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Oh She Glows

ANGELA LIDDON (AKA OH SHE GLOWS) TALKS HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND WHOLESOME FOOD

I fell in love with how good I felt

Photo: Sandy Nicholson

What’s your story: when and why you did you go plant-based?

I struggled with disordered eating for over 10 years in my teens and early twenties. Eventually I decided that I was over feeling miserable and tired all of the time. I started to experiment with real, whole foods, instead of the processed, low-calorie diet foods I had been living off of. I felt so energised and healthy through eating plant-based, and that motivated me to keep treating my body well. Along with going to therapy, these new dietary changes helped me realise I couldn’t go back to my previous calorie-counting, food-obsessed ways. So I stuck with it, even though kicking my old demons was hard. I started my blog in 2008 and continued experimenting with a plant-based diet, sharing my love of this new way of eating online. Around the same time, I learned more about factory farming and my life-long love for animals took over; it became more than just a diet for me. Transitioning to a plantbased lifestyle was a very gradual process and not something I set out to do. I just wanted to get my feet wet and explore some recipes I found online. As it turned out, I fell in love with how good I felt and how delicious the recipes were that I was creating. The rest is history!

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It’s December! Unfortunately for some (mainly my colleagues) I’m amongst the half of the population who, once entering the final month of the year, can’t hold back the excitement, nor the festive music, mince pies or glitter (biodegradable, of course). I see December as a time for celebration – in the Western world, we often only correlate the month with Christmas, but there are innumerable different religious and cultural celebrations commencing all over the planet. Whether you’re marking the occasion of Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice or Bodhi Day, we’ve got a myriad of merry recipes, as well as top hosting tips, that’ll ensure your party is a smooth, stress-free and, most importantly, fun occasion. Plus, to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, check out our cute and Christmassy candy cane meringue recipe – it’s super easy to make and requires barely any mess! But it’s not all Martha Stewart soirees and adults-only wine and cheese evenings, this issue we’re also speaking to vegan rock star, Josh Franceschi, frontman of You Me At Six, about the band’s collaboration with Temple of Seitan and how he handles his plant-based lifestyle on the road. And, as if one vegan superstar wasn’t enough, Angela Liddon aka Oh She Glows, (aka one of our favourite plant-based bloggers) is talking health, happiness and vegan food in our exclusive interview. Though some say there can be ‘too much of a good thing’, unless that good thing is tequila, I completely disagree; so for even more festive tips turn to this month’s V Word, where Heather will look at the inventive ways you can eliminate waste over the Christmas season. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!