The PURE Truth About That New “Low Carb is Best” Study

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It’s that time again… when highly misleading headlines hit the airwaves about a new scientific study, and the whole internet goes wild! You may have recently seen a flurry of articles, tweets, and status updates proclaiming that low-fat diets will kill you and high-fat diets will keep you alive. The headlines range from “PURE Shakes Up Nutritional Field: Finds High Fat Intake Beneficial” (Medscape) to “Cutting down on saturated fat can shorten Read more

My Struggle with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA). How I got my period back.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my post last week where I welcomed back my monthly visitor (this is what my grandmother would say) after a 10-year absence. I’ve kept pretty quiet about my struggle with HA. To be truthful, admitting my illness made me feel like an imposter and a fraud. How could someone whose job and life revolved around helping women find and nourish their own fertility be infertile and unhealthy herself?I’ve Read more

Genes to Know About: ApoE

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Genetic testing can give us tremendous insight into our own health and, more importantly, our optimal diet and lifestyle choices given our genetic predisposition. I’ve long held that the Paleo diet is far from a one-size-fits-all approach and try to steer away from Paleo dogma in all of my writing. In this article series, I discuss specific genes that can tell us a lot about disease risk and how we can modify our implementation of Paleo to Read more

Why Vegetable Oils are Bad

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In recent years, the belief that all fat is bad (a relic of the Food Pyramid and nutrition advice from decades ago!) has all but died. Now, the concept of “healthy fats” has taken hold, and low-fat diets are no longer seen as optimal even in mainstream nutrition. Woot! Well, that’s the good news: the bad news is that there’s still a great deal of confusion about what healthy fats (and unhealthy fats) really are! In fact, even recent science news Read more

Understanding Lyme Disease: A Primer

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With 2017 predicted to be one of the riskiest years ever for Lyme-carrying ticks (thanks to an explosion in the mouse population last year that was thanks to a bumper crop of acorns the year before), understanding what Lyme disease is and what it looks like has never been more important.  In fact,  Lyme disease is severely underdiagnosed and can be an underlying challenge for many people with autoimmune disease.  If you struggle with any chronic Read more

Wheat and Innate Immunity

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Despite mainstream nutrition’s continued promotion of grain-based foods as part of a healthy diet, the evidence against wheat continues to grow (and grow, and grow!). And, it’s becoming increasingly clear that celiacs aren’t the only ones who need to be cautious about eating this ubiquitous grain! One of the latest strikes against wheat is its impact on the innate immune system. Several studies have found that wheat amylase trypsin inhibitors, or Read more

What They’re Saying About Collagen Veggie Blend Plus 5 Recipes!

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When Vital Proteins approached me last Spring about collaborating on a brand-new product for the Paleo community, I saw an amazing chance to answer the question “what protein powder do you recommend?” While I love and have used Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for years, I wanted something that was even more nutrient-dense and veggie-focused (see Why Are Veggies Crucial on the AIP, The Importance of Vegetables and The Importance of Read more

The Best First Step to Paleo

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I spend quite a bit of time writing about strategies for transitioning to a Paleo template, often in answer your questions! I also know first hand how daunting the idea of ditching the Standard American Diet for a Paleo one can be—I traveled the same path myself nearly 6 years ago. Depending on how our diets look before this transition, it can feel like a real uphill climb. But, I’m also very passionate about dispelling the myth that Paleo, or Read more

Recipes for Mom, with Love

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Growing up, cooking was an incredible source of connection between myself and my mother. As Mother’s Day rolls around, I’m always left thinking about the recipes I grew up on and how closely tied to memory those flavors are. Even though I can’t use her exact recipes any more, I’ve had so much fun adapting them to fit a Paleo and AIP template—and then getting Mom’s stamp of approval! This year, I wanted to celebrate Read more

3 Reasons to Eat Your Veggies

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One of the foundational principles of my approach to both the Autoimmune Protocol and the standard Paleo diet is a focus on nutrient-dense vegetables. If you’re new to Paleo, you might be surprised to learn that I recommend filling at least ⅔ (ideally ¾) of every plate with a variety of vegetables (including both starchy and non-starchy). The rest of our plates would then be filled out with high-quality proteins and fats. In fact, the newest Read more

Why is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad For Us?

