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School & Business Questions

Weight & Eating Disorder Questions

Food & Recipe Questions

Running & Fitness Questions

 

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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Sarah November 9, 2011

I love your site and actually found it through pinterest! I have since pinned many of your delicious recipes. The bummer is with your new recipage, I can no longer pin the image of the food that is the outcome. This makes me no longer able to pin your recipes and I think that pinning is a great way to spread the word of healthy, delicious recipes. Along with getting people in the know of your blog. Do you know why that image isn’t available? If you are able to make it available please tell me so that I can begin pinning again. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 9, 2011

Hey Sarah, Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I had not idea. I will contact Recipage team and see if they know why. I certainly agree that pinning is a great feature to have.

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Angb November 10, 2011

curious as to how long the pumpkin butter lasts? I’m looking for some great recipes on OSG to give for Christmas…

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Tricia November 11, 2011

Saved for today! As long-time vegetarian and a some-time vegan (90%), I have major slips (aka binges) unless I completely eliminate wine, beer, refined carbs and cheese (which I keep in the house for entertaining and for my husband). Today, reading your blog, which I discovered during a web search for a recipe, you saved me from a trip to the store for a couple of my favorite donuts! Thank you. This is the BEST vegan blog I’ve ever seen. Did I say? “Thank you?”

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 11, 2011

Thanks Tricia!

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K.A. November 13, 2011

I just wanted to let you know I have been really loving your site and it is incredibly helpful for me. I have spent hours looking through your recipes! I am currently very overweight but have spent the past couple years become more informed about healthy eating and moving more and more towards a mostly whole foods diet with a big focus on raw foods. The last few months I made some very big changes finally and I have lost a significant amount of weight now, but have a long ways to go yet. I love your site and have ADORED the recipes I tried so far. They all have such great flavors and use simple and decious ingredients. It makes it so much less scary to make this transition when I have this great recipes to try with my family. Thanks for what you do, it has been very helpful for me!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 13, 2011

Thank you so much. I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying the recipes! Take care, Angela

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Diana Renee November 22, 2011

Hello,
I just want to say that your blog has inspired me to start my own blog listed here:
http://balancinglifeasavegan.blogspot.com/

I am new to the Vegan lifestyle and in the beginning stages. My blog is literarly one day old. Any tips? I am sure I am going to learn something new everyday. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that you are inspiration to me. I hope to inspire others in the future.
Take care,

Diana Renee – from sunny California. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

Hey Diana, Congrats on starting a blog! I checked it out and it looks great. I will have to start saving my corks to make a holiday wreath too. :) MY best tip for blogging is to write what you are passionate about….only you will know what that is because it will speak to you and come through in your writing. Have fun!

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Nadine December 8, 2011

Hi Angela,

I love your recipes! I’m planning on making your vegan nanaimo bars (the Christmas ones) and I was wondering if they keep well frozen?

Nadine

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

yes they do freeze well if I remember correctly

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Nicole December 8, 2011

Hi Angela!
First of all, I’d just like to say that I’m a huge fan! I’m transitioning into veganism and I had some questions about alcohol. Since I’m 24 years old, I’ve realized that drinking is something I’m not going to be able to realistically avoid. Do you personally only drink “vegan alcohol”? If so, what should I look for when out at a bar?

Thank you for your help!

<3 Nicole

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2011

Hey Nicole!
Thanks for your kinds words!
I do select vegan alcohol…there are actually more vegan friendly alcohols than I thought there would be. I find this guide very helpful: http://www.barnivore.com/# one of my favs vegan beers is mill street organic…we’re all hooked on it and its based our of Toronto. All the best, Angela

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Sandy Rose December 8, 2011

Hey Angela,

I’ve cooked quite a bit from your blog and your recipes have all been successes! I’m not a vegan but I love trying these recipes and having the option of keeping my veggie friends well-fed (instead of just giving them a platter of celery and carrots!).

I recently saw a recipe for Coconut Cream (basically the fatty part of coconut milk whisked into whipped cream). Your recipes always turn out to be delicious so I wanted to see if you had any creative ideas for incorporating it into a dessert of some sort.

