What About Veganism? (304)


"The more we take back our ancestral roots and eat the diet our ancestors ate, we go back to what is the most natural for our physiological makeup." The author of Primal Body, Primal Mind considers a short-term vegan diet excellent for detoxifying and anti-aging benefits. … [Read more...]

Meet the Fermentistas – Become a (C)rock Star


Create fermented food not just because it's healthy, but for the rich diversity of flavors? That's what Kirsten and Christopher Shockey encourage. Yesterday we attended their presentation at the local First Alternative Cooperative Market in Corvallis. Afterwards we … [Read more...]

Rethinking Stress — And What You Can Do About It (270)


"What people really think of as adrenal fatigue or burnout rarely has anything to do with the adrenals themselves." Nora Gedgaudas dispels myths, and illuminates various forms of brain dysregulation that can affect our response to stress, as well as our energy levels. She … [Read more...]

A Primal Diet for Modern Times, part 2 (261)


Is our ancestors' hunter-gatherer diet the best for optimal health and longevity, in our stress- and pollution-filled world? Not entirely, says Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind. She advocates a ketogenic diet, where fats are the primary fuel source rather … [Read more...]

A Primal Diet for Modern Times, part 1 (260)


Nora Gedgaudas used to believe a plant-based diet was the healthiest. That belief got turned upside down when she spent a summer studying wolves near the North pole. "We are fundamentally ice-age hunter-gatherers," states the nutritionist and author of Primal Body, Primal … [Read more...]

The Primal Diet for Body and Mind


We've eagerly anticipated videoing a conversation with Nora Gedgaudas during the past few months while Robyn and I read aloud her book Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life. We flagged dozens of passages that spoke to us. Nora … [Read more...]

Gourmet Cooking for the Paleo Diet, part 2 — In Pauli’s Kitchen (237)


You'll wish you could taste this video! Longtime caterer Pauli Halstead makes her famous Magical Muhamara dip from her cookbook Primal Cuisine: Cooking for the Paleo Diet. Using toasted walnuts instead of chickpeas, she credits its authentic Middle Eastern flavor to a touch … [Read more...]

Gourmet Cooking for the Paleo Diet, part 1 – Meet the Chef (236)


Longtime chef and caterer Pauli Halstead had drafted her cookbook Cuisine for Whole Health when her personal diet took a U-turn. Working with nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, she removed gluten and sugar from her diet. In a few months, a lifetime of sugar addiction and … [Read more...]

Whaddya Mean, Eat Fat to Lose Fat?


The responses to my presentation on our very low carbohydrate diet and my blog Celebrating a Lighter, Leaner Janaia share one outstanding feature: many people don't seem to GET what our eating pattern is and isn't. This diet isn't about protein. (Yes, you need moderate … [Read more...]

The Wood Wenches Celebrate Lighter Bodies


October 2012. An unseasonally-cold winter storm last week brought the first local tornado we're aware of. As it moved east, the storm joined two other fronts to form the historic cyclone Sandy. All are in-our-face manifestations of increasing climate change. Denial should be … [Read more...]