KASANDRINOS GIVEAWAYS!!!! Also, I’ll post a new blog this weekend!


KEVOO – Good for you!

Hey all,

I wanted to post this up for my readers! Because it is Greek Easter and Cinco de Mayo, my friends at Kasandrinos International are offering some amazing things! All you have to do is subscribe to their mailing list! By doing this, you will get so much awesomeness, I bet you won’t know what to do with yourself! Easy peasy, right?

The mailing list includes discounts, coupons, recipes and health/fitness info, and here is the link:

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As for the giveaway, well, here are the deets!

– 1 winner wil be randomly picked to win
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Hopefully I will write a new blog post this weekend! I’ve been very busy lately, but I have some good stuff to share…so I’ll try to get it out to all you guys this weekend!!! Stay tuned!!

OH!! And if you haven’t seen it yet, I have a new website!!! Please go there and check it out! Also, if you want to purchase any of the stuff I support, the links are there…I just haven’t had the time to add the descriptions to them yet…but they work, I promise!


Thanks and have a healthy day!

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Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends Episode #79


Hi everyone! Check out the latest episode of Low Carb Conversations to hear me talk with some good friends about the health topics of the day! This is a great episode! One controversial article we discuss actually suggests that older people need to worry LESS about what they eat…which I find absolutely appalling! Check out this and more! I’d love to get all of your takes on this conversation! Listen to it and leave comments for me below! 


Thanks and have a healthy day!


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Treat Those Seasonal Allergies Naturally

ImageIf there’s anything that I am all to familiar with, it’s seasonal allergies. I have suffered from both hay fever and winter mold allergies. This constant barrage of problems has led me to seek out all kinds of allergy remedies I could do at home. I must say, I have found some very helpful things. Today, I am going to share some of my remedies (and some that others have sworn by). I recommend you experiment a little to find what works for you, but keep in mind not to use too many things at once. You want to really know what works and what is useless for you. You also don’t want to take a chance mixing too many things at once because some things may not interact well with others. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor, and none of this should be used in lieu of medical advice. If you do want some DIY remedies, though, the following are my choices.

  • First and foremost, remove offending foods

So many people don’t realize that what they eat can affect every part of their bodies. This includes the immune system (a key system in fighting allergies). Removing foods that contain histamines and trigger the histamine response is a key in alleviating allergies. So, what are these foods. They include grains, alcohol (wine and cider too…yes, I know…that sucks, but it’s a fact. These contain histamines.), pasteurized dairy, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated oils (vegetable, soy, and other highly processed oils), and chemical preservatives. All of these ‘foods’ (and I say that in quotes because I don’t believe these truly are FOODS) are highly inflammatory, They affect gut health in a negative way, which, in turn, affects your immune system in a negative way. Remove these, and you can begin to heal the gut, which begins the rest of the body’s healing as well.

One issue that I do want to briefly mention is that some other foods may need to be eliminated depending on situation. Those suffering from issues with ragweed, for example, may need to eliminate raw pollen-producing plants, such as bananas or cantaloupes (Ebeling, 2011). Other raw plants to avoid for ragweed issues would include melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and echinacea. For those with grass allergies, one might avoid raw celery, oranges, apples, tomatoes, peaches, sugar, and bananas (St. Pierre, 2012).

According to Mark Sisson (2010) “if you know the source of your particular allergy, you can further pinpoint foods that tend to trigger what’s called “oral allergy syndrome,” a reaction to allergen-related foods that affects primarily the lips and mouth.”

Before I go further into the other ways to help eliminate seasonal allergies, let me just side step here for a minute. Since I am talking about healing the gut, I thought I’d explain a little about what I mean and how this works.

– Gut dysbiosis, in simple terms, is when ‘bad bacteria’ in the gut are more predominant than the ‘good bacteria.’ You can contribute to this situation by eating the above offending foods or food-like substances, and not eating healthy, live foods like fermented foods, vegetables, fish, and meat.

– Another way to create problems in the gut is by ingesting grains containing gluten or foods you may be intolerant to. These can cause damage to the gut lining, and allow for substances to cross the gut barriers that are there to protect you. This can create an immune response that triggers your allergies.

