Twenty-one years ago, in October 1997, I was named to Crain’s New York 40 Under 40. I was 30 years old and CEO of my own environmental consulting company.
The photo on the above left is of me at age 30 and yes, I’m posing on a trash can. That’s because my environmental consulting company diverted millions of pounds of garbage from landfills into recycling facilities, something that was incredibly pioneering in those days.
In less than a decade, I had been diagnosed with 3 autoimmune diseases. First Celiac Disease, then Hashimoto’s, and most devastatingly, Multiple Sclerosis. These diseases radically changed the path my life would take.
It hasn’t been an easy road, but I have no regrets, I’ve learned a lot and built a life that gives me more joy than I could’ve truly ever imagined. I have an incredible relationship with the love of my life, my darling husband, and two boys that I adore with all my heart! ❤️
While my life moved forward in ways that surprised me, many of the unexpected twists and turns have been wonderful! I started Elana’s Pantry in 2006, and an awesome community has blossomed here. I am so blessed to connect with such an incredible group of caring people every single day!
Thank you for being on this wonderfully wild, beautiful, healing path with me! I am more grateful for you than you will ever know!!!