Is Coconut Water Paleo?

Is Coconut Water Paleo?

Coconut water in its purest, most unprocessed form is the thin liquid that builds inside the shell of a young coconut.  

Not to be confused with coconut milk (made by grinding coconut meat and pressing out the liquid), which contains a lot of the fat and proteins from the coconut. 
 

General Health Facts About Coconut Water

Coconut water is a naturally-sourced food without additives or added sugar. However, it is relatively high in natural sugar (16 grams in 12 ounces), something not always welcome on a Paleo regimen.

Coconut water is also high in potassium, a great source for fluid replacement and for hydration after exercise. It also offers several different electrolytes essential to our health.
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Listen Up Men…How You’re Hurting Your Kids and Grandkids

listen up men - how you're hurting your kids and grandkids

There is a vast array of research showing that a woman’s diet and lifestyle dramatically influences the health of her children.  

Every expecting or soon-to-be-expecting mom is usually aware of this.

But the research and awareness is much sparser for men.

Guys, It Matters What You Eat and How You Live

Epigenetics has been a particularly popular topic lately (over the past couple years).  If you’re not familiar with the concept, the general theory is that it’s not just genetics (genes) that get inherited by our kids.  A lot of other information is also stored and passed by our bodies to our children.
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Interview with CrossFitter – Christina (Discover The Best Thing About Living A Paleo Lifestyle)

interview with crossfitter christina photography and interview by nate creamer

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Below are his photos and interview with Christina (Dwayne’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo & CrossFit scene.

It all started when I was looking for a change in my exercise routine. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and asked if I wanted to join him in a workout; our schedules didn’t coordinate but I gave it a try anyway. I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back since. As I got more and more into CrossFit, I began learning about the Paleo lifestyle and different diets CrossFit athletes tend to adopt. CrossFit Danbury participated in a Paleo Challenge one summer and although I didn’t “sign up,” I began following it little by little.

How much of your diet would you say is based off of the Paleo lifestyle? Will you ever go 100% Paleo?

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How to be a Vegetarian Paleo

how to be a vegetarian paleo

A vegetarian Paleo might sound like an oxymoron to you, but it’s actually something that is quite possible.

Having said that, being a vegetarian Paleo (or Paleo vegetarian) is not easy and will require you to tailor your Paleo diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. That’s what this article is all about. Below you’ll find suggestions on how best to do a vegetarian Paleo diet.

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7 Surefire Ways to End Sugar Cravings and be Less Stressed about Eating

7 surefire ways to end sugar cravings and stop stress eating

I love frozen yogurt.  

In fact, there was a month last year when I had frozen yogurt probably 15-20 times.  A full-fledged crisis, if you will.

On days that I would walk to the gym (3-5 times per week), I would stop on the way home and get frozen yogurt from one of the many “off-the-wall” shops.  And I didn’t like just the frozen yogurt.  Nope – I loved the M&Ms and chocolate chips that I would mix in.

Everyone who worked at the shops knew my name.  I, on the other hand, made it a point never to learn their names.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t excited to be their favorite regular.

I Can Justify Anything!

The worst part is that although I enjoyed the 5 minutes of eating the fro-yo, I was stressed for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes about NOT going to the frozen yogurt shop.  

In the morning, the first thing I’d think about was that today would be a better day, and I wouldn’t give in to my cravings.  Before I’d go to the gym, I’d tell myself that there was no way I was going to be weak on my way home.  And yet, every time, I’d end up savoring the cookies-and-cream flavored fro-yo.

And afterwards, I’d start stressing about why I’d given in.  Many days, I’d even find ways to justify it to myself.  
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Interview with CrossFitter – Dwayne (Discover what a CrossFitter eats during Training)

interview with crossfitter dwayne

Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.

I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.

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Natural Alternatives to Ginger Ale and Pedialite

natural alternatives to ginger ale and pedialite

Got this question from a reader recently:

My young daughter has the flu.  My doctor recommends saltine crackers, Pedialite, and ginger ale, but I’d like to find Paleo or natural alternatives.  Can you help?

This is a great question.  

In particular, I love her desire to stay as natural as possible.

Natural Alternatives to Ginger Ale and Pedialite

As it turns out, recreating Ginger Ale and Pedialite is actually quite simple.
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Does Garcinia Cambogia Work? (A Meticulous Review)

does garcinia cambogia work - a meticulous review

It’s darn near impossible to know what to believe about any weight-loss supplement, right?

