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Apr 20

My New Book “Good Morning Paleo”

I’m so excited, my new book is coming soon! It took a bit of energy to invent and test 165 original recipes. Finally “Good Morning Paleo, Over 150 Easy Favorites to Start Your Day” will be released June 3rd by Da Capo Press.


Feb 26

4 Top Paleo Sweeteners

Top ratings go to Raw Honey, Chicory Root, Lo Han Guo, and Swerve Sweetener, the best and healthiest Paleo sweeteners. The criterion used are based on purity, stable blood sugar, and balanced metabolism. With a growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity, we need to find sweeteners that will stop the sugar cycle in it’s tracks. Some of these sweeteners are expensive, but still far less costly than diabetes. In some areas we need to hunt and gather them online. This article is a brief executive summary. For details see my researched articles: What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?, and 300

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Sep 01

Pros & Cons of the Paleo Diet

As interest in the Paleo Diet grows exponentially, it is evolving into more of a Lifestyle than a Diet. When people ask: “What are the Pros and Cons of Paleo?” I say that it depends on your personal interpretation. Many popular authors advocate different versions of the ancestral diet. For some it’s a low-carb diet. Others say it means no grains or dairy. Many ask: How many calories, carbs, fat, and protein should I eat? How strict do I have to be? Is an occasional cupcake permitted? It’s clear the modern American diet is part of the problem in our

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Jul 26

Your Body Never Lies

Our ancestors ate when they were hungry and stopped when they were full. They had to hunt and gather for their food – it wasn’t always within reach. They expended their calories replenishing their supplies, and knew that every mouthful requires energy and time. We are surrounded by food and it has become a substitute in our culture for exercise, introspection and accessing our own inner wisdom.  We have separated ourselves from our most basic physiological reactions and our true hunger is for something other than food, for nourishment of our inner selves. Food can be a sedative – a

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Jul 01

Librarians Devour Paleo Desserts!

Whew! It was an exciting trip to the windy city this weekend. I never expected such a wildly enthusiastic reception to Paleo Desserts. The ALA (American Library Association) National Convention was attended by over 15,000 librarians from all over the country, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Hundreds of library managers “checked out” Paleo Desserts and picked up a free book at my demo in the South Pavillion. I spoke about Paleo Desserts and demonstrated the Mexican Wedding Cookies. There was a long line for copies of my book, and the cookies were a hit. My book-signing hand is tired today,

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Jun 13

A day in the life of a Paleo chef…

It’s a tough job, inventing 165 original recipes with pure and simple foods. But hey! Someone has to do it. The truth is, I never had so much fun. Today I made Breakfast Parfaits! With before and after photos! It was one of those unforgettable days, and felt like I was on a roll.


Jun 01

Avoiding GMO’s? Here’s a Guide.

It seems genetically modified food is everywhere, but it’s relatively easy to avoid. The best defense is to buy food that’s labeled 100% organic. In the US and Canada, 100% organic foods cannot be GMO. Be sure the label says 100% organic. The simple label “organic” does not insure that it’s GMO-free.  Legally, it can be labeled organic and still contain up to 30% GMO’s!


May 23

Memorial Day Travel Tips on Livestream TV!

It’s true! View my live interview on the Gfree and Happy Show on Monday May 20th with Kathy Nelson. She featured my “Memorial Day Emergency Travel Pack” for eating gluten-free and healthy while traveling. She asked “What’s the Paleo Diet?”, and “How do I avoid falling back into bad eating habits when traveling?”. Click here to view: My “Memorial Day Emergency Travel Pack” included fresh salmon salad (no mayo), tart fruits, freshly toasted nuts, guacamole, celery sticks, and a sweet snack. To view these recipes see my article Traveling on a Healthy Diet.  


May 23

My Fructose Limit is 20 grams per day.

20 grams fructose per day is 4.5 teaspoons, the sweetness in two apples. Fructose has been getting a bad rap lately. Dr. Mercola calls it a “poison”, Dr. Robert Lustig says it’s a “liver toxin”, and Dr.Oz. calls it a “hidden sugar”. What is Fructose? Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Pure fructose is about 70% sweeter than sugar. Fructose can be granulated like table sugar. Or it can be in liquid syrup form such as agave nectar, coconut syrup, honey and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). High-fructose corn syrup has also been getting a lot

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Apr 01

Coming Soon! Paleo Breakfasts!

