About Me

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Welcome to My Non-Toxic Life. I’m Lauren. Nice to meet you. I wish I could offer you a glass of wine and we could sit down and chat and I could tell you all I’ve learned. But that’s a lot of drinking with a lot of strangers so this will have to do.

This blog documents my journey from questioning our corrupt food system to reversing my heart disease. When I started this blog about four years ago I was mostly a vegetarian. I thought I was eating healthy. Sadly I was not. Some of the earliest posts make reference to meat eating. I have left them since this has been an evolution. Maybe it’s the beginning of yours too.

My questions began when I went to Italy. I decided that instead of restraining myself as I usually do around food, I was going to eat and drink with abandon. I came home five pounds lighter. The next summer I went to Paris. I ate, drank and enjoyed everything. I returned home five pounds lighter. Why?

Their food is different. It is fresh. It is real. It does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or food like substances that come from lab made experiments. For the first time in a long time my body recognized what I was eating and knew how to process it.

I started digging deeper into our food system. I was mortified. Not only had I been poisoning myself and my husband, but I had been poisoning my children!

Then in 2015 I found out that I was at risk of having a heart attack. I decided instead of taking a statin (a cholesterol lowering medication) I would do the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease program. It is a plant-based, very low-fat diet. It worked! Read my story here and see my real before and after a plant-based diet test results

https://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/plant-based/

The United States of America is one of the sickest, fattest nations with the highest health care costs. Big food and agriculture companies along with the FDA have failed us by making us believe what we are eating is safe and healthy. It is not. We must take control of what we put into our bodies.

49 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hey Lauren! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I love your philosophy! I’m right there with you – big food and agriculture companies and the FDA scare the crap out of me. But they have deep pockets and can use their money to pull the wool over our eyes. So sad. I’m glad you’re writing this blog and doing your part to educate people. I’ve been poking around your blog, by the way, and it’s wonderful. I’m happy to e-meet you and look forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you better. Celeste 🙂

    1. Hi Celeste,
      Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I love your blog too. I can’t wait to look at more of it and get some new recipes! Stay in touch.
      Lauren

      1. It really is. Even scarier is how few people are aware or think it’s no big deal- “if it’s unsafe, it wouldn’t be legal.” MONEY is what it’s all about, nothing more, nothing less. Very sad.

  2. An extremely interesting blog you have here! We like to think that we are conscious of what we put in our mouths but everything (well almost everything) is processed or GMO these days = yikes!!
    Your blog and headline in itself was enough to win us over 🙂

  3. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog, Lauren. Keep on putting out the word on GMO’s and other things big business is doing to poison us all. Doesn’t make much sense, does it, if they want customers? I guess they figure we’ll just make more people to replace ourselves and go to our graves ignorant of what put us there.

  4. Hi Lauren,
    Thanks for stopping by and giving me a follow a Self-help Health. I always appreciate when someone decides to do that, plus it helps me find out what they’re up to, like this post of yours. So glad you are helping get the word out about the state of our food supply and how we, unfortunately, can’t depend on government or anyone else to keep us safe. One of the biggest eye-openers for me had to do with the information I featured in a post about wheat:
    http://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/what-you-should-know-about-wheat/

    And unfortunately facts behind the water we drink are just as scary:
    http://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/water-water-everywhere-but-not-a-drop-to-drink/

    Keep up the good work and I absolutely love the image you used for your header. Just bursting with healthy energy!

  5. Thank you for the kind words. I checked out your articles and found that I was familiar with both. At least I am up to speed on the scariness 🙂
    I am running out now, but I plan on perusing your website tomorrow. It looks fantastic. Keep up the good work, yourself.

  6. Hi Lauren! Good to meet you. Thank you for stopping by our blog. I love your story here and we ourselves strive to eat healthy everyday! Look forward to exploring your blog more and our future interactions!

  7. Hi Lauren. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. What an interesting site you have here. I am always stressing the importance of reading labels and watching out for GMOs.I look forward to following your future posts.

    Safe eating (and drinking)

  8. Absolutely! If we shop organically and locally we can’t help but win. Fortunately, that is not difficult here in the south of France. Living along the Mediterranean we are fortunate indeed with all that is on offer.
    I have friends right across the river, a short and lovely walk, who make delicious organic wines and grape juice.

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you will continue to enjoy the posts. Bon appétit!

  9. Thank you Lauren for the follow. My journey with food and toxicity began 20 years ago and I am still learning. It’s great to connect with other who are addicted to “real” food and a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve read through my blog you will have noticed that illness can still come out of no where, yet healing can take place if we are diligent in reading, updating our own knowledge and continuing to learn all we can about how foods affect our bodies and our bodies response to disease and illness. I look forward to learning more about your blog as well. 🙂 Sherry

    1. Hi Sherry,

      I did look through your blog, briefly. My son and I also garden and we are learning bee keeping with a friend! I wish you well on your journey with Lyme disease. Nice to “meet” you.

      1. We have a bee keeper’s meet up in our area. Do you have one in your area? We are really in the learning stages, but we help out a lot so we get a share of the honey. It is very complicated and thrilling.

      2. We have associations, however I’ve tried contacting them to get a copy of their bylaws and find out fees to no avail so I gave up. I recently contacted a gent who said he would try to help but then my bees died so I thought I’d wait until next year and I would I take his class in February. I wanted a farm pre Lyme, I even had chickens at a friends farm, and my bees are at another friends.

  10. Hi Lauren! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow. I love your blog – it’s wonderful! It’ll keep me busy reading and learning lots from you, thank you so much!

    1. I love your blog too! You have a lot of cool interests. I’m going to spend some more time checking out your recipes. Your photos are beautiful. Nice to “meet” you.

  11. Hi Lauren,

    You started following my blog and I thought I would return the follow 🙂 I absolutely love your blog!! Your posts are so informative and will definitely help me with my vegan lifestyle. Thanks so much!

  12. Hi Lauren, Your blog is amazing, and so inspiring. Thank you for the tools for a better nutritious lifestyle.
    Thank you for the follow, and look forward to your blog posts. Take care.

  13. Thank you for following my blog! I’m going to follow yours too. I’m always on the lookout for healthy food ideas and recipes and love the idea behind your blog! Looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

  14. Hi Lauren, thank you for liking my post!
    Reading your blog, I was reminded of my personal experience when I first visited the United States. I was staying with a friend in Manhattan, lower east side, and in the morning I went to a local grocery store to get some produce for breakfast, nothing fancy, some bread and soft cheese, a couple of tomatoes, basic stuff. I could not eat it. It was that horrible. I said to my friend that I understand now what oppression means, having to eat this garbage. I started looking at the labels and was horrified to discover that plain bread, which in fact should only contain flour, water, yeast and salt, had about 15 ingredients in it.
    I started looking for something to eat that I could actually ingest, and this only succeeded when I went up to about 60 street. But then I had to pay 4 times the price for the most basic items that in Israel (where I live) are kept cheap, yet at a high quality.
    I kept wondering how can any one product, regardless of what it was, have so many ingredients in it, and why should that be the case.
    I kept thinking how awful it must be to be constantly reminded that if you do not have money you do not have a right to decent food.
    Anyway, that was about 25 years ago and now I know much more about it, yet this memory lingers as vivid as ever in my mind, thought I’d just share it with you…
    Shmuel

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