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What is the Paleo Diet?

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The Paleolithic, Primal, Hunter-Gatherer or Caveman diet is a way of eating based on research into the diets of ancient cultures prior to the development of agrarian societies and grain based diets.  The diet distinguishes itself from other diets in a few key ways. Emphasis on unprocessed, unpackaged whole foods. Zero restriction on calories.  Eat as much as necessary to feel satiated. Caloric priority is on fats first, protein second,and carbohydrates last. Blood sugar regulation is a key component of the diet. General guidelines Eat grass fed meats, fish, naturally raised...

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Recipe: Gluten Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

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If you’ve gone gluten free it can be hard when  those old yet familiar cravings show up.  The good news is that just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you have to go without those yummy Sunday morning pancakes.  Even better news is you won’t get a carb heavy hangover with these protein and fat heavy cakes.   I calculated the nutritional data for the recipe and broke it into 2 servings.  I have to admit I have on occasion eaten an entire batch of these yummy cakes myself  (after a long surf) so beware.  They can be made thicker or thinner depending on the milk/flour ratio...

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Five Simple Ways to Avoid that Afternoon Energy Crash

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1. Eat a high fat, high protein breakfast Many people eat  carb heavy breakfasts like cereals and pastries or they skip breakfast altogether.  If you want to mess up your energy for the day eating a bunch of carbs or nothing at all is a perfect way to start.  A carbohydrate based meal with a high glycemic load will trigger the release of insulin (which lowers blood sugar).  After you eat a pastry the insulin can actually knock your blood sugar down lower than it was before.  As blood sugar levels drop, cortisol comes in to counter that action.  Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands...

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Knee Pain Part I: The Anterior (Front) Knee

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Knee pain can be a real pain, especially if you’re super active and depend on your knees to stay in shape and have fun.  Before you get panicky and start worrying about surgery or continue to exercise on a knee that could be damaged by further activity it’s a good idea to get a proper assessment.  This post will cover the most common and treatable injuries of the anterior (front) part of the knee to be followed by later posts covering the lateral, medial, and posterior portions. Begin by identifying the exact area of the pain and the activity associated with aggravation of the injured...

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