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5 Tips to Help You Stay Paleo During the Holidays

December 21st, 2016 | Living, resources

Is this your first holiday season since going Paleo?

Whether you’re participating in our 30-Day Challenge or recently adapted to the Paleo Diet – it can be very difficult to adhere to your new lifestyle during the ‘most wonderful time of the year.

December seems to be full of company parties and family get-togethers that are centered around food and drinks. Our culture encourages us to be ‘Merry!‘ and that usually translates into too much sugar and processed ingredients, and not enough sleep or exercise.

If you’re feeling this Season’s struggle and need some guidance to get through the Holiday guilt-free, check out these 5 tips to help YOU stay Paleo:

  1. Create Awareness
    It’s hard for others to be respectful of your new way of eating if they don’t know about it – So tell them! Take the time to talk to your family, friends and co-workers about your new journey with food and how amazing you feel. Let them know how it has improved your life and how important it is to you to continue to live this way. Ask them for their support and who knows – they might end up joining you and trying Paleo for themselves!
  2. Share Dishes
    Pot-luck parties are the perfect opportunity to introduce other people to the Paleo Diet. Not only will this guarantee you’ll have something to eat at the event, you can expose others to the delicious (and healthy!) foods that you get to eat every day. It’s also a great opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen and take the extra time to prepare a more elaborate dish you wouldn’t usually have time for.
  3. Make Mocktails
    The hardest part about staying Paleo during the holiday seems to be the endless flowing river of libations. Overdoing it on the booze can lead to overeating due to loss of self-control and a little thing called a hangover. Too much alcohol over a longer period of time (i.e. the whole Season) can also lead to weight gain. It’s basically completely counterproductive to everything you’re trying to achieve! If you absolutely want something to sip on during a gathering, try making a ‘mocktail‘ – a cocktail without the liquor. Try experimenting with different herbs, fruits and flavors! My personal favorite is muddled cranberries, mint and club soda – YUM!
  4. Plan Ahead
    Sometimes you just can’t resist Grandma’s non-Paleo Pumpkin pie or your nephews sugar cookies complete with a sweet smile – and that’s OK! You don’t need to punish yourself for veering off the path. But eating too many pieces of pie and too many cookies can set you back huge leaps in your progress. I like to suggest planning ‘Treat Days‘ – specific parties or events that you know for certain you will be indulging. Schedule it and plan accordingly. Do something physical that day to get your body moving and your blood flowing. Hydrate with a lot of water and eat Paleo like you would any other day. Also keep in mind – there are a TON of Paleo-friendly treats that are free of gluten, dairy and processed ingredients. And when the time comes for your treat – Enjoy it! Look at it, smell it and savor every bite.
  5. Pay Attention
    When something is highly palatable (very pleasant to taste) like sugar and other Wintery treats, we tend to have an overwhelming desire to overeat. Sugar sends a signal to our brains to release serotonin (the calming hormone) and dopamine (the reward chemical), which makes us feel happy, excited, and, well, pleased. However, this feeling is short-lived, as our levels come crashing back down once we stop eating. It’s extremely important when indulging in these ‘pleasure foods‘ to pay attention to how you feel. Does your third or fourth bite taste as good as the first one? Are you still eating because you’re hungry and you actually want the food? OR do you feel like you already ‘blew it’ so you might as well finish it? Check in with how you’re feeling emotionally, mentally and physically – you could very well end up eating less than you anticipated!

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday, make sure you continue to take care of yourself by getting lots of sleep, hydrating and exercising. This wonderful time only comes once a year – make the most of it!


Download our FREE Holiday Paleo Cookbook – full of delicious recipes to try this Season.

Article written by: Andi Petty

Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here

Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba via Unsplash

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: STRESS (Part 5)

December 31st, 2015 | Healthcare, Living


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STRESS – The Muffin Top Monster


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December 8th, 2015 | Breakfast, Eating,

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November 16th, 2015 | Chicken, Eating,


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

Servings: 4


  • 1-1.5 lb chicken breast (4 small breasts)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved (option to buy frozen
  • 1 large bunch of asparagus
  • arugula


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.

