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Paleo Stuffing Recipe [Paleo, GF, AIP]

Written by Louise Hendon on November 24

I created this Paleo stuffing recipe several years ago and totally forgot about it until recently (and that’s why the photos don’t look as polished as some of my newer recipes).

What’s so special about this stuffing recipe is that it has sweet potatoes and liver in it for added nutrition, but you can barely even taste the liver in it (in case you’re worried). In fact, this recipe was so good, we ate it by itself as an entree!

I hope you enjoy it for Thanksgiving or just for dinner one night.

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Variety is the Spice of…Obesity

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 6

Variety is always touted as an excellent thing, whether we’re talking about food or anything else.

But when it comes to food, there’s a mounting body of scientific literature that points to variety (in certain contexts) being a big problem. In particular, there is a phenomenon in every human known as sensory-specific satiety. This means that we get full faster when eating the same food, rather than a combination of different foods.

This 2009 study examined this very phenomenon:

Variety enhances food intake in humans: Role of sensory-specific satiety

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Why We Overeat

The reasons we overeat are numerous and varied. But obesity researchers almost universally agree on one of the biggest reasons: food reward.

The (oversimplified) idea behind food reward is that certain foods cause us to crave them. This is different than a food simply tasting good. For instance, I think pork belly is delicious. But once I’ve had a reasonably-sized meal, I have no desire to eat more pork belly. And I never go to bed craving pork belly.

On the other hand, a chocolate chip cookie sounds good to me just about any time. It doesn’t matter if I’ve just had a huge meal – a chocolate chip cookie will still be tempting.

The reason this occur is generally due to a specific combination of fat, sugar, and salt that our bodies have a hard time resisting. This combination never naturally occurs. It’s only something we create in modern foods.

Another Reason We Overeat

The 2009 study above didn’t really address the issue of food reward, but it addressed a related reason that we overeat. As I mentioned above, it dealt with the concept of sensory-specific satiety.

In the study, the researchers fed the participants in the study fries and brownies. But the fries and brownies were fed to the participants either with or without condiments (ketchup, mustard, and vanilla cream). And in one circumstance, participants were given fries and brownies without condiments and then with condiments.

What the researchers found is that the participants would eat much greater quantities of both the fries and brownies when the condiments were available.

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, since you probably think that ketchup, mustard, and vanilla cream make fries and brownies taste better. But while that might be true, what this study shows is that the participants got tired of the foods (even though fries and brownies are generally pretty addictive). However, once new flavors were introduced, the participants suddenly weren’t as full and were able to eat more of the fries and brownies.

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What’s the takeaway here?

Our bodies know when we’ve had enough natural foods (foods that haven’t been combined with too many other natural or processed foods). But when we start engineering and combining foods, our bodies aren’t able to properly control the amount we eat.

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6 Things You MUST Know About Bacon

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 4

Meat Candy.

You can stuff bacon into practically any food and end up with a more delicious version of that food. From chocolate to skewered chicken, bacon makes almost everything better (bacon jam, anyone?).

And yet, you’ve probably heard for most of your life that bacon is a heart attack waiting to happen. Luckily, we now know that’s just not true.

But the real question…

Is Bacon Actually Healthy?

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What Percentage of Protein, Fat, and Carbs should I eat?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on July 1

There are a lot of varying opinions on this.

Generally, throughout history (for as long as we’ve known and across all cultures), protein varies between 12-18%. It’s not a huge range, so generally, 15% protein is fine. That said, higher protein diets are generally more satiating, so several studies appear to indicate that higher protein diets contribute to weight loss. For my part, I think keeping protein anywhere between 15-25% is a pretty good target, and there’s a lot of great research and anecdotal reason to believe that we should cycle protein consumption (some days higher protein, some days very low, rather than keeping it constant every single day).
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Is Ghee Paleo? (More Specifically, Why Ghee is Amazing…)

Written by Jeremy Hendon on June 19

I didn’t grow up exposed to a lot of foods that you might consider to be traditionally non-American. (Whatever that means, but you get the idea.)

Ghee is certainly such a food.

In fact, when I first read about it, I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. Gee? Jee?

I had no idea, except the vague understanding that people seem to spread it on things.
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One Huge Reason That Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

Written by Jeremy Hendon on June 5

Artificial sweeteners have gotten a very bad rap for a long time without much solid evidence as to why they’re bad.

There have been a lot of studies that have shown correlations between things like obesity and artificial sweeteners, but there are so many confounding factors in those studies that they’re pretty much irrelevant for anything other than casual conversation.

That’s rapidly changing.

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Why is dairy not allowed on a Paleo diet?

Written by Louise Hendon on April 26

Dairy is a confusing topic within the Paleo diet and there’s a lot of debate still about it, so I hope this article will clear that up for you if you’re confused, or just skip down to the section listing the types of allowed dairy if that’s all you’re after.

Why Is Dairy Not Allowed On A Paleo Diet?

Let me start by stating that dairy is a highly nutritious (and delicious) food source, and humans have consumed animal milk for millennia. That doesn’t mean it’s good for you to eat though!

So how do you determine if dairy is right for you??

Like many people, the reason why you’re going Paleo is probably to lose weight or heal a health condition like digestive issues, autoimmune, inflammation, or controlling blood sugar, and unfortunately, eating dairy typically does not help you achieve any of those goals!

