A professional food blogger and health coach, ten years ago James’ life changed overnight.

He went to bed after a meal out with friends and the next morning couldn’t get up. He would remain bed-bound for the next two years, unable to communicate, eat, sleep, tolerate light or sound, watch TV or look at his phone. After 6 months of tests he was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and told there was no cure, but on the advice of a nutritionist he cut out all gluten and dairy from his diet and very slowly began to get better.

Cooking became James’ daily challenge and the thing that got him out of bed three times a day. He started a blog to share the recipes he was creating, to help others looking for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, and in 2016 ‘Healthy Living James’ was born. The blog attracts 300,000 page views a month and has a social following of 290,000.

His book, Healthy Living James includes 80 easy, affordable recipes, each one gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and mainly plant-based but with easy options to add in meat or fish.