Before + After

I hesitate to call this page my “Before and after” because I really don’t think there is an after. My journey to health is just that – a journey – and each year has its ups and downs and different challenges along the way. One thing I do know for sure is that I’m at a much better place than I used to be. From the age of 11 or 12, I struggled with an eating disorder until my mid-twenties. I would restrict my intake too low, over-exercise, and engage in binge eating. As a result, my weight – and mood – went up and down over the years. I had amenorrhea for a couple years because my body fat was too low to function. It’s a common misconception that you have to be deathly thin to have an eating disorder. If you saw me, you probably wouldn’t have thought that I was suffering as much as I was. Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and much of the grief is mental.

After entering recovery and getting professional help, I’m now at a place where I don’t count calories or restrict my intake. I eat a plant-based diet that makes me feel amazing and I do activities that I enjoy, not to burn calories. I’ve experienced a huge shift in my perspective over the past 4 years and I finally love life again. Food used to be the enemy, but now’s it’s a huge source of pleasure in my life. I no longer feel the desire to binge eat like I used to because my body doesn’t feel deprived. I still struggle with a negative mindset at times, but I’m better at dismissing those thoughts and sticking on this healthy & happier path.

Here are some pictures that document my journey over the past 10+ years:

Last year of high school:

My weight was steady around 125 pounds. I met Eric, my highschool sweetheart, when I moved to Ontario from New Brunswick with my mom.

We started dating just a month after I began at my new school. It was puppy love that blossomed into a real, beautiful, can’t-be-without-each other– love. I always say the reason I moved to Ontario was to meet my soul-mate. :)

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2003 (2nd year university):

I had gained about 20-25 pounds since 1st year university. My highest weight was 148 pounds.

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My eating disorder, something I had been struggling with since 12 years old, surfaced a lot in 1st and second year university. Exam stress, living in a dorm, and new social opportunities led to late-night binges, alcohol, and unhealthy cafeteria food.

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I was trapped in a starve-binge cycle.

2004:

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I lost a bit of weight, but I was still struggling and going up and down on the scale.

2005:

 

2006:

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I went through lots of hair changes! Eric’s did not. ;)

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I also graduated university with an undergrad degree in social psychology.

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We moved to Toronto because I got accepted into graduate school for psychology. I lost a lot of weight- but not in a healthy way- due to the stress of grad school and the demands that it brought.

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2007:

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2007 was a tough year due to the pressures of grad school. I dropped more weight and was really struggling on the inside.

However, it ended on a great note- we got engaged in December 2007 in Mexico.

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2008:

2008 was a year of ups and downs like no other I have ever experienced. I was stressed to the max and my weight kept dropping. I was juggling being a full-time Master’s student, writing a thesis, part-time teaching assistant, working at a new FT research job, and planning my wedding. I defended my thesis at the end of July 2008 and we got married just one month later- all while working a stressful new position.

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I looked happy on the outside, but was really struggling on the inside. Everyone told me I looked great, but they had no idea how I truly felt.

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The summer of 2008 was when I first dabbled with running. However, I did it mostly to burn calories and did not appreciate fitness for fun.

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Then I finally graduated, passed my oral defense, and got married. I had so much pressure lifted off my shoulders and we had such a great wedding and honeymoon.

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2009:

2009 was a monumental marker in my life. I finally got the courage to leave my job after being miserable for a year. We also moved out of the city to a town that was a better fit for our love of nature and peaceful surroundings. Things were starting to come together.

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I learned to have FUN with food and I fell in love with cooking! This is when my mindset about food started to shift.

In 2009, I started up my own business and started being good to my body again. I stopped obsessing about my body and weight. I worked out for fun and not to burn calories. I decided to ditch the scale and to go by how my clothes fit instead. It was the best thing I have ever done. I did things that made me feel happy. I also switched to a vegan diet after many years of experimenting on and off with a vegetarian diet. I felt amazing eating plant-based foods.

After battling back from a pelvic injury from Jan- march, I ran my first race ever in June- a 10k- and got hooked on running! This time not to burn calories, but to enjoy it.

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We also celebrated our first wedding anniversary! What a year it had been.

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2010:

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2010 brought an even better year. I trained for my 3rd half marathon and my first try-a-triathlon (with Eric). These challenges keep me motivated to stay on a healthy path. I need lots of food for energy to keep up!

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I am learning to be good to myself a bit more each and every day.

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Eric also experienced many healthy changes. He went from a highest weight in university of 210 pounds to 172 pounds (April 2010). He has cut down his meat and dairy consumption by about 75% and he has recently eliminated pop out of his diet for good in March 2010. You can read about his changes and see his progress pictures here.

2011:

As the years go by, I find myself getting stronger and more confident in who I am. I appreciate my body (most of the time, I’m not perfect though) and what it does for me each day. I try my best not to take my life for granted and worry about things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

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2012:

(Sorry for the poor picture quality, was taken on my phone!)

The saying “life is a journey not a destination” really rings true for me as I update this post in 2012. I’m trying to appreciate each day and live in the moment. Who knows how long we have while we’re here.

2014:

My husband and I are excited to welcome our first baby this September 2014! Here I am below just 7-8 weeks pregnant.

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and here I am 39 weeks pregnant!

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2015:

Life is busier than ever as a business owner and new mom! I’m currently working hard on my second cookbook which is due out early fall 2016.

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Stay tuned for updates on my journey!

1 Diana May 9, 2010

You were always beautiful, but I am glad you’re so much happier nowadays. Way to go Angela. My goal is to, one day, be completely at peace with myself and my body as you are today. :) I’m working on it!

2 Brianna August 6, 2010

You have inspired me SO much with all of your changes. I recently had my first child in Jan 2010, and I have been struggling with my weight. For the past 2 months I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle. You have totally convinced me to change it completely. I can not wait to jump on the band wagon. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and being such an inspiration!!

3 Katie Smith August 29, 2012

Hello Angela-
I have never been hooked on a blog before!! You are a true inspiration. I saw the forks over knives movie last week and have been striving for a plant based diet. I have been vegetarian in the past and it really isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Even if I can get it 90% right I think it is pretty good.
Your recipes have helped me a ton! Thank you!
I am hoping that I won’t gain wait with this diet. But honestly I feel so great, that I will figure that out later.
Thank you Angela! I will continue to visit daily. Keep blogging!!
Katie Smith Mingo, IA USA

4 leilani December 3, 2012

This is truly humbling, and beautiful , and such a gift to read. Thank you for sharing this . You have inspired me to live as a child whose joy comes from that inexhaustible place of laughing “just because it feels good”. Thank you for sharing your journey of self love. I have just recently made this change from vegetarian to vegan. And it is amazing. I never thought I would be one of “those ” people who talked about the way they ate in relationship to spiritual life. But wow. So much has happened since and reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. The awakening process for you was something I could relate to. Thank you so much for writing.

5 christine February 25, 2013

Hi THANK YOU so much for sharing this and your website. You are so inspiring and a joy to read about. I am so sorry for all your struggles I understand pretty well. I have and am to this day fighting/recovering from a life time eating disorder anorexia and now a severe case of bulimia with ocd binge eating with purge tendancies.
I too have and am vegetarian and looking to one day converting over to vegan, thank you so much for all your recipes and your story of your life.
You are amazing and wonderful never give up and stay strong and never feel guilty for taking care of you.
Thank you again ,feel free to email anytime
hugs and G*d speed,christine

6 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

Thanks Diana! Goodluck with your journey :)

7 Jennifer Romero May 12, 2010

Hi Angela,

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8 Siv rougier November 28, 2012

Hi, do you ship Hi do you ship to Norway as well. I have difficulties getting them here. Thank you.

9 Sana May 9, 2010

Thanks for sharing this! Every year a a step closer to being a happier and healthier person!

10 Lindsay@The Ketchup Diaries May 9, 2010

This is so fantastic! I am so happy to hear you are in such a great place! Keep up the great work, girl!

11 Pam May 9, 2010

This page is such an inspiration! You two look happier, healthier, and more gorgeous than ever. Looking forward to your ongoing journey!

12 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

Sana, Lindsay, and Pam- thank you for your support!

13 Annie@stronghealthyfit May 9, 2010

Thanks for creating this page. It’s great to read more details about your journey to health! You are a great inspiration :-)

14 Jae May 9, 2010

You and the healthy living bloggers out there are SUCH an amazing inspiration.
I had (and still kind of do have) an eating disorder back starting from when I was 11. (Im seventeen now) It got to the point where I didnt want to live anymore. But now, after reading blogs for about 4 mos. I know that Im on my way to recovery. I thank you so much and godspeed in your endeavors :)

15 Kendel May 9, 2010

Thank you for sharing your struggles and successes with us. Your journey is inspiring! Keep glowing in your healthy, happy, beautiful life!

16 RhodeyGirl May 9, 2010

Beautiful story Angela. You are an inspiration to so many. Keep up the beautiful healthy lifestyle.

P.S. You are stunning in all of these photos!!

17 Danielle May 9, 2010

Congratulations to getting where you’re at, you look absolutely radiant! I love happy endings :) but of course, we’re not at the best parts of your journey yet.

18 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 9, 2010

You definitely glow now!!
I agree with Danielle, this is just the beginning of your good streak I bet!! :)
Little glow babies will be so cute!! ;) hehe :)

19 Tay May 9, 2010

I loved this page!! Amazing transformation :-) And you can see it in your glow! I think you may have inspired me to do my own “before and after journey” page :-)

20 jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 9, 2010

so inspiring. thanks for this, angela.

21 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 9, 2010

I love how your smile becomes a true smile once you started to love food for what it is. I loved this story! Great job Ang, keep it up!

22 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 9, 2010

Seriously, you are glowing! It’s so nice to see you happy and healthy coming from such a stressful environment. I’m hoping I can finally get my glow on now (graduation is a week from today)!

23 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 9, 2010

Great post, Angela. I’ve also struggled with disordered eating since age 12 — so I appreciate knowing others out there have been through the same issues. But through my love of (healthy) foods and moving around, it makes everything much better. Our bodies are AMAZING. And once we stop worrying so much about how we look and instead focus on how we feel and what we can accomplish . . . well, it’s all good :) Thanks for sharing!

24 Angela S. May 9, 2010

You are amazing and inspiring.

25 Dawn Linklater May 9, 2010

Thanks for sharing your story Angela! It really is inspiring. You are really glowing, especially in the recent pics – your happiness is radiating from the inside out!

Is that the Cinque Terre in one of your pics above? It looks just like it!

26 annie May 9, 2010

Glad you were able to recover and are doing well. I love reading your blog and have been following for a little while. :D

27 Tina May 9, 2010

This was beautiful to read. It is amazing how a different perspective can help shape happiness. I am glad you found it and are now a living example for others to follow.

28 Rosie May 9, 2010

Thanks for sharing Angela! Your story is inspiring and you’re a role model for us! <3

29 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 9, 2010

I love this page! So glad you added it. And you really are glowing in the 2009 and later pics! Incredible.

30 Deirdre May 9, 2010

Great to see how you are in such a happier place right now. Oh and I’m sure you’ve heard this tons of times but you and Eric are such an attractive couple.

31 Jenna May 9, 2010

What a great story! Love your blog!

32 Nicole May 9, 2010

Great before & after page! Thank you for showing that maintaining a HEALTHY body is a work in progress and isn’t synonymous with SKINNIEST body. I agree with a previous comment–you are a beautiful woman despite your weight, but you seem HAPPIEST in your more recent pictures.

33 Charlsie May 9, 2010

What a hard journey you went through. I can relate and its encouraging to see other people deal with it positively! Love the bloggy, keep the good stuff coming!

34 Lisa May 9, 2010

You are such an inspiration. I have been going through something similar and I’m still struggling with my weight. I really can’t accept having weight loss being in the forefront of my mind forever. I’m trying everything I can think of to become comfortable in my own skin as you have. Thank you for the motivation.

35 Lindsay May 9, 2010

Angela, You are such and amazing inspiration for me. I have my ups and downs in weight as well. I have neve been “overweight”, but I have been heavier than I would like and I have also been so thin that doctors were worried that I wouldnt live another day. Thanks to blogs like yours and others, I finally got treatment and I have been out of treatment since November and have been in recovery since then. You are such an amazing woman and you are gorgeous!! :)

36 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 9, 2010

i can so relate to your story with the exception of finding my way completely out of the binge-starve cycle. OSG is such a shining example of learning to love yourself, and i hope that someday i can get there too! you are so beautiful, inside and out, and i love how you connect with all of us on some level, whether it’s your humor, your fabulous food, your love of running, or the days when you’re feeling sassy ;) i can’t wait to continue to read about your journey and i’m constantly inspired, a little each day, to love and take care of myself :) thank you!

37 Stephanie of Stephanie Inspired May 9, 2010

I love seeing your journey in such detail. As someone who is only 6 months in to rediscovering a healthier lifestyle I often feel like some people just GET it and I need to struggle to get into it. Seeing and hearing this makes me feel like it takes time and work for everyone!

38 Libby May 9, 2010

Hi Angela,

Loved reading all about your journey. It’s inspiring to know you didn’t always have it all together and that with time you learned to love yourself and treat your body the best way you know how. Thanks for sharing your life with us. It certainly gives me hope.

Libby

39 s May 9, 2010

so inspiring. i feel like i can relate to aspects of your struggles with eating disorders. thank you for posting your story.

40 Allison May 9, 2010

Angela, thanks for being so inspiring! You are so beautiful, and even more so to share yourself with all of us! :)

41 Kris May 9, 2010

So PROUD of all you have accomplished :)

42 Laura May 10, 2010

You are awesome! Such an inspiration to so many people, myself obviously included.

I love the new look and layout too :)

43 Jenny @ JennyLikesToRun- A teenager with a healthy twist on life :) May 10, 2010

Awww I’m so happy for you Angela! :D Congratulations on all you fabulous progress. Reading this just made me feel so happy that after an on-going struggle you faced with your body you were able to come out on top, happier and healthier than ever.
You are a TRUE inspiration!

Keep being amazing and inspiring others :) I’m a huge fan.
xxxx

44 Nic May 10, 2010

Love your new Before+After page!!
And Love the new Layout!!
Keep up your awesome posts!!
I enjoy them every day like no other!!

45 Katrina May 10, 2010

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for about a month. You are such an inspiration to me :).

46 Jane May 10, 2010

Angela…you are truly INSPIRING. Thank you for being so honest and sharing your jouney to happiness…here is to 2010 and to you!!!

Sincerely,
Jane

47 Jessica Johnson March 20, 2012

Yay for You! :) Thank You so Much For Sharing Your Story. You are an inspiration to me! I am 28 years old and have been a vegan for about 12 days… I found your web page ,ohsheglows.com, while in desperate search of some breakfast recipes :) The strawberry jam looks yummy. I will be making it soon :) Well…wish me luck and thank you so much for your courage to following your happiness and passion. Just by doing that alone results in helping and encouraging others! :D You’re doing great on your journey and may you continue to journey well :) God Bless

48 Mo May 10, 2010

So awesome and inspring – you and Eric rock!

Love the new blog look, it’s so pretty!

49 Jac May 10, 2010

I’ve been inspired by the healthy and delicious recipes on your site since last month. I start EVERY day with a Green Monster. My boyfriend is even having one once a week! Your banana soft-serves are lovely. This post has also inspired me to ditch the scale (I always weigh 20 pounds more than I “look”, just the way I am built, and although I KNOW this I still find the numbers to be discouraging). From one New Brunswick girl to another, thanks for this wonderful site!

50 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2010

Gosh you guys brought tears to my eyes…thank you for leaving me such nice comments :) May the best days be yet to come for all of us. xoxo

51 Sami May 10, 2010

Angela, you are amazing! Bearing your soul like this is not an easy thing to do…I know, because I am trying to get more personal with my ENTIRE story, but am having a rough time facing the facts. There was never a time that you weren’t beautiful in these pictures! (Just so you know) And I really admire your honesty. Just out of curiousity, how tall are you? Your hubby looks pretty tall! :)

52 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 10, 2010

Great collection of pictures, you’ve had quite a journey! you’ve always been so pretty but you look happier in the recent pictures :)

53 erin May 10, 2010

Angela, you are so beautiful no matter what your weight. And I am so happy for you that you found your peace with yourself. You are so inspiring and I’m working toward being as wonderful a person as you! All my love and best wishes!

54 Erin at The Healthy Apron May 10, 2010

Thanks for sharing your story! I have struggled immensely over the years and it feels good (in a weird way) to know that I’m not alone. I hope you continue to use fitness for fun! I have also been learning that and have found myself MUCH much happier!

55 Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 10, 2010

Thank you for sharing your story about your journey to finding peace, happiness and health. It is so inspirational and I really admire your strength and courage to leave your job and to start your own business. You’re beautiful inside and out! :)

56 Nicci@NiftyEats May 10, 2010

Angela, glad I came out of my Reader to see the new blog look. I love it and this new page you’ve created…definitely glowing!

57 Leah May 10, 2010

I love this page. You are so honest, and that takes an awful lot of courage.

I think you look absolutely amazing – your blog title is perfect because you really do glow. You were my inspiration to change my life, and I cant thank you enough for that.

58 Mastering Public Health May 11, 2010

I am a longtime reader but just reread this oh-so-personal page. Thank you for sharing your touching struggles and journey with your readers. It is certain that your feelings and words strike chords with your audience in so many ways. Keep going on your positive path and inspiring people along the way.

59 Eunice May 12, 2010

Love the new website and this page! It’s very cool to see how you changed/grew up through these pictures. I especially liked all your hair-do’s! haha

60 Chase @ The Chase Project May 12, 2010

Angela, you are an inspiration! And I love the new layout. Kudos to you!

61 Kim May 14, 2010

Angela you have always been beautiful. While I have never met you I know you are a kind and loving soul. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs with us. It is helpful to know that we are not alone in our struggles with food and our emotions. I just love following your posts. I am starting to dabble with vegetarianism and that is what drew me to Oh She Glows. I am going to try the Green Monster and the banana soft-serve. They just look too yummy. Thank you for your inspiring words!

62 Lauren May 16, 2010

I haven’t looked at this official “Before and After” tab until now, but I have to stay, you definitely have a sparkle in your eye now that you are healthier, both psychologically and physically! You are very inspiring!!! :)

63 Bria May 17, 2010

Hey Angela! Found your blog via Graduate Meghann’s. Just wanted to say you are amazingly beautiful, through all of your struggles and triumphs you have written about here. I am from PEI (have been in NS for past 3 years for law school) so I had to give a shout out to a fellow maritimer! Even if you did move to the big smoke some time ago. ;) All the best to you and that handsome hubby of yours. xo

64 Bria May 17, 2010

Bah. Typed my blog address wrong. Feel free to check it out if you’re interested in triathlon training. :)

65 Emily May 17, 2010

Just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this! I’m currently at home ill (I have Fibromyalgia) and whilst I’ve been at home I’ve been thinking about my relationship with food etc etc – I think I’ve had a fairly similar journey to you – whenever I get stressed I either binge epically or restrict far too much. The result? My body is feeling weak and unloved! Your blog has encouraged me to take the plunge back into the vegan lifestyle again. Thank you!

