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Category: Paleo Diet

  • Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea – these things take time

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    Image by MONICA Reyes via Pinterest

    To say I am impatient is a bit of an
    understatement. When I want to do something, I want to do it yesterday. My dad
    used to say to me:

    “Lou Lou*, there’s no doubt about it –
    you’re a doer!”

    *My middle name is Louise. Although, he
    often now calls me Luci. Pretty sure it has nothing to do with my middle name.
    Should I be offended that Luci is the name

  • Do You Have to Eat Paleo Forever?

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    If you’re new to the Paleo world, or even if you’ve been at it for awhile, one of the top questions we get is “How long do I have to eat a Paleo diet to get results?” I think many worry about the inconvenience of following a restrictive diet for a long time.

    Paleo, also referred to as an ancestral or caveman diet, feels and looks very different from the Standard American Diet. It excludes grains and legumes, which for Americans (who are used to hearing that one needs whole grains to have a healthy heart), is a shock to the system.

    Many fear that if they avoid grains, legumes, dairy, and gluten for a long time that they will suffer nutrient deficiencies or that they will somehow harm themselves. These ideas are fostered by proponents of diets that are centered around grains, including the large agricultural companies who would be left high and dry if the United States largely caught on to an increasingly recognized truth: many grains, including gluten, promote inflammatory reactions within the body, even when food allergies aren’t present. (1)

    But Won’t My Bones Be Brittle If I Don’t Eat Dairy?

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    This is a myth that circulates many different nutrition circles, but it’s not true. There are numerous other sources of calcium that are just as easily (or more efficiently) absorbed as cow’s milk, which contains 300 grams per cup:

    • Sesame seeds – 270 grams per 3 tablespoons
    • Chia seeds – 360 grams per ¼ cup
    • Sardines – 375 grams per 3.75 ounce tin

    Here’s the thing: calcium intake can be spectacular, but you also need optimized vitamin D levels for your bones to be healthy. This is often overlooked. Even with the fortified dairy products that contain vitamin D, many Americans have subpar levels. This is because the form of vitamin D that is used to bolster most milk products is D2, which is not as bioavailable as D3. While you can obtain D3 from some foods, the best way to ensure that your levels are where they need to be is to spend time in the sun and to supplement with high-quality D3. (2)

    So, Do I Have to Stay Paleo Forever?

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    The above are just a few examples of how staying Paleo for an extended amount of time will not harm you. If you’re staying true to the Paleo principles and eating plenty of fresh, quality meats, vegetables, fruits, fats, seeds, nuts, eggs, seafood, and the like, you won’t suffer from nutrient deficiencies. In fact, you will be better off than the average American who doesn’t consume enough heart-protective fats or eat the rainbow in vegetables.

    But do you have to stay Paleo forever? No, not at all. What you really should do to experience optimal wellness is listen to your body. When you reintroduce non-Paleo foods, pay attention to what you feel. These can be digestive symptoms like indigestion, gas, or bloating or they can be changes to your bowel movements. They can also be a little more subtle, like headaches, body aches, anxiety, unstable blood sugar, increased pulse, sugar cravings, or feelings of depression.

    Food sensitivity can impact the body in numerous ways and we are often only sensitive enough to notice after we’ve spent some time away from the possible triggers.

    If you do notice that you experience some adverse effects after certain foods, even that doesn’t mean that you can never eat it again. Some food allergies or sensitivities are lifelong, but others can be short-lived especially in highly stressful seasons of life or other situations that can trigger hormonal changes or otherwise impact the digestive system (think chronic disease, pregnancy, major life changes, hormonal deficiency, surgery, etc.).

    Is Paleo the Only Way to Live?

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    As to whether Paleo is the only way to live, there are many who feel that way. But the good news is that you are not everyone else! The beauty of Paleo is that it’s a mentality and a way of life. That allows for an evolutionary process as your body changes and adapts. Instead of approaching the diet as a set of rules, look at it as a way of eliminating triggers and then the journey of customizing your dietary foodscape.

    But what does eating (or not eating) Paleo forever look like? Some do well with adding raw dairy back to their diets and become more Primal focused. Chris Kresser has a great piece on the health benefits of raw dairy.

    Others realize that they need an even stricter plan and cut eggs, nightshades, and nuts and follow the autoimmune Paleo protocol, or the AIP. Still others will do well on an 80/20 approach where they add back gluten-free grains, beans, and other “non-Paleo” foods 20% of the time. The ratios are not set either. Maybe you would do well on a 90/10 or a 50/50 food plan.

    Ultimately, Paleo is about healing, resetting, restoring, and living. It’s not a prison. So wherever you fall on the Paleo spectrum, I encourage you to first and foremost let your own body do the leading. The more you pay attention to the cues that your digestive system (and the rest of you) are sending, the better you will be in every aspect of life.

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  • Paleo Meatballs & Mash

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    This week’s guest post is from the beautiful Chantel from EvoPrime Fitness in Airlie Beach. I have known Chantel for a few years now – she is the other half of our amazing friend Jan, who worked with us at Primal Fitness in Sydney. Lucky for us, Jan stayed in contact after he moved to one of the most beautiful places in Australia (It is where Brangelina recently dined), and to this day, Chantel

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  • How to Start Eating Vegetables (When You Don’t Like Them)

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    One of the biggest concerns that I get from people who are considering switching over to a Paleo diet is that they don’t like this, that, or the other kind of vegetable. Do you have to LOVE vegetables to be able to eat a Paleo diet? The answer may surprise you!

