Posts by Lauren Hoogs

4 Signs You Need Help with Your Health Goals

Health goals, we all have them, but very few of us achieve them. While many see this as a sign of failure, the truth is most people require more support to achieve the lasting changes they desire.  Why we fall short of our health goals can vary. One of the main reasons is not recognizing…

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3 Steps to Successfully Changing Your Behavior

Are you someone who has ever failed at changing something about your life? *everyone in the world raises their hand* Yep, me too! This blog is for you! Read on.   Failed attempts at change are a great way to get discouraged and give up altogether. We see this a lot with participants in the…

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My Return from Frustrating and Mysterious Health Problems

As many of you know, it was only a couple of years ago that I was struggling with my health- chronic joint pain, eczema, digestive issues and sudden weight loss. Being someone who was so willing to make changes to improve my situation, this was a frustrating and scary time as I was trying everything…

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Habit Change is an Adventure Not a Destination

Let’s go on an adventure. Let’s call this adventure “Your Path to Optimal Wellness.” This isn’t a vacation- where you know exactly the dates you’ll get there, how you’ll get there and what you’ll do once you get there. No, this is an ADVENTURE. A journey where it’s going to take some navigating, time, growth…

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How Long It Actually Takes to Change a Habit

Let’s get real here.   What if we told you that it’s no fault of your own that you’ve failed past diets, exercise programs, and health goals?  Well, it’s time we are honest about how long it takes to lose 10 pounds, change to a plant-based diet, cut the soda habit, or [insert your pesky…

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Are All Fitness Trackers Created Equal?

A guest blog by   Alejandro   Ferreyra at Consumer’s Advocate   Odds are, you’ve probably heard about the fitness tracker craze by now. Maybe you’ve flirted with the idea of getting one as you pass by the gadgets section in the electronics store, or simply have wondered about how they work and what it is they…

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How Knowing My Farmers Changed the Way I Eat Forever

Last summer my household went in on one share of a membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). I was chomping at the bit to sign up for one of these after learning about them the summer before. After just one summer as a member, I need to spread the word!   So what exactly…

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What Does it Mean to Be a Mindful Meat-eater

More and more people are becoming more conscious about how their food is affecting their environment and health. The understanding of our conventional agricultural and farming practices are becoming more widely known. This is great! Education and awareness is the first step in making changes because if you don’t know if anything is wrong,why would…

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5 Things About Europe’s Food Culture That Got Me Thinking

I cracked open my book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, en route to my trip to Spain and Portugal. This non-fiction book is about a family who makes a commitment to being as close to their food as possible by either growing and raising whatever they would eat, and if they couldn’t, then they’d…

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6 Ways to Easily Integrate Meditation Daily

Okay, I get it! Seriously. Starting meditation is something many of us know we SHOULD do. The thoughts, “I know it would be good for me,” “I just don’t really have the time,” “I need to start meditating,” “There is no way I could slow my mind,” or “I tried meditating last night, but nothing…

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