We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!
We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!Keep Reading »
This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat
If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:Keep Reading »
We are always getting asked for Paleo friendly breakfast ideas. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing for breakfast. Mix it up!
Here is a quick, easy and unique breakfast idea full of great protein and fat! Enjoy!Keep Reading »
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!
I can’t wait! It’s my all-time favorite holiday…I love the fall, being with family and of course…the FOOD!!
For many folks the holidays are a time when they throw healthy eating out the window and binge on sweets and unhealthy food. And…typically feel like crap after it’s all said and done.
Well..I am here to tell you can still eat healthy during the holidays AND experience delicious food, WITHOUT feeling awful and realizing you’ve gained an extra 10 pounds going into the New Year.Keep Reading »
This is a great dish that gives chicken a little pizazz! And it’s simple with minimal ingredients. Enjoy!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pound chicken so they are thin (option to buy thin breast). Clean and break ends of asparagus. Place the chicken on a baking dish drizzled lightly with oil. On a separate baking dish, place the asparagus and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Chop shallot. In a small bowl add shallots, red wine vinegar, oil and cherries. Place chicken on top of a large handful of arugula and add the cherry mixture. Serve with asparagus.
Recipe by Tami Monaghan
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This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat
If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:Keep Reading »
Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK. As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.
So…what role do obesogens play?
Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.Keep Reading »
Poor Gut Health
This is Part 2 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat.
If you missed Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels, you can check it out HERE.
We will be discussing Part 3-5 in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss it!Keep Reading »
If you are having trouble shedding those extra pounds and the scale just won’t budge….I recommend turning your focus towards these 5 often overlooked factors that could be secretly sabotaging your weight loss goals.
Yes…diet and exercise are key components in losing weight, having a rockin’ body and feeling awesome. But…there is much more to the equation that people don’t realize. Many people dial in their nutrition using a Paleo, whole-food approach and lose tons of weight, and others lose some weight…but not as much as they hoped for. And for those people…there are likely other factors holding you back.
This may be just the information you need to squeeze into that stunning, black dress you’ve been avoiding because it’s a little too snug and exposes your lumps, bumps and rolls OR give you the confidence to strut your stuff in that sexy bikini you bought as an incentive to lose weight (and is currently buried in the bottom of your underwear drawer).
Wouldn’t that be awesome!
What’s even more awesome is that all these factors…if addressed and improved upon…not only help with weight loss, but also help with improved overall health, well-being and disease prevention!!
5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat:
1) Low Vitamin D Levels
2) Poor Gut Health
5) Stress: The Muffin Top Monster
We are going to start this week looking at how Low Vitamin D Levels may be associated with weight gain and will cover the rest of the 4 in upcoming posts.Keep Reading »
This is a simple and delicious fish and brussels sprout dish with a lemony twist. Drizzle sauce over brussels and fish and enjoy!!!Keep Reading »
Harold L age 65 from Paducah, KY.
He lost 10.5 lbs. He says this is something he can do long term and is planning to stick with it.
Submitted by his wife Melody L (he was a great help in keeping me motivated)
I had a hopeful attitude when I decided to try the paleo eating plan but never imagined what it could do for me.
I was the person already eating low fat, diet soda, artificial sweeteners, etc. my husband has type one diabetes. He is fit, walks and works out every day to do what he can to stay healthy,
I learned to cook things using artificial sweeteners for his health and have done so for 30+ years.
As to my own health I developed stomach problems, chronic sinusitis and advanced arthritis. I work 50 hour weeks and try to stay active in my off time but every night I felt pain throughout my body. I could not sleep through the night and took medication to make it through the day.
I began the diet 35 days ago. Within the first week my “sinusitis” was gone telling me that was a misdiagnosis. My body was obviously reacting to something in my diet. Whether from clear sinuses or eating organic my food tastes so much better!
