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Blog Questions

1. When did you start Oh She Glows?

I started Oh She Glows on October 31, 2008. You can read my first post, Boo, if you’d like to see where it all began.

2. Why did you decide to write a blog?

I started the blog with hopes of talking about food and my recovery from an eating disorder. Even though it felt terrifying to talk about so openly, I reassured myself that no one was reading anyway. However, within the first few months, my readership grew and grew. Before long, I had connected with other women from all over. It ended up being therapeutic and healing to talk about my 10-15 year long battle with food and weight because for the first time I realized I wasn’t alone. I didnt have to hide anymore.

In the beginning, the blog didn’t really have a focus; I wrote about anything and everything. As my relationship with food improved, I narrowed my focus on creating healthy recipes. Oh She Glows is now a celebration of my renewed zest for life and the good food I enjoy along the way. Not coming from a food or photography background, I had to teach myself how to cook, style, and shoot my creations. It’s been an adventure to say the least and I have learned so much.

3. Why did you call the blog Oh She Glows?

The name represents the happy glow that comes from the inside when I’m treating myself well. After I had been in recovery for a while, my friend Leah told me something I will never forget: “I can tell that you’re being good to yourself because you have a real glow now that you didn’t have before.” Her words always stuck with me and it became my goal to glow throughout recovery. When I was brainstorming blog names, I wanted something that was catchy and had the word “glow” in it. I first thought of ‘She Glows’, but I discovered that the domain was already taken, so I decided on ‘Oh She Glows’. I’m really glad that I didn’t go with ‘She Glows’ because I feel like Oh She Glows is a great fit. To this day, the name still has a lot of personal meaning in my life and I’m sure it always will.

4. How did you make your blog successful/How can I make my own blog grow?

One of the most important factors, in my opinion, is publishing high-quality content. You can have the best-looking website out there or the most active social media, but if you don’t have solid, reliable content it will be difficult to keep people reading. It’s important to know what is already out there in the blogosphere and then ask yourself what unique things you can contribute. Find out what your passions and talents are and then translate this into a blog. Whatever you do, make sure it’s from the heart. There is only one you out there and that’s what people want to see.

Quality trumps quantity any day. In 2009, my content shifted from blogging 3 (often rushed) times per day (yes, that’s 21 times a week!) to 5-7 times per week. As a result, my posts consistently improved because I had more time to work on each one. If blogging once a day isn’t going to fit into your schedule, be realistic and find what works for you. Now that I’m working on a cookbook, I’m posting around 2-3 times per week, which to be honest, still feels like a lot because each post takes much longer to produce and I’m often testing and shooting over 10 recipes a week.

Social Media, to me, is one of the best options out there for any type of promotion. Twitter, Instagram (love!), Pinterest, and Facebook are great platforms to get your blog out there and I highly recommend using all of them. Pinterest is now my second biggest traffic referral source and Facebook is my third. The only thing I don’t like about social media is that it takes up so much time.

5. How many hours a day do you spend on your blog? What does your work include?

Blogging and working on my cookbook are my full-time jobs, but it didn’t start out this way. When I started my blog, I was working full-time as a researcher, commuting 2-3 hours per day, and blogging 3 times a day. Sounds crazy, right? Well it was, but I fell in love with blogging and it kept me going. Eventually, I left my job, opened an online bakery, and kept pursuing my blog. Almost 4 years later, I’m working on my first cookbook and blogging full-time.

On a typical day, I start working around 7:30am and work until dinner around 7ish. At night, I will often check comments and email and I’m often planning recipes for the next day. I also work part of Saturday and Sunday, especially with the cookbook taking up a lot of time these days. I estimate that I work about 70 hours a week.

My blog work includes things such as recipe creation, recipe testing, writing/editing, photography, editing photos, responding to comments, questions, and emails, social media, staying up to date with food trends/info, media and press opportunities (such as interviews), freelance work, and website development. I love the variety!

6. When are you going to write a cookbook?

Good news – my first cookbook was released on March 4, 2014! Click the link for all the info.

7. Can I use one of your recipes on my own blog?

If you have not changed the original recipe I prefer that you simply link to the original. If you have changed the recipe significantly, feel free to post it along with your changes and a link back to the original recipe.

8. Can I use your pictures on my blog?

I do not permit the use of my photographs without consent. If you ask me, I’m usually fine with it pending that proper credits are provided.

9. Where can I learn more about the press/media Oh She Glows has had?

You can view my Press page here.

10. What kind of camera equipment do you use?

I recently upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III body which I love. My most-used lens for food photography is the 100 mm 2.8.

All other camera equipment (such as tripods and gear heads) can be found in my Amazon photography store.

11. What are your advertising policies?

For my advertising policies, please see the bottom of this post. Please note that my goal is to have vegan-friendly advertising on my site and I block as many meat, dairy, leather, weight-loss, etc ads as I can. If you see something offensive on the site, do not hesitate to email me along with a screenshot of the ad. adinquires [at] ohsheglows [dot] com  Thanks for your help! It is hard to stay on top of when it’s just myself and my husband monitoring and I often don’t see ads run outside of Canada.

