Living a Paleo Lifestyle

Paleo diet foods

We are on the verge of a revo­lution in health and medicine. Nutri­tion has been neglected, misrepre­sented and abused. The ideal diet is finally becoming clear, and its power in health and healing is astounding. It is simple, practical and sustain­able for a lifetime. This diet, especially when used in combination with daily exercise, will ensure vibrant and resilient good health for a life­time. Getting smart about what you eat is an essential step for a strong, lean, and resilient body, and a sharp, focused and cheerful mind. Embrace the nutrition revolution and you can thrive like never before.

One of the most enlightened approaches to nutrition is detailed by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. in his extraordinary new book, The Paleo Answer. Loren is a friend and colleague; we have coauthored together 6 scientific articles published in medical journals over the past eight years that describe benefits from following diet and exercise patterns consistent with our hunter-gatherer heritage.

Dr. Cordain is the father of the Paleo Diet, which is the opposite of a fad diet. This is the pattern of eating nothing but wild plant and animal foods, and is what all of our ancestors did for millions of years. We are still genetically programmed to thrive best on this fare.

About 80 percent of your body composition – its shape, size, percent body fat, etc. – is determined by what you eat and drink. Most of the diseases you have or are likely to get are avoidable with an ideal diet.

Do you want to continue to struggle with a snowballing mess of physical complaints, limitations and chronic diseases, along with a less than ideal body, and a low-energy lifestyle? You must reject the toxic standard American eating habits, and tune out all the noise about fad diets for weight loss, and instead choose to feed your body the diet for which it was designed.

The message is clear: real food, direct from nature is whole­some and healing medicine; while highly-processed and refined food is tasty but toxic poison. The choice is yours—the stakes could not be higher.

To see another post on living like a hunter-gatherer click here.

In Good Health,

James O’Keefe, MD

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A Delicious Cardio Healthy Kale Recipe

kale smoothie

  • 2 scoops CardioTabs CardioWhey Creamy Vanilla Bean
  • 5 frozen chunks pineapple
  • 2 kale leaves ribs removed and torn
  • Coconut or skim milk to cover
  • Blend till smooth

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3 Ways an Animal Can Benefit Your Heart

3 Ways an Animal Can Benefit Your Heart

Animals are powerful sources of happiness in our lives. Even just petting a dog or cat has been proven to heighten your self-esteem, better your mood and even improve your overall health.

  1. Giving another living creature affection and care can lessen our own worries; pets are a powerful source of happiness and healing. Animals have also been known to relieve their owners of stress related illnesses, like hypertension and heart disease.
  2. It has been proven that people who own dogs have a higher possibility to have a regular exercise routine than those who do not. It’s not just Americans that are becoming overweight, now it is our animals too. 60 million dogs and cats in America suffer from obesity; the results are almost identical to humans that also suffer from obesity. They have increased chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. People who walk their dogs have tendencies, to on a daily basis have 10 percent more steps than owners who do not walk their dog and tend to weigh 6 pounds less.
  3. Another one of the many reasons owning a dog is beneficial, is that they are the best crime deterrent money can buy. Most people feel a lot safer and secure with their dog trotting next to them. Even with pets being a lot of extra responsibilities and work many people find the physical and emotional benefits to outweigh the burden.

Having an emotional connection with an animal friend increases relaxation response and lowers stress hormones. Just from the soothing of an irritated and over-reactive cardiovascular system, there is a decreased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death. In the long run your pet helps protect you from obesity, heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, and also lowers blood pressure.

In Good Health,

James O’Keefe, MD

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I Need You To Survive

I Need You To ServiveStarting back in 1937, an entire class of students from Harvard was closely followed in the Harvard Study of Adult Development. The Harvard students were followed for over 70 years through college, careers, marriages, divorces, illnesses, and even death for some of the participants. This study showed how different behaviors created different outcomes in personal measures such as quality of life, health, and lifespan.

When the physician director in charge of the Harvard Study was asked what was revealed by this unique and comprehensive study he replied, “The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.” The bonds we create between friends, family, and our community have a greater impact on our physical and emotional well being than any other factor for predicting the quality and longevity of our lives. Studies have shown you receive the same joyful feeling and well being as your income being doubled, by being part of a social group that meets just a single time every month.

In “Stresscraft”, an e-book available on amazon.com, my good friend Frank Forencich writes about how today’s focus on bettering one’s self opposed to bettering the community, is unprecedented in the history of humanity. Within the vast majority of human existence, we have powerfully identified with the people we surround ourselves with. The philosophy Ubuntu from the Bantu tribe, located in South Africa, believes in a powerful connection between people; through this bond we find our identity and purpose in life.

Ubuntu coincides with the theory that, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Ubuntu also speaks about belonging, compassion, and actively being involved with something bigger than us. Through this form of thinking, when someone is degraded or humiliated all should feel diminished. Frank finds that the Ubuntu attitude is, “Solidly supported by the latest findings in social neuroscience and impersonal neurobiology. The philosophy of Ubuntu is practical, intelligent and functional.” This positive approach that we all need each other gives us resilience, strength, and assurance to prevail despite daunting hardships.

In Good Health,

James O’Keefe, MD

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado & Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved and sauteed (in olive oil and garlic)
  • 4 slices avocado, diced
  • 1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds
  • pepper

Instructions:

  • Crush garlic and place in a pan with olive oil on medium heat. Place halved brussels sprouts in pan and saute.
  • Place Brussels sprouts in a bowl and top with avocado, pumpkin seeds, and pepper. Enjoy!
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