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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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  • Hello, I also live in the Emerald City area down in south King county. About 1.5 years ago I lost my job and with much time on my hands I realized how unhealthy I had become. I rededicated myself to my health and lost 30 pounds with attention to healthier eating and increased exercise. Some new friends got me involved in an MMA workout fitness program (I do not fight due to blood clot issues) and the strenuous exercise, plus semi regular biking has got me feeling much healthier and better at the age of 64. I am very interested in how exercise affects telomere length and your blog addresses many of the subjects I am interested in!

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