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The Detailed Guide to Dietary Salt

Integral to ancient religious practices, trade, politics, and the growth of economies, salt has played key roles in social and cultural developments around the world throughout history. Salt maintains a significant presence in our lives today as a controversial component of our diets. What is salt? Is it good for you or bad? Is salt Paleo? Read on for answers. What is Salt? Salt is a compound of sodium and chloride. Both are electrolytes that regulate the volume of extracellular … Continue reading

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Is the Paleo Diet Safe for Babies?

It’s a big deal when a baby goes from only drinking formula or breastmilk to making the leap into the world of solid foods. It’s exciting, and also terrifying, for most parents — especially new parents. As a new parent myself, I thought that introducing solid foods would feel exciting, but when the time came to try some foods with my son, I felt more scared than anything else. Even as a nutritionist, I worried that I would do the … Continue reading

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The Definitive Guide to Paleo and PMS

Perhaps nothing is more complex and infuriating than hormones who aren’t playing nice. Women are subject to the cyclical tug of war that happens between the two dominant reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone, with others stepping in at various times of the menstrual cycle. While some women will never experience PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), hormone imbalances, or other similar issues, there are many who suffer on a regular basis. When hormones are not balanced, women will experience a wide range of … Continue reading

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Should You Skip Your Holiday Workouts?

We've got a big meal coming up (not to mention a whole string of holiday parties and events), and even if you're going to do your best to stay Paleo this Thanksgiving, there's still a very good chance that there may be a little tendency to overdo it. And it has nothing to do with pumpkin pie, I swear. I'm here to help. Well, to help you help yourself. Now, I'm not here to give you a magical workout pill that … Continue reading

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41 Holiday Gift Ideas: A Paleo Gift Guide

If you’re searching for a healthy gift to give this holiday season, look no further! Putting together our annual Paleo gift guide was a breeze—we just listed all the things that we’re hoping Santa stuffs our stockings with! In case you missed them, here’s our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, which are also packed full of Paleo and fitness gifts galore. Need a hand cooking a healthy Paleo holiday feast this year? PaleoPlan’s got you covered! Download a … Continue reading

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65 Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time of year where we come together with family and friends and celebrate the things that we are grateful for. But it is also, of course, about the food that we eat, and if you're following a Paleo diet, holidays may feel extra restricting. But I've rounded up 65 of the best Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that exist, and frankly, are every bit as delicious as their gluten and dairy-filled counterparts. I hosted an all-Paleo Thanksgiving a few … Continue reading

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How We Design Our Paleo Meal Plan

Something that we frequently get asked is how our Paleo meal plan is designed. It is a really great question! Our food plan is designed to be an integral part of a lifestyle that turns your body into the highly efficient, optimally functioning, fat-burning machine it is meant to be. This is what nature has always intended for you. With a modern mimicking of the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we can reprogram our genes for optimal expression, a.k.a. health!   By … Continue reading

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Losing Weight After Quitting Soda (Success Story)

So many of our inspirational stories come from people we follow on Instagram, Facebook, or other social media. For many of them, they’re well on their way to their goals. While it’s wonderful to see someone who’s “made it," it’s often good to find and follow someone who’s in the thick of things, who’s actually in the trenches with it. A Real Person Success Story Robert is one of my clients. He had been diabetic for a little more than … Continue reading

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What Is the Best Paleo Baking Flour?

I frequently get asked, “What is the best Paleo baking flour to cook with?” I get it. Paleo flours can be expensive, and when you’re new to the diet, it feels like you’re dropping a small fortune to stock your initial Paleo pantry. The flours that you’ll need for your go-to baking staples will depend on what you’re most going to bake or cook. Here’s a breakdown of the most common ones seen in Paleo recipes, and how often you might … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Right Probiotic

If you went Paleo because of digestive health issues or other severe conditions of the intestines like Crohn’s disease, IBD, or ulcerative colitis, you’ve probably been taking probiotics. In fact, many who switched to a Paleo diet for autoimmune reasons, chronic health reasons, thyroid problems, hormone issues, or other conditions involving the stomach eventually start focusing on leaky gut and overall gut health, and for good reason. If your gut isn’t protecting your body from an onslaught of toxins and … Continue reading

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Workouts In 4 Minutes: An Introduction to HIIT Tabata

People are busy. But you have four minutes. Everyone does. The beauty of high intensity interval training, or HIIT, is that you get a lot done in a little time. Tabata, a form of HIIT, is a four minute workout that anyone can do. You Have Time to Workout It's easy to get bogged down in the idea that you don't have enough time to workout, and that you need an entire gym set up at your home to be able … Continue reading

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Do You Have to Eat Paleo Forever?