12. Do you have any help with your work? Are you looking for an intern or recipe testers?

Aside from my amazing husband who helps with programming and advertising, I do everything else on my own. I’m the one responding to your comments, questions, chatting on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and of course what you see on the blog each week. I’m not looking for an intern at the moment, but I may need to hire help at some point in the future. If I do so in the future, it will be a paid position.

At this point, I have enough recipe testers for the book, but I will be sure to mention it on the blog or Facebook if I’m looking for more testers. Thanks for asking and offering to help!

13. What breed is your cat? Do you own a dog?

Ok this isn’t a blog question, but I didn’t know where to put it! Sketchie is a Bengal and is bat-shit crazy, wild, extremely social, hilarious, and unpredictable. Eric, the life-long cat man, bought Sketchie several years ago when I was entering grad school. I always grew up with dogs, so I didn’t know what to expect from a cat. Well, that crazy cat grew on me like a weed. I love him to death and pretty much any cat who crosses my path now. I think cats have the most hilarious personalities and quirks. Of course, I still love dogs, so I do have plans on rescuing a dog in the near future. Hopefully Sketchie doesn’t mind…

Aside from this, I have a crazy dream of owning a rescue animal farm someday in the future. I adore animals so much and I think it would be so amazing to be able to give them a good home and shower them with love and affection. Animals are so intelligent, loving, and often do not get the appreciation they so deserve.

14. Where can I find the products you use every day?

You can find many of my favourite kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, food products, and photography equipment in my Amazon store. Thanks for your support!

School & Business Questions

1. What did you go to school for?

I graduated with both an undergraduate honours degree and a graduate Master’s degree in Social-Personality Psychology.

2. Why did you decide to start your own online bakery?

After pursuing graduate studies and working in the field, I realized that research did not fulfill me on so many levels. I didn’t want to live my life being unhappy with my career, so I made the tough decision to quit my job and find something that would fulfill me. Creating delicious and healthy baked goods is one of my passions in life, so I decided to translate this into a business by opening up Glo Bakery. I have since closed Glo Bakery in 2011 to pursue my blog and cookbook full time, but it was a learning experience I will never forget. I’m still toying with the idea of opening the bakery at some point in the future. Next time, I would like to have the bars made and produced outside of my home so I could still pursue my blog and cookbook goals.

You can read all about my career series called ‘A Year Can Change A Lot’ on this page.

3. How did you start your own business?

This is one of my most frequently asked questions and it is also one of the most difficult to answer because it took me several months of random research to start up my bakery business.

The first thing I did was Incorporate Glo Bakery with the Federal Government. I also had to file a Nuans report which is a business name query. After incorporation, I called one of my town representatives and found out if they permitted in house food businesses. I took a Food Safety course with my local health department and I had a food inspector come in to inspect and approve my bakery space. This is done on a yearly basis. I also registered my business with the town by purchasing a yearly business license. Costs add up very quickly when running your own business, especially in the start up phase!

After I had my papers in order, I began the long process of recipe development, nutritional analysis, website development, and packaging/labeling testing.

It’s a blur, really!

Weight & Eating Disorder Questions

1. I read that you suffered from an eating disorder. What did you suffer from and how did you recover?

I suffered from Anorexia and ED-NOS from the age of 11 until my early twenties. I restricted my calorie intake much too low for my activity level, I over-exercised, and I engaged in binge eating when my body couldn’t handle the deprivation. If I could do it over, I would’ve treated my body so much better than I did and got help much earlier.

For many years, I did not think I had a problem, even though others around me did. It caused huge fights with family members all the time. My eating disorder was never really about the weight or food though; it was about asserting control during times when I felt like my life was out of control. The obsession with calorie restriction and exercise was merely a mask and a way to feel in control of my life. It took many years for me to realize that I had a problem and it took even longer for me to admit that I needed to recover and get help.

Recovery is an on-going process and I don’t think it ever ends. One of the best things I did when entering recovery was seeing a counselor who specialized in ED’s. My counselor helped me develop positive coping strategies to fight the negative thoughts that I had about myself. I really do not think I could have recovered had I not seen a professional, especially because the ED habits were ingrained in me for 10 years. It is really hard to recover on your own and I always recommend seeking out a professional to others in the same position.

Aside from seeing a counselor, I decided that I had to stop counting calories and weighing myself; both of which were completely toxic habits in my life for years. I would often let the number on the scale determine whether I had a good day or a bad day and I would not listen to my hunger cues, but to how many calories I ‘allotted’ for the day. It was a miserable way to live and I knew I had to stop.

But stopping was not easy. Many of you write me, frustrated, because you cannot stop counting calories or weighing yourself. The truth is, it took me a couple years to finally rid myself of both of these habits. It’s not an overnight miracle. I figured that I counted calories for over 10 years and to expect that I could just instantly stop was not realistic. My advice is to start small. Don’t count the calories in a small snack or drink, and gradually work your way up over time. I had many relapses with calorie counting, but as long as I was working toward my goal of recovery, I knew that eventually I would get there. Now, it doesn’t even occur to me to count calories anymore! The habit was definitely broken. I feel so free and I’m much more in-tune with my hunger cues.

