Hey, I’m Lauren!
Keeping healthy living as simple and accessible as possible is now my mantra, but that hasn't always been the case.
My Ups & Downs in a Healthy Lifestyle
A little background on me. I am 34 years old and have struggled with my weight my whole life. I was never athletic or naturally thin or health conscience. I always ate a little too much and stayed inside reading a little too much.
I can remember as early as kindergarten being teased for my weight. I can vividly recall times of being called too fat, gross, and my favorite catcall of ‘whale’ as I stepped up to the diving board at a swimming pool.
As early as kindergarten, I can remember being aware of my weight and hating the way I looked. As I got older, it did not get easier. Wanting to destroy pictures I was in, unable to look at myself in the mirror, or being filled with shame when I needed to ask my mom to buy a bigger jean size were everyday struggles.
By the time I reached high school I was over 220 pounds. I can’t remember the exact number; I’m sure I’ve blocked it out by now. With impending college life and prom just around the corner, I knew I needed a change. The only problem was that I was uneducated on nutrition.
For the next 8 years I tried every diet and diet food out. I lost 40 lbs, gained 50 back. I lost 55 pounds, gained 25 back. It was a vicious cycle and ended up with me being back at 204 pounds on the eve of 2012. I was alone and in bed, sick, and depressed. I knew there had to be a better way so I began to research proper nutrition and not just believe what every girl is taught – eat less, get skinny, be happy.
Learning about nutrition absolutely changed and saved my life. I finally was looking at food as something that body needs and should thrive off of - not something that should be shamed or assigned as good or bad. I as able to lose weight and actually keep it off without analyzing everything I ate. I was able to come to terms with my binging, learn my emotion and physical triggers and move past them.
Quite frankly, learning about nutrition, wellness, and mental health saved my life.
What Makes My Counseling Different
As someone who has struggled with their weight for decades, I understand how hard relationships with food can be and that food addiction is a real thing that just can't be fixed overnight. Temptations are there daily and literally everywhere you turn.
Every single person is unique and I will take the time to learn about your habits, your needs, and your wants and tailor a program that is right just for you. My main goal is to make you and your wellness journey as easy and comfortable as possible.
Nothing is more important than your health and wellness, so let’s get started now.
I am a Certified Holistic Health Care Practitioner and am certified in Holistic Nutrition, Specialized Weight Management, and Sports Nutrition.