In particular, dairy has been closely linked to digestive and inflammatory issues for many people (e.g., sinus problems, joint pain, acne, IBS, bloating, gas).

So while dairy (especially in the full-fat, fermented, or raw forms) may be good for a very healthy individual, it’s generally not great for most people with existing health or weight loss issues.

What’s Wrong With Dairy Products?

There are 3 main reasons for avoiding dairy if you have health issues (please share the infographics below):

Why is dairy not allowed on a Paleo diet?

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Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut. Surprise, Surprise!

Written by Jeremy Hendon on April 8

Occasionally, I cheat on my Paleo diet (shocking, huh?).

However, even when I cheat, I never eat gluten, and I’m probably the least-sensitive person I know.

Even though I don’t experience any acute symptoms from eating gluten, I still avoid it at all costs.

Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut

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Chronic Illness and Paleo: Eating Your Way Out of It

Written by Louise Hendon on March 29

C.A. Newberry is fascinated by varied topics and believes in the power of continued learning. Her varied background includes event coordination followed closely by years of “whatever additional duties the job requires.” After retirement she had the desire to share her collected wisdom. When not at her computer, you can find her at the ballpark with her family. Connect with her on Twitter.

Chronic conditions are very high and are rising. Over nineteen million American adults are currently living with diabetes and over 580,000 deaths were attributed to cancer in 2013.

Altogether, over 130 million Americans are living with some type of a chronic condition.

Food Matters

For countless individuals, one simple answer lies with food.

Thousands of people are making the switch to Paleo every day, and chronic health conditions like autoimmune disorders, IBS, and diabetes are some of the biggest reasons.

And a significant number of people have reported experiencing an overall positive effect on their well-being and how they function every day.

The food you choose to eat affects both your health and your risk for disease, and if you’re currently dealing with some type of chronic disease, then your food choices can potentially help manage symptoms.
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4 Paleo Cooking Essentials

Written by Louise Hendon on March 24

I wasn’t into cooking at all before I started a Paleo diet. In fact, my knowledge of cooking was practically non-existent.

But that all changed when I got into a Paleo diet – in fact, I started to really enjoy cooking. And I started accumulating cookware and equipment.

These 4 pieces of cooking equipment have made my life and Paleo diet so much easier, and I hope you find them helpful too.
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How To Cure Heartburn For Good! (In 4 Steps)

Written by Louise Hendon on March 18

This post is mostly based on how I managed to cure heartburn, but I’ve also added in steps that other people have found to work as well. I’ve listed below 4 steps to curing heartburn – I hope it helps you like it helped me!

I Used To Have Chronic Heartburn

Heartburn is one of the worst conditions to have – for me, it happened daily. I would eat dinner, and then this burning sensation would arise in my stomach. If I burped, then acid would come up into my throat. Sometimes, it would be just a dull pain between my ribcage just below my heart. Maybe there are medical differences in my symptoms, but to me, it was just discomfort and pain.

And the worst part of it was that I thought I would have it for the rest of my life. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, so read on for the 4 steps on how to cure heartburn for good!

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Gluten-Free Cookbook Sale

Written by Louise Hendon on February 24

We think going gluten-free is just one step toward a healthy diet, but it is a big step in the right direction.

So, if you’re just going gluten-free right now, then check out this huge gluten-free cookbook sale that’s happening today.

Buck Books has organized a huge Gluten-Free Books Sale for today only – all the below books plus more are $0.99 (a few are slightly more expensive due to their size).


Tammy Credicott is the author of a lot of gluten-free and Paleo cookbooks (with over 366 5-star reviews). This is a fantastic deal (for over 200 recipes)! Click here to get her book on Amazon. It’s $2.99 today (not $0.99 as previously reported because it’s a much longer book with a lot more recipes).

The Healthy Gluten-Free Life (200 Recipes)

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Gluten-Free Recipes in 30 Minutes (137 Recipes)


The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper


Keeping It Real (85 Recipes)


Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Recipes: 45 Delicious Meals made in 30 Minutes OR LESS!


Gluten Free, Real Food Recipes for Kids (70+ Recipes)


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High Protein or Low Carb? Which is Better for Sustaining Fat Loss?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on February 23

Losing fat is hard enough.

The worst part is that most of us can’t keep it off. And that’s just mean.

If you work hard enough to lose the fat in the first place, shouldn’t there be a rule that it’s impossible to gain back???

Of course, that’s not how it works, and most folks gain back all (or often more than all) of the fat they lost. But some lucky few do manage to keep off the fat forever.

What’s the Difference?

There isn’t ONE single difference, but a recent study conducted in Europe (and involving a lot of people) points to one significant difference. Here’s the study:
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How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

Written by Jeremy Hendon on February 18

The study below has been out for a little under a decade, but I recently found it courtesy of Richard Nikoley’s blog:

Insulin-sensitizing effects of dietary resistant starch and effects on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue metabolism

The study is not ground-breaking, but it’s yet another sign that…

Certain Starchy Foods Have a Lot of Positive Health Benefits

This may seem obvious to you, but for a long time now, many folks (Paleo or otherwise) have placed starchy foods (like rice, potatoes, plantains, etc.) in the same category as sugary candy, sodas, and other problematic carbs like wheat. If studies like this one are right, then starchy foods like potatoes may be the proverbial baby that got thrown out with the bathwater.
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