Posts by Lauren Hoogs

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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7 Ways to Integrate Mindufulness into Eating

When I was a cherry picker in New Zealand, I worked and lived with people from seven different countries: Italy, Argentina, Canada, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, and Germany. At the end of each day, we would prepare our dinner and eat as the sun set behind the orchard. There was something that stuck out to…

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No More New Year’s Resolutions

Have you ever noticed how little you like being told what to do? Although I’m a definite rule follower, I’ve noticed that when strict rules are put on me, I have this subconscious tendency to rebel or naturally oppose them. That got me thinking about health-related New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthy, exercising every day or…

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How You Eat Can Help Save the World

It’s time to start looking inward for solutions to solve our environmental issues. You have the power to make a change not only in your body but also in the environment. The best part about this is that eating well can also be good for the environment so you’re killing two birds with one stone…

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Oh, The Struggle of Starting Meditation

I KNOW I SHOULD DO IT… Like many of you, I’m new to this whole meditation thing. In fact, I’ve been “trying” to do it for about 3 years now. My interest started after studying abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I took a Philosophy of Buddhism class and learned the concepts behind the belief…

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