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Is Natto Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | July 29

Is Natto Paleo?Natto may not be a food with which you are intimately familiar, unless you’re really into Japanese cuisine. In fact, you may not even know what natto is.

What is Natto?

Simply, natto is a fermented form of soybean.

It’s often eaten for breakfast with a bit of rice but can also be found in sushi and other Japanese foods.

Natto has a very pungent smell that deters some people from eating it. Moreover, the fermentation process makes the soy beans form stringy strands.

Traditionally natto was made by fermenting the soybeans in straw, but nowadays, fermentation is done in much more sterile conditions, for better or worse.

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7 Ways Eating Fruit Made Me Smarter, Healthier, and More Paleo

Jeremy Hendon | July 25

are fruits paleo?

Get this…Americans eat about 30% more “processed fruit” than fresh fruit.

What the heck is processed fruit?

I know what processed grains look like (flour and stuff). The differences between processed and fresh meats are pretty obvious (deli versus butcher). But processed fruit? Where’s that in the store?

This question might seem a bit out of the blue to you, but I’ve been reading a lot about fruit. Here’s Why…

I have a mental block against believing fruit is healthy

I know it sounds odd, but fruit seems like sugar and water to me. And I think that processed sugar is addictive, leads to overeating, and is toxic when consumed in even moderately large amounts.

And so I can’t help but think that fruit may not be ideal.

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Eat Out Like a Paleo Pro: 18 Tips To Make Your Life Easier (+ Downloadable Book)

Jeremy Hendon | July 22

Imagine if you had a home chef who would cook every single meal for you, make it delicious, and also keep it 100% Paleo…

Would you ever fail to eat completely healthy and Paleo food in that situation?

But of course, most of us don’t have a personal chef (I certainly don’t), and because of that, we often end up eating out. A LOT.

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Over 40% of Americans eat at a fast food restaurant at least once per week. And that’s just fast food – not even counting regular restaurants which are rarely healthier or more Paleo. And if you weren’t worried enough about American eating habits, over 10 billion donuts are consumed every year.

If you’re looking for some Paleo restaurant reviews, check out this list of restaurants we’ve reviewed.

Eating Out is Not Inevitable…

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The Lazy Dieter’s Guide to Paleo Diet Basics – 5 Quick and Dirty Steps to Success

Jeremy Hendon | July 17

Excited about Paleo Diet BasicsTell me the truth: You get a little bit excited every time you hear or read about a new trick that might help you get in better shape or lose weight?

Don’t worry…your secret is safe.

Except that it’s not a secret. The whole bloody world still wants an easy solution to getting healthy.

I just hopped on Amazon and went to the “Weight Loss’ category. It’s organized by “New and Popular,” and the first 24 results are 23 supplements and 1 protein bar.

I really don’t know what I expected.

And yet, I understand.

I spent 15 years of my life reading about nutrition and fitness, and I spent almost a decade experimenting with diets, all with varying, but disappointing levels of success.

I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone, which is why I present to you the Lazy Dieter’s Guide to Paleo Diet Basics…

The Paleo Diet is Confusing and Complicated

(Not really.)

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How Cooking Oil is Making You Crazy, Fat, and Dead – 4 Healthy Ways to Improve Any Food

Jeremy Hendon | July 15

There is a way to potentially prevent 99.9% of bipolar disorders in the world.

This same method could also potentially prevent more than 25% of all cardiovascular deaths.

Those estimates are probably high, and yet here’s what is most striking about this potential solution:

1. It’s easy.

2. Almost nobody thinks that any potential harm would result.

So pardon me if I’m a bit flabbergasted at why this isn’t getting just a little bit more attention.

Excess Omega-6 Fats are a Problem

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Fats – 7 Mistakes that Can Sabotage Your Health

Jeremy Hendon | July 10

scary foodsHow scared of your food are you?

Do you worry – when you walk through the grocery store or when you eat at a restaurant – that the foods you buy might make you or your family fat or sick?

I’m tired. I’m tired of having to worry about what I eat. Tired of being told that something else will cause cancer. Tired of being scared.

I think that you might be tired, too, so I propose that we stop being afraid.

We shouldn’t throw caution to the wind – we have bodies and families to care for, after all. But we should learn from the mistakes that we’ve made and eat without fear.

I propose that we start by coming to grips with these 7 mistakes about fats…

MISTAKE #1: Fat in our Food = Fat in our Body

It’s sad that fat in food is called “fat” at all.

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Get Moving! New Study Shows Exercise PREVENTS Stress

Jeremy Hendon | July 6

Stress is my Nemesis

Exercise Prevents StressSeriously. I don’t know pretty much anyone who isn’t more stressed than they would like to be.

I really just want to be happy and unstressed. All the time.

Lately, I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job of it. I tend to wake up in the morning pretty grateful for everything in my life, and I’m excited about most of the things I’m doing during the day.

