Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1

Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1

The Evolutionary Basis for the Therapeutic Effects of High Protein Diets Series Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2? Click Here to Read It! Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 3? Click Here to Read It! INTRODUCTION Although humanity has been interested in diet and health for thousands of […]

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Got Bones? The Paleo Solution for Building Strong Bones While Keeping Arteries Soft and Supple

Got Bones? The Paleo Solution for Building Strong Bones While Keeping Arteries Soft and Supple

The focus of this blog is to outline nutritional strategies for building strong and sturdy bones, while at the same time keeping arteries soft and supple. At a glance One of every two Americans will develop weak bones (osteoporosis) in her or his lifetime. Bone fractures are occurring more commonly among both young and old. […]

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Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Introduction: Evolutionary Perspective It’s pretty clear that if we follow the example of our hunter gatherer ancestors, artificial sweeteners should not be part of contemporary Stone Age diets. In my book, The Paleo Diet Revised (2010)1 I warned against drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks and further strengthened my opposition to all artificial sweeteners in 2012 […]

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Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Over the past 5-7 years, more and more people worldwide have become aware of the Paleo Diet, which really is not a diet at all, but rather a lifelong way of eating to reduce the risk of chronic disease and maximize health and wellbeing. One of the fundamental principles of The Paleo Diet is to […]

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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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Dairy: Milking It for All It’s Worth

Dairy: Milking It for All It’s Worth

The Recent Evolutionary Introduction of Milk and Dairy One of the rewarding benefits of having written a diet book that has become internationally known is the opportunity to travel the world and speak to tens of thousands of people about this engaging and life changing subject. My signature lecture, “Origins and Evolution of the Western […]

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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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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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Fertility and Increasing Your Chances for Conception

Fertility and Increasing Your Chances for Conception

One of the numerous benefits from eating “Paleo” or switching to a contemporary Paleo Diet if you eat in the standard American way is that you and your spouse/partner/ will greatly improve your chances for successful conception, pregnancy and a healthy baby. Here’s the information you may want to become acquainted with, particularly if you […]

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Which Diet Best Supports Heart Health?

Which Diet Best Supports Heart Health?

“A healthy diet and lifestyle,” says the American Heart Association (AHA), “are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease.” But does the AHA’s recommended diet protect against heart disease better than other diets, particularly the Paleo diet?

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Easy With That Salt Shaker: The Effect of Dietary Salt On Sleep

Easy With That Salt Shaker: The Effect of Dietary Salt On Sleep

INTRODUCTION Got sleep? Fact is many of us have a problem sleeping. You probably fall into one category, either being unable to sleep, or not getting enough sleep. In actuality, “counting sheep” and staring at the clock may be the favorite pastimes of many adults. Poor sleep quality, and associated sleep disorders like insomnia remain […]

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Avocado’s Cancer Fighting Fat

Avocado’s Cancer Fighting Fat

If you’re eating avocados on a regular basis, you’re definitely on trend, but you may not be fully aware of their nutritional benefits and contents. Recently, brand new research revealed molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a specific form of Leukemia.1 Researchers filed a patent application for the use of avocation B, […]

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Add Salt and Stop Gaining Weight?

Add Salt and Stop Gaining Weight?

“In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice.”1 So, after all this time, is adding salt to the diet not really as consequential as we thought?  Can we just douse our food with it, eat whatever […]

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Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No

Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No

INTRODUCTION Unless you frequently eat at sushi bars or enjoy caviar with your champagne, most Americans have rarely if ever tasted fish roe (eggs). Worldwide, roe is not only consumed from just about any and all species of fish or aquatic animals that can be harvested or caught, but is considered a delicacy in most […]

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5 Simple Tips to Expand Your Paleo Palate

5 Simple Tips to Expand Your Paleo Palate

Have you ever wondered why cilantro tastes like soap to 10% of the population,1 or why pregnant women suffer from food aversions2, or why children are such picky eaters?3 Although seemingly random, all of these are related by the origin of our complex sense of taste. Taste was a necessary evolutionary tool to prevent our hunter-gatherer […]

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The Hydration Debate Gets Heated

The Hydration Debate Gets Heated

As we move into the summer, the competitive season for endurance sports hits full swing. Regardless if you’re an experienced runner or novice, you’ve likely been reminded by your run coach or peers “make sure you drink enough water during your run!” For years the recommendation from run coaches has been to drink before you […]

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Dramatic Weight Gains Caused by Modern American Diet (MAD)

Dramatic Weight Gains Caused by Modern American Diet (MAD)

According to the CDC, the average US woman now weighs 166.2 lbs and the average US man weighs 195.5 lbs.1 As reported in the Washington Times, this means the average woman today weighs as much as the average man did during the early 1960s.2 Overall, women are 18.5% heavier than they were in the early […]

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The Wheat Series Part 3: Setting Off the Bacterial Alarm Bells – With or Without the Bacteria

The Wheat Series Part 3: Setting Off the Bacterial Alarm Bells – With or Without the Bacteria

Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 1: Wheat and the Immune System? Read it HERE. Did you miss The Wheat Series Part 2: Opening the Barrier to Poor Gut Health? Read it HERE. It’s a battle that’s been waging for millions of years. Viruses, bacteria, and a variety of pathogens looking for a nice […]

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New Frontier for Digestive Disorders

New Frontier for Digestive Disorders

Unfortunately, many adopters of the Paleo diet are personally familiar with digestive disorders.1 For those who are not, common digestive problems include heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS.2, 3, 4, 5 These conditions are not without their unpleasant symptoms.6 Typically, sufferers of digestive disorders report bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps.7 If these symptoms persist […]

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The Pros and Cons of Freezing Meats, Fish, And Produce

The Pros and Cons of Freezing Meats, Fish, And Produce

Nothing beats a fresh, crisp salad with a cilantro-lime marinated chicken breast, tossed with an assortment of leftover grilled veggies from last night’s barbecue you hosted, for a healthy, balanced Paleo lunch on a hot summer’s day. And the next day, perhaps some of those grilled veggies and leftover chicken find their way into a […]

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Meditation’s Positive Change to Your Brain

Meditation’s Positive Change to Your Brain

Many of us meditate everyday (or at least try to). Even if we don’t, we know the general benefits associated with the practice. Decreased stress, more focus, and better sleep – all the things endless yoga advertisements love to tout.1, 2 However, research by a Harvard University neuroscientist has shown that meditation actually changes your […]

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