I’m Lauren Geertsen, a nutrition consultant and author.
At Empowered Sustenance, I help you make effective nutrition and lifestyle changes without expensive and time-consuming trial-and-error. I tell you what works, what doesn’t, and I give you the simple steps to transform your health.
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.
Want to work with me?
As a Body Connection Coach, I help my clients heal their relationship with food and overcome body insecurity. I specialize in helping individuals who have struggled with eating problems (such as binging, emotional eating or over-control) their whole lives.
In my previous work as a nutritional therapist, I realized that I could only get my clients so far with diet and supplements. The underlying problem was, often, an unhealthy relationship with food and distrust of their bodies.
If you’d like my personal support in this area, please check out my Food without Fear program.
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. As an energy intuitive, I champion energy medicine and created my own line of flower essences to support you.
Welcome to the Empowered Sustenance Community!