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Posted on 18th Mar, 2013by Valerie Johnston

The Paleo Diet Broken Down

The Paleo Diet Broken Down

Watch out diet wranglers, there’s a new sheriff in town. This one’s called the Paleo diet, and it’s based on eating only the sort of foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era would have typically consumed. During the time from around 2.6 million years ago until the start of the agricultural revolution, around 10,000 years ago, these hunter-gatherers ate only fresh meats from grass fed range animals, fish and other seafood, vegetables, fresh fruits, seeds and nuts, and healthy oils derived from those seeds and nuts.

Before the agricultural revolution, things like dairy, grains, legumes, processed foods and refined sugars did not exist, and according to Dr. Loren Cordain, the inventor of the Paleo diet, the beginning of the agricultural revolution spelled the beginning of the end for mankind’s healthy eating habits.

Dr. Cordain maintains that our hunter-gatherer ancestors tended not to suffer from the many chronic diseases and conditions that currently plague Western society, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, myopia, glaucoma, macular degeneration, acne, varicose veins, gout, gastric reflux, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and more.

Based upon modern day versions of these Paleolithic foods, the Paleo diet features seven basic characteristics that he believes will optimize your digestive health and reduce your risk of disease:

• More protein – 19 – 35%, versus 15% in a typical Western diet. Meat, fish and eggs are staples of the Paleo diet;
• Less carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index – Fresh vegetables and non-starchy fruits are the main source of carbohydrates, providing 35 – 45% of the diet’s daily calories;
• More fiber – Although the diet doesn’t include whole grains, non-starchy vegetables actually contains eight times more fiber, and fruits contain twice the fiber of whole grain;
• Higher amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which actually lower risk of cardiovascular disease rather than raising it;
• Less sodium and more potassium, known to be beneficial for the heart, kidneys and other organs. This combination lowers blood pressure and reduces risk of heart disease and stroke;
• More vitamins, minerals, plant phytochemicals and antioxidants, from the increased amounts of vegetables, fruits and lean meats, as opposed to grain products;
• A net alkaline as opposed to acid load to the kidneys – Fruits and vegetables deliver an alkaline load to the kidneys after digestion, while meats, fish, legumes, grains, cheese and salt all produce an acid load. High dietary acid increase the risk of kidney stones, causes high blood pressure and bone and muscle loss.

So What is the Paleo Diet?

In a nutshell, this diet boils down to foods you should eat, and foods you should avoid. What you should eat:

• Grass-fed meats;
• Fish and seafood;
• Fresh fruits and vegetables;
• Eggs from free range chickens;
• Nuts and seeds;
• Olive oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil or coconut oil.

What you should avoid:

• Any kind of cereal grain;
• Any dairy;
• Refined sugar;
• Any sort of legumes, including peanuts;
• Potatoes;
• Salt;
• Processed foods;
• Refined vegetable oils not listed on the previous list.

Some Examples of the Paleo Diet

Breakfast could be an omelet with vegetables, sautéed in olive oil with diced chicken breast or turkey. Lunch might be a salad of mixed greens and vegetables with sliced beef, chicken, turkey, ground beef or bison, pork chunks or salmon, tuna, shrimp or other seafood, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Dinner gets a little trickier. Try substituting spaghetti squash for pasta, topped with pesto, meatballs and marinara sauce. Any sort of grilled meat or fish is good, accompanied by a side of steamed vegetables. Desserts should consist of some sort of fresh fruit.

Will the Paleo diet help you live longer? The jury is still out, but it certainly might make the intervening years seem a lot longer.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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Posted on 1st May, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Taking Popcart from 0 to 360

Taking Popcart from 0 to 360
We’re pleased to announce that Popcart will now become our core business. That’s right. From today forward, this company will be focused on helping everybody online get their recipe ingredients purchased in an instant. We believe it’s the right time to put all of our energy into unlocking more user value around shopping for recipe ingredients.

The Origins of Popcart

Back in 2014, Foodily had just started to work with AmazonFresh to automatically match recipes to grocery products. We used our core semantic technology and deep understanding of recipes to create unbeatable ingredient-to-product matching on the fly. In that time, the tool we built – Popcart – has seen substantial interest and growth. And, in a sea of cooking-related companies, Popcart stands out for creating a technology that makes it easy for partners to tap into cooking inspiration and growing online shopping behavior.

“Buy Now” Goes Everywhere

As part of Popcart’s rapid expansion – with ever more new e-commerce grocers coming on board in 2015 – Popcart now works directly with recipe publishers to make their recipes shoppable in an instant.

