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!