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September 28th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living, Practical Living


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John Before & After

John Testimonial

February 22nd, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is: John S.
Starting Weight: 12/27/16 – 220#
Ending Weight: 2/8/17 – 210.8#
Location: Austin TX

I am 56 with twins Jack and Sophia that are 3 1/2 years old and a beautiful wife. Over the past 5 years I went from 195 lbs to 220 lbs. I used to work out everyday rotating between Pilates, Body Pump and running. My job changed to one where I traveled all around the world, eating out 90% of the time. Stress was high. I changed jobs so I travel 30% less and got rid of some stress. The fact is I was 25 lbs overweight and out of shape!

30 days ago I said to myself “enough.”

I started working out at the end of December 2016. In the first week I lost 3 pounds. I knew that was going to be about it because I had done this many times before. Eat a little less, work out a little more and lose a few pounds. A few weeks later the pounds were back.

Then I joined The Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge. I bought a Paleo recipe book, and used the recipes religiously as well as the tips that Chad and Brenda sent everyday. In addition I started working out 5 days a week doing Pilates. In the month since I started, my weight dropped from 217.8 to 210.8. Only 7 lbs lost but more importantly I went down from a 38″ waist to a 36” waist. My overall physique looks better. I feel great and have more energy and stamina.

I have to be honest – I didn’t cut out drinking. Beer is my weakness. I probably had 2 Belgian beers a day, sometimes 3. I did follow the Paleo diet otherwise and went as organic as possible. My 3 meals-a-day were Paleo. During this period I feel as good as I ever have before. No heartburn, no indigestion and no irregularity. This used to be an everyday problem. I was eating Tums like candy to stop the heartburn.

I intend to take this new lifestyle to the next level and do my own challenge for the next 30 days. Same diet, no drinking Monday through Friday. My new goal is to drop my weight from 210.8 lbs to 200 lbs. I want to eventually get to 195 lbs.

Wish me good skills and a little luck!
John S


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30 Day Challenge

Lucille Testimonial

February 21st, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Lu and I am 65 years old, from Central Florida. When I came across the 30-Day Challenge, I was desperate and discouraged. I have many autoimmune disorders and am on about 12 medications. The medical expenses were getting out of control and I was feeling worse then ever.

I’ve tried several types of diets without success. I always felt like a failure – like I had no control or discipline. I would lose a few pounds and then gain it back plus more!

At 339 pounds I had no hope, and I was depressed.

Living with my daughter, we decided to follow the Challenge. After a week into the challenge I noticed I had a little more energy and was waking up earlier without dragging myself out of bed. The brain fog and depression were starting to fade. Following the diet was easy and made sense as I read more and more about how food effects us. In addition, the daily emails from Chad and Brenda were very helpful and encouraging.

I met with a local Doctor and she explained that with all of the autoimmune disorders I have, it would be difficult for me to lose weight. I found out that I have a mal-absorption problem and basically am working towards malnutrition. As a result, without first addressing my root problems it would be difficult to lose weight.

Now that I understand the process and reasons why I’m not losing the weight, and now I’m addressing the issues while still following the Paleo Diet. The Doctor told me my body is in “sugar-burning” mode and will now be shifting to the “fat-burning” mode. She guaranteed I will soon be seeing some positive changes!

I’ve learned I’m not a failure, and it’s not my fault that I can’t lose weight –  but I can change the negative thoughts and now see the positive.

Thank you for the great information and guidance. I’ll keep you posted!


Lucille R


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Martha Testimonial

February 20th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Martha, I am 59 and live in Hattiesburg, MS.

This 30-Day Challenge was very informative. I learned that products I thought were healthy were not. I went from having off-the-wall cravings after finishing a meal to being completely satisfied and not snacking between meals.

