Zen and the Art of 100-Mile Marathons

Zen and the Art of 100-Mile Marathons

“I look at it this way,” says Willie McBride, a Portland endurance athlete and coach, as he makes quick work of a breakfast burrito loaded with tofu, kale, and cashew sour cream. “In a day in a normal life, your average person asks 20 percent from their body. An ultrarunner asks close to 100 percent of their body. Your average person is like, ‘You’re crazy—you’re getting injured.’ I just think, ‘Yeah. You’re not going to get injured if you’re only asking 20 percent.’”

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This article appeared in the June 2015 issue of Portland Monthly. 

Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Weekend in Seattle

Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Weekend in Seattle

Restorative trips shouldn’t be restricted to warmer climes. Instead, Portlanders can just cruise up I-5 (or hit Amtrak or Bolt or our seemingly limitless direct flights) to Seattle, where the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood offers some serious renewal. The urban epicenter of Seattle nightlife is packed with hedonistic bars and restaurants but is also an ideal destination for a multiple-choice winter health retreat. You’ll find modern spas, peaceful yoga studios, leaf-laden juice bars, bountiful brunches atop gluten-free biscuits, and even a few alt-sweet shops for a touch of conscientious hedonism.

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This article appeared in the January 2016 issue of Portland Monthly. 

Grow Your Own Herbal First-Aid Kit

Grow Your Own Herbal First-Aid Kit

Stop and smell the... herbal first-aid kit? Dr. JJ Pursell, founder of the Portland-based Herb Shoppe, uses locally grown flowers, leaves, roots, and fungi to address a wide world of ailments. So can you. These five herbal powerhouses—suitable for container gardens, windowsills, or raised beds—will safely help any city dweller soothe life’s inevitable scrapes, sneezes, and overindulgences.

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This article appeared in the June 2015 issue of Portland Monthly. 

Oregon’s 25 Best Wines Under $25

Oregon’s 25 Best Wines Under $25

Budget-friendly vino doesn’t have to sacrifice flavor or local cred—especially in Oregon. Our panel of local wine pros blind-tasted more than 300 bottles to find the state’s best wallet-friendly labels.

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This article appeared in the October 2015 issue of Portland Monthly.

So What’s the Deal with Bone Broth, Anyway?

So What’s the Deal with Bone Broth, Anyway?

Portland’s first dedicated bone broth bar is now open, and the internet critics are raging. “Um, isn’t that just stock?” “What a racket. ‘Bone Broth’ is soup without the s*** in it.” “I can make this at home, and they’re selling it for $5 a cup? I’m in the wrong business.” It’s time to let the broth speak for itself (or at least through its biggest local defender). Tressa Yellig of Salt, Fire & Time, the company behind NE Portland’s new Broth Bar, brought retail bone broth to Portland in 2009 (long before broth became the “It Ingredient” of celebrity detoxes and the butt of Facebook jokes). Here, Yellig explains what separates her small-batch broths from stock, and why her broth has earned a loyal following of fans who credit her products with restoring health during and after cancer treatments and other major health crises.

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly. 

Hush Meditation Reopens In the Pearl District

Hush Meditation Reopens In the Pearl District

In the summer of 2015, Northwest Portland’s mindfulness startup Hush Meditation quietly closed its doors to regroup. After marketing serenity by the hour to the city’s corporate execs, business owners, and tech gurus, the company struggled to find its stride. Founder Kristin Reiter found herself torn between nurturing the young business and dedicating energy to her job as a concept director at Nike. Luckily, Hush community member Chanel Carlascio stepped up to head the company, relocate, and refresh with a goal of inclusivity and affordable community offerings.

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly. 

This Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Running a Reality for Anyone

This Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Running a Reality for Anyone

For some folks, running is a way of life. For others, it’s a chore, or an unpleasant memory from high school gym class. But for some of us, running is impossible, due to injuries, disabilities, or other physical challenges. Or, at least, it was impossible. Enter the AlterG Treadmill, which allows anyone to offset up to 100% of your body weight to make running and walking safe and effective for any body. 

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly. 

10 Portland-Made Cleansers for Naturally Clean Skin

10 Portland-Made Cleansers for Naturally Clean Skin

According to local skin care expert Heather Wade Mills—who just started offering facials at Loyly's Northeast location—aggressive facial cleansing “is the number one way people mess with the balance of their skin. Over cleansing and exfoliating disrupts the natural balance of your acid mantle—a protective layer supplied by a combination of water and oil that your skin produces—which is your immune system’s first line of defense. Unless you work in a coal mine, you do not need to be power washing your skin! If your skin feels squeaky clean, tight, and in need of moisturizer immediately after washing, you’re doing too much. Stick to gentle plant milk cleansers or cleansing oils to gently emulsify residue and flush the pores without stripping the acid mantle.” If her advice has you on the hunt for gentle cleansers, search no more—these 9 local brands have you covered.

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly.