Hello there, gorgeous!
I’m Lauren – a breast cancer survivor turned holistic nutritionist. I founded my company
Nutritious Delicious Life to bring attention and awareness to the tremendous power that
making holistic lifestyle changes can have on a woman’s breast cancer risk. For years, I
immersed myself in research learning everything I could to prevent my own breast
cancer recurrence. When I emerged from behind my mountain of books, I was
frustrated that this life-saving information wasn’t easily accessible to the women it could
help the most.
Ever since being diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 and discovering the healing
benefits of holistic health, it’s been my mission to connect, inspire, and empower other
breast cancer survivors to live their most nutritious, delicious lives. Now, nearly 5 years
after diagnosis, my life is radically different in the best possible way. I left my career in
corporate finance to become a holistic nutritionist. I work exclusively with breast cancer
survivors to transform them into thrivers!
First and foremost you need to know that you are not alone in your pain, struggles,
worries, or fears. Rather, you are part of a community who understands, loves,
embraces, and supports you. Whether you are newly diagnosed or well into
survivorship, I hope that reading my story today provides you with information as well as
inspiration. I’m going to touch on topics that help me and my clients live our best lives
after cancer and my hope is that reading it inspires you to do the same. I can’t wait for
us to get to know each other!
To give you some context, 5 years ago at the time of my diagnosis, I was living a very
toxic lifestyle. I was working long hours at a job I hated and I was stressed out and burnt
out. I thought I was “eating clean” by eating low fat yogurt, lean boneless skinless
chicken, and steamed vegetables but really eating this way was wreaking havoc on my
already stressed hormone levels. Plus, I would binge on everything I deemed ‘forbidden’
at night. I had a really negative self image and very low self worth. I would obsess over
what my body looked like and would work out aggressively. I created impossible
standards for myself to live by and I would punish myself for not living up to them. I
didn’t know how to love myself and I was my own worst enemy. Oh man... those were
When I was first diagnosed, I felt like it was my fault. I felt like this was the punishment I
“deserved” for mistreating my body all these years and I internalized so much pain. It
took losing my hair to really see myself for the first time. I finally learned to love and
accept myself exactly as I was and realize that I was enough. I was worthy of love and I
was especially worthy of love from myself. I went from being my own worst enemy to my
own compassionate best friend. This is when my life changed dramatically for the
I happened to catch a podcast that had a naturopathic doctor on it who specialized in
natural cancer care. I had never heard of a naturopathic doctor before so all of this
information was brand new to me. At first I was skeptical but I figured, what did I have to
I started working with a naturopath after my chemotherapy ended but before radiation
started. When I had the energy to ride my bike to my radiation sessions and my very
pale skin didn’t burn from the treatments – I knew there was something very powerful in
holistic healing. I was very intrigued and wanted to learn more.
When I was diagnosed and going through treatment, I felt powerless, out of control, and
trapped in my own body. Working with my naturopath gave me some sense of control
I wanted to do more for myself in between visits with my ND and this is when I really
took a deep dive into nutrition. I could intuitively connect what I ate to how I felt. I
wanted to feel AMAZING, but I also wanted to do whatever I could to prevent a cancer
recurrence. Prevention is about putting yourself on your priority list and I showed up for
myself every single day by making nutritious and delicious meals. I took action in the
kitchen and I took my power back.
Once I changed my nutrition and my lifestyle, I truly never felt better. My energy
improved, my brain fog lifted, I felt energized and truly alive. I fully embraced natural
healing and I took myself off of tamoxifen 4 years ago and I manage my entire
prevention plan completely naturally. Note: this was a personal choice – most of the
women I work with are on some sort of hormonal medication which is totally fine! I want
you do anything that makes you feel safe and supported in your body. I just share this
bit of information about me so you know that healing your body is possible.
The more I learned about holistic healing, the more I wanted to learn. I knew my
diagnosis was meant to be a catalyst of radical change for me. I wanted to turn my pain
into purpose and use my story to teach what I learned to others. This is when I decided
to leave my career, sell my house, move to a new city, enroll in holistic nutrition school,
and found Nutritious Delicious Life.
Since day 1 my mission has been clear and simple. To educate, inspire, and empower
you to live your most nutritious and delicious life after breast cancer. I want you to
fearlessly show up for yourself, love the totality of yourself, and take your power back
from cancer by taking a proactive role in your health.
So much goes into a holistic breast cancer prevention plan. Nutrition is the foundation
because sound nutrition is necessary to reduce inflammation and neutralize your
internal environment. When inflammation is decreased, it gives the body a chance to
heal and allows everything else we do together to work better. I also address
detoxification, hormone balancing, immune system boosting, and underlying limiting
beliefs. Breast cancer is a symptom of a deeper issue and prevention is about healing
the totality of yourself.
What I want you to take away from reading this blog is that you can take an active role
in your health and your prevention plan. We didn’t choose the disease but we do
choose how we live with it. You don’t have to passively take medication and hope for
the best. I want you to take inspired and empowered action.
If you would like to learn more, please connect with me! You can follow me on social
media or connect with me through my website.
It was a pleasure writing this blog for you.
Sending you love, health, and wishing you alignment,
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