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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!

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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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Are You Making THIS Common Workout Mistake?

January 15th, 2016 | Healthcare, Moving

 

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!

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

December 31st, 2015 | Healthcare, Living

 

This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

STRESS – The Muffin Top Monster

 

If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

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Avocado Breakfast Bake

December 8th, 2015 | Breakfast, Eating,

Photo by Julianne Shapery

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!

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Thanksgiving Paleo Style

November 23rd, 2015 | Eating, Thanksgiving

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.

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Chicken with Cherries

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

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Instructions
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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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making Your Fat – Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

November 9th, 2015 | Eating, Healthcare, Living

 

This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

GMO….OMG!!

If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

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Obesogens… Obese-o-what?

October 19th, 2015 | Eating, Living

 

Obesogens …Obese-o-what?

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.

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 2

October 12th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living

 

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!

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 1

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

 

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

3) Obesogens…Obese-o-what?

4) GMO…OMG!

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.

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30 Day Challenge

Rebecca Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

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Name: Rebecca Witherspoon
Age: 55 years old
Starting Weight: 174 lbs.
Ending Weight: 168.8 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 5.2 lbs.
Total Inches Lost: 2 inches

For the first 38 years of my life I was super active physically, participating in multiple rigorous sports, and an ability to exercise at a relatively high level. I had a high functioning metabolism which caused me to be underweight despite eating anything and everything I wanted and having had two babies. Nothing could stop me! 

Then almost 18 years ago I very suddenly began exhibiting significant symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain throughout my body, which tended to target my joints, as well as significant digestive issues. I underwent multiple tests and was eventually diagnosed with IBS, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. My previous very active life came to a screeching halt. I was in constant pain, could no longer exercise, and my previous inability to gain weight evaporated and I began to slowly but surely gain a whopping 70 lbs over the next few years. To most people I did not look “fat,” but rather a bit pudgy. Technically I was only a little over 40 lbs overweight, but to me I was an obese mass of fat!

I first began my push to regain my health and reduce my weight approximately 7 years ago when I realized how debilitated I had become when working at a sedentary job was becoming too much for my body to handle. I was dragging myself to work, coming home and collapsing on the couch, cooking dinner, and crashing into bed, only to hit the repeat button the next day. When my husband could get me to agree to take a walk around the neighborhood with him, he would become concerned within a block that I was going to collapse. I felt like I was actually dying. 

The first thing I began to do was read product labels at the behest of my daughter. Bread has ALWAYS been one of my biggest vices – in all of its forms, but especially in the form of a great loaf of bread! One day at the store she forced me to read the labels of the bread and I was shocked at just how much crap is incorporated into most bread. So the very first thing I did was begin to purchase what I felt was “healthier” bread – meaning I knew exactly what all the ingredients were and they were natural to the environment rather than a product of a lab experiment. 

Over the next 2 years I would try many different things to lose weight, including diet pills, counting calories, protein boosting drinks (which were disgusting), and even hiring a personal trainer to help me find the right balance of exercises that did not put me in bed for a week as I recovered from a fibromyalgic flare up. To say nothing worked is an understatement. If anything I just kept getting worse. 

Out of desperation, I joined a local weight loss challenge that required me to use their products. When I got home from my initial meeting my husband’s first question was, “what did they try to sell you!” I told him Herbalife. I told him I was desperate and nothing else was working so why not try this to see if it helped at all. I had strong doubts, and my husband had even stronger doubts. But I went forward with the challenge and the meal replacement shakes, vitamins and aloe for my gut. 

Within a week of being on the products I began to notice a difference. At first it was increased energy. Then it was my ability to concentrate better. Then it was my ability to walk the neighborhood without nearly collapsing. Then it was the way my cloths were fitting. Over the course of the challenge I only lost about 8 lbs but I lost two pant sizes (going from a size 16 down to a size 12). 

I became a true believer in the products and signed up as a distributor in order to get a discount and maybe even earn some extra cash by helping others. However, my husband was still rather skeptical until I woke one morning and said, look I can make a fist with my hands (something I hadn’t been able to do first thing in the morning for years). His reaction was, “get me on that stuff!” He started on the shakes and some of the supplements and over a relatively short period of time lost about 26 lbs and felt great! He was now a true believer in the products.

