3 Reasons To Eat Paleo

Okay, so you’re not convinced yet.

You don’t care about the history of the paleo diet, or what’s on a paleo diet food list, or even which paleo recipes you can make for dinner. You still want to know:

Why start eating paleo in the first place?

Well, here are three reasons as to why eating paleo is a good idea:

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Paleo Food Regulates Hormones

The super scientific reason is that eating paleo is going to help regulate your hormones, most notably insulin. Insulin is the hormone that’s perpetually jacked up because of the insane amounts of sugar that most people consume.

This huge amount of sugar causes your blood sugar levels to skyrocket, which causes your insulin levels to jump (and high insulin levels literally put the brakes on the fat-burning process), which can be a real bummer for those people trying to lose weight.

As a bonus, many people who reduce their sugar intake also find that this simple change clears up their skin, hair, and tons of other things as well.

You’ll Eat More

No more of this counting calories bullcrap. No more eating salads or impersonating a twig.

The great thing about paleo is that you can EAT UP!

Seriously, chow down.

Paleo food is so nutritionally dense and satiating that it’s very difficult to accidentally overeat while eating strictly paleo (try it, we dare you).

If we got a dollar every time someone felt better, and lost weight, simply by changing the type (not the quantity) of food they ate, we’d be rich, rich men.

You’ll Eat Better Food

Why beat around the bush?

Eating paleo means you’re eating better food – period. Try to convince yourself that your Twinkie is the epitome of human culinary perfection, but, when you get down to it, eating paleo means you’re going to have to do some sort of cooking, and that requires you to make real food. You’ll get good (or at least decent) at cooking, and you’ll find yourself eating much, much better food in general. And, once you start doing this, it’ll be hard to drag yourself back to that Twinkie.

There are three solid reasons to start eating paleo. What’s your reason?

Want to get started with paleo? Start our 30 Day Paleo Challenge.

photo credit: David Gallagher

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How To Lose The Final Five Pounds With The Paleo Diet

This is a guest post from Vic Magary.  Vic is an advocate of the Paleo diet, proud pet-parent to his golden retriever Coda, and creator of the Final Five Formula program.

photo (7) The Paleo diet is a great eating strategy for weight loss.  But sometimes, even when following a Paleo diet, it can be challenging to lose that last bit of fat.  Sure you are healthy and fit, but maybe vanity combined with an upcoming beach vacation has you wanting to lose those final 5 – 10 pounds.  If those last few pounds won’t seem to budge, here are a few tips to take your Paleo diet to the next level:

1.  Stop fudging the numbers.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule?  Or even 90/10?  You know, where you eat Paleo almost all of the time but still allow yourself to stray from the plan once or twice per week.  If that is what you have been doing, stop cheating and lock it down tight.  If you really want to lose those final five pounds forget “cheat meals” and other permissive slips.  Instead focus on sticking to the Paleo path 100% of the time for 2 – 4 weeks.

2.  Pass on the potatoes.

Many fans of the Paleo diet see potatoes as a gray area.  Since they come from the earth and have no additional ingredients, it’s easy to make the argument that they should be included under the Paleo umbrella.  But they also cause the exact blood sugar spike and corresponding insulin response that you want to avoid when trying to lose weight.  So if you are trying to take your leanness to the next level, skip the potatoes (and yes, even sweet potatoes).

3.  Watch your portion sizes.

There is no way around it – losing that last bit of fat is going to take a reduction in your caloric intake.  And since counting calories can be tedious and impractical, focus instead on “eye-balling” your portion sizes.  For vegetables, especially those awesome green leafy vegetables, eat all that you want.  For meat and fish, use the size and thickness of your palm as a portion guide.  But the big one to watch out for is nuts. It’s so easy to grab a huge handful of almonds and mindlessly munch on them.  Instead, keep nut portions to what fits in the center of your palm without overlapping – that’s only about 6 – 8 almonds for most people.

4.  Reduce or eliminate fruit.

Fruit can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, but it is also a source of sugar.  Like potatoes mentioned above, the natural sugar fructose in fruit can cause the insulin response we want to avoid when working to lose fat.  Typically the included fiber and relatively low calorie count makes fruit a relatively harmless indulgence.  But when trying to lose those final few pounds, placing your focus on a variety of vegetables for those vitamins and minerals and eliminating or greatly reducing fruit can help you reach your goal.

