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EPA Decides To Block Warnings

What does the mean for the rest of us that are now in the dark? Well, the EPA has decided to restrict any information following exactly how much “formaldehyde vapor” in our lifetime. Enough to show up as leukemia throughout, as well as, other attributes that form as ailments and other troubling complications.

While formaldehyde is the most common and widely used chemical, it remains to be seen if this even comes as a surprise. So it may come as an even further “none surprise moment” that this current news release was pushed back and even delayed by Administrator Scott Pruitt. Andrew Wheeler, who is stepping up to the plate to replace Scott Pruitt, who worked beneath Jim Inhofe beforehand. However, Jim Inhofe had basically done the exact same thing by refusing to release any information about the toxic substance.

Actually listing out all the products that contain formaldehyde is astounding. Here’s an actual lengthy list if you dare to take a peek at it: Things That Contain Formaldehyde

Is it safe to say that formaldehyde may be one of the most common components when it comes to being diagnosed with various forms of cancer? Our answers point to a probability.

So why is no one saying anything? Well, one program that seems to be protected from the lack of knowledge on formaldehyde is a program called “IRIS”. Because with the current administrations stand with business advocates than individuals who are actually educated towards the EPA’s studies. This has allowed many aspects to slip. Also any meetings that would have helped advance the further study into formaldehyde, are put on hold at the present time.

All in all, a draft was released without any permission “as stated” yet, the information has leaked out. So it should come as no surprise that EPA’s past leader Scott Pruitt stepped down after the release.

How to Paleoize Your Favorite Foods

Just because you are choosing to switch to a paleo lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up a love for food. Food translates to so much more than eating for survival; food is both comfort and joy. You don’t have to give up any of the happiness you find in food to go paleo. To go paleo and keep the comfort, you just need to learn how to Paleoize all of your favorite foods!

 

  • Potatoes  

 

      • Potatoes are a definite no on a paleo diet, but sweet potatoes are still in! Nearly any recipe that calls for potatoes can easily be replaced with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes can be just as comforting as a mash or even in a stew or hash. They also lend themselves well to naturally sweetening bread and other baked goods.
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  • Fish 

 

    • Eating paleo is all about the protein; this includes fish. The trick is that you need to eat wild caught fish. You also need to cook it properly! Fish can be one of the healthiest proteins you consume, as long as you can resist the urge to fry it or soak it in oil and butter. Instead, consider grilling it or simply roasting it with some fresh veggies.
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  • Bacon and Lunch Meat 

 

    • Deciding whether or not bacon and other sliced meats are paleo, is a bit of a debate. Depending on who you ask, some believe that it is still meat and if you can find it without a ton of additives and processing, go for it. While others feel that there is no way our ancestors would have been consuming processed and cured meats. That being said, the paleo lifestyle is ever evolving. With new times, comes new theory and most people agree that if you can find unprocessed or minimally processed bacon or lunch meats then go for it! You also have the option of cooking your own meats at home and slicing them for sandwiches and such, leaving no question as to whether or not they will be paleo. As for the bacon, try and find locally sourced bacon with minimal to no processing other than the curing process.
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  • Rice   

 

    • With rice being found or served along-side the majority of dishes that families consume, it is rather hard to cut it out completely. It has become our filler so to speak. An easy way to replace rice is by making your own cauliflower rice! It is pretty basic and simple to make. You will need cauliflower and a ricer; that’s it. A vast array of recipes can be found to implement every flavor you are craving, from fried rice to risotto.
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  • Peanut Butter 

 

    • While nuts are an essential part of the paleo diet, peanuts aren’t actually nuts. They are legumes, which are strongly not paleo. However, replacing peanut butter in your diet is extremely simple. Both almond butter and cashew butter are great healthy paleo options. They can both can easily be substituted in place of peanut butter in any recipe and you can make them at home in just a few quick steps.
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  • Eggs 

 

    • Next to meet and vegetables, eggs are an essential part of the paleo diet. The key to eating eggs on the paleo diet is simple, you need to purchase free range eggs. Or if you are up to it raising your own free-range chickens.
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  • Conventional Beef 

 

    • While purchasing meat may seem as simple as a quick trip to the grocery store. But the truth of the matter is, unless you are purchasing grass-fed beef, it has most likely been subject to growth hormones, antibiotics, and haven’t been grass fed. Finding grass fed beef shouldn’t be as hard as you would think, but it will take some work. You should also consider that it may look different, as in it won’t be pumped full of red die to make it appear more “appealing”, like in the grocery store.
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  • Flour 

 

    • Flour is surprisingly one of the easiest foods to replace on the paleo diet! Between coconut flour, almond flour (almond meal), arrowroot powder, and tapioca powder, you can replace flour in just about any recipe you like!
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  • Mayo  

 

    • Mayo gets a bad rep and many people stay away from it all together. But the truth about mayo is, you can easily make your own. Paleo mayo is simple and takes only a few minutes to prepare. It can be made with extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and avocado oil.
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  • Ketchup  

 

    • If you plan on going paleo and keeping it kid-friendly, you may have considered letting the ketchup slide. But the truth is, you can easily make homemade paleo ketchup free of preservatives, sugar and that pesky high fructose corn syrup.
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  • Granola  

 

    • You may be very well accustomed to buying pre-made granola, but it couldn’t be easier to make! Even while avoiding grains and cereals, you can still make homemade granola. You can even use it as the perfect cereal craving substitute with a little dash of almond milk.
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  • Spaghetti  

 

    • Believe it or not, replacing spaghetti has become a bit of a trend. People have been replacing pasta with spaghetti squash for quite some time now. It’s simple to prepare, actually just as simple as boiling a box of noodles. You can also purchase a special cutter for other vegetables if you need to change it up a bit. Both zucchini and cucumber have frequently been used to fill in those spaghetti cravings.
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  • Bread Crumbs 

 

    • While breadcrumbs are often used for breading items to fry, a paleo no, they are also used as a binding agent and to add texture. If you are looking to replace breadcrumbs in a dish, such as breading meat, coconut flour works well. If you are using the breadcrumb as a binder in meatloaf or meatballs, try flax meal in place of the traditional breadcrumb.
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  • Conventional Milk 

 

    • Cow’s milk is another easily replaced item in your fridge. Almond and cashew milk are both delicious, paleo, and in many cases better for you. They also don’t require you to have a cow to produce yourself. You simply need nuts and a food processor! No store bought milk with additives needed!
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  • Soy Sauce  

 

    • There is a good chance you don’t just use soy sauce for Asian inspired dishes; many of us use it in nearly any sauce or marinade. It has a delicious flavor for everything. But, you don’t have to give that up! Coconut aminos have a similar flavor to soy sauce and when used in cooking, gives off nearly the same potent flavor as soy sauce.
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  • Sugar 

 

    • There are many options available to replace refined sugar. The best option, when possible, is to go for the natural sweetener. Such as fruits or sweet potatoes. When needed though, local raw honey, stevia, maple syrup and coconut sugar are all good options.
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  • Rice Noodles 

 

    • As with replacing spaghetti, if you love rice noodle, purchasing a spiral vegetable cutter will easily allow you to make zucchini noodles. They have a light flavor that lends itself well to adjusted Asian sauces and allows you to achieve a great consistency and flavor profile, similar to that of rice noodles.
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  • Vegetable Oil 

 

    • While deep frying everything is never recommended, sometimes you just have to have some sort of oil. Coconut oil is healthy and extremely beneficial. Though you would expect it to leave a coconut flavor, it is actually mild in flavor and can be used to cook no matter what the application. Olive oil is another great option, but be sure to check the label and buy organic olive oil.
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  • Butter and Margarine  

 

    • Both ghee and grass-fed butter is considered to be paleo. However, you always need to check labels and packing. Both are made from dairy and then the milk proteins are removed. But as long as they are used in moderation are both considered to be paleo.
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  • Chocolate

 

  • Let’s face it, no one wants to give up chocolate. The good news is, you don’t have to, you just need to sub it for dark chocolate, preferable as close to 100% chocolate as you can find. Recent studies have even shown that dark chocolate can be beneficial to your health.
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  • Salt 

 

    • By this point, we all know that salt is a big no when it comes to eating paleo, but sea salt is the exception. Traditionalist would not agree and rather form the opinion that contemporary paleo has changed the rules. The truth about salt is, it isn’t as bad for you as we have been lead to believe. In fact, studies have shown that you need salt in your diet, to an extent. Sea salt is natural and the dehydration process is as well. Beyond that, there is no processing or additives to most available sea salt.
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  • Fruit and Vegetables 

 

    • This may seem like the oddball out on the list; after all, eating paleo is about eating primarily fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. But you still need to pay attention to the product you are purchasing. Shopping local organic and GMO-free is very important. Otherwise, you never know what kind of pesticides or growth hormones you are subjecting your body too.
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  • Hummus 

 

    • Easily considered the appetizer/snack of our time, hummus has become exceedingly popular. An easy way to recreate your own paleo hummus is by using cauliflower. It is still as simple to make as traditional hummus and you won’t believe how similar it is in flavor!
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  • Pudding 

