Favorite Bloggers: Holistic Squid

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Emily Bartlett L.Ac.

Emily’s Story

Holistic Squid spouts a variety of great articles and recipes on the topics of nutrition, natural health and fertility. It was created as a result of Emily’s professional and personal experiences as a natural health care practitioner.  

Calling herself a bit obsessed with real food, she’s often seen hanging cheese from a giant ceiling hook or stirring a soup pot full of bones.  If that sounds weird, she’s also been known to make a mean enchilada and chocolate chip cookie too.   
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Is This Healthy, Paleo Food Sabotaging Your Fat Loss?

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You eat all (or mostly all) Paleo foods.

You feel much better, and you’re committed.

But you’re still not losing the fat you want to.

3 Reasons Nuts Can Be a Problem

Clearly, our ancestors ate nuts pretty much whenever they found them.

So nuts have a good starting point.  And yet, nuts can be dangerous in several ways:
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Mediterranean Paleo Cooking – Book Review

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking by Caitlin Weeks, Chef Nabil Boumrar, Diane Sanfilippo

Book Title:

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking
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Book Author(s):

Caitlin Weeks, Chef Nabil Boumrar, and Diane Sanfilippo

Overview of Book:

Mediterranean Palo Cooking combines the best of two exceptional philosophies for eating – Paleo and Mediterranean. Mediterranean diets are heralded for the use of olives and olive oils, an abundance of seafood and fat-rich fish including sardines. Its additional inclination for seasonal foods and wonderful spice combinations creates dishes that are flavorful and healthy. In this book readers have access to more than 150 ‘coastal recipes’ that combine both the Paleo and Mediterranean healthful eating philosophies.
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6 Reasons to Get More Ghee in Your Life

6 reasons to get more ghee in your life

TO BE FAIR, there is no shortage of delicious oils with which to cook. From Coconut Oil to Duck Fat to Lard, the choices are all yummy, to say the least.

Why, then, would you ever venture out, particularly to a fat like Ghee, that many people have never cooked with in their lives?

Well, I’ve got 6 excellent reasons. First, though, just a bit about Ghee:

What the Heck is Ghee?

Ghee is nothing more than a class of clarified butter.

Clarified butter is made by heating butter to the point that the milk solids (mostly the proteins) and the water separate from the fats (which become the clarified butter).

Ghee is made around the world, but it’s particularly popular in south Asia (India and Pakistan most notably). Ask any Indian or Pakistani about ghee, and you’ll get an immediate nod of recognition.

With that in mind, here are 6 reasons to get more ghee in your life

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Favorite Bloggers: Civilized Caveman Cooking

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The Blog

Civilized Caveman Cooking 

The Blogger

George Bryant

His Story

It’s almost impossible to encapsulate George in a story (he’s larger than life in every way possible), but it’s worth a shot.

Up until 2013, George was a Marine.  And both before he became a Marine and during his service, George constantly battled weight and health issues, as many of us have.  As part of that battle, George put himself through the ringer in terms of exercise and diet for a very long time while in the Marine corps.  And in 2005, he nearly lost both of his legs because of it.

George developed a condition called exercise induced compartment syndrome – largely from the stress of pushing his body too hard – and was just able to save both of his legs.  He spent a year in a wheelchair and in rehab, all the while being told that he’d never be able to walk without a cane.
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4 Quick Tips for Saving Money on a Paleo Diet

4 Quick Tips for saving money on a paleo diet

The hard part about saving money is that it really varies from person to person.

It depends on a lot on things like whether you have a family, where you live, what kinds of food you like to eat, and a million other things.

Still, there are a few tips that I have found to help almost everyone

4 Quick and Easy Tips to Save Money on Paleo Food

1. Focus on Veggies: Too often, we get so caught up on eating lots of delicious meat, that we forget vegetables are not only healthy but also relatively inexpensive.

Certain vegetables like asparagus will always cost more, but things like Swiss Chard, Zucchini, and Brussels Sprouts are both delicious and cost-effective.? [Read more…]

7 Reasons to Eat More Salmon (with Recipes)

7 reasons to Eat More Salmon

Behind shrimp and canned tuna, Salmon is the most consumed seafood in the United States . Around here, we know just how delicious a well-prepared piece of salmon can taste (or if you’re too lazy to cook your own salmon, you can buy ready-to-eat salmon snack packs). But, did you know that there are…

7 Big Ways That Salmon Can Improve Your Health

1. High in Omega-3s.  Between 15-30% of the fats in Salmon are Omega-3 fats, which is higher than 99% of other foods.  Not only that, but almost all of the Omega-3 fats in Salmon are the good kinds (DHA and EPA) that your body can’t produce on its own. [Read more…]

The Holiday Tango: 10 Essential Tactics for Eliminating Holiday Stress

The Holiday Tango - 10 essential tips for eliminating holiday stress

I thought that, by quitting the job I didn’t like, I would dramatically decrease my chances of dying.  

That’s not the actual reason why I quit that particular job, but it makes sense.  After all, there are numerous studies showing that chronic stress can increase your chances of dying of heart disease by 50% or more.

What I didn’t count on was that I’d often still be stressed while running my own business.  To be honest, I am less stressed now and greatly enjoy what I do, but we often look forward to certain things without properly preparing for the stress that they might bring.

