Category Archives: Paleo

Why the government’s regulation of trans fat is stupid

It’s a rare and delicious occasion when two of my big passions—1. how much the government sucks, and 2. food—intersect in one story. Needless to say, I was excited to pounce on the latest news about the FDA and their war on fat.

If you haven’t heard, the word on the street is the federal government is crackin’ down on trans fat in food. For anyone who might not know, trans fat is basically edible plastic. It’s made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, solidifying the already-disgusting vegetable oil into a nice, hardened paste sure to clog your arteries and destroy you from the inside out.

So yeah, trans fat sucks and you definitely shouldn’t eat it if you know what’s good for you. But there’s a lot more to this argument than just whether or not you should eat it. Here’s an interesting tidbit about this new anti-trans fat program:

“The FDA is not targeting small amounts of trans fats that occur naturally in some meat and dairy products, because they would be too difficult to remove and aren’t considered a major public health threat on their own.” —Breitbart News

Seriously? If anyone running the FDA had half a brain they would know that naturally-occurring trans fats are nowhere near as harmful as that disgusting man-made oil paste crap they’re banning. In fact, the trans fat that occurs naturally in dairy products and grass-fed meats is actually good for you. It’s called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and there is no evidence that supports it is bad for your health. CLA is thought by experts to have pretty much the opposite effect that manmade trans fats have. Whoa, big shocker there.

Okay, so to the main point. The problem with the FDA targeting trans fats (and being so kind as to leave our naturally-occurring CLA alone) is this: the ingredient will no longer be included in the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list of foods you’re allowed to have on the shelves.

That’s great, people are saying—less heart attacks! Okay, maybe that’s so. But let’s move beyond that and think of the dangers of a government-run agency deeming certain foods healthy and not healthy.

Don’t see the problem? How about we take a look at the government’s recommendation for a healthy diet.

myplate.gov

choosemyplate.gov

Welcome to MyPlate, where sound reasoning and nutritional expertise come to die. According to the government, you should be consuming more grains than protein and fruits. Excuse me, why? There is no sound research that shows that the health benefits of grains outweigh the consequential carb overload, or that grains are more important to your diet than protein and fruits. These guys are goons, okay? And it’s not just because they’re ignorant, either. Like everything else they do, there’s an agenda to it.

“Be aware that the reason why governments pushed grains in the first place were economical. They are cheap to produce (although not without environmental costs), they can be stored for much longer and they can be sold overseas much more easily. In fact, it’s now one of the few things that the US successfully sells overseas, so I wouldn’t count on them to stop promoting them as the healthiest thing around.” Paleo Diet Lifestyle 

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. There is real evidence that supports this. Check out this chart displaying top government subsidies to farmers. It’s no coincidence that the first and second highest subsidies go to farmers producing corn and wheat. Guess what a lot of that corn goes to produce? High fructose corn syrup. Oh, and to feed the livestock that we eat, which leads to myriad health problems for us. Despite the plethora of information now available on the dangers of high-grain diets, the government still insists a healthy diet consists of mostly grains.

So what I’m getting at is this: the government has an agenda. They always have, they always will. So trusting them with your health and well-being isn’t really the best idea. If they succeed in banning trans fats, what will be next on their list? I highly doubt it will be high fructose corn syrup. They have too many years of faulty nutritional research and absurd food pyramids to defend.

5 Reasons Why Paleo is Awesome

SAMSUNGI feel like when I’m at work or out and about with people I know, I’m constantly hearing whining about how much they hate their diets, how bad it sucks that they have to eat this that and the other, and how hard it is to only eat salads and celery sticks or whatever other kind of nonsense their diets have them eating. Now, I don’t believe in diets, but I’m not a pretentious jerk and I’m not going to tell everyone I think their diets are stupid and ineffective. Instead, I’m just going to outline why paleo is the absolute best way to eat that won’t make you hate your food and leave you miserable and hungry at the end of the day like those stupid fad diets will.