I may not have mentioned it on the blog before, but I’m getting married soon, and then we’re traveling for quite a while. So, all in all, things are pretty good.

But at least once a week, I get pretty overwhelmed by all the things I need to do (marketing, phone calls, website maintenance), all the things I’ve failed to do (call back friends, start a podcast, read more fiction), and all the things that I could do (play basketball, walk outside, play with the cat). It’s inevitable.

We All Need to Exercise a Bit More – It PREVENTS Stress

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Is Soy Sauce Paleo? Bacteria, Wheat, and the Things You Don’t Know

Jeremy Hendon | July 3

Is Soy Sauce Paleo?Soy sauce is at the heart of practically every Asian cuisine. It’s cooked into most Chinese foods, and it’s impossible to go to a sushi restaurant without seeing dozens of little soy sauce bottles.

Oh, and it’s delicious in all its salty glory.

Still, you’re Paleo and committed to improving your health and diet, so the big question is whether or not it’s good for you. And you have a sneaking feeling that the word “soy” in the name probably means that it’s on the blacklist of Paleo Don’t Eats.

What is Soy Sauce?

Soy sauce is a salty brown liquid that is added to various recipes. For example, most Chinese stir-fries will have soy sauce. And if you’ve ever had sushi, you would have dipped your sushi (or sashimi) in soy sauce.

If you don’t eat much Asian cuisine, then you probably don’t use soy sauce very often, although it’s very versatile and can be used for a variety of non-Asian dishes.

How is Soy Sauce Made?

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What Happens to Food? – Healthy Human Digestion

Jeremy Hendon | July 1

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Some people love building things. They probably had erector sets and legos when they were kids.

Some people love imagining things. I’m sure they read a lot as kids and daydreamed when they weren’t reading.

Me – I love knowing how things work. I’m incessantly drawn to books and articles that explain things to me.

I don’t even usually have a use for what I learn, but I can’t stand now knowing how something is working.

For better or worse, that’s led me down a deep rabbit-hole when it comes to nutrition and health, but it’s a super-interesting rabbit-hole.

I was giving a nutrition talk a few days ago, and I realized that I frequently needed to stop and explain how our bodies work before I could explain why a particular food had a certain effect. So I decided to write this article (and a few articles over the next couple weeks), with the hope that at least 3 or 4 people (maybe more) will find it helpful and entertaining.

Do You Need to Understand Digestion?

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Mercury in Tuna and Fish – How Worried Should You Be?

Jeremy Hendon | June 26

Mercury in Tuna and Fish

We’re having some friends over for dinner tonight, and my fiancee asked me earlier what we should cook.

My default reply to this question is whatever sounds most delicious and appetizing to me at that particular moment in time, so I quickly said, “beef stew.”

She stood there and glared at me for a minute or two, while I tried to figure out why my answer wasn’t the right one. (At the very least, I knew the glare meant that much.)

Apparently, our friends don’t eat red meat or shellfish, and apparently I had been told this a few hours earlier. Upon hearing it again, I looked at her dumbfounded and asked “Why Not?”.

“They think they’re being healthy.”

Ok. I understand. They’re sorta like the juice-fasting friends we have. I’m down with that. I’ve done much crazier things in my life than drinking juice or cutting out red meat. I would never do either of those things, but we can still be friends.

The funny thing is, I don’t judge my friends nearly as much as they think I do. I was the unhealthiest eater on earth for decades, so every bit of ground I ever had to stand on was washed away by the tsunamis of Cherry Coke and Mountain Dew that I drank.

However, I write, speak, and coach because I do like giving people information and tools that they can use to make better decisions if they want.

Today’s post is not about red meat – I talk about that elsewhere – but rather about mercury in tuna. I was reminded by this incident earlier today that I also have friends who won’t eat a bunch of seafood (or feed it to their kids) because they’re worried about mercury levels.

I kinda wonder if we’ll still be friends after they read my posts about them?

(As a preface, much credit for this article goes to Chris Kresser, who interviewed Dr. Nicholas Ralston (quoted in this post) and got me interested in the subject. You can find Dr. Nicholas Ralston here.)

Why Are Folks Worried about Mercury Poisoning?

We might as well start with why anyone is worried at all about mercury at all.

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Are Green Beans Paleo?

Jeremy Hendon | June 24

I was a really good kid. No kidding. I slept anytime and anywhere as a baby, I was a star student, and I never really got into much trouble.

But yeah – in some ways, I was also a nightmare. For instance, trying to get me to eat vegetables or do pretty much anything that I didn’t like was almost impossible. Or at least very painful for whoever was trying (usually my mom).

Oddly, though, I liked green beans. I honestly can’t remember another vegetable that I liked.

Fast-forward – I’m Paleo now and eat a much wider variety of veggies and other foods than I did when I was a kid. (As an aside, it’s now me who tries to get my mom to eat vegetables. Oh the irony…)

Click To Download Your Paleo Diet Food List

In any event, today’s post is dedicated to that one vegetable that I actually did like as a kid…

Are Green Beans Paleo?

