Welcome Paleo Diet Readers!
January was a busy time at The Paleo Diet, with a significant increase in visitors enjoying our site. Whether you have been a Paleo warrior for years, or are just learning about all the healthy benefits this lifestyle has to offer, we are happy you are spending time with us and exploring the up-to-date information offered by our team.
Going Paleo is an exciting and healthy change that can also bring a few challenges along the way. January always presents two particular challenges including enjoying a few too many non-Paleo treats over the holidays and sticking to those New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry if you stumbled a bit; it happens to the best of us and we’re always here to help. A big part of January’s focus was on providing you the inspiration and encouragement to overcome these challenges and stay on track with your Paleo Diet lifestyle.
Great minds think alike, and our writers proved that to be true last month, when their universal theme centred around not-so-Paleo foods such as peanuts, coffee, and our biggest feature: salt. Dr. Loren Cordain spent months researching the health effects of low- vs high-sodium diets, examining nearly 200 studies. Don’t miss the world’s leading expert’s three January posts explaining conclusively why a lower sodium diet is heathier. This ground-breaking information is a must read!
Finally, we posted two pieces in Nell’s Corner discussing just how much and how often we can cheat, because let’s face it, few of us are 100 percent Paleo. Nell presents some practical tips for how to have your chocolate and coffee, and go to bed knowing you’re still maintaining a healthy Paleo Diet.
It is our hope that you enjoyed reading about all things Paleo!
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January’s Feature: Debunking the Sea-Salt-Is-Paleo Myth
The belief that a healthy Paleo diet now includes eating more than the recommended levels of salt has been gaining popularity lately. Some in the Paleosphere are even claiming there are health benefits to consuming as much as 7000 mg of sodium per day! An extraordinary figure considering the accepted daily allowance for most adults is 2300 mg.
These advocates of added sea salt have also claimed that we here at The Paleo Diet are behind the times for continuing to recommend a low-sodium diet. Fortunately, Dr. Loren Cordain has addressed this criticism the way he always has – with science. Recently, in a series of heavily-researched BLOG posts, Dr Cordain explained:
- Why the research claiming that low sodium diets are unhealthy suffered from several key methodological flaws.
- Why our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have had a tough time eating even the current daily recommendations for sodium.
- Why eating 7000 mg of sodium per day is virtually impossible with natural, unsalted foods.
- And why consuming even the average western diet levels of salt promotes and potentially causes many chronic diseases including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, inflammatory conditions, and premature aging.
Read Dr. Cordain’s three January posts covering recent science on salt that few Paleo websites have uncovered yet. The articles include original data compiled by Dr Cordain showing the sodium/potassium content of all common Paleo foods – data that several of his colleagues are encouraging him to turn into a scientific study. These aren’t articles you want to miss:
Dr. Cordain addresses the current research on sodium, explaining why studies showing increased higher mortality rates with low sodium diets suffered from serious methodological problems. Recent research that avoids these issues paints a clear picture – lower sodium diets reduce the risk of disease. Dr. Cordain goes on to show why a hunter-gatherer society couldn’t have eaten a high salt diet.
Instead of relying on heavy explanation, this second piece feature’s Dr. Cordain’s table listing the sodium and potassium content of all common foods. There’s one thing that’s clear – unless you want to live on seaweed or try to eat 70 stalks of celery every day, you’re going to have a hard time eating a high-salt diet sticking with the Paleo-friendly foods.
Not many people have heard of the glycocalyx, but it lines every blood vessel in our bodies. Dysfunction of the glycocalyx contributes to almost every step in atherosclerosis – the process that leads to heart disease. More importantly, higher plasm concentrations of sodium, from a high-salt diet, cause this dysfunction.
Other Articles from January
Salt wasn’t our only topic in January, nor was it even our only article addressing not-so-Paleo food choices. We packed the month with lots of practical advice and suggestions:
By Jane Dizon
Falling off the Paleo wagon during the holidays is not unheard of, but you can bounce back! Whatever your reason was for falling off the Paleo bandwagon, it’s never too late to jump back in line with a little commitment and confidence. Begin by rectifying the reasons for why you fell off the wagon. Re-evaluate your comeback strategy in achieving your Paleo success and reap the metabolic and physiologic gains from this diet. Here’s how…
By Nell Stephenson
How many times have you heard it? “I tried Paleo and it didn’t work” or “I got bored because there are only so many ways to eat broccoli?” Let’s face it, we all need to break the rules from time to time, but how much is too much and how frequently can we break them? Nell share her thoughts in this month’s Nell’s Corner.
By Lorrie Cordain
It’s a new year and that means the time for making healthy lifestyle changes is upon us. Whether you are new to The Paleo diet, a long time faithful follower, or somewhere in between, we’ve put together some delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to help you start this year off right.
By Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS
Everybody seems to love peanut butter. Entire websites can be found dedicated to the pursuit of adding the smooth, salty and highly palatable spread to seemingly every possible food. That said, peanuts (and peanut butter) aren’t Paleo. But, is there a place for peanuts in a Paleo diet?
By Mark J. Smith, Ph.D.
Enjoying a good cup of Java to start the morning is a given for most people in Western culture. While it is not a Paleo staple piece, it may have some therapeutic benefits. Here’s what you should know.
By Nell Stephenson
Let’s be honest, most of us find it very difficult to keep up a Paleo diet 100% of the time. Is there a place for “cheat meals” in Paleo? Here’s what you should know…
By Lorrie Cordain
A few warm recipes can really help pass the winter season. Who doesn’t want to take their boots off on a cold day and sit down to a hot bowl of Paleo chicken soup…
Coming Up This Month at thePaleoDiet.com
Expect to see our regular pieces this month, including suggested recipes and our monthly Nell’s Corner. On top of that we’ll continue to bring to you what the science is saying about the foods we eat including the scoop on dark chocolate and how to get enough vitamin B in your diet. We will finish the month with a few articles discussing wheat and the rising popularity of gluten-free diets.
The Paleo Diet Team