The second week I felt good enough to start my morning with an exercise plan and a walk. By the third week I was sleeping all night and feeling no pain at the end of the day.
After 5 weeks I walk two miles every morning, exercise 20 minutes when I wake up, and have lost 15 pounds.
I can’t thank you enough for developing this plan. I feel like, at 63 years old I have been given a new lease on life!
I have just finished the 30 day challenge. And, i have just begun the rest of my life.
The Paleo way of eating has introduced me to finding whole, fresh, healthy food, and eliminating preservatives and hormones which are legally added to our food.
I have researched words listed in ingredient labels, some of which cause cancer. I no longer use fat-free half and half in my coffe, but instead use organic, real half and half. The ingredients are cream and milk.
My motto the past 30 days, especially with justification to myself to purchase more expensive food is this:
Do i want to spend more on healthy food today, or pay a doctor a lot more later for visits as a result of improper nutrition – he will be smiling all the way to the bank and i will be suffering from ailments and inflammation from ignoring something that i have been enlightened about.
Along with this new knowledge is a natural weight loss. What could be better? Its a new beginning that i plan to continue forever!
I just finished my 30-day challenge. I am 73, and began eating cleaner after my oldest daughter lost 40 lbs in 4 months.
She and her sister had been trying to get me to change my eating habits for some time, but it took SEEING the difference in my daughter to really give me the motivation to try.
I started in February of this year leaving off sugar and most bread and fast foods, and within days had relief from fibromyalgia symptoms that I had suffered for 25 years. I lost 18 pounds in 3 months.
I then started on the Paleo 30-day challenge in July. I have to admit that I didn’t stick to the diet very strictly, so I have only lost 3 more pounds; but I have lost a lot of belly fat.
I have gone from a size 18 to 14, my rings are all loose, and my energy is really up! I am training for a 5K walk in October and have already walked 2.3 miles! Should be up to my 3.1 in a couple of weeks!
Very excited to have my health in such good shape, and I still want to lose 30 – 40 more lbs.
Oh, and I have also dropped my meds for acid reflux and cholesterol. Hope to be off all prescription medications soon! Actually looking forward to my medical checkups!
Thanks for all your support!
I am so happy to have found this guidance. Even though life intervened on my best efforts, I still lost 10.6 pounds.
What is even more important is that I feel so energetic and that has gotten me back on the exercise bandwagon. I love eating the and living the paleo life style.
I will continue as it really is not difficult and man oh man, I did not expect to feel this good again at 61.5 years of age.
I had really let myself go and still have 48 pounds to go but I am undaunted and victorious.
Hello Brenda and Chad!
This is Karen R. Thank you for all of your help and guidance during this new journey for me. I feel that this is a lifestyle that I can manage now.
This has taught me more about what it really takes to stay healthy. I have actually enjoyed being in the kitchen a little more. Still my greatest challenge will be time and prep management, but I will get there!
I started out on this journey, tired, listless, and exhausted. Now, my energy level is up and I have lost about 8 lbs.!!
Day 1 weight: 168
Day 30 weight: 160
I have learned more about HOW & WHEN to drink water!!
My meals have been more satisfying and have kept me away from consuming the “junk” I was putting in my system every day!!
I actually stumbled upon “Paleo” thru a pick I saw on a friends page on Facebook of a meal she had prepared for her family! It looked so yummy I had to know more!!
I have now purchased thru a local bookstore “Paleo for Beginners” and “Real Paleo, Fast & Easy Recipes” to help me make better lifestyle cooking choices!!
At least, I am excited about it and I’ve not felt this way in a very long time, so hopefully I will keep it up!!
At the moment, I am dealing with a family health crisis, I have managed to stay on track pretty well, but want to again say THANK YOU for your help in getting me on the right track to making better choices!
To our HEALTH!!
My name is Cherie… I am 60 years old. I decided to do the Paleo 30 day challenge because I knew I needed to eat better in order to feel better.
