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 By Yaakov Levine    Health    June 13, 2019 

Olive oil for your health

In a presentation this week about healthy fats, we covered the various categories of fats, saturated monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, and the "saturation" in these fats refers to the hydrogen...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    June 6, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking - We are what we wear... on our skin

Now that we have commemorated Memorial Day, our summer season of outdoors adventures is upon us. I offer this column again as a reminder as we ponder how to enjoy the sun and the great outdoors, all...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    May 30, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking - Add more 'spring' to your steps with fresh juice

A common question I get in the store is how to "clean out" our livers. First of all, our liver does not "store" toxins, but along with many other duties, our liver is part of our digestive and...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    May 23, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking - Bounty from the bees

What's the first thing you think of when you think of honeybees? Most of us will respond honey of course, and who hasn't been soothed by a cup of hot tea and honey for a winter (or Spring Hay Fever) s...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    May 16, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Practice relaxation with meditation

Whenever I take some time off from work I notice that I feel more relaxed. I attempt to spend more time in quiet, with less stimulation, less electronics, and even finish a mystery novel (an actual bo...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    May 2, 2019

Want to go keto? Try primal first

By popular demand much of my one-on-one coaching involves guiding folks wanting to eat the popular Ketogenic Diet, AKA LCHF (Low Carbohydrate, High Fat). As a transition to this diet, I usually...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    April 25, 2019

Dorris Ranch: Deep roots

Having led a nomadic life for many of the years since I left home, the desire to tap roots has increased as I've aged. The decade-plus that I have spent in the Willamette Valley has fueled that...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    April 18, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Medicinal mushrooms: potent medicine for people and planet

The estimated number of mushroom species ranges from 30,000 to 1.5 million. We have had a close relationship with mushrooms and have enjoyed the benefits they offer for thousands of years. The...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    April 11, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking - Collard greens: NW favorite with southern roots

Lately, I have had a few folks seeking optimal health complain about having to eat so much kale; anyone else out there tired of sauteed kale of kale chips? I have just the antidote for you: Collard...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    March 28, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Sauerkraut–simple and easy–grow your own

I was just out for a day-off walk with our new pup, and it was great to have the sun shining and buds appearing on the lilacs and other shrubs. As our plants' juices get running again after the long...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    March 21, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Have you tried ear candling?

Spring is here. The daphnes are blooming, the melting snow is giving way to crocus shoots sprouting, and all of a sudden there's a rush of folks asking me about ear candling. Ear candling is a...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    March 14, 2019

Spring into better health - Nutritionally Speaking

So, we have longer days now that we have turned our clocks back, and while we still have remnants of our recent snow storm, spring is around the corner. We will soon be cleaning out our garages, putti...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    March 7, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Spring forward with coffee!

Raise your hands if you are looking forward to losing an hour of sleep this weekend as we "Spring forward" and adjust our clocks an hour forward Saturday night. While I'm not going to review the negat...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: So, what's the big deal with Keto?

As we explored in last weeks column, we have so many choices to ponder when we consider which eating plan to choose, it can make our heads spin. The latest diet that's on fire is the Ketogenic Diet -...

 

How do we choose which diet is best?

We have so many choices to ponder when we consider what plan to choose, it can make our heads spin. I am asked each day about the myriad of diets that are being promoted in books or on the web. The...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Resolution reset, part III

To sum up a few of the healthy food choices we can make for a healthier 2019, let’s review Fats/Oils, Beverages, and a few “specialty” foods to include this year as we look to our food choices...

 

Resolutions reset, part 1

As we start the second month of 2019, how are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions to eat healthier? Sometimes we need a Resolution Reset. Food serves a dual purpose for us, when we choose...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Love and dark chocolate A heart(y) healthy treat

I am hoping that you all learned a few new tricks to support your cardiovascular health from my last columns. Please share these tips with your family members. There are a lot of members of my family...

 

Nutritionally Speaking - Heart health hacks: part 3

Happy "Heart Health" Month! This is a great opportunity to focus on supporting your cardiovascular super pump. There's no better way prepare to celebrate this time of year than to share with those we...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Heart health hacks: part 2

While every month should be Heart Health Month, we at least focus on supporting our cardiovascular super pump one month each year in February. There's no better way to get ready to celebrate this...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Heart health hacks: part 1

In February we will celebrate Heart Health Month, and a favorite heart (and chocolate related) holiday - Valentine's Day. There's no better way to celebrate this time of year than to share with those...

 

Steps (10,000) towards a healthier winter

Well, the days are finally getting longer, but we still have plenty of winter left. It's great to stock up on healthy cold season healing alternatives, vitamin C or zinc lozenges, but an ounce or two...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Are You Eating on the Wild Side?

As many of you know I teach (free) health classes and cooking demonstrations as part of my role as Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers. There is a common thread in all of our classes, and...

 

Try a Mediterranean style diet

As we look forward to enjoying our December holidays, I hope many of you are looking for suggestions for a healthier 2019. In that spirit, let's explore the Mediterranean Diet. Touted in books, by...

 

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