Also good luck with you triathlon – I’m currently training for my first 10k :)

66 Michelle May 19, 2010

Hi Angela! I just found your page today and am so inspired by you’re story. I also majored in Psychology in college and almost took that grad school route as well. Looking back on it now I’m so glad I didn’t! I’m so happy for you that you’ve found a peaceful place in your life! I look forward to reading more soon :)

67 Kelsey May 23, 2010

You guys are SO FABULOUS!

68 Am May 23, 2010

Hi there! I’m a Vegan living in Toronto too and just came across your blog which is so great! I came through, and am still figuring out my own eating issues and trying to get more in touch with my body and it’s signals and developing a healthy eating pattern. It’s always really great for me to read about other people who have had struggles and who are on a healthy path :) Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your story, it’s an inspiration! Keep glowing!!!

69 Arm-Bar May 24, 2010

Stunning. And inspiring. Nothing else needed to be said

70 BornRuffian May 24, 2010

You are gorgeous, even in the earlier pictures. I’m on a similar journey (without the marriage part haha still in college) with the food issues, and I’m steadily working on fixing them. I can’t wait to read the rest of your blog and maybe take a few tricks :) you are BEAUTIFUL

71 BornRuffian May 24, 2010

PS: by saying even in the earlier pictures, I didn’t mean any offense!!! I’ve just had thankfully in the past experiences with feeling like you weigh more than you want to weigh and it helps to hear you’re beautiful no matter what! :)

72 Katherine May 27, 2010

You look great and happy now. I love that you have had your boo through it all. Great story and journey to *health* not just weight scale. Food and eating habits can be such a struggle and there is no right or wrong way; we’re just all making our own! Thank you for sharing and for your continued thoughts in the blog
Katherine

73 Jos May 29, 2010

Hi just stumbled upon your blog and I think I can relate with you on similar issues. I wasn’t an active person before but have fear of eating because of weight gain. Now I’m doing more workout but still struggling with my food restrictions. You look gorgeous and I’m glad you’re happier and enjoying fitness for fun than burning calories. I’m still stuck at fitness being burning calories….hopefully I can reach to wherever you are right now

74 Helen June 2, 2010

I’ve just found your blog and can’t wait to read more. Your story is truly inspirational. You have a great attitude towards healthy eating and fitness and have moved past your eating disorder. You are so strong. I would love to start my own business, so will definitely be looking on here for some tips!

75 Meredith June 4, 2010

Hi Angela! I love your site! It’s great inspiration and fab ideas! I also just wanted to comment about how many similarities we share. I also married my high school sweetheart in 2008 and I noticed a pic of you and your hubs in Cinque Terre, which is where we got engaged. Good luck on your next triathalon. You have a great attitude!

76 Joseph June 6, 2010

You look great! To bad you are married. :D

I also started eating raw food and I already see great result.

77 Meg June 7, 2010

I have just discovered your blog, and love it!! After reading through it, you have inspired me to finally make the move to a more vegetarian/vegan lifestyle that I have been considering for a while! thank you!

(love your glow girl!)

78 Leah June 14, 2010

What a great story! I am inspired by your healthy outlook on health & food. I spent the last 5 years at my heaviest weight & have been slowly losing weight since December of 2009!

Your blog is inspirational! Ive been thinking about becoming a vegetarian for a long time, but havent committed yet. You look fantastic!!

79 Liz June 16, 2010

Thanks for posting your story and for telling so much of your story through pictures!! You’re a very beautiful girl! I’m glad you’re so happy. :)

80 Leigh June 18, 2010

I love your site. You are a big inspiration to me- for years I was stuck in a binge/starve cycle, unhealthy eating, and generally just unhappiness with that part of my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been healthy for the last year, and getting healthier. Best of luck with everything you have going on!!

81 Kim (Imperfectly Perfect) June 18, 2010

I loved reading your story, Angela! You were beautiful from beginning to end, but the best part is that you are happy and healthy now! I am finally learning to treat myself the right way too. It’s nice to see your success and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Wishing you all the best, always! ~Kim

82 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 20, 2010

Such a beautiful story, I can definetly relate to a lot of it! And girl, you are stunning!!

83 ChocolateCoatedRunner June 23, 2010

What a Beautiful Journey :)

84 Caitlin June 24, 2010

I just discovered this website and I’m so happy I did. This is such a great story and really an inspiration to so many people. One of the hardest lessons to learn is to be kind to yourself. Though I’ve never had an eating disorder, I have struggled with my own mental and emotional health over the years. The importance of food and fitness has played a huge role in my life as well and is definitely the right path to a happier, healthier future. Thanks for sharing your story!

85 Lindy June 24, 2010

Thank you for sharing your story Angela! I have spent much of my life on the opposite spectrum of eating disorder with over-eating and using food as a comfort. I made some really big lifestyle changes last year before turning 30 and have lost 50 pounds. I have found your blog and twitter feed really inspirational at keeping fitness and food both healthy and fun. Thanks!

86 Jennifer June 29, 2010

I just went through a similar time of stress myself – writing my undergrad thesis, completing college, maintaining 1-2 part-time jobs, moving, and planning a wedding! It was awful! But now it’s over and I just have to find a job… It’s very inspirational to see somebody else who went through the same thing and survived it!

87 fern July 8, 2010

i am currently facing over-eating disorder and it really annoys me each and every day. Whenever i start eating, i just can’t stop..:( Help me!!! I keep telling myself’ it’s time to stop’, but it just can’t. i hav had stomach bug for years and i cant let it resurface again. It nearly killed me~
Wonder how did u go through your eating disorder and not obsessing again with your weight and body??? mind to share? :( i need help!

88 Brittany July 8, 2010

Love your site… You are beautiful !

89 Kerry July 11, 2010

This is ana amazing story, i love your blog but have never read this page! So inspirational, it’s similar to my story and i’m sure lots of other people will relate to it aswell! Well done! :)

90 Lezlee Brown July 12, 2010

I came across you blog on accident but really enjoyed it. You are right, all body sizes are real women. I do wish the magazines would stop touching them up. We need to see real women. Women, like you said of sizes, but also who age. Do you notice how no one ages anymore. Real women are beautiful! Good for you – keep it up!!!

91 Laurie July 13, 2010

I just read your “about” and your before and after. It is so nice to see you have found such beautiful recovery. I am sure this is hard to hear, but like you said, seeing you on the outside and how beautiful you are and “thin”, it is interesting to read when you write you were miserable on the inside. I love your blog name, mine’s is “Feeling good inside and out”.
We can all look different, fat, thin, in between, and struggle inside, but in the same breath, we an also find joy on the inside. It is that I am searching. Thanks for your glow.

92 Meagan July 14, 2010

Your wedding dresss IS GORGEOUS. I love it love it

93 Loveday July 15, 2010

Just wanted to say this is such a testament to love. Love from a soulmate but also love of yourself and the earth around you. I have struggled with ME for 10 years and have just started a raw food diet and have returned to yoga and meditation in a regular way – my energy levels have soared, I am happy and content knowing I am having less negative impact on the world through my diet, and my hair has thickened in just three weeks! Thank you for sharing your story and for the inspiration. You look so happy in the picture just after you moved out of the city – go nature!

94 Maggie Hinz July 17, 2010

Thank you for sharing your story. I happened upon your site, while searching for a recipe. You are an inspiration. I am working on my “new leaf” right now. My highest weight was 341, and I had gastric bypass in April ’08. Two and a half years, and a new baby later, I am now at 205, but wanting to truly treat my body much better. I have quit drinking, and have pretty much eradicated meat and most dairy from my life. I love it! I’m having a harder time with my family though. My husband grew up on a dairy farm, and we receive free beef from his parents. I still make food for him, but have been struggling with his skepticism. Argh! Baby steps… I’ll continue to follow your site…it’s great!

95 Jillian Bean July 18, 2010

Angela-I got into your blog from Kath Eats-she had posted about your banana-strawberry softserve…I can’t believe you live in Oakville. I grew up in Mississauga, and danced at the Oakville School of Dance on Robinson for many years from grade school to university. I’m know that dancing for many years contributed to my disordered eating, but it’s funny that we seem to be in similar places. I am addicted to running, and cannot get enough good fruits and veggies. Thanks for your blog-it made me feel like I am not alone in my struggles. It’s also funny that you moved out of the city-I had lived in a subarb outside of Phoenix for over two years before moving out to the mountain. I am surrounded by amazing wildlife-every day in our front yard-it’s amazing! I never thought I would want to live out here, but being away from the city with my boyfriend is something I am grateful for every day.
Thanks for your blog! We are having banana strawberry softserve after dinner today-it’s 110 degrees outside!
JB

96 Katelyn July 18, 2010

I randomly found this on the internet while researching best cereals to eat for weight loss. I love your story! The before and after pics are amazing, and i can really relate to your story. Ive learned a lot, and am sort of going through the same thing. I appreicate you sharing, and i look forward to the jorney ahead and am glad you have given me advice. Good luck too!

97 Elli @ 16 and Losing It July 19, 2010

Thanks for sharing you story! I have been struggling with my weight since I was probably 11 or 12. I gained a fair amount of weight at that age and it took me a while (3 years, a 3-way mirror, and a size 16 skirt) to notice the effects my eating habits were having on my body. Now I have lost 30 pounds. It’s been really slow and sometimes frustrating because my body does not always cooperate with me, but I have done it in as healthy a way a possible. Every change I have made I made because I was ready to make it. My diet now, which is mostly vegetarian and almost vegan, with tons of fruits and veggies, has come about naturally because I wanted to eat that way. Its comforting and inspiring to see that you, who struggled with food, stress, and an eating disorder, seem to have attained balance in your life. I’m not there yet, but I hope that one day I can feel the same way that you seem to. So thanks for sharing your story with us, it means more to me than you might know :)

98 Alyssa July 19, 2010

Thank you so much for being so brave and documenting your journey to health here! I have been struggling for several years…since 2006 when I graduated from college with my weight, health and fitness goals! I was always extremely active in highschool. When leaving for college…it went from being active everyday, to nothing! I quickly gained 30 pounds over the next year and have struggled ever since to lose and keep that weight off.

After graduating and not partying quite as much, I did manage to drop 10 pounds and get a bit healthier with my diet…but still nothing came off and stayed off. Crash dieting has been my gimmic for the last 4 years and I have finally realized that it is a lifestyle change and not something that is a quick fix! I am working harder than I have in years and am really starting to enjoy it! I have started working torward a running goal…a 3k with some friends next month. I had been doing really well with it up until a couple of weeks ago and suffered from shin splints and have had to find other lower impact activities that give me cardio and weight training.

On that note I would really love some advice on how to get back on track and prepare for the race next month. If you could give me any pointers on preventing these shin splints from happening again and to really buckle down and prepare!

thanks again for being an inspiration and helping us women to remember that it is important to love ourselves and to take care of ourselves and that is where happiness lies! :)

99 Alyssa July 19, 2010

I meant to say say 5K that we are preparing for…just had 3 miles on my mind :)

100 Karly July 22, 2010

Angela, This has truly come to surface at the best time. I have been spiraling but I’m lucky enough to have a great guy holding my hand through it all. I’ve been a professional and student athlete for years and it is the best way to feel great about yourself. Keep up the good feelings and know that you are always beautiful.

101 Greta July 29, 2010

Thank you so much for sharing your personal life (struggles and happiness) with us, you truly inspire me now. I have been praying for God to help me to get back in the wonderful shape I was four years ago, I started to getting back on it, and I don’t even know how I found your website lol, but here I’m :D I feel so pump again, thanks. May God continue blessing you and your family, Hugs, Greta >
PS:You guys are a beautiful couple, stay strong, is worth it, I have been happily married for 16 years, woohoo :)

102 Sarah July 29, 2010

Just came across this website/blog and I love it – very inspirational – truly. I am currently battling with an extremely bad body image the stress of trying to do it all and my weight and body image is always in the back of my head. This is pretty much the first time I’ve admitted it – I think about it constantly!

Anyway, you’ve inspired me to think again about exercise as fun and as a way to challenge myself to be stronger…not skinnier.

It’s also interesting to know you’re a fellow (former-) Torontonian!

103 Tiffany August 5, 2010

You are absolutely a beautiful person, its wonderful to see how much you have changed in attitude about yourself and the way you live your life. You seem to be headed in sucha wonderful positive direction. I have had two boys, my baby boy is now 7 months old, I get jealous of the moms who just drop it right after, I have been carrying around extra weight ever since I had my 4 year old and all it has done is bring down my self-esteem and confidence in myself and then things I used to be able to do seem so difficult now. I have lost 8 lbs in the last 2 weeks and I am hoping to continue a good pace of weight lose along with my daily routine of exercise. I dread running, its not something that I enjoy and seems a bit more painful with a heavier top half. I hope to be able to beginning running with a more positive attitude soon. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

104 Christina August 9, 2010

Wow. You are just gorgeous. I wish I had my body back, too.

105 Alyson @ Nourished Fitness August 19, 2010

You are truly beautiful inside & out. I look forward to your uplifting post (& culinary creativity) everyday!

106 ayla August 25, 2010

What a journey you’ve been on! Great job finding a balance. I’m still seeking mine. I joke that I could never have an eating disorder because I love food too much. Which is true. But it’s frustrating; controling cravings is hard. Even if I keep the bad stuff out of the house, most of my meals are pasta-based and I have a hard time including enough diversity in my diet. I have loved your recipes though; I’m glad I found your blog! I hope to try some of the meals you posted and see if my husband likes them too!

Thanks so much for your honesty! I look forward to reading more about your lifestyle!

107 Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com August 29, 2010

I love this!!!!!

108 larinna August 30, 2010

I love how you were courageous enough to tell us your story. How very inspiring and brave of you! Thanks for posting this!

-Larinna
iheartspandex.com

109 S. September 4, 2010

I wore the same wedding dress! :) I got the train altered off from mine, though. And, like you, removed the brooch (I put it on the ribbon on my bouquet instead).

Thank you for sharing your journey–very inspiring! Very best wishes to you.

110 chantal September 6, 2010

We have so much in commun. 1 I come from N.B. too (born in Dalhousie) 2 I am married to my highshcool sweetheart and 3 have suffered an eating disorder of deprivation and binging.
I work in a gym I am an aerobic instructor. I have done 6 triathlon sprints. I have not binged in over a year YAHOO!!!!!!!! I am happy to have discovered your blog I will be trying many recipes THANKYOU

111 Christan September 9, 2010

Wow.. goosebumps!

You got a masters in psychology and had the courage to turn away and start your own business. That’s guts, girl! Amazing.

112 Jenny September 13, 2010

OMG, in the last photo you both actually look younger than in the one from 2004. Unbelieveable. Keep it up.
All the best to you and your husband :)

113 Alex September 14, 2010

I love you site..you really inspire me! Please add more about your daily training and eating schedule.

114 Ayslinn September 21, 2010

your blog is completely inspiring… as someone who just recently hit her highest weight ever (going back down now!), it is amazing to see that you have been there, and overcome it. I also gained a lot of weight in college and I need to get it off!!! Thank you for everything you have provided here. It truely is inspirational!

PS you look great! congrats!

115 Jane September 27, 2010

Wow im really happy for you ! you look amazing! great job and i really wish you the happiest! god bless you both!

116 aud September 29, 2010

Hi I enjoy reading about your journey that life is taking you on. I also remember reading about your bone scan test. Can you tell me how the results turned out. I am due to have one done also. I am very nervous and i was wondering how you feel now. Thank you.

The bone scan was a piece of cake…I got nervous about nothing. It was quite easy (just long). All the best! Angela

117 Anna September 30, 2010

Angela,
Your story is so inspiring! I have struggled with an eating disorder for my whole life. My college years have been the most difficult. After reading your blog you have shown me that I can overcome it and lead a happy life. I’m still struggling, but bit by bit and day by day, I’m finding my glo! Thank you so much!!

118 leslie October 3, 2010

Thanks for the inspiration, I need it!!
I have a job I hate, dread going to work each day.
But like you I’ve started a bridal accessory business and look forward to leaving my other JOB soon.

I can not stay motivated when it comes to exercise.
I will exercise for a week or so and give up. Any suggestions?
I’m bad about eating regularly and know that needs to change too.
I think I’m just in a rut!!

119 Jennifer October 4, 2010

Angela, I didn’t know you were from New Brunswick! Same here :)
Your story is so inspiring and truly a lot to relate to! So happy you’ve got that GLOW now! :)

120 Becca October 9, 2010

Angela,
A friend of mine told me about your blog (which I absolutely LOVE), and I think that she had motive to do so…. Parallel doesn’t even begin to compair my walk in life to yours! I am a nursing student and engaged to be married in May 2011 working full time, so needless to say am very busy/stressed! I have calorie restricted myself for years, but never really been a healthy weight or happy with myself or my body. I have always exercised, but dropped off just out of boredom. I ran my first race in March 2010 (a 10K), and became absolutely hooked to running! I have run several similar races since, but am running my first half marathon in 5 weeks and am so excited! It is also a bonus fitting into a size lower than I ever have and being a lower weight than I was 10 years ago in high school! I have also found a love for cooking (especially since I now have someone to cook for!) but in a fresh, healthy way with lots of fresh produce and frequent trips to the local farmers markets. Your blog is so absolutely inspiring and I am so excited to have been referred to it so I can make SO many more delicious meals! Keep up your awesome work :) Thanks for being awesome and an inspiration to women everywhere!
xo
Becca

121 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 18, 2010

Wow, you are such an inspiration! I’m subscribing to your blog right now. Thanks for sharing!! :)

122 Alexis Gradini October 27, 2010

Hi Angela,

Thank you for sharing your story. It is very inspirational and real. It shows all women that we all have struggles/ups and downs throughout our life and it’s up to us to have to deal with it. A support group is always the best. Knowing you have people cheering for you is all the motivation you need. Great journey and keep up the amazing work towards the new you! Congrats to your husband for losing his weight too. =)

123 tj October 30, 2010

Angela,
Thank you for your inspiring story! I am just starting my 4th day of eating at least 50% raw food a 0 white carbs, well any carbs for that matter. This is my beginning… for better health. I will be 50 in February 2011 an I am determined to start this decade healthy, happy and active.

