Interview with CrossFitter – Christina (Discover The Best Thing About Living A Paleo Lifestyle)

interview with crossfitter christina photography and interview by nate creamer

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Below are his photos and interview with Christina (Dwayne’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo & CrossFit scene.

It all started when I was looking for a change in my exercise routine. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and asked if I wanted to join him in a workout; our schedules didn’t coordinate but I gave it a try anyway. I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back since. As I got more and more into CrossFit, I began learning about the Paleo lifestyle and different diets CrossFit athletes tend to adopt. CrossFit Danbury participated in a Paleo Challenge one summer and although I didn’t “sign up,” I began following it little by little.

How much of your diet would you say is based off of the Paleo lifestyle? Will you ever go 100% Paleo?

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How to be a Vegetarian Paleo

how to be a vegetarian paleo

A vegetarian Paleo might sound like an oxymoron to you, but it’s actually something that is quite possible.

Having said that, being a vegetarian Paleo (or Paleo vegetarian) is not easy and will require you to tailor your Paleo diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. That’s what this article is all about. Below you’ll find suggestions on how best to do a vegetarian Paleo diet.

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7 Surefire Ways to End Sugar Cravings and be Less Stressed about Eating

7 surefire ways to end sugar cravings and stop stress eating

I love frozen yogurt.  

In fact, there was a month last year when I had frozen yogurt probably 15-20 times.  A full-fledged crisis, if you will.

On days that I would walk to the gym (3-5 times per week), I would stop on the way home and get frozen yogurt from one of the many “off-the-wall” shops.  And I didn’t like just the frozen yogurt.  Nope – I loved the M&Ms and chocolate chips that I would mix in.

Everyone who worked at the shops knew my name.  I, on the other hand, made it a point never to learn their names.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t excited to be their favorite regular.

I Can Justify Anything!

The worst part is that although I enjoyed the 5 minutes of eating the fro-yo, I was stressed for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes about NOT going to the frozen yogurt shop.  

In the morning, the first thing I’d think about was that today would be a better day, and I wouldn’t give in to my cravings.  Before I’d go to the gym, I’d tell myself that there was no way I was going to be weak on my way home.  And yet, every time, I’d end up savoring the cookies-and-cream flavored fro-yo.

And afterwards, I’d start stressing about why I’d given in.  Many days, I’d even find ways to justify it to myself.  
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Paleo Slow Cooker Oxtail Stew Recipe

paleo slow cooker oxtail stew

The first time I made oxtail stew, it turned out not that great. It was a similar recipe to the one below, but I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And it came out all watery and not very flavorful. I had given up on oxtail stews until my friend in London made me some delicious oxtail stew in the slow cooker!

So what did she do differently? Just that she cooked the oxtail in the slow cooker first and then made the stew after so there was no watery, flavorless stew. Instead, it was rich, powerful, and really delicious!

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Interview with CrossFitter – Dwayne (Discover what a CrossFitter eats during Training)

interview with crossfitter dwayne

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.

I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.

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Does Garcinia Cambogia Work? (A Meticulous Review)

does garcinia cambogia work - a meticulous review

It’s darn near impossible to know what to believe about any weight-loss supplement, right?

Garcinia Cambogia extract is no different. If you watch TV or read Internet articles, you’ll hear hundreds of different stories about whether it’s a miracle drug or a complete scam. And you just don’t know whom to trust.

I feel the exact same way. Clearly, if there is an effective, all-natural weight-loss pill that’s 100% safe, then I want to use it.

But because I don’t know who to trust about Garcinia Cambogia, I decided to comb through all of the clinical trials and peer-reviewed journal articles.

If you want to jump to the answer I got after all my research, just jump down to the section titled “Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?” If you want a more in-depth understanding, then please keep reading.

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Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster

why 80-20 paleo is a recipe for disaster

You can call me the Paleo police or a bad person or whatever you want.  

But this needs to be said, because I hear SO many people tell me that they’re 80/20 Paleo.  And it’s a recipe for disaster.

80/20 Paleo is Completely Backwards

The term “80/20″ originated (at least popularly) with a guy named Vilfredo Pareto, who noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  He went on to develop a general principle that 80% of the effects you get come from 20% of the actions/causes.  

For instance, in business, 20% of your clients often account for 80% of your business.  

Let’s think about this in the case of diet, nutrition, and Paleo.

