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Kinsey and Sally do Paleo f(x) 2015!

Sally’s roundup of Paleo f(x) What a great weekend it was! I finally got to meet the incredible Kinsey Jackson in person and she and I spent three days hanging out with 3,000 other Paleophiles who gathered in Austin, Texas for the biggest Paleo party of the year. Well, we had so much fun it felt like a party, but Kinsey and I actually worked really hard to spread the good word about Paleo Plan and the Paleo diet to all the … Continue reading

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Is Paleo A Fad Diet?

  I spoke to someone recently who had nothing nice to say about Paleo, and when I asked why, she said, "Because I only heard about it three months ago. It's just a fad diet, and a dumb one at that." A number of thoughts ran through my head as I listened to her speak, but my primary thought was, what makes something a fad? A fad is defined as "a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed … Continue reading

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Building More Strength And Tone With PaleoFit

Our specially designed Paleofit workouts are great ways to get a workout without the need for super fancy equipment. That being said, there may be a point at which you need to up your game. Today we talk about how to make that happen. All the workouts that we program are effective and great in and of themselves. You will notice, however, that often in the "Harder" category, we have people grab ankle weights, dumbbells, or even children to make … Continue reading

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It’s Time For Paleo f(x)!

It’s that time of year again, Paleo f(x) time! Every April, a few thousand Paleo peeps from the newbie to the seasoned professional gather under one roof at the Palmer Event Center in Austin for three days of Paleo commingling. The event hosts lectures and workshops ranging from beginner to advanced levels, cooking demonstrations, hands on strength and conditioning, social and networking opportunities as well as many vendors from all walks of Paleo life. And, drum roll please… I’m very … Continue reading

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Are There Health Benefits to Lifting Heavy Things?

"I want to get more fit." "What about getting stronger?" "Yeah, I guess so." "You guess so?" "I mean, I just really want to tone." "A strong muscle is a toned muscle!" "Oh…yeah..I hadn't really thought of it that way." "Wouldn't it be nice to make your kids lighter?" "Well…yeah." Why Lift Heavy Things There was a time in your life, probably when you were a kid, when you were excited and challenged by something heavy. You would try to … Continue reading

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What Is Stress?

This is part 2 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. Stress is Ubiquitous When the body is exposed to real or perceived harm or threat, the result is a cluster of physiological changes that are collectively referred to as the stress … Continue reading

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Is Canned Coconut Milk Paleo?

Coconut milk is an excellent replacement for milk and cream in any meal, snack or beverage. The Paleo diet values fresh, unprocessed foods so where does canned coconut milk fit in? Is canned coconut milk Paleo? Nutritional Value of Canned Coconut Milk* Serving Size: 1 cup Calories: 445 Total Fat: 48 g Saturated Fat: 43 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: .5 g Trans Fat 0 g Carbohydrate: 6 g Protein: 4.6 g Sodium: 29.4 mg Fiber: 0 g … Continue reading

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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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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