About the Avocadu Team
Hey everyone! My name is Lauren McManus, and I am the co-founder of Avocadu.com. My health and fitness journey truly began when I was in college at the University of Central Florida and my dorm was located next door to the massive campus gym. It had a great indoor track (Florida was HOT and HUMID!), and there ignited my passion for running!
I ran regularly for YEARS (about 8 to be exact). I used to pound the pavement EVERY day trying to stay in shape and keep excess weight off. I also became a vegan at some point during those years. Then I lose TOO MUCH weight, because I didn’t have enough protein in my diet. I knew nothing about pairing healthy protein sources with healthy fats and complex carbs to form a balanced diet. I knew nothing about how to pair that balanced diet with the right workout.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I find myself in Dallas, TX on a date with the handsome Alex Nerney. He was (and still is) a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist, so you can bet that we had a lot to chat about.
Think of Alex as my silent business partner and health and fitness professional consultant.
The interesting thing was – when Alex and I first met, we were two completely different people at the time…
I was a card-carrying Vegan with a passion for long distance running.
Alex was a personal trainer who loved lifting weights and eating lots of delicious meats.
Over time, we began to challenge each other’s viewpoints on certain subjects. We didn’t realize it at the time, but our two different perspectives helped sharpen us on what was really going on in the health and wellness space.
Alex really helped me get me diet in the right place (lots of lean protein, low-carb veggies, and healthy fats!), and then I found a love for yoga a short time later.
Yoga helped me relieve some of my built-up stress (I’m a high strung individual if I’m really being honest), and finally build some muscle tone and stay fit in a way that running never gave me all my life.
Oh, and I LOVE being upside down! 🙂
While all of this was going on, Alex and I got to discussing the stats about the ever growing problems in the health and wellness industry:
- The average dieter tries 4-5 diets per year.
- Less than ½ of 1% of those dieters are successful in their long term weight loss goals.
- Health and fitness is a trillion-dollar industry, yet 70% of Americans are overweight and 40% are obese.
Those 3 statistics alone boggled our heads a little bit. Imagine if only ½ of 1% of kids graduated high school?? That’s an outright problem, not a minor issue. Something is VERY wrong with the health and wellness industry.
Doing more research and from our own personal experience, we noticed some strange things. Things in both the plant eating community and the carnivores. Maybe some of these will resonate with you:
- So many myths, scams, and outright lies that people have just become completely immune to the message of heath and wellness. Some have even become resigned to the “fact” that they can never be healthy and should just “accept” being overweight and tired. It’s very sad 🙁
- People have become sanctimonious about their own beliefs about nutrition. We all have that Facebook Warrior friend droning on and on about diet X and how amazing it is, blindly following every word preached and ignoring any counter evidence or ideas opposed to their viewpoint.
- Unhealthy “healthy” recipes. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Paleo Ice Cream. Atkins Pumpkin Pies… These things are really just confusing people more than they are helping.
People are just in general confused about how to lose weight, yet there is more information out there than ever before.
As we delved further into the rabbit hole of health and wellness, we learned a few things that became the principles of this website:
Principle #1: We believe what your diet determines 85% of your health and well being.
When most people have a medical issue like dry skin, they usually turn to a moisturizer to solve the problem.
While moisturizers are great, this is still the wrong “pill fix” mentality. The right question one should ask is “WHY do I have dry skin?”
Maybe your skin is dry because you are drinking virtually ZERO cups of water a day!
Did you ever think that maybe those persistent headaches you get are not just random, but actually caused by a food intolerance? Maybe the reason you are always farting is because your body isn’t jiving with what you are eating. 😛
These are just some of the many examples why…
Food is medicine.
Now food can’t cure everything, but you’d be damn surprised by how many “problems” people currently have and how their diet affect and cause them.
Your health, wellness, and beauty should not be a never-ending cycle of putting on bandages to cover things up. If you eat healthy on the inside, you will radiate on the outside.
Principle #2. We believe in quality over quantity.
Counting calories is mundane, boring, and most people are terrible at it.
We’re not big fans.
When you focus on eating lots of high quality nutritious foods, getting in under your calories becomes almost automatic. It’s not just about the calories, it’s what each of those calories is doing for you!
Principle #3. We believe that there is no one-size-fits-all diet.
What you eat should be determined by your individual goals, tolerances, and intolerances. Some people have celiac disease and cannot process gluten, and some people can.
Having a one-size “cure all” diet does not make any sense. How you eat should also depend on your individual goals.
The optimal diet for weight loss is different than the optimal diet for skin health. The optimal diet for muscle gain is different for both of those.
What you eat should be determined by your goals as much as your individual needs and problems.
Avocadu exists to help teach others that…
Being Healthy Starts from the Inside Out.
On September 25, 2015, we registered the domain name Avocadu.com and had no idea what it would become.
Through all of this, it took over a year to realize all of this and truly solidify our beliefs and mission statement.
With over 500,000+ monthly readers, we are excited to have you and thankful you are here.
Let’s get started on this journey together of becoming healthy from the inside out!