Because I’m kind of elusive, and I’m ready to share a little more about myself…
Here are 30 random facts about Laura Franklin (aka ME) that are sure to excite you.
Well, they might not excite you but if your aim is to learn more about me, then read on:
30 Random Facts About Me:
- I was born and raised in Toronto. In fact, I was actually born IN (yes, inside) the home I currently reside, which has been in my family for 45 years.
- I am a pisces and definitely fit the empathic, intuitive, sensitive, emotional, go-with-the-flow, water sign characteristics (but also secretive, and I don’t tend to share a lot about myself). Although I don’t like to cry, but I will if I must.
- I played competitive soccer for about 15 years. I loved it, but I stopped playing within the last couple years because of all the injuries I incurred. Over the years I really put my body on the line and received multiple concussions, fractures, sprains, strains, ligament tears, and bone bruises, and pushed myself to exhaustion… and then just had enough. I got to the point, and age, where I just needed to be kinder to my body. I am currently in the process of taking epic care of myself and repairing the damage I did over so many years.
- My wonderful father, who counselled recovering addicts at the Addiction Research Foundation (what is now CAMH), passed away when I was 7 years old from a sudden, massive heart attack. He was a triathlete and marathoner and in super amazing shape—on the outside. But knowing what I know now, his diet, sleep/REST and stress management (self-care) was not hardcore enough for how intensely he pushed his body for so many years. His story is a huge inspiration for me and what I do now.
- My beautiful mother, a former teacher specializing in art education, passed away from metastatic breast cancer in March of 2017. She battled with it for 7 years, bringing it into remission by mostly holistic means twice. Amazing. Her story is also a huge inspiration for me and what I do now.
- I have one sibling, an older brother, who is the founder of www.uraaw.ca, a small, Canadian, family-owned custom health food company. I suppose you could say we have an appreciation for natural wellness in this family.
- Before completing my diploma in Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, I attended the University of Guelph-Humber for Media Studies and Creative Photography. I definitely love photography and still practice what I learned in school.
Before that, I attended the University of Guelph for a year in the Fine Arts program. It wasn’t for me…
- I’m an interesting mix of intravert and extravert. I love my alone time, but also thrive in the company of others whom I really jive with. There are times I want to be social, and times I don’t. Time is a precious commodity, and I am selective with those who I share my time with. As an empath I am pretty sensitive to the energy of others, so bad energy can really throw me off. I’m working on being more resistant to that…
- I love animals. I have a hilarious grey tabby cat named Neville who is like my sweet little puppy (he likes our healthy food, so we call him “Wellness Cat”). I plan to have a small homestead organic farm in the not so distance future, with chickens, ducks, goats, pigs and a dog, and whichever other animals decide they’re supposed to be there too.
- My happy place is a warm, sunny day, in the garden (or alternatively, in nature… the woods?). Cultivating and growing plants truly feeds my soul.
The dark side to this (quite literally) is that Canadian winters can really get me down…
- My eating style is not defined by any one specific “diet”, but I associate myself closest with the Bulletproof and Paleo communities. Basically, I eat most things, with a focus on REAL FOOD (aka unprocessed) and vegetables and am not strictly limiting or obsessive about it.
I have tried various ways of eating, and this seems to work best for me at this point in my life, both mentally and physically.
Generally speaking, I eat a lot of vegetables and high quality fats and I pretty much avoid items that are heavily processed, artificially coloured, hydrogenated, packed with sugar, or artificially sweetened.
I also don’t find that beans, legumes, or excess amounts of grains work well for me, so they aren’t something I typically eat.
11.5. I believe there isn’t ONE perfect diet for everyone, but there are ways of eating that will generally make the majority of us feel better (like eating a lot of vegetables). In addition, our nutrition needs are ever-changing in accordance with our environment, age, physical and mental states, etc.
Currently, I am intermittent fasting and eating a modified “Bulletproof” diet which is higher in healthy fats and lower in carbs.
In general, I’ll start my day with water, supplements and a Bulletproof coffee, eat a lunch of fat, veggies and protein between 12:30 and 2pm, and then have a dinner of protein, fat, veggies and some carbs. In between there you will likely find me eating 85% dark organic chocolate.
Update: As of Nov. 1, 2017, I am full-on gluten-free (not that I ate a LOT of gluten before, but I ate some, mostly while eating out). I had some comprehensive testing done and found that my body was having some pretty intense negative reactions to the main protein in gluten, gliadin. So to take some of the stress off my bod, I’ve eliminated it. Eating at restaurants is definitely more difficult now, but you get use to it. And I’m feeling a lot better!
