January Newsletter

Greetings Everyone,

As we roll into 2020, we hope all of you have had a restorative holiday season, and have your eyes set on a healthy year ahead.

This month's newsletter offers continued learning, new opportunities for behavior change, some inspirational poetry and some controversial conversation.

See below for details on:
- January Doc Talk January 8 in Stevenson
- Vitality Reset Starts January 10: Space Available!
- Poetry, Podcast and Paleo vs. Vegan

Every Day is a Good Day to ask ourselves the Two Big Questions. The answers may be different as our lives and our circumstances change. This is a great place to start guiding our daily, weekly and longer-term goals and plans - an honest assessment of what's working and what's not right now:  

  • What is too much in my life that might be causing me harm? (think: media, sugar, fear, sitting, caffeine, processed food, rushing, over-committing,  etc)
  • What is not enough in my life that can help nourish me/heal me? (think: sleep, nutrient dense foods, meaningful connections, healthy routines, movement, nature, mindful awareness)
We see an outpouring of research and public acknowledgement about our increased isolation as a human species. "Loneliness is the new smoking," according to many public health experts.  

We remind each of you that you are not alone, and that we all need each other. This is the human condition. This is part of our mission: Cultivating Compassionate Connections.  Our Gorge community has many opportunities for healthy and meaningful social connections. One place we have seen community members of all ages come together is at the Columbia Center for the Arts, downtown Hood River. Heather's daughters have all participated in the Children's Theater Program there, and find true belonging in the space and team led by Sullivan Mackintosh, a talented young thespian and director/producer/playwright herself.  January 18th, CCA hosts a Shakespeare Showcase Fundraiser event, featuring the teen actors performing snippets of Shakespeare and raising money for their summer trip to London. Looking for something to do and a sense of community this winter? Consider enriching your mind and heart at this great event - hope to see some of you there!

Heather and the Team at Healthy Connections

What are we reading at Healthy Connections? David Whyte's Poetry Collections
Winter's darkness invites an inward journey. Both Jeff and I have deeply enjoyed the poetry of David Whyte, and were recently gifted his latest book  - David Whyte: Essentials.  David began his career as a biologist in the Gallapogos Islands. His gifted naturalist sense permeates his poetry, but his philosopher-poet voice comes through clearly in this gem. Hope you enjoy:

Sweet Darkness by David Whyte
When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone, no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes to recognize its own.

There you can be sure you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home tonight.

The night will give you a horizon further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness to learn

anything or anyone that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.
What are we listening to at Healthy Connections?  Hidden Brain: Creatures of Habit
Thanks to a helpful community member who shared this great podcast for the new year!

As many people embark on renewed goals and resolutions, this podcast helps us understand some of the neurological and behavioral mechanics that can increase our success in maintaining those healthy habits you really want to stick!

Highly recommend this listen
What is "Everyone" watching?  
Several of you have asked us about the Netflix documentary, "The Game Changers."  At the urging of one of my daughters, I (Heather) watched it last week and found it very compelling. If you haven't seen it, the film (produced by Arnold Schwartzenager), it sets forth many strong cases and examples of incredible strength and performance attributed to the participants' vegan diets. It was quite inspiring in many ways!  These documentaries are all incredibly persuasive - if you've seen any others (What the Health, Fed Up, Forks over Knives, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead to name a few), you know what I'm referring to! They're really a 90 minute commercial for a particular way of life.

Knowing that there is not a "one diet fits all" approach, and questioning some of the science and health claims in the movie, I turned to one of our Functional Medicine leaders - Dr. Chris Kresser of the California Institute for Functional Medicine. Chris is the author of The Paleo Cure, a humble and trustworthy scientist, and a functional practitioner who has helped thousands of people heal their bodies with an approach including some animal products. He is one of the providers Dr. Mark Hyman seeks out for his own health.

Chris had several rebuttals and clarifications to the claims of The Game Changers.  

Read below to see some of his research and tune in to a 3 hour conversation he had with podcast host Joe Rogan about this very (controversial) topic.

Note: We are not saying there is not value for some - perhaps many - in a Vegan approach. We ALL agree that the primary food source that benefits human health is... PLANTS!  We also know that people's food choices are complicated, personal, and often based in ethics and values that are deeply important. We are aware that nutrition science is VERY challenging to conduct and even more challenging to generalize to a wide population. We deeply respect your personal choices to eat meat or not to eat meat.  We base our health care recommendations on what we understand to be true for people with certain genetic make ups, biomarkers, lab values, and health goals. Personalized nutrition is always the best approach in our book, vs. food shaming, food judging, etc.

Upcoming Events
Doc Talk: Healthy Longevity

Join us on Wednesday January 8th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Stevenson Library for another FREE Doc Talk.

Jeff Horacek, MD shares the latest research on the Fasting Mimicking Diet, the Longevity Diet and other nutritional and lifestyle approaches to optimal aging.

Thanks to Heather's mom, Barbara Selstad, and all her wonderful friends in Stevenson and it's surroundings for helping bring Healthy Connections Hood River to Skamania County regularly. We always have a lovely reception in Stevenson :)

No Registration Required - plenty of room for you to just show up!
Healthy Connections' Vitality Reset | Online Course Series -
Space Remaining- Starts This Friday!

A new 30 Day Online Program to Improve Energy, Re-balance your Gut Health, and Create New Lasting Wellness Habits.

Starting January 10th, for $99 join our new online course series, including daily emails, weekly video sessions, recipes, tips and tools for success!

Head into the new year with a clear mind, a clean gut, and a strong commitment to a new healthy approach.

Let's Stay Connected!
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