124 krissy November 4, 2010

Hi! I stumbled upon your website whilst looking for healthy recipes and i LOVE your story! I look forward to keeping up with your blog. =)

125 Suzy July 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
it was great to read your story…you are an inspiration to many. I have struggled for a long time with weight (almost 20 years) and often feel really bad/mad after eating certain foods, I excercise because I want to lose weight, and sabotoge my efforts with food all of the time. Every Monday becomes the beginning of what will be a new start, but by the end of the day, that is replaced with feelings of guilt because of something I ate. I am hoping to follow your blog and start a process of change where I too can start loving life and what it has to offer without obsessing about food.
thanks for your blog.
suzy

126 Amy-Nutrition by Nature July 28, 2011

What a nice blog and a great story. I look forward to following your blog!

127 val July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your successes! Terrific to see how you overcame stresses & obstacles. Bravo! I’m signing up for your blog right now, can’t want to learn about your next adventure!

128 Kiah July 31, 2011

Wow, what an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing.

129 kelley August 3, 2011

Your story is very similar to mine. I found your website a year ago and love it! You are doing exactly what i have always wanted to do. Im 31 and am from seattle and moved to vail colorado to see if i could find a “better me”…I don’t think i have, but I think I’ve found my better half! Anyway, you are such a positive person. It’s hard to get the confidence to do what you have done! I hope some day I will!!

130 Shelley August 3, 2011

You are a beautiful young lady and truly an inspiration. Please continue to be a great role model for girls young and old (LOL talking about me!) To have your wisdom and insight at such a young age is truly a gift. Stay true to yourself and thank you for sharing your experiences so openly :)

131 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 4, 2011

Aww thank you Shelley!

132 Emma August 7, 2011

Angela, I just wanted to let you know how inspirational I find your blog.
I have been silently creeping on it for the past few months now, during which time i’ve been really struggling with overcoming an eating disorder. I feel that I can relate to you, especially with the stressful university career, and it’s really good re-reading your story and seeing that somebody has gone through similar struggles to myself and come out the end a happy, beautiful person (inside and out!) with a wonderful life. Thanks so much for sharing your story, Angela!

133 Valerie August 9, 2011

Ang! I find this whole storyline completely inspiring for a totally different reason than most! As someone is also happily married to her highschool sweetheart, I find it so touching to see the photos of you and Eric by each other’s side through all of the the ups and downs that you describe! I think a good marriage is worth all of the hard work – just like diet and exercise! (on a complete side note, I made my first green monster last night after being skeptical for a long time… now I’m a believer!)

134 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2011

Thank you Valerie! I couldnt agree more :)

135 Michelle August 10, 2011

Thank you so much for…just being you! Your blog has me hooked and i am so happy that i stumbled upon it(:

136 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 11, 2011

thank you!

137 Suzie August 11, 2011

Thanks for sharing your life, you are an inspiration. I have always been on the other side of the spectrum – overweight, overweight and overweight some more. Well, now I sit here at my all time high weight (i can’t even write the number out), signed up to Weight Watchers for my ?? x. Sugar is my MAJOR downfall. I have been blessed in a strange way – a 24 hour stomach virus that may help stop the cycle. I have been off sugar 24 hours – till my double rootbeer float…………yeah. Anyway, you all know how the story goes. I am going to try your veggie burgers, they look wonderful. I keep trying a day at a time, I think sugar is right up there with alcohol, heroin, tobacco. I feel lost but I keep finding people like you who have found your way – I hope I will find mine. I found your website – I think there was a reason. I’ll have to find the “green monster. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Suzieq

138 Krista Estrada August 12, 2011

You look awesome and kuddos for finally doing it the right way! Most people never figure that out in life! Keep up the awesome work!

139 April August 13, 2011

I can relate to your story, and I am glad I found your blog. I have started blogging myself to help me live the healthy way. I look forward to future posts of yours. Thanks!

140 Courtney August 13, 2011

I’m so glad I stumbled onto your blog. I’ve been trying to find healthier recipes – can’t wait to try yours!! :)

141 Caitlyn August 15, 2011

Your story is extremely inspiring to me, it seems to hit home a bit! I am so happy you have started living your life joyfully and with a healthy look on it!

142 Lizzie @TheMonthOfVegust August 16, 2011

Angela, you look wonderful and so happy! I recently became vegan (I started thinking I would just do it for this month of August, but I think I will continue) and am trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I also run a lot and am training for my first marathon (I have only done half marathons) in November. Any tips for vegan nutrition during race training?

I loved reading your story, thank you for sharing it!

143 Linda Ursin August 17, 2011

I can only say this: You look fantastic. I’m glad you were able to turn your life around. I’m well on my way to a healthier, fitter me. And I’m also working on being able to be me, more than just between the housework on the weekends.

144 chelsea August 17, 2011

i just stumbled onto your website through pinterest and since i’m a vegetarian and just ran my first half marathon, i can’t wait to dive in to the rest of your site!! it will be nice to have an arsenal of recipes that i don’t have to rework.

145 Nelly August 17, 2011

Just came across your blog. What a inspiring life story ~
Thanks for sharing with us. Big hug from Singapore ~! :D

146 Rhiana August 21, 2011

I have a similar story to your own. I have recently recovered from being anorexic for years. Your blog and story is amazing. Thanks for sharing it and inspiring me! I love your recipies and the chilled chocolate torte is just the best thing ever!

147 Zoe August 22, 2011

I came across your blog while researching “clean eating” on the web. I’m inspired by your story; never giving up, because you’re worth it. I’m playing with vegetarian/vegan recipes at times, but sugar is also an issue for me. I exercise a lot using DVDs by Beachbody, and I’ve lost weight and gained strength and tone with exercise; now it’s time to tweak the food I eat further. Thanks for sharing your recommendations and experiences.

http://www.beachbodycoach.com/schoolteacher

148 Zoe August 22, 2011

P.S. Your hubby is a lucky man and looks like he knows it! :)

149 leila tompkins August 23, 2011

Hey :) I came across your blogspot looking for vegan oatmeal cookies to make for my 4 year-old :) I struggled soo much with my weight all my life and my family has a huge history of medical problems. I don’t want my daughter to have the same ending so being her initial role model in life, I decided to change. I lost weight, started my love with bodybuilding (figure), and eat clean/whole/vegan food. YOU ARE SOO AWESOME!! thank you :D

150 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2011

Thank you Leila! All the best :)

151 Sherrie August 24, 2011

What a wonderful portion of your life’s story. As of yesterday, I transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet. I happen to stumble today on to your website by surprise. Very NICE and ENCORURAGING. I look forward to reading more. I can use all the encouragment I can get. Thanks, you are such a inspiration. : )

152 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thanks you Sherrie! Congrats on your changes :)

153 Jessica August 28, 2011

Thank you for sharing your story! I have had a similar experience and it is so nice to know that other people experience some of the same struggles. It is always inspiring to hear about other people’s journey to finding peace.

154 leila August 29, 2011

hey I’m back.. so.. I got the chance to take a look at your veggie burger recipe and you are awesome!! I see everyone using breadcrumbs, panko, flour, etc but you.. you said EZEKIEL!!! omg!!! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!! LOVE. IT!!!! haha.. my very first attempt at a veggie burger was a major disaster- failed your qualifications but i was starving and it was super yummy. I will perfect it tho! hehe.. well.. thank you soo much again! I went vegan in my early 20s right after my daughter turned 2 and I did it in the most unhealthy way possible to the point where I had to go to the ER and get fluids and stuff. With your site, I know I can get back into that lifestyle in a helthier approach and still maintain my athleticism (bodybuilder- yay :D)

155 Ginger August 29, 2011

with or without weight, you are shining.

156 Jess August 30, 2011

You are such an inspiration to women everywhere. I love your blog and your recipes are amazing! I can’t wait to read everyday : )

157 Mim August 31, 2011

Hi Angela,

I am a long time reader of your blog but haven’t commented until now. I just wanted to thank you for being honest about your struggles with eating and food. Your healthy approach to food has been hugely inspiring and I love trying out your recipes. Thank you!

158 Sandra Northcutt September 2, 2011

I love your story and I You are an inspiration. I will try to cook some of your recepies myself and can’t wait to taste them.
Sandra

159 Betsy September 3, 2011

Struggling with an eating disorder for almost 20 years, I know the struggle and know it is never really defeated. I run almost 30 miles a week, am addicted to it! I hope you and I both can find that freedom from the prison that is FOOD! Thank you for your awesome story!

160 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2011

All the best to you Betsy!

161 olivia camilleri September 5, 2011

i just happened to run through this sight while looking for some recipies that miht help me to loose weight quickly – i have reached a 146 pound weight and this is the worst i have ever been. i going to set myself an 8 week goal to loose 6 kilos

162 Madeline September 6, 2011

I just wanted to say that your website and story are both amazing. I’ve recently been forced to admit, because of health issues, that I have an eating disorder. I am not even close to overcoming it, but I hope to start trying with proper counseling and recipes from your website. Thank you for sharing!

163 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2011

Hi Madeline, thanks for your comment. I wish you all the best with your recovery! xo

164 Heather September 8, 2011

Thank you for you bravery in sharing your story. I am a 34 year old stressed out mother of three. I wear many hats daily; I am a happy mom, sex goddess for my fabulous husband, the “go to girl” at work a driven student, and the chief Chef and house keeper of the manor… whew no wonder I’m stressed… but I love it all. When I was 13 I developed a very negative self image, which of course lead to varied Eating Disorders, that plagued me for over 20 Years. I restricted my diet obsessively to lose weight, which worked, but then I would get “weak”; thus the cycle began… I binged, I purged, I abused laxatives, I exercised compulsively, and then I would get the courage to stop which would result in massive weight gain, and then the diets would start again. I lived in a bad place, and no one ever knew.

Now I am happy to say I have kicking my ED’s butt! yes I have bad days, but I am making it one day at a time. I get stronger daily. So again than you for sharing.

165 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2011

Thanks for sharing your story Heather, I’m glad you are on a healthier path!

166 angie September 10, 2011

Very inspiring your story is. I’m a mom of 3 girls 20 yrs, 17, and 10…my oldest started to get into shape last year by joining a gym, and getting a nutritionist who happened to be aVegan. We learned quite a bit from her here in our family….I just celebrated my 49th b-day and want to make a change so I also am going to take up running again, and eat more grains, beans etc… your site will be very beneficial to me.Thank you.

167 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2011

Goodluck to you Angie!

168 priscylla September 11, 2011

wow, What an amazing story! I have made some of your recipes and they were delicious, thank you for taking the time to show us all how to make better decisons with the food we eat!I am very new at blogs and recently I started a blog of my own… anyways, how can I ” follow you” “became a member” ? I would really like to learn more !!! thanks and wish you all the best!:)

169 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Hey! Sorry for the delay in reply.

You can sign up for RSS here: http://ohsheglows.com/feed/

170 Ashlae September 12, 2011

Having struggled with an eating disorder for nearly a decade, I can completely relate – and am so happy you shared your story. I’ve been in recovery for two years and, after following a wholesome vegan diet, can’t imagine ever going back to the days of starving myself.

171 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2011

I’m so happy to hear that!

172 Melissa September 13, 2011

Hi Angela, thanks for sharing your story. It seems quite similar to my journey. Being a vegan has transformed the way I look at food. I still struggle with eating disorder thoughts from time to time (mostly when the stress hits) but over all I feel so much freedom as a vegan! It use to be about depriving my body and now its all about nourishing!

173 jan September 13, 2011

Wow you have come such a long way. I have had a love/hate relationship with food for 34 years and recently got over some major hurdles since joining Weight Watchers. I started to put on weight when I was 18 and then commenced 34 years of yo yo dieting and ill health, which turned into my passion for nutrition. I learned so much at Weight Watchers but the most important thing was learning to love food again instead of treating it like the enemy! I had so lost touch that if I was feeling full that wasn’t right! You had to be hungry to be losing weight. I eventually lost 12 kg on a healthy, filling diet and have kept it off for more than 2 years now. I still have to watch what I eat (as in limiting treats) but if I eat healthily and listen to my body my weight stays rock steady. I read a great book by Jon Gabriel called The Gabriel Method and in it, he said that slim people don’t fight with food, they don’t feel guilty they eat what they want but because they “listen” to their body, they naturally compensate elsewhere by not eating so much. Once you break the cycle of deprivation and starvation you can really start to enjoy food again and just have a love relationship.

174 Amanda Rootsey September 19, 2011

Wow, thanks for sharing your journey – it is very brave of you and obviously has helped so many people. Good on you! Such a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes…

Mandy xx
amoderngirlslife.blogspot.com
veganera.com

175 Wandered By... September 20, 2011

Your story should be splashed in the national television for all to see and get inspired. Young girls these days are abusing themselves to be stick thin and it is so sad to see them waste themselves. Your story would be giving them a lot of hope and help them take the right path to what they want. Im glad I found you.
Keep looking good :-)

176 Sarah Grubbs September 23, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing your story. There is such an amazing feeling of release and peace when you get to share your story and you did it beautifully. Like most, my story is the same and I just got married weeks ago. It has been years of back and forth but know that I am free from food and enjoy the delight of what nutrition brings to use. I am a runner, have been for years and also training for another half-marathon. I would love to see more posts about your combination training/nutrition. I would also love to add recipes, if you would like a contributor. Everyday can be a bit different, but be encouraged that your change is real and has been a blessing to others. Thank you!

177 Tracey September 25, 2011

Your story is very inspiring. I actually went vegaan about 2 weeks ago and I feel much healthier already. I exercise when I have time, but not nearly as often as I’d like. The only problem I am having is feeling satisfied maintaining a vegan lifestyle. I really never feel full. Do you have any suggestions?

178 Sandrine September 25, 2011

Your story is an inspiration for me. I’ve been battling a binge eating disorder since childhood and after a year of therapy I’m now trying to get into a residential program. I find with binge eating the fear of letting people in is that they won’t believe you since eating disorders is mostly associated with skin and bones. It is a disease that controls every minute of your life and I truly hope that I can mirror your success story shortly :) Thanks for sharing your story, if more of us did, maybe the shame and guilt behind this disease wouldn’t be as powerful.

179 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2011

Hi Sadrine, Thanks for your comment and for sharing your story. I wish you all the best with your recovery! xo

180 Catherine October 4, 2011

Hi Angela,
This is a great blog, thanks so much for writing it! I’ve been struggling with my weight since my starting my undergrad 10 years ago and now a newly diagnosed milk allergy means being extra careful with what goes into my body. It’s kind of sucky actually, but reading your blog and seeing your photos gives me hope of getting my glow back. Thanks a lot!
Catherine

181 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 6, 2011

Thanks for your kind words Catherine, all the best!

182 Alix October 15, 2011

Wow. I found your website researching raw cookie recipes and read an incredibly familiar story. We are the same age, and have had very similar struggles with disordered eating and a difficult relationship with exercise, as well as experiences with the stresses of grad school and adjustment to life in the working world, and the powerful, monumental shift to a vegan lifestyle! I completely understand how much strength it takes to be true to yourself and to learn love and acceptance. Good for you for putting your story out there! From reading the comments on this page, you are obviously an inspiration to many. Keep it up!

183 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2011

Thank you Alix, all the best!

184 Rhiannon Lucente October 15, 2011

Angela, you are amazing & gorgeous! My fiancee (soon to be husband on Nov 11!) are opening a vegan/gluten free bakery within the next year, you are such an inspiration. I was so scared to leave my ‘cush’ job & take on a new endeavor but now I am confident we can do this.
Although my fiancee has just joined me in this amazing body loving lifestyle, I have been vegetarian for 10 years & recently followed the road to full vegan. We are total fitness geeks (I have a personal trainer certification) & we love to work out together or play hockey at least 3x a week; I just ran my 1st triathlon this year & got 3rd!
It is so refreshing to find people like you that still exist, life gets so difficult sometimes with people condemning the healthy road. Thank you for instilling in everyone that healthy can taste & feel good, best wishes!

185 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2011

Thank you for your kind words….good luck to you with your new bakery! I wish you all the success :)

186 Danielle October 15, 2011

You are so inspiring. My history with food and self-image is quite similar to yours, but I too recently began eating vegan and have a had a huge “awakening.” Sometimes I feel like not too many people understand why, or they do and poke fun at me (which is to be expected), so it’s nice to see someone with such a similar story as mine with such a positive outlook on it now! Thank you for sharing your story, I’m about to check out your recipes now!!

187 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 16, 2011

Thanks for your comment Danielle :) All the best!

188 Tiffany @ texan on the run October 16, 2011

omg, where did you get that red top halter top in the picture in the kitchen??
it is soo cute!

189 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 16, 2011

Thanks, I think it was from Bebe :)

190 Laura October 19, 2011

It’s incredible how much happier you look towards the end of this post. You’re SO beautiful and incredibly inspiring. Thank you!

191 Laura October 21, 2011

Hi there,

i find your story really personally motivating and similar to some of my journeys. I wanted to ask you, what is the business that you started? I love fitness health and cooking but haven’t found a way to incorporate this into any sort of job.

I’d love to hear it.

Thank you!!

192 Lindsay Van Osten October 22, 2011

WOW. Being known as the lone vegan in the world of many of my friends, someone sent me your site today for all of your recipes and awesomeness. The photos are vibrant and everything is so fun! As I was wandering through, I thought, “This is a cute site!” Then I found this page. Seriously— WOW. I relate to you a remarkable degree. We even have the same weight fluctuation and timeline, but I seem to be a few years behind. I am now once again on the path to doing what is right for my body, and having read your story and seeing the visual proof is exactly what I needed at this moment! Wonderful site, I’ll be here often. Thank you, thank you!!

xoxo Lindsay

193 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2011

Thank you for your kind words Lindsay! I’m happy that you found the blog. =)

194 Edyta October 27, 2011

I just found your blog and I am in love. I also read your story and think it’s so fantastic how you were able to turn your life around, surpass your struggles and follow your passion. I wish you lots of success and happiness. I look forward to coming back learning more about you and trying out some of your delish recipies.

xo
Edyta

195 Gabi October 28, 2011

Hi Angela!

I found your blog while looking for vegan cookie recipes. I can relate to your story so much, I’m really happy I found your blog. After a month in the hospital for the 3rd time, a vegan diet is what finnaly is helping me get out of an eating disorder that has been hauting me for too long already. I’m not 100%, but I feel good about myself. I’m learning to cook my own food and have fun with it. I feel strong and beautiful. I am happy. I had know idea I would bump into such a story. You’re the living proof I’m in the right path.

196 Kimberly October 30, 2011

Hi, found your blog randomly. Congratulations for all you have accomplished and more power to you!

197 Jenny November 1, 2011

Hi Angela!!

I love the transition and before/after pictures. I have been reading your blog for a while and although I am not a vegan, I truly love & enjoy your recipes and inspiration. I am a yoga instructor who has recently began a not for profit organization in Cape Cod, MA (USA) teaching yoga to those who cannot afford it.

