Stress and Diet
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
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,
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. 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,
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
By Jane Barthelemy. Many people ask me why they tend to come down with colds and flu. In a group of people where someone is sick, they’re always the first person to catch a bug. Our common understanding of the immune system is based on
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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. 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.
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
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.
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?
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. 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
By Jane Barthelemy. When people invite me to birthday parties, I always ask to bring the cake. Oh yes, I love to cook, but I also LOVE TO EAT. Most cakes are simply not safe to eat – they contain sugars, processed ingredients, and flours that make people sick. Commercial or cake-mix cakes may look beautiful, but they have no life force or nutrition in them.
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.
By Jane Barthelemy. 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.
By Jane Barthelemy 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.