Lauren

Food is Best Straight from the Farm!

Welcome! I am Lauren, a certified nutritionist, and owner of The Holy Kale, my nutritionist blog.

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 syndrome (IBS). I also suffered from leaky gut and parasites, which led to food allergies of all kinds (lactose intolerance included). And to top it all off, I was diagnosed with PCOS after coming off of birth control… now that was 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 could no longer deal with the fact that I was doing everything in my power to be “healthy” but in fact I felt terrible. I spent nights crying that I would never feel normal again – I would never be able to eat without feeling sick, go a day without feeling tired or feeling victim to a body that was not in my control. And the worst part is that I spent years in doctor’s offices only to be diagnosed as being healthy and normal. So I did the only thing I knew how to do, and I began to delve into health books. I read every health magazine, nutrition and alternative wellness book (there was almost no online resources at the time), and started to visit with holistic health practitioners like acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopathic doctors. It was then that I started to find answers, and my true life’s passion for health and nutrition… I even made the decision to change my college coursework to nutrition… Best decision ever!

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, Chinese herbal tinctures, gardening, positive thinking…. and that was just the beginning!

Now many 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 many aspects of the health and wellness field, giving me the unique knowledge, education and experience that I can now use to help others… people like you!

From working in a successful private practice, heading a weight-loss program for the mentally disabled, and working as an account executive for an international professional supplement manufacturer and distributor, that was just the beginning. I then got the opportunity to help launch a renown raw food culinary school and restaurant and to design and execute a company-wide juice cleansing program. There was lots of juice drinking and raw dessert eating then! I was then given an amazing opportunity to create an online educational platform for Organic India, an international herbal company, to act as a nutritional editor at The Chalkboard Mag. My enthusiasm for this industry is never ending. With many practitioners and health-minded enthusiasts by my side, I have been able to create The Holy Kale, and to have written my first book, The Miracle Kidney Cleanse, so I can share with you all that I know. It is my sincere and honest hope that I may inspire you to change your life as well, and to realize that we all hold the power to heal ourselves.

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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47 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Vogiatzis January 8, 2012 at 1:38 am

    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

  • Reply Margo January 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    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
      Reply lauren January 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      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!

  • Reply Tamara January 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

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

  • Reply Teddie Milner February 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

    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
      Reply lauren February 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      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.

  • Reply Crissy April 12, 2012 at 3:06 am

    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
      Reply lauren April 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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

      • Reply Samantha August 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        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
          Reply lauren August 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          Sent!

          • Courtney August 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

            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 April 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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

          • Caroline June 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

      • Reply Alexandra December 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        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
          Reply lauren December 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

          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!!

      • Reply kristina April 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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

        • lauren
          Reply lauren April 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          Were you looking for the information on education?

      • Reply nikki April 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

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

      • Reply Sharon May 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        I know this question was asked a big ago, but could you please send this information to me as well. I’m looking for a career change and have been researching but it would be great to have information from one that has already been through school. Thank you!

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

          Hi Sharon, what information are you looking for exactly?

    • Reply Annika January 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hi I would love information on stating my career in nutrition as well! Thanks!

      • Lauren The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 26, 2016 at 5:14 pm

        Hi! Check out my Nutrition school page. It should have all the info you are looking for. Good luck!

  • Reply Ann June 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

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

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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

  • Reply Nicola August 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Nicola!

  • Reply KATHY SIJAN November 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    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
      Reply lauren November 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      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.

  • Reply Suzanne November 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

    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
      Reply lauren November 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      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.

  • Reply Joseph February 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    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
      Reply lauren February 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      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.

  • Reply Ally Vergara November 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    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

  • Reply Rick April 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    You do really good work. I like the way you think 🙂

  • Reply Estela September 21, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hello Lauren, i just want to tell yuo that i love your blog, and i wonder if you now a good school on line four Holistic Nutrition ?

    ooo (besos) and xxx (abrazos)

    Estela

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  • Reply Randy March 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Interested in receiving your newsletter
    thanks for this courtesy

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Sure thing! Just look for an activation email.

