Simple Ways to Reduce Omega-6s and Increase Omega-3s in Your Diet for Better Health

If there’s one area where the nutrition media seems to sing a different and more confusing tune every week, it’s with their messages about fats. Low fat was good for us, now it’s not. Saturated fats may not be the heart-clogging poison we thought. And what exactly are trans fats? It’s enough to make us throw our hands in the air and reach for the nearest burger. Fortunately, one message has been consistent: omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are extremely beneficial for your overall health.   The problem is, not all sources of omega-3 fatty acids are created equal. In

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Healthy Skin, Healthy Body

If you’re someone who has followed a real Paleo diet for a while, then you’re likely not going to buy something labeled as an ‘energy bar’ and eat it without checking the label first. Nor will you reach for an unmarked bottle of salad dressing at a buffet luncheon and pour it all over your veggies without checking to see if it had soy or dairy in it. Chances of doing anything like that is slim to none, right? We have learned, as part of the Paleo lifestyle, not to be haphazard about what we put in our bodies. But

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The Intrinsic Variation in Hunter-Gatherer Diets: Why there is no one “ideal” Paleo diet

Ever since the recent growth in the Paleo movement, there has been a great deal of debate surrounding the topic of what an “ideal” Paleo diet should consist of.  Many have debated both the various foods we should eat and the nutrient balance. But the truth is, there simply is no “ideal” or “exact” Paleo diet. Indeed, there are general guidelines to adhere to when embarking on a Paleo diet but they are mostly about what to omit – Neolithic foods such as dairy, grains, sugars, legumes, vegetable oils, and processed foods. If we look at recent and contemporary hunter-gatherer

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Ancestral Foods for Antioxidant Health

At one point or another we’ve probably all wondered how to increase the antioxidants in our diet. Fortunately, a Paleo diet is an important and easy way to maintain antioxidant health. But before we explain how, it’s important to know why. In the first part of this series on antioxidant health, Christopher James Clark explained that free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules with an unpaired electron. While they aren’t inherently “bad”, a chronic excess can lead to oxidative stress which damages your body including your DNA, your cellular membranes and worsens chronic disease progressions. Poor health or diet,

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How the Paleo Lifestyle Promotes Antioxidant/Free Radical Balance

It seems that almost daily we’re bombarded with food and marketing that claims “superior” anti-oxidant health benefits. But in the process of reading about all these super-foods, have you ever questioned what exactly antioxidants do? To understanding their importance we first need to dig a little deeper and gain some basic knowledge about anti-oxidants’ counterpart – free radicals. Antioxidants are generally cast as nutritional heroes, whereas free radicals are viewed as villains, but in reality, both are essential to health. Neither is inherently good or bad. Our diet and lifestyle choices, however, are critically important because those choices maintain the

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Better Resting Leptin Levels in Diabetics on a Paleo Diet

Maelan Fontes, co-author of a recent study looking at the effects of the Paleo Diet on diabetics shares with their findings. Their study was titled Palaeolithic diet decreases fasting plasma leptin concentrations more than a diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over trial. Type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased (doubled) since 1980, affecting 56 million people in Europe in 2013, and it is estimated that these numbers will increase to 64.2 million by 2030. Type 2 diabetes comprises 85-90% of all diabetes cases 1. It is one of the important causes of mortality, disability and

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June: Your Top Five Comments

Our Readers Respond to Our Articles in June You, our readers, are what keep website going. Your comments and responses let us know what you’re thinking and what you’d like to hear about. Every month we take the time to read all of your posts and try to reply to your questions. While we get many great comments, we’re going to start selecting five conversations from each month that we think are interesting and should be shared with all of you. Here’s our top five for June. We hope you enjoy! 1. Readers Share Their Experience with the Paleo

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D. in Men’s Fitness

Loren Cordain, Ph.D. recently teamed up with Men’s Fitness to discuss The Paleo Diet basics in the article “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner – Paleo Recipes for People Who Aren’t on The Paleo Diet.” The article outlines foods that should be avoided on The Paleo Diet, and includes five easy Paleo meal recipes made with common household ingredients. Read the full article here » Quick Tips for Paleo Beginners EAT: Grass-produced meats Fish/seafood Fresh fruits and veggies Eggs Nuts and seeds Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut) DON’T EAT: Cereal grains Legumes (including peanuts) Dairy Refined sugar Potatoes Processed foods Salt

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Paleo-friendly Fruit / Vegetable Juice and Puree Recipes – Fruit Juice Part II

Jonesing for Juice? Got a hankering for a smoothie? Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that because your sugar is coming from fruit that it’s okay to eat a lot of it. “The liver doesn’t know whether sugar came from fruit or not,” said Kimber Stanhope, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, who studies the effects of sugar on health1. In part I of my series on fruit juice I explain why you need to be careful about fruit juice, even when it comes from fresh fruit. But while relying on a daily morning all-fruit smoothie is

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Is Juicing Paleo? Or Even Healthy? Hint: it’s in the glycemic load… Part I

We’ve all done it. We’re rushing out of the house in a hurry and rather than making time to eat a properly balanced meal, we decide to stop off at the local juice bar to grab a ‘healthy’ meal to go. But is this really a good idea? It’s easy to think so. After all, when we walk into a juice shop and see phrases and words we identify as healthy like cold-pressed, natural, organic or alkaline, we’re conditioned to think that the food or beverage is therefore a great option for nourishment, especially when we compare a juice to

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