Why I Changed Up My Skin Care Regimen After Going Paleo

Why I changed my skin care regimen after going paleo

Why I Changed Up My Skin Care Regimen After Going Paleo

I’ve never been big into makeup, not for any health or ideology reasons. It was simply because I had no idea how to apply make up!

Even now, my ventures into makeup typically make me look like a panda!

But I wasn’t ever very careful about what I did apply to my skin (like soaps, moisturizers, deodorant) – I thought the stuff everyone buys at the store was fine (at least from a health perspective). After all, how much difference could there be to my health?

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The Holiday Tango: 10 Essential Tactics for Eliminating Holiday Stress

The Holiday Tango - 10 essential tips for eliminating holiday stress

I thought that, by quitting the job I didn’t like, I would dramatically decrease my chances of dying.  

That’s not the actual reason why I quit that particular job, but it makes sense.  After all, there are numerous studies showing that chronic stress can increase your chances of dying of heart disease by 50% or more.

What I didn’t count on was that I’d often still be stressed while running my own business.  To be honest, I am less stressed now and greatly enjoy what I do, but we often look forward to certain things without properly preparing for the stress that they might bring.

Which brings me to the holidays…

Looking Forward to the Holidays

You’ve probably been looking forward to the holidays for quite some time.  And you should.  There are so many great things about the holidays.  

Time off from work, time with family and friends, lots of great food, and a generally great time.  But if you want to make your holidays extra-special, then there’s something that you need to be prepared for…
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How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life

How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life

103

Do you know what that number is?

103 is the number of times that the average American has sex every year.

You’re trying to figure out how you measure up, right?

It doesn’t matter, though.  Not really.  

We all want to have more sex, or at least better sex (when we’re being honest with ourselves).

Sex Starts with What You Eat

Forget all about Oysters and Wine.  Aphrodisiacs should be the least of your concern.  Food is much more important than that.
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Types of Sweet Potatoes (With Images) and Why You Should Eat Each

Sweet Potato Varieties

Confused about the types of sweet potatoes?

I lived on this island off the Southern coast of China for 3 months, and I partially survived on sweet potatoes(in addition to salted duck eggs, roasted duck, and fresh fish!).

One of the things that always bothered me when living in China was I couldn’t tell what type of sweet potato I was buying. My friend, who is living in Okinawa, expressed the same problem. So, when we discussed our favorite sweet potatoes (I know, it’s the sort of geeky conversation foodies indulge in!), we’d result to laborious descriptions of what the skin looked like, what color the flesh was, how sweet it was, etc.

So, when I spotted these 5 types of sweet potatoes in Whole Foods the other day, I decided to document these sweet potatoes with photographs and notes!

Here are the results (note accurate nutritional data on each type of sweet potato was difficult to obtain so please use it with a grain of salt):
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The Microscopic Danger Lurking in Grains and Peanuts

the microscopic danger grains peanuts

Maybe you’ve already given up corn, wheat, peanuts, or and other grains.

After all, they’re not very nutritious to begin with.  

But if you are still eating any of those foods, here is a bit more cause for concern:

Masked Mycotoxins Are Efficiently Hydrolyzed by Human Colonic Microbiota Releasing Their Aglycones

What Are Mycotoxins?

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Paleo Diets Solve Gut Issues

Paleo Diets solve gut issues

For the past few years, we’ve been hearing about more and more research into human gut bacteria.  

But we’re still only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a paper that adds to the depth of our understanding:

Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity

Modern Folks Eat Too Many Simple Carbs

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We All Just Need to Chill Out!

we all just need to chill out - paleo stress

I love reading studies and science.  

I’m a geek like that.  

But very few articles have fascinated or entertained me as much as this article from the Scientific American:

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

This article, which is a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, goes through more science and research into the brain and the need for downtime than I’ve ever seen.

I can’t possibly regurgitate everything that the article covers, but here are a few of the more salient points:
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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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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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My Family Eats Junk Food. What Do I Do?

My Family Eats Junk Food. What Do I Do? How to Convert Your Family to Paleo

Recently, I got asked this question:

I’m fully committed to being Paleo, but my significant other and kids are not.  They often bring junk food home, which tempts me to eat badly.  What should I do?

By far – literally nothing else is close – this is the issue I get the most emails about.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure that there’s a great answer.

Dealing With Family Members Who Eat Junk

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How Light is Making You Fat, Sick, and Mean. And What to Do About It.

is artificial light bad for you?

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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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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Study Reveals Historical Reason Why Milk Is Healthy For Humans

is milk healthy for humans

When I was a kid, there were 2 things I loved drinking.

Chocolate Milk and Milkshakes.

Heck, if I weren’t so concerned about my health and body, I’d probably get half my calories from those 2 beverages.

So if you’re wondering why I love talking about milk, there you go.

Recently, in an issue of Nature, Andrew Curry wrote this article:

Archaeology: The Milk Revolution

Mr. Curry brings a number of fascinating historical facts and myths of interest in relation to dairy.

But here’s the most important…
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