I decided to finally put together a guide to Collagen vs Gelatin (albeit short) because people are constantly asking me about the products as individuals and how they relate to each other.
The market is flooded with on-the-go bars, so today I am narrowing it down to my current top 5 Paleo Bars.
I know that real foodists say you never need a bar to make it through life, but the realists say that yes. you. do. because, well, life. Life and the day-to-day are not slowing down anytime soon, so having the best options at your fingertips is crucial.
I could have easily chosen 10 or more, but for simplicities sake, I stuck with 5.
Top 5 Paleo Bars
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I tried this bar for the first time at Expo West this year and fell in love. Sadly, I haven’t been able to get my hands on any since. It’s on the “to get” list.
- 70 calories
- 3 grams of sugar
- 8 grams of protein
- Ingredients: Organic grass fed beef, organic uncured bacon, organic dried apples, organic cane sugar, organic honey, sea salt, organic molasses, organic spices, cultured celery powder, organic garlic powder, lactic acid culture starter
I know, I know. I keep on talking about this one, but I’m obsessed. There are only 2 downfalls with them…..one is that they are a little hard to chew. You really have to work at it. And the other is the price. It seems a little steep to pay almost $30 for 12. But still. I just can’t get enough.
- 20g Egg White Protein (Vegetarian) No Added Sugar 1g (Monk Fruit Sweetened)
- 1 Bar= 150 Calories, Complete Protein Meal Replacement (Creamy) (Taste Like PB)
- Organic Prebiotics Improves Digestion, Curbs Appetite Up To 4 /hrs (GMO/Soy Free)
- Made In A Dedicated Gluten Free Facility (5 Net Carbs)
- Ingredients: Egg Whites (From USA Cage Free Chickens), organic sunflower butter, organic prebiotic tapioca fiber, monk fruit
I love this combination of lamb and veggies, though, I will admit that eating lamb too often is hard for me to do. I don’t know why, but lamb is one of the only animals I have a hard time with. That said, it’s one of my favorite meat flavors, so when I do have it, I always make sure it’s sourced as premium as possible. These bars are.
- Allergen-Friendly: nightshade-free, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free
- Paleo, Primal, Whole30, AIP (AutoImmune Protocol) Compliant
- No added sugar, No added chemicals, No added hormones, No added antibiotics
- Great for kids, traveling, hiking, biking, Crossfit or athletic snacks
- Family-run business; produced with only U.S. lamb in our own facility in Colorado, USA
- Ingredients: Natural Lamb, Organic Vegetables, & Fruit (Spinach, Apricots, Dates, Garlic, Celery, Onion), Sea Salt, Oregano, Rosemary, Turmeric
This is the only one on the list that is not a bar but don’t fault me for technicalities. You will love this one, and if you need another great AIP travel snack option, this will be your jam.
- Made WITHOUT: Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, Added Sugars, Soy, Antibiotics or Added Hormones
- Ingredients: Pasture Raised Chicken, Date Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary, Ginger, Garlic, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice
Epic has so many different bars and meat sticks, and even though I’ve totally been digging their Turkey Strips, I still have to give my top pick to the bar.
- The Bison Bacon bar delivers a substantial serving of 100% grass fed and organic buffalo, brilliantly combined with humanely certified uncured bacon
- Tender bison, savory bacon, and tart cranberries combine to create an epic tasting bar unlike anything you have experienced
- Enjoy a 1.5 ounce bison bar
- An epic source of omega-3s, cla, vitamin B12, vitamin E, antioxidants, gluten free, paleo friendly, no sugar added food
- Ingredients: Bison, uncured bacon, pork, water, brown sugar, salt, vinegar, celery powder, cranberries, apple juice concentrate, lactic acid, sea salt
Some of you wondered, “Does meal spacing for SIBO work,” after I published Meal Spacing for SIBO. (If you haven’t read that post yet, start there, because I tell you exactly how I do it.)
I have now been practicing meal spacing for almost two months, and the answer is a clear yes. Yes, meal spacing for SIBO works.
A reader recently reached out asking a few questions, so I wanted to address them in a blog post today. (By the way, this has been happening a lot lately – messages coming in through my contact form. I am grateful for them, and I will always respond. I have more blog posts coming soon that answer other questions.)
- Have you seen significant benefits from meal spacing?
- How do you manage to avoid snacking when you work around food, or even just in general?? Any tips?
- Did you ever experience constant burping with your SIBO? If so, did you find anything to help with that? I’ve been dealing with it for years and NOTHING works, I’m assuming it’s from fermentation or low stomach acid but it’s so hard to tell!
Here are my answers.
Does Meal Spacing for SIBO Work
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Have you seen significant benefits from meal spacing?
Yes, yes, and more yes. On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best), I am probably at a 9+-ish with how my gut feels. As I mentioned in my 9 Reasons I’m a Whole30 Dropout post, doing Whole30 was the only time I remotely felt any SIBO symptoms. I have stayed consistent with meal spacing (and everything else), and I know it’s benefitting me big time.
How do you manage to avoid snacking when you work around food, or even just in general?? Any tips?
Yes, absolutely I have tips. I have 3 main ones.
- Eat plenty for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I cannot stress this one enough. I believe that this has been my primary key to success. When I was an all-day snacker, main meals were likely only 300-400 calories. If you’re only eating three primary meals, though, that number must drastically increase. I’d guess (I don’t know because I don’t count or measure *anything* anymore) I have roughly 500-600 calories (or more) per meal, with one side snack if I really need it. For the record, usually, I do. Just because.
- Tasting vs. Snacking. Sometimes when I’m developing recipes for a client, I have to know what it tastes like (when it’s not gluten free, Ryan and the kids do it for me). But I don’t need an entire serving to know if it’s good or not. For me, a taste here and there, when I need to for work works just fine, and has not seemed to disrupt the meal spacing practice. Tastes, not snacks.
- Don’t avoid it. You want the truth? Sometimes I don’t avoid snacking. These days I’m running 25-35 miles a week and, especially on long run days, my body screams for more than 3 meals. Again, on those days, the lack of 3-4 hours in between meals has not affected me.
Did you ever experience constant burping with your SIBO?
Not really, and not to the point that it was a nuisance. That said, burping falls in line with flatulence in general, and in either case, you just need to heal the SIBO to eradicate it. Meal spacing could help, but I am also a huge advocate these days of making sure your stomach acidity levels are right. Have you ever done the HCL Challenge? Start there (+ 33 ways to know if you have low stomach acid, and 11 ways to naturally increase stomach acid production).
p.s. There is some interesting conversation on the MMC (Migrating Motor Complex) via THIS THREAD that you might want to check out.
I hope this has been helpful. Stay the course, keep our eyes focused on the prize…..healing!