Partnerships, Podcasts, and Big Changes On The Way

Dr. Dan and I on set for our new video series launching in July

I've been a little MIA from the blog and podcast. Here's why! Exciting things have been brewing. A year ago I was contacted by Dr. Daniel Stickler (Paleo Doc) when I was graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Association. He wanted to do some collaborative work and also invited me to be part of a Paleo Wellness Retreat in Jamaica.

As you've possibly experienced, so much can happen in a year. We hosted two retreats in Jamaica. We went to Paleo conferences. We gave talks. We figured out what we really want to put out into the Universe. Now we're taking our collaboration to the next level and starting a brand new company that goes public in a couple of weeks, along with our spouses Mickra and Dave and our friends Warren and Elisa. This last year we've all become a family of people committed to bringing wellness to the world. Not just the Paleo world either. Our website will be a place where you can find information that might only be afforded to those with access to integrative healthcare. Dr. Dan is a functional medicine doctor, former gastric bypass surgeon, and fitness professional. He and his partner Mickra run two wellness centers in Charleston, WV and Asheville, NC with a large patient base of people from all over the world. He has a plethora of knowledge to offer and I'm excited to help facilitate getting that to you guys!

The main goal of our new company is to shift the human potential. I made a difficult decision to change directions of my Born Primal show. I've decided to focus on a new podcast that's more inline with the new website. But I will still have amazing guests and wonderful conversations. Just not always Paleo oriented. I believe that's a good thing. We should always keep expanding our horizons and being open to new ideas. I still love the Paleo world and I'm not going anywhere, just broadening the information I can bring to you. Our new website will offer coaching programs from experts in nutrition, self-help, fitness and more. We'll have tons of recipes plus fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, community, and mindfulness resources. Dr. Dan and I will be offering a weekly video series where we talk about nutrition, sexuality, hormone balancing, fitness, and pretty much anything you want to hear about.

We want everyone to be living up to their full potential of an optimized life and we look forward to helping you get there!


My Break Up Letter To Pain

Recently I recognized that I hadn't "officially" ended my relationship with my pain. When something has dominated your life in such a way, it can be difficult to completely say goodbye. I had a lot of fear about that, but it kept showing up in relationships I was choosing in my life. Making it evident that I needed to let go so that all the possible good I was attempting to bring into my life could actually get in. Pain loves to stand in the way of that. I have the right to good, the right to pleasure, and the right to love. So do you. Feel free to add your own break up letter into the comments. 

Dear Pain, 

Every time I try to write this letter to you, I run. Because you are delicious and sweet to my body in the worst kind of way. You are everything that I have ever known. You are heroin, you are nicotine, you are sugar, you are caffeine, you are wine. I can call on you anytime and you are always there….day or night. For almost 30 years I've been attached to you and relied on your availability to meet my needs. I use our relationship to end every good thing that comes my way. When life becomes challenging or overwhelming I run to you like a moth to a flame. But now things are different. You don't own me any longer. Now when I run to you I realize almost immediately your toxic nature. The twinge in my heart is an instant reminder of your danger. Quite honestly, you disgust me. I've known for some time that we we're over but I've held on out of fear, out of predictability. 

I'm breaking up with you and I'm starting a brand new relationship. His name is Pleasure and he is much sweeter and more delicious than you could ever be. Pleasure puts a smile on my face and in my heart in the way you never could and never will. I know you'll try to show up, but I have a restraining order against you. Thank you for all you taught me but it's time to say goodbye. You're not welcome here anymore. 




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! 


Coming Out of the Mental Health Closet

Paleo FX 2014 - Our Flaws Are Our Trophies

This post is about the direction that I am taking Primal Balance. I've had some incredible breakthroughs in my life the last few years. I think it's time that I share some of those. This blog has always been about my journey in the primal lifestyle. I created it three years ago as a way to share my experiences of switching to a Paleo diet, fitness, nutritional therapy training, but most of all trying to balance my brain. I have always struggled with being manic depressive. Chemical imbalances run through my family like brown hair does. I feel like a lot of people will relate with me here but we have so much shame about mental illness and so much judgment about the treatment of it that very few people in the Paleo community will talk about it without condemning others' choices on how to handle it. Those of us who face it stay in the closet for fear of being ostracized.

