Deliciously Ella

On a particularly bad day, I was Googling POTS and things that could help with it. That’s when I came across deliciouslyella.com. Ella Woodward was bedridden and diagnosed with POTS at 19. Eventually she gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, gluten and anything processed to start a whole-foods, plant-based diet. In less than two years, she was able to go off all her medication and actually live her life. On her bog, she shares recipes that are good for you and actually great tasting. She also has an app and a book. Her story was the final straw in me giving up refined sugar (I had already been gluten free for a few years) and limiting additives. It’s encouraging to know that someone else has done this and it helped. Reading her story and her struggle really hit home for me.

Obsessed with this book!
Obsessed with this book!

I have been trying out some of the recipes from her blog and book, and have been absolutely loving them!! I made the Fresh Spring Rolls with Mango Sauce for my whole fam (well, at least I tried, but ended up having to lay on the floor and my mom finished), they couldn’t get enough! Today I decided to try the Raw Brownies.

Ingredients for Raw Brownies
Ingredients for Raw Brownies

They were super easy to make and I have to force myself to stop eating them. Seriously, they taste so good, and it’s even better because I know that I’m not putting bad things in my body. Check out how to make them at http://deliciouslyella.com/  or  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnrJOJnSez4 .

Raw Brownie
Raw Brownie

This lifestyle change is hard, but it’s so worth it. I already have more energy and have had less stomach pain. I want to thank everyone encouraging me in my fight, especially my mom who is making diet changes also to support me and who always helps me to shore when I get in over my head. Plus, a big thanks to Ella Woodward whose words and recipes have encouraged me so much!

Baking in my homemade apron.
Baking in my homemade apron.

Firsts

The teenage years are full of firsts: first day of high school, first date, first kiss, fist dance, etc. The first that stands out most to me is the first time I had to be wheeled to the nurse’s office. It was this year. I was in choir and we had gone from standing to sitting to standing multiple times; plus, it was really loud. My teacher let us finish a few minutes before the bell rang, so I walked over to my stuff. I was feeling light-headed and planned to stop by the nurse’s office to lie down for a few minutes, but when I bent down to pick up my stuff, it got worse and the shaking started. My friends around me started to notice and helped me lie down and put my feet up. My teacher called the office and the nurse came running with the wheelchair. Once I was in the wheelchair, the only way out was right in front of my whole class, who of course were staring.

I hadn’t told many people about my POTS. Until I started this blog, really, I was trying to hide it as much as possible. I was so embarrassed that day, afraid people would think differently of me. I shouldn’t have been, though. Yes, it was bad having a spell in front of people-it’s always hard being weak and vulnerable in public- but I shouldn’t be embarrassed of something that is so much a part of me, and I shouldn’t be worried about what people think. If people get weird because of my sickness, then they’re not the right people to be in my life. Spells will happen, and instead of worrying about what people will think, I need to befriend people who will love me through it.

An example of a friend who loves me through it. My friend made me a "Bag of Sunshine" to cheer me up when I was having a really hard time.
An example of a friend who loves me through it. My friend made me a “Bag of Sunshine” to cheer me up when I was having a really hard time.