How Do I Get Back on the Wagon After Cheating on My Diet?

HOW DO I GET off the wagon after cheating on my diet

Whenever I get asked this question, I get the feeling that the person asking me feels like they’re unique in their inability to either stick to a diet or else get back on it after falling off.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Over the past year, I’ve been pretty good, but if you’d follow me around all the time, you’d see that I still eat things I shouldn’t and still spiral just a little bit.
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What Percentage of Protein, Fat, and Carbs should I eat?

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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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Spotlight on Garlic

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We all know that the foods we like can change throughout our lives, but one thing I can say for sure is that I grew up loving garlic and just never stopped! As a seasoning and ingredient in soups and on meats, my family always made sure to have that extra pinch; even the smell of cooking garlic was enough to lure me into the kitchen.

Mom had no problem getting me to eat garlic, and that’s a good thing, because this unassuming little bulb of flavor really packs some amazing boosts for your health. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used since before ancient Egyptian times as a seasoning all around the world. However, even more than as a delicious food, garlic has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal effects, many of which come from antibacterial sulfur compounds (like allicin) that appear when garlic is chewed or crushed. It’s also what gives garlic that delightfully pungent smell.

What’s great about garlic:

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How Do I Cure Constipation AND Diarrhea?

how do i cure constipation and diarrhea

I recently had a reader email me with a question similar to this.

They were dealing with constipation after going Paleo, and they’d taken eaten various foods to try to cure the constipation. And that’s great, because the alternative is being constipated (which can actually be quite dangerous) or taking laxative and supplements, many of which damage the gut lining.

Unfortunately, though, the foods they’d eaten (including prunes) had too much of the desired effect, and the result was diarrhea and an upset stomach.

The answer, unfortunately, is not a simple one.
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One Huge Reason That Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

why artificial sweeteners are unhealthy

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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Gratefulness Significantly Correlated with Better Sleep

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Among the changes I’ve made to my life over the past couple of years, one that I’ve stuck to very well is practicing gratitude.

This isn’t something that came naturally to me. I work on it every morning and night, and I try to remember to be grateful at other times during the day.

I practice gratitude for the peace that it brings me, but as science is beginning to show, there are many other benefits.
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Group Nature Walks Stave Off Depression and Stress

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The part of my lifestyle that I have always had the hardest time feeling healthy about is my stress levels.

And I know I’m not the only one.

When I talk to almost anybody, it seems like stress and anxiety (and even depression) are extremely common and extremely difficult to deal with. But the fact is that we already know a lot about how to control these parts of our life. We just don’t do what we already know.

Nature + People = Lower Stress and Depression

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4 Reasons That One Nut May Rule Them All

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In general, nuts are quite nutritious. They don’t quite hold up to seafood or organ meats, but nuts are super when it comes to minerals.

However, not all nuts are created equal (or at least, some nuts are more equal than others).
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Dogs Love Us Like Family

Dogs Love Us Like Family

Louise and I got a dog a few months ago. It’s a Shih Tzu, and we named him Karma. He’s adorable!

In almost completely unrelated news, I’m a really big geek in terms of reading literature on the brain, brain scans, brain technology, and related brain information.

That’s why I deemed the following article worth writing about:
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Will A Paleo Diet Raise My Cholesterol? PLUS 5 Reasons Why Your Cholesterol Is Getting Higher

Will A Paleo Diet Raise my cholesterol levels?

Bacon, Steak, Eggs, Coconut Oil, and more Bacon.

That sounds both delicious and like a recipe for higher cholesterol, right?

It’s natural to be worried that a Paleo diet will raise your cholesterol and make you more susceptible to heart disease. This article will walk you through everything you need to know to make your own decision about whether or not to be worried.

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Do Depression and Anti-Depressants Cause Autism?

Do Depression and Anti-Depressants Cause autism

Recently, there have been quite a few studies examining the link between Anti-Depressants (mostly SSRIs) and birth defects and abnormalities (particularly autism).

And pretty much all of the studies being published show some sort of correlation between SSRIs and Autism, if not other birth abnormalities. So it’s certainly an issue that needs more studies and more research.

However, I really like this recent article that was published on the subject:
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Is All Sugar Bad for Me?

IS ALL SUGAR BAD?

Sugar is tricky. When you look at only good clinical studies (Randomized Double Blind Trials), sugar is only a problem in caloric excess. A lot of people try to argue for more, but the science isn’t there.

However, I think you can easily say that processed sugar in general is a big problem, based on those studies.
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What Does it Mean to Eat Seasonally, and Why is it Important?

What Does it Mean to Eat Seasonally, and Why is it Important?

Our ancestors ate whatever grew around them. It was all they had.

I, on the other hand, love being able to go to the grocery store and get whatever produce I want, no matter what time of year it is. I do NOT eat seasonally. (More on me in a moment…)
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