Last month I came down with a terrible case of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Yes, that’s oral shingles, with scabs all over my face, mouth, and terrible pain. It’s almost completely healed now, but I can assure you it was awful. This wasn’t a case of suffering from a long-term chronic illness. Not at all – I’m basically very healthy. It was a humiliating experience of discovering I’m not superwoman, and I have to take care of myself like everyone else, especially in the winter. As a serious health enthusiast and would-be example of a healthy lifestyle, it was quite a humbling
If you’ve ever found yourself in a habitual relationship with cookies, energy bars, or chips, you recognize that strange appeal that makes you always want more. It’s all about momentary joy, and a specific neurological response purposely created to charm you into buying it. Countless studies show that certain foods stimulate
There’s a marketing war going on in every grocery store, battling for your attention and your money. The best advice is to simply eat real, original food, and skip packaged foods altogether. However most of us do eat some packaged foods. If that’s you, get ready to put your boots on
By Jane Barthelemy. When I see “Natural flavors” listed on a food label, I feel immediately anxious, unprotected, and suspicious. I conjure up bizarre images of chemical experiments in a food laboratory. What is the truth about “Natural Flavors”? What does the term mean? How can I protect myself
by Jane Barthelemy 4500 years ago, the earliest known textbook on Chinese medicine suggests we “Heal before illness can come.” Physician to the Yellow Emperor, Huangdi Neijing wrote: “In the old days the sages treated disease by preventing illness before it began, just as a good emperor takes the necessary steps to avert war.
By Jane Barthelemy. I love maple syrup on my Paleo pancakes! After all, it’s the naturally sweet sap of maple trees, right? Maple syrup is touted as a healthy sweetener in health magazines, new-age chocolate bars, and Paleo recipes. But with an epidemic of chronic sugar-related diseases world-wide, many people are focusing critical attention
If Xylitol is your favorite sweetener read no further – I’ll never disturb a beautiful relationship. But if you’re still on the fence about Xylitol, read on. Here are some surprising pros and cons that will help you make an informed choice.
Our ancestors had to hunt and gather for their food – it wasn’t always within reach. In modern times, we are surrounded by food and in some ways it has become a kind of entertainment. We have separated ourselves from Nature and from our most basic physiological needs.
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!
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
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?
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
What’s your favorite flavor? Is it sweet, spicy, salty, sour, or bitter? In Chinese Medicine, the flavors you crave can reveal a lot about your psychology and your healthiest lifestyle. This simple self-test offers a balanced approach to self-healing. Choose the flavor you crave most, and read below to find your dietary profile.
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.
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!
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.
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? Certain foods cross-react to gluten. this means they create reactions by themselves or make your response to gluten even worse. You can have expensive personal tests
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
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.
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
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
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 book Paleo Desserts. I had already done an enormous amount of research comparing hundreds of sweeteners on the market and compiled
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
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.
Do you suffer from gluten or dairy intolerance, mood swings, indigestion, arthritis, or an auto-immune disease? If so, the hidden culprit could be nightshades. Nightshades are a group of vegetables in the Solanaceae family including Tomatoes, White Potatoes, all Peppers, and Eggplant.
I like spicy foods! Some of my favorite foods are Pizza, Hot Salsa, Potatoes with Ketchup, Eggplant Parmesan, and Ratatouille. Recently I’ve been experimenting with a nightshade-free diet, and guess what? I feel so much better. What’s the real scoop on nightshades? Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplants.
I love almonds, pecans, walnuts and every kind of nut. Nuts are a true natural food, rich in proteins, healthy fats and enzymes. However many people have difficulty digesting nuts, and tree-nut allergies are ever more common. How can we enjoy nuts without digestive problems? Like all grains and seeds, nuts contain enzyme inhibitors, making them difficult