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sunflower seeds

Q&A: Why Are Seeds Paleo But Not Seed Oils?

Hi Neely, On the "Paleo Diet Food List" it states sunflower seeds are acceptable to eat, but on the "Paleo Plan Food Guide" it states not to eat sunflower oil. Can you please expound on that.  Thanks. Eternally confused, Mark ________________________________________________________________ Hi Mark, I'm not sure which "Paleo Diet Food List" you're talking about, but even on the Paleo Plan Food Guide it says seeds (including sunflower seeds) are acceptable to eat. I understand why that would be confusing. Here's … Continue reading

Otzi in his summer garb

Otzi, The 5,300-Year-Old Mummy, Was Not Paleo

Recently, there was an incredibly poorly researched article from thedailymeal.com about Otzi, the mummified man who lived about 5,300 years ago. Otzi was discovered in the Otztal Alps near Italy in 1991 after being preserved by the snow since the day he died. It's been discovered that he had "clogged arteries", or arteriosclerosis, which can potentially lead to heart attack or stroke (but not always). The author of the article concluded, "Since coronary heart disease seems to predate potato chips … Continue reading

Chicharrons

Q&A: Saturated Fat, Dairy, Breakfast, Salt

I have to say I miss writing on the blog every couple of days, but I'm happy to announce that we're in the process of writing The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paleolithic Diet right now, so I'm a bit busy! In about a month, blogging will commence as usual. In the meantime, here's a great set of questions (with answers) I thought a lot of you would appreciate. Dear Paleo Plan, Are chicharrons (fried pig skins) acceptable for the … Continue reading

Tranquilo in Alquezar, Spain

What the Spanish Can Teach Us

In the two weeks I've been in Spain, I've had some revelations about what makes a healthy individual, and, in turn, what odd things make a healthy (healthier than the U.S., at least) nation. Some convictions that have been turned on their heads? Don't eat too late at night. Don't smoke.  And don't eat strange additives. Those doctrines have been some of the cornerstones of my life and my nutrition practice for some time now, and I'm having to reconsider … Continue reading

Kitavans

Hunter Gatherer Profile: The Kitavans

I covered the traditional Inuit in the last hunter gatherer profile, whose diet consists of sometimes 90% animal products. Hardly eating any carbohydrates at all for most of the year, they are on one end of the hunter gatherer macronutrient intake spectrum: the high protein end. On the other end are the Kitavans, whose diet consists of about 70% carbohydrates, 20% fat and 10% protein. I chose this group of people because they have been so well studied, and because … Continue reading

You Are What You Eat

Today I’d like to focus on something that is incredibly close to my heart: the importance of the source of your meats.  I was a vegetarian for about 10 years, and my reason for not eating meat was my bleeding heart for animals’ welfare.  I'm about to go PETA on you for a minute, so beware. When I decided not to eat meat, it was because I didn’t want to have anything to do with a cut of steak that … Continue reading

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