– Digestion is important in immunity. When the digestive system is not functioning properly (for reasons such as low stomach acid or other such issues), it prevents the body from properly responding. The immune response can be triggered just by having something like low stomach acid (which is the cause of heartburn, by the way…really…it is. I’ll explain this in a future blog).

– Every system in the body is tied to one another. When one is sick, the other systems are likely to also be sick. One example of this would be your liver. When the gut has problems constantly, the liver has to work overtime. This means the pathogens the liver would be removing are likely escaping into the bloodstream, causing the immune system to function poorly. Thus, allergies persist.

– If you have mold allergies, know that molds interact with sugar and wheat. Removing these will create an environment less appealing to them. That means the molds are less likely to take over in the body!

Many times, people have found that removing offending foods and food-like substances from their diets can be the first step to healing their guts. This gut healing improves overall system healing…and that means less chance of allergies!

  • Add foods that will boost the immune system and fight for you

In addition to removing offending foods, adding foods to help you boost your immune system will help you rid yourself of those pesky allergies. There are many, many foods that will help do this. In the following list, I have included some of them, along with their helpful effects:

– Fermented foods such as kombucha, kvass, grass-fed, raw yogurt and kefir, and sauerkraut (look out for this last one, though…sometimes sauerkraut can actually create a histamine response). These foods help heal the gut and produce a healthy whole-body system.They do this because these foods are natural probiotics, meaning they increase the numbers of ‘good bacteria’ in the gut, thereby surpassing those ‘bad’ buggers.

– People who have low levels of zinc have been found to have more allergy troubles. Increasing your intake in shitakii and cremini mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, green leafy vegetables, and healthy meats such as grass-fed beef and lamb will boost your levels of zinc, thus increasing your ability to fight allergies.

– Quercetin, a bioflavenoid found in onions, capers, broccoli, leafy greens, cranberries, apples, and raspberries, peppers, and other brightly colored fruits and veggies, can stabilize the immune system and strengthen mucous membranes (Ebeling, 2011). Eating these vegetables will help fight the excessive histamines (Carrasco, 2012).

– If your allergies bring weeziness and trouble breathing, try upping magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables. The magnesium in these can help your breathing.

– Anti-inflammatory foods are also something you should be consuming. These foods will, as the name implies, help reduce inflammation in the body. They include wild caught fish and grass-fed beef.

– Green tea, red tea, and white tea all contain a flavenoid that some say helps with allergies. These help by reducing inflammation and support the immune system at the same time.

– Foods high in Omega 3s, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C will also help during allergy season. Walnuts, grass-fed meats, wild caught fish, broccoli, bell peppers, and eggs are all good choices for these nutrients that are needed to fight allergies and stay healthy. Consume a good amount of these foods, and you should be able to boost immunity!

– Garlic is a go-to for me. It helps with colds, flus, and allergies. It’s also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, so you can see why it would help!

– Many people have sworn by local, raw honey as a remedy for their seasonal allergies. The idea behind it is that the pollens within the honey enter your system and act in the way that an allergy shot would. These pollens essentially adapt your system to the local pollens that might otherwise become a problem. During hay fever season, I will often get some raw, local honey from my local honeybee guild or farmers and take a teaspoon of it daily or every other day. I think it does help a bit with hay fever, but it does nothing for mold allergies.

  • Reduce stress and relax

Ever notice your allergies acting up more when you’re stressed or tired? I know I have! Believe it or not, allergies can be affected by stress and sleep. If you are under stress or don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is stimulated by the release of cytokines, which are pro-inflammatory (Carrasco, 2012). In order to prevent this from happening, try getting at least 8 hours of sleep and doing a relaxation technique such as meditation.

  • Think about products you are using

We might often think about the foods we do and don’t eat, but sometimes we don’t think about the products we are using. Yes, it is true that household products, make-ups, hair products, and other such products are often filled with allergy producing chemicals and substances. If you begin learning what is in the products you use, you can begin to rid yourself of those chemicals and substances that induce allergies. Try switching to more natural products, but be careful there too. Some natural products, while ‘natural’ can still can contain allergens. Know what the products consist of and know how those ingredients affect you.

