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Mar 25

Thinking of a Spring Cleanse?

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? 

Avoid-GMO-Foods

Mar 18

Avoiding GMO’s? Here’s a Guide.

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.

Nightshades

Mar 02

Are Nightshades Paleo?

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.

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Feb 20

The Surprising Story of Stevia

By Jane Barthelemy. Stevia is touted as a pure, natural, healthy sweetener by doctors and experts. But surprising new evidence indicates otherwise. Have you ever wondered how stevia is processed?

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Feb 13

Top 10 Gluten Cross-Reactors to Avoid

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

Doctor-holds-GMP-Book

Feb 13

Medical book preview, Good Morning Paleo

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

Jane-garden

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

power-boost-immune-system

Jan 19

Power-Boost Your Immune System

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.

Addictive-foods

Dec 02

7 Most Addictive Foods and how to be free

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

Nitrution-Labels

Oct 21

3 Steps to Speed-Read the 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

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Oct 07

Beware of Toxic “Natural Flavors”

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

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Sep 27

My Favorite Fall Recipes

Today I felt a huge change in the weather, and my body wants warm foods. No more cold drinks and salads, I’m craving soups, stews, and hot tea. The transition to Fall is hard for many people. As the weather gets colder, the rhythm of the day feels different and somehow strange. I need a jump-start reminder

Dahlia-Chinese-painting

Sep 15

Autumn Seasonal Foods in Chinese Medicine

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.

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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

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Sep 12

10 Fabulous Birthdays, Paleo & Gluten-free!

By Jane Barthelemy. A few weeks ago I was invited to a birthday party for a good friend. The party was in a local restaurant, with a special-order cake from their bakery. All my friends were going, and I really wanted to be there to celebrate. My friends know my books and recipes, and they understand I don’t eat grains, sugar, dairy, or GMO foods.

Pouring Maple Syrup

Sep 07

Maple Syrup, a Healthy Paleo Sweetener?

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

coconut-sugar

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

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Aug 13

Cosmological Qigong Classes

By Jane Barthelemy. You’re invited to my Cosmological Qigong class every Monday 5:30 – 6:45 pm at the MogaDao Institute or “The Guan”, which means “temple”. Address: 703 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Next to Buddha Fitness. MogaDaoInstitute.com. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that balances and harmonizes

Loquats_and_Mountain_Bird

Aug 12

9 Tips for a Healthy Fall Season

By Jane Barthelemy. Fall is in the air. Mornings are crisp, and the days are shorter. I feel a tinge of sadness as Summer is ending, and even a slight sense of trepidation. For many it’s a time of colds and flu. For others we’re constantly on the edge of getting sick the whole season. Here are a few pearls of wisdom

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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

wonka-text-higher

Sep 01

Pros & Cons of the Paleo Diet

By Jane Barthelemy. 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. M

Body-Never-Lies

Jul 26

Your Body Never Lies

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.

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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.

How-much-fructose-day

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?

paleo-travel-food

Mar 27

Traveling on a Healthy Diet?

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

Five-Flavors-Chinese-Medicine

Mar 15

The Five Flavors: 5 Secrets to Health

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.

Low-Carb-Skinny-Sweets

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.

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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!

healthy-food-expensive

Jan 17

Why is healthy food so expensive?

By Jane Barthelemy. 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.

party-food

Dec 29

12 Healthy Tips for Enjoying Parties

By Jane Barthelemy. 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.