How to Eat Your Way to Happiness

The link below isn’t an actual study (I couldn’t get my hands on it), but it’s a very interesting article that discusses and extrapolates on the study:

Gut Bacteria May Exacerbate Depression

In the study that the paper discusses, patients who were depressed were tested for leaky gut (a condition whereby the intestines let too many things through into your bloodstream).

Leaky Gut Leads to Depression

Researchers found that 35% of patients tested positive for leaky gut. And it’s likely that more than that may have had minor cases of leaky gut that would not have shown up on the tests.
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How to Detoxify Your Organs – Guest Post by Christopher James Clark

How to Detoxify Your Organs - Guest Post by Christopher James Clark

Christopher Clark is a chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science. His book, Nutritional Grail, has earned critical acclaim from the scientific community and has won three awards, including the Gold Medal in the Food category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards. You can read our review of his phenomenal book here.

Earlier this year, Dr. Loren Cordain’s, the founder of the Paleo movement, invited Clark to join his writing team. Besides writing for ThePaleoDiet.com, Clark also writes for The Huffington Post and various other publications. He also maintains his own Nutritional Grail Blog, which features over 150 step-by-step recipes. Below is an excerpt from Nutritional Grail on How To Detoxify Your Organs.

Supporting The Detoxification Organs

The liver, kidneys, and intestines are the primary detoxification organs. Excessive sugar consumption, especially fructose, burdens the liver considerably. Reasonable amounts of fructose (around 25 grams per day) consumed as whole fruit are healthy and encouraged, but most people consume far too much fructose through soda, fruit juice, and processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The average American consumes 97 pounds of sugar per year, half of which is HFCS.1 According to Harvard Medical School, 30 percent of US adults (and presumably those of other developed nations) have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a virtually unknown disease before 1980.2 Additionally, a 2012 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that nearly 10 percent of US teens have this disease.3 Research presented at the 2011 International Liver Congress made headlines with the suggestion that half the US population could have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by 2030.4

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is directly related to excessive consumption of fructose (sugar). Besides drastically reducing (or eliminating) sugar, the best way to support the liver is by eating foods that promote detoxification, and foods high in antioxidants. Garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables are highly beneficial. Also, according to traditional Chinese medicine, sour foods, including lemons and limes, support the liver.5 An excellent herb for liver support is milk thistle.

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Easy Paleo Roasted Vegetables Recipe

easy paleo roasted vegetables

I picked up a variety of mini and baby vegetables from Costco the other day – baby squash, mini peppers and little tomatoes. They turned out to be fantastic when roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt.  They taste great right out of the oven or even cold.

If finding these mini/baby vegetables is tough, you can just use regular Italian squash and regular bell peppers chopped into chunks.

Then just before serving, I like to sprinkle some freshly chopped basil leaves on top for extra flavor.
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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Corn: Why It’s NOT Healthy or Paleo

is corn paleo?

Everything about whether or not a food is Paleo really comes down to 2 questions…

1. Is it nutritious?
2. Is it potentially toxic?

Unless we’re talking about a specific person’s reaction to a food, those are really the only 2 questions that matter.

Healthiness is a Spectrum

Asking these 2 questions doesn’t mean that any particular food needs to be the most nutritious food that you could eat or that it needs to be 100% non-toxic. It’s really more of a spectrum.
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Giveaway! Win Halloween Caveman Cookies

giveaway win halloween caveman cookies

I know it’s still a month away from Halloween, but we wanted to let you know about the Caveman Cookies Halloween Assortment early so you have plenty of time to purchase these in preparation for trick or treat!

The Halloween Assortment Pack is a 24-pack of cookies (4 each of 6 different flavors – Original: Walnut & Raisin, Tropical: Coconut & Macadamia, Alpine: Hazelnut & Carob, Rainforest: Brazil nuts & Cherry, New World: Pumpkin, Maple & Cranberry, Mayan: Chocolate, Chili & Chia). They’re a really delicious chewy treat that you just can’t stop eating!

And if you want to make sure you have some of these cookies for Halloween, then they’re running a great special until October 12th – enter the code Halloween15 for 15% off when you purchase from their website.

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Paleo Banoffee Pie Recipe – Guest Post from MummyMade.It

Paleo Banoffee Pie Recipe

This yummy banoffee pie recipe is a guest post from Lisa at MummyMade.It. Lisa is a mom of 2 as well as a chiropractor, baking addict, and blogger who loves to run, lift weights, and do Obstacle Course Racing. You can also find Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please go check out her delicious recipes!

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Super Easy Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

super easy paleo sloppy joe recipe

This Paleo sloppy joes recipe is so easy and delicious! I like to make a huge batch of this (double the recipe below) and keep it in large containers in the fridge to eat during the week.

It’s very versatile – you can eat this easy Paleo sloppy joes by itself, top it on microwave Paleo bread (it takes 5 minutes to make), or my favorite is to top it on this root vegetable mash (a trick I picked up from eating at a ton of times at my favorite NYC Paleo restaurant, Hu Kitchen).

My dad, who’s diabetic, tops Paleo sloppy joes on a bowl of easy bacon brussels sprouts – he loves it!