  • Supplements

I prefer getting my nutrients from food; however, I have found some supplementation helps fight seasonal allergies. These are mostly in the form of herbs and homeopathic remedies. Some examples and their benefits follow:

– Vitamin C: A natural antihistamine. Taken in a bit larger doses than is typically common for you, Vitamin C can boost the immune system and block histamine.

– Ginger: Ginger can reduce swelling in the glands and air passages. That is why it works so well for colds and the flu. It can also work well for mold allergy reduction.

– Wild Oregano and Olive Leaf Extract: These are anti-fungal herbs. Using them can kill of the mold, but they should also be used with caution. You don’t want to use too much of a tincture of either, for they can be toxic in larger doses.

– Echinacea: This calming herb is often used to treat colds and flus. It can boost the immune system and help the bronchial tracts clear for better breathing. This herb is often good for mold allergies as well as hay fever.

– Nettle: Yes, the stinging nettle plant can be used for allergies. It seems counter-intuitive since nettle is commonly considered a weed, but it’s true. In fact, this weed has often been considered better than many hay fever medicines! It can relieve itching and sneezing from allergies. To use nettle, you can take freeze dried capsules at 300 mg when symptoms are experienced. This will relieve you for around 4 hours. You can also make a tincture or tea with nettle. To make the tea, just boil the nettle leaves. Add peppermint for a tasty allergy reliever!

– Goldenseal: This herb has often been used for colds and the flu. It can flush out the passageways and act as an astringent. You can get goldenseal as a capsule, dried herb, or a tincture. Probably the fastest and best way to take it is in tincture form. Just a few drops added to nettle tea will really help the allergies subside!

– Finally, I have to mention that I have used some homeopathic remedies for seasonal allergies. You can find these at most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market or Central Market. Look for the ‘blue tube’ stand in the herbs and minerals section of the store. These are literally blue tubes. They are homeopathic mixtures for a variety of ailments, and they have helped me in the past. Click here to visit the Boiron Blue Tube website and learn more.

  • A Sinus Rinse

As with colds and the flu, a sinus rinse may help clear nasal passages during allergy season. Using a neti-pot with CLEAN (distilled or boiled and cooled) water and sea salt will help clean out mucous.

Well folks, that’s it! I think there are plenty of good remedies here to get you started to healing your body and taking charge of your own seasonal allergies! I know each of these remedies has been of help to me!



Carrasco, A. (2012, Oct. 27). 6 ways to relieve allergies naturally. Retrieved from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6635/6-Ways-to-Relieve-Allergies-Naturally.html

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (n.d.). Oral allergy syndrome. Retrieved from http://www.chop.edu/service/allergy/allergy-and-asthma-information/oral-allergy-syndrome.html

Ebeling, C. (2011, Aug. 8). Natural paleo fixes for seasonal allergies. Retrieved from http://www.simplesmartnutrition.com/athletes/improve-asthma/natural-fixes-for-seasonal-allergies

Sisson, M. (2011, Apr.26). Dear Mark: Seasonal allergies. Retrieved from Mark’s Daily Apple website: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/seasonal-allergies-treatment/#axzz2JPAiBfOa



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Cold or Flu? Prevent and/or Heal Naturally


It’s that time of year: the time when people start waking up with sniffles or head congestion: Cold and Flu season! So, what can we do to prevent this, or, in the case that you may already be coming down with a cold or flu, heal ourselves? Don’t fret! There are many natural methods to help yourself. No flu shots! Limited to no ‘cold and flu medicines’! You can prevent and heal with food, supplements, and lifestyle in general! Here are some methods I recommend, as do many professionals!


Build your immune system with vitamins and minerals found in whole foods.


Found in Brazil nuts, this mineral is associated with an anti-oxidant called glutathione peroxidase that is made by our bodies. A deficiency in selenium can decrease this anti-oxidant. Because of this decrease, oxidative stress can make us more vulnerable to virus mutation. Making sure we have enough selenium can help stave off this vulnerability. Try eating 1-2 Brazil nuts per day (Yep, that’s all you need!). This is my preferred method of selenium retainment. If you are not going to get it via food, make sure your selenium supplement contains Selenomethionine. This is a form of selenium that occurs naturally in foods, and is better absorbed by the body (Julianne Taylor, July 3, 2010).


