5 Ways to Super-Charge Your Paleo Fat Loss

Sometimes I resist writing and speaking too much about fat loss and getting leaner.  After all, I am always impressed by how committed people truly are to really getting healthier and feeling better.

In the end, that’s what I am most passionate about helping people achieve.

But despite our loftiest goals, there are many times that we just want to lose a little fat and look a little better.  And after the holidays last year was definitely one of those times.

And I was thinking today about what I’d done to recover from the holidays, which I thought I’d share with you.

So, without further ado…

5 Ways to Super-Charge Your Paleo Fat Loss

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Is Tapioca Paleo?

is tapioca paleo?

Tapioca is an alternative starch that may or may not belong on the Paleo menu. As a matter of classification, let’s start by defining what tapioca is not: it isn’t a grain, legume or potato. It’s the purified starch of the cassava root and is both gluten- and dairy-free. Used in puddings, “flours” and boba tea, tapioca is another way to add carbohydrate to a diet, if it’s needed or required.

Things to Know About Tapioca

Tapioca is the third-largest source of dietary carbohydrates in the world, functioning as a staple for over half a billion people in the developing world. And while it’s a good source of carbohydrates, cassava is a lousy source of protein. In fact, a diet made up of primarily cassava root can lead to a condition known as protein-energy malnutrition.
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Nutritional Grail – Book Review

Nutritional Grail by Christopher James Clark

Book Title:

Nutritional Grail
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author:

Christopher James Clark

Overview of Book:

In this book, the author explores healthy eating by looking at past wisdom and applying the latest scientific research to validate that nutritional and ancestral wisdom. He looks at foods that are the healthiest and those that are the most problematic, examines the issue of deteriorating food quality and explores the opportunities for detoxifying our bodies and reducing degenerative diseases through the foods we choose. Not only is this a ‘what and why’ of healthy eating, but a ‘how’ – offering solid explanation, proof and a path to healthier eating.
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Cholesterol Clarity – Book Review

cholesterol clarity by jimmy moore book review

Book Title:

Cholesterol Clarity
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Authors:

Jimmy Moore with Eric C. Westman, MD

Overview of Book:

This book is like a ‘Dummy’s Guide’ to cholesterol. It covers everything from basic information about cholesterol and why you need it, to opinions from different interest groups about cholesterol. The book gets into test results, treatments, myths about cholesterol, health markers and misconceptions about cholesterol and health.
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How Light is Making You Fat, Sick, and Mean. And What to Do About It.

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Is Artificial Light Bad For You?

In the past few years, there have been a lot more studies on sleep and its effects on health, as well as on light and its effects on sleep.

In 2013 alone, there were 3 awesome studies that have focused on “Light at Night” (pretty self-explanatory):

Nocturnal light exposure impairs affective responses in a wavelength-dependent manner

Mice exposed to dim light at night exaggerate inflammatory responses to lipopolysaccharide

Exposure to light at night, nocturnal urinary melatonin excretion, and obesity/dyslipidemia in the elderly   

Each study was different in a number of ways (which animal was used as the test-subject, the type of health effect being studied, etc.), but the similarity among all 3 was the same…
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Is Soy Milk Paleo?

is soy milk paleo?

For many of you, this may seem like a silly question with an obvious answer.

But really, why wouldn’t soy (and, by extension, soy milk) be Paleo?  It’s not hard to imagine that soybeans would have been eaten a million years ago, and it’s not that much of a stretch to think about somehow mixing soybeans with a bit of water and making a milk-like substance.

It’s also an important question because dairy is a big problem for many folks.  

The Health Concerns of Soy Milk

As I’ve discussed before, legumes are not the worst things you can eat, but some are worse than others.  

Soy is, in some ways, the worst of the legumes, and soymilk – along with tofu – are the worst forms of soy.
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Are Peas Paleo?

Are Peas Paleo?

When I first switched to a Paleo diet, I was often confused about which foods were or weren’t Paleo.

After just a few weeks, though, I felt pretty comfortable judging foods without going back to a book or website.

However, there are certain foods that confused me for a long time, and one of those foods was peas.

After all, peas are a legume, and legumes like beans are off-limits on a Paleo diet, right? (See this article for why legumes are not Paleo).