I wasn’t sure where to ask this, but I thought this page would be appropriate!

Sandy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2011

Hey Sandy! My carrot cake oatmeal comes to mind :) yummy! You can also search “coconut milk” on my recipage too

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Tina December 14, 2011

Hi! I created a tumblr called vegan foody (veganfoody.tumblr.com) and have been posting some of your photos (linking back to your recipes) and wasn’t aware that I had to ask permission to do so until now! So I’d like to ask permission to post your photos on my tumblr. I have many followers that drool over your recipes and would love to continue sharing them. If of course you’d rather I didn’t, I will delete the posts right away.

Thank you,
Tina

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julie December 16, 2011

HI Angela! Is it possible to find out the contact information for the naturopath you saw? Are you still happy with him? Looking for an awesome one in Toronto!
Thanks so much :)
Julie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2011

Hey Julie, The guy I saw is in milton…seems like a far drive for you, but you can email me if you want his contact info! angela@ohsheglows.com

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Rebecca December 27, 2011

Hello there!
I am a vegan and am having some problems with keeping my immune system up, I’ve gotten the flu and respiratory problems all in the same month after hardly ever being sick before. Anywho, I’ve been looking into Noni juice as an option, it sounds a bit too good to be true with all of it’s health benefits and whatnot. However, the price tag is a bit hefty and I was wondering if you knew anything regarding it and what your two-cents are. I love your product reviews on all the different vegan foods and products out there so I trust your judgement. Please let me know what you think!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2011

Hey Rebecca, I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about Noni juice. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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Ann December 30, 2011

Hi Angela, I found your website on glamour.com about your spaghetti avocado recipe and soon I became addicted to your blog/website! I am still in my teens but over the last two years I developed an ED. I wasn’t overweight at all but I was insecure about my changing body and was making poor food choices by going behind my parents back, buying chips, drinking soda, etc. I became insecure about my body and started controlling how much I ate and counting calories. It was horrible and I was miserable and looking back I realize my body was not bad and that if I just made better food choices all of this wouldn’t have happened. Thanks to your blog I am now motivated to stop counting calories and focus more on giving my body what it needs. Since I started reading your blog I haven’t had one negative thought about my body – a first since my ED! I don’t feel guilty about upping my calories (I’m still weaning myself off it) and trying to listen to my body.
I just wanted to thank you for helping me get back my body, my life, and my happiness!
-Ann

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2012

Hey Ann, Thank you for your beautiful comment. I’m so happy to hear that you are making so much progress! All the best to you in 2012!

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Stephanie January 3, 2012

Hi Angela!

Thank you so much for your website! You have inspired me to eat a healthier diet. I also have been having 1-2 smoothes a day for the past month. I feel so much better, from where I was before (I used to only have 1 serving a day!). Now I have a minimum of 4 a day :) Still working on it, but I’m proud of my progress, and I’m taking care of myself!

I was wondering if you have any super quick, and low ingredient recipes? I am a lazy cook, and prefer things that I can make without going to the store!

Thanks,
Steph

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Edith January 8, 2012

Hi Angela!
You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kaylee Norton January 12, 2012

Angela,
I love your recipes, blog and website! I was hoping I could contact you directly, but I can’t locate an email address. If you would be so kind (and have time) I would love to chat with you about a possible feature on my website.
Kaylee

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Lauren January 20, 2012

Hi there! Love browsing through your site :) It’s like a guilty pleasure, that’s not guilty!

I was just wondering about sweeteners… I like being more natural/”healthy” and was wondering what is the best way to sweeten plain yogurt or oatmeal or in baking, for example – I have been using vanilla extract – what do you think of that? I hesitate using it because it’s not really “natural” or not sure how good it is for you… Don’t know if I should be having these concerns? What do you like using? Recommend?

Thanks for your help!
Lauren

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2012

Hi Lauren, I love pure maple syrup and also Sucanat.

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ash @ http://peacehappinessyoga.blogspot.com/ January 23, 2012

I love your blog, I really want to try juicing- I’m a little scared especially since I only own a blender :) Thanks for the great recipes and positivity!!!

