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Is Miso Paleo?

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Miso is a traditional seasoning used in Japanese cuisine that is prepared by fermenting rice, barley or soybeans with salt and koji – a mold starter… but is miso paleo? Is miso soup paleo? The mixture is then let to sit and ferment for prolonged periods which could vary anywhere between 3 months to 3 years. The resulting paste is ... Read More »

What is Ketosis?

What is Ketosis?

A condition known as ketosis sets in when the body switches to burning fats for energy production. Typically the providers of our energy needs are the carbohydrates but during ketosis the shift is made toward fats due to a lower level of carbs present. Many low carb diets are structured in a way as to allow more fat metabolism to ... Read More »

How Learning about a Paleo Diet Changed My Life

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Everyone who is on a health and fitness journey has their Aha moment at some point or another. I can’t say that I had a moment…more like a series of moments that culminated with a smack upside the head. In 2007, I had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, and it had definitely taken its toll on me. Not only ... Read More »

Is Paleo Diet Healthy?

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One of the most popular diets trending the modern dieting world is the Paleo Diet. But is it healthy? Although contemporary, the diet has its roots embedded in history; it actually goes all the way back to the time of our Paleolithic ancestors. Proponents of the diet claim that our bodies are designed to function better when we follow the ... Read More »

The Most Dangerous Diets

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The fight against fat takes on a whole new set of problems when diets become a danger to your health. Weightloss plans are one of the most marketed industries out there today, but who’s really looking out for you? And at what cost is weightloss worth? Winning the battle of the bulge should spell out more than a lightened load. It should mean ... Read More »

Are kefir grains paleo?

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By definition paleo is what our ancestors ate and we should be following their example. While we can to the most try and mimic their way of eating since that quality of food is not available now, our diet also needs certain improvisations to meet all dietary requirements. In the strict paleo sense humans are designed to survive on a ... Read More »

Eating disorders and Paleo diet

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The National institute of mental health defines eating disorder as a type of illness. It is characterized by  extreme eating habits of either very small quantities of food or large amounts of food[1]. Typically a person who is suffering with eating disorder tends to have severe disturbances in the dietary pattern and there is a constant urge to consume more ... Read More »

Why people fail on a paleo diet?

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Paleo diet also called as the “cave man diet” is touted to be best for present day health issues such as diabetes, heart problems, blood pressure etc. and hence has become the trend for many people who are intrigued by its health benefits. However some individuals fail in their attempt to adopt a paleo diet and give up because either ... Read More »

Paleo Diet and Diabetes

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Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body is unable to regulate the hormone insulin, to utilize glucose. The pancreas, either secrete low insulin or no insulin which decreases the efficiency of glucose update. Consuming sugary foods, simple carbohydrates, refined, processed foods, excessive fat intake, sedentary lifestyle, obesity or being overweight etc are some of the important causative factors for ... Read More »

Grilled Fresh Sardines

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Fresh sardines are flavorful and firm-fleshed, and quite a differnt in taste and consistency from those canned in oil. They are exellent simply grilled and served with lemon. Ingredients (serves 4-6) 2 lb very fresh sardines, glutted and with heads removed olive oil, for brushing salt black pepper, freshly ground 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to serve lemon wedges, to ... Read More »

Is Butter Paleo? What about Clarified Butter?

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While butter was never consumed by our Paleolithic ancestors, it has come to make a place for itself on the paleo way of eating. The version of butter that has come to be accepted as a paleo approved fat is known as clarified butter. When consuming this type of butter, the proteins and sugars are removed and the clarified version ... Read More »

Is Cheese Paleo? Paleo Cheese Substututes

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So is cheese paleo? Is there paleo cheese substitute? Dairy is a very heavy grey area on the paleo diet; strict adherents forbid it completely whereas moderate followers make concessions for occasional allowances. If any, butter and aged cheeses may make an appearance on the paleo menu but in extreme moderation. As far as true paleo goes, dairy has no place ... Read More »

What is a 80/20 Paleo Lifestyle?

