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Getting Started Challenge – 100 days of 1 push-up

How to get moving/getting off the damn couch I have a weird voice in my head. It's constantly trying to talk me out of stuff that I really want to do. I really don't think I'm a crazy person (maybe I am), but this voice isn't the kind of voice that's encouraging. It's not like it outright tells me what NOT to do; it just kind of comes up with ideas of stuff to do instead of doing the things to … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Stress

This is part 1 of a series of blog posts discussing the ins and outs of stress: its many forms, when it’s helpful and when it's harmful, optimizing your stress response, and survival strategies for living in a modern world with a primal nervous system. We Only Have One Stress Response The body is constantly striving to achieve balance. This becomes apparent when we observe how every cell, organ, system, and the entire organism as a whole is ultimately working to attain … Continue reading

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Paleo Plan’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you want to buy your Paleo sweetheart something for Valentine's Day, here's a cheat sheet for some great gift ideas that are good for the body and for the soul! 1. Paleo Gift Baskets — If you're in a pinch for time, but you want to give a nice complete gift, try a Paleo gift basket. Full of delicious snacks and treats, this is the perfect, practical way to tell the Paleo person in your life that you love … Continue reading

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A Very Paleo Valentine’s Dessert

It's that time of year again, when stores are decked out in reds and pinks and there are boxes of chocolates at every store check-out aisle. Flowers are overpriced, cards are sentimental, and singles are grumpy. I know, because I was single for most of my Valentine's Days, and I grew to hate the holiday. Even though I've had a sweetheart for a few years now, I'm still not a huge fan of the pomp and circumstance. But I am a huge … Continue reading

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All There is to Know About Coffee

“Let’s have coffee sometime!” It’s a familiar refrain isn’t it? Coffee is a conversation starter, an excuse to get together and a neurological stimulant. From 16th century “Schools of the Wise” in the Near East that fostered culture and discussion of current events to 17th century “Penny Universities” in England where you could purchase a cup of coffee for a penny and “engage in stimulating conversation” and on to the rise of modern era coffee establishments (Starbucks anyone?), coffee has … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Apps: A Few to Consider

A few weeks ago, we did a little post about tracking your heart rate, and now it's time to review a few apps that can help you do that more effectively! Most bluetooth heart rate monitors will pair with any of these apps, though the ones from Wahoo, Zephyr, and Polar all make claims to work with most any device, as well as their own native apps (Wahoo Utility - Wahoo Fitness). A smart shopper will spend between $50-$100 on … Continue reading

Paleo Pigs in a Blanket for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 2015 - Paleo Style It’s that time of year again...the 49th Super Bowl is rapidly approaching this weekend (Sunday, February 1st at 3:30pm PST). I’ll admit I’m not a terribly huge football fan, but being from Washington State, I can’t help but be stoked that the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl...for the second year in a row! Go Hawks! :) It’s not that I don’t like football, it’s more that I don’t quite understand the rules … Continue reading

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Is Paleo The Last Diet You’d Ever Want To Follow?

We live in a culture that loves to rank things according to their greatness (or awfulness). Diets are no exception! So why does Paleo keep getting the shaft from mainstream media, especially at a time when it's getting widespread publicity from Hollywood? U.S. News recently ranked 34 diets, from great to not-so-great, and Paleo ended up at the bottom of the list. According to their description, diets were ranked high by being easy to follow, having nutritional benefits, and being … Continue reading

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Stars Align With Research: From Vegan to Paleo

Stars Ditch Vegan Diets and Go Paleo Um, has anyone else noticed the recent trend of celebrities abandoning their vegan diets to go Paleo? Just recently we were hearing about actress Anne Hathaway and former President Bill Clinton making the switch away from veganism back towards meat-based diets. Now it’s NBC’s The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper who's making headlines. In a report published by Inquisitr, Harper proclaimed his love for animal protein and egg yolks, and emphasized low-carb, Paleo-style diets … Continue reading

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Nightshades: Foods and Substitutions

What Are Nightshades? Perhaps you’ve heard of Belladonna? No, I don’t mean the 1981 quadruple-platinum album by Stevie Nicks. Belladonna, a plant that is a member of the nightshade family, means beautiful lady in Italian and was used historically to enlarge the pupils of women’s eyes. (I guess, at the time, this made them seem more attractive.) Pupil dilation is a side effect of this “deadly nightshade” that acts to block nerve function and when taken in large enough doses, … Continue reading

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Paleo Plan Holiday Gift Guide

DOWNLOAD OUR PDF VERSION - print and start shopping...   Looking for the perfect gift for the Paleo or fitness fanatic in your life? Our team at Paleo Plan has put together this uber handy shopping list of a few of our favorite things...that we’re pretty sure the Paleo peeps in your life are gonna love too! Most of these gifts are available online, and if you place your orders soon, they should arrive before the holidays do. Happy shopping, and … Continue reading

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Paleo Baby: Is Formula Feeding Paleo?