Which brings me to the holidays…

Looking Forward to the Holidays

You’ve probably been looking forward to the holidays for quite some time.  And you should.  There are so many great things about the holidays.  

Time off from work, time with family and friends, lots of great food, and a generally great time.  But if you want to make your holidays extra-special, then there’s something that you need to be prepared for…
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Real Life Paleo – Book Review

Real Life Paleo

Book Title:

Real Life Paleo
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author(s):

Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry

Overview of Book:

Real Life Paleo is both a cookbook and a guide book for adopting a Paleo diet. Divided into three distinct sections: Swap, Remove and Heal, the book is designed to help readers transition from their current style of eating to one that is more healthful and more natural through easy to understand and follow steps. Beginning with identifying some of the most obvious and harmful foods and swapping them with gluten free and healthier options, readers will begin to slowly transition their eating and ways of thinking. The second phase is a next step to making a full change and in the final section, readers are encouraged to adopt a fully integrated healthy change, including suggestions for more exercise and more sleep.

Who This Book is For:

This book is for anyone who is following a Paleo diet – the recipes are fantastically simple and varied, anyone considering a Paleo diet, and anyone who has ever thought of or tried to change the way they eat but found they were overwhelmed thinking about how to begin. Information is presented in simple, non-medical terminology and lifestyle changes are taken step by step so as not to overwhelm or make anything seem impossible.

Favorite Chapter:

I love Phase 1: Swap because, even if someone is not ready or feels the change to a Paleo diet is too big a leap, this first chapter provides suggestions for eliminating some of the most addictive and potential damaging foods. Even starting small – getting rid of the gluten, sugar and processed foods can make a huge difference in changing the way people live and eat and once that step has been accomplished, the next becomes that much easier. Even if someone were to commit just to making these changes, there is the potential for a feel-better, stronger, healthier revelation that is life-changing.

Top 3 Recipes:

For a weekend breakfast treat I love the Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake. If there are two brunch indulgences I miss from my pre-Paleo days they are my mom’s coffee cake with the cinnamon and brown sugar topping and cinnamon buns. This cake provides the best of both in a form that I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying.

For a main dish, I recommend the Cauli-Gnocchi with Brussel Sprouts and Lemon Zest. Going back to pasta dishes that I once loved, gnocchi certainly tops the list, as much for the look and taste of it as for the flexibility and how it could be used. This recipe offers a viable solution to traditional gnocchi and provides one suggestion for serving it which has already inspired a few future variations in my mind.

Finally, for a sweet indulgence that actually isn’t, I pick the Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies. Who doesn’t love a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie? The opportunity to make an after-school, afternoon tea treat that is both healthy and easy to make is a double plus. Load up the cookie jar with these treats and everyone in the house will be dipping in.

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About Heather Seftel-Kirk: Not a physician or nutritionist, Heather came to her understanding of food and health through parenting three children, now teens, who seemed not to fit the ‘norms’ of health and through questions…so many questions.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes. I received no other compensation, and this review is based on my own opinion. Note that some links on this page (and throughout this website) are affiliate links.

Are Beans Paleo?

are beans paleo?

Pinto, lima, garbanzo, pea, kidney, lentil…no doubt you recognize at least some of these popular names for people’s favorite legumes.

But exactly what is it about beans that manages to capture everyone’s attention? Many tout the protein and fiber content of legumes as a major benefit, not to mention the variety of tastes and options that beans provide. Since they’re so popular, should those following a Paleo lifestyle hop on the bean bandwagon?

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Favorite Bloggers: Paleo Parents

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The Blog

Paleo Parents

The Blogger(s)

Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry

Their Story

Stacy and her husband Matt are the dynamic duo behind Paleo Parents, a blog that takes “a practical and affordable approach to feeding their family real food,” by sharing thoughts, recipes, advice and informational posts about the Paleo diet and lifetstyle.

A self-confessed “recovered vegetarian of seven years,” Stacy has Celiac disease and had her gallbladder removed in 2009. On a continued quest to find the ideal Paleo regimen for her and her family, both she and Matt write about all the tips and tricks to translate Paleo successfully for everyday families. She works in the corporate world full-time while Matt, who also produces The Paleo View podcast, takes care of their three young boys as a stay-at-home Dad.
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Paleo Success Story – Ursula Grobler

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This is a guest post from Ursula Grobler, a world-class rower who has competed at the highest levels across the globe.

My story is different than many “typical” Paleo success stories, but my results have been no less life-changing.

Who I Am

I am a competitive rower working toward my dream of competing in the Olympics. Unlike many of the people I train with and compete against, I found rowing very late.

I was generally pretty active as a kid growing up in South Africa, but for about eight years before starting rowing, I hadn’t done very much physical activity at all.

In 2007, I was laid off from my job, and I moved to the Lake Stevens area in Seattle, Washington. While there, I started rowing for fun at the age of 23, which is pretty old in sporting years.
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How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life

How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life


Do you know what that number is?

103 is the number of times that the average American has sex every year.

You’re trying to figure out how you measure up, right?

It doesn’t matter, though.  Not really.  

We all want to have more sex, or at least better sex (when we’re being honest with ourselves).

Sex Starts with What You Eat

Forget all about Oysters and Wine.  Aphrodisiacs should be the least of your concern.  Food is much more important than that.
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