I have now discovered new favorites that I never knew existed! For example – full fat coconut milk. It’s so good in my coffee and helps me to feel so full and satisfied.  I am taking the time to read labels and zero in on the number of ingredients listed.  I can’t always eat grass-fed beef or pork but as you often say, do the best you can.

I have learned to shop the exterior aisles of the store and to drive a small distance to shop at a store that offers healthier products. I get super stoked when my 26-year-old son agrees to try some of the new things I am learning to eat.

After eating clean for 30 days and then backsliding to an old favorite, I can’t believe how different the old stuff tastes – so not worth eating it.

I enjoy my coffee in the mornings but first up is the lemon water- so good.  Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I’ve made such an improvement and I couldn’t be happier. It’s amazing how making better choices has been when I see and feel results.  My clothes are loose and my face looks much thinner. I have much more energy and lam loving life!


Martha B


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Maggie Testimonial

February 19th, 2017 | Testimonials

I am a 60-year-old woman in Texas.

I have been battling my weight unsuccessfully for 30 years. I have been a “health conscious” eater all those years and never got anywhere. I have had migraines my whole life. In my 30’s I realized it was food additives causing my migraines and went to only organic foods, whole grains, organic milk, and low fat foods.

I also have had eczema since I was a teenager. Working in the health field, I was constantly washing and using hand sanitizer throughout the day. The skin on my right hand was chronically inflamed, cracking open, tearing, very red and painful. I started developing inflammation reactions on several areas of my skin.

Food has always been a huge concern to me, I was told I had borderline low blood sugar, because if I didn’t eat every 3 – 4 hours, I would feel physically sick, get very shaky, develop a headache, and get nauseated. I was told to eat lots of whole grains, vegetables, protein. My lab work on annual physicals always came back normal except for high inflammation markers.

I am a person who LOVES butter and ate “healthy” whole grain seedy bread at least twice a day. I thought it would be very difficult to do the Challenge but I figured I could do anything for 30 days.

I started the Paleo challenge just with the hope of clearing up my skin. To my amazement, the “low blood sugar” episodes totally stopped. I can be hungry between meals without feeling sick. I felt lighter and more energized within 2 days of the Challenge.

The skin on my hands is a normal color and is healing. It hasn’t split open or become inflamed and swollen this entire time. Not eating bread, sugar, dairy or grains has been remarkably easy with the creative Paleo recipes out on the Internet.

Even more satisfying than any food, is the weight loss. I have lost 7 pounds in this time just doing my normal work/activity schedule. Paleo is my new normal. I am so happy I took the challenge!


Maggie B


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30 Day Challenge

Patty Testimonial

February 18th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Patty and I am 56 years old. About 9 years ago I lost weight on Weight Watchers but it slowly came back and as I age and slow down a bit, the scale continues to creep up. Whenever I have tried to lose weight, it seems like I focus on food and eat MORE instead of less.

I started to believe it was becoming impossible for me to lose weight, but I longed to feel good about my health again.

In January, I emailed a friend and asked if she wanted to join me on Weight Watchers again. She told me about Paleo Secret and that she felt great. She said the pounds melted off without calorie counting. She encouraged me to try it so I went online and read about it and immediately signed up for the 30-Day challenge.

That was 30 days ago. The first week I had headaches but was motivated that my weight was going down so I stuck it out. The headaches went away and I felt great! In the last 30 days I have lost 12 pounds.

Whenever I wanted a snack, instead of grabbing a low calorie frozen fruit bar, I would have a small slice of MEAT or 4-5 raw almonds. The go-to “low calorie” snacks I used to have all had sugar and didn’t satisfy me so I would be back in the kitchen soon after. If I had protein I was satisfied.

I also drink a lot of hot water with lemon…all day. I missed having morning coffee for about 2 days and now I look forward to my hot lemon water in the morning.

I will continue to eat Paleo because I would like to lose another 10-15 lbs and because I am now used to eating whole real foods and seeing results.