I noticed through reading some of your first posts, that you got popular relatively quickly. I am wondering where you advertised and what you did to promote your blog in the first few months. I am trying to start a healthy living blog, mostly for my students, but also for the public, and would love some advice.

Thank you & Namaste~
Jenny

198 Andri November 2, 2011

Hi There –

I was just reading your “About Me and Before/After” page after making your chocolate chip recipe for a very long time. I am going into the field of psychology and am wondering what made you think you’d like it when you first started and what were the things you didn’t like that you decided to leave? I realize you were in research and I’d like to do child psychology but I’d love to hear you perspective.

Thanks for keeping up with your blog and sharing recipes!

Hope 2011 was just as awesome as 2010!

199 Jonathan Thomas November 2, 2011

I absolutely love your blog! I myself am trying to fight my eating disorder by eating a Vegan Diet. This blog is truly inspirational…..thank you so much!

200 Melissa November 5, 2011

I found your site through your kale salad recipe!
I think this is the most amazing story ever and REALLY resonates with me. I moved to Toronto for grad school- have always struggled with health/weight/fitness balance.
And after losing a bunch of weight from stress, and also gaining some back (writing my comprehensive exams later this month!) I’m trying to find balance with my health and fitness.
Your story is super inspiring and you get more beautiful every year.
I can’t wait to hear more about your story.

201 Marion November 6, 2011

Angela,
wow, you are inspiring! I loved reading your story and I felt such a closeness to you immediately. I am not there where you are yet, but I hope I will be there one day. I struggle with weight, with sports, food – it is constantly in my head and never going to stop. I will follow you and would love if you would follow me, too.
You look beautiful and – as your website says – GLOWING. Greetings from Austria, Vienna.

202 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2011

Thank you Marion!

203 Heidi Roberts November 7, 2011

Hi Angela – I continue to visit your site for inspiration and wonderful recipes! Last year you put out this list of vegan Thanksgiving recipes that was great! I am wondering if you have a good recipe for a vegan ‘tukey’ log. I know you are not a fan of tofu (I actually like it) and I have found several recipes for a Tofu-Turkey log, but many of them seem so bland! And of-coure Whole Foods sells Tofurkey but all of them have the stuffing in the middle. I just want a little log for myself…my family will only go so far with this on Thanksgiving and they demand a turkey!! :) So, I want to make a little log for myself!
HELP!

204 Nicky D November 8, 2011

Your site is very refreshing! I am also vegan and try to live my life to the fullest despite its the many challenges. From reading you story your life reflects my mantra “It’s all in the way you look at things” When you change the way you look at something the easier it becomes to make the change. I’m struggling right now with getting back to a regimen of exercise and not because I have to but because I want to. Needless to say it can be really hard, because I just don’t feel like I have the time and then when I say I’m going to do it by the end of the day I find myself slacking and not following through. Can you offer some advide as to how I can begin to look at this exercise thing a little differently (smile)

205 Selina November 9, 2011

You are such an inspriation and this practically brought me to tears! I see a lot of similarities in your journey compared to mine and I hope I can soon find the happy place that you’re in!

206 Christy November 10, 2011

Angela, your story is inspiring. I look at you, and how darling you are (even at your top weight) and can’t believe you ever struggled with image issues. What a world we live in, where perfectly normal people obsess about weight and food until we make ourselves sick! (I’ve often said that if I spent as much time doing ANYTHING as I have obsessing about my weight, I’d rule the world! Not just one country… the whole effing world!!)
Thanks for sharing your story… I’m going to share your blog with some vegan friends of mine. And I love the Green Monster Movement blog as well!

207 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 10, 2011

Thank you Christy!

208 Taryn November 14, 2011

I love this website, especially this section! Good to know other girls also srtuggle with stress/food and finding a balance between exercising for fun vs exercising to burn cals. I think you are an inspiration and can’t wait to try out a few recipies too!

209 CS November 16, 2011

Just wanted to let you know that, although I am not vegan, I’ve made quite a few of the recipes and love them. Each time I meet someone who says they are vegan, I refer them to your website for the recipes.

210 missx December 2, 2011

Thanks for the inspiration :)

211 Marsha December 6, 2011

Reading about what you went through sounds so much like my life. I have a love/hate relationship with food that has consumed me for over a decade. My eating disorders have had me thinking of food constantly. I love to cook and bake and love eating vegan, but still struggle because I cook non vegan foods for my husband and children most of the time. I have hated my body and my strong desire to eat for so long I wondered if it was possible to view myself differently. It is wonderful to see someone overcome these feelings and it gives me hope.

212 Vivian December 8, 2011

Hi Angela, just to let you know that I love your blog and the recipes. I’m still struggling with trying to become a vegetarian. I hope I can sometime soon.
All the best!
Viv

213 Val December 8, 2011

‘Happy to “meet” you and to explore your blog. I lost a lot of weight between 2007-2009 and have seen it go up and down since then. The healthy weight/better health journey is ongoing and life-long for me–as it is for everyone, I suppose. It is good that you are happy. My best wishes, and I’ll be following along now. :)

–Val

214 CC December 8, 2011

Nice pictures! What kind of cat is that? It looks like a tiger

215 Sophia December 9, 2011

Hi Angela,

I recently discovered your blog and was just blown away by your story. You are so brave to have changed your life in so many ways. Your story is encouraging and gives me hope for my own challenges.

Sophia

216 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

thank you Sophia! All the best

217 Christine December 12, 2011

I have kind of a crazy question. I’ve been eating clean off and on for the last few months. I’ve been doing a cleanse for two weeks which is amazing – only whole, organic foods and no funny beverages (i.e. fake lemonade with paprika). I feel great, but I gain the weight I have lost if I stray just a bit. I struggle with what I should eat every day, since I get board. Is there anyway you could post your meals for the week, just so I could get some ideas?

218 janet December 14, 2011

I came across your blog looking for ways to cook venison(!?) It was actually a wait, what is this site. . .I fixed the Mac&Cheese w/ butternut squash for a potluck. It was delicious right out of the pot! It was good after sitting in my rice steamer warmer for an hour, and it was okay yesterday reheated for lunch. I made it for my vegan and celiac friends, and to make sure I had something I could eat. Remember the venison? Cooked about 35-50 back-strap and tenderloin to serve at same potluck. Most of both dishes were gone by the time to go home.
I have a friend who just moved to Toronto to go to the Naturopathic School there. Heather Toney. Watch for her. She is the sweetest. I hope you can meet her, Angela! I know Toronto is huge, we have other friends in the area.
I am working at a vegan diet for recovery from stage 4- really bad breast cancer. It seems that plant-based meals keep me feeling stronger and healthier. I do not run marathons, but AM inspired by your journey! Looking forward to more cooking with you! Thank you.

219 Michele December 15, 2011

I found your website by accident when looking up Larabar recipes. I have dabbled with vegan recipes for the last 6 months and I can definitely say I am excited to try some of your recipes. Other vegan sites are quite strange. But I could eat this food. Thanks for the encouragement. you do glow with happiness.

220 Kristina December 18, 2011

Your lifestyle changes are such an inspiration! You look absolutely beautiful & glowing! I am a pre-med graduate student myself, and can really relate to your journey and learning to be at peace with food, fitness, & my body. I am not all the way there yet, but steadily making my way. Thank you for sharing your story!

221 lisa December 20, 2011

I’m from New Brunswick too! : )

222 Pat December 23, 2011

So glad to see that you are so close to me (I’m in Acton). I’ve been struggling to stick to a vegan diet, but have decided that 2012 is going to be my year to get my act together! By the way, LOVE the picture of you and your cat…what breed is (s)he? Looks like a kitty ocelot!

223 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 23, 2011

Thanks Pat, Sketchie is a Bengal

224 maggie January 2, 2012

I loved your hair red and that cat is amazing. Thank you for sharing your struggles. I am forwarding your blog to my daughter. She is a vegan and I think she will find some great food ideas on here! Thanks!!

225 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 3, 2012

Thanks Maggie!

226 Stef January 2, 2012

Wow~ I really love your journey. Thanks for sharing. I feel so many people struggle with the same things you did, including myself. I am so happy to read your story!
You look amazing, wishing you all the best. FYI — I love your blog!

227 Ronya Williams January 4, 2012

You are aboslutely stunning!! You site has really inspired me! I am very 5 feet and weigh about 113 lbs but struggle to look a certain way. (slim with noticable abs) I want to know how did you one day just say , ” hey I’m not going to trip off how I look and enjoy life”. ????? I enjoy life alright! I just recently became a vegan because I have sooo many stomach issues. Changing my diet has really helped, but after reading you story it has really inspired me to just love me regardless of how I look.

228 Wendy Clark January 5, 2012

You are gorgeous at any weight…but congratulations for focusing on your health! You are so inspiring — thanks for sharing your gifts. I’m sharing your site with my two little girls as an example of what comes of doing what you love (and eating healthy!). Blessings to you in the coming year!

229 Jaime January 5, 2012

I relate to this so so much. thank you for taking the time to write this blog…I literally planned on changing everything tomorrow…and you have made it less scary for me now :)

230 Emilie January 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with readers! This is a great blog :)

231 Cheryl January 7, 2012

Wow what a story. At 66, I’m just starting on your vegan journey. Have been “into nutrition” and fitness for several years, but just recently (after LOTS of searching, reading, and digging further) decided that vegan is definitely the way to go foodwise. So, just remember that you are not only an inspirition to young ladies… so can also teach us “we’re not getting older – we’re getting better” ladies a thing or two.
Thanks again,
Cheryl

232 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2012

Hi Cheryl, so nice to meet you! Thanks for your kind words. Wishing you a great 2012!

233 elle moss January 10, 2012

You inspire me so much! You may actually have convinced me to ditch my scale!

234 Lissa January 10, 2012

Thank you so much for sharing your story with everyone! I have a very similar story to you and want out of this negative mindset as soon as possible! I have my good days and my bad days! I look forward to reading your story as you move forward with your happy and healthy life. I find you to be a huge inspiration to me trying to find peace with food and my weight! Thanks again!

235 marla January 14, 2012

Hey girl! Just came in for a screen grab to update your piece from last year….love the new photos :)

236 Tessa Maddy January 16, 2012

Hey Angela, I just became vegan from pescatarian, and while I’m really excited, Im also a little nervous. Can you post a grocery list of some sort? I love your recipes but I’m a little lost when it comes to what I should always have on hand to be able to easily whip them up.
Thanks!

237 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

Thanks Tessa, I will certainly keep this in mind for a future post!

238 Ashley January 18, 2012

Wow! I can’t believe how gorgeous your skin is regardless of how you were eating! Mine was up and down until I became obsessed with green smoothies. Great site, I have had a similar life experience except that I am still in the wedding planning while in grad school stage. Its hard not to count calories right now but hopefully I will move past that once I have less stress in my life. Thanks for the inspiration!

239 Eve Gotch January 19, 2012

Gorgeous bride, Lucky husband, loved your story!! :) I’m in love too….with your blog! I’ll be on here for the rest of the day.. well, that is until my (vegan) kids get hungry and yell “mom, get off the computer!” lol! (They think I make all the kitchen magic myself.. shhhh…our secret!)

240 Jessica January 20, 2012

I googled avocado sauce and found your awesome blog — how cool is that? I indentify with everything you posted here! Truly. I’m going to forward to all of my friends in program (an eating disorder 12 step group). Thanks for sharing. I love hearing your honesty.

241 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2012

Thank you Jessica, glad you found the blog!

242 Krista Groen January 23, 2012

Hey! I grew up in NB and moved to Ontario for school, where I met my hubby and got married in 2008 as well:) How funny – I’m on a journey to start enjoying foods and not feel limited all the time as I have something called PCOS which stems from insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance! I am so enjoying looking through your story and recipes, thanks!

243 Tanya January 23, 2012

I found this website from a recipe a friend posted on facebook. I am always looking for new ideas to cook for my family. I never thought I would be using vegan recipes. But our lives were turned upside down when our son was diagnosed with dairy, egg, and nut allergies. Now I am constantly searching for recipes and new things to bring to the dining table.

244 Laura@missfitcolorado January 23, 2012

You are truly an inspiration! I have struggled in the past with similar binge-starve cycles. Exercise and health food saved me! I am so happy that you shared your story. Thank you for the amazing recipes as well.

245 Amanda February 1, 2012

I just discovered your blog, like, literally ten minutes ago through a random Google search that led me to your salt & vinegar roasted chickpeas recipe (which I’m making tonight, by the way). I have to say that I’m totally impressed by your blog, your drive, and your attitude. You are definitely a beautiful person, inside and out, and I wish you only more success through the years. Consider me a new fan of your blog. I will be back!

Take care.

246 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2012

Hi Amanda, so nice to meet you! Thanks for your lovely comment!

247 Cailey February 1, 2012

Hey, Angela! I often find myself coming back to read about your journey when I am feeling ambivalent about my own eating disorder recovery. It doesn’t feel like it right now, but I am trying to believe that there is life worth living beyond this obsession. Often I feel trapped within the ED-bubble. I know that it’s not healthy to stay here, but the world outside just seems so scary! Thank you for showing that recovery is possible and is worth it!! :)

248 Jeanette February 7, 2012

What a beautiful girl inside and out! I love your blog, you are an inspiration to people with body issues and young girls. I have shared the link to your blog with my beautiful 13 year old daughter who has body issues, and my best friend. Consider me a huge fan!

249 Monica February 10, 2012

Thank you so much for posting this – I too struggled with disordered eating in college. I’m pumped to follow your blog! :)

250 Blair February 10, 2012

Angela,
I discovered your website on an oatmeal cookie search. My wife and I have been vegan now for over a decade and it is the best thing I have ever done in my life. It’s so natural once you switch. I can’t believe we ever ate that @#$%^&. There’s every reason to do it: ecology, ethics and health. A lot of what you describe is part of Buddhist teachings from over 2500 years ago. And they go hand in hand with a vegan lifestyle. Keep up the good work. Be vegan and be blessed.
Blair

251 michelle February 11, 2012

if i looked like you, i would be at peace with food too. with thyroiditus, adrenal disease, and lyme disease and more, going vegan is not the miracle cure. besides, i am doing what you are doing anyway. just saying.

252 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2012

Hey Michelle, I agree with you- I don’t think going vegan is a miracle cure. I always advocate that each person find what works for them personally. I wish you all the best with everything! Take care.

253 gina February 12, 2012

i have to say, this was really touching. i’ve been struggling with an eating disorder since i’ve been 11. when i met my boyfriend, he gave me the strength to stop doing this to myself. i put on 20 pounds over the last year and recently had 2 relapses (i suffer(ed) from bulimia). this totally shocked me, because i actually thought i was done with that. but for me it was a sign that i had to change and finally start loving myself. i’m now on a healthy diet and started doing sport again. i want to be at peace with my body and with who i am.
your blog is really inspiring.
x

254 Syd February 16, 2012

y’all are such an adorable couple!

– s

255 Natalie Michael February 17, 2012

Angela

Thank you for being so courageous to share your journey in such an authentic way. It was so refreshing!

I soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo appreciate your blog and daily stories. Last night we made the veggie burgers and they were amazing, and today we made the bean/squash burritos. My whole family is loving you!

Natalie

256 Vicki February 19, 2012

You are an adorable couple. If you have kids, they’ll be gorgeous. Congratulations on making positive changes in your life; you’ll never regret it. Take care of your body, take care of your mind. Keep being kind to yourself. Talk good to yourself. Always have hope and dreams. Limit your worries with confidence and faith. Balance spontaneity with a little bit of planning so you can be prepared for opportunities that come your way. Love each other and nurture your friendships. Seek out new experiences and always have something to look forward to. Fear not. Be productive, but know how to relax. Have an attitude of gratitude. Get outside and let your senses assault you in a wonderful way as you listen, see and feel in the natural world. Play; have fun. Work and reward. I know of these things because I’m older. As you age, time seems to speed up; don’t waste a day of it. There may be no greater gift than the blessing of a full, happy and healthy life!

257 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2012

Thank you Vicki, that’s beautiful

258 Louisa February 19, 2012

Now THAT’S a good-looking couple! I can relate to your story. I’m so glad you came out ahead of your illness. Thanks for the inspiration!

259 Linda February 20, 2012

I enjoyed reading and learning about several of positive results that come from just being aware I am a vegetarian 27 years and I have to share its a constant juggling act for me, balancing all the necessary supplements to have balanced energy. I am certainly going to read more about the proper recipes and food to give me balance.
Keep up the great writing I will be looking for updates.
Thank you
Linda

260 Tiffany Youngren February 21, 2012

Thank you so much for sharing your story! You look beautiful :) I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!! Take care!

~ Tiffany

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261 Meghan Berry February 23, 2012

Hello!
Reading your life chronicle just brought me to tears.
Fifteen years of my life were consumed by eating disorders, anxiety, depression and a distorted body image. I was a vegetarian and a runner, but for all the wrong reasons. I’m five foot – ten, and had pants ranging from size 8 – 16, depending on how “sucessful” I was at starving myself. I had hoined the military, but was discharged for medical reasons after demonstrating I couldn’t handle the stress and several treatment programs were unsucessful.
Developing a respect for myself and my body was a long, slow journey, but I am now married to a wonderful man, have a beautiful, healthy daughter, am a junior in college (at the age of 30), a runner, and a vegan.
I don’t know you, but I am so happy for you.
I’m also delighted to have found your website. Your recipies are fantastic.
Have a wonderful day,
Meghan

262 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 23, 2012

Hi Meghan, I’m so happy for you too! Congrats on all the wonderful changes you’ve made. All the best, Angela

263 Jill March 31, 2013

Megan, I realize this is a long long ago comment….but I’d love to “chat” if you would. Not sure if you automatically will get this or not. Love how you have been finding peace. Hopefully hear from you somehow?

264 Jill February 25, 2012

You are absolutely beautiful!! May God bless you!

265 Silly Sally February 28, 2012

Angela you’re so beautiful and such an inspiration. I’ve always been struggling with my body image. Especially since I gained 10lbs last year during my freshman year of college. I started being a pescetarian last month and I’m loving it. Thanks for such an amazing blog!

266 Valerie February 29, 2012

Angela, thank you so much for being so open about your struggles with food. You’re absolutely gorgeous (at any weight). :) I started my food blog in ’09’ as a way to face down my own ED demons. From about 2003-2008, I battled with what I can now say was anorexia. I’m only 5’2″ and I felt pressure to be super-thin…at one point I was down to 92lbs. It was a horrible, dark time. I was a slave to the scale (same time every single morning), exercise (If I didn’t work out for at least 2 hours, I was a train wreck), and of course, the food restriction. Saturdays were my “binge” days, which in turn, turned Sundays into pure hell.
Anyway, it’s so good to know that I’m not, nor was I ever, alone. I’m still haunted by the residual demons who whisper that I’m nothing unless I get back down to a 00, but I’m better at shutting them out. They’ll always be there though.
Wow. I didn’t mean to ramble on like this, sorry. :p I never brought up the issue on my food blog because I know my mom sometimes visits, as well as her friends, and she’s always been in denial about the “problem.” Knowing that there are others that I can open up to is so refreshing…Thank you.

