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Hi, I’m Angela. Welcome to Oh She Glows – an award-winning recipe blog featuring over 500 healthy recipes! For the past 5 years, I’ve shared mouth-watering, energizing recipes that I eat on a daily basis as well as oodles of drool-worthy photographs. My goal is to inspire others to embrace more plant-based foods in their diet without feeling deprived. And yes, my recipes are great for meat-eaters and picky kids too. Most of my recipes are gluten-free and many are allergy-friendly.

My first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook (released March 4, 2014) is a New York Times Bestseller. It features over 100 plant-based vegan recipes (including 85 gluten-free recipes) using real, whole food ingredients. The book also contains over 100 full-page, full-colour photographs shot by yours truly. For more info, see here.

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Note: The parfait cover is the Canadian cover and the carrot cover is the US cover. The content is the same in both, however!

Feeling hungry? Here are several of the most popular recipes on Oh She Glows right now:

1) Raw Almond Butter Cups; 2) Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai; 3) Natural Energy Drink: Chia Fresca; 4) Back on Track Green Monster (Banana-free); 5) Glazed Lentil Walnut Loaf; 6) Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

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My Story:

On October 31st 2008, I started Oh She Glows to write about my recovery from an eating disorder, my journey to health, and the amazing transformation that food can make in our lives. Within the first few months of blogging my readership started to grow and before long I connected with women and men all over the world. Today, almost 5 years later, Oh She Glows receives millions of hits each month. I never expected that my blog would turn into a passion and eventually my full-time career, but I’m extremely grateful that I took a chance and hit publish on my first post.

As my relationship with food improved, I focused on creating healthy plant-based recipes that would win over my husband’s approval. At the time, Eric was a devout fast-food lover and drank pop like water. Coming up with healthy dishes that he enjoyed was a difficult task, but I was up for the challenge! I didn’t come from a food or photography background (nope, I barely knew how to cook a potato), so everything you see on this blog is a result of hard work and self-taught skill. I taught myself how to create recipes and photograph my creations. It’s been an adventure!

Fast forward to 2012-2013 and I’m now working on my first cookbook which is due out early 2014.

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Let me rewind a bit and tell you about what was going on in my life the year I started my blog.

2008

We fell in love with this crazy kitten. We call him Sketchie. He’s a bit older now, but just as crazy…

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In 2008, I married my high-school sweetheart, Eric, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. Life was wonderful, yet not so wonderful at the same time. I was in recovery for an eating disorder, something I had been struggling with since I was 11-12 years old. Despite the great things going on in my life, I couldn’t enjoy them fully without putting my eating disorder behind me. It was like a storm cloud hovering over me for years.

During the last semester of my Master’s degree, I started working full-time as a researcher. I did a lot of hands on, practical research and even had the opportunity to write a book chapter, but ultimately I found that research did not fulfill me like I thought it would. I just felt so empty inside and deep down I knew that it wasn’t a great fit for me. I longed to express my creative side! I wanted to write, but not in the form of scientific articles. Thankfully, Oh She Glows was a great outlet and really let my creativity flourish. For the first year of blogging, I wrote 3 posts per day (yes, you read that right) and I absolutely fell head over heels in love with my new hobby. Up until this point in my life, I never had a hobby that I felt so passionate about and it felt so rewarding to enjoy something so much. Connecting with others all over the world motivated me to keep going during a time when I was very unhappy with my career. Whenever I was frustrated with career unhappiness and worried about my future, I would brainstorm ideas for blog posts. Boredom was no longer in my vocabulary.

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2009/10

In 2009, I took the leap and left my research career. Yikes! This was a difficult and anxiety-provoking decision as someone who doesn’t like change or letting people down. I had no plan, but a supportive husband, tons of drive, and a hobby I loved. After a couple months of looking for other research jobs, I decided to start up my own business, Glo Bakery – a healthy bakery featuring my popular Glo Bars. Walking away from a career that I went to school for 7 years was not an easy thing to do, but it turned out to be the best career decision I could’ve made. Finally, I felt passionate and in control of my own happiness! I was determined and filled with passion to make this new career work.

