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Are Green Beans and Snow Peas Paleo?

Green beans, snow peas, green peas, and other green legumes encapsulated in pods are often questioned in the Paleo world. Are they Paleo? The short answer is yes, but here's why. When we say don't eat legumes, it's because legumes have certain anti-nutrients in them, like phytic acid and lectins. Phytic acid binds to the minerals magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron in your gut and removes them, unabsorbed, from your body. And lectins are sticky little suckers that can glom … Continue reading

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Peanuts Are Not Paleo

It's clear that people are very attached to their peanut butter. And since peanut butter has the word "nut" in it, even Paleo people assume it's ok to eat it, despite the warnings all over every Paleo site in the internet kingdom. Peanuts are as much nut as sweetbreads are bread. And sweetbreads are organs, by the way. Legumes aren't on the Paleo diet and therefore, peanuts aren't either. Let's talk details. Legumes While legumes, or beans (lentils, black beans, … 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

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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

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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