Nutrition & Lifestyle

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Paleo Misconceptions

I’ve noticed recently (actually I noticed this a while ago, but recently realized I should write about it) that there are some paleo misconceptions in the mainstream, by critics, and by friends. So I figured I’d set the record straight. Listen, paleo is not some crazy diet. It’s not as hard as people think it is. And when I see articles online criticizing paleo for reasons that aren’t even accurate – well, I get annoyed. Paleo is just eating real…

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But That’s Not Paleo…

Have you encountered the “paleo police” since going paleo? I definitely have. You know, the people who say, “But that’s not paleo!” if they see you consume something that’s not “paleo perfect” or they say, “You’re allowed to eat that?” Yes, I’m an adult. I’m allowed to eat whatever I want. I guess that second question is just someone wanting to understand paleo, so that’s okay. But guess what? Paleo is not about perfectionism. It’s not meant to make you stress…

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Halloween Treats That Aren’t Junk

Halloween is almost here! If you want to give out treats that aren’t junk this year (because let’s face it, you know you’re going to end up eating most of the candy yourself), than you’re in luck because I’ve compiled a list of healthier alternatives to the conventional candies that are so delicious kids are sure to love them! More people are becoming aware of the effects of food on our health and the organic movement is growing more and more…

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16 Superfoods for Digestive Health

Are you suffering from digestive health issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, burping, heartburn, etc? As a decade-long IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer myself, I know how miserable it is. These symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to downright debilitating. I understand that fear of not wanting to leave the house because you’re afraid to not be near a bathroom. I had years of anxiety and panic attacks that went along with my IBS symptoms. I’ve had to…

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How to Kick PMS to the Curb – Naturally!

Ahhhh, PMS. That time of the month when everything just seems to suck- for yourself and everyone around you. There are so many jokes about women and being “crazy” and bitchy right around that time of the month. PMS is so common, it seems just about every woman suffers from it. It’s become accepted as something that can’t be avoided, something that’s just “a part of life” that we just have to deal with. I, myself, thought that PMS was…

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Bone Broth: The Mineral-Rich Superfood

When we’re sick we turn to soup to make us feel better, right? Some may say it’s just a myth that eating soup helps fight off an illness, but is it possible that soup does have healing properties? When it is prepared correctly, soup does, in fact, give our immune system a boost. I’m not talking about Campbell’s, Progresso, or any other store-bought soup, but traditionally prepared soups made with traditionally prepared bone broths- the way grandma makes them. How…

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Are artificial sweeteners really better than sugar?

Everyone knows that soda is bad for our health, but choosing healthy beverages can be a confusing job. I used to be a diet beverage addict. I loved my Diet Dr. Pepper, any diet sodas really, diet iced teas, pretty much any “diet” drink would be my go-to. I never, ever drank water. I lived on these diet drinks, coffee, and energy drinks (the zero calorie ones- aka “diet”). When I look back now I wonder how I was even…

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Skim Milk vs Whole Milk: why whole milk is the better choice

If you want to stay slim and healthy you’re supposed to follow a low-fat diet and choose skim milk over whole milk- right? Wrong! Dairy can be a confusing topic when it comes to health- some say it’s the devil, while others say it’s necessary as long as it’s low-fat or fat-free. Dairy can be a wonderful health food if you eat the right type. Homogenization Pretty much all the milk you find in supermarkets today is homogenized. Homogenization involves…

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The Problem with Grains (& how to properly consume them)

Many people ask me why I don’t eat grains, or how come grains aren’t allowed on a strict paleo diet. Whole grains are heavily promoted as a health food by our government and the food industry. Grains can be part of a healthy, nutrient-dense diet- as long as they are properly prepared. Processed grains, such as cereal, are not doing you any favors. And while grains can be healthy, there are some people who are better off avoiding them altogether.…

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Stop Fearing Cholesterol!

Have you been avoiding egg yolks, butter, & red meat like the plague? It’s been drilled into our heads for decades now that saturated fat & dietary cholesterol cause heart disease and that we should all be on low-fat diets. Not only is this not true, it’s dangerous advice. Fats and cholesterol are vital to our health. In fact, our bodies make their own cholesterol if we don’t consume enough in our diet because that’s how important it is. And,…

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Hey you! My name is Jill and I'm a Nutritional Therapy Consultant. Since discovering paleo back in 2012, nutrition/wellness/fitness have become my passions. I used to be a cigarette smoker, fast food eater, and completely sedentary party girl. So, trust me, I've been there. I get it. I know change is hard. That's what I'm here for- to help you change your lifestyle & feel the best you possibly can!
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