Welcome to my little sanctuary – I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Lauren Glucina, I’m a Natural Health practitioner, trained in Naturopathy, Medical Herbalism, Nutrition and Wellness Coaching. Above all else, I am passionate about food as medicine, but particularly, plant foods as medicine.
Because a lot of what I do is about education, this space is for me to share and inspire on plant-based cuisine and a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
I believe that we can find balance in this stressful life, by going back to basics and using the power of plants to help nourish and heal us.
If you’re brand new to my site, head on over to the member’s AREA – I have crafted a few special Resources just for you.
- My Signature Smoothie Recipe
- My gorgeous ‘One Day Detox’ ebook – a script for a total day of self-care
I arrived in this profession via the scenic route. You see, I worked for a good decade or so in the high-flying world of Advertising, which seemed alluring from the outside due to its creative nature. It turned out that dreaming up ideas for ads as a living was incredibly stressful and not conducive to a well-balanced life. By the end of my career, I was adrenally burnt out, fatigued, and with a host of other health complaints: multiple food intolerances, a highly inflamed gut, a chronically irritated bladder, and debilitating migraines (you can read more about my story here).
Poor health was certainly a catalyst for the career change, though I have always been drawn to and intrigued by the world of natural medicine.
In clinical practice, I specialise in helping clients use foods to promote good health and wellbeing. I also love to work in the areas of adrenal health, digestive and auto-immune conditions, drawing on wisdom gained from personal experience.
I quite happily meld the science of natural medicine with traditional wisdom and spirituality.
I will forever be a student on this path, as there is so much to be learnt from plant medicines and the intricacies and intelligence of the human body.
Personally, I am a creative, sensitive, intuitive and quiet person. I am a chronic pot-burner (go figure – me being a foodie and all!), as I easily get distracted (shiny-object syndrome, alas). I love to nerd out and get lost in nutrition texts and journal articles on health and healing. Nature walks are my medicine, and reading Oracle cards are a daily occurrence. What is life without a bit of magic, after all?
My personal crusade is to simply inspire more people to embrace more plants into their diet and lifestyle. More plant-based foods, and more time in nature. The benefits are life changing.
I do this via the blog, sharing healthy recipes and nutrition articles, and via my consultations in clinic. I’d love you to join me, are you in?!
Where I’m based
Auckland, New Zealand.
- Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (2017)
- Bachelor of Natural Medicine, with Excellence in Clinical Practice, South Pacific College of Natural Medicine (2016)
- 6 Month Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Plant Rhythms (2014)
- Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching, Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2013)
- Certificate in Raw Foods, Radiantly Alive (2012)
- Bachelor of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology (2004)
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my blog and resources, I hope to show you how going back to basics, with a nourishing plant centric diet, quality time in nature, and use of safe and natural remedies, can help you live a vital life.