Husband’s Healing Stew

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 25, 2011


Thank you for your comments in yesterday’s post! It really cheered me up when I read them this morning after another rough night of little sleep.

Lately, my eats have looked like this…

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Blah. Those two pictures look about as exciting as I feel right now.

I think Eric got sick of watching me eat oatmeal, Coconut Bliss, and chia seed pudding all weekend, so he took matters into his own hands and made a kick-butt stew for dinner.

He grabbed every veggie he could find and he announced that a HEALING stew would be made for our unconventional Easter dinner.


With a little guidance from a recipe on Whole Foods, healing magic happened.



Husband’s Healing Stew

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Adapted from Whole Foods.

Yield: Over 10 cups


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small sweet onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper + 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth (not low sodium), or more as needed
  • 1, 28-oz can diced organic tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked raw buckwheat groats, rinsed (or grain of choice)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearled barley, rinsed (or grain of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Edamame (or bean of choice)
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 5-10 shakes red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt + Black pepper, to taste



1. In a large pot over low heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the chopped sweet onion, green onion, and minced garlic. Heat over low until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.

2. Stir in coriander, cinnamon, and two bay leaves and heat an additional minute or two. Now, add in the chopped vegetables (zucchini, peppers, carrots) and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add a bit more oil if necessary.

3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, rinsed buckwheat and pearled barley (or grains of choice). Simmer on low-medium heat (dial 3-4) for 20 minutes, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn or thin out too much. Add a bit more broth or water if necessary and reduce heat when needed.

4. After 20 minutes, add in the lemon juice and additional seasonings- all to taste (minced parsley, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper).  Cook for another few minutes, remove bay leaves, and serve with fresh bread. Makes over 10 cups. Freeze leftovers or store in the fridge.

Helpful hints:

  • You can have success using a wide range of vegetables, seasonings, and grains of your choice.
  • Always adjust the seasonings to taste and add them gradually. My taste buds are quite muted right now, so we made it spicy. :)



Every good healing stew begins with garlic!


We used pearled barley and raw buckwheat, but you could use any kind of grains you want.

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Oh and some frozen Edamame was thrown in at the last minute for extra protein.

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Like most soups, there is a lot of chopping to do, but other than that, it is fool-proof.


After simmering for 20 minutes the grains cooked up and the stew got nice and thick.


Eric asked me to add more seasonings, and I think I went a bit crazy with the red pepper flakes! He said it was quite spicy, but I didn’t really taste it. ;) Oops.


Served with fresh bread and Earth was the perfect, healing meal.

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Even though I can’t taste or smell that well right now, I know this was a good stew! There was a lot of love in it.

The best part about this stew was that my sinuses were clear after eating it. ;)


For dessert, we had a piece of Carrot Cake Loaf with Lemon Glaze– which defrosted wonderfully by the way- and was SUPER fresh! We are in love with it. I will be making this loaf again and again.


There are a lot of healing leftovers for me this week! Take that flu. I’ll squash you like an ant.


Before you go, I have a little assignment for you…

Quite a few of you expressed interest that you would love a follow-up after my Lessons in Self-Love post. Intuitive and mindful eating seemed to be a topic that you wanted to explore more.

I thought it would be cool to see if you have any questions pertaining to the following areas:

  • Intuitive & mindful eating
  • Binge eating
  • Calorie counting
  • Weight maintenance
  • Happy weight
  • Disordered eating
  • Body image/Self-confidence
  • Hunger signals


I will be happy to provide my own experiences if you have anything on your mind that you would like explored more. Just leave your question (or questions) below and I will pick some of them to answer in a follow-up post, Q & A format.

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Ashley April 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

Such a pretty stew!!! Such a sweet husband!! Feel better soon please!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

Way to go Eric!! What a delicious looking meal. I would love to see some posts on intuitive eating Ange, as it’s something I’m constantly trying to improve on. Can’t wait to learn from a pro! :)


Amy H April 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hi Angela,

I’m currently in therapy/recovering from anorexia (again). My current struggles are with binge eating. If I don’t find I have full control over calorie counting (ie I try to take a day of measuring/counting everything) I go into a “binge”. I know it’s because my body has been so deprived. Anyways, any tips, advice on how to control binges and not count calories all the time?




Hannah April 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I second this question/concern!! As I am in recovery too, an obstacle I’m facing is bingeing/eating beyond fullness. I think it is a matter of trusting oneself around food, too. Ange, how did you start eating mindfully, and were you afraid that once you started you would gain “too much”weight? I don’t really need to gain weight now, but I’m afraid that if I let go of the restrict/binge mindset and eat intuitively, I’ll gain more weight than I’m comfortable with. This is similar to my comment on your post a few days ago :D

Feel better!!!



Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) April 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

My question would be: How do you learn to start loving yourself, just as you are?

What a yummy looking dinner! Way to go Eric! I hope you get over your cold sooner rather then later… lots of garlic & spicy food will help!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

I second that question. I’m interested in more talk about self-confidence/body image. Can’t wait!! Thank you :)


Dani April 25, 2011 at 10:47 am


I would love to see some information regarding how long it took for your binges to take a backboard to intuitive eating, what methods did you use to overcome the binges, do you believe whats your opinion on things like OA (overeater’s annoymous) ? Did you ever see a nutritionist? Do you follow more of the intuitive eating approach on when to eat (Hunger) or another approach like (3 meals, 1 snack)?

Thanks so much!


Lauren April 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

Looks so delicious! What a wonderful husband!


Angel7 April 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

How sweet of your husband to make such a yummy stew for you! It looked delicious! I love stews!

I would like to hear more about weight management.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

Do you have any specific questions about it? That will help me.


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

Aw, feel better soon! You will, no doubt, after such a healthy meal :) Soup and a sweet husband will definitely help things along!


Moni'sMeals April 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

Husband to the rescue! Yes, that meal should work wonders, I always make a stew of “everything but the kitchen sink” when I need to feel better. I hope it has worked. :)
I look forward to the follow up on your Self Love posts with your readers questions. :)


Amy April 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

I have a question!! What strategies did/do you use to combat binge eating? I do it sometimes and feel incredibly guilty afterward. It’s a vicious cycle that I’d like to put in my past- it’s so time consuming!


Ellen @ Cinnamonalicious April 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

What a sweet hubby you have!
I’d love to hear more on intuitive eating, weight maintenance and disordered eating, as these are definitely things I have and still do struggle with… just want to let you know you’re a huge inspiration! <3


Shanna, Like Banana April 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

Awww, so sweet of the hubby to make such a delicious and fabulous looking stew! I’m a firm believer in cranking up the spice to clear up the airways!


Tara @ trulysimplebits April 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

That soup looks yummy! I am going to keep it in mind when making supper tonight.

I love all your lessons in love posts. Anything you write about is always interesting to me, looking forward to all the new topics :)

Feel better!


Meredith April 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Great post! So nice of Eric to make you that awesome stew :).

My question would be how do you eat healthfully and mindfully without becoming obsessed with calorie counting? Thanks! I look forward to the follow up post!


Lindsay April 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

I would love to hear your thoughts/experience with happy weight and gaining self worth and confidence. I’ve been at my goal weight for over a year, and I still struggle with feeling comfortable in my new body. I still feel like the old chubby me. How can I move on from this?
Hope you start feeling better soon!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Mmm, that healing stew sure does sound like it could cure anything!! You have a nice husband there to take care of you like that :D

Hope you feel better soon!! Sounds like this thing has been dragging on.


Hilary April 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

Angela I hope you are feeling better! That stew looks delicious.

My question is: How do you stop yourself from eating when you are not hungry? (bored, cravings etc.)? I have heard distracting yourself is a good technique, but I can’t always manage to take my mind off the food I am craving.


Ana Maria April 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I second this one!


Katrina April 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would love to see some posts on Happy Weight, Weight Maintance, Body Image, and Calorie Counting!


Cam April 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

That looks tasty!
My question would be regarding how you manage to stay positive when an injury or illness prevents you from training and being active. I’ve been injured and unable to run for about a month now and I cannot train or playing my usual sports, and I’m down right depressed about it.


