'Ava Anderson Non Toxic' Product Giveaway

Today I've invited my friend Christina to talk about some products she's been having success with lately. She's generously giving away a package of products with a $60 value to one of my lucky readers. Read more for details on how you can win! Contest ends October 6.

Christina Roth www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/croth

When I was officially diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in January of 2013, I had no idea the kind of journey I was about to embark upon. I had always been fairly conscious of the fact that something was “wrong” with my health – I just needed someone to give me a complete diagnosis, guide me in the appropriate direction, and help me correct the symptoms. I needed someone to “fix” me. I realized after my first round of a complete nutritional overhaul and numerous food protocols, that the fixing would be much longer than I had anticipated.  Sadly, this was disappointing since those who are closest to me would confirm that I am not a very patient person.

The more I learned about my autoimmune condition, the more I realized the true complexity of the human body and the significant importance of my nutrition and lifestyle choices. In the midst of the food protocols, the revised fitness regimen, and my attempt at maintaining a minimally stressful schedule – I realized I was neglecting to address the largest organ in my body. My skin.

At some point during the food reintroduction phase I developed a rash on my underarms. I had long given up on natural deodorants because none of them would hold up to teaching all day long and a rigorous CrossFit workout in the evening. Then a friend told me about Ava Anderson Non Toxic, a non-toxic line of home and personal care products. I figured, what’s one more deodorant, so I gave it a try.

It’s not often I get excited about personal care products, let alone something as potentially simple as deodorant. However, the past two years have taught me a great deal about becoming more passionate when it comes to health and wellness – including my deodorant, lotion, mascara and multiple other items in my daily beauty routine. The more I began to listen to my body, the more I realized I needed to consider what I was putting on my body as much as what I was putting in my body.

The deodorant from Ava Anderson is completely non-toxic, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and made with 100% organic ingredients. It is composed of a cocoa butter and coconut oil base, including tea tree and peppermint essential oils. The coconut oil and cocoa butter serve to help moisturize and protect the skin, allowing the essential oils to soothe and reduce any existing inflammation. Not only does it feel and smell wonderful, but also it truly works! One application in the morning and I am comfortable and odor-free the entire day.

When I considered the other products that I wanted to replace after I realized they were irritating my autoimmune symptoms, the one that caused me the most heartache was my beloved mascara. I couldn’t use conventional mascara because it would give me a headache and typically cause my eyes to itch within a matter of minutes. After having success with the Ava Anderson deodorant, I switched to the mascara as well – and can honestly say I was ecstatic with the result. The mascara has an aloe vera base, with coconut oil and natural minerals for color. So the texture is silky and it feels wonderful with every application. No itchy eyes, no more headaches, and it lasts all day without drying or flaking.

Most recently I began using the Ava Anderson Diaper Cream to help with some rosacea that had formed on my nose. This is my typical reaction when I’ve been exposed to dairy  - and I knew that the cream had calendula and chamomile essential oils. The soothing properties of these organic oils, along with the moisturizing component of the shea butter and olive oil, helped to relieve the irritation on my nose in less than 24 hours. I was amazed at the results from just one application.

The Ava Anderson Non Toxic company is more than just products; they’re a message about living a toxic-free lifestyle. Ava Anderson was only 14 when she began to research and develop these products.  She is now a junior in college and advocates for eliminating harsh chemicals all around the country, including our nation’s capitol. I am thankful that, as a teenager, she had the ability to see beyond herself and reach out to spread the word about chemical toxicity. I am also very grateful for the fact that I was able to find products that work for me and help me continue on my journey to wellness. So thankful, that I recently became a consultant for Ava Anderson Non Toxic and hope to share the message about becoming an ingredient detective.

As a gift to the Primal Balance followers I am offering a giveaway package of all three items listed above, to one lucky reader! If you’re interested in learning more about Ava Anderson Non Toxic I encourage you to check out my consultant page at www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/croth and find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QueenCityAva.

-Christina Roth

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Born Primal Episode 41: Caitlin Weeks and Diane Sanfilippo

This week's guests are two of the three authors of the upcoming cookbook, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Caitlin Weeks, her husband Chef Nabil Boumrar, and NY Times bestselling author Diane Sanfilippo collaborated to create this culturally accurate cookbook to be released October 28.

