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Is Soy Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 25

Soy scares me more than a little.

Not because it’s unhealthy or anything – that’s a given.

It scares me because it’s used to make fake versions of almost everything.
Cheese, milk, noodles, shrimp. It’s just weird.

Is Soy Healthy?

Going out on a limb here, but I’m probably going to upset some vegans…
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Blogger Spotlight – Chris Kresser

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 23

1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?

I suffered from a decade-long, debilitating illness in my 20s, and a Paleo-based diet and lifestyle were the key to my recovery. Once I recovered my own health, I felt called to use what I had learned to help others do the same.

2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
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Why Your Husband is Losing Fat Faster Than You

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 18

Unfortunately, fat loss is a bit variable from one person to another, and quite often, women struggle with fat loss more than men.

Part of that is evolutionary, since it was always more important for women to hang on to fat for childbirth.

All of that is just to say that it’s often easier for men (but not always – my wife loses fat much more easily than I do).

Generally, I tell people a few things:
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Is Panko Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 16

One comment I often get from people who are just starting to clean up their diets is that they miss crunchy foods.

And it’s true.

When you cut out all chips, crackers, cookies, and other grain-driven foods, the only crunch you’re generally left with is raw veggies and some fruits.

The answer to today’s Is it Paleo is going to be pretty obvious, but it’s worth talking about because it’s easy to forget just how many foods are made from processed ingredients that wreak havoc on our bodies.

What is Panko?

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Is Cacao Butter Good for Cooking?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 11

A reader recently asked me whether cacao butter is good for cooking.

I didn’t really know the answer off the top of my head, because I’d never actually thought about using cacao butter to cook.

I love cacao, but I guess I thought my food would taste funny.

Anyway, I decided to do a bit of research…
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Is There Any Benefit to Getting Genetic Tests for Things Like MTHFR?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 4

I’ve long thought that genetic tests aren’t really all that useful.

I fully believe that the study of genetics, the research into genetics, and the technological advancements we’re beginning to see are amazing. But testing hasn’t seemed all that useful to me because – in general – it probably won’t change how you should live and eat, no matter what the results are.

The reason I’ve always believed that is because a healthy diet and lifestyle is generally healthy for everybody, regardless of genetics. It might be more important for some people than others, but really, we should all be eating real foods, sleeping enough, de-stressing, etc.
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What Should I Eat For Breakfast? Protein, Fats, or Carbs?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on September 2

I actually wrote this article because readers ask me quite often whether they need to eat more protein, fats, or carbs for breakfast.

And I understand why this question is so popular. There are thousands of articles about breakfast, and most of them seem either contradictory or else they just repeat the same information over and over again.

I’ve got a few tips below, but here’s the thing you need to remember above all else.
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Does Portion Size Matter on a Paleo Diet?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on August 28

This is going to blow your mind, but portion size matters, even if you’re eating a Paleo diet.

Mind. Blown.

However, it’s not usually something you need to think about.

For too long, many Paleo authors and bloggers have made it sound like it doesn’t matter at all how much a person eats. In an effort to rebut decades of brainwashing, we now often hear that calories don’t matter.

That’s ridiculous. It’s at least as ridiculous as (and maybe more than) saying that calories are all that matters.

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How Mount Fuji Taught Me to Love Sardines

Written by Jeremy Hendon on August 26

I visited Japan for the first time in 2014, and one of the things I was blown away by was the food.

The sushi was way better than I even expected, and I generally ate tons of great food for cheaper than I expected.

But one of my favorite discoveries – and stick with me here – was sardines.

I know!! Who would have thought?

But in the town that is near Mount Fuji, they’re famous for their young sardines, also known as “Shirasu”. You can buy them fresh or dried (we went for fresh), and they’re absolutely delicious.

As it turns out, I’d spent my whole life being afraid that I’d hate this little fish, only to find out just how great they are.

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Blogger Spotlight – Mary Herrington

Written by Louise Hendon on August 25

1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?

What got me interested in the Paleo lifestyle is a long story which I will try to sum up in a few sentences. After many years of being sick, having abdominal by-pass surgery at age 40 due to a birth defect which took over 7 years to find, I needed to recover. I had to find a way to provide nutrient dense foods to my 40 year old severely malnourished body. I tried raw. I tried vegan. I tried vegetarian. I have to be gluten free due to a wheat allergy and Celiac Disease, so following the Standard American Diet wouldn’t work for me. I felt hopeless, frustrated, HUNGRY and overwhelmed. I had a friend who introduced me to the GAPS diet and that lead me to the Paleo lifestyle.

What I love most about the Paleo lifestyle is that I don’t have to adjust a ton of recipes. I am allergic to sugar, wheat, all gluten, dairy, some legumes and corn to name the most common ones. Standard recipes, whether they be the Standard American Diet, vegan, vegetarian, raw or gluten free all rely heavily upon those 5 major allergens for me. Finding Paleo was finding my freedom from hours of substitutions and adjustments.

2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
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Is Diet Soda Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on August 19

Want to cut back on calories?

Drink a diet soda.

Want to get away from sugar?

Drink a diet soda.

People have been debating over the health effects of the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas—sucralose, stevia, and aspartame—for quite a while now.

So should you use diet soda as a way to curb not-so-wholesome sugar cravings, or should you avoid diet soda forever?
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Should I Take Antibiotics?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on August 12

As far as antibiotics go, we never specifically suggest that anybody not take antibiotics that they’re prescribed. It’s a personal decision, and more importantly, it’s a decision you definitely want to consult your doctor/dentist about to be aware of the risks if you decide not to take the antibiotics.
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Blogger Spotlight – Danielle Gagnon

Written by Louise Hendon on August 10

1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?

I spent most of my college and post-grad years trying a variety of diets without much success. All I ever got for it was minimal weight loss combined with extreme hunger and blood sugar regulation issues. That all changed when 18 months ago, after starting a job with a very long commute, I starting listening to a lot of podcasts. During that time I came across the Balanced Bites podcast with Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe. After one episode, I was hooked. I listened to dozens of episodes and immediately began changing my diet. The principles of a paleo lifestyle just clicked with me.. I realized that the factory-made, fat-free and fiber-filled food I had been eating, which I thought would make me healthy, was actually making me sick. Just a few months after going paleo, I had lost weight and the constant headaches, body aches and stomach issues that had plagued my college years were gone. I felt amazing.

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