I’m Lauren Geertsen, a nutrition consultant and author.
I share simple nutrition and lifestyle shifts that catalyze wellness and joy from head-to-toe.
At age 19, I was nearly bedridden with a severe autoimmune disease called Ulcerative Colitis. I decided to make some radical dietary and lifestyle changes.
Now, I have no signs or symptoms of my disease. On my healing journey, I realized that my body was never fighting against me. She was always on my side.
Through my own journey and nutrition training, I realized that our bodies have an innate intelligence that leads us towards wellness and joy. I’m here to help you trust your body, so you can confidently navigate your wellness journey.
A New Chapter
As of November 2019, I no longer post new content at Empowered Sustenance. It has been my honor and joy to support you here.
Please enjoy the hundreds of recipes and articles I’ve written for you. Please also consider making purchases for the wellness products I link to here. I get a small commission from your purchase (at no additional cost to you), and this helps me cover expenses to make Empowered Sustenance a free resource.
Now, I help you connect to your creativity, joy, and intuition with Floral Song flower essences, and my upcoming program and book.
Stay in touch with me on Instagram, @Lauren_Geertsen.
I’m deeply grateful for the Empowered Sustenance community you’ve built with me, and for your support over the years!
How I Healed My Autoimmune Disease
At 14, I was diagnosed with a severe form of ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease. At 18, after years of disastrous medications, doctors said my only option was surgical removal of my colon. When I heard these words, my heart dropped into my stomach. I thought, “there goes my chance of a healthy future.”
At that point, with nothing and everything to lose, I found a book called Breaking The Vicious Cycle which led me to discover The Gut and Psychology Syndrome book The Gut and Psychology Syndrome book (which outlines the GAPS Diet).
With these resources, I learned how the foods I ate were interacting with my body to trigger and perpetuate my disease. For the first time, I felt empowered to change my health: I understood how my body worked, and I was not longer helpless to a “mystery illness.”
Even though my doctors told me, “food doesn’t work,” I began a grain free, nutrient-dense diet. Within three days, my acute symptoms were gone. Within three months, I was able to taper off all of my medications.
I realized my body had been telling me, all along, to change my diet. Through my disease, my body was not trying to hurt me… she was speaking to me. My body held the wisdom to heal me, and all I needed to do was listen to her.
I wanted to learn how to better hear the voice of my body. On my healing journey, I’ve trained in nutrition, kinesiology (muscle testing) and different forms of energy medicine.
At Empowered Sustenance:
1. You’ll learn how to transform your wellness with nutrition.
I know that empowerment goes hand-in-hand with education, because I didn’t change my lifestyle until I understood the consequences of my diet. I cover the essential, myth-busting aspects of nutrition education.
2. You’ll get easy grain-free recipes.
3. You’ll discover the bumps and learning curves on a healing journey.
Health is not a destination but an evolution to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. My journey has led me to recover from an eating disorder, redefine disease, and radically bless the challenges along the way.
4. You’ll save the time and money switching to non-toxic home and body products.
I’ve tried countless non-toxic products and ingredients for a healthy home, and only a handful of companies make the cut to be featured on Empowered Sustenance. Browse my What I Use page for these resources.
5. You’ll get support and encouragement to pursue alternative healing modalities.
Alternative methods of healing are often broadly dismissed because our culture believes scientific institutions are the unbiased, ultimate arbitrator of Truth. In reality, we need to search beyond Institutional Science for healing. I champion energy medicine and learning how to trust your body.
Welcome to the Empowered Sustenance Community!