5 Reasons Why Paleo is the Best:

  1. No counting calories: Unlike a lot of fad diets, paleo doesn’t require you to add up your calories throughout the day and stop eating when you hit a specific number. It’s all about eating the right foods that are the best for your body and will best help you to perform. If you’re doing paleo right, you’re never depriving yourself of the nutrients your body needs.
  2. We’re eating so we can perform, not performing so we can eat: There’s a huge distinction here! Working out so that you can eat what you want is way different, and far less productive, than eating properly to enhance your workouts and overall health and performance. Viewing your food as fuel for your productivity and not as a reward for working out makes eating more meaningful, healthier and more effective.
  3. Bacon: Bacon is awesome, and eating paleo means eating bacon. Hence, paleo is awesome. Boom. SAMSUNG
  4. Cheat meals: Seriously, chocolate tastes so much more awesome when you haven’t had it for a long time. It’s like you’re actually a caveman experiencing sugar for the first time. Rewarding your hard work with a cheat meal every once in a while is a super cool perk of eating paleo, and the best of the best Crossfitters all advocate the occasional cheat.
  5. Feeling good: Honestly, I would recommend paleo to anyone for this reason alone. Even without the incredible health and fitness benefits, eating paleo just makes you feel so much better all around. You’re never bloated or lightheaded, and you should never have indigestion, heartburn or constipation. Best of all, when you go out, you’ll never leave the restaurant feeling like you’re so stuffed you can’t move.

I hope this clears up your doubts about paleo. If not, you should go to Robb Wolf’s website for the scientific rundown on why it is so awesome. I’m not exactly the scientific expert, but I think the fact that bacon is part of our diet should be reason enough for everyone to eat paleo, right?

5 deliciously simple paleo snacks

I hope everyone had a blast doing 13.2. If you haven’t done it yet, good luck – hope you like box jumps.

I don’t know about you guys, but I need about a million snacks to get me through my day. I know it gets discouraging trying to find snacks in the grocery store that are 100% paleo, but really there are a lot of options – you just have to be willing to take the extra time to look for them and ask the store staff, if necessary. Here are 5 things I found at the grocery store this week. With the exception of the Trader Joe’s almond butter, it’s all from Walmart or Target. Yes, really!

SAMSUNG Lara bars!

If you’ve been eating paleo for a while, you probably know about these. Totally natural fruit/nut ingredients, no preservatives, no sugar, sweeteners, etc. Until recently I was getting them from Trader Joe’s, since they sell them for $1.00 apiece as opposed to the $2.50 the local upscale grocery store asks for them. However, I don’t know when they started but the Walmarts in my area are now carrying them by the box! Yes, I’m ridiculously excited about this. They are about $5.25 for a box of 5.

Short ingredients lists make me :)

Short ingredients lists make me 🙂

 GoGo Squeez!

So these little guys are called GoGo Squeez Applesauce on the Go. I don’t personally consume them, because I’m over the age of 8, but my daughter LOVES them, and they’re 100% fruit and fruit juice. Yay for little paleo babies! I got a huge box of them for like 8 bucks at Walmart.

GoGo's ingredients

GoGo’s ingredients

Available at <a href="http://www.target.com">Target</a> Crispy Green Mangoes from Target

I usually get my dried mangoes from Trader Joe’s, but they were out of the unsweetened, unsulfated kind I always get the last time I was there. These are freeze dried, so they’re crispy as opposed to chewy. However, they are actually surprisingly delicious, totally all-natural and only about a buck a pop.

 Raw, Crunchy, Unsalted Almond Butter

Exactly how it sounds. Crunchy and almondy and delicious. 🙂 Available at Trader Joe’s. I eat this with everything.

