Health Benefits and Other Uses of Coconut Oil

coconutoilI’ve been on the Paleo diet for a long time now and I’ve noticed that coconut oil is the main source of calories in my diet. I can’t help it.. I love the stuff.

I find myself wondering if having as one of your main caloric sources is such a great idea…

In a nutshell, I discovered that coconut oil is mostly composed of saturated fat. But what makes it extra special is that it is cholesterol-free, compared to the saturated fats that we get from animal sources. I also learned that people who use it consider it is a “super food.” This alone was enough for me to [Read more…]

3 Flavor-Packed and Nutritious “Paleo Oils”

olive_oil_lgFrom the cardiovascular benefits to the healthier skin, hair, and nails.. Healthy dietary fats are vital to maintaining optimal health through diet.

One of the questions that may arise for you in your Paleo diet journey is: What foods should be eaten in order to eat enough healthy fats?

While there are tons of  foods that provide dietary fats, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which ones to eat. Mainly because some of our best dietary fats are in foods that many would instinctively classify as “protein food sources”.

Foods like eggs, beef, and salmon are superior sources of both proteins and fats. That can get confusing sometimes when you’re trying to set specific macro nutrient ratios for your meals.

Not to mention, it’s just simply not convenient or cost=effective to rely on the aforementioned foods as your sole source of dietary fats. Now, maybe your primary, but not you sole source.

That’s where dressing and cooking oils come in. They taste awesome, they’re healthy, convenient, affordable, and flexible.

If you learn to incorporate the following 3 oils into your diet on a regular basis, you’ll be better off in a multitude of ways. [Read more…]

Introducing The World’s Most Bad @$$ KettleBell!

With the rise of sports like CrossFit, and similar “functional strength” training routines.. Many are discovering the simplistic beauty that is the kettlebell. It’s ability to be incorporated into a wider variety of exercise routines, makes it an ideal for training routines that border on being sports in and of themselves.

While it may not seem like it – The shape and positioning of the kettlebell’s handle make all the difference in the world when you’re doing more of a “CrossFit” style of workouts.

Too many people get caught up in the old kettlebell vs dumbell debate, and while they both certainly have their place.. I think the biggest advantage that kettlebells have over dumbells is that you can’t buy dumbells cast in the image of one seriously intense chimp… [Read more…]