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Stand Up for Good Posture

Do you feel like you're hunched over all the time. Do you commute? Do you work at a computer? Do you have a 'smartphone'? Then you probably ARE hunched over all the time. Stand up for your health. Posture Is More Than Standing Straight Good posture means good health. Having good posture helps you exude confidence, poise, and even sexiness. We often get so bogged down with life that we forget this spine of ours can really help us get … Continue reading

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How to Focus on Slowing Down During the Holidays

It's that time of year — the one where everything is merry and bright, and people are cheerful, and there's no stress anywhere. Oh wait. For most of us, I think the holiday reality is something closer to chaos, frenzy, and exhaustion. Frankly, I always love the idea of holidays, but when they arrive, suddenly it's all about trying to find the presents, making food, arranging schedules, and generally wishing for January 1st. Maybe it's the introvert in me, but holidays tend … Continue reading

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32 Best Paleo Books of 2016

I've always been a bookworm, and my transition to a Paleo lifestyle has transformed my book collection, too! Each year I look forward to new Paleo book releases, and eagerly collect new offerings from favorite authors, as well as diving into the work of new Paleo thinkers, writers, and experts. 2016 was a little extra special for my Paleo library, too, because I actually wrote my first book, The Everything Guide to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Healing Plan for Managing Symptoms … Continue reading

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Which Version of Paleo Is Right For You?

The Paleo diet has exploded in popularity in the last five years, primarily due to the success of low-carb diets, celebrity endorsements and success stories, and emerging research that proves that Paleo can lead to better health. Health benefits of the Paleo diet can include: Reduced body fat Reduced cholesterol Improved digestion Defense against chronic and degenerative diseases Protection against heart disease and diabetes Principles of the Paleo Diet Unfortunately for modern America, the typical diet that our culture embraces … Continue reading

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47 Best Paleo Desserts for the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, yet many who eat allergy-restricted diets feel like they're left out of all the fun. The fact is that there are dozens of fabulous, delightful Paleo desserts that rival conventional desserts on every level. I've gathered 47 of the best Paleo desserts for your holiday parties and family get-togethers. They're festive, grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for any time of year. Paleo Chocolate Desserts Chocolate makes the world go 'round, right? Well, we've got … Continue reading

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22 Swaps to Make Your Next Meal More Paleo

The Paleo diet is the original diet of mankind, meaning, it's the foods that humans have been eating for the majority of our time here on earth. Our bodies evolved eating meats and vegetables, and it's not surprising that these are the foods that optimize our health. The Paleo diet includes and excludes specific foods for good reasons. The foods that are excluded on the diet are ones that tend to cause problems for people like weight gain, leaky gut syndrome, elevated blood glucose … Continue reading

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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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