So this is me being the voice for those of you who haven't found yours yet, but I know you will in your own time. Maybe I'll lose credibility, but honestly I think that those of you who need to hear this will embrace my story and support me through this. Two years ago, I was white knuckling it. I'd been Paleo for a year. My hormones were a disaster and with the help of Robb Wolf and his super podcast I got those straightened out, but my mood swings were only getting worse and my emotional turmoil was spiraling. I was going through intensive therapy that was helping me but the chemical ups and downs were blocking my growth. I tried to Paleo harder. I tried a ketogenic diet which made me utterly miserable. I did sugar detoxes that helped at least temporarily but didn't offer long term solutions. I had shame that I wasn't doing this lifestyle right. Because if I was, I wouldn't be such an emotional wreck.

You see I had a difficult childhood and I know for sure I'm not alone in this. I didn't know how to cope, so at 11 years old I developed a phobia of choking which turned into anorexia. Then when I was 15 I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol so I used those until I became a serious drug addict by the age of 21. It was all control mechanisms to avoid hurt and have some control over a young girl’s life that was completely out of control. I found myself in a 12 step program and while I easily got clean, for the first time I was feeling the disgusting pain of my life. I don't even know if there was one shred of light inside of me. I just felt black on the inside. I had a successful radio career with a well-known morning show on a popular station. But I spent most of my time fantasizing about suicide and escaping pain through caffeine, unhealthy food, cigarettes, and men. During that first sober year I was wrongly diagnosed by a psychiatrist and put on medication that only created a dependency on more drugs and caused me to be manic for two years straight.

When I got pregnant with my first daughter, I weaned off the meds and vowed to never use medication for my mental wellbeing again. Fortunately through my pregnancies and years of breastfeeding I found stability, but as soon as I wasn't pregnant or nursing I couldn't cope. I've always been high functioning, putting on the pretty face that I had my sh*t together. It was never hard for me to fake it because I was such a perfectionist that I spent my life trying to make people think I was...well...perfect.

Exactly two years ago I go to a family reunion. I get completely triggered by old, old, old abandonment that courses through my veins thicker than the blood inside of them. I was correctly diagnosed at that time and had an understanding therapist who supported my stance on using medication. She was trying very hard to help me cope without it. After the family reunion I came home suicidal. For the first time in a while and I knew that I could not live this way anymore. My children deserved better, my husband deserved better, and most of all—dammit!—I deserved better.

So I made an appointment with a psychiatrist who is the most gentle, supportive man I could have ever asked for. He listened to my concerns. He nurtured me in a way I didn't expect. He told me the story about Ted Turner in Atlanta who owns the Braves and all those tv stations and his journey through mental illness and finding success after he got medicated. I felt hope for the first time...maybe ever. The doctor found the right medication for me and I'm not exaggerating when I say, by the next day, my life changed. There were no side effects, I was still me, I wasn't addicted to the pills, I could actually do the work on my emotions without the chemical stuff holding me back. My husband fell in love with me all over again because he could finally see who I really might be. I started healing relationships with people I didn't think possible. Most of all...myself.

I learned to love myself. Through this journey I let go of control, jealousy, attachment, and I found freedom. I worked really hard. I'm not giving the medication all the credit here but it certainly deserves some of it. I do not believe that being medicated is right for everyone but I am tired of the judgment in this community about it. A few months after I started taking it, I was sharing a room with a beautiful young woman I'd just met at a Paleo conference. I had not yet told anyone in the Paleo world about my secret so I told her and she was so accepting. And told me that she knew someone close to her that was much like me and that she hoped one day I would come out of the closet so that maybe I could help others. Eris, I've never forgotten that conversation. You've been my inspiration to work up the courage to write this post all of these years.

