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 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.
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 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, go to an acupuncturist, 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 Favorites page. Most importantly, I seek physical, emotional, and spiritual healing from Christ, who continually redeems me, and this situation, for His Glory.
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!
Some random facts about me
- If I wasn’t a blogger and nutritional therapist, I would want to be some type of designer: graphic designer, interior designer or clothes designer. I think my dream job (besides being a blogger!) would be watching old movies and replicating the clothes worn by Silver Screen stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
- I was home schooled for middle school and high school. For those who do not have experience with home schooling, let me answer your questions Yes, I wore pajamas to class. Yes, I was sheltered from drugs and alcohol. Yes, I was socialized. Yes, I had tests. All-in-all, it was a great experience.
- I was born into the wrong era of music. The songs I listen to exclusively include 1940’s Big Band music, Broadway musicals, 1950’s Doo-Wop and everything Nat King Cole.
- I dance in my kitchen and sing in my shower