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 here to preach what she practices and help you to prepare amazing whole food meals from scratch, grow your own organic food and optimize your lifestyle and environment to promote the most vibrant, glowing and energetic you.
Laura is currently based in Dundas, Ontario, Canada but works remotely with people from all over the world!
Latest posts by Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC (see all)
- IG: There is literally nothing like garden-to-table, organic vegetables 🙌🏼At this time in the season we’ve got a constant supply of sweet tomatoes, bell & hot peppers, zucchini, beans, onions, baby potatoes, kale, beets, Swiss chard, carrots and cucamelons (plus all the herbs) and are patiently awaiting the maturing of our Brussel’s sprouts, honeynut squash, celery, round 2 of Napa cabbage and more— celery is almost ready to harvest and I’ll be planting another round of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce & pak choy seedlings in its place to head into Fall.I’ll also toss some spinach and arugula seeds in there somewhere, cuzzzz just like early spring, its about to be time for cold weather veggies to thrive!I must say, it’s amazing how much produce I’m able to harvest from seven 4×8’ raised beds and one 4×10’ community bed plot.❤️To be able to grow my food without the Toronto backyard wildlife (raccoons and squirrels mostly) constantly destroying everything, too, is SUCH a blessing!What’s your favorite vegetable to grow and eat? - August 24, 2019
- IG: 💩So I sent my poop off to Georgia last week…Via this— the GI-MAP.💩The GI-MAP is a diagnostic test that uses a sample of your poop to provide SO MUCH information about what’s going on in your gut.And that’s important, because—YOUR GUT HEALTH IS A HUGE FACTOR IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH and is rooted in all sorts of ailments from anxiety & depression (mental health), to skin issues, to immune system function to obesity to diabetes to fatigue to thyroid disorders to chronic pain to… you name it, and your gut probably has something to do with it!💩Many of us actually have what we call “stealth infections” that often make us “mysteriously” unwell or seriously lower our quality of life or ability to perform at a high level. Most of the time, these are not detected by conventional medical tests from your doctor or a specialist 👎🏼.💩Back in 2017, after searching for answers as to why I was perpetually covered in painfully itchy eczema, couldn’t digest anything no matter how clean I ate, was chronically exhausted and depressed (plus more), I came across functional medicine and sent in my GI-MAP.💩The GI-MAP finally gave me the answers I searched years for. I, too, had stealth infections (bacterial and parasitic), imbalances in gut bacteria, high levels of inflammation in my gut, was highly reactive to gluten, and had a barely functioning immune system (there was more, but these are the big guys I remember).💩With this new information, @drnavazhabib devised a functional medicine plan to eradicate the nasties and address my imbalances and deficiencies.💩And within about 6 months, I was a completely new person in a body that was actually working 🙌🏼💩So now, as I send off my third GI-MAP test (now as an annual preventative healthcare regime), I reflect upon just how powerful functional medicine and this simple little test is, and why I went back to school to become involved in such a life-changing field🙌🏼💩If you, or anyone you know could use some help finding answers as to what’s holding back your health or preventing you from being the high performer you want to be, shoot me a message.Your poop tells it all😘• - August 20, 2019
- IG: I LOVE SUMMER! Had so much fun making this summer harvest salad for a friends’ bbq yesterday 🤩At its simplest, it’s a roasted rainbow beet salad with fresh sweet peaches, cherry tomatoes, burata cheese and a simple pesto drizzle….but I decided to take it up a notch and add a base of local beefsteak tomato slices, a handful of arugula, baby purple and green basil leaves and then nasturtium flowers, which are of course, edible and add a delightful peppery zing 🙌🏼I topped this off right before we ate with herb candied walnuts (walnuts candied in organic maple syrup with a pinch of holy basil/tulsi from the garden) and a simple pesto drizzle (fresh basil leaves, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and Him salt puréed in my Vitamix).I grew the beets, the basil, the cherry tomatoes, the tulsi and the flowers.It was a hit, as delicious as it was pretty, and something I’d definitely make again!How are you enjoying the locally harvested delights right now? - August 12, 2019