How to Convince Your Family to Eat Healthier (and that you’re not crazy)

HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR FAMILY TO EAT HEALTHIER

Getting healthy, losing weight, and sticking to a diet of real food – these tasks are difficult for most of us in the best of circumstances.  However, if you’re also struggling to either convert or just gain the support of your spouse and/or kids, then everything suddenly seems a lot harder.

Have you ever wondered how much easier it would be if your entire family was actually excited about making better and healthier food and lifestyle choices?  What if it were your entire family and all of your friends?  How easy would it be in that case for you to make better choices and decisions about your health?

I’m here to tell you that not only is that situation possible, but I’ve seen thousands of people do it.  And most of those people started out thinking that their families were too stubborn, too unsupportive, or just too lazy to ever care about their health.

And even though everybody’s situation is different, you can use the same approach to get your family on board with eating and living healthier.  There’s a formula for how to do it.

My Story

My wife, Louise, is a very successful health author, blogger, and speaker, and she runs one of the 2 magazines that we own (Healthy Recipes Magazine).

When you read that, you might be thinking, “Wow, Jeremy was really lucky to find someone who is so excited about and interested in health.”
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You Can Die from Working Too Hard

YOU CAN DIE FROM WORKING TOO HARD

I often try to focus on recent studies, since science progresses so quickly.

And when it comes to stress, there have been a lot of interesting studies over the past few years.

However, we went back almost 15 years for this one:
Are Vacations Good for Your Health? The 9-Year Mortality Experience After the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial

As you can guess from the title, the study examined the association between vacations and health. Vacations are obviously not an exact measure of stress or the lack thereof.

The study followed over 12,000 men for about 9 years, but it was, nonetheless, only an observational study, meaning that we can only draw hypotheses from it.

However, the results were astounding enough to warrant some discussion.
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What’s The Best Food For Your Dog?

What's The Best Food For Your Dog - Paleo Dog Food

Jeremy and I recently got a super cute shih tzu puppy called Karma. He was 9 months old when we adopted him from a rescue.

He’s a shy little fellow, but when he feels safe and comfortable (like inside our home), his true colors comes out, and he runs around chasing us in joy. You’ll typically find him gnawing on some raw hide, chasing us around the house, or enjoying a nap with his favorite stuffed friends.

shih tzu running - karma

I want Karma to live a long and healthy life, and so I’ve been researching the best diet for dogs. Is a raw dog food diet the best? What about grain-free? Does the ancestral diet matter? Is there a Paleo dog food?

I’m sure you also want the best for your dog, and as we all know diet matters a lot when it comes to health, longevity, and happiness.

So, I hope this article helps you and your best friend on the journey to better health.

Here’s what I found…

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How Sweet It Is: Why Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

why artificial sweeteners are Unhealthy

Around here (in the world of Paleo), we recognize that calories matter but also that counting calories is a pretty dismal way to lose weight or live life.

In the rest of the world, though, artificially sweetened drinks are still very popular for just this reason.

There have been many studies on artificial sweeteners, but this recent was very interesting:

Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements
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Forget Relieving Stress – Here’s How to Prevent Stress

How to Prevent Stress

This might seem a bit obvious, since most of us are pretty aware that exercise is a good way to blow off some steam and de-stress.  However, it’s actually even better than that.

Here’s the paper (with a very long title):

Physical Exercise Prevents Stress-Induced Activation of Granule Neurons and Enhances Local Inhibitory Mechanisms in the Dentate Gyrus

In this study, the researchers made some mice run on a regular basis and let the others be lazy.  They then subjected the mice to stress (cold water) and measured activity in a region of their brain called the ventral hippocampus.
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The Big Secret About Sweet Potatoes That Nobody Wants You To Know

The Big Secret About Sweet Potatoes That Nobody Wants You To Know

You and I have been lied to. I don’t know why, and I don’t even know if it’s on purpose, but it pisses me off. And here’s why I’m annoyed… As of 2014, 29 MILLION people in the US had Diabetes (type 2), and 86 MILLION people were pre-diabetic. That’s over 105 MILLION people who have problems with insulin sensitivity and blood sugar. And my dad and my mother-in-law fall into those categories – my dad’s been type 2 diabetic for over a decade, and my mother-in-law has been pre-diabetic for about the same amount of time. So this particular issue hits very close to home (literally) for me – and presumably for almost anybody in the US, since you almost certainly know a few people who are at least pre-diabetic.

