Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS

About Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS

Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS is an NASM certified personal trainer and NASM certified fitness nutrition specialist. He writes for Paleo Magazine, PaleoHacks, Greatist, Breaking Muscle, and MindBodyGreen. He is an advisor for Bone Broths Co. and also runs his own nutrition and fitness consulting company, Eat Clean, Train Clean.

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and the Gut Microbiome

There are currently 30 million people in the United States alone who suffer from eating disorders,1 where the related science and mental health are overlooked in their diagnoses.2 3 A new study, published by the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, found new evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder anorexia.4 Researchers (and more mainstream sources) are beginning to understand just how much impact our gut has on nearly everything in our body – including our brain.5 6 7 Since nearly 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract – what’s going on in

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Quit Getting Tricked Into Sugar

Sugar – is there a more popular word for dieticians and nutritionists? Interestingly, economists have also been talking about the pure white stuff – but in a different context than the standard ‘insulin and cravings’ discussions. A new piece in The Atlantic discussed just how much money is spent on selling Americans sugar, every single day of our lives.1 Though nothing truly shocks me anymore, in the sleazy world of processed food marketing, I was a bit taken aback to realize that Kellogg’s spent $32 million on advertising their (truly awful) Pop Tarts last year. With that money, we could

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Women's Health, Exercise and Fitness, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Metabolism, Politics, News, Beverages, Men's Health, Men's Corner

The Inuit and The Paleo Diet

The Inuit have long been used as a shining example that low carbohydrate approaches to diet can work.1 2 3 4 In fact, traditionally they consumed very little vegetables or any other typically Western foods, and subsisted mainly on fish, sea mammals, and land animals.5 And despite this diet (which would horrify most mainstream dieticians) the Inuit traditionally had very low rates of disease.6 By contrast, the traditional Western diet has been correlated with a plague of health issues.7 8 9 As a further example of just how nutritionally poor the Western diet can be, one third of all cancer

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Arthritis, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Autoimmune Diseases

Eat More Protein for Better Health

New research affirms the hypothesis that protein is much more valuable than we may have previously thought.1 And, to many individuals’ surprise, plant protein seemed to be as beneficial as animal protein. In fact, eating more protein was just as effective as curbing the top four negative health behaviors including smoking, alcohol consumption, salt intake, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.2, 3 Consuming a Paleo diet – which is by nature high in protein, low sodium, and promotes leading an active lifestyle – is highly beneficial for overall health. The Paleo diet encourages introducing alternative proteins, animal and plant proteins alike,

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Obesity: The Pandemic You Can’t Afford to Capsize the Boat

Unfortunately, 70% of the United States is now overweight.1 And nearly half of that 70% is obese – a truly scary prospect for the future of our nation’s health.2 But despite this alarming obesity epidemic (technically it is a pandemic, because the entire world is suffering from this problem) there has never been more debate about what exactly is causing the issue.3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 While this article will cover specific transcription factors and antioxidant pathways, the big bullet points for

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The Reality of Food Addiction: Recharged

In one of my post popular articles, I dove deep into the mire of just why so many of us are addicted to food. This subject is fascinating on both a molecular and individual level.1, 2, 3, 4  There are so many factors which go into food addiction.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 And most of them go totally unnoticed, to most people.14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 The pervasiveness of advertising, the purposely addictive nature of processed foods, and the stressful nature of modern life is just too much for most of us

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Diabetes, Women's Health, Inflammation, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, Men's Health, Men's Corner, Sugar

Is the 40 Hour Work Week a Thing of the Past?

America is somewhat (in)famous for its “work hard, play hard’ motto,1 whereas Europeans typically work less and relax more.2 As America’s health rapidly declines, many Americans are starting to wake up and realize all those extra hours aren’t really worth it.3, 4, 5 One recent example of this is a Portland-based company Treehouse, who have started a 32 hour work week trend for their employees without slashing their benefits.6 Interestingly, they have found that employees are more productive on this schedule.7 We have to ask: is this feasible for everyone? Then there is the story of Ultra Romance – a 35

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Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Besides winning the lottery, there may not be a more universally shared goal than losing body weight and keeping it off. If this is a goal you are after, you may not want to read the rest of today’s piece!

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Exercise and Fitness, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Hormones, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Fitness, Technology, and Tracking Workouts

One thing our Paleolithic ancestors certainly weren’t doing is tracking workout metrics via electronic devices. Yet in our modern world, this practice has become increasingly common.1 No doubt, ‘fitness tracking’ has become one of the biggest trends in the world, in the last 12 months.2 In fact, as millions of Americans are tracking workouts daily, this data is constantly being compiled and analyzed.3 Two of the biggest tracking companies, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, recently published data4 revealing California, Colorado, and Washington as the three states in the U.S. with the most active populations. This analysis was based upon the length, frequency and

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Not So (Artifically) Sweet

I have had countless clients try to replace their sugar-laden diets with ones rich with artificial sweeteners. While this may work in the short term, it definitely does not work in the long term. And, the reasons for this are countless. New research shows sugars specifically activate six neurosecretory cells in the brain,

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