Does Portion Size Matter on a Paleo Diet?

Does Portion Size Matter on A Paleo Diet

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

How Mount Fuji Taught Me to Love Sardines

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

Blogger Spotlight – Mary Herrington

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?

Is Diet Soda Paleo?

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?

SHOULD I TAKE antibiotics

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

Blogger Spotlight - Danielle Gagnon

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.

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

Is tuna paleo?

Until 2013 (when Salmon surged ahead), tuna was the second most popular seafood consumed in the US. And it’s not only in the US that tuna is a favorite.

If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant, you’ve likely noticed that some of the most common cuts of sashimi are maguro and toro — in other words, types of tuna.

Fish is regularly touted as a very nutritious food, but it’s also common to hear warnings about certain seafood, including tuna.

So should you regularly consume tuna?
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Paleo in the Workplace: How Clean Eating Improved My Productivity

Paleo in the Workplace: How Clean Eating Improved My Productivity

Bryan lives in San Francisco, CA, and has been working for technology companies since 2009. He currently leads Product for Tasteful, the startup behind the healthy-food finding app Paleo Digest and has spent time at Strava and Intuit. He is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and has a passion for helping people lead healthy lives. You can follow Bryan on Twitter @btublin.

“Salad for breakfast? Again?”

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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

seaweed paleo

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

prebiotics

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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