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Is Artificial Light Bad For You?

In the past few years, there have been a lot more studies on sleep and its effects on health, as well as on light and its effects on sleep.

In 2013 alone, there were 3 awesome studies that have focused on “Light at Night” (pretty self-explanatory):

Nocturnal light exposure impairs affective responses in a wavelength-dependent manner

Mice exposed to dim light at night exaggerate inflammatory responses to lipopolysaccharide

Exposure to light at night, nocturnal urinary melatonin excretion, and obesity/dyslipidemia in the elderly   

Each study was different in a number of ways (which animal was used as the test-subject, the type of health effect being studied, etc.), but the similarity among all 3 was the same…
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Paleo Breakfast Enchilada Recipe – Guest Post from Barefoot Thunder

Paleo Breakfast Enchilada Recipe

This healthy Poblano Breakfast Enchilada recipe is a guest post from Rebecca Lewis. Rebecca is a young blogger from Texas who came up with this recipe during a Whole30 challenge. One of her great passions is barefoot running, hence her site name, Barefoot Thunder. This is her first recipe and we are looking forward to seeing what else she creates! You can find out more about her and read her musings on life at her blog.

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Is Soy Milk Paleo?

is soy milk paleo?

For many of you, this may seem like a silly question with an obvious answer.

But really, why wouldn’t soy (and, by extension, soy milk) be Paleo?  It’s not hard to imagine that soybeans would have been eaten a million years ago, and it’s not that much of a stretch to think about somehow mixing soybeans with a bit of water and making a milk-like substance.

It’s also an important question because dairy is a big problem for many folks.  

The Health Concerns of Soy Milk

As I’ve discussed before, legumes are not the worst things you can eat, but some are worse than others.  

Soy is, in some ways, the worst of the legumes, and soymilk – along with tofu – are the worst forms of soy.
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Coconut Lime Soda

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I’ve been enjoying coconut water a lot over the past few months (it’s just such a great summery drink), and you might have suspected this because we’ve been publishing quite a few coconut water related posts recently: is coconut water paleo, the health benefits of coconut water as well as my coconut water green smoothie recipe.

But, I have been concerned about the high sugar content (even though it’s natural sugar) in coconut water. That’s why I came up with this easy coconut lime soda – it dilutes the coconut water a bit with soda water (making it even more refreshing) and the lime juice is tasty and could help to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
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Are Peas Paleo?

Are Peas Paleo?

When I first switched to a Paleo diet, I was often confused about which foods were or weren’t Paleo.

After just a few weeks, though, I felt pretty comfortable judging foods without going back to a book or website.

However, there are certain foods that confused me for a long time, and one of those foods was peas.

After all, peas are a legume, and legumes like beans are off-limits on a Paleo diet, right? (See this article for why legumes are not Paleo).

However, I was right to be confused, since there’s a lot more to this story…
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The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo by Alison Golden

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Paleo is so easy.  Just eat real food.

Except…it’s often much harder than it seems.

Giving up foods is not easy to begin with, and then what happens if eating the way that you’re “supposed” to doesn’t actually work?  What if you still can’t lose weight, solve digestive issues, or feel better?

Fortunately, there are people who’ve been through this journey before you.  Alison Golden is one of them.  And she’s picked up a lot of wisdom along the way.
 

The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo

This book is Alison’s gift to anyone who is struggling with some aspect or another of living a healthy Paleo life.  Whether you’re just starting out, getting back in the saddle, or really trying to perfect your Paleo life, the purpose of this book is to make everything a little bit easier for you.
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GIVEAWAY! Win Laughing Fox Chocolates

Win Laughing Fox Chocolates

Autumn is starting and you know what that means– pulling out the winter coats, snuggling by the fire, and… comfort foods! Chocolate is everyone’s guilty pleasure. Chocolate truffles, well, they’re just too good to feel guilty about! And Paleo chocolates?! Even more reason to go guilt-free and choco-crazy.

We previously interviewed Devin Plaut, the mastermind behind this Paleo delicacy, revealing his secret recipe. If you never got around to making your own chocolate truffles, you can find his truffles for sale at the Laughing Fox website. You can also enter to WIN a free pack of chocolates directly from Laughing Fox in this week’s giveaway! There will be one lucky winner so don’t miss this chance…

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Post by Lucha: World traveler turned culinary student, Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.

Paleo Stories – Vivian Cheng from TheRealFoodGuide.com

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Vivian Cheng is the founder/editor/writer/designer behind The Real Food Guide. You’ve probably seen our review of her fantastic Paleo ice cream recipe book, and you’ve probably also seen (and maybe already tried) her guest recipe – Not my Mama’s Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork). So, we thought you’d like to know a bit more about this amazing woman!

In this post, Vivian shares with us some of her Paleo story, including how she came to Paleo, what she found most challenging about Paleo, and her best tip for maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. And please visit The Real Food Guide for more of Vivian’s fantastic recipes and articles.

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6 Super-Secret Ways to Naturally Cure Constipation

how to naturally cure constipation using the paleo diet

I’m pretty sure people have been constipated as long as…well, forever.

Which is why I want to let you in on a little secret…

There are no secret solutions to constipation.  

Only proven tactics that actually work.

Constipation Can Be Caused by Many Things

With constipation, there are a lot of possible causes, from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth to insufficient bile production.

No matter what, don’t take this issue lightly.  Constipation can be very serious, and if it gets particularly bad (usually more than a few days), then taking laxatives or seeing a doctor is probably best.

However, if it’s not yet at that point, then let’s stick with the theme…
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Is Gelatin Paleo?

is gelatin paleo?

What is Gelatin?

I always thought gelatin was some bad substance since I only knew it from pre-packaged jello. I therefore attributed it to some artificial oddity. But, it’s actually completely derived from animal products!

In fact, gelatin is typically made from items such as beef or pig skin and bones, which all contain high levels of collagen.

Gelatin is, however, often found in jello products along with artificial colorings and fake flavors, and those should definitely be avoided on any kind of diet!

So, is gelatin Paleo?

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