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raw-milk-superfood

Jul 16

Raw Milk a Superfood? My Udder Surprise!

You might wonder – what’s a Paleo enthusiast doing with milk? As a firm dairy-free advocate, I’ve been reading studies about the immune boosting properties of raw milk. Could it be true or hype? So I decided to try it. To my total and “udder” surprise, almost immediately I noticed a higher energy level. My skin was smoother. Little skin spots vanished. I slept 

GMO-FREE

Jul 15

Glyphosate Health Risks: New Data

Quiz: If a food is non-GMO, is it safe to eat?  The shocking answer is NO! As health enthusiasts, we understand the risks of GMO foods. However surprising new evidence indicates that toxins are even more widespread, and many non-GMO foods are sprayed with Monsanto’s Glyphosate. New scientific research clearly links many chronic diseases to Glyphosate. 

adaptogen-herbs

Jun 27

Adaptogenic Herbs, Nature’s Stress Busters

By Jane Barthelemy. Want to reduce stress and feel more energy in your life? Adaptogens are the perfect natural solution. Top trainers and athletes call them “synergistic meds for healthy people” because they can powerfully boost stamina and recovery without side-effects of pharmaceuticals. What’s an Adaptogen? Adaptogens are a special class of plant herbal medicines used in ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries to promote a sense of wellbeing. In those traditional healing systems, these plants are considered the “Kings” and “Queens” of herbs for restoring health, vitality, immunity, stamina, and promoting longevity. Some of my favorite Adaptogen combinations include: Super Adaptogen,

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virus-viral-herbs

Jun 18

Got a Virus? Try These Anti-viral Herbs

By Jane Barthelemy. With over 400,000 viruses that can affect your health, you need to know these natural anti-viral herbs and supplements. Whether it’s a cold, flu, mumps, or Epstein Barr, the rules for kicking a virus are the same. These safe plant-based medicines have an important place in your tool chest for basic self-care. 

Forbidden-fruit

Jun 10

Forbidden Fruits, Which Ones Make You Fat?

By Jane Barthelemy. What’s the worst food for weight gain? Sugary fruit! Surprising new studies show high-fructose fruits are top culprits in weight gain. Due to a genetic mutation 40,000 years ago, the fructose you eat goes immediately to fat. To lose weight, skip these fruits: Bananas, Grapes, Pineapples, Mangos, Oranges, Dried fruits, Raisins, Dates, Melons, Peaches, Sweet apples and juices. Instead eat tart fruits: raspberries, grapefruit,

flu-girl

May 27

Vanquish a Virus with Food & Lifestyle

By Jane Barthelemy. Did you know there are over 400 different viruses that can affect your health? And over 200 viruses that can cause a common cold? No matter if you have the flu or another virus, there’s a LOT you can do to build your immune system and eat in ways that will clear a virus. Other virus-based illnesses include chicken pox, mumps, hepatitis,

coconut-sugar

May 27

Uh Oh! Coconut Sugar is 100% Sugar!

By Jane Barthelemy. Awful news! Coconut sugar is 100% sugar! You won’t feel a glycemic rush, as coconut sugar is relatively low in glucose. But here’s the rub: The rest of the sugar is fructose! Just like HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), fructose is a liver toxin that causes high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes (Yup, our top epidemics). Fructose doesn’t give you a glycemic jolt. Instead it quietly and insidiously

coffee-tasting

May 09

Is Coffee Paleo?

By Jane Barthelemy. So, is coffee Paleo? Well, the correct answer is NO. Even wishful thinking won’t put it in the Paleo era. The bullet-proof truth is that coffee was first cultivated in Ethiopia c. 900 years after Christ, roughly 10,000 years after the Paleo period. One of today’s most profitable and addictive habits, coffee was actually banned in Mecca in the 1500’s as intoxicating and inciting radical thinking! But royal intervention changed all that, and soon coffee spread 

yawning

Apr 25

How to Oxygenate Your Blood

By Jane Barthelemy.  Our bodies were designed to live in a high-oxygen environment at a time when over 30% of the air we breathed was oxygen. Today, oxygen levels are 20% to 22% in most areas. OSHA law requires a minimum 19.5% in workplaces, but

Parkinson's

Apr 16

Preventing Parkinson’s and Neuropathy

By Jane Barthelemy. Over one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. An additional 100,000 are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, with countless cases unreported. Worldwide, 7 to 10 million people live with

immune-system

Mar 30

10 Ways to Build Your Immune System

By Jane Barthelemy. Your immune system is your most precious resource. In the past century, changes in the global micro-biome have challenged our delicate internal eco-systems, precipitating many of the major health issues we face today. Our environment is continually infused with new chemicals,

gluten-free

Mar 22

Should You Go Gluten-Free?

By Jane Barthelemy. Are you ready for a new perspective on gluten? Bread is the staff of life. And money! Gluten-free is the fastest growing niche in grocery stores. The gluten-free market was recently valued at $4.63 billion per year, and projected to grow to $7.59 billion within a short time. While it is true that gluten reactions are increasingly common, 

brain-food

Mar 22

Food affects your body, mood & life quality!

Guest post by Dr. Eva Selhub, MD, Harvard Health Publications. I’m glad the research is finally IN! Yes, think about it. Your brain is always “on.”  It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply 

emotional-eating

Mar 22

Emotional Eating? 5 Reasons You Can’t Stop

Many people believe that emotional eating is due to a lack of self-control. However studies suggest this is simply not the case. Here are 5 factors that contribute to emotional eating, and 5 practical solutions! Guest post by Jennifer Kromberg, PsyD, Psychology Today. 

food-genes

Mar 22

The Food We Eat Changes Our Genes!

