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Is Stevia Paleo?

Stevia is sweeter than table sugar but has zero calories, so it's not surprising to see it replace artificial sweeteners in many commercial food products. You may assume that it's Paleo-approved since it's extracted from a natural-growing plant that originates from Paraguay, but not all Stevia products meet Paleo standards. Is Stevia Paleo and Should I Eat It? Stevia is Paleo as long as you purchase a pure powder with no added ingredients. Unfortunately, this will rule out many of … Continue reading

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Free Fruit Programs Make Big and Little Shoppers Happy

If you’ve ever taken a small child grocery shopping, you know how difficult it can be to relax and enjoy the task at hand. A bored, whiny child can really dampen the mood and make the experience wearisome and arduous. Parents, have you found that you'll do anything to keep your child happy and occupied so you have time to read a few labels and get a quality shopping done even if that means pacifying your kiddo with free cookie … Continue reading

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Spring 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Spring into Paleo! It's almost time for Paleo Plan’s Spring into Paleo Challenge, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve got a great group of Paleo Plan members raring and ready to dive headfirst into a 30 day Paleo challenge...and we’d love for you to join us! Doing a Paleo challenge in a group setting is a great way to glean support from other like-minded individuals and get your questions answered by our skilled team of brilliant nutrition experts. Did I mention … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Digital Detox

We live in a culture that is increasingly obsessed with connectivity. We get faster phones and Internet, new social networks, and more methods of staying constantly in touch with everyone we know, sort of know, and only know online. It is easier than ever before to be fully connected to the outside world without ever leaving your house, but that's not a win for introversion or hermits — that's a sign that we, as a culture, are losing the ability … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Successful Meal Prep and Batch Cooking

Who wants to save time and money and waste less food? I know I do! By meal prepping and batch cooking, you spend a little more time and money up front in order to save those precious commodities down the line. As a bonus, the food you buy is used, not left to sit around and go bad because you forget about it or can't decide what to do with it. In the practice of food prepping and batch cooking, … Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Never Drink, Plus 5 Paleo Drink Alternatives

If you've been at this Paleo thing for awhile, you're probably pretty familiar with all the foods you can eat, but beverages can easily spark confusion. Here's a Paleo guide to what you should (and shouldn't!) drink, and why, plus five of our favorite Paleo-friendly beverages. Soda is Not Paleo This one's obvious because of the sheer volume of refined sugar and lack of beneficial proteins or fats. Empty calories at its worst, along with a plethora of artificial ingredients, … Continue reading

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New Year’s 30 Day Paleo Challenge Q&A

Participate in our 30 Spring Challenge's Live Video Q&A by clicking, Here Check out our 5 part Video Q&A series we did for our 30 day Paleo Challenge. We provided a ton of great info and answered a lot of great questions. This Q&A was Held on Jan 28th, 2016 at 8pm EST (5pm PST) Click Play below to watch. This Q&A was Held on Jan 21th, 2016 at 8pm EST (5pm PST) Click Play below to watch. This Q&A … Continue reading

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Paleo Favorites – Product Recommendations from Our Nutritionists

What are the Best Paleo Products? Here at Paleo Plan we are frequently asked the question “What are the best Paleo products?” Thanks to increased awareness about the benefits of the Paleo diet, health food companies are responding with a growing variety of Paleo-friendly products that can be ordered online and delivered right to your doorstep! The Nutritionists at Paleo Plan put together the table below with links to some of our current favorite products. This list will be updated … Continue reading

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Vitacost Shopping Guide

Save money on Paleo! (So easy, a caveman with a computer could do it!) The first few years that I ate Paleo were expensive, in both money and time...I spent a lot of money on food and a ton of time in the kitchen! That was five years ago and since then I’ve figured out some great money-saving tips like buying and storing local grass-fed and pastured meats in bulk and growing my own food when the weather permits. Another … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Sugar for 30 Days (or Longer)

It's that time of year when people are resolving to eat better, exercise more, and generally make improvements to their lives. While I think that New Year resolutions can certainly be inspirational, most people ultimately find them demotivating when they fall off the wagon and the resolutions are there, mocking them. I'm all for self-care and being mindful of your wellbeing, but you don't need resolutions to do that. People often ask me what the best thing is that they … Continue reading

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Paleo Kitchen – How to Purge your Kitchen & Make it Paleo!