However, I was right to be confused, since there’s a lot more to this story…
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Paleo Stories – Vivian Cheng from TheRealFoodGuide.com

Paleo Stories vivian cheng therealfoodguide.com

Vivian Cheng is the founder/editor/writer/designer behind The Real Food Guide. You’ve probably seen our review of her fantastic Paleo ice cream recipe book, and you’ve probably also seen (and maybe already tried) her guest recipe – Not my Mama’s Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork). So, we thought you’d like to know a bit more about this amazing woman!

In this post, Vivian shares with us some of her Paleo story, including how she came to Paleo, what she found most challenging about Paleo, and her best tip for maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. And please visit The Real Food Guide for more of Vivian’s fantastic recipes and articles.

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6 Super-Secret Ways to Naturally Cure Constipation

how to naturally cure constipation using the paleo diet

I’m pretty sure people have been constipated as long as…well, forever.

Which is why I want to let you in on a little secret…

There are no secret solutions to constipation.  

Only proven tactics that actually work.

Constipation Can Be Caused by Many Things

With constipation, there are a lot of possible causes, from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth to insufficient bile production.

No matter what, don’t take this issue lightly.  Constipation can be very serious, and if it gets particularly bad (usually more than a few days), then taking laxatives or seeing a doctor is probably best.

However, if it’s not yet at that point, then let’s stick with the theme…
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Is Gelatin Paleo?

is gelatin paleo?

What is Gelatin?

I always thought gelatin was some bad substance since I only knew it from pre-packaged jello. I therefore attributed it to some artificial oddity. But, it’s actually completely derived from animal products!

In fact, gelatin is typically made from items such as beef or pig skin and bones, which all contain high levels of collagen.

Gelatin is, however, often found in jello products along with artificial colorings and fake flavors, and those should definitely be avoided on any kind of diet!

So, is gelatin Paleo?

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Study Reveals Historical Reason Why Milk Is Healthy For Humans

is milk healthy for humans

When I was a kid, there were 2 things I loved drinking.

Chocolate Milk and Milkshakes.

Heck, if I weren’t so concerned about my health and body, I’d probably get half my calories from those 2 beverages.

So if you’re wondering why I love talking about milk, there you go.

Recently, in an issue of Nature, Andrew Curry wrote this article:

Archaeology: The Milk Revolution

Mr. Curry brings a number of fascinating historical facts and myths of interest in relation to dairy.

But here’s the most important…
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3 Things That Should Worry You Far More Than GMOs

worse than gmos

I’m going to write a longer article on GMOs very soon.

And it’s going to be extremely unpopular.  Everyone loves to hate GMOs.

However, despite over 30 years of research into GMOs (mostly not funded by the industry), nearly 100% of the science has proven that GMOs are safe.

Now…you can’t actually prove that anything is safe.  You could test it a billion times, and the time after that might be the one case where it’s really dangerous.

But still…30 years is 30 years.

GMOs Are The Last Thing We Should Be Worried About

I don’t actually care if anybody is worried about GMOs.  
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Is Agave Nectar Paleo?

is agave nectar paleo?

Agave nectar, a golden-colored liquid used for sweetening foods, is sweeter than pure table sugar.

Named after the Greek word for “noble,” the agave plant and its nectar may sound to some like a natural-based alternative to sugar.

However, a closer look shows that while it might offer some minor health benefits, it also has some undesirable characteristics that can defeat some of the key goals of a Paleo diet.

What You Need to Know About Agave Nectar

The scoop on agave nectar is that it’s gluten free and low glycemic, in comparison to other sweeteners. That’s often thought of as a good thing for those seeking the low insulin response that Paleo foods should bring.
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Shocking Results of Eating More Meat! 300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

is eating meat healthy

Scientists never seem to get tired of trying to figure out if meat (particularly of the red variety) is bad for humans.

And I never seem to get tired of making fun of them…

Here’s a paper where they tried again, this time with even more interesting results:

Meat intake and cause-specific mortality: a pooled analysis of Asian prospective cohort studies

300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

This is a pooled analysis of a few different studies, along with United Nations data.  What the researchers did is analyze mortality, cancer, and heart disease risk among almost 300,000 Asian men and women, and they tried to find correlations with meat intake.
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