There are many types of baby formula on the market. They’re sold as powders, concentrated liquids and ready-to-feed liquids. Standard formula is cow’s milk based and there are specialty formulas to meet special needs such as lactose-reduced and lactose free formulas for babies who have difficulty digesting natural milk sugar, protein hydrolysate formulas for pre-term and low-birth-weight babies whose delicate stomachs can’t yet handle intact protein. Protein hydrolysate formulas are also for more mature infants who are allergic to milk … Continue reading

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The Autoimmune Epidemic: Part 3 Autoimmune Protocol

This is part 3 of a three-part blog series covering the ins and outs of autoimmune disorders. Part 1 explained that autoimmune diseases are an unspoken epidemic affecting far more people than is currently realized. In part 2, we discussed the connection between leaky gut, immune system function, and autoimmune disease. In this final article of the series, we will take a closer look at new research demonstrating precisely how diet and gut health are intimately connected to autoimmunity. I … Continue reading

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Celebrities Abandon Vegan Diets and Go Paleo

Cover your eyes vegans...because you’re probably not going to like this. It looks like actress Anne Hathaway and former President Bill Clinton are making headlines yet again for their dietary choices, but this time they’re chewing the fat...and I mean that literally. In a report published by the Inquisitr, both celebrities were interviewed for their recent shifts away from a vegan diet and towards low-carb Paleo diets. Anne Hathaway states that her vegan diet was sapping her energy and that she … Continue reading

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Paleo Baby: Benefits of the Paleo Diet for Breastfeeding Moms and Babies

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Paleo moms and babies.  Part 1 discusses the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding. In this article, I cover nutrition and how a Paleo diet can be beneficial in achieving the right nutritional balance for breastfeeding moms and babies.  Part 3 will cover baby formulas and which are best for your Paleo baby. Have you been wondering if the Paleo diet is appropriate during breastfeeding? I assure you, it is. The Paleo … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Heart Rate Fitness

"That was a great workout!" "I'm glad you liked it!" "I wonder if I could've gone any faster." "I wonder too, you seemed to be taking some breaks, just because you felt like it was time for a break." "I'm unsure sometimes just how hard I can push it." "You like gadgets?" "Sure." "It might be time for a heart rate monitor." It's easy to sit back sometimes and think about how superior our Paleo ancestor's lifestyles were. While there's … Continue reading

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The Autoimmune Epidemic: Part 2 Leaky Gut

This is part 2 of a three-part blog series covering the ins and outs of autoimmune disorders. Part 1 explained that autoimmune diseases are an unspoken epidemic affecting far more people than is currently realized. In the present article, we will discuss the connection between leaky gut, immune system function, and autoimmune disease. In part 3 we will take a closer look at the current research demonstrating how diet and gut health are intimately connected to autoimmunity, and how a … Continue reading

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Paleo Baby: Breastfeeding Benefits and Challenges

Breast milk is Paleo! It's a whole food that provides perfectly balanced nutrition for your baby. Nature spent many millions of years making it this way to optimize survival rates for human newbies in the precarious time of life’s first few years. Based on the practices of contemporary hunter-gatherer groups and our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, it’s estimated that Paleolithic moms nursed for two to four years, not two to four months or so like we do. Breastfeeding … Continue reading

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The Autoimmune Epidemic: Part 1

This is part 1 of a three-part article series covering the ins and outs of autoimmune disorders. In this article, I discuss how autoimmune diseases are a serious health issue, and much more common than many people realize. Part 2 will explain our conventional understanding of what autoimmune diseases are, how they are treated by modern medicine, and review our most current theories of what lies at the root of most autoimmune diseases (spoiler alert: it’s a leaky gut!). In … Continue reading

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Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Habit

Fall into Thanksgiving Mmmm...I just love the spicy-sweet scent of cinnamon, the sound of crisp fallen leaves crunching under my feet, and the warmth of the season’s first crackling fire in the wood stove. The fall season is finally upon us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! What does the word Thanksgiving conjure up in your mind? Perhaps it's turkeys, pilgrims, pumpkin pies, or cornucopias. Maybe you think of family, food, and fun-filled memories. Or perhaps, the word elicits a … Continue reading

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