About

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Hi I’m Sophia and welcome to my blog! I’m 27 and from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire (my family home). I live in Cornwall with my boyfriend Paddy and little puppy Copper who is a miniature dachshund. I have a huge passion for healthy nutritious food and the little things in life!

My blog began at the beginning of 2014 when I suddenly became very poorly; I have been suffering from chronic neuropathic pain from the waist down since 2008 but the symptoms I was getting in early 2014 were very different. They had a dramatic effect on my life – I had to give up my job as a Speech & Language Therapist, my independance and my entire social life, I had a never-ending migraine/headache, my heart rate resting was the same as that of a healthy individual sprinting up a mountain, the pain had become worse, I had to use a wheelchair whenever I went out (which wasn’t often as I was too poorly) and the list goes on and on. I still have those symptoms and many more and I am very limited with what I am able to do everyday.

Christine Miserandino wrote ‘The Spoon Theory’ to describe what it’s like to live with such limited energy/capabilities when you’re chronically ill – you can find a detailed description of the theory here. She describes sufferers as ‘spoonies’ hence my blog name – Spoonie Sophia

It took a gruelling 18 months to get a diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I needed a way to express what I was feeling physically and mentally. To get everything down on ‘paper’ immediately made me feel better emotionally. My blog quickly turned into a platform for me to share my story, to educate the general public on chronic pain and illness, and to help fellow sufferers.

When you become ill very suddenly and no-one knows what’s wrong with you, it makes you feel like you have lost all control over your life. Because I wasn’t being offered any conventional medicine when I first became ill, I decided to take matters into my own hands and began researching natural healing approaches. I started to make gradual changes to my diet – gluten was the first thing I cut out followed by dairy. I now lead a dairy free, gluten free, caffeine free, alcohol free, high nutrient, low refined sugar diet. Knowing that I’m giving my body the best chance possible at getting better makes me feel like I’ve regained some control, and even better – I absolutely LOVE the way I eat now! I would happily choose a piece of raw cheesecake over a bar of Galaxy any day of the week! I’ve learnt a lot about health and nutrition since I started my journey and I am so happy that I can share this with you. What started as a few simple changes to my diet has turned into a huge passion not just for food but for creating and making exciting new recipes that are not only healthy but they taste amazing too! I really hope you recreate and enjoy my recipes, it always makes my day when you do!

Have a lovely day and happy cooking –

Sophia x

13 Comments

  1. Heather Duke July 29, 2014 / 5:34 am

    Enjoyed reading your blog. I have chronic Lyme and coinfections. Hoping you find the right answers for yourself. Whatever those may be a clean diet is the way to go. If you have not looked into the Paleo food plan you may want to as another point of reference. Looking forward to reading more.

    • spooniesophia July 29, 2014 / 6:36 pm

      Aww thank you Heather! Sorry you have lyme etc. Thanks, I hope so too, that’s half the problem I think not knowing exactly what’s wrong with you! I have looked into paleo but I think I’m steering towards a plant based diet. Thank you tho :) xx

  2. Gabriella August 7, 2014 / 10:31 am

    I read your about me and was slightly shocked that Chronic lyme as even being thought of as an underlying issue, because where i am grom they completely ignore it! But I am so glad that may not be your case. I myself have late stage neurological lyme ( aka chronic lyme). However, it is not the lyme that i have been fighting for the past five years, its the co-infections, and othet major complications. Some people dont get its not just “lyme” make you achey, fatigue, etc..but It seems you know how this is. I love your blog and just wanted to say, though I am still very ill at the moment, there is hope for both of us! Stay strong

    Gabriella

  3. Catherine August 22, 2014 / 1:30 am

    So happy I found your blog! Your excitement is inspiring and I look forward to reading more! Continued healing and blessings your way! :)

    • spooniesophia August 23, 2014 / 7:37 pm

      Aww thank you so much Catherine that means a lot! Really glad you’re enjoying it <3

  4. Jules October 13, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    Hey Sophia,

    I found your blog and have enjoyed what I have read so far. I also struggle with chronic illnesses and have food intolerances which means I avoid sugar, yeast, wheat and dairy. It can be a pretty miserable being so unwell, so congrats for being able to stay positive.

    All the best,

    Jules

    • spooniesophia October 15, 2014 / 2:05 pm

      Hi Jules.

      So glad you have been enjoying reading my blog. Thank you for you lovely comment, keep up the good work with your diet changes and I really hope you find some relief soon! X

  5. jade November 27, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    Hi there!
    What a great blog, loving all your recipes!
    I am a firm believer in eating the right foods to prevent illness and inflammation in the body.
    I cut sugar out of my diet earlier this year as I have been suffering from bursitis and tendonitis in my shoulder and feel that anti-inflammatory foods will help. Since cutting out processed foods and maintaining a clean diet i have noticed an improvement in my symptoms plus i generally feel better in myself.
    Hopefully you will continue to see changes yourself, i do believe that processed foods are the cause of many illnesses and conditions.
    please keep posting your recipes – they are great and provide the perfect inspiration :)

  6. loobyloucreations March 2, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Good Evening!
    I just found your blog via a friend of mine linking me your new youtube channel i have Non epileptic seizures, chronic fatigue, a speech inpediment, fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance, chronic pain the list goes on and i have had most of these for 9 years, 3 years ago i became a fulltime wheelchair user as i took a turn for the worse. I had to give up work and i am housebound 95% of the time and my amazing husband is now my fulltime carer

    I really look forward to seeing your videos and i can relate to so much of what i have already seen :)

    Best Wishes

  7. Kate Martino March 10, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Your blog is great. I enjoy reading others’ experiences with healing their bodies through food, especially when they make it delicious and exciting as well. I hope you have continued improvement and feel better!

  8. mariegriffith April 8, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I like your site, especially the animated Spoonie Sophia. I plan on trying some of your recipes, too. Thanks for sharing.

    • spooniesophia April 15, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you Marie, that’s so lovely of you to say :) enjoy!

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