Caitlin and Diane talk about the process and recipes in this episode of Born Primal. We also chat about the importance of community related to food.

Check out the Mediterranean Paleo Book Signings in Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, & San Francisco.

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!



Guest Post: What Three 12-year Old Girls Taught Me In Middle School

At this year's Ancestral Health Symposium, I had the honor to meet a young man who made a big impression on me. Julian Lucas was born with only one arm and is an aspiring fitness model. See the inspiring video below of his workout regiment. Check out Julian's website Adaptive Health and Fitness and follow him on Facebook

I’ll never forget it. It was 2 a.m. and I was talking to one of my best friends at the time who was a girl. We used to talk every night until her cordless phone would die (yup, those existed way back then). We had just entered middle school so it was a hormonal free for all. In elementary school you are with the same student body the entire time. So everyone knows one another. But middle school is when you are revealed to a much larger audience. My friend and I were telling one another what everyone thought of each of us. Then she started to sob.

What she told me changed my life forever. Through her tears she told me that all the girls were saying that, “I would be so hot if only I didn’t have one arm”

As you could imagine, this was quite devastating for the 12 year old me to hear. I couldn’t understand. My arm was never an issue. See I was born with one arm. And all of my friends and family were accustomed to it. It wasn’t until I entered middle school that I realized how different I was. This set me up for many many years of being one of the most self-conscious individuals to ever exist. It put me on the path to try and become perfect in every way. I told myself that I must become perfect in every other way. That in order for people to like me that I’ll need to be so perfect that they will forget about my “imperfection”.  I became obsessed.

This was of course a losing battle. I struggled with a negative body image for  the majority of my life.  Staring at my arm in the mirror hoping that one day the rest of it would magically grow.  I just couldn’t live like that way anymore. I could no longer stare into the mirror and hate what I saw. I didn’t want to wish to be someone else anymore. I wanted to actually love myself. And true self love. Not telling myself lies I didn’t believe. Who’s to say that I’m not already perfect? That I’m not beautiful? And If I had two arms in whose eyes would I be perfect in?

So I got my act together. I joined a gym, I got my diet in order and I educated myself on what it takes  to be truly happy with one ’s self.  Now I’m not going to say that I have all the answers, or that I have successfully reached the other side yet. But I let go of this fantasy of becoming “perfect”.  I’ll never be perfect. No one will.  I now only try to become the best me, pushing myself to go outside of my comfort zone. Setting news goal and striving to achieve them.

Currently right now I am striving to become one of the only one armed fitness models/bodybuilders in the world. My goal is to help change our perspective on what true beauty is all about and what you can accomplish despite your “limitations”.

Through bodybuilding and fitness I learned that we are all just works in progress. We’re never done, we never reach perfection, there is never a finish line. You just keep going, learning and growing. Letting go of the notion of trying to achieve perfection has had the single greatest impact on my personal well-being and health than anything else in my life.

I can now look in the mirror, acknowledge that I want to become more fit, but can still consider myself beautiful regardless. I no longer look at my arm as an eye sore. I embrace it. It’s just as part of me as any other part of my body. I no longer hide from the world. I face it head first. I stand tall, proud, because I worked too hard to become the man that I am to not be.


Born Primal Episode 40: Kyle Maynard

This week's guest is a powerfully inspiring human being. Kyle Maynard was born with congenital amputation. He is the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He owns a Crossfit gym and he's competing in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in October. All of this he's accomplishing despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees.

In this episode we talk about:
Kyle's childhood
How he became a wrestling champion
Robb Wolf's influence
Paleo diet
The art of grit
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Living your dream

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!


Born Primal Episode 39: Dr. Emily Deans Evolutionary Psychiatry

Today I'm joined by Emily Deans, M.D., a psychiatrist searching for evolutionary solutions to the general and mental health problems of the 21st century.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Sleep management
  • Parasites treating autoimmune disease
  • Mental health mismatch and benefit
  • Ketogenic diet for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!


Born Primal Episode 38: Hannah Crum Kombucha Kamp

This week I'm so excited to hang out on the show with Hannah Crum from Kombucha Kamp also known as the Kombucha Mamma.

