The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Artificial Sweeteners

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Artificial Sweeteners

I've already discussed the role of sugar in the paleo diet in The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Sugar. If you have not checked that post yet, click that link and give it a quick read, as it will act as a nice primer for today's post on the artificial stuff. Don't worry, I'll wait. After you've read it, I hope it's clear to you that not all sugar is created equal (no pun intended). The body responds to various sugars in very different ways. When it comes to artificial sweeteners, the body is not much different.  Today's articles is going to take a look at the role of artificial sweeteners in our diets: What they are How … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Grass-Fed Beef

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Artificial Grass-Fed Beeg

What's the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef? As it turns out, there is quite a big difference. Not only for the animals themselves but for us and the environment. If you're new to the paleo diet, you may have heard or read about the emphasis on consuming grass-fed beef. Or maybe you've been paleo for a while and you have your grass-fed game on point, but you're not exactly sure why you're consuming it rather than grain-fed beef. As a little prerequisite to this guide to grass-fed beef, I recommend taking some time out of your day to review some of the buzzwords used in the food industry, so that you understand what each … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Grass-Fed, Free-Range & Organic

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Grass-Fed, Free Range & Organic

We live in a world of double speak. Politicians say one thing and mean another. Companies use deceptive marketing techniques to hide the truth and emphasize the good points about their products.  You don't need all that confusion when it comes to the food you eat so, in this article, we're going to explain what's meant by the terms "grass-fed", "free-range", and "organic". We'll also explain what “natural” means, although we'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself whether or not you think "natural" is natural.  Let's dive in! What Is "Natural" And What Isn’t? Don’t be swayed when you read the word “natural” on … [Read more...]

The 12 Foods You Should Buy Organic And The 15 You Shouldn’t

The 12 Foods You Should Buy Organic

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people who are trying to eat healthier is that organic foods is expensive. Well, they're right. Organic food is more expensive than regular food. For proof of that, see this University of Texas food science article. There are a number of reasons for this: Organic foods come with higher labor costs. Organic farmland only accounts for about 1% of farmland worldwide. Organic certification costs dolla dolla bill, ya’ll. It’s not easy or cheap to get the organic stamp of approval. Costs range from $400 to over $2,000 for this. Organic farms are not usually able to … [Read more...]

What Is Tahini?

What Is Tahini

You may have heard of tahini but never quite been sure what it is and whether or not it's paleo. Well, tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It's often used in the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and Turkey, and it's most commonly served as a dip, as a meat topping, or as part of hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva.  How Is Tahini Made? Manufacturers produce tahini by first first soaking sesame seeds in water and then crushing them. This separates the bran from the kernels. Next, they're soaked in salt water, which makes the bran sink. The kernels are taken from the top, toasted, and then ground.  You can … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Greens Powders

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Greens Powders

The paleo diet is often consider the diet plan for carnivores. In fact, one of the biggest paleo myths is that it’s all about meat and animal protein. Actually, the paleo diet puts good ol’ greens first. If we went old school on you, and broke out a paleo food pyramid, vegetables would be at the base. Regardless of your approach to nutrition, vegetables should be your primary source of food. They're a low-calorie source of vitamins and minerals, making them extremely nutrient-dense. Most recent dietary recommendations call for five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables per day, depending on age, gender, activity … [Read more...]

What Is Pitaya?

What Is Pitaya

Every now and then you hear of a new health food or super food that everyone raves about. One of those foods that you might have heard about recently is pitaya. What Is Pitaya? The pitaya is a fruit that comes from several species of cactus. The pitaya fruit is a strange-looking fruit. It is a deep pink or red color on the outside and it has hard green leaves. The inside of the fruit is fleshy and contains seeds, just like the kiwi does.  There are two varieties of pitaya (or pitahaya). One comes from Central America and the other (dragon fruit) comes from Asia. The Asian dragonfruit comes from the genus Hylocereus, is white on … [Read more...]

Is Kimchi Paleo?

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The Quick Answer Yes, kimchi is paleo. What Is Kimchi? Kimchi was first introduced about 3,000 years ago, according to a collection of Chinese poetry. It is believed that the word "kimchi" came from the Korean word "japchae", which means "vegetables soaked in water." Kimchi is commonly associated with Korean culture, as it is a staple food in that part of the world (there’s even a kimchi museum in Seoul). However, today it is more often than not viewed as a condiment. Kimchi was originally made with veggies and beef stock. The kimchi you are most likely familiar with today is prepared by salting cabbage and adding red … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Agave

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Feel free to disagree with me here, but it seems that every year another sweetener hits the shelves and is promoted as a healthy alternative to sugar. Equal Splenda Agave Stevia Erythritol Over the past few years, one of the “natural” sweetener darlings promoted by many (including Dr. Oz) has been agave. It is said that the Aztecs used agave nectar with salt to heal wounds, so it is often referred to as some kind of health food. In my coaching practice, I'm often asked about alternatives to sugar for baking and for sweetening up coffee, tea, and other beverages. Some people want to know about the sugar substitutes … [Read more...]

Are Almonds Paleo?

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The Quick Answer Yes. Almonds are paleo. Why Are Almonds Paleo? Almonds are high in vital minerals and vitamins like riboflavin, magnesium, copper, vitamin E and manganese. They're also one of the few foods that are alkaline. Alkaline foods are important because hyperacidicity can increase your risk of immune dysfunction, insulin imbalance, biochemical abnormalities, and osteoporosis. Most biological processes and dietary choices promote acidity, so almonds can play an important role by keeping your pH levels neutral. Research suggests that almonds improve memory function and delay the onset of dementia, Alzheimer’s … [Read more...]