Hi! I'm Lauren.
Here's a slice of my story...
I'm a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), fitness instructor, and proudly live my life as a healthy person with Type 1 Diabetes for more than 24 years. Like many of you, my story began with the realization that I needed to change my eating habits and exercise routine. I also needed to whole-heartedly embrace the fact that I have type 1 diabetes, but most of all I simply wanted to live better.
In the pursuit of healthiness, I realized what I had been missing in my life; I needed a personal connection. I needed to know there was someone out there with type 1 who was exceling at life and doing amazing things that could show me that I could be better, and I was ready to begin my search. It began with a cycling team of type 1 diabetics who raced across America - and won. Then came the discovery of Olympians, ultra athletes, and everyday folks that were on a higher level of fitness. Finding people with the admirable qualities I was looking for gave me permission to go to work on myself.
The first step is always the hardest but I found inspiration, started slowly, and refused to quit. One small step lead to another as I found consciousness and peace in the pursuit of a healthy body by learning more about where food comes from. This learning process empowered me to make educated choices about food, and there was no turning back.
From teaching myself how to shop for groceries and cook nutritious meals to taking my first indoor cycling class and dropping much needed body fat. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was becoming an athlete and a much more health conscious person. After a handful of unexpected events I was faced with a moment of serious decision making, which lead to the pursuit of becoming a Registered Dietitian, and perhaps the most daunting task of my life so far. All odds were against me in this incredibly competitive program, but then I learned to tap into my strengths and put them to use.
I could define myself in many ways based on my experiences, but most of all I am determined, strong-willed, and not a quitter. So, I found a way. Now, my role is to pay it forward and share my knowledge.
Be your own inspiration.
We are constantly looking outward for answers to better health but the solutions start from within. I believe the greatest investment we can make is in our minds and bodies. Our minds are meant to be sharpened and our bodies were designed for movement.
Eat well and be strong.