Some studies have found that zinc deficiency can increase susceptibility to infections. In order to have an adequately adapted immune system, and possibly reduce risk of respiratory issues, zinc levels should be maintained. A good source of zinc (for those who are not allergic to shellfish) is oysters. Other sources include seafood and grass fed meat. If you are going to supplement, I recommend a high-quality multi-vitamin (I use TwinLabs Allergy Multi-Caps).

-Vitamins A & D

In order for the immune system to function normally, the skin and cells that line the digestive tract, urinary tract, and airways need to be a strong first defense against infection (Julianne Taylor, 2003). Vitamin A is the nutrient that can help with this. Sources for Vitamin A include beef liver, cod liver oil, and yellow vegetables and fruits.

Vitamin D has also been found to be important in immune system health. The mechanisms for Vitamin D’s role in immunity are complicated; however, it has been found in several studies to have a highly immunoregulatory role. Essentially, it has been shown to up-regulate antimicrobial peptides in immune cells (White, 2008). You can get Vitamin D from being out in the noontime sun for 15 mins – 1 hour (depending on skin color: the lighter you are, the less time, the darker, the more); however, this may not be enough. This is especially true if there is obesity or inflammation. A good source of Vitamin D (as well as Vit. A) is cod liver oil. There is a fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend from Green Pastures that I recommend, but just the addition of a bit of fermented cod liver oil and pasture raised butter can help. If you are going to get a Vitamin D supplement, make sure it is high quality and is Vitamin D3. The dosage amount will vary depending on your own levels, but 2000-4000 IU per day may be a starting point. I recommend knowing your levels and going from there, though.

-Vitamin B6

The B vitamins are really all important in immunity, but low Vitamin B6 has been associated with impaired immune system in several studies. You can find Vitamin B6 in pastured chicken and turkey, bananas, and spinach. A good multi-vitamin will also help.


Probiotics are very important for gut health, and gut health is important for every single factor of health! Whether we want to believe it or not, our bodies NEED friendly bacteria in order to function properly.The bacteria helps us digest, absorb nutrients, make nutrients, and make vitamins. In order to keep a balance of these friendly bacterias in our guts (as well as keeping the bad bacterias down), we need to make sure we eat probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, or other fermented foods. We also need to keep out the foods that cause gut irritation. These include improperly prepared or raised foods like grains, legumes, and dairy. I personally have removed all grains and legumes, and only eat raw, pastured dairy. This helps my gut heal, and gives me a stronger gut; therefore, I have a stronger immune system than ever before.

-Bone Broth

There is a reason we all know to eat chicken soup when we’re sick! Homemade broth is filled with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, and other minerals that are hard for us to get from any other source. All of the vitamins and minerals found in homemade bone broth help boost health and vitality. To learn more about this, I recommend you visit the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website at: www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful. 

I personally make bone broth every week or so. I then freeze it and try to get in at least a cup a day. When I feel a cold coming on, I up my cup to a bowl or two!

-Sleep, rest, destress

One of the most tried and true preventatives for colds and the flu is rest. Resting helps the body optimize immunity. The body likes to repair during sleep and rest periods. Getting adequate sleep at the right times of night is important. If you don’t sleep long enough, you may find you are feeling run-down. This is because the body works to protect itself during sleep. Not getting enough sleep can inflame the body and elevate inflammatory markers (Kresser, 2011). Prevention is simply in resting, sleeping, and engaging in relaxing activities like meditation.


When all the preventatives have not helped, and we get a little croupy or ill-feeling, there are ways to treat. These are not medications that mask the symptoms (that’s really all those OTC medicines do). They are also not the so-called ‘preventative’ toxic mixtures such as flu shots that are still not proven. These are natural, immune boosting remedies that will speed up your body’s own natural defenses and get you healthier faster!

Help the immune system heal by boosting immune building nutrients

-Increase your dosage of Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

As was mentioned earlier, fermented cod liver oil is a good source for Vitamins A & D (incidentally, it is also a really good source of those wonderful Omega 3 fatty acids that our body requires a good balance of). If you have become ill, up your normal dosage of fermented cod liver oil to get more of those immune boosting vitamins into your body!

