Hello. I’m Ella and welcome to Lifeologia.
This blog is about the passions I have in me to share and spread the joy of health and happiness. I have awakened to the reality that it is health that can bring us to happiness and happiness to our health. You need to connect the two to live a life full of smiles, laughter, personal fulfillment and wellness.
I used to think I had good eating habits; I ate salads, I drank water ~ but I also consumed too much of other foods that eventually tried to kill me. Too much wheat, processed foods, dairy, meat and other foods that were doing my body more harm than good. But I didn’t know that… and I wouldn’t know that for years to come.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, we built a graphic design business together that is in its 10th year, we travelled, we bought our first home, we started a family; life was amazing!
Yet, from this perfectly happily married, career-focused woman, and a new mom to a beautiful little baby girl ~ within months, I was in deep depression and began loosing grip (literally) with my own body.
About 5 years ago now, when my daughter was 4 months old, I started getting mysterious symptoms in my body. I had difficulty breathing, starting gasping for air, I had difficulty chewing foods and swallowing. My limbs were also starting to get weak. One day, I was lifting my infant daughter out of her crib, she was in my arms and my knees went so weak that I fell to the hard wooden floor with her still in my arms. She landed on my chest and was unhurt, but my head was smashed, bleeding from a cut. That was the scariest time of my life – not being able to trust my own body, not being able to hold my own baby – and then it got even scarier…
I went into a dark phase of my life which I thought had no way out. I couldn’t control my body, it was foreign to me and couldn’t manage with simple tasks, like brushing my teeth, holding soap, walking, and needed help in getting up from a seated position. It was really hard to even pretend I was happy as I had trouble physically smiling. My depression even brought on suicidal symptoms ~ very far from the dreams I had of being a new mom. It was 16 months later that I was finally diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular autoimmune illness which medically has no cure; MG.
I started to write this blog as an outlet from a difficult time in my life. It was an intentional escape with little craft diy projects and family and photography posts. Slowly, I began a slow transition in my life, first through acceptance, then love for myself and my daughter. I reached out to several naturopaths but even they seemed confused about MG and I didn’t feel confident that they would help me. I began to research a lot about the healing power of foods. And first the thought of removing something that I loved to eat scared me. But I felt that there was nothing else I could do, but try. I could just try and see if it would help me or continue suffering and never be that happy mommy my daughter deserved that could lift her on the swings and read fairytales to her (yes, I literally mumbled when I read aloud…) It came down to a choice whether I wanted to change or not.
I began ‘experimental’ elimination diets : removing a certain food completely for 2 weeks from my diet, such as wheat. It was hard. I learned how emotional food is and how connected we all get to the foods we’re comfortable eating. When there’s little support – because this was before I discovered the great supportive healthy food movement on other blogs, it was really hard for me to adjust to a new way of eating. I kept focusing on what I was giving up and not embracing all these great healthier alternatives that I now know are out there. I now see my diet change as a blessing! An incredible rainbow-coloured door to the wonderful world of healthier, unprocessed, organic, plant-empowered foods that are good for your health and wellbeing. I’ve learned that the right foods can reverse health problems, treat discomfort and certain conditions and become a great preventative measure for all types of illnesses and health problems down the road. Remember, just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
– Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.
Right now, I focus on the foods that are healing to the body and create wonderful recipes that are mostly vegan & gluten free that even pass the carnivore taste test. I share a lot of the home-cooked recipes I make for my family. I do enjoy creating new delicious recipes, experiencing new flavours and trying new products especially from international grocery stores. With my little helper, we enjoy whipping up a fresh batch of vegan and gluten free muffins – she is a great little helper in making and especially eating. And I can happily say that my life is almost back to normal where I can go to the playground, hold my girl in my arms and not fall and read lots and lots of books to her out loud…
My hope through this blog is to remove the confusion what ‘healthy food really is. It seems like now most companies want to get on the trend and claim their products are healthy. This is resulting in more confusion than ever. “So what should I eat?” is a question I often hear from the people in my life and friends here on Lifeologia. I try to answer this question through the posts and recipes I create. All recipes here are foods that I eat – it’s great food (I think :) you don’t see the restrictions, you see great delicious healthy foods and that’s what it it’s all about. That’s my goal ~ to help everyone to live better – live healthier through foods that are good for you!
If we don’t take interest in the foods we put in our body – that essentially feeds every cell in our body and is the ultimate source for our energy and wellbeing – who will? You have to eat anyway, choose the foods that nurture your whole body. Let food be good for you!
I invite everyone to live life better; healthier & happier. Through great healthier foods, you can do that. This space is open to everyone with all diet preferences ~ I encourage everyone to try and look at food differently daily and Let the food be your medicine!
I love sharing my thoughts and ideas, but most importantly I love to connect with people on all walks of life, so please don’t be shy and leave a comment on some of the posts here.
Thank YOU for being here. It means a lot to me and to this community.