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.

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

Stop Settling for Pseudo Health and Say No to Pseudograins

The negative health repercussions of consuming grains has been covered to death, over the years. 1 2 3 I will not delve into the many issues with grains – suffice to say their problems have been well documented in many other pieces on this very website including the most recent Wheat Series. In fact, one of the seminal scientific research papers written by Dr. Cordain, “Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword” magnified the many problems of grain consumption.4 Enough said. However, we are often asked about pseudograins, and if these might somehow be better to consume on a regular basis.

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Inflammation, Gluten Free, Inflammation, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cooking, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and the Gut Microbiome

There are currently 30 million people in the United States alone who suffer from eating disorders,1 where the related science and mental health are overlooked in their diagnoses.2 3 A new study, published by the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, found new evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder anorexia.4 Researchers (and more mainstream sources) are beginning to understand just how much impact our gut has on nearly everything in our body – including our brain.5 6 7 Since nearly 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract – what’s going on in

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Athletes, Women's Health, Exercise and Fitness, Women's Corner, Metabolism, Politics, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Quit Getting Tricked Into Sugar

Sugar – is there a more popular word for dieticians and nutritionists? Interestingly, economists have also been talking about the pure white stuff – but in a different context than the standard ‘insulin and cravings’ discussions. A new piece in The Atlantic discussed just how much money is spent on selling Americans sugar, every single day of our lives.1 Though nothing truly shocks me anymore, in the sleazy world of processed food marketing, I was a bit taken aback to realize that Kellogg’s spent $32 million on advertising their (truly awful) Pop Tarts last year. With that money, we could

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

The Inuit and The Paleo Diet

The Inuit have long been used as a shining example that low carbohydrate approaches to diet can work.1 2 3 4 In fact, traditionally they consumed very little vegetables or any other typically Western foods, and subsisted mainly on fish, sea mammals, and land animals.5 And despite this diet (which would horrify most mainstream dieticians) the Inuit traditionally had very low rates of disease.6 By contrast, the traditional Western diet has been correlated with a plague of health issues.7 8 9 As a further example of just how nutritionally poor the Western diet can be, one third of all cancer

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Arthritis, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Autoimmune Diseases

Eat More Protein for Better Health

New research affirms the hypothesis that protein is much more valuable than we may have previously thought.1 And, to many individuals’ surprise, plant protein seemed to be as beneficial as animal protein. In fact, eating more protein was just as effective as curbing the top four negative health behaviors including smoking, alcohol consumption, salt intake, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.2, 3 Consuming a Paleo diet – which is by nature high in protein, low sodium, and promotes leading an active lifestyle – is highly beneficial for overall health. The Paleo diet encourages introducing alternative proteins, animal and plant proteins alike,

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Obesity: The Pandemic You Can’t Afford to Capsize the Boat

Unfortunately, 70% of the United States is now overweight.1 And nearly half of that 70% is obese – a truly scary prospect for the future of our nation’s health.2 But despite this alarming obesity epidemic (technically it is a pandemic, because the entire world is suffering from this problem) there has never been more debate about what exactly is causing the issue.3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 While this article will cover specific transcription factors and antioxidant pathways, the big bullet points for

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Exercise and Fitness, Metabolism

The Reality of Food Addiction: Recharged

In one of my post popular articles, I dove deep into the mire of just why so many of us are addicted to food. This subject is fascinating on both a molecular and individual level.1, 2, 3, 4  There are so many factors which go into food addiction.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 And most of them go totally unnoticed, to most people.14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 The pervasiveness of advertising, the purposely addictive nature of processed foods, and the stressful nature of modern life is just too much for most of us

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Diabetes, Women's Health, Inflammation, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, Men's Health, Men's Corner, Sugar

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