Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

About Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

Christopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.

How the Paleo Lifestyle Optimizes the Microbiome: Part 1

In 2001, Nobel-prize winning biologist Joshua Lederberg coined the term “microbiome, to signify the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space and had been all but ignored as determinants of health and disease.”1 Fifteen years later, the microbiome has become one of the most important areas of nutrition research. For example, in 2007, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which was funded to the tune of $170 million over five years of research. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we’ll examine what the microbiome is, what it

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More Than a Diet – My Paleo Quest

Heart disease isn’t something most kids think about. When I was growing up, however, it was always on my radar. My family and I spent countless hours at Akron General, the hospital in Akron, Ohio, where my grandmother was routinely a patient. She suffered her first heart attack when I was 3 years old and finally succumbed to heart disease fifteen years later. Her grace and fortitude deeply inspired me. Never during all those years did I hear her complain or pity herself. She enjoyed every moment of her life, refusing to live in fear. For me, however, heart disease,

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Study Finds Multigenerational Vegetarians Are Genetically Predisposed to Cancer and Heart Disease on a Modern Diet

It’s no secret that vegetarian diets pose unique nutritional challenges. Protein, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, for example, are nutrients vegetarians typically struggle to obtain optimally. Often overlooked, however, are the important differences between animal and vegetable foods with respect to essential fatty acids (EFAs). As we’ll see, vegetable EFA sources are inferior to animal sources and, according to research recently conducted by Cornell University scientists, these shortcomings promote genetic adaptations, which make intergenerational vegetarians more prone to inflammation-related diseases, particularly cancer and heart disease 1. The EFA Basics The only fatty acids considered “essential” are polyunsaturated fatty acids

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Embracing Your Inner Paleo Chef

It’s often said that meat made us human. Meat allowed for larger brains and greater intelligence, not to mention more time for pursuits other than chewing. So how did a species that ate relatively little meat 2.6 million years ago evolve into one that depended on meat and was radically transformed by its consumption? Do we owe this success to fire and our learned ability to cook? Or does a more rudimental form of “cooking” deserve the credit? As every chef knows, you don’t just toss whole vegetables and large slabs of meat into the casserole. You have to slice

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Start the New Year Right: 5 Tips for Making Paleo Practical

Paleo critics are always voicing unsubstantiated claims. Their attacks are easily countered, but they sometimes create confusion and discouragement, especially for those who are new to Paleo. The British Dietetic Association, for example, has called Paleo a “time consuming, socially-isolating diet.” If you’re just starting out with Paleo, it’s probably better to get your advice from people who actually follow the lifestyle, not from critics who simply parrot talking points. The Paleo Diet shouldn’t be time consuming or socially isolating, nor should it be overly expensive. Above all, the Paleo Diet is flexible. Whatever your personal circumstances, you can customize

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Posted in Athletes, Cooking, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Rosemary Orange Duck with Roasted Vegetables

Here’s a great recipe for the holidays. It’s a perfect dish to cook all afternoon with family or friends gathered at your house while the scent of rosemary slowly spreads from room to room. The concept is simple and straightforward. We’re just stuffing a duck with orange pieces and rosemary and adding some root vegetables to the roasting pan. The flavors from the duck mix with the orange and rosemary to flavor the meat and the vegetables. Normally you’ll end up buying the duck frozen. So if that’s the case, make sure it’s fully defrosted before you start cooking. Ideally

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Poultry, Recipe Library

Reversing Nutritional Deficiencies by Eliminating Entire Food Groups

Do you believe that “our modern lifestyles, including nutrition, are the cause of current health problems?” If so, you could be susceptible to “fad diets,” according to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). Last week, the organization’s Technical Advisor for Nutrition, Lois McBean, wrote that those who follow the Paleo diet “are likely setting themselves up for nutritional deficiencies by eliminating entire food groups such as dairy, grains, and legumes.”1 McBean went on to observe, “Such restrictive diets are not consistent with current dietary recommendations including USDA’s MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” It’s interesting that she

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Posted in Autoimmune Diseases, Beverages, Cholesterol, Dairy, Diabetes, Digestion, Inflammation, Inflammation, Legumes, Men's Corner, Men's Health, News, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Politics, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

“Eating Meat has Known Health Benefits” — WHO

As you probably already heard, earlier this week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency, categorized processed meat as “carcinogenic” and unprocessed red meat as “probably carcinogenic.”1 What you might not have heard is that in an accompanying Q&A document, the IARC also said, “Eating meat has known health benefits.”2 Those who read the IARC’s statement and its Q&A document are likely to conclude that this story is nowhere near as dramatic and consequential as headlines from The Guardian, The New York Times, and other news outlets have implied: “Processed

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Posted in Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Cooking, Inflammation, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, News, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Parenting, Politics, Women's Corner, Women's Health

The Narcissism of Diet Shaming

Last week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Roger Cohen, its International Affairs and Diplomacy correspondent, regarding…wait for it – gluten!1 Has gluten become the nefarious “sticking point” that underlies our most critical diplomatic issues? Or was this just another of Cohen’s haughty rants against people who purchase organic food, implement health-optimizing diets, and keep abreast of nutrition science research? Spoiler alert – it’s the latter. The gist of Cohen’s latest article, “This Column is Gluten-Free,” is that wheat has gotten a bad rap, despite graciously feeding the world for the past 12,000 years. Cohen acknowledges that gluten

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Posted in Autoimmune Diseases, Cancer, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Inflammation, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Politics, Weight Loss, Women's Health

Vitamin E: The Paleo Perspective

Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency are rare, but according to at least four national surveys, most Americans consume less than the government’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of this essential nutrient.1 The authors of an August 2015 study published in PLOS-One call vitamin E a “shortfall nutrient” because over 90% of Americans consume insufficient quantities and because low vitamin E status has been linked to multiple health consequences, including increased total mortality.2 Vitamin E is clearly important, but can the Paleo diet provide adequate levels? After all, some of the most frequently cited “best dietary sources” aren’t Paleo compliant. Are supplements

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Posted in Arthritis, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Cooking, Exercise and Fitness, Fatty Acids, Inflammation, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Metabolism, Omega-3, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

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