Hannah has been healing the world, one gut at a time.

In this episode we talk about:

How much booch to drink
History of fermentation

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!


Born Primal Episode 37: Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jeffry Gerber

Jimmy Moore is back with his new book, Keto Clarity. In this episode I chat with Jimmy and Dr. Jeffry Gerber, Denver's Diet Doctor.

We talk about:

Benefits of Ketosis
Criticism of the Ketogenic Diet
Blood Ketone Testing
MCT Oil- Use It Or Not?
AHS and The Ketosis Talks 
Using Ketosis for Bipolar Balancing
Getting Keto Adapted
Physician Freedom- Ancestral Doctors 
Why Ketogenic Diets Aren't For Everyone

Jimmy Moore on Facebook and Twitter
Dr. Jeffry Gerber on Facebook and Twitter 

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!


Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet


Born Primal Episode 36: Tony Federico Paleo Grilling

If you've been wondering where I disappeared to, I've started co-hosting a new podcast called Living The Optimized Life. Dr. Daniel Stickler and I are now partnering with some other wellness folks on the website ePhysiologix.com where we have not only the podcast, but a video series and I host a weekly parenting column.

After a lonnggggg break, Born Primal is back. This week it's with one of my favorite Paleo pals. Tony Federico, the host of Paleo Magazine Radio, is on the show to chat about his new cookbook just in time for Labor Day. Paleo Grilling gets the caveman or cavewoman "fired" up and ready to eat some meat over the grill! Here's what we chatted about:

-Trends we're seeing in the Paleo community
-Starches, carbs, ketosis.
-Our Beyond Food panel at Paleo FX 
-Medication in the Paleo community
-SEX: American ideas, monogamy, non-monogamy, sex ed in school, talking to kids about sex, shame

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

Buy the book!

Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire


10 Tips For A Natural Birth

When I gave birth to my oldest daughter, I didn’t have any idea how much her birth would be a shock to my system. Fortunately I was prepared for it as much as a woman who hasn’t yet experienced it can be. My birth was a physically painful and emotionally exhausting ordeal. My ten-pound baby was born at home with the assistance of a midwife and her assistants a few days after her due date. What I learned from that experience is that birth is unpredictable. In celebration of her 13 years on this earth and the 3 homebirths I had after (her including a set of twins) I devised these 10 tips to help others find balance in their own birth experience.

  1. Find a doctor or midwife you feel completely comfortable with
  2. Hire a doula
  3. Take a natural childbirth class
  4. Involve your partner
  5. Keep birth attendees low
  6. Have realistic expectations
  7. Create a peaceful birth environment
  8. Go to La Leche League meetings
  9. Create a daily mantra 
  10. Let go

1. Find a doctor or midwife you feel completely comfortable with
Birth is the most primal, intimate experience of a woman’s life. You want to feel safe and secure while you’re going through it. Most obstectric offices require you to cycle through each doctor because there’s a chance you won’t actually give birth with your personal doctor attending. Unfortunately many OBs are unable to give you more than a 10-15 minute appointment due to modern medicine practices. Certified Nurse Midwives who often practice out of obstectric offices or CNM clinics usually offer a more intimate setting for appointments and have longer appointment times. Birth center and home birth midwives, who are sometimes CNM’s but most often Certified Professional Midwives (CPM,) offer appointments that are generally at least an hour long. No matter which option you use, make sure that you are happy and comfortable with the person attending your birth.

2. Hire a doula
The Greek word doula means a woman who serves. In the labor setting a doula cares exclusively for the mother. She is a birth professional who creates a relationship with the expecting mother before, offers physical and emotional support during the labor, and continues the relationship for as long as agreed upon during the postpartum phase. The mother and doula decide before birth what the mother expects. Usually massages, calming words of support, a doula can be the communicator between the mother and the birth attendant. She can also be the person who ensures that the birth team is following through with a pre-written birth plan.

3. Take a natural childbirth class
There are childbirth classes offered by hospitals and doctors offices but they generally only touch on the process of laboring and giving birth in the hospital. Those may be covered by insurance while natural childbirth classes can be expensive, but the cost is worth it. I took The Bradley Method for my first pregnancy, but there are so many options. A doula or midwife can give you options in your area. You can also find resources through a local attachment parenting group.

