Our Story

The Recovery Love Box Story

Loving yourself when you’re at your lowest is the best gift you can give yourself.

Helping someone feel loved while they’re struggling with recovery from illness (acute or chronic) is the best gift you can give a friend.

Believe me, I know.

Hi, I’m Liz Lajoie and after riding the long-term health roller-coaster of autoimmune & Lyme disease since 2012, I’ve learned a few things…

1) Self-care during recovery from an illness is critical but being consistent about it can be tough.

2) Even when you know what you need to take care of yourself, having the energy or the supplies on hand to be “healthy” isn’t always easy or possible.

3) Food is medicine. I always feel best when I eat less sugar & carbs, more leafy greens & lean protein. But my family doesn't eat the same way, which is tricky. The ups and downs of long-term healing can be a dietary challenge.

4) It’s exhausting leading the charge of your own healing process over the long haul. Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to get to the grocery store, and when you do, sometimes they don’t carry what you need.

5) It can also be hard to trust that someone else understands and supports your dietary & self-care needs. (Anyone who’s discussed why organic produce is not a choice but a necessity with their spouse post-grocery trip knows what I’m talking about.)

6) People want to help when we’re sick. They just don’t know how. Whether you’re battling a really bad cold or a long-term chronic illness, people who care about you will inevitably ask “How can I help?”. When you’re really laid low, it can be hard to know what to say. It takes more effort to explain your strange dietary needs and care habits than it’s worth so usually we say “I’m fine, thanks”.

One day I was lying in bed during a flare up, thinking how much I wished someone could magically show up with a basket (or box!) full of goodies that I didn’t have to spend brainpower determining if I could eat. I really wished I had a stash of gluten-free, sugar free, dairy free snacks on hand because the last thing I wanted to do was root through the fridge, trying to find something “good” that I could make quickly.

If you can barely get out of bed, it’s way too easy to avoid the foods we know we should be eating for our health (lots of fresh veggies & lean protein) and way to hard to steer clear of the junk food in the house we know we shouldn’t be eating…and sometimes cooking a full meal when you’re not feeling your best is just a bridge too far.

I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to just have the good stuff on hand?”

And the idea for Recovery Love Box was born. I want it to be easy for anyone in recovery to get healthy, organic foods and self-care products without having to step foot out of your door. And I want all your friends and family to have an easy answer for the “How can I help?” question, too!

I want you (or your loved one) to feel as supported and loved as possible during your (or their) recovery…no matter how long or short the process. Because I know just how important it is to your well-being.

To help make that happen, we’ve sampled and vetted hundreds of “clean” products to support your healing and put only the best in our Recovery Love boxes. We’ve scoured the shelves and brought together all the good stuff I’ve discovered during my healing journey to share with you. Whether you need a small boost or could use a regular care package showing up monthly, we have a pick-me-up tailor made for your recovery.

We are nothing without our health. Focus on your recovery; we’re here to help make it all just a little bit easier.

- Liz Lajoie, Founder