As for me I continued to lose weight but it was a slow process with many plateaus and stumbles along the way. Ultimately, I lost 21 lbs over the course of several years (not as much as I wanted to but it was pretty steady progress). My fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic fatigue were well under control, and I was once again exercising regularly (even began leading a small local fit camp). 

Things were looking very bright but my weight loss had completely stalled! No matter what I did, how strict I was with my diet and exercise I could not seem to get past the plateau I found myself in. I had cut out most bread and dairy, with only an occasional sandwich and only one cup of milk per day (down from a previous daily intake of 3 to 4 tall glasses per day). I had tried organic unsweetened almond milk and soy milk but neither one was something I could sustain for long periods of time. 

Then almost 2 years ago I was struck with back-to-back episodes of pneumonia, something I had never experienced before, which kicked in asthma. I could no longer exercise without experiencing significant breathing problems. It took about 6 to 8 months to find the right balance of meds to control my asthma. During that period of time, I maintained consuming two of shakes per day, taking my supplements, eating what I thought was a healthy meal and 1 to 2 healthy snacks per day. But, all the ground I had gained in the previous few years was completely lost! The weight loss evaporated, the fibromyalgia pain returned with a vengeance, and the acid reflux which had nearly disappeared returned! Only thing that didn’t return was the IBS. I became discouraged and yet again desperate. What the hell was wrong and why was this happening?!

I began doubling down on everything I had learned over the past few years, strictly counting my calories, and strictly avoiding bread and dairy. But NOTHING was working!!!

During the course of the past few years I had come across a book entitled “The Obesity Code” by Jason Fung, M.D. I had only read a small portion of it, but decided I would actually read it cover to cover. Then a good friend of mine in Herbalife mentioned a book called “Wheat Belly” by  William Davis, M.D. Also over the course of the last few years I had been exposed to something called the Paleo diet, which a number of my friends swore by but I knew little about and thought was just another crazy fad diet that would soon pass. 

As I studied the books I began to think I should at least learn more about this Paleo diet thing. What I found turned out to be life changing!

I have always been a firm believer that for any “diet” to work and for weight loss to be sustained for the rest of ones life, the diet must become a lifestyle, it must be easy to implement, it must be incredibly healthy, and the food must be truly enjoyable! What I have been implementing over the course of the past month is the Paleo lifestyles. I eat 3 times per day with zero snacking. I am fully satisfied, I thoroughly enjoy my food, I do not miss anything I have eliminated from my diet, I never count calories, I eat what I want in the quantities I want, my fibromyalgia is once again well under control, my acid reflux is beginning to dissipate once again, and I’M LOSING WEIGHT once again!!! 

Even more amazing is that because I am consistently implementing this lifestyle, those times I am somewhere (ie, a party or holiday celebration) where the food is non-Paleo, I don’t have to worry. I can enjoy my time without worrying about the calories or the food being non-compliant because I know my next meal will be compliant and the effects will be minimal if any. 

What I once thought of as a crazy, hippie, fad diet I now embrace wholeheartedly! 

So why do I share all this? To offer hope to those of my friends and family who have struggled to lose weight and/or improve their health – if I can do it, ANYONE can do it! I’ve had a few people who have been critical of my recent journey. That’s okay. I simply chose to ignore the negativity and keep plugging away. If they choose to be happy for me great, if not I will simply continue to ignore their negativity. I cannot help others if I cannot help myself, but I CAN help others when I succeed myself. 

What’s next for me? Going even deeper into the Paleo lifestyle! Finally losing that extra 40 lbs I’ve been carrying around for a decade and a half, and getting back to a very active lifestyle! Re-implementing yoga and strength training, and fine tuning the re-sculpting of my body!

Most of all though, the goal is to be happy and healthy and content vs unhappy, unhealthy, and constantly discontented with myself and my life.

Thank you!

Rebecca Witherspoon
DeForest, WI

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Diane W. Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

Dear Chad and Brenda,

My name is Diane, I’m almost 62 years old and I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

May I start this by thanking you for this great challenge.  You made sure to email me every day with encouragement, exercises, recipes and other strategies to help me stick with it.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t as strict as I wish I had been, but I also think my “lessons learned” will be as helpful for others as they were for me. 

I have learned so much more about my lifetime of bad, even dangerous dietary habits in the last month through this challenge than over 40 years of seeing doctors for my constant digestive illnesses taught me.  First and foremost, I probably need to apologize to one doctor who tried to tell me that I likely had Celiac disease.  I told him he was wrong because I had eaten bread my whole life and had never noticed it causing me problems.  Hello?  More than 40 years of constant digestive problems!  Denial is such a great place to live.