  • Reply Jessie May 11, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Hi Lauren! You are such an inspiration! Where did you go to school and what did you study? I am currently in school and would love to do what you are doing today for others! xxx

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Jessie! I did my schooling at the University of Southern California and the American Health Science University. Here is more information:http://www.theholykale.com/nutrition-schools/ Good Luck!

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  • Reply Gary June 18, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Lauren, love your site. I am 53 5’9″ and weigh 182 use to be 219 (too much) but after getting Gallbladder removed in 2012 always having digestive issues. I lost close to 40 pounds over a couple of years mainly due to loose bowels seem like everytime I eat and can be worse with Dairy and etc. which I love. I recently joined a Gym really wanting not to lose anymore muscle and etc. Eating is a huge issue with me because I hate cooking and cleaning the kitchen however I’m always looking to eat in order to maintain my weight because I can actually drop weight very quickly. I do eat out fast foods and etc. most of the time. My stomach aches a lot and very noisy. I can feel Gas moving constantly and at one time walked around very nauseated all the time like food was fermenting in my gut or something. I did start taking a product called No Bloat Enzyemes along with their Probotic Mega Blend which has helped some. I take one Probotic Pill a day and two No Bloat Pills with each meal typically four total a day. Their website is: http://www.scitrition.com/no_bloat_.html Lately even taking these I get stomach bloating and extremely gassy feeling of fullness in stomach. When taking a bowel movement mostly lots of pieces that float and sticky on back of toilet. I have also started to drink Protein shakes due to Gym three days a week. I am trying to maintain weight and not lose muscle while also dealing with a tummy bloating and Gas. I do like Meat and Dairy a lot but what type of foods can I focus on in order to keep up my weight and muscle but start helping with tummy bloat and gas ? Thanks.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Gary, it seems quite clear that your issue is very dependent on your diet. The foods that you are eating are directly aggravating your system especially the bile, which is no longer properly managed since the loss of your gallbladder. You are eating foods that are extremely hard for you to digest, since they are mainly reliant on the gallbladder for digestion. In turn, your body is not processing them and they are causing bloating, gas and indigestion. In addition, you are not properly breaking them down and absorbing then which means that you are not receiving the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats you need to build muscle and to maintain your weight. My suggestion would be two fold: first, stop eating foods that aggravate you. This would include FAST FOODS (very high in unhealthy fats), FRIED FOODS, HIGH FAT foods, caffeine, RED MEAT, DAIRY and processed foods like pastries, donuts, packaged foods etc. Second, I would suggest taking supplements that support the gallbladder. My personal favorites are Gallbladder ND (helps with bile flow), HCL (helps to digest your food), and an herbal bitter (helps to stimulate bile flow when eating). Focus on eating whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins like wild salmon and eggs (see how you do on these, it could be stressful depending on how bad your bile flow is), raw nuts and seeds minimally. A more vegetarian based diet is best for you now, and adding in a vegan protein powder like Sunwarrior can boost your protein levels. The good news is that animal protein is NOT needed to maintain muscle mass, vegetarian sources work too. Go HERE to my list of blogs for good recipes.

  • Reply jordan September 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I was reading your article about, “Master Liver/Gallbladder Flush”, and wanted to know if you are advising your readers to only consume apple juice for the first six days before fasting or can you eat other food with it during that span. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Jordan

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Jordan, check out the directions for the flush HERE. You will see that there is a diet section for each part of the cleanse leading up to the flush. It will explain the foods you can eat and not eat. This is not a apple juice fast, you eat certain foods all the way up to the flush day. On the flush day you have a very light breakfast free of fats, then fast the rest of the day. You do the flush that night. You fast in the am while you are passing stones and then you eat a light lunch. After you read through the directions, let me know if you still have a question. Best of luck!

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