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Body Composition Update After Plant Paleo Weight Loss

April 1, 2015 | 36

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.

Back to body composition. Here, let me explain the story in pictures starting in late 2008. Read More

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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Latest in Paleo 128: Truth Bomb

January 14, 2015 | 12

On this episode, we dig into a popular recent study that tells us eating whole grains increases life expectancy; we look at whether there is validity to a claim that the Paleo diet erases the benefits of exercise, as explained by Dr. Michael Greger; I recap my 4 1/2 years of eating Paleo, offer a critique of the current direction of Paleo, and I answer a listener’s questions about my current Paleo eating framework. After the Bell, it’s a diet debate between three doctors: low-carb/high-fat, plant-based whole food, and Vegan.

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Bulletproof Coffee Vs. Breakfast

December 30, 2014 | 33

I haven’t written up a blog post in some time, but I wanted to for this topic, since one of my main points is quite visual — and that point is that a real-food breakfast is superior to Bulletproof Coffee. So, yesterday, I decided to take some pictures of what I was preparing for my first meal (at around 11 a.m.), both the ingredients and the final product (delicious, by the way!). I also took a photo of typical ingredients for Bulletproof Coffee.

I then entered all of the ingredients into Nutrition Data, creating custom recipes for my breakfast as well as the Bulletproof Coffee. You can see the nutrition information below for both, and even further down, I compare some of the data side-by-side in a chart.

Bulletproof Coffee

Here are the common ingredients for butter coffee:

Bulletproof Coffee Ingredients

Bulletproof Coffee made with 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil & butter.

Here is the nutrition data for this “meal”: Read More