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New Paleo Yeast Bread Recipe!

This is the last of our bread recipes of Bread Month here at Paleo Plan, but don't worry - there will be more in the future! So, when I published our Paleo Sandwich Bread recipe, someone asked if they could use yeast in it and still call it Paleo. I hadn't honestly thought of that before, but in the end I decided there wasn't anything at all wrong with using yeast in bread on a Paleo diet! So this is … Continue reading


Q&A: What To Eat at Restaurants on Paleo

There's a 2-for-1 sale this week on this cookbook we contributed to. Get yours here! This very common question is from a member of our Paleo Meal Plan service. I hope this sheds some light on some of your eating-out questions! Just joined the meal plan. My wife and I already eat "fairly" paleo, and I've gotten the core info from mark's daily apple. I'm a triathlete, and we do CrossFit together 3 times/week. Your plan really puts the organization … Continue reading

Neely Quinn

Free Paleo Q&A Session December 19th!

Because I love answering Paleo questions and I want you to be as well educated about Paleo as possible, I host a free Paleo Q&A Google Hangout sometime in the middle of every month. This month the Hangout will be on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 8:00pm Eastern Time, and you can join us from this link. A Google Hangout is sort of like Skype in that we’re all on video talking to each other as a group. You can be on the call … Continue reading


Should You Do A Post-Workout Recovery Drink or No?

This post was kindly written by Max Shippee, our PaleoFit Coach and knower of all things fitness and looking good ;) "So, I just got this great new post-workout shake!" "You did!? What's in it?" "It's's supposed to help you recover faster!" "Ok...wasn't one of your goals to lose weight?" "Um... yeah." "And we've already talked about sugar being the trigger for inflammation & fat storage, right? "Um...yeah." "You know that recovery shakes often have lots of sugar, right?" … Continue reading


New Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

I'm very excited to present you with our third bread recipe this month! It's Paleo Bread Month at Paleo Plan, and we've so far created a Paleo Herbed Focaccia and an everyday Paleo Bread. Now we're going to spice things up a bit. If you’re looking for an easy holiday bread that’s Paleo friendly, this pumpkin bread is perfect. Made with almond butter, arrowroot, and pure pumpkin, it’s perfectly seasoned, deliciously moist, and easy to whip up. It makes a great … Continue reading


The Healing Powers of Silence and Doing Nothing

After 4 months of living in a camper van, going from state to state and forest to forest in search of the best rock climbing and the best temperatures, I am officially exhausted. The plan is/was to continue on the road for at least a year, which we may still do. But for now, we've settled into a furnished apartment for one month in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I have literally not left our new home since we arrived here 5 … Continue reading


New Paleo Bread Recipe!

We all miss bread sometimes. I do! Luckily for us, this month is Bread Month at Paleo Plan, which means we'll be serving up 1 new bread recipe a week for 4 weeks. Last week was the Herbed Focaccia, and this week it's a simple, everyday Paleo bread you can feel totally safe eating. It doesn’t contain any grains, soy, dairy, or any other non-Paleo ingredients, and it comes together quickly in a food processor or stand mixer and turns … Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Posture

"Do you actually pick things up like that?" "Like what?" "Like the way you picked up that 5 gallon water jug; completely rounding out your back and neglecting to use your legs as the primary movers of the weight." "Uh….huh?" "You lifted with your back, instead of your legs." "Ohhhh….That's bad, right?" "Yeah, but it's not the end of the world, or your back….but let's make a few changes so you can be a little more awesome." The Importance of … Continue reading

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Q&A: What’s The Right Serving Size for Me?

Here's a question from a Paleo Plan subscriber that I thought you might be able to relate with... Neely, Good morning! Quick questions here. So the last three months have been a dieting/fitness nightmare. My work schedule switched to a hybrid night schedule. I'm working 1-10 at night. It's really jacked things up. That being said, my eating has been nasty. And you know what? I feel like total garbage. So excuses, sob stories here, just need to crank things up. … Continue reading


Q&A: Why Do Non-Paleo Foods Make Me Sick Now?

Here's a question from a Paleo Plan member that you may have had yourself... Hi, I have a question for you ... I am having very positive results from the Paleo Plan, but now feel sick when I eat foods that are not on the Paleo Plan (grains, sugars). Prior to Paleo, I never had this reaction to these types of foods. I'd like to understand why my body is now responding this way. Any information would be much appreciated. … Continue reading

Max Shippee

Your Turkey Day Workout!

