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Niue Adventures: Part 3 - Western Food

The change in our food system could probably be classed as one of the most powerful  social and cultural changes of our time. The shift experienced by a Western country like New Zealand or the USA has been fairly gradual and, in consequence, somewhat invisible to the populations exposed to it. 1,482 more words

Niue Adventures: Part 2 - Traditional Food

There is a prevailing narrative in many foodie circles that Indigenous people have access to huge variety of plant and animal foods. Interestingly, the conventional nutritional recommendations also frequently lament the fact that nowadays we eat too few vegetables and fruit compared to the good ol’ times. 1,235 more words

Niue Adventures: Part 1 - Paradise, Lost?

Since the cancellation of this year’s Ancestral Health Symposium in the U.S. Jamie and I decided to go crazy and actually take a holiday. Something warm in the Pacific beckoned but we weren’t keen to join the brigade of pasty NZ and Aussie tourists resembling beached whales on the shores and pool bars of Fiji and Indonesia. 930 more words

VIDEO: Weight Loss: The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Dr Anastasia Boulais

Any discussion about health and wellbeing, whether at your doctor’s office, office tearoom or over a coffee with friends, inevitably focuses on weight loss. As a society, we are preoccupied with our relationship with gravity and we often judge our health, social success and overall happiness against that marker. 69 more words


VIDEO: Modernity’s ‘fadism' - Dr Andrew Dickson

Nutritionists, dieticians and others in this industry are living in tense times. Practitioners who aspire to follow an ancestral health philosophy are no exception. Tensions abound in many facets of their work, such as those that exist between contradictory bodies of knowledge within the general field of nutritional science. 63 more words


VIDEO: Fertility Versus Famine - Kate Callaghan

Our survival as a species depends on our ongoing fertility however modern lifestyles, diets and attitudes are creating more of a “famine” environment, pushing our body into fight-or-flight mode and compromising our ability to reproduce. 22 more words


VIDEO: Our Love Affair With Speed, Lulu Loya Wu

Our cultural environment is in love with speed. We want speedy internet and fast cars, we also want to lose weight fast and get results quick. 84 more words