We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!
We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!Keep Reading »
This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat
If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:Keep Reading »
We are always getting asked for Paleo friendly breakfast ideas. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing for breakfast. Mix it up!
Here is a quick, easy and unique breakfast idea full of great protein and fat! Enjoy!Keep Reading »
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!
I can’t wait! It’s my all-time favorite holiday…I love the fall, being with family and of course…the FOOD!!
For many folks the holidays are a time when they throw healthy eating out the window and binge on sweets and unhealthy food. And…typically feel like crap after it’s all said and done.
Well..I am here to tell you can still eat healthy during the holidays AND experience delicious food, WITHOUT feeling awful and realizing you’ve gained an extra 10 pounds going into the New Year.Keep Reading »
This is a great dish that gives chicken a little pizazz! And it’s simple with minimal ingredients. Enjoy!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pound chicken so they are thin (option to buy thin breast). Clean and break ends of asparagus. Place the chicken on a baking dish drizzled lightly with oil. On a separate baking dish, place the asparagus and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Chop shallot. In a small bowl add shallots, red wine vinegar, oil and cherries. Place chicken on top of a large handful of arugula and add the cherry mixture. Serve with asparagus.
Recipe by Tami Monaghan
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This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat
If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:Keep Reading »
Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK. As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.
So…what role do obesogens play?
Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.Keep Reading »
Poor Gut Health
This is Part 2 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat.
If you missed Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels, you can check it out HERE.
We will be discussing Part 3-5 in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss it!Keep Reading »
If you are having trouble shedding those extra pounds and the scale just won’t budge….I recommend turning your focus towards these 5 often overlooked factors that could be secretly sabotaging your weight loss goals.
Yes…diet and exercise are key components in losing weight, having a rockin’ body and feeling awesome. But…there is much more to the equation that people don’t realize. Many people dial in their nutrition using a Paleo, whole-food approach and lose tons of weight, and others lose some weight…but not as much as they hoped for. And for those people…there are likely other factors holding you back.
This may be just the information you need to squeeze into that stunning, black dress you’ve been avoiding because it’s a little too snug and exposes your lumps, bumps and rolls OR give you the confidence to strut your stuff in that sexy bikini you bought as an incentive to lose weight (and is currently buried in the bottom of your underwear drawer).
Wouldn’t that be awesome!
What’s even more awesome is that all these factors…if addressed and improved upon…not only help with weight loss, but also help with improved overall health, well-being and disease prevention!!
5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat:
1) Low Vitamin D Levels
2) Poor Gut Health
5) Stress: The Muffin Top Monster
We are going to start this week looking at how Low Vitamin D Levels may be associated with weight gain and will cover the rest of the 4 in upcoming posts.Keep Reading »
This is a simple and delicious fish and brussels sprout dish with a lemony twist. Drizzle sauce over brussels and fish and enjoy!!!Keep Reading »
I am happy to be on the Paleo system of nutrition. Fortunately, good food is readily available in my town. I raise a vegetable and flower garden during the summer.
The Paleo system has given me a new lease on life! I am 67 years old and lost six pounds during the 30-day challenge. I definitely feel stronger and able to avoid constant grazing and snacking on sweets.
I was able to manage a weekend trip to Chicago and remain close to the suggested foods.
I am a church organist and piano teacher. My hearing became impaired three years ago and I have had to adjust to hearing aids. I take meds for anxiety and depression.
My husband resides in a nursing home in Bismarck.
I plan to remain on this plan of nutrition for years. Healthy is the way I choose to live. My parents lived into their nineties and always encouraged us to eat whole foods. I am grateful for the reminders to make right choices when it comes to taking care of this mortal body.
Brenda and Chad,
Thank you for all your great information, recipes, and encouragement through this 30 days.
I learned a lot that will benefit me for my health. I can tell a big difference in my body. I have more energy, am sleeping better, and notice a big difference in my overall health.
The biggest help for me has been getting off of sugar. I see the damage it has done to so many different health concerns. Although I didn’t follow the diet perfectly, I can see if I want optimum results, I must do the diet specifically. This I will work on.
I did lose 7 pounds. It feels marvelous. My stomach is flat and I love that!! I have gone down a size in my clothes (good thing I have smaller size clothes to wear!).
Thanks again, I have good information now, and will incorporate it into my life!!
My name is Janice Thomasen and I am 48 years old and live near Denver, CO. My husband and I started the Paleo way of eating six weeks ago.
Before we started Paleo, we drank detox teas for a month and he lost 9 pounds and I lost 7, but our weight loss was plateauing so we decided to take our eating patterns to the next level and do Paleo.
When we first started looking at the allowable ingredients on Paleo we were both concerned with all the fat being digested. We have been taught to not eat fat because it is not good for our bodies and will make us fat. We both said we were going to try this new way of thinking and “give it a go”.
We are extremely surprised at how well we feel with more energy than ever and our brains are clear. We did not eat dairy, processed foods, grains or sugar. We really enjoy eating this way and are continuing on to the next thirty days and beyond.
My husband lost an additional 17 pounds and I lost and additional 14 pounds. Men definitely loose faster than women in the beginning, but women catch up to the men eventually. The hardest part for me has been drinking so much water. I need to continue to drink more water every day.
We both really enjoyed the lemon drinks in the morning. We did not take before and after pictures and I would recommend anyone partaking in this lifestyle to take the pictures. I was embarrassed to take the pictures and I wish that I would have.
Eating Paleo has become our lifestyle now and we are looking forward to the results in the future. I cannot begin to thank Chad and Brenda enough for their support and all the work that they do.
I was looking for anti-inflammatory information for the pain from my arthritis when I came across the Paleo Secret 30-day Challenge. After reading Brenda’s story, it sounded like a worthy challenge.
