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11 Alternatives to Pasta for Noodle Lovers

Nothing beats a bowl of pasta. Even the most strict ancestral eating devotees can agree, settling in with a warm bowl of noodles at the end of the day is a comforting ritual…not to mention easy meal prep for families and individuals alike. Traditional pasta dishes are heavy and full of bleached flour and hefty carb counts. If you’re craving the familiar textures and flavors associated with your go-to sauce and noodle combination, here’s a roundup of some of the best grain-free and low carb pasta alternatives to match every taste.

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Low Carb Vegan: Is Plant-based Keto Possible?

Short answer: Yes. Anyone can go keto, including vegans. It might be a lot harder to stay vegan, but they can certainly go keto. Nothing stopping them. The more the merrier.

Jokes aside. Can someone go keto while remaining vegan?

That’s a tougher problem. Not intractable. But real tough.

Why is it so hard?

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Chia Pudding Recipe, Two Ways

Around 10 years ago, chia seeds exploded onto the food blog scene as a “superfood” ingredient – both for its tendency to form a viscous gel when soaked, and for its fiber and omega-3 content. While plant-based omega-3s aren’t as useful to the body as an omega-3 you would get from fish or a supplement, it’s still a great way to make a tasty dessert that works with Paleo and Primal guidelines. Because of their neutral flavor, chia seed puddings are fun to experiment with, and a great way to enjoy dessert if you’re avoiding traditional pudding ingredients.

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Weekly Link Love — Edition 112

Research of the Week
Rats self-select for higher protein.

Seeing someone else yawn enhances your ability to detect snakes.

Low vitamin K status, higher COVID mortality.

High blood sugar, higher COVID risk.

Relaxing music relaxes pre-hypertension.

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Imposter Syndrome: Who Do You Think You Are, Anyway?

Thank goodness for 2021, right? The new year is bringing all the good stuff. More energy, less fluff, less fatigue, more confidence. If you’re like 44% of the population, you’ve made a health-related resolution for yourself – and you’re totally psyched about it. You’re waking up early to exercise. You’re making time for an epic protein-packed breakfast. You’re limiting your screen time and practicing more mindful behaviours. Maybe you’ve even lost a few pounds.

Right now, you’re feeling all those I’ve-got-this vibes. But your subconscious has a way of screwing with your goals and soon there’s a good chance it’ll be sabotaging your early-morning workouts and telling you life’s too short to go without dessert-flavoured creamer in your coffee.

At first, that inner voice is subtle and somewhat ignorable. Then it gets louder and starts to sound like…

Who do I think I am eating healthy?

I’ve never been able to keep the weight off before. What makes me think I can do it now?

Everyone knows I’m not an exercise-person.

That’s when the doubt really sinks in and before you know it, you’re back to smashing the alarm clock and grabbing a low-fat yogurt and banana on your way out the door.

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Revisiting Fasted Training

I’m a huge fan of fasted training. It feels right, it feels “Primal.” And it jibes with my sense of how life was back in the hunting and gathering days: if you wanted to eat, you had to go hunt, and you had to hunt on an empty stomach (because you didn’t have much food laying around, let alone a refrigerator full of it). This is the natural state of animal life in the wild—get hungry, perform physical tasks to obtain food, eat—and it always made intuitive sense that following that pattern when working out as a modern human would confer special benefits. Our big disconnect nowadays is that food is separate from physical labor. You no longer earn your meal on a visceral, physical level. There are social benefits to this new setup, but there are also metabolic, health, and fitness consequences.

Fasted training could be a way to correct that disconnect and restore the ancient relationship between food and movement. It’s plausible. But what does the research say?

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