Eat Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs, and Reduce your Risk for Heart Disease, Osteoporosis and Other Chronic Diseases

Introduction         Unless you are involved in the culinary arts or the meat industry, you probably haven’t given much thought to the term, “Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs”.   Is this dish some kind of specially spiced, spare rib recipe from St. Louis, MO?  Did it originate in a colorful Saint Louis, 20th century restaurant, or maybe it was first served at a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game in the 1930s?   All three hypotheses seem to be plausible (1).         Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs first and foremost represent a specific butchery cut of pork ribs recognized by the USDA (1).

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Paleo vs Keto: Choosing the Diet for You

Both the keto diet and the paleo diet are all the rage right now, with many people choosing one or the other in an effort to change their eating habits, get healthier, and be better able to enjoy their lives. For many people, however, it can be difficult or even confusing to understand the differences between the two and how to manipulate their eating habits in order to achieve their goals. If you’re thinking about a drastic lifestyle change, consider how going paleo compares to going keto–and how those dietary changes can impact your life. The Similarities Both the keto

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Salt is a Killer Without Huge Intakes of Fruits and Veggies

Dear Paleo Diet Faithful, Below is the citation, abstract and PDF link to a scientific paper my colleagues and I just published regarding the dietary sodium/potassium ratio and how these essential minerals influence blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  This paper represents the most comprehensive scientific international review of the topic to date.  Do yourself or your loved ones a favor by reading it.  To Your Health, Loren Cordain, Ph.D.” Link to Paper Sebastian A, Cordain L, Frassetto L, Banerjeed T, Morris RC.  Postulating the major environmental condition resulting in the expression of essential hypertension and its associated cardiovascular diseases: Dietary imprudence in daily selection of foods in respect

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Dr. Cordain Interview for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

I was recently interviewed by a reporter representing “The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” which was formerly known as “The American Dietetic Association (ADA)” This organization certifies registered dietitian nutritionists in the United States. University level nutrition students must have met academic and professional requirements including an earned bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).   The official magazine of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is called “Food and Nutrition” which reaches a readership of approximately 40,000 Registered Dieticians. Unfortunately, due to the length

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Fall Harvest Vegetable Salad

While we love light and refreshing salads during Spring and Summer months, there’s no reason to stop enjoying the unlimited combinations of locally grown seasonal foods, combined with crisp greens still available from the Fall harvest.  This tasty combination is packed with nutrients to sustain your healthy energy throughout the cooler season. Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into small cubes 3 parsnips, sliced 1 large red onion, sliced 1 large red pepper, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp. sun-dried tomato dressing (recipe below) 10 cups baby spinach leaves 2 tbsp. almonds, toasted 1/3 cup additional sun-dried tomato

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Health and Wellness in a Paleo Lifestyle

The paleolithic diet is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle of health and wellness. Wellness in body, mind, and spirit begins in the mind – the wellspring of all the energy coursing through us that provides the connection between body and spirit. We know that our body needs healthy fuel, but so does our mind. All of our daily input – everything we read, everything we look at, and everything we think – has an impact on our emotions, our motivations, our desires. Healthy fuel for our mind is positive, transformative, and rejuvenating – it makes us feel good

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Conquering Thanksgiving Paleo Style

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran of the Paleo Diet, holiday meals and family members present a challenge. What foods should you eat? How do you respond to scrutiny over your food choices? How do you change time-honored recipes to fit your new Paleo lifestyle? As Thanksgiving approaches, eating Paleo-style doesn’t have to add more stress to your plate. We’ve compiled a list of the best tips to not only survive the holiday, but conquer it! After all, when we consider the food available to both the Native Americans and Pilgrims on that first Thanksgiving, it resembled the

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Cider Braised Chicken

Apple cider is a classic Fall pleasure and can be served hot or cold, typically infused with cinnamon and other spices. Less common, is to include this beverage as a base for cooking a variety of meats and veggies. We love the way this recipe brings out the delicious flavor in these chicken drumsticks.  The aroma produced during the cooking process will have your mouth watering until dinner is served. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 tsp plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil extra-virgin olive oil 2 – 3 lbs. chicken drumsticks, skin left on black pepper to taste 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary,

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St. Louis Style Slow Cooked Ribs Recipe

St. Louis style ribs are proven to be the healthiest cut of pork ribs due to their high concentration of M-Ks.  This Paleo recipe will fill your home with a delicious aroma as the ribs slowly cook their way to your dinner table.  The fresh herbs and sweet yet tangy sauce, give this dish its delicious flavor. Pair them with your favorite Paleo salad and fresh fruit.  Don’t forget to provide your guests with plenty of napkins! Ingredients: 1 rack St. Louis style pork ribs ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Coarse black pepper 1 cup juice from fresh blueberries

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Losing Weight on a High-Fat Diet

Walking around the supermarket, it does not take long to notice that there is a “low fat” or “fat-free” alternative near almost every available option. When you are starting a new diet, it may be tempting to purchase these items. After all, you are trying to lose fat, so it would make sense to eat less of it, right? While that reasoning may seem to make sense, it is actually unsupported by the evidence. There is scientific evidence that eating a high-fat diet can contribute to weight loss, as seen by researchers at Harvard. Additional studies have been conducted in

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Organic Chicken Soup

Fall days are upon us, and that means time to put the pot on the stove and get creative with a variety of soups.  Followers of The Paleo Diet know that homemade is the best approach to avoid the high-salt and other unhealthy ingredients in canned and boxed soups typically found in grocery stores and restaurants.  This delicious chicken soup is made with the freshest of Paleo ingredients to take the chill off during the Autumn season.   Ingredients: For the chicken: 1 whole free-range organic chicken  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper For the

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New Diabetes Study: Nutritional Researchers Still Divided on Diet-Based Approaches Part 1

Paleo dieters often wonder when the rest of the world will catch up. Most of all, they wonder when mainstream nutritional science will finally validate what they experience every day: safe and natural weight loss; freedom from chronic illness; vibrant energy all day long. But mainstream nutritional researchers remain divided on basic diet and health issues and many factors inhibit progress—especially toward understanding non-conventional approaches like Paleo. Freighted with years of conventional wisdom, torn by conflicting agendas, and (like scientists in all disciplines) too frequently impervious to new ideas, these savants often run in place. Covering new ground sometimes only

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Paleo Carbs for a Healthy Diet

Clinical research studies have helped us to better understand the impact of diet on human health. Research studies comparing low-carb to low-fat diets have become more specific and selective in how they measure outcomes. Lowering HbA1C is the standard for studies involving people with Type 2 diabetes, and lipid levels such as HDL are markers for heart disease prevention. Markers for inflammation can be used to predict decreases in cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. While many are primarily interested in the weight loss advantages of a low-carb diet, weight loss is not always the only measure of good health. Markers

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