Optimum Digestion

Digestion - Mikaela Lauren Wellness

A properly working digestive system is imperative to your health. Without it, you will not absorb the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Your gut also plays a huge role in your mental health as well as your immune system. Digestion is "the process of making food absorbable by mechanically and enzymatically breaking it down into simpler chemical compounds in the digestive tra[...]

Wellness Foundations

foundations of wellness-mlw

We are holistic beings, with multiple facets playing a role in our health including our mental and physical health. While completing my certification to become a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I learned about the key foundations that play a role in our health. In this series, I'm going to share with you what those are and how you can use this knowledge to live a healthy and w[...]

Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Valentines-day-recipe-roundup

Here are some of my favorite recipes for Valentine's Day ...or let's be real, I would enjoy these recipes any day of the year because I love chocolate :)  Bonus, they are all gluten-free and dairy-free, and nutrient-dense, so you can enjoy Valentine's day without the processed foods that don't leave you feeling your best. Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites If[...]

Morning Glory Muffins

Mikaela Lauren Wellness Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

One of my jobs while living in SE Asia was the operation's manager of a start-up cafe. One of my favorite parts of this was recipe development for the cafe bakery. I've taken one of my favorite recipes from the menu and made it gluten-free, reduced the sugar content, and replaced the processed oils. This is a hearty recipe with a subtle hint of sweetness and full of nutrients. These are gr[...]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Mikaela Lauren Wellness Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Do you already have your menu planned? Are you going traditional this year or something smaller and more relaxed due to pandemic restrictions and precautions?  Whatever your plans are, I've compiled a list of some recipes for you to try this year. These are all nutrient-dense recipes with gluten-free and dairy-free options.   Harvest Salad[...]

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Mikaela Lauren Wellness Pumpkin Banana Bread Recipe

Do you love baking in the fall as the weather gets cooler and leaves change outside? This recipe is basically fall in the form of a sweet bread. It has a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cardamom. The pumpkin makes the bread nice and moist and the banana adds sweetness. This makes a great breakfast, snack, or treat. Oh and it's gluten and dairy free! Pumpkin Banana Bre[...]

My Skin Story – Part 3

Mikaela Lauren Wellness Skin Journey 3

In the last two posts, I shared my journey of having severely cystic acne, to clear skin. Today I'm sharing what I know helped heal my skin:Cleaning up my diet and avoiding any food I'm sensitive to. Food sensitivities can be caused by an imbalance in gut bacteria, so you don’t need to cut them out forever, but if they are causing inflammation in your gut, your body can respond with acne[...]

My Skin Story – Part 2

My Skin Journey - Part 2

Last week I shared my experience with conventional medicine and my acne. You can read about it in part one of this series here. After years of seeing only temporary results, I decided it was time to dive deeper and find the root cause of my acne. When I lived in Indonesia, I saw a holistic approach to medicine. I had never experienced this before, but it intrigued me, and I wondered if I[...]

My Skin Story – Part 1

Let’s chat about my own story and health journey, specifically my acne story. As many preteens and teens do, I experienced acne. I tried many different products to treat my acne, but nothing seemed to change much. It wasn’t until college, that I went to a dermatologist for the first time. After sharing with her I was not interested in taking any oral supplements, she put[...]

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

  • Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
  • Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
  • Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

I love to travel. I spent a good amount of time living overseas in college and after I graduated and have been blessed to travel a lot. I've been to Mexico, SE Asia, and all over the US, including Alaska! Although I love to travel, it can be hard to be out of routine, and as someone with food sensitivities, it can be difficult to find food that is good and nourishing for my body. So over[...]