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 By Yaakov Levine    Health    October 10, 2019 

Salmon is tasty foundation for healthy diet

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This Chinese proverb rings true to many, but I suggest this newer adage as equally vital:...

 

Protein and Omega-3 Fats for Improved Cognitive Function

Concerned parents often ask for tips and alternatives to medications for those students that struggle to pay attention in the classroom. Many bright students struggle with concentrating on their...

 

Let's focus on prevention during breast cancer awareness

Each year in October we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of the fundraisers and events are focused on the forever search for cures to this disease which affects so many. As a nutritional...

 

September yields apple harvest

This year, as September marks the celebration of Organic Harvest Month, instead of offering “apple cookies” at Natural Grocers as is our tradition, I will be celebrating my first month as a...

 

'Fearless' broths and soups

September marks five years since the Eugene Natural Grocers store openedWow, has it been an amazing few years? One category that has exploded in popularity in our store (and everywhere) is collagen....

 

Nutritionally Speaking:

During the month of August, our attention turns toward family time and those final summer outings – but getting ready for school is also a familiar August ritual. Purchasing the long list of...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    August 1, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Do we need cholesterol?

I am asked daily about alternatives to prescription medications for lowering cholesterol levels. I have found this question to be a great lead-in for some education about the benefits (yes, benefits)...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 25, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Protect your vision (and more) with lutein

I first wrote about lutein in a column back in 2008, I had just returned from visiting with my mom in Florida. It was a hard visit. As a relatively healthy 88-year-old, she was devastated; a couple...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 18, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Red currant scones, anyone?

Red currants: Coming to us in a small package - while offering a burst of sweet-tart flavor - these red berries have a long and flavorful history. Enjoyed in the Lorraine province of France since the...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 11, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Read the comics first!

We recently celebrated Independence Day, and honored and celebrated a young local resident, who was taken from us in a tragic manner. We all experience stress, sadness and grief in our own way ... a...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 4, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Hot days, cool smoothies

Now that summer weather has finally arrived, our gardens are starting to flourish. Soon, our refrigerators will be full of fresh vegetables and we'll have the challenge of finding ways to enjoy and...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    June 27, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Is there life after bread?

Part of my work as a health coach is helping people find healthier food choices. When they come to me asking for this guidance, they want to be healthier and manage their weight, often not knowing...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    June 20, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking - Berberine to the rescue

If I told you there is one nutrient that supports blood sugar balance, helps you when your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went and supports cardiovascular health to boot, you might be at least a bit...

 
 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...

 

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