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Beware of Toxic "Natural Flavors"

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 from[...]
My Favorite Fall Recipes

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[...]
Autumn Seasonal Foods in Chinese Medicine

Autumn Seasonal Foods in Chinese Medicine

by Jane Barthelemy 4500 years ago, the earliest known textbook on Chinese medicine suggests we "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[...]
325 Sweeteners, Which One is Best?

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 I've seen so far. Sweeteners are alphabetical, with their ingredients[...]
10 Fabulous Birthdays, Paleo & Gluten-free!

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,[...]
Maple Syrup, a Healthy Paleo Sweetener?

Maple Syrup, a Healthy Paleo Sweetener?

By Jane Barthelemy. 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[...]
The preface cut from my book...

The preface cut from my book...

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[...]
Coconut Sugar, Just a new name for sugar?

Coconut Sugar, Just a new name for sugar?

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[...]
Xylitol, Pros and Cons of a Sweetener

Xylitol, Pros and Cons of a Sweetener

If Xylitol is your favorite sweetener read no further - I’ll never disturb a beautiful relationship. But if you're still on the fence about Xylitol, read on. Here are some surprising pros and cons that will help you make an informed choice. What is Xylitol? Xylitol is a granulated sweetener that tastes[...]
Cosmological Qigong Classes

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 the body-mind-spirit. It[...]
9 Tips for a Healthy Fall Season

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[...]
A History of Breakfast - Paleo to Present

A History of Breakfast - Paleo to Present

Breakfast wasn’t always corn flakes, bacon and eggs, or yogurt with fruit. People have been inventing new breakfasts from prehistoric times to the present, and the variety of traditions will astound you. Just in case you’re in a breakfast rut, here are some ideas from history to inspire you with[...]
Paleo: More Than a Diet. It's a Lifestyle

Paleo: More Than a Diet. It's a Lifestyle

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[...]
"Good Morning Paleo" is here!

"Good Morning Paleo" is here!

I'm so excited, my new book is here! I've had so much fun creating it! See the recipe list below. Oh, and check out the yummy breakfast photos on my new book website here. Eat breakfast like your life depends on it. I wrote this book to empower people to start[...]
Free eBook: Energize Your Salads!

Free eBook: Energize Your Salads!

Do you want to lose weight, increase energy levels, reduce stress, enjoy your life more, and generally look and feel healthier? You’ve come to the right place. My e-Recipe book Energize Your Salads! is a revolutionary new Paleo approach to the most flavorful salads you’ve ever tasted, and the most nutritious[...]
5 Top Paleo Sweeteners

5 Top Paleo Sweeteners

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 metabolic disorder, we need sweeteners that stop[...]
Pros & Cons of the Paleo Diet

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[...]
Your Body Never Lies

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. Is it[...]
Librarians Devour Paleo Desserts!

Librarians Devour Paleo Desserts!

Whew! It was an exciting trip to the windy city this 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. Hundreds of library managers[...]
A day in the life of a Paleo chef...

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[...]
Avoiding GMO's? Here's a Guide.

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,[...]
Memorial Day Travel Tips on Livestream TV!

Memorial Day Travel Tips on Livestream TV!

It's true! View my live interview on the Gfree and Happy Show on Monday May 20th with Kathy Nelson. She featured my "Memorial Day Emergency Travel Pack" for eating gluten-free and healthy while traveling. She asked "What's the Paleo Diet?", and "How do I avoid falling back into bad eating[...]
The Hidden Dangers of Fructose

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? Fructose is a natural sugar found[...]
Traveling on a Healthy Diet?

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[...]
The Five Flavors: 5 Secrets to Health

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[...]
What's the Paleo Diet?

What's the Paleo Diet?

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? Also known as the Primal diet, Caveman diet, Stone Age diet, or Hunter-gatherer diet, the Paleo diet includes fresh vegetables[...]
View Paleo Desserts on Livestream!

View Paleo Desserts on Livestream!

Paleo Desserts was on Livestream TV Monday 1/28. View the YouTube interview with Kathy Nelson of the Gfree and Happy Show. I hope I wasn't too zany! We talked about my Paleo Desserts book and the Paleo diet. I sampled a fresh Paleo Apple Pie, demonstrated Instant Mocha Mousse, and ate[...]
How to Make Low-Carb Skinny Sweets

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. I carefully measured the carbs compared to other[...]
Paleo Brownies - Are They Really Healthy?

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! The SECRET to[...]
Why is healthy food so expensive?

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. Most large-scale industrial crops like corn,[...]
10 Gluten Cross-Reactor Foods to Avoid

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[...]
What are the best healthy thickeners?

What are the best healthy thickeners?

This post is for all you mad scientists in the kitchen! Knowing the best thickeners is essential for any chef. 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[...]
12 Tips for Enjoying Parties & Gatherings

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[...]
"The Skinny on Obesity" Video Series

"The Skinny on Obesity" Video Series

The data is in. Sugar causes fat deposits and obesity. Sugar causes diabetes. It's that simple. Here's an amazing new video series from the U of C showing clear scientific evidence that obesity, diabetes, and many diseases are caused by sugar and refined carbs in prepared foods and soft drinks. Is[...]
The Best Eggs are Pasture-raised Organic

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 Studies show that organic eggs from hens[...]
7 Reasons Paleo Desserts is a Great Resource For Your Family

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[...]
Who Needs Paleo Desserts?

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, vegan, and even tree-nut free.[...]
7 Reasons Paleo Desserts E-book is Better!

7 Reasons Paleo Desserts E-book is Better!

Try the 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! This is a special gift for the person who loves to cook or has an alternative diet. It's a perfect way to say "I care[...]
My Trip to the Just Like Sugar Factory

My Trip to the Just Like Sugar Factory

Everybody asks me: "What's in the chicory root sweetener?" Last week I paid a visit to the Just Like Sugar factory to give their CEO, Mike Sylver, a signed copy of my book Paleo Desserts. I had already done an enormous amount of research comparing hundreds of sweeteners on the[...]
Addicted to coffee? Here's a healthy brew

Addicted to coffee? Here's a healthy brew

85% of Americans use caffeine on a daily basis, and our passionate obsession with coffee is a roaring $30 billion industry. We drink an estimated 400 million cups of Joe per day. If you're one of those daring souls that truly want to be both healthy AND Paleo, here’s a[...]
How to Lick the Sugar Habit Eating Sweets!

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[...]
9 Secret Weapons for Gluten Intolerance

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[...]
Beware of Nightshades

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. Many people are intolerant to nightshades, especially Caucasians, but[...]
10 Life-Changing Benefits of Walking

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,[...]
What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?

What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?

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? What is the best diet that[...]
Is Sugar Toxic? CBS 60 Minutes

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[...]
Are Nightshades Paleo?

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. Are they really part of[...]
Just Like Sugar Table Top - Natural Chicory Root Sweetener

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[...]
All About Nuts

All About Nuts

I love almonds, pecans, walnuts and every kind of nut. Nuts are a true natural food, rich in proteins, healthy fats and enzymes. However many people have difficulty digesting nuts, and tree-nut allergies are ever more common. How can we enjoy nuts without digestive problems? Like all grains and seeds, nuts[...]