose or inspire others if you don’t take care of yourself first. So when I feel like that, I press the pause button and give myself a day or two to recharge in order to prioritize my mental health and overall wellbeing.
I like to refuel my body by staying hydrated and eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I love vegan donuts and other treats, but I make sure that most of my diet consists of whole foods and fresh produce as I know that those foods are what makes me feel best. When it comes to regenerating, I make sure I sleep enough, meditate, practice Yoga and spend time going for walks outdoors.

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