If you're new to the Paleo world, or even if you've been at it for awhile, one of the top questions we get is “How long do I have to eat a Paleo diet to get results?” I think many worry about the inconvenience of following a restrictive diet for a long time. Paleo, also referred to as an ancestral or caveman diet, feels and looks very different from the Standard American Diet. It excludes grains and legumes, which for … Continue reading

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How to Stop Drinking Soda

If you search for advice on how to stop drinking soda, you're going to come across "experts" who suggest that you switch from regular to diet soda (hello — diet soda is still soda), or that you simply replace your soda with an equally as sugary but not carbonated beverage. While this blog post will focus on soda, it applies to any overly sugary beverage that does not offer nutritional value. But first, let's discuss why soda is really so bad for you, and it … Continue reading

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Paleo vs. Alzheimer’s & Type 3 Diabetes

Dave loved his job as a financial analyst. He was 66 years old when he left work one day and couldn’t figure out how to get home. In the following months, his work performance declined to the point where he was asked to retire. He became more confused, felt chronically fatigued, and even the simplest tasks became very complicated. Eventually, his eyesight declined, his speech became unintelligible, and he stopped recognizing those nearest and dearest to him. Dave’s daughter had … Continue reading

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How to Start Eating Vegetables (When You Don’t Like Them)

One of the biggest concerns that I get from people who are considering switching over to a Paleo diet is that they don’t like this, that, or the other kind of vegetable. Do you have to LOVE vegetables to be able to eat a Paleo diet? The answer may surprise you! No — you do not have to love vegetables to follow a Paleo diet. You only have to be willing to try them. I’m not saying you have to … Continue reading

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The Best Paleo Halloween Recipes

Halloween is a festive time of year known for sweets and spooks, and we are here to tell you that you can be 100% Paleo and all-in for a delicious, allergy-friendly Halloween. The recipes in this roundup will help you throw the tastiest Paleo Halloween party on the block, or just spice up your kiddo’s lunchbox with meals that his or her friends will wish their moms had packed. Not convinced why a Paleo Halloween is necessary? After all, how … Continue reading

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4 Tips for an Allergy Friendly Halloween

Halloween can be a tough time for kiddos with food allergies. It can feel isolating and seem totally unfair when everyone around you is happily swimming in piles of colorful Halloween candy, and you can’t eat a single bite of it! While there’s not much you can do about that, there are ways to help your child feel less excluded during the trick-or-treat season. Even if it doesn’t affect your immediate family, you should be aware of the growing epidemic … Continue reading

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Paleo and Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease

Millions of people are walking around with impaired metabolisms, carrying extra weight that won't budge, suffering from depressive tendencies, inflammation, chronic pain, dry skin, brittle hair, persistent insomnia, and debilitating fatigue. What if I told you that for some people, all of these life-altering symptoms were due to a single disease? And what if I told you that in many this disease regularly goes undiagnosed for years, or is misdiagnosed by medical professionals who often don't run the correct lab … Continue reading

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Paleo Superfoods for Adrenal Health

The adrenal glands are two small organs that sit around the middle of the back, above the kidneys. They produce hormones, including reproductive hormones and stress hormones that help you produce life, grow life, and survive life. Cortisol is probably the most notable adrenal hormone that is produced in response to stress. Adrenal glands, as all endocrine organs, are susceptible to hormone fluctuations based on a number of factors, including diet, food allergies, stress, lifestyle, and resting habits. A Paleo … Continue reading

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The Best Paleo Foods for Kidney Health

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that sit around the middle of the back. Most people don't give their kidneys much thought unless there's an issue, but by that point, the pain can be excruciating. There are specific nutrients and foods that can keep these little organs working effectively and efficiently, and we want you to know about the best Paleo foods for kidney health (complete with recipes to get you started). What Do Kidneys Do? Kidneys filter and collect toxins from … Continue reading

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