-Ginger, honey, and lemon in a tea

This tried and true cold and flu remedy comes with some good research behind it. Because ginger is an anti-microbial, it can help with things such as nausea to the flu. Lemon, a good source of Vitamin C, combined with the ginger can soothe a sore throat. Add honey, a possible cough suppressant

-Increase your probiotic intake

If probiotics are ideal for boosting gut health, and therefore immunity, increasing the probiotic foods you eat during a cold or the flu may help fight it off. Boost the healing your body can do by eating more of the fermented foods listed above.

-Sweat it out

Yes, I said it. Sweat your cold or flu away! In fact, according to Chris Kresser (2011), Chinese medicine recommends sweating in the early stages of a cold. There are any number of methods I have seen and experimented with myself on this. The best is a nice, hot herb bath. Run a hot bath and add herbs like eucalyptus and rosemary to it. This will help you sweat and give you the healing benefits of the herbs! Another method I have used and seen promoted is exercise. While you may not feel like doing an intense workout when you’re sick, some have suggested that light exercise such as light yoga could be beneficial for speeding up the healing process. Finally, in this category, is the good, old-fashioned cover up and snuggle into bed. This does 2 things: 1. It gets you toasty enough to sweat, and 2. It gets you resting (a crucial aspect of healing, as stated above).


As previously mentioned, sleep is vital to healing in all aspects of the body. One of the best things you can do for yourself during a cold or the flu is to rest and sleep.

-Garlic, Cayenne, Cinnamon, and Cloves

Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antiviral. It can reduce the severity of a cold and possibly lessen the time it takes to heal. It may be hard to handle, but the best way to utilize garlic would be to mince it up and drink it in water. If you can’t handle that, find some really good, high-quality garlic tablets.

Cayenne, Cinnamon, and Cloves

These warming herbs help break up mucous. They have long been touted as natural remedies for coughs and colds. Stir these into an herbal tea and drink up!

-Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a miracle! It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial! There is literally nothing I can think of that coconut oil is not good for! Contrary to the rumors of the past, coconut oil is not fattening or bad for you. In fact, it is quite the opposite! For more on the miracle of coconut see the book ‘The Coconut Oil Miracle’ by Dr. Bruce Fife.

-Apple Cider Vinegar

A teaspoon of ACV in warm water can be gargled to help a sore throat. ACV aslo has a reputation for being anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

-Steam (especially with herbs)

Steam, and specifically herbal facial steams, can be good for clearing up congestion. Just boil some water, turn off the heat, add some herbs like rosemary, thyme, and eucalyptus, stir, cover for about 5-6 minutes, remove lid, drape a towel over your head, and lean over the pot. Breathe in the steam. It can loosen your congestion and kill bacteria.

-Use a humidifier

Often, dry air is a real problem during cold and flu season. Prevent drying out of the respiratory system by using a humidifier. I do have to say, though, make sure you keep the humidifier full, and that it is the right size for your room!


Make sure you stay hydrated during a cold or flu. Fluids are important to keep the immune system working well!

-Use hydrogen peroxide

For earaches and clogged ears, you can put a few drops in the ear. Lean over and let the peroxide bubble. Then turn over and repeat on the other side. You can also add a capful to your bath. This will permeate the skin and help ward off bacteria.

-Neti Pot

Use a neti pot with CLEAN water (distilled or boiled then cooled) and sea salt to clean mucous from the sinuses.

There are many, many more natural remedies for preventing and healing colds and the flu. I hope this blog has helped you find some that you feel comfortable with! If you do the things on this list, you should help yourself prevent and heal much better and faster than ever! It all comes down to eating well, sleeping well, and caring for yourself! Trust me, this is MUCH better than just masking the underlying cause! Do these things, and you may find you get sick much less than anyone around you! I know I did!!


Kresser, C. (2011, Dec. 2). How to prevent colds and flus naturally. Retrieved from chriskresser.com/how-to-prevent-colds-and-flus-naturally

White, J. H. (2008). Vitamin D signaling. Infectious diseases and regulation of innate immunity. Infect Immunity.

Taylor, J. (2010, July 3). It’s flu season – How to boost your immunity. Retrieved from paleozonenutriton.com/2010/07/03/its-flu-season-how-to-boost-your immunity/

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What Will I do Without Such an Active Job?


Hello there everyone!

