Interview with CrossFitter – Dwayne (Discover what a CrossFitter eats during Training)

interview with crossfitter dwayne

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.

I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.

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Natural Alternatives to Ginger Ale and Pedialite

natural alternatives to ginger ale and pedialite

Got this question from a reader recently:

My young daughter has the flu.  My doctor recommends saltine crackers, Pedialite, and ginger ale, but I’d like to find Paleo or natural alternatives.  Can you help?

This is a great question.  

In particular, I love her desire to stay as natural as possible.

Natural Alternatives to Ginger Ale and Pedialite

As it turns out, recreating Ginger Ale and Pedialite is actually quite simple.
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Does Garcinia Cambogia Work? (A Meticulous Review)

does garcinia cambogia work - a meticulous review

It’s darn near impossible to know what to believe about any weight-loss supplement, right?

Garcinia Cambogia extract is no different. If you watch TV or read Internet articles, you’ll hear hundreds of different stories about whether it’s a miracle drug or a complete scam. And you just don’t know whom to trust.

I feel the exact same way. Clearly, if there is an effective, all-natural weight-loss pill that’s 100% safe, then I want to use it.

But because I don’t know who to trust about Garcinia Cambogia, I decided to comb through all of the clinical trials and peer-reviewed journal articles.

If you want to jump to the answer I got after all my research, just jump down to the section titled “Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?” If you want a more in-depth understanding, then please keep reading.

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We Can All Scream For Ice Cream – Book Review

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream

Book Title:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream
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Book Author(s): Jennifer Robins & Vivian Cheng

Overview of Book:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream is a book filled with recipes for frozen treats allowing concerned parents to let kids ‘be kids’ and enjoy the same kinds of treats their friends are having, and for adults to enjoy without breaking their healthy eating patterns.

The book has been written specifically with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol in mind. This means the recipes have taken Paleo eating one step further, eliminating allergens including nuts and other ingredients that are often connected to food intolerances. Introductory chapters include information about digestion and the connection to health issues and kitchen tips. Recipes can be made with an ice cream maker or without so there are no special tools required.
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The Gelatin Secret – Book Review

The Gelatin Secret - McCracken

Book Title:

The Gelatin Secret
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Book Author(s): Sylvie McCracken

Overview of Book:

The Gelatin Secret is an in-depth look at the health benefits of gelatin – real, healthy gelatin – in every life. It includes comprehensive information about the benefits of gelatin for a variety of needs and health interests and wraps up with recipes aimed at adding gelatin to your diet. Stepping away from what we have come to think of as gelatin, the book explains the many benefits of gelatin from bones – the original inspiration – and how getting back to your roots is good for you.
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Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster

why 80-20 paleo is a recipe for disaster

You can call me the Paleo police or a bad person or whatever you want.  

But this needs to be said, because I hear SO many people tell me that they’re 80/20 Paleo.  And it’s a recipe for disaster.

80/20 Paleo is Completely Backwards

The term “80/20″ originated (at least popularly) with a guy named Vilfredo Pareto, who noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  He went on to develop a general principle that 80% of the effects you get come from 20% of the actions/causes.  

For instance, in business, 20% of your clients often account for 80% of your business.  

Let’s think about this in the case of diet, nutrition, and Paleo.

What you’re trying to get is 80% of the results.  You want to feel 80% as good as you would if you were 100% strict.
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Is Edamame Paleo?

is edamame paleo?

If you’re like many people, you hear the word edamame and go, “Eda-what?” 

Edamame, which is the Japanese word for “twig bean” (eda=twig, mame=bean), is—you guessed it—a kind of bean. 

Basically, you can think of edamame as boiled green soybeans, and their healthful benefits have been touted far and wide ever since Faith Hill started snacking on them backstage during concerts. But are edamame really a healthful Paleo option?

What You Should Know About Edamame

Edamame are the babies of the soy family—young, and still in the pods—but that doesn’t make them any less of a soy product. 