A “buy now” button has been rolled out across major sites like Chow.com, Weight Watchers, The Greatist, and others to allow purchasing directly from anywhere online. “It’s the first step in building the content to commerce marketplace for food,” said Hillary Mickell co-founder of Foodily and Popcart, “It’s easy to see the value consumers get from the service: a dead simple way to order exactly what you need to get dinner on the table.”

This is how it works:

1. Buy Now button is shown to only those users in an e-commerce delivery zone. You’ll see this button on The Greatist if you’re in New York, for instance.

2. Recipe ingredients are read and measured in less than a second and a cart is shown with the exact products you’ll need for the recipe. You can swap products if you’d like and click “Send” to send the order info to the grocer.

3. With a click, the grocers cart is pre-filled with the products you chose. The only thing left to do is handle the payment and set up your delivery.

Continued Expansion

We know that for more and more shoppers convenience is key and online grocery sales are expected to grow over 20% in the next 3 years. The disadvantages of shopping for groceries – translating a recipe, searching for ingredients, building a basket, are eliminated with Popcart. Popcart can enable all cooks in the US to make recipe ingredient purchases in a couple of taps.

We’re looking forward to continuing the exciting growth of Popcart. See new announcements at getpopcart.com! Thanks for being a part of it.

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Posted on 1st May, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Foodily is Moving to a New Home

Foodily is Moving to a New Home

We’re delighted to announce Foodily.com is joining IAC’s Mindspark family. When we founded Foodily, we set out to build a place where everyone can easily socialize around new recipes to cook and we are thrilled this mission will continue with a new global scale and expertise.

We’d like to thank each of our wonderful users who have helped contribute to Foodily – from Webby award votes to each and every app review! At our start 4 years ago, we never imagined the strength of the community, the deep love for Food-I-Love-You, and the amazing recipe engagement that would lead us to this place.

What’s Next?

We will begin transitioning the Foodily.com website and mobile applications to the Mindspark team over the next 30 days.

When you visit Foodily, you’ll be asked to login and confirm your account to keep your faved recipes and lists. Please login before May 30th.

After the transfer, you’ll be able to use Foodily in the same way that you use it today.

Be sure to login by May 30th to hang on to all your amazing recipes. And, if you know others that use Foodily – remind them that they need to login this month too.

Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to us support@foodily.com.

We also want to recognize the Foodily.com team members who will be bringing their social app expertise to Ask.fm’s 150 million monthly users. We look forward to seeing the impact they’ll be making.

Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to continuing our Foodily relationship.

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Posted on 26th Apr, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Getting To Know FOODILY

All About Foodily
Foodily is the world’s largest social recipe collection where you can discover, collect and track your favorite recipes — all for free.

Make some Food Friends

One of the best ways to discover great new recipes is by getting people with similar tastes and interests to share what they discover with you! Start by following some Foodily Tastemakers or savvy members whose tastes, interests, and cooking styles match your own. When you do – every recipe added, discovered, or recommended is immediately delivered straight to your Foodily Feed for you to review and you get a pulse of what recipes are hot on the web by people like you.

Find Anything

We pull recipes from around the web into one place and make it easy for you to decide if a recipe is right for you. You can see ingredients unlike a basic search engine, there’s a useful level of nutrition information, and we use Facebook Connect to show you how popular a recipe is. Easily narrow your search by adding ingredients you have on hand, or want to leave out, search by diet type or dish type, even search your own faves. Ready to cook? Foodily redirects you to the original blog or website where it came from to get started.

Build Your Recipe Collection

Once you’re finding all of the recipes that you want to make (or think about maybe someday possibly making) — keep track of them in one click. Foodily keeps every recipe you like, add and recommend all in your own profile. You can finally stop printing out, sorting through bookmarks, and know there’s one place to turn for those recipes you love. Share your profile URL when you want to give a recipe to a friend who loves that great recipe you’ve just made!

Made It and Easy Recommendations

Next time you make a great dish you want to make again, click on the “Recommend” button. What’s great is that those recipes are automatically shared with the people that follow you in their feed. You’ll see a recommended recipe appear with 3-stars to make it easy to identify great recommendations. Your recommended recipes are also kept in a separate tab on your profile called “Recommends”. Every recipe page also has a comments module where you can write a review or keep your own notes.

Add to Your Profile

You can add more to your profile on Foodily including your own recipes – simply click the Add Recipe button. You can also visit your Settings page to add links to your Twitter, Pinterest, or Blog pages. And don’t forget add or change your profile photo. Want to have a private account? You can make that change here too. Head over to the Settings page for all your controls in one dashboard.

Recipe Suggestions?

We’re constantly growing our recipe index so if you want to see recipes from your favorite site or perhaps your own recipe blog please reach out to us here. We love feedback on how we can continue to make Foodily better. Share your ideas with us on our user forum!

On the Go

Foodily is available on your iPhone, iPad, Android device and on the web.

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