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Blog Questions

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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kelly December 23, 2012

I am new to vegan/vegetarian/raw cooking – Your site is one of my favorites and a go to. I am wondering about the recipes where you utilize chocolate. What type to you use – With most chocolate having a milk base what do you use for the vegan recipes?

I really want to try Chilled Double Chocolate Torte: The No-Bake Version – looks really amazing!

Thanks for your time,

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2012

Hi Kelly, I used dark chocolate (and just check the label to be sure there are no milk ingredients listed) Enjoy!

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Grace January 2, 2013

Angela,
your website is so amazing. I have been obsessed for over a year now and I recommend it to all my friends and family members every chance I get. I cannot believe how easy you’ve made it to find recipes for meals throughout the day and to print them. In addition, the recipe ingredients are simple, you guide step by step how to create the meals, and they are all so delicious. You really make eating vegan a breeze!!!! It has helped so much with my stomach problems, and in transitioning away from eating meat because of my strong beliefs in animal rights protection. There are not enough words to truly thank you. You are inspirational!!!!!!!!

-Grace Alvarez

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Pattie January 7, 2013

My son eats vegan and I have made for him and with him many of your recipes. I came across this Chocolate Cake recipe and thought you might like to try it.
http://www.boutell.com/vegetarian/cake.html
Enjoy and Thanks!

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Erin January 7, 2013

Hello! Thank you for all the information on your blog. I have even doing my best to eat vegan the past few months and learn how to transition my children to a mostly vegan diet. Your words have been supportive and your recipes inspirational!

I am trying to find a delicious recipe for simple Asian noodle soup and thought I might ask you for advice. Maybe you have tried it already or maybe you are interested in attempting it.

Thank you again for everything. All the best to you.

Erin

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Jordyn January 10, 2013

I just want to tell you that your blog has changed my life. I just went completely vegan after being “mostly vegetarian” for about a year now. I thought it was going to be so hard! Especially because I own a bakery which is currently riddled with butter, eggs and various other badness. I had no idea that I could make UHHHMAZING desserts with no dairy/animal products. I’m seriously considering taking my bakery in a completely vegan direction now. My husband was so worried that he would miss eggs and cheese too much to stick to our new way of life but so far with the substitutions I have found, he hasn’t even noticed! Thank you for dedicating so much of your life to this blog because it truly is an inspiration to me and makes me happy and proud to be Vegan! Keep up the good work!

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Krista January 13, 2013

I love all of your recipes, but I am trying to loose weight and am torn when deciding which new recipes to try because there is no nutritional info… Can you add this!?!? Or do you have a list of recipes that you know are good when trying to loose weight!?!?!? Thanks!!!!!

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Lola January 14, 2013

Hi Angela! I’m trying to determine a way to send you a private message regarding your RSS feeds. It’s an issue I’ve had for some time. Rather than post it on your FB page or as a comment I’m wondering if there’s some way to contact you directly.

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Mena Reu January 20, 2013

Hi! While “pinning” I came across your picture of spicy black beans with chipolte avocado sauce. It looks soooo good but I’m having a hard time finding the recipe. I tried looking it up and I keep getting a “0 results”. I’m so disappointed because I was hoping to try this week. Can you email me the recipe?

Thank you!!!!!

Mena Reu

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013

Hey Mena, Do you mind replying to this comment with the link of the picture…that would help me find out what recipe it is.

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Mena Reu January 21, 2013

This is the “pin” i tried searching a recipe for and could not find: Hey, check out this pin on Pinterest: Spicy black beans with chipotle avocado sauce, cilantro, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, & sprouts.http://pinterest.com/pin/32158584811059752/

If you can, please email me the recipe because I would really love to try! :)

Thank you!

Sent from my iPhone

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 22, 2013

Sorry that was from a restaurant in TO called Fresh :)

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georgia January 26, 2013

how do you find the nutrional value for the recepies

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Clo February 5, 2013

Dear Angela,

Thank you for all you do– I love your blog! My church has a program to feed homeless men and women in the community each Sunday. Someone brings a hot meal, and generally 25 guests come for lunch. We are becoming increasingly concerned about the nutrition of the meals that we provide. I started eating a plant-based diet last year, and was hoping to compile 5-10 plant-strong recipes to make cooking less intimidating for volunteers and encourage nutrient-dense meals that can feed a large crowd and are affordable.
Would you recommend any of your recipes as good for a large group, or suggest any resources for these types of recipes?
Thank you again for any help, and all the best!

