Winning The Fight Against Big Food

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Great Content for June 2, 2015

Special Report: The War on Big Food: As more and more people become aware of what’s in their food and demand more natural ingredients, “Big Food” is suffering to the tune of $4 billion in lost market share in 2014.  In order to keep up, they’re scrambling to adapt.

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Health Experts Have Figured Out How Much Time You Should Sit Each Day: Lots of articles have been written that talk about the link between prolonged sitting and chronic disease, but none of them really address how much sitting we can get away with.  This one does!

(Here’s a hint: it’s way less than the 10 hours per day the average office worker is currently doing.)

Monsanto’s Worst Fear: Food Companies Listening to Their Customers: Food companies like Chipotle are listening to many of their customers and are switching to non-GMO ingredients.

According to this article, the demand for non-GMO — not just organic or antibiotic-free — foods is only going to continue to grow.

In sticking with the theme of “consumers against Big Food” here’s a video from The Daily Show where host Jon Stewart absolutely goes to town:

Drinking Coffee First Thing In The Morning? You’re Doing It Wrong

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Based on the overwhelmingly positive response I received to yesterday’s email, I’m going to start to go ahead a curate awesome Paleo and health-related content from across the web. I’ll post the links to the site every day or two, and then email out the curated page.

Hopefully this will save you some time so you don’t have to go out and look for the best stuff on your own. Also, if you have a site that has great content that you’d like me to feature, don’t be shy and please send me any article/recipe that you’d like me to consider!

Great Content For May 29, 2015

The Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee Is… I’m sure that many of you enjoy a cup or two of coffee each morning to help get your day started.  Perhaps, you even drink Bulletproof Coffee.

However, according to science, this might not be the best time for your caffeine fix, largely due to our natural Circadian Rhythm. In the morning, our cortisol levels are at their peak for the day, meaning, we should be nice and alert.

So, when should we be drinking our coffee?  According to the referenced article, we shouldn’t be drinking coffee until after our cortisol levels peak, which is usually between 8am and 9am.

Or, if you don’t feel like reading the article I linked to, feel free to just watch the embedded video below:

22 Surefire Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings Struggling with sugar cravings?  (I know when I fall off the Paleo wagon, sugar cravings kick my butt.)  Alison over at Paleo/Non-Paleo has some awesome tips on how to get your cravings under control and keep them that way!

My favorite tip is #4 – make any sugar in your house difficult to get to.

Which is your favorite tip?  Leave a note in the comments below.

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This is definitely a cool and refreshing meal!

Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad Need a great summer Paleo seafood recipe?  Want something nice and cool to eat out on the deck without having to feel guilty about it?  Then this is the recipe for you!

It’s very easy to make, has just a few ingredients, and tastes absolutely delicious.

What’s your favorite summer Paleo recipe?  Leave a note in the comments below!  (And, if you have a link, please share!)

Jon Stewart Kills Big Agro and The Food Lobby

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I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, so it’s probably no surprise that I love the below clip entitled “The Snacks of Life” where Stewart just absolutely kills the food industry:

I think my favorite part was when he skewered the food industry for turning our “foods” into an “addictive, fattening, death menu of artificial chemicals, antibiotics, and cool ranch carcinogens.”

Preach.

What are your thoughts? Did he hit the nail on the head? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Paleo Chocolate Coffee

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As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey and his Bulletproof Coffee.  I think it’s a great, healthy, and tasty way to start the day.

That being said, sometimes, it feels like I need to change things up a bit.  After all, drinking the same thing day after day can get kind of boring… which is what prompted me to come up with this!

Paleo Chocolate Coffee

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In case you want to take Bulletproof Coffee to the next level!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Brew the coffee and place all ingredients in a blender or Nutribullet.
  2. Let blend for at least 30 seconds, if not more.  If you under-blend, the nibs won’t fully dissolve and you’ll be chewing the last bit of your coffee (yuck!).
  3. Pour in coffee cup or mug and enjoy!

Because the Cacao Nibs are essentially as dark of chocolate as you can get, one teaspoon may make the coffee too bitter for you, so don’t be afraid to play with the amount until you get the flavor just right.  The point is to add a little something to your coffee to add a different flavor and break up the monotony of the same thing day after day.

What are your thoughts?  Would you give this a try?  How do you take your coffee in the morning?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier – Dehydrator

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This is a continuation of our 10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier series.  Click here to check out the other posts and recommendations.

ITEM #3 – A GOOD DEHYDRATOR

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If you want something to help with making tasty Paleo snacks, this is a great gadget to have!

One of the tougher things about going Paleo is having snacks handy, especially when you’re on the go.  Sure, carrying around a bunch of nuts is great, but that gets kind of old eventually.  Plus, what do you do if you want something sweet or you want some jerky that doesn’t have soy or added sugar?

Thankfully, a good dehydrator can solve a lot of these problems.  And, like the Crock Pot, this kitchen gadget is a “set it and forget it” dream.

We did some research, and ended up setting on the Nesco Snackmaster, which was both incredibly highly rated on Amazon (4.5 out of 5 stars with over 2,200 reviews) as well as very reasonably priced at $69.99.

The first thing we did was make a batch of apple cinnamon chips and, compared to what we were able to do in the oven, we were able to make a lot more chips and, in general, they were a lot better.  (Making a lot more came in handy since all our son did for the next three days was ask us for apple chips.)

All things considered, I would probably put this toward the bottom of the list if I were ranking the top-10 in order, but if you’ve already got a lot of the other things on the list or you’re just someone who likes to have a lot of dried fruits and jerky, this is definitely something you should consider.

What’s your favorite dehydrator recipe?  Have you ever tried making your own kale chips in a dehydrator?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community.