4. Involve your partner
Birth can be an overwhelming and harrowing experience for male partners. It’s not possible for them to truly understand the changes a mother’s body goes through for the 9 months of pregnancy and months of postpartum. Talking to them about the process is very important. Including them at prenatal visits is helpful and encouraging them to ask questions will help both parents. Most people have never seen birth, especially men. Watch natural childbirth videos together. Talk together about the things that might happen during labor and birth. Many women make primal noises, some cry, some (including me) say they can’t do it. Sometimes encouragement is welcomed and other times it’s distracting or annoying. Tell your partner before labor that you might say mean things and that you don’t mean them. The overwhelming process of birth can make the most timid and respectful woman turn into a sailor instantaneously! Some partners feel helpless watching their wife in discomfort. This is worth communicating about so that your partner feels safe. Another reason to have back up support and the reminder that birth is the most natural experience a woman can go through.

5. Keep birth attendees low
My first birth had a midwife, two assistants, my mother, my mother-in-law, a friend, and my husband. All while I labored naked in my bed. Most of them were sitting in chairs watching. My birth went on hours longer than it should have. My last birth had my husband and my midwife and it was the easiest birth I’ve had. A watched pot never boils. Birth is a private experience. In the hospital you may have less options but this is something you can discuss with your provider and have an expectation set ahead of time of who is allowed in and during which times. Include this in your birth plan if necessary. If you’re birthing at home, have childcare arranged. Even if you want your other children there in attendance, you could change your mind once those early contractions start.

6. Have realistic expectations
You can take every class possible and feel completely prepared going in, but birth is tricky. While our bodies are 100% designed to do this, that doesn’t mean things won’t get weird or go wrong and that can happen very quickly. Keep a positive attitude but also be prepared for things that could become out of the norm. Talk to your provider about the possibilities and ask them how they would handle those situations.

7. Create a peaceful birth environment
Decide what will keep you calmest. Do you like peaceful music, candles, being able to take a bath during birth or planning to labor in a birth tub? This is personal so plan your birth space accordingly to what relaxes you the most. If you’re birthing outside of your home, have the things you desire packed and ready for someone to set up in your birth environment. Your partner or doula should be aware of what things you want in your setting.

8. Go to La Leche League meetings
La Leche League meetings are a breastfeeding support group found in almost every setting. Breastfeeding as seemingly natural as it should be can be one of the most difficult challenges faced by women. You go through all of this work to get the baby out, now you have to figure out how this feeding stuff works! Latch issues, thrush, pain, it can wear down on the most hormonally stable woman. But take one who’s recovering from birth, sleep deprived, and overwhelmed by new motherhood…the breaking point is easy to get to in that situation. This is where a support system is integral. If we were living in primitive tribes we would grow up seeing women breastfeed everywhere. Once it was our turn all of the women would be supporting and teaching us. In the nuclear family, we have almost no breastfeeding support. We have a couple of generations that made breastfeeding out to be a bad thing so women now have mothers who may have never even breastfed. Going to LLL meetings before you ever have your baby can create that support system so that if you find yourself struggling, there are women who can help you through it so that breastfeeding becomes a successful journey for you.

9. Create a daily mantra
I had a decent postpartum hemorrhage after my first daughter. My midwife was very skilled and knew exactly what to do when it happened but during those 10 minutes or so it was a frightening time. During my next pregnancy I told myself everyday that I wouldn’t hemorrhage and I didn’t! For my fourth baby I told myself daily that I would have a beautiful, peaceful birth and I did. Use whatever mantra you’d like for the outcome of your experience.

10. Let go
There is nothing that takes away your control more than birth. Don’t let perfectionism into your experience. If your goal is a natural childbirth but you end up using medication or having a cesarean it’s perfectly okay. Don’t beat yourself up or build resentments about the experience. Let go of the outcome and enjoy the journey with the baby you’re growing. The moment after birth your whole life will change forever.  The truth is that even though birth is this really big deal, you won’t be thinking too much about it once your little one starts growing up and you’re experiencing all that their own journey brings to your life.

Good luck and happy birthing!


