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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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November 16th, 2015 | Chicken, Eating,


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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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30 Day Challenge

Kathie Testimonial

January 19th, 2017 | Testimonials

This has been an amazing journey for me, it made me aware of everything I was putting in my body, and taught me to read labels.

I am very blessed in the fact that I was able to retire at a relatively young age, and wanted to start preparing family meals (still working on those teenagers), to help us be healthy in our retired years. My spouse and I are very active people and for the most part do not have any major health issues (other than issues that start creeping up on you in your 50’s).

The reason I started with Paleo is due to the fact that weight started creeping up on me, and I had abandoned my discipline of a majority of healthy eating habits. I was eating garbage. I am a huge sugar and carb fan, and no amount of exercise could help me loose or keep my weight at check.

These are the results of my first 30 days on Paleo:

  1. It got me back in the kitchen and come to find, out I actually kind of like it. I took December and January off from my contracting job so it gave me lots of time to get acquainted with Paleo, and allowed me to experiment in the kitchen. I should have this down by the time I return back to work, so I don’t find myself too busy to make healthy choices. I love art and creating, so it was fun to look at cooking as creating something new and different, rather than just another chore. The rewards I reaped were some delicious food and family dinners around the table – that is a huge success for me.
  1. I feel great, no more sluggish times!
  1. I love coffee, and was way overdoing it, so I have cut back to no more than 3 cups per day, with one of them being bulletproof coffee. I love the bullet coffee! It taste delicious and it really does help curb my afternoon cravings. They usually start around 3PM and before Paleo I would raid the pantry. I have also started to drink tea with lemon.
  1. I believe I am an emotional eater, as most are, and found my solace through food. After going Paleo, I cleaned out my pantry of all garbage that I was addicted to, and would binge on.
  1. I am drinking lots of water now. I start every morning with my hot water, lemon and apple cider vinegar and drink my liver cleanse after I work out for something refreshing.
  1. I did not take any “BEFORE” pictures of myself because I think I was too depressed with the numbers on the scale. However, these are my results:
  • Before I weighed in at 152 pounds, and today I weighed in at 143. I am happy with that and hoping to loose another 20 pounds.
  1. I love this new lifestyle and I plan on remaining with it because I feel great. It’s so healthy and very easy to follow.


Thank you Brenda and Chad for all your support, answering questions on Facebook, your encouragement, health tips, recipes, videos, emails, etc. You are doing a great thing! Your compassion, love and desire to help people discover a healthier way of living, truly shows.


Kathie K


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30 Day Challenge

Sammi Testimonial

January 15th, 2017 | Testimonials

These 30 days of eating healthy and focusing on tuning into my health caused me to really prioritize exercising more. I even joined a Crossfit gym! I only lost a couple of pounds but I have gained a lot of muscle and really firmed up my core.

I am sleeping better than ever. Before this I was lucky to sleep for 5 hours straight.  My husband used to be the healthiest one in our relationship and I was the one whose allergies and immune system were leaving me vulnerable to everything.  We traveled a lot for the holidays and he caught two colds while I have been in great shape.

I believe eating nutrient-dense Paleo meals, meant that no matter how hard I was working out, I felt good and never exhausted.  In the past several times when I started workout programs, I felt exhausted and too sore and ended up not being able to stick with it.  I feel powerful now. I feel that I will have no problem staying with my workout program because I am fueling my body the correct way!


Sammi O


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Roger Before & After

Roger Testimonial

January 3rd, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Roger, 68 years old from Aliso Viejo, CA.

I’ve tried most, if not all, diet gimmicks. Surprise! Didn’t work!

From age 20 to 49, my weight ballooned to 362 lbs. Doctors warned of diabetes, out of control blood pressure, all manner of highs of bad stuff and lows of good stuff plus new stuff showing up – celiac disease, edema, thyroid cancer. So, finally at 50 I had gastric bypass and lost 99 lbs! And, had to learn to eat all over again! Hit the proverbial wall.

Weight up to 295 down to 250. But couldn’t move out of that neighborhood. Knee replacements, MRSA infection – almost bought the farm with that – and then 60% of Pancreas removed with Total Splenectomy, I believe, the result of years eating poorly.

My wife’s sudden death in mid-2013, relying on friends and family for shelter and food, isn’t working out well enough. So, Paleo Secret Community popped up on Facebook. Inherently, I knew this was what my body needed to survive! Celiac issues, Sugar addiction, Love meat and veggies, Love seeds and nuts, Love fruit – berries especially. Dabbled a few times with Paleo years ago. I was ready for this next generation program.