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We all know paleo diet is based on fresh fruits, vegetables, roots, herbs, seeds, nuts, game-meat. It places restrictions on processed foods, packaged foods, milk, and oil. While the exact food choices of  our paleolithic ancestors is not known, most of the paleo food recommendations are based on the archeological and scientific study findings. Research on paleo nutrition has confirmed ... Read More »

Is Paleo Diet Expensive?

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The essence of paleo diet is to simply eat like how our hunter-gatherer ancestors did. This indicates to steer clear of processed foods, refined foods, junk foods, sugary drinks, sodas etc. In reality, all the above mentioned food items occupy a huge percentage of the grocery expenses. While following a paleo diet an individual automatically saves money by avoiding expenditure ... Read More »

Novak Djokovic Diet

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Novak Djokovic, who came forth with a bang, has been following a special diet. The tennis sensation that everyone has been talking about, has made an about turn in terms of performance and strength. The superstar who was diagnosed with celiac disease switched over to a gluten free diet the effects of which are now gradually unraveling. With his new found winning streak, ... Read More »

Vegetable Ribbons

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This may just tempt a few fussy eaters to eat up their vegetables! 🙂 Ingredients (serves4): 3 medium carrots 3 medium courgettes 120 ml cup chicken stock 30 ml chopped fresh parsley salt black pepper Procedure: Using vegetable peeler or shap knife, cut the courgettes and carrots into thin ribbons. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan ... Read More »

Paleo Cachumbar Salad

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Cachumbar is a salad relish most commonly served with Indian curries. There are many varsions and this one will leave your mouth feeling cool and fresh after a spicy meal. Ingredients (servec 4): 3 ripe tomatoes 3 chopped spring onions salt 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander Procedure: Remove the thoudh cores from the bottom of the tomatoes wih a small ... Read More »

Chunky Roasted Tomato Soup

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Slow roasting tomatoes gives a rich, full flavor: The costeno amarillo chilli is fresh and light, making it perfect with rich tomatoes. Ingredients (serves 6): 500 g tomatoes 4 small onions, peeled but left whole 5 galirc cloves sea salt 1 fresh rosemary sprig chopped 2 costeno amarillo chillies grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon 2 tbsp extra ... Read More »

Simple Tomato and Coriander Soup Recipe

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The simplest variations on the tomato soup theme are often the best. True to the culture of thrift in tradiotional soup-making, this classic thin soup makes great use of a few familiar ingredients, but it is the addition of coriander that brings, a burst of flavor. Ingredients (serves 4): 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 lb tomatores, ... Read More »

Dukan vs. Paleo Diet

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Two very popular diets doing the rounds these days are the Dukan Diet and the Paleo Diet. While in theory the Paleo diet is relatively new, in practice it has been the diet of the human race for as long as we have existed. It turns back the time and looks to our Paleolithic ancestors for culinary inspiration. The way ... Read More »

Is Coffee Paleo?

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So is coffee paleo? … Caffeine is an addiction and a strong one at that! Many people just cannot seem to get their day started out right unless they have their revered cup of coffee in the morning. While paleo followers of the strictest order do not permit any coffee consumption, those on the moderate end do indulge in an ... Read More »

Is Honey Allowed on the Paleo Diet?

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I am not sure how the Paleolithics felt about it, but these days no meal is considered complete unless wrapped up with a dessert of some sort. True that the Paleo philosophy advocates only natural foods and stays away from all things refined and processed, but even nature has its variant sweeteners to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings that many ... Read More »

Paleo Food Pyramid

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When compared to the traditional food pyramid, the paleo diet’s version of the food pyramid is much simpler and it makes better sense too. Without any of the complexities of complex carbs, gluten infused grains and over processed dairy products, the paleo food pyramid exhibits simpler but healthier food options like strong proteins such as chicken, beef, and seafood, fresh ... Read More »

