Affiliate Spotlight: Lauren of Empowered Sustenance
Lauren Geertsen Talks Holistic Nutrition, Healing and HoneyThis week we caught up with Morrocco Method affiliate, Lauren Geertsen of Empowered Sustenance. On her website, Lauren shares her advice on nutrition and healing naturally. We love her grain free recipes!
What inspired you to start Empowered Sustenance?I began Empowered Sustenance to share my experience with the healing power of nutrition. I wanted to empower others with the same factor that changed my life: food!
All throughout high school, I struggled with a severe form of ulcerative colitis, a type of autoimmune disease. The condition continued to worsen and refused to respond to medications. After starting my first semester at college, I was devastated when doctors told me that my only option was the partial removal of my colon. Determined to avoid surgery, I threw myself wholeheartedly into using nutrition and mind-body medicine to address the disease.
My symptoms responded immediately to the drastic dietary and lifestyle changes I implemented. I was medication free and feeling better than I had in years! Eager to help others who weren’t finding answers with Western Medicine, I began sharing my recipes and tips on Empowered Sustenance.
You are a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Can you tell us more about that?In my book, food is medicine, so I’m passionate about giving others the tools they need to get well through nutrition. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I help clients reach optimal health through dietary and lifestyle changes. If it’s appropriate for their situation, I will I also work closely with my clients to develop a finely-tuned supplement protocol.
I use different types of diagnostic tools, including lab tests and biofeedback, to understand the root of the symptoms. Unlike conventional medicine, I focus on the addressing the underlying problems instead of simply masking symptoms.
If you could give someone one piece of wellness advice, what would it be?Although it may sound esoteric, unconditional love is the most powerful healing agent. Even if you are unhappy with your health or parts of your body, mindfully send loving energy to your body. For example, if you experience hair loss, don’t wallow in angry emotions when you are brushing your hair. Instead, send love and gratitude to each of your hair follicles.
You discuss natural beauty on your blog. Why is natural beauty important to you?
Like many women, I’ve been challenged with health issues that have manifested in issues such as acne and brittle nails. Years ago, I didn’t understand that these were symptoms of health problems and I used chemical-laden products in a futile attempt to fix the problems. Now, I know that these are only symptoms of health imbalances and I aim to help women address the health imbalances with nutrition.
With that said, these symptoms need to be addressed naturally while the underlying causes are being resolved. I believe that nature provides the best answers. For example, raw honey is the best natural facial cleanser for all skin types – and it’s completely chemical free! In the same way, Morrocco Method products have been a key part of my healthy hair journey. I know that I am improving the health of my scalp and hair when I use MM, instead of polluting my body with toxins such as parabens and sulfates.
We’re so glad you like Morrocco Method. What’s your favorite product?My love affair with Morrocco Method is rekindled each time I wash or style my hair.
But if I had to pick a favorite product, it would be the Volumizer Mist. It provides soft, bouncy volume at my roots without weighing my hair down. Additionally, the light herbal fragrance lifts my spirit every time I use it.
Thanks Lauren! Be sure to check out her 5 Tips for Holistic Hair Care and see what else she has to say about her favorite hair care line.