It didn’t come easy! I cheated! I rationalized! I made excuses! But, I didn’t give up. I started each new day strong, read the Paleo Community FB posts, took to heart others’ struggles, and moved forward!

When I started, I weighed in at 270 (I think) and now at 245! Everyday better than yesterday! I don’t worry about tomorrow till it strikes midnight! I try to Keep It Slow and Simple! Don’t get ahead of myself! Don’t get overwhelmed!

Only took 48 years to reach this point. Nowhere yet, really! But, so much farther than I ever thought possible. Here to stay! Goal of 225 lbs before I reassess and make another goal. Don’t want to overwhelm myself with the numbers.

Thanks to Brenda and Chad for their guidance and common sense approach to Paleo. Also, all who contribute with FB posts and comments that help immensely! ROCK ON PALEO SECRET!


Roger R


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Bob Before & After

Bob Testimonial

January 2nd, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Bob and I live in Youngsville, NC. I am 62 years old and retired. My concern before starting this 30-Day plan was how inactive I had become since retiring. I was afraid I would forever put on the pounds and become more overweight than I already was. I needed to change my eating style, period!

During this past thirty days I have lost 8 lbs., but more importantly I have gone from a pant size of 38 to a 36. I have not been able to fit in a size 36 jeans for the past 25 years. This way of eating and your support and the amazing results not only gave me daily motivation, but also has now motivated me to continue to eat this way for the rest of my life. It is simple, and healthy and feels natural and more importantly I feel great!

Thank you Chad and Brenda for the every day support for the past thirty days, it was very valuable to have that throughout this journey!


Bob K


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30 Day Challenge

Pat Testimonial

December 28th, 2016 | Testimonials

I want to shout from the rooftops – “Pay attention to your body!”

I knew I was stuck in a bad cycle before I found the Paleo Secret. I call it “divine intervention.”

It took me until Day 11 to really get started. I knew the plan was right for me but the change was overwhelming.

I’m now down 5 pounds, I sleep better, I don’t need antacids and I found fun in cooking. I know that I am the one in control and responsible for my health and well-being. There are no major cures – just a little faith and perseverance.

I am amazed at how easy it is now to stay on track because I FEEL BETTER when I do! Thank you Dr.’s Chad and Brenda for saving me. God bless your work.


Pat M


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30 Day Challenge

Karen Testimonial

December 27th, 2016 | Testimonials

Approximately 5 years ago, I was misdiagnosed with hypothyroidism.

My treatment consisted of constant changes to my prescription. I started having a lot of GI issues so I tried several diets – Weight Watchers, Low-Carb, Apple Cider drinks, Medifast and even the Mediterranean Diet. None of these worked for me.

I bought a Fitbit so I could track my steps and with my job, I was reaching 10,000 daily. I would also go to the gym at least 3 times per week but STILL I had no success! I became very frustrated, depressed and felt like crap. My joints hurt and I had no energy.

Then one day at work (I’m a nurse), I was talking to a patient and her husband. They proceeded to tell me about the Paleo Diet. I had heard of it but didn’t know what it was. So when I got home from work that night, I looked it up and became very interested. I ordered the 30-Day Challenge and began my quest.

I can say that I have successfully lost 12 pounds.
I feel more energized.
I eat 3 meals per day and am never hungry. I love the recipes!

I thought giving up sweets would be hard but I don’t miss it. I don’t miss grains. I do miss dairy, but I know that I can have it in small amounts so I’m particular about what kinds I have now.

I look forward to seeing what else this lifestyle change will do for me!


-Karen B.


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30 Day Challenge

Elaine Testimonial

December 23rd, 2016 | Testimonials

Today I reached my 30th day of the 30-Day challenge.

It was a milestone I was waiting for, but now I realize nothing has to change moving forward. I will continue eating Paleo and incorporate it into my lifestyle.

I did not start the program with weight loss in mind but I did lose a total of 4.5 lbs. My goal was to rid myself of feeling so tired and drained every day. I used to need 2-3 hour naps every afternoon in addition to 7-8 hours at night.

Before the challenge, my physician told me that I was Pre-Diabetic. In addition, I have been having digestive issues for a number of years. I was taking prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications to keep my heartburn under control.

I am happy to report that I now no longer need my daily naps and my acid reflux and heartburn issues have been resolved. I am sleeping flat in my bed, and no longer taking the medication. My Blood sugar has dropped from 126 to 98.