Ryan Kwanten Diet

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Screaming fans of Ryan Kwanten have every reason to do so; the actor looks equally drop dead gorgeous with his shirt on as he does shirtless. In fact, going shirtless has become somewhat of a trademark for his “True Blood” character – Jason Stackhouse. Off the set, Ryan is the guy who works to stay fit without hitting the gym ... Read More »

Paleo Halloween Snack Ideas

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All of us will agree that Halloween and candy are inseparable which can turn into a nightmare for many parents following a paleo diet lifestyle. Not because either paleo or Halloween is scary but because of the mountain high dose of sugar and fructose laden corn syrup found in Halloween treats. Add to that grainy additives, vegetable oils and dairy ... Read More »

Painkillers in your Kitchen

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For those of us who don’t like to go to the doctor’s for every small ailment, there is some hope – for many of today’s minor aches and pains, all you have to do is look into your kitchen closet and you are likely to find something in there that will remedy your condition. For a quick look at some ... Read More »

Why dairy products are not allowed on a Paleo diet?

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Consumption of milk and other dairy products is a staple in almost every household. Milk obtained from cow, goat or buffalo has held a distinct place across the world as a nutritious drink. Its consumption is prevalent across all age group and health conditions. Milk is touted to be a rich source of animal protein and the bone building mineral ... Read More »

O&CO. – 16th Anniversary Sale

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Good news for all those who ran out of olive oil! Join the Celebration! Save 16% on everything during the O&CO. 16th Anniversary Sale. Hurry – ends Oct. 16th! O&CO – Mediterranean Food Merchant. offers a whole fragrant world of products made with the finest, rigorously selected natural ingredients.                 ………       ... Read More »

Easy Paleo Smoothie Recipe

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Easy paleo smoothie recipe I just made… 🙂 Hope you will like as I did. Drinking a Paleo Diet Smoothie daily will help you to become stronger, healthier, more energetic, younger looking, wiser, smarter and more disease resistant. What we need? two bananas two kiwis two green apples blender watter ice Recipe (in photos):     😉     Enjoy! 🙂 ... Read More »

Grains are not Paleo

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Grains belong to the cereal group and form the staple part of our every day diet. Examples of grains include barley, millet, oats, rice, wheat etc. Grains are modern man’s staple food and is consumed widely across the globe. Grains are a popular food because of ease of storage, convenience of cultivation, and also yield a variety of by-products. Examples ... Read More »

Is Amaranth Paleo?

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Scientific studies have always supported the consumption of green leafy vegetables for its profound health benefits. They are rich sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that not only nourish the physiological needs but also prevent many diseases. Nutritionists and health practitioners recommend that an average adult should consume at least three cups of greens per week for health. This is ... Read More »

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

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The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, one of Britain’s most prestigious gardening events, took place two weeks ago (September 14 to 16). The show offered thousands of gardeners, horticulturists and landscapers a chance to celebrate this year’s successes and look forward to the new growing season. The Autumn Show The Autumn Show can trace its roots back to 1976, when the National ... Read More »

Five reasons why you should consider paleolithic diet

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Recent years have seen increasing interest and attention towards evolutionary medicine. Research studies substantiate that following a paleolithic lifestyle and food choices prevent many of the present day degenerative diseases. Growing body of evidence shows that modern industrial diet leads to metabolic disorders and degenerative diseases which were non existent during pre-agricultural era. Archeological studies on fossil remains showed that ... Read More »

What Fruits are High in Sugar?

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Our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed plenty of wild fruits and vegetables as part of their daily intake. Food researchers and health care professionals have always encouraged consumption of plenty of fiber rich fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide a rich array of nutrients such as complex carbohydrates, soluble fiber, vitamins, antioxidant and minerals that provide astounding health benefits. It is ... Read More »

Why is it important to eat breakfast?

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Breakfast is the first meal and also the most important meal of the day. Studies confirm that individuals who consume breakfast maintain a healthy waistline and stay energetic for a longer duration than those who miss breakfast. “Breakfast” typically means to end the “fast” of the night time where one’s body goes into a period of no food or fuel ... Read More »

How should a Paleo restaurant look like?