“Nearly all of a cell’s genes are influenced by changes to the nutrients they have access to. In fact, in many cases the effects were so strong that changing a cell’s metabolic profile could make certain genes behave differently.”

osteoporosis-1

Mar 11

6 Surprising Steps to Healthy Bones

By Jane Barthelemy. Millions of people suffer from maladies of the joints and bones. Joint pain and bone fractures are major causes of disability. Arthritis affects 1 in 5 adults. Osteoporosis affects approximately 54 million Americans. Studies show that both bone

sweets-healthy-secret

Feb 28

2 Steps to Break Sugar Cravings Painlessly

It’s 3:30 pm, your brain is getting foggy, your energy is a bit low, your nerves are on edge, and you need a sweet snack. Sound familiar? Sugar cravings are a very physical reality in our lives. Sugar stimulates the brain’s reward centers through the neuro-transmitter dopamine, just like other addictive drugs. Foods high in fat and sugar stimulate

almonds-in-milk

Feb 18

Are There Any Almonds in Your Almond Milk?

Have you ever wondered how many almonds are in your almond milk? I compared four brands to find the number of almonds used. The results are astonishing. This won’t be my most popular post. There are only 9 to 14 almonds in 2 cups of commercial almond milk. A profitable business model indeed! 

walking-dog

Feb 17

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Walking

Our bodies are genetically designed to walk. Walking is one of the most primal movements known to man. Bipedal movement is part of our genetic heritage. Form follows function, and our bodies developed in such a way that walking is essential to health. Walking 30 to 45 minutes each day

EFT-Emotional-Freedom

Jan 26

EFT – Your Personal Tool to Freedom

By Jane Barthelemy. Your transformation is about to go into hyper-speed. Transitioning from miserable to happy, from sick to healthy, is as easy as 1-2-3. This article is about the powerful Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is a revolutionary system of acupuncture that you can use to heal

adrenal-fatigue

Jan 18

Adrenal Fatigue, Modern Stress Syndrome

By Jane Barthelemy. What is Adrenal Fatigue? According to Dr. Mercola, up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most misunderstood illnesses in the US. The term “Adrenal Fatigue” was first coined in 1998 by naturopath and chiropractor Dr. James Wilson,

flu-woman-temperature

Jan 09

6 Surprising Tips to Lick Colds & Flu

By Jane Barthelemy. Any change in the weather can shock your immune system. That’s when we get sniffles, colds, and flus. Microbes are everywhere, just waiting for opportunities. They float in the air, we share them with family and friends, spreading them with our hands. We spend good money on medications, and we lose time from the things we must do.

Best-Paleo-Sweeteners

Jan 01

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?

Jane-Sleeping

Dec 30

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

by Jane Barthelemy. Good sleep is the foundation of your health. Insomnia can literally drive you insane. Yet drugs to treat it are even worse. Join me as I explore radical natural solutions to restful sleep from ancient Chinese medicine and simple old-fashioned home healing. It has been said that one in 10 Americans take sleep medications,

Paleo-Apple-Pie

Oct 31

Paleo Sweets with no sugar spike or weight gain?

Sound too good to be true? Nope, it’s real. My big “aha!” discovery is how to make healthy desserts with no blood sugar rush or added pounds. Let me explain how this is possible. Easy! Simply follow my recipes, using original, unrefined, low carb, low glycemic Paleo ingredients like coconut, almond flour, and chicory root sweetener. 

Dahlia-Chinese-painting

Oct 15

Autumn Medicinal Foods

by Jane Barthelemy. It’s amazing. 4,500 years ago, the oldest book on medicine suggests we “Heal before illness can come.” The Yellow Emperor’s doctor said: “In the old days, smart people prevented disease it before it began, just as a good leader averts war before it starts.

Jane-balanced

Jul 23

End Your Food Cravings & Addictions

By Jane Barthelemy. Something amazing happened last week. My cravings vanished, and my body released all that stress. OMG, this is the happy balance I’ve been wanting for years! Finally it happened! All week, there was no craving for sweets, no moodiness or familiar addictive message demanding chips or chocolate. Nope. Just quiet balance. 

eggs

Jul 11

Egg Buyers, Beware

By Jane Barthelemy. You’re in the grocery store looking for non-GMO eggs, and it’s confusing. What is the truth behind these terms: Free-Range, Organic, Cage-free? Are any of these eggs Paleo? While most have legal meanings, the labels are purposely misleading. For example, did you know that pasture-raised hens may receive up to 30% of their diet in GMO grains? GMO grains are NOT Paleo.

hot-dinner

Jul 07

A Paleo Traveler’s Secret – Healthy Meals in a Hotel Room

Every frequent traveler knows the challenge of eating well on the road. If you’re doing gluten-free, Paleo, GMO-free, or any healthy diet, you can solve that with a bit of planning. It’s all in the preparation. I recently took a trip and photographed my hotel kitchen set up. Here are my 6 steps to eating healthy in a hotel room: 

healthy-summer-recipes

Jun 27

Healthy Summer Picnic Favorites!

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. Whether you’re packing a picnic or doing it at home, here are some new ideas to spark up your open-air meals.

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