Before I give the details, I feel I need to give a little background because I actually didn’t do this to lose weight.  I signed up for this because my stomach issues, especially reflux had gotten so bad that in 2013, I had surgery.  It had gotten so bad that for five years before that, I had to sleep sitting up because, if I rolled over while sleeping so that I was lying flat, I would wake up drowning in stomach acid.  It was in my lungs, ears, and sinuses.  I couldn’t take a breath for a couple minutes and thought I would actually suffocate.  Coughing the acid out of my lungs would spray it on the back of my throat causing that to burn over and over.  The damage this did to my throat is still apparent because I inhale my drinks and even food frequently throughout every day.  So the Nissen Fundoplication was a Godsend in that twisting my stomach around closed my esophagus, ending the reflux.  That was until the third week in December, 2016. 

One night, I had an odd pain in my stomach, and the next day I was able to eat about a child’s portion of food.  The nissen involves some folding of the stomach so that it actually acts a lot like a gastric bypass.  Immediately after surgery and for the 3 years following, I could only eat 1- 2 tablespoons of food at any given time.  Since I knew I would need better nutrition, I only ate protein for my meals.  For the first year, I basically ate a fourth of a hamburger patty for each meal.  I learned to eat about every hour, but within 3 months after the surgery, I had gone from 185 to 115 lbs.  It was quite frightening as I had been anorexic in my twenties and didn’t want to relive that.  My weight eventually settled in around an uncomfortable 108 lbs.  After the surgery came undone, I would experience severe bloating accompanied by some pretty bad pain caused by my stomach stretching out so much.  It felt like a balloon stretched to the point just before it would pop, which also made breathing difficult. By February I was up to 150 lbs, gaining about 10 lbs a week.  By the 6th week, I had the weight gain under control but not the pain or bloating.

Another issue that I have always had was severe, intense sugar cravings.  These are much worse than any nicotine craving I ever had when I smoked cigarettes.  It was not unusual for me to eat an entire bag of candy in one sitting, as long as it didn’t fill me up.  Interesting thing about hard candies or cotton candy is that it doesn’t actually have any volume in the stomach, so it’s easy to overdo it.  I had also convinced myself that cotton candy was totally ok because it only takes about a tablespoon of sugar to make a really big blob of it, so a large one only had about 50 calories and zero fat.  What could go wrong?  

So here is my journey for the last 30 days.  The first week was great!  I weighed in at 150 lbs.  I stuck to the program religiously, loving every recipe that I could eat.  I actually follow the Biblical Leviticus 11 laws regarding clean and unclean meats, so I would replace the pork and seafood with other meats if I could.  Otherwise, for those meals that substitution was not an option, I made steak or would throw a roast into the electric pressure cooker, so I never went hungry.  One of my favorite things about this lifestyle is that I could give myself permission to have a juicy steak whenever I want, cooked with herbs in butter.  Heaven! 

Actually, one issue I did have during the challenge was hunger, or the lack of it.  This way of eating is so satisfying that I actually found myself forgetting to eat on two separate days.  I finally got very hungry around 7p.m. on both of those days and quickly ate again, but I couldn’t believe that I had gone so long without being hungry!  Just an interesting aside.

So during the first week, I stayed very strictly to the plan and I felt absolutely amazing!  By about day 4, I was bouncing out of bed with amazing energy and without my usual muscle and joint pain and people noticed!  I was told I just sounded more energetic even over the phone.  I didn’t suffer from any of the withdrawals others spoke of like headaches.  I felt great!  That is, until I went to church.  We have snacks after services every week and I found it very difficult to find anything I could eat outside of what I brought.  So I allowed myself to have some of the other foods there.  None of it really bothered me physically because I did avoid the sweets and breads; however, it did bother me to see how hard it is to stick to this when I’m not at home.  The next time I made it a point to make extra so I would have plenty for myself.  That helped a lot.

But as time when on, I found myself struggling from time to time with old cravings, and then Thanksgiving struck.  Now, I love that turkey dinner as much as everyone else, but I have to confess that I’ve never really cared that much for the turkey.  I have literally always felt that the whole purpose for the turkey was to flavor the stuffing.  (I also realized this year that “stuffing” is both a noun AND a verb!)  I really messed up because I actually ate more stuffing than anything else!  And I paid dearly!  First lesson learned, I probably do have celiac disease.  My stomach was so distended and painful that evening that I was unable to sit up.  Needless to say, I learned that no flavor is worth that pain.  I also felt completely drained of all my energy for a few days after that.