I've made it a point to tell more people my "secret" lately as I've preached to y'all that shame can't live in the dark. It's definitely not a secret now and I'm proud of it actually. The beautiful thing is, lots of people in this community are going through exactly the same thing and once I got brave enough to share with them what I was going through they said they were going through it too. I know when I give a talk and women are in the audience crying because they can relate to my story, that I've made all of the right choices on this journey. I want to empower you to be who you truly are and I want you to make choices that are right for you and not based off the judgments of others. I want you to heal and live a joyful, fulfilling, and balanced life.

The direction of this blog will continue to move into a platform of empowerment and motivation. I want to talk about relationships and trauma and all that stuff that keeps us small. I hope you'll continue to join me on this journey of healing and finding self love…together.



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:  
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 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, or visit her blog,      

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!!!

Show Notes:

Melissa's meditation links:


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!!!

Show Notes:
Slim Palate on Facebook and Twitter


Born Primal Episode 29: Arsy Vartanian Rubies & Radishes

This week I welcome Rubies & Radishes blogger, Arsy Vartanian, celebrating the release of The Paleo Foodie Cookbook. Arsy is also the author of The Paleo Slow Cooker. In this week's episode we chat about her health issues that led her to the Paleo lifestyle and renewed healthy. Arsy lives in California with her toddler and husband. 

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

Show notes:
Rubies & Radishes on Facebook and Twitter
Buy the book:


BEYOND FOOD: Digestion Matters (modPaleo guest post)

I was recently asked by my pals at modPALEO to contribute to a series titled Beyond Food where we explored stress, digestion, meditation, sleep, play, and fitness. 

Digestion, the essential process by which our body receives nutrients is one of the most crucial components to living your best life. The healthiest diet won’t make a difference if digestion is out of whack. Stress, sleep and activity are all factors that play a role in how well digestion works.
Digestion is a north to south process. Every cell that makes up every tissue that makes up every organ depends on the body’s digestive system to provide the nutrients it needs to keep on functioning. Let’s see what role this important plays in our health and what you can do better when it comes to digestion.

Digestion begins in the brain. The sight and smell of food triggers the salivary glands to begin producing saliva. As a culture we are overly stressed, which invokes a chronic state of “flight or fight”, a function of our sympathetic system which controls most of our internal organs. In order to digest our food we need to be in a parasympathetic (or restful) state.  It’s important that we RELAX before meals. Sit down to eat, eliminate distractions, take a few deep breaths, and be mindful.

The mechanical and chemical breakdown of food begins in the mouth. When the teeth physically break down food into smaller parts, we call that mastication. Salivary glands secrete saliva to moisten food and help with swallowing. Without proper chewing, the brain doesn’t get the message to trigger the proper digestive processes and food does not get broken down enough which places a burden on the stomach.
You can lessen the burden by chewing more. Chew foods at least 20 to 30 times per bite.

Once you swallow, food travels down the esophagus for passage to the stomach to continue the mechanical breakdown of food.Hydrochloric acid (HCl) triggers Gastrin to be released into the bloodstream. HCl is excreted into the stomach at a pH of 0.8, almost pure acid. Approximately 90% of Americans produce too little HCl. If you don’t produce enough, your body creates an environment where organisms like yeast, bacteria, viruses and parasites can thrive and raise havoc in the GI tract. Factors like stress, excess carbohydrate consumption, nutrient deficiency, allergies, and excess alcohol consumption can inhibit HCl production.

