About Lauren

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I’m Lauren, and thanks for stopping by! My mission is to share the healing power of food and a natural lifestyle. Food saved my life, and it can change your life, too. I’m excited to show you how to eat well and heal!

My journey with ulcerative colitis

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 years, I tried to use medication to manage my colitis, because I was told by the medical community that this was my only option. Medication after medication failed to work, a fact that now makes me grateful because it led me to find another answer.

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 few days, my acute symptoms had drastically diminished and disappeared within two weeks. Over the next couple of months, my body became stronger each day and I chose to discontinue use of my medications. I’m passionate about encouraging others to use food as medicine, because I’ve seen the results first-hand.

And 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.

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A little more about my journey

  • I began Empowered Sustenance in 2012, when I was 19. During this time, I was still gaining strength after my most recent colitis flare, and was unable to resume school or activities outside of my home. I felt isolated in my experience and wanted to connect with people facing similar health challenges. Blogging provided a platform for this connection.
  •  I call myself a recovering health perfectionist. I have learned that it is not healthy for me to live with a linear image in my mind of a straight path that takes me from point A (unhealthy) – to point B (healthy).
  • I’ve experienced both sides of the spectrum of restrictive eating. At one end, it led me into a spiral of toxic control when I struggled with anorexia at a young age. At the other end, it saved me from an impending surgery and a lifetime of medication. Now, I’m passionate about about supporting eating disorder recovery and sharing a positive nutrition approach.
  • Since elementary school, I dreamed about being a writer. My dream came true – by 21, I had self-published three books, received contract offers from numerous publishers, and enjoyed writing each day for Empowered Sustenance . I love creative writing along with blog writing, especially poetry.

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 (NTA).  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 Books

I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned on my journey to health, and I hope that my books will be helpful resources on your own journey.

I struggled with chronic acne for almost 10 years and tried everything from prescription creams to $250 facial serums without results. Only when I drastically changed my diet did my skin clear up. Quit Acne explains the three underlying causes of acne and the seven dietary steps required to clear you skin naturally.

Another health struggle I faced was horrendous PMS. This challenge prompted me to, once again, dive into research and learn how to fix the problem naturally. Quit PMS explains how to naturally end your menstrual misery.