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Optimizing Health

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Sep 15

Autumn Seasonal Foods in Chinese Medicine

by Jane Barthelemy. 2,400 years ago, the earliest known textbook on Chinese medicine suggests we should “Heal before illness can come.” Physician to the 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!

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?

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?

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

I’m teaching a Cosmological Qigong class every Monday 5:00 – 6:30 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

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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Sep 01

Pros & Cons of the Paleo Diet

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.

Avoiding-GMO-Foods

Jun 01

Avoiding GMO’s? Here’s a Guide.

It seems genetically modified food is everywhere, but it’s relatively easy to avoid. The best defense is to buy food that’s labeled 100% organic. In the US and Canada, 100% organic foods cannot be GMO. Be sure the label says 100% organic. The simple label “organic” does not insure that it’s GMO-free.  Legally, it can be labeled organic and still contain up to 30% GMO’s!

How-much-fructose-day

May 23

The Hidden Dangers of Fructose

20 grams fructose per day is 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?

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

What’s your favorite flavor?  Is it sweet, spicy, salty, sour, or bitter? In Chinese Medicine, the flavors you crave can reveal a lot about your psychology and your healthiest lifestyle. This simple self-test offers a balanced approach to self-healing. Choose the flavor you crave most, and read below to find your dietary profile.

Low-Carb-Skinny-Sweets

Jan 25

How to Make Low-Carb Skinny Sweets

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?

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?

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.

gluten-cross-reactors

Jan 11

10 Gluten Cross-Reactor Foods to Avoid

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

Healthy-Party-eating

Dec 29

12 Tips for Enjoying Parties & Gatherings

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.

eggs

Dec 27

The Best Eggs are Pasture-raised Organic

It’s amazing to read the enticing terms on egg cartons. Cage-free! Natural, Vegetarian, Free-range, Certified Humane! Many of these terms are legally regulated. What do they all mean? If you don’t have time to figure them out, here’s a quick guide. Best Eggs are Pasture-raised Organic

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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

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Dec 15

Who Needs Paleo Desserts?

Paleo Desserts are for Everybody. They taste delicious, just like your favorite sweets. And they’re healthier for everyone. How many people do you know that are on a special diet? My Paleo Desserts book is great for folks who eat gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic, low-carb, non-allergenic,

Lick-The-Sugar-Habit

Nov 16

How to Lick the Sugar Habit Eating Sweets!

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

Beyond-Gluten-Intolerance

Nov 10

9 Secret Weapons for Gluten Intolerance

Gluten Intolerance is like an iceberg –  90% is hidden under the surface. Over 200 million Americans are affected by gluten intolerance and celiac disease. We love simple solutions, but there’s more to it. A gluten-free diet alone is unlikely to heal your gut or immune system. Here are 9 secret weapons you’ll need in your arsenal to heal yourself.

Beware of Nightshades

Nov 06

Beware of Nightshades

Do you suffer from gluten or dairy intolerance, mood swings, indigestion, arthritis, or an auto-immune disease? If so, the hidden culprit could be nightshades. Nightshades are a group of vegetables in the Solanaceae family including Tomatoes, White Potatoes, all Peppers, and Eggplant.

Jane-Trekking

Oct 29

10 Life-Changing Benefits of Walking

I recently went on a trek in Spain, walking 125 kilometers in 15 days on the rustic roads of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. This was a gift to myself after spending a year in the kitchen and on the computer writing my Paleo Desserts cookbook. Walking the Camino was invigorating, beautiful hard work.

300-Sweeteners

Aug 25

300 Sweeteners – Which is Best?

With over 300 sweeteners in groceries and prepared foods, how can we choose wisely? Find the best sweeteners, and learn how to select them yourself. This is an exhaustive list of 325 sweeteners available today. I find it very interesting and you may too. 

gum-drops

Aug 16

Is Sugar Toxic? CBS 60 Minutes

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

Nightshades

Aug 14

Are Nightshades Paleo?

I like spicy foods! Some of my favorite foods are Pizza, Hot Salsa, Potatoes with Ketchup, Eggplant Parmesan, and Ratatouille. Recently I’ve been experimenting with a nightshade-free diet, and guess what? I feel so much better. What’s the real scoop on nightshades? Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplants.

Just-Like-Sugar-Table-Top

Jul 14

Just Like Sugar Table Top – Natural Chicory Root Sweetener

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. It also happens to be a zero-calorie, zero-carb sweetener that can be used – um – just like sugar.