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). If I’ve opened up to you and begin to share personal information, you’ve really earned my trust.
- 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 U-RAAW!, 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 visual imagery and still practice what I learned in that program. 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 introvert and extrovert. 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, kitties, a pup or two, 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 my food choices are based on the premise of REAL FOOD (aka unprocessed) and lots of vegetables but I 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, minimal dairy and minimal grains 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 or legumes 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, stress levels, 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 12:00 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, coconut, or almonds.
Update: As of Nov. 1, 2017, I am practicing a gluten-free diet (not that I ate a lot of gluten before, but I ate some, mostly while eating out). I started working with a functional medicine team and had in-depth functional medicine testing done. We 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 already stressed bod, I’ve eliminated it. Eating at restaurants is definitely more challenging now, but you get used to it. For a more in-depth account of my health journey and experience with functional medicine, click here.
- I’m generally rather silly, grinny, and laughing a lot. I enjoy really bad puns.
I’ve had multiple people that don’t know me ask me things like, “why are you smiling so much?” or “why are you so happy?”. Dude, can’t a girl just enjoy life?!
Don’t get me wrong, I have my dark moments like everyone else and I do allow myself to feel sad or unhappy when it’s merited, but I really try to look on the bright side as much as possible.
- I make my own kombucha tea, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and herbal tinctures. Jerky, fermented hot sauce and sourdough bread (if I eat gluten again one day) is on my future DIY list.
- I do my best to treat my body like a temple (especially these days while I heal myself from years of poorly handled stress and physical exhaustion) 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.
- As a born-and-raised Toronto girl and foodie, I have some favourite spots for tasty treats. My favourite Toronto eating-out meals are: spicy Thai green curry from Pai Restaurant (served in a coconut, HELLO!), Chipotle salad bowls, bacon+avocado+brie eggs benny on GF from Lady Marmalade (aka the B.A.B.) and this spiced GF Pink Velvet Cake from Dufflet Bakery. The ridiculous ramen from Jinya is up there on the list too, but now that I’m gluten-free, it’s sadly off the list.
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, if you eat bread, you could choose bread that is organic, naturally fermented (sourdough, not yeast) 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 and it’s full of kickass minerals.
- I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back, I can see that I 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.
After finally getting out of that hell (it was hard AF), my life is very different. Out of necessity I have prioritized self-care and am constantly seeking deeper self-knowledge. I definitely practice self-love more (though this is a work in progress) and this is reflected in who I attract into my life and the experiences I have. Note: you really do need the ‘not good’ before you can appreciate the good, so I am very grateful for all of it and have no regrets.
- I’m working at embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. It’s a real process, but one that definitely frees you. I’ve already gotten rid of over half of my clothes within the past 6 months, and donate household items regularly. It’s crazy how fast ‘things’ can accumulate in your life if you let them, and most of the time they really just weigh you down both physically and mentally.
- I don’t follow or care about celebrities or award shows or reality TV or anything related 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* (*side note, my HEALTH comes before ALL of that, because you need your health to even be able to have these relationships with others). 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 really a very underacknowledged aspect of true health. It’s the time when the body is able to reboot, repair and re-generate, and this is SO important. I don’t like to sacrifice sleep or really believe that sacrificing sleep so you can “do more” makes you a more productive or successful person. Sometimes you have to, of course, but mostly it just hinders your performance and your health.
- I don’t like buying things new, unless I absolutely have to. There’s SO MUCH WASTE out there already, so I prefer to 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, see point #18).
- I’m in the process of cultivating a life where I can take the best possible care of myself and then pass what I learn and experience onto others. It’s a journey. This means often working remotely, putting aside lots of time for self-care and self-reflection, constantly learning and growing, and also seeking a healing home space where I can incorporate all the holistic lifestyle practices and health-promoting ‘biohacks’ that I am constantly learning.
- You will find me living full-time in Hawaii one day. Probably Kauai.
She is on a legit superhero mission to empower as many people as she can to practice preventive health care and 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: 2019 setup: I’m using some additional florescent lighting on my seedlings this year for the first time ever.In the past I have only used window light but on super sunny days when fragile seedlings get blasted with full, hot sunshine, it isn’t ideal. I’ve accidentally cooked some for sure, even this year already 🤷🏻♀️.Also, I was too cheap/lazy to set up a lighting system in our old house, but the original owners of this new place left us with a bunch of florescent lights that are actually great for this. So, why not try?I have still placed them in a window but am diffusing the natural light with a tight mesh-like shower curtain I bought at yesterday. Every year is truly an experiment but every year I definitely gain a deeper understanding and become more efficient.Thanks to Jeff for putting up with my growing obsession as I take over a large area of our walkout basement to do this… until we build that greenhouse 😙.Also I have nowhere to actually plant any of these yet so this will be interesting 😅.Send help. - March 22, 2019
- IG: LIKE A KID IN A GODDAMN CANDY STORE.I bought myself more seeds today…🥳So I was on the way to the gym, about to pass the local seed place I drive past every day, and keep meaning to check out, and then thought, WTF I can work out any day, it’s my birthday, today is the day to finally visit @williamdamseeds.I went in cuz I needed Brussels Sprout seeds, and I left with 13 different packs of seeds, 4 more seed trays, 100 labels, and $85 less rich (oops?), but I had the best time!Lesson: do the things that bring you joy and have no regrets about it. Especially on your birthday. Okay? - March 19, 2019
- IG: Combating DAYLIGHT SAVING and/or JETLAG 🥴⏰✈️This struggle is real. And these happen to be two things affecting me simultaneously at the moment, given that the clocks were switched an hour forward less than a week after we got back from a 5-hr timezone shift (now 6hr!)🥴.Anyway, I wanted to share 3 products are lifesavers for me for daylight saving & jetlag recovery:1. Melatonin (sublingual spray).I LOVE melatonin spray as a short-term solution for getting my body back on track when my internal clock is confused. I prefer spray as opposed to capsules or tablets as the effect is quite immediate and you can dose much lower (one spray is 1mg as opposed to capsule or tablets which are often 5mg and that’s just too much IMO).I have tried a few different products and love this one by @seroyalbrands Genestra. I take 2 sprays under my tongue (2mg) before I want myself to go to sleep and my body is almost immediately tired— I never travel without it!2. Magnesium (high quality topical, Natural Calm powder or Bisglycinate capsule).Whether in a high quality topical like this excellent @ancient.minerals product or taken internally adequate Mg is KEY for a relaxed, deep sleep. In fact, with all the stress we all have in our lives these days, most of us are deficient in this vital mineral and we could likely all benefit from it. I like to rub this topical on my belly, plus on any sore muscles before bed for relaxation & deeper sleep.3. CBD oil (full spectrum, water soluble!)WOW, game changer. I’ve tried many CBD oils over the years without feeling any effects (no better, no worse; just same) but this one by @zilisllc knocks my socks off. With it being full spectrum, organic and water soluble, this stuff is highly absorbable, so verrry potent. A tiny dose (.25mL) before I want to sleep makes for EPIC deep sleeps. And FYI, it’s 0.0% THC so only the potent CBD is making me 😴, promiseee.Sadly, this is NOT available in Canada at the moment, but if you can find another good water-soluble brand up here in the north it’s definitely a SOLID addition to your sleep game!•Wishing you a quick recovery from this Daylight Saving craziness or if you’re returning from a trip! ❤️ - March 12, 2019