 

    • Recreating pudding without the sugar and starch that are traditionally used is really quite simple. Chia seeds lend themselves well to creating a similar texture. When soaked in a liquid of choice, chia seeds soak up the liquid to create a gelatin-like the texture and since they have nearly no favor, the options are endless!
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  • Peanuts 

 

  • As mentioned earlier, peanuts are technically not nuts at all. So it is important to switch them out for almonds, cashews, or another nut of choice. Most recipes shouldn’t be affected by this change. You may even find that you prefer the flavor and consistency of other nuts with a bolder flavor profile.
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Stuffed Butternut Squash, Cinnamon Peppers

These stuffed bell peppers will either have you coming back for seconds or even more!

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Stuffed Butternut Squash, Cinnamon Peppers
Bell peppers stuffed with butternut squash and a dash of cinnamon to add a well-rounded taste. This can be used as an entree or for a snack on the go.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Take your two bell peppers and cut off the top, then scrap out all the seeds.
  3. Place hollowed out bell peppers on a baking sheet. Allow them to cook for 35-40 minutes or until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, with the bell peppers in the oven. Sautée your butternut squash on medium heat with coconut oil.
  5. Once you are sautéing the butternut squash for roughly 5 minutes, add in the diced onion.
  6. Have a separate pan ready to cook the ground beef. Cook until brown with coconut oil.
  7. While cooking the ground beef, crack open the large egg into the pan. Mix together.
  8. If the onions has become clear or translucent, add the onion and butternut squash sautée to your meat/egg mixture.
  9. Then add the remaining cinnamon, walnuts, salt and cardamom.
  10. Be sure to cook everything together, cook until the butternut squash becomes soft and tender.
  11. Then stuff the mixture evenly into your bell peppers!
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8 Raw Vegan Lessons That Helped Me Switch To Paleo

I would have always considered myself healthy. My weight never went above the recommended weight requirements for my height, I ran almost every day, I was usually really active and ate pretty well… I had realized in the years prior that eating highly processed carbs was not the right answer for my body (or really anyone’s body), and I had teetered between a raw Vegan diet heavy with greens and fruit to more of a low-carb lifestyle. I know there are some Paleo people out there that will write about how bad the raw Vegan diet is… and conversely, I have read some scorching articles from Vegans about Paleo and barbaric “meat-eaters”. When really the truth of the matter, should focus on the quality, type of food, and moderation of any “diet”… I put “diet” in quotations for a specific reason that I will get to later.

Green Smoothie
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Lesson #1 & #2: How to Make Smoothies AND the Importance of “Greens” in a diet

I learned some good “diet” tools of the trade being a raw, Vegan. I traded my mom’s necklace that she brought me in for my first high-speed blender – a Vitamix (after breaking my cheap one — actually it turned on a few hours after the motor cooled down, but it did smell in the kitchen for a while). The smoothie I wanted to blend consisted solely of greens and included: parsley, celery, cucumber, carrots, dandelion greens, a smidgen of spinach, sea salt and lime. When I finally did blend that green smoothie, it tasted delicious – only because I had used to eating more and more greens every day. This obsession with greens and green smoothies helped me lose weight, got rid of that pesky psoriasis I had after my first child, more energy and made me smell like “lettuce” – not sure if that’s a good or bad trait.

After a while, I settled into my favorite daily smoothie of blueberries, spinach or romaine lettuce, banana made with homemade almond milk.  (Smoothie Tip: bananas cover the taste of spinach tremendously). Not only did being a raw, vegan teach me to make smoothies at the drop of the dime or combine previously inedible greens into new dishes in new and interesting ways, but it’s an essential part of being Paleo as well.

Lesson #3: Eat Weeds

One ingredient you may have noticed with smoothies was dandelion greens… guess where I got em? At the store? Nope. I picked them out of my yard. In fact, I can tell you some things about picking dandelions. First, the older the dandelion, the more bitter it will taste. That 5-foot dandelion that you have been meaning to take down – you should just put it in your compost.

However, the little ones that have just begun to flower – those are WAY less bitter. The great thing about dandelion is that the whole thing is edible – the flower, stem, leaves and even root (makes a great healing tea for just about everything). I prefer the thinnest dandelion leaves that I can find and the flowers.. they are actually pretty good. Going back to the point – is weeds. This is something that you almost never read about Paleo, but our ancestors ate weeds – and a lot of them (well when the weather was nice). In fact, the edible weeds are surprisingly super-nutritious, even more so than some “super” foods.

