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?)

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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The Paleo Fruit that I Can’t Get Enough Of

The Paleo Fruit that I Can't Get Enough Of

Whether they’re red, blue, filled with seeds, or crushed into a smoothie, berries have been hailed as a superfood by scientists and consumers alike.

And what’s not to love?

The whole berry family is packed with antioxidants and rich in nutrients that help to combat the health problems associated with aging, especially mental decline and heart attacks. Quite simply, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another great source of healthy goodness that comes in so many colors, flavors, textures, and sizes—the right berry for you is out there, no matter who you are!

In fact, the quest for berries isn’t a just recent fascination—people have been seeking out these sweet gems for thousands of years.
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How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

How to Eat Potatoes and Improve Your Insulin Senstivity

The study below has been out for a little under a decade, but I recently found it courtesy of Richard Nikoley’s blog:

Insulin-sensitizing effects of dietary resistant starch and effects on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue metabolism

The study is not ground-breaking, but it’s yet another sign that…

Certain Starchy Foods Have a Lot of Positive Health Benefits

This may seem obvious to you, but for a long time now, many folks (Paleo or otherwise) have placed starchy foods (like rice, potatoes, plantains, etc.) in the same category as sugary candy, sodas, and other problematic carbs like wheat. If studies like this one are right, then starchy foods like potatoes may be the proverbial baby that got thrown out with the bathwater.
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Ketogenic Diet Food List

ketogenic diet food list

The ketogenic diet is becoming more and more popular – reports suggest that many people have lost weight, regained their energy, improved their endurance, and improved various health markers with a ketogenic diet.

So, if you’re wondering what the ketogenic diet and whether you should give it a try, then check out this comprehensive guide to the ketogenic diet here.

And if you just want to know what you eat on the ketogenic diet, then feel free to just click here to get the ketogenic diet food list emailed to you directly. Or scroll down to check out the entire list.

ketogenic diet food list

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Cancer, Red Meat, and What You Don’t Know

Does Red Meat Cause Cancer

Cancer is one of the most-studied diseases of all time. The amount of money and energy that goes into studying cancer is staggering.

And that’s a very good thing, since cancer is not only prevalent but also deadly and terrible in general.

Unfortunately, in many ways, we actually don’t know all that much about cancer and its causes, particularly as it relates to our diets. But we’re learning more every year.

Does Red Meat Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

I recently found and read the below paper, published in the journal Meat Science (yes, there is such a journal, and no, I haven’t read it before):

The role of red and processed meat in colorectal cancer development: A review, based on findings from a workshop

The researchers, most of whom are from Norway (along with a few from the US), held a workshop in Oslo, Norway to assess the current state of knowledge relating to cancer and diet (particularly meat).
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Why Isn’t Dairy Paleo?

why isn't dairy paleo?

Despite what most websites say, dairy actually IS Paleo.

But only certain types, and only after you’ve determined that you’re not sensitive to dairy.

When Dairy is Paleo

Dairy is Paleo so long as it’s raw (or made from raw milk) or fermented.

And preferably, the cow, goat, or sheep will have been pastured.  (Although do note that dairy cows cannot be 100% pastured, as they’ll stop producing milk for long periods during the year.  They must eat a few grains and some hay.)
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List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them

list of nightshades and why you might want to avoid them

What Are Nightshades?

When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).

But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.

(There’s a whole section below on why you might want to avoid nightshades for health reasons as well so keep on reading!)  

And if you want the whole list of nightshades foods emailed to you, just click here.

Do you want me to email this list to you? If so, just click here.

The Most Common Nightshades

Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!

Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (some of them may be rare in the US):
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The Veggie that Gets No Respect: A Tribute to Brussels Sprouts

The Veggie That Gets No Respect - brussels sprouts

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
P. J. O’Rourke (1947 – )

Brussels Sprouts generally divide folks into two camps–they love them or detest them.

First grown in Italy during the Roman Empire, the sprouts we’re most familiar with may have been cultivated en masse in Belgium (hence the origin of “Brussels”) around 1587. They were then introduced to the U.S. in the 1800s.

Today’s varieties are less bitter than their ancient cousins, but they rarely get the respect that they deserve, either for their versatility or for their health benefits.  For instance.

Here are 7 Great Health Benefits that Should Encourage You to Give Brussels Sprouts a Try

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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Foods – How To Buy Organic Foods

dirty dozen clean 15 organic foods

We often get asked whether it’s necessary to buy organic to be healthy.

So, here’s the thing:

Organic produce is probably better than conventional produce for your body as well as for the environment.

HOWEVER…and this is the really really important point…

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Clean 15 Foods

clean 15 foods

If you’re looking to buy conventional produce rather than organic produce (to save money or because you don’t have much organic produce available where you live), then these 15 foods are the best ones to go for in terms of low pesticide residue.

Do you want me to email this list to you?
If so, just click here.

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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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