My last piece of advice is to surround yourself with positivity. Find other friends who have similar goals as you and be each other’s support system. You need a good circle of influence. Focus on the great things about yourself, instead of what you don’t have. Ultimately, the way you feel will guide you. When I was not treating myself good, I was unhappy all the time. Eventually I got sick of being unhappy and I did something about it. As I began to trust myself, I started to feel alive again.

I used to think that I was a product of my environment, but I now believe that I am in control of my happiness. Happiness did not come and find me. I created it…and I worked very hard for it.

See also, my 5 tips on beating the obsession.

2. Can you help me with a plan to lose weight or give me advice on my exercise regime or diet?

I am sorry, but I’m not qualified to help you with a diet or exercise regime.

3. How did you stop binge eating?

Please see my posts on Binge Eating here:

 

4. How much do you weigh?

I don’t feel the need to weigh myself, but I can tell you that I am a Size Healthy. I prefer to go by how my clothes fit!

Food & Recipe Questions

1. What do you eat in a typical day/How many calories do you eat a day?

What I eat from day to day varies greatly with all the recipe testing I do, but you can get an idea of my typical meals by checking out my Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner categories on my Recipes page. I typically start my day with 2 cups of water, followed by one of the following: a Green Monster or Vegan Overnight Oats and herbal tea. Lots of tea…always!

For lunch, I love eating leftovers and anything that is quick and easy. I rarely spend more than 5 minutes prepping my lunch because time is very short during the work day and I need all the natural photography light I can get. I might have leftover casserole or salad or open-faced veggie sandwiches with a protein like beans or veggie burger, along with fruit for dessert.

I typically have a couple snacks during the day as I can’t go more than a few hours between my meals. I’ve always been a big snacker!

For dinner, I am a huge fan of ‘one-pot’ or ‘one-dish’ meals and we often eat simple, basic whole foods, seasoned with fresh herbs and spices. I especially love hot soup, curry, and chili in the winter and eat them at least once a week.

I do not count calories, but I would guess that I eat around 2,000 calories per day. I always eat when hungry and since I started doing this, I have 100% rid myself of binge eating. I now believe that most of my binges were due to severe calorie restriction.

2. Where can I find ‘x’ ingredient?

I buy my ingredients from five places: 1) Wholesale from Ontario Natural Food Co-op, 2) Bulk Barn, 3) Loblaws/Superstore (natural foods section, mostly), 4) Whole Foods and 5) Organic Garage in Oakville. Please see my Online Guide to Vegan Shopping post for online vegan-friendly stores around the world.

3. Do you buy mostly organic food?

I do believe that organic food is an investment in my health and the environment and I try to buy organic whenever my budget allows. I also rely on the Dirty Dozen list to guide my purchases. I’ve been eating organic produce for so long now I can actually taste the pesticides on non-organic produce! It’s scary really. I also try to buy in bulk as much as possible. For example, I buy my oats, other grains, and nuts often by the 10 pound bag from ONFC. The price is much, much lower when buying in bulk. The freezer is your friend. I try to buy locally as much as possible and I purchase an organic CSA share in the summer. I chose to spend money on quality food and make cutbacks in other areas of my life. For example, I don’t spend much money on entertainment or clothing, but I will drop cash for pure, delicious whole food any day.

4. Where do you buy your bulk food?

I purchase bulk food from Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Whole Foods Bulk Bins, and Bulk Barn.

5. What are your favourite meal recipes?

Check out my popular recipes page.

6. Where can I find delicious vegan desserts my whole family will love?

Check out my dessert recipes here.

7. I can’t find this recipe of yours I am looking for, where can I find it?

If you cannot find a recipe you are looking for on my recipes page (try my new recipage for easy searching), you can try using the search bar on the right sidebar of the blog. Another quick way to locate a recipe is to simply search in Google ‘Oh She Glows + [name of recipe you are looking for]’. It will bring the recipe up 92.384% of the time. Approximately.

8. What can I substitute for maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup, etc? Do you use stevia?

These questions are tricky because it really depends on the recipe. Maple syrup and agave tend to be the same consistency, so I find them interchangeable, however keep in mind that agave is sweeter per tablespoon than maple syrup. As for a sub for brown rice syrup, if you eat honey you can sub honey in for brown rice syrup or if you don’t eat honey check out this new Bee Free Honee product. I haven’t tried it yet as I can’t get it here in Canada, but I’ve heard great things about it. You can also try coconut nectar syrup as it has a similar consistency to brown rice syrup. For granulated sugar, I love to use organic Sucanat, organic coconut sugar, organic brown sugar, and organic cane sugar.

I do not use stevia in my diet or in my recipes, for a couple reasons: first, I really don’t like the taste of stevia, and second, I just discovered that it gives me really bad headaches. I realized this because there is stevia in a protein powder I bought and I was getting all kinds of bad headaches. Well, I cut it out and my headaches have gone away. I just don’t think my body likes it! I prefer to use unrefined sugar like coconut sugar which has a low Glycemic index and is all natural.