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Lesson # 4: Digestion AND Herbs as Medicine

One name that you never hear in Paleo is Ann Wigmore. She was actually one of the founding “members” (since it’s not really a club, but member sounded really good right there) of a raw, vegan “diet”.  Ann Wigmore stated that ….  sprouts and the nutritional benefits.

Lesson #6: Using Real Food to Make Dessert

One thing that is strikingly similar to Paleo and raw Vegan “diets’ is dessert. Maybe I only picked the healthier dessert of both lifestyles; however, both utilize honey and maple syrup as the main sweeteners. Dates are used more in Vegan dishes, than Paleo due to the high sugar content. Honestly, I rarely ate dates on the Raw Vegan diet, they did not make me feel good (probably because of the sugar). But right away I noticed in Paleo… desserts made with macadamia nut crusts, puddings made with honey or maple syrup, pies or cakes made with almond meal or almond flour. Really – it didn’t seem that different. In fact being a raw Vegan is even more difficult to create these dishes due to the restrictions on food. And when you make that dessert exactly right, it’s difficult to stay away.

Lesson #7: Simplicity

Which brings me to my next lesson – simplicity. One day, many years ago, I sat in a similar chair that you are sitting in right now. Where I was scouring the web for more raw, Vegan recipes. It seems like every week, the recipes became more complicated, more complex. Suddenly, there were raw, vegan recipes for everything that you would usually eat as processed carbs.

Lesson #8: Do What Works for You

This is an optional choice for obvious reasons. Some individuals will have to rework their entire way of eating to find which foods work for their body.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Stocking Stuffers!

During the holidays it can be difficult to find the right kind of gifts when it comes to stocking stuffers. What about for your health-conscious friends? What can you possibly give them?

We’ve compiled a list of healthy stocking stuffers just in case someone in your life has changed their diet towards Paleo or Keto. We’ll even throw in some homemade snacks that anyone would love!

1.) Paleo Spiced Nuts that are Homemade

Who doesn’t love a mixture of cashews, pecans, and walnuts that are equally coated with a spicy yet savory seasoning? This homemade addition will delight family members and work as a perfect go-to snack.

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2.) A Giftcard Worth Giving

For the juice, tea or elixir loving individuals in your life, out of Spokane, Washington the Wellness Tree Juice Bar gift card is ideal. While the company carries a huge variety of nearly everything when it comes to health inspired drinks and acai bowls, (even anti-aging and any help with digestion) this place knows no bounds!

3.) Mixes From the Paleo Baking Company

The Paleo Baking Company has a ton of muffin mixes that can be used for any occasion, or to simply enjoy. Even most of the muffin mixes are cake mixes as well. They even have Banana Bread mix worth trying! At only $9.00 a bag that’s a pretty good deal when it comes to a stocking stuffer!

4.) Nom Nom Paleo Socks 

Yes, socks! Because even those of us that are deeply devoted to the world of Paleo, socks can be scarce and well, these are simply awesome! Plus with these knee highs there will be no more worry of freezing feet.

5.) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Work this clay mask so it’s healing properties will purify your skin. This natural skincare clay will not only last for a decent amount of time but at a really fantastic price! You can find the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay by clicking on the name.

6.) Coffee!

We couldn’t leave out coffee! The Equal Exchange Organic Coffee could fuel a fire, that is a fire to keep moving through your day as those gloomy Winter clouds take hold. Gift someone with a healthy pick-me-up that will have them gleaming with joy!

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Spicing Up Your Paleo Food: Top 7 Spice Must Haves For Eating Paleo

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Some people would believe that choosing to live paleo means that you will be eating a bland diet consisting of only meats and vegetables with no added seasoning or flavors; truth is, that is the exact opposite of what eating paleo is. A paleo lifestyle is about eating healthy and enjoying food in its most natural, flavorful form. Nothing about going paleo has to be bland and boring. Take a look at these top 7 spices to keep your paleo lifestyle bursting with guilt-free flavor!

 

Not Just Any Spice Will Do

 Like with most things, paleo spices won’t be as simple as just buying any old spice. You don’t want processed spices that are filled with sodium. This also means that most pre-made spice mixes and rubs are out of the question. That is, unless, you decide to order specialty paleo seasonings. But, truth be told, that isn’t always necessary You can most likely find organic spices that are paleo and then create and flavor combinations or spice mixes on your own! You can even make your own spices entirely from scratch in your own kitchen using a dehydrator and a coffee bean grinder!

