December's Evolutionary Edge
December 27th, 2021 |Early Winter Edition

Evolutionary Wellness

"A butterfly must struggle to break out of its cocoon. But the struggle to emerge from the cocoon forces the fluid from the butterfly's body into its wings - a necessary process for enabling it to fly."

- Charles C. Manz
My Evolutionary Wellness Mentorship Program

A personalized one-on-one mentorship program designed to support you in realizing the next level of your health and wellness.

This program is designed for the person who is truly ready to heal.

I am committed to your success and will be bringing out every tool I have in my toolkit to support you in your evolution.

The sessions are a combination of:
  1. Nutritional recommendations/support/ guidance.
  2. Energy clearing sessions to remove the blocks that we identify together are in the way of your success.
  3. Spiritual and nature-based guidance/direction (if desired).

This program is for you if you are interested in having breakthroughs in not only your physical health, but if you are also committed to evolving your overall consciousness to a place of true balance - mind, body, spirit.

This Program is designed for those who are ready to be sovereign in their life and align with their higher self/highest truth. There is no time like the present to wake up to the fullness of who we are and create the life we want to be living.

Contact me on email to schedule an introductory consult. Or read more about my programs and offerings here.

"When I began counseling with Ellen my thyroid was unmanageable, my cholesterol was too high, I was overweight and lacked the energy to get through my day. Only 7 weeks into her program, my bloodwork results astounded me. For the first time in years my thyroid was balanced and my cholesterol and lipid profiles were right on target. I knew my energy was higher and that my focus and stamina throughout the day had improved but the bloodwork was much more than I could have hoped for in such a short time. 

If you are willing to do the work, Ellen offers a no-fail program. Her knowledge base extends far and wide. I was particularly impressed with the preparation she did prior to each meeting, picking up on details so often ignored by medical professionals. 

She was able to prescribe a program that allowed me to loose twenty pounds and learn a new way of eating that will keep me healthy, happy and feeling good in the years to come and I am finding very enjoyable. Her pleasant manner put me at ease, making learning easy, she challenged me while providing encouragement when needed. 

To walk away after these sessions, with bloodwork that was excellent and twenty pounds lighter was great, but the improvement in my energy and mood has been delightful.

I recommend Ellen without any reservation, simply put, she is the best!" - Matty Maccaro, Maryland

Roasting Chestnuts and More!

In my preparations for the upcoming Winter Cleanse, where I'll be educating about the gut microbiome and the specific foods that support the growth of certain very beneficial micro-organisms, I've been researching recipes that are both Cleanse-friendly and contain the specific foods that are extra beneficial for the gut.

Every time I think of chestnuts this time of year I must admit I break out into song (in my head).

You may be familiar with them mostly as used in stuffing (like the delicious recipe by Elizabeth David my sister-in-law made for Xmas).

Here's one that's Cleanse friendly and looks great that my husband and I plan to try soon!

But before you prepare anything made with chestnuts, in case you are relatively new to cooking with chestnuts like me, do make sure to read this very thorough overview of how to roast chestnuts (if you are buying them in the shell. Ultimate Guide to Roasting Chestnuts

Vegan Nut Roast
(Source: Olive Magazine - click link for more chestnut recipe ideas)

  • onions 3 large, grated
  • coconut butter 100g
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • sage a small bunch, chopped
  • vac-packed cooked, peeled chestnuts 180g, chopped (or roasted/boiled and peeled yourself)
  • white breadcrumbs 100g (Gluten-free)
  • ready-to-eat dried apricots 50g, chopped
  • cranberry sauce 4 tbsp
  • sweet potatoes 400g, peeled
  • butternut squash 400g, peeled


To make the stuffing, put the onion in a pan with the coconut butter and chilli flakes and cook until the onions have softened. Stir in the sage and cook for 2 minutes.

Put the chestnuts, breadcrumbs and apricots into a bowl. Stir in half the onion mixture, mix well and season. Mix the rest of the onions with the cranberry sauce.

Slice the sweet potatoes and squash separately in a food processor or with a mandoline and divide into 3 piles of each. Melt a little more coconut butter and brush the inside of a 900g/2lb loaf tin. Line with a strip of baking paper

Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line the bottom of the tin with a neat overlapping layer of 1/3 of the squash, trimming to fit the tin. This will be the top of the loaf so get this as nice as possible – the other layers you don’t need to worry about so much. Then add a layer of 1/3 of the sweet potato.

Add a layer of stuffing, then cranberry onions, then the next 1/3 of squash and sweet potato. Add the rest of the stuffing, then another layer of cranberry onions and finish with the last 1/3 of squash and sweet potato.

Cover with foil, put on a baking tray and bake for 2 hours, or until the sweet potatoes and squash are tender. Leave to sit for 10 minutes before turning out and cutting into slices.

NOTE: Oven temps are in Centigrade, and quantities are in grams. Please make sure to convert to your temperature/measurement needs where you live.