5.  Consider Intermittent Fasting.

If you are already following the tips above and you are still stuck at a weight loss plateau, then intermittent fasting may be worth experimenting with.  This is simply adhering to an eating schedule that involves an extended period without food followed by a specific window for eating.  A common intermittent fasting schedule is 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours of feeding.  As an example, you may have your last meal of the day at 7:00pm and then not eat again until 11:00am.  An even simpler way to think of this is skipping breakfast.

Remember the tips above are not necessarily meant to be permanent practice.  Following the 80/20 principle and enjoying the occasional potato can be great for maintaining a healthy weight.  But if you are looking to lose that last bit of fat, then you have to do something differently than you have been doing.  To drop those final 5 – 10 pounds maintain a strict Paleo diet, watch your portion sizes, eliminate the potatoes and fruit, and consider intermittent fasting.

The Final Five Formula is a program specifically designed to help you lose the final 5 – 10 pounds.  It combines a tiered system of diet, recovery, and exercise to help you take your body composition to the next level.  Get the full details on the program by clicking here.

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How To Make Paleo Pancakes

How To Make Paleo Pancakes

So you want to go beyond a great paleo breakfast and make some paleo pancakes of your own, huh?

Well, you’re in luck, we have a great. We have a great recipe we found over at Mark’s Daily Apple and tweaked it a bit for our own tastes. What we ended up with is absolute perfection. Enjoy!

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Paleo Pancakes Recipe

The great thing about paleo pancakes is they are super simple to make. Case in point: this only takes 3 ingredients.

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Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe bananas
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
Instructions
  1. Mash up the bananas
  2. Add in the egg and mix into the batter
  3. Stir in the almond butter to the mix (more almond butter = more pancake-y type texture)
  4. Cover pan with butter or coconut oil
  5. Cook the pancakes until brown on each side
  6. Top with fruit as needed
Adapted from Mark's Daily Apple
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

How To Make Paleo Pancakes Recipe – Infographic

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Make your own paleo pancakes and learn more about the paleo diet at UltimatePaleoGuide.com.

 

Paleo Pancake Resources & Tips

If you want to customize or tweak your paleo pancake recipe to your own liking, here are a few more tips.

  1. Add more almond butter for more pancake-y type texturing (the more almond butter added, the more solid the pancake).
  2. Top with warm grass-fed butter to really bring out the flavor.
  3. Top with fruit (personally, we recommend some of the fruits on our paleo diet food list – our favorites include blueberries, blackberries and strawberries).
  4. Depending on where you fall on the sugar spectrum, you may want to add some all-natural maple syrup for a slight sweetened flavor.
  5. If you want to stay away from syrup, you can go with a  lighter sweetener and use some natural honey. It’s absolutely delicious – you’ll thank us later

That’s all there is to it! That’s how you make paleo pancakes.

Happy eating!

Recipe via Marks Daily Apple

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Caveman Blogger Fights for Free Speech and Internet Freedom

News at 11! Sharing your personal health story and experiences can get you shut down.

Steve Cooksey at Diabetes Warrior has been sharing his own personal story of health and weight loss via the paleo diet. Only one problem: he didn’t pay lots of money to learn about it in a book and get a license – he just tried something and found it worked (first hand experience really is something, huh?).  Well, that wasn’t good enough for the great state of North Carolina and their board of Dietetics and Nutritionists who sent him a letter this January, threatening to shut him down.

Apparently you need a medical license to share what’s worked for you (no more stories anymore!). Well Steve’s not taking it without a fight. He’s filing a lawsuit challenging the government’s authority to regulate regular people giving out advice (and *gasp* letting people make up their own minds about an issue).

We’re big fans of promoting what works. With the majority of Americans overweight and a massive amount of us obsese, it’s clear the current nutrition regimen isn’t working.

So why not change it? Consider the paleo diet.

It’s not just a matter of a free speech but of common sense. Keep fighting the good fight Steve. We support you (we just hope we don’t get a takedown letter for saying so!).

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