Lets see what another 30 days brings…


Patty R


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Laurel Before & After

Laurel Testimonial

February 17th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hello, I’m Laurel and I’m about to turn 49. I just finished my 30 days and I feel great! No bloat and more energy! I lost 8 pounds but feel like I lost 20!! I plan to keep following the Paleo lifestyle.


Laurel V


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Sherri Testimonial

February 16th, 2017 | Testimonials

Well I lost 16 pounds. Amazing!!

My energy level is great. The biggest change is that the inflammation that has plagued me my entire adult life is gone. GONE!!!

I was diagnosed with Mixed Auto Immune Disorder in my 20’s and when I was 35 had to go on disability. I was then put on massive quantities of steroids to control the inflammation – I thought I was doomed!

Then I found the Paleo Secret. Chad and Brenda talked me through it with daily emails. My husband did it too! We started the 30-Day Challenge and noticed within a few days how much better we felt! The inflammation is literally gone – and no more steroids.

I still have 40 pounds that I need to lose but I can literally feel it coming off.

We fell of the wagon a couple times and each time we did we felt terrible. We know that this is the right diet for us. I think it’s right for everyone!!

We are committed to the Paleo lifestyle. Thank you Chad and Brenda. You helped my husband and I regain our health!! Even my doctor wanted to know what I was doing. He said it was definitely working for me!!


Sherri P


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Troy Before & After

Troy Testimonial

February 15th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hi, My name is Troy and I’m 53.

Here is my before and after – I’ve lost 27 pounds!

My blood pressure is now 127/63 which is way down from when I started.

I will continue to eat the Paleo way. I’m still learning how to make this a lifestyle but I feel better every day!


Troy S


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Karen Before & After

Karen Testimonial

February 14th, 2017 | Testimonials

Before: Starting weight 138 and sluggish.

After: Ending weight 128 and feeling fantastic!


I was a bit skeptical at first but I knew that protein was a better fit for my body. I’ve been gluten-free for about a year but still eating grains and gaining weight. No matter how much exercise and no matter how careful I was by not eating sugar, I was gaining weight instead of losing it.

Last year I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (a bladder condition) that is brought on by immune issues, dietary issues, and lifestyle (stress) issues. I saw this 30-Day challenge as an opportunity to clean up my eating even more.

I’m so happy I jumped in and did this! The first week and a half was really hard. I was a little weak, very foggy and generally just didn’t feel good. But then something clicked and my body really started firing on all cylinders.

It has been a very long time since I’ve felt this good. I have energy! I’m not exhausted by the end of the workday. And the mid afternoon cravings have vanished. I’m seeing small improvements in the interstitial cystitis, and I’m sure it will continue to improve as I continue to eat this way. In fact, I think I’ll be eating like this for the rest of my life.


Thank you Chad and Brenda!
Karen R


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30 Day Challenge

Semoria Testimonial

February 13th, 2017 | Testimonials

I am a 63-year-old woman who has struggled with my weight since I was a child.

I have tried lots of different ways to lose weight only to gain it back every time.

Paleo is the first sustainable program I have tried that I really like!

I’ve lost 7 lbs in weight in the 30 days, but there is so much I have gained in knowledge. I now have a greater understanding of what we eat and how it effects us. I have had rheumatoid and osteoarthritis for about 8 years and last year I decided to lose weight to take some of the pressure off my knees – but they still hurt. When going to a store I would be in so much pain, all I wanted to do was get back to the car so I could sit down. It also caused my back to hurt.

Since starting Paleo, my knees are so much better. I can now walk with a pep in my step!

The biggest and best compliment to the Paleo Lifestyle for me is that I feel great. I finally have peace of mind, body and spirit. I have a joy that I haven’t felt, because I’ve always been so self-conscious. Now I have a freedom to know that I’m doing something good for myself. I’m in tune with me.

Thank God I took a chance on the 30-Day Challenge Paleo Lifestyle. I will continue to live this way. Thank you Chad and Brenda for sharing your secret!


Semoria T


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