I have never “felt” my age but since turning 60 I just haven’t felt good.
I have eaten “organically” for years but needed more structure and portion control… also, sugar cravings have been there more and more… never a problem for me in the past.
I lost a total of 5 lbs but I know it takes time… also the slower the better… (I was on antibiotics for 10 of the 30 days… infection in jaw from bad tooth… apparently there for some months… another reason to not feel good)
So, I am infection free and 5 lbs thinner… I love this way of eating and plan to continue forever… much appreciation for “daily” encouragement and info. That helps tremendously!!!
Hi my name is Cindy, I’m 54 years young & I’m from Lebanon Maine.
Before doing the Paleo Secret 30 day challenge my diet consisted of lots of processed foods, pastas, grains, lots of candy, a cup of coffee in my hand from morning till bedtime.
I felt extremely sluggish, had huge bags under my eyes & woke up every morning with swollen ankles. For years I did low fat dieting on & off only to gain back all the weight I lost & then some.
I knew deep down my eating habits were slowly killing me. I was in a terrible rut. Then I came across The Paleo Secret & decided to try their 30 Day Challenge. Dr. Chad & his wife Dr. Brenda were with me every step of the way.
Their private Paleo Secret customer community on fb was amazing. There I found the most encouraging people who also shared lots of Paleo recipes. I found it easy to do the challenge because of this great group of people.
Amazingly I do not crave any of the foods I used to eat nor do I feel deprived of food while doing Paleo.
Since completing the challenge I feel renewed! I have lost 16 lbs. I feel years younger, my energy is through the roof, & the bags under my eyes & swollen ankles have disappeared.
I’m even thinking clearer & have noticed my hair & skin look healthier too. People are asking me what I’m doing & telling me I look fantastic.
I challenge YOU to hesitate no more & do this 30 day challenge. It will change your life!!
Thank you for your efforts to transform lives. I’m very happy that I took the challenge; I’m feeling great.
I live in Revere, Massachusetts. My name is Kathleen; I’m 72 years old.
Although I would have described myself as a young, healthy 72 year old, I realized that I was kidding myself about my health. When I took a good look at my medications, I was pretty depressed: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, acid reflux, and chronic diarrhea.
The chronic diarrhea was the worst. I was going 16 – 18 times a day. I would eat a bite or two and then rush to the bathroom. As a result, I blew holes in my bowel and required a resection.
I hovered just under 200 lbs for years and despite not being able to eat comfortably, I couldn’t lose weight. I wanted to reverse the pre-diabetes warnings, but I couldn’t.
I started the 30 day challenge after crawling out of a month long, post-retirement depression. My goal of the challenge was not so much to lose weight, but to hopefully get off medication.
I did several things simultaneously, the paleo challenge, the gym, a chiropractor, and drinking a lot of water. The results have been amazing. I’ve lost ten pounds, but that’s not what has me excited. I have not had a single bout of diarrhea since I started the challenge.
My doctor is impressed with my increased energy and weight loss. I’m scheduled to have a blood test but I’ve been holding off a little hoping my numbers will allow me to decrease some of my meds. (I just want a week or two more for my best results).
I’m drinking gallons of water. That’s the other big change. I always avoided water; now that’s ALL I drink. No juices, no diet soda, no coffee or tea (I don’t like coffee anyway), no milk.
I haven’t had any trouble following the diet. (I do miss bread and cheese) I’m mindful of my food purchases and I shop mainly in the produce section of the store. I don’t bore easily so almost every day I have two eggs and spinach for breakfast. I cook extra meat or fish at dinner time so I have something left over for lunch. Packaging and freezing portion sized meat and fish has been very helpful too.
I plan to continue eating paleo. I may have a slice of pizza once in a while, but I’m going to listen to my body.
I really appreciated your daily emails. They were immensely helpful. They have also reinforced other things I’ve incorporated into my lifestyle such as essential oils, meditation, and stress reduction.