Summertime is for freshly picked foods, when seasonal berries, greens, fruits, and vegetables are at their peak with life force and nutrition. Here are some of my favorite summer recipes.
By Jane Barthelemy. Counting is an accepted way to measure nutrition. But how effective is it? We can count what goes IN, but how much of that is absorbed by your body as nourishment? Calories and nutrition labels are estimates at best. It’s more relevant to ask if there’s any life force in your food. Your body is constantly swapping
By Jane Barthelemy. What are the best gluten-free flours? Which flours should you avoid? Compare these gluten-free flours by carb content and risk of weight gain. Weight gain is associated with carbs, which convert to sugars during digestion. Check it out for yourself. Which gluten-free flours will help you most in weight control?
By Jane Barthelemy. Gluten-free is hot these days. We’d like to blame gluten for all our woes, inflammation, indigestion, headaches, and emotional blues. While it is true that gluten reactions are more common, perhaps we’re falling into wishful thinking that simply removing gluten from our diets will solve ALL our problems.
By Jane Barthelemy. Gluten-free is big business now. Every grocery has a gluten-free aisle filled with tempting treats like gluten-free chips, and gluten-free chocolate cookies. But why do doctors say they expect people to gain weight on a gluten-free diet? Weight gain is associated with carbs and sugars. As I read ingredient labels
Fresh herbs are surprisingly easy to grow, they add aromatic flavor and beauty to your homecooked meals. Another bonus, they contain vitamins and minerals in higher concentrations than many other plants. I find that every dish tastes better with fresh herbs, and the most convenient way to get them is from your own garden, right?
By Jane Barthelemy. Breakfast means a bowl of cereal. After all isn’t this an American tradition? Nope. It’s actually a very recent marketing invention. A tiny mistake in Battle Creek, Michigan changed the face of breakfast forever. Harvey Kellogg (recognize the name?)
By Jane Barthelemy. So, is coffee Paleo? Well, the answer is emphatically NO. Sorry, wishful thinking won’t put it in the Paleo era. The bullet-proof truth is that coffee was first cultivated in Ethiopia c. 1,000 BCE. Perhaps one of today’s most addicting modern foods, coffee was banned in Mecca in the 1500’s as intoxicating and inciting radical thinking.
By Jane Barthelemy. I love maple syrup on my Paleo pancakes! After all, it’s pure sap from maple trees. Right? Sorry, the answer is NO. Is it really Paleo? Unfortunately, the answer is again emphatically NO. This probably won’t be my most popular post.
A Spring Cleanse can make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow. Even better, it can boost your energy levels, improve digestion, aid sleep, and help you shed a few unwanted pounds. Spring is the perfect time to start over. But what exactly do you want to accomplish?
By Jane Barthelemy. Healthy is the new skinny! So what is step 1 to being healthy? Figuring out what you are putting into your body, and knowing what you shouldn’t. One of the easiest things to slip through the cracks? GMO! Planning on getting a burger for lunch? Think again – the meat is GMO-fed.
By Jane Barthelemy. I adore spicy foods! My favorites are Pizza, Hot Salsa, Eggplant Parmesan, and Ratatouille. Recently I’ve been trying a nightshade-free diet, and guess what? I feel so much better. What’s the real scoop on nightshades? Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplants.
By Jane Barthelemy. 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
Doctors say a good breakfast is the secret to a great day. But for folks on a Paleo diet, traditional favorites like English muffins, yogurt, oatmeal, toast with jam, or treats like waffles and blueberry muffins are off the menu. Now, Jane Barthelemy, author of Paleo Desserts, has whipped up 165 healthy, luscious, low-carb
Why on Earth did I become a Paleo/gluten-free chef? Well, here’s my surprising story. I come from a long line of nature enthusiasts, artists, and foodies. I’ve done many creative things in my life – this may be my 9th career – I lost count
By Jane Barthelemy. Recent changes in the global micro-biome have disturbed our delicate body eco-system, precipitating major health issues we face today. A few months ago I came down with a terrible case of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Yes, that’s oral shingles in the facial nerve, with scabs on my face and terrible pain.
By Jane Barthelemy. 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
By Jane Barthelemy. 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. 4,500 years ago, the earliest known textbook on medicine suggests we “Heal before illness can come.” Physician to the Chinese 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. 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’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
By Jane Barthelemy. We can only absorb 20 grams fructose per day. That’s 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?
By Jane Barthelemy. 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
By Jane Barthelemy. What’s your favorite flavor? Is it sweet, spicy, salty, sour, or bitter? The flavor you crave most reveals volumes about your psychology and health issues. Here’s a simple self-test. It’s like a health horoscope. Choose your favorite flavor. Then read below your dietary profile and healing advice.
By Jane Barthelemy. 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.
By Jane Barthelemy. 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!
By Jane Barthelemy. We complain about the high cost of healthy food. But perhaps there’s another way to look at it: Why do we even try to compare healthy food prepared with care, to cheap, industrial foods? These are two completely different types of “food”, with huge nutritional differences, so we can’t really compare them.
By Jane Barthelemy. This post is for all you mad scientists in the kitchen! Every chef needs to know the best thickeners. 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