Paleo FAQ

 

Since starting 60 Second Paleo and opening it up to listener questions, there have been enough recurring ones that I feel it’s productive to make a Paleo FAQ for ones that can be quickly and easily answered. I will be updating this occasionally as more questions come in.

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Q: Are whole grains paleo?

A: Short answer is no. Just no.

Q: Do I have to live in a cave to be paleo?

A: No, but feel free!

Q: Didn’t everyone from the paleolithic era die at 25 years old?

A: No, that’s a common misconception. Although the lifespans would have varied more due to an obvious lack of modern health care, predators, and starvation. They also weren’t afflicted by the most common diseases of today such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Q: What exactly is gluten?

A: Kindly refer to this podcast episode.

Q: Who started the paleo diet?

A: There are three ways to answer that. 1.) Humans that lived during the paleolithic era. 2.) Gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin. 3.) Loren Cordain, as he holds the copyright for “The Paleo Diet” and is generally credited with popularizing it.

 

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60 Second Paleo Episode 7: What is Gluten?

 

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How I Doubled My Testosterone In 30 Days

Oh, testosterone, the hormone that makes men, men and boys, not men. Try to search anything that has to do with increasing testosterone and you’ll be immediately bombarded with products from herbal remedies to “boosters”. If you search hard enough you can even get some human growth hormone (aka steroids).

My process didn’t involve any of these. Supplements included vitamin D, B complex, magnesium and some digestive enzymes. None of those were taken specifically for boosting testosterone. Rather I removed things. Everything was quantified by lab work done before and after. I’m going to break it down into three steps.

Step 1 NOBNOM

Lovingly termed by Tim Ferriss the no booze (NOB) no masturbation (NOM) was a thirty day challenge to abstain from both alcohol and self-love.

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Step 2 Lift Heavy Things

Focus on compound muscle exercises to maximize the effects of your effort. Deadlifts, squats (if you knees can handle them), bent over rows. Occam’s protocol is the basic routine I followed. Five to Ten reps a set with a few minutes between sets to muscle failure. Just don’t overdue it. If you’re not experienced with these exercises get a personal trainer for a few weeks or at least watch some videos to get the form down.

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Step 3 Optimize Your Sleep

Not getting enough quality sleep will destroy any progress you’ve made in the other two steps. Invest in some black out curtains, avoid blue light or wear blue blocking glasses, get a sleep monitor, take a few supplements like magnesium if needed, and be sure to make time for it.

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While your mileage may vary for results, this is the basic program I followed to double my testosterone. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to being the manliest man you know.

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60 Second Paleo Episode 6: Is High Fructose Corn Syrup GMO?

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Are you looking for an easy, delicious, and healthy snack?

If so, this is what you should do.

 

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

 

What you will need:

→ 1-2 Sweet Potatoes

→ About 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

→ Sea Salt

 

Instructions:

• Preheat oven to 275ºF

• Slice the sweet potatoes as thinly as possible (if you have a mandoline, use it. I do not so it is a bit harder to get the slices perfectly thin).

• LIGHTLY coat the slices of sweet potato with the olive oil (do not use too much, otherwise it will take much longer for them to crisp).

• Place on baking sheet in a single layer, and sprinkle some sea salt on them. Place on middle rack in the oven, cooking for about 2 hours. Halfway through, flip the slices to ensure an even crisp.

• After you remove the chips, let them cool for about 10 minutes before enjoying this delicious snack!

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Honey Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bites

Don’t you just love sweet potatoes? I do! I’m always looking for new tasty ways to cook up these fantastic treats, and then I discovered this!

 

Sweet Potato Bites

 

What you will need:

→ 1-2 Sweet Potatoes

→ About 2 Tbsp Raw Honey

→ About 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

→ 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

→ 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

→ 1/2 Tsp Pepper

 

Instructions:

• Preheat oven to 350ºF.

• Peel sweet potatoes, and then cut into about 1 inch cubes.

• Mix together honey, olive oil, cinnamon, salt, and pepper into a small bowl.

• Lightly coat the cubes of sweet potatoes with your sweet, delicious mixture!

• Place cubes on baking sheet. (I put a sheet of aluminum foil down because I didn’t want to have to scrub the pan, but it isn’t necessary!) Place on middle rack in oven.

• Cook for 30 minutes, and then let cool for about 5 minutes before diving in. (If you can wait that long, I couldn’t!)

 

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Paleo Beef Stew

Possibly the greatest ever!

Paleo Beef Stew

  • 1lb Grass-fed Beef
  • 1lb Potatoes (or yams)
  • 2 lbs Beef Broth (make sure there’s no MSG)
  • 1/2 lb Carrots
  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 tsps Himalayan Salt (or sea salt)
  • 2 tsps Parsley
  • 2 tsps Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Didn’t add any extra water, but can be added if you enjoy more of a soupy stew. Cook in a crockpot or simmer in a pan for approximately four hours on high or eight hours on low.

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