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Oct 31

Holiday sweets with no sugar spike or weight gain?

Sound too good to be true? Nope, it’s real. We can enjoy treats this season with impunity and no deprivation. My biggest “aha!” discovery has been to create healthy Paleo sweets that don’t cause 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


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.


Oct 06

6 Surprising Tips for a Healthy Fall

By Jane Barthelemy. Fall comes on suddenly. One day it’s summer, then Labor Day, and bang! The chilly weather is here. This temperature change is a huge adjustment for the body, and it challenges our immune system. We get sniffles, colds and flus all too easily. School children bring home every kind of microbe imaginable, and the whole family


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?


Jul 23

How to End 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. 


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? 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?


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: 


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.


Jun 15

Still Counting Calories & Carbs?

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


May 15

Gluten-free Flours, Best & Worst for Weight Gain

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?


May 15

Top 10 Triggers for Gluten Inflammation

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.


May 15

Which Gluten-Free Brownie is Best?

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

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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. 


May 06

5 Steps to a Year-round Herb Garden

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?


Apr 27

Are You Alive? A Questionnaire

By Jane Barthelemy. Yes, I’m asking: Are you truly alive? Are you experiencing your life fully? Do your senses fill you with joy? How vitally alive are you on a scale of 1 – 10? This article explores deeply personal questions. Why is that important? Because your health, your success, and your destiny depend on how you answer. 


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 10

Is Coffee Paleo?

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. 


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.


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? 


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.


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.


Feb 13

Top 10 Gluten Cross-Reactors to Avoid

By Jane Barthelemy. Is your digestion stressed even when you avoid gluten? Do you notice emotional ups and downs that could be related to diet? Yes, certain foods cross-react with gluten. This means they create adverse reactions by themselves, or they make your response to gluten even worse.


Feb 13

For MD’s – Preview of my book, 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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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