Long time, no post! I am back, though, and I ‘m hoping to reach more and more of you everyday! 

As many of you know, I recently lost my job. This economy has not bode my former employer well, and his business was struggling. He made the decision to let me go because of this. That was a hard thing for me to handle. I struggled with his decision, but I had to accept it. I also decided it was the push I must have needed in order to concentrate on my health and wellness passion. So, here I am, writing my first blog post in months. Just the start of what is to come!

But that got me thinking. At my previous job, I was constantly on my feet; constantly moving. I literally worked 8 hours standing and moving. That was important to me. I was very happy about the fact that my job was an active one. I never wanted to sit at a computer all day! I wanted to remain up and about!

What does that mean for me now? Sitting here, writing this post, working on my book, and searching out mentors, income sources, and other such things, I am worried about my activity. Clearly, I am not up and about all day. There may not be a lot of up and about throughout the weeks, too. I don’t have a standing desk or a treadmill desk. I’m not sure that would be an answer for me either. I mean, even with one of those, I would still be in front of a computer more than I have been in years. That’s not necessarily something I want for myself.

So what exactly will I do without such an active job? That’s what this post is really about! I’m not complaining or saying I don’t want to write, because I do. I just have to find ways to incorporate activity and breaks away from the computer into my new schedule. I can do that…and I have a plan for it! Wanna know what that is? I’ll share!

1. I plan on waking up early enough to eat a breakfast consisting of bacon and eggs.

2. I will then sit down and write, either on the blog or on my book.

3. I will search through all the information and other things I need to do until lunch.

4. At lunch, I will have a nice meal consisting of meat and veggies.

5. After lunch, I will go outside and play. I have some roller skates I haven’t busted out in a long time. I think I’ll break them out again! Maybe I’ll dance!

6. I will take a walk, or go out and pass out my resume and business cards by foot.

7. Before dinner, I will do a good travel WOD or tabata workout (since I have had to cut back on costs, my CrossFit membership has to be suspended. I sure will miss those people for a bit).

8. I will come home and make a dinner of meat and veggies…if I have done a relatively intense workout, I will add in a sweet potato or some other starchy veggie.

9. After dinner, I will work more on my blog, the book, or whatever work I will be doing.

10. nearing bedtime, I will relax and prepare for bed.

11. I will sleep well and start it all over again the next day.

Reminding myself to just play and stay active is important to me now that I won’t be doing it for an employer. I think activity is important. It is part of a well-rounded lifestyle. I’m not going to let the change stop me from staying healthy, wealthy, and wise!

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New Stuff Coming Soon…I Hope!

Hey all!

Sorry I have been MIA for quite a while now! I know…I’m slacking! But, really, I have been soooooo busy lately. There is a lot going on during this busy summer season! I did go to PaleoFX, and I’m hoping my ‘Tops of PFX’ post will be written and posted sooner rather than later (although it is kinda later already…but I WILL get to it, I Promise!)

I also just attended Diane Sanfilippo’s Balanced Bites Practical Paleo Workshop. She has also incorporated Cavegirleats.com’s Liz Wolfe. I’ll be posting more about that too!

There are lots of other things I hope to bring your way as soon as things slow down a bit!

Stay tuned! I promise I’ll get to it!


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PaleoFX Partners is proud to announce the inaugural PaleoFX Symposium in Austin, TX, March 14-17.

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to pop by to remind you that PaleoFX is almost here! It should be an exciting and fun time! Are you interested in learning more about it? Here’s the scoop!

What is PaleoFX?

PaleoFX is the inaugural “who’s who” gathering of the Paleo, Primal and Physical Culture worlds, encompassing a theory-to-practice look at Ancestral Wellness.

The event will occur March 14th to 17th at the University of Texas Austin.  Attendance is expected to exceed 500, with attendees traveling from throughout North America and as far away as India.

Why attend?

If one were interested in learning about ancestral health principals – also known as Paleo or Primal living – one could read Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution, Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint or partake in a review of blogs, Facebook groups and other social media discussions.   But the task of learning Physical Culture best practices requires a more hands-on approach.