I ran the bakery on my own (with the help of my husband when he had time) for a couple years and it was a huge success. Each week, I hand-made over 500 Glo Bars and shipped them to customers (many were blog readers!) all over North America. It was physically exhausting running both the bakery and the blog, but I knew that I was on the right path to career happiness. No matter how much work it took, I was willing to do it.

2011/2012/2013

After a couple years of running the bakery and blogging full-time, I closed the bakery to pursue my cookbook dreams after being approached by an editor from a major publishing house. The bakery was an experience I will never forget and I learned so much. Right now, my focus is on writing a fantastic cookbook and blogging, but who knows, some day in the future I might open up the bakery again!

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2014:

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My husband Eric and I are expecting our first baby late September 2014! You can read my announcement in this post. Also, check out my Baby section, where I post weekly pregnancy updates + pictures and talk about pregnancy vitamins and nutrition.

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Learning to love food again

With hard work, counseling, and persistence, I was able to overcome my struggles with disordered eating. I no longer count calories, weigh myself obsessively, binge eat, or workout compulsively. Balanced is how I feel in my life now. It’s a great feeling after so many years of struggle.

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I shifted my diet to plant-based in mid-2009 after learning more about nutrition, animal welfare, and the environmental impacts of factory farming. My goal is to show you healthy, unprocessed, and animal-product free recipes that I create to keep myself and my family inspired about tasty good-for-you food. My husband dropped 20 pounds effortlessly and got rid of his high cholesterol – all without dieting or medication. I share my recipes on this site to hopefully inspire readers to try out my recipes. The best part about my recipes is that anyone can enjoy them from vegans to carnivores alike. Don’t believe me? Just read some of the glowing reviews in the comments. I’ve received hundreds of emails over the years from blog readers crediting Oh She Glows for inspiring some major changes like losing weight, shifting to a vegetarian or vegan diet, reducing meat consumption, overcoming eating disorders, and changing careers. I am so grateful to be a able to share my passion for food and wellness on this blog and most importantly, to hear YOUR stories of triumph! Whether you are looking to incorporate a few vegan meals into your week or want to take the plunge with a vegan diet, I hope you’ll find that inspiration here.

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How to Contact Angela:

Please note: As of Sept. 21, 2014 I’m currently on maternity leave and I will not be able to respond to your comments and questions for the time being.

Facebook: Check out my Facebook page. I reply to all of my Facebook wall comments & questions and it’s usually the fastest way to hear back from me. Please allow 1-5 days for a reply (longer around holidays).

Instagram – Check out my Instagram page. I post food pics, recipes, and some behind the scenes action! I also have a new Instagram account @theglowspot where I post pictures of home renos, pregnancy, life events, and non-food related things. Make a recipe from my blog? Be sure to tag it #ohsheglows and @ohsheglows on Instagram so I can see it! Looking forward to seeing all your creations!

Pinterest: Follow me on Pinterest

Twitter: @ohsheglows - I love reading what’s going on on Twitter and I LOVE hearing about the recipes you try out! Tweet me about the recipes you make or share a pic! I love re-tweeting your creations.

Questions/comments? Please stop by my FAQ page for a ton of your questions answered in one cozy spot. You can also say hello via email: angela [at] ohsheglows [dot] com. I personally respond to as many of your emails as I can fit into a day, but occasionally I cannot keep up with them or lose track of emails. If this is the case and your question is urgent, please feel free to re-send it or try leaving me a note on my Facebook wall. For some reason, I find comments much easier to stay on top of on Facebook. I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time out of your busy day to send me a note. Thank you for making my days brighter!

Press: Looking to contact us about a press opportunity? see here.

Not sure where to start? Try my popular recipes page. If you are a quote fan, then this page is for you!