Garcinia Cambogia extract is no different. If you watch TV or read Internet articles, you’ll hear hundreds of different stories about whether it’s a miracle drug or a complete scam. And you just don’t know whom to trust.

I feel the exact same way. Clearly, if there is an effective, all-natural weight-loss pill that’s 100% safe, then I want to use it.

But because I don’t know who to trust about Garcinia Cambogia, I decided to comb through all of the clinical trials and peer-reviewed journal articles.

If you want to jump to the answer I got after all my research, just jump down to the section titled “Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?” If you want a more in-depth understanding, then please keep reading.

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We Can All Scream For Ice Cream – Book Review

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream

Book Title:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author(s): Jennifer Robins & Vivian Cheng

Overview of Book:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream is a book filled with recipes for frozen treats allowing concerned parents to let kids ‘be kids’ and enjoy the same kinds of treats their friends are having, and for adults to enjoy without breaking their healthy eating patterns.

The book has been written specifically with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol in mind. This means the recipes have taken Paleo eating one step further, eliminating allergens including nuts and other ingredients that are often connected to food intolerances. Introductory chapters include information about digestion and the connection to health issues and kitchen tips. Recipes can be made with an ice cream maker or without so there are no special tools required.
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The Gelatin Secret – Book Review

The Gelatin Secret - McCracken

Book Title:

The Gelatin Secret
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Book Author(s): Sylvie McCracken

Overview of Book:

The Gelatin Secret is an in-depth look at the health benefits of gelatin – real, healthy gelatin – in every life. It includes comprehensive information about the benefits of gelatin for a variety of needs and health interests and wraps up with recipes aimed at adding gelatin to your diet. Stepping away from what we have come to think of as gelatin, the book explains the many benefits of gelatin from bones – the original inspiration – and how getting back to your roots is good for you.
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Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster

why 80-20 paleo is a recipe for disaster

You can call me the Paleo police or a bad person or whatever you want.  

But this needs to be said, because I hear SO many people tell me that they’re 80/20 Paleo.  And it’s a recipe for disaster.

80/20 Paleo is Completely Backwards

The term “80/20″ originated (at least popularly) with a guy named Vilfredo Pareto, who noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  He went on to develop a general principle that 80% of the effects you get come from 20% of the actions/causes.  

For instance, in business, 20% of your clients often account for 80% of your business.  

Let’s think about this in the case of diet, nutrition, and Paleo.

What you’re trying to get is 80% of the results.  You want to feel 80% as good as you would if you were 100% strict.
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Is Edamame Paleo?

is edamame paleo?

If you’re like many people, you hear the word edamame and go, “Eda-what?” 

Edamame, which is the Japanese word for “twig bean” (eda=twig, mame=bean), is—you guessed it—a kind of bean. 

Basically, you can think of edamame as boiled green soybeans, and their healthful benefits have been touted far and wide ever since Faith Hill started snacking on them backstage during concerts. But are edamame really a healthful Paleo option?

What You Should Know About Edamame

Edamame are the babies of the soy family—young, and still in the pods—but that doesn’t make them any less of a soy product. 

Soy contains powerful toxins, especially phytoestrogens (note the term “estrogen” in that word). These toxins interact with estrogen receptors in the body, which can throw off hormones and lead to a whole host of unwanted side effects; one study discovered a possible link between phytoestrogens and irregularities in the prostate, including cancer.
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My Top 7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

top 7 paleo diet tips

I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now (3 years pretty strictly and many years on and off before that). But I’m still learning! I’m still learning about what works for my body, new facts (sometimes murky ones) about nutrition and Paleo, and how to do Paleo more efficiently and effectively (aka faster!). After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I gotta get that 8-hour beauty sleep in!

So, here are some Paleo diet tips that I learned the hard way, and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did (please share your tips in the comments below).

Quick Infographic of My Paleo Diet Tips

Please feel free to share this infographic! (To embed the infographic on your blog, just copy and paste the embed code below.)

7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time infographic from paleo living magazine
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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Book Review

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Review

Book Title:

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author: Melissa Joulwan

Overview of Book:

Well Fed provides basic information about Paleo eating, helpful guidelines for stocking pantries and kitchens, shopping guidelines and basic recipes for sauces, seasonings and week-day meal planning.
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