Live Healthy. Live Happy. Live Longer


Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 10.18.09 PMHi! My name is Ellen and I am a scientist, food enthusiast, and lover of the outdoors. I recently completed a PhD in environmental studies, and spend most of my free time studying nutrition and longevity science.

I live in the Seattle area with my husband, our dog Newton, and rather fluffy cat named Tux. I hope to someday have space for a big garden, but for now we are thriving in a city with lots of outdoor space, great food, and mountains just a short drive away!


I originally created this blog to chronicle my experiments and adventures as I explored diet and lifestyle through the scope of a paleo/ancestral framework. The health improvements I experienced while following a paleo/ancestral diet in 2011 were pretty incredible, and for about 4 years I was a devoted supporter of the paleo movement. I am not convinced that a paleo way of eating is the only way to be healthy, and I had a hard time reconciling being a meat-eater with my concern for animal welfare and environmental issues. So, about halfway through 2015, I started to remove animal products from my diet and transition toward a plant-based diet. I strongly believe in the power of good nutrition to drastically improve quality of life, and I am so excited to have found a way of eating that supports physical health and is consistent with my views on animal welfare and environmental health.

I want to live the healthiest, happiest, and longest life possible and hopefully to share my findings with others who are looking for the same things. So, welcome! I hope you enjoy poking around, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, questions, or general musings.

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