What actually happens internally when you quit the meat.

Photo courtesy of Mushroom Design

Food is literally fuel for the body brain. It’s the data input to your high-functioning processor that then creates a different output. It’s the gas in the tank — you can’t put low-grade gas in a high-grade car, can you? Well, you can, but it doesn’t perform optimally.

So what’s good data?

Plant based diets have gained popularity in recent years thanks to continually published research findings of how going plant-based can improve your mood, brain function, thought patterns, and cellular and metabolic health.

Here is some food for thought:

Eating Animals → Higher Arachidonic Acid (AA)

High intakes of AA promote changes in the brain that can disturb a person’s mood


From scientists, not farmers.

Mushrooms are hella trendy nowadays, but how do they even work? From powders in your coffee to vitamins with mushrooms added, the shroom-boom continues to mushroom — but as a skeptic of, well, everything, I needed to know how exactly these immune-boosting fungi work.

Thankfully, I’ve got a few friends in the pharmaceutical and molecular biology space that were willing to very patiently walk me through the science behind it all. In order for their patience and time to be properly accounted for, I do believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to have access to this information, so, without further…

The successful startup secret more valuable than dollars.

In the last year, my cofounder and I have started 3 companies, one of which is a nonprofit. All are based in the principles of supporting both people and planet, but we’re not venture-backed, and we don’t have more than 24 hours in a day — so how do we scale without going absolutely insane?

Yes, we still struggle with turning “off.”
Yes, we have paid employees and contractors. …

We’re so much closer to mushrooms than you think.

You’re closer to that shiitake in your pasta than you may think — and that relationship’s got a lot to teach you.

Mushrooms are closer to humans as a species than you probably realize — although seemingly vegetative in their habits, “animals and fungi share a common evolutionary history and […] their limb of the genealogical tree branched away from plants perhaps 1.1 billion years ago” (Natalie Anger, New York Times).

The common ancestor of animals and fungi was a single-celled alga that most probably possessed both animal and fungal characteristics, made its way to shore, and lost its chlorophyll.

The definition of our digital age.

In Einstein’s Dreams, there are many worlds — one in which everyone lives forever, with a split in population: the Nows and the Laters.

The Laters move slowly, savor the moments — they have forever; why rush?

The Nows move quickly, eager to miss nothing, wanting to experience, learn, and “taste the infinites of life.”

We may not live forever, but perhaps we can learn from the Laters: savor this moment; the smell of the coffee, the warmth of near-summer air, the conversation with friends.

A few months ago, we were aware of how all-consuming our digital media was; we’d…

& why I wish everyone asked for one

One of my best friends asked me the other day to write a co-op reference letter for her. I ran with it. I loved that since this was a living situation letter that speaks to the person as a whole, it was fun and expressive, unlike a professional and dry work/school reference letter.

After writing it, it made me (1) miss her even more, and (2) realize I want to write every single one of my friends one, whether they need one or not.

If we were to write an imaginary co-op board reference letter and share it with family…

even Bill Gates uses it…


Any time I complained about anything to my mother in school, work, life, relationships, anything — she’d tell me to make a list of the things bothering me. Then attack 1 by 1.

It’s one of those basic things that’s not necessarily easy; so often we equate basic or simple with easy, yet it’s the basic things that we simply have tremendous difficulty doing!

so often we equate basic or simple with easy, yet it’s the basic things that we simply have tremendous difficulty doing

But what if it’s not a list of complaints? What if you’re stuck having to…

it all starts at birth.

I like to operate from the mindset of “good ideas come from a space of peace.”

While that certainly may be true, destruction has proven to be a near necessity to catalyze change. What doesn’t need to be a necessity, however, is negative destruction. We don’t need to destroy for the mere sake of destruction; rather, we can ethically participate in destruction that leads to productive creation, or respond to destruction that’s out of our hands with creation that is within our reach.

“Our real discoveries come from chaos”
— Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Destruction, of course, carries a negative…

What’s the one thing?

I heard this book referenced on a podcast recently, and its marked profundity was enhanced only by its simplicity:

What’s the 1 thing you could do, such that, by doing it, everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?

There truly isn’t a problem that this can’t help solve, or at the very least, make it more bearable. It makes the lofty sh*t less lofty.


You and your SO are constantly fighting because you’re both stressed, tired, and irritated. What’s the one thing you can do to make your relationship easier? Reduce how tired you are.

  • What’s the one thing you can do to reduce how tired you are? Get more sleep.
  • What’s the one thing you can do to…

Ashley Lauren

Operations Director & Project Mgmt at www.healercollective.com bicoasting MIA & SF

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