I have exciting news to tell you! I’ve just accepted a contract for a new book! This one will be all about Paleo Breakfasts. The book will be released by Da Capo Press in Spring, 2014. Stay tuned for more news about it. Right now I’m just getting organized for this project. It’s been a busy week of moving and setting up a new breakfast test kitchen. In the meantime, let me know if you have any special requests for recipes you’d like to see in the book. Send them to jane @, and I’ll make every effort to

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Mar 27

Traveling on a Healthy Diet?

Anywhere you travel, whether it’s to Paris, Rome, or Cleveland, eating healthy is a challenge. If you’re have a special diet, or if you just like to eat the best food, planning ahead can make it easy! Tomorrow I’m flying cross-country to a family reunion. I have just a few minutes to prepare a good meal and snacks. Here’s what I’m having: Clockwise from upper left – Celery sticks, Easy Avocado Salad, Toasted organic nuts, Granny Smith apple, Organic red grapefruit, Quick salad – Wild Salmon with Greens, Paleo cake pops. (Seriously delicious!) A few minutes of preparation can save

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FFive flavors Chinese Medicine

Mar 15

The Five Flavors: 5 Secrets to Health

What foods do you crave most? Sweet, spicy, salty, sour, or bitter? Food cravings are a revealing window into your health and psyche. Learn 5 secrets from Chinese medicine to break the so-called “genetic cycle” of poor health and weight gain. These simple self-revelations offer a balanced approach to self-healing you’ll enjoy your entire life. Chinese medicine identifies Five Flavors. Balance them to cultivate optimum health! Sweet – Energy bars, cookies, cake, bread, carbs, sugar, sweet fruits Spicy (Pungent) – Ginger, hot chili, garlic, onion Salty – Soy Sauce, liquid aminos, salt, chips, salted nuts, popcorn Sour – Lemon, lime,

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Mar 05

What’s the Paleo Diet?

Everybody asks me this question. What foods are in the Paleo Diet? It’s easiest to explain with a picture. On the left, what’s IN the Paleo Diet? On the right, what’s NOT? Also known as the Primal diet, Caveman diet, Stone Age diet, or Hunter-gatherer diet, the Paleo diet includes fresh vegetables & roots, tart fruits, nuts, wild fish, free-range poultry, grass-fed meats, olive and coconut oils. It excludes all processed and refined foods, sugars, sweet fruits, grains, beans, GMO foods, seed oils, and dairy products.  The modern Paleo diet is part of a whole food lifestyle with exercise, and it

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Feb 15

San Francisco Gluten-Free Expo was a Blast!

Yes, it’s true. I went to San Fran to offer my book Paleo Desserts at the Gluten-free, Allergen-free Expo Feb 9-10. We prepared and served over 2,000 samples of Mexican Wedding Cookies, Paleo Fudge Brownies, and Raspberry Cheesecake Love Bites! Everyone loved them and you can guess which one ran out first — the Love Bites! I was fortunate to find fabulous helpers to assist me. More importantly, I got a chance to speak with thousands of people about their experiences with gluten-free, allergen-free living. Everyone was well informed and curious about my work. I noticed great interest in the

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Jan 28

View Paleo Desserts on Livestream!

Paleo Desserts was on Livestream TV Monday 1/28. View the YouTube interview with Kathy Nelson of the Gfree and Happy Show. I hope I wasn’t too zany! We talked about my Paleo Desserts book and what’s the Paleo diet. I sampled a freshly made Paleo Apple Pie, demonstrated how to make Instant Mocha Mousse, and ate it on the air! Kathy Nelson at GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and vlogs.


Jan 25

How to Make Low-Carb Skinny Sweets

Everyone asks me: “How can I lose weight and still enjoy eating sweets?” The answer is easy. Eat low-carb Paleo Desserts! I discovered the secret to making delicious traditional desserts with low-carb, healthy ingredients. I eliminated gluten, grains, refined sugars and dairy.


