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The Paleo Diet Monthly Digest – December 2016: A Small but Important Month

By The Paleo Diet Team
January 10, 2017
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During December, we put time into bringing you just a few important pieces to both give you what we feel is the best advice on controversial topics and to help you start 2017 out on the right foot.

First, let’s address some conflicting recommendations you may be reading. The rise in the number of Paleo diet websites and blogs is a great thing for the exposure of the diet and to hopefully help more people live a healthier life. However, it comes at a cost. The amount of contradictory and sometimes plain wrong information is also on the rise. So, we don’t blame you if you’re getting frustrated trying to find consistent or good advice.

Our driving mission at The Paleo Diet is to give you the best science on the diet. It would certainly help our bottom dollar to tell you sea salt is Paleo or eating butter is good for you (there’s a whole lot of products we could package and slap a Paleo Diet label to if we wanted to ignore that pesky science.)

But that’s not what the research says.

It’s one thing to adjust our advice as the science expands. In fact, we can promise you that four years from now we’ll adjust or refine our position on at least a few things as the science gets better. But that’s very different from giving advice that simply contradicts or ignores the research.

So, in December, we took on a few topics that have conflicting recommendations on the web and in some of the blogs. This includes whether added salt is Paleo, if vitamin D supplementation is truly a full substitute for sunlight, and the importance of the B vitamins to cognitive decline. We hope this clarifies some of the conflicting advice you’ve been reading and helps you make the right choices for your diet.

And of course, that’s not all. Plenty of suggestions and tips to help you get 2017 off on the right foot. We hope you enjoy:

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The Sea Salt Controversy: Important Updates for Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

Is sea salt Paleo? A lot of bloggers in the Paleo community would like you to believe so. Recent extensive long-term research says otherwise. So does an in-depth analysis of Paleo foods. Here’s what you should know before you embrace the notion that high salt intakes were a normal part of ancestral, hunter-gatherer diets.

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Tasty Holiday Recipes – Paleo-Style

By Lorrie Cordain

The holidays are a time for our favorite “cheat” meals and treats. Followed by a renewed interest in the gym come January. It can be a tough time for those of us trying to stay healthy. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a few holiday treats Paleo-style. Here are some recipes to help you enjoy the festivities…

B Vitamins, Homocysteine, and Cognitive Decline: Setting the Record Straight

By Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

Alzheimer’s or dementia is often thought of as unpreventable which instills fear and anxiety in many especially if you have seen a family member go through it. But, there are studies that have indicated there may tweaks we can make to our diet (including vitamin B) that can help us reduce the chances of one day being diagnosed with some form of dementia. To understand these studies and the true role of B vitamins, we must first examine homocysteine and its relationship to dementia.

Nell’s Corner: My Mom, M.S., and Paleo

By Nell Stephenson, B.S.

One of our longest-standing and most popular writers, Nell Stephenson has her own monthly post we’re calling “Nell’s Corner” where she’ll write about life as a “Paleoista” and all that that entails. She’s introducing her corner with a powerful story about her mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

The Sun - Beyond Vitamin D (Part 1)

By Pedro Bastos, M.S.

No doubt, protecting yourself from the sun’s rays is important, but it is also vital that you are aware of the sun’s beneficial impact on your physiology. This blog is intended to help you better understand the effect of the sun on every part of your body.

Six Ideas to Turn Holiday Leftovers into Paleo-Friendly Recipes

By Jane Dizon

Tis the season of Christmas carols, warm cups of cocoa, delicious family feasts, and the infamous holiday leftovers. Here are some tips on how to keep those leftovers congruent with a Paleo lifestyle.

Stress: Modern Lifestyle Factors in Opposition to Human Evolution

By Kyle Cordain, B.A.

Rapid technological advancement and the demand for a faster paced lifestyle within our society has manifested stressors that our bodies are unfamiliar with. Not every factor can be listed due to the vast array of stress inducing variables in western society, but here are four factors in that are in strong opposition to our pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer way of life…

Coming Up This Month at

Our New Year’s resolution is to keep striving to give you the best information on the Paleo diet available. And we’ll start with addressing January - that post-holiday month when we all realize we may have fallen off the Paleo bandwagon a bit. Our newest writer Jane Dizon prepared for you a fun and easy Infographic with tips on how to get back on the bandwagon (cartoon cave man included.) We’ll also share a few recipes, practical advice about peanut allergies, and talk about foods that aren’t as Paleo as people may think.

On the science-side of the diet, we’ll start in early January with you our definitive response to the World News diet rankings. We’ll have a short series of pieces on gluten and gluten-free foods and both Dr Cordain and Pedro Bastos will share their tribute to Stephan Lindeburg, an early pioneer in evolutionary nutrition and a close friend. He’ll be sorely missed!

Thanks for reading,

The Paleo Diet Team

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