267 Denise Miller March 2, 2012

You are so inspiring. I started doing vegan about 2 months, while I was doing a Daniel Fast for 40 days. Slowly got off of it, and have gained some weight back. I can now see how dairy and meat do not agree with me anymore. I do have fish occasionally. Your news letter was inspiring!

268 Eleanor Davies March 2, 2012

Nice to see that a vegan can be healthy. So many people tell me I will be pale, skinny and unhea;thy on a vegan diet, but you have proved that you can be healthy, and indeed glow, on a vegan diet. A real inspiration, it’s nice to see someone totally at ease with food and exercise. Aa so many people have said, you are an inspiration.

269 ella birt March 2, 2012

wow! this is so inspiring, and yet it just makes sense. :) you look so happy and healthy!

270 Belinda March 6, 2012

I really enjoyed your fitness journey I can truly relate; from reading this I am going to begin to record my feeling,eating habits and so on. I am so glad you are at a happier place now. This was a great article.

271 Michelle K. March 7, 2012

Very very inspiring. I am impressed, and feel inclined to pursue a Vegan lifestyle. Cheers to you!

272 Kim March 7, 2012

Hey Angela :)
Just wanted to stop by and let you know how much of an inspiration you’ve been, I love all of your healthy/yummy recipies and the way you view the world & health, always positive! Id also like to thank you for being so open about your journey through recovery, its always motivating to see someone be so honest about their past and share it with others. Here’s a quote I’v enjoyed through the years & thought you might enjoy as well :)

“There came a time when tiny green fruits appeared. Life wasn’t so hopeless then. Yet all the tiny fruits fell as most of my attempts to wellness seemed to fail. Reaching this maturity is no magic; it’s by facing the tornadoes that we grow.”

-Keep up all the awesome work!

273 jamie lea March 8, 2012

Hi, I have 2 questions for you (or any one who can answer them). I have noticed that a lot of healthy recipes call for coconut oil. Why coconut as opposed to any other oil (olive, canola, safflower?) Coconut oil is above my budget level. Number two: what are chia seeds and where can I find them? Thank you. I am trying to eat healthier, but it is so tough on a tight budget…

274 Stacey March 9, 2012

This is so inspiring! I went through similar eating habits throughout the past few years and I feel like I have just recently gotten a grasp on eating and fitness for my health rather than appearance and self-image. The Vegan diet makes it easy to transform into that mindset.

Thank you for the inspiration and amazing blog :)

275 Karen March 11, 2012

Hi there, I was googling for a lentil patty recipe and came across your site. I really liked what I read and it was a great moral booster. Im not in a good place at the moment and being very obsessive over my weight/looks. Just turned the big ’40’ single mum of 9 years to 3 full on kids, and just graduated my nursing degree…and walked away from a vehicle ‘right off’ 12 months ago…still recovering from 2 blown out discs & PTSD and began living on chocolate etc :( I sort of hit a wall I guess when my study finished. So Im trying to eat better and incorporate an exercise plan I can manage. Your article gave me encouragement to keep pressing on and upward! Thanks Karen :)

276 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

Goodluck with everything Karen! Thanks for your kind words.

277 Kayli March 14, 2012

You have inspired me! Thank you! It IS possible!

278 vegangsterARNP March 16, 2012

Although to many, your changes physically that can be seen by some of us, will not be seen by others, as they are not very drastic. But I have a very keen eye, and your face looks SO much happier and healthier now, and your plant based diet has truly done wonders for you it seems. I hope you are buying cruelty free products as well, meaning products neither tested on animals, nor containing animal products, as that is another part of vegan philosophy, as well as ditching the animal skins, feathers and furs. I hope that your husband follows suit ASAP as supporting the horribly cruel, and malicious lies of the dairy and meat industries only lead to misery and suffering of other species as well as our own. Good luck.

279 Willow March 22, 2012

I love your story, Angela, I really do… but there’s one thing I absolutely have to say. I LOVE that you are smiling in every single photograph – through the hard times, and the good times, both. You’re so beautiful, I can’t get over it! Keep smiling, girl – it makes me smile. :D

280 Nichole March 23, 2012

This is SO amazing to me!! I too have the same struggle..I do great with eating right and running and working out but never see results so then i fall off the wagon and it takes me forever to get back on. hard to stay consistent when you aren’t seeing the results…i do have a question (and the answer I am sure is somewhere – I just didn’t see it) what is it that does make your skin glow the way it does? Is it one particular ingredient in the smoothies you make or is it the combination? Also, do you do the smoothies once a day as a meal replacement or snack? THANKS!

281 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

Thanks Nichole! I always say the glow comes from being happy & the vegan diet doesnt hurt. I get far less breakouts than I used to. I also exfoliate my skin several times per week.

For GM’s I enjoy a few each week, sometimes for breakfast (if so I make them over 400 cals for more staying power) sometimes for a snack.

282 Nichole March 27, 2012

What do you recommend as a good exfoliant? I use St Ives but I would like something more natural….I HAVE to exfoliate everyday or I will have horrible breakouts….

thanks for the response by the way…

283 KateW March 23, 2012

I was looking at your wedding pictures and I think we had the same wedding dress! You are the only person I’ve ever seen wearing “my dress”. It looked beautiful on you!

284 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

cute! I’m sure it looked amazing on you as well. I haven’t met anyone who had the dress either. The neckline isn’t very popular these days but I just loved the dress!

285 Tai Atkinson March 23, 2012

What an inspiration you are! I love your blog, especially the Recipage! Thanks for sharing your journey.

286 Jackie Toye March 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing your story. I’m working on my Last To Do -Me! I’m a DIYer and I tell myself, just like you change a room, you can change yourself. Thanks for the great recipes and inspiring story.

287 Kalyn March 26, 2012

Such an inspiration. Amazing that you did it all on your own – true strength! I hope to be like you one day and be at peace with my body!

288 Rebekah Buley March 26, 2012

Wow, Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I went through similar issues and in May of 2010 found out through my daughter being diagnosed as gluten intolerant that I was too. I now eat gluten and dairy free foods. I cannot believe the change this has made in my life. A haze was lifted and the negative self talk about my body was gone. It sure is wonderful to find that place of feeling and being healthy and happy! Way to go, you are just radiant! Keep sharing your journey the highs and lows it is inspirational.

289 Katrina March 30, 2012

You are beautiful and I love your story! I’m from Ontario as well, but currently traveling the world on an 11 month mission trip. I’ve started gaining weight for the first time in my life, but it’s hard to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise on this trip. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog and trying new recipes. Thank you for the inspiration!

290 Jay March 31, 2012

Hi! I was turned on to your site by a friend of mine. I’m transitioning to a vegan diet for health reasons and bookmarked your site for the recipes! I’m excited to feel a change in my life because of it. I look forward to tuning in. :)

291 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Thanks for checking it out!

292 Cori Taratoot April 4, 2012

Inspiring – thank you for sharing!

293 ssanchez April 4, 2012

Hello Angela,

Congratulations in all of your achievements. Your story is truly inspirational and heart warming. I would like to ask you a few specific questions about how you started your business. Do you have another email address?
Thank you for sharing your experiences,
Sandra

294 Lina April 5, 2012

Hi…just came across your blog/website looking for a good kale recipe… :) Wow-what an inspiration you are!! Congratulations on your journey, and in finding your healthy happy self!! I’m just recuperating from my own journey of breast cancer this past year. I’ve always been very healthy and active, but trying to be even more good to my body after all it has had to endure with chemo, radiation, and surgeries. I’m not a vegan, but really trying to cut down protein from meat and only enjoy the very highest quality when I do go there… Now I know where to go for great vegan recipes! So happy I found you here on the almighty Internet!! xo

295 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 6, 2012

Thank you Lina, it’s a pleasure to meet you!

296 Genevieve April 11, 2012

You are absolutely GORGEOUS; It really does show both inside and out. Keep up the good work:)

297 Susanne April 15, 2012

Where to start? You are such a great inspiration and have started alot of thoughts in me after reading your story.
I don’t feel as happy as I think I should and I am tired of this feeling. Tired of my self-pittyness… In my research for finding motivation to kick start myself somehow I came across your site greenmonstermovement yesterday and today I came to this one. Yesterday I tried my first monster and thought I should die…. that color…. omg, I’m sure it will come back up the same way it came in……! But I liked it -not the color- and after having my second monster today I must say I am happy and proud of joining this movement of greenmonsters! I even didn’t mind the color today :) Just felt proud and healthy – and NOT hungry afterwards.
So a big thanks for sharing your story including pictures, which is a great importance for me as I see and remember in picture. I’m looking forward to see what it will do to my energy level and iron issues.
Keep up the good work.
Greetings from a Dane currently living in Switzerland

298 Marian April 19, 2012

I am so impressed with folks who can bare their souls like this, show where their lives got off track to help others heal, too. I don’t normally like to post links in comments, but an incredible woman I know has done something similar to document her battle with disordered eating https://www.createspace.com/3757607 I’m pretty sure all the proceeds are going to a non-profit to help others in her situation. Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring website!

299 London April 21, 2012

wheres the kids!!!!!!!??? Have kids dammit! You guys are too adorable, love it!!

300 Joanne Van Liefland April 25, 2012

Angela ~ I recently received an email from one of your followers who told me that she had heard about the wraps that I sell. So I had to go on to your website and check out. Your story and website is very inspirational and educational ~ way to go!! I was wondering where you found out about the Ultimate Organic Raw Wrap ?

Joanne

301 Jennifer April 26, 2012

You post a lot of desserts on here, which I love! But, I have a few questions, one is that I am afraid that I will just gain more weight eating all of these yummy foods. I struggle with my weight and have bounced around on many diets just to bounce back up again, and each time it seems I bounce higher. I am just now going from a mostly vegitarian diet to vegan and have to cook meals for my family too. Will your cookbook have more meals? Can you eat all of these yummy desserts and not get fat because you run? Do you have a recommendation for finding vegan yummy meals that don’t include a ton of fake soy based meats? Thanks! And Thanks for this blog which I love.

302 Cathlyn April 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing your story. Before and aftershock are never just that, usually there are several. You are and inspiration!

303 judith K April 27, 2012

You are awesome and you look good and am so inspired to be a vegan and also the daily things in life.

304 Angela May 4, 2012

Your story is very inspiring! I struggled with my eating in the past, and I’m currently in a Clinical Psychology program because of it! Looking forward to more updates on your journey.

305 Diane in Palos Verdes May 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing your story, it’s inspiring and honest and makes me feel like I’m not so alone on my own journey. Really appreciate it.

306 Liza May 11, 2012

I stumbled upon your blog after a search for a vegan alfredo sauce recipe. I’ve also spent most of my life struggling with an eating disorder and am planning on using veganism as part of a way to learn to love my body. Your blog has given me so much inspiration, and I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for all your honesty and openness so that we (*I) can understand that it’s possible to heal and move forward. So much love to you!! Thank you!!

307 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2012

Thank you Liza, Im happy to hear that!

308 andrea k May 21, 2012

I just read your story – very inspiring. I honestly love reading your blog posts and have made more than a few of the recipes. I haven’t owned a scale for years and I love expanding my food horizons with your vegan offerings. It is fun following you and cooking/preparing new things. Thank you!

309 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 21, 2012

Thank you Andrea! I appreciate it.

310 Natalie May 23, 2012

You are truly an inspiration. I am struggling with wanting to eat healthy but I have always been a workout nut. I am running the Chicago Marathon this October. Keep going girl!! You are awesome!

311 cindy May 26, 2012

YOu are beautiful in each and every picture. I can only imagine the stresses with all you were trying to accomplish. I guess we all have stress in diff. ways. Congrats on a great life, great site and btw love your hair blond! LOL

312 Kendall May 27, 2012

Your story is such an inspiration to me! I am 16 and recently began ED counceling, I feel my issues were similar to yours. Constant restricting, counting calories, and binging. I found your blog just as I began recovery, and I find it very helpful.

313 Amanda May 31, 2012

Thank you so much for this blog! I have a rare digestive disorder called Gastroparesis. I get sick often and it can only be monitored by diet. I am also 6 weeks away from my wedding so stress is not helping me health. I have been a life long animal lover, and my doctor just recommended I go vegan! I am very excited about it and although it has only been a few days I am already feeling so much better. How did you and your hubby compromise on the no meat issue? My fiance doesn’t believe something is a meal unless it has meat in it. And I want him to choose a lifestyle conducive to his needs, but I want to be able to cook and share meals with him after we get married.

314 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 1, 2012

Congrats on your wedding Amanda, you must be so excited!

As for the meat issue, Eric is not a vegan but he does enjoy many vegan recipes that I make. His approach to veggies and other foods I cook with has shifted over the years and he is much more into it now that he has gotten used to different flavour and foods. I think it’s important to have patience. Change takes time and really it’s up to the person what they want to eat. I always say a good recipe can win almost anyone over. Goodluck and have a great wedding!

315 Amanda June 1, 2012

Thank you so much! I by no means want to make Jon vegan, and I am more than willing to be patient with him. He just insists that it isn’t a meal unless it has meat in it…but he is also a foodie so I am going to try many of your recipes on him and win him over with taste :) I am happy for now that he supports my decision to go vegan and who knows, maybe the carnivore will change his ways ;)

316 Jane June 3, 2012

THANK YOU! You just inspired me so much. I have a very stressful job. I love my job but it’s not alway easy to eat healthy and at the right time. I am very knowledgeable with nutrition. But due to my stress level and chaotic work schedule, I either over eat or just make overall poor food choices at times. After reading what you have dealt with, I realize that I am not alone. And that with determination we can always change our lifestyle. It is never too late to bounce back and be stronger and better than ever before. I have been sitting here on my laptop debating about whether or not to go for a run. Then I read your blog (my mom sent me the link). After reading your story, I will go running. And I will enjoy beginning my journey back to the best me that I can be. Thank you. God bless :)

317 Catie June 4, 2012

You two look happy and great! And I love that kitty :)

318 Nohemi Romero June 11, 2012

Hi, I ran across your website as I was searching for a vegan ice cream recipe. I must say that I immediately noticed the difference in your skin! I compared your 1st picture to the last picture you posted and wow…what a difference! You look younger now!

319 Sherry June 20, 2012

You have touch moved and inspired us! Your life as is a reminder as I am learning to just be with what is and take action for what I’m committed to creating for myself and others.

Your power as I see it has come from you being authentic and vulnerable. This is where self love takes place.

Thank you for finding your voice.

Best,
Sherry

320 Natalie June 24, 2012

Congrats on your journey. Im Vegan as well and its hard on a budget. Nobody is working at the moment. My husband receives unemployment every 2 weeks and his Veterans BAH money once a month from being in the US ARMY 7 years. He is a meat eater and talks bad about the things i eat and believe in other then veganism. If i dont like a certain product that is vegan he says see i told you stick a chicken in your mouth! He drinks Coke, monsters, redbull, hamburgers and a bunch of nasty junk food and processed stuff. He tells me our grocery bills is a lot because of me but i am also a big eater and im breast feeding my son who is 2 years old still. So im obviously hungry all the time. I dont work out either. I will once he is weaned off but until then im stuck alone being vegan in a house hold of 3 kids and 1 other adult. He doesnt understand how good it is for your to be Vegan, he doesnt believe anything i say. He always has something negative to say about it and always asking questions but when you give a response he just stays quiet or says something Negative back. hes in denial i say!

321 Lynn Cyr June 27, 2012

It’s so funny how the universe works… I keep inadvertently coming back to your blog over and over again, usually through your awesome recipes I find on Pinterest! I’m a “semi-vegan” right now, just trying to limit my meat/dairy consumption. I didn’t grow up eating (or liking) many vegetables, but I’ve learned to really LOVE them, and even CRAVE them, in recent years!

So after some time on your blog, I figured I’d read a bit more about you and your background. And OMG, I’m from New Brunswick too (I’m from a really small town in the north-west of the province) although now I’m curious which town you’re from!) I also married my HS sweetheart, and we’re now going into our 17th year of marriage :D We moved to Boston after college/marriage, but have since returned “up home” about 6 years ago.

It’s so great seeing such an amazing success story from such a small town gal (at least I assume you’re from a small town, since there aren’t too many cities in NB!) Keep up the fantastic work!!!! I love everything about this blog! You’re such an inspiration!!! :)

322 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 27, 2012

Hey Lynn, such a pleasure to meet you!

323 Lili Milller June 27, 2012

Very inspirational and I must agree with everyone else who has posted; you are glowing in every single pic! My husband and I have decided to change our eating habits for good. After having a stroke last year at 25 years old my priorities have changed from beautifying my inside, rather than simply focusing on the outward expression of beauty. I have gained 20 pounds in this year and I am now at 143lbs-the heaviest I have ever been. I am also a Social Psychology doctoral student. Any feedback on either topic is always appreciated. I love your blog and I look forward to reading more. :)

324 Kristine June 28, 2012

I’ve really been struggling lately, struggling with my diet, finding the motivation to exercise, and to top it all off, major stress at work and school. I needed some encouragement! Thank you, Angela!

325 Ashley July 13, 2012

Great story! Loved all the pics. I am glad you did this. I have been fully vegan for a month a half. So many people have given me crap for going on a “diet” .. and Im not “fat”.. and so on.. I may not be fat.. but Im certainly not healthy. Great inspiration for EVERYONE to live a healthy lifestyle!

326 Cayla July 15, 2012

omg, you have no idea how much hope this gives me. I had to move out of home at the beginning of this year to finish my high school education in another town, in half a year I have managed to gain 20 lbs. I’ve been over stressed, and over eating. At the end of last year I was counting calories like mad – I was eating only 800 a day. This year I’ve gone the absolute opposite. Argh, I was in a really bad way at the end of the last semester. I’m hoping to start this next one better. I’ve gone through pretty bad depression but I think i’m through it. I’m trying counting calories again so obviously i’m still not doing too well. Just looking at the progress you’ve made however gives me hope! I really hope I manage to finally love myself like you obviously do. Thank you for showing me that time can heal.

327 Niria July 15, 2012

Thank you so much for your inspiration… you just don’t know how much your story has touched me.

328 Bec Eastment July 17, 2012

HI angela, I stumbled upon your beautiful blog looking for vegan date recipes (thx for the date squares – they are wonderful!). I live in Australia, have been totally vegan for 3 months (but like you dabbled in vegetarianism over the years), feel great for it, am a runner with 3 small children and am finding your recipes very appealing and very helpful. Thankyou for writing it so honestly. I appreciate it. bec

329 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 17, 2012

Hey Bec, Lovely to meet you. Thank you for your kind words….glad you are enjoying it! Love that you are from Australia too. Would love to go there someday. Best wishes.

