Snack Mountain was founded by Lauren Adolfsen in 2003. Born and raised in New York City, Lauren’s passion for food started at a young age with the children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and a collection of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. Years later, as an undergraduate at Skidmore College, she created “Snack Mountain,” a multi-media installation that featured claymation food characters on a fatal roller coaster ride. After college, Lauren worked as a buyer for retail stores such as Fred Flare and MoMA and continued to make claymation movies while also producing and selling a line of t-shirts and accessories under the Snack Mountain name. In May 2011 Lauren completed her MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art. In April 2013 she became the part-time Creative Director of Next City, an online urban affairs magazine.
Update: In early May 2013 I was diagnosed with an unusually aggressive cervical cancer that spread in my body. I was living in Los Angeles for almost 2 years but due to my illness, I moved back home to New York to live with my parents and receive chemotherapy treatments. After 4 chemo treatments, a scan in mid-July showed that the chemotherapy was working and everything where there was anything had halved or more in size. Back in mid-April when I got the MRI that revealed the tumors/growths, an inspiring thought popped into my head: “When this is all over, you will be a healer.” I am still figuring out what this means but so far, I believe it means that in addition to the chemo, I am healing myself through nutrition, kundalini yoga/meditation, arts and crafts all of which is supported by my loving family and friends. I started blogging about a year ago and when I got sick, it seemed to be a good outlet to share my experience with others. I am currently studying to be a health coach in the Integrative Nutrition program online. My goals in the program are to learn more about health and nutrition for my own healing, learn how to convey this information effectively to others, and to design cute, whimsical icons about nutrition and health to inspire people. On this blog, I plan to post recipes, share stories and pictures about my healing process and just be a silly goofball as much as possible to diffuse my fears about this scary illness I have. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride. Thanks!