Diets

Leaving Calorie Counting Behind

March 25, 2022 |

Obesity has become a global epidemic among human beings, affecting over 20% of the population of most western countries and 68% of the US population (1,2).  Research over the last decade has been suggesting that the cause of this current problem may not be simply overeating but a mismatch between the foods we ate as…

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Can It Be True That Eating More Vegetables Does Little to Reduce Heart Risks?

March 11, 2022 |

Did you hear on the radio or read on-line about a new study that found little evidence of any link between higher vegetable intake and reduced risk of major cardiovascular disease?  The study was published on February 21, 2022 (1).  Its headlines were astonishing to say the least and were understandably the subject of much…

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What Did Our Ancestors Eat? Part Three

January 14, 2022 |

A Bigger Brain  The history of human beings has long included a mystery. At two points in our ancient past, the brains in our evolving predecessors suddenly increased significantly in size. Sometime between one and two million years ago, the brain size of our forebears doubled over the short evolutionary time span of about 200,000…

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What Did Our Ancestors Eat? Part Two

December 31, 2021 |

Researchers have had difficulties finding a record of plant-based foods that our forebears might have been consuming.  The detritus of animal-based foods are bones and stone tools that are easily preserved but plants are perishable and leave little of themselves behind.  Still, evidence is adding up, with a growing amount of study exposing indicators that…

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What Did Our Ancestors Eat? Part One

December 17, 2021 |

For decades controversy has surrounded the lifestyles and dietary intake of our ancestors.  Were they predominantly nomadic hunters, following animal herds and killing what they needed to survive?  Were they essentially gatherers that harvested available plants and roots and found their sustenance there?  Or were they a combination of these two ways of life?  This…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.