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Paleo Timing (aka Why Haven’t I Lost Weight Faster on my Paleo Diet?)

Jeremy Hendon | June 19

Why is it taking so long to lose weight on a Paleo diet?“I’ve been strict Paleo for 2 months. Why haven’t I lost more fat?”

“I eat 100% Paleo, but I still have digestive issues. How long does it take these issues to get resolved?”

These are 2 of the most common questions that I get asked on a regular basis. And I understand exactly why these questions get asked.

If you had known me 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago, you would have heard me asking these questions all the time. I simply could figure out what I was doing wrong.

You Don’t Want to Wait Forever

You’ve been working really hard at staying Paleo. You eat mostly home-cooked meals. You religious avoid processed foods. And you’ve been doing it all for some time now.

Still, you see your friends, family, and people at your gym getting results much more quickly than you. So you want to know what they’re doing that you’re not.
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Is Grilling Paleo? 5 Easy Tips to Make Your Grilling Healthier

Jeremy Hendon | June 17

Is Grilling Paleo?

You think all the time about WHAT you eat, but do you think about HOW you cook it?

The ways that you cook (or don’t cook) food can make a difference in how healthy that food is for you, so it’s worth thinking about.

Today, I’m going to introduce you to the main concerns with respect to grilling, why those concerns may or may not be justified, and what you can do to minimize any risks.

Isn’t Grilling Very Paleo?

Surely grilling must be the most Paleo of cooking methods, right?

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The Ultimate Paleo Diet Food List [+Infographics]

Jeremy Hendon | June 12

Eating Paleo is actually pretty simple.

Eat foods that our caveman ancestors might have eaten 1,000,000 years ago. But as simple as that sounds, it’s not always obvious whether a food existed that long ago.

And more importantly, that’s only a starting point. It makes sense that a food will probably be safe and healthy if it has been eaten for a million years, but newer foods definitely could also be healthy.

Ultimate Paleo Diet Food ListSo to make going Paleo as easy as possible, I’ve put together this Paleo Diet Food List.

Use the table of contents below to help you navigate through this comprehensive list of Paleo foods. I hope it helps you quickly and easily determine which foods should be added into (or deleted from) your diet.

Table of Contents – Paleo Diet Food List

Paleo Diet Food List Infographic

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3 Things to Keep In Mind About This Paleo Diet Food List

  1. Other Paleo food lists might be different. Many lists haven’t been updated in ages, so they rely on outdated science and myth. This list is based on the most up-to-date understanding of each of these foods.Even so, it’s certainly possible to disagree that certain foods should or should not be eaten on a Paleo diet. For instance, potatoes are a big source of disagreement (Loren Cordain says no to them in his book, The Paleo Diet, but many other Paleo experts now think potatoes are not all that different to sweet potatoes). You’re never going to get complete agreement, but this list of foods to eat on a Paleo diet is an excellent place to start.
  2. This list should be customized for your particular body and life. If you’re diabetic and severely obese, then you probably shouldn’t be eating hardly any potatoes, sweet potatoes, or anything else that spikes your blood sugar, at least not until you get your blood sugar under control. On the other hand, if you’re 25 years old and incredibly active, you might need to eat a lot more sweet potato and taro.
  3. If you have specific goals, specific allergies, or specific diseases, then one or more of these foods may not make sense. If you want to lose weight, cut out almost all nuts for a while. If you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome, even berries may not be a good idea. And if you have autoimmune conditions, then you might need to avoid a lot of Paleo diet foods (including eggs, nuts, seeds, peppers and other nightshades). Those sorts of personalized plans are not covered in this list because there are just too many possibilities.

Click Here To Get The Entire Paleo Diet Food List PDF Emailed To You (it’s beautifully designed)

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5 REAL Reasons to Go Paleo

Jeremy Hendon | June 11

why go paleoI was talking to some folks yesterday who generally knew a little bit about Paleo diets.  They were very curious, and so we got into a discussion.

It was an excellent discussion, since these people were smart, nice, curious, open-minded, and willing to offer their opinions.  (I hate it when folks are EITHER unwilling to listen or, conversely, unwilling to contribute anything meaningful to a conversation.  You gotta do both, folks.)

But like in most conversations I have with people who haven’t read a whole lot about Paleo, they had heard various things about Paleo diets and lifestyles from friends and colleagues.

And it occurred to me that one of the biggest sources of confusion about Paleo diets is WHY.  That is, why call it Paleo, why look to our ancestors, why eat this way, etc.

It’s Not About Nostalgia
Neither I nor 99% of people who are Paleo want to live in caves.  It’s not appealing AT ALL.

I love my technology (within reason), I think modern medicine is fantastic, and I can’t imagine giving up electricity.

Most importantly, I don’t want to eat just like my ancestors from a million years ago.  That is not the reason to be Paleo.
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