Lindsey April 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

Awwwww…. I wish my hubby would make me soup when i get sick…or whenever for that matter. It looks really yummy. And the Carrot cake loaf looks DIVINE!!! I love carrot cake so i shall have to make it.

I love all of your lessons in self love.. but since you ask, i would like to read what you have to say about binge eating….


FoodFeud April 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

That’s sweet of him and it looks like a great soup. Hope you’re feeling better soon.


Kelsey April 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’ve recently realized I have a problem with calorie restriction combined with too much exercise. After getting sick in Februaury, I’m learning how to eat more balanced again and not feel a slave to the gym – which is a good thing – but as far as eating goes, everything is still measured, planned out, and counted to help me meet my daily calorie goal.
My question is, will there come a day when I don’t “have to” measure everything to make me feel better about eating what I’m supposed to eat?

And then on a side note – when I go out to a restaurant or to a family function, how do I prevent over indulging so I don’t beat myself at the gym the next day? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day April 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

I feel comforted just looking at that stew. Major husband points.

I was wondering if you had any trigger foods in relation to binge eating (foods that started the binge). I know that for myself, I simply cannot have anything super salty around or I’ll get a bit crazy with it (pretzels, chips, tortilla chips, etc.). When I bake, I immediately have to pack some of it up and put it in the freezer or take it to work.


MK April 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

Oh man, that looks way too good. My stomach is growling. You are one lucky girl.

Thanks for the comment on my website, by the way. First comment! WOO.

I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and I haven’t gotten that far but I am enjoying it. It’s like a book. :D

As I mentioned in my blog, I want to train for the half marathon….I don’t even know WHERE to begin. If you have any tips and training programs…that’d be awesome.


Christina April 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

I love soups! I think it’s something that reheats well and is super easy to make. It’s also very budget conscious ;)

Hope it’s knocking that flu right outa town!

I think when I reached my “happy weight” I self sabotage. I start to say “oh I can have some extra snacks, I deserve it” then at the sign of weight gain I go into the whole “you’re terrible for eating that, might as well just have more then” mind frame. I’d be interested to hear how people deal with that. :)


[email protected] DiVa DiSh April 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

oh my gosh! You have the cutest husband in the world!! I love that he did that for you! I love my hubby, but I don’t think he could cook/follow a recipe for the life of him :)
Looks delcious!!


Charlie April 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

This stew looks so good! I was just thinking of making chili or stew next weekend with some homemade bread. I think I just found what I’m going to make!


Susan April 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

Is that bread one of your recipes? It looks wonderful!

Also, have you tried Oscillococcinum for the flu? I tried it when feeling the beginning stages of a flu coming on, and it knocked it out of me! Homeopathic, too!

Hope you feel better soon!


Susan April 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

I do have another question:

Are you going to do another challenge this spring/summer? Maybe once your feeling better. Here in Florida, we’re already into bikini season! But I still have 8 lbs. to lose, fast!! Looking for a challenge to help! Thanks, -Susan


Meredith April 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hi Angela- I made the carrot cake loaf this weekend and it was fantastic! I made a couple tweeks by using 1/3 c. smart balance instead of oil and added 1/2 c applesauce. I also reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 c. and added a TBSP or so of molasses. I also used 1/2 tsp of allspice and only 1.5 tsp of the cinnamon. One last trick, I used a skewer to poke holes in the top of the loaf before drizziling the glaze, which allowed it to be soaked up and absorbed into the whole loaf, making it extra moist and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making it again and again.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

mm great idea!


Erinn April 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hello, well first off I am a big fan of your blog, I have made several of your recipes and they have all worked fantastically!
I have a question for you!
How have you over come negative self-talk, in both regards to self image as well as other aspects of life.


Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

Get well soon! That stew photographed amazingly! Go husband!

If you’re taking questions, I have one: do you ever crave convenience foods, especially if you are out and about/busy? I’d say cutting way down on these is one of the biggest changes for me over the past few years.


Gillian April 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

What a gorgeous stew — I’m loving all the colors! Feel better!


Becca April 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

Here are my specific self-love questions:

1) How did you find peace with your “trigger foods”?
2) How do you make up for a “bad day” (overeating-wise) without restricting food intake or overexercising?
3) How did you learn to not count calories even though you already knew the calorie content of most foods?

Thanks OSG! P.S. Is the bread homemade?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Yes it was homemade, but we werent happy with the outcome so I didnt share the recipe!


Marit April 26, 2011 at 1:41 am

I can send you a recipe for a no-knead rye and wholegrain bread with grated carrots if you want… success every time and 100% vegan…
let me know..


Anna May 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Can I get that recipe too???


Marit May 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

Sure e-mail me… I’ll send it to you.


Marit May 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

DUH… might help to add my e-mail addy…
[email protected]


Nora April 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

Hello! I’ve been following your site for a while now but I’ve never commented. But I saw this post calling for questions and thought I’d take the opportunity to ask away. I always look forward to your posts on self-love and having a positive attitude.

How did you initially begin to deal with your issues of binge eating? Did you have to cut out certain foods from your diet for some time? If you ever slipped up, were you able to stay positive? And if so, how?

Thanks :) And I hope you feel better soon!


Lauren April 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

Aw, what a wonderful healing recipe and thoughtful husband! Looks divine. I will definitely be trying this soon with all the rainy weather New England has been experiencing…get well soon!


Lisa Fine April 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

How did you friends and family react to your disordered eating, and when did they realize that you needed help?

Love that Eric cooked for you…I love when my honey cooks for me. :)


Liz April 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

I suffered from disordered eating for a long time and feel lucky that now I don’t base my entire self worth on how many calories I consume in a day. But the one thing I do still struggle with is hunger signals. I eat at roughly the same times each day – 3 medium size meals and 2 – 3 snacks. But I don’t really recognize feeling hungry until I am ravenous – there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground for me, which makes it hard to eat intuitively. Any advice??


Ashley April 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

I feel the same way! I never notice feeling hungry until I feel like I’m about to drop! It’s extremely frustrating, so I would also love some advice about it too!


Kellie April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I’m recovering from anorexia and one thing my nutritionist tells me is that at this stage intuitive eating is not really possible for me. I need to stick with a schedule (3 meals, 3 snacks) because I have a hard time feeling hunger and fullness still. She said eventually I will be able to IE but that is a long way off.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

It took me almost a year to really recognize my hunger signals, so I can really relate to those questions. The best thing you can do is stick with it and be patient. :) I think a schedule may work well in those instances. generally I like to eat every 3-4 hours to keep my energy up.


Estela @ Weekly Bite April 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

That stew looks delicious! So pretty & colorful!

Feel better soon :)


Dawn April 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hey Angela,

I love your website and find so much nourishing and comforting information on it. What i’m wondering is two things regarding binge eating.
One, when you are away from your home either traveling or eating out, are you triggered to binge by certain foods, since it is often hard to find healthful nourishing vegan foods in the average restaurant. (for me especially, living in rural Alberta). I cook very clean meals at home and dont bring processed food in that will trigger me, but i really struggle with traveling, which i have to do a lot of for work.
My other question is if you have found help with behavioral therapy or through any other professional supporting you, or instead have strictly improved from the work done through your own self help?
Thank you again for such an inspiring and beautiful website!


Char April 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

This stew looks awesome – I just made a soup last week putting all the veggies in I could find, too! I think my biggest struggle is punishment. Any suggestions on how to not punish yourself for eating something that your mind thinks is “bad” – I think this also goes along with how to eat in moderation or understanding the consequences if you do decide to eat something that’s not healthy. Thanks Angela! Feel better!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

Yummy! That stew looks fantastic! I’m glad to hear your sinuses cleared up a bit after eating it.
As for the question: I’d love to hear your take on calorie counting. Out of all the progress I’ve made in my own recovery, I still find calorie counting hard NOT to do. I’ve gotten much better at avoiding it, but sometimes I find myself counting up my day before I even realize it.

I’d love to know how you’ve stopped yourself from counting calories and if you have any tricks on how to cut the counting for good!


Naomi April 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

Would you tell me how you started on your journey towards a better and real health? I have found myself on a path of self destruction for a long time. My mind knows better but old habits die hard. Where did you find the strength to overcome your negative thoughts and destructive patterns? How did you begin?
Thank you!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 25, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a lovely stew your husband made! I would feel better looking at all of those bold colors.