9. What is a ‘flax’ egg?

A flax egg is a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons of water. It is used in vegan baking to replace a traditional hen’s egg. When mixed with water, ground flax gels up and the texture is almost identical to an egg. While the flax egg is a great binding agent in many recipes, it does not work with every recipe.

10. How has your eating evolved over the years?

I grew up eating a very traditional “meat and potatoes” diet as a child and teenager. My parents both worked full-time so quick and easy meals like Hamburger helper with a canned vegetable on the side were the norm. When I left for university, I experimented with a vegetarian diet for a while only to go back to eating animal products because I didn’t have access to many vegan options. In mid-2009, I shifted my diet to plant-based after learning more about nutrition, the meat and dairy industry, and factory farming. I fell in love with creating delicious plant-based recipes and sharing them on this site. My goal is to show others that “vegan” isn’t code word for weird, unappetizing food! No matter what your current diet is, I hope you’ll be inspired to incorporate some of my recipes into your life.

11. What is a Green Monster?

A Green Monster is what I started calling my green smoothies back in 2009. Please see ‘The Story of the Green Monster’ and my Classic Green Monster recipe posts. You can also visit my Green Monster Website for more info and hundreds of reader recipes.

12. How often should I drink a Green Monster? What is your favourite recipe?

I can’t tell you what amount is right for your diet, but I have a Green Monster a few times a week. It is important to get a variety of foods in the diet and I like to make sure I eat a variety of greens. My favourite ‘go-to’ recipe is The Classic Green Monster recipe. I recommend trying kale in your green monsters to change up from spinach. Spinach is high in Oxalic Acid which may hinder calcium absorption. You can also cook spinach to reduce the OA content (read more from Dr Weil here). I take a calcium/magnesium supplement (taken apart from a green smoothie) as extra insurance.

13. What vitamins do you take?

After trying tons of brands of vitamins over the years, here are the products I LOVE (click link for more info):

Iron

B12

Calcium (and chews)

protein powder

14. How do you resist all of your baked goods? What do you do with leftovers?

Wait, I’m supposed to resist them?! Well, I bake so much that I don’t feel the urge to go crazy on them, but of course it does happen now and then! I have a major sweet tooth, but I do try to find a balance like anyone.  I always store leftovers in the freezer. Eric also takes many leftovers into work to share with coworkers or I give them to friends/family. Nothing goes to waste.

15. Where did you get your Glass Straw and the small colourful spoons? What about the cutlery that looks like sticks?

The glass straw is from Glass D’harma and the colourful spoons are from Crate and Barrel. They are called ‘Appetizer Spoons’. The “stick-like” cutlery is from West Elm.

16. What brand of blender/food processor/mixer/juicer do you have?

For all of my loved kitchen appliances, please see my Amazon store for the complete product listing.

 

Running & Fitness Questions

1. How did you start running?

Please see this post on my running journey from 1 minute to 10 miles!

2. Where can I read about your race recaps?

Please see my Race page for all of my race recaps.

3. How did you injure your knee in 2012?

In the spring of 2012, I injured the inside of my right knee while lifting a heavy box of cookbooks during a move (oh the irony). The pain was very bad at first and of course I stopped exercise immediately, taking a whole month off any activity. Then the pain decreased slightly and often I would only feel it when walking or if I tried to run (ok, “only” is not the right word because I spend every day on my feet so it greatly impacted my life). I went to PT for it and had zero relief from pain and the PT had no idea what was wrong.  So finally, in the fall I had a MRI after meeting with a sports doctor in August. The MRI revealed a torn meniscus which is exactly what the doctor thought it was! I was upset (but not surprised), however so relieved to finally know what was going on inside of my knee! Not knowing, is much worse than knowing.

I have the option of getting surgery for my torn meniscus, but I do not meet with the surgeon for a consult until February 2013. My sports doctor has encouraged me to stay as active as I can. I’ve ramped up my leg and knee strength exercises to build the muscle that supports my knee. My pain has been so much less over the past couple months and I am finally back to speed walking on the treadmill and feeling pretty good, although the motion in the knee is still fairly limited (for example, if I crouch down and do a “crab walk” this causes a lot of pain). I have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon in Feb 2013 about my torn meniscus and we will discuss my options and benefits/risks of surgery. He will take a look at my MRI scan images to assess my type/location of tear.

Aside form speed walking and yoga, I’ve been doing a ton of strength training. My husband and I are doing the 100 pushup challenge (I’m currently on week 5! Eric completed it successfully) and also the 200 sit up challenge (completed it, but Im restarting week 6, every week) to build muscle. I am feeling so strong. This injury has taught me to appreciate what my body CAN do and not focus on what it can’t do. Running was such a big part of my life, but life always goes on. I never thought I’d be out of running for 8+ months in 2012 (and possibly for a long time), but that just goes to show you that you never know what life will bring. Roll with the punches. I have so much of my health to be thankful for, so I count my blessings each day and do what I can.

