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Why I Quit Coffee & How that’s Been Working Out

May 1, 2015 | 16

I’ve been regularly drinking strong, black coffee my entire adult life; anywhere from 1 to 3 cups a day, on average—sometimes more, rarely less.

So when I decided to give up coffee for a month, I expected to suffer from some serious withdrawals: headaches, sluggishness, lack of energy, mental fog.

Clearly, February was the perfect month for this experiment: just 28 days.

Turns out, I was totally wrong, though. And now that I’m an ex-coffee drinker with a 3-month coin, I have no plans of kneeling again before the rocket-fuel gods. I do still enjoy the very occasional cup of Joe, and I have even higher expectations of the dark elixir than ever before.

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Latest in Paleo 133: Normal…and Blue Zones

April 20, 2015 | 10

On this episode: a book & documentary recommendation; promoting brain health; illegally thin runway models; Blue Zones; and a new look at chronic cardio. Plus, a Listener Letter about “the dieting mind;” and an After the Bell segment featuring David Epstein.

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Body Composition Update After Plant Paleo Weight Loss

April 1, 2015 | 39

Until now, it’s been about two years since I’ve posted any body composition pictures on the blog. There are a couple of main reasons for this.

1) I always feel awkward having pictures taken of myself. For nearly all of my life I’ve been overweight or obese, and most folks who have been there can probably relate to not being overly fond of cameras. Hopefully this is changing now, but it applies pretty consistently for my generation and up.

Plus, are you supposed to smile in body-comp pictures? Who knows. I think they tend to look silly either way.

2) There just hasn’t been a heck of a lot of change in my body composition since 2013. I’ve been mostly happy with where I was, hovering around a BMI of about 25, zigzagging above and below, back and forth between being technically “normal” and technically “overweight.”

The reason why I’m posting this article now is that I’ve been talking about my current dietary approach, Plant Paleo, on my podcast, Latest in Paleo. Follow that first link for details on the diet, but quickly: it’s an omnivorous diet that calls for far more plant-based food than animal-based food. I’ve started a series of articles that will explain the Paleolithic underpinnings. Here’s Part 1, if you’re interested.

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Latest in Paleo 132: Tribal Ties

March 30, 2015 | 4

On this episode: a Paleo book is recalled because of potentially dangerous recipes; Dr. Dean Ornish slams high animal protein diets in a NY Times Op-Ed; the alarming rate of new cases of myopia; from vacant lots to Shinrin Yoku. Plus, Plant Paleo, comedy from Dave Hemstad, sustainable sushi, a Moment of Paleo about tribal ties, trust, and loyalty; and David Suzuki After the Bell.

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Plant Paleo Part 1: The Gatherer-Hunter Diet

March 18, 2015 | 54

In order for the Paleo approach to make any sense at all, it can’t be a diet. Not just one diet.

A fundamental feature of human diets during the Paleolithic era was that there were several of them. The eating patterns of humans were spread across Africa and eventually most of the globe. Dietary variances hinged on the unique characteristics of local ecosystems, the dance between organisms and environments—innumerable variables all at play and changing over millennia. Read More

Latest in Paleo 131: The Hidden Label

March 3, 2015 | 3

On this episode: the most and least addictive foods; the “ingredients” that don’t make it onto the label; sauna bathing increases lifespan for men; time in the sun prevents diabetes; also, we touch on some rewilding. There’s a Moment of Paleo segment about simplicity in food. After the Bell features an excellent TED Talk about Biomimicry.

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Latest in Paleo 130: Just One Thing…

February 14, 2015 | 6

On this week’s show, life in 10,000 B.C., new dietary guidelines for cholesterol, a stool transplant gone wrong, a new study on obesity vs. inactivity. In the Listener Questions segment: are tallow and lard a ‘whole foods?’ In the Moment of Paleo segment: You Can’t Do a Single Thing! After the Bell: Mark Plotkin on Uncontacted Tribes of the Amazon.

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Latest in Paleo 129: Heart Healthy Paleo

January 30, 2015 |

On this episode: Fair food in Australia & via Michael Pollan; a Heart Healthy Paleo Diet study, plus more Paleo Diet in the news; why standing may not necessarily be the solution to too much sitting. In the Listener Mail segment: why I’m trying to get fats from whole foods only; whether I’m concerned about vitamin B12 & K2 levels; and tips on how to get kids to eat healthy. We discuss the role of willpower in the Moment of Paleo. After the Bell, it’s David McRaney explaining how we miss what’s missing.

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