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

Prenatal Vitamins from A to Z: The Real Deal on Vitamin A

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So we begin our journey exploring all the vitamins of the alphabet. It's awesome (get it "A"wesome?) that vitamin A is the first one because in my mind, it is one of the most important micronutrients not only to help you boost your fertility and prepare for pregnancy, but also during pregnancy and breastfeeding. So, let's explore the wonders of this over achieving vitamin. The Scoop on Vitamin A Vitamin A is important for many key functions in Read more

Potatoes: Friend or Foe of Paleo?

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For years, potatoes have had a reputation for being an empty-calorie, high-glycemic food, leading many people to limit their consumption (or even avoid them entirely). And along with their perceived lack of nutrition, potatoes were originally considered “not Paleo” due to their high starch content and naturally occurring toxins (especially glycoalkaloids). But, as potatoes make a comeback within the Paleo community, it’s important to survey the Read more

The Green Bean Controversy and Pea-Gate

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Despite being relatively nutrient-dense and a good source of soluble fiber and resistant starch, legumes are not considered a part of the Paleo diet due to their content of a type of lectins called agglutinins as well as phytates, saponins and protease inhibitors (see Why Grains Are Bad–Part 1, Lectins and the Gut, Are all lectins bad? (and what are lectins, anyway?), How Do Grains, Legumes, and Dairy Cause a Leaky Gut? Resistant Starch: It’s Not Read more

Cavemomma’s crazy Whole 30..I think I can…

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 If you’ve been around the paleo-sphere, in or around Crossfit gyms, or just not hiding under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of the “Whole 30”. Thirty days of squeaky clean paleoesqe eating that eliminates grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol (yep.) and processed food from your life for 30 days to reset and heal your body. Sound crazy? It can be. You go from feeling like you can take over the universe to “kill all Read more

5 Gut Health Tests You Can Do at Home

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With digestive disorders and microbiome issues making the headlines left and right, many of us are wondering just how healthy our guts are. After all, the state of our gut can influence our immune function, risk of chronic disease, allergies, autoimmune reactions, food intolerances, and possibly even our body weight—among countless other things! A number of professional tests can help diagnose leaky gut; SIBO and other forms of gut dysbiosis; Read more

Are Miracle Noodles Paleo?

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When going paleo, one of the hardest things for many people to give up are noodles (who doesn’t love pasta, fettuccini alfredo, or un ultra-comforting bowl of mac and cheese?!). Certain vegetables have come to the rescue as substitutes, like spaghetti squash and zucchini ribbons, but now another contender is grabbing the spotlight: Miracle Noodles. It used to be hard finding these noodles anywhere outside of Asian markets, but now that they’ve Read more

Top 8 Changes Coming to Nutrition Labels

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After years of committees, debates, panels, “consensus-building” retreats, and literature reviews, the FDA has finalized the new nutrition label guidelines. Packaged food companies have two years to incorporate the new labels. At that point, anything in a package that humans eat must have labels that reflect these changes. You’re probably skeptical. I was. The FDA doesn’t have the strongest track record. But before we Read more

Podcast Episode #245: How I Became A Real Food Nutritionist with Diana Rodgers

Topics: 1. News and updates from Liz & Diana [5:18] 2. Diana’s RD educational experience [15:50] 3. Other conventional options besides RD [23:04] 4. The frustrations of RD education [26:25] 5. Available options for emergency nutrition [37:00] 6. More advice about NTP/RD career paths [48:43] ; ; ; ; ; Links: Subscribe to Real Food Liz!  Subscribe to DianeSanfilippo.com Badass ... Read More The post Podcast Episode #245: How I Became A Read more

The Verdict on Psyllium Husks: Not Paleo!

