455: Discover Your Inner Voice With Lauren Toyota

Lauren Toyota is a former MTV Canada host and a YouTube sensation. Her channel and blog, Hot For Food, attract a wide Discover Your Inner Voice With Lauren Toyotaand engaged audience of young people curious about how to make vegan food fast and fun. In less than two years, her YouTube channel has gained 330,000 subscribers. She lives in Toronto, Canada.  Her cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face (Coming out February 27, 2018), is a fun and irreverent take on vegan comfort food that’s saucy, sweet, sassy, and most definitely deep-fried.

Lauren’s life back then wasn’t so easy.  She used to be bullied for being mixed race which made her feel isolated.  It was in those moments of isolation that she was able to discover her inner voice that gave her the confidence to become her true self.


Lauren Toyota is a vegan blogger called “Hot For Food.”

Cultural Background

Lauren is of Japanese, Canadian, Irish,English and of Scottish descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is tapping into your true self without the expectation of others, listening to your inner voice and looking inward.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Lauren was bullied and was feeling like an outcast for being mixed race.

The “AHA” Moment

Lauren discovered her inner voice from isolation and from hard situations.  It was an isolation for the better. She knew it was temporary because after came from a glimmer of light and hope.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Lauren loves and appreciates herself.  She is grateful for the blessings and gifts that is given to her.  Her self awareness has heightened and she enjoys the journey unraveling herself more.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Get quiet and meditate.  Shut out the world.

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