Clo

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Lori February 17, 2013

Where do you find chia seeds?

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Megan Lopez February 19, 2013

Hi Angela,

I have recently just came across your blog and it is great! I am 21 years old and I have been trying to eat healthy ever since I got into college and ran my first marathon two years ago. This past fall my lifestyle changed when I became aware of all the amazing plant based foods that made me feel amazing from the inside out. I am now a vegetarian! But sometimes I find it difficult to create recipes and be creative in what I am eating so I am not repeating the same foods in my diet. I really would love to start a blog like you but I am not really sure how to go about it. It’s sometimes hard with being in school and trying to find time to make delicious recipes. How do you come up with all these amazing recipes?? How do you know what goes well with what? How did you teach yourself? Any advice would help!! Thank you!

Megan

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2013

Hi Megan, I do a lot of reading! :) Magazines, cooking websites, blogs, etc. It really adds up over time. :)

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Shelley February 27, 2013

Hi Angela,
I love your blog and the recipes on it! I am interested in the nutritional information on each recipe. I notice that you occasionally include it. Is there anyway you can include nutritional information with each recipe?
Thanks!
Shelley

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2013

Hi Shelley, I’ve been doing this more and more lately so keep your eyes peeled. :) I always post the link at the bottom of the directions.

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Maya February 28, 2013

I’m not sure if anyone has recommended this, but have you tried Bikram yoga? It is supposed to be great for healing any injury (definitely not a quick process though!). It definitely healed me from a weird nerve/hamstring thing that physical therapy did nothing for. And they always talk about it healing knee/ankle injuries.

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Kristin March 1, 2013

I love your blog and all the amazing recipes! I’m curious as to whether your husband is a vegan now as well? I recently made the switch but my husband is TBD! Thanks :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2013

Hi Kristin, No Eric is not a vegan, but he does eat vegan 90% of the time now…a big big change for him and I’m so proud! Goodluck :)

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Ellen Francis March 8, 2013

Hi Angela, I love you website and blog! It’s beautiful and inspiring!! I would love to put one of your recipes that I adapted on Vegan American Princess! I changed a couple of things to suit my taste but all in all, it’s a great one—Vegan Tortilla Soup! I will be sure to mention Oh She Glows and embed a link back to your website. Thanks so much for being such a great example for those of us starting out. Please check us out: veganamericanprincess.com
Thanks, Ellen

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mary March 16, 2013

Angela,
you are an artist in the kitchen. I have used many of your recipes as a bas and they are always delicious. Just one comment under holidays there are no Jewish holidays and no recipes or vegan alternatives suggested.

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Jennifer Bourassa March 23, 2013

Hi Angela,

My name is Jennifer and I’ve been enjoying your delicious recipes for over one year now. I just want to apologize for not taking the time out earlier to thank you for sharing them on your website. You have become a household name in my house and every single recipe I’ve attempted has been scrumptious, mouth watering, and boyfriend approved. ;-) It’s hard to name a favorite but your triple lentil recovery soup, zucchini muffins, chocolate torte/pudding, creamy orange sunshine soup, tomato basil pesto, enchiladas, and tofu with pineapple salsa and coconut rice are some of our regulars as well as our morning green monsters.

I came across your website while exploring your Green Monster Movement site and have never stopped going back. It happened just at the time when I was wanting to build up my repertoire of vegan dishes. I’m vegetarian and haven’t made the complete switch yet but it’s definitely been an enjoyable experience so far thanks to your knack at creating delicious recipes.

I have shared your website with countless friends and family and they have all become obsessed with your site too and have been spreading the word. You make vegan food fun, simple, filling – and most importantly – delicious!

Thank you again and looking forward to discovering more delicious food!

