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Getting Enough Nutrients in Your Paleo Diet?

I'm not really sure when people started believing that dairy and grains were the end-all-be-all of nutrient density. Maybe it's the obvious, vibrant, antioxidant-rich color of wheat flour. And in dairy's case, its calcium levels trump all other foods' nutrient content, right? More on calcium here and here in case you can't sense the sarcasm. When you tell people the basics of your Paleo diet, one out of 5 people inevitably asks, "But what do you eat? Do you get … 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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Supplements – Do You Need Them?

If you've ever visited a nutritionist, naturopath, chiropractor or other alternative health practitioner, you probably left their office with an armful of bottles of pills, powders and liquids with a declaration that they'd help you feel better. Unlike pharmaceuticals, though, the cost for those supplements is usually all out of pocket, so you also might have walked out their door wondering whether or not your hard-earned money had just gone to waste. As much as we'd love to believe that … Continue reading

Hunter Gatherer Profile: The Inuit

There's not much that fascinates me more than the diets of non-modernized people. Whether it be the present day Suri tribe in Africa, the Swiss mountain dwellers of 100 years ago or the ancient South Pacific islanders, it's all downright riveting to me. In my free time I watch movies about them, read books on what they ate, and compare it all to our modern lives. I'm a food dork in the weirdest way. The more I learn about them, … Continue reading

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Meat Labels – What Do They Mean?

I don’t know about you, but I spend a LOT of time at the meat counter at the grocery store.  I love my meat.  We all do, otherwise we probably wouldn’t be Paleo. Not all meats are created equally, though, and they all have different, sometimes confusing labels on them – all natural, organic, grass-fed, free-range, etc.  Instead of just throwing up your hands in confusion and settling for the cheapest option, I want you to be versed in the … Continue reading

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