4 Reasons That One Nut May Rule Them All

paleo brazil nuts

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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Paleo Soda Drinks – La Croix

PALEO SODA DRINKS - review of la croix soda

I was one of those rare kids who didn’t like soda. The bubbles always made me burp, and I couldn’t ever manage to finish an entire can of coke.

That all changed when I got to law school. One of my best friends there was addicted to diet coke (even she called it an addiction).

I wasn’t drinking coffee during that period and needing caffeine to stay awake during law school, I also turned to diet coke.

I’m happy to say that I haven’t had a diet coke for years now, but on a hot summer day, it’s still the drink I crave!

Luckily, that same friend gave up diet coke as well and recently, she introduced me to a new soda, La Croix, which contains only Paleo ingredients!

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Why Are There Paleo Desserts?

Why Are There Paleo Desserts

When I first started Paleo, I was very against Paleo desserts.

Cavemen clearly didn’t eat almond flour baked with honey, so why should I be eating that?

Of course, at the same time, I would occasionally fall off the wagon and cheat with some M&Ms from the vending machine, a cookie from Starbucks down the street, or a guilty slice of cake that my secretary made. And when my birthday rolled around, I would indulge in some red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting (my fav!).

As my Paleo journey progressed and as I started hearing from more and more people about their own Paleo journeys, my views on Paleo desserts evolved.
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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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How To Make Cashew Flour At Home

How To Make Cashew Flour At Home

Cashew flour is a great gluten-free, grain-free flour that can be used in place of other nut flours when baking or cooking.

You can purchase cashew flour from Trader Joe’s (review of it here) or you can get it on Amazon here, but it’s also super easy (and often cheaper) to make your own at home, and this post will show you just how easy it is (plus there’s a list of Paleo recipes using cashew flour at the bottom of this post)!

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Why is dairy not allowed on a Paleo diet?

Why is dairy not allowed on a Paleo diet?

Dairy is a confusing topic within the Paleo diet and there’s a lot of debate still about it, so I hope this article will clear that up for you if you’re confused, or just skip down to the section listing the types of allowed dairy if that’s all you’re after.

Why Is Dairy Not Allowed On A Paleo Diet?

Let me start by stating that dairy is a highly nutritious (and delicious) food source, and humans have consumed animal milk for millennia. That doesn’t mean it’s good for you to eat though!

So how do you determine if dairy is right for you??

Like many people, the reason why you’re going Paleo is probably to lose weight or heal a health condition like digestive issues, autoimmune, inflammation, or controlling blood sugar, and unfortunately, eating dairy typically does not help you achieve any of those goals!

In particular, dairy has been closely linked to digestive and inflammatory issues for many people (e.g., sinus problems, joint pain, acne, IBS, bloating, gas).

So while dairy (especially in the full-fat, fermented, or raw forms) may be good for a very healthy individual, it’s generally not great for most people with existing health or weight loss issues.

What’s Wrong With Dairy Products?

There are 3 main reasons for avoiding dairy if you have health issues (please share the infographics below):

Why is dairy not allowed on a Paleo diet?

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Is Alcohol OK to Drink on a Paleo Diet?

Is Alcohol OK to drink on a paleo diet

No.

I’ve said various things in the past about alcohol, and you’ll hear different answers from other people who talk about eating a Paleo diet.

But I don’t care anymore. Alcohol is not healthy, despite what many people say to the contrary.
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Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut. Surprise, Surprise!

Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut

Occasionally, I cheat on my Paleo diet (shocking, huh?).

However, even when I cheat, I never eat gluten, and I’m probably the least-sensitive person I know.

Even though I don’t experience any acute symptoms from eating gluten, I still avoid it at all costs.

Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut

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6 Tips for Buying More Delicious Fish

6 TIPS FOR BUYING MORE DELICIOUS FISH

Although fish is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, it’s something that many of us actually know very little about.

Here in the US, if you don’t grow up very close to an ocean, there’s a good chance that you don’t eat all that much seafood at all.  That was definitely the case for me.  It wasn’t until my 20s that I realized how much I was missing out on.

It was even longer until I learned how to properly buy and cook seafood and fish.

Here are 6 big tips for buying better fish

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Is Bison Paleo?

is bison paleo?

Super delicious and chock full of muscle-building amino acids.

A great alternative if grass-fed beef is getting boring.

Yup, I’m talking about Bison.

See, I grew up in Georgia, home of Ted Turner. And nobody owns more bison than Ted. (Well, somebody might, but he owns a lot.)

And he even has a restaurant called Ted’s that I used to go to all the time for their bison. (I also loved their milkshakes, but that’s a story for another day.)

Because bison meat is packed with a good dose of protein and has a rich flavor, it is becoming a more popular addition to people’s plates.

So, is bison Paleo?  Definitely – it’s delicious and nutritious!

Why and How to Incorporate Bison into Your Diet

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4 Paleo Cooking Essentials

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I wasn’t into cooking at all before I started a Paleo diet. In fact, my knowledge of cooking was practically non-existent.

But that all changed when I got into a Paleo diet – in fact, I started to really enjoy cooking. And I started accumulating cookware and equipment.

These 4 pieces of cooking equipment have made my life and Paleo diet so much easier, and I hope you find them helpful too.
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How To Make Ghee In Slow Cooker

how to make ghee in slow cooker

What Is Ghee?

Ghee is clarified butter (i.e., the oil that’s left after removing the milk solids from butter). Ghee is very commonly used in Indian cooking, but you’ll also find many French chefs using clarified butter.

And if you want to know more about the benefits of ghee, then check out our article here.

If making your own ghee is too much hassle, then I highly recommend this delicious brand made with grass-fed butter and cultured so that pretty much all the lactose and casein is removed.

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How To Make Ghee In Slow Cooker

It’s pretty simple and quick, and you can make ghee yourself in the slow cooker (or crockpot) in a couple of hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker or crockpot, then you can use a regular pot on a stove (I recommend one with high sides to minimize the splattering).
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Do you believe in Superfoods? Maybe You Should

are oysters a superfood

They’re simultaneously delicious, nutritious, and – unfortunately – expensive.

And although I don’t really believe in “super-foods”, they come pretty darn close.

I’m talking about Oysters.

Why Oysters are Masterful

If you’re not accustomed to eating oysters, the mere thought probably disgusts you.  They’re slimy, a little chewy, and taste like the sea.

But for those of us who love them, that’s all part of the appeal.
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3 Things to Know About Your Whey Protein (Is Whey Protein Paleo?)

is whey protein paleo

Whey protein gets a bad wrap.

Especially if you read any Paleo sites or blogs.

And I really don’t understand it, sometimes.

There are a lot of myths about whey protein, but very few people look at the bigger picture.

Whey Protein is Pretty Darn Good, But It All Depends

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