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Van Update And Baking Without An Oven

As you may know, I live in a van now. To be honest, the whole experience has so far been much more awesome than you're probably imagining. I live in a cozy hobbit hole that houses everything I need. I'll never forget anything at home again because everything I need is always with me. I sleep well in the cool evening air, I eat the same foods I always have, and my husband, dog, and I are adapting to the … Continue reading


The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol Is Scary

The "Autoimmune Paleo Protocol" can be pretty intimidating. I know this because I get emails from nervous people saying something along these lines... "Do I really not get to eat eggs anymore if I have Hashimoto's and I want to eat Paleo? Really? I'd rather cauterize my eyeball with a burning hot fried egg than not eat eggs anymore. I mean, no eggs? Come on! No tomatoes, bell peppers, nuts, or seeds, either? And all this on top of the no grains, legumes, … Continue reading

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Primal Cooking Workshop – Free Cooking Videos

I don't know about you, but I'm a very visual learner. You can tell me how to do something on paper or with your voice, but I'll understand it about 100% better if you show me. Or if someone on a video shows me. We had to watch about fifty youtube videos to figure out how to make our camper van recently, and now I know how to use plumbers tape, among other things :) The same goes with cooking. … Continue reading

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Q&A: I Want to Eat Paleo but I’m Allergic to Nuts and Coconut

Here's a question that's becoming increasingly more common, due to the growing number of diagnosed tree nut allergies... My wife and I are looking at starting the Paleo Diet.  But the recipes seem to have different forms of tree nuts to them.  I see coconut (oil, water, milk), Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Macadamia Nut and Walnuts. As you can see, someone that may be allergic to nuts and coconut may not be able to follow these recipe plans or may … Continue reading


Living Simply: Van Life Begins

As some of you may know, I like to camp. Actually, that's not totally true: I like to rock climb, and camping is necessary for rock climbing in really cool places like Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, Texas, California, Utah, and Wyoming, to name a few. I can now comfortably poop in the woods, efficiently cook over a fire or on a Coleman stove, safely weather storms, make my food rodent and bear-proof, and set up a tent in the dark. I've even … Continue reading

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11 Quick and Easy Paleo Snack Ideas

Snacks are a common conundrum in the Paleo world, especially for the beginner. We're so used to eating granola bars, candy, chips, baked goods, or other grain products for snacks that it's hard to imagine anything else. The vending machine is out of the question, so you have to think ahead about your snacks. Paleo Plan's Snack Recipes I've compiled a list of my favorite quick and easy snacks below, but I want to let you know that we have … Continue reading


Q&A: Proper Ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 Foods

Hey Neely, Quick question. I know we should be eating a proper ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 foods. In layman's terms, should we be eating more omega-3's to omega-6's or vice versa? Could you give me an example of how that reflects in one's daily diet, i.e., more fish and leafy veggies vs. nuts? Thanks so much!! With confusion, as usual, Mark Hi Mark, The proper ratio of omega 6's to omega 3's is between 1:1 and 4:1. The problem … Continue reading

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How Do I Start Paleo if I Binge On Sweets Every Day?

Here's a question that you may be able to relate with... I binge eat on sweets daily and really want to start the Paleo diet. I would really appreciate any tips or insights you have that could help me conquer the binge eating of sweets. Thanks, Deb Hi Deb, Bingeing is something I've definitely struggled with, too, so I understand how powerful the urge is. The good news is that I almost never binge anymore because after 4 years of … Continue reading


9 Ways to Overcome A Weight Loss Plateau on Paleo

Here's a question from a Paleo Plan member about stalling out on weight loss... Jason and Neely: I have a question for you. How do I overcome this weight loss plateau? I have been living the Paleo lifestyle since January and have proudly lost 28 pounds. Ideally I have another 10-15 pounds to go. I typically eat the same thing for breakfast during the week: hard boiled egg and fruit. Lunches are leftover dinner (protein and vegetable). My snacks are fruit … Continue reading

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Free Paleo Q&A Google Hangout July 15th at 6:30pm MDT

Hey all! As some of you many know, I host a free Paleo Q&A Google Hangout sometime in the middle of every month. This month it’ll be on July 15th, 2013 at 6:30pm Mountain Time. Who am I? I’m a Certified Integrated Clinical Nutrition Therapist specializing in the Paleo diet, and I answer people’s questions about Paleo for a living here at Paleo Plan :) Here’s my complete bio for more info on me. And that’s me below. I love answering your questions about Paleo! … Continue reading

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Another Inspirational Paleo Success Story!

