The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #144 – Why Paleo Dieters Need Glycine and Folate, The Non-GMO Shopping Guide, and Hugelkultur Gardening


Anyone Doing Paleo Without Liver, Bones, Skin, and Greens?

Now this is interesting. I’ve recently decided to go from die-hard veganism to a paleo-inspired diet. Most paleos stick to muscle meats and eggs without including organ meats, which is understandable because organ meats seem pretty gross. I think it’s really a matter of getting over your fears of eating something you’re not used to. Who was the first person to crack open an egg and eat it? That’s pretty gross, isn’t it? I can’t say much about organ meats myself because I’m newly paleo and haven’t gotten the courage yet to try them, but I used to eat menudo when I was younger so I imagine I’ll be fine once I jump back into it. Anyway, until then it looks like gelatin is a good place to get glycine and romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, beats and beans (lentils being the most tolerable) are a good source for folate. I soak my beans and prepare them myself, so I’m not too worried about negative health aspects of non-soaked beans.

Are Legumes “Paleo”? And Does It Really Matter?

Chris Kresser explains why people shouldn’t bound themselves to dietary dogma, which is common in the paleo community (and vegan or any other community). The paleo diet should be viewed as a template that we can build on and this post explains the exact reason why I’m leaving soaked beans in my diet.

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

A couple weeks ago I watched several interviews from the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary conference and in the interview with Jeffrey Smith, I learned about the Non-GMO Shopping Guide website, which contains information about how to avoid GMO foods when shopping. There are categories for things like baby food, dairy products, beverages, body care, breads, candy, oils, fruits, spices, meats, pet products, supplements and much more. There’s also a Non-GMO Shopping Guide iPhone app, which I’ve already downloaded. The app needs work to be more user-friendly, but it should still prove handy.

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds

Hugelkultur looks like a great concept. If I had the space to test this in my backyard, I definitely would. I actually do have the space on the side of my house where my current garden sits, but I don’t have the time to do a project like this with spring already almost here. I’m going to have to stick to my old traditional garden this year. Maybe next year…

How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar

I don’t like to use the self-cleaning feature of my oven because it stinks up the house like crazy and it sets of my smoke alarms. I also don’t like to use nasty toxic chemicals in my oven. Well here’s the best alternative!

DIY: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric-Almond Milk

I don’t doubt that this is a “wonder” drink, but I hate how turmeric stains everything. I hate it so much that I just can’t bring myself to make this.

Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Shake

I haven’t made this yet, but with a name like that, you know I’m going to. 😉

Grain-Free Flatbread (Paleo, Vegan, and AIP-friendly)

My family has a lot of March birthdays, including mine ;), and we had a big pizza party get-together. I’m not currently eating gluten, so I obviously I couldn’t partake, but I saw this recipe and thought it would make the perfect base to make my own pizza. To be honest, I didn’t really like it. It was too heavy. It seems like it would be great to use as a side to go along with pasta though, which is why I’m saving it here to use for later.

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