If I could do it all over again I would have met with the sports doctor much sooner than I did. I basically went through a crappy 7-8 months without any answers and a lot of frustration. I’ll be sure to update this in Feb after I’ve met with the surgeon and I’ll keep you posted on whether I go through with surgery or not. Thank you for your concern!

UPDATE: July 2013

After meeting with the orthopedic surgeon in Feb, we opted not to move forward with surgery. My pain from the torn meniscus has decreased steadily and he didn’t feel like it was necessary to operate. Whew. I still experience twinges of pain in my knee, especially when I’m active, but it’s not as bad as it was last year. My doc has encouraged me to remain active and build muscle, so that’s what I’ve been doing! When you tear a meniscus, it’s usually something you have to deal with for life (it never really goes back to how it was before), so that is hard to come to terms with, but I’m just trying to stay positive and do what I can to help the situation.

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Christy May 23, 2010

Love your blog! Your juices look so yummy that I’m starting to consider buying a juicer. Have you ever written in more detail about juicing – “how to”, juicer recommendations, benefits, etc.?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2011

I don’t think I have written a post on juicing, but I do have some juicer recipes on my Recipes page. :)

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Marie June 1, 2010

you blog is so inspirational! thank you for addressing so many important issues to other young women struggling with similar eating disorders. I too have been dealing with obsessive dieting, counting calories and extreme restrictions. I look forward to pouring over your posts and gleaning as much wisdom as I can! Again, thank you so much :]

–Marie

also, how can we subscribe to your blog? I only see your “follow me” on the side for your social networks..

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2011

I have just added a RSS and Email widget on my right sidebar. Hope this helps!

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Shannon January 23, 2011

I just wanted to say Thank You for the inspiration and motivation that your blog provides. I have gained so much from your blog. I have told all my friends and family about it.
I have been blogging for about a year and recently started food blogging (one of my goals for the new year) when I ran across your blog online. Your recipes are wonderful! I am going to try many of them.
I also have been up and down with weight and eating issues even though I am not what most people would consider overwwight; but it’s how you feel in your skin makes all the difference. I almost felt like I was reading a mirror image of my problems when I read your Before+After and Road to Recovery.
You are a true inspiration. Please keep doing what you do. I am aspiring to make as much progress.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2011

Thanks Shannon!

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SueAnn January 26, 2011

Angela: I love your website! I’ve been using your recipes for about a month, and enjoying eating more cleanly and naturally. Have you tested white sauces made with almond milk and other vegan substitutes for milk? I’ve found this lovely spinach lasagna recipe, but want to leave out the milk for the white sauce. I’d appreciate any comments you can offer.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2011

Yes I have! I have an alfredo recipe on my recipes page under Dinner that uses almond milk. Be sure to use non-vanilla flavoured as some people find they can taste the vanilla in the sauce. Hope this helps!

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Katrina January 27, 2011

Hi Angela, I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I’ve never commented before now, but I read almost daily. I really appreciate all the work you put into your site, and your encouraging heart.
I was wondering if you could pass on your info for CSA. I want to sign up by spring. I’m pretty sure I’m in your area. Have a great day! Thanks, Katrina

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2011

Hey Katrina,
I used Plan B Organic farms.

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Angie September 4, 2011

I also buy from Plan B. This is my first year in a CSA, and I’m very happy with them and plan to do it again next year to supplement the food I plan to grow for my family. They have great pricing, and I can’t believe how much more delicious and flavorful organic food is! You will not be disappointed in them.

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Christy February 1, 2011

Hi! I’m new to the overnight oats thing, but I’m wondering — what kind of oats to you buy exactly? Any particular brand? Do you buy the old fashioned oats or steel cut? I want to make sure I buy the right kind. I can’t wait to try your pb and cherry jam overnight oats! Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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Kristen February 1, 2011

Hi! I have been trying out some of your recipes and I love them, but I don’t have a very efficient food processor so I have a hard time getting the right consistency with some recipes. Do you have any recommendations for good food processors that aren’t too expensive? Thanks!

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Jenni February 1, 2011

Hi Angela, I was trying to find a homemade bar similar to the store bought strawberry nutri-grain bars to make for my son and I stumbled upon your blog for the strawberry oat squares with homemade jam about a week ago. I have yet to try them, but can’t wait too. I have to say that I can’t get enough of this blog. I am not a vegan, but I’m looking to start incorporating more vegan substitutes into my meals. I have a question- what would you consider to be some key staple ingredients to have at hand for the majority of your Cookie/Cake/Muffin recipes? Thank you, Jenni

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Jenni February 1, 2011

Hi Angela, I was trying to find a homemade bar similar to the store bought strawberry nutri-grain bars to make for my son and I stumbled upon your website for the strawberry oat squares with homemade jam about a week ago. I have yet to try them, but can’t wait too. I have to say that I can’t get enough of this website. I am not a vegan, but I’m looking to start incorporating more vegan foods into my meals. I have a question- what would you consider to be some key staple ingredients to have at hand for the majority of your Cookie/Cake/Muffin recipes? Thank you, Jenni