My question:
Did you ever have foods that were “off-limits” – as healthy as they may be (for example oils, nut butters, nuts, etc .. high in fat and calories.. but in a good way). Was it a struggle to re-incorporate these foods into your diet? If so – how were you finally okay with eating them… guilt-free?


Holly @ The Runny Egg April 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

What a beautiful stew! I hope it brings you back to good health :)


Jasmine April 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’m curious about hunger signals too, and what to do when they conflict with what you know you should be eating. Right now I wish I could honor my hunger signals but I find that I feel full after only eating a few bites, and so I have to push to finish my meals to make sure I’m eating proper amounts. Did you experience anything like this when dealing with weight restoration?


Lesley Lifting Life April 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Eric’s healing stew looks fabulous!! Get better soon!! :)


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

That really does look like a feel-good stew!


Andrea @ Vegvacious April 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a sweet husband you have — looks like a wonderful Easter dinner.


Becky April 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

Hi Angela,
I love you blog. I’m recovering from a past of restrictive eating and obsession with calorie counting. My question for you is that is how you would react if you gained back some of the weight you lost without changing your eating. Would you count calories or cutback on intake? My fear is that I will gain back the weight I lost and no longer be able to accept myself.


carol April 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

this stew looks amazing!!!!! I will definitely be making it this week I hope you feel much better real soon!


Heather April 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hi Angela,

After overcoming a 6-year bout of anorexia (YAY!), I started to get a LOT of cues to binge. Unfortunately, it has been something I have been struggling with. Not often, but it is sometimes really difficult to switch off my brain. I live alone in a single dorm room, which can be very isolating, and sometimes, I just feel so out of my element. If you could share your top tips on handling binge-eating stress, I would love it.



Kristina @ spabettie April 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

hee – I read this as “husband stealing stew” and thought WHAT is she up to now!! :D

feel better soon!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm



[email protected] April 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

that stew is beautiful your husband knows what hes doing :) feel better!


LauraJayne April 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

That stew looks delicious! I have the Whole Foods app on my iPod and love it – I’ve made some of the best meals from it! Hope you start feeling better (or 100% better) soon!


Jessica April 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

If that doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will. You two are blessed to have found one another.

By the way, I made your 15 minute avocado pasta the other night and we’re in love with it too!! Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes.


Alexandra Aimee April 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Aww what a sweet husband :) Feel better! I’m sure you will be better in no time because you live such a healthy lifestyle. The doctor who said he’d had it for four weeks probably eats a cheese burger a day!


Amanda April 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That stew looks so delicious!! I’d be interested in hearing about how you cope now with times when you over-indulge a bit. I often beat myself up for eating “too much” and have trouble letting it go and being at peace with it.


Cass April 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I really love reading your daily glow posts! My questions would be: You seem to stay within the same weight range for the most part – How often do you weigh yourself? If not very often, how did you stop weighing yourself often and obsessing over the number? And how did you learn to not care about the number on the scale as much?

I find this to be the thing I struggle with the most. I eat healthy at least 80% of the time, but my boyfriend likes to go out to eat at a restaurant about once a week or go out for some drinks. I’ll agree, but beat myself up over it the next day because I feel “fat”. When I weigh myself and I’m not where I’d like to be, it ruins my entire day. I love food and trying out new restaurants and want to be able to enjoy those things in life (in moderation) instead of beating myself up about them.


Natalie April 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I just have a question about VOO. Are they really sticky and “gluey” after sitting out all night? What is the texture like? That’s what scares me about them.

Love your blog. You’re so inspiring.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I think the best way to describe them is ‘doughy’ :) The texture is quite slimey from the chia seeds…but I got used to it and now I love it.


AGS @ West With Flight April 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I’d like it if you’d talk about “happy weight” in the context of various life chanages. What might be your happy weight range at one point — training for a long race distance — may not be your happy weight at another — such as mid-way through pregnancy. However, both weights might be perfectly healthy for you, and you find you are pretty much OK with both. (I am using two personal examples of how the weight that I was comfortable with was pretty different, depending upon life circumstances.) It’s my observation that when people talk about their happy weight, they still have some sort of range/number in mind. . . even though our bodies are really just adaptive and can be “happy” and “healthy” at different points/weights/etc.


M April 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’m currently wondering if it’s possible to attempt to lose weight in a healthy way when you have a history of eating disorders. My relationship with food is pretty decent now and I feel pretty good about the food choices I make most of the time, but I would like to lose a little weight. In addition to stepping up my exercise, is it advisable to adjust my eating, and is it even possible without my mind going to restricting mode? I find it very hard to distinguish whether I should have that extra spoonful of pb in my oats because I want it and that’s part of recovery, or if I should go without because I don’t NEED it.

OR, do think I should just learn to accept where my body is now, in which case do you have any advice for accepting your body and lifestyle when you are surrounded by people constantly trying to push themselves harder. I always worry that people will think I’m not doing my best to be healthy if I’m not thin/fit/toned.


Katy April 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I’m on the same page as you… my relationship with anorexia started 12 years ago (hard to believe it’s been that long!) and I’m now at a stage where most of the time I eat healthy without thinking too much about what I’m eating… but I do still fight that battle you described… do I eat this extra such-and-such because I want it and I know I’m not supposed to be denying myself food, or do I not eat it because I don’t actually need it? Do “normal” people balance a day of less-healthy choices (i.e. pizza) by eating less the next day (i.e. salad and lean protein)? I simply don’t know what I’m SUPPOSED to be doing as a “recovered” person. Do people judge me based on how much they see me eat or how thin/fit I appear?? And I still struggle greatly with the hunger/full feelings – I rarely feel true hunger signals, and when I do, it’s always accompanied by nausea etc. because I have gone too long since eating last – but how do I know since I don’t feel hungry until I get to the point of so-hungry-I-can-hardly-think – and then am SUPER full after eating only a few bites? For heaven’s sake… sometimes I think recovery is a hell of a lot harder than just letting anorexia back in. I think I’d like to hear a bit on that, Angela – do you ever have those days?


Kate @ NaturaStride April 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

This recipe looks amazing! The ingredients list alone had me drooling. Thanks!


Emily April 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Eric is a sweetie and that soup looks awesome! I’ve been reading a bunch of the comments and all the topics sound really great, I’d love seeing pretty much anything and everything that has been suggested!


Jenn from Much to My Delight April 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

What a sweet gesture from your husband, and that sounds like it would be quite the healing elixir. Hate to say it, but I’d be frightened what my boyfriend would put into a pot of stew. He only makes hot dogs and pb&j, and those never made anyone feel less sick.


Katie @ katie's hungry life April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

That is so sweet, and impressive! My boyfriend’s kitchen abilities are limited to easy mac and hot pockets…


Chrissy April 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hi Angela,
I love your blog! I read it daily, and since I know you have struggled with binge eating, I wish you could talk more about it. It seems like it is something a lot of people struggle with, but do not talk about. Do you have advice from stopping binging and overeating permanently? I tell myself almost every day that it will never happen again, but it inevitably does.
Thank you!


Stephanie April 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Uh, sweetest thing ever? Check. I want a hubs like yours. Also your dinner looks way better than my dinner on Easter. It combines my love of drippy/melty nut butters and Earth Balance. Droooool =)””’
I’d like to see some stuff on intuitive eating. I’m trying to get there and so it would be nice to learn more about it.


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Oh wow, my boyfriend wouldn’t even know what to do with all those veggies!!

Hm, I would love to know more about hunger signals, and when to stop eating. I’ve recovered from an eating disorder for over two years now, and whenever I eat, I always eat until I feel really full, otherwise, my mind is really unsettled. I can’t do the “eat until your satisfied” trick, and it really bothers me that I can’t stop, but then end up completely bloated. Any suggestions?

Thanks :)


Stacy April 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Thank you for that post; it was well-written and made me step back and think quite a bit.

I have a question for you… How would you tell (or help) someone close to you who may be harming themselves with disordered eating and low self-confidence? Where can self-confidence be found or cultivated?