I am feeling calmer, more in control and not as overwhelmed.

I want to thank Chad and Brenda for all their help in teaching me some new facts about food, and their daily encouragement to stick with it.


Elaine K


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30 Day Challenge

Adam Testimonial

December 22nd, 2016 | Testimonials

I have some exciting results to share with you after completing the 30-Day challenge this week. I don’t have any pictures…not my thing. But I have changed a lot in 30 days and I hoping that the transformation continues. I have no plans to change what I’m eating or doing.



I used to carry various digestive remedies with me at all time to treat the various issues that I had – upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc. I had them all for years and it was normal to me.

I didn’t take any of that stuff for 30 days. I don’t have the issues that I had before. My digestive track feels like something I don’t know – something I haven’t known for a long time. I don’t worry about it any longer.



I used to take melatonin, Xanax, and Ambien to sleep. I had a really difficult time getting to sleep and staying asleep. I almost dreaded going to bed since I knew I’d be sitting there, eyes wide open, trying to sleep.

I go to bed now around 10 and am able to get to sleep quickly and stay asleep most nights all night. I am sleeping better now than I have in a long time.


Mental State:

I used to get “foggy” in the afternoons, almost confused when I was working. My head just wasn’t clear. I was falling into a depression as I have had a lot going on in my personal life. I felt like the world was on my shoulders. I was really unhappy. I was very negative.

I am clear all day now. That issue is gone. While I still have a lot going on, I feel much better. I don’t know why but I feel like I am in a much better place to handle it. I do the best I can every day and I am good with that.


I was gaining weight, even though I was trying to lose weight by exercising more and eating what I thought was better for me. I had gained 20 lbs in the last 2 years, and 10 in the last 6 months. My clothes either didn’t fit or were very tight.

I have lost 7.6 lbs in 30 days. My clothes are more comfortable.



I used to be hungry nearly all the time. I would eat breakfast at 7 and be starving by 9am. I was the poster child for those snickers commercials where you aren’t yourself when you are hungry. I was often “hangry”. I used to be able to grill a few things – steaks, chicken, etc. But cooking a recipe in the kitchen was something that I didn’t do.

I now usually eat 3 meals a day. Sometimes, I will snack in between but most times, I am not hungry between meals. And if I am, I’ll have a few nuts, some jerky, or a few olives, and I am good. I am never “hangry” any more. I now have learned to cook a number of things – have explored all sorts of spices and different items I never knew existed. I’ve discovered a whole new set of foods that I love – sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, bison. A whole new world of food is out there for me.


Prostate Health:

I used to feel like I had to pee all the time. I had a prostate issue a couple of years ago where it flared up and I was in a lot of pain. Since then, I have taken a prostate pill for inflammation and growth.

About 15 days into the challenge, I decided to try to stop taking the pill. I figured my stress and inflammation levels were down and hoped that I might not need it any longer. I’m happy to say that I feel good, I have no issues there. I don’t feel like I have to pee all the time any longer.

I am thankful and grateful that I stumbled across your program. It has changed my life.


Adam M


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30 Day Challenge

Cindy Testimonial

December 21st, 2016 | Testimonials

We did go the 30 days and will continue on!

I signed up for this with my husband in mind. We’ve talked about changing our eating habits for a long time. He has always struggled with his weight and the “diets” that he went on I just couldn’t do. He never had long lasting effects with any of them.

Well, he has “bought” into the Paleo Secret 100%. Though I’ve only lost 6 pounds, he lost 18! I was hoping I’d have lost a few more but will keep at it. I couldn’t see any noticeable difference in the photos I took of myself but my jeans do fit better.

I was diagnosed with M.S. 15 years ago and am on a variety of medications. Since Paleo, I really think my energy is more consistent throughout the day. I used to experience a slump around 3PM. I used to have wide blood sugar variances and that is much better now.

I usually see my Chiropractor every other week and the adjustments are pretty difficult. When I saw him last week, the adjustment was very easy! He said he couldn’t remember ever adjusting me that easily and I’ve been seeing him for over 40 years! He said (without me prompting him), it seemed there wasn’t any inflammation like I usually have! Kudos for Paleo!

Thank you for introducing me to this new way of looking at what I put in my body. The Science behind it made a lot of sense. I especially liked getting the daily emails and new recipes.

I’d say you have another success story with us and we will continue on!  I’m hoping this is a new “normal” for us.


Thank you again,
Cindy K


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