What is the Paleo Diet?
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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:
By Jane Barthelemy. What are the best gluten-free flours? Which flours are Paleo? 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?
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.
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.
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
By Jane Barthelemy. Best and worst foods for the season. It’s strange, but I always try to cook holiday meals myself. Not because I love to cook, but because I love to EAT! I notice many people aren’t aware of the huge differences in quality that we choose from in America. My body is highly tuned, and I sense everything I eat. If you feed me toxic food, I’ll feel it immediately.
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
By Jane Barthelemy. As a Paleo enthusiast, I often say the approach is a lifestyle, not a diet. It’s much more than a way of eating, and it can be interpreted or adapted in your own way. The Paleo lifestyle bypasses the dangers of modern industrial foods, opting for the healthier, more sustainable ways of our
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
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
Our Paleolithic 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.
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.
By Jane Barthelemy. Everybody asks me this question. What foods are in the Paleo Diet? It’s easiest to explain with a picture. On the left, what’s IN the Paleo Diet? On the right, what’s NOT?
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!
By Jane Barthelemy. We complain about the high cost of healthy food. But perhaps there’s another way to look at it: Why do we even try to compare original foods prepared with care, to cheap, industrial foods? These are two completely different types of “food”, with huge nutritional differences. It makes no sense at all to compare Paleo hunt-and gather foods to factory farmed and junk “food”.
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,