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The Diet Wars Continue: Low Carb vs Low Fat Study

A recent study that garnered a lot of media attention compared the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet with a low-fat diet on weight and cardiovascular risk factors.  This low carb vs low fat study titled, Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-fat diets: A Randomized Trial, was published in the top-tier, peer reviewed journal, Annals of Internal Medicine. After blinded randomization, this parallel-group study followed 148 men and women for one year and found that the low-carb diet induced greater weight loss, … Continue reading

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Paleo Lifestyle Featured on Good Morning America

The Paleo Diet, and moreover, the Paleo lifestyle are gaining popularity by leaps and bounds, catching the attention of some of the bigwigs. Good Morning America did a piece today entitled “Popular Paleo Diet Becomes Way of Life for Some.” ABC’s ‘The Morning Stir’ interviewed Rick Gusmano, Christine Cusano, and primal expert Mark Sisson to gain some insight into the Paleo lifestyle, which they describe as “a modern day caveman movement” that is taking the Paleo Diet to a “new … Continue reading

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Paleo & Adrenal Fatigue: How Primal Living Can Restore Your Energy

What is Adrenal Fatigue? The adrenal glands are small endocrine (hormone-producing) glands that sit on top of the kidneys. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands help to control blood pressure, stress reactions, and potassium blood levels, to name a few. The adrenals are also responsible for producing hormones like cortisol—the stress hormone—as well as estrogen, progesterone, and other steroids. They also release adrenalin in response to stress. When the amount of hormones produced by the adrenal glands increases or … Continue reading

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Can Paleo Make It Easier To Have A Baby?

Women who want to get pregnant naturally, especially if they have been trying for some time, are always in search of lifestyle tweaks that can improve their chances. Because Paleo happens to be very popular right now, many women in the TTC (trying to conceive) crowd want to know if Paleo can make it easier to have a baby. As a nutritionist who specializes in fertility and women’s issues—and as a woman who has had trouble conceiving—I can say that … Continue reading

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What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

The hormones cortisol and adrenalin are stored in the adrenal glands and released into the bloodstream when activated by stress. Together, they stimulate the fight or flight response. The evolutionary perspective suggests that during our 2.5 million formative years in the Paleolithic, acute rather than chronic stress was the norm and we evolved to handle stressful situations that resolved quickly. A typical historical scenario might have been the sudden confrontation with a predatory animal. In response to such acute stress, … Continue reading

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FODMAPs, Food and You

What are FODMAPs? Truth: Everyone eats FODMAPs and just about everyone experiences the digestive repercussions of FODMAP intolerance to some degree. FODMAPs are indigestible sugars that linger in the intestinal tract and become food for gut bacteria. In this environment, water is retained, gas is produced and GI discomfort manifests ranging from barely noticeable to severe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common IBS symptoms include bloating, painful abdominal distention, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea or both. If you’ve never heard of FODMAPs, … Continue reading

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Paleo vs Keto

Carbohydrates are a hot topic in the Paleo world.  Although not strictly defined as such, the relatively low-carb nature of the Paleo diet provides a plethora of health benefits.  How many carbs should your Paleo diet include for optimal health?  The answer depends on many things including your gender, health status, stress level, activity level and your goals.   Some find greater benefits from going very low-carb in order to create and maintain a state of ketosis. Ketosis can occur as … Continue reading

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Paleo: How Primal Living Can Reduce Antibodies

What is Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disease that affects the thyroid gland. It is characterized by insufficient production of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4), leading to autoimmune hypothyroidism. Autoimmune disease happens when the immune system produces autoantibodies—literally antibodies that are programmed to attack self. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the attack of these autoantibodies causes inflammation and reduces the body’s ability to produce T4. Hashimoto’s is the most common autoimmune condition in the United States … Continue reading

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Paleo vs. Primal

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re already following an ancestral inspired lifestyle plan in order to feel good and achieve optimal health. Are you Paleo or Primal? Maybe you haven’t yet plunged into eating and living in ways that mimic our Paleolithic forbears and you’re wondering where on the spectrum you best fit in? At one time, there were clear differences between the two camps but an inverse relationship continues to develop where as the ancestral health movement … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Labeling

“Gluten-free,” “Free of gluten,” “No gluten,” “Without gluten.” We’ve all seen these claims on packaged products. Did you know that until last week, when the FDA gluten-free labeling law went into effect, there was no legal standardization for these claims? As of August 5th 2014, any packaged product including dietary supplements placed on store shelves or served in restaurants, that make any of the above claims on their labels, must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten. This … Continue reading

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A Stool for My Stools!