The idea that a high intake of refined sugar could be contributing to our obesity and chronic disease epidemics is nothing new. But, one sweetener has gotten a particularly bad rap: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)! Many of us go out of our way to avoid foods that list it as an ingredient (along with sodas and sweets, it’s often found in pasta sauces, salad dressing, condiments, and other sources we might not expect). So, what exactly makes this Read more

Healthy Weight Loss with Paleo, Part 3: Troubleshooting Weight Loss Difficulties

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of this healthy weight loss series, I shared the scientific foundation for diet and lifestyle changes that promote healthy and sustainable weight loss. In an ideal world, we should be able to implement these changes and lose weight with (relative) ease. Yet, I know that the equation is actually a lot more complicated! Indeed, there are many different factors that might interfere with our ability to reach our weight loss Read more

Healthy Weight Loss with Paleo, Part 1: Modifying Dietary Choices to Support Fat Metabolism

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There are many resources, even within the Paleosphere, that make claims about weight loss (a lot of which are based more on the theoretical rather than substantiated by scientific and/or clinical knowledge! Always check resources being used!); and the huge number of dramatic success stories out there (admittedly, like my own) tend to lend credence to these claims. Certainly, there is growing clinical data to support the Paleo diet as a  strategy Read more

Change Your Life In 30 Days?: 30-Day Challenges – The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

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It’s January and that means the annual onslaught of “New Year. New You.” New Year’s resolution and 30-Day Challenge personal and gym promotions. Facebook is full of folks ‘publicly declaring their 30-day commitments to working out and ‘eating clean’. Gyms are running specials and hosting time-specific contests (usually lasting 30-days…) to see which members can lose the most weight, body fat and/or inches. People are fired-up and seriously, Read more

5 Common Paleo Diet Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Making the switch from a standard American diet to a whole foods “Paleo” (primal, ancestral, whatever you call it) diet is usually a great first step to improving your health. Perhaps you lost some stubborn body fat when you first made the switch, or perhaps your annoying acne started to die down. You may have even had some significant health problems disappear like chronic indigestion, joint pain, or fatigue. There are hundreds of Read more

5 “Paleo” Things That Aren’t

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What’s Paleo? What isn’t? For a while now, I’ve used the basic criteria of “does it hurt or harm our health?” to answer this question (rather than the “did cavemen eat this?” rational), and it’s led me to some interesting, and possibly surprising, conclusions! As the Paleo community expands, it’s more important than ever to carefully assess our choices, rather than jumping on a bandwagon Read more

Ingredients That Sound Scary But Aren’t

When reading food labels, it can be tempting to assume that any words in the ingredients list that have long, unpronounceable, or unfamiliar names must be bad for us (and definitely aren’t Paleo). But, this isn’t always the case! While some scary-sounding ingredients are worth watching out for (such as hidden sources of gluten, soy, corn and sugar), others are completely benign, and there’s no reason to go out of our way to avoid them. Here’s a Read more

5 Tips for Cleaning Out Your Pantry Today

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When it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle, our pantry can be our greatest weapon—or our greatest opponent. As someone who can hear food calling my name from the cupboard, I know just how important the contents of our pantries can be in our ability to stick with dietary priorities. Paleo dry goods have come a long way over the last few years, and it’s now easier than ever to replace your favorite Standard American Snacks (see what I did Read more

5 Paleo Treats That Won’t Count Toward Your 80/20

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The 80/20 rule states that following the Paleo diet 80% of the time allows us to experience 100% of the benefits of this framework for choosing foods.  The 20% (about 3 meals per week) in which we veer off the Paleo straight and narrow is important for finding balance, beating back any sense of deprivation, giving us flexibility while traveling or visiting friends and family, and allow a mechanism to enjoy the occasional treat.  Of course, how we Read more

The 3 Best Paleo Breakfasts

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Eggs and bacon. A banana and almond butter. Half an avocado with some hot sauce? We’ve all seen the “typical paleo breakfast,” and maybe even fallen into a routine ourselves! While I like to think of breakfast as Just Another Meal (and another chance to sneak in veggies—see (The Importance of Nutrient Density“), I do miss the extravagant breakfasts I used to enjoy before adopting a healthier lifestyle. For many of us, the Read more