How Do I Get Back on the Wagon After Cheating on My Diet?

HOW DO I GET off the wagon after cheating on my diet

Whenever I get asked this question, I get the feeling that the person asking me feels like they’re unique in their inability to either stick to a diet or else get back on it after falling off.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Over the past year, I’ve been pretty good, but if you’d follow me around all the time, you’d see that I still eat things I shouldn’t and still spiral just a little bit.
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What Percentage of Protein, Fat, and Carbs should I eat?

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There are a lot of varying opinions on this.

Generally, throughout history (for as long as we’ve known and across all cultures), protein varies between 12-18%. It’s not a huge range, so generally, 15% protein is fine. That said, higher protein diets are generally more satiating, so several studies appear to indicate that higher protein diets contribute to weight loss. For my part, I think keeping protein anywhere between 15-25% is a pretty good target, and there’s a lot of great research and anecdotal reason to believe that we should cycle protein consumption (some days higher protein, some days very low, rather than keeping it constant every single day).
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Interview with George Bryant – Civilized Caveman

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George Bryant of Civilized Caveman is one of our favorite people in Paleo – he’s compassionate, down-to-earth, always willing to help, and, of course, he cooks amazing food (and takes beautiful photos of them)! And that’s why I’m sure you’ll love reading this interview we did with George.

In particular, his answer to question #6 is my favorite, and it’s something Jeremy and I agree with strongly!

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Spotlight on Garlic

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We all know that the foods we like can change throughout our lives, but one thing I can say for sure is that I grew up loving garlic and just never stopped! As a seasoning and ingredient in soups and on meats, my family always made sure to have that extra pinch; even the smell of cooking garlic was enough to lure me into the kitchen.

Mom had no problem getting me to eat garlic, and that’s a good thing, because this unassuming little bulb of flavor really packs some amazing boosts for your health. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used since before ancient Egyptian times as a seasoning all around the world. However, even more than as a delicious food, garlic has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal effects, many of which come from antibacterial sulfur compounds (like allicin) that appear when garlic is chewed or crushed. It’s also what gives garlic that delightfully pungent smell.

What’s great about garlic:

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Is Oatmeal Paleo? (Don’t take away all of my breakfast foods!)

Is Oatmeal Paleo?

Most of us have sampled some sort of oatmeal creation in our lifetime, whether it’s cookies, oatmeal in the morning, or a family recipe for baked oatmeal squares.

In fact, many people tout oatmeal as one of the best breakfast foods for you. Should we follow along and grab a bowl of oats every day, or should we be a bit more cautious about adding oatmeal to our daily Paleo lifestyle?
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Is Ghee Paleo? (More Specifically, Why Ghee is Amazing…)

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I didn’t grow up exposed to a lot of foods that you might consider to be traditionally non-American. (Whatever that means, but you get the idea.)

Ghee is certainly such a food.

In fact, when I first read about it, I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. Gee? Jee?

I had no idea, except the vague understanding that people seem to spread it on things.
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How Do I Cure Constipation AND Diarrhea?

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I recently had a reader email me with a question similar to this.

They were dealing with constipation after going Paleo, and they’d taken eaten various foods to try to cure the constipation. And that’s great, because the alternative is being constipated (which can actually be quite dangerous) or taking laxative and supplements, many of which damage the gut lining.

Unfortunately, though, the foods they’d eaten (including prunes) had too much of the desired effect, and the result was diarrhea and an upset stomach.

The answer, unfortunately, is not a simple one.
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Exercising On Paleo If Crossfit Isn’t Your Thing!

Exercising On Paleo if Crossfit isn't your thing

Kimberly is an Idaho native who loves pursuing her fitness endeavors in the great outdoors at every opportunity. She is a fishing and hunting enthusiast, and you can follow her on Instagram (@mrskimberlylandon, Twitter (@kimmylandon), or find her on Facebook–she’d love to hear from you!

A lot of people adopt a Paleo lifestyle at the same time as starting CrossFit, and this combination works great for many people in terms of losing fat and gaining more muscle.

But, what if, CrossFit just isn’t for you? *Gasp* That’s right, I said it.

What if you just can’t when it comes to WOD’s and snatches? Or what if the mere suggestion of working out in front of other people is enough to make you want to grab your snuggie, flip on Netflix, and let Parks and Rec calm your nerves for a few hours? Fear (nor hibernate) not— there are, in fact, a variety of exercises will boost the effects of Paleo living!

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Are Sardines Paleo?

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One of my most vivid memories of elementary school is of sitting in one of our incredibly cramped, 20-person classrooms and eating lunch with friends. They’d be munching on zebra cakes and I would, with an excited smile, pop the lid off my little bin of sardines.

Apparently the smell of fish was less favorable to the 8-year-olds than the sweet aroma of those zebra cakes, because more often than not, I’d look up from my sardines to find myself sitting all alone.

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What are Sardines?

I think part of the problem was that no one really knew what a sardine was—a small, whole fish also known as a pilchard. Belonging to the herring family, sardines are rather tiny, oily fish that you can buy fresh or in a can.
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One Huge Reason That Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

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Artificial sweeteners have gotten a very bad rap for a long time without much solid evidence as to why they’re bad.

There have been a lot of studies that have shown correlations between things like obesity and artificial sweeteners, but there are so many confounding factors in those studies that they’re pretty much irrelevant for anything other than casual conversation.

That’s rapidly changing.

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Is Crab Healthy for Me? Plus, How to Properly Cook Crab

IS CRAB HEALTHY?

200 million years is an extraordinarily long time.

Upright ancestors of humans evolved from monkeys just 4-6 million years ago. And we weren’t REALLY human until about 130,000 years ago (at least by some metrics like brain size). But however long it’s been, it’s nowhere close to 200 million years.

Crabs, though, have been crabs for about that long. They were around with dinosaurs, for crying out loud.

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I’m a geek for facts like this, but the one that might blow you away is that the largest crabs can measure 12 feet across (from claw to claw). That’s not a crab that would fit in any pot that I have at home.
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4 Reasons That One Nut May Rule Them All

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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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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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