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Paleolithic dieting has become the modern trend to healthy eating and living. The demand for foods that are truly paleo such as grass fed meat, organic produce, whole-grain free foods etc is on the rise and so is the demand for a paleo restaurant. The perfect ingredients for setting up a successful paleo restaurant includes the following – principle / ... Read More »

Starting the Paleo Diet

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Dieting is serious business and should be treated as such. Those people who make the effort to educate themselves before embarking on a new diet come out with sweet success while others who jump headlong into dieting just because they need instant weight loss results…well, you know how that one ends- right? Most of us choose one diet or the ... Read More »

What is the Proper Portion Size for Paleo Eating?

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The Paleo diet works at a very different pace from other types of contemporary diets as far as portion sizes are concerned. Most popular diets have a standard of measurement be it the Zone, Atkins or Weightwatchers. Either you adhere to a strict calorie count or you schedule your eating times over the duration of the day. If you fail ... Read More »

Is Quinoa Paleo?

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In the Paleo perspective, Hamlet’s soliloquy “To be, or not to be- that is the question” can be appropriately applied to the attention surrounding quinoa. The Paleo Diet promotes the eating habits of our Paleolithic ancestors which mean that anything before the advent of agriculture is alright to abide by but any foods that have been subject to the process ... Read More »

Paleo Super Foods: Top 10

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Paleolithic nutrition explains precisely what nature intended us to consume as humans who belong at the top of the food chain. The groundbreaking discovery on the way the Stone-age man consumed his food has opened up new avenues in the branch of therapeutic and clinical nutrition. Nutrition experts and health researchers have scoured through number of scientific papers on Paleolithic ... Read More »

Why is Gluten Bad for You?

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Whether knowingly or otherwise, we are all guilty of loving gluten. After all, it is responsible for making our foods way more palatable than they would otherwise be. Thanks to gluten, the pizza dough shapes so well, the bread has a light texture and soups and sauces can be thickened to a desired consistency. TODAY’S OFFER: Get promo ‘hard copy’ ... Read More »

Are Yams Allowed on the Paleo Diet?

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The debate regarding starchy tubers rages on… a well known point of contention among Paleo dieters, the inclusion or exclusion of high carb starchy tubers like potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams has been the subject of much controversy… So are yams allowed on the paleo diet? While in the most orthodox of Paleo circles, their consumption is condemned outright, the ... Read More »

Sugar Detox Diet Plan Tips

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Why would you need 21 day sugar detox diet plan tips? Well, modern diet contains excessive amount refined carbohydrates in everyday diet. The common refined carbohydrates that lurk in our everyday food include table sugar, beverages, sugar syrups, high fructose corn syrup in drinks, fruit juices, snacks, white flour, all purpose flour etc. The refined carbohydrates are well known culprits ... Read More »

What Is Kettlebell Training?

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When it comes to fitness that needs to cover many aspects of your body like endurance, agility, cardio program and strength, kattlebells might be the right answer. Kattelbells first originated in Russia but become very popular in the rest of the world in short amount of time. Kettlebells provide great exercise and that they are not just good for building ... Read More »

What is CrossFit?

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In a nut shell cross fit is a conditioning system that is created out of constantly varied movements that are executed at a high intensity. However it is not as straightforward as it may seem, this system of exercises has been honed for years and it is now regarded as the elite fitness program. The philosophy behind this program is ... Read More »

How Often Should I Go To The Gym?

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Choosing which diet to follow or which clothes to wear might be easy but choosing how many times to go to the gym might be a bit more difficult. If you are new to fitness and dieting you may still not realise how the whole losing weight process works. In a nutshell weight loss occurs when one decides to eat ... Read More »

Alligator Meat and Where to Buy it?

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It never ceases to fascinate me when I hear people saying that a lot of non standard meats taste “just like chicken!” (Non standard meaning others than the regular ones which adorn your dining choices like poultry, beef and veal mostly). Of course that is just my own measure of standard meats, you might have a completely different one. In ... Read More »