- I am rather silly and don’t tend to take things too seriously.
- I make my own kombucha, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and herbal tinctures. Jerky, fermented hot sauce and sourdough bread is on my future DIY list.
- I do my best to treat my body like a temple, but I’m not obsessive. In this industry, it’s easy to become that way (orthorexia) and to beat yourself up for not making completely “healthy” decisions ALL the time. But I’ve learned that it’s necessary to find a healthy balance. I know myself very well, and know what makes me feel good and what doesn’t. I do my best to stick to what makes me feel good… but sometimes I choose the less-healthy option. Every once in a while, it’s okay.
- I NEED to be in nature. I think we all do, but I seem to be hyper-aware of it. If I didn’t have a backyard, I wouldn’t survive the city.
- My favourite eating-out meals are: spicy Thai green curry, Chipotle salad bowls, eggs florentine on GF, and this spiced GF Pink Velvet Cake from Dufflet Bakery.
Ok now I’m actually drooling…
- I really really believe in the importance of food quality. You can choose to eat real food, or “food-like substances”. For example, you could eat bread that is organic, naturally fermented and consists of 3 ingredients, or you could eat bread that is made of a list of 20+ ingredients, contains added sugar, preservatives, and things you have never heard of. You always have the choice, and I choose to eat high quality, real food whenever possible.
- I use Himalayan salt basically religiously. Seriously that shit makes everything taste amazing.
- I definitely didn’t have a lot of self-love in my early twenties. I was in a very unhealthy relationship for almost 8 years and it taught me some serious life lessons.
My life is so much different now. I definitely practice self-love and this is reflected in who I attract into my life and the experiences I have. But you need the bad before you can appreciate the good, so I am very grateful for all of it.
- I’m working at embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. It’s a process, but one that really frees you. I’ve already gotten rid of over half of my clothes within the past 6 months, and donate household items regularly.
- I don’t follow or care about celebrities or award shows or reality TV or tabloids or anything similar to that… like AT ALL.
I find all that stuff to be “noise” that distracts us from the actual important stuff in life.
- Speaking of important stuff in life, family is number one for me, followed by friends, then everything else. Wellness has a lot to do with the communities of people you build around you, and the relationships you foster and cultivate.
- Sleep is VERY important to me— it’s the time when the body is actually able to reboot, repair and re-generate. I don’t like to sacrifice sleep or really believe that sacrificing sleep makes you a more productive or successful person. Sometimes you have to, but mostly it just hinders your performance and your health.
- I don’t like buying anything new, unless I absolutely have to. I will always check second-hand options before I go the new route. Unless it’s something like underwear…
- If I could go barefoot all day every day, I would. My feet are dirty a LOT. But effffffff shoes. Amiright?!
- My body responds well to weight-bearing exercises, and they make me feel awesome. I like lifting weights at the gym, and am not a fan of straight cardio.
- I have my level 1 Reiki certification, although I don’t practice much… 🙁
- My favourite go-to spices are sage, thyme and turmeric (plus that Himalayan salt).
- My boyfriend and I probably go to Chipotle once a week to get burritos the size of our heads (dear GOD they’re so good). We call them “borts”.
- You will probably find me living full-time in Hawaii one day.
P.S. all these photos are from my glorious Instagram account so if you want to laugh with me on my journey and learn more about me, follow me @laurafranklin 😀
She is on a legit superhero mission to empower as many people as she can to TAKE BACK THEIR FOOD POWER via cooking, growing and preparing their own food. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
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- IG - January 22, 2018
- IG: Ever seen golden yellow eggplants like these? I had not, and since this was a volunteer plant (a seed that planted itself from somewhere and just grew up) I was confused. I knew these were definitely eggplants as could be identified from the leaves, stems, etc. but were waiting on them to turn purple, or at least darker?! Well folks, after some deeper research (though not easy to find) it turns out that they’re probably a rarer variety of yellow heirloom eggplant, and they aren’t going to turn purple🍆. A lesson: stop trying to make things be exactly how you THINK they should be. How magical is that?‘i - January 12, 2018
- IG: And if ya thought I wouldn’t be growing stuff from seed while I’m away, you’d be dead wrong! Tomato plant selfie. Also growing basil, lavender, eggplant, peppers, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, kale, spinach, chives, dill, and was gifted sacred baby tobacco plants today. Gonna make a niceeeee garden happen here. I’m also composting, obviiii. Cuz it’s all about the soil peeps‘i - January 11, 2018