330 Amy July 18, 2012

a little late on this post read, as i am just digging into the blogging world. what a journey- thanks for sharing it! it is so awesome to hear the story of other women when you are going through similar things! looking forward to following your blog!

331 jenn July 24, 2012

wow. i literally just stumbled onto this blog through pinterest and i feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude that i did! thanks for blogging & sharing your story in such a straightforward, honest way. seeing it chronicled this way, and watching your face get happier & beam more in these last few years, is a real inspiration. because you were willing/able to share your experience over the last 10 years, those of us lucky enough to read it are given a very concrete & moving reminder to listen to, and be more honest, kind and true to ourselves. what a lovely gift. thanks.

332 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2012

Thank you so much Jenn, you are so sweet!

333 Nicki July 31, 2012

I usually read your blog through my RSS feed but clicked onto the site to see the new look. It is fantastic. But I had a chance to scroll through your journey. I need to say that you are a beautiful person. And it radiates from the inside. The happier and more fulfilled you have become, the more lovely you are.

334 maryam August 2, 2012

hello angela
what a great and insperational story
i have no idea how i found your website i guess i was looking for a vegan cracker recipie :P
ive always knew that i wanted to be vegan but all of my attempts failed due to lack of knowledge. i didnt know any good vegan recipies so i was repeating the only ones i knew and it got boring. my recipies were also very simple and plain and i wasnt getting all the nutretions so instead of having a vegan diet to empower me i felt weak instead.

im sorry for writting my life story lol im just so happy to find your website and im welling to by a notebook an and copy all the recipies that i liked to it with pictures ! im so exited.

thank you for such great website

p.s: im curious about your height lol can you tell me plz

335 Hayley August 6, 2012

I just came across your blog and wow, I already know I am going to read it every day! Truly inspiring. I have had an up and down relationship with food in my past too. I finally am at such a healthy happy place right now, everything you said on this page has rang true to me at one point too! Its always nice to hear that you aren’t alone in your past struggles, but more importantly that we are strong and can overcome them!!

336 Anna August 7, 2012

Hi,
What a great story you have! I have been looking for vegan, gluten free, sugar, dairy and most other things free recipes. Due to a super eliminating diet after discovering I am fighting Intenstinal Dysbisosis due to Candida overgrowth. I am a professional pastry chef and love baking and food in general. So this diet change is not easy for me. But I’m inspirered by blogs like yours! Thank you and keep posting!

337 Fern August 7, 2012

This has spoken to me in more ways than one! Thank you for sharing :-)

338 kate August 8, 2012

I just found you and your blog. I am SO impressed and you’re so encouraging! I’ll be checking back frequently! :) Thanks!!!

339 Hanna August 9, 2012

Hi Angela
I’m a pretty healthy eater, make most of my meals vegan or vegetarian. But I’m struggling becoming one completely because my boyfriend is so anti-vegetarian. He thinks it’s completely stupid and is saying that he will put meat in what I make. I try to explain why I’m becoming one completely, but he doesn’t want to listen to any facts and desn’t care how animals are treated.
Just wondering what I should do and if anyone else have been in the same place. :)

340 Carol Treacy August 14, 2012

Hi,

I just read Hanna’s comment and it brings back heart-breaking memories of when my son, who was vegetarian before birth (yes, as a fetus!), decided to start eating meat and dairy when he was 9. He used to lecture people on how factory farmed animals suffered but when he turned, he turned big time! He even talked about hunting. I think the influence of his peers,none of whom were vegetarian, had a lot to do with it. Most men are very threatened by a vegetarian/vegan diet. They feel it’s completely emasculating and they couldn’t bear the taunting and ostracism of their friends and family. Can you imagine a man not completely comfortable with his masculinity going to an old-fashioned BBQ, complete with steaks, burgers and hot dogs, asking the chef to stick a veggie burger on the grill for him? Yeah, me neither.

For your boyfriend to call not eating meat stupid doesn’t even make sense. Has he seen the movies Forks over Knives or Earthlings? I feel for you and hope you can either endure his criticisms or find someone who understands and appreciates your compassion toward animals.

341 Becky Reihm August 20, 2012

I want to tell you that in searching google for Vegan blog sites, your blog popped up. I happened to read your “About Me” section, and cannot tell you that I feel like we are literally just alike. We are the exact same size, and I have been going through all the same motions of under eating, too low of body fat, binge eating, and self loathing, followed by finding a love for cooking a vegetarian diet, and running/hot yoga/hiking. I finally threw away my scale a few months ago, and it must have been the best thing that I could have done for my mental health. While each day it is a struggle to accept being a healthier size, I aspire to continue to be more positive as you have done. Thank you for sharing your story!!

342 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 20, 2012

Hey Becky, Thank you so much. I’m so happier to hear you are getting on a healthier path. Goodluck!

343 Valarie Matlock August 20, 2012

WOW I am not sure how I found your page. but I have just been inspired. Thank you.

344 Christy August 21, 2012

So glad I found your blog through pintrest. I am really looking forward to making the baked oatmeal. I have been on a similar journey as you have and have about 8 months ago decided enough of the madness!!! SO I started clean eating and running again and went from 183 LBS (from Atlanta, GA USA area :) to a very lean 115 machine. I have never felt better in my life. I realized all the junk that I was putting in my body was awful and with a 9 year old looking on, I knew it was time to change. I had lost a lot of weight years ago but as with any “diet” it comes back on. This time. it is a total life change. Thanks for your blog and I am beginning my training for my very first half marathon in Feb 2013. Keep up the awesomeness!

345 leah August 22, 2012

What made the click in your head to stop the vicious binge-starve cycle? Can you offer some advice on how to finally make the transition out of that for once and for all?

346 Charise August 23, 2012

I had a friend tell me about your facebook page and I am so glad she did. Your story is really inspiring to me and so encouraging. Especially the part about not counting calories and weighing yourself on a scale. I so needed to read that. I am new to this whole healthy eating thing and I want to have a different mindset about nutrition so that I can enjoy my life and not obsess about calories or freak out about what I put in my mouth. I look forward to reading more and learning more from you on your blog and facebook page. Blessings, Charise
p.s. your wedding pictures are stunning! :)

347 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 23, 2012

Hey Charise, Thank you so much for your comment! Goodluck with all of your goals & changes. You can do it!

348 Carmen Francisco August 23, 2012

I randomly crossed by your page and I simply love it I am from Venezuela but I have a lot of friend from canada, indeed i will go to toronto to run my first 21k half marathon the14th octuber you have been a crucial inspiration in my not easy path of becoming a vegeterian and finally a vegan, I am still triying but in my country there are not many organic food as in Canada still triying though. Thanks for everything :)

349 Pamela in Calgary, AB August 24, 2012

Hi there Angela,

I just found your website and I’m delighted I did. You truly do GLOW and your honesty in your journey to now was inspiring. I am starting to lean towards a vegan diet – meat seems to have suddenly become nauseating to me when I try to eat it, and pork and chicken are losing their flavour for me as well. I have several long term health issues happening, including Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis in all my major joints and chronic pelvic pain that nothing seems to work for. It is my hope that by cleaning up my diet, I may be able to restore my body to a healthier state. I’ll be trying some of your recipes and using your story as my motivation. Thanks!!!

350 Megan August 31, 2012

I just wanted to say that every time I read this I feel inspired! I want to learn to love running as well and just to be happy with everything! :) I wish you the best!

351 Alice September 3, 2012

After reading your moving story of healing, I feel like I began to understand some of my own truths. The problem lies, I suppose, in what I realize to be my damaged self-perception. I am wholly incapable of seeing myself. If there is self-knowledge it has only been acquired through prisms and eavesdropped fragments mirrored to me through others. I have no idea what I look like to the world, or what the reality of me is. I fixate on my body, then, as the most primitive representation of what I am. And because I am unable to see any other feature of myself I attempt to create an identity through my body, through distinguishing myself from others in the strictly physical realm, an intention that presents itself as a need to be thinner than anyone around me. This creates the violent restrictions, the famished binges, the guilt and shame, the self-hatred, et cetera. Unfortunately even in the mirror I can only intake decidedly mutated observations. I cannot see my body; in fact, I have watched my reflection literally melt from something unbearably disfigured and ugly into someone altogether different (pretty, even), a phenomenon driven by my moods and distractions.
I am beginning to realize that I have body dysmorphia to the point where I have no idea if I look fat or not. But still sadder, I have no idea if I am talented, intelligent, interesting, compassionate, likeable—I have no idea who I am. And over the years I have brushed aside this glaring hole in my perception of reality and created a unidimensional madhouse of food obsession, evil internal dialogue, and emotional self-harm.
I would like to create for myself a new life, I want to create for myself a new identity. I would like to introduce myself to the person inside me. I want to be her nourishing energy. I want to tell her that she can eat when she is hungry and accept her body because it is only one one-millionth of her identity. No: I say it has no part at all in her identity. The body is mutable, it is defatigable, it is transient. It is not who she is – she is a column of gold housed in ribbons of flesh.
“Understand that the body is merely the foam of a wave, The shadow of a shadow.”

352 Dan September 9, 2012

I was looking for vegan tomato recipes and found your site. I too mourn tomatoes when the summer yield is done. I noticed there are not many men commenting on this site :)

Glad I found it, love your recipes and I am going to buy your book!

Thanks!

Dan

353 Jennifer Wright September 10, 2012

Hi Angela! Found you today on Twitter and glad I did. I’m just starting my journey of wellness. I started a blog about weight loss on Saturday & rec’d a lot of encouragement. Looking forward to reading all of your blog. Jenny Jo

354 Cristy September 23, 2012

Hi Angela!
I came upon your blog from an Instagram post (actually, it was a comment made on an IG post, a link was given to a blog you did on hummus which I’m making once I get my tahini) and I’m very happy that I did! :) I am working on achieving AND maintaining a healthy weight – one that I’m comfortable in – and so far, I didn’t get good results yet. I have hope though and I understand that I have to work at getting that comfortable weight. I have bookmarked your blog and will be coming back for more and more. I want to experiment on a plant-based diet and I think I will find great resources in your website. Thank you and have a great week ahead! :)
~Cristy

355 Bea Gracey September 29, 2012

I admire your courage in putting yourself out there for all to see.

356 Wendy October 11, 2012

Hi Angela, Thank you for sharing your story, I have bookmarked you and I can’t wait to try your pecan crusted pumpkin pie, and will be perusing your site often, Happy fall.

357 Rose October 18, 2012

I was on pinterest, and I got linked to your site. I’m glad I did! For years, I’ve always been an exercise “junkie”, working out seven days a week and being supremely hard on myself, if I didn’t get at least that cardio in. I was always concerned with my weight and to this day its still a struggle, but I’m working on it. To read that you had the same issues that I do lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. I’ve talked to more than one Dr, and they all said its just anxiety my weight is normal…etc. That I did not have an eating disorder. I’m aware that my eating habits are not normal, I count calories all day and have been doing so for a little over a year..it drives me crazy when i don’t know what the calorie content is on something. Then the inevitable happens. I only consume less than 500 cal before evening, I know my body needs a certain amount and I binge. I weigh myself every day. And you’re right noone really understands how you feel inside. For me, its also a control thing. I can’t control what happens in day to day things, but I can control this.
However, I’m glad I’m aware of myself to know this is not healthy, and I’m working on it.
So thank you, for being brave, for inspiring me and I’m sure countless others, and for your good eats…

358 Briana October 20, 2012

You are so inspiring!! I can’t wait to keep reading about your journey.

359 Bree October 26, 2012

It was hard for me to read about your struggles. I think so many can relate to them. But I am very happy that you have found your glow! You are truly beautiful, inside and out!

360 Cariel October 30, 2012

This is my first time visiting your site and what an inspiration, truly! I have just completed my first detox and am starting to get to a healthier place in my life. I am rounding the corner to the big 3-0 next month and wanted to go into this next stage of my life in the healthiest way possible, both mentally and physically. Thank you for sharing your experience and recipies!

361 Susan November 2, 2012

Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing your story and your journey. I’m glad to have found your website today – your story is very encouraging to those struggling with life’s issues. Looking forward to your cookbook!

362 Rober D. November 6, 2012

Wow, all these ladies (comments) here… well, let me just say you inspire both genders. I have been a lacta/ova vegetarian for almost 50 years and it was never a challenge. Now moving to vegan and glutton-free for my wife, it is a whole different story. But we’ll see. I think your yummy recipes will be a big help. Thank you, Angela, for all that you do.

P.S. It is so nice to see you with so many photos of your hubby.

363 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 7, 2012

I’m happy to have you reading! Thanks for your comment.

364 Sarah November 8, 2012

You are such an inspiration to me. I’m a college freshman recovering from an eating disorder that I’ve also had since I was 12. I am so impressed by your achievements and wish you the best!!

365 Veronica November 15, 2012

Wow! It’s like you grow YOUNGER every year! Very inspirational thak you for sharing your story with us. :-)

366 Deanna November 15, 2012

The amazing thing about your photo journey is that you don’t even need to say which ones are your low points. You might be smiling in every picture, but you’re smiling *and* beaming *and* glowing in your most recent pictures. I want that.

367 Nancye November 23, 2012

While you are being kind to your body, you are teaching me to be kind to mine. It was the boost I needed, and after reading your journey, you’ve started me on mine, quite an achievement on your part. I have an ailing body, with many health issues. I am of course a lot older than you, but we are never to old to learn, so a big thank you for the inspiration, and I can only wish better days ahead. Continue on in your journey, and I wish you much happiness along the way….

Nancye…

368 Emeline November 24, 2012

Hi Angela,

Thank you so much for sharing your story, it is very inspirational.
I too have suffered with an eating disorder for many years and actually I’m in a very bad place at the moment where I feel I am starting to fall back into it. It is such a horrible experience and makes me so uneasy with myself. I was training for a half marathon but I couldn’t do it because training was becoming so difficult when I eat so little. I don’t really know what to do.

But I really appreciate your honesty.

Thank you,
Emeline

369 Christiane November 25, 2012

Angela, you are an inspiration for everyone who has a struggle with eating. Thank you for being courageous in sharing your story, for persevering and for using your biggest struggle and morphing it into a productive, beautiful talent. You are such a beautiful person! Thank you for giving me hope and more importantly, direction for a healthy vegan lifestyle.

370 Tammie November 30, 2012

A friend shared your site with me as she knows I too have stuggles with food. Having IBS and gluten issues have been tough. I am excited to try your recipes and I love to cook. I’ve have been trying to keep a plant based diet and am getting more and more towards a Vegan diet. I too am Canadian but living in Seattle. Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures. It’s very inspiring !! Thank you Angela and Happy Holidays to you and your family. I look forward to following your blog and learning more ways to be healthier.

371 Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 16, 2012

Had never seen this part of your site, though I’ve been making recipes from here and commenting for a while. I think I found your site while Googlinf various vegan recipes, and I love so many of the dishes you’ve featured!
Very glad to read abt your journey, sounds like you are in a much better place now, that’s so cool! I hope stuff just gets better and better from here on out
Anyway sites like yours make being vegan so much easier! Vegan community is so lucky to have bloggers like you.
I love making vegan foods for myself at home, now I just have to be less lazy and try and help out animal sanctuary and such hehe

372 Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme January 1, 2013

You story is truly inspirational. Congratulations and you look fantastic.

373 Cruz Gutierrez-Austin January 2, 2013

Dear Angela,
What a blessing your story is for me… a great way to start the New Year 2013.
I’m new to Pinterest and have been primarily searching during Christmas vacation to find out about healthier eating for myself as well as children diagnosed with autism and Lyme disease. Thank you soooo much for creating such a loving “cyber-place” where I can stop and believe in the genuineness of your purpose for creating it. And…free…that allows me to learn and attempt to change my eating habits without the added pressure of cost! May your journey continually enjoy a reciprocation of blessings for your willingness to help others learn about healthier eating. Sincerely, Cruz

374 Romana Grimm January 4, 2013

Angela, you really were always pretty, but the others are right – now you truly glow. :-) It’s so wonderful to see people getting healthier and happier. Thanks for telling us your story!

Cheers from Germany,

Romana

375 Sheena January 5, 2013

Angela, you are such an inspiration for me right now. I am so glad that I have found your website; it is helping me get back on track with my everyday struggles of going back to being a vegan. I was vegan for about five years until in 2010 someone really close to me passed away. I lost my way, and ever since 2010 I’ve been fighting this battle with food.
I found Oh how she glows when I was looking for vegan deserts to make during Christmas time, and the rest is history. Thank You for sharing your story!

Best Regards,
Sheena

376 Caitlin January 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing your struggle so honestly. So many of us have struggled with eating issues in ways that are not so extreme or obvious on the outside. Because I have never had a problem that was serious enough for a diagnosis I have found it difficult to acknowledge the pain I have gone through over the years. I too am on a journey of discovering how to eat and take care of myself in a way that actually feels good, and I appreciate the work you are doing. As you share the ways you help yourself, you are offering a great resource of empathy and encouragement to women everywhere!

377 Melissa N January 26, 2013

I LOVE your site! Your stories, your recipes, your words.
Whenever I am feeling down or feel like I have no one who can understand what I am trying to say or how I feel, I visit your site. You are truly inspirational and motivational.
Whenever I need a good recipe to WOW people with, I visit your site too :)

378 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2013

Thank you so much Melissa! I appreciate it :)

379 chloe February 4, 2013

you’re such an inspiration to me. I’ve recently transitioned from a vegetarian to a vegan lifestyle and stumbled upon your blog while looking for recipes! I’m 17 and I’ve struggled with eating disorders for about 5 years, it feels like all my life though. I admire how you have changed your life and I wish to do the same and I will change for the better someday. It’s not easy but I can tell adopting veganism was a very smart thing to do on my part.
…I also though it was cool you’re from New Brunswick, I am as well!
I wish you the best, thank you. x

380 Alex @ Delicious-Knowledge.com February 5, 2013

I love your blog! I don’t know why it took me so long to find it! Grrr. Your story speaks to so many women and I love that you had the courage to tell it. My “real job” is a RD for a University and I counsel so many students who suffer with eating disorders and disordered eating. I really enjoy reading stories of people who have overcome and now have a happy relationship with food. It helps to show that there IS light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the great recipes!

381 beth February 5, 2013

wow you are such an inspiring, strong and beautiful woman. i too suffer from eating disorder (anorexia and orthorexia) you have really brightened my day by finding your blog, i now can see hope for the future. thanks so much, cant wait to try your yummy and healthy recipes :)

382 Sam February 16, 2013

I’ve read your website and tried + loved your recipes for a little while but never read your story, and wow I’m sorry that I hadn’t earlier. I hope things continue to get better for you. :) As someone who is fighting her own battle with anorexia, I am glad to hear not only that recovery is possible, but that a vegan lifestyle is possible after a ED.