 

Peace, Love & Plants,

Angela

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Lucy Foster August 26, 2012

this was so so so beautiful to read.
i have a friend who is going through an eating disorder at the moment and reading through your site has given me so much more hope and inspiration.
thank you xxxx

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sarah August 26, 2012

I just found your blog, and I am SO happy I did! You are absolutely beautiful (outside, and from what I’ve read so far, inside as well). Thank you for everything you are doing to help other people (not to mention the environment/food industry).

I’ve recently decided to become a vegetarian, with hopes of learning enough to transition to becoming vegan. It is because of people like you that this will be possible.

Thanks for you. Be happy and well,

Sarah

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Flavia Del Monte August 27, 2012

Hey Angela,

I am curious if there is an email account where I can reach you?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

Yes :) angela (at) ohsheglows (dot) com

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Zone Helathy September 8, 2012

Wow! Your story is so inspiring, and I am so happy for you. It sounds like you’ve gone through such a huge journey, and you’ve definitely found the treasure at the end. I applaud you for how far you’ve come, and how much you’ll do in the future with your cookbook and health.

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Kate September 23, 2012

What an amazing story, and a wonderful journey you have been on!

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girlshowtoimpress.com September 24, 2012

great blog! this is something what I was looking for as I just starting my adventure with vegan and bloging in the same time… I’m vegetarian looking for more inspiration for great vegan food, trying to convinced my husband (no results, jejeje) and enjoying every day more when eat properly without any harm to animals and environment. I’ll definitely check your recipes!

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Stephanie September 24, 2012

You are an inspiration for me! I am currently attending a four year university, but baking is my passion, especially vegan baking. I want to go to culinary school next year and one day have my own bakery! Your website is awesome. Keep up the good work ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2012

Thank you Stephanie, I’m so happy to hear that! Goodluck with all your goals. :) If you open a vegan bakery I’ll be the first in line.

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Emily September 27, 2012

hi! I’m, well I shouldn’t say happy, but am impressed I guess to here you’ve had and overcome an eating disorder.
I’m 17 and have been struggling with one for a little over a year now, and while I’m eating enough, it has completely consumed my life. All I think about is food now, all the time. What I allow myself to eat and what I don’t allow myself to eat. I’m not, nor have I ever really been, truly happy.
So I guess the purpose of this whole spiel is how did you do it? I feel like I’m living a half life. I can’t live my life normally, I can’t go out, and I can’t focus on normal TEENAGE fun. It’s left me lonely and sad.
What did you do to get rid of all those feelings of guilt, anxiety, counting. I won’t eat anything unless it’s counted out. And I only allow myself 30 g of fat everyday. (this is coming from 2 g of fat so that is a huge step over the months it took me to get here)
I just want advice from someone whose been there and knows, has overcome it and lives a normal happy life.

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Adrianna September 30, 2012

Thank you for inspiration. How many years did it take you to transform your career? I mean including learning about nutrition, researching about food, finally slowly making it work for you? Thank you

Lots of happiness! :)
Adrianna

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angela
great job,your story inspire me,thank you.
keep writing,please.
wishing you all the best

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robyn george-chilvers October 5, 2012

This is truely inspiring, wonderful blog. I dream of having a blog like this, I have mentioned you on my blog x

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Jill Brock October 15, 2012

Hi Angela,
I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I started my own small baked goods company years ago. My goal was to try to develop healthy baked sweets. This proved to be an exhausting challenge. I eventually ended up with a couple of products based on oats which sold pretty well but I was never able to really make it to the big times. Needless to say I’m impressed with your efforts and wish you all the best.

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Jenni November 4, 2012

Hi I love you site! As a newer vegetarian (working towards vegan) your recipes help me survive ! I just wanted to let you know that I just saw an add for Chili’s about bacon cheese burgers. I remember that you had asked for readers to inform you if they saw meat adds. I live in the US, so maybe that has something to do with it? Well, it doesn’t bother me that much….I still love your site, meat adds or no meat adds, but I know it is important to you to stick with your misson for promoting a healthy vegan lifestyle.

