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Demystifying Lupus: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three-part article series in which I attempt to demystify the autoimmune disorder lupus. Part 1  provided a background on our conventional understanding of lupus: what it is, who gets it, common symptoms, and how it’s diagnosed. In the present article, I’ll discuss what we believe causes lupus, and our current understanding about what causes autoimmune diseases in general. In Part 3,  we’ll discuss how the Paleo diet can help to put and keep lupus … Continue reading

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Pre-packaged Paleo-Friendly Halloween Treats for Kids

Every Halloween my kids implore me to hand out “real candy” (the irony!) to trick-or-treaters and I’m loath to admit that in my pre-Paleo life, there were years I simply caved under pressure.   Conventional candy contains potentially harmful ingredients such as artificial flavorings and colorings, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and more that sneak up on trick-or-treaters like ghosts with mal-intent. During the years I managed to avoid handing out candy, there were stickers and temporary tattoos and … Continue reading

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Demystifying Lupus: Part 1

This is Part 1 of a three-part article series in which I attempt to demystify the autoimmune disorder lupus. So keep up with me and over the next couple of weeks, I will teach you about Lupus. This article provides a background on our conventional understanding of lupus: what it is, who gets it, common symptoms, and how it’s diagnosed. In Part 2 , I review our current understanding of what causes lupus and autoimmune diseases in general. In Part 3 … Continue reading

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6 Things You Should Know About Women’s Health

There are lots of jokes and stereotypes addressing the many differences between men and women. While the health of both sexes is equally important, there is, perhaps, nothing more complex than addressing the full picture of a woman’s health. Men often find women confusing because of our plethora of emotions, but what many fail to realize is that these emotions are often driven by our hormones. The Hormone Game Men and women alike have been perplexed by female hormones since … Continue reading

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Paleo & Sugar: What About Desserts?

People “go Paleo” for many reasons. Some find it through Crossfit, while others try it in an attempt to lose weight, heal their guts, or help chronic disease. Whatever the reason that one follows a Paleo lifestyle, the nagging question of sweets remain: should Paleo people eat them? Paleo purists often insist that even Paleo-approved sweets should be eaten in highly restricted quantities, if ever. Those who are following Paleo because it’s the next great fad often rely strongly on … Continue reading

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How I Ate Away My RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
With the Paleo Diet

We love sharing success stories from our members who have used the Paleo diet to overcome their health issues. They keep us inspired and are a great reminder of why we choose to eat the way we do. If you have a success story that you would like to share, please fill out our form. We can't wait to hear about how the Paleo diet and Paleo Plan have played a role in your life! It is with great pleasure … Continue reading

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The Diet Wars Continue: Low Carb vs Low Fat Study

A recent study that garnered a lot of media attention compared the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet with a low-fat diet on weight and cardiovascular risk factors.  This low carb vs low fat study titled, Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-fat diets: A Randomized Trial, was published in the top-tier, peer reviewed journal, Annals of Internal Medicine. After blinded randomization, this parallel-group study followed 148 men and women for one year and found that the low-carb diet induced greater weight loss, … Continue reading

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Paleo Lifestyle Featured on Good Morning America

The Paleo Diet, and moreover, the Paleo lifestyle are gaining popularity by leaps and bounds, catching the attention of some of the bigwigs. Good Morning America did a piece today entitled “Popular Paleo Diet Becomes Way of Life for Some.” ABC’s ‘The Morning Stir’ interviewed Rick Gusmano, Christine Cusano, and primal expert Mark Sisson to gain some insight into the Paleo lifestyle, which they describe as “a modern day caveman movement” that is taking the Paleo Diet to a “new … Continue reading

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Paleo & Adrenal Fatigue: How Primal Living Can Restore Your Energy

What is Adrenal Fatigue? The adrenal glands are small endocrine (hormone-producing) glands that sit on top of the kidneys. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands help to control blood pressure, stress reactions, and potassium blood levels, to name a few. The adrenals are also responsible for producing hormones like cortisol—the stress hormone—as well as estrogen, progesterone, and other steroids. They also release adrenalin in response to stress. When the amount of hormones produced by the adrenal glands increases or … Continue reading

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Can Paleo Make It Easier To Have A Baby?

Women who want to get pregnant naturally, especially if they have been trying for some time, are always in search of lifestyle tweaks that can improve their chances. Because Paleo happens to be very popular right now, many women in the TTC (trying to conceive) crowd want to know if Paleo can make it easier to have a baby. As a nutritionist who specializes in fertility and women’s issues—and as a woman who has had trouble conceiving—I can say that … Continue reading

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What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

The hormones cortisol and adrenalin are stored in the adrenal glands and released into the bloodstream when activated by stress. Together, they stimulate the fight or flight response. The evolutionary perspective suggests that during our 2.5 million formative years in the Paleolithic, acute rather than chronic stress was the norm and we evolved to handle stressful situations that resolved quickly. A typical historical scenario might have been the sudden confrontation with a predatory animal. In response to such acute stress, … Continue reading

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FODMAPs, Food and You

What are FODMAPs? Truth: Everyone eats FODMAPs and just about everyone experiences the digestive repercussions of FODMAP intolerance to some degree. FODMAPs are indigestible sugars that linger in the intestinal tract and become food for gut bacteria. In this environment, water is retained, gas is produced and GI discomfort manifests ranging from barely noticeable to severe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common IBS symptoms include bloating, painful abdominal distention, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea or both. If you’ve never heard of FODMAPs, … Continue reading

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Paleo vs Keto

Carbohydrates are a hot topic in the Paleo world.  Although not strictly defined as such, the relatively low-carb nature of the Paleo diet provides a plethora of health benefits.  How many carbs should your Paleo diet include for optimal health?  The answer depends on many things including your gender, health status, stress level, activity level and your goals.   Some find greater benefits from going very low-carb in order to create and maintain a state of ketosis. Ketosis can occur as … Continue reading

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Paleo: How Primal Living Can Reduce Antibodies

What is Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disease that affects the thyroid gland. It is characterized by insufficient production of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4), leading to autoimmune hypothyroidism. Autoimmune disease happens when the immune system produces autoantibodies—literally antibodies that are programmed to attack self. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the attack of these autoantibodies causes inflammation and reduces the body’s ability to produce T4. Hashimoto’s is the most common autoimmune condition in the United States … Continue reading

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Paleo vs. Primal

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re already following an ancestral inspired lifestyle plan in order to feel good and achieve optimal health. Are you Paleo or Primal? Maybe you haven’t yet plunged into eating and living in ways that mimic our Paleolithic forbears and you’re wondering where on the spectrum you best fit in? At one time, there were clear differences between the two camps but an inverse relationship continues to develop where as the ancestral health movement … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Labeling

“Gluten-free,” “Free of gluten,” “No gluten,” “Without gluten.” We’ve all seen these claims on packaged products. Did you know that until last week, when the FDA gluten-free labeling law went into effect, there was no legal standardization for these claims? As of August 5th 2014, any packaged product including dietary supplements placed on store shelves or served in restaurants, that make any of the above claims on their labels, must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten. This … Continue reading

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