Can Paleo Help With Lupus?

Can Paleo Help with Lupus?

Can Paleo Help with Lupus?
This guest post is written by Cindy Holder Poole about her own experience with lupus.

Sixteen years ago I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. My life changed in ways I would never have imagined.

While I had been fairly healthy and athletic during my younger years I had found myself working too much, sleeping too little, and about to embark on a downward spiral that ended many of my hopes and dreams.

I was told to avoid sunlight and rest when tired. I was told diet wouldn’t help but to watch my weight. I was also told to avoid stress which was difficult since I worked as an air traffic control specialist at Los Angeles Air Traffic Control Center. Shortly after my diagnosis I gave birth to my second child and then found out that my oldest son had a form of muscular dystrophy. Stress just kept coming at me! I gained weight and my disease progressively became worse. Eventually it became difficult to even walk.

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Should I Exclusively Breastfeed My Infant?

Should I Exclusively Breast Feed My Infant

For the most part, it’s fairly common knowledge that breast-feeding is a healthy thing to do for infants, unless there is a specific and situational reason not to or why it’s not possible.

However, apart from the notion that it’s the natural thing to do, or that it imparts relational benefits, it’s not common knowledge WHY it’s necessarily a good thing to do.

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Is Paleo Only for the Wealthy?

IS PALEO ONLY FOR THE WEALTHY?

There’s definitely an issue with socioeconomic status and health, and it’s something we feel very strongly about. On the other hand, Paleo is a general philosophy geared toward eating unprocessed foods, and although it’s certainly tougher in some situations, I think anyone can move in that general direction and start seeing benefits.
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3 Reasons This Seafood Is Your New Best Friend

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Nori. Dulse. Gim.

Whatever you call it, seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse.

Although seaweed is eaten around the world, Japan is the country most commonly associated with seaweed consumption. In fact, recent research indicates that the average Japanese citizen’s gut bacteria is specifically adapted to be able to digest more seaweed than most other folks around the world.

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Is High Cholesterol Bad for Me?

Is High Cholesterol Bad for Me?

Note: Please do not use this article to stop taking medication or as an excuse not to talk to your doctor. I don’t know you or your situation, and even if I did, I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to treat illness. This is for your information only, to make more informed decisions.

I recently wrote a very long article about whether or not a Paleo diet will raise your cholesterol. If you have the time, please check it out and repin the infographic there.

And I will be coming out with another article shortly titled Cholesterol and Heart Disease: The Cholesterol Myth and What Really Causes Heart Disease.

However, if you want a simple answer to whether or not you should be worried about high cholesterol, then this is as simple as I can make it. There are no links to studies or in-depth explanations in this article – that’s all in the other 2 articles.

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Prebiotics Can Make You Happier and Less Stressed

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If you’re not familiar with the term, prebiotics are the foods that feed the bacteria (and other microorganisms) in your gut.

Prebiotics can be in the forms of foods (mostly foods with fiber and resistant starch like fruits & veggies), or you can supplement with something like raw potato starch, which serves as a prebiotic. It’s important to note that we don’t just need one type of prebiotic. Because we have so many different types of bacteria in our bodies, we need different types of prebiotics to feed them.

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Is Paleo a Fad Diet?

is paleo a fad diet?

We happen to see eating whole, unprocessed foods as not very fad-ish, but I can understand how someone could see removing all grains and legumes in that way.

Personally, I don’t think legumes necessarily need to be removed from a lot of diets unless there are digestive, weight, or other health issues, and the same could be said for most grains (apart from gluten-containing grains). One of the main issues, however, is that grains and legumes still aren’t ideal, mostly because they’re not very nutrient-dense.

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Nature’s Palette for Perfect Health

Nature's Palette for Perfect Health

Jayson Calton, PhD and Mira Calton, CN are the founders of Calton Nutrition and the authors of Naked Calories, Rich Food Poor Food, and The Micronutrient Miracle (to be published on Aug 11th). Mira was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at the age of 30, and her search for a cure lead her not only to meet her future husband, Jayson, but also to together start a journey to help the world realize the impact that micronutrient deficiency can have on health.

With so many outstanding varieties of fruits and vegetables available to us, how should we choose which ones to serve in our salads or steam for our side dishes?