Born Primal Episode 35: Molly Galbraith Girls Gone Strong

This week, Girls Gone Strong Co-Founder, Molly Galbraith joins Born Primal to chat about helping women love our bodies. Molly is so incredibly knowledgable about training women. She just released the Modern Woman's Guide to Strength Training. A must have for every woman, no matter what shape you're in or your experience level. 

In this episode we talk about Molly's weight struggles when she was younger, finding love of lifting, how women need to be empowered to rock and own what we've got, and we talk about our dislike of the Paleo police! 

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

Show Notes:
Molly on Facebook & Twitter
Love Your Body Challenge
Get the guide!!


Born Primal Episode 34: Paleo f(x) Wrap Up With Karen Phelps

Karen Phelps and I rocking our twin bamboo shirts. Gifts from Tess McNulty and her friends at Atlas Wear Clothing

Karen Phelps, my best friend, returns to Born Primal to chat about our fun times in Austin a couple of weeks ago at Paleo f(x). Karen blogs at Paleo Periodical, she writes for Paleo Magazine, and she handles PR for the Ancestral Health Symposium. 

Here are the topics we cover in this episode (photos below)

*My talk on "The Power of Imperfectionism"

*Cultivating The Well-Adjusted Male aka "The Man Panel" with Robb Wolf, J. Brett Smith, Geoffrey Miller, Tucker Max, John Durant, and Christopher Ryan 

*The feminization of men: why we like male attention

*Rafe Kelley workshop: Evolve, Move, Play

*Dan Stickler's talk 

*Paleo and Addiction panel with Karly Randolph Pitman, Kaila Prins, Susan McCauley, Amy Kubal, and Dr. Nicole Avena

*Christopher Ryan (Sex At Dawn) "Paleosexuality" talk and the Bonobo sex video

*My "Beyond Food" panel and how it went from meditation to a sex talk in 20 minutes time with Darryl Edwards, Dr. Dan Stickler, Kyle Maynard, and Steve Kirsch 

*"US Healthcare: In Crisis or Chaos?" panel with Robb Wolf, Dr. Grayson Wheatley, Julie & Charles Mayfield, Dr. Richard Maurer, and Darryl Edwards

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

Show Notes:
Karen's "Man Panel" Post
My "Coming Out of the Mental Health Closet" post
Ancestral Health Symposium 
Karen's new project: Year in a Yurt

PALEO f(x) Photographic Evidence

Pecha Kucha opening event with Michelle Norris (PFX) & Will White/Caveman Cafeteria who catered the event 
My talk!! "The Power of Imperfectionism"
Getting to squeeze on one of my favorite girls, Sarah Fragoso

Free Kombucha all weekend?? Yes!! Thank you LIVE Kombucha

The "Man Panel" l-r Chris Ryan, Robb Wolf, Brett Smith, Tucker Max, John Durant, & Geoffrey Miller

Another gorgeous lovely I never get enough of, Liz Wolfe

Our fun table at the presenter dinner! Glen White, Shauna Young, Geoffrey Miller, Moi!
Such a beautiful night at Springdale Farm for the presenter dinner
My favorite fashion lover, Diane Sanfilippo
Dr. Daniel Stickler, The Paleo Doc
Two of the beauties from the addiction panel Karly Randolph Pitman & Kaila Prins
My "Beyond Food" panel l-r Kyle Maynard, Darryl Edwards, Dan Stickler, Me, Steve Kirsch
Post conference shooting in Austin! 


Paleo Wellness Retreat in Jamaica May 7-May 11

A year ago I was introduced to Dr. Daniel Stickler and Mickra Hamilton. They are doing innovative and fascinating work at their two wellness clinics in Charleston, WV and Asheville, NC. Last October we along with a wonderful group of people made our way to sunny Jamaica for the first Paleo Wellness Retreat and now we're doing it again! This is an exceptional opportunity with great rates. Workouts include daily yoga on the beach, running, weight lifting classes in the gym, and parkour. The three days of morning and afternoon workshops will cover nutrition and fitness, stress reduction, and mind/body fitness. Leaving plenty of time for enjoying all that the beach and ocean have to offer and great food and drinks. Hope to see you there!

