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The Science of Paleo Grocery Shopping: Research that Helps you Save Money and Resist Buying Junk

We’ve covered some tips for saving time with Paleo grocery shopping here, but in this post, the focus is more...

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The 5 Types of Fat Every Paleo Eater Should Know

Eating the right kind of fat, in the right amount, is a key part of Paleo. Paleo isn’t about cramming...

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Optimizing Your Paleo Diet with Heart Rate Variability

The following is a guest post from Elite HRV, a top-rated HRV mobile app that was created by a small...

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4 Ways Paleo Helps Reprogram Fat Cells for Easier Weight Loss

It can be tempting to think of fat cells as inactive energy storage units, kind of like batteries for people....

Nuts

A Different Way to Think About Nuts: Getting Past the Nutrient Focus

Outside of white potatoes, nuts might be some of the most hotly-disputed foods in the Paleo world. Depending on who...

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5 Common Health Problems that Improve with Surprisingly Little Weight Loss

Dramatic stories about massive weight loss are inspiring to read, and a lot of people who start Paleo have very...

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How to Evaluate “Paleo Cookies,” “Paleo Bacon,” and other Paleo-Labeled Foods in the Grocery Store: Learning from the Low-Fat Craze

Even Paleo eaters can learn a thing or two from the low-fat craze. In this case, it’s a lesson about...

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5 Travel-Friendly Paleo Breakfasts for All-Morning Energy

The Science of an Energizing Breakfast There’s a lot of confusion about exactly what makes for a “good” breakfast, but...

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5 Reasons to Relax About Associations Between Red Meat and Disease

Every few months there’s a new study finding that red meat (or saturated fat, cholesterol, animal protein, or some other...

Weight

How Exercise Makes you a Better Fat Burner

If you’ve ever used a treadmill, you’re probably familiar with the “fat-burning zone:” it’s a range of heart rates, and...

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5 Paleo Meals that Beat Whole Grains at their Own Game

One of the big claims of conventional nutrition advice is that whole grains are “superfoods” incredibly high in various nutrients...

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The Science of Refeeds or Planned “Cheat Days” for Weight Loss

It’s a popular strategy for weight loss: every week (or every two weeks, in some plans), take a “cheat day”...

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5 Research-Backed “Medicinal Foods” For Cardiovascular Health

The Greek physician Hippocrates famously said to “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Of...

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What Makes a “Healthy” Gut Biome? Gut Bacterial Diversity and how to get it.

The gut microbiome – the collection of friendly bacteria that live in our intestines – is a huge factor in...

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5 Paleo Diet and Lifestyle Strategies to Prevent and Minimize Cravings

On the list of reasons why people struggle with Paleo, cravings for junk food have got to be in the...

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Falling Asleep at your Desk? It Might be the Inflammation Talking

We’ve all been there: struggling to stay awake after lunch or nodding off at 3:30 even after a full night...

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6 Non-Paleo Ingredients that Might be Hiding in your Trail Mix

Trail mix is a great snack, and it’s often one of the few Paleo options in a gas station or...

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Metabolic Endotoxemia: One Link Between Gut Problems and Chronic Disease

If you’ve been eating Paleo for a while, you probably know that gut problems and inflammation are involved in weight gain, diabetes,...

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5 Common Hair and Skin Issues with More Serious Metabolic Roots

Cosmetic issues with skin health and hair loss can certainly be embarrassing, but most of the time we assume they’re...

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Calorie Restriction for Life Extension: What Are the Alternatives?

It’s been known for a while that 20-40% calorie restriction is a pretty great way to extend the lifespan of...

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How Animal Foods Help Prevent DNA Damage

Fruits and vegetables get all the good press for preventing chronic disease, but animal foods also provide valuable nutrients that...

Paleo Questions

4 Paleo Tips to Escape Common Beginner Traps

It’s natural to be a little nervous when you’re thinking about starting Paleo – and it’s also completely normal to...

Dairy and Paleo

4 Reasons to Make your Dairy Fermented (If you eat it)

Dairy isn’t right for everyone. If you don’t tolerate dairy for whatever reason (lactose intolerance, milk allergy, you hate the...

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The Science of “Turning Carbs to Fat:” De Novo Lipogenesis and How it Works

One of the common justifications for eating a low-carb diet is that the human body has a limited ability to...