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Do you want to glow with vitality? I’m excited to show you how to eat well and heal!

At Empowered Sustenance, I’ll walk you through the same steps I’m taking to rediscover vitality and heal my ulcerative colitis.

Each week, you’ll discover:

  • New grain free recipes for the SCD, GAPS, and Paleo Diet
  • Tips and techniques for cooking allergen-free
  • Resources and tools for natural healing
  • Recipes for a holistic lifestyle

Treating Ulcerative Colitis with Nutrition and Lifestyle

headshot 3I’m Lauren Geertsen and ever since my ulcerative colitis diagnosis six years ago, I constantly learn how diet, emotions, and lifestyle fit together as the key to healing chronic disease. For five years, I tried to use medication to manage my colitis, but the traumatic side effects pushed me to reevaluate my complacent attitude. After reading and researching the healing power of nutrition and mind-body medicine, I realized I could cure myself… but only with complete dedication and determination.

The turning point came in August 2011, my first semester at college. Although I struggled to mask my health issues, I could no longer hide my dwindling energy or confidence. A dance minor, I saw my grades slipping as I lethargically hobbled through dance classes. I wanted to cry each morning as I fruitlessly attempted to conceal the humiliating hair loss caused by my disease and extreme medications.

I knew something needed to change when the doctor told me, “We’ve tried almost all the meds and they aren’t working for you. It looks like your only hope is the removal of your colon.” Those words did it. I wasn’t about to let anyone cut out my large intestine and equip me with a colostomy bag!

At the end of the fall semester, I headed back home, and threw myself wholeheartedly into treating my colitis with nutrition, holistic living, and mind-body medicine. The most important change I made was starting a grain free diet. Within a couple of weeks, my symptoms had disappeared and my body was getting stronger each day… without the need for any medications! I’m passionate about encouraging others to use food as medicine, because I’ve seen the results first-hand.

Well, that’s the summary of how I got here. The complete version of my story includes how and why I developed ulcerative colitis, and the challenges I faced until I discovered the healing power of a grain free diet. It took a ton of courage to write My Story, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude by the outpouring of support from my audience.

Also, now that I am well enough to continue my education on campus, I will complete my Bachelor’s degree Bastyr University, where I will transfer in September 2014 and study mind-body medicine.

What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?

I’m constantly learning about the amazing healing capabilities of the human body. Eager to learn more and help other heal with nutrition, I became a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA).  I loved NTA’s approach to holistic wellness, based in the works of nutritional pioneers such as Weston A. Price and Francis Pottenger. Their nutritional therapist program is a blend of online work and a few (very intensive) weekend conferences. The program greatly expanded my understanding of nutrition and it also provided the business foundations for a successful practice. If you sign up for NTA training, be sure to tell them that Lauren from Empowered Sustenance sent you!

I am not currently available for Nutritional Therapy services, but I plan to open up my practice to distance clients in 2016. I am also planning to work with in-person clients in the Seattle area at the same time.

My Healing Regimen

Currently, I use a combination of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, and the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) for gut-healing. I also incorporate supplements and homeopathic remedies. For mind-and-body healing, I do yoga for relaxation, utilize Energy Medicine techniques, and practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). (You can read about my experiences with additional wellness products that I use on my Shop page, just scroll down past my books.) Another important aspect for improving my wellness was acupuncture. Most importantly, I seek physical, emotional, and spiritual healing from Christ, who continually redeems me, and this situation, for His Glory.