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sarah January 24, 2012

hello angela,
oh my god, we have so much in common about the eating disorder and the exzessive sport to lose weight… I could cry while I read this.
but you get it! you can be so proud of yourself! I wished I was… and I wish I could write to you personal. I have an eating disorder since my childhood (noch I´m 28) and don´t know what to do (I have help from a psychologist, she´s great). Don´t know if I eat too less or too little.

It´s great to see that there IS a way of a normal, healthy live with FUN about cooking and eating and all this stuff :) I hope I´ll get there anytime.
hugs from germany, sarah

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Eva January 30, 2012

Hello Angela,

I recently stumbled upon your blog and I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoy reading it (not to mention gawking at all the pretty pictures and feel well, glowy because of all the inspirational recipes and posts in general!)

For someone like me, a 25-year old student who has been looking for ways to improve her diet (and overall life) both in terms of healthiness as well as (animal/ environment) consciousness, this is a great blog. I am inspired by your life story, all the things you do, make and write and am touched and impressed by the comments of your followers.

Truly, you get two huge thumbs-up and a genuine ‘thank you for being awesome’ from this Dutchie :)
Keep it up, milady Glow!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2012

Thank you Eva! Im so happy to hear you enjoy it.

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Natalie February 6, 2012

I love your blog! I found it when I was looking for vegan recipes (yours are the only ones I have been able to successfully master and feed to my non-vegan friends and family without apologizing. They’re always a hit.) It turned out though, that there was so much more on your blog that I can relate to and it’s become an inspiration to me. I absolutely love reading it. I was wondering, though, because you’re a runner, if you could share some of your experience. I’ve been told recently that I need to incorporate post-run meals for recovery if I’m going to progress, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what that should look like in a vegan diet. Do you have a post-workout meal that works specifically well for you, and if so would you be willing to share it? Please and Thank you, and Fantastic Work :)

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Coralyn February 8, 2012

Angela,

I found you through Pinterest and I am very excited to find your fantastic recipes and I’m looking forward to your book! I can’t find one of your recipes though, can you help me locate it? It is categorized on Pinterest as “spicy black beans with chipotle avocado sauce, cilantro, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, & sprouts”. It is a wrap sandwich. I can figure it out except I need the recipe for the chipoltle avocado sauce. I’ve seen some online but they include cheese or just don’t sound great so I want to stick with yours. Thanks so much!

~ Coralyn :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2012

Hey Coralyn, I’m sorry to tell you this, but that is a dish from a restaurant in Toronto called Fresh! Sorry about that. Thanks for reading!

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Coralyn February 8, 2012

Bummer, Ok thanks for responding quick! I’ll look at all the recipes online and try to figure something out. Love your blog.

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Lori February 18, 2012

Love your site and I’ve been following it for about 8 months now. Thanks for all of your yummy recipes you share!! :) :)
I’ve got a quick question. I *think* I remember a while back you posting some sort of cookie/bar thing that had hemp seeds in it. They were some sort of super energy creation and I want to say you made them for friends or in-laws. Does this ring any kind of bell and if so what was it? I’ve been trying to search the recipes but I’m not find it. Maybe this was something I made up in a dream? ;)
Thanks for your help!!!
Lori

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Marti February 24, 2012

Hey Angela,

GREAT BLOG! I just printed out the “Endurance Crackers.” Very excited to try them. One thing. Your blog has a “print recipe” widget? (Wonderful!) But when I used that and printed, I didn’t realize I was going to be printing ALL THE COMMENTS, too. I know someone as health conscious and generally smart about things might not want people to waste 16 pieces of paper every time they print something. I’m sure you can fix that. Again, great blog… still looking around. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2012

Hey Marti, I wonder why it did that for you? That is strange! I havent experienced that before, but I will check it out. I now use recipage, as you will see in recent months, and there is no issue with printing. Thanks for letting me know!

