Is Practicing Paleo Practically Impossible?

Is Practicing Paleo Practically Impossible?

Let's cut the BS. The truth is that living a Paleo lifestyle is hard work. Even if you are completely committed to practicing Paleo, I'm sure you would agree that on more than one occasion you have found the diet difficult to manage. This is an important topic to address because it deals with feasibility. Feasibility HAS TO factor into the equation when considering any dietary change, because if a dietary alteration is too unrealistic, or IMPOSSIBLE, then the diet will eventually be abandoned before any beneficial habits can be formed. Now, I understand that a very small percentage of people will ever 100% commit to a 100% Paleo lifestyle over the long term, and I want to let you know that is OK. After all, enjoyment is…
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Can Raw Milk Really Kill You?

Can Raw Milk Really Kill You?

Original Photo: MarS -- The short answer; yes, but so can drinking too much water. The more contextually relevant question to ask would be, “Is it more dangerous to your health to consume raw milk than it is to consume pasteurized milk?” To be clear, raw milk refers to any milk that has not undergone pasteurization — a process that consists of heating liquid to a temperature of 145 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, and then reducing the temperature to not more than 55 degrees F. Conventional wisdom believes that pasteurization is done out of necessity, as the heating of milk allows for the destruction of pathogenic bacteria and postpones the souring of milk, both of which produce a safer consumer product. Well then,…
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Learn How To Eat Healthy In 60 Seconds Or Less

Learn How To Eat Healthy In 60 Seconds Or Less

Photo: Matthew via Flickr -- One question I often get asked is "What do you eat?" I've realized that this question can be difficult to answer because while some people are eager to know every last detail, others seem to just prefer the cliff notes. Finally, I've been able to decipher what my audience is REALLY asking for, which is: "Can you please list the most relevant dietary guidelines in a post that can be scanned in 60 seconds or less, but make sure it is rich with outbound links in the case I am interested in learning more?" Easy enough; now grab your stopwatch. Ready, Set, Go! Eat Whole Foods — Always choose fresh, whole foods like meat, vegetables and fruit. If it does not have a mother…
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Improve Your Mental Clarity With This Ridiculously Simple Recipe

Improve Your Mental Clarity With This Ridiculously Simple Recipe

Up until about a week ago, I had been noticing a few minor symptoms that were slowing me down. Nothing alarming, but it was obvious to me that I was not as mentally sharp as I could have been. Since I put a lot of thought into eating nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory foods, it concerns me when I feel like my body isn't running up to par. Whenever I come to this realization, I like to take a step back and figure out what changes need to made in order to correct my diet. Most recently, I came to the conclusion that I had been consuming too many dairy products and drinking more coffee than I liked. I theorized that these "slip ups"…
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Informed Consumer Series: Don’t You Dare Eat Meat Again Until You Read This

Informed Consumer Series: Don’t You Dare Eat Meat Again Until You Read This

Photo: Peter Thoeny -- Would you eat a sick animal? Provocative question, I know, but also a necessary one to propose. Think about it this way, if you were told that your beef came from a cow that had suffered from cancer, would you still eat it?? I know I wouldn't, and I'm guessing that given the choice, neither would you. Yet every year, Americans on average consume over 50 pounds of beef per person, most of which is meat that comes from sick cows. To whet your palate for the upcoming discussion, I highly encourage you do yourself a favor and "Enter The Meatrix" below. What's Your Beef? Once upon a time, in a land far, far away before the industrialization of agriculture, all cattle…
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