The Cacao Lab Journal

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Giving Ourselves a Moment Each Day to Align

Giving Ourselves a Moment Each Day to Align   A daily ritual practice with intention can transform a mundane routine into a sacred experience. Many ancient traditions have used Cacao ritualistically for thousands of years. Ceremonial Cacao, the purest form of chocolate, connects you to the energy of love, gratitude, celebration, and bliss.    Drinking ceremonial Cacao in the mornings can increase energy levels without the crash or jitters that come from drinking coffee or energy drinks. Theobroma (Cacao) contains high levels of magnesium which can assist in relaxing the nervous system and muscles. Its subtle, heart-opening effect allows you...

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On Becoming a Mother

In Spanish, we say that “kids are not born with a manual under the arm,” and that couldn’t be more true. Becoming a mother is like becoming a new person. Having someone else as your full-time responsibility, 24-7, 365 days a year, is one of the most wonderful and constant lessons a person can experience. It's amazing how such a cute and small person can teach you so much about everything. They can show us how love grows to dimensions we never thought possible, as emotions go in all directions. After giving birth to three wonderful kids and talking to...

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Ways To Invest In Our Planet

Ways To Invest In Our Planet

We’ve all heard the saying “vote with your dollar.” Sure, that sounds nice, but what does that mean? Here, I propose three ways to vote with your dollar that don’t involve dirty politicians. Spend your money on companies that support causes you are passionate about. Social good is the latest marketing trend, and most businesses are touting it. Whether it’s donating a percentage of every sale, minimizing waste, or practicing fair trade, modern companies are prioritizing positive social impact. Spending your dollars on products that will have a positive effect on your life and environment is probably the simplest way...

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Reducing Our Impact: Four Ways to Consume Cacao Responsibly

If you’re a member of the Cacao Lab community, or have even found this article through a related internet search, you’re probably a fan of Cacao products. These products encompass the wellness-focused whole Cacao movement, of which Cacao Lab is a part, as well as European-style chocolate, which we also love. But for all the happiness Cacao can provide, there is a price we must acknowledge: mass chocolate production has come with a steep environmental price. As is the story throughout much of the agricultural industry, short-sighted growth models and profit-maximization schemes have created a product that’s ecological impact makes...

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