“Be who you are and say what you mean because the people who matter won’t mind, and the people who mind don’t matter.”

Hi there! I’m Lauren, a full-time student pursuing a degree in Public Health Education. I’m passionate about veganism and healthy eating, and I want to teach the world how to use food as fuel to their bodies. I believe that a good relationship with food should start from birth, and that learning about food is a lifelong journey. To me, clean eating is about eating foods that give you energy and make you feel good, both inside and out.

I am incredibly goofy and random. I love to laugh at everything and anything, and I make a lot of corny jokes. I’ve watched A Very Potter Musical far too many times. I’m obsessed with all things Michael Bublé (he will be mine!). My favorite things to do in my spare time are cook super yummy vegan food, exercise (primarily running outdoors, ellipticalling, or circuit/weight training), shoot portraits, and read anything by Jodi Picoult. I can’t stand mushrooms, beets, or eggplant. I could eat bananas all day long and never get sick of them. When I grow up I want to live like the Golden Girls. One of my life goals is to run a marathon. I’ve been bitten by the tattoo bug – I have two and want more! I love going on adventures and I’ve been on quite a few in my lifetime. I’ve moved across the world (I was born in London, England and lived there until I was 4),  traveled all the way to Alaska, and, most recently, lost 60 pounds.

For the most part, it was healthy weight loss. But, like a lot of other women, I fell into the trap of an eating disorder. I describe it in more detail on the “my journey” page. Nowadays I’m a completely different person. I’m happy, healthy, and I’m living life for my future, not day by day and meal by meal.  Besides, there are better things to focus on in life… like Michael Bublé 😉

Count your blessings, not your calories!

Please, if you ever need someone to talk to, rant at, ask questions, or just vent, know that the most powerful thing you can do is reach out. Please feel free to contact me at cleaneatsinthedirtysouth@gmail.com!

27 Responses to “About”

  1. Hey! Thanks for the comment on my blog (I did reply, but I don’t think you get told if I do..naughty WordPress!) – I LOVE your blog! We have quite similar stories too (veganism, running, EDs….), and your love of Buble and bananas? You are SO not alone there 😀 I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Carter Says:

    Congrats! That’s a huge accomplishment…I lost a ton of weight last year, and finding a healthy and stable weight is definitely a challenge like you said, so I know how hard you worked! Love your blog:)

  3. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE yours. Such a creative title. You have a wonderful story and are such an inspiration! I’d love to meet up for a run when you’re in Charlotte so we can talk public health, Jodi Picoult and food 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Wow, what a great story! I found your blog when I saw your comment on another site saying you were studying public health. I live in the South & am getting my MPH as well so I am excited to find you! I look forward to reading more 🙂

  5. Love it! Great story and it’s impressive to see how far you’ve come! Definitely looking forward to reading more.

    Also — I love love LOVE Michael Buble!!! I’m going to see him in concert this summer and am super excited. 🙂

  6. “Count your blessings, not your calories” is such a wonderful saying! I need to frame that!! And I love Jodi Picoult too, I’ve read all her books (multiple times) except for the new one (House Rules). And Michael Buble is awesome; he’s coming to Charlotte this summer!!

  7. I like your blog, especially the layout. Congratulations on your weight loss!

  8. “Count your blessings, not your calories.” I LOVE THAT!!!!!!

  9. Helen Says:

    I love the quote at the end, such a positive life message. You sound really cool and very passionate about what you believe in. Can’t wait to read more of your blog.

  10. sweettater Says:

    where are you in the dirty south? carolinas maybe?? southern bloggers unite!

  11. Holly Says:

    Hey! I just stumbled across your blog. After reading your About Me page, I looked up A Very Potter Musical. Thank you for bringing that into my life! Haha. It was great.

    Can’t wait to read more on your blog!

  12. Just stumbled across your site… I love Buble too! I live at Lake Norman (just north of Charlotte) and am going to see him in concert in just a few weeks!

    PS- I love your title.. so cute!

  13. jassy Says:

    hey…nice blog…you have quite a sense of humor…i love it:)

  14. monicamuses Says:

    Um, please be my friend? None of my real life friends appreciate the epicness of AVPM!! It’s totalllly awesome 🙂 I quote it all the time and no one gets it…they’re just like,” Rumbleroar? What are you on?”

    They’ll never understand.

  15. Whit Says:

    I just stumbled on your blog. Michael Buble lovers UNITE!!!!! I’m going to the Charlotte concert on July 10th!

  16. Hi Lauren. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I actually had a vegetarian marathon on my blog recently. Check out my posts for vegan spring roll, summer roll and spicy lemongrass tofu with coconut milk.


    My family could not tell the spring roll made with tempeh was vegan. 🙂

  17. Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) Says:

    I just found your blog & like it! And I can totallyl relate to your fascination with Michael Buble (sigh) and ‘naners! Look forward to reading more.

  18. Rachel Says:

    You’re so inspiring and fun! I just came across your blog (from CCK’s hug a fruit pictures :D), and I’ll definitely be back. I love finding other college students slash food bloggers!!

  19. KRUTI SHAH Says:

    HI! great blog 🙂
    I noticed that you’re a Public Health Major, I’m actually thinking about switching to that major, but I was curious as to what you plan on doing with this major, and what type of classes are you currently taking? I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice!

    Thanks so much 🙂

    • sure thing! public health really is a great major. basically, we’re all about education and prevention. but not those lame sex ed teachers in junior high. 😉 i would love to work for any organization that works to prevent eating disorders and promotes healthy body image for both men and women. my dream job would be working for girls on the run. health educators work in many different settings, from hospitals to privately.
      the classes i’m taking are still pretty basic. in my specific track, i’ve got classes on diseases, epidemiology, women’s health, community health, interventions, and eventually an internship during my final semester.

  20. Zuri Says:

    You are doing a fantastic job! Very positive site 🙂

  21. i can’t believe I only just found you! love your blog- this is perfect!

  22. What is A Very Potter Musical? This sounds like something I need to hear!!

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