Why Aren’t White Potatoes Paleo?

I know, it’s confusing. There are a bazillion different iterations of the paleo diet – some include dairy, some allow dark chocolate and added sugars in dried fruit, some are OK with paleo baked goods and some aren’t, etc. One thing most paleos do, though, is eat plenty of sweet potato, pumpkin, and winter squash but avoid the white potato. Why no love for the white potato in the paleo diet? Two words: glycemic index.

What Is the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index is a number based on an equation developed by scientists a few decades ago to quantify the effect of various foods on blood sugar. Continue reading Why Aren’t White Potatoes Paleo?

New-found Super Power for Watermelon

We all know watermelon is a delicious summer fruit. But some new research has indicate that it might also be a recovery aid – results of a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed that a compound found in watermelon juice may help athletes recovery after exercise. Continue reading New-found Super Power for Watermelon

Should You Try Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (IF) has emerged as one of the many trendy diet options these days. Basically, “intermittent fasting” is the practice of periodically alternating between fasting – drinking just water and perhaps low calorie drinks like coffee – and non-fasting, i.e. eating normally.

Fasting Plans 

IF comes in a variety of plans and structures. The most popular of these are:

Empty Dishes

Periodic Fasting – eat normally for 5 days of the week. For 2 non-consecutive days, reduce calorie intake, usually to 500-600 calories. You can spread out the calories into smaller snacks or eat one meal after 24 hours of fasting (so, say you started at 7 pm the night before, you could eat 500-600 calories at 7 pm the next day).

Restricted Eating Period – eat normally, but only for a set window during the day. Most people using this plan eat during an 8 hour window starting around 10 am – 12 pm and lasting until 6 – 8 pm. This essentially equates to skipping breakfast and making lunch your first meal. Continue reading Should You Try Fasting?

Healthy Holidays: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

It’s November! Which means the holidays are fast approaching. And often times it’s not just the individual occasion of Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve festivities to worry about, because everyone can afford a cheat day here and there. It’s the stuff leading up to the holiday, like work pot lucks, holiday parties, and cookie baking.

So, to help you get through the holidays with fewer cheats and keep you wearing your skinny jeans into New Year’s eve, I’m starting a recipe thread for “healthy holidays”. Each recipe will be either low calorie, lower carbohydrate, or made with all natural ingredients.

My first “Healthy Holidays” recipe is a turkey day and Christmas favorite at my parents house. Since a lot of holiday spreads feature casseroles, pies, breads, and starchy vegetables, this dish kept a nice, green option on the table. And, its super easy and quick to make, so it doesn’t add much extra effort to your holiday prep! Continue reading Healthy Holidays: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

Spicy Chili with Bacon

Awesome Paleo food can be hard to make sometimes. Changing how and what you cook can be a huge challenge, and a lot of first-time Paleo eaters end up eating the same chicken, vegetables, eggs, and fruit everyday. BUT, sometimes we forget that some of our favorite foods are already Paleo! One example of this is chili. And, since it’s October and finally getting cold again, it’s time for some awesome chili! Continue reading Spicy Chili with Bacon