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?
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?
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. Writing Good Morning Paleo was a huge job. In 6 months I created 165 original breakfasts free of gluten, grains, dairy, and sugar. I had to test each recipe, sometimes up to twenty times to find the perfect flavor and texture. I made it my goal to finish 3 recipes a day. Some days they worked, some days they had to be reformulated.
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
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 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.
Whew! It was an exciting trip to the windy city last weekend. I never expected such a wildly enthusiastic reception to Paleo Desserts. The ALA (American Library Association) National Convention was attended by over 15,000 librarians from all over the country, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
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 healthy food prepared with care, to cheap, industrial foods? These are two completely different types of “food”, with huge nutritional differences, so we can’t really compare them.
By Jane Barthelemy. This post is for all you mad scientists in the kitchen! Every chef needs to know the best thickeners. When I was writing my Paleo Desserts book I felt like a blind person searching in the dark. My goal was to re-invent recipes for all our favorite sweets with no gluten, grains
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,
Try my Paleo Desserts e-book, or give it as a gift. Imagine how you will delight someone giving them 125 Delicious Everyday Recipes Gluten and Grain-free! It’s a special gift for the person who loves to cook or
By Jane Barthelemy. 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
By Jane Barthelemy. 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 want 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.
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?