Becky April 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

That stew looks wonderful! What a wonderful hubby! I hope you are starting to feel a little better! What kind of bread was that, it looked so good!? Also I made the carrot loaf and mine was really dark and I am not sure why. It was brownin colored? I am wondering if I used the wrong flour. I thought I had spelt flour it was in an unmarked container. Does spelt flour have black specks in it? That is the only thing I can think of.

I would love to know about when to eat and when to stop. Especially with exercising. I always think I have to eat more to keep my body fueld and I am not sure if I do. Also how to stop counting calories!! I feel like I am addicted to it! Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Spelt doesnt have black flecks in it (to my kowledge!), so perhaps a different flour?


kelli April 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

that stew looks amaaazinggg! feel better soon!=)


Kathryn April 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I found zinc losenges to be REALLY helpful in beating this cold/flu action that is terrible this year. I bought cold-eeze mint flavor (since zinc is kind of nasty). They really seemed to help! Hope you feel better soon.


emmy April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

My question is about binge eating. Sometimes after I eat a meal, even if it’s filling and nutritious, I find myself walking over to the pantry and continuing to eat, whether I’m hungry or not. They aren’t serious binges in my case, and more often than not it’s healthy food, usually dried fruit or something sweet, but I know it’s not necessary, even if it’s not that bad for me. How do I combat these urges? I’ve definitely tried to put thought into staying away from the pantry/fridge after meals, but for some reason, it’s really really difficult for me. Any suggestions or strategies to help me?


Carie April 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi Angela!
I love your blog, you are SUCH an inspiration! I have struggled with anorexia in the past.. and though I am now at a healthy weight its a little more than how much I usually weigh. I want to lose just a few pounds in a healthy way, but I dont know how to! I’ve thought about just eating very clean for 2 weeks but when i try nothing seems to work! Should I just try doing the “crap free” weeks like you did??


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Angela the soup looks wonderful and I can’t believe Eric made that! My hubs, in 12 yrs together, has never made me anything..then again, he’s not a cook and he’s a liability in the kitchen so I order him to stay out. lol

Seriously though, great recipe and great photography!! It can be hard, heavy to hold a big camera, and draining to take beautiful photos of food b/c of the magnitude of shots required and then the editing….so I am really impressed your cranked out such great images being sick!

Now, go rest please :)

The Q & A session…sounds awesome and thank you for being so generous and willing to share with everyone. Here’s one of mine…not totally what you mentioned…but similar…
Do you feel pressure to only showcase certain foods, i.e. natural, vegan, “healthy” in some capacity on your blog? Do you ever just want to feature a super nonhealthy dessert but fear reader backlash and outcry? Or you have no desire at this point in your eating journey to show things like that anyway? (I personally think I eat “healthy” but still love some really “unhealthy” desserts…haha!)


Nicole April 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I struggle with all of those areas. I went to see my doctor recently about disordered eating, but I haven’t filled out the info that the center I was referred to needs in order to assess how they can help. After the doc appt I did really well being mindful while eating and had no binge episodes…but that lasted maybe two weeks before I tripped up again. I’ve seen my weight just go up and up, and while I do exercise, it only seems to somewhat combat my eating. I didn’t always have this problem, so I’m not sure how it got started or why.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

My advice would be to go back to your doctor and talk to a professional as they will be able to assess your situation and find coping methods for you. I dont feel like I could help you not knowing your situation. I do know that when I saw a therapist, my behaviours improved a lot.


Baking 'n' Books April 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

That. Looks. Incredible. Wow. that is my kind of stew. I hate soups because they are usually “thin” and watery. It must be thick and filling!

What kind of bread is that? I must make that carrot loaf gosh….

Hmm..questions…kind of difficult – I have a million – but a lot of mine are related to binging and feeling so worthless…and the next day like crap and knowing I need to do better…but I still want foods that are regular and not just “veggies” and Fruit – i hate when people say that…

But from what I’ve read your binging seemed to be more sporadic and only a weekly thing …I’m talking like way more than once a week so I don’t think it can be compared fairly…


Anna April 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Hi Angela,

I am an active highschool student, and I have been battling with an anorexia for just over a year and I am currently struggling on my road to recovery. Your blog has been a great source of inspiartion and motivation for me on my journey as you are living proof that a healthy body image as well as normal eating patterns can be restored. I am hoping to go to university next year, but I am having trouble adjusting to eating independantly.
My questions for you are:
How did you adjust to normal, unrestricted and instinctual eating once you reached your natural, healthy weight?
How did you know how much to eat and how often to snack in order to fuel your rigorous exercise?
What strategies did you use to escape eating disordered habits and tendancies?

Thank you for your time and I hope you can help!



Sabine @ thefruitpursuit April 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Eric is too cute! you should let him read all the raving reviews he got so he’ll be bound to repeat his kind gesture ;)

get well soon!


Rebecca April 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Angela- Thank you for doing a Q&A on those topics. I’ve struggled with disordered eating since I was 11 years old, and I very much respect your honesty and approach to these issues. My question is this:

How did you deal with the fear of gaining weight when you stopped restricting your diet? Though my eating behaviors have improved, I still struggle with “letting go” of that sense of control because I have a huge fear that I will suddenly gain 20 pounds, though I know intellectually that my weight would actually stabilize at a healthy point. I think this is a common experience for those of us who have disordered eating. How did you deal with that intense fear of “getting fat?”

Thank you!


Jen April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

My question is, what helped you the most to become an intuitive eater? I have problems with deciding what to eat quite often. Usually it’s a debate between something I’m leaning towards, and something I feel like I SHOULD be leaning towards. I’ll want one thing, and then think, “I should make THIS instead because I haven’t had any veggies today.” Whenever I do this, and I land on the “healthier” choice over what I truly want, I regret it. I always end up wishing I listened to myself. Chances are, what I REALLY wanted was not even unhealthy to begin with, and I would have been a lot more satisfied. How did you teach yourself to be intuitive?

If that question is too difficult to answer, I have one about hunger signals. Do you ever go a while without eating, but don’t end up feeling hungry when you normally would? When this happens to me, I don’t know whether to eat or not eat. I feel like I SHOULD eat, because I don’t like to skip meals, but I also feel like my body would tell me to eat if it really needed to. What causes hunger signals to go away? Do you have any tricks to keeping your appetite on a steady schedule? (I suppose this partially relates to being intuitive.)

Oh and by the way, I just want to say that I’ve always loved your blog. I think you’re gorgeous, and such a healthy inspiration! I drool over how beautiful your meals are!


Allison April 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

So sorry about the flu, feel better soon!
My question is: How do you not beat yourself up over weight gain. How do you avoid being depressed and upset about it?


thehealthyapron April 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Oh I’m really adoring the beautiful colors of that stew! Another item on my “to make” list.

I think my greatest struggle post ED is trusting myself to maintain my weight sans scale obsession. Recently, I’ve cut out ALL (okay MOST) processed foods and since last year, cut out ALL artificial sweeteners. I’ve also been incorporating MORE fruits and veggies and trying new grains and have never felt better! My immune system is awesome and I’m almost never groggy or tired. However, cutting out those diet foods and not weighing for almost 5 months, I’ve gained 5 lbs! Now, maybe this was just my body telling me I needed to gain weight (and granted, if gaining 5 pounds is all I need to gain vs continueing to eat crappy low-cal/low-fat junk, then I’m fine with it), but GAINING = anxiety for me. It’s hard to accept and now I feel like I need that scale back so I don’t wind up gaining 5 MORE pounds.

I’d love for you to address how you deal with this type of thing. Thanks!


Dalai Lina April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I enjoyed reading everyones questions and honest personal struggles. You have a great group of readers! (and a great husband)


Tiina McKay April 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

What a nice hubby! The stew looks delicious! Hope you’re feeling better!


Jen April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I am morbidly obese and I’ve recently accepted that I’m a compulsive overeater, . I love the idea of intuitive/mindful eating and want to eat that way someday. I guess I’m looking for a way to get from one polar end (compulsively eating) to the opposite end (intuitively eating). I’ve very recently tried a 12-step program. I’m not sure that it’s the right fit for me, but I’ve committed to trying it for 6 weeks. They suggest picking a meal plan, and it usually looks like 3 meals a day with 0-1 snacks per day. Can I get from one end to the other without rigidity? I’ve tried diets and weight loss programs….nothing worked because I wasn’t truly ready before.