    No — you do not have to love vegetables to follow a Paleo diet. You only have to be willing to try them. I’m not saying you have to eat seventeen cups a day of a single vegetable that you hate, or that you have to try a new veggie every single day. But approaching a Paleo diet with open-mindedness is going to be the best way to achieve success with it on all levels, and eating vegetables is certainly not going to be as painful as you think it might be.

    What To Do If You Hate Vegetables

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    If you hate vegetables, can you tell me why? Is it because you tried them as a child, had an awful experience, and never attempted them again?

    Is it because you only ever ate them from a can or frozen, and so your taste (and texture) experience with them has been skewed?

    Is it because you have one of those weird genes that makes some vegetables taste super bitter to you, or that makes cilantro taste like soap (these are legitimately real genetic mutations, y’all!)?

    Whatever your reason is for not liking vegetables (some or all), I encourage you to give them another chance. Try cooking them with our tried-and-true Paleo recipes. I’ve found that even the pickiest eaters can appreciate roasted vegetables because they’re simple, but the flavors can be easily manipulated. Do you like bacon? Buttery goodness? Salty deliciousness? Garlic? Pick a flavor profile that you already love, and then work some vegetables into that. You do not have to go around munching on raw veggies, or eating big-as-your-head salads to be able to eat vegetables successfully.

    Ways To Eat Vegetables When You Hate Them

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    If you really and truly have a hard time getting any vegetables down, try adding a few handfuls of greens to a smoothie, baking spinach into a Paleo lasagna, or making spaghetti using zucchini noodles. We have recipes for all of these amazing Paleo recipes, and as the old saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Even if you’re the most confirmed vegetable hater in all of the world, give them another chance. Paleo can be such a game changer for so many reasons, and you’ll have the best success with it if you’re including vegetables in your Paleo diet. Here’s a round-up of our best Paleo vegetable recipes:

    Asparagus with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts

     

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    While some dislike the strong aroma that asparagus gives urine, that scent is actually the result of the amazing antioxidant properties that asparagus contains. If you’re not a fan of their taste, disguise it with the addition of hazelnuts, which decrease the often “bitter” taste that vegetable haters find that asparagus has.

    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

     

    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Okay so, most people (even those who dislike veggies) like fries. Well, these are only one step away from regular old-fashioned unhealthy fries. And the bonus part about sweet potatoes is just that: they’re sweet. No bitter veggie taste here.

    Cashew Broccoli with Lemon

     

    Cashew Broccoli with Lemon

    You’ve probably figured out that a successful technique for disguising veggie taste is to pair it with some kind of nut. Lemon, too, helps to overpower the bitterness of the broccoli and can give an almost sweet, fresh taste to this superfood that is well worth learning to like.

    Cauliflower Fried Rice

     

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    Now who doesn’t love a good fried rice takeout? Well, here you have the “rice” that isn’t rice at all—and because it’s fried with other delicious flavors, like fish sauce, cilantro, and jalapeño, you’re not even going to know that there are veggies in here.

    Cauliflower Mashers

     

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    Most people don’t even think of mashed potatoes as vegetables, so this one should be an easy swap. While potatoes are definitely Paleo, cauliflower brings a bit more of a nutrient punch to the table, and is well worth the swap. If you’re sure you won’t like it, or are afraid that your kids will pick up on your trick, try doing half cauliflower and half potatoes the first time.

    Honey Dill Carrots

     

    Honey Dill Carrots

    Carrots already have that sweet thing going on, and the addition of honey in this recipe takes them to the next level. Not sure if your picky eater will go for eating carrots that, well, look like carrots? Steam them a little longer so they’re perfectly soft and puree them, serving them as sweet, orange colored mashed potatoes.

    Mini Parsnip Cakes with Creamy Buffalo Dip

     

    Mini Parsnip Cakes with Creamy Buffalo Dip

    The perfect appetizer, or snack that you won’t be able to quit, that’s what these are. Most picky eaters can be convinced to eat vegetables if they can smother them in dip to nullify the taste, and this creamy buffalo dip is A+ all the way. You’ll want to pair it with every vegetable dish, chip, and snack you’ve ever met.

    Pumpkin Flatbread

     

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    When all else fails, there’s always bread. You just don’t need to mention that this “bread” is actually made from pumpkins because (a) they don’t taste like pumpkin and (b) you can wrap them around whatever you want, not just pumpkin-related foods. Try them for sandwich wraps, breakfast wraps, or rolled plain and dipped in the aforementioned Creamy Buffalo Dip (only half kidding).

    Sausage and Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

     

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    The best approach, in many cases, is to completely hide the vegetables. This sausage and egg scramble can perfectly conceal the chameleon-like nature of the zucchini, and if you grate it or slice it very thin, no one will even know it’s there.

    Vegetable Trinity

     

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    This one’s a winner because it looks like dessert. But it’s no ordinary dessert, it’s a dessert that tastes like mashed potatoes, and has three amazing veggies hidden inside. You can pair this with just about any dish, and it’s a nice started for an introduction to vegetables. I know, there’s nothing green in it, but the antioxidants in this dish are still a great launchpad into the world of exploring vegetables.

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  • Think you’re training hard? Try this!

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    This week, my hubby and I moved to
    beautiful Wanaka, in the south island of New Zealand. Just to give you a little
    visual (and to entice you to come and visit), here is a pic that I took just
    the other morning:

    Wanaka. Day 1.

    Yes, that is snow that you see on the
    mountains. Yes, summer has only just finished. Yes, I am aware that New Zealand
    is known for being pretty bloody chilly in the

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