383 Nora February 19, 2013

You are a very beautiful, funny person! Do you have any pix from 2013 ?

384 Reese February 25, 2013

Thank you soo much for your story, reading it has made my day,, I even text your info to my wife( hope she takes time to read it.

385 Lini March 3, 2013

Wow your story is amazing! When I was looking at the pictures, I could see that you’ve always been pretty, but the picture when you said you started a plant-based diet and started to fall in love with cooking, THAT’s when I was like, “Oh my gosh she looks SO pretty and healthy!” You can tell it made a difference and it’s so inspiring!

386 Lynda March 10, 2013

Just love your page thanking you sharing,.

387 Katy March 15, 2013

Wow, what a powerful blog. I, like many who have posted here, suffered from eating disoriders throughout my teenage years. My saving grace was Type 1 Diabetes. I found out I had it just before I turned 20. I was barely 90 pounds and extremely unhealthy. It’s been a long road to recovery since then but I am here now feeling better than ever and with a beautiful healthy baby girl. The body is such a wonderful thing! But being a Type 1 diabetic in grad school who is also giving all her calories to her baby through nursing is not easy! I have been really struggling lately to find healthy high calorie food, as my weight keeps dropping. Hallelujah! So far I have tried the Not Your Average Potato Soup, Happy Thanksgiving Homemade Pumpkin Butter, Homemade Raw Almond Butter, Best Chocolate Pudding, and Vegan Chocolate Macaroon Truffles (I am a huge fan of chocolate which doesn’t always go well with diabetes :). I am also a huge fan of homemade food but I struggle to find time in between writing my dissertation and running after my extremely fast crawler (I never knew how very fast babies can crawl until I had my own zipping all over the house!). I have LOVED all your recipes so far. But I am an easy sell, I have always liked healthy food. My husband, on the other hand, is a real meat and potatoes fan. I really don’t like either to be honest (I only tried your soup because I had leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge that I couldn’t stand to eat, your soup made those potatoes oh so luxuriously creamy and delicious I would almost say I love potatoes now!). So this weekend I’m going to try some recipes that I’m pretty sure are going to blow my husband’s bland meat and potatoes taste buds out of the water. I am going to try Light and Fresh Avocado Cream Verrines (apart from meat and potatoes, he does really like avocado too) with oven baked rainbow trout and Chilled Double Chocolate Torte for dessert. I already made the filling for the torte and it is delightfully delicious (and ironically much more filling than the traditional sugary torte fillings). Any advice for making this dinner even more delightful? It is my husbands birthday meal after all :) Thanks again for being AWESOME!

388 Sarah Kyle March 20, 2013

Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that I just came upon your website and was truly shocked by the way you have so bravely come forward about your eating disorder and are being so public about it. It truly is an inspiration to me, I am 17 and have been battling Bulimia for 5 years now and I wish there were more people out there like you who are celebrating overcoming an eating disorder. Keep up the good work!

389 Katie March 25, 2013

Angela,
I found your story very inspiring as I have begun having issues with binge eating. It actually began after I started eating low-fat plant based. My thought is I went so healthy that I feel like I am depriving myself and binge eating as a result. I lost a lot of weight when I went vegan, though I didn’t really have any to lose, so likely I am not at my ideal body weight. I am trying to put on some weight healthfully in hopes to get rid of the urge to binge, but I am definitely struggling with it mentally. Its hard to deal with your pants getting tighter and tighter. Do you have any recommendations for how to stay positive and not beat yourself up because you feel uncomfortable?

390 Vanessa April 22, 2013

Hi Katie, I totally understand where you are coming from. I’ve gone through this several times where I felt I was trying to be healthy and some how that would eventually end with struggles with binging. It could be as easy as a nutrition deficiency, but it also could be more complex. I just interviewed Lorna Vanderhaeghe on my blog Aheartinhealing.com. She is a hormone expert and is a leader in the field of optimal health. In her interview we focus on recovery of eating disorders, how to get there, steps to take and we trouble shoot with common issues.

My blog, A heart In Healing ( aheartinhealing.com ) is in part a personal account of my journey in recovery; I share my own personal stories and struggles. As well as the strides I’m making in my recovery. Up until recently, I had no idea what recovery truly meant. I search for years trying to find that answer. Now looking back I want to help women to see and learn, with me what recovery is.

391 Nora April 2, 2013

You’re so inspirational! Do you have any 2013 pics of your beautiful self ? :)

392 Heather Chapman April 4, 2013

HI!
I love you braveness and openness! Thanks for sharing your story! I myself have a similar story and some and began my vegan journey last summer! I knew I couldn’t have been the only on out there struggling! I love your recipes and your enthusiasm!
Thanks again!

393 Kyla April 13, 2013

Hi Angela. I just came across your blog… I don’t know if you’ll see this post or care to reply to it. I am 15 years old, I’m not going to post personal stuff on here but I go through something similar to you. in attempts to help myself I’m switching from vegetarian(on top of my eating disorder) to vegan. I would really appreciate if we could talk on email I would love some of your advice seeing as I’m in a similar situation.. I really am done with my eating problems I want to be happy again. please email me you are uh an inspriation.

394 Vanessa April 22, 2013

Hi Katie, I totally understand where you are coming from. I’ve gone through this several times where I felt I was trying to be healthy and some how that would eventually end with struggles with binging. It could be as easy as a nutrition deficiency, but it also could be more complex. I just interviewed Lorna Vanderhaeghe on my blog Aheartinhealing.com. She is a hormone expert and is a leader in the field of optimal health. In her interview we focus on recovery of eating disorders, how to get there, steps to take and we trouble shoot with common issues.
My blog, A heart In Healing ( aheartinhealing.com ) is in part a personal account of my journey in recovery; I share my own personal stories and struggles. As well as the strides I’m making in my recovery. Up until recently, I had no idea what recovery truly meant. I search for years trying to find that answer. Now looking back I want to help women to see and learn, with me what recovery is

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/before-after/#ixzz2RCseWklw

395 Chantelle April 22, 2013

Angela I came across your website by accident and I am so glad I did! I think I am in the same place as you used to be- I have been a yoyo dieter for the last 3 years and it really has affected me. As of last week I decided to stop worrying so much on the stupid calories and the ‘carbs.’ Its funny when you take the focus off things actually start to fall into place. I look forward to reading more about you and looking at your amazing recipes. I am getting married this November and all I want is to feel good about myself inside and out, I hope your website will help me get there. Thank you for being so honest and open to the world.

396 Vanessa April 22, 2013

You are a beautiful women inside and out! Your journey is so close to my own and so so many others out there. Thank you for sharing.

If any of your readers need help or just want an idea of what it is like to begin your own journey to a place of recovery please visit my blog aheartinhealing.com.

My blog is in part a personal account of my journey in recovery; I share my own personal stories and struggles. As well as the strides I’m making in my recovery. Up until recently, I had no idea what recovery truly meant. I search for years trying to find that answer. Now looking back I want to help women to see and learn, with me what recovery is.

397 Frank Edgar April 23, 2013

Great post and great pictures! This is truly an inspirational for everyone! I love the pics along your journey! Eating disorders are one of the toughest things to face and beat and you have done both, congratulations!

398 Kaitlyn Regts April 23, 2013

Hi Angela!
I came across your blog.. and LOVE it!
Thank you for sharing your story – I can relate SO much to your testimony.
I too, struggled greatly with an eating disorder, and by the grace of God, have recovered totally. We now have 4 kids, and I enjoy seeking great recipes (I’m in love with baking!)

Keep it up! Great site!
~ Kait

399 Heidi April 24, 2013

What an inspiring story, Angela. I think your struggles mimic so many women. Body image issues have been such a demon in my life…one that I have probably passed on to my teenage daughter. I love your recipes..and I have been incorporating them…and hopefully, over time, will get to that happy place where you are. Thank you.

400 Caitlin May 1, 2013

Angela!
I’ve used several amazing recipes from your site, and they’ve all been truly incredible. That’s what lead me here! But now, this site is so much more for me. It’s very inspirational to hear your story, and know that many women go through very similar things in life. I’ve struggled with eating disorders, etc., as well (as do many people!), and I believe in sharing these “challenging” experiences with others so it might be easier for them to move on in a positive way (like you’ve done here!). So, well done! I’ve been vegan for almost two years, and find your site really rewarding and educational, even with all the knowledge I’ve already accrued! Thank you very much for sharing :)

401 Danielle May 4, 2013

My story is similar to yours and I am currently still struggling through my journey. Your story has given me hope that one day I will also find happiness and self-acceptance. You are beautiful both inside and out, thank you for being my inspiration.

402 Megan May 5, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing this story.

403 ramin May 18, 2013

you’re stunning

404 Jessica June 4, 2013

Ya know, in looking at these pictures, you have always been beautiful and “glowed”. It has radiated from you regardless of what your weight was doing at the time. You just had to sweep aside the crazy b.s. about food/diet/etc. to really let it shine–to be how magical you truly are. :)

405 Sara June 4, 2013

I have stumbled upon your site in searching for healthy vegan and gluten-free recipes as I am lactose intolerant and have a sensitivity to wheat. I just finished reading your section about your weight loss journey throughout the years. I SO appreciate the honesty and transparency in this section! I have personally struggled with many of the same weight issues you have talked about. I think the more women that talk about it in an open and honest environment and through accessible avenues like the internet and blogs, are truly helping many women change the way the see themselves. Women and girls realize that they are not alone in this struggle with food, weight and body issues! Thank you for sharing your story. It has touched my life. I pray you are doing well today. Keep the yummy & healthy recipes coming!

God bless!

Sara

406 Patsy June 8, 2013

Angela,
You are an inspiration. Congratulations on your wisdom and happiness. I just turned 70, and after seeing the movie “Forks over Knives”, I decided to become vegan, just 8 weeks ago. I’ll never look back. Like you, I’ve always had food issues and obsessions, although no one thought I was overweight. Now, since eating plant-based foods, I don’t experience cravings and am rarely hungry. For the first time in my life I feel like I’ve finally found the “answer” on how to let go of negativity around food and just enjoy eating healthy food that supports my body and allows me to be the best I can. This has been a long process. I’m just grateful that I’ve come this far. Life is wonderful! Now, I’m going to give away my scale.
Patsy
ps. How do I subscribe to your blog?

407 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 8, 2013

Hi Patsy! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) You can subscribe by email or RSS on the top right-hand side bar of my page (see the icons) Hope this helps!

408 Kate June 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
I got hooked on your blog a little over a year ago and I am always anticipating new posts! In the past I struggled with an eating disorder much like yours. It was such a dark part in my life, but your blog inspired me to try eating a vegan diet. I have learned that it is not about what I weigh,but about my overall health and well being. Thank you for sharing your story. You have no idea how much you have helped and inspired me! Keep up the good work!:)

409 Jordyn July 12, 2013

I have to say, our stories parallel quite a bit. I too struggled with an eating disorder since the age of 12. Throughout the years off and on I would exercise to burn calories,restrict my calories, or eat ONLY apples, bananas, and watermelon. Than I would be so hungry after a couple weeks I would eat anything in sight. NOW I am in school for life coaching/ holistic nutrition and have found my passion for food again as well as a balance and love for exercise. I love all your recipes and you are another inspiration for me to continue the journey I am on.
Love & Light
Jordyn

410 Jennifer July 19, 2013

I just started getting into your blog and I can’t get enough and when I read you moved to Ontario it made me excited! It’s not often I find someone from Ontario while looking for recipes!:)

411 Aynn July 28, 2013

ok so here it goes. First of all (TW). I’m a 29 year old women who is 5’3.5 and around 125-130 give or take. I have had every eating disorder out there, and have been 260lbs to 79lbs at my lowest. I have been battling ED for about 9 years now. When i reached 79lbs i was forced to gain weight and it was like a flood gate, i eneded gaining weight and ended up over 200lbs. I originally lost most of my weight through eating intuitively though never near 2000 cal. I went down to 140 then started becoming more obessed with getting thinner and the restricting and bingeing started again. I recently have been restricting more and more and eat around 1200-1400 calories and workout 5-6 days a week 30-60 min. at a time. People around me started to notice my weight lose and my bones being more prominent. I still feel not fat but not at a really thin weight. I’m terrified to eat more. I don’t know what to do i feel lost. I recently have been extra tired and will have nights i can’t sleep and feel extremely hungry. I also have been feeling weaker and have some heart palpitations. I never had these symptoms unless i was really skinny however i have gained a lot more muscle. So i don’t no if i am actually smaller but just weigh more. I need some advice. Do I just start eating intuitavley and have more fun foods and not so restricvley healthy or do i truly try and up my calories to repair the damage I’ve done? I’m sorry for rambling , but I needed to reach out to someone who will undersatnd more of what I’m going through.

412 Kit Baumann August 7, 2013

I love your blog and I love how well you’ve shared your journey thus far with everyone. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes and other DIY tidbits. Thanks so much and keep the blogs coming!

Best,
Kit

413 Amber August 7, 2013

I was so inspired by your website and felt compelled to leave a note, because I can really relate to your past unhealthy relationship with food. I became anorexic at nine years old. I didn’t even know what an eating disorder was, I just knew that people liked skinny girls and I resolved to become one. I weighed 48 lbs before my frantic parents dragged me to a psychiatrist. It’s been a long journey for me as well (I’m 35 years old now), and I can’t say that I have competely risen above my constant need for control, but I am certainly in a better place than I was then. I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your delicious, healthy recipes and your experiences with the rest of us.

414 Jen September 8, 2013

thanks for all the recipes, I love most of them.

Keep them coming.

Jen

415 Megan September 18, 2013

I teared up after reading this, I have to be honest. I’ve struggled with weight and body image issues since college when I gained about 25 pounds in four months. It’s been a struggle ever since and I finally feel like I am in a better place, on a path to being nicer to my body and loving what it does for me. I have a renewed since of faith that everything will be okay and I CAN learn to love my body and treat it well. So glad I stumbled upon your blog today on Pinterest!
xoxo
Megan

416 Amy October 10, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your story and wonderful recipes! You are such an inspiration as I work on improving my cooking skills.

I think I read before on your website that you are from Riverview NB? I live in and recently started a holistic nutrition business in Moncton. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend you have lunch or dinner at Calactus, a fantastic vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Let me know if you ever go :)

-Amy

417 Sarah October 11, 2013

You are so inspiring to me! I have been really struggling with my weight lately, having gained over 20 pounds in the past year. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, when I was in middle school I weighed my highest weight, about 145, then I lost it and went down to my lowest weight at 99 pounds as a junior/senior in high school. Horribly unhealthy for my 5’4″ height. I was starving myself… I was miserable. I’m now about 120-130, I stopped weighing myself because it depressed me, but I have been trying to get back down to 115. That is my goal weight. I usually eat a pretty vegetarian diet, but I am really looking into going full vegan to help. I just want to live a healthy and happy lifestyle… Thank you for sharing this! You are beautiful, and you and your husband look so happy together :)

418 Becky October 16, 2013

I didn’t know you live in Ontario! How local! And my husband is from New Brunswick! What a connection! Good for you! I look forward to reading more, and I love your recipes already! Thanks!

419 Amy Pillar October 28, 2013

Hello Angela, I dont know really where to begin. My life 5 years ago was an unhappy one with my weight at 204. I went home for a couple of weeks to help my father who had just had back surgery (home-Colorado, unhappy life-Arizona). I decided to go hiking around my parents place…..a beautiful monument with hiking trails galore only minutes frbom the place i grew up….and never really noticed before. I felt enlightenedand upon returning to Arizona decided to clean up my life and look forward to a healthier lifestyle. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.

I decided to try a different eating style while bumping up my hiking skills. I started out slow…tried mediterranean style eating for a while and lost about 40 pounds in the process. I really loved cooking fresh meals every night and my 2 kids loved the food. I was happy hiking alone but really wanted someone to share it with.

I met my husband, Jim, about 3 1/2 years ago, online. He is the perfect husband and so supportive of my efforts. We went for physicals in January (2013) and the doctor showed some concern about his cholesterol levels, not high but not low either. She suggested us try a plant-based diet for a while so I bought the book she suggested and tried it. We started out with a cleanse first, wipe the slate clean so to speak. The recipes were bland and redundant, but we did it. My daughter (15) saw us forcing down the unappetizing food, shes in a culinary arts class this year, so guess what she did…..she found your blog site during a search for a class project. She shared it with me and i have been hooked ever since.

I am not one of those people that does things part way then gives up….i went totally vegan when our doctor suggested it…..many people at work laughed at me at first, but now…..i am down to 149 pounds and hiking and biking for fun and to keep myself healthy. My coworkers now look at my vegan meals and drool….thanks to your blog site.

I am sharing some of your recipes with my friends at work….they dont have to know its good for them…..right?

Thanks again for all you do! We love it!

Amy and Jim Pillar

420 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2013

Hey Amy!

Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m so happy to hear about your transformation. :) So awesome. I’m so happy your daughter found my site and passed it along to you! Thanks for letting me know and good luck with everything.

421 Amy November 6, 2013

I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and had no clue about the eating disorder until today. Honestly, it gave me hope. I’ve been struggling with anorexia for 9 years. I have been vegan for the last two but it wasn’t until about 7 months ago that I asked for profession help for the eating disorder. Being vegan has helped me find a love for food! I love to cook and the health benefits of living vegan is incredible to me. I feel like I am struggling still a lot with eating disorder behaviors. It’s really frustrating. But your blog has been very motivational and helpful.

Sincerely,
Amy

422 Jem November 15, 2013

Way to go!

423 Mademoiselle C. November 25, 2013

This is such an inspiring story Angela. So many girls (myself included) have been on this journey, or are still on it. So nice that you are willing to share and your blog is just perfect. I am not a vegan but do try to eat meat free as much as possible. You are perfect. Really, so beautiful. Mlle C.
creamstop.com

424 Meaghan December 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing your story – I felt like I could have been reading about my own life in certain parts. I love your website and your positive approach to these topics!

425 Lindsey December 6, 2013

This blog is such an inspiration! After three years of slowing cutting different animal based products from my diet, I feel healthier and more alive an ever before. I love your recipe posts! I love cooking and preparing healthy, delicious food, but it gets difficult to find recipes that are not filled with cheese, butter, and meats. Keep doing what you do ;)

426 Lyn December 6, 2013

I have just started reading your Blog and finding out about how you overcame your problems has given me so much courage and inspiration. I have been vegetarian on and off and now feel ready to go ‘vegetarian full time’. I have also joined a Yoga class and started walking every day. Thank you so much.

427 P December 8, 2013

L-Love your story and your recipes! How do I send a private message to you on facebook OR email??