Do you want me to email you our Cheatsheet For Lowering Blood Sugar Levels? If so, just click here.

The Myth About Sweet Potatoes…

Everyone (from doctors, to medical researchers, to even the American Diabetes Association) seems to unanimously state that sweet potatoes are unequivocally great for diabetics (please note that when I mention diabetes in this article, I’m referring to type 2 diabetes). If you don’t believe me, here are just a few examples:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Even on websites that supposedly pay attention to blood-sugar and glycemic load issues, sweet potatoes are almost always classified as a “better” food than things like white potatoes.

Unfortunately…It’s All Completely Untrue!

Listen. I’m not bashing sweet potatoes. Entire cultures have lived very healthily on sweet potatoes. I eat sweet potatoes myself. But I also have pretty good insulin sensitivity. It’s like this. Fish is pretty darn nutritious, and almost everybody agrees. But if you’re allergic to fish, you shouldn’t be eating it. It’s pretty simple. So the question is whether sweet potatoes are a problem for people with blood sugar issues (like diabetics and pre-diabetics). Hint: I’m going to show you how you can test out the results for yourself so you don’t have to believe my word about it. [Read more…]

1 Easy Trick to Get Fewer Wrinkles. This Really Shouldn’t Surprise You.

1 Easy Trick to Get Fewer Wrinkles. This Really Shouldn’t Surprise You.

Turns out that getting “beauty” sleep may not be such a myth after all.

Recently, a group of researchers from Cleveland released this paper:

Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function

The paper is about exactly what you would think it’s about.

In their study, they looked at a number of things, but the one that’s gotten the most attention is the effect that not getting enough sleep has on your skin.
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Nature, Stress, and Salivary Cortisol

Nature, Stress, and Salivary Cortisol

That’s a really sexy title for a paper.

(That wasn’t actually the title, but maybe it should have been. Who am I kidding? It’s the worst title for a paper ever.)

Stress is one of those things that we all know we need to control, but very few of us make significant progress.

In many ways, it’s harder to fix than diet, exercise, or sleep.

Nature Kills Stress

In the April Issue of Landscape and Urban Planning (not a journal I usually read, but Mark Sisson linked to the study, so here I am), researchers published this paper:
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How to Improve Your Digestion and Also Save Money

How to Improve Your Digestion and Also Save Money

If you follow many Paleo blogs at all, then it probably seems like there is an unhealthy obsession with bone broth.

Whenever someone is feeling sick…bone broth.

Want to cure digestive issues…bone broth.

Healthiest food ever…bone broth.

What’s the big fuss?

The Huge Benefits of Bone Broth

If you don’t know, bone broth is simply what it sounds like.  It’s broth that’s made by slow-cooking water with bones (and often some veggies, apple-cider vinegar, etc.).

When cooled, it usually thickens into a substance that looks like Jello.

There are no “magic” Paleo foods, but here’s why bone broth is so great:
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The Scientific Way to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The Scientific Way to Get Your Kids to Eat vegetables

This is an age-old problem.  

What four-year-old really wants to eat his or her vegetables?

Apparently, a large portion of the children in this study decided that they did:

Conceptual Change and the Potential for Increased Vegetable Consumption

How To Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The researchers in this study got some of the kids to voluntarily double their vegetable intake during snack times.  

How did they do it?
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You’re Going to Love This. How to Use Chocolate as Sunscreen!

chocolate as sunscreen

Yeah, I really couldn’t resist writing about this study as soon as I saw the title:

Long-Term Ingestion of High Flavanol Cocoa Provides Photoprotection against UV-Induced Erythema and Improves Skin Condition in Women

(Not as catchy as Chocolate as Sunscreen, but pretty much the same thing.)

Chocolate is Delicious. And Protects Us from the Sun???

Obviously, I immediately imagined smearing myself in chocolate, but the study is actually much more fascinating than that (and has a conclusion that you’ll like more).
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Natural Alternatives to Sunscreen: Can You Use Coconut Oil?

coconut oil sunscreen

I’ve heard that Pacific Islanders have used coconut oil as sunscreen for many thousands of years.

However, I’ve never been able to find any solid evidence of this.

And over the past few years, this study from India has also been discussed a lot.

In that study, however, coconut oil was shown to block only about 20% of the UV radiation from sunlight. For reference, SPF 15 sunscreen blocks about 94% of UV radiation.

So on the basis purely of how much UV radiation is blocked, coconut oil appears to be a very poor sunscreen.

Natural Alternatives to Sunscreen

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