Jan 22

Paleo Brownies – Are They Really Healthy?

I love all brownies! But they’re not always what they claim to be. I analyzed three brownie recipes to see which is best. All of them taste great. But which one is healthiest? Paleo Brownies are always low-carb and healthy, right? Not always. The Nutrition Facts are surprising! The SECRET to low-carb health and weight control is to limit carbs and sugars. Modern foods are often high in refined sugars and carbs. These are the top suspects in our epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Many people are looking to the Paleo diet as a guide to a healthy

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Jan 17

Why is healthy food so expensive?

We all lament the high cost of healthy food. Perhaps there’s another way to look at it. Why do we compare expensive healthy food to cheap, industrial foods? These are two completely different types of “food”, with huge nutritional differences, so we can’t really compare them. Most large-scale industrial crops like corn, wheat, and soy are subsidized to the tune of billions. Their cheap price doesn’t reflect the real cost to produce them. Healthy food is sold at fair market price, but junk food prices can be artificially low due to subsidies. Sweeteners are a case in point: Many people

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Jan 11

10 Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods to Avoid

Yep, there are certain foods that cross-react with gluten. Do you find your digestion is stressed even when you avoid gluten? Are there times when you feel emotional ups and downs that could be related to diet? Many foods cross-react to gluten, meaning they create reactions by themselves or make your response to gluten even worse. The main grains that contain gluten are wheat, rye, barley, kamut, and spelt. You can have expensive tests done for all gluten cross-reactors at Cyrex Labs or TrueHealthLabs. Or you can do it yourself for a lot less. Start by eliminating these 10 foods

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Jan 07

What are the best healthy thickeners?

This post is for all you mad scientists in the kitchen! Knowing the best thickeners is essential for any chef. When I was writing my Paleo Desserts book I felt like a blind person searching in the dark. My goal was to re-invent recipes for all our favorite sweets with no gluten, grains or refined ingredients. I wanted to know how grain-free cakes could hold together so they don’t crumble? What should I use to thicken the Lemon Bars? How can I make a Paleo Cheesecake so dense that it slices like New York Cheesecake? How much thickener should I

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Dec 29

12 Tips for Enjoying Parties & Gatherings

Everyone loves to go out and relax with friends. However when you go to a gathering, do you feel challenged to stay true to your diet and eat healthy? Sometimes we are offered a scary array of delicious food. It’s easy to give in to temptation and suffer digestive consequences or shame later. Here are 12 tips to make it through a party feeling great with no negative feelings. 1. Observe your Cravings. Which of the five flavors do you crave most? Sweet, Spicy, Salty, Sour, or Bitter? Do you feel a desire for chips, or desserts? Or hot, spicy

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Dec 28

My BEST New Year’s Resolution

Are you willing to sign a contract with yourself? It’s 2013, and I’m ready to re-commit myself to my health. Here’s a powerful new tool to improve your diet. It’s tough, compassionate, and you can stick to it no matter what. For years I’ve followed the best diets known to man, looking for the best one for me. I’ve used the Blood Type Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Zone Diet, and the Atkins Diet. I have eaten Ayurvedic and Vegan. All of these are excellent diets. They helped me learn to listen to my body, and to love it. I can begin to feel what’s

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Dec 27

“The Skinny on Obesity” Video Series

Sugar causes obesity. Sugar causes diabetes. It’s that simple. Here’s an amazing new video series from the U of C showing clear scientific evidence that obesity, diabetes, and many diseases are caused by sugar and refined carbs in prepared foods and soft drinks. Is sugar a toxin that’s fueling the global obesity epidemic? From UCTV by Dr. Robert Lustig, USCF endocrinologist and his colleagues. In The Skinny on Obesity, Dr. Lustig and his colleagues tease out the science behind this alarming claim and the dire threat it poses to global public health.  Dr. Lustig’s 2009 video ”Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has gone