 Naked Coconut Water

There are a lot of brands out there for coconut water, but this is definitely my favorite. There’s nothing added, just straight coconut water. They also have these in flavors like lychee and pineapple, but I think those have some other additives. What I do if I want some flavor for these is blend them with a strawberry or kiwi, and ta-da – instant deliciousness. Bonus – they’re only about $1.50 at Walmart.

If you have questions about other snack ideas, comments, or you know of some hidden paleo secret and want to share, please let me know. Happy snacking!

Paleo Recipes: Favorite soups and salads

The great thing about eating paleo is that you have a huge selection of foods you can eat, and there are a million resources out there with great ideas for recipes. Here are a few soups and salads that we’ve tried and loved:

Paleo Sausage and Spinach Soup

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Visit The Preppy Paleo for the full recipe.

This is the perfect soup to warm you up on a frigid day. Everything in it is paleo approved and delicious, and – the best part – it’s quick and painless!

Jennie suggests using sliced sausage instead of crumbled, and fresh coriander instead of basil.

Chicken “Noodle” Soup

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Photo by Jennie Bowen

Visit Elena’s Pantry for the full recipe.

Another delicious soup to beat the winter blues!

Jennie suggests adding 2 teaspoons of Savory for taste and also adding shredded chicken to make it a more substantial meal.

Shrimp and Spinach Salad

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Visit The Preppy Paleo for the full recipe.

This is definitely my new favorite salad! I made it without the feta cheese to make it 100% paleo. I also didn’t have any mushrooms around so I didn’t use those, but I don’t think it took away from the salad. The dressing is so good you can definitely make extra and save it for your next salad!

If you have questions about these recipes, or paleo in general, please feel free to leave a comment. Also, if you have a delicious paleo recipe you’ve tried and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you! Happy eating and stay primal!

Paleo Sleep: Catch your zzz’s caveman style

As I’ve said before, paleo isn’t just a diet – it’s a lifestyle. That means there are other factors involving your health that you need to pay attention to besides the way you eat. One of those factors that is so important it’s basically comparable to diet is sleep.

Sleeping is an absolutely essential part of overall health, yet it rarely receives the attention it deserves. If you’ve been researching paleo, you’ve heard all about the biological reasons we haven’t adapted to processed foods and grains, etc. But another huge aspect of this biological discussion is sleep. Guess what those same cavemen whose diet we’re trying to mimic had no access to? Besides automobiles and air conditioning and you know, all that stuff. Artificial light! They woke with the sunrise and slept when the sun set. Even in more modern centuries, sleep patterns were much different than they are today, since it wasn’t until the 19th century that the light bulb was introduced. Before that, of course there were alternative ways of creating light, but certainly not in the way we experience it today.

Robb Wolf makes a great analogy between artificial lighting and exercise:

“Indoor lighting is like chronic cardio relative to lifting weights and sprinting: not enough of an acute (hormetic) stimulus, too much of a chronic stress.”

Okay, so artificial lighting does weird things to us. It’s kind of complicated, but basically, our cortisol levels become elevated when we are exposed to artificial light. Our cortisol level is low at night while we’re sleeping. It should be, anyway. However, if we’re exposed to light when we’re trying to sleep, the level spikes. According to Mr. Wolf, “This can absolutely buggar sleep and crack open a host of problems with regards to body-fat levels, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation.”

Oh, no, there’s that inflammation thing AGAIN! Geez, these paleo people seem to be obsessed with the term. Yes, it does come up a lot in the research – for good reason. These problems with our diet and sleep pattern and exercise routine all seem to lead up to this same issue! And the reality of it is simply undeniable, when you look around and see what has become of much of the population.

So we’ve established that our bodies are not designed to function under artificial light. Now, of course we live in a world where there’s not very much we can do to change that. We all work in buildings with artificial light and stare at computer screens for eight hours a day. What we can control, however, are our sleep patterns and habits.