R @ Learning As I Chop April 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Wow, that stew looks incredible! So that does that carrot cake.


kell April 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Hi Angela,
I hope you are feeling better! thanks for your willingness to share your experience regarding self-love with us, it is so inspirational and comforting to have such a positive and beautiful role model such as yourself. As i am in recovery from anorexia now, i would love to know more about your experiences in restoring a healthy weight and trusting and loving your body as you went through that experience.
any insight youhave on this would be amazing!
thank you and be well!


Scarlette April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

That stew looks soooo amazingly delish! I think my husband and I may cook this sucker up for dinner tonight! Good job Eric :)


Lauren April 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I really hope you feel better soon!! Eric is soo sweet! Best Husband Ever! :)

I’m currently recovering from anorexia and I am realizing that I have trouble experiencing my emotions and managing them. Whenever something is wrong, I turn to my eating disorder…it’s like my crutch. I was wondering how you learned to experience all the ups and downs of life, while creating positive coping mechanisms, so that whenever you felt down, you wouldn’t turn to pictures of models, or doing other things ED-related things. Any help would be much appreciated! And again, GET WELL!! :) Healing vibes your way :)


Hilary April 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Mmmm….I’m not even sick and that stew looks delicious! Perfect for the rainy weather today! I would be interested in anything about weight maintenance…particularly how to handle special occasions without going overboard.


Kaylee April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi, Angela,

I have a question for you. I’m recovering from various aspects of an ED, specifically overexercise, which have caused a potentially irreversible case of amenorrhea and bone loss. I’ve put on a bit of weight (to be normal), and am rather nervous of putting on too much weight. I do NOT want to lose any weight, in fear of preventing the hope of getting my periods again, but I’m finding it difficult to NOT GAIN weight. How do you find this balance? I’m trying to remind myself that it is better to gain weight at this point than to stay the same weight, so I should err on the side of caution and eat more than I should….but I feel like this constantly puts me a few hundred calories over everyday, which is adding up.
Just curious if you gained a significant amount of weight when you decided to stop restricting/binging, or if you ever had issues with amenorrhea. If you did gain weight, do you think it was a result of a metabolic shift or because you were erring on the side of caution, learning how to eat intuitively?

PS–thanks so much for doing this Q&A.


Jul April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Hey Angela!
I love your blog and it’s been so helpful to find someone who has struggled with an eating disorder and also binge eating and has recovered, as I am struggling with it now. I know that you have talked about how you overcame your binge eating in your “road to health” section, but I was wondering if you could go into more detail as to how you beat bingeing? how long did it take to feel as though you had control of yourself around food, and how did you resist the urge to binge? Thanks so much!


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans April 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Here’s my question:

Did you completely avoid specific “trigger” foods when you were overcoming binge eating issues? I have found if I eat certain things (eg salty snacks) I am more likely to drastically overindulge. Likewise if I keep those foods in the house and I begin feeling bored or stressed.


Erin April 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’ve been having some kind of a weird relapse with my eating disorder. I haven’t been starving myself, but in fact doing the exact opposite. I got a job back in november in which I became extremely depressed and unhappy at. I have left that job and I am currently in this stuck rut of having gained about 15 pounds and can’t seem to get out of this rut and really truly get back into my former exercise habits.
I hate how I feel and look right now and want to know how to get back in tune with when I am really truly hungry and when my body is faking me out.
I don’t want to calorie count but rather get back in tune with my body.

You should try Alicia silverstone’s magical healing soup, it did wonders when i was getting sick a while back and kept me from getting sick!!!


[email protected] April 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

What a sweet hubby!! So cute :) I would like to hear more about the processes or strategies you used to get over binge eating. Also, weight maintenance would be great to hear more about. Thanks Angela :)


Namaste Gurl April 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Mmmm, lovely and tasty looking soup. I”m sure a bowl of that will help u feel better in no time! :) Sending you best thoughts to get better


Anna April 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

What a colorful stew! It looks delicious ^_^

I would be interested in hearing more about calorie counting and hunger signals. I really appreciate you opening up and sharing the information you have with all of us :)


Sam April 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

So I am a teenager in high school and I feel pretty good about my body most of the time. A lot of girls always talk about how fat they are, even how skinny they are! I exercise daily and am a pesketarian who is very health-food concious. I sometimes have those little breakdowns though when something doesn’t look good on me. Whenever those happen I just look here and it really helps. Thanks! You have inspired me to become a vegan. My dad is overweight. I try to help him by being a good influence by exercising and eating right but I don’t think he gets it. He still lays around for a good part of the time when he is home and uses work as an excuse when it really isn’t. Could you give me some tips on how to inspire him?


Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That stew looks PACKED with yummy, healing goodness. Feel better soon!


Emily April 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Oh, I’m definitely looking forward to an extended post/discussion about self-love. I don’t know if I have any specific questions, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on any and all of those subjects. I am curious about maintenance, though – I’ve found a weight that I like; I think I look great, and I’ve been eating pretty well and exercising, but I just don’t know if my weight is high enough to be healthy. (I am technically underweight at this point, but I’ve been on the low end of the weight spectrum my whole life, so I don’t know what to think.) I’d also be very interested in hearing more about hunger signals/snacking/indulging vs. being kind to yourself.


Gulcan April 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Hi Angela,
first of all: get well soon! Hope you will recover asap. And soup looks so delicious, bravo to Eric :)
If it is not too much to ask from you, my questions will be as follows:
– How to stop negative self-thoughts or mind chatter about your own self, including your image/weight? Any advices based on your own experience?
– My culture is very much based on talking first about how you look even before saying hi to someone. For instance, every time I visit my parents or friends back home, their first reaction or words are always about how I look like (put on weight or lost). Likewise, when I try to do home-gym or exercise during my home leave they immediately think that I am on diet or trying to lose weight. I find it very difficult to struggle with -let alone my- people’s judgemental approach to how I look (including my own family).
– In connection with my previous point, how do you keep an eye on your healthy eating when on leave? How could you adapt your regular exercise in a holiday?
– I am living in a social environment which is very much based on dining out and drinking alcohol. How to still enjoy socialising while not depriving yourself from this type of social life? I really wonder how you balance it..
– There are many urban legend stories, books, articles, people, doctors who write about healthy eating. Some theories contradicts each other and confuses me. Could you suggest a couple of bedside books on this topic which is not so technical but scientific enough to trust?
– Also some books about self-love, compilation of quotas, stress/binge eating management would be great.
Sorry if I have asked too much, but it is really great to hear from you and your stories.
Thanks a lot!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Whenever Brian or I are sick I always make a soup or stew with tons of veggies and we call it ‘healing soup or stew’ … too funny. The one that Eric made looks pretty fabulous! I think that was so sweet of him to cook for you :)


[email protected] Healthy Helper blog! April 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

that is so sweet of eric to make you such a nice easter dinner! i’m glad it made you feel better too! it looks absolutely delicious! i wouldn’t mind having left over of that yummy stuff!


Michelle April 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

First of all, I love your blog. I read it daily and always love trying out your recipes.

I am a cheerleader for an NFL team, so a big part of my job is staying fit (skinny) and healthy eating. The team provides us with a gym membership, but no structured workouts and diets, but they will bench you if they think you’re fat. I have always been very conscious of my body growing up in a world of dance, cheerleading, and pageants. Making this team has made me VERY cautious and nervous of everything I put in my body. Last summer while getting ready for our calendar shoot I dropped 12lbs (I am 5’6 and weigh 125 normally) and would continually force myself to throw up if I did binge. I was eating around 1000 calories a day, and working out twice a day.

I guess my question is if you have any tips on binge eating. I will follow my “diet” during the day, very strictly, and then when I get home at night I eat EVERYTHING in sight. It’s not that I’m hungry, I just get bored and eat but never get full. I eat small meals throughout the day so it’s not like I’m starving myself and that’s why I binge. I would love any advice you have on this.



Abby April 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I was wondering if you have any recommendations about weighing yourself. I look forward to hearing the answers to some of the above questions as well. I find all of the information you provide so valuable!