Soy contains powerful toxins, especially phytoestrogens (note the term “estrogen” in that word). These toxins interact with estrogen receptors in the body, which can throw off hormones and lead to a whole host of unwanted side effects; one study discovered a possible link between phytoestrogens and irregularities in the prostate, including cancer.
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My Top 7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

top 7 paleo diet tips

I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now (3 years pretty strictly and many years on and off before that). But I’m still learning! I’m still learning about what works for my body, new facts (sometimes murky ones) about nutrition and Paleo, and how to do Paleo more efficiently and effectively (aka faster!). After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I gotta get that 8-hour beauty sleep in!

So, here are some Paleo diet tips that I learned the hard way, and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did (please share your tips in the comments below).

Quick Infographic of My Paleo Diet Tips

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7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time infographic from paleo living magazine
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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Book Review

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Review

Book Title:

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author: Melissa Joulwan

Overview of Book:

Well Fed provides basic information about Paleo eating, helpful guidelines for stocking pantries and kitchens, shopping guidelines and basic recipes for sauces, seasonings and week-day meal planning.
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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Stress Eating

3 sure fire ways to stop stress eating

Food plays an important role in pretty much every culture.

And in the US, it often seems that the biggest role food plays is as stress-relief.

When we’re tired, sad, or upset about something, we eat.  And then maybe we eat a little bit more for good measure.

Stress-Eating Starts When We’re Kids

It’s not hard to understand why we stress eat.

It makes us feel better.

Part of the reason it makes us feel better is because food causes the release of certain hormones in our body.  But there’s something else.
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Is Almond Milk Paleo?

is almond milk paleo?

This may surprise you, but almond milk has actually been around since medieval times.

As an alternative to cow’s milk, almond milk has been used for cooking, baking and straight up as a drink.  Unlike animal milk, this milk-like drink made from ground almonds contains no lactose and is helpful for those with allergies to gluten or casein.

Nutritionally, almond milk offers many of the same benefits that almonds do, including magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc, calcium and several phytochemicals. Unsweetened versions are also low in calories, containing about 40 calories per 8-oz. serving.

Compared to cow’s milk, almond milk certainly offers less protein, with only a gram per serving, compared to the 8 grams that cow’s milk offers.  In addition, almond milk won’t have the nearly the same levels of Vitamins A, D, or K as good grass-fed cow milk.

What Do Other Paleo Experts Say?

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Is Maple Water Paleo?

is maple water paleo?

I tried Maple water in Vancouver earlier this year. I saw it in a supermarket and thought why not give it a try. And now, I get to share with you what maple water is, what I thought of it, and whether maple water is paleo or not.

What is Maple Water?

It’s the pure maple sap that runs from maple trees. At the beginning of spring, you can insert a tap into the maple tree, and maple sap will flow out. If you want to know more, then Lauren from Paleo Raccoon has written a bit more about the process.

How is Maple Water Different From Maple Syrup?

To make maple syrup, you take the maple water (or maple sap) and boil it down until it forms a syrup (basically by evaporating the water). It takes around 40 gallons of the water to get 1 gallon of maple syrup! That just shows you how little sugar is in maple water.

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Is Paleo Safe for High Cholesterol and High Triglycerides?

is paleo safe for high cholesterol and high triglycerides

Is Paleo Safe for High Cholesterol and High Triglycerides?

I’ve been asked this question a lot lately, and I know it worries a lot of people who are starting or who are thinking about starting a Paleo diet.

First of all, I can’t give anybody specific medical advice (I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know the particular situation).

But I can share my thoughts and personal experiences.

In General, Eating a Paleo Diet is Excellent for Cholesterol Issues

For many years, many doctors have believed that fat and cholesterol in our foods were a problem, but it turns out that those things have very little impact on cholesterol for the majority of people.
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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

It sounds so easy.  

Just avoid gluten, right?

How could you possibly mess that up?

Actually…

It’s Quite Easy to Fail on a Gluten-Free Diet

You may not achieve your goals, you may not stick to it, and you might just make things worse. 

But making gluten-free work for you is entirely possible, so long as you have your eyes wide open when you start, and so long as you’re smart about how you approach it.

To help you out, here are…

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

1. Not Knowing Why You’re Going Gluten-Free.

This is the biggest mistake you can make.  And it’s the one that will cause you to most quickly give up.
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