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Once upon a time, this was a “healthy living” blog. My use of quotation marks should pretty much explain my thoughts on the healthy living community. I once thought I was above running anything less than 3 miles, using real butter and eating at chain restaurants. Okay, I’m still above eating at Chili’s, but I digress. What you won’t find here anymore, is a daily food journal. I’m not going to tell you how to eat or how to live. I won’t pretend I don’t struggle, like a real human being. Or that I don’t have complete breakdowns about silly things like not being able to find my keys. I won’t tell you I’m a 22-year-old who knows exactly who she is and where she’s going, because well, I’m not. Except I really am 22.

Instead, what you’ll find here is me. Lauren, a girl who changes her mind about things on a regular basis, who sometimes loves and sometimes hates running, who is delighted by “good” food (and only I get to decide what “good” means to me), and who will always be, at her core, a dancer (even if it’s just in my living room), a daughter and sister, a serious stress-case at times and a light-hearted goofball at others. I promise no matter how random the things I write might be, it will always be 100% from the heart and 100% real.

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  1. June 15, 2010 2:03 AM

    We loved reading this. You’re such a great writer. Can’t wait to read more.

  2. June 16, 2010 2:34 PM

    Mom, when you leave a comment from my account it just looks like I’m telling myself I’m a great writer 🙂

    • January 22, 2011 10:59 AM

      Haha! Epic.

    • March 29, 2011 1:08 PM

      haha my brother did the same thing a while ago..i had to delete it and he posted it up again lol …i love you blog and the food you eat!!! so clean fresh and beautiful

  3. June 29, 2010 4:19 PM

    I too have found so much comfort since discovering food blogs. Keep it up 😉

  4. July 7, 2010 1:14 AM

    Well said!

  5. July 14, 2010 9:36 PM

    Hey there, I just discovered your blog and wanted to give you props! It’s really well-written, and I’m looking forward to your future posts. I am actually moving to Boulder in September (I’m from Colorado Springs originally, but moved out east for college), and I can’t wait to return to my homestate! I’ll have to ask you for Boulder restaurant recommendations when I get there…:) I’m clueless about the area (except I do know that it’s GORGEOUS) and perfect for running! Holla!

    • July 14, 2010 11:00 PM

      Thanks Lindsay!! I can definitely give you some recommendations — Boulder is such a great place for healthy living 🙂

  6. July 21, 2010 10:22 AM

    can you give me some suggestion about to prepare some vegan cake?

    thank you!

    • July 21, 2010 6:01 PM

      Hey Adam, I’ve only ever made vegan cupcakes once and I got the recipe off

      I know there’s soy products that can be used instead of butter as well as non-dairy milks like almond, rice, hemp, oat. I’ve also heard of using vegetable oil, avocado, apple sauce, etc. instead of dairy. I would suggest looking up a vegan recipe that would use these kind of alternatives.

      Good luck!

  7. August 2, 2010 9:36 PM

    just found your blog and love it! I agree- eating healthy is much easier than it seems if you just start making it a lifestyle- and when you start running you eat healthy to push you through your runs, —i think since the focus isn’t on losing weight, you DO lose weight- and never feel deprived in the meantime! 🙂

    • August 2, 2010 11:11 PM

      Thanks for the comment Jamie! I’m always so happy to hear from others who share my healthy lifestyle beliefs 🙂

  8. salahoua permalink
    August 6, 2010 7:42 PM

    Hi, Lauren!
    I was just taking a look at your site, it’s really interesting. I do congratulate you. I took some time to prepare one of the salades you proposed (I mean the one with greens, carrot, tomato, avocado, s & p and balsamic). It really got the encouragement of my mum who thought it was my invention. Late at night yesterday, I surfed your site and show her your pictures. She was amazed by the food you suggest for good and stable health.
    Anyway, I do invite to have a look at my site which I have put on line three days ago.

  9. Hayley permalink
    August 21, 2010 2:24 PM

    Another CU blogger!! Yay, nice to “meet” you 🙂

    • August 21, 2010 6:30 PM

      I know I was so excited to see your blog! Nice to “meet” you too haha maybe we’ll meet in person some day!

  10. October 3, 2010 3:50 PM

    Just found your blog. Absolutely love it! Too bad you guys beat our Dawgs last night but that’s ok!

    • October 4, 2010 11:40 PM

      Ha ha no hard feelings? I’m glad you like my blog 🙂

  11. October 10, 2010 7:52 PM

    what an inspiring story! so happy youve been able to find peace and joy in your relationship with food and exercise 🙂 cant wait to read more

    • October 11, 2010 8:31 PM

      Thanks Rebecca, can’t wait to get to know you better.

  12. Cathy permalink
    October 12, 2010 8:02 PM


    Thanks for putting a picture of our ice cream on your blog page. I don’t know if that fits in your healthy diet that you and Joey are doing. I have enjoyed looking at your blog page. Now I need to start using some of your receipts. Good luck on your half marathon this weekend.

