Ring in the holidays, and the New Year, with Paleo Magazine! This issue brings you amazing articles on the microbial component of human evolution, the part agriculture played in our autoimmune disease epidemic, the vital role carbs play in women's health and the four common paleo foods that could be making you sicker. We round it out with regular features like Paleo Kids, Paleo Body, the Paleo RD and some amazing recipes. Paleo Magazine is your perfect companion to start 2013!
Fall is here and we've got some amazing, paleo-friendly recipes for you! No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts, Rabo Encendido, Cuban Pork Chops and more! We breakdown the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium, layout the benefits of squatting and delve into Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. We introduce you to our Go Getters, Carie Green (I Inspire) and Elie Cole from Nourishing Medicine (Business Spotlight) and expand our list of regular contributors with a new section, Paleo Living, by the amazing Adam Farrah.
This issue of Paleo Magazine is all about movement, nutrition, motivation, beautiful places and amazing food! Adam Farrah gives his take on the importance of movement in our modern age and Liz Bragdon reminds us how movement helps your kids grow up smarter, happier and healthier. Mike Peterson stresses the need to source ethically raised, sustainable food for you and your family and Lisa Herndon tackles the "food of the gods", chocolate, in her Fermentation 101 column. We introduce you to some amazing members of the Paleo community - Bill Vick, who is doing what he can to raise awareness for IPF and It's A Lifestyle, a company that's shipping delicious Paleo treats all over the country. Tate Zandstra takes us on a trip to Vanuatu and we hear from Cindy Anschutz who's working to get the first Paleo-centered cooking show on TV. As always, this issue is rounded out with stunning recipes, reviews, Q&A with the Paleo RD, our new International section and much more!
This is one hot summer issue! We give you a breakdown of the inaugural PaleoFX event earlier this year and fill you in on why you need to plan on being there next year. We chat with Paleo's unofficial spokesperson, Shannon Ford (Mrs. United States 2011) about her struggles with Celiac disease and how a Paleo diet has helped change her life. Our info on FODMAPs will have those of you that continue to battle digestive issues rethinking which foods you eat. And, what would summer be without amazing food? In this issue, we've got some delicious recipes from NomNom Paleo, Clothes Make the Girl and the Paleo Magazine Test Kitchen!
This is our first ever issue and is a perfect introduction to the Paleo lifestyle.
Most people don't question the nutritional advice that's floating around out there because they don't know they need to. It's the goal of this magazine to bend the learing curve and let people know what this lifestyle is about, why it's important, how it can help them, but most importantly, why they need to start asking questions about their food.
The reality is, there's no need for the diet books, the "gurus" and the pills. You want a miracle substance that will help you lean out, feel strong or give you energy? Go visit your local farmers' market and you'll find tons of fresh veggies and meats that will be healthier for you than any pill. How's this for a complicated weight loss plan - Eat. Real. Food. Forget about the endless treadmill runs. Get outside and run, jump, play and move. You'll get the benefits of being outside, move like your body was meant to move and most of all, you'll have fun.
We here at Paleo are excited to be starting this new adventure and are thrilled you're all along for the ride!
Summer's here! The sun is shining and the temperature is finally rising. After our winter-long stint inside, we are instinctively drawn to the outdoors, our bodies anxious to soak up as much of that sunshine as they possibly can.
We hope you embrace this time of year and recognize how vital it is to your overall health. For a lot of us, after months of being inside or at least completely bundled up when we did venture out, now's the time to "re-fill" our Vitamin D tanks. Contrary to what we're being told, being out in the sun is extremely beneficial and necessary - there's a reason we start feeling depressed towards the end of the winter, yet things "start looking up" once the nice days finally arrive. So don't be afraid to utilize that grill more and use the fact that you're waiting for the coals to get ready to sit outside and relax. Your kids will welcome the opportunity to stay outside and play, no matter how long it takes to cook dinner.
