Lifestyle

My Top 6 Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Fall is here, are you ready?! In Portland fall is officially here but our summer weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet. That hasn’t stopped the fall colds and respiratory infections from hitting in earnest. I’m leaving for Turkey for a real vacation in a week (I know, a real vacation!) so I’m doing everything I can to keep my immune system in tip top shape…

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How to Choose Healthy Beef

Do you eat meat but don’t want to eat animals that have been fed hormones? Or do you have concern about poor quality meat? Perhaps you don’t want to eat animals that haven’t been treated well or who have been raised on factory farms? These are concerns that many people have about buying healthy beef for themselves and their families. It’s so common for my patients…

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Some thoughts about doing it all over the holidays

This time of year can be a bear for self-care and stress levels. There are so many things to derail us during the holiday season. Gatherings. Sugar everywhere. Winter weather. Family. Tight finances. Parties. Commitments. Expectations. Oh, those expectations–expectations to do it all! But we know what to do, right? It’s simple. Just follow all the advice on Facebook and Instagram. You know, those images…

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What’s the Deal with Plant Based Protein?

I was at the gym the other day chatting with a friend about eating protein to build muscle. He mentioned that he likes to eat rice and beans after lifting since it’s a “perfect protein.” I have another friend who is a savvy recipe developer and chef who posted on facebook that she was very excited that she finally found a doctor who told her to…

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Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

A few weeks ago a spate of posts hit social media in response to a study result that “proved” that non-celiac gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist. My first response was to roll my eyes and ignore it as I do with most viral sensationalist headlines. But then I started getting emails, and tweets, and even a few phone calls. So I spent some time reading the…

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The Season of Spring in Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine emphasis is placed on living in tune with the seasons of the year in order to experience health, wellbeing and to prevent disease. Each season is related to one of the main organ networks or meridians and has its own unique associations that can be seen both in the externally in natural world and also within our bodies. Spring has always been one of my…

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Go for Great!

Last week I wrote about the difference between feeling ok and feeling well. About how it’s so easy for us to just get used to mediocre and think it’s ok to settle for that. I wrote: “Feeling well is deeper. And wider. It’s the you that you can imagine being if you lifted off all of the things that are holding you back in your…

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It’s Time to Feel Well!

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early full of energy because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hear my patients tell me they just don’t…

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How Your Body’s Ancient Response is Hurting Your Contemporary Health

You are supposed to produce stress hormones when you’re chilling at the watering hole and you suddenly notice a Leopard is eying your baby as a possible appetizer. It’s pretty simple. You see the Leopard, you realize there’s danger, you grab your baby, you run to safety. You are able to do this because your body is wise and knows when you’re in danger. Your…

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It’s Been too Long Since You’ve Felt Great

I was just chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hear my patients tell me they just don’t feel great. Here and there I’ll…

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