So let’s look at what you can do to do to ensure the best sleep possible:

1. Sleep in the dark! Because of the whole cortisol issue, you’ve got to sleep in a pitch dark room. Don’t have a little lamp on beside your bed, don’t have the curtains drawn so the street light can stream in. And definitely remember to turn off the computer monitor. Those things will prevent you from getting the deepest possible sleep, which is what your body needs to function optimally.

2. Get 8-10 hours. Yes, it’s a lot. You may have to record your favorite show and watch it in the morning, or read ten pages less of your book before bed. Do it. Otherwise nothing else you’re doing to better your health is going to matter much.

3. Establish a routine. Tuck the kids in, take a shower, do the dishes. Oh, it’s 10:00, that’s it for today. Seriously. Facebook stalking, reruns on Netflix or… whatever else you do late at night can wait.

4. Get up on your own. If you’re getting the eight hours you need, your body should eventually be able to wake itself up without an alarm clock. Try your best to get yourself to that point. Cause alarms… you guessed it – they’re not paleo.

I’m going to say something that’s going to make some of you cry a little bit inside, but hear me out. You cannot go to bed at 3 a.m. and wake up at 7 to start your day. You’re asking for trouble. Sleep deprivation is horrible for you – not just as someone trying to stay in great shape, but anyone concerned about overall health in general.

“Sleep deprivation mimics many elements of the aging process. One could make the argument that how you feel when you are sleep deprived is likely how you will feel if you are both diabetic and old (sleep deprivation dramatically impacts insulin sensitivity).” – Robb Wolf’s Blog 

Don’t age yourself unnecessarily, guys. Sleep like a caveman. Report back here if it doesn’t change your life.

5 ways grains are damaging your body

Photo by Morten Wolff

Photo by Morten Wolff

Alright, here goes the crazy Paleo girl again, and now she’s trash-talking grains. What did bread ever do to you? Well, actually a number of things that are really damaging to the human body. In fact, one could compare the consumption of these havoc-wreaking foods to punching oneself in the face. Don’t believe me? Better keep reading! Let’s start by looking at the history of grains so we can tackle exactly why they are so damaging to our health.

Our bodies are not designed to process grains.

Humans have only been consuming grains since the beginning of agriculture. Before that, grains were not a part of our diet. Which means… ding ding ding, our bodies are not made to process them! In fact, the only animals really meant to eat grains are birds, whose bodies are adapted to eating them. Humans, not so much. We may eventually develop the adaptations needed to properly process them, but for now we have not. If you want to find out more about adaptation to grains please read this great article by The Paleo Mom.

So, sure, our bodies aren’t designed to eat grains from a biological standpoint. But what does that actually translate to when it comes to me actually consuming a piece of bread? Let’s break it down. Here are the ways grains are slowly taking a desctructive toll on your body:

1. A lectin… uh… like that thing we had in November to pick the president?

Not quite. Lectins are proteins that are present in basically every plant (usually the seed) and animal. Since grains and legumes are the seeds of their plants, they have a very high concentration of lectins. But what are they?! Lectins are a plant’s natural pesticide – so they exist mainly to protect the plant from invaders, as well as to aid in protein synthesis. Needless to say, when we consume them, it’s not so great for us.

Over time, lectins poke little holes in your intestines, which allows some not-so-nice stuff to leak out of them and into your bloodstream. So not only are these nature-made pesticides (which are very sticky and great at binding with your tissues) free to roam about your bloodstream, but they also bring with them harmful bacteria that is not meant to leave your intestines (E. coli anyone?). Now you have leaky gut.

So what happens after these little buggers start wandering about your bloodstream? Can’t be good, right? Your body fights back! Your body loves you and doesn’t want you to be attacked by these invaders. But despite your body’s efforts, it can’t change the fact that the lectins have attached themselves to your tissues. So fighting the lectins turns into fighting your own tissues. There’s a word for this, guys – autoimmune disease. As in… arthritis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, etc. Hence, consuming lectins really is like punching yourself in the face. Told you it would make sense eventually.