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Marijke February 24, 2012

Hi, I’m vegan for a few month’s now, just like you I struggled with an eating disorder for a long time. From when I’m vegan, I start to feel better, but its yet a very long road to recovery. But my husband has a problem with my vegan life style, he thinks that its one of my new crazy plans, he thinks I’m overreacting, he just not understand, and also, i know I will be vegan for life, it’s just feels so right! And I, as well have difficult with him, because he is the totally opposite of vegan. It’s getting already so bad, that us marriage is almost falling apart.. I don’t know anymore what to do, how to handle this…

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Bryanne February 24, 2012

Angela, first off, thanks for being such an all around inspiration! I have a question about kosher salt. What kind do you use? Everytime I put in the amount on a recipe, it ends up being way too salty. Are there different types? Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2012

Hey Bryanne, I’m not sure of the brand (the box just says kosher salt), however salt tastes do vary A LOT by type/brand I find. I will be more careful when putting down quantities in the future. Thanks for the heads up!!

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Bryanne February 25, 2012

Hi Angela, thank you for your reply! It turns out I am using course kosher salt, which might have something to do with it! :) Don’t change a thing, your recipes are AMAZING!

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Aimee Cofer February 25, 2012

Love your blog!! So glad I stumbled upon it, I’ve shared it with so many other women!! When is the cookbook coming out?? I’d love to order one!! :)

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Aimee Cofer February 25, 2012

haha- answered my own question, I see the link “The Book”… can’t wait. In the mean time I will be following your blog and trying recipes along the way! :)

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Alex Kimble February 26, 2012

Hey Angela, just wondering what important tools you used for your garden beds? We have everything to get for building the raised bed, but wondering what you found helpful for you? For digging, soiling, planting, etc? Thanks! I’m a newbie :)

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Ronya February 29, 2012

I must say I love your site!! Im a littel discouraged because I became a vegan due to health concerns and at first I was feeling great… not bloated no constipation.. now I’m back to bloated and constipation and I am not loosing anymore weight like I did in the beginning. Suggestions?? Like you in the past.. I struggle now with self acceptance and weight

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Ronya February 29, 2012

love this site!

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Jessi March 1, 2012

I pinned some of your pictures on my Pinterest Board, but after reading an article about the legality of that, and even seeing on your frequently asked questions that it is not okay to use your pictures without permission, I’m wondering if you are okay with that. I would assume you are since you have your own Pinterest link and boards, but I wanted to ask first. I only just discovered your website yesterday, and it looks like you have a bunch of yummy recipe ideas. I can’t wait to try the Avocado pasta.

Thanks–Jessi

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2012

Yup Im cool with Pinterest! Thanks for asking though :)

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debra March 4, 2012

Hello Angela,
I am thrilled to find your website. Just what I’ve been looking for.
Love the large colored photos of each stage. My question is concerning the
Ultimate Walnut Loaf. The recipe states 1/2 cup oats, ground to flour.
At this time I can not grind anything ~smile~. Thought I would
purchase oat flour, would I use a1 /2 cup flour or would it be less or more?
(Not sure if the 1/2 cup oats are still 1/2 cup after grinding into flour).
Thank you very much.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2012

It might be a tad bit more…so you could probably use 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp oat flour :) enjoy!

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Carly March 5, 2012

Hi Angela,

I loveee your blog! You are such an inspiration especially reading your posts on how you have conquered your eating disorder. I was wondering if you find yourself ever returning back to those old habits of binge eating and if not, what you do/remind yourself to keep from returning….?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 6, 2012

Hey Carly, Thank you :) Glad you are enjoying the blog!

Initially I found it very hard to beat binge eating….it took a long time. I wasn’t able to until I gave up counting calories, restricting my food intake, and weighing myself. Once I did those three things, the urge to binge eventually went away all together. I learned in my psych courses that bingeing can be an adaptive response if the body thinks it is in danger (i.e. starving, stressed, etc). Once you take away those “danger” signals to your body, it no longer feels a need to binge, at least, that was my experience.

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Alicia March 6, 2012

I love some of your recipes on here; however, I see a picture of a kind of apple pancake at the top of the recipes page (next to the pic of the pumpkin butter pancakes) for which I cannot find a matching recipe. Do you have a recipe up for that?
Thanks! :)

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Jordan March 11, 2012

Hey!
I just wanted to let you know that I made your vegan chocolate chip cookies and they were heavenly! They were so good that I felt the need to tell you! I’m not vegan but I’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle while still being able to eat the sweets I love and this recipe was perfect! These came out so much better than I had imagined they would. They were so soft and chewy to not have had and butter or eggs. This was my first time using flax and I have to say it worked out perfectly! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I will be making these all the time now ;]

~Jordan

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I’m so happy to hear that!