Then last week, I was hit with one of those horrific sugar cravings!  I bought a rather large container of cotton candy and ate the whole thing – 4 ounces!  Now in the past when the cravings would happen and I didn’t have candy around, as long as I had butter, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar, I’d make a large cup of icing and eat that.  These are not minor cravings and I’ve had them for years.  So when I ate the cotton candy, I just thought I‘d be regretful, but boy was I in for a shock!  I got so dizzy and nauseous and my pancreas was so swollen and distended that I thought I was going to need to call someone for help!  

I made my way to the kitchen so I could drink some water to try to dilute the sugar.  Fortunately, I had made a wonderful pot of vegetable beef soup from leftover steak.  I began to eat that and, after I had eaten only 4 or 5 spoonsful, I began to feel better.  And by the time I had finished the bowl, all of the symptoms were gone!  Just that fast!  That is the other lesson that I learned – the food we eat in the paleo diet is actually healing and can fix blood sugar almost instantaneously! That incident made me a true believer!  Sugar now actually scares me because that wasn’t the first time I’ve experience hypoglycemia but it is the first time that I was able to make the symptoms go away that quickly and they didn’t yo-yo back. 

So I’ve learned about the healing properties of eating paleo, but just so you don’t think that I only have learned about how to fix negative things, I have learned some incredibly delicious new recipes while on this journey.  But even better, recipes like the Greek meatballs and several others have given me a new joy in cooking and eating.  I have become much more interested in learning about spices and herbs. 

In the past, I basically cooked with seasoned salt, pepper, garlic and onions.  I found out that I have an amazing spice store right here in town and that store should be called Heaven!  It smells amazing and you can taste anything you want.  My spice cabinet (yes I now have a whole cabinet for spices!) is filled with the most amazing seasonings and I have a new love for cooking.  That’s saying a lot since I’m almost 62 years old and I have been cooking since I was 7!  I even made my own Za’atar this week!  And I’ve found that I don’t need sugar because many extracts and seasonings add their own sweetness from their natural flavors.  I’m learning how to cook in the flavors of many different cultures and, through it all, I lost 7 lbs. without even trying! 

I am not restarting the challenge since I learned throughout this 30 days how to eat healthy by eating paleo.  Without watching the scale, I learned that there is no restarting, only picking up and continuing doing it right.  The one last really big lesson that I learned from all of this is that, even when you “mess up” by eating something that isn’t good for you, as long as you eat enough protein, you can negate some of the ill effects.  That isn’t meant to be license, but rather it will help you recover faster from the damage (and likely pain) that eating too many bad carbs will do to you.

So I’m continuing my new-found love of healthy food and leaving the junk behind.  Not to lose weight because I really don’t want to go below 130, and weight loss will just naturally happen the longer I eat paleo, but to lose the pain from feeding myself what is virtually poison to my system for over 60 years so I can finally enjoy the health and energy I should have had all along. 

And for teaching me that, I want to thank you both.  This challenge was the catalyst I needed to finally make the transition to a much more healthy future.  

God bless you both,

Diane Wade   

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Laura S. Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Laura Stiers and I am from Texas. I am 49 years old. I lost a total of 12 lbs. and I feel GREAT!!

Before the 30-Day Challenge, I wasn’t sleeping, didn’t have energy, and wanted to lose weight. In the beginning, I went through the sugar withdrawal. I experienced the headaches, tiredness, and being light-headed. And then – it passed! Every day I felt better and better. I really didn’t beleive I could feel this good again. I thought I was getting older and the way I felt was the new “norm.” I can’t believe my new energy level!

I kept the 30-Day Challenge simple. I didn’t overthink it. I ate protein, vegetables, and a little bit of nuts and fruits. Drank the bulletproof coffee and plenty of water. I walked 4-5 days per week with my dog. I wasn’t an angel on this Challenge. I had a couple of bad days over Thanksgiving. My body DID feel bad after I had those bad days and my body wanted me to get back to eating Paleo. Paleo is easy to start up again immediately the next day.

