Lauren

Food is Best Straight from the Farm!

Welcome! I am Lauren and I will be your guide to inspiring your quest to health and wellness today.

Much like many of you, I have been on a journey to transform myself into the healthiest person that I can be. I was inspired to embark on such a journey because of many long standing problems that I was no longer willing to deal with. I had a chronic foggy head, frequent hives, insomnia, pms, hair loss, low energy and worst of all irritable bowel. Meaning I could not eat anything that had any trace of fat in it. Talk about no fun!

While I always thought that I was healthy, meaning I ate relatively well and exercised often, I kept getting sick and worst of all, I just did not feel that great. My dad always put it so well “Lauren, you are the unhealthiest, healthy person I know.” So, after the millionth night of not being able to fall asleep for 3 plus hours, I decided to make a life change. I began to delve into health books, see alternative practitioners and even changed my college coursework to nutrition.

Slowly but surely, I began to see differences. But the biggest difference came with the change in my mindset. I am absolutely, positively in love with the healthy lifestyle. The green juice in the morning, the daily hikes, the decadent raw cacao desserts, external detoxification mud packs, non-toxic skin care, my chinese herbal tinctures, gardening, positive thinking…. and that is just the beginning!

Now, 9 years later, I have not only changed my life, but have helped others changed theirs as well. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in a successful private practice, head a weight-loss program for the mentally disabled and work as an account executive for an international professional supplement manufacturer and distributor. With many practitioners and health-minded enthusiasts by my side, I have been able to create The Holy Kale so I can share with you all that I know, in hopes of inspiring you to change your life as well.

Each one of us has the capability of being outrageously healthy, happy, radiant, and ever so abundant if we just choose to be. Therefore, I hope you join me in a lifelong journey of expressing our ultimate healthy selves. Strong, Vibrant and Full of Gratitude and Love.

Now let’s get our kale on!

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Inspiring your Quest for Health!

30 Comments

  1. Wow, I am so glad I found you and your site! It is so incredible! I love everything you are doing. So glad to connected to you on twitter! (vogiyogi)

    Keep up the great work and long live kale!

    Michelle
    xo

  2. Margo

    Hi! I love your blog. I’ve been thinking about switching to a healthier lifestyle as well. While I do exercise, I still have low energy, migraines, and stomach upset. I’ve recently decided I need to try a break from wheat and dairy as I think it’s what is bothering my stomach…hopefully will give me a flatter stomach as well!
    Take care.

    • lauren

      Hi Margo, Thank you do much! I think excluding the dairy should make a big difference for you and gluten could probably help as well. You might even think about taking some digestive enzymes when you eat as well in the meantime to assist the body. Good Luck!

  3. Glad I found you! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got going on this year!
    T

  4. Hi Lauren,
    I found a Holy Kale postcard in my dentist’s office and thought I should visit your site. I too have experienced lots of little issues with my health and have been altering my diet and exercise practices to see if I can improve the quality of my life. One change was to have a raw vegetable juice every day which included kale, chard, pear, apple and protein powder. I like to start the day with this juice. If not this combination then beets, orange juice, carrot, pineapple, bee polen and kale. So far, helps with achy joints and just a feeling of well being. I’m going to try adding wheat grass. What do you think?

    • lauren

      Teddie that sounds like a great routine to begin with everyday! Wheat grass is always excellent as it is extremely rich in nutrients, but since you are dealing with achy joints, you also should add essential fatty acids to help reduce inflammation. My favorite is this EFA oil blend- I would add 1 tbs to your juice.

  5. Crissy

    Hello! I love your website! I am considering going to school for holistic nutrition and was wondering what school you went to and the steps you took to get to where you are today?

    • lauren

      Hi Crissy, I will go ahead and email you. That way you can have the information saved :)

      • Samantha

        Hi Lauren! I would like the same information emailed to me if possible. I have always had an interest in going back to school for nutrition and more specifically holistic nutrition but have had a difficult time navigating through all the possible schooling options. Thanks!

        • lauren

          Sent!

          • Lauren, can you send this to me as well? I’m finding out that google is not the best resource for holistic nutrition programs :)

          • Shannon

            Please send your info on to me as well! Thank you!!

          • Caroline

            Could you send this information to me as well? Thanks!

      • Alexandra

        Hi Lauren!!
        I have been researching where to study holistic nutrition… I would love your input on this… it’s a challenge to find the right fit for a stay-at-home mom who wants a quality program through distance education (I’m in Niagara Falls, Canada). Hope you’ll have some suggestions for me.
        thanks so much!!
        A.

        • lauren

          Hi Alexandra,

          Here is a good list:
          Institute for Integrative Nutrition – in NYC
          Bauman College
          Huntington College
          Clayton College
          American University of Complementary Medicine
          American Health Science University
          University of Bridgeport

          Good Luck!!

      • kristina

        Could you email me the information as well? Thanks, Lauren!

