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When the Days are Short, Time for Slow-Cooking

We live in a society obsessed with summer. Always doing, always consuming, these are the ways of the warm months. But, in winter, our biological mandate is to slow and sleep. It is to stock up, turn inward, tell stories, and celebrate abundance. As we near the solstice and enter the time of winter festivals and holidays it’s a good time to remember the year and re-imagine the next. It is a time to plant seeds deep in the earth for them to sprout when the sun returns.

It’s also a time for slow-cooking. Break out the crockpots! Continue reading


Decolonizing Your Diet: The Food Stamp Budget Challenge, Part 2

My apologies for the long lag time since Part 1 of this topic. As is the case with most experiments it didn’t go as planned, but I did learn a lot of unexpected things and it took awhile to digest them all. The big take-away?

Healthy eating is simpler than we think. We just have to change the way we think.

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Eating Healthy on $4/day: The Food Stamp Budget Adventure, Part 1

A couple of months ago the Multnomah County Library approved my proposal to teach a nutrition class designed to use local resources for eating healthy on a budget. I was thinking accessibility. Knowing the importance of eating whole foods and fresh fruits and vegetables I also knew how costly they could be. They don’t call it “Whole Paycheck” for nothing. So, I wanted to challenge myself to answer the question, “Is it possible to eat healthy on a limited budget?” Continue reading