Hello, I’m Lauren, and I thank you for visiting The Compassion.i.t! Compassion for all living creatures brought me to a vegan lifestyle in 2008. But my parents’ cancers eventually inspired me to change careers and become a nutritionist. I started this blog when I was training to be a nutritionist- I’m now a certified Nutrition Consultant.
While I have been involved in animal rights since I was sixteen, it took a botched ankle surgery to bring me to veganism. As a result of the surgery, I was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in 2007. CRPS is a painful neurological condition that results from injury or surgery, and has a tendency to spread from the initial site of injury. The intense, burning pain quickly spread from my ankle throughout the rest of my right foot, then jumped across my spinal cord to my left foot. Because of its root in the sympathetic nervous symptoms, CRPS pain can be unremitting, rendering some patients immobile. For a time, I was unable to walk more than one or two steps, and relied on a wheelchair or crutches for even the shortest distances.
The pain eventually led me to look outside of myself, and returned me to my long-forgotten roots in animal advocacy. Volunteering with Farm Sanctuary opened my eyes to the horrors of animal “agriculture.” While reading a leaflet on the egg industry through tears, I decided then and there I would no longer be complicit in the atrocities against animals. Within about 48 hours, I was full on vegan.
As many vegans learn, a plant-based diet soon afforded me numerous welcome side effects. While I’m not out of the woods yet, changing to a whole foods, plant-based diet helped diminish my pain significantly. I now walk farther than I could for several years, do yoga and occasionally rock out on the dance floor! Ditching the dairy also completely relieved the debilitating migraines that had plagued me since childhood. Huge bonus.
My own experience in healing through plant foods fueled an interest in nutrition. But learning how a diet low in plants can speed disease precipitated my career change. My father was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2012 and died in March 2013. And while mourning my Dad just six months later, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
While my parents did not wish to pursue nutritional intervention, I put all of my energy into research on cancer prevention and mediation. Through my education and internship at Nutrition Facts.org, I learned of the mechanisms by which animal “foods” incite cancer growth as well as the incredible role plants play in preventing and reversing cancer. So while I could not directly help my parents, something truly positive came out of a difficult time. I can now help others make lifestyle changes that may help them prevent or reverse cancer.
This blog is a reflection of the knowledge I have gained through my nutrition education and my experience as a whole. Through nutrition consulting, workshops and this blog, I feel honored to help others live a healthier life.
I hope you enjoy my posts, and I look forward to hearing your questions and comments! And please contact me with any questions on my services. I am available for virtual and conventional nutrition consulting (the latter in the New York Metro area.) Whether your goal is to manage a medical issue, fuel your next marathon,or simply to live a healthier life through a plant-based diet, it is my mission to get you there.
Please drop me a line at thecompassionit (at) gmail.com with any questions, comments or unmitigated praise 🙂 Best wishes and happy reading!
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