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Nature & Health Magazine Backstage: Interview with Donna McLaurin-Smith from GREEN NUTRITIONALS

01 Jun 2015

Donna McLaurin-Smith the Green Nutritionist
Backstage is a series of profile interviews of people and personalities who are the driving forces in the natural wellness industry.
What is your background?

I’m one of the faces behind MicrOrganics GREEN NUTRITIONALS, a company that has been a leader in the Natural Health industry for over 25 years. I also have a background in PR, advertising and retail management, so I love being able to work on the creative side of our business which includes everything from coordinating social media pages, styling photo shoots, working with our ambassadors, presenting at trade-shows and designing ad campaigns.
What is the story behind MicrOrganics Green Nutritionals?

Our company began in 1995 with the introduction of ‘Hawaiian Pacifica Spirulina’ in Australia, a product that’s widely recognised as the most nutritious Spirulina in the World. Ongoing research and development of new products is based on sourcing the most nutrient-rich wholefoods from the best growers in the cleanest locations on the planet. We protect the amazing potency of our superfoods with our unique ‘LOCTEC Oxygenless Storage’ packaging which uses only pure glass and metal (no plastic) to protect the sensitive nutrients, the environment and our customers.
Have you experienced personal health issues?

Today I am very healthy but that was not always the case, at 21 I was badly injured as a passenger in a head-on car accident – this is a photo of me shortly afterwards. My face smashed through the windscreen and, although lucky to have survived, I suffered serious lacerations to my face and broke most of my front teeth which resulted in years of painful surgery and dental work that adversely impacted on my overall health and wellbeing.

Donna McLaurin - car accident

Fortunately, I met my husband Mark shortly after the accident; he was already working in the wellness area and was a huge inspiration for me to recover and rebuild my health. He recommended I see an Osteopath, Naturopath and then a Reflexologist to help with the pain management and now I practice yoga every day which really helps keep my body active and my mind relaxed!
Have you undertaken any studies in natural health?

Yes, I have studied Nutrition at Nature Care College and Holistic Health Coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
What is your philosophy about health?

Our daily diet is loaded with antioxidant-rich superfoods and we raised our 3 kids on Green Smoothies, they are now young adults and great testaments to healthy living and I’m sure it made a huge difference to my healing – if you look at me now, you can hardly even see the scars and most people don’t realize the trauma I went through so long ago – in fact at age 51, I feel fitter and healthier than ever!
What do you see as the future for the natural health and wellness industry?

I see the natural health industry going from strength to strength, as more people realizing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, are living longer without sickness, pain or disease, I feel very lucky to be a part of that! I’m really grateful to be doing what I love.
For more information about MicrOrganics Green Nutritionals and their range of products, visit www.greennutritionals.com.au