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 Kimchi was originally made with veggies and beef stock.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...]

The Ultimate Paleo Guide To Kombucha

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One of my favorite beverages right now is kombucha. However, at over three bucks a bottle, it's also putting me in the poor house. I first started drinking kombucha a few years ago because I was looking for ways to improve my gut health after taking a trip around the world that left me with a jacked up digestive system, some rashes, and other autoimmune-related issues. I knew I needed more probiotics, fish oil, grass-fed proteins, and fermented foods in my diet but that I needed to avoid grains, legumes, dairy, and stress. After consulting the wise and all-knowing Google, I came across kombucha. Reported Health Benefits … [Read more...]

Are Legumes Paleo?

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The Quick Answer No, legumes are not paleo. Why Are Legumes Not Paleo? A lot of people are aware that bread and other refined carbs are hazardous for the body due to the high content of simple carbs and poor nutritional value they provide, so they don’t struggle to see the logic behind giving them up. However, things get harder when it comes to eliminating legumes. What Are Legumes? Peanuts, lentils, beans, and peas are all legumes. Some commonly known legumes are soybeans, split peas, small white beans, red beans, pinto beans, field peas, chickpeas, cashews, Boston beans, black beans, Mexican black and red beans, lima beans, mung … [Read more...]

Is Sugar Paleo?

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The Quick Answer No. Regular white cane sugar and its derivatives are not paleo, however, certain other forms of sugar (those that are found in nature) generally are considered to be paleo. Why Aren’t/Are Different Types of Sugar Paleo? White cane sugar is not paleo for the following reasons: It has an extremely high score on the glycemic index and wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, which can lead to insulin resistance and other conditions. It doesn’t contain any nutrients at all and is associated with serious diseases, including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and obesity. Although the cane plant that is … [Read more...]

Is Yogurt Paleo?

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Is Yogurt Paleo? The Short Answer No. Generally speaking, yogurt is not considered paleo. Why Is Yogurt Not Paleo? The main reason that yogurt is not paleo is that it is a form of dairy. Almost all dairy is off limits for the following reasons: It is not natural for humans to be consuming dairy, which comes from cows, sheep, and goats. Humans are only supposed to consume milk from other humans (their mothers) when they are infants and are being nursed. Dairy consumption has been linked to the development of many diseases in humans, including some very serious and chronic such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It’s … [Read more...]

Are Potatoes Paleo?

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The Quick Answer Potatoes are not paleo but sweet potatoes are. Why Potatoes Are Not Paleo There is a lot of confusion in the paleo world as to why there is not one overarching rule when it comes to starchy vegetable tubers. Tubers are a family of vegetables that grow under the ground. Some well known tubers are potatoes, carrots, radishes, and beets. Some of these vegetables are considered paleo, while others are not. Most followers of the paleo diet stick to the rule that sweet potatoes are paleo but that white potatoes are not. Many do also eat other starchy tubers. So, what’s wrong with the white potato? Let’s start from the … [Read more...]

Are Peanuts Paleo?

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The Quick Answer No, peanuts are not paleo. Most people consider peanuts safe to eat and even a lot of paleo eaters consume peanuts as a healthy, low–calorie snack. But the truth is that peanuts (and other legumes) simply are not paleo. Many people are allergic to peanuts, though having a peanut allergy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have anaphylactic shocks. Some people develop only mild symptoms such as a rashes, indigestion, diarrhoea, acidity, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Why Are Peanuts Not Paleo? Legumes Beans and legumes such as peanuts, black beans, and lentils aren’t as bad as grains (which are loaded … [Read more...]