This summer, the next time you find yourself gazing out of your office window, wishing you could be outside, take a minute and do it, go out and enjoy the sun and fresh air (the boss won't mind, just remind them that spending a few minutes in the sun may actually make you more productive!)
In our first issue of 2013, we present the results of our first annual Best Of survey to give you the best the paleo community had to offer in 2012! We're talking blogs, books, recipes, product suppliers, meats, bacon and much more - all voted on by our amazing readers! This issue also tackles how to work the night shift while living the paleo lifestyle, five reasons your digestion may not be at 100% and we introduce you to Tina Felly, a mother of two, who's enjoying her new life after finding the paleo diet!
This issue is all about inspiration. The paleo community is filled with individuals that inspire us with their stories of perseverance, overcoming life-changing obstacles in their pursuit to lead healthy, fulfilling, positive lives. There are businesses that are accomplishing amazing, inspirational things, taking the time to evaluate how their actions affect not only their customers, but also the communities and world around them. In this issue we give you ideas, articles and stories that will energize and motivate you as you press forward in your own journey. This issue also contains Part 1 of the incredibly popular Adrenal Fatigue series from Adam Farrah!
Our June/July 2013 issue is full of trips to far off places, tips on how to stick with Paleo while traveling, inspirational stories and, of course, recipes! We address ways to reduce stress, the importance of building your own healthy foundation and why healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food.
A new layout and more pages than ever! In this issue of Paleo Magazine, we sit down with the one and only Elana Amsterdam from ElanasPantry.com, Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Nell Stephenson and Amy Kubal, MS, RD, LN set the record straight with Paleo Myths & Facts, and Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD doles out some advice on what you can do when eating gluten-free is not enough.
Autumn is here and we've got some amazing fall inspired recipes - like Banana Blackberry Almond Muffins, Lemon Thyme Turkey Tenders, Roasted Root Veggies with Chili Butter, Reverse Marinated Flank Steak and Pumpkin Fudge! We also tackle topics like GMOs, Paleo birth control, the four most common problems most people have in the bathroom, Part 4 in our adrenal fatigue series and much more!
Any regular reader knows that, while I enjoy soaking up the sun as much as the next guy, fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. The air is crisp and cool, the leaves provide a stunningly beautiful display and the food changes to the hearty, “comfort” variety (not to mention football season starts - go Pats!)
Years ago, there’s no doubt there was an added element of stress for our ancestors during this time. Shorter days and colder temps meant that winter was coming and the scramble to prepare was on. Fortunately, today, most of us don’t have that stress, as we’re able to simply crank the heater, bundle up with some extra clothes and move on about our day. Unfortunately, we now have new stresses - school starting, holidays approaching and the end of year crunch. Yes, it seems we humans can always find something to stress about.
According to Merriam-Webster, stress is “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” Let’s say that last part again, all together now, “...in disease causation.” Now, if I was talking about a particular food, people wouldn’t think twice about ditching it, never to touch, or eat it, again. Funny thing is, I’d venture to guess, the vast majority of us carry stress with us all day, every day.
In our never-ending quest to find better health, it’s easy to get focused on the food. Thanks to our limitless fascination with eating, there are, and will always continue to be, tons of books, magazines, TV shows, radio programs, and more produced on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, we here at Paleo Magazine love good food too (pg 87), but we also understand that there is more to good health than what’s sitting on your plate. (pg 39)
You can eat the “perfect” diet, but if you’re chronically stressed, constantly sitting/never moving, never outside, not sleeping well, staring at a TV/computer/tablet/phone screen every night - did I mention chronically stressed? - then you’re only going to accomplish so much in terms of health. The fact is, a lot of these changes are easier than others. Not outside enough. Ok, get outside. Staring at the TV or computer every night? Easy, just turn it off. Stressed about your job, family, commitments, money, holidays, school, etc? Hhhmm, that’s a bit trickier. Right?
Maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s a lot more simple than we think. Maybe being less stressed is no more difficult than any of the other aspects of better health. Maybe, just maybe, the key to being less stressed is simply to “stop trying to do it all.” (pg 65) While it may seem difficult to start saying “no”, maybe that’s exactly what we need to start doing. Everyday we are given the choice to say “yes”, or “no”, to countless opportunities, offers, purchases, and other decisions – each one of which will result in making our lives more, or less, stressed.
This fall, I encourage you to say “yes” to more things that will enrich your lives - make a surprise visit to your child’s school, unplug with the family on the weekend, enjoy those holiday gatherings - and say “no” to the things that cause you stress - taking on more monthly payments, cramming more responsibility in to your already overbooked day, or sacrificing sleep so the holiday party will be “perfect”. You just might find that with less stress, you’ll enjoy the amazingly delicious food fall has to offer that much more. And be that much healthier for it.
A couple months ago we asked you, our readers, to vote on your favorites in the ever-expanding Paleosphere during 2013. We had you vote on familiar categories like Best Cookbook, Best Recipe, and Best Blog and we also asked you to weigh in on new categories like Most Anticipated New Book, Best Up-And-Coming Blog and Best Culinary Recreation. Just like last year, you didn’t let us down, with thousands casting their votes! Now, it's time to bring you the results of our annual Best Of!
As we’re coming into the new year, a lot of us will reflect on this last year to take inventory of how things went, what we did, or didn’t, accomplish and if we’re happy with how our lives are moving along. Inevitably, this results in the creation of some New Year’s Resolutions - we’re going to lose weight, be healthier, build a better body, pay more attention to our loved ones, keep the house clean ALL the time, never be late to anything, always be in a super positive mood, never stress, go to bed at 8pm (right after a warm, home-cooked meal at the table with our loved ones of course) and the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who make these resolutions will fail to continue them past the first few weeks of the bright and shiny new year. Eventually, that “new car smell” is going to fade. And, when it does, we feel like failures for bit, then settle right back into our old habits (pg. 56). But, my friends, this cycle of inflated motivation, broken resolutions, and feelings of failure doesn’t have to continue this year. Because this year, we’re going to look at things a bit different. This year we’re going to slow down and roll into the brand new year from a slightly different direction. Lucky for you, I’ve mapped out a nice, clean, 3 step path to help guide you away from those dangerous “take on the entire world” (pg. 74) resolution lists.
Waypoint #1 -
Become a proficient single-tasked.
Regardless of what some people say, you can’t do it all. And, it’s ok not to. While a lot of us, myself included, like to believe we are the best at juggling numerous things at the same time, the fact is, multi-tasking accomplishes nothing, other than allowing you the opportunity to not fully enjoy multiple things at one time. To really find enjoyment in something, or be successful with it, you need to hone your ability to focus on one thing at a time.
Waypoint #2 -
Eyes on your own paper.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Use them as motivation, but recognize that your idea/vision of health may be different than theirs. If it is, yet you keep trying to attain their vision, you will never be happy. Find that “sweet spot” that works for you (pg. 65) and run with it.
Waypoint #3 -
Small steps are easier on the legs.
Start with the small things (turn off the TV at night and read, try one new thing every week (pg. 60), play with the kids for just 10 minutes every day), and, eventually, it will all add up. No matter how hard you try, you’re not going to go from Person A to brand-new Person Z overnight. If the challenge is to walk a mile and you say, “I’ll only go this mile if I can jump it in a single bound,” obviously you’re going to eventually give up and write it off as a failure. However, if you just start walking, no matter how small your steps, you’ll get there eventually.
Remember, real, tangible change comes from being, and doing, things that make you uncomfortable (pg. 52). The good thing is that you can determine the level of discomfort that works for you so that when you arrive at your destination, you may be a little rattled, but you’re happier, healthier and more content for it. I wish you the best of luck this new year, as you reflect on the old and look with hope towards the new. I’m excited for what the new year will bring and look forward to having you with us as we tackle it together.