The Roundup - Edition 55

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 55, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

Researchers have come up with formal recommendations for how much time we should spend sitting every day. The evidence-based recommendation is that Americans should begin to stand, move and take breaks for at least two out of eight hours at work.

Then, we should gradually work up to spending at least half of an eight-hour work day in what researchers call “light-intensity activities.” This includes simple non-sitting movement like standing and walking.

There are more than just health benefits associated with standing desks; these desks can potentially improve work performance. Teachers in Marin County are convinced their school’s new standing desks help kids be calmer and more attentive.

I personally find my ability to focus is significantly improved by using a treadmill desk. If you’re interested in learning how I’ve put mine together, check out my guide to building an affordable treadmill desk. If you can’t use a treadmill desk, I also describe a few options for a standing desk instead.

Research Report

  • Eggs do not have any detrimental effects on metabolism compared to an oatmeal-based breakfast. 
  • More than half of probiotics contain traces of gluten – not good for the gluten intolerant.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce risk of cancer recurrence for mothers who later develop breast cancer. 
  • New research examines the mechanisms underlying the circadian control of the female reproductive system.
  • 27.7 % of Americans were obese in 2014, an all-time high. 
  • There is very little reliable evidence to suggest eating fresh red meat contributes to colorectal cancer. 
  • High-protein diets aid weight loss – as long as people actually increase their protein intake.
  • Insulin resistance strongly predicts cardiovascular disease risk.
  • Optimal sleep is likely beneficial in reaching peak athletic performance.
  • Physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and exercise interventions may enhance brain health in late life.

Worth a Look

For the Foodies

  1. Chris!

    I need some insight from you! Although i pretty much already figure what you’ll say…

    Someone I know recently approached me and said that she thinks Id be a good representative of Isagenix and that it could help me financially while I go through dietetics schooling. However, when I scoured their product ingredients and read through their nutritional philosophies i was appalled by how much industrial junk was included in them with a lot of “studies” to back up their science claims. I was so motivated by some of the people’s stories that have made $$ off selling this product and being part of this ever-expanding community, so when I realized what they were selling, I felt really disheartened.

    You are one of my go-to-guys as far as trustable scientific opinions on nutritional science. Therefore, Id love to hear -for the record- your opinion on this huge global “health-promoting” company called Isogenix. Surely you must have one!


    • I would like to hear what Chris has to say about Isagenix as well. I’ve tried it in the past and it did have an impact. Now I wonder if it was really the Isagenix or just the lack of gluten I was consuming at that time ??
      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts….

      • I’m very curious to hear Chris’s thoughts on Isagenix, as well. I’m skeptical with the chemicals in the ingredients, but have seen so many people get remarkable results!

  2. It’s ridiculous how much hate “Paleo” and “Crossfit” get while the same media outlets seem to think Whole30 and less chronic cardio are the best choices one can make.

  3. I enjoy your work! and this roundup is great. I found your site and work when I struggling with the too long lasting results from a bout of food poisioning I had while travelling. My incident reminds me a bit of your personal story you tell at the begiing of your book Paleo Cures (not as serious thank goodness) but on of those odd things that lingers, causing enough discomfort to need to be resolved.

    So I contune reading and have become a fan.

  4. What do you think of the TOPO mat for using at a standing desk? Its the one that has the mountains and ramps and stuff on it.