  • Peppercorns  

Peppercorns can add so much more flavor than just shaking pepper out of a shaker! You will need a grinder, but after that, you can purchase a variety of different peppercorns and switch it up! From pink peppercorns to the traditional black peppercorns, so many flavors can be achieved with just this one simple spice!

 

  • Garlic 

Garlic is somewhat of a base to just about any seasoning. Even when you aren’t looking for a garlic flavor it still lends itself well to being backup to produce other bolder flavors!

 

  • Cinnamon  

This spice is found in about every pantry and if you intend to bake it is always a must. Cinnamon can add that missing flavor when you are subbing ingredients in paleo baking. Not to mention, you can’t have fall treats without cinnamon!

 

  • Ginger 

Looking for just a mild hint of ginger, dried and ground ginger powder works great. Ginger can help you accomplish the Asian flavor base that you are looking for to recreate your favorite takeout dishes in paleo form.

 

  • Rosemary  

Both dried and fresh rosemary is always delicious when paired with meat. Especially chicken! No need for processed seasonings with this basic ingredient in hand. Rosemary lends itself well to grilled meats and vegetables.

 

  • Oregano 

Having oregano on hand is key to accomplishing many of the traditional foods that we become accustomed to eating growing up. It is also very versatile. While you may only think of adding it to marinara and garlic bread, it also works well in sauces, roasted vegetables, and grilled meats. Oregano in Mexican and Mediterranean dishes helps to accomplish the complex flavors.

 

  • Cayenne

A must for all kitchens is a little something spicy. Cayenne adds a good bit of heat or just a small amount to kick up the other flavors in a dish. Cayenne pepper acts as the main source, yet can be transferred into Cayenne powered for a more flavorful meal.

Is Donor Breastmilk Really Best for Preemies?

Should Preemies Use Donor Breastmilk?

 

Would donor breastmilk be best for preemies? You have probably heard the quote “breast is best.” This is true for all babies regardless if the breastmilk is from the baby’s mother or other sources. 

Preemies are especially susceptible to more illness and disabilities later in life. In the past, preemies have been mostly excluded from donor breast milk due to the fact that doctors and hospitals were concerned with the safety of the breast milk.

Research shows that donor breast milk CAN be incredibly beneficial for preemie babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the governing body for pediatric doctors, has embraced breast milk in the neonatal unit, if “proper safety measures” are used in the hospital.

The AAP does discourage buying donor breast milk from online sources and “milk-sharing”.

How is donor breastmilk safe?

Donors are screened for hepatitis and HIV, and the milk is pasteurized and sometimes the milk is cultured for bacterial contamination. Although pasteurization does kill “good” bacteria, this is seen as a necessary step for the vulnerable infant.

Why is breast milk best?

Breastmilk is the IDEAL nutrition for an infant. The list of benefits is long and even effects the child for the rest of his or her life. For a quick and dirty list, breastmilk helps fight off viruses, bacteria, infections, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, reduces hospitalization, fewer ear infections, fewer respiratory illness, etc.

Mother’s breast milk is best for the infant, but if that’s not possible than using donor breastmilk could be the next best thing – even for preemies.

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Do Sardines Have Health Benefits?

One question some people have asked is if sardines have health benefits, especiallyy linked towards the paleo diet.

One of my most vivid memories of elementary school is of sitting in one of our incredibly cramped, 20-person classrooms and eating lunch with friends. They’d be munching on zebra cakes and I would, with an excited smile, pop the lid off my little bin of sardines.

Apparently the smell of fish was less favorable to the 8-year-olds than the sweet aroma of those zebra cakes, because more often than not, I’d look up from my sardines to find myself sitting all alone.

What are Sardines?

I think part of the problem was that no one really knew what a sardine was—a small, whole fish also known as a pilchard. Belonging to the herring family, sardines are rather tiny, oily fish that you can buy fresh or in a can.

Because people tend not to eat whole animals anymore, the sardines were probably a bit off-putting to my classmates. Yet how I loved them so!

Are Sardines Healthy?

The truth of the matter is that sardines are a very resilient fish, and their size is a big factor in whether or not they are toxic.

Sardines are quite small, which means that they tend not to absorb the same amount of toxins as larger fish. In fact, the Environmental Defense Fund lists sardines as some of the least-toxic fish you can eat.

Their mercury content is low, and these little fish are packed with not only a huge helping of omega-3s but also more than 100% of your daily recommended serving of vitamin B12! Vitamin B12 is responsible for keeping nerves and blood cells healthy, and it’s also extremely important for making DNA, so getting a whole bunch of it certainly isn’t a bad thing!