Along the same lines as lectins is gliadin, the protein in wheat gluten. Now, in the past, the only people prescribed “gluten-free” diets were those with celiac disease. We are now finding that gluten is not just damaging to these individuals but also affects everyone to a different degree.

“In celiac disease the body will make antibodies to gliadin after it is digested by the intestinal enzyme tissue transglutaminase, resulting in severe autoimmune damage to the delicate, absorptive surfaces of the intestines. It does not, however, require full blown celiac disease to suffer from the adverse effects of this protein. In fact, it is likely that our intolerance to gliadin and related wheat proteins is a species-specific intolerance, applicable to all humans, with the difference being a matter of the degree to which it causes harm.” Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Eating This Can Tear Holes in Your Gut”

2. Grains are extremely acidic.

So in a pre-agricultural world, getting a balance of acidic and alkaline foods was pretty simple. Meat and eggs are acidic, whereas veggies and fruit are alkaline. What did hunter-gatherers eat? Exactly those things. So there wasn’t much room for complication in this area. Now enter grains, which are acidic. Grains offset the nice balance that the meat and veggies have created and make your body way more acidic than it was intended to be. And who takes the hit for this offense? Liver, kidneys, pancreas. Poor guys.

3. Phytic acid

Say what? Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient found in grains, legumes, corn, soy and some nuts and seeds. The nature of this acid is in its definition – it’s anti-nutritional. It binds to the vitamins in foods and deprives the body of critical nutrients. The result? Iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium deficiencies. So… anemia, weak bones, weakened immune system and possibly even infertility. No bueno.

4.  Inflammation

Remember those nasty bacteria that were released into your bloodstream by that leaky gut? We’re not done with them yet. When they’re floating around your bloodstream, your body does what it does to the lectins – attacks. Your body’s immune response depends upon what exactly has seeped out of your gut. Some toxins will cause inflammation by releasing inflammatory cytokins and the liver will have to work hard to filter them out. But when your liver is on overdrive, the rest of the body builds up toxins (your liver is awesome but it isn’t Superman) and experiences inflammation. Now we’ve got inflammation-related health problems like asthma. Yikes.

5. Carb intake and elevated insulin

The main source of carbohydrates in most people’s diets are grains. Now you do need a certain amount of carbs in your diet to survive, of course, but these should come from vegetables and fruits. Start taking in too many carbohydrates from grains (which are much, much higher in carbs than veggies and fruits) and your insulin levels will spike. Insulin’s job is to lower your blood sugar levels after carb consumption. What happens when you’ve consumed more carbs (which are converted to sugar) than your body needs? They get stored as fat. What’s even worse is that when your insulin is constantly elevated – which it will be if you are consuming excessive amounts of carbs from grains – your pancreas has to work overtime to produce even more insulin to combat inflammation. Then, eventually, your cells are immune to the insulin your body produces. Now you’re diabetic.

I know this all sounds horrible, but there’s a solution, and it’s amazingly uncomplicated. Stop consuming so many grains! I guarantee that you will not only physically feel better once you start withdrawing from carbs, but you will also mentally feel better knowing you’re doing something easy and proactive to ensure your optimal health.

Here are some great resources for finding out more about grains and other Paleo questions you might have:

The Paleo Mom

Digestive Health with REAL Food

Mark’s Daily Apple

Paleo Diet Lifestyle

Dr. Mercola

You Poor Hungry Caveman: How to avoid starving on the paleo diet

If you’ve transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle you’ve probably noticed a couple things about it – you’re hungry, like, all the time… and it can be kind of rough trying to find food you can eat.

The good thing about the first part of the problem is that Paleo doesn’t ask you to count your calories or restrict yourself to a certain amount of meals per day. If you’re hungry you don’t have to wait until a certain time to eat. That being said, you also can’t camp out in your kitchen all day cooking. So here are some tips on how to eat throughout the day.

