Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS

About Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS

Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS is an NASM certified personal trainer and NASM certified fitness nutrition specialist. He writes for Paleo Magazine, PaleoHacks, Greatist, Breaking Muscle, and MindBodyGreen. He is an advisor for Bone Broths Co. and also runs his own nutrition and fitness consulting company, Eat Clean, Train Clean.

Benefits of Turmeric

        Turmeric is an increasingly popular spice in the health and wellness world. Over the past few years, it has been increasingly included in many recipes, due to its numerous potent (and highly beneficial) properties. If turmeric is foreign to you, you may unknowingly already be a little familiar with it – as it also gives curry its distinctive yellow color. Interestingly, turmeric itself is not what brings the health benefits associated with it – that would be curcumin. Indeed, only about 1/20th of turmeric is curcumin – meaning you can actually see even more health benefits, if you were

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Coconut Oil: The Ultimate Fat, or Completely Terrible for You?

        Coconut oil – one of the most popular fats in the modern American lifestyle. Exploding from obscure product to true phenomenon, this tasty treat is also extremely controversial. At the same time that coconut oil saw a huge increase in American consumption, related products (like coconut water) also greatly expanded in popularity. For example, coconut water on its own is now a $300 million dollar per year industry. For a product that barely existed (in terms of sales) a decade ago – this is truly an overnight phenomenon.         But back to coconut oil. It has been called a

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The Dirty Dozen – The “Dirtiest” Fruits & Veggies of 2018

        If “the dirty dozen” reminds you of a classic 1967 film – you are not alone. But alas, that’s not what we are talking about today! Just a few weeks ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their annual list of the ‘dirtiest’ fruits and vegetables – meaning which foods were sprayed with the highest amounts of pesticides.[1] Every year since 2004, the EWG has compiled a consumer-friendly list to help guide towards the best fruit and vegetable choices. I personally use this list to give to clients, so they can make the most well-informed choices, for their diets.

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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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Get Grains Off the Brain

When it comes to good nutritional choices, the mainstream media and food companies have taught us that grains are truly one of the best choices we can make. But is the science saying the same thing? Over the last few years, there’s been a rapid increase in scientific research showing that grains may actually be one of the worst choices we can make when it comes to our brain’s health.1 A fact that is only just starting to reach the media through some eye-opening works like the book  Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. The book made numerous key points

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Does a Ketogenic Diet Extend Life Span?

Part Three in Our Ketogenic Diet Series Lately there has been a lot of hype about extending lifespan with diet. Stories of new scientific evidence and exciting “discoveries” are circulating the medias causing many people to fast or severely restricting carbohydrates to live longer. But does the science actually back it? Its true that more and more research is being published on the effects of diet and aging. Two key trends have appeared to emerge so far. First, eating vegetables and other antioxidant-rich foods is associated with improved health and longevity.1,2 Second, reducing refined sugar intake is a great way

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New Study: Sugar Industry Downplayed the Impact of Sugar On Heart Disease for Decades

A newly published study revealed that in 1960 the sugar industry paid three top scientists from Harvard University to downplay the impact of sugar in the development of coronary heart disease1. While the link between sugar and heart disease is no longer surprising to anyone following the field of nutrition closely, the sheer brazenness of the past actions outlined in this new study can’t be underestimated. The study’s authors analyzed fifty years’ worth of internal sugar industry documents and found that for two decades, the industry, under the auspices of the Sugar Research Foundation, funded studies that downplayed the health

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Is Sugar Addictive?

Sugar is likely the most over consumed substance in the modern world 1 On top of our endless addiction to soda (sugar water essentially) – sugar is surreptitiously added to nearly every processed food.2 As a result, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) now reports that the average American ingests 150-170 pounds of sugar per year.3 This overconsumption of sugar may very well be killing us. As I’ve previously written, sugar is the precursor and the ‘canary in the coalmine’ – to numerous diseases and unhealthy conditions. Diabetes? Check.4 Obesity? Check.5 Even Alzheimer’s has been directly linked to too

Posted in Blogs by Loren Cordain, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Sugar

How to Have a Paleo Christmas

When it comes to the holidays, it can be much more difficult to stick to your Paleo Diet. But – fortunately – there are many ways to “Paleo-fy” your favorite holiday meals. Today, I will be covering how you can transform a traditional Christmas dinner – into a much healthier one. Forget the empty calories of stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie. Instead, say hello to some delicious sweet potatoes, free-range organic turkey and a large helping of brain-friendly vegetables! While your loved ones may be passed out on the couch after dinner, you will be energized, alert – and maybe

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Gluten Free, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cooking, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Is Your Brain Hardwired for Junk Food?

While the title of this article may at first seem implausible (and somewhat scary), a new scientific study seems to show that an inborn preference for junk food is not only possible – it may be affecting more of us than ever could have possibly been imagined. For the first time in history, researchers for Obesity Society have identified two genetic variants, which help to change how the brain responds to high-calorie foods.1 2 While this is potentially terrible news for those of us who struggle to resist highly processed and manufactured foods – it also means there is possibly

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Women's Health, Exercise and Fitness, Gluten Free, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Metabolism, Politics, News, Men's Health, Men's Corner, Sugar

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