This is one more amazing Paleo transformation story from a loyal reader, Gail. Enjoy! I was slumped on my loveseat in front of the TV when I realized my worst nightmare had occurred. Having recently turned 65 in April of 2009, my waist had disappeared, I was bloated after every meal, and my face was downright puffy.Life after menopause was the pits. Previously fit and active, able to eat and digest anything without gaining weight, an endless supply of energy even … Continue reading


How to Quit Eating The Thing You Crave Most Part 2: The 10 Step Process

Last week I wrote a post about giving up your "trigger" food, be it coffee, chocolate, popcorn, bread, or catfood. I gave you some tips and info about why you might want to give up that food, namely because our bodies often play nasty tricks on us and make us crave the foods we are sensitive to. This week, I wanted to break it down even further with a 10-step process to quit eating the thing you crave most, since … Continue reading

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How (and Why) to Quit Eating The Thing You Crave Most

I wrote a blog post recently called "The One Food You Just Can't Give Up May Be What's Messing You Up The Most". In the post, I surmised that your intense emotional/physical cravings for one particular food (you know which one it is) may be a good indicator that that food is not so great for your body. It may be coffee, Doritos, Diet Coke, alcohol, chocolate, corn, or something else - foods that pique our taste buds and switch … Continue reading


The One Food You Just Can’t Give Up May Be What’s Messing You Up the Most

We got a comment on the blog today that went something like this: I've been Paleo for a year now, but I haven't lost weight and I still feel extremely fatigued. My doctor says it must be all the meat I'm eating and that I should stop Paleo. I do everything right, so I don't get why I'm not feeling or looking any better. The only thing I haven't done is stop drinking my 2 cups of coffee every day. … Continue reading


3 Tips for Shopping Paleo at Walmart

We received a question recently from a Paleo Plan reader about how best to shop Paleo at Walmart (or any conventional grocery store for that matter), which is the only grocery store in that person's town. We know it can be challenging to stick to the Paleo tenets of clean, real, non-toxic foods at conventional grocery stores, so here are some tips to keep it Paleo. 1. Produce Walmart sometimes has certain organic fruits and vegetables, whether they're in the … Continue reading

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6 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Paleo Husband

Yesterday was my 1st wedding anniversary! Even though this is really cheesy, I want to say thanks to my husband for being on board with me dietarily, as well as in most other areas of my life. I know there are tons of people who eat Paleo without their significant other to support and help them with it, and Seth's definitely made our life together easier by embracing Paleo. When I met him he was eating... well, let's just say he … Continue reading


Our Latest Paleo Book Recommendations

There are a LOT of Paleo and Primal books out there these days. Almost an overwhelming number of them, actually. We were inspired by these three, though, and we think you will be too. 1. Fat-Burning Chef We recently were honored to be chosen as a contributor to the new cookbook, Fat-Burning Chef, by Abel James of Abel asked 20 of his favorite Paleo and Primal sites to contribute some recipes and their expertise to this beautifully laid out cookbook. It's on … Continue reading

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Figures Out Her Own Version of Paleo

You hear it from Paleo bloggers all the time: make this diet your own. Figure out what works for your own body. Well, this is a story about a woman who did just that, and had some surprising findings. My friend Rachel has rheumatoid arthritis. On top of her crippling joint pain, she also suffers from eczema, constipation, and fatigue. And to make matters worse, she's on a breast cancer drug that causes joint pain, and she'll be on it … Continue reading

Neely Quinn, Nutrition Therapist

Free Paleo Q&A Google Hangout June 17th

Hey all! As some of you many know, I host a free Paleo Q&A Google Hangout sometime in the middle of every month. This month it'll be on June 17th, 2013 at 7:30 Mountain Time. Who am I? I'm a Certified Integrated Clinical Nutrition Therapist specializing in the Paleo diet, and I answer people's questions about Paleo for a living here at Paleo Plan :) Here's my complete bio for more info on me. And that's me below. If you'd like to … Continue reading

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Our First Success Story for Our Fitness Plan, PaleoFit!

This testimonial about our fitness plan, PaleoFit, is by Jennifer Shippee, who is Max Shippee's (PaleoFit's creator) cousin-in-law, married to Max's cousin, Ben. About a year ago, she made a call to Max to ask for help with her workouts. She is a stay-at-home mom of four kids, with no time to make it to the gym. She was embarrassed to call. It's hard to ask for help, and for her, even worse since it was family. She's worked hard, … Continue reading