Just like a painter must have a variety of possible paint colors to choose from when creating his masterpiece, you too will benefit from choosing produce from the broadest range of colors.
 Think of optimal health as the finest masterpiece you can paint. In order to create it, you will need to consume foods of many different colors. In our book Rich Food, Poor Food we explain how a fruit or vegetable’s color can tell you a lot about what micronutrients it will deliver. The specific plant compounds determine the color of the skin it, and those in the same color family will deliver similar nutrients and health benefits. Your job is to add a bit of each color to your daily dietary color palette so that you can obtain an ideal range of micronutrients every day and paint your optimal health masterpiece.

RED

From crimson and cardinal to ruby and rose, it is two antioxidants, lycopene and anthocyanin, that are responsible for the red color of produce. The first, lycopene, is a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. It is also said to lower LDL (the so-called bad cholesterol), enhance the body’s immunity, and protect enzymes, DNA, and cellular fats from free radical damage. Lycopene is also great for athletes, as it may help with shortness of breath and exercise-induced asthma. Anthocyanin, which is richly concentrated in the pigments of berries, has been shown to possibly aid in pain relief, depression, and anxiety.

ORANGE

Orange foods are orange because of their high levels of a micronutrient known as beta-carotene. As the orange member of a family of plant pigments called carotenoids, beta-carotene is most often associated with oranges (as we would expect), winter squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, mangoes, and cantaloupe, to name a few. Beta-carotene is also known as pro-vitamin A, because it can convert to vitamin A (retinal) once inside your body. However, a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the rate of this conversion is likely near 21 to 1. So if you are looking for the cancer-fighting, anti-viral, eyesight-improving benefits of vitamin A, you will want to eat a lot of beta-carotene!

YELLOW

Yellow foods are touted for their high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin, the brain-booster we discussed in the pumpkin comments. Eat and get smarter with yellow squash, yellow bell pepper, pineapples, grapefruits, and yellow sweet corn.

GREEN

You may remember from your middle school science class that green plants and vegetables get their green color from a substance called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been shown to be antibacterial and stimulate the growth and maintenance of lean muscle tissue. Green foods are also the richest source of the dynamic duo zeaxanthin and lutein (more carotenoids), which have been shown in many studies to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

PURPLE AND BLUE

The rich blue and purple tones in your produce are courtesy of some pretty special flavonoids called anthocyanins. These colorful characters are powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. They may reduce cancer and stroke risks, improve memory, and even aid in longevity. The variety of shades is almost as impressive as the long list of health benefits. You won’t have anything to be blue about when your health is improved from enjoying these bold-colored beauties, including plums, grapes, berries, and eggplant.

WHITE

When you think about apples, bananas, and cucumbers, the color white is probably not what jumps to mind. However, it is the white flesh of these fruits and vegetables that brings them to our white painter’s palette. Add to that list cauliflower and pears, and you have a set of superstars that can reduce stroke risk by 52 percent! A recent ten-year study concluded that these white- fleshed fruits and vegetables, rich in the flavonoid quercetin, were better than green, orange, yellow, red, or blue/purple fruits and vegetables at reducing the risk of strokes. That apple a day may just keep the doctor away after all!

Remember: How you prepare your produce is just as important as choosing what to eat. Learn more by watching this video of the Caltons discussing the rainbow on TV. You can find lots of delicious micronutrient pack recipes using a wide variety of these colorful foods in our new book, The Micronutrient Miracle.

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Paleo Chicken Salad Sliders Recipe

Paleo Chicken Salad Sliders Recipe

By day, Candice is a PR professional in San Francisco. In her spare time, she blogs about health and fitness with her cousin at the site, Whole Health Hacks. She loves baking gluten-free goodies, traveling, and hiking in the Bay Area.

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Review of Navitas Raw Cacao Nibs

review of navitas cacao nibs

I’ve always LOVED chocolate (to the point where I used to pity a classmate who was allergic to chocolate – how did she survive those teenage years without chocolate??).

So, naturally, cacao nibs piqued my interest when I found them in Whole Foods, especially when I saw that they had 0g of sugar in them.
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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?

protein carbs fats percentages

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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