I’m Lauren – I live in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. I enjoy the freedom of urban living and walking everywhere! I’m obsessed with food and fitness and learning new things.
I have a passion for encouraging and helping others to become the BEST version of themselves specifically through living a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle full of exercise and healthy eating has given me the foundation for a long and happy life. These are no longer wishes or wants, but staples in my life.
So, you might say.. “Wait, Lauren.. I know you. You’ve always been skinny.” Maybe so, but I haven’t always been healthy. Like many kids, I grew up on the typical American diet: sugary cereal, cokes, mac and cheese, corn dogs, pizza, rice, and green beans. In college, it didn’t get much better. My diet included Wendy’s, Subway and frozen dinners. I can’t even remember eating a vegetable except for the occasional side salad. Finally, after college, I had my own kitchen and decided to figure out how to cook. I was learning and cooking more at home, but the meals weren’t improving much. My grocery cart was full of cheese, cokes, maybe some chicken, and definitely 8 cans of green beans. Overtime, I started to realize that my diet kinda sucked! I wasn’t feeling good, and I was gaining a few pounds. It was time for a change.
I’m not sure when I started looking at recipes online, but when I did, I felt so inspired by the dishes others were making. It didn’t seem too difficult, so I started experimenting. Cooking was fun! It became a hobby of mine. The more I followed food blogs, the more I wanted to learn.
One way or another, I heard about the book Crazy Sexy Diet.Sounds interesting, right? I thought so! Little did I know, it would be the book that changed my life in January 2012. Kris Carr explained the scientific side of food and shared her story about how food was literally killing her and then literally saving her life. Read with caution because once you know, you won’t be able to forget. My diet changed immediately. I started trying to cook with vegetables. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I even liked vegetables…but I did. I started to LISTEN to my body and observe how I felt after eating certain foods. I figured out which foods made me tired, which foods gave me energy, and which foods made me just feel gross! Everyone is different, so listening to your body and finding what works best for your body is so important for lasting success.
Read about the fitness side of my story here.