Started as a blog back in 2012, Deliciously Ella has evolved to become a popular name brand to “help people live better and make vegetables cool”.
It consists of a blog, an app, books, a deli, food products and as of a few months ago, a podcast.
In the podcast, Ella and her husband Matt interview experts in different fields that always relate to wellbeing and living a healthier and happier life.
At the end of every podcast they ask their guests the following question:
“What’s your practice that you live by every day to create a happier and healthier life.”
I don’t want to go too much into details because I think that every episode is worth listening to.
However, I thought that rounding up all those daily practices, or sayings these people live by, in one place could be useful and inspiring to others.
If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s full of insight and good advice.
Do you have any daily practice, mantra or saying that helps you live a happier and healthier life? If you don’t, maybe this will help you to find one.
Episode: Navigating the World of Health and Wellness
Guest: Amelia Freer
Episode: Building resilience
Guest: Holly Tucker
Practice: Hour-long strolls along the river while walking her dog, listening to her favorite podcast and reflecting. This allows her to recharge her batteries.
Episode: The Gut; Why it matters
Guest: Dr. Megan Rossi
Practice: With every meal she ponders if there is something on her plate that is going to feed her microbes.
Episode: Food Waste and Climate Change
Guest: Tessa Clarke
Practice: She encourages people to look for their passion and pursue it the way she did.
Episode: Lifestyle Medicine
Guest: Hazel Wallace
Practice: Her mantra is “Failure is not final”.
Episode: How Exercise Impacts on The Brain & Our Mental Health
Guest: Dr Brendan Stubbs
Practice: Every morning he writes 10 things he is grateful for.
Episode: Veganism and Climate Change
Guest: Joseph Poore
Practice: He writes daily on his diary.
Episode: Matt Haig on Mental Health
Guest: Matt Haig
Practice: Getting outside to go for a run.
Episode: Cultivating Happiness and Living With a Glass Half Full, with the Happy Pear
Guests: Dave and Steve Flynn
Practice: Their granny used to always say “Be happy and have fun” and they add that there is no proof that life is serious. We all take it very serious but it’s really not.
Episode: Diet Myths Unpicked
Guest: Rhiannon Lambert
Practice: Every morning she fixes her breakfast, she sits down and reflects on what her grandad once told her dad: (38:14) “Treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated and don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Episode: How to Get a Balanced Vegan Diet
Guest: Alice Mackintosh
Practice: Every morning she sits down with a cup of tea and she does some journaling.
Episode: Dealing with Stress
Guest: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Practice: Whenever he is at home, he would have dinner with his family, devices off, and everyone would answer the following questions:
- What have you done today to make someone else happy
- What has someone done today to make you happy
- What have you learned today
Episode: Lessons in Happiness from Around the World
Guest: Helen Russell
Practice: She gets outside every single day, no matter what the weather is like.
Episode: Baby Mills! What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Guest: Marina Fogle
Practice: Every night she writes down a couple of things that made her happy and in the morning when she wakes up she thinks of three things she looks forward to in the day.
Episode: The Skincare Edition
Guest: Dr. Anjali Mahto
Practice: She starts her days by watching a cute video that her husband sends her every day and she knows will make her laugh.
Episode: How to Break a Habit & Make Lasting Changes
Guest: Shahroo Izadi
Practice: Every morning she writes down things that she thinks would test her that day. She then reflects on how she would like to react to these things in order to make herself feel proud the next day.
Episode: Fearne Cotton on Making Mistakes & Accepting Yourself
Guest: Fearne Cotton
Practice: She lives by the mantra “I’m enough”. Every day and whenever something goes wrong, or she beats herself up for doing things wrong, she repeats to herself, “It’s ok, I’m enough”.
Episode: Marathon Training 101
Guests: Rosemary Ferguson and Digital Editor of Women’s Health Amy Lane
Practice: Rosemary: She goes for a 20-minute walk while listening to a calm meditation. Amy: She takes a deep breath before responding to situations. This allows her to take the time to process things.
Episode: How Our Brains Control Our Happiness
Guest: Dr Mithu Storoni
Practice: She tries to wake up every morning to watch the sunrise while she drinks hot chocolate.
Episode: Turning Adversity into Opportunity
Guest: Nicole de Leiburne
Practice: She practices positive affirmations that remind her that the negative thoughts are just thoughts and don’t represent her.
In this new season, Ella and Matt close the episodes asking 5 take away for the episode or best practices
Episode: Loss, Grief, Gratitude and Presence
Practice: Presence, gratitude, find purpose, find these people who would be consistence with you.
Episode: Body Acceptance & Making Peace with our Plates
Guest: Pandora Paloma
Her practice: I get up one hour before the rest of the house get up and I follow this morning routine: first I meditate, then I practice my affirmations, I do visualizations about what I want to do for the day and who I want to be, I go on with a tiny bit of exercise, I read five pages of a book and I finally do some journaling.
Episode: Livia Firth on Sustainable Fashion
Guest: Livia Firth
Takeaways: Remember that we are all interconnected, being respectful about the environment, remember to have fun and not to take yourself to seriously, perfection doesn’t exist.
Episode: Nutrition 101: Calories, Carbs, Fat, Salt & Sugar
Guest: Rhiannon Lambert
Takeaways: Carbs are good for you, everyone is unique, don’t worry in extreme amount about how much sugar and salt you have, nutrients no numbers, see food as a positive aspect of life and enjoyment.
Episode: Creating a more mindful life
Guest: Steffy White
Takeaways: use affirmations and set intentions, be of service and give without expectation of getting something in return. Interesting Books: The yoga sutras, The power of now, Eastern body and western mind, Autobiography of a yogi. Make sun salutations in the morning.
Episode: Period Power
Guest: Maisie Hill
Takeaways: track your period, look at what you eat and make sure to have enough protein, healthy fats and fiber during the day, masturbate and orgasm, read her book.
Episode: Why We Sleep with Matthew Walker
Guest: Matthew Walker
Takeaways: go to bed and wake up every day at the same time, dim down the lights in your home one hour before going to bed, keep the bedroom temperature around 18ºC. If you can’t sleep or you wake up and you can’t go back to sleep in 20 minutes, don’t stay in bed. Be mindful about caffeine and alcohol.
Episode: Who, Why and How We Love
Guest: Laura Mucha
Takeaways: the way you feel about relationships might say more about yourself than the person you are with. Be kind and don’t be judgmental. Love is a skill that requires a lot of hard work.
Episode: How Our Food Affects Our Mood
Guest: Felice Jacka
Takeaways: what you put in your mouth matters to your mental and brain health. Feed your gut and you’ll be feeding your health. You can make changes and see the benefits very quickly. What your children learn is very critical for their long term health. It doesn’t need to be difficult either expensive.
Claudia Canu is a former junk food and sugar addict transformed into a Health Motivator with a master’s degree in Nutrition. She has created this website not only to share her “Journey to her Healthy Forties” but also to help other busy women with basic knowledge about nutrition and who don’t love cooking, to live a healthier life, and achieve big goals.