In addition, sardines are packed with vitamin D, which is one of the easiest nutrients to become deficient in nowadays—with people spending so much time inside, getting this vital nutrient from the sun is becoming harder and harder. Thankfully, sardines are one of the best foods for boosting your vitamin D.

Because sardines are low in toxicity and mercury, packed with nutrients, and cheap to boot, it seems like they may be a good addition to a Paleo lifestyle.

What do other Paleo gurus say?

Mark Sisson says: “As for those species that offer both high omega-3s and low toxin risk, here are some budget-friendly samplings: light tuna, anchovies, sardines, Atlantic herring, and Atlantic mackerel. These species are generally wild caught. Because they’re tiny and low on the food chain, tiny fish [like sardines] will be largely free of the heavy metals other, larger fish tend to accumulate.”

Sébastien Noël says: “The next time you’re passing through the canned fish aisle, look a shelf above the cans of salmon, and consider the sardines as well. They’re convenient as a quick snack to throw into your purse or car, and…they provide a lot [of] nutrition.”

Are Sardines Paleo?

Definitely!

Sardines are a great source of many vitamins and minerals with very little toxicity. They’re small and cheap, and while you can eat them out of a can, be sure to choose wholesome varieties—sardines in water or olive oil are better than sardines in, say, mustard or soybean oil. Be sure to check ingredient labels, and enjoy your little fish! It’s okay, you can eat the bones too.

Issue No. 38

Why Alcohol Is Paleo?

Why is alcohol Paleo? The basic premise of leading a Paleo lifestyle is to remove all processed foods and eliminate toxins from your body. This being said, alcohol is technically not paleo; it is both heavily processed and a toxin. A lot of people who have made the switch to a paleo lifestyle, do so more in a new aged way. The first thing that they alter the original paleo diet is the allowance of alcohol consumption. But under what premise do they convince themselves that alcohol should be considered Paleo or at least a part of their paleo lifestyle despite the toxins in it?

Socialization

Typically speaking, the hardest part of eliminating alcohol from your life completely, is your social life. Going out to have a drink with friends or having a bottle of wine when you are gathering with family for the holidays, is about so much more than consuming alcohol. It has become a part of our natural bonding process. Many people find that when they switch to a paleo lifestyle, it can have an adverse effect on their social life. Going out to eat or to dinners with friends becomes a challenge. Choosing to leave the alcohol in their diet gives them their means of socialization and relaxation with the ones they cherish most.

Choosing the most “Paleo” Alcohol

While choosing to continue to consume alcohol, even after making the switch to a paleo lifestyle, may seem like you are throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the toxins going into your body; people still tend to search for the lesser of the evils.  Beer is easily at the very bottom of the list of items that could ever be considered paleo. It is made from barley, hops, and wheat; a big paleo don’t.  While wine makes a more compelling argument for its paleo qualities. After all, it is made from fruit. Wine is considered to be the closest thing to paleo alcohol but similar to beer, it is fermented with sugar and starch, typically found in fruits. Spirits like vodka and whiskey, are also put through a fermentation process involving grains and are then distilled. The biggest issue with spirits is the amount of gluten found in them. While the distilling process removes a great deal of the gluten, this would still be a major issue for someone who switched to a paleo lifestyle for the purpose of being gluten-free.

Possibly the most popular alcohol option for paleo lifestyle is hard cider. It is fermented and typically made from pears and apples; it is also available gluten-free. Hard cider is the one alcohol that is considered to be paleo, though some hard ciders are not. You should always read the label and check for added sugar of the brand on hard cider before purchasing it. Hard cider is also available in organic options and sugar-free option. While hard cider is made from paleo-friendly ingredients, it is still a toxin. Alcohol is not only bad for your liver, it is addictive, can cause your body to prioritize detoxification over nutrients, can affect your blood sugar, and it is dehydrating.

Is Alcohol Really Paleo Friendly?

The bottom line is that; alcohol is not paleo in any form. Though some forms are far better for you than others, it is still toxic to your body. Choosing to consume alcohol even though it doesn’t meet paleo guidelines is completely a personal choice. But if you are focused on healing your body from the inside out and only putting what’s good for you into it, it’s a toxin and toxic for your body and health just like processed snack foods that you have probably been dreaming about for some time. The question is, Is it worth it to you for the sake of socialization?

Is Juice Paleo?