Prepare to Purge! Purging your pantry, fridge and freezer will set the stage for success while you're transitioning onto the Paleo diet, and aligning your outer environment with your inner goals helps to keep you on track! It's much easier to avoid temptations when they aren’t staring you directly in the face, but the main goal of cleaning out your kitchen is to remove the major food culprits from your diet that are common causes of illness, weight gain, and inflammation such as grains (breads, pastas, … Continue reading

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Join the Resolution to ‘Go Paleo’!

Take Back Your Health This Year!  We know it can be challenging to ‘go Paleo’, especially when you’re first starting out. There’s a lot of questions along the Paleo path... and one of the most helpful stepping stones to Paleo victory is seeking the guidance of those who have traveled the path before you, and to surround yourself with others who are also eating to live! There’s no better year than 2016 to start living the life that Mother Nature intended … Continue reading

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Araza Natural Beauty is Paleo Makeup

You Are What You Eat AND What You Put On Your Skin We don’t think of skin as a route of ingestion but that’s what it is. Your skin is porous and absorbs a lot of what you put on it, which is why choosing healthy makeup is as important as choosing healthy food to eat. Do you know what’s in your makeup? Even after close inspection of the ingredient list do you know what you’re rubbing onto your skin … Continue reading

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Is Grass-fed Butter Paleo?

It seems in recent months there's been a trend of Paleo eaters incorporating some non-Paleo foods, like grass-fed butter, into their diets. With the increase in popularity, it has many people wondering if grass-fed butter is actually Paleo or not. We nutritionists here at Paleo Plan wanted to hash things out to give you a clearer picture and to help you decide if your Paleo diet should include grass-fed butter or not. The best part of Paleo, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Is Ghee Paleo?

If you're new to the Paleo community, you may be hearing about ghee for the first time. Or perhaps you're a seasoned pro and you use it regularly, or have yet to try it because you heard it isn’t Paleo. As nutritionists at Paleo Plan, we wanted to give you a practical guide to ghee — what it is, whether it is or isn't Paleo, and if we recommend using it. First of all, what is ghee? Ghee is, in theory, … Continue reading

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Fat Burning Workout or Sugar Burning Workout

So....what's the best way to workout? Staying in a heart rate zone? Feeling the burn? This can be a tricky question, depending on the person, and the goals that they have set out for themselves. Different workouts can affect your macro-nutrient burn rate. I'm not going to give someone who wants to play football the same workouts as a guy that wants to run marathons. Nor will I give the same advice to the 16 year old adolescent trying to … Continue reading

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Make This Year Paleo

If you’re searching for the perfect Paleo-friendly gift to give this holiday season, look no further!  The team at Paleo Plan has put together our annual Holiday Gift Guide featuring a few of our favorite things (that we’re pretty sure the Paleo people and fitness fanatics in your life are gonna love too)! Most of these gifts are available online and if you place your orders soon, they’ll arrive before the holidays do. Happy shopping, and happy holidays from your … Continue reading

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Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind-A Paleo Cookbook Review

I don't know about you, but when a new Paleo cookbook releases, I have to drop everything else I'm doing and download it to my Kindle that very moment. One of the most anticipated books of this fall for me was Vanessa Barajas' Clean Eating With A Dirty Mind. I'll admit that I'm one of those snobby people who totally judges books by their covers—and the cover of this book was slathered with chocolate donuts. Paleo chocolate donuts. It wouldn't … Continue reading

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Caveman / Paleo Diet Myths

//     I guess I’m able to laugh at myself because even as an avid CrossFitter and Paleo nutritionist, I find this video which takes a sardonic jab at the Paleo-CrossFit connection to be really funny. Of course, in reality, the relationship between CrossFit and the Paleo diet is not one of boneheads leading the blind as the video suggests. CrossFit serves a community of individuals interested in functional fitness and the back-to-basics, micronutrient dense, high quality Paleo diet … Continue reading

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Paleo Diseases and Disorders

Paleo can be challenging. Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and You 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...Continue reading Top 7 Foods for Thyroid Health One of the more common autoimmune disorders is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, a condition where the body attacks the thyroid … Continue reading