All the best,

Jennifer

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Helen March 28, 2013

Hi Angela,

I’m 56 yrs. old and have had an eatng disorder since the age of 16! That’s 40 yrs.!!!! Not only do I binge, but I’m constantly bouncing around from one diet to the next. I am constantly soooooo stressed out over what to eat, what not to eat!!!! One day I’m not eating meat, to the next day eating a high protein (meat) diet. As of right now I have dieted my way up to being 60 lbs. overweight, at least!!! Not only am I driving myself crazy, but my family as well. My poor husband can’t keep up with me, yet he is so tolerant of my (this) insanity. I just can’t seem to get off this horribe merry-go-round!!! My thoughts of food are all consuming! When I’m not dieting, I feel quilty, when I am dieting, I feel deprived. Either way I feel miserable!! But I won’t give up on myself, because I know I can overcome this addiction. And it’s an addiction that I’ve allowed myself to obtain through the “DIETING INDUSTRY”, and if any young, or middle-aged, or older woman can have access to what I am writing, the best advice I can give is: DON’T DIET, BECAUSE ONCE YOU START A PART OF YOU DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I was 16 yrs. old, I was 5’2″ and 110 lbs., and from reading magazines and articles on dieting, I was made to believe that I was overweight! And not only overweight, but inadequate, according to their standards. So to sum this all up, sadly, I have spent the majority of my life stressing over something as simple, and as necessary, as food. I have given food, and the dieting industry, the power to take away a part of my life that I’ll never get back. WHAT A WAIST (WASTE)!!!!!!

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Nick April 4, 2013

Hi Angela Liddon,

I’m Nick, on behalf of Stephanie from Step It Up with Steph.

Steph wanted me to let you know that she loves what you’re doing on your blog! She thought that her new program may be of interest to your readers – she combines fitness with mental exercise – helping women to feel more confident and happy in their bodies, and also gives them the nuts and bolts for how to get in shape or commit to their health & fitness.

Her new 30 Day Jumpstart Program is here:
http://stepitupwithsteph.com/30-day-jumpstart-program/

Would you be interested in offering some sort of giveaway into the program to your readers, or have Steph do a guest post or provide you with content?

Let me know if you have any interest!
Thanks,
Nick
Assistant to:
Stephanie Mansour, CEO Step It Up with Steph
As seen on Chicago’s new reality weightloss TV show!
http://www.StepItUpwithSteph.com

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Ash April 4, 2013

Angela.
Just a far off question. I turned 28 this year. and im 125lbs.
Ive gained 8 this year already normally around 115-118lbs.
I know your not a professional but i value your opinion.
This last year i feel like I’m battling constant hunger. Doctors say nothing is wrong.
I try to get a balanced vegetarian diet. but it doesnt seem to matter what i eat.
i turn around 10 mins later looking in the fridge. and when i do eat i never feel truly full.
Any thoughts?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 5, 2013

Hi Ash, I would visit a registered dietitian if possible – they will be able to look at your diet as a whole and see if there are any macro or micro nutrients that are missing or need boosting. goodluck!

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Daphne Populiers April 11, 2013

Angela, what a beautiful site you have! I just started my own blog about two months ago, it’s about vegetarian, vegan and raw foods (www.veggiestylewithdaphne.blogspot.nl). You’re definitely an inspiration! Thanks, and I’m sure I’ll spend quite a few hours on reading your stories ;-) Greetz from Holland!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013

Hey Daphne, Thank you I will be sure to check out your site! All my best

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Jo April 16, 2013

Hi, I was just wondering if you have any recommended reading? I’m fairly new to this lifestyle, and have been vegan for about 3 months, but my main source of info is your blog, and searching the internet. I’d like to know more about nutrition, and the specifics of what different foods can offer, but am struggling to find any books that address this. Any ideas? Thanks, Jo

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P Stewart April 19, 2013

Hi! Such a great site, appreciate your words and your recipes! I have been writing online for a couple years now, about my journey through disordered eating. It has mainly been a private journal that helps me get my thoughts out but I am finally coming to the point when I would like to take the blog to the next level. Could you answer some questions about formatting etc? Do you have an email to be reached at? Thanks!

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Lorrie McFadden April 24, 2013

Hi Angela,

I wrote you a week ago or so and am sorry to repeat, I just want to make sure I do this correctly. We are launching in just a few weeks and I’m gathering referrals for our clients and think you’d be a good one. Please let me know if it’s okay to post a link to your recipes on our site: onefitwidow.com. To check us out: https://www.facebook.com/OneFitWidow

Thanks,
Lorrie
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Adrienne @ Whole New Mom April 24, 2013

Hi Angela. Love your blog. I couldn’t figure out how to contact you so I am leaving a comment here. I was entering your giveaway today and there were Victoria’s Secret ads coming up. They were really–well–Victoria’s Secret-ish and I had to send my boys away from the computer. Would you maybe consider blocking the URL from your ad company? I’ve had to do that on my blog w/ several companies.

Thanks in advance :).