What you’re trying to get is 80% of the results.  You want to feel 80% as good as you would if you were 100% strict.
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GIVEAWAY – Win a Copy of The Paleo Kitchen

win the paleo kitchen cookbook giveaway

As you’re probably already aware, George Bryant and Juli Bauer are fantastic Paleo cooks! And they teamed up for The Paleo Kitchen cookbook, which you can win below.

You can find one of their delicious recipes from the book here: Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread.

And if you’d rather just buy the book now, you can find it on Amazon here.

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the paleo kitchen cookbook by juli bauer and george bryant
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of the book and George Bryant, Juli Bauer and Victory Belt provided the prize for this giveaway, but I was not compensated in any other way. Links to the books (along with other links on this website) may be affiliate links.

Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Recipe + Meals

paleo slow cooker pork recipe

I’m a huge fan of cooking in bulk, and I’ve written about my 3 step system to ensuring you always have Paleo food available (that post is here).

So, in this post, I wanted to give you a quick and delicious example of how to cook 3 meals super fast using slow cooker pork + 3 other easy meals to add some variation (so, lunch and dinner for 3-4 days or dinner for a whole week)!
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Paleo Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Lemon, Bacon, and Sweet Potatoes

paleo lemon sweet potato Brussels Sprouts recipe

There’s nothing more amazing than the taste of fresh vegetables (and bacon, of course!). One of my favorite vegetables right now is Brussels sprouts – they’re sort of funky with a very unique taste. But they’re really easy to make, and quite filling too.

Plus Brussels sprouts are pretty nutritious. Just 1 cup of Brussels sprouts (raw) contains 125% of your daily value of vitamin C (so you can stop drinking all that orange juice!).

So, here’s another delicious Paleo Brussels sprouts recipe (and there’s 3 more Paleo Brussels sprouts recipes here, here, and here). This recipe below is fantastic as an easy side dish or as a snack if you’re hungry during the day!

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My Top 7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

top 7 paleo diet tips

I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now (3 years pretty strictly and many years on and off before that). But I’m still learning! I’m still learning about what works for my body, new facts (sometimes murky ones) about nutrition and Paleo, and how to do Paleo more efficiently and effectively (aka faster!). After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I gotta get that 8-hour beauty sleep in!

So, here are some Paleo diet tips that I learned the hard way, and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did (please share your tips in the comments below).

Quick Infographic of My Paleo Diet Tips

Please feel free to share this infographic! (To embed the infographic on your blog, just copy and paste the embed code below.)

7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time infographic from paleo living magazine
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Our New Paleo Website

ancestralchef.com and paleomagazine.com have merged

Welcome to Our Paleo Website!

You might have already noticed the new look of our Paleo website and the fact that everything from www.AncestralChef.com is now redirecting to www.PaleoMagazine.com.

So, welcome to our new combined and better website!

Why did we merge?

As many of you know, Jeremy and I (Louise) are married, and while we enjoy writing about different aspects of Paleo, it just made sense to house all of that knowledge on one easy-to-navigate Paleo website. So, we’ll both be writing articles, making videos, and cooking up lots of delicious Paleo recipes, but you’ll be able to find all of that here.
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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Stress Eating

3 sure fire ways to stop stress eating

Food plays an important role in pretty much every culture.

And in the US, it often seems that the biggest role food plays is as stress-relief.

When we’re tired, sad, or upset about something, we eat.  And then maybe we eat a little bit more for good measure.

Stress-Eating Starts When We’re Kids

It’s not hard to understand why we stress eat.

It makes us feel better.

Part of the reason it makes us feel better is because food causes the release of certain hormones in our body.  But there’s something else.
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Is Maple Water Paleo?

is maple water paleo?

I tried Maple water in Vancouver earlier this year. I saw it in a supermarket and thought why not give it a try. And now, I get to share with you what maple water is, what I thought of it, and whether maple water is paleo or not.

What is Maple Water?

It’s the pure maple sap that runs from maple trees. At the beginning of spring, you can insert a tap into the maple tree, and maple sap will flow out. If you want to know more, then Lauren from Paleo Raccoon has written a bit more about the process.

How is Maple Water Different From Maple Syrup?

To make maple syrup, you take the maple water (or maple sap) and boil it down until it forms a syrup (basically by evaporating the water). It takes around 40 gallons of the water to get 1 gallon of maple syrup! That just shows you how little sugar is in maple water.

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