I have learned so much through the emails and the Facebook community page. I am going to keep this up for the next 30 days and look forward to how I will feel a month from now. Great program Chad and Brenda!

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Connie F. Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials, Uncategorized


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I stumbled upon the Paleo Secret online when curiosity about Paleo got the better of me. Recently widowed and a young-looking 71, I wanted to rekindle my best self as I faced the challenge of making friends in a new area. Dr.’s Chad and Brenda Walding stood out as two people I needed on my team. Everything they said made sense, so I took a leap of faith and signed up.

My first 30-Day Challenge got off to a rocky start, for I found that my scale had broken in last year’s move. Worse, it was covered with dust. I found a beautiful new digital scale that matched my décor, but it wouldn’t turn on. The instructions explained that the product would not work for a person with metal in their body. I had a titanium plate and screws in my right arm, thanks to a fall in my new home. So it took me until Day 4 of my 30-DC to find an analog scale and weigh myself for the first time in ages. The news was not good: at least 25 pounds more than I would have guessed. This cannot be right, I thought. But it was.

Facing the truth became my first challenge. The second: Chad and Brenda asked for a picture on Day One. I took a selfie in the mirrored part of an armoire. The results were as shocking as the number on the scale. That lady in the mirror cannot be me, I thought. This is not me!

It would have been easy to quit. Looking good again seemed all but impossible. Yet I had already invested in vegetables, and this time I felt determined not to let them die a slow death in the fridge. I had 100% grass-fed organic ground beef from a local store and discovered that organic blackberries taste for better than non-organic. The graphic designer in me started to notice the stunning colors and textures of healthy food. I also realized that what I thought was healthy had been impeding my life for decades. Paleo did away with my standard breakfast of old-fashioned oatmeal with raisins and creamer, plus a glass of orange juice. Grains turned out to be the culprit that kept me in the bathroom nearly every morning. I learned that my orange juice, raisins, and creamer were loaded with sugar that was fueling, rather than burning, my fat cells. I knew that sugar fuels cancer cells too. Not good.

Most days I didn’t have much of a life. When IBS rules, it’s nearly impossible to make (or keep) plans. I would rehydrate with coconut water and Gatorade, and limp through each afternoon on electrolytes and a long nap. I felt so week, but no one knew. For lunch or dinner each day, I would eat a frozen meal. One favorite: black-bean tamales with corn. Though a dental hygienist trained in nutrition, I had no clue that I was eating totally wrong. From my standpoint, I was doing a good job just by staying alive.

By Day 2 of Paleo Secret, I noticed that I felt good. I hadn’t spent the morning in the bathroom. I felt like doing some chores around the house and enjoyed the most mundane tasks. The simple pleasures of cooking and eating healthy food quickly made radical, positive changes in my life. I even enjoy doing dishes. I take pictures of my beautiful plates full of food (half vegetables) and share them online with my new paleo support team. I find joy in encouraging others on their journey, and love this resource.

During the first 30 days, I followed the plan as best I could, not counting the cookie or two that I found in the freezer and one piece of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Not everything was organic or grass-fed or free-range. The learning curve seemed steep. But I must have been doing some things right, for the legs and sleeves on my clothing kept getting longer. I was losing weight, but didn’t know how much. I hoped for five or ten pounds. Happiness returned in my life, along with a sense of purpose and determination to stay on-course. But I still had to face that scale on Day 30.

That milestone came quickly, and I was shocked to learn that 18 pounds were gone! Maybe even 20 pounds, counting those first three days before I could weigh myself on Day 4. I celebrated by sharing the news with new friends online and decorating for Christmas. I prepped and grilled some vegetables, shaking them in a Ziploc bag with olive oil. Wild-caught salmon accompanied half a plateful of yummy grilled vegetables for dinner, replacing frozen meals that I no longer buy. Again, I took a picture of my plate. This time the title included Day 30, representing not only a milestone but a total revision of how I look at food.

Now I have embarked on a second Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge, and will repeat this until I get to my goal. Paleo is a joy, a life-changing adventure. As the first twenty pounds melted away, my blood glucose dropped eight points, to 94. My blood pressure fell from a scary level to 108/77. I sleep through the night, rather than wake up every two hours. My clothes fit better. My feet are no longer swollen, so I can slip into shoes I haven’t worn in years. I feel satisfied with my nutrient-dense food, and seldom need a snack. I can walk into a room where a beautiful chocolate cake, topped with chocolate curls, is the featured attraction and see it as art. I’m not even tempted.