Vicki April 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Hi Angela,

I’m currently at university, so every so often at holidays I go back to visit my parents. For instance, I’m currently with them for Easter. However, being at home is not easy for me. When I’m at university I am in total control of my eating and mostly it is good. I’m trying to lose weight in a healthy way with diet and exercise and am making sure to eat enough calories. But being at home without this control over what I’m eating triggers my binge/purging. When I lived at home before uni I suffered with bulimia and it all just comes back.

So, I’d like some advice. I don’t know how to stop these binges when I’m at home. Could it be to do with losing control? I don’t know how to get over this because I feel that I currently need to be in control in order to lose weight, without the control I end I just gaining weight. Maybe I just need time. I don’t know.


Sara @BakingandWine April 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

That is a butt load of veggies! Ha. Yum.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm

That stew looks like such a healing dinner indeed :)


Ruth April 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm

FIrst of all, that stew looks absolutely delicious (as does every other recipe here). It’s so colorful and bright that I feel like it would make me feel better just by looking at it!

As far as questions go, was it hard to tell people, or label yourself as having an “eating disorder”? I have been struggling for a while with mild bulimia and the binge eating that for me accompanies it. I feel like the support of my friends and family would be a huge help to me, but I have difficulty labeling myself as “eating disordered” or “bulimic” for some reason. Those words just seem too serious for what I feel like I am. I almost feel like in some perverse way that I haven’t “earned” those labels, that they’re for people who have suffered more than me, that have it worse than I do. But another part of me does know that I do have a problem that I’m recovering from and still struggling with. After all, it’s not normal to feel the need to eat until it hurts and then want to get rid of it.

Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration, encouragement, and delicious recipes!


Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza April 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

What is your definition of a “happy weight” and how did you know that you had reached your happy weight for your body?


Kate April 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

How do you eat intuitively AND lose weight? Because wouldn’t the hunger/full signals your body gives you be what is needed to maintain weight (particularly if you are trying to lose a relatively small amount of weight and are at a relatively health weight)?

Hope you feel better soon!! I always find garlic oil capsules work really well. 2 every hour. Be warned – you’ll be stinky!


Melissa April 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I would love to hear more about portion control. I’ve gotten hooked on the Green Monster but i’m worried that I might be adding to many calories to my diet and not quite sure how to balance that.


Katie April 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hi Angela – hope you are feeling better, the soup looks amazing! So sweet of Eric to make it for you. I am really interested in whatever you choose to post about regarding the topics you mentioned above. I would be especially interested in hearing your views on calorie counting (is it a bad idea for everyone, or helpful for some?), intuitive eating, and weight maintenance. For me, I’m not yet in a place where eating completely intuitively allows me to maintain my weight. I’m also still trying to lose a few pounds. Could you give some tips about how to stop counting calories, and what to do instead? Also, I know you prefer not to discuss actual numbers, but would you maybe share just the difference between your previous ‘ideal’ weight and your current weight maintained without calorie counting? I.e., how much can one expect to gain without getting concerned that it will keep creeping up? Thanks so much!


Ann @ Running With Chopstix April 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I second the calorie counting discussion! I’m trying to lose a few pounds and I’m battling between counting calories but I’m not sure what else to do.. It’s a bit frustrating sometimes because I don’t want losing weight to become a negative journey. And possibly something about scale obsessing? Sometimes I feel like I’m too focused on the numbers but it’s hard not to rely on something factual. Thanks for these discussions! They’re my absolute favorites :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Eric’s been holding out on us! How come he’s been hiding those awesome cooking skills from us? ;) That stew looks wonderful!


Heather April 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Angela! Great blog by the way. I have been reading for a long time, but not sure that I have ever posted a comment. Now seemed like the ideal time!

My question is related to dealing with food, whilst dealing with other problems in life.
While I wouldn’t say that I eat while I’m stressed, I DON’T CARE what I eat while I’m stressed.
The more I read about ‘intuitive eating’, they suggest taking a breather and ‘feeling’ your emotions. And then treat your body the way you’d want it to be treated. I don’t know about other people, but when I’m stressed, I don’t have the patience, the time, or the care to sit back and be conscious. All the problems tend to feel a lot bigger than whether or not I eat the doughnut, or the salad. Diet goes on the back burner, and I gain weight.

What are your thoughts on caring about your health/body when there are things that seem so much bigger than that?


Nicole @ Fresh & Fit April 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm

You’ve got some competition in the kitchen. Hehe. If that stew doesn’t help you feel better I don’t know what will!


Hope April 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I love the photos in this post – they are so colorful and vibrant! You are very talented :)


Kim (Aus) April 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I just wanted to say thankyou! Your blog is so inspiring and after years plagued with anxiety and obsession with perfection I am slowly learning to love myself for all the right reasons. I do have a quick question: Did you ever suffer anxiety about your weight and put your life on hold as a result? I would love to hear your thoughts on letting go of the desire to be perfect and just being happy now. xox


Sydney April 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I’d love to learn more about binge eating and how you dealt with it, that is, if you struggled with it, as i am currently battling it. thanks for your lovely and cheerful posts :)


Elle April 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Way to go Eric! And it is beautiful too.

The carrot loaf looks very nice… going to look for that blog… thanks.


Hayley April 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I’m wondering what you think of the unspoken “hierarchy” of eating disorders. Just recently, it seems that it is being more openly discussed in the blog world…and I think it is a subject that deserves some attention. It seems that anorexia is considered the “best” eating disorder, the one that symbolizes control and (maybe) glamour. Bulimia seems more shameful because then you feel out of control, and binge eating is the worst.
I have personal experience with this. I went into treatment for anorexia, and through the refeeding process, I started binge eating. I was so ashamed and devastated and disgusted with myself, I couldn’t tell anyone. This prevented me from getting the help I needed, and I developed bulimia for a while. I think that the shame associated with binge eating is a huge obstacle for so many people, and it prevents them from recovering. I wonder if you could comment on how you dealt with your shame and how you managed to recover from binge eating despite that. Also, did anyone treat you differently or react with disgust when you told them? I think that’s a huge fear for some. It was for me.


Molly @ RDexposed April 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Anything that colorful (and noy from yellow #9) has to taste good!


Halima April 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hope you feel better really soon.

I read through a few comments and dont want to sound repetitive, I would like to lose 10lbs and it has been a life long struggle. I know to some it’s not a lot but to me it is. I have done it before but as always I gain it back. I start everyday saying this is the day that I will eat right for the rest of my life and then either a) my hubby brings home bad foods b) my kids dont finish their meal and I do it for them c) there is a family gathering with a lot of sinful stuff or d) there is something yummy lurking in my kitchen or pantry and I wont stop till it is done! How do you stop this behavior? where do you get the strength to say I will just eat this and that’s it?


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

What a great hubby! That stew looks amazing!


Courtney April 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm

What did you substitute for binge eating?

I forget why exactly you binged, but I personally used to do it to procrastinate doing hard projects, distract myself from pressing issues/questions, when I was feeling lonely/bored and wanted to escape my circumstances. So my question for you is (if your experience was similar to mine)…how did you learn to manage these stressors without using food?

I’m doing much better myself these days, but I still have my moments once in awhile. Nevertheless, I’ve always been interested in this aspect of your journey.

Thanks! :)


Jill April 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Eric is a sweetie for making you the stew! It looks awesome.
I’d be interesting in hearing about how you maintain/lose weight once recovered? I’ve been eating normally again for 2 years and my weight has stabilized. But I’ve been slacking off a little too much and not exercising hard enough – and would feel so much better if I lost a few pounds. Do you ever deal with this? Any suggestions would be great :)


Angela April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I struggle with super strict eating followed by binge eating…..any ideas on first steps to take to stop this cycle….I have gone 7 months with no binge then binge for 5 months….the weight loss and weight gain is CRAZY!!!!!!


Britney April 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hi Angela,

First of all, I loved your ‘lessons on self love’ post – it really touched my heart. I looked through some of these comments, and I am struggling with the same issue as Amy H…

“I’m currently in therapy/recovering from anorexia (again). My current struggles are with binge eating. If I don’t find I have full control over calorie counting (ie I try to take a day of measuring/counting everything) I go into a “binge”. I know it’s because my body has been so deprived. Anyways, any tips, advice on how to control binges and not count calories all the time?”

I would also love to learn more about the transition from counting calories to eating intuitively. It’s something thats been foreign concept to me for a very long time.

