WHY AM I DOING THIS

When I was diagnosed with not one but three autoimmune disorders within a couple of months and decided to use food, stress relief and lifestyle change as my medicine, the limitations on what I could eat were overwhelming and ever-changing. How to implement all these requirements into our family’s diet and heal myself?! I was literally lost when told to completely eliminate all gluten, sugar, and yeast from my diet: “What am I going to eat now?!” was my only thought.

veggiesInitially, I was in shock of how to manage my new way of eating. Today, 5 years later, I am not only eating gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free and yeast free, but I also have enough knowledge and understanding, to listen to my body and try different approaches to my diet.

Over the years I have experimented with many different diets: Atkins, the Zone, South Beach, Macrobiotics, Blood Type Diet, Candida Diet, Paleo and most recently Vegan, just to name a few. All these years of trying different diets while learning and growing in my understanding of how the body works led me to a simple truth of no “perfect diet”. Diets alone do not heal but balanced and healthy living does.

In retrospect, I could have used someone to help guide me and navigate this vast ocean of diets, allergens, supplements, vitamins, recipes, etc. I have put a lot of energy and effort into changing my diet, but as a result, I have never felt better or healthier. I have been successful in eliminating 99% of the symptoms of my autoimmune disorders, all three are in remission, and I am managing them through my lifestyle, diet, nutrition and stress relief. In fact, I am confident, that with time I will be able to help my body to heal itself better, more effectively, and most importantly to prevent unnecessary progression of the disease and further damage.

The struggles, or should I say opportunities I’ve faced on this journey, led me to make a decision of helping others as they find their way to a healthier way of living. I wanted to continue educating myself, to research, to learn, all while sharing, educating and supporting others.

After graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® as a Board Certified AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I have fundamental and practical knowledge of nutrition and am in a position to better educate others on how to live a balanced life.

The purpose of this blog is to share information that I feel is important and of an interest to me.

To your health,

Elena

P.S. I have to note that English is not my first language and I never studied English, just picked it up living in the US, so in advance I do apologize for any spelling/grammar errors. I am doing my best 🙂

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  • Chauncey
    Reply

    Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new updates.

  • Vicky
    Reply

    Hi Elena! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I’m so happy to have found yours! I’ve been moving toward an even healthier style of eating over the last few years and have thus far tried to rely upon my body & well-being as navigator. You are so right that having a guide would be a huge help – I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and getting inspiration from your experiences!
    -Vicky

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Vicky! I do hope you will find my posts helpful and perhaps get some great ideas for healthy quick meals for the two of you in your busy lives. I have more recipes on my Instagram account – http://instagram.com/elenaselivan.

  • infraredrobert
    Reply

    It is amazing what a good diet can do for your overall health and well being. Good luck with your journey.
    By the way, English is my only language and I am constantly apologizing for MY grammatical errors! 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Robert, thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by! Yes, I too am still amazed to see the effects of a healthy balanced lifestyle, clean eating and clear mind 🙂 All about building a strong body and a healthy immune system.

  • Reply

    Thank you for viewing and liking my photo blog “Strawberry Life Stages”!
    Come back & visit soon.

    Wishing you & your family health and happiness! 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Miki, I love photography and while I myself do not take time to explore that interest of mine, I do very much appreciate good photo, just like I love art, but would not attempt to paint 😉

      • Reply

        You’re welcome Elena.
        I posted the “sequel” to my Strawberry blog. It’s a photo collage of the process from flower to the final ripening of the fruit. I managed to keep the birds from getting to them.
        Also, if you like flowers, please visit my online store:
        http://www.cafepress.com/mikikuwabaraphotography/10114655
        You can purchase some photo art there.
        May I ask what subjects you enjoy in photo art?

  • peatmore
    Reply

    Many thanks for your likes.

    Keith Jahans

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Keith! I have to thank you for amazing posts about your trip to Russia! I loved the pictures! Thank you so much for sharing! I was born and raised in St.Petersburg, and it is such a treat to see the images and read 🙂

  • peatmore
    Reply

    Many thanks for your likes

  • wordsmithxx
    Reply

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information. My daughter has an as-of-yet unidentified autoimmune disorder, and the information and inspiration you provide is invaluable to me.
    As far as your English is concerned, I am an English teacher who teaches English language learners. You’re doing great!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you so much for this comment! I feel so blessed to have this platform where I can share the information and hope that it may be useful to some!
      If I may, from my experience the first thing to do with any autoimmune disorder is to lower inflammation. When I was first diagnosed, I went on a very clean diet eliminating diary, sugars, wheat, nuts, eggs, and all fermented products – I could see the results after a week. Not a permanent diet, just initially to cut the inflammation. And please do feel free to ask any questions!

  • Hack Clash of Clans
    Reply

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw
    away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Jason! Thank you for stopping by and for you comment. This is a huge compliment and I thank ou for encouraging me to write more 🙂
      The main purpose of this website is to share information that I find helpful and/or interesting, no matter who writes it or what the source is. I love to write and at certain times of my life I do not have time to write and so I merely post what I come across in my research and want to reference here. If I wait until a moment where I can in fact sit down and write, most of the information will either get lost, or as mostly happens, I end up with so much material collected that I can not post it at all and goes unmentioned here 🙁
      Thank you again for the wonderful comment, I shall make a small post in reference to the lack of original writing.
      Elena

  • tenfreaves
    Reply

    WOW, thanks Elena for this Gr8 and very informative site. I’m lovin it. My husband and I have recently begun changing our eating AND ready ingredient labels (a MUST). I’ve been shocked at the horrible ingredients “allowed” in our foods. I was SHOCKED to read the ingredients to VIACTIV (chewable Vitamins with VD and Calcium). The FIRST ingredient is SUGAR….a “killer”. WOW. As I read on, I was appalled. And “this” is what my Dr recommended for me to take.

    Through Divine intervention, I believe, My husband and I were introduced to an Opportunity…..and are now Distributors of “Spray” Vitamins (no pills, no gel caps, chewables or shots), we now squirt our Vitamins and go !

    I’m taking my Vitamin D3, B12, Metabolift (w/ garcinia cambogia) and has loss weight and have renewed Energy. I’m “getting” my life back from fatigue, tiredness, depression, etc. and have begun to LIVE again.

    I LOVE Spraying my Vitamins and eating healthy !!!

    Feel free to visit my website at http://www.teameffortnetwork.biz/320313 and check us out.

    Thanks again Elena. I’ll be “Following” you.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you so much for the encouraging and such a positive comment! I am so glad you find my site helpful and that you get it! 🙂 We are what we eat indeed!!! 🙂

  • erikabenjamin
    Reply

    Hi Elena. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking my vanilla ice cream post. I’ve enjoyed looking through yours and reading about your story. Look forward to reading more! 🙂

  • Candace Habte
    Reply

    Hi Elena thanks for the like on my visual poem. I’m glad you stopped by because now I know about your blog too (tons of great info here). I have made a lot of health changes in the last few years, but want to do even more (mind/body/spirit) as I move forward. So I appreciate you sharing so much great information!

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