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Wylene April 25, 2013

I recently made your coconut macaroon thumbprints. They were delicious, but oily. Can I reduce coconut oil by half? Also I want to reduce amount of maple syrup. Do you think that will work? I might need some other liquid for right consistency.

Thanks. Love your recipes.

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cosmina April 29, 2013

What can I substitute egg whites for in recipes? Thx!

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Josie May 10, 2013

For your vegan chocolate cupcake recipe, would you be able to use this recipe to make a cake? I would love to make a cake for mothers day on sunday and love this recipe but am not sure if it will work! Let me know please! Thanks

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2013

Hi Josie, I think it would probably work fine – not sure how large of a cake it would make though – maybe an 8×8 or a small round?

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LINDA May 15, 2013

Hi Angela,

I just became vegan, although in my heart I always felt like I was one, just didn’t have the courage to do it. Until I saw the talk that Melanie Joy gave on carnism. And that pushed me or gave me courage to do it. I am nervous about it. Esp. for my familys reaction, I am anticipating lots of negative comments. But for once in my life, I will stand up for what I believe in without, doubting. Because this calling is in my heart it is really strong and i can’t ignore it anymore. I just wanted to tell you have such a beautiful , reassuring smile. It warms my heart. And you do glow from the inside out. I tried one of your recipes yesterday wonderful. Thank you for your blog, I just love it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2013

Thank you for your lovely words Linda!

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LINDA May 15, 2013

Just a suggestion Angela, before you print your cook book. Please make it one with rings around it so it easily stays open and we are not fighting with it to stay open. I don’t know why nobody ever thinks of that.

Linda xx

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Kathleen May 21, 2013

I thoroughly enjoy your site. I changed email providers and had to unsubscribe my old address. I have been unable to find the subscription link/area to be able to subscribe with my new address. Please help.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 22, 2013

Hi Kathleen, My subscription buttons are found on the right hand side of the page (at the top) hope this helps!

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Jana Cervinka May 24, 2013

I love so many of your recipes, and they really help me keep on track with vegan and vegetarian goals, and weight control. I would appreciate a ‘My Recipes’ section where I could file my favourites and new ones to shop ingredients for. Centralizing your recipes on your website instead of e-mailing myself links would be great. What do you think?

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Tara May 28, 2013

Hi Angela,

First, I just want to say how much I love your blog. You and your recipes inspire me daily.

I’m a runner and I’m currently training for my 4th half marathon. In an effort to try and improve my running I have started strength training. I was also reading that protein powder will also help improve my muscles and running.

My question is how to use them. I make a green smoothie every morning and I use about half a cup of Greek yogurt for the protein but I don’t think that is enough. Would I just need to have a protein shake after a long run or should I have one every morning as well?

Also, what protein powder do you recommend? I have read a lot of good things about Vega. do you know if they are available in stores or only online?

Thanks for you time and advice, much appreciated.

Tara

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Jessica May 30, 2013

Are you ever interested in taking vegan recipe submissions? …don’t *think* that one was in the FAQ’s….I read them but sometimes all the info just doesn’t make it in the brain, ya know? :)

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Jennifer May 31, 2013

Dear Angela,

My name is Jennifer and I work for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Our newest website is EverydayDiabeticRecipes.com. If you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to check it out: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com We aim to be a source of healthy recipes for those diagnosed with diabetes. The site, along with our weekly recipe newsletter is just getting off the ground and we are eager to build our audience, which is where you come in!

We have been brainstorming ways to get our readers involved and enjoy the site more, so we are looking for bloggers such as yourself to contribute recipes or healthy eating suggestions and tidbits. They don’t have to be new articles or recipes, just diabetic-friendly. We ask that the recipes list nutrition data, as all of the recipes on our site do as well. We are happy to include your photo and bio, along with a link back to your blog.

The site is still in its infancy, but we have high hopes for it. Our original site, MrFood.com, has more than 2 million unique visitors.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

All best,
Jennifer

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Chris, Brisbane Australia June 1, 2013

Hi Angela, I just made your banana bread protein bars. They are delicious! Can you please tell me whether they should be stored in the fridge or not. I live in Brisbane Australia.
Thanks. Chris.

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Paula Newcomb June 4, 2013

I would like to try your recipes, they sound interesting and delicious but I really need to keep track of my calorie intake. I read in your faqs that you do not count calories but it would be very helpful to have a per serving count. Any recommendations for other cookbooks with calories noted would be helpful

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