Digestion continues in the small intestine which has a dual role as a digestive organ and a gland. The intestinal walls secrete mucous while also secreting two hormones into the bloodstream: secretin and cholecystokinin (CCK). Secretin stimulates the pancreas to release bicarbonate and pancreatic juice, and CCK stimulates the gallbladder to release bile.
Low fat diets do not trigger the release of bile and diets full of bad fat can cause the bile to become viscous. The gallbladder tries to contract, but is unable to release the viscous bile. No bile leads to no absorption of fats.
Undigested proteins can impact the tiny hairs of the small intestine called the villi and microvilli. The lining becomes leaky and selectivity as to what passes through the lining is lost, a malady also known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Nourishing proteins and fats inappropriately pass through the gut walls, which overwhelms the immune system. A nourishing food now becomes an assault on the immune system.

The leftovers from digestion are dealt with in the large intestines.  In the case of dysfunction, this includes maldigested foods full of parasites, microorganisms and undigested fats. Maldigested foods can clog the colon and get stuck, causing dysbiosis which disrupt the healthy flora. Without healthy flora, butyric acid is not produced which weakens the cells of the colon. This leaves the colon subject to inflammation, diverticula and loss of tone. Issues like IBS, crohns, colitis, celiac are a direct result.

As you can see, many problems can occur on the digestion journey, but we can help our bodies digest foods better simply by eating mindfully, chewing more and eating whole foods as provided by nature. It’s tricky and amazing science, but we can do our part.

Read more on modPaleo


Born Primal Episode 28: Michelle Norris Paleo FX

Today's guest is one of the hardest working women in the Paleo community. Michelle Norris and her husband Keith are about to host their 3rd annual Paleo FX conference in Austin, TX April 11-13. In this episode we talk about what to expect at this year's symposium. Bigger and better than ever before so get your tickets now!

Every Paleo f(x)™ event is one of a kind.  Each event features world-class speakers from a wide variety of fields that includes New York Times best-selling authors, leading health professionals, athletes and coaches, research scientists, activists, bloggers, podcasters, and more.
Paleo f(x)™ is more than just a symposium of outstanding presentations and Mastermind panels.  It is also an expo of hands-on learning, networking, and a feast for the senses. The Paleo f(x)™ expo includes a Strength & Conditioning demo and workshop floor, a Paleo 101 stage for beginners, a Strength & Conditioning stage, a cooking demo stage, the Paleo f(x)™ store, and a huge fair of health-oriented, paleo-friendly vendors.

I'll be speaking at this year's event and look forward to seeing everyone there!

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

Show Notes:


Loving My Body: Before and After

Recently I experienced something that I imagine some women my age have gone through. I looked at a photo of my face and thought "Where did all of those lines come from?!?" Smile lines, laugh lines, crows feet…whatever you want to call them, I have them now. At first I was horrified. Then my reaction changed. Maybe because I realized that I'm 37 years old now and those lines are my trophies that I survived this long. There are times when I identify with being closer to 27 years old because I've only been emotionally in my whole self for the last few years. Not that I was immature, I've always been wise. But I've struggled so much of my life being trapped by my trauma and the victim role I so easily chose. I say that the lines are my trophies because they prove that I'm a survivor. There are times when I didn't think I was, that this world might just be more than I could handle. But I fought to live through those dark thoughts. 

One of the celebrations of my life now is that it's been three years this month since I found the Paleo lifestyle and community. Whoa…has it been life changing! I lost fat, balanced my hormones, cleared up my skin, opened up the channels to healing emotional trauma, found the best friends of my life, grew into my passion of writing and helping others heal, and truly found who I was and am. 

I was inspired to write this post after Molly Galbraith of Girls Gone Strong created a 28 day challenge to love your body. I do love my body, I really, truly, unbelievably do. Last summer I wrote a guest post about body image called "What Does Paleo Look Like?" I talked about my issues with gaining weight through my pregnancies and the physical fallout of having a twin pregnancy which means I have Shar pei skin on my belly now. Plus years of breastfeeding left my breasts looking like a tribal woman photographed in National Geographic. To honor the three years of growth I've had in this lifestyle, I wanted to do something I've never done before. I dug up the "before" photos I took. I've never had the courage to show them. In the previous body image post mentioned above, I showed what my current belly looks like and I'm okay that anyone who goes on Google can see that. But showing my previous love handles, muffin top, and dark circles under my eyes from severe anemia is another story.

