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The Most Important Diet Question (That you Probably Aren’t Asking)

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We ask questions about our food every day. Is this Paleo? Did cavemen have ___________? How many carbs are in sweet potatoes compared to white potatoes? Do cooked vegetables still have any Vitamin C? Does microwaving food destroy the nutrients? But all these questions are really just proxies. Why do you care how many carbs are in a sweet potato compared to a white potato? It’s not because you really have a deep interest in…

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Going Paleo in a Non-Paleo Household

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It’s hard enough to go Paleo if you’re doing it with a supportive group – maybe a friend, or a gym community, or just your family deciding to make it happen together. But what do you do when you’re the only person in the house who’s willing to take the plunge? What if your significant other (or roommate) is apathetic about the idea of diet change, and unwilling to even try it? Can you still…

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Iodine: How Much is Too Much?

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We’ve already covered the issue of not getting enough iodine, but there’s also another side to this coin: iodine is very dangerous if you get too much, especially when it’s taken as a supplement without the other nutrients that would naturally accompany iodine found in whole foods. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there about taking huge megadoses of iodine to cure various diseases or “detox” from chemical exposure. So take a look below…

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Transitioning to Paleo: a Guide for Vegetarians and Vegans

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Transitioning to Paleo can be a bumpy ride for anyone, but ex-veg*ns (a term that includes both vegetarians and vegans) can have an especially tough time re-introducing a food group they haven’t even touched for several years. Your digestive system actually adapts to what you eat, so if you eat an entirely plant-based diet for a significant amount of time, meat can be quite a shock to your system. That doesn’t mean Paleo is impossible,…

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Iodine: Are You Getting Enough?

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If your IQ is high enough to read these words, you have iodine to thank: this little-known mineral is essential for brain development in infancy, among several other crucial functions. But even though outright iodine deficiency is fairly rare in the developed world, it’s still a danger to be aware of – especially because the combination of a Paleo diet and the modern food environment can unintentionally create a dangerously low dietary iodine intake. So…

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10 Tips for a Paleo Spring Cleaning

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With the melting snow and the freshly beautiful weather in the springtime comes that inevitable itch for home improvement and “spring cleaning.” Maybe you already have a home improvement project or three scheduled for this time of year. But while you’re at it, take a look at these 10 ways to make your home a little more Paleo-friendly. Believe it or not, modern inventions like indoor heat, electric light, and running water do come with…

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Why am I so Hungry?

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You always had a pretty normal appetite – maybe even below average. But then you switched to Paleo, and suddenly, you’re ravenous all the time. Half an hour after eating, your stomach is growling for more. You put back huge heaps of food, but nothing seems to satisfy you: help! Sound familiar? It’s pretty common, and it’s certainly frustrating. But even though it feels so alarming, it’s not actually a sign that you’re about to…

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What Can I Eat When I’m Sick?

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Were you doing fine with fresh, whole foods…until the stomach bug going around the office caught up with you? Nobody wants to cook a huge and complicated meal when they’re sick – and even if someone else did the work, it’s not always easy to choke down the real food you know you should be eating. But it’s certainly possible to cook Paleo food for an upset stomach. You don’t have to rely on saltine…

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Paleo Nutrition to Fuel your Workouts

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In the big picture of health, diet should work in harmony with activity: your food should help build muscle and give you energy to explore all the amazing ways your body can move when you’re fueling it properly. Movement – whether it’s dancing or deadlifting – is just the expression of a well-nourished body. That’s why an evolutionary approach to exercise complements Paleo so well. A species-appropriate diet and species-appropriate physical activity fit together seamlessly…

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Paleo for One

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Cooking Paleo for a family is a challenge in itself, but cooking for one person raises a different set of issues. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it to get out all the pots and pans just for one meal; it seems like cleaning everything up afterwards takes even longer than cooking. And a lot of the money-saving techniques like buying in bulk just don’t seem workable. But cooking for one also has its bright…

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Five Common Paleo Sticking Points (And How to Get Past Them)

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“I’m Paleo, except…” “I eat mostly Paleo, but…” – does this sound familiar? You know you’d feel so much better if you could dive in 100%, but there’s just one little sticking point that you can’t find an answer for. Take a look at 5 common culprits, and and how to work around them. 5. What can I Bring for Lunch Without a Fridge? Work lunches without a fridge can be tough, but they’re not…

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A Different Way of Looking At Restriction

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Have you ever been lost for words trying to explain to your non-Paleo friends why you’re not on a “restrictive diet” and you don’t feel miserably deprived at every grain-free meal? It’s surprisingly hard to convince someone else that you’re perfectly happy without a food group they take for granted as the basis of their diet. Or perhaps you’ve even felt an unwelcome twinge of agreement, or frustration, or longing for a food that you…

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Is Cardio Really That Bad?