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With increasing frequency, unhealthful ingredients are creeping into recipes labeled as Paleo or food products catering to the Paleo community. Part of the problem, is that when we define the Paleo diet over-simplistically (as avoidance of grains, legumes, dairy, refined oils, refined sugars, and processed food chemicals), we lose the critical thinking part of defining an optimal human diet. Plenty of ingredients could be classified as Paleo Read more

The problem with Stevia and The start of my 21-Day Sugar Detox Journey

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I don't often share my personal stories but decided to share my story with stevia and share why I'm joining in on the next 21 Day Sugar Detox (starting sept 1st!). This is what Stevia looks like in nature I have a confession...I love SWEET tastes. I love anything sweet...but, I hate what sugar does to me. Sugar (even fruit) makes me jittery, strange and overall rather gross! As a Read more

Pregnancy "detoxing" and the 21 Day Sugar Detox

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Goodbye Paleo Treats......... Last week I aired my dirty laundry about my stevia addiction! Today is day 1 of my 21-day sugar detox and so far it's going pretty well. This past week I've been weening myself off the sweet nectar and learning to drink my coffee and tea without any stevia at all...this is a big deal for me and the first time it's happened since probably 1992. Now that I've sufficiently dated myself, I wanted to talk Read more

Why Seaweed is Amazing!

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Creative chefs have long known that seaweed is a tasty vegetable that can liven up a meal. But, it just so happens to be one of the most nutrient-dense plant foods as well! Seaweed is teeming with essential minerals, carotenoids, and even long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, making it a powerful addition to our diets. In fact, the benefits of seaweed are even greater than most of us realize. Let’s take a closer look at this amazing food! Types of Read more

Everything Pumpkin !

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View from my bedroom this morning. Hard to believe we have snow staying on the ground in September. #canmore #crazyweather #mountainlife  If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed the rather 'unseasonable' weather we've been having here in the Canadian Rockies. It isn't unusual for it to snow in early September, but, it typically disappears pretty quickly....not this time. We got a HEAP of snow (30cm to be precise) and it stayed Read more

Should You Be Getting More B Vitamins?

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When it comes to obtaining sufficient amounts of certain micronutrients, you’re hyper vigilant. Magnesium? You’re eating spinach, throwing back magnesium glycinate, and adding Trace Mineral drops to your water. Iodine? You’re making dulse “bacon.” To bask in the holy triumvirate of vitamin K2, vitamin D3, and vitamin A, you’re willing to eat fermented cod liver oil and stinky natto. But as omnivores drawing Read more

The Real Deal on Vitamin A

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Last week was all about pumpkin! Man, there is something so magical about that precious veggie. I've been eating my pumpkin gelatin recipe I posted almost every night. #obsessed! Pumpkin is a great nutrient dense starch that is loaded with all sorts of good things, including vitamin A...but did you know, there are two types of vitamin A? Yup, it's true...hang tight, let's explore the wonders of this over achieving vitamin. The Scoop on Vitamin A Read more

17 Primal Tips for Vegans and Vegetarians

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We all know vegetarians and vegans. And while we have our differences, they are our friends, our family, our partners, our spouses, even our children. We all have people in our lives who avoid meat and/or animal products in general for multiple reasons—health, ethics, the environment, squeamishness, animal welfare—but we care about them. We also subscribe, with varying degrees of rigidity, to an eating philosophy based on the nutritional Read more

Is Kombucha Safe? The great Alcohol Debate

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If you're a listener to the most amazing Balanced Bites Podcast, you may have heard Liz Wolfe teasing a new fertility program/site, Baby Making and Beyond, that we are hard at work on. I'm SOOO excited to share this comprehensive information source for everything from fertility, pregnancy, trimester by trimester real food nutrition and popular postpartum topics. We want to have answers to all your questions so if you have something you'd like us Read more

Tasty Living Amaze Bars….Meg the Midwife Approved!

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These hempy happy chips are my regular nutrient dense stand- in for standard corn chips My friend, former Midwifery client and fellow nutrition enthusiast Lindsey Williams has done it again! She first hit the nutrition scene with her company Tasty Living which brings raw whole food goodies straight from her kitchen to your tummy. Over the past few years, I've grown addicted to her line of paleo friendly crackers, "granolas" and Read more