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Circadian Rhythm & Late-Night Eating – An Ancestral Perspective

Renowned evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky said “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”[1] Throughout our evolution, we have lived in daily cycles of light and dark. These cycles have led to the development of natural circadian rhythms that impact many aspects of our health and vitality. Circadian rhythms are triggered by the bright light stimulus in the morning and darkness in the evening. The hypothalamus area of the brain – specifically the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) – is the master regulator, synchronising the body’s circadian clock based on information it receives from photoreceptors in the eyes in

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Posted in Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Featured, Inflammation, Inflammation, Metabolism, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Getting Beach Body Ready: Top Five Tips to Burn Fat

It sounds like a gimmick, doesn’t it? Well, it would be if the top five tips focused on pills, powders, and packaged shake mixes that often have some side effects and frequently don’t even offer lasting results. But what if we take a more natural, soundproof approach to turning our bodies into better fat burners instead? How do we do this? By changing what we eat. Some may be surprised to learn that one of the most effective strategies for getting more efficient at using fat rather than carbohydrate as our fuel is to eat more of the very thing

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Yes, Eggs Are High in Cholesterol, But Why Should We Care?

Cholesterol – is there a more controversial topic in the world of nutrition? For years, we were told that cholesterol is one of the most important biomarkers of health, particularly cardiovascular health. Prominent government- and health-related institutions have traditionally recommended upper limits on dietary cholesterol of 300 mg/day (effectively limiting egg consumption to 1 egg per day.) A recommendation based on the theory that dietary cholesterol – the cholesterol contained in food – negatively impacts cholesterol found in the blood, called serum cholesterol. With the emergence of more and more scientific evidence, however, this theory has become increasingly untenable, causing

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Keep It Paleo – Condiment Recipes

We all love the great taste of freshly prepared foods that are the basics of The Paleo Diet.  Once you’re in the habit of eating a variety of foods, it’s easy to live the Paleo lifestyle.  A common dilemma, when planning and serving delicious meals, is how to include common condiments that contain healthy ingredients.  A trip down the catsup and mustard aisle at any grocery store quickly demonstrates the challenges for those of us committed to The Paleo Diet.  It’s almost impossible to find an ingredients label that doesn’t include some sort of sugar, salt, or fillers as primary

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The Paleo Diet April Digest – Spring Bring Positive Changes!

Spring is definitely in the air Paleo Dieters! Though if you live here in Colorado you may be saying, “Happy Summer” already! Spring is a time of change and at The Paleo Diet we continue to evaluate and implement new and creative ways to keep our site fresh, current and relevant.  April was a time for us to plan for some exciting new programs we feel certain our visitors will find refreshing and beneficial. Keep coming back to visit us.  We would love to hear from you.  Share your ideas and tell us what you’d like to see at our

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Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part II

In Part I of this series, we looked at the longstanding recommendations of many governmental health organizations to reduce dietary saturated fat and replace it with omega-6 fats. Doing so supposedly, these organizations claim, reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. As we saw in Part I, however, there is considerable controversy within the nutrition science community concerning this claim. There’s a case to be made for decreased saturated fat, but there’s also a case for decreased omega-6. Since the current science is far less black-and-white than the recommendations would lead you to believe, with Part II of this series, we’ll be

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Posted in Cardiovascular Disease, Fatty Acids, Featured, Omega-3, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Naturally and Artificially Sweetened Beverages are Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s According to Two Recent Studies

While there was likely never a time when your doctor would have told you to consume more sugar, a growing body of research is demonstrating just how pervasive the negative health effects of overconsuming simple carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose truly are [1-4]. In fact, sounding like they took a page from a Tom Clancy novel, a series of recent peer-reviewed articles showed that for decades, the sugar industry was aware of the impact of sugar on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and worked to hide it;  pointing the finger at fat consumption instead [5, 6]. A misdirection that

Posted in Beverages, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Sugar

Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part I

For over a decade now, a debate has been raging within the nutrition science community. One side views saturated fat as generally unhealthy; they recommend replacing these fats, at least to some degree, with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. The other side views saturated fat as health-supportive, or at least health-neutral; likewise, they regard omega-6 as somewhat unhealthy and typically recommend decreasing its consumption. So, who has it right? The truth seems to be grey and somewhere in between.   The Modern Diet Americans have largely followed the US government’s dietary advice for the past 40 years. For example, following official dietary

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Nell’s Corner: Gaining Perspective On Athletic Injury

It’s no surprise to say that following an authentic Paleo approach to eating would help support the demands of an athlete’s physical training routine. Low in sugar, rich in nutrient dense organ meats, abundant in leafy greens, and balanced out with a variety of  natural fats, this common sense manner of eating truly does provide all we human animals need to thrive during our day-to-day routines and to achieve our goals as athletes. But even the most idyllic eating pattern can’t make up for physical wear and tear that the body undergoes when pushed to or past its limits. Despite

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Dr Cordain Answers a Reader’s Question About Egg White Lysozyme

Hi Dr. Cordain, I read the lysozyme article and I am wondering if you could please indicate if egg white lysozyme is more readily bio-available raw or cooked? If egg whites are consumed by eating them raw or cooked, does the body actually have the ability to put it into bloodstream and utilize the lysozyme? In other words – what is the big deal if a human cannot even utilize it if it is digested and broken up or if it cannot be absorbed if raw or cooked? How would evolution have made lysozyme more available – cooking, selection of

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