A few months ago I decided that I wanted to really focus on building muscle so I did a mass gain program that included eating 3,000 calories a day and lifting weights three to four days a week. I gained 10 pounds. The coolest thing about these photos is that I weigh the same in both of them. When I originally went Paleo I lost the body fat that I wanted to lose but I didn't replace it with muscle. Tipping the scale back in the direction it was in three years ago when I wasn't healthy or happy wasn't scary at all. It was thrilling to imagine being strong for the first time ever in my life. Even if only to open a tight lid and not have to ask my husband to do it for me! Every week when I weighed myself to see if I was gaining, I would jump up and down when I gained 2 or 3 pounds. What a difference from years ago. Then I had a DEXA scan with my friend Dr. Dan Stickler at Synchronicity Wellness in Asheville, NC and it proved that my hard work had paid off! 

I'm never going to look like one of those fitmodel memes we all see on social media and that is completely okay with me. My body made and birthed four babies. That's pretty damn strong. I love that I can walk in the gym and knock out deadlifts and squats in a room full of men doing the same. My PR's are nothing compared to most women in this community. Sometimes I can still beat myself up feeling weak. Then I remember that I'm there and I'm doing it and I'm happy to rock a bikini at the pool and beach no matter what others might think. So here goes me being brave and vulnerable in sharing these photos of the body I'm so proud to reside in with all of it's beautiful flaws. No make-up, no photoshop, just me. Be brave today and love your body.


Born Primal Episode 27: Dr. Shauna Young No Harm Foundation

This week on Born Primal, Dr. Shauna Young talks to me about her traditional naturopathic practice and work with autistic children. Dr. Young has a PhD in Natural Sciences and is a Certified Traditional Naturopath. She developed the free Spectrum Balance Dietary Protocol diet which has helped many of her patients recover from autism and other related disorders. She is also the author of If Naturopaths Are "Quacks"...Then I Guess I'm a Duck

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 HERE!!! 

Show Notes:
No Harm Foundation
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Born Primal Episode 26: Adam Farrah Practical Paleolithic

Adam Farrah, author of The Paleo Dieter's Missing Link, joins me on Born Primal this week to talk about the Paleo lifestyle, perfectionism, technology curfews, and more. Adam blogs at Practical Paleolithic and writes a column for Paleo Magazine. 

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 HERE!!

Show Notes:

Asian Efficiency
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Paleo Movement Magazine Guest Post: Freedom From Control, Living Without Shame

As someone who sees things from a scientific and evolutionary standpoint it can be hard to tap into what you might call my spiritual side. I did that at a recent Paleo Wellness Retreat in Jamaica where I was a leader along with Dr. Dan Stickler, a Paleo MD with practices in Charleston, WV and Asheville, NC along with his partner Mickra Hamilton, who specializes in nutrition, sleep, and stress management at their practices, and Melissa White, a yoga instructor and Radical Forgiveness practitioner. Lately, I’ve been looking at all of that factors that go beyond what we eat in the Paleo/Primal world and how we move our bodies- meditation, stress management, sleep, and the biggest one for me…dealing with my own stuff.
View from my patio in Negril
View from my patio in Negril
Just going to this beautiful resort was pretty wellness inducing. We had a three day schedule that included morning yoga, weightlifting, beach runs followed by breakfast and talks. Our conference sessions focused on dealing with stress, sleep, nutrition, and mind/body awareness. Our group had lunch together everyday and had lively conversations that were sparked by the talks. The afternoons were spent with my husband on the beach, soaking up sun and relaxing. Dinners were filled with more conversation over delicious food. It was an amazing and healing experience for me.
On Friday afternoon we sat on the grass next to the ocean when I gave my talk on The Power of Imperfectionism. I decided to just put myself out there and share from the heart. I talked about the sharp turn of events over three years ago that set me on a path to finding peace and stability in my life....
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