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Barbara March 18, 2012

How/have you adapted your recipes for those also following a fat-free vegan diet? We are following Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s recommendations in his book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, and also the book “forks over knives”, so going from omnivorous to fat-free vegan is testing our creativity, but learning a lot, and plan to watch your blog for ideas.

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Crystal March 23, 2012

Hi Angela!

I’m a big fan of your blog and love trying your recipes. You are a big inspiration to me :)

I’ve got a question about chia seeds – should I be eating them whole or in ground form? In France (where I live, but am originally from the Niagara area in Canada), I can only find them in organic stores as whole seeds. Are they better absorbed by the body in whole form or in ground? Any insight on how to get the most out of my chia seeds would be most appreciated!!

Keep up the good work!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

You can eat them either way…the beauty of chia is that they don’t have to be ground to be absorbed (unlike flax seed)

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Helena Chatterjii April 7, 2012

Hi,

Starting of with a big THANK YOU, for such an inspiring and joyful blog! I recognise myself in many of the stories you so openly care to share. My question to you as a vegan is how you make sure to get enough Omega 3? I struggle a bit with finding a right balance between diet and exercise and am especially concerned about getting enough Omega 3.

Would really appreciate some advice in this matter!

Happy Easter!

Kind Regards,

Helena

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Aimie April 8, 2012

Apologies if it’s already been asked/requested – but I was curious if you plan on adding in nutritional information for your wonderful recipes? I’m lucky enough to have just had my gallbladder out, perfect timing as I was diagnosed right after I decided to walk down the vegan path! Unfortunately, I’ve found that a large majority of vegan foods are rather high in fats – good ones, but nevertheless, it’s something I have to avoid for some time. Anyhoo, I would love to see what the “nutritional breakdown” is for the recipes to help me better decide which recipes to make staple diet items for the future, and also which ones I might need to alter some to better meet my needs.

Love your blog! You have so many wonderful ideas and resources for people trying to live a vegan life, and not feel deprived. Thanks for sharing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

Hey Aimie, I do from time to time, but since it’s so time consuming, I am afraid that it hasn’t become a staple in each recipe. It is something Im considering doing for the cookbook however. I will keep your comments in mind for sure! Thanks & all the best.

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Matt G. April 10, 2012

Hi,

I’ve been saving a ton of your recipes to try out someday (I just started cooking last fall….my browser finds more food than I’ll ever have time to make) and I have a question about milk. I often see almond milk listed in your recipes. Is there a particular reason for that? Is Silk (original flavor) too sweet to substituted for it?

BTW, thanks for the inspiration. There are 1,000s of food blogs out there but yours stands proud thanks to your photos & descriptions. Of course, now I’m constantly disappointed by what most restaurants have to offer because they have no imagination!

Thanks,
Matt

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

Hey Matt, Thanks so much for your kind words about the blog. I appreciate it so much! As for the almond milk, it’s really just a personal preference. I love the taste of almond milk. The reason I tend to buy unsweetened and unflavoured (i.e., no vanilla extract) is because I find it more versatile when baking and cooking. You can use any kind that you prefer though! I just caution when making a savoury recipe- I’ve had readers tell me that they could taste the vanilla or sweetener when making mac n cheeze for example, so it’s best to use unsweet/original for those types of recipes. Of course, you can also use soy, rice, hemp, oat milks, etc if you wish. Take care!

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Matt G. April 13, 2012

Thanks! Maybe I’ll try almond milk. I know what you mean about the flavoring. I made a chickpea-tomato soup out of the Vegan on the Cheap cookbook and used Original Silk. Didn’t end up tasting all that great because even the original flavor had too much intrinsic sweetness. We have some non-vegan options in the pantry I should have used (we’re mostly vegetarian), but I prefer to use Silk because we always have a few containers in the fridge.

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