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After medications failed to treat my autoimmune disease, I turned to nutrition to address my symptoms naturally. I want to empower your health with the same steps I used to heal with food.

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  1. I’m about to go on an elimination diet for SIBO and possibly salicylate intolerance. This is a great post that I will no doubt refer back to. Thank you. I’m a perfectionist and worry wart myself, so I’ll have to watch that through my dietary journey! I’m really considering trying your oils too, I’m very sensitive and reactive to meds, herbs and supplements but I do feel drawn to them and I will keep them in mind.

  2. Great post! I got rid of the cystic acne that had plagued me most of my life (and I’m 50 now!) by eliminating grains, dairy and processed sugar about 5 years ago. (This also helped my many digestive issues and my anxiety.) I have no plans to reintroduce grains…the closest I get is an organic corn chip from time to time. The digestive issues and breakouts are not worth it. But I’ve learned, through trial and error, that a little dairy is ok from time to time. And the whole sugar thing is all about quantity. I avoid it for my overall health, but a few chocolate chips from time to time aren’t the end of the world. Like you, Lauren, I discovered that healing is so much more than just food. It’s getting quality sleep, finding ways to move your body that feel great, and managing stress. Once I worked on those areas, the food thing became so much easier.

  3. Hi Lauren,
    I love your blog and started the paleo diet recently to help heal my acne and overall health. I would love to be able to cook from scratch and do everything I can to heal my body holistically. However, as a freshman in college, I live in a residence hall, and while I can manage no grains, dairy or processed foods, the dining hall and cafes don’t offer organic produce or grass-fed meat. Do you think just eating paleo the best I can will still make a difference in my skin and health?

    Thank you!

    • Eating paleo to the best of your abilities will absolutely make a difference. I empathize with trying to eat well in college housing, I know how tricky it can be to navigate the limited food options. It’s all about doing the best we can with what we’ve got 🙂

  4. That is a good mindset; I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I’ve been trying to let go of that, although it’s easier said than done! I’m going to incorporate more natural hair and body care products and see if that helps as well. Thanks for all your resources, Lauren! 🙂

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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