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Transitioning Your Family to Paleo

Don’t Do It Like I Did It! I created a mess that took a very long time to clean up and two years later, I’m still picking up a few scattered pieces of nutritional wreckage.   To this day, my family refuses to eat cauliflower, which became the symbol of Paleo rebellion in my house, but that’s the only vegetable still off the table and over time I managed to get everyone onto the Paleo bandwagon, albeit with a few caveats. … Continue reading

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Is Vanilla Extract Paleo?

Vanilla extract is often called for in baked items, even many Paleo recipes. But is it Paleo? Can you include it in your Paleo diet without compromising your health goals? Nutritional Value of Vanilla Extract Serving size: 1 tsp (4 grams) Calories: 12 Total Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Monounsaturated fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrate: 1 g Sugar: 1 g Protein: 0 g Sodium: 0 mg Fiber: 0 g Health Benefits … Continue reading

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Spring into Paleo with our 30 Day Paleo Challenge
(and an exciting reward!)

Spring into Paleo! Today is the official launch of Paleo Plan’s Spring 30 Day 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 strict Paleo challenge...and we’d love for you to join us! We’ve started a private Facebook group so we can all take this Paleo plunge together, because as we all know, misery loves company! ;-) Also, doing a Paleo challenge in a … Continue reading

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Is Kale Paleo?

Kale has become synonymous with health, often referred to as a “superfood.” Is kale Paleo? Should it be part of a caveman diet? Nutritional Value of Kale Serving size: 1 cup, chopped (67 grams) Calories: 33 Total Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Monounsaturated fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrate: 7 g Protein: 2 g Sodium: 29 mg Fiber: 1 g Health Benefits of Kale Kale is a vegetable, so nutrient-wise, it ranks … Continue reading

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Sweet Paleo Sneak Peak

Are Baked Goods Paleo? Almost daily, I hear people debating about whether or not baked goods are “Paleo”. Of course traditional donuts, cookies, cakes, and muffins made with wheat and refined sugar are obviously not. Less obvious, is that most “gluten-free” treats sold in bakeries and grocery stores (even health food stores) are loaded with grains and other toxic ingredients ranging from refined to processed to genetically modified and beyond. If you ask me, there is no cookie or cake … Continue reading

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Is Cantaloupe Paleo?

Cantaloupe, also known as muskmelon or rockmelon, is a member of the gourd family and is a popular fruit for the spring and summer. They have a hard exterior, but sweet and juicy flesh. Is cantaloupe Paleo and should you eat it as part of your Paleo diet? Nutritional Value of Cantaloupe Serving size: 1 cup, cubes (160 grams) Calories: 54 Total Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Monounsaturated fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 … Continue reading

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Is Flow™ Hive Paleo?

There’s A Buzz of Revolution In The Air. A Beekeeping Revolution! Can you imagine walking out to your backyard or up to your urban rooftop and literally pouring yourself some fresh honey from a spout attached to your own personal beehive? Can you imagine doing this without wearing any protective clothing and without worrying about getting stung because the bees never even know you’re there, pouring yourself a bit of honey for your Paleo pancake breakfast? Well, two Australian entrepreneurs are … Continue reading

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Seeing Green For A Paleo St. Patrick’s Day!

I've been a fan of St. Patrick's Day for as long as I can remember, even though I'm not really Irish. I say not really because there's only a small part of my genetics that are Irish (a whopping 5%). I'm primarily German, with some roots in the Amish community. While German food is great, I've always been a huge fan of Irish food, Irish culture, and well, Ireland itself. One of the extra bonuses I got from marrying my … Continue reading

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Is Rice Flour Paleo?

Since white rice is often one of a few frequent Paleo “cheats,” is rice flour an acceptable addition to a Paleo diet? Should Paleo eaters avoid rice flour? Nutritional Value of Rice Flour Serving size: 1 cup (158 grams) Calories: 578 Total Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 1 g Monounsaturated fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrate: 127 g Protein: 9 g Sodium: 0 mg Fiber: 4 g Health Benefits of Rice Flour While rice flour is … Continue reading

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Can The Paleo Diet Banish Yeast Infections?

This is the second part of a two part series on candidiasis, its effect on the gut and how the Paleo diet can be a valuable part of treatment and prevention. Part 1, Candidiasis and Leaky Gut, discussed what a pathogenic yeast infection is, what causes it to flourish and how this can contribute to leaky gut. In this post, I’ll explain how the Paleo diet and lifestyle help to keep pathogenic yeast in check. Is Paleo Preventive? There are … Continue reading

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Paleo In Portland For My CNS Exam

Northwest Paleo Pride If you reign from the Pacific Northwest (like myself), then you know exactly why it’s nicknamed the “Great Northwest”... because living between the Cascade mountains and the Pacific Ocean is pretty dang great! Not only is it beautiful, clean, lush, and green, but it’s also an easy place to eat Paleo with an abundance of local, organic, and seasonal meats and vegetables available year round at farmers markets and local food cooperatives. I live up in the … Continue reading

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Candidiasis and Leaky Gut

In this first post of a two part series I discuss factors that result in pathogenic yeast overgrowth and how this causes leaky gut. In a companion post, I detail how the Paleo diet and lifestyle can keep pathogenic yeast in check. What is Candidiasis? Candidiasis is a fungal infection by the Candida albicans (C. albicans) yeast. C. albicans can be found on skin and is part of the normal flora of mucus membranes. Under certain conditions C. albicans can … Continue reading

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Have A Change of Heart About Cholesterol – Cholesterol Is Healthy

 Good News - Cholesterol Is Healthy Again Did you hear the good news? Apparently it’s safe to eat eggs again because cholesterol is no longer considered “a nutrient of concern”! Hooray! Did you just roll your eyes in annoyance? If so, I can’t say I blame you. We’ve been fed flip-flopping dietary advice for the past several decades about whether or not the cholesterol in foods like eggs is healthy, so why is this any different? The reason this news … Continue reading

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Lent: A Season of Fasting, Reflection, and Self-Care

Today is the first day of Lent, a 40-day holy season of observance for Christians. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and continues for 40 days (not counting Sundays), leading up to Easter, which is when Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent is intended to be a season of contemplation, sacrifice, and simplicity with fasting and prayer—a time to grow in faith. Easter, of course, has both secular and religious observations, but for Christians, it's arguably the … Continue reading

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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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Is Coffee Paleo?

Coffee beans are actually seeds of the Coffea plant, a tropical evergreen shrub. There are 25 to 100 species of coffee plants however all commercial coffee comes from two species - Arabica and Canephora, more commonly known as Robusta. Aromatic, bitter, stimulating – sometimes overly so, mood enhancing, generally healthy yet addictive; coffee is one person’s wholesome tonic and another’s affliction. Is coffee Paleo? Nutritional Value of Coffee* Serving Size: 8 ounces Calories: 2 Total Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 … 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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Are Coconuts Paleo?

The coconut has been nourishing Polynesian, Melanesian and many Asian populations for eons. It’s a favorite staple of Paleo cuisine due to the special properties of its fatty acids and its unmatched culinary versatility. There’s coconut flour, coconut flakes, shredded coconut, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, creamed coconut, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut sap and coconut sugar. Are you wondering if adding coconut to your diet is right for you? Or maybe you just can’t get the … Continue reading