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How to Supercharge Your Paleo Coffee – Review of Coffee++

how to supercharge your paleo coffee

Jadah West is the Executive Editor of Paleo Living Magazine. She’s also the founder of Salted Paleo. When not running Paleo Living Magazine, Jadah loves to spend time at the beach, at her beloved CrossFit, and working as a model.

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to add fats into coffee. Various cultures around the world (Tibetans for instance) have been doing this for centuries, but it’s caught on very quickly in US, especially among those in the Paleo community.

The general idea is to add healthy fat into your morning coffee to give your brain an extra boost.

These fats can take several forms (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.). Once added, the coffee is usually blended.

Nutritional therapist Lisa Fossey says “This gives you a slower ‘high’, which will last for longer, and won’t give you the usual surge of energy that can lead to a crash. The caffeine dilates the blood vessels, allowing the good fats and oil to pass more easily into the brain, where it is thought to give increased mental awareness and concentration. MCT is metabolized to produce ketone bodies that provide energy to the body and the brain.”

I had yet to make this super coffee for myself, so trying Pure Indian Foods’ Coffee++ was my perfect chance.

Coffee++ is a new product, and it combines ghee (clarified butter) with MCT oil, so that you don’t have to do it yourself.

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Is V8 Paleo?

V8 Vegetable Juice has been a persistent presence on grocery store shelves since 1948.

Regarded by some as a convenient way to “drink your vegetables” when you’re on the go, it’s sometimes questioned as Paleo-friendly, due to its nutrient makeup, packaging, and the fact that it is a processed food.

Potential Health Concerns with V8

V8’s original version is composed of mostly water and tomato concentrate, and a reconstituted vegetable juice blend that includes the concentrate of eight vegetables: beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato.

However, the (not so) raw truth is that tomato juice comprises around 87% of the total drink, making it less of a “vegetable juice” and more of a tomato juice (from concentrate).
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144 of the Best Paleo Crock Pot Recipes

144 of the Best Paleo Crock Pot Recipes

A crock pot (a.k.a. slow cooker) is one of those things that, if you don’t have one, make you question why you would need yet another home kitchen appliance. Then once you have it, you can’t remember how you ever lived without it!

We all know that simmering is a key trick to achieving the maximum flavor absorption and perfect texture of whatever meat you happen to be cooking. With a crock pot, it doesn’t matter the cut– everything seems to come out soft and tender to perfection. Not to mention the ease of filling it up, turning it on and going about your day without worrying about food burning or a pot boiling over!

But enough about the benefits… whether you’ve been thinking of getting a crock pot for a while or are already a devout convert to slow cooking, here are 144 of the best Paleo crock pot recipes to keep your crock pot busy and your stomach satisfied!

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Low-Fat Dairy is the Worst, Literally

Over the years, there has been a large debate about dairy – whether it should be considered healthy (or Paleo), or whether it’s no better than grains and processed sugars.

Based on what we know today, dairy is 100% Paleo, so long as (a) it’s either raw or fermented, and (b) so long as you tolerate it well. In terms of tolerating dairy well, this usually means that you’ve eliminated all dairy for at least 30-60 days and then re-introduced it to see how your body reacts.

Raw and fermented dairy is Paleo because it’s very high in nutrients and very low in toxins (the primary way that we determine whether any food is Paleo).
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Paleo Crock Pot Oxtail Recipe with Mustard Gravy

Paleo Crock Pot Oxtail Recipe with mustard gravy

I really love oxtail (it’s so tender and flavorful), and I’ve been lucky that it’s so plentiful in the UK! I see it at the butcher’s all the time, whereas I had to special order it in New York from my local butchers there.

I’ve been playing around with different ways to enjoy oxtail. Jeremy loved the tomato and garlic oxtail recipe I made initially – the recipe is here – and he didn’t want me to keep experimenting since he couldn’t imagine it better. Of course, when he tried this recipe with the mustard gravy, he completely agreed that it was even better!

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5 Ways to Super-Charge Your Paleo Fat Loss

Sometimes I resist writing and speaking too much about fat loss and getting leaner.  After all, I am always impressed by how committed people truly are to really getting healthier and feeling better.

In the end, that’s what I am most passionate about helping people achieve.

But despite our loftiest goals, there are many times that we just want to lose a little fat and look a little better.  And after the holidays last year was definitely one of those times.

And I was thinking today about what I’d done to recover from the holidays, which I thought I’d share with you.

So, without further ado…

5 Ways to Super-Charge Your Paleo Fat Loss

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Paleo Chia Almond Muffins Recipe – Guest Post from Orgali.ca

Paleo chia almond muffins recipe guest post

Alina Muresan is a RHN holistic nutritionist who specializes in family nutrition and health. Visit her website, Orgali.ca to find great advice on your child’s nutrition and delicious recipes that are healthy and fast!

This is a healthy breakfast or snack recipe – easy to make and highly portable! The nutritional benefits of these muffins are numerous; they’re chock full of vitamins and minerals! Alina experimented with several different berry mixes and you can too, depending on what is in season or readily available.

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