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Jenni November 4, 2012

Woops I just realized that I spelled “ads” wrong in my prior post. Anyway, I do hope that things work with controlling unwanted advertisements. Thanks again so much for your site! I’m currently in the midst of making the pumpkin smoothies for the 2nd time, my husband and I love them!

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Angelina November 5, 2012

Angela,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! From the bottom of my heart for sharing these scrumptious recipes! You’ve made my transition to a vegetarian lifestyle far more delicious than I ever thought possible:)

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Michelle November 5, 2012

Angela,

The funny thing is, I was just looking around for some homemade pizza recipes when I came across your website, and I am literally holding back tears. I feel like I am currently going through exactly what you described, and I never thought that there were other people out there who were going through the same thing. I am currently struggling with the calorie counting and excessive exercising, and I have an irrational fear of unhealthy food, which I fear could turn into an eating disorder. I am also being forced to leave behind my dream career and pursue something completely different and I have no idea what it holds for me in the future. I felt very alone in my situation, and seeing how you fought through your struggles was really inspiring to me, and for that I thank you for not being afraid to share your story with the world, something that I am quite scared to do in my own life. I am definitely going to be a regular on your site, and I look forward to discovering all the cool things that are on here!!

Michelle

Michelle

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Elaine November 8, 2012

Thanks for putting together such a lovely blog! Your recipes are incredible and you have a great talent for cooking. I can’t wait to buy your cookbook! I have been vegan since February 2011 and I have tried many of your recipes since then. :) In fact this is one of the first blogs I found as a vegan.
I too have been battling anorexia nervosa since 2005 when I had a traumatic hysterectomy and loss of both ovaries at the age of 33 for endometriosis. Surgical menopause was horrific for me and out of nowhere the anorexia came along as a coping mechanism and nearly killed me at the same time. Prior to that I had always been a low normal weight (partly because I was so sick with endometriosis I could never eat anything) but I never thought about it. My weight did get very very low for a long time when I became anorexic and I went through several eating disorder treatments. All they did was make it worse. I had to come to a place of forgiveness in order to be ready to overcome it. I am still struggling now but like you it has been a long slow process of self discovery (I have had to learn who I am all over again) and recovery. Veganism ironically helped me gain some weight and take on challenges such as running and cycling that meant I needed to eat a lot more for the energy and stamina to enjoy these activities. I can really relate to that. At the age of 40 it isn’t as easy for me to start life over as it is for someone younger, but I feel stronger than I have in years, albeit still slightly underweight. I have been in school the last year and a half for the first time in fifteen years. I have not yet fully overcome the restricting and bingeing but it is far less extreme than the insanity it used to be. I am still having trouble letting go of it completely, trusting my body even though I know it is wise and knows what is best, still working on accepting my body and what happened to me. I see how beautiful you are inside and out and how courageous you are to put yourself out there and it gives me hope that I can completely overcome this. I still have shame when I eat in public, but seeing you holding food and genuinely enjoying it helps me so much! And thank you for not posting the nutrition data for every single creation of yours. I am making your lentil loaf for the second Thanksgiving in a row, and this year my Mom AND sister are now vegan and will be joining me for that loaf! I am still trying to win my husband over to veganism 20 months later, one recipe at a time lol. Being vegan really does boost ones cooking skills and imagination and knowledge of nutrition, no doubt. Thanks again for this blog and please keep those awesome cooking experiments coming!

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Jan November 9, 2012

Hi Angela,
I love your website! I also have a question. On your .pdf file, “Oh She Glows
1st Annual Vegan Thanksgiving,” for the recipe for “This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole,” it says to add the milk (with the vanilla, syrup, salt and spices), but no type or amount of milk is listed in the ingredients. Help! I really want to make them! Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 13, 2012

Hi Jan! Sorry for the delayed reply.
For the milk, just a splash will do when you are mashing the potatoes. It`s not necessary but you can if you wish! enjoy

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Avery November 12, 2012

I know you started this blog for yourself but it’s been ssoooo helpful for me and my family. This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan and I will be using your recipes!! Thanks a million!

