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Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and You

What are Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs)? Advanced Glycation End-products, or AGEs are products of normal dietary metabolism in all animals and to a much lesser extent, plants as well. There are hundreds of different types of AGEs and although this rowdy gang behaves like oxidants with the potential to damage proteins such as collagen, DNA and our cells, our antioxidant system under normal conditions, does a good job of neutralizing and excreting most of them in our urine. Problems occur … Continue reading

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Is BBQ AGEing You?

Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month? The April showers have cleared and longer days make it enticing to head outdoors and fire up the BBQ. So we thought it good timing to review some important information related to the AGEs that are formed when food is cooked by excessive heat. What are AGEs you ask? Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) are chemicals that have been linked to oxidation (free radical production), inflammation, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases. … Continue reading

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Is Cassava Flour The New Paleo Baking Favorite?

I started down a long road of Paleo baking experimentation about six years ago. Back then, the only readily accessible Paleo flour options were almond and coconut. Almond flour played well with others and could easily be substituted for gluten free flour blends or for wheat. Coconut flour, as you will know if you’ve tried your hand at Paleo baking, does not act “normal” and soaks up a lot of liquid. It is best used in small quantities, and usually … Continue reading

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Get Your Garden On

What’s up buttercup?! The air is growing warmer and excitement is abuzz as the summer season draws near (along with our next FREE Guided 30 day Paleo Challenge)...are you ready? I’ve been spending a lot of time in my organic garden lately - the lettuce, radishes and brassicas are already in full bloom! Virtually anyone can grow at least some of their food, despite your living situation. Kitchen gardens, microgreens, hanging baskets, and containers of all sorts can provide enough bounty … Continue reading

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Thrive Market Shopping Guide

The online world of Paleo shopping has exploded in recent years, and Thrive Market joined the ranks in 2015. An online, members-only subscription site, Thrive Market offers foods that meet a variety of dietary requirements and preferences (Paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic), and boasts discounted prices much like Costco, only not in bulk. A one-year membership to Thrive Market is $59.95, and they will tell you that you’ll save much more than that if you purchase a membership and … Continue reading

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Is Creamed Coconut Paleo?

Creamed coconut is a semi-solid block of coconut paste made from ground, dehydrated coconut meat. It differs from coconut cream in that it has no added water and is highly concentrated.  A block of creamed coconut can be broken up into pieces and used to thicken and flavor to curries, sauces, stir-frys, soups, desserts, blended drinks and smoothies.  Should you eat creamed coconut?  Is creamed coconut Paleo? Nutritional Value of Creamed Coconut Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon (28g) Calories: 190 Total … Continue reading

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Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

Happy Mother's week! :) With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to share a great gift idea with you that was just released today! Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (AKA The Paleo Mom) has outdone herself again. She's put together an incredible kit called The Paleo Family Toolkit containing all the resources your family needs for optimal health and wellness. This special digital package will only be on sale May 4-9th, so don't miss out! Last week we talked about … Continue reading

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Why Paleo People Should Eat Dirt

As a long-time Paleo eater and nutritionist, a large percentage of my work and my personal life has been focused on gut health. Not only do I continually research and read the newest information on the subject of the microbiome and the intestinal tract, but I've put much of my research to use in my personal life. Having multiple autoimmune diseases has made me keenly aware of how delicate the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria can be in the … Continue reading

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New US Dietary Guidelines – A Paleo Perspective

Every five years the US government updates and modifies dietary guidelines that Americans are supposed to follow for optimal health. The USDA and Health and Human Services compile the reports, and apparently they expect us to sift through more than 200 pages, when the fact is that such guidelines could easily be summed up in two pages (like this blog post). Because yes, the document is 212 pages long. Frankly, I wonder why the government still bothers to create such a … Continue reading

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From Stress to Inflammation to Chronic Disease…?

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts discussing the ins and outs of stress: what it is, when it’s helpful and when is it harmful, how to optimize your stress response, and some strategies for living with a caveman nervous system in a modern, stressed-out world. The Importance of Understanding Stress If you’re just joining us now, this is part 3 of an ongoing series all about stress. You might want to check out part 1 and … Continue reading

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Hack Your Stress Response

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? With only a few days left in April, I wanted to talk about stress, since it’s one of the most common roadblocks to losing weight and overcoming chronic diseases such as autoimmunity and other inflammatory conditions. Indeed, stress alone can undo the health benefits of a perfect Paleo diet! Our nervous system has evolved very little since the days of our primal ancestors and our stress response (which is largely mediated … Continue reading

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How Important is Organic?