Earlier I mentioned my team. Dr.’s Chad and Brenda Walding are definitely on it. So are my nutrition-conscious PCP and hematologist. They are working with MD Anderson Cancer Center’s myeloma specialist on my case. The goal: to head off full-blown multiple myeloma in patients like me. My diagnosis is SMM, or smoldering multiple myeloma, and is not considered cancer. But “multiple myeloma (the form requiring treatment) is a rare, incurable cancer of the plasma cells,” and not a good thing to have. All of my doctors are 100 percent in favor of paleo as part of my program.

With a progression rate of only one percent per year (not incremental), my chances of outliving it look good. But I want to have every possible chance of being fully here for my kids, my grandkids, and myself, enjoying each day to the max. Paleo has given that to me, serving as the cornerstone of my healthy new life. I love it – not only for the weight loss but for how good it makes me feel. Paleo works!

-Connie Fox, Houston, Texas

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Deborah T. Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Deborah Tubbs and when I decided to embark on this journey, my husband Marvin said he wanted to do the 30-Day Challenge with me. We are both 65 years old. I wanted to drop some pounds but, most importantly, I wanted to feel better.

When we signed up for the 30-Day Challenge, I knew it was time to do something.

At the time, I had major digestive issues. I woke up every day not feeling well, always bloated and never knew what food was causing it. Sometimes I could eat something with no ill effects and the next time that same food would cause me major issues. It was to the point where I didn’t want to wake up in the mornings.

We emptied our pantry and refrigerator of all the temptations and began the Challenge. i started out at 197.6 lbs. and after 30 days, I am at 190.2. I lost this weight using the Paleo menu for ideas but I didn’t have to follow them to the letter. We ate lean meats, fresh veggies and have eliminated sugar. Even though the weight loss might not be much, I feel it in my clothes and most importantly – I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!

We never went hungry. There are things I miss (ice cream, bread, white potatoes) but, knowing how much better I FEEL – I’m afraid to eat that stuff again. We are staying with the Paleo plan because we WANT to. It’s the right thing for us. My husband used to be on Metformin for Type 2 diabetes. He has since stopped the medication and his numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been. He’s thrilled and has lost the same amount of weight as me. He was 227.6 and is now 221. 4.

This is not a diet, it’s just smart eating. I’ve never read so many labels in my life. The Paleo Secret has changed our lives for the better and we can’t say THANK YOU enough. We are “Paleo People!” 🙂

30-Day Challenge? We’re past that and just getting started on a healthier, longer life.

 

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Paige Testimonial

December 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

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Howdy Brenda & Chad!

My name is Paige Holleman.  I turned 50 this year and the reality of getting older and being so unhealthy hit me hard.  The 30 day challenge came along just at the right time.   

I have a very odd work schedule this time of year, which doesn’t afford me a lot of time to cook as much as I’d like, but I did the best I could with the information regarding eating out and the basics of what not to eat, etc.

I lost 8 lbs, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a solid 8 lbs.  I’ve done other programs that require you to eat their food and have lost 5 lbs in the first week, but it’s not true weight loss.  The first regular meal I ate, the weight came right back.  

The biggest difference that I noticed right away was the knot that’s usually in my stomach started to disappear.  When I used to go to bed and lay flat on my back, I would have this huge knot in my stomach, sometimes causing pain, sometimes not, but uncomfortable for sure.  Within the first few days, I noticed a difference.  It’s now gone and when I lay on my back, I can actually suck in.  It feels good.

My journey has just begun and I am excited to continue the Paleo lifestyle.  November-March are the slow months for my business, so I plan on cooking a lot more.  I’ve never been one to do much in the kitchen, but I’m excited to try!

I’ve attached my before/after pics.  They’re poor quality and not very drastic, but I do think you can tell a difference, especially in my stomach.  (And I am not sucking in!)

Thanks for all the information.  I’ve truly enjoyed the daily emails and look forward to  learning more.  