By: Paleo Preggo There have been two times in my life when I have had issues with constipation.  The first time was when I first started following the Paleo Diet.  It is completely normal to have some digestive issues when making a major dietary change, and after a few weeks, my body regulated itself as I learned how to get enough fiber from sources other than grains.  Hallelujah!  The other time is, unfortunately, occurring right now.  I am 12 weeks … Continue reading

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How to Improve Your Running Form

This post was written by Max Shippee, our resident runner and researcher of all things sweaty. "I wanted to get some new shoes so I can start running." "New shoes?" "Yeah. What should I get?" "How's your running form?" "My, uh, form?" "Yeah, have we looked at that yet?" "Um...I just usually run, I don't really think about it." "Maybe it's time we started." There's running, and there's running. People realize that there may be something to learning correct running … Continue reading

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Priming for Paleo: 4 Expert Interviews

This article originally appeared on Health Perch The Paleo Diet continues to dominate headlines as the game-changing diet people love. Paleo, as most people refer to it, is not just a 'diet.' It is much more than that — it is a lifestyle. There are literally hundreds of websites dedicated to Paleo followers, along with support groups, coaches and enthusiasts. People are really committed to this lifestyle — eating like a caveman, must really bring out something special! We wanted … Continue reading

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3 Phase Paleo Helps You Ease Into Paleo (and It’s On Sale)

Whether it's changing your diet, increasing your weekly exercise, starting a meditation practice, giving up cigarettes, or any other big life change, a big switch all at once can backfire in a big way. When you place such stringent rules on yourself (and your family or spouse), you can start to feel deprived, stressed out (because all big life changes are naturally stressful), and even angry. In order to create lasting change, it may be better to make gradual shifts in … Continue reading

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New Recipe! Quick Pan Seared Scallops

When it comes to seafood, shrimp is a great choice. It cooks pretty fast, and you can eat it in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for something a bit different, however, scallops are a great option. Just as quick cooking and versatile, they are delicious when you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, yet still easy to cook. The key to cooking scallops is to not overcook them. If you do, they’ll become tough, rubbery, and generally … Continue reading

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What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

Have you ever heard of the ketogenic diet? Also known as "keto", "nutritional ketosis", or "keto-adapted" diet? What Is The Ketogenic Diet? Basically, it's a diet wherein you decrease your carbohydrates and let your body start using ketones from fat as fuel instead. It's a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. And when I say low-carbohydrate, I mean in the range of about 0-15% of calories. For an average person , that limits carbs to about 75g max, and usually a lot less. … Continue reading

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New Recipe! Roasted Pork Fajita Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

Normal restaurant fajitas are not Paleo due to the tortillas, dairy, and vegetable oils they're normally cooked in. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get a craving for one once in awhile. This Roasted Pork Fajita Salad made with tender roasted pork and vegetables is topped with a creamy coconut dressing that does a wonderful job of complementing the spices. You can use any type of salad green you like here; crunchy Romaine is nice, or you can use a dark … Continue reading

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Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?

It seems that every week there's a new study that supposedly disproves something that I (and probably you) believe wholeheartedly. This week the study is about gluten, and the media is now posing this question: Is Gluten Sensitivity Real? Here are a few of the latest media headlines: "Being Gluten Free is Dumb - And Gluten Intolerance May Not Even Exist" "Being Gluten Free More Psychological Than Physical" "Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity May Not Exist" On a purely guttural level, I will admit that these … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Recipe from Civilized Caveman

Boy do I have a treat (literally) for you today. Banana bread is a staple in my life because it's a hearty, carb-rich snack that also can have quite a bit of fat and protein in it. It's great for rock climbing to keep me energized through the day. It's also just a nice treat to have on hand. This Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread recipe is from my friend George Bryant's brand new book, The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal … Continue reading

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New Recipe! Mango and Calamari Ceviche

I recently became a huge ceviche fan. I had no idea I was missing out on the delicate and refreshing flavors of ceviche until I ordered a raw salmon ceviche dish at this Asian fusion restaurant in Vegas. So we decided we needed to create this new Mango and Calamari Ceviche recipe to celebrate my newfound love :) If you are a fan of the fried calamari you get off the appetizer menu of your favorite restaurant, you’ll love this … Continue reading

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