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 the 40 Hour Work Week a Thing of the Past?

America is somewhat (in)famous for its “work hard, play hard’ motto,1 whereas Europeans typically work less and relax more.2 As America’s health rapidly declines, many Americans are starting to wake up and realize all those extra hours aren’t really worth it.3, 4, 5 One recent example of this is a Portland-based company Treehouse, who have started a 32 hour work week trend for their employees without slashing their benefits.6 Interestingly, they have found that employees are more productive on this schedule.7 We have to ask: is this feasible for everyone? Then there is the story of Ultra Romance – a 35

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

Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Besides winning the lottery, there may not be a more universally shared goal than losing body weight and keeping it off. If this is a goal you are after, you may not want to read the rest of today’s piece!

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Exercise and Fitness, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Hormones, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Fitness, Technology, and Tracking Workouts

One thing our Paleolithic ancestors certainly weren’t doing is tracking workout metrics via electronic devices. Yet in our modern world, this practice has become increasingly common.1 No doubt, ‘fitness tracking’ has become one of the biggest trends in the world, in the last 12 months.2 In fact, as millions of Americans are tracking workouts daily, this data is constantly being compiled and analyzed.3 Two of the biggest tracking companies, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, recently published data4 revealing California, Colorado, and Washington as the three states in the U.S. with the most active populations. This analysis was based upon the length, frequency and

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

Not So (Artifically) Sweet

I have had countless clients try to replace their sugar-laden diets with ones rich with artificial sweeteners. While this may work in the short term, it definitely does not work in the long term. And, the reasons for this are countless. New research shows sugars specifically activate six neurosecretory cells in the brain,

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

Avocado’s Cancer Fighting Fat

If you’re eating avocados on a regular basis, you’re definitely on trend, but you may not be fully aware of their nutritional benefits and contents. Recently, brand new research revealed molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a specific form of Leukemia.1 Researchers filed a patent application for the use of avocation B, a compound found in avocados, to develop a lipid drug that combats acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Fighting occurs via specific targeting of the root of the disease – leukemia stem cells. With the existing body of scientific literature linking fruit consumption (yes, the avocado is

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Fatty Acids, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cancer, Fruit, Men's Health, Men's Corner

New Frontier for Digestive Disorders

Unfortunately, many adopters of the Paleo diet are personally familiar with digestive disorders.1 For those who are not, common digestive problems include heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS.2, 3, 4, 5 These conditions are not without their unpleasant symptoms.6 Typically, sufferers of digestive disorders report bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps.7 If these symptoms persist on an ongoing basis, you can begin to understand how they become uncomfortable in life.8 Treatment is typically a combination of medication, as well as diet and lifestyle changes.9 Interestingly, a new study in Gastroenterology “Confocal Endomicroscopy Shows Food-Associated Changes in the Intestinal Mucosa of

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Inflammation, Gluten Free, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, News, Legumes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fruit, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Meditation’s Positive Change to Your Brain

Many of us meditate everyday (or at least try to). Even if we don’t, we know the general benefits associated with the practice. Decreased stress, more focus, and better sleep – all the things endless yoga advertisements love to tout.1, 2 However, research by a Harvard University neuroscientist has shown that meditation actually changes your brain – a truly remarkable find.3, 4, 5 Though it may take some time for the changes to take effect, long-term meditators have been shown to have a larger amount of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions of the brain, as well as

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

4 Paleo Cornerstones to Increase Your Metabolism

Many individuals who are desperate to lose weight do not realize that they can – and should – eat lots of calories.1, 2, 3 Crash diets do not work, when it comes to long term fat loss.4, 5 In fact, they usually have the opposite effect – weight and fat gain.6, 7, 8 There are, however, some very easy tricks to incorporate into your routine to help ramp up your metabolism. However, as a disclaimer, if you’re after a quick fix to mimic the effects of steroids or other illegal drugs, you’ll be looking at a harsh reality dead in

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Inflammation, Exercise and Fitness, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, Cooking, Metabolism, Digestion, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Mind Your Microbes: Gut Health

I have a gut feeling that things are about to become much more interesting in the science world. As researchers continue to discover more and more exciting news about just how our microbiomes can uniquely identify us, change our food cravings, and

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Nutrition Divided: Low-Fat vs. High-Fat Diet

The amount of debate in the nutrition field has never been greater.1, 2, 3 As Americans (and everyone in the world) gets progressively more obese, we seem to be digging into our respective trenches, saying ‘this diet or that diet will cure all ills’.4, 5 This is a sad waste of resources, and a little bit irresponsible, especially in a field where the endgame should be helping people – not furthering one’s own agenda. Sure, you may say I’m biased as well, writing this piece for The Paleo Diet. But the bottom line is, I care about people’s health more

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Inflammation, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, Cooking, News, Men's Health, Men's Corner, Sugar

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