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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

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Tupac’s Dad Was an Acupuncturist, and Other Tales on the Revolutionary Power of Acupuncture

On Monday a client asked me to come to her house to do group acupuncture for her and a group of friends. I treated six people in the comfort of her living room, and sat for an hour listening to their gentle slumbering as they drifted off to Acu-land. When it was over and I was un-pinning the last person I heard one of the participants talking about how amazing the experience had been for them, especially since most of the group was comprised of queer folks of color. I smiled quietly, thinking to myself, “This is exactly why I went to acupuncture school.” Continue reading