Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

About Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

Christopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, .

Top 5 Eating Strategies to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is upon us, a time when, for many people, eating healthy becomes more difficult while unhealthy foods become more tempting, a perfect storm for unwanted holiday weight gain. Here are some tips to keep those added pounds at bay. 1. OFFER A DISH Have you been invited to a dinner where you’re certain the healthy food choices will be few to none? Make a dish to share and make it a surprise. Don’t announce beforehand what you’re doing. Just show up with a beautiful Paleo dish, preferably a main course and enough for each guest to taste.

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cooking, Alcohol, Beverages, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Can the Ketogenic Diet Improve Cancer Therapy?

Interest in the ketogenic diet (KD) is booming. For example, a “ketogenic diet” topic search on Google Trends shows searches have increased ninefold during the past two years. This is remarkable, considering the KD has been around since the 1920s, when it was first introduced as an epilepsy treatment. So why are people suddenly so keto-curious? And why are establishment watchdogs attacking the KD, like US News and World Report, which in January, 2018, ranked the KD dead last on its “Best Diets” list?[1] The answers to these questions probably involve the KD’s recent success in treating a variety of

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Yes, Eggs Are High in Cholesterol, But Why Should We Care?

Cholesterol – is there a more controversial topic in the world of nutrition? For years, we were told that cholesterol is one of the most important biomarkers of health, particularly cardiovascular health. Prominent government- and health-related institutions have traditionally recommended upper limits on dietary cholesterol of 300 mg/day (effectively limiting egg consumption to 1 egg per day.) A recommendation based on the theory that dietary cholesterol – the cholesterol contained in food – negatively impacts cholesterol found in the blood, called serum cholesterol. With the emergence of more and more scientific evidence, however, this theory has become increasingly untenable, causing

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Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part II

In Part I of this series, we looked at the longstanding recommendations of many governmental health organizations to reduce dietary saturated fat and replace it with omega-6 fats. Doing so supposedly, these organizations claim, reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. As we saw in Part I, however, there is considerable controversy within the nutrition science community concerning this claim. There’s a case to be made for decreased saturated fat, but there’s also a case for decreased omega-6. Since the current science is far less black-and-white than the recommendations would lead you to believe, with Part II of this series, we’ll be

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Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Cardiovascular Disease

Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part I

For over a decade now, a debate has been raging within the nutrition science community. One side views saturated fat as generally unhealthy; they recommend replacing these fats, at least to some degree, with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. The other side views saturated fat as health-supportive, or at least health-neutral; likewise, they regard omega-6 as somewhat unhealthy and typically recommend decreasing its consumption. So, who has it right? The truth seems to be grey and somewhere in between.   The Modern Diet Americans have largely followed the US government’s dietary advice for the past 40 years. For example, following official dietary

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Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Cardiovascular Disease

Can the Paleo Diet Diminish Alzheimer’s Disease Risk?

According to Max Planck, the legendary, Nobel Prize winning physicist, “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”[1] Could Planck’s Principal apply to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research and treatment? This would be remarkable, but certainly not unprecedented. Within the realms of nutrition and physiology, we’ve seen many instances of Planck’s Principal over the years. For example, despite evidence to the contrary, sugar was once thought to be benign. Similarly, saturated fat and dietary

Posted in Featured, Inflammation, Sugar

The Gluten-Free Trend and its Implications for Paleo?

A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights two related trends in celiac disease and gluten-free diets. First, the prevalence of celiac disease has remained fairly flat during the past five years, while second, the percentage of people without celiac disease adhering to gluten-free diets has more than tripled.1 Is this foolish, beneficial, or a little of both? In this article, we’ll examine what these trends do and don’t tell us, and what it all means with respect to the Paleo diet. Let’s face it. There’s a lot of money to be made by selling various foods containing gluten.

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Five Practical Tips for Getting Your B Vitamins

Despite it’s overwhelming success, the Paleo Diet still gets attacked for “eliminating entire food groups,” which, according to Paleo critics, puts Paleo adherents at risk for certain deficiencies, including B vitamin deficiencies. While concentrating on the Paleo diet’s exclusion of cereals and legumes, some of which provide healthy amounts of B vitamins, they glaze over the many Paleo-compliant foods that are rich in B vitamins. As we’ll see in this article, the Paleo diet, when done correctly, supplies all your B vitamin needs and more. Before presenting our practical B vitamin tips, let’s briefly recap why B vitamins are so

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B Vitamins, Homocysteine, and Cognitive Decline: Setting the Record Straight

A common fear among people approaching old age is the fear of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or another form of dementia. This fear creates considerable stress, anxiety, and even despair. According to a UK government poll, for example, 62% of respondents would consider a dementia diagnosis as the effective end of their life.1 It’s difficult to estimate the prevalence of all forms of dementia, but the most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, afflicts 11% of those over 65 years of age and nearly one-third of those over 85.2 Perhaps one reason why people view dementia so catastrophically is because

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The Ketogenic Diet. Is it Paleo?

Part One in Our Ketogenic Diet Series. The Paleo and ketogenic diets are not the same, but does that mean there isn’t a place for the ketogenic diet within the Paleo template? They do have considerable overlap. Additionally, there is strong evidence that ketogenic diets are highly beneficial for a wide range of chronic health conditions. During the past decade, low-carb diets, such as the Paleo diet, have become increasingly popular, while a cloud of suspicion has formed over government-advocated, low-fat, grain-centric diets. The reasons for this are simple. Reducing carb intake promotes both improved blood glucose levels and reduced

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