Arrive May 7 and Depart May 11

(add up to 3 days before or up to 3 days after at discounted rate)

 Join us for 4 days of Education, Relaxation, and Health Optimization

Enjoy 4 nights at the exclusive Grand Lido Negril, the secluded jewel of Negril Jamaica

This is all-inclusive with unlimited food & drink

Unlimited access to paddleboards, kayaks, sail boats and snorkling

$1400 Conference and Beach front room for two
$1280 Conference and Ocean view room for two
$910 Conference and Beach front room for single
$850 Conference and Ocean view room for single
**swim with the dolphins and other excursions are optional and available at discounted rates
**Airfare not included 

Daniel Stickler, M.D.

Dr. Stickler is a functional medicine physician and serves as the Medical Director of Synchronicity Wellness as well as Physiologix Medical Institute.  He is also hosts a blog: PaleoDoc.com.  
He trained in allopathic medicine and held board certification in General Surgery for more than ten years; performing general and vascular surgery as well as over 3,000 gastric bypass weight loss procedures. He had a thriving surgical practice and was a specialist in weight loss, treating over 10,000 clients in both the surgical practice and at the wellness institute. The busier he became the more he began to realize that true health is not a result of pharmaceuticals and stainless steel. He discovered that the clients at the wellness institute were making remarkable progress through nutrition, fitness and lifestyle counseling and hormone optimization.  Not only were they resolving disease, they were optimizing health, regaining vitality, improving neuro-cognitive status and creating lasting changes.  
This realization led him to the understanding that he could leave the old methods behind and fully embrace the new paradigm of health optimization. He retired from surgery and now knows that each individual has within them the ability to achieve optimal health and live a life full of vitality. He works closely with each client to develop individualized treatment regimens and provides extensive guidance throughout the year to assist the client in achieving their goals. 

Kendall Kendrick, NTP

Kendall Kendrick is a mom to four girls, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and motivational speaker. She writes about Paleo nutrition, lifestyle, personal growth, and empowerment on Primal-Balance.com and hosts the show Born Primal: Conversations With the Ancestral Health Community. Kendall shares her expertise with those facing nutritional adversity amongst peers and family members. She also speaks on the role of nutrition and lifestyle when it comes to self care, body love, letting go of control, shame, and perfectionism. 

 Mickra Hamilton, AuD
Dr. Mickra Hamilton is the Director of Wellness at Synchronicity Wellness LLC and owner and visionary of Source Harmonics PLLC. Her passion is to bring health to humanity through a new paradigm in medicine.  Mickra understands that optimized health and true balance are achieved only when all aspects of the human being are addressed.  Optimizing health is a beautiful process that focuses on the body, mind and spirit and involves hormone optimization, functional nutrition, functional fitness and stress reduction.
Mickra is a nationally certified Doctor of Audiology who leverages her twenty-five years of experience with neurophysiology and acoustics to diagnose and treat hearing loss and stress related dis-ease.  She uses Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback combined with customized sound/music to create unique and highly effective stress reduction programs in Synchronicity’s state of the art, 3D Anechoic, sound chamber.  Mickra also trains athletes in the use of HRV for sport specific training optimization. Her current research involves establishing evidence- based protocols for HRV and Music in the treatment of stress related disorders, specifically anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, diabetes and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.  
Mickra is a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. She is a WellCoach trained life coach and provides counseling for functional nutrition, functional fitness and stress management.  She is a certified CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids Instructor and is a trained Mountain Athlete and Wilderness Medicine First Responder. 

Kim Smith
Kim is the PaleoYogaMom. She is a mother, yogini, foodie, writer and lover of life. The practice, the lifestyle that is yoga has reconnected her to the shining light of creativity and clarity that exists in us all.  Through yoga she hopes to instill in her students and her family a deeper knowing of themselves, allowing a more rich and meaningful experience in life. Through the Paleo diet she has been able to achieve health and all the benefits that health has to offer. You can connect with Kim via Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PaleoYogaMom?ref=hl or visit her blog,http://www.paleoyogamom.com      

G. Warren Walsh, Jr., DMD

Dr. Walsh is a practicing dentist interested in helping people obtain whole body health and wellness.  
 He stumbled into the paleo lifestyle/functional medicine paradigm almost four years ago looking for a new way to approach health, nutrition, and a better way of "living".  What started out as a personal journey now exudes though his personal, family, and professional life.
 Upon discovering functional medicine, Dr Walsh started to see many parallels between the state of dental health and whole body health and he is constantly working on ways to better serve his patients through diet and lifestyle modification programs in his current dental practice.
 He has a special interest in nutritional optimization and human performance using many different technologies and nutritional modalities. 