Yours truly,

Paige Holleman

North Richland Hills, TX

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Fred Testimonial

October 8th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Fred Talmadge and I am 52 years old and I live in Seattle, WA

What an interesting and informative 30 days that was! I feel like the Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge was a success for me. Here is a review of my ‘WHY’ statement that I established at the beginning of the challenge:

I am taking on this 30-day challenge because I want:

 

– Stop feeling that internal pain every morning
– To look and feel better about myself
– I want to be physically and mentally stronger for myself and my family
– To prove my critics wrong
– To feel ‘normal’ again
– To gain more confidence

 

Before the challenge I would wake up every morning feeling pain inside my body. Usually it manifested itself around my mid-section. I also had this sciatica condition where pain would shoot down the back of my right leg. It was really uncomfortable. I would start my day vaping cannabis just to ease the pain during the day (Cannabis is legal in Seattle). On day #6, I woke up and the pain was gone. I didn’t have the pain in my midsection anymore. The sciatica pain was subsiding. Later in the challenge, the sciatica pain disappeared altogether. Plus I stopped using Cannabis to treat the pain.

For fitness I started walking again. I took Chad’s advice on one of his videos about walking your dog. My pet Chihuahua and I would walk the neighborhood about four times a week. Usually we traveled 2 to 2.5 miles per walk. There is a nice hill to climb during the walk, which got less challenging every day. One time Zarya (my chihuahua) and I walked 3 miles!

My before and after pictures did not show much change. However, I started the challenge at 248 pounds and I ended the challenge at 238 pounds. I feel really great about losing that weight.

For October, I am doing the challenge again. For the fitness part, I am changing to 1 to 2 mile walks five times a week. When I get home from the walk I will be trying out the Flat Belly Flow program. My goal is to lose another ten pounds in October. My overall goal is to get my weight down to 170 pounds. Maybe I can reach 165.. I feel that will take a year to do but now I have all this newfound knowledge. I am getting to know how my body reacts to food and exercise. I think I finally found a method to achieve this. Plus I am learning how to cook healthy meals which is a lot of fun too. Plus I am saving money in that we are not going out to eat as often during the month.

I want to thank Chad and Brenda for their website and their helpful advice over the past 30 days.  Everything was so helpful to me and I am thankful for how you both approach this. I wasn’t overwhelmed in beginning this new phase of my life.

 

Thanks again,
Fred Talmadge

 

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Donna Testimonial

October 7th, 2017 | Testimonials

Dear Dr. Chad and Brenda,

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
My name is Donna McIntosh and I’m 64 years old from Cumming, Georgia

Before the 30-Day Challenge, I had hip surgery on my left hip and pain in my right hip. I anticipated having to have surgery on that hip as well. The pain I felt in both hips, even after surgery was so bad that I was having a hard time sleeping and working.

I would cry in the evening after work (I’m a swim school owner/instructor). The pain was worse at night, but never went away. I have had this pain for years. I had done physical therapy, steroid shots, pain management, and surgery. I did not look forward to more surgery as it did not relieve the pain. Because of the pain, exercising had been nil – even swimming hurt.

So when I read about the Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge and its benefits, I thought I would give it a try. I decided that I was all in. I was committed. I had one day that I would say that I cheated.  My daughter is moving to Minneapolis, and we had a special dinner.  I had a small piece of cake, but everything else was strictly Paleo. Other than that day, I did not cheat at all.

I also did the 3-Minute flow program. I was actually afraid to start. After two-weeks I noticed that the pain in my hips was almost gone. I have had no pain at all in my hips since Day 18. I realized that I felt rested for the first time in years. I only lost 5 lbs., but I’m OK with that because I feel great. Today I have started a new exercise regimen. I expect over the next few weeks that I will begin to see greater weight loss.

I am a Paleo Secret believer. The daily emails were critical – just what I needed to stay motivated. You guys have changed my life. I sit here now with tears in my eyes as I think of how I felt on Day 1 and how I feel today on Day 30. I look forward to the next 30 days. I will keep you posted on my weight loss going forward.

 

Thank you so much,
Donna McIntosh

 

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Susan Before & After

Susan Testimonial

September 21st, 2017 | Testimonials

Dear Brenda and Chad,

Due your daily emails, recipe suggestions and detailed explanations completing the challenge was easier than expected! I must admit it did require spending more time planning, more time in the kitchen and more money in the grocery store. However, the positives definitely outweighed the negatives. You were right when you said “you have eaten this way, just not for thirty days straight”.

Within the 30 days, I didn’t have sugar, grains, dairy (besides eggs) or alcohol (with the exception of one glass of red wine on my husband’s birthday and on the day of my daughter’s engagement).  And I didn’t miss it at all!