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Cardio gets a bad rap in the Paleo world. It’s dissed as inefficient, ineffective for muscle building, and just plain boring. Many people who discover Paleo are overjoyed to find a health philosophy that doesn’t require penitential hours on the treadmill or elliptical trainer. That’s fine. If you hate cardio, don’t do it. Forget about it! Throw out the treadmill, burn your running shorts, and dedicate yourself to deadlifting three times your bodyweight. Or take…

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A Beginners’ Guide to Cooking Odd Bits (With Recipes You Already Know)

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If you’ve ever gone out on a limb and bought half a pig, or a freezer lamb, or even just gone in for the oxtail or beef tongue on a whim, you might know the sinking feeling of staring down that paper package, rereading “Inspected and Passed by U.S. Department of Agriculture” over and over, and realizing you have no idea what to do with this. Well, put on your chef’s hat and grab that…

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Paleo Approaches to Autoimmune Disease

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Please remember: Paleo Leap is not a doctor, and none of this is a substitute for medical advice. Please take everything in this article as information that you can discuss with a doctor, not a “cure” for any disease. The human immune system is truly astonishing. From our skin to our T-cells to our bone marrow, it protects us from constant invasion attempts by billions of viruses, bacteria, and fungi every day, and it can…

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid: the Weight Loss Fat?

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Trans fat: the name conjures up images of fast-food fries and the other “food” that comes out of an industrial deep-fryer. But as dangerous as man-made trans-fats are, naturally produced trans fats can actually be very healthy for you – and the best example is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is a naturally occurring transsaturated fat found primarily in grass-fed meat and milk. When animals on pasture eat the Omega-3 fats in grass and other…

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A Practical Guide to Supplement Safety

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The last time you looked at an ingredients label on a food package, you might have seen something that made you wince and put the package back on the shelf. But did you pause even for a second to wonder whether you could trust what the label said? Probably not – and that didn’t happen by accident. We can trust food labels because there’s a huge system of food safety regulations dedicated to keeping food…

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Paleo Without Fish and Seafood?

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A recent post about shrimp raised a very interesting topic: is it still possible to get the health benefits of seafood if you have a fish or shellfish allergy? Fish might be an extremely nutritious food, but all the hype about iodine and Omega-3s won’t do you much good in the middle of an anaphylactic reaction. The same question applies to people who just can’t stand the taste of seafood of any kind, or people…

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Escape the Grocery Jail: Tips for Time-Saving Paleo Shopping

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You go to the store on Saturday to stock up on groceries. On Monday evening, you’re about to make some bone broth, but, you realize you forgot the celery and you have to go back for it. (When you return with your hard-won prize, you discover that you did have it after all; it was just hiding behind a big Tupperware of leftover potatoes. So now you have two bunches of celery, one of which…

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Is Honey Paleo?

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On a Paleo diet, sugar is definitely out – even the fancy “Sugar in the Raw” packages that try to tempt you with a more “natural” brown color. But the case of honey isn’t quite so clear-cut. While it’s very sweet, honey is a whole food, and it was probably available in the Paleolithic, albeit not in a cute little squeeze bear. And we also have some evidence of very healthy and lean people in…

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A Paleo Guide to Tea

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“We haven’t had any tea for a week… The bottom is out of the Universe.” -Rudyard Kipling Kipling might have been exaggerating a little – but only a little. Tea is a famously beloved drink, and for good reason: besides the taste and the calming social ritual of drinking it, it’s also a gentle stimulant, it’s rich in antioxidants, and it has a nearly miraculous ability to make a bad day bearable (without turning to…

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Managing a Weight-Loss Plateau

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Most of us like to think of weight loss as a nice steady elevator ride going down from “too high” to “just right.” Or at least, that’s what we wish would happen! But in the real world, that weight-loss elevator is more like a theme-park ride: it goes down, it comes jerking to a halt and then zooms back up for a while, it suddenly drops six floors overnight…and sometimes, it even stays in one…

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Is Paleo Healthy for Women?

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Take a minute to think up all the “woman food” you know. Soy milk, low-fat yogurt, salad when you really wanted the hamburger, quinoa, cupcakes, smoothies, boneless skinless chicken breast…it’s about as far from Paleo as you can get. In our culture, women get bombarded with messages that this is what they should be eating: lots of low-fat food, lots of grains, and as few calories as you can possibly manage. Growing up in that…

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Paleo for Liver Health

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Liver isn’t just something that you eat (although that’s important too, and you can read about it here). It’s also something that you have, and your own liver is definitely an organ you want to take care of: it’s responsible for crucial functions like cholesterol synthesis, detoxification, and fat metabolism. Without a healthy liver, none of us would last very long, so learn how to keep yours humming along smoothly. One way of doing this…

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Eat This: Shrimp

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Small but mighty, shrimp are a delicious way to get some of those incredibly valuable nutrients in seafood. And as one of America’s top 3 fish, they’re certainly popular – if you’re looking for a snack-type dish to bring to a party, a shrimp ring (or some shrimp cocktail, perhaps?) is always a hit. They’re traditional for New Year’s parties, but there’s no reason you couldn’t serve them at any other time of year: dress…

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