I have been mostly faithful to the diet with a few cheats on sugar and maybe non-organic veggies, but mostly I have been pretty faithful. I’ve found the food to be as yummy as ever, and where it takes more time to make EVERYTHING from scratch, it is SO worth it.
Getting additives, preservatives, pesticides, gluten, GMOs and other inflammatory foods out of my body has made an amazing difference. The pain in my hands has decreased substantially. I can do so many things with my hands that I haven’t been able to do in years. They still hurt some, but the constant pain is gone. I am a true convert!
I have stopped taking my blood pressure medication because my BP has been so low. Will keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t come back up, and have stopped my cholesterol medication. I’ll have that checked in a few months to see how that looks, but I am positive this change in lifestyle is here to stay. Side benefit…. I also lost 6 pounds.
Thank you Brenda and Chad for your support. I really like the Facebook community and the fact that you guys are involved in it as well. It feels like you are truly invested in your venture and doesn’t feel like just another money-making scheme.
Thank you for giving me a new lease on life!
Hi, I am Sherry, a 52-year-old woman living in Florida.
Here I am at day 30. I have lost 14.2 lbs. I have cut my insulin needs in half. I have more energy because I am sleeping so much better. Before I had chronic insomnia which left me tired, actually exhausted most of the time.
I have Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension and insulin dependent diabetes, but after doing this for 30 days I am feeling better than I have in years.
It’s not magic and I still have pain and muscle spasms, but it’s not as bad and my blood work looks really good. So I plan to continue to eat this way and feel the best that I am able.
Thank you for the emails, the Facebook community and the support. It has made a world of difference in helping me succeed.
My name is Gena.
I am 46 years old. I had a start weight of 146. I ended with a weight of 137.
I am continually amazed at my energy and quality rest. I have struggled with thyroid disease – Graves’ disease. I have always been on medication.
I am no longer on any meds. I sleep about 7 hours each night but I began to notice my body waking itself up prior to my alarm. I have always had an energy powder drink prior to my workouts (4:45 in the morning) and I noticed I really didn’t need anymore.
I am lifting heavy weights and do a couple days of Cardio. My husband is now on board. It has been an incredible journey and lifestyle change.
Thank you for this jump start!!
Hi Brenda and Chad,
I don’t have pictures or a scale…just the way my clothes fit…the “love handles ” which is kinder than saying “muffin top” around my middle is gone!”
I am not needing Ibuprofen for aches and stiffness…I’m going to the pool to walk in the water and ride the Exercycle 6 days a week…my husband and I are eating healthier and not snacking like we used to!
So I will keep on adjusting our diets to be healthy for both of us! Drinking enough water is the biggest challenge for both of us…he loves his coffee but has cut down from 12-15 cups a day to 8…and we are drinking low sodium V8 juice instead of sweet oj or diet sodas…learning to replace unhealthy food choices with healthier ones.
I will go back and read the email tips you have sent me. Thank you so very much for your encouragement over the past 30 days!
Hello, My name is Marcia and I am 63. I live in Michigan on a beautiful lake.
At the beginning of the 30 day challenge I weighed 247, I now weigh 231. My knees were bothering me, especially after a high carb meal or dessert and/or wine and beer. I had no energy to exercise and pretty much quit doing everything healthy and had gained about 20 pounds during the last year.
One morning I woke up and my knees were so bad I couldn’t walk. That was a real wake up call for me. I fasted sugar for three days and made sure I got enough water and felt better but still not to par. My knee would pop out when walking through the halls at my place of work and I’d yelp and folks would ask if I was ok. “Surgery” is what everyone kept saying. Anyways…
The Paleo Secret kept showing up on my facebook page and I had a friend who had gone Paleo and had great results. So, I decided to try it. SO GLAD I DID!
After the 30 days, my knees are no longer an issue and I am getting stronger and healing. I am able to walk faster with no pain. My clothes are also fitting me way better. It’s great to slip into a pair pants that were tight last winter. In fact, I’m having to throw my jeans and corduroys into the dryer so they shrink a bit and I still slip right into them!
I’m rarely hungry and my belly bloating is gone and my farting has stopped. I feel excited about the future and eventually getting into smaller size clothing. I have plenty of energy and rarely experience the dip in energy at 2:30 every day and when I get home I have energy to clean my kitchen and do some wash and walk my dogs a mile, and enjoy my boyfriend.
I did some testing on my knee and discovered that the smallest amount of alcohol would cause my knee to go out the next day. So I’m off wine and beer and just feeling healthy and not experiencing brain fog! So many positive results.
I keep reminding myself of why I am doing this and it has helped me stay on track. It’s more important for me to be mobile and feel good than it is to eat that brownie that is on the break room table, or drink a glass wine. Eating in restaurants hasn’t been an issue and I’m even looking forward to the holidays and eating healthy then as well. I’m not having any cravings and it’s easy to resist carbs.
I also love the recipes and eating out in restaurants has been pretty easy. I could go on and on!
Thank you so much. I feel very appreciative to Brenda and Chad and wish them the best. Here’s to the last years of my life being happy and healthy and active!!!!!
I was pretty skeptical at first but there is sound reasoning in the concept of eating whole foods so I gave it a try.
I won’t say I was 100% faithful to the 30 day Challenge but I was 70% faithful, mostly because of eating out quite a lot. But even doing 70% I was able to lose 10 pounds.
Even better than that I feel much better! I have had a dry patch on my upper lip for a couple years now and that has disappeared which in itself is great.
I will continue this way of eating and I’m sure more weight will come off but I like not having acid reflux everything I eat so this way of eating is for me!