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Amelia November 13, 2012

Dear Angela,
You are such an inspirational woman! Honestly, I think everyone would agree that you have always been beautiful, but your healthy lifestyle and difficult journey just make you all the more AMAZING! I can definitely say that I check your blog almost every day…and it is always a treat!

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Steve Balliett November 29, 2012

Hi Angela,

Good for you in conquering your disordered eating and compulsive exercise. That takes great courage and mental strength to overcome these difficulties.

Also, kudos to you also for going Vegan. My family and I are approaching our 7th year eating the Vegan Diet. And loving every minute of the health it provides us.

I literally died in an ambulance in 1998 from vomiting to death from Crohn’s Disease. The EMT’s fortunately jump started my heart, hence this comment.

I was eating all the wrong foods and one day my body just said, “that’s it, you’re done. Terrible abdominal pains and constant vomiting. However, the Vegan Diet stopped all that quick, fast and in a hurry.

I just love the Vegan Diet. I can tell that you do too from the looks of the delicious food in your pictures above.

Have a wonderful day!

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Lily November 30, 2012

How did you teach yourself to cook? I ask bc I find myself in the same situation you were once in. I love food but have no formal training, not even family recipes.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2012

Hey Lily, Yes I did. I didn’t come from a family who cooked a lot either so I basically taught myself everything from scratch. Thank goodness for the internet. ;)

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ingrid December 4, 2012

You are such an inspiration!!!!!!!! XX

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Rebecca Holland December 5, 2012

I just want to let you know that my husband and I are LOVING your recipes – we have been Vegan for 2 years and one of the things we have struggled with in most Vegan recipes is the amount of sugar and fat (oils) used in the recipes – your recipes aren’t like that – they are healthy Vegan recipes and are mindful of what ingredients need to go into a recipe to make sure in addition to being Vegan it is also healthy – THANK YOU for being committed to health and to recipes that honor a healthy lifestyle – we are grateful!
Rebecca (and Michael) Holland

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012

Thank you so much Rebecca! I appreciate it :)

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Anna December 5, 2012

The part where you write about leaving your career and worrying about your friends and family’s expectations is something I can relate to completely. I have also suffered with eating disorders for a long time, but it was when I made the decision to leave university that I began to feel able to take control of my life. Now I am living eating disorder free, dealing with thoughts and feelings on a day-to-day basis, and I have fallen in love with food and cooking much like you have. Your blog is wonderful, and having read this page I am now going to trawl through pretty much all of it :P xx

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Elise December 27, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS on sooo many levels!!
continue to strive & grow & help others :)

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Megan Campbell December 30, 2012

I just stumbled upon your website and totally adore it! Like you I received my undergraduate in psychology, and I’m currently pursuing my masters in occupational therapy… so I’m crazy busy. I am 90% vegan… I plan on attempting the 100% change in 2013, and your website and recipes will help me in my goals :) My husband is also a huge cheese addict.. who likes a lot of my vegan cooking… but is skeptical to the whole idea.. and doesn’t like exercise nearly as much as I do… (but I’m working on that). I never do this, but just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed exploring your site during my way too short vacation from graduate school this winter break, and I’m excited to see what you have planned in the future ( I would totally buy the cookbook)

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carensimon January 5, 2013

Hi,
I am so glad u r healthy and happy and that my wife, Caren, has found you, a true blessing.

Thank you,
Kirk

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mia January 5, 2013

Hi Angela~
My sister told me about your blog a while back..and I love love love it. I find myself printing off a slew of your recipes at one time…loving on them….then forgetting about keeping up with healthy, unprocessed eating. Why do I ever stop??? I feel like a lot of it is knowing how to have an organized system for our meals -and- knowing that I am worth it. I feel like I’ve had an eating disorder myself, just not diagnosed… I go into emotional eating and when I’m doing well, I think it’s OK to eat whatever I want.. Repeat.. It is so hard to describe…