Born Primal Episode 33: Sylvie McCracken Hollywood Homestead

This week's Born Primal guest has been a celebrity assistant for the last decade in Hollywood. Sylvie McCracken and her husband unschool their three children and she blogs at Hollywood Homestead. She's also the author of two e-books: The Paleo Survival Guide and The Gelatin Secret. 

On this episode we talk about juggling families and work, transitioning kids to healthier eating, how the Paleo diet improves your sex life, and all the great recipes in The Gelatin Secret. 

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

Show Notes:

Teenagers Perspective
Tips to Get Your Kids To Eat Paleo Edition
5 Ways Paleo Improves Your Sex Life

Born Primal listeners use code: BALANCE30 for 30% off The Paleo Survival Guide and/or The Gelatin Secret thru April 15th


Paleo f(x) Presenter Podcast Round Up

We are less than two weeks away from Paleo f(x)! This roundup of presenters features anyone I've ever interviewed on the Born Primal podcast who will be speaking in Austin. For the full speaker list of the event click here. I'll be presenting on the Power of Imperfectionism Friday morning and participating on the Beyond Food panel Sunday. If you're coming to Austin, I'd love to meet you! 

Tony Federico of Paleo Magazine Radio and I are teaming up once again to bring you an excellent wrap up podcast featuring many PFX speakers. Enjoy the shows!!

Paleo f(x) Michelle Norris

The Paleo Mom Sarah Ballantyne

Nom Nom Paleo Michelle Tam

Balanced Bites Diane Sanfilippo

Everyday Paleo Sarah Fragoso

The Paleo Doc Daniel Stickler

The Paleo Drummer Steve Kirsch

Fitness Explorer Darryl Edwards

Paleo For Women Stefani Ruper

The Clothes Make The Girl Melissa Joulwan

Sustainable Dish Diana Rodgers

Paleo Comfort Foods Julie Mayfield

Slim Palate Joshua Weissman

Rubies & Radishes Arsy Vartanian

No Harm Foundation Shauna Young

The Domestic Man Russ Crandall

Primal Girl Tara Grant

The Paleo Manifesto John Durant

Livin' La Vida Low Carb Jimmy Moore

Hamilton Stapell


Born Primal Episode 32: Stefani Ruper Paleo For Women

My mission to encourage people to love their bodies continues today with my guest Stefani Ruper who is the founder of Paleo For Women and just released the book Sexy By Nature. From the moment Stefani came on the Paleo scene she has encouraged women to own and love themselves. In this episode we talk about her new book, ancestral bodies, American obsession with weight. We also talked about Stefani's past struggles with disordered eating and how she's found the body that works for her. 

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

Show Notes:
Paleo For Women on Facebook and Twitter


Born Primal Episode 31: Melissa Joulwan The Clothes Make The Girl

Today I'm chatting with Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl. She's the author of three cookbooks: Paleo For Dummies, Well Fed, and Well Fed 2. In this episode, we talk about meditation (see links below,) living beyond food, sleep, having her thyroid removed, taking medication, yoga, feeling good AND looking good together, and Paleo FX.

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

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Born Primal Episode 30: Joshua Weissman Slim Palate

Nothing in this world inspires me more than watching youth "get it." I've worked with and spoken to so many different children and teens through my food policy work. They are sponges and are fascinated by where food comes from and why it's so important. When I first heard Joshua Weissman's story a chord was struck. A teenager who of his own accord figured out how to chance his life. He lost over 100 pounds at 15 years old. But that wasn't enough. Joshua has taken his journey to the next level by blogging at Slim Palate and putting together this tremendous cookbook, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook.

In this episode we talk about Joshua's story of gaining and losing fat, his passion for sharing this knowledge with the world, how it's affected his family and friendships, Paleo FX, and his future plans.

Podcast available on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also download the mp3 HERE!!!

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