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Jul 25

The Toxic Truth About Stevia

By Jane Barthelemy. Stevia is marketed as a healthy sweetener. But surprising new evidence indicates it is highly processed with toxic chemicals. Have you ever wondered how stevia is refined? Is your stevia pure? Or is it mixed with other sweeteners and chemicals?

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May 12

My Biggest “Aha!”, Easy Weight Loss

A few years ago, when I was overweight, diagnosed with cancer, chronic fatigue, adrenal failure, digestive collapse, chemical sensitivities, food allergies, and two frozen shoulders, I began to make changes in my diet and lifestyle, slowly – just one change a week. If I felt better, I would hold onto the change to make it a habit. 


Apr 22

Breakfast Cereal, the Surprising Truth

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?)


Apr 03

Is Maple Syrup Paleo?

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.


Feb 10

My Surprising Journey

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


Oct 21

3 Easy Steps to Speed-Read Nutrition Labels

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


Sep 15

325 Sweeteners, Which One is Best?

By Jane Barthelemy. I’m passionate about natural sweeteners, and I hope you are too. This is an exhaustive list of 325 sweeteners available in the USA, by yours truly. Gleaned from nutrition labels and supermarket shelves, it’s the most complete list


Sep 01

Coconut Sugar, Just a new name for sugar?

By Jane Barthelemy. Coconut sugar has become the new sweetener of choice for the health-food industry. I see chocolate bars, snacks, and Paleo recipes using it as a natural sweetener. With an epidemic of diabetes and obesity worldwide, everyone is looking more closely at sweeteners. Manufacturers tout coconut sugar as a healthy


Aug 23

Xylitol, Pros and Cons of a Sweetener

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.


Feb 26

5 Top Paleo Sweeteners

By Jane Barthelemy. Top ratings go to Raw Honey, Chicory Root, Lo Han Guo, Swerve Sweetener, and Stevia leaves – raw and unprocessed, the healthiest Paleo sweeteners. The criterion are based on purity, stable blood sugar, and balanced metabolism. With a growing epidemic of diabetes, obesity, and


May 23

The Hidden Dangers of Fructose

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?


Jan 25

How to Enjoy Low-Carb Skinny Sweets

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.


Jan 22

Paleo Brownies – Are They Really Healthy?

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!


Dec 27

“The Skinny on Obesity” Video Series

By Jane Barthelemy. The data is in. Sugar causes fat deposits and 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


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


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 book Paleo Desserts. I had already done an enormous amount of research comparing hundreds of sweeteners on the market and compiled


Nov 16

How to Lick the Sugar Habit Eating Sweets!

By Jane Barthelemy. 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


Aug 26

What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?

By Jane Barthelemy. The spotlight is on Paleo Sweeteners now, because we’re living in times when sugars and refined carbs in processed foods are everywhere, causing epidemic health challenges worldwide. Many people are turning to the Paleo diet for answers and guidance. What did our ancestors eat?


Aug 16

Is Sugar Toxic? CBS 60 Minutes

By Jane Barthelemy. Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the U of C in San Francisco, believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it hidden in processed foods, is killing us. CBS 60 Minutes recently aired new scientific research by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that links high blood sugar to obesity, diabetes


Jul 14

Just Like Sugar Table Top – Natural Chicory Root Sweetener

Product Review by Jane Barthelemy. Just Like Sugar Table Top is my favorite natural Paleo sweetener by far. After testing hundreds of sweeteners I use it because it dissolves easily, it tastes delicious, and is easy to measure cup for cup like sugar. Even better, it has zero-calories and zero-carbs.