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The Origin of the Paleo Diet Podcast

Dr. Loren Cordain joins Rob and Devon on Open Sky Fitness Podcast to discuss the origin of The Paleo Diet. 25:37  Introduction for Dr. Loren Cordain 26:40  How did the Paleo Diet begin? How did Dr. Cordain learn and research about Paleo? 32:40  How would you explain the Paleo Diet to someone who has no idea what it is? 35:00  Why would people be resistant to the Paleo Diet as far as dairy and whole grain products? 38:40  Is there a confusion around nutrition studies in the media? 43:00  The Paleo Diet vs. Plant-based Diet 52:30  What are some common misconceptions about

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Is Camel’s Milk Paleo?

A reader recently asked if camel’s milk was different from cow’s milk and if it could be considered a good Paleo alternative. He cited claims that camel’s milk is gluten free, casein free, lower in fat, and contains insulin. Periodic thePaleoDiet.com contributor Pedro Bastos dug through the research to provide a side-by-side comparison of Dromedary camels (the major breed of Arabian camels) to the standard cow’s milk we can all find in the supermarket: Obviously Camel milk is gluten free, as is any milk or meat that hasn’t been in contact with gluten containing foods. Casein is the MAJOR PROTEIN

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The Paleo Diet and Endometriosis

We’ve already read about how replacing the conventional corn-fed meat in our diet with grass fed meat has health benefits in terms of reducing our bad cholesterol levels 1. We’ve also heard that cutting out gluten can help alleviate symptoms of auto immune issues 2,3. But can following a real Paleo Diet help in addressing endometriosis? Absolutely. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus 4. According to the Mayo Clinic 5, the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with one’s menstrual period and although many women experience cramping during their menstrual

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Can A Depleted-Glycogen “Sleep Low” Strategy Improve Your Performance?

For athletes, especially endurance athletes, the nutrition dogma has always been to consume significant amounts of carbohydrates post-exercise in order to maximize recovery and promote the best training adaptations. It’s well accepted in the research that muscle glycogen – the carbohydrate stores on your muscles – is replenished much more readily in the first few hours after training. Higher carbohydrate (and protein) meals help to rebuild glycogen and to offset the training-induced increase in cortisol stress hormones.1,2 But what would happen if you didn’t eat after exercise? Would it completely derail your recovery and future performance? Many believe so. But

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Is Watercress the New Kale?

I love kale.   I’ve loved it for a long time and have been a staunch promoter of it, and in large doses, no less. And while I continue to enjoy growing my own, preparing it and suggesting it to clients and blog readers alike, I must admit that it’s not the only leafy green we should be incorporating into our regular regime. Another cruciferous vegetable – Watercress – has been gaining popularity. But can Watercress compete with kale as the new ‘it’ veggie? Let’s take a look at the nutritional breakdown and compare the two leafy greens. While both

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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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ThePaleoDiet.com, A New Look with a New Mission.

Very recently, Dr. Cordain reached out to me, his first Paleo graduate student, and Trevor Connor, his last Paleo graduate student, to help him launch a new vision and mission for his website; ThePaleoDiet.com. Today, we are excited to begin a new era, with a renewed vision and mission, that coincides with our recent new website launch. We have over a thousand articles about Paleolithic nutrition at the website and now you can easily find a specific topic by searching 32 blog categories. As time passes, new science can change previous held beliefs and; as has happened before, we will

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Cordain Answers to Reporter on “Pegan” Diets

Elizabeth BizWest asks: 1. Are you following a strictly Paleo or Vegan-Paleo (Pegan?) diet and can you say something about the best way for someone to address the contradictions between the two if they are vegan? 2. What are the primary challenges people face for the combination of these 2 diets? 3. Do you or people in general follow this diet on a temporary or a permanent basis and why? 4. I’ve read that it’s more the modern preparation of foods like legumes and pseudo-grains like buckwheat and quinoa than the foods themselves that puts them off-limits for Paleo dieters

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North American Plains Indians: Tall and Robust Meat Eaters, But not a Milk Drinker Among Them

George Catlin, the famous chronicler of American Indians, circa 1832, glowingly used these words to describe the Crow Tribe, “They are really a handsome and well-formed set of men as can be seen in any part of the world. There is a sort of ease and grace added to their dignity of manners, which give them the air of gentlemen at once. I observed the other day, that most of them were over six feet high . . .” “It is but to paint a vast country of green field, where the men are all red – where meat is

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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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