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healthy presents for the holidays

Stumped about what to get friends and family for special occasions? Want to help them get and stay healthy? Here are my top recommendations. (What follows are affiliate links.)

Food is the First Medicine

Nutrition seems confusing, but eating right can be simple. The bottom line: eat whole foods. My colleagues Dr. Julie Briley and Dr. Courtney Jackson took their 12-week cooking and nutrition class and made it into a book — one that answers many questions folks have, and some they didn’t know to ask. Get Food As Medicine Everyday here. (more…)

do you know how to eat?

Filed under: food as medicine,healthy living,Uncategorized — Orna @ 4:53 pm

Portlanders are a pretty food-savvy bunch. We know what to ask about the provenance of our food. We pay attention to ingredients, to gluten, to dairy, to grass-fed/free-range/high-omega-3/sustainability parameters (except when we just go for a donut.)

 

So it sometimes surprises me that folks who know what to eat often don’t know how to eat. And while great food matters, what’s the point if we don’t digest it well? (more…)

Dr. O’s Holidays Stress Less Vitamin N Challenge

Filed under: healthy living,mood cures,Uncategorized,Vitamin N — Orna @ 2:23 pm

It’s two days before Thanksgiving and even though my plans are pretty mellow, I’m starting to feel the stress creeping into my body. This morning it woke me up, feeling like tendrils of tension wrapping around my throat and heart.

 

My still-half-sleeping brain began noodling on the question of what to do about it. And I thought, if Nature is the best medicine, what about committing to spending time out in it each day until the holiday craziness is safely past?

 

And then I thought, wouldn’t this be easier, more joyful and more effective if a bunch of us did it together?

 

And so I bring you my very first Vitamin N (nature) Challenge, which you can join on Facebook here.

 

Dr. Orna's Holidays Stress Less Vitamin N Challenge

 

Each day between now and January 2 I’m committing to a minimum of 7 intentional minutes with Nature as a way to tame my holiday stress.

 

Will you join me?

 

The rules: Since this is about reducing stress, the goal is to keep it simple and manageable. Say hi to an urban street tree for a few minutes. Put yourself into an amazing vista. Tickle whatever’s alive in your garden. Walk along a creek, river or beach. Get to wilderness, if doing so won’t increase your stress. And if you live in a deeply rural setting? Just take that 7 minutes a day to be in and appreciate some aspect of your landscape.

 

It all counts if you do it purposefully — as a commitment to connecting to nature, ideally outdoors, to reduce your holiday (or other) stress.

 

I’ll be taking and posting pictures of my daily Nature time to the Facebook group because 1) it’s fun and 2) it will hopefully inspire you. Please share your own pictures, stories and questions!

 

So here’s to a smooth slide through the upcoming season. Thank you for getting into Nature with me.

 

PS. Want to learn about my other challenges, classes and healthcare offerings? Sign up for my newsletter here.

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how to survive the holiday blues

November 18, 2018

Photo by Nihan Aydin.

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” — and depression is rampant. Between the darkness (if you live in the northern hemisphere), family drama and financial stresses, it’s a time when many people find their mood going in an unhappy direction. Here are some tangible tips for feeling better. (more…)

An easy way to eat more veggies

November 8, 2018

Wednesday is veggie box day at my house, and it’s been really helping me up my personal food game. I often recommend delivery services like this one from Full Circle to patients as a way to help keep fresh vegetables in the house — because eating veggies is a non-negotiable part of healthy living.

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How many vegetables should you eat? I recommend most folks fill half the plate with veggies at every meal. It’s more than many of us are used to, but it’s one of the critical steps to improving your health.

 

If you’re interested in the box I discuss here, you can check it out here. Use the code “ZRNA7244” to get $15 off your first order. (Disclosure: this referral link also kicks some money back to me.)

 

Boxes aren’t for everyone. Whatever works for you is great. Just keep eating your veggies!

 

Want to learn more about optimal eating for your specific needs? Call the office or book your appointment here.

 

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PS. Also, please forgive my face in that thumbnail! How does YouTube manage to find the ugliest moments of the video? I’m getting up to speed on all the video things, so look for these to get better over time. 

thoughts on the new year

Filed under: Uncategorized — Orna @ 9:21 pm
Our campsite at Denali State Park. The Mountain is behind the clouds.

Our campsite at Denali State Park. The Mountain is behind the clouds.

At the beginning of 2016, my wise friend Dr. Samantha Brody published an article about New Year’s resolutions, why they don’t work and what to do instead.

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That struck me as a great idea, so I tried it out. And you know what? The results have been pretty great, and I want to tell you about them.

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But first, take a minute to read her article now. Seriously. I’ll wait. (more…)

you’ve got the power

heart-4A few years ago, a patient came in with some unexplained symptoms. She’d been to the hospital twice, and even had a small surgery that didn’t help the problem. Bad as that was, she’d also gotten some bad news on a related genetic test. You can imagine she was pretty scared.

 

I told her: “Epigenetics is your friend.

 

Translated: Your genes are not your destiny. Your choices can protect against, prevent or override the genetic cards in your hand.

 

With that in mind, I was gratified to read a New York Times story confirming the power of lifestyle choice on health outcomes — even with uncongenial genes. (more…)

the third level of healthcare

You’ve been to your primary-care doctor. You’ve been to a specialist. Maybe you’ve even been to multiple specialists.

 

And they’ve given you bad news, or confusing news, or they say there’s nothing wrong when clearly something is.

 

That’s where the third level of care comes in. And that’s my specialty.

 

 

If you’ve got health issues and aren’t sure where to go, consider naturopathic medicine. You can even book your appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Learn more about naturopathic medicine here.

 

 

 

join me at the food as medicine symposium

Filed under: Uncategorized — Orna @ 9:12 am

If you’ve watched my second video, you know digestion is one of the three keys to the optimal-health kingdom. And I’ll be talking about spice-rack solutions to help keep your system going strong at the fourth annual Food as Medicine Symposium.

 

I’m thrilled to be on the same lineup as the great Sandor Ellix Katz, who inspired me to start making my own gut-loving sauerkraut and kimchee. (When my supplement-refusing cousin started fermenting, it turned around his health and that of his family. I’m a huge fan!)

 

The symposium is on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at National University of Natural Medicine. My topic: Culinary Herbs for Digestive Health. Because making your food delicious literally can make it more nutritious. Register online here.

 

If you can’t wait to learn more, check out the nutrition links I’ve compiled for you here.

 

I hope to see you in February!

 

 

Real food will change your life.

Real food will change your life.

the three keys to optimal health

At its root, health really isn’t that complicated. Getting and staying health comes down to three simple things — assimilation, elimination and managing inflammation. In this short(ish) video, Dr. Izakson breaks it down and gives you the key to the natural-health kingdom.

 

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