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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Over the years since the publication of my first book, I have been asked time and again if there is a vegetarian version of The Paleo Diet. I’ve got to say emphatically – No! Vegetarian diets are a bit of a moving target because they come in at least three major versions. We all know […]

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Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

The Nutritional Supplement Mentality When you start eating Paleo, you simply won’t require vitamin or mineral supplements.13 In fact, except for fish oil and vitamin D, if you choose to take antioxidant and/or B vitamins, you will increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and dying from all causes combined. One of my first jobs […]

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Are Potatoes Paleo?

Are Potatoes Paleo?

I have noticed in the last few years that many Paleo Dieters believe that potatoes can be regularly consumed without any adverse health effects. Part of this misinformation seems to stem from writers of blogs and others who are unfamiliar with the scientific literature regarding potatoes. So should we be eating potatoes or not?

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The Reality of Food Addiction

The Reality of Food Addiction

On a scientific level, can food be addictive?1 The short answer, is yes.2 Food addiction is widespread,3 from the increasing obesity pandemic,4 to junk food marketing slogans like “I bet you can’t eat just one,”5 to the global popularity of coffee chains. But what makes food addictive? There are many factors involved,6 as humans are […]

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Flour Fortification with Folic Acid: Good Idea or Bad Idea

Flour Fortification with Folic Acid: Good Idea or Bad Idea

Folic Acid Supplementation and Fortification In 1947 scientists at Lederle Labs synthesized a compound called folic acid that had never previously existed on our planet. No human prior to 1947 had ever ingested this artificial substance. Exactly 51 years later in 1998, The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) mandatorily legislated that the entire U.S population […]

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Gluten and The Brain

Gluten and The Brain

With the plethora of benefits supported by scientific evidence,1 Gluten-free diets have been gaining in popularity in recent years.2 Studies range from gastrointestinal symptom improvement,3 to possible correlations with autism,4 and diabetes.5 However, there may not be a more fascinating area of gluten study than how the protein composite can be related to cognitive function.6 […]

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Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Over the past few years, craze over bacon has surged in the Paleo community, but is it Paleo or isn’t it? It seems like just about every bacon issue under the sun has been argued, discussed and disputed on Paleo blogs, websites and cookbooks. I have little to add to these specific discussions because as […]

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Habitual Marijuana Use and the Paleo Diet: What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

Habitual Marijuana Use and the Paleo Diet: What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

Last month I had the pleasure to lecture on the Paleo Diet in Sydney, Australia at the BioCeuticals Research Symposium. After my presentation a couple who appeared to be in their late 40s to early 50s approached the podium. The man and his wife told me they had adopted the Paleo Diet a few years […]

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Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

One of the most gratifying rewards of having written The Paleo Diet in 2002 and having been involved in the Paleo movement from its very beginnings is that I receive numerous queries about various nutritional aspects of this lifelong way of eating. Clearly, I nor anyone else, have an inside track to all dietary questions […]

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Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Oz was going to again feature The Paleo Diet with Nell Stephenson and was happy about most of what I saw except for Chris Kresser, expounding upon the health virtues of a food group, beans and legumes, that definitely are not Paleo.

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Mid-Victorian Diet, How Far Have We Come?

Mid-Victorian Diet, How Far Have We Come?

Review of: An unsuitable and degraded diet? Part one: public health lessons from the mid-Victorian working class diet (Clayton and Rowbotham, 2014) Context: Early Victorian era was plagued with starvation; this was corrected, technically, during the late Victorian era, but at what cost? Dietary changes in the late 19th century in Britain reduced malnutrition and […]

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Neurobiology of Sugar Cravings

Neurobiology of Sugar Cravings

The scientific basis behind the recommendation to cut out sweets for weight loss and overall health benefit is often overlooked.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Did you know that the more sugar you consume, the more you come to crave it?6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Or how about that eating sweet foods causes a reward in […]

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Weight Loss Study Underscores Differences Between Fad Diets and Long-Term Lifestyles

Weight Loss Study Underscores Differences Between Fad Diets and Long-Term Lifestyles

A new study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, compares four popular diets—Atkins, the Zone, the South Beach Diet, and Weight Watchers—in terms of weight loss and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Researchers analyzed 26 randomized controlled trials involving 3,575 subjects, the majority of whom were young, white, obese women. Men and people with body […]

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Full Range of Motion Exercise: Part 2

Full Range of Motion Exercise: Part 2

Did you miss Full Range of Motion: Part 1? Read it HERE In part one, we discussed how critical it is to perform multi-joint, functional movements that mimic the physical requirements of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Functional movements increase and preserve both joint mobility and flexibility, and support strong muscles and overall physical fitness. Even though […]

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Full Range of Motion Exercise: Part 1

Full Range of Motion Exercise: Part 1

You sit at a desk all day. Relax on your couch while watching TV at night. Travel by car or public transit. What are the chances you could improve the physical demands being placed on your body to be more in line with how we were designed to live and move? Pretty good. We know […]

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Media’s Botched Coverage of Rapid Weight Loss

Media’s Botched Coverage of Rapid Weight Loss

A study recently published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal compares rapid and gradual weight loss diets.1 We’ll examine this study, but first let’s fast-forward to its conclusions. Study author Katrina Purcell said contrary to widespread recommendations for gradual weight loss, “our results show that achieving a weight loss target of 12.5% is […]

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Interval Training: Stop with the Tabatas and do some Gibalas!

Interval Training: Stop with the Tabatas and do some Gibalas!

Sprinting would obviously have been a necessary requirement for Paleolithic hunter-gatherers, both for the procurement of food and to avoid becoming food! Those who want to argue against that statement with the “persistence hunting” position, I will address that in a future post. Regardless, let’s fast forward to modern day and address a topic pertinent […]

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Paleo Diet Primer: Fats and Oils

Paleo Diet Primer: Fats and Oils

When it came to fats and oils, the choice was simple for our hunter gatherer ancestors. All dietary fats were consumed directly from the food source and were based on their geographic availablity. They ate the whole carcass of wild animals, including all of the organs and visceral fat, and foraged for fatty, high oil […]

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The Dark Side of the Food Industry

The Dark Side of the Food Industry

Oftentimes in the health, fitness and nutrition industry, we find ourselves splintered off, into tiny sections, subsections and niches. While the monetary rewards and competitive market may deem this necessary, this line of thinking substantially hurts the Paleo community’s overall power. Collectively, we can recognize, organize, harness, and use our power to reform the many […]

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Paleo Diet Linked to Decreased Colorectal Cancer

Paleo Diet Linked to Decreased Colorectal Cancer

According to research recently conducted at Emory University in Atlanta, adherence to the Paleo Diet may significantly slash colorectal cancer rates.1 For their study, published online last month in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers examined the dietary habits of 2,301 men and women, 30 to 74 years old. Participants were categorized based on how […]

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