About Lauren

Lauren Shafer - Live Full

Thanks for visiting my site! If you’d asked my friends 10 years ago what I’d be doing today, I doubt any of them would have guessed I’d be in the health and wellness field.

Strangely enough, the person who drove me into this work is quite possibly the unhealthiest person I’ve ever known: My dad. He had a unique gift for finding the most deep-fried, cheesy, sugar-laced item on any menu, always ordering it with—what else?—a large diet soda. Exercise was a form of punishment. And vegetables? Not on his plate unless they were under a blanket of creamed gravy (with a side of creamed gravy). I saw him attempt every diet plan out there, always looking for that shortcut. I’d celebrate when he dropped weight, then share in the disappointment and shame when he gained it back.

Food for me is imbued with huge significance and emotion. For so many of us, a cupcake is never just a cupcake--it's an object that holds a rush of feelings: Happiness, pleasure, guilt, shame, disappointment. And those feelings can last long after we've licked the last bit of frosting off the paper liner! 

The truth is there is no short cut to health or to improving our relationship with food. Diets built on deprivation, punishment and guilt simply don't work. But the good news is that the path to your happiest, fittest self really isn’t that difficult to take. You don’t have to beat your self up or sacrifice pleasure the rest of your life to be healthy: Choosing to eat real food grown on real farms made by real people is a delicious reward. Exercising isn’t just enjoyable, it’s empowering (not to mention it gives you a fantastic buzz).

I've had my share of health battles, too. In my 20s, I struggled with an auto-immune disease that absolutely rocked my world (not in a good way!). The year I decided to find my way to health was also the year I ran my first marathon.

Now I'm helping people just like you choose to live full lives with full plates! 

My Training

Growing up with a diabetic dad, I've always been acutely aware of the impact of food on our bodies and its amazing transformative power--both to heal and to harm. As an adult, I looked to nutrition to help treat my auto-immune disease alongside western medicine, and I continue to tweak my own diet to amp up my energy, improve my digestion and to fuel my active life. 

I received my formal training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts from Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; to Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; to the no-nonsense Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; to the amazing Geneen Roth, emotional eating expert and bestselling author of When Food Is Love. My education equips me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and years of trial and error I've practiced on myself, I help my clients make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results. 

I specialize in working with folks working toward goals like...

  • Reclaiming their health (a side effect of which is frequently weight loss) 
  • Amping up daily energy
  • Improving digestion
  • Improved time--and a better training experience--in endurance events, like marathons and half-marathons
  • Transitioning to (or cleaning up) a plant-based diet.

Curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk.