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What Is Keto Flu? (PLUS 6 Ways To Cure It)

Louise Hendon | May 16

You’re tired and dizzy, you crave sugar, bread, pasta, and your mind wanders like crazy. You just started a ketogenic diet (or a Paleo or other low carb diet) and you’re suspicious if your new diet is making you feeling this crappy.

Removing carbohydrates from your diet all of a sudden may well be the reason why you’re barely able to concentrate on this sentence! This can happen even on a Paleo diet if you remove too many carbs from your diet. And all this feeling of crappiness is due to something people call Keto Flu (or Carb Flu). Read on to find out what is keto flu, how long keto flu lasts, and of course, how to cure keto flu.

(CARB FLU = KETO FLU)
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How Many Carbs In Nuts And Seeds?

Louise Hendon | May 6

If you're on a low carb diet or a ketogenic diet, then you might want to know exactly how many carbs you're taking in daily.  And while nuts are generally pretty low in carbohydrates, there are some that are shockingly high in carbs like pumpkin seeds and chestnuts.

There are also other health concerns with nuts and seeds (like the fact that they are high in polyunsaturated fats and anti-nutrients), so try not to overeat them on keto or on any other diet.

We've listed below the carbohydrate content of various nuts and seeds.  We've also calculated the net carbohydrate count for you.

Net Carbs = Total Carbs - Fiber

All the data for this table comes from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28.  And to help you remember all the numbers, we've also prepared a handy infographic (scroll down the page for it).  Please feel free to pin it and embed it on your site.

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What’s the Difference Between a Paleo and Gluten-Free Diet?

Louise Hendon | April 25

I’ve often gotten asked what the difference between a Paleo and Gluten-Free diet is, and so in this post, I hope to get across to you the main differences as well as why I think Paleo is generally better than GF despite some similarities.

There’s also an infographic down below – please feel free to pin or embed it on your own website.

I’ll start by quickly defining each diet, and then the section after that will list the main differences between Paleo and Gluten-Free.

What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Generally, most people who are on a gluten-free diet just avoid gluten. So you’ve probably seen in health food markets or even in your local supermarket tons of packaged foods labeled gluten-free (or GF). What that means is that they don’t contain the protein called gluten, which is found in grains like wheat, barley, rye.

Often, instead of wheat, these gluten-free products contain other grains. So, gluten-free bread may be made from rice flour instead, and to make up for the taste difference, gluten-free packaged goods often contain additional sugar, preservatives, coloring, seed oils, etc.

I know this is a generalization since many diets, including Paleo, Primal, and most versions of low carb or keto are also gluten-free diets. And healthy kale chips can labeled gluten-free too.

But, gluten-free just means no-gluten. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything else. And while gluten is probably problematic regardless of whether you’re celiac or not, it’s not the only food that could be problematic to your health and weight.

PALEO VS GLUTEN-FREE - What's the difference - http://paleomagazine.com/difference-between-paleo-gluten-free #paleo #glutenfree

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How to get rid of candida?

Louise Hendon | April 4

I had Candida for a very long time (and might still – I haven’t tested in almost a year, although I feel pretty good right now). Because I dealt with it for a very long time, I read almost everything that’s been written on treating Candida.
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Will My Daughter Choose To Be Paleo?

Louise Hendon | March 31

This is a guest post by Melissa Gavencak.

In my household, I’m Paleo, the dog is Paleo, and my husband isn’t.

Whatever baby Genevieve chooses to be we’ll support, as long as she understands our house philosophy regarding food. The majority of what we eat is grown, gathered, hunted, or caught by us or someone we know.

Every year we try to get that majority closer to 100%, but it takes time, money, some readjusting and patience. My husband spends 16-18 hours at a time offshore fishing for our food. Does he love it? Is he putting food on our table? Does he have control over our food from the time it is caught until it enters our mouths? Yes to all those questions. But, he also misses us. It takes away from family time. It is costly. And, sometimes a fisherman does come home with an empty boat. There are years when we have success with our garden, and years when 15 tomato plants (yes, I know, nightshade family) yield two eight ounce mason jars of sauce, but we get by. Around mid-winter I get sick of venison, but it works out to $2 per pound after processing, and we know where it has been from the point of being killed to warming in our crockpot.

Knowing what it took to get our food on the table is of major importance to our family. We want to know how the animal lived and died to feed us, and how our veggies, fruits and even herbs were grown. If nothing else, I hope my daughter learns this from us. Respect of food, all food, and how it got to the plate.
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AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) Pantry List

Louise Hendon | March 23

It’s not easy to start the AIP (autoimmune paleo) protocol. Various foods like bread, cereal, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, eggs are all of a sudden off the list of foods you can eat, and you’re left wondering what on earth you can still eat!

So, we’ve created this handy guide to help you navigate the AIP diet and heal your body as quickly as possible.

You can also download this list as a printable PDF to stick on your fridge or to take with you when you go shopping.

Items in parentheticals are typically harder to find and not often used in most recipes. If you live somewhere where those items are easier to find and you want to give them a try, then by all means purchase them. Where applicable, items are linked so that you can purchase them on Amazon.com or elsewhere online.

