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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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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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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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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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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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Slow Cooked Paleo Pork Ribs and Roots

Slow Cooked Paleo Pork Ribs and Roots

Paleo pork ribs, cooked slowly to perfection, are truly one of the most delicious foods out there. For too long, however, they’ve unrightfully demonized as an unhealthy food. Because they contain saturated fat, many institutions are still advancing the outdated and disproven theory that saturated fat increases your risk for heart disease. Recently, for example, […]

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Dr. Cordain Discusses The Paleo Diet with Native Society

Dr. Cordain Discusses The Paleo Diet with Native Society

These days, the Paleo diet seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. It was my absolute pleasure to join theNativeSociety.com for both an intelligent and heartfelt interview and contribute to their mission to inspire and aspire individuals worldwide. Originally published on theNativeSociety.com, April 15, 2015. Q: How did you get into the health […]

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Did All Hunter-Gatherers Really Have a Lean Body Size?

Did All Hunter-Gatherers Really Have a Lean Body Size?

Whether you’re looking at an illustration of a hunter-gatherer in the Paleolithic era with a spear or a photo of modern day advocate in such great shape, they appear to be the perfect specimen of a human, one thing often remains the same:  the idea that all hunter-gatherers were lean, mean machines. But is this […]

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Paleo Diet for Pets

Paleo Diet for Pets

In a recent poll, 91% of pet owners consider their animals to be an important part of the clan,1 an evolutionary process that began over 12,000 years ago when the first hunter-gatherers began to domesticate dogs.2 In fact, Americans care so much for their pets, they spent approximately $60 billion on their pets last year, […]

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Getting Fatter and Fatter: The Psychology of Eating

Getting Fatter and Fatter: The Psychology of Eating

What we eat is determined by how we feel. But what we feel is partially determined by what we eat.1, 2, 3 This paradoxical catch-22 is doubly important because of the obesity pandemic which we currently find ourselves in.4, 5 Clearly, there is a great psychological disruption from the obvious paradigm of eating healthy foods, […]

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Over 25 Years of Eating Paleo And Counting

Over 25 Years of Eating Paleo And Counting

Some thoughts and considerations… Getting older has its merits; but, of course along with it, the typical thoughts that go along with the ever-accelerating passage of time. The latter are likely more positive when one is healthy, allowing for the enjoyment of the beneficial elements of aging and yet so many individuals suffer considerably with […]

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The Definitive Guide to Traveling on a Paleo Diet

The Definitive Guide to Traveling on a Paleo Diet

Do you find it a challenge to maintain your Paleo Diet when away from home? Traveling on a Paleo Diet can feel daunting, whether you travel on a regular basis or only once in awhile.  However, once you learn how to manage on the road it will become instinctive in how you prepare for future […]

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Do I Have To Brush and Floss On A Paleo Diet?

Do I Have To Brush and Floss On A Paleo Diet?

Great question! Let me review the science before I give you the answer. An interesting paper published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2009 described a study of 10 individuals.1 These people had to eat a Paleo-type diet, which strictly avoided refined sugars and all processed foods. For 30 days, they could not brush or […]

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Forget the Macronutrient Ratios – You Are What You Were Designed to Eat

Forget the Macronutrient Ratios – You Are What You Were Designed to Eat

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy having this particular debate. Someone – not a fan of the Paleo Diet – points out that the diet’s higher protein content is proof that the diet is dangerous citing multiple studies linking higher protein to cancer, CVD, and all-cause mortality.1-3 I have this “dance” down […]

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Is Fasted Training the Fastest Route to a Lean Body?

Is Fasted Training the Fastest Route to a Lean Body?

We read all about it, not just in the Paleosphere, but also in the world of sports nutrition; train on an empty stomach in order to become better at using fat as your fuel. I do it myself, for Pete’s sake!  Not only that, but I have many clients following the same “fasted training” regime, […]

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Red Meat, Insulin Sensitivity, and Sage Infused Mushroom Paleo Burgers

Red Meat, Insulin Sensitivity, and Sage Infused Mushroom Paleo Burgers

Does red meat consumption increase your risk for developing type-2 diabetes? Some epidemiologic studies have suggested this much, while also linking increased dairy consumption with decreased type-2 diabetes risk.1 Insulin sensitivity is the proposed mechanism driving these associations. People with low insulin sensitivity, also known as being insulin resistant, require greater amounts of insulin from […]

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Your Microbiome and Obesity

Your Microbiome and Obesity

There has been a plethora of interest in the human microbiome as of late. In fact, barely a week ago, a new study was published, which showed that mice who drank water (laced with huger-suppressing bacteria) ate less, had lower body fat, and staved off diabetes – even when consuming a poor diet.1 This is […]

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