This post was kindly written by our sadistic talented PaleoFit coach and CrossFit owner, Max Shippee :)  "" "What?" "These are PERFECT!" "Um...what are those?" "They're my pregnancy pants, with the elastic waist!" "'re not pregnant anymore, why the excitement?" "They can be my Thanksgiving dinner pants! Room for expansion! Duh!" "Oooohhhhh...right" So, it's coming. We all know it. The biggest, most baddest cheat day of the year. Christmas is one thing. You can kind of excise yourself from the … Continue reading


New Paleo Herbed Focaccia Bread Recipe!

Paleo breads are hard to get right, especially those of the crispy, flavorful, and well textured variety. When I was a bread eater, I loved focaccia (who doesn't?). Or anything Italian, really. So we came up with this Paleo Herbed Focaccia in honor of that old favorite. Traditional focaccia is an Italian bread that is crisp, light, and coated with olive oil. It’s an airy, flat loaf and is often made with herbs, vegetables, or olives. Our Paleo version is easy … Continue reading

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7 of My Favorite Natural Household and Beauty Products

Here's a little secret about me. I can't stand perfumes. Synthetic perfumes in soaps, shampoos, hand sanitizers, cleaning products, laundry detergents, air "fresheners", perfumes... all of it. Perfume makes my skin crawl and my head ache, literally. Perfumes make me sneeze, sometimes I wheeze from them (if they're really strong), and if they get on my skin I get itchy. This is not a newly acquired this-isn't-natural-so-I-don't-like-it Paleo thing, either: I've been like this for years. Why Go Natural? The … Continue reading


Sneak Peek at A New Paleo Restaurant’s Menu (Recipe Inside)

A new Paleo restaurant is coming our way next Spring I was VERY excited, and at the same time pretty sad, to find out that Iva Paleckova of is starting a fully Paleo restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. I was excited because I'm from Boulder and, although there are some amazing farm-to-table restaurants there already, none of them is specifically Paleo. So that's awesome. But I was sad to find out about the restaurant because I just moved away from … Continue reading


3 Hidden Sources of Gluten at Restaurants

When I first went gluten free in 2005, I made a lot of mistakes, mostly at restaurants. I'd happily eat my supposedly gluten free restaurant meal and quickly find myself in the bathroom, or itching away at my skin like I did before I was gluten free. In order to help you avoid making those same mistakes yourself, I want to give you a few tips about ordering food when you're out. Before I begin, I want to remind you … Continue reading


The One Food I Never Ever Eat

Before I removed gluten from my diet, I was overweight, I suffered from IBS (gut pain, constipation, diarrhea), I had super itchy skin that kept me awake at night, I binged on sugar all the time, my skin was inflamed and broken out, and I was very depressed. That's why I never, ever, ever eat gluten. Even at restaurants. Ever. And I think if other people knew how powerful gluten was in their own bodies, they'd stop eating it forever, too. And … Continue reading


Help! My diet is boring! (Recipe Inside)

If you’re anything like anyone who’s ever not succeeded with a diet... I’m willing to bet BOREDOM was a big culprit. It’s really easy to get into a rut and start eating the same thing over and over... feel frustrated... and then give up. This is especially true with the Paleo diet because it limits nearly all pre-packaged (and many restaurant) foods. The reason I’m writing this is because I found one more way you can finally get all the amazing benefits of eating … Continue reading


3 Ways to Deal with Food Cravings

Cravings. Ugh. Food cravings are the #1 killer of diets all across the planet. They're insidious, nasty buggers that come out of nowhere and destroy even the best of dietary intentions. Here you are, trucking merrily along with your new lifestyle of healthy eating, and all of a sudden - whammo! - you're eating a donut out of a vending machine. Not even a good donut... And cravings are contagious, too. Your friend at work goes out, driven by her … Continue reading

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Q&A: Still No Period Even On Paleo

Here's an interesting question from a Paleo Plan reader... Hi Neely! I have been Paleo for about a year and half and it has been the best decision I've made! I've been working out for about 3 years and started Crossfit about 3 months ago. I feel great most of the time and do it everyday. My only concern is that I haven't had my period in a long time. I'm 18 and I first got it when I was … Continue reading

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Do Calories Count?

"Calories don't matter! Just eat Paleo and you'll be fine." Sound familiar? This is a common theme in the Paleo world. So I feel a little timid coming out and saying that I think calories DO matter. That is, in certain contexts. I don't think calories should just be dismissed as a mythical concept that doesn't have any bearing on your health or weight. And I certainly don't think that people who ARE overweight and desperately needing to lose fat … Continue reading