Why Do I Crave Sugar?

When considering this question, it is helpful to look at human biological history.  As a species, we’ve been around for a few hundred thousand years, and for the overwhelming majority of that time we’ve been eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and occasional chunks of wild game that we managed to scavenge or hunt.

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The Importance of Protein

If you’ve read a few of my articles, you know that I look at everything related to nutrition through a lens of evolution and naturalism. The reminder that we are products of the natural world and would do well to emulate our ancestors is something applicable to almost anything in the world of health and wellness. In this article I will apply those principles to dietary protein.

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The One Supplement That Every Portlander Should Take

Here in the Pacific Northwest we love to joke (or complain) about the rainy, cloudy weather. It turns out that the reasons behind our feelings about winter are more than just psychological. If you are a Portlander and you don’t supplement with vitamin D, you are virtually guaranteed to be deficient. Vitamin D is used to treat poor immune function, bone loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, muscle weakness, obesity, asthma, bronchitis, tooth and gum disease, psoriasis, and many other conditions.

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Ditch the Diet

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people talking about carbs these days. I hear it in stores, in gyms, on the street, pretty much everywhere. The subject of their talk is always that carbs are bad; either that carbs are making them fat, or they are in the process of cutting out carbs, so they will feel better. In the short term, many people will feel better or even drop weight when they cut carbs (or protein, or fat). This does not mean that doing so is healthy.

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One Families Pukulan Journey

“Nothing you can do is wrong.” This was one of the first things I was told when I walked into a class at One With Heart. My inner voice laughed skeptically. The concept that I could do nothing wrong was as absurd as it was revelatory. But the instructors prove it true again and again. It is not that everything I do is correct, but that there is no judgement in the Puklulan studio.

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The Case for Supplements

An interesting story broke this past February. The Attorney General Office of New York accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and dangerous herbal supplements. This is interesting in that it points out several things about supplements that most people don’t know. It would seem strange that a state Attorney General would be filing this action rather than the FDA, but this in one of the interesting side notes of this story: the FDA has no jurisdiction over supplements, unless those supplements have caused harm.

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