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Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns was one of only three Australian women to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal, along with Cathy Freeman and Susie O’Neill. Her amazing triumph at the Sydney Games was achieved against the odds – requiring enormous discipline, commitment, perseverance and teamwork. The nation watched as Lauren’s victory brought the Australian public and Olympic crowd to its feet. Before her Olympic win, few people knew that Lauren was 12 times Australian Champion and had achieved a string of international titles including numerous medals at world championship level. Lauren’s gold medal has put Australia on the map as a major international competitor for the sport of Taekwondo.

Since the Sydney Olympics, Lauren has emerged as one of the most successful Olympians from these Games. She is one of Australia’s most sought after speakers and has spoken to over 200,000 people since these Games. Lauren continues to travel the country conducting presentations, workshops and corporate health programs. Lauren enjoys a variety of commitments; she is the mother of 2 beautiful children, she is involved with Red Dust Role Models, conducting healthy lifestyle clinics in remote Aboriginal, Fijian & Indian communities. She is a director on the board of her parents charity Appin Hall Children’s Foundation and practices as a naturopath in Northcote.

Now a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, Lauren has recently released and self published her latest book Food from a Loving Home, a collection of vegetarian recipes. This book is a sharing of Lauren’s favorite recipes, her knowledge about creating tasty wholesome and exciting meals along with home remedies and kitchen cupboard cures using ingredients found in any kitchen.

Lauren has always been passionate about food. She became a vegetarian at the age of three and is proud that, despite many nutritionists telling her it simply wasn’t possible, she was able to continue being a vegetarian throughout her elite sporting career.

Her new book contains 100 mouth-watering vegetarian recipes that have been tried, tested and enjoyed in her own home. From breakfast dishes to desserts, through soups, salads and small treats, the recipes are healthy, accessible and imaginative. Readers can make Pumpkin Hotcakes for breakfast, Pomegranate and Haloumi Salad for lunch, Playgroup Soup for the kids, Tofu in Tomato Sauce with Coconut Lime Rice for dinner, or Poached Pears with Cardamom Cream for dessert. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs of the food.

Lauren’s enthusiasm for health and nutrition, and her respect for the human body and the mechanisms that govern it, drew her to become a naturopath. In addition to the recipes in her book, Lauren has drawn on her naturopathy training to include a chapter called ‘Home Apothecary’, which provides simple home remedies for common ailments as well as instructions on making your own lip balm and moisturiser.

Whole organic foods and food preparation bring Lauren much joy and she always feels happy in the kitchen in a warm house, sharing plentiful home-cooked meals with friends and family. The proof of this is in Food from a Loving Home.

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