  13. November 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    Hi Lauren,

    I wanted to inform you of the 2011 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, scheduled for June 24-26 in Boulder, Colorado.

    This conference will be a gathering of bloggers from throughout North America who specialize in the areas of fitness or health.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to be included in conference updates. Find us on Twitter @fitnessbloggers

    I hope you can join us!

  14. December 29, 2010 12:16 PM

    Hey Lauren!
    I’m glad I found your blog, looks like we have a lot in common! Both Lauren’s who danced growing up 🙂

    • December 29, 2010 6:12 PM

      Nice to meet someone with such a great name 🙂 I’m loving your blog already!

  15. January 9, 2011 5:36 PM

    I love your story and your blog!

  16. January 22, 2011 11:00 AM

    Great blog, lady! I love it so far. 🙂

  17. February 14, 2011 6:58 PM

    Hi Lauren! I read your guest post on Chelsey’s blog and thought I would stop by! I’m loving your blog already. Your recipes look delicious! Can’t wait to try some of them. 🙂

  18. February 15, 2011 5:47 PM

    Awesome blog, Lauren. Keep up the great work.

    I love seeing people displaying their passion for nutrition and food. Hell, all success stories in general are inspiring.

    I never could get into running. Before last week I had not run in over a year. When I was younger I became insulin resistant, and started a keto routine, largely diminishing most carbs (except carbs from vegetables). Didn’t want to run the risk of screwing with glycogen stores, so I started lifting and doing HIIT and never looked back. Lifting is the greatest stress reliever known to humankind!

    • February 15, 2011 6:27 PM

      Troy, thanks so much for this comment.

      Running isn’t for everyone. Some days, I don’t even like it! I think it’s important to find a physical activity that you enjoy and it sounds like you have.

  19. February 21, 2011 5:40 PM

    Hi girl, I’m so glad to have found your blog. You are so pretty and I’m so happy you’ve decided to eat healthy and take care of your body. Will be reading 😀

    • February 21, 2011 9:43 PM

      Thanks, Jenny! Supportive blog friends always help 🙂

  20. March 8, 2011 5:14 PM

    Congrats on all your success and most of all for your positive perspective and mindset! Looking forward to reading more!

  21. June 2, 2011 8:28 PM

    Hey I just found you blog! You have an inspiring story! I’m so happy you found your positive healthy relationship with food 🙂

    Looking forward to reading more.

  22. June 5, 2011 10:54 AM

    Hey Lauren, I posted a comment on here nearly four months ago.

    Ran 10 miles a couple of weeks ago. It kicked my ass (for lack of a better phrase). Loved it, though. Battling the ‘forces of life’ while pushing the body to its limits… it’s the best.

    Still enjoying the blog — keep up the excellent writing!

    • June 5, 2011 2:39 PM

      Good for you, Troy!! I cried after my 10-mile training run because I was so proud of myself, no joke. It really is a good feeling 🙂

  23. June 7, 2011 11:29 AM

    Ha, did you start at CCU? Because I think that is the CCU way, Eat a Chipotle Burrito with a free drink and then go to Cold Stone on Tuesday and get a discount. Oh yah! So unhealthy!I just found your blog!

  24. July 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    Great little summary – I’m glad I read it!

  25. July 18, 2011 7:49 AM

    I moved to Denver a little over a month ago so I’m excited to read about your adventures here!

  26. August 13, 2011 7:15 PM


    I tried to find a contact link with your email or something, but I didn’t see one. I just wanted to see if you are married to the idea of not making your full posts viewable in Google Reader (or other RSS tools). I just stumbled on your blog, but I read so many, I have to keep track in my reader. Just wanted to give you the feedback that clicking into individual posts is not something I would do, even though I’d like to read your writing.

    Just feedback. Take it as you will. I read a number of “healthy living” bloggers but am trying to find more local (Denver-ish) feeds to read.

  27. September 11, 2011 6:31 PM

    I know you probably get this all the time, but you sound just like me!! Such a relief to read you got over all your issues with food/exercising 🙂 Cant wait to read more!!

  28. September 29, 2011 6:29 PM

    Hey Lauren! I just found your blog from the healthylivingblogs website 🙂 I’m excited to read more, especially because your in Boulder! And went to UC and that’s one of the school’s I’m considering for grad school (I’m just a little scared about leaving Boston). But can’t wait to learn more and read more about you!

    • September 29, 2011 8:00 PM

      I really loved CU. The campus is gorgeous and Boulder is such a nice place to live. So glad to meet you 🙂

  29. March 13, 2012 12:08 PM

    I loved your intro, that is what it’s about really…and hey, another book reader who is a foodie! Got to love it! 🙂

  30. Genie permalink
    November 6, 2012 1:58 PM

    What a cute blog! I love good food too and like you, I decide! I’m doing a paper on Starbucks and loved your story of the experience!!!!

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