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If You’re Gonna Cheat, Try to Cheat Paleo

I've written before about "cheating" on the Paleo diet here, but I think it's time to revisit this topic. It's on my mind because my sister and a client have both been having cravings for old favorites lately, and so have I. For instance, here's a text message from my sister, who's been Paleo for 3 weeks now. By the way, she's lost at least 6 pounds and has "been in a better mood for the last week and a … Continue reading

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The Calcium Conundrum

There’s a calcium craze going on right now in this country.  In order to fulfill the lofty calcium RDA of about 1 gram per day, women everywhere are eating dairy like it’s their job. On top of that, people are supplementing extravagant amounts of the stuff in the form of  sugary, chocolatey calcium candies and pills. Despite all this, osteoporosis rates are not decreasing. Here's another paradox. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis and one of … Continue reading

Cashews Are Bad (for Me)

If you'd spent any time around me during meal times over the last year, you would know that I was a very, very finicky eater.  "What do you mean you can't eat olive oil, Neely?  That's ridiculous!"  I know it's ridiculous.  Olive oil is delicious.  It brings out the Italian in any meal and what's ridiculous is that until recently it made me itch immediately upon ingestion.  "What do you mean you can't eat rice, Neely?  I've never heard of … Continue reading

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Why No Grains & Legumes (and Nuts?): Phytic Acid

In my recent post, "Why No Grains and Legumes? Part 1: Lectins", I gave you one good reason to stop your greedy little hands from dipping into the proverbial cookie jar: lectins.  Those sticky little proteins that help cause leaky gut, and therefore an immune response to foods, are one of the main culprits driving the Paleo movement.  There's more to the story, though, and today we're going to cover phytic acid, which is also found in grains and legumes. … Continue reading

The Importance of Cheating

I've been searching for a while for just the right scholarly study to demonstrate to you that too much deprivation in your diet will only lead to binge eating later.  I can't find a good one.  Then it dawned on me that I probably don't need to prove that to you since most of us are probably case studies of this very point.  We can all attest to the fact that when we feel deprived of something, we go after … Continue reading

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Deep Thoughts on the Paleo Diet

Due to my current vacationing status, I took this post from my personal blog and re-published it here. Enjoy! Throughout my ongoing research on hunter-gatherer/Paleolithic eating, I've had a tortuous train of thoughts.  Actually, let's be honest - it's been pretty bipolar up in here.  Here's a cognitive rundown, in order. 1. Grains and legumes are ridiculous sources of "food" - why would we ever have chosen such difficult things to digest to be the bulk of our diet?  Why … Continue reading

Q&A: Gout and Paleo

Q: Is the Paleo diet alright for someone who has diabetes and gout? A: The short answer is yes. Here's the long answer. Gout is a painful condition that occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate around a joint, often the big toe, ankle or knee. According to the Mayo Clinic, "gout has long been associated with diet, particularly overindulgence in meat, seafood and alcohol." Oh! So that's why whenever I overindulge in salmon, with all its good fats, antioxidants and … Continue reading

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Why No Grains and Legumes? Part 1: Lectins

Recently my boyfriend has been straying from his normal Paleo ways because he feels that grain-laden cookies are more important than his overall health and longevity.  In the meantime, I'm faced with a gluten-free cookie and candy explosion every time I open our cupboard. The smell of them in their consumer-enticing packaging is sometimes more than I can bear when I'm reaching past them to get to my (sigh) bag of nuts and seeds. "Wait, why am I not eating … Continue reading

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Will I Lose Weight on Paleo?

I've only had one weight-loss client come see me who actually said, "My main motivation for losing weight is that I want to look hot." Finally, someone just came out and said it! We all want to look hot, whether we admit it or not, and we all look our best when we're at our optimal weight. The Paleo way of living has become popular partly because it helps people get there, whether that means gaining muscle, losing fat or both. Of course, in the … Continue reading

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