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    When to Avoid Nightshades

    When to Avoid Nightshades


    Nightshades, a large family of plants that include such kitchen staples as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and paprika, are a dietary issue for some people.  Wild Zora now offers TWO delicious nightshade-free snacks.

    Nightshades are blamed for increased inflammation and a host of other medical issues, such as migraines, GI tract irritation, and arthritis flare-ups, among others. 

    The culprit is a group of alkaloids these plants contain.  One of them, called solanine, impacts metabolism of neurotransmitters which means it can negatively affect your nervous system if it builds up in your body.  That certainly sounds scary, but remember that many nightshades, like peppers and tomatoes, are full of vitamin C and other antioxidants.  Furthermore, ripe nightshade fruits and vegetables contain only traces of alkaloids and won't affect most people.


    Nightshade vegetables


    Artichokes, cherries, huckleberries, and blueberries don't belong to the nightshade family, but they also contain solanine.

    At this point, there are no major scientific studies on the effects of nightshades. Anecdotal evidence has linked nightshade consumption to rheumatoid arthritis in certain people, however, there are also many people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, but nightshades don’t seem to have any impact on them.  It has been suggested that some people are more sensitive to alkaloids than others.

    Some can also have an allergic reaction to nightshades.  The reactions can vary from a rash to anaphylaxis.  The nightshade allergy is rather rare, so is not considered a common allergen.



    How do you find out if nightshades cause your painful arthritis flare-ups or leaky gut? 

    1. Start by keeping a food journal.  Check labels carefully and ask questions when you eat at a restaurant.  Don't forget to write down any medications, vitamins, and supplements you take.  Note all the symptoms you experience.

    2. Try to avoid nightshades for at least two weeks.  This can be tricky because nightshades are common ingredients in many foods.  Be careful with spice mixes and store-bought salad dressings, as they often contain paprika or cayenne pepper.

    3. Share your food journal with your doctor.  The information you gathered will help you both determine whether nightshades are the culprit behind your condition.

    Eating a nightshade-free diet can be challenging, but it's not impossible, and Wild Zora is here to help: our Mediterranean Lamb bar was our first nightshade-free flavor and we added a new nightshade-free Apple Pork flavor.


    Nightshade-free Apple Pork Wild Zora Bar


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    Love Pork? Boy, Do We Have News For You!

    Love Pork? Boy, Do We Have News For You!

    Natural Pork

    Yes, we completed two new paleo snack recipes featuring pork and you can be among the first people to try them!

    Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign, you will have the opportunity to enjoy our new Taco Pork paleo snack bars or the AIP-friendly Apple Pork at an introductory price. Can't decide? We have a pledge level that allows you to get both!

    Visit our Kickstarter page today to get early access these new and amazing recipes!

    Which one will be your new favorite Paleo snack bar? Lively, mouthwatering Taco Pork, with jalapeño, lime, and cilantro? Or the comfort food on the go, Apple Pork, with familiar notes of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme?

    Let us know in comments!

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    Love Your Body Challenge

    Love Your Body Challenge

    We live in a culture that promotes perfection. Perfection portrayed by a lean, well toned body. The multi-billion $$ weight loss industry is thriving. There are so many new and improved diets and challenges that claim to lead to a new and better you. And yet, eating disorders and obesity are epidemic. We know something isn’t right.

    This Valentine's Day, we present you with a new 30-day challenge. Or a 3-day challenge. Or a new lifestyle. You decide. We challenge you to simply love your body. Stop counting calories, points and steps.


    Could LOVE be the solution?

    Who do you love? Your significant other. Your family, your friends, your pets. Thy neighbor. But do you love yourself? Do you love your body?



    Loving your body is easy. Take a deep breath and let’s get started:


    Your words are powerful. Use them  wisely.

    If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. We’ve heard the adage so many times, it became a cliche. Still, most of us apply it only to people we love. How do you talk about your body? So often, people talk about what they hate about their bodies. Be mindful of that. Talk about your body as if it were your dear friend. Embrace it, flaws and all, the same way  you embrace the people you love.


    Listen to your body.

    You listen to your best friend. Treat your body the same way. Pay attention. How do you feel  after eating sugary treats? How do you feel after taking a walk? You will start making healthier choices if you follow your body’s lead.

    If you feel hungry, eat. Eat slowly and pay attention to tastes and textures.

    When you feel tired, rest. We know that seems like a luxury not always available. But even closing your eyes for a moment and taking a few deep breaths can make a difference.


    Treat yourself.

    Your amazing body deserves only the best fuel. Eat well, but instead of trying to ban yourself from unhealthy foods (or shaming yourself after you do eat them), just try to think about treating yourself to healthy ones. Stay away from ingredients you cannot pronounce. The most important ingredient, however, is your mindset. Drop the guilt and the “I should” attitude (don't "should" yourself). Instead, think about your new friend, your body.

    The simplest way to start eating well is to choose real food. You don’t have to start munching on kale while dreaming of donuts. But what if you treated yourself to a handful of berries instead of candy? Read labels. Think about what you eat. Is this the food you would want to give to a dear friend?

    Eating real food is simple. People are often intimidated by cooking or feel pressed for time. But you can find many easy recipes or quick snacks. Eat as much as you need. Don’t count calories or points. Just let your body enjoy good and wholesome food.



    If the idea of weight lifting or a Zumba class doesn’t excite you, don’t despair. We often feel like we need to use exercise as a punishment for our dietary sins. Here is your challenge: Celebrate your body’s amazing ability to move! Stretch, jump, and dance. It’s a party honoring your body!

    Go ahead. Love your body. It will love you back.



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    Wild Zora is Going to Be On National TV!

    Wild Zora is Going to Be On National TV!

    Oh man, do we have some big news for you! We're practically pinching ourselves over here to make sure we're not dreaming. Get this: Wild Zora was chosen to be featured on an episode of HatchedTV

    Hatched is a nationally syndicated TV show that connects emerging brands with successful mentors and once in a lifetime opportunities. They're all about growing consumer brands and they have chosen to mentor us in growing the Wild Zora Meat and Veggie Bar brand!

    "The opportunity to be on Hatched and receive feedback from such amazing and successful entrepreneurs was mind-blowing and lends added credibility to our brand," explains Wild Zora CEO, Josh Tabin. 

    Our episode of Hatched will be shown on syndicated stations across the nation throughout the month of February, so check it out! You can also click here to see local times and stations.


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    Best of Paleo Award

    Best of Paleo Award


    And the good news just keeps on coming...Wild Zora has been nominated for a Best of Paleo award in Paleo Magazine in the Paleo Bar meat-based category! Now all we need is you, our faithful fans and customers to vote for us.

    Click here to vote for Wild Zora. We're on Page #2. It's easy peasy and you have through Wednesday, Feb 15 to vote. Oh and there's a bonus! Paleo Magazine is offering a special promo code upon completions of your ballot. 

    Vote today for Wild Zora

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