1. When you have time to cook, try to make enough to last more than one meal.

This helps out especially if you have a job where you’re away from home all day. Just pack your delicious caveman cuisine into a Tupperware and save yourself that painful trip to the restaurant where you’ll have to harass the server with a million questions about each menu item.

2. Eat until you’re full!

Every meal, every time. Seriously. Otherwise, you’re going to be ravenous again in twenty minutes. Trust me, that gets old quickly. Of course, don’t gorge yourself till you can’t move, but you get the point.

3. Stock up on paleo snacks.

Your fridge should always be jam packed with fruits and vegetables. Other really good snacks to graze on throughout the day are almond butter, cashews/assorted nuts, dried fruits (try to find the kind without preservatives), hardboiled eggs, bacon, jerky (again without preservatives if you can help it), kale chips and anything coconut (they have roasted coconut chips, coconut strips, and of course coconut water). A lot of these things can be found at your local farmer’s market. Trader Joe’s and other natural food stores carry some as well. And you’d be surprised what you can find if you look hard enough at your regular grocery store. Today at Walmart, I found Crunchies dried fruits, which are all natural with no preservatives, nuts, Naked coconut water, cage-free organic eggs and almond flour. Not bad for your neighborhood superstore. You really just have to keep your eyes open and make a point to hunt these things down.

4. Protein powder.

Post-workout, I’m always starving and I usually am rushing off somewhere in a hurry, so this is an absolute necessity. I also use it if I just really have no time to make anything or go to the store.

5. Try quick and easy recipes.

I know there are a lot of awesome paleo recipes out there, but every meal doesn’t have to be a gourmet affair. Sometimes there just isn’t time or money for that. Easy and quick meals include avocado and tuna salad, chicken salad, rotisserie chicken with veggies, and Old Faithful – eggs and bacon.

Avocado tuna salad

Avocado tuna salad

Paleo spicy shrimp

Paleo spicy shrimp

Rotisserie chicken and steamed veggies

Rotisserie chicken and steamed veggies

I hope this is encouraging to those of you feeling the stress of trying to do this paleo thing right. I know it can seem difficult, but doing some of these things should make it a little bit easier on you. Please feel free to let me know if you have additional tips, questions, comments or pictures of your favorite paleo meal!

This week’s WOD’s:

Monday: “The Chief” – Max rounds in 3 minutes of

3 Power Cleans

6 Pushups

9 Squats

Rest 1 minute, Repeat 5 cycles

Result: 80 lb. cleans, 17 total rounds + 7 extra cleans

Tuesday: Skill – 5×5 Front Squat

Result: 110 lbs.

WOD – For time:

30 burpees

Run 1200 M

30 burpees

Result: 10:46

Wednesday: No WOD

5×5 Back squat

Result: 145 lbs.

Thursday: For time:

21-15-9 reps of

Power Cleans

Box Jumps

Result: 6:43 (20” box, 75 lb. clean)

Friday: Had to skip snatch WOD because of rotator cuff problem 😦

5×5 overhead press @ 65 lbs.

In Defense of Paleo: The case for eating like a caveman

Photo by Jayne Vidheecharoen

Photo by Jayne Vidheecharoen

So Crossfit sounds pretty cool, but what about this weird diet all the crossfitters seem to be into? Most crossfitters, and many other fitness-oriented individuals, adhere to some form of the Paleolithic diet. I’d argue that if you’re thinking about trying to live a healthier lifestyle, your diet is the place to focus the most of your attention. After all, they say 90% of weight loss is what you eat and 10% is your workout regimen.

So let’s talk food. The Paleolithic diet – or Paleo, as it is often referred to – is a way of eating that focuses on consuming only the types of food our hunter-gatherer ancestors did. Basically, these guys survived off what the land naturally provided for them – meat, vegetables, nuts, and… not much else. They didn’t have access to preservatives or enormous freezers to make their food last for outrageous amounts of time like we do today. They didn’t process their food with potassium sorbate or any of those other words on the nutrition label you can’t pronounce. High fructose corn syrup was not one of the ingredients in everything. Nothing came from concentrate.