428 Chef Cheryl December 26, 2013

Angela,
What a beautiful story of your life. Thank you for sharing. Someone told me about your site for vegan recipes as every beginning of the year churches have a fast of only vegetables: no meat or sweets. Your recipes will give me ideas in planning my family’s meals as well as my clients. I am very excited about our site and will spend more time perusing it. Much love to you on your culinary and life’s journey.

429 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2013

Thank you for your lovely words Cheryl! I hope you enjoy the recipes :)

430 michelle December 30, 2013

Going full vegan 1/1/14 after 18+ years as a vege. I fear the feeling of hunger. How do you avoid feeling hungry all the time? I eat every few hours, but feel like a picking bird… never feel “full”

431 Cecilia Dove January 4, 2014

Hi! I’m so inspired by your blog! I’ve been a vegetarian and a vegan at points in my life. After much thought, I’m now considering going vegan permanently. (The first time was on a bet for a month in high school.) I’m also family planning with my husband, so I’m not sure how a vegan diet affects babies as they develop. Do you or any of your readers know of some women that have had successful and healthy vegan pregnancies? If so, would you please provide me with those websites or books? Thank you so much, and YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!

432 Rachel C January 4, 2014

I stumbled upon your website, google surfing for healthy vegan recipes. I took a look around and I love to see that you are now happy. You have such an inviting and inspiring story and website. I am looking to get back into eating vegan and needed some healthy recipes, although it’s vegan doesn’t always mean its healthy. I have always been a fairly small statured person, with many back problems, allergies, depression, and acne. Kind of the run of the mill for most people living out there now. I went vegan last year and all of that disappeared, I lost weight, I went from 140 to 117 in about 2 months, just by making a life changing decision to go vegan. I fell off the wagon and began eating unhealthy. I decided that 2014 would be a good time for me to make a change for the better. I feel better, I look better and most of all, I am happy. It is wonderful to see that you have experienced that change and I wish you all the luck on your continuing journey.

433 Jenn January 8, 2014

HI Angela. Thanks for sharing your story. Mine is very, very similar. This is my first year transitioning into a vegan lifestyle. Last year was transitional to vegetarian and now I’m ready to glow! Thanks for the great recipes. You rock lady!

Peace,
Jenn

434 Lara January 8, 2014

Hi Angela,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your willingness to be forthcoming and open about your health journey. So many times we see individuals in great shape who eat well and dedicate themselves to living a healthy lifestyle, and it seems as if they have been that way forever-we don’t always hear about or see the transformation. I love that you you have been down the path of health and have decided to put the energy and love into sharing it with others. I read a lot of blogs, and yours is now on my top-ten list- because of your story, your effort, and of course, all the great recipes and photos! Please keep up the amazing work you’re doing!

Warm wishes for your new year,

Lara P.

435 NA January 12, 2014

I didn’t know you were Canadian! As a fellow Canadian, I’m just so proud to see such an amazing resource for us vegetarians and vegans! Keep up the fantastic work! :)

436 Iris January 14, 2014

Love your sharing all the changes in your own life, it’s so inspiring! Really appreciate “life is all about journey, not destination”.
I’m gonna try eat more plant-based and read more of your recipes.

437 Christine January 15, 2014

Angela,

You are such an incredible and beautiful woman. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

438 Mireille January 16, 2014

Your happiness and spark in your eyes definitely glows now (versus pictures earlier when you were younger). You really fit the name of your blog and site. Your truly happy smile inspired me to click on the picture on Sara Britton’s blog! Good luck!

439 Lorin January 22, 2014

I cannot tell you what an inspiration you are to me! I have been struggling with anorexia for years now and just recently my baby brother passed away and I feel I have only gotten worse. I am STRUGGLING to stay on the up and up and make food and exercise a normal way of living instead of obsessing. I really enjoy this blog and your story. Thank you for sharing and being so open.

440 Michelle January 27, 2014

My husband and I want to become vegan- and we are really inspired by you blog. However, he is diabetic and I noticed that a lot of vegan eating is carbs- my question to you is in your recipes do you have the nutritional information available?

441 Brandy January 30, 2014

What a fantastic journey! I am so stoked to have found your website full of great recipes. My husband and I recently transitioned to a vegan(me) mostly vegetarian (he occasionally will ear a burger) lifestyle.
I am really excited to try out some of your great food stuffs! Also, is that a bengal kitty in 2007?

442 Alice February 16, 2014

Hi, I’m currently struggling with an ED, though nobody close to me knows. My doctor forgot to do my physical and never rescheduled, my parents don’t even know EDs are a thing, my brother couldn’t care less, my friends don’t think I could get one, etc…Anyway, I’ve been eating around 2000 calories a day for the past three months to try to recover, but I’ve read that at least 2500 calories are needed to do so. I really need advice and since I admire you and how strong and fit you are (not how slim you are, mind you, I’m just admiring your strength both mentally and physically), so I need to ask; how many calories do you think you ate when recovering. I know this is probably a very tender topic, but I’m afraid that I’ll gain lots of weight if I eat 2500 calories a day. I already have belly fat and, even though I weigh only 39.5 kg at 5’1″, many people are saying that I look overweight now. All of this is really discouraging me. I’m fourteen by the way, if that matters at all.

If you choose to ignore the calorie question, I understand. I’ll be very anxious, but I’ll understand.

443 Jamie H March 5, 2014

You are ridiculously inspiring!

444 Chato March 7, 2014

Hi – you are a true inspiration. And I can’t believe that you are living just around my corner! Wow! My inspiration just lives close by! Haha! I thought all heroes are unreachable. Thanks for inspiring a lot of people to make changes in their lives. And I’m one of them. Hope to meet you one day, maybe in a farmer’s market. Haha!

445 Autumn March 8, 2014

Such an insipring story Angela <3 Thank you so much for sharing. You look beautiful! I
Love your Maple Leafs hat in the must recent picture. Hehe! Stay strong! :)

446 Rose March 15, 2014

I feel the looking happy but not being happy that you said you were experiencing – well, I just wanted to tell you that your are honestly gorgeous!

447 Lauren Davis March 21, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing your experience in such an honest way! I am in the midst of trying to change my diet to clean eating habits not so much for my weight( I tell myself) but for my health. I find it ironic and frustrating that I still am self conscious about my weight/apperance at 32. So it’s really great to have a chance to read someone else’s journey to adopting a healthier life style. Thanks again!

448 Megan March 24, 2014

I just wanted to let you know how much your site has helped me. I struggle with an eating disorder and while I’m still trying to overcome it, this website has helped me to start getting it under control. It gives me hope that you can get past it and be more than your weight. Thank you so much for making this site!

449 Kathy March 25, 2014

Hi Angela, You are and were beautiful not only on the outside but on the inside. I was never too thin, I was normal and am now greatly overweight. I don’t like to cook, and being alone, I have no ingredients in the house. I’m also disabled and on a low disability income. I just had my birthday, alone, turned 62 years old. I will read your entire blog carefully, as I need to lose weight. I saw the little blurb on you on page 124 in Chatelaine April 2014 issue. I LOVE the turquoise tank and necklace with the white crochet top.

450 Gianna April 14, 2014

This is really great to see! I just found your blog because recently I’ve had to cut out dairy, and was looking for some yummy ways to make it feel like more of a choice than a chore (which I did indeed find!). Seeing someone else’s journey to health and full living is really inspiring as I start on my own. Thanks!

451 Michele April 26, 2014

I just wanted to say that you look so gorgeous, happy and healthy, and are proof that as women age they only get better ;)! Magazines should go screw themselves. I love how you look like you know yourself, it’s radiant. Cheers, Michele xx

452 LaVerne Nixon May 1, 2014

I am inspired. I did not realize that I was struggling with many things until reading your journey. I am very happy being self employed, now to get rid of that scale. Thank you for sharing.

453 Kristen May 13, 2014

Hi Angela,

I just read your ‘before and after’ and I have to thank your for your honesty.
I’ve struggled myself with an eating disorder, and am now just starting to look at food in a different way and eat to nurture my body, instead of trying to just lose weight or self sabotage.
While I don’t think I’ll go the vegan life style entirely, I definitely plan on trying some of your recipes (they look sooo good!)
Your story really is inspiring and again, thank you for sharing what you’ve gone through.
Can’t wait to start trying your recipes. Will let you know how they turn out :)

All the best to you and your family,
Kristen

454 Barb D May 19, 2014

Angela, WOW congrats to you. I have a 15 yo daughter with an eating disorder. She is in counseling. What does a parent do to help a child with an Eating disorder? So hard to watch and understand. Any help/guidance is greatly appreciated.

455 Heather May 23, 2014

You look so beautiful, I am struggling with an ED myself. I’m at a very low weight and recently went Vegan after “toying” with the diet on and off for the past few years. Any advice for a girl still battling this beast of a disease?

456 Rai May 29, 2014

So I’ve always struggled with digestive issues related to dairy, gluten, and complex proteins. Every so often I’ll change my diet to be vegan and gluten free, but I eventually feel bored and like I run out of things to eat. Coming across your page has completely inspired me and I honestly believe reinventing my eating habits this time will stick thanks to some of the fantastic recipes on your page! So thank you! :)

457 KAYLYNNE June 6, 2014

Wonderfully brave of you to share!! Food has been a struggle for me most my life. I hope to get on the right track soon! :)

458 Emma June 11, 2014

Wow. That’s pretty much all I can say. Thank you for sharing your story! I had heard of “Oh She Glows” before but I had never actually read about you and who you are!

I too struggled with an eating disorder for years and ultimately studied psychology, and then graduated from a college for Holistic Nutrition. I now work in a non-profit organization teaching about fitness and nutrition and love it!

Thank you for being such a fantastic inspiration for healthy living!

459 Fiona August 18, 2014

Hi Angela!
Your website is so inspiring! I’ve been struggling with an eating disorder as well, and people like you give me hope that I can overcome it. Thank you so much for creating this website!

Fiona

460 Fatima Khan August 19, 2014

Accidentally came upon your site while searching for ‘kale chips’ and now here I am reading your bio. It’s very inspirational and thanks so much for sharing. I have some food/dietary restrictions that I am learning to live with (gluten free, lactose free etc) and on a personal journey to better health, both physically and mentally, so its great to see that I am not the only one in this boat and others before me have succeeded. I’m going to start going through your recipes now – although I did take a sneak peek at your gluten free pancake recipe and now I’m hungry! Again thank you so much for sharing you personal life lessons and best wishes to you and your family.

461 stacey August 29, 2014

Angela, I re-discovered your lovely blog and plan to spend a lot of time going through the recipes. I was struck in reading one of your comments on how you felt about yourself earlier in your life. I wasted a lot of my youth doing that, too. It wasn’t until I began to pick up the pieces of my life at 33 years old, that I began to blissfully silent that negative voice going 24/7 in my mind. Now at 51, it occassional rears it head, but I can quickly subdue it and put whatever triggered it in prospective. I am no longer defined or diminished by it.

I wish you every bit of happiness and success in your life, Angela. I was pleased to read that you and your husband are expecting a little girl. Reading your comments about you pregnancy triggered a thought that our hardships can sometimes lead to blessings. I have a feeling that you’ll be able to turn channel the lessons learned by what you overcame to help your daughter learn to chart a loving and healthy path in her own life. I wish you all the best and a home filled with love, laughter, kindness, and the ability to forgive.

Stacey
San Jose, CA

462 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 30, 2014

Stacey, thank you for your beautiful comment! I am so touched by your thoughtful words. Thank you for reading!

463 Dana McFarland October 24, 2014

Wow, this is so inspiring. I am on this journey right now and am so encouraged to see how well it worked for you :)

464 julie November 28, 2014

On this weekend of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I just want to say thank you for your amazing blog and recipes, and for sharing your story. Your work is a gift of healing. May peace and happiness continue to be with you as you continue on your path.

465 Maya Grella December 9, 2014

I just totally love your Blog!
I never felt thin enough or good with my shape and always skipt food but now i started to realized that this is not the live i want to live! Your Blog is helping a lot to stay in this way!
Thank you

466 Bobbi December 12, 2014

Found the Nutella ‘knock off’ recipe and eventually to your Blog. The recipe was AMAZING!! Everyone is on a journey and many thanks for sharing yours! I have an auto-immune disease and a plant based diet is my end goal. You are helping me get there with your yummy recipes.
Keep up the creative, brave work you are doing and a loud shout out to the internet for allowing ALL of this to happen.

467 Andrea December 14, 2014

I don’t know if you still read the comments to this page after so many years but I just came to your blog a couple months ago at the recommendation of my naturopath…I just discovered I have an extremely high negative response to eggs (which were a definite favorite…not to mention baking!). She told me that using your blog would be a great place to start since I had a few categories to eliminate from my diet. Not only do I love your recipes…I just read your story here and it sounds so much like my own. I had the same type of eating disorder as you did from my first year of college until my mid-20s. I am 37 now and have been healthy for over 8 years. I am so thankful each and every day to no longer have that feeling of being shackled by food and whether I ate “good” or “bad” and how much exercise I needed to do to maintain either an extremely low weight….to what later became a binge-starve cycle at a more healthy weight (so everyone thought I was healthy….when I was just the same inside). It seems like a lifetime ago…so to read your before and after made me realize just how far I’ve come and how wonderful it is to be truly happy and at peace with my body now. I also just CRACKED UP at your picture/comment about your hair changes…and how Eric’s never changes. My husband and I have been together for 13 years and he has maintained the same hair style (like Eric’s) and goatee. I, on the other hand, am always changing! LOL! Anyway, thanks for your blog. I’m inspired by your recipes and am so glad I can still bake yummy treats without eggs!

468 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2014

Hi Andrea, Yes I do still read them! haha thanks for your comment. I’m glad you could relate to the hair comment! ;)

469 Gabrielle Dickman December 18, 2014

Angela,
I found your story to be very touching. It is incredibly brave of you to share the intimate details of your life, especially when disordered eating may feel so shameful. I appreciate you giving a voice to those who are not yet ready to speak.
Gabrielle Dickman, MA, MFTi, IMF82804

470 Adriana December 29, 2014

This is an amazing story. I have never been happy with my weight. Through high school I struggled from being to thin to getting on medication that made me very overweight for my height. That alone made me very self concious. I have never felt so insecure. I worked out everyday and watched my food and calorie intake for years. Now for the last year and a half I have tried the Vegetarian diet because my boyfriend is 100% vegan. I cannot believe the improvement on my body weight, mind, and skin. From just being veggie I feel like a whole new me, but I still have those times where on a bad meal day I begin again to feel insecure. This blog and the help of my boyfriend has really shown me that vegan is happiness. I really plan to work hard to go 100% vegan within the next year. I’m about 80% there. I have to tell you thank you so much for your blog, my boyfriend got me your cookbook for Christmas, and I cannot wait to work towards my goal of being a vegan with this blog and the help of my man. Your stories are so helpful. Thank you!

471 Anna January 2, 2015

This is so inspiring especially sinci i deal with the same issues. It gives me hope i can get through, look great, and feel happy. Thank you for posting your journey

472 Michelyn January 7, 2015

Hi Angela,

Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

I’m 41, 5 ft 10 in and I currently weigh just under 300 lbs. At my lightest point, I’ve been 165 lbs and have traveled up and down the emotional and physical scale more times than I can count – ballooning to 340 lbs after my second daughter was born three years ago.

In August of 2014, I found a book by Dr. Fuhrman that helped me to re-evaluate the way I thought about food. I tried his program and lost 40 lbs in the first 6 weeks. But, as a mom of two very active little girls and a wife to a hubby who is very health conscious but loves his animal products, we found that the guidelines of Dr. Fuhrman to be too stringent for long term sustainability.

Not willing to give up, we agreed to ‘take a vegan break’ over the Christmas holidays and find a balance. Then Christmas morning arrived and I opened a gift from my mom — your cookbook!

We’ve now tried a good two dozen or so recipes from it and ALL have received four thumbs up (one from each of us) plus four more thumbs up from my home daycare babies! For balance, my husband and I agreed to one fish or chicken night a week and so far, he has not asked to implement it – he’s enjoying your recipes and doesn’t feel meat deprived at all!

I’m still losing weight, (at a slower and more sustainable pace) but no longer feel as though I’m on a diet. I’m cooking and eating food that I’m sincerely enjoying (love the pumpkin smoothie!) and I’m feeling energetic enough after my long days with the little ones to start some mild exercise in the evenings. (OK, I walk up and down the stairs about 10 times, but it’s a start).

Plus, our grocery bills have been cut by half – which is amazing considering that my meals need to feed eight people.

I’m really looking forward to my journey ahead and just wanted you know what an important part you’re playing in it. I’m excited to hear about a second cookbook and will definitely be in line to pick it when it hits the shelves in Ottawa.

Much love and light to you and your family,
Michelyn Maloney

473 Katie January 8, 2015

I have reread this post several times over the past couple of years. When I first read this post, I weighed in at 140 lbs at only 5’2″! I started biking and cleaning up my diet and now I weigh in at 105 lbs. Although I follow a completely different diet than you, it’s so inspiring to come back to reread this when I get off track! Thank you for the inspiration.

474 Meg January 11, 2015

I just found your website, and just wanted to thank you for sharing your story!! I loved this little about me section, it is so inspiring to see someone act in courage to accomplish a dream and find happiness and balance in your own life. I wish you the best with the new baby, Can’t wait to follow you when you come back!

475 Kelly January 13, 2015

I just found your site today thanks to a friend’s recommendation, and I must say you are inspiring! I just found out that after leading a mostly gluten-free and paleo diet lifestyle, that my body is intolerant to meat, wheat, gluten and dairy (if consumed with grains) My initial reaction was a feeling of disappointment, but honestly, I’m thrilled at the excitement that lies ahead and changes I’ll see both phyiscally and mentally. I love cooking and eating so learning vegan recipes should be fun! Thanks for sharing your story and delicious-looking recipes (can’t wait to try them!)

476 Livia January 22, 2015

I enjoyed reading your story and how authentic it was. I love how humble and brave to express yourself fully in public. And you look more beautiful as you age! Inspiring :)

477 Li Gong February 11, 2015

very authentic and inspiring journey. I love the gradual changes and twists you went through and thanks for sharing. i totally relate to the demand in grad. school. I still remember the stress I had at Stanford while studying communication. All the learning and training paid off, though

478 Rebecca W. February 26, 2015

Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration!

479 Jane March 3, 2015

Angela, I am so proud and happy for you and you have inspired me. My dream is for my daughter to recover from an eating disorder someday soon. If you have any words of wisdom, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

480 Sana March 9, 2015

I recently heard of your site, and must say how impressed I am with how far you’ve come. Being on a weight loss journey of my own, I’m always searching for healthy ways of cooking and will be checking out the recipes. Congratulations on your journey.

481 Maya March 26, 2015

Beautiful story… Waiting for a photo from 2015!

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