Thanks for your help, Ang. Get well soon!


Jenn April 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

First off I just wanted to say that your blog is so amazing, and i find myself always checking it out to see what goodies you’re making, and to read all of the inspirational posts. So thank you for OSH!

I would like to know more about what helped you with binge eating, how you perfected your intuitive eating/hunger signals, and also tips on how you let yourself indulge without overindulging, and when i mean overindulging i mean wanting to eat not 1 cookie but 12 lol I could deffinatly use a hand or seveal in these departments! I’m a huge foodie. I love eating food, smelling it, talking about it, making it, all of the above. I abosultly love healthy food and all it has to offer. And i absolutly love non-nutritional value foods and what they have to offer as well. There just some times with these foods on both sides healthy and non healthy where i feel like i have no concept of portion control and just ignore my hungers signals, because i want to eat and need to eat beacause its some sort of marathon or something….and i’m going to get a prize at the end. Realizing that what i’ve won is no prize at all just guilt, self-pity, bloating and discomfort and a lot more where that came from. I eat very healthy 90% of the time i would say, and pride myself in the knowledge i have when it comes to healthy food, but i just eat too much of it. It’s a constant struggle, and just when you think you’ve mastered it, you realize you really haven’t.

So any tips or suggestions that have helped you would be fantastic!!!

thanks so much!!


Kaleigh April 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I must say you are such a great role model having changed your ways so drastically for the better! I strive to follow your recommendations regularly. You are one of my idols when it comes to health and fitness, and of course self-love.
My question is how did you “turn off” the calorie counting in your mind? I do much better now with healthy eating, and exercise has always been my strong point, but I count every calorie I consume and punish myself in the gym for all excess! It’s a vicious cycle I am desperate to break. Any advice?


Sara April 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I would like to hear more about when you really started recovering from your disordered eating and learning to be happy. What did that feel like, and how did you grab on to it and keep it?


Sarah April 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Oh wow, that looks so delicious! I love that there’s barley and buckwheat groats in it because I just bought a bunch of both. I made your tomato barley risotto last night. It was amazing!

Questions in any of those topic areas would be great. I think it’d be great to know more about getting in touch with your hunger signals. I found it took me years to get in touch with these again, and it’s still a struggle sometimes to differentiate between things that feel like hunger and actual hunger. Did you find that you needed to repair your metabolism at all after years of disordered eating in order to get in touch with your hunger again? Or was it more mental than physical?


Emma April 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I would love to hear more about how you stopped calorie counting. It’s been something I have struggled with completely eliminating. Even though I no longer journal calories and am at a much healthier place, I totally still count them in my head and find myself restricting when I reach a “too high” number.


Stephanie April 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Lovely stew :)

How did you decide what your happy weight was going to be and what is your motivation to maintain it? In my own experiences, I’ve found that my healthy endeavors seem to be cyclic- they last for about two weeks or so, and then life gets busy or some other stress just throws me off.


Judy April 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

What an awesome idea – I like the idea of a Q & A format.

For me, I look at body image and self-confidence as something that I must do a few times a day, similar to brushing my teeth. I use positive self-talk, however, was wondering if you have any other techniques that were effective. There is a show on the new OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) called, ‘How To Look Good Naked, Canada’, that is about changing our perceptions about the way our bodies look. They said that 85% of women do not like the way their body looks. How sad is that? Why are we, as women so hard on ourselves. Would we treat our friends or think negative things about our friends, like we can do to ourselves?

I hope that you are feeling better Angela.


Bridget April 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Hi Angela! Hope you are feeling better SOON! I love the passion you put into your food and this blog, thanks for all the great ideas and recipes and beautiful photos!

I would like a general introduction to intuitive/mindful eating… I feel like I’ve heard these terms vaguely mentioned quite a bit but I’m not sure exactly what they mean. Also I would be interested in learning some tricks/tips/techniques to getting started with eating more intuitively. Lastly, some tips for recognizing hunger signs, and not giving in to boredom/stress eating.



Michelle April 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

the difference between going on a vegan diet and living a vegan lifestyle


whitney April 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Wow, that soup has EVERYTHING in it! :D
Get better soon!



Shandra April 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I would LOVE to hear about how you have enough self-control while you are baking to not overeat on your yummy treats! I love to bake, but I have a problem with mindlessly and compulsively eating six cookies at a time, not to mention dough or batter as well! How do you enjoy one treat, and be done?


katie April 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm

My question is like the others :) I have been “cured” from bulimia and binge eating many times, sometimes for several months, even years (2 years max) BUT it always seems to find a way back into my life (with a vengeance!). What is the secret to finally STOPPING the vicious cycle of emotional/disordered eating? How do you know when you are “cured” or fully recovered from the problem? Do the desires to emotionally eat ever go away? Do you still have temptations to over eat or abuse food or your body?


AshleyC April 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I really want to learn to love my body for what it can do for me when i am taking care of it. In the past i have have starved it and now i an trying to control my binges. I want to do like you did and become involved in a sport, like running. I am hoping this will give me a hobby to take my mind off of food and help me love my body so i will keep it healthy. I have always hated running because i cant run for long periods of time! I really want to enjoy running though! Any advice for a new runner?”


Jane April 26, 2011 at 12:10 am

Just a couple of things. First that strew looks delicious! What a special husband to make it for you. Also, I made the carrot bread only I used a jumbo cupcake pan and they turned out fantastic! I’ve been on an all natural mostly plant based diet for a while now, but I am really looking into incorporating more vegan and raw recipes into my daily meals. This was a great start. My last comment is actually a question. The juices, sauces, spreads, and nut butters yu make are so tempting. I’d love to make them myself, but I’m slowly building my appliance collection. Which do you use the most, your juicer (which do you own) or blender? You have a vitamix right? Do you consider one a better investment over the other? Thanks and feel better!


Marit April 26, 2011 at 2:29 am

Hey and congrats on your new resident flu-bug…
I had it back in February with sky-high fever and an added infection in the airways that took all my energy out of me and left me feeling a bit like a dish-rag…

My question is about body-image and healthy weight…
i am in the normal range, wightwise with a BMI of 22. I exercise (mainly stomach-muscles/core) practically every night but i’m not geting rid of my “gut-overhang”. My boyfriend say i look good and if i look in the mirror front-on i can see i have a waist, but if i turn to the side i feel i look a bit like the michelin-man.
How do i get past the body-issues enough to appreciate my body for what it is?
At this point i am obsessing about that bit of loos skin/flab/blubber and can’t get past it.

I take evening primrose, magnesium and green tea supplements to staunch my sweet-tooth but i don’t want to make sugar my enemy, rather reduce it to a saturday-night kinda thing…

Also: What is your oppinion on low-carb diets? I see you use a significant amount of various sugars and syrups in your cooking and assume you are not an atkins-convert, but how do you approach the various “popular” dietary advice?

In Norway our government have recently issued guidelines for healthy diet based on traditional oppinions (meat, potatoes, veg…) and have met HUGE resistance from the Low-carb-community.
there is also a swedish man who lost a massive amount of weight by eatin a diet of 100% fat and meat, no veg at all. his diet is called the Skaldeman and bases itself on ketolytic metabolism. (in my oppiniion a scary way to destroy your body!)


Kristy H April 26, 2011 at 2:32 am

Go Eric! what a thoughtful husband to make a loving and healing meal for you when your unwell. I dont have any questions as i have been browsing through older posts, but i do want to say thankyou! I have been following your blog for a year and i am finally in a good place where i eat mostly vegan and clean foods, exercise for me and my wellbeing and dont worry about if i occasionally make a bad food choice or have a sweet treat. Im glad i came across your blog because i can happily say that it has opened up my eyes and for the first time in a very long time, i love my body. You inspire so many people, thanks for inspiring me. Hope you get better soon.


Sera April 26, 2011 at 2:51 am

Hello! I really enjoy reading your blog and it has helped much in convincing my omnivorous boyfriend that eating vegan can be delicious. Consuming chilli or anything spicy when you’re sick really does help to clear the sinus for some reason.. Hope you get well soon :)


saravixen April 26, 2011 at 4:48 am

That’s really sweet, making a healing-stew.
I do have to say that even when you’re sick, you still make gorgeous photos!