      • nikki

        Haha so many people want it! Could you email it to me too? I’ve been searching for some. Thank you!!

  6. Ann

    So, what exactly are your qualifications? Are you an RD?

    • lauren

      I graduated with a degree in nutrition from USC (university of southern california) and now am licensed as a certified nutritionist.

  7. Very excited to have found your site. Am always looking for more information on out health. Well done xx

  8. KATHY SIJAN

    Lauren,
    I started ‘clean eating’ – meaning, getting away from boxed food, eating chicken, salads with olive oil and low carb protein shakes. I did lose 25 pounds from March to Aug for my son’s wedding 8/31. All of my numbers: cholesterol, BP, triglycerides have been excellent, except for weight. I am still at 190 pounds.
    And have been depressed off an on for years, mostly since my mother stroked in ’04. Also, I was married for almost 30 yrs this summer, realized didn’t love him and am now divorced. I don’t have energy to exercise or get back into the ‘clean eating’ I did this summer. I have been trying to understand macrobiotics….is this what your diet is? how does one get started? do you consult or create diets? I have a friend who is studying denny waxman / macrobiotics and she lost 30 pounds in last 2 months! I just want to sleep better, feel better, be healthy and happy. Please help, Kathy in Minnesota

    • lauren

      Hi Kathy,
      So glad to hear that you were able to make changes in your health and have such great markers! As for the macrobiotic diet, I actually don’t prescribe to a so-called diet, but rather focus on eating all whole foods that are grown locally, and without any pesticides, chemicals etc. I wrote a whole post on this which will be helpful for you to read into order to further understand. It is called My Food Philosophy. I always believe the best way to get to your target weight is to focus on eating clean, exercising often, practicing cleansing, and finding a positive spiritual practice. I believe that diets are only effective short term, and focus on taking things out of your life which is repressive, not adding positive things in. I wrote another post about weight loss called “Weight Loss Quick Fix” which will explain a lot about this topic. I would also suggest printing out the THK Kitchen guide to help you with food shopping.

  9. Suzanne

    I really like you’re life philosophy. I became vegan about 8 months ago, feel great, healthy – and now, I’m pregnant (baby # 3!). The difference is that this time, I’m vegan… and (as I’ve read would happen) am having a lot of negative feedback from tons of people – even people who I wouldn’t have expected would try and give me advice, are now saying I should eat meat and dairy for the baby. I’m taking prenatal vitamins, extra vitamin B12, am eating tons of raw food (including amazing nut-based desserts!), soy, whole grains, kale, broccoli, flax seeds…etc etc… do you have any recommendations for being prego and vegan? Is it possible to get all the nutrition I need, for myself and baby?

    • lauren

      Hi Suzanne. You are certainly on the right track and can be extremely healthy and vegan. I would shy away from eating too much soy though, and definitely check out my post on it here. Secondly, I would get started on increasing your consumption of superfoods. #1. Nutritional Yeast – high in B vitamins, especially B12, protein, and minerals. #2. Greens powder – for an overall daily vitamin. #3. Chia seeds, Hemp Seeds and Coconut Oil/Butter – for healthy fats, especially the omega fatty acids. You should make sure you are getting plenty of healthy unheated sea salt, I like the one by Premier Research Labs, and I would try supplementing with DHA, since this is a KEY omega fat for brain development that is extremely difficult to get in a vegan diet even when eating hemp and chia. I like this one here.

  10. Joseph

    Hi, your webby is very educational. I have a question for you. Recently I experience an outbreak of hive. You mentioned that you have experienced that too. I know that it could be caused by the food I eat. Now, I am more interested in the recovery. Are there any food that can help me to recover faster. Currently still surviving on medication to control the itch. It’s been 2 weeks now and am beginning to feel anxious.

    • lauren

      Hi Joseph, hives are an inflammatory reaction, that can result from a particular food you have an intolerance too, an environmental exposure, or accumulated toxicity in the body. Therefore, I would suggest cutting out foods that typically elicit allergic like reactions. This would include gluten, dairy, soy and alcohol. I would also replace your personal care and household cleaning products with natural ones. Especially your body lotions, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, laundry detergent etc. In addition, I would consider if you have any other chemical or heavy metal exposures since those can play a major role. I would also suggest purchasing “Chem Detox” by premier research labs. Finally, make sure you are eating healthy unheated sea salt, premier research labs makes one called Pink Salt, eating healthy fats (hemp seeds, chia seeds, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil/butter, olives, avocado) and drinking half your weight in ounces of purified water daily.

  11. Hi Lauren! I just came across your blog and you are very inspiring.
    I was wondering what is the best way to send you a message/questions? It’s mainly about how you took your education to where you are now. I’m a 23 year old finding my education in nutrition. I’m leaning towards the holistic school in Canada but I like to learn from others how they pursued their nutrition career. Thank you so much :)

    -Ally

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