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Farrah February 4, 2011

Hello Angela, Been following your blog for a while, and after reading the Omnivore’s Dilemna and seeing Food Inc., I’ve made the decision to begin transitioning my life to a vegetarian/borderline vegan lifestyle. In my head I know I need to for my health, you’ve convinced my heart that I can be fulfilled when I do. First things first, I’m eliminating processed foods from my diet. What I was wondering was – how do you outfit a vegetarian/vegan pantry? What are your staple items? I did a search on your site to see if you’ve done a post about what you need/use all the time, and couldn’t find one. Any guidance would be appreciated! Thanks! Farrah

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Ali February 8, 2011

I LOVE the fact that you don’t weigh yourself — I haven’t weighed myself for 2 years–it’s funny to see other people get freaked out when you tell them you don’t know what you weigh. It’s such an obsession! I always ask people why they think they need to know what they weigh, and it’s hard for people to come up with a good reason. As a society, we’ve really been robbed of our ability to be in tune with our bodies and know if we are healthy….it’s crazy that a number on a scale is supposed to do that for us! Love your site!

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Misty Moore February 11, 2011

Great Blog!

I have been reading for awhile and was browsing your FAQ section. I know you are not a registered dietician or anything but do you have any tips on soda? Specifically, how to limit or give it up??? I have been trying to give up Dr. Pepper for a couple of YEARS now and just can’t shake the habit! Lots of people tell me not to give up something I love so much but I can’t help but think I would be better off without the empty calories and sugar. Plus, I have about 10 to 15 pounds of extra weight that needs to come off. I’m sure I could do without the 150-200 calories a day of DP!

What do you think Angela???

Thanks!!!
Misty

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2011

Hey Misty! You might be interested in checking out Eric’s ‘kicking the coke habit’ post- he’s been cold turkey from coke for almost a year now and he’s never felt better. http://ohsheglows.com/2010/04/11/kicking-the-coke-habit-for-good/

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Iris February 13, 2011

Hi Angela,

I have a question! How do you usually grind your flax seeds?

Greetings from Iris

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

Hey Iris, I grind my flax in my blender. :)

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starla garcia February 13, 2011

Hi Angela,
I have been reading your blog for maybe 3-4 months now. Currently I am still trying to recover from my own ED and have been seeing specialists for a year and a half now. Your blog, however, has helped me appreciate food for all of the benefits it can provide not just health-wise. I am too a runner, and run for my university so recovering has not always been easy esp. being part of such a competitive environment. All of your recipes inspire me to try new horizons and not be as afraid of food as I once was. thanks for allof the positive energy you exude through blog.

-Starla G.
p.s.
i made your granola today and absolutely am going to stop buying it.
your homemade one is 1000x tastier

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Lindsey February 15, 2011

I was wondering what kind of vegan protein powder you use. I’m having a hard time trying to find a suitable one.
Your site is sooo wonderful, keep it up! I check it everyday to see what delicious food you are cooking up (and to see little Sketchie…he’s so cute).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

Hey Lindsey! Right now I am loving Vega’s Shake and Go Choc-o-lot flavour. It is amazing and the ingredients and nutrition label are among the best I have seen.

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Manasa Mandava February 16, 2011

I love your blog. Green monster usually satisfies my urge for a cold drink after my work out and boosts up my energy levels for the day. But I recently read that the nutrients, especially Vitamin E and iron, in uncooked spinach are not absorbed 100% by the body. Is that true?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

Yes, I believe that is true. Iron from non-heme plant based sources is much more difficult to absorb. I have read that cooking it helps the absorption.

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Alysia February 17, 2011

Hi there, I just recently started my own glo journey. I am 25 years old, highest weight 215 (although I admit no one could believe it, I looked more in the 180′s range just due to the fact I distribute so evenly) and lowest weight (unhealthy time for me) 137. I am currently down 12 lbs and really starting to accept a cleaner path of eating and enjoy exercising for ME. My goal is in the mid 140′s.

Just out of curiosity, have you done any baking with quinoa flour? If so, are there any of your recipes in particular that you recall using it and it turned out quite successful? I am quite good at eating healthy snacks and main courses, but eating healthy desserts is tricky for me. That said, I only really have one “sweet” a week, because I fear getting back into old, bad habits, and once a week gives me the power to indulge without making it an every day affair.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

I have not tried cooking with quinoa flour, but it is on my list!

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Alysia February 17, 2011

ALSO… thank you so much for your blog! I love your recipes, love your inspiration. You are an angel!

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christie February 17, 2011

Hi Angela. I love your page and I would have to say that it is very inspiring to many people. I have been trying to make the transition over to vegetarian/vegan for a while now and it seems that I always fall back into eating something I shouldn’t; example: when I want some sushi I just go and get some and I cant seem to get past cravings. I also have been starting to work out but it seems that I have to pray extra hard for motivation in doing so. I know your struggles with your eating disorder and your eating lifestyle from the past, but when you began to change did it take you long to get motivated to run? Or continue on a consistent meal plan without giving in?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

Hey Christie, The biggest factor for me was making the change of how I viewed exercise. Before, it was all about calorie burn…only when I started to look at exercise for all the amazing things it does for me…health, mood, FUN, etc, did I start to feel inspired to try new things. Once of which was running. Signing up for my very first 10k race was one of the best things I ever did. My exercise now had a GOAL. Each run had a purpose and to see my speed constantly improve over time had been one of the most rewarding aspects of running for me. It has shown me that my body is capable of awesome things if I treat it with care.