Anyhow..I am looking at 2013 in a different way and am hoping that I make wiser choices for eating. Do you have suggestions on how I can look for recipes on your blog before it’s too late and I eat whatever is “easy” or on-the-go? Do I print print print and put into a binder that I stash away and forget about (not sure why I do that???), do I keep checking them on my computer or iPad and keep it in the kitchen? Just need advice to stop my cycle of unhealthy eating. I love how I feel when I serve my family healthy meals and snacks. I don’t know why I don’t keep it up… would love any suggestions! Silly thing as I type this out…I feel anxious about how great this could be….like I want to do it “right” and so I procrastinate starting??? If that makes sense!! Oh help :)

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Purvi January 7, 2013

I love your Web site and recipes! Sometimes I think you are thinking the exact same thing as me!! I am going to make your 5 ingredient vegan cheez. THANK YOU!!

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Nita January 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing your story!
Im happy to have stumbled upon your blog!
I have a similar path and its nice to hear that it works out!
Happy 2013.

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Lindsey January 12, 2013

Hi! Just wanted to say props to you for being open about your eating disordered past, and for your recovery! Your blog is great! I write for a pro-recovery organization called You Part Two. Check us out on the web at http://youparttwo.com/about/ or on Facebook and spread the love! I;d love to talk more with you sometime. Best of luck! ~Lindsey

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laura January 18, 2013

hiya its so nice to see someone beating their eating disorder. i have suffered with anorexia for 16 years and am really trying to beat it (not easy) your blog gives me hope (and lots of yummy sounding recpies) i turn 30 this year and want it to be the year i recover and become me again live life to the full :) so thankyou for writing your blog big hugs xx

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Kim Bayne January 27, 2013

I have just found your Blog and my mouth is watering!! I cannot wait to try so many recipes!! I can really relate to your story, I have just resigned from my job to pursue my dreams and passions and its pretty daunting but I can totally relate to the boredom of being trapped in a job that doesn’t provide stimulation.
Looking forward to keeping up with your Blog and trying your recipes!
Kim

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Jasmin January 31, 2013

I just came across your Blog and after looking at all your delicous looking recipes (I’m gonna try lots of them for sure!) I also read your story and I just wanted to let you know I think that you’re a wonderful and very inspiring person to me. Keep going your way!

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Tee February 6, 2013

Incredible, beautiful lady! Love your blog, amazing story. All the best forever x

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Kelly Boerema February 8, 2013

I love your page! So happy I found it. I’ve been struggling with and ED since my sophomore year of High School (’08). Recovery is a long process, it’s nice to be able to now have someone to relate to, I’m a vegetarian and eat a low gluten diet and love the recipes you have up. I’m also very interested in always cooking my own meals and finding ways to make them as nutritional as possible! Your an inspiration

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Maia February 15, 2013

Why is there an ad for milky way candy bars on your website? They are highly processed and definitely not vegan.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2013

Hi Maia, As I’ve mentioned on the site before, I strive to keep all of my ads vegan. This results in banning or removing many, many ads each week. Occasionally, ads will run on the site that are not vegan because they only run in countries like the US or Europe and I don’t see them here in Canada. If I can’t see them, I can’t remove them unless notified. please feel free to email adinquiories[at]ohsheglows.com to let us know if there is an ad in question. We were already notified about the ads and they have been removed. If any more appear don’t hesitate to let us know. Thanks for your help and understanding, Angela

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Sherri February 21, 2013

I have to tell you…I’ve been a vegetarian for…hmm…I think close to 5 years now. I decided to go totally vegan back in December and am LOVING every single recipe I’ve tried from your site. By far, it has the best recipes…ones that are keeping even my nonvegan husband and daughter happy! When I say I’m making an “Oh She Glows” recipe, they know they’re going to like it. :-) Thank you so much for a place to to go for no fail recipes!!

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Kathy @ FoodWineThyme February 25, 2013

Angela, you are such an inspiration. Although not a vegan myself, I strive everyday to eat good, clean, minimally processed foods. I can read your story over and over and never get tired of it. Thanks

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