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Juice was a staple of my childhood. Now, with bills and loans and life in general, I long for the time when my toughest choice during the day was whether to take a purple juice box or an orange one. As I grew older, I switched from juice boxes to bottled juice like V-8, trying to read the labels and see if juice was a good choice for me. It can all be kind of confusing—this one says it has no added sugar! So then maybe it’s good for me, right? Should I omit juice altogether, or can I encourage everyone to incorporate it into a healthy, even Paleo, lifestyle?

The first thing to realize is that the word “juice” is a rather vague term. It can be the liquid from a squashed-up orange, or it could be a liquid in a box that we don’t really know where it came from. You’ve got grape juice in cartons, vegetable juice in bottles, and juice you can squeeze yourself at home. So already, we’re seeing lots of variety that we’ve got to take into consideration.

Is Juice Healthy?

You can probably guess that heavily packaged juice, like the kind that comes in little boxes, isn’t going to be the best for us—it’s got lots of toxic ingredients, including corn syrup. But what about juices you make yourself?

Let’s take a look at an apple. We’ve got a great source of vitamin C here, and of course fiber is another good benefit. Then we’ve also got an antioxidant called quercetin, which has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and cancer preventing agent. These are some nice, healthy nutrients that apples can provide, so bottom’s up with the apple juice!

But hold on a second. It turns out that most of these nutrients have vanished somewhere between the apple and the juice. Why? They’re in the skin. When you juice, you’re often extracting the sugariest, least nutrient-dense part of the fruit for consumption. The fiber is gone, because you don’t have the actual fibers of fruit any more, and anything in the skin doesn’t make it into your drink. And if you’re not getting that fiber, all the sugar (fructose) from the fruit isn’t being slowed down as it goes through digestion.

Looks like you haven’t really escaped the curse of too-sugary juices after all. But still, there are all these great health benefits in these fruits! So do you drink juice to get some of the nutrients, or do you avoid juice even though it’s made from real fruit?

What Do Other Paleo Experts Say?

Chris Kresser says: “Fructose-sweetened beverages like…juice cause metabolic problems when calories are in excess, and studies have shown that people are not likely to compensate for the additional calories they get from such beverages. [However] I don’t think there’s any basis for avoiding whole fruit simply because it contains fructose.”

Mark Sisson says: “Juice is ultimately a higher sugar, lower nutrient version of its produce sources. Calorie for calorie, for example, you’ll take in more sugar drinking apple juice than you would eating the apple itself. Juice…is just not an adequate substitute for the real/whole source.”

So Is Juice Paleo?

No.

Juice may seem like a great source of nutrients, but because of the high sugar content and because many of the nutrients remain in parts of the fruit that don’t make it into juice, you’re better off just eating whatever product you were going to make juice out of. Beats cleaning the juicer anyway, right?

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7 Health Benefits of Fenugreek  

What are the health benefits of Fenugreek? Fenugreek is a plant in the Fabaceae family that is cultivated worldwide and its seeds are commonly used for cooking and medicinal purposes. Fenugreek seeds have a smell and taste similar to that of maple syrup. The leaves are also commonly eaten in India as a vegetable. Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated herbs known and is commonly grown around the world. Fenugreek is rich in vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits.

1  Menopause and PMS

Fenugreek has been used throughout history to aid in the relief of symptoms caused by menopause and PMS. Fenugreek has estrogen-like properties that are believed to alleviate hot flashes, mood swings, and mood swings.

2  Increased Milk Supply In Nursing Moms 

According to, Home Remedies Web, fenugreek has been shown to increase milk supply by more than 500% in a time span of one to three days after consumption. The recommended dose to aid in milk supply is one 500mg capsule 3 times daily. It is believed that the oils found in the fenugreek seed are responsible for this effect on lactation.

3  Inducing Labor

One of fenugreeks oldest uses is to induce labor in pregnant women. Fenugreek is believed to be a natural way to stimulate uterine contractions in order to induce labor.

4  Increased Breast Size

Yet, another, of fenugreeks estrogen-like properties, is the ability to increase breast size. Fenugreek is used in both teas and supplements to balance the hormones of women seeking to naturally increase the size of their breast.

5  Lower’s Blood Sugar and Cholesterol 

According to, Herb Wisdom, fenugreek contains an amino acid that is believed to increase the production of insulin in the body when blood sugar levels are high. It is believed that higher blood sugar levels can lead to a decrease in the amount of sugar that stays in the body. In many of the studies that were performed, the fenugreek was also shown to reduce the cholesterol levels in the test subjects.

6  Digestion 

The high fiber and antioxidants found in fenugreek are extremely beneficial for digestion. Fenugreek works to eliminate toxins from within the body. It is typically used in herbal tea to relieve indigestion, stomach pain, and constipation.