Eating Paleo is the most natural way to eat. It eliminates foods that are unnecessary to your vitality, movement and overall wellbeing. It focuses on feeding you for the sake of providing your body with what it needs to not only work properly but to work optimally. It creates a difference in the way you think about food – you’re not doing things like exercising so that you can eat what you want; you’re eating so that you can do things you want, like exercise. You’re fueling your body like it’s a car with somewhere to go, not filling it up like a balloon to float off into the atmosphere aimlessly.

Sounds fantastic, right? Well, some people think it does, but there is a huge population that is speculative and even highly critical of the Paleo lifestyle. Because Paleo eliminates most grains, dairy, legumes and starches, many people automatically think you must be depriving your body of essential nutrients. And anyone who switches to Paleo after eating these kinds of foods all his life is going to face some major changes that may cause some worry (yes, you will be very sleepy for a couple weeks). Here are some of the most common arguments and concerns people raise about Paleo and my take on how to refute them:

1. You don’t eat bread? Or rice? These are nutritional staples that are necessary to your health!

Not so. Grains and legumes actually have shown to contribute to the autoimmune problem known as “leaky gut,” which causes inflammation and leads to tons of other problems – like multiple sclerosis and arthritis.  “How can that be?!” you cry as you stare longingly at the piles of bread loaves in your pantry. Paleo expert Nell Stephenson explains it well – “While growing from the ground, these very components [anti nutrient properties] serve to protect them from pesticides and predators, but when we ingest them, they work against us by adhering to many of the vitamins and minerals in our food, preventing us from properly absorbing them and causing microscopic tearing in the intestines, thus increasing intestinal permeability” (Paleoista). Your body will thrive perfectly well without grains. Don’t believe me? Try it for a month, then we’ll talk.

2. There’s so much fat in the Paleo diet. That can’t be good for you.

The media has done a terrific job of demonizing fats and making it seem like if you consume anything that doesn’t say “low-fat” that you’re going to die. This is simply ridiculous. Your body requires healthy omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids! For someone eating Paleo, it is the main source of energy for the body. In fact, your bone marrow and most of your brain is composed of saturated fat – your body thrives off of it! I know this sounds crazy to those of you who have been told all your life that fats are bad and cholesterol will kill you. These claims are regarding bad fats, like trans saturated fats, and bad cholesterol (small particle LDL), which come from foods that – ding ding ding – are not part of the Paleo diet. These foods include margarine, vegetable oil and deep fried foods, to name a few. Good fats energize your body and keep you healthy, which is why they’re at the top of the list on the Paleo diet. Read more about the importance of fat at Paleo Diet Lifestyle  (a terrific resource for those interested in giving Paleo a shot!).

3. I’ve heard that there’s no real science behind Paleo. Why should I buy into something if there’s no proof it works?

More nonsense. Four studies have been conducted to specifically test the Paleo diet just since 2007. These studies have found “contemporary versions of ancestral human diets and have found them to be superior to Mediterranean diets, diabetic diets and typical western diets in regards to weight loss, cardiovascular disease risk factors and risk factors for type 2 diabetes” (Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution). Information on these studies can be found on Robb Wolf’s website – another super awesome Paleo resource.

I’m sure these are only a few of the many questions and concerns out there about Paleo. If you have comments, concerns, testimonials, questions or anything not obnoxious to say, I’d love to hear from you!

Oh, and here’s a wildly under-researched critique US News did on the Paleo diet. The assessment excludes ample research that has been done to prove Paleo’s effectiveness and makes it look unhealthy by comparing it to those oh-so-successful governmental dietary guidelines.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaynev/4838760614/