  • I was never hungry when I didn’t miss a meal;
  • Felt more satisfied after each meal;
  • Did not crave sweets or snacks at any time of day, especially at night when I often snacked;
  • Did not have an energy crash in the late afternoon as I often did;
  • Lost 4-5 pounds;
  • Lost fat around my waist, stomach and back where I needed it most. My clothes fit more comfortably;
  • Ate foods I’ve never eaten before including bok choy, swiss chard, parsnips, and shallots;
  • Learned to make bullet proof coffee (could never drink coffee without cream and sugar or honey)

My husband also benefited from my effort since he ate the food I prepared and didn’t eat some food that he normally ate on a regular basis that I thought was healthy enough, like his daily morning yogurt.

I’ve always been an active person. I thought I could eat what I wanted because I was going to burn it off. This worked for most of my life from a weight perspective. My last employment was managing a fitness club where I worked out using weights at least 3-4 times a week. My weight has been a steady 127-132 lbs. for 30 years. However, upon leaving the gym (the owners decided to close) I was also diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome after a series of seemingly unrelated issues. After a couple of years, it became evident that the incidents were connected. I refuse to label myself as someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease. The conventional doctors say there is no cure. It’s clear to me that the food choices I’ve made have lead me to where I am today. I would like to try to feel better and to improve my health by changing how I view food.

I haven’t lifted weights in over a year (although my weight was still 131) my waistline and belly began to expand. I’m a 51-year old mother of two from Massachusetts and continue to walk, run and exercise, but not with the same intensity, enthusiasm and commitment. After the 30-Day Challenge I lost only 4-5 pounds. More importantly, I lost inches and feel much lighter.

In addition, I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. I decided to take medication when my daughter and son entered High School so that we could all endure the teenage years without me adversely impacting their experiences. My only regret is that I didn’t learn to cook this way sooner so that they could have benefited from the example. My daughter graduates college in May 2018 and my son in May 2020. They’ll be thirty years ahead of me if they can embrace better nutritional practices early on, so I intend to provide the kitchen basics when they move out of the dorm and into their own homes.

Thank you, Chad and Brenda, for presenting the 30-day challenge in a way that was easy to follow and execute. I looked forward to the daily email and seeing the inbox recipe of the day. There are a few recipes I look forward to making again! Also, Chad’s weekly recipes helped to demonstrate how to prepare meals intended to be consumed in more than one day. We always eat leftovers in our house so it’s great to have food to eat at another meal or even in between if necessary.

One important thing I learned is that all fats and oils are not equal. I’ve always used butter and olive oil, just not the right kind! I’m now buying the healthier versions, and have added coconut oil to the mix. I also plan to minimize carbs and sweets forever!

Thanks again for your guidance. I really appreciate it!

 

Susan from Massachusetts

 

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Judy Testimonial

September 20th, 2017 | Testimonials

 

To the other Paleo neophytes:

I was looking for a way to lose weight only. Luckily I had no other stomach issues.

The reason for my weight gain was this: 20 years ago, a back surgery left me a paraplegic. I have the use of my arms, but I cannot walk.  For at least 15 years, I was a swimmer and used an arm bike, so I stayed the same size. Then I was told that my shoulders were so arthritic that I could no longer swim or use an arm bike.

Of course, I began to gain weight because I now could only do stretches and some strengthening exercises. But two years ago, my shoulders got much worse and I began to lose strength and gain more weight. In May of this year, I had to buy six size16 shirts to get by until I could get back in the closet full of size 14 shirts that I wore for many years.

Paleo was the lifestyle I chose as the healthiest while the hope of losing weight was realistic! I had a hard time starting because I had to convince my husband that the meals were not too different from those we were used eating.  We ate protein and vegetables but added a starch.  We did not have junk food in the house anyway.  So I have now just completed the 30 days.

I was at first concerned that I had no way to weigh myself. And looking in the mirror, I didn’t see much difference.  However, when I thought to put on a size 14 shirt, I rejoiced!! Although I need to lose more weight, I have made real progress.  I can actually wear some of the size 14 shirts and I feel sure that I will be able to wear all of them in another 30 days!!

I never felt hungry in my first 30 days. And I never felt cravings! I ate almond butter for a treat and continued to nibble on 85% chocolate!

I will continue as a Paleo enthusiast and encourage other first timers to do the same!! ☺

 

Judy Denny

 

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