In this episode, we chat with Lauren Mones, owner and creator of Fermenting Fairy. A line of unique wild fermented foods. Healing foods.
Lauren was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2014. At the time, she was what some people considered “Uber healthy”. She was racing triathlons. A normal workout day consisted of running, swimming and biking for up to 6 hours per day. She ate a mostly clean diet and had a great career as a nationally certified Occupational Therapist. Her personal relationships with family and friends were solid. But she began to show signs of terrible gut health. She was sick. Very sick.
When the post drug drowsiness wore-off, the physician whispered in her ear “this is a life-long disease with no cure. You will need to be heavily medicated for the rest of your life.” She was then told to go home, take medication and eat anything she wanted, that food had nothing to do with the activity of the disease. Her physician encouraged her that she would be able to “live an average life with Crohns”.
But Lauren was not content with that. She didn’t know anything about Crohn’s at the time, but what she did know, was that food, in particular plants, had always had a healing effect on her. Never having been one to live an average life, that fueled her fire! She changed everything, eliminated inflammatory foods and added more foods that were closest to nature. She managed stress levels better with personal growth practices.
She began making sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, kombucha. She started studying the microbiome in depth. Not only was her body healing with these foods but she developed absolute awe for the microbial world. A world that is teeming with life. A world of balance, symbiosis and chaos.
Fermenting Fairy was born from this place of trusting her own inner compass and a deep desire to share these living, fermented, medicinal foods with you.