Jennifer Drummond April 26, 2011 at 6:30 am

Hi Angela,

I hope your feeling a little better today! By the way tell Eric great job on making dinner and taking care of you. I’ve been feeling under the weather myself, soar throat and now runny nose, it’s not fun. Anyway question for you:

How did you stop calorie counting? I am obsessed with it. Every recipe I create I count the calories, it’s a long wearing process but I can’t stop. I won’t make certain things because there over on calories, like a cookie over 100 calories, forget it, not worth it to me. I need to stop the calorie counting and move on, but I don’t think I can?

Also, I lost allot of weight, and I have been at maintenance for about 4 months or so. How do you maintain your weight? Did you find it scary at first? Do you step on the scale all the time? I would love to be free of all this obsession but the thought of stopping is scary!

Again, I hope you feel better soon!!!



Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

That is the most colorful stew I have ever seen! Looks delicious!! What a sweet husband you have.
I hope you are feeling better!!!


Lou April 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

i hope you recovered from the full of love stew! :)


Celina Lin April 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

Hi! I’m sure you hear this a lot, but your blog has made me feel beautiful again. Your experiences and recipes has really helped me battle my body issues (pesky bugger).

One question I have may revolve around binge eating. My Boyfriend lives in Toronto, and he comes to visit me most weekends. When he comes, it always feels like a celebration, and I’m so happy to see him, that all my healthful eating habits go out the weekend and we just enjoy the weekend. I’m having a difficult time balancing this.

Do you have any suggestions? When I’m with him I feel like I turn my satiety center off.

Thanks for being so open with us.


Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 26, 2011 at 8:13 am


I would love to know what bodily signals/cues you had that lead you to a vegan diet?

Thanks and I hope you feel much better soon, that soup looks amazing! :) You’re so right that all healing stew start with lots and lots of garlic! :)


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

As a vegan, do you count your calories? Do you worry about maintaining your weight?

How do you know when you are hungry? Do you eat by the clock, when your stomach growls, or what feeling do you have when you are hungry?


Trica April 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

I would love to hear your opinion on how to help a loved one who binges. About two months ago my mom discovered about two bags full of empty containers, wrappers etc. underneath my sister’s bed. She confronted her, and she acknowledged she needed help. She then went to a dietician who put her on a sugar free diet and saw a pscyhologist once or twice. I went to my parents a few weeks ago and found more empty containers and things under her bed. She does not want to talk about it to anyone and has stopped seeing the dietician and psychologist. I battled anorexia, and exercise bulimia for years, so it’s really hard to see her go through this and not want help.
If you could offer any words of advice that would be amazing!


Ellen April 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

That soup looks amazing! I’m sure it’ll heal you up right-quick!

I’d love to hear more about intuitive eating. I’m desperately trying to let go of obsessive calorie counting. At this point, I feel that even if I stopped measuring food, I know the approximate serving sizes / calorie counts on most foods so well that I would do all the calculations in my head unintentionally. I know my “target” calorie count is way too low for my height/age/activity level, but I’m terrified that if I stop counting, I’ll gain weight. How did you release yourself form the compulsion and fear?


Lo April 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

How long did it take your metabolism to recover after disordered eating? I have been recovered from a few years of restrictive eating for about 2 years, but I still feel like my metabolism is permanently ruined. Does it ever even out, or is there permanent damage done?


katty April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

intuitive and mindful eating, weight maintenance, and hunger signals is what I am most interested in. Just overcoming 15 years of bulimia. Don’t binge eat any more but haven’t been able to reconnect with the concept of hunger, that is I don’t know when I am hungry or when I am anxious and think it’s hunger. Also, I am now able to manage my portions quite well but I stop eating because I see it’s the end of the portion, not because I feel satisfied, many times I end my portion and still feel hungry- or whatever that feeling is. I would also like to be able to keep my weight more naturally instead of constantly having to think of calories or portions. I loved the post and I also love this soup!


Shellina May 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This looks incredible. I love that it’s made of like, everything. Perfect!


Shellina May 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I included you in my list of Top 10 Soup Recipes this morning- here’s the link!


Stacey Hill May 3, 2011 at 3:26 am

Hello, I ALSO have an eating disorder. I am a cancer patient and I go days with out eating. Then I will take a certain medication and all of a sudden I will crave fatty foods or carbs. I’m interesting in learning some quick vegan recipes that I can whip up and have available when I need them. I would like to maximize health benefits when I feel like eating.
Thank you, this website has inspired me as well, and I too feel “the glow” coming on! ;)


Shannon May 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I made this soup to comfort my girlfriend after her mother passed… i would just like to attest that its healing powers reach all the way to the soul! It’s my first try with one of your recipes and it was amazing, simple to make, and delicious. Thank you!


Rachel May 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

Made this last night and looved it. Great job, hubby! Didn’t have coriander and used just barley, but I still could literally feel myself feeling better. I’m definitely going to make this when feeling sick. It’s so colorful and full of fresh flavors that one can’t help but feel happy.


Kath Warren May 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it!


Leah July 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

Made this stew last night. It was delish! Thanks so much for sharing!


Jasmin October 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I made this but I didn’t have the bulgur or the buckwheat so I used quinoa and brown rice instead. It was absolutely amazing! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to make it! I had a ton of leftovers so I frozen them. Today I went out and bought buckwheat and bulgur so I can’t wait to try it out with those! Thank you!


Brittney November 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’ve been battling an evil sore throat all week and have had a hankerin’ for some good soup. I came across this recipe, and let me just say: life changing! It’s so delicious! I only made a couple tiny changes (no red pepper flakes, chicken broth instead of veggie, sweet peas instead of Edamame). I think my favorite part is the cinnamon; never would have thought to add that to stew.


Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

This soup looks awesome and I will be making it soon!
Re the ED questions which were probably answered in the next blog post (I will look for that) I just wanted to add that a book I found helpful was by Geneen ROth and it was called “Breaking Free From Compulsive EAting”
Or maybe it was “Breaking Free From EMotional EAting”
Anyway it was quite ameliorative over the long term, thought I’d mention the title for others who may come across this comments section :)

[Plz feel free to remove or edit this comment if it’s not cool to mention a book title…I’m not affiliated or associated with the author or book company or anything, I just randomly found a copy at the library once, and I liked it.]


Leah February 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

I just wanted to tell you that I make this stew twice a month, at least. I love having it for lunches. My digestive system feels recharged every time I eat it! I’ve had lots of digestive issues over the years and this really seems to be helping so much! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Glad to hear that Leah!


Nicole Ledoux April 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

I made this last night with quinoa and brown rice. It was absolutely fabulous! I’m looking forward to my lunches this week. Thanks.


Josephine August 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love stews, probably the best food ever. But I don’t eat it often because everytime I do I get sooo thirsty from all the salt in there. :( Anyone has an idea what to do against that? Is there a way to give soups and stews flavour without so much sodium?


Emily January 11, 2019 at 10:38 am

Omit the salt. Use fresh tomatoes or sodium-free canned tomatoes. Use sodium-free vegetable broth or make your own from scratch.


Laurie H January 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

LOVE this soup! I am just getting ready to make this for the 2nd time since New Year’s!
Y U M M Y – thank you for sharing with us!


Elaine February 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was delicious!


Emily Maxey April 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Angela! I love your recipes. My VERY “first” cookbook for my apartment next school year will be yours! I would love if you could do a post or give me ideas about what are good foods that save well (freeze, taste great the next day) and what foods are cheap(er) for a girl on a college budget who still wants to glow!


Kristina October 4, 2015 at 9:38 am

I made this stew and it was fantastic……..I’m wondering if anyone has tried it in a crockpot, and if so, do they liquid amounts remain the same & how long should it cook on low setting?


Megan December 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Made this tonight – added cabbage and fresh ginger. So good, very filling!


Emilie June 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

This recipe is one of my favorties now! The fresh bread on the picture looks so good!! Is it possible to have the recipe? It looks like the perfect combo!! Thank you for your amazing recipes, you are a family favorite!!


Angela Liddon June 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Hey Emilie, I’m sorry it was bought from a bakery and I don’t have the recipe. I’ll have to try making a bread recipe for the blog sometime though! :)


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