Lauren Panoff is a plant-based registered dietitian (RD), freelance writer, speaker, and the owner of Chronic Planet, LLC. She holds a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on nutrition and environmental health.
Having taken the plant-based plunge in 2013, and since then raising a thriving vegan family, Lauren has learned a lot about veganism for all ages, as well as the connection between food, health, the planet and all of its inhabitants.
Lauren now works to spread the word about veganism and help make it a feasible, sustainable, and enjoyable lifestyle for even the busiest of families.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
A Note from Lauren
Hi there! I’m Lauren, a plant-based lifestyle strategist for people like YOU wanting to cultivate a plant-powered household. I’m also a health and nutrition writer with the goal of educating the masses and normalizing vegan living.
(1) Going vegan saved me.
(2) Throughout my vegan pregnancies, and the first years of parenthood, I noticed a significant lack of resources and real-world support specifically for vegan parents — who are raising the future generation.
For many years, food was a debilitating subject for me. I struggled with disordered eating for nearly a decade and, despite being on the path to become a nutrition expert, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing – let alone practicing what I was preaching to others about “healthy living”.
I did know one thing, though: how we eat is key to how we live.
Although I tried to follow the “rules” for healthy eating, striving to make my plate colorful and all-inclusive of every food group, something wasn’t right. Even after acknowledging my disordered eating habits and consciously working to regain control of my health, I still didn’t feel like I had figured out food. I was dissatisfied, bored with my recurring meals, and food was still this abstract object, nagging at me, constantly controlling my thoughts and dictating the way I talked to myself. I felt trapped in a cycle of food-centric thinking that got in the way of enjoying everyday life. It was exhausting.
Fast forward a few years and I eventually decided to pursue additional education in public health, which opened my eyes to something larger than myself and challenged the personal conversations I was having with food: the links between the food system and global issues. My husband and I decided to try a plant-based diet for 30 days, and it soon became much more than a shift in simply what we ate. It was a shift in our mindsets, our perceptions, and our priorities. This was an unbelievable connection to the world we had somehow never known.
I committed to stop letting food control my life, and instead, use my diet to not only better fuel my body, but to positively impact the world around me.
Very quickly, the negative self-talk disappeared and my focus was on something much bigger. Things eventually fell into place and I began feeling better than I ever had, with clarity and focus in my life.
As a consumer, a student, and a dietetic professional, I was taught what I now believe to be the two most overused and disserving messages we all hear about food: “Everything in moderation” and “A calorie is a calorie”. I believe the way that food is incessantly marketed at us does a great job of keeping consumers disconnected from what is truly on our plates. And as such, it’s time for us to challenge the norm, together.
The future of life on this planet depends on it.
Living a plant-based life has proven to be the best pivot we could have made for our family. So much so, that I remained plant-based throughout the pregnancy and birth of our children, who have also been raised this way– and are happy, healthy, and thriving on plants. They are the future, and (though it will be challenging at times) we are confident they will grow up with the knowledge and connection we wish we had as kids, to take the reigns of their own health and influence early on.
Join me in this movement to eat more plants [and save the world].