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Tory February 19, 2011

HI Angela! I have been following your blog for little over a year now and love everything about it! Thank you so much for taking the time in creating recipes that are not only healthy but delicious!

I live in rural Alaska and have to order all my groceries online as we have no grocery store. Is there a post of your “staple” ingredients. As in, ingredients that you keep on hand and in bulk? Also, is there an online natural food store that you have used?

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to your next post!

-Tory

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2011

Hey Tory! I do not have a list of the ingredients that I use, but I would like to put this post together in the future. There is a great website for vegan goodies here: http://www.vivagranolaveganstore.ca/ but I am not sure if they ship to where you are. All the best! Angela :)

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marie July 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
I love your blog and was wondering if you could tell me the species of cat your adorable Sketchie is?
Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

Hes a bengal :) Thanks!

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Catherine ebeling August 5, 2011

HI There!
I like your blog and was searching for a good picture of a berry crisp that I could use in a recipe book I am putting together. Would you consider allowing me to use it? Most people who have allowed me use of their pictures let me add a photo credit with their name and website.
This book may potentially get pretty widespread distribution online, so a photo with your website could bring you some extra traffic. Please let me know as soon as possible.
Thank you so much!
P.S. YOu look great and kudos to you for turning your health around.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2011

Email me and we will work something out! :)

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Aleasha Shelnutt March 20, 2013

I have the same question, about a different photo. I can’t seem to find a way to email you! Please let me know the best way to contact you. Thanks! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013

Hi there, The best and quickest way to contact me is on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ohsheglowsblog

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Kristin Thomas August 13, 2011

where do i find the link to sign up for your blog? love it and you are an inspiration!

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Rebeca August 16, 2011

Hi Angela!

I have really come to love your blog over the past year or so and I really appreciate what you have to offer and your perspective on healthy living.

Do you have any tips for getting my blog out there? I love blogging and sharing food, fitness, and stories is something I really enjoy but am at a loss on how to be more “out there” or in the loop on blogging.

Any tips or thoughts?
Thank you!

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Christina Burt August 17, 2011

Hi Angela, First off love the site :) I was visiting your other site Glo Bakery because I was interested in purchasing some of the bars. However, I noticed all of them have peanut butter in them, this was a little disipointing… see I can not have peanut butter because I am not able to digest peanuts…all other nuts are fine.
Do you think you will ever make a bar that doesn’t have peanut butter in it? If so I would love to be able to place an order, and give your bars a try.

Sincerely,
Christina Burt
Victoria, BC

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Jessica August 18, 2011

Hi Angela-
just want to say how inspiring you are. I was just reading about how you were able to give up calorie counting. Im 25 and this has been something I have been obsessed with since I was 14. It is really hard to stop. Im going to take your advice and try and do it gradually. Because like you said, it controls your life and is not a healthy way to live. Would be great to hear if you have any more tips. Nice to see you have had success with this!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2011

Thank you Jessica!

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Amie Sue August 23, 2011

Hello Angela,

Do you have a way that I can contact you privately? Or do you keep it all open?

amie sue

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sophia September 1, 2011

how do i subscribe? can i do that?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Yes I have a RSS subscription on the right sidebar :)

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sophia September 1, 2011

thanks, didnt even see that (:

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Sharon Swart September 6, 2011

Greetings from Sunny Cape Town, South Africa! From 1 vegetarian runner to another vegan runner, thank you SOOO much for introducing me to Blackstrap Molasses!! Hopefully goodbye to the iron supplements!!! (If only strawberry daquiri’s contained iron lol)!! I will be trying without fail to source this product locally. Can I ask, is the brandname “Wholesome Sweetners”?
Fab Blog Angela, love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2011

Yes it can be found here for info: http://www.wholesomesweeteners.com/ although any blackstrap molasses will do!
That’s so cool you live in South Africa too!!

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Sharon Swart September 7, 2011

You can always come on over for a wee visit to Saffa & make us a delish dinner!!!

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Christina September 8, 2011

Hi Angela! I am trying to find jars like the one in your Classic Green Monster post. Can you tell me where you got yours? Also, which size Glass Dharma straw is best for a Green Monster. The Smoothie size or the Bubble Tea size? I want to make sure before I order since they are sight unseen. Thank you so much! Love your blog :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2011

Hey Christina! I got that mason type jar from an antique market….haha. Weird right? You can get Mason jars from Wal Mart or home hardware type stores.

As for the straws, I prefer to largest diameter- not sure what it’s called but go for the biggest!