7  Heart Burn

It is believed that a few fenugreek seeds added to your meal will coat the lining of the stomach and intestines; providing relief from heartburn and other side effects associated with excess stomach acid.

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Does Green Coffee Extract Really Help with Weight Loss? 

Green Coffee photoGreen coffee extract is exactly as it sounds, a supplement extracted from green coffee beans for the purpose of making weight loss supplements’. Green coffee beans are simply unroasted coffee beans when roasted the coffee beans lose their chlorogenic acid value, which is believed to be the compound responsible for weight loss properties. As with other fad weight loss supplements’, the interest in green coffee as a weight loss supplement skyrocketed after being mentioned on national TV for its weight loss properties. The big question is; does it really work or is it just another weight loss trend that is too good to be true?

Do the Claims Have Any Real Standing? 

If you scan an isle of diet pills and supplements, you are sure to find a ton of weight loss supplements that claim to be the miracle solution. Green coffee extract is sure to be right there among the others. While the claims that green tea extract can aid in weight loss have only been vaguely studied; the studies that have been done aren’t exactly a strong suit for the argument of if it being that the miracle weight loss supplement that it has been made out to be.

According to, the National Library of Medicine, the original study that was cited when green coffee extract made its claim to fame on nation TV, was retracted as of July 2014. The original study stated that test subjects showed significant reductions in body weight, body mass index, and overall percent of body fat; as well as a small decrease in heart rate. All results were noted to be found with no significant changes to diet over the course of the study. It was concluded that the results were consistent with human and animal studies and a meta-analysis of the efficiency of green coffee extract in weight loss. The results showed that green coffee extract may be an effective nutraceutical in reducing weight in adults and may be an inexpensive means of preventing obesity.

According to, Fox News, the article was retracted due to the authors being unable to validate the claims that were being made. The retraction of the original study doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no benefit on weight loss from green tea extract; it does, however, mean that there isn’t enough evidence to support its sudden claim to fame. Green coffee extract, is by no means, an instant miracle weight loss supplement that will answer all of your weight loss needs. While it may still be healthy and beneficial, it is extremely important to speak with your primary care physician before starting any over the counter medications and supplements.

It is believed, that this is one of the main reasons that the evidence based on the above study was retracted. Green tea extract received an instant overnight boost in popularity just by being mentioned on an acclaimed television show. For that reason, people began rushing out to purchase it based on the one study noted. While it is believed that green coffee extract can be beneficial for weight loss, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and high blood pressure; there is still no research supported evidence to validate any of the popular claims.

The Benefits of Hemp Protein Powder 

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Hemp protein powder is derived from the ground up seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds contain fats and proteins that are essential to your body’s overall health and wellbeing. Hemp protein powder is meant to be used in the traditional ways of any other protein powder. Feel free to add it to your morning smoothie or shake for a healthy boost. You should always consider purchasing organic hemp protein powder to avoid any chemical additive that may have been used to extract the protein from the seeds in processing.

Due to the illegal nature of growing hemp seeds inside of the US, hemp protein powder is imported from other areas of the world, such as, Canada, China, and other countries where hemp is not considered illegal or to have negative dietary effects. While hemp protein powder does contain minimal amounts THC, it is still closely related to marijuana, which remains illegal in the majority of states.

The Benefits

Hemp protein powder is believed to be full of all the essential proteins your body needs. A one-ounce serving of hemp protein powder contains a whopping 14-grams of protein. Hemp protein powder contains complete protein, full of every amino acid. Without the required amino acids your body would fail to complete a necessary task, such as repairing damaged muscle tissue. The fact that hemp protein powder contains all of the essential amino acids makes it extremely popular, no other plant protein contains all amino acids.

Though hemp protein powder doesn’t contain as much protein as other available sources, such as soybeans, it is easily digested. It doesn’t contain any oligosaccharide or trypsin inhibitors, which tend to reduce the amount of protein absorbed and cause bloating. It also contains globulin edestrin, a plant protein that allows it to be better digested. Hemp protein powder is extremely versatile and can be easily accommodated into anyone’s diet without much thought. It is high in zinc, iron, copper, phosphorus, B vitamins, and magnesium; making it an extremely beneficial dietary supplement to add into your routine.

Hemp seeds are not genetically modified and are a great way to promote a healthy living environment; it requires no pesticides or herbicides to cultivate. Many feel that hemp can meet a global need for a locally-grown renewable food source, that can be grown in even some of the harshest conditions. Hemp protein powder is likely to be seen rising in popularity as more and more health benefits come to light.

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