Click To Download This Entire AIP Pantry List

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Caffeine, Tea, and Paleo

Louise Hendon | January 29

This guest post is by Will from California Tea House. If you’re looking for some new teas to try, then why not give his favorites a try – the Fruity Dream is a blend of hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peels, apple preserves, kiwi bits, strawberry slices, elderberries, citrus peels, strawberries, marigold and cornflower blooms and apricots, and the Pomegranate Peony is a one of a kind blend of pomegranate preserves, rose-hips and stevia blended with the finest grade of white peony tea.

If you’re interested in buying some tea from California Tea House, then use this coupon code, PALEO10, to get 10% off plus free shipping.

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How to Be Smarter in Just 30 Minutes Per Week

Jeremy Hendon | January 20

Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten a little bit dumber as you aged?

I often do. I look back at some of the things I wrote or did 15 years ago, and I’m actually impressed. They were really smart.

And then I look at what I’ve done recently, and I don’t quite feel the same way…

It’s not an inevitable fact of aging, however. Most modern research points to the fact that we can not only retain our full mental faculties as we age, but we can actually improve them.

Here’s a new study on one way to do that:

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The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

Louise Hendon | January 17

If you’re new to essential oils, then you’re in for a treat. These oils have been used for thousands of years for health, relaxation, as well as ceremonies.

It’s no wonder that essential oils are more popular than they’ve ever been.

In this beginner guide to essential oils, I’ll show you the scientific reason why essential oils could be beneficial to your health – as well as 19 easy ways to use essential oils in your daily life.

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What are essential oils?

Here are a few basic facts about essential oils to help you get started.

  • Basically, pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that contain the parts of the plant that provide its characteristic fragrance.
  • Essential oils are typically sold in small dark-colored bottles (to ensure they don’t oxidize) with a dropper or a dripper-top so you can drip the essential oil out one drop at a time.
  • Most essential oils are colorless or pale yellow in color and are liquid at room temperature.
  • Unlike cooking oils (such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, seed oils, etc.), essential oils don’t feel greasy or oily. They evaporate very quickly and behave almost like an alcohol.
  • Generally, they’re less dense than water. They’re also not water-soluble, so if you add a few drops to water, you’ll see them float on top. However, if you add essential oils to other oils (like olive oil), they’ll mix together very well. That’s why many people dilute essential oils in another oil (known as a carrier oil – they carry the essential oil).
  • According to Robert Tisserand in Essential Oil Safety, “the word “essential” [in essential oils] is used to reflect the intrinsic nature or essence of the plant.”

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The Scientifically Proven Way to Slow Aging

Jeremy Hendon | January 15

The fountain of youth has been written about and sought out for over 2,500 years. It’s unlikely that we’re going to stumble upon the mythological fountain any day soon now.

However, modern technology is rapidly approaching the ability to slow down or even reverse aging. And until we get there, modern science is already pretty clear on exactly what causes aging and what we can do immediately to slow it down.

For instance, here’s a recent study (conducted on blackbirds) that deals directly with this question and comes to the same answer that pretty much all other studies are getting:

Repeated stressors in adulthood increase the rate of biological aging.

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Why am I Tired, and Why are My Feet Sore When Eating Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | January 13

I recently got the following question from a reader…

A couple months ago my husband & I decided to join the Paleo lifestyle, and my body loved it! We both felt better, healthier, etc. But all of a sudden my husband started not feeling so well – every evening his stomach would hurt him, the bottoms of his feet also were hurting very bad & he was exhausted.

Every day, he was eating one non-Paleo meal, except for those 3 days when he started feeling bad. Some people told me that Paleo may not be right for him. He works in a physically demanding job. I got some dairy just for him & some gluten that is readily available when he needs. Why do you think his body is not taking well to Paleo?
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Do Saunas Actually Make You Healthier? (A Science-Backed Look)

Jeremy Hendon | January 8

In the US, saunas really aren’t all that popular. During the early part of the 20th century, there was an increase in popularity, but recently, interest has waned.

On the other hand, saunas have been a mainstay among those living in Scandinavia for thousands of years, and they’re particularly common and popular in Finland.

So it’s no surprise that a group of Finnish researchers conducted the following (very interesting and telling) study:

Association Between Sauna Bathing and Fatal Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events
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Late to Bed…Doubles Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Jeremy Hendon | January 1

I’ve always been a night owl. I don’t think it’s inevitable for me, by any means, but I always tend to stay up later and later.

Lately, however, I’ve really begun to realize just how much I love waking up with the sunrise and going to bed on time. I feel better all day, and most importantly for me, I have a better attitude and perspective during the day.

Plus, there’s new evidence that it’s not just about how much we sleep but about maintaining a consistent sleep cycle.
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Having a Purpose Will Help You Live Longer

Jeremy Hendon | December 23

We don’t really need many reasons to live a purposeful life. After all, living with purpose makes life more enjoyable and meaningful.

But there is another good reason…

Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood

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Purpose Matters A Lot

There have been a lot of studies analyzing the effect purpose has on health and mortality. This study attempted to account for a lot more variables.

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