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Hannah September 20, 2011

Just discovered your blog, I may actually start crying tears of joy from finding it. I was just diagnosed with an egg allergy, in addition to being allergic to green peppers, red food dye, and caffeine. Every day is a struggle. I dread mealtimes at my school’s cafeteria because I can’t eat alot of what they offer. The worst thing is craving a chocolate cupcake, my favourite food. But then I found your website, quite by accident. Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!!!! Your site is a God send. I can finally have my cupcake, and eat it too!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 21, 2011

Hi Hannah, nice to meet you. Thanks for your kind words! I hope you enjoy the recipes :)

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Badi'a September 21, 2011

I am in love with your blog! I even have my aunt (who refuses to read anything I recommend) following you daily! Recently, I’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning to a vegan diet, but I’m know my frustrations could easily derail me. Do you have any suggestions for an aspiring vegan? What are the “staple ingredients” you think someone would need?

Thank you so much!!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Hey Badi :) Thanks for your comment!

Off the top of my head…

Vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kale, spinach, sweet onion, red onion, garlic, fresh ginger, sweet potato or squash, seasonal stuff, LEMONS

fruit: Whatever is in season- right now- apples, pears, plums

grains/flour: rolled oats, buckwheat groats, brown rice, spelt flour, whole wheat pastry flour

nuts/seeds: raw almonds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds

other: apple cidar vinegar, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, natural cane sugar, Sucanat sugar, nut butter (either almond, peanut or sunflower seed butters), mary’s crackers, hummus

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lisa March 3, 2014

Hi Angela, your reply to Badi didn’t include a list of vegan proteins. I’m a vegan and here’s what I always have on hand for my protein sources: tofu (extra firm), temph, seitan, dried and canned beans ( black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, etc), nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts), peanut butter,a protein powder and protein bars (for those busy days when I need a protein quick). Also soy milk and or almond milk. And my egg substitute for baking is Flaxseed. Be sure to grind before using or eating. Because our body can’t break down the whole seed.
And let me add it is not a big deal to not get your protein from an animal source. But you do need to be sure to ingest enough protein very day.
Good luck Badi! I’m so proud of you! Best way to go vegan is slowly. Otherwise it can become frustrating and overwhelming. You will be amazed at how great you will feel when you no longer ingest animal products. And that will be enough of a motivation to keep going. And when you fall back, no worries! You don’t have to be all or nothing. Be vegan as much as possible. Good luck!

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Laurel October 6, 2011

Hi,

Your blog looks great! But I was wondering if I can subscribe to it? By that I mean can it get sent to my email? I couldn’t find anywhere on it that I could do sign up.

Thanks,

Laurel

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2011

Hey Laurel! You can subscribe here: http://ohsheglows.com/feed/

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Sharon Swart October 18, 2011

Hi again!
My family in Vancouver are coming over to Cape Town, South Africa, for their annual holiday in December.
Are your Glo Bars available in any stores, or shld they order online? Want them to bring me some just because I can :-)
Am hoping they will make me run faster!!!!

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Virginia October 19, 2011

Hey Angela I was wondering what your take was on foods like:Luna Bars, Kind Bars, Pretzels, etc. What to you does eating those foods mean? I am interested because I am a Vegetarian but eat close to a Vegan, and my schedule is insane so I sometimes don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning and my lunch AND a snack? Thanks, your opinion or suggestions will help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 19, 2011

I don’t see anything wrong with healthier convenience foods if it works in your life. I think the great thing about many convenience foods is that they are becoming more and more healthy these days. There are also more and more vegan options too.

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Sue October 23, 2011

Fruity Baked Oatmeal with Crunchy Cinnamon Almond Topping
I made this today and wonder if the cinnamon should be in the topping and not the mail dish.

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Ana October 28, 2011

Hey Angela,

I love your blog. I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking a lot of your recipes from your website throughout this month and can’t wait to try out more!

Recently I bought some leeks– I’m from the Republic of Georgia and only a month ago moved back to the Western world (this time UK) and have been excited to have access to some ingredients that aren’t available home, leeks being one of them. For some reason they look so appetizing to me! But I couldn’t help but notice that you have nothing at all with leeks in your recipe logs and things I found online haven’t been terribly inspiring either. Generally I’m a huge believer of letting an ingredient speak to me and then building the dinner menu around that, but sounds like it may not work out this time around… or maybe it will? Please don’t let these leeks let me down– any tips on how I could [deliciously] incorporate them in my meal?

Thanks in advance!
~Ana

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Haley November 1, 2011

Hi Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I’m now at a point where almost all the recipes I make come from your site – seriously, I’ve never had a bad meal from Oh She Glows :) Over the past year I’ve been slooowly transitioning to being 100% vegan and I find myself wondering if I’m really meeting all my nutritional needs – I tend to just eat what I feel like. Would it be possible for you to walk us through what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a typical day (or two)? I’m just looking to create a little more balance and variety with what I’m eating and I’m sure you have some valuable insight to meeting nutritional needs :) thanks – can’t wait for your book! -Haley

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Angela November 1, 2011

Hi! I came across your website while looking for a great pumkin muffin recipe. I have a website I’d like you to checkout whenever you’ve got time. sugarbabyaprons.com. Its my sister in laws company. She makes the worlds best vintage aprons. I think you would like them. So please whenever you’ve got time to check it out.

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