Who am I?
I’m Lauren, and my mission is to share the healing power of nutrition and a natural lifestyle.
I am a testimony to nutrition.
After two weeks of debilitating intestinal symptoms and an additional two weeks in the hospital, I was given a life-altering diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease, at age 14.
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 2011, my first semester at college, when I could no longer hide or ignore my health issues. I no longer had the energy to keep up my grades or attend classes for my minor in dance. While other students stressed about homework, I stressed about the blood I saw each day in my bowel movements.
I left school when my 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.”
Feeling that I had nothing and everything to lose, I threw myself into 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.
I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
As I learned from my own experience, food is medicine. I also experienced innate healing wisdom of the body’s intuition. I became a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA). NTA fit my philosophy and provided the clinical assessment tools I wanted to tailor wellness protocols for clients.
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.
I am an author.
Available on Amazon, my books Quit PMS: End Your Menstrual Misery and Quit Acne: The Nutritional Approach for Clear Skin have given thousands the tools they need to transform their lives through nutrition.
Ever since elementary school, I dreamed about being an author. I didn’t know this dream would guide me to be a blog author!
This girl right here. I call myself a 21st Century Hippie, dedicated to holistic health from the inside out and outside in. I’m not scared by eco-friendly, non-toxic menstrual cups or butter or raw milk.
I am recovered from disordered eating.
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.
I am on a healing journey.
There is path from Point A: Unhealthy to Point B: Healthy. Trust me, I’ve looked everywhere for that path. That’s why I call myself a Recovering Health Perfectionist. I used to equate my health challenges with a failure to be perfect. Then I realized… health is never perfect. Instead, health is dynamic and transformative.
I’ve vastly improved the quality of my life through nutrition, but I’m still learning how to support my physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. I will always be on my healing journey, and I love this path.
Are you on this journey, too? I’d love for you to share the journey with me and the Empowered Sustenance community!
Download my Nutrition + Autoimmune Success Guide
Nutrition is powerful but overwhelming. I want to help you create your own tailored autoimmune approach. This guidebook, stemming from my own autoimmune recovery, provides you with transformative resources and tools for success.