The folks in our recent 30 day Paleo challenge can attest - the benefits of eating Paleo are numerous! But did you know that Paleo is also one of the best ways to help the environment this Earth Day (and every day)? In an ideal Paleo world, we consume foods that are organic, grass-fed, and as close to their original form as possible, while supporting companies producing quality products free from chemicals, preservatives, artificial hormones, GMOs, and other toxic compounds. Truth be told, a … Continue reading

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Meditation or Quiet Time – It’s Paleo!

There was a time in our not so distant history, where we had time during the day that was relatively quiet. Even a mere century and a half ago, electricity was a wonderful scientific thing, but wasn't in anyone's home yet. This meant that if you wanted music, you had to play it, or have a few friends that did. If you wanted to communicate with someone in a neighboring town, you had to hand a letter to the postmaster. … Continue reading

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Shopping Organic – Does it need to be?

Shopping at the supermarket or farmer's market can feel overwhelming, not to mention expensive. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is what foods should be purchased organic? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list of produce that is rated according to pesticide exposure during the growing process. These lists have become popularly known as the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” — or the 12 produce items with the most exposure to pesticides and chemicals, and … Continue reading

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Is Canned Grated Coconut Paleo?

Whether the meat is shredded, flaked or grated, coconut is coconut. Shredded coconut is relatively long and thin, flaked is wide and flat, and grated is finely chopped or ground.  Nowadays, most of these products are sold in bags. Remember Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut that came in the small blue can?  I remember it well as it was the only coconut product my mom ever used in recipes.  Alas, it is now sold in a blue bag along side other … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Increase Revenue and Profit at a CrossFit Gym

As a CrossFit gym owner or manager, you already know that whipping your gym into shape can be the toughest workout of all. In addition to making sure your existing clients are satisfied, you also need to come up with creative ways to entice new members to sign up. The task of spreading health, strength and wellness can be quite exhausting! What’s more, you need to keep the buzz going each month to ensure that your membership levels remain steady. … Continue reading

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Hack Your Hormones

Let’s face it - whether you’re male or female, you probably understand that being a woman is difficult–career demands, body changes, relationships, taking care of the family...the list goes on and on! Unfortunately, hormones don’t always cooperate (and aging doesn't seem to help). Despite your gender, it's a game changer to gain a better understanding of female hormones. It may sound like an impossible mission, but it’s really not! Learn how to hack your hormones at the Women's Wellness Summit. … Continue reading

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Is Canned Coconut Cream Paleo?

Coconut cream is a thicker version of coconut milk – it’s comprised of pressed coconut meat with less water. You’ll find coconut cream used in coconut curries and other dishes that are enhanced by its thickening effect. Do not confuse coconut cream with creamed coconut, a semi-solid block of coconut meat without any added water. Should you eat canned coconut cream? Is canned coconut cream Paleo? Nutritional Value of Canned Coconut Cream* Serving Size: ½ cup Calories: 225 Total Fat: … Continue reading

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Are There Paleo Protein Powders?

Many Paleo eaters want to know the best option for a Paleo protein powder, and there are certainly plenty of mixed reviews on the internet. Often the Paleo community seems to be in favor of grassfed whey protein, but since it is dairy-based it can often be problematic for those who are sensitive to dairy or who wish to avoid it altogether. Many non-whey protein powders are plant-based, but these often contain grains, which are also not Paleo. So what … Continue reading

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Are Peas Paleo?

Peas are one of the oldest vegetables ever domesticated by human beings. But are peas Paleo? Should I Eat Peas And Are They Paleo? Peas were long the staple of many neolithic and medieval peoples, particularly those living in Europe and Asia. When the Mayflower set sail for the Massachusetts Colony, half of their food cargo was in the form of dried peas. A number of vegetables and their seeds are referred to as "peas," including snow peas and black … Continue reading