Nutrition

Is Soy Bad For You?

The Primal Blueprint classically recommends against legume consumption, but that stance has softened. Legumes aren’t bad in and of themselves. Many people have intolerance issues with them, and unresolved gut barrier leakiness or FODMAP intolerances can make legumes a painful, often cacaphonous indulgence. But the category of legume itself is not a simple thing. Some […]

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Dairy and Its Effect on Insulin Secretion (and What It Means for Your Waistline)

The relationship between dairy consumption, insulin, and our health can be confusing. It’s easy to see why: The most common types of dairy undeniably spike our insulin levels, and elevated insulin has been linked to dozens of diseases—most diseases, in fact. When insulin is high, your body holds onto body fat. And insulin resistance, which […]

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The Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

As Autumn approaches, your thoughts turn to crunchy leaves underfoot, brisk hikes through brilliant red, orange, and yellow forests, kids in costumes, wool sweaters and scarves, Thanksgiving dinners, and soups simmering away on the stove. Oh, and pumpkins. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice lattes. Jack-o-Lanterns. Pumpkin pie. Decorative pumpkins, culinary pumpkins, that Charlie Brown pumpkin movie. […]

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The Perfect Post-Workout Meal for Building Muscle and Getting Shredded

Your workout just ended, but as far as your muscles are concerned, you’re just getting started on the mass- and strength-gaining process. Getting bigger and stronger is all about recovery, and that depends on rest (including a good night’s sleep) and a nutritional post-workout meal. A hard training session without proper post-workout nutrition is like […]

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Is Watermelon Seed Flour Good for You?

This topic was suggested by a long-time Nutrition Diva listener, Staci, who sent me a picture of something called watermelon seed flour. “Is this another hyped up thing or is it legit? Does it work like wheat flour?” I have to admit that Staci’s email was the first time I’d heard about watermelon seed flour. […]

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How Fiber Builds Stronger Bones

One of the best ways to boost the health of your gut microbiome (the bacteria living in your intestines) is to eat foods that contain soluble fiber. Although humans lack the enzymes to digest these large carbohydrate molecules, the bacteria that live in our guts rely on them as their primary food source. Diets that […]