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

September 28th, 2015 | featured, 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?


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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How to Choose an Effective & Non-Toxic Sunscreen

August 28th, 2015 | Living, Personal, Practical Living


In last week’s blog we discussed what you can EAT or supplement with to protect yourself from sun damage. We also mentioned other natural sun-protection strategies that we will review at the end of this blog post. It’s important to not rely on one strategy, but to incorporate many of them.

Today we are going to discuss how to choose a non-toxic sunscreen and why it’s important that you do. Keep Reading…

Protect Your Skin From the Inside Out

How to Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out

August 17th, 2015 | Living, Personal, Practical Living


I would like to introduce you to my dear friend, Katie. She is a nutrition coach and wealth of knowledge about food and health! She recently did a local talk about natural sun protection strategies in our community and I’ve asked her to share some of those nuggets of wisdom with our Paleo Secret community….especially since many of us (depending on where you live) are in the throws of the sweltering summer heat! Whew! Austin, TX is in the 100’s right now! (Don’t miss the Summer Skin Health Salad Recipe at the end of the post…YUM!!)

Meet Katie…

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Keep the Bugs Away Without Compromising Your Health!

July 20th, 2015 | featured, Living, Practical Living


It’s Summer in Austin, TX and the mosquitos are out and about…especially as a result of all the rain we’ve been getting!

I don’t like to get bitten by mosquitos…or ticks… or anything for that matter


I don’t want to slather toxic chemicals all over my body either.

So…for these 2 reasons I choose to use a DEET-free, chemical-free bug spray.


Let me explain… Keep Reading…

Sitting and Lifespan

Sitting less can increase your lifespan!

December 16th, 2014 | featured, Healthcare, Living, Moving, Practical Living

As a society, we tend to live very sedentary lifestyles, sitting at our office desk all day and on our couch all night.  Sure we may workout at the gym, do yoga or go for a run daily – but we spend the rest of our time on our butts. Unfortunately, various studies have shown that this sedentary way of life is correlated to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, even if you exercise regularly! Keep Reading…


8 Shocking Benefits of Turmeric to Improve Your Health

Turmeric or Curcuma longa is a type of root commonly grown in India that is dried and ground into a fine yellow powder.  For thousands of years, it has been used as a spice to flavor Indian food; it gives curry that vibrant yellow color.  Keep Reading…

Fennel Seeds

Fennel – A secret remedy for indigestion!

When I was growing up, my mom used several Indian home remedies to cure many of our ailments.  One remedy that particularly sticks out in my mind is using fennel seeds for stomach issues.   Keep Reading…

Propolis Honeycomb

The Power of Propolis

Earlier this year, I went to Serbia to visit my brother and his wife.  We were in the mountains skiing and saw local street vendors selling fresh mountain honey and other bee products, including propolis. I had never seen or heard of propolis before.  Keep Reading…


3 Steps to achieving your New Years Health Resolutions

As we approach the end of January, it’s a great time to reflect on the goals and health resolutions we’ve set, especially the ones revolving around personal health.

Have you changed the way you’re eating?

Are you exercising more the way you had planned? Are you seeing results? Keep Reading…

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Womb Squat Series Part 2: Squatting on the Pot

April 30th, 2013 | Healthcare, Moving, Practical Living

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For those that want to take your health to the next level…
If you have any sort of digestive related disease, digestion issues or pelvic related issues listen up!
Squatting on the pot could dramatically improve your digestion and your health!  Yes…you heard me correctly.  This position is actually the most optimal anatomical position in which to defecate or go #2.  Most people in the world actually still eliminate like this (mostly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East).  Why is this important? Because NOT defecating in this position has negative effects on bowel health. I’ve written multiple entries mentioning the importance of optimizing digestion in order to stay healthy and have a healthy immune system. Optimizing digestion includes breaking down and assimilating food properly AND being able to eliminate waste from our bodies. Keep Reading…