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Dec 27

The Best Eggs are Pasture-raised Organic

It’s amazing to read the enticing terms on egg cartons. Cage-free! Natural, Vegetarian, Free-range, Certified Humane! Many of these terms are legally regulated. What do they all mean? If you don’t have time to figure them out, here’s a quick guide. Best Eggs are Pasture-raised Organic Studies show that organic eggs from hens raised on pasture offer better nutrition than other supermarket eggs. Research also demonstrates that eggs from free-range, grass-fed chickens contain more nutrients than caged birds. Healthy eggs have a thick shell that’s hard to break, bright orange yolks, and a delicious flavor. Price is a big factor, and

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Dec 17

7 Reasons Paleo Desserts is a Great Resource For Your Family

The greatest resource you can provide for yourself and your family is health and happiness. Mood is so important, and it depends on what kind of “fuel” we put it our body. With healthy Paleo Desserts you can relax and be sure everyone can enjoy them, without worrying about special diets or emotional edges. The Paleo Desserts cookbook shows you step-by-step how to prepare delicious guilt-free sweets that are real, healthy food. These are the favorite recipes we love, like Brownies and Apple Pie, all made without refined foods and sugars that often increase everyone’s stress. Paleo Desserts is a

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Dec 15

Who Needs Paleo Desserts?

Paleo Desserts are for Everybody. They taste delicious, just like your favorite sweets. And they’re healthier for everyone. How many people do you know that are on a special diet? Paleo Desserts is for folks who eat gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic, low-carb, non-allergenic, vegan, and even tree-nut free. There’s even a guide in the back of the book for each special diet. It’s easy to prepare desserts everyone can enjoy, with no sugar rush or insulin response. Here’s who needs Paleo Desserts: Your diabetic aunt who loves to bake Apple Pie. Your gluten-free girlfriend who misses her favorite Carrot Cake. Your

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Dec 15

7 Reasons Paleo Desserts E-book is the Best Choice!

Try the Paleo Desserts e-book, or give it as a gift. Imagine how you will delight someone giving them 125 Delicious Everyday Recipes Gluten and Grain-free! This is a special gift for the person who loves to cook or has an alternative diet. It’s a perfect way to say “I care about you”. An e-book is the best choice for anyone with a reader such as the iPad or Kindle. It shows the same personal caring and love as a physical book or a boxed gift. But it is even more personal because it gives then this special book in

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Dec 12

My Trip to the Just Like Sugar Factory

Everybody asks me: “What’s in the chicory root sweetener?” Last week I paid a visit to the Just Like Sugar factory to give their CEO, Mike Sylver, a signed copy of my new book Paleo Desserts. I had already done an enormous amount of research comparing hundreds of sweeteners on the market and compiled a book about them: “300 Sweeteners, Which is Best?“. For two years I had been developing dessert recipes with this unique natural chicory root sweetener that has no effect on blood sugar. I was impressed and wrote about the benefits of Just Like Sugar Table Top

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Nov 16

How to Lick the Sugar Habit Eating Sweets!

Do you LOVE sweets? We often crave desserts, like Brownies and Chocolate Fudge. They taste wonderful. But when your blood sugar plunges 30 minutes later, maybe you wish you hadn’t done it. And when you suddenly gain 5 pounds, it’s a bad day. So I found a solution and I’d like to share it with you. First I studied the lowest carb flours and sweeteners. Then I used them to re-create my favorite desserts. Imagine my surprise when I tasted them and didn’t have any adverse reaction or blood sugar rush. I wanted to celebrate! I ended my life-long craving and broke

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Nov 10

9 Secret Weapons for Gluten Intolerance

Gluten Intolerance is like an iceberg –  90% is hidden under the surface. Over 200 million Americans are affected by gluten intolerance and celiac disease. We love simple solutions, but there’s more to it. A gluten-free diet alone is unlikely to heal your gut or immune system. Here are 9 secret weapons you’ll need in your arsenal to heal yourself. 9 Secret Weapons for Gluten Intolerance Executive Summary: Break the sugar habit. Kicking sugar addiction is one of the biggest things you can do to restore your metabolism, and reduce gluten intolerance symptoms. Avoid these common gluten cross-reactors:  Sugar, Coffee, Dairy,

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