What’s The Best Food For Your Dog?

What's The Best Food For Your Dog - Paleo Dog Food

Jeremy and I recently got a super cute shih tzu puppy called Karma. He was 9 months old when we adopted him from a rescue.

He’s a shy little fellow, but when he feels safe and comfortable (like inside our home), his true colors comes out, and he runs around chasing us in joy. You’ll typically find him gnawing on some raw hide, chasing us around the house, or enjoying a nap with his favorite stuffed friends.

shih tzu running - karma

I want Karma to live a long and healthy life, and so I’ve been researching the best diet for dogs. Is a raw dog food diet the best? What about grain-free? Does the ancestral diet matter? Is there a Paleo dog food?

I’m sure you also want the best for your dog, and as we all know diet matters a lot when it comes to health, longevity, and happiness.

So, I hope this article helps you and your best friend on the journey to better health.

Here’s what I found…

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How Sweet It Is: Why Artificial Sweeteners are Unhealthy

why artificial sweeteners are Unhealthy

Around here (in the world of Paleo), we recognize that calories matter but also that counting calories is a pretty dismal way to lose weight or live life.

In the rest of the world, though, artificially sweetened drinks are still very popular for just this reason.

There have been many studies on artificial sweeteners, but this recent was very interesting:

Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements
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The Problem with Gluten-Free and “Paleo” Breads

The Problem with gluten free and paleo breads

It’s always very hard to answer questions of what you should or shouldn’t be doing, because it depends a lot on who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t need to try to recreate old non-Paleo foods.

But I know from much experience (myself and others), that it’s often an easy way to ease yourself into big dietary changes.
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Are Pork Rinds Paleo?

are pork rinds paleo

Men’s Health almost got it right in proclaiming pork rinds to be “Junk Food that’s Good for You” (they recommend a low fat brand).

What Are Pork Rinds?

I was pretty confused about this at first, because they look like rice crackers or some sort of puffy snack made from wheat or another grain.

But actually, they’re just pork skin deep fried!

If you haven’t had it before, then that above description probably didn’t make it sound too appetizing. But take it from a recent convert, pork rinds are delicious!

They might also be called pork scratchings or pork crackling or Chicharrones.

Traditionally, they’ve been a by-product of rending lard, which was a favored cooking oil for many years, and the pork skin gets crispy and airy after the frying.

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The Big Secret About Sweet Potatoes That Nobody Wants You To Know

The Big Secret About Sweet Potatoes That Nobody Wants You To Know

You and I have been lied to. I don’t know why, and I don’t even know if it’s on purpose, but it pisses me off. And here’s why I’m annoyed… As of 2014, 29 MILLION people in the US had Diabetes (type 2), and 86 MILLION people were pre-diabetic. That’s over 105 MILLION people who have problems with insulin sensitivity and blood sugar. And my dad and my mother-in-law fall into those categories – my dad’s been type 2 diabetic for over a decade, and my mother-in-law has been pre-diabetic for about the same amount of time. So this particular issue hits very close to home (literally) for me – and presumably for almost anybody in the US, since you almost certainly know a few people who are at least pre-diabetic.

Do you want me to email you our Cheatsheet For Lowering Blood Sugar Levels? If so, just click here.

The Myth About Sweet Potatoes…

Everyone (from doctors, to medical researchers, to even the American Diabetes Association) seems to unanimously state that sweet potatoes are unequivocally great for diabetics (please note that when I mention diabetes in this article, I’m referring to type 2 diabetes). If you don’t believe me, here are just a few examples:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Even on websites that supposedly pay attention to blood-sugar and glycemic load issues, sweet potatoes are almost always classified as a “better” food than things like white potatoes.

Unfortunately…It’s All Completely Untrue!

Listen. I’m not bashing sweet potatoes. Entire cultures have lived very healthily on sweet potatoes. I eat sweet potatoes myself. But I also have pretty good insulin sensitivity. It’s like this. Fish is pretty darn nutritious, and almost everybody agrees. But if you’re allergic to fish, you shouldn’t be eating it. It’s pretty simple. So the question is whether sweet potatoes are a problem for people with blood sugar issues (like diabetics and pre-diabetics). Hint: I’m going to show you how you can test out the results for yourself so you don’t have to believe my word about it. [Read more…]

Everyday Grain-Free Baking – Book Review

Everyday Grain-Free Baking

Book Title:

Everyday Grain-Free Baking
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author(s):

Kelly Smith

Overview of Book:

Everyday Grain-Free Baking is a collection of more than 100 recipes for everything from bread and biscuits to breakfast treats and desserts. Where many cookbooks focus on main dishes, starters and sides, this book fills in the gaps and answers many of the ‘but what do I do about’ questions. It takes the user from breads and biscuits to muffins, cookies and bars, throws in cakes and pies and wraps up with a list that includes icing, yogurt and glazes.
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1 Easy Trick to Get Fewer Wrinkles. This Really Shouldn’t Surprise You.

1 Easy Trick to Get Fewer Wrinkles. This Really Shouldn’t Surprise You.

Turns out that getting “beauty” sleep may not be such a myth after all.

Recently, a group of researchers from Cleveland released this paper:

Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function

The paper is about exactly what you would think it’s about.

In their study, they looked at a number of things, but the one that’s gotten the most attention is the effect that not getting enough sleep has on your skin.
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Nature, Stress, and Salivary Cortisol

Nature, Stress, and Salivary Cortisol

That’s a really sexy title for a paper.

(That wasn’t actually the title, but maybe it should have been. Who am I kidding? It’s the worst title for a paper ever.)

Stress is one of those things that we all know we need to control, but very few of us make significant progress.

In many ways, it’s harder to fix than diet, exercise, or sleep.

Nature Kills Stress

In the April Issue of Landscape and Urban Planning (not a journal I usually read, but Mark Sisson linked to the study, so here I am), researchers published this paper:
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How to Improve Your Digestion and Also Save Money

How to Improve Your Digestion and Also Save Money

If you follow many Paleo blogs at all, then it probably seems like there is an unhealthy obsession with bone broth.

Whenever someone is feeling sick…bone broth.

Want to cure digestive issues…bone broth.

Healthiest food ever…bone broth.

What’s the big fuss?

The Huge Benefits of Bone Broth

If you don’t know, bone broth is simply what it sounds like.  It’s broth that’s made by slow-cooking water with bones (and often some veggies, apple-cider vinegar, etc.).

When cooled, it usually thickens into a substance that looks like Jello.

There are no “magic” Paleo foods, but here’s why bone broth is so great:
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The Scientific Way to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The Scientific Way to Get Your Kids to Eat vegetables

This is an age-old problem.  

What four-year-old really wants to eat his or her vegetables?

Apparently, a large portion of the children in this study decided that they did:

Conceptual Change and the Potential for Increased Vegetable Consumption

How To Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The researchers in this study got some of the kids to voluntarily double their vegetable intake during snack times.  

How did they do it?
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