PaleoFX will put attendees in direct contact with these award-winning authors, as well as 30+ other leading industry experts, including fitness professionals, healthcare professionals, nutritionists and research scientists.  Additionally, top strength and conditioning and natural movement experts will be on hand demonstrating Physical Culture programs and methods that work and are in alignment with ancestral health principals.

This will be a life changing experience for anyone looking to learn directly from the masters.  Whether you are a layperson adopting a better lifestyle or a practitioner looking for better ways to approach your Physical Culture, PaleoFX is not to be missed!

Check www.paleofx.com as well as www.facebook.com/paleofx for important updates and announcements.  Tickets go on sale in January 2012 on a first come first-served basis.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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All About Sweeteners

Hello all!

Well, in honor of Sugar Addiction Awareness Day, I have joined a chorus of voices who are speaking on sugar and its dangers. On this blog, I decided to discuss sugar as well as other various sweeteners. I just wanted to give you all a bit of information on these. It seems to me that many people are confused by them.

Also, just at the end of this blog, I am including information about how to get help to get off of sugar. These are just some suggestions, but there are plenty out there! I hope that you will take this information seriously. I firmly believe that sugar is addictive and should be out of the diet!

One more thing: Usually, I post all references in the blogs and go into great detail, but it has been a really hectic month, and today is no exception. I will try to post another blog on this at some point, and include all the references, but I wanted to post this today because it is Sugar Addiction Awareness Day! I hope you enjoy it!

It's not just sucrose you should look out for too!

Sucrose: This sweetener is known as table sugar to most. A molecule made up of glucose and fructose, it is a disaccharide (one of four chemical groupings of carbohydrates. The others are monosaccharide, oligosaccharide, and polysaccharide). There are, in my opinion, many issues with sugar. It does have a relatively high glycemic index of 64. This means it is quick to cause response in blood sugar in the body. When consumed, sucrose processes into glucose in the body. Sucrose is one of the sugars that can cause issues such as tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, and gout. Along with other carbohydrates, sucrose may well be one of the products we should definitely avoid!

Agave Nectar: Agave is actually more harmful for the health than HFCS. It has a more concentrated level of fructose in it. Agave has 70-90% refined fructose in it. Compare that to the 55% refined fructose in sodas. It is almost all sugar and refined.

HFCS: Leads to obesity by tricking the body into not releasing fat regulators insulin and leptin. Fructose, and in particular HFCS, increases blood pressure, triglycerides, and small dense LDLs. It also depletes the body of vitamins and minerals. HFCS seems to have been a factor that would lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease, arthritis, and gout.

Xylitol: A sugar alcohol that has been touted as healthy. It kills bacteria in the mouth. It can cause gas and other intestinal upsets.

Honey: This is high in fructose. It has a glycemic index rating of 62. The positive about it is that if it is local, it could contain some allergy fighting pollens in your area. It does spike blood sugar.

Maple Syrup: Less fructose in this than in honey. It is safer in small doses.

Fructose is metabolized in the body differently than glucose. 100% of break-down of fructose relies on the liver. Compare that to 20% break-down for glucose. Fructose is turned into free fatty acids and stored as fat in the body. Compare that to the fact that glucose can be used by the body before storage. Fatty acids accumulate in the liver as fat droplets. This causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance. This leads to T2DM and obesity.

Sugar can cause kidney stone formation. Sugar depletes the body of magnesium and B6, which makes it more likely to form kidney stones.

Sweet N Low, Nutrasweet, and Equal: These are both Aspartame. 200 times sweeter than sugar. Causes fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, depression, insomnia, and memory problems. Is a neurotoxin. Toxic to the brain. You can kill ants with aspartame. Symptoms of using Aspartame can mimic MS.

Splenda: Sucralose. 600 times sweeter than sugar. Made by chemically altering it and adding chlorine to sugar to change the structure of the molecule. Side effects: Skin rashes, joint pain, heart palpitations, and sinus problems. Use of Splenda reduces the beneficial bacteria in the intestine and digestive system so the nutrients can’t be broken down for proper digestion.

95% of people drinking diet soda are at greater risk for metabolic syndrome.

Stevia: 400 times sweeter than sugar and the best choice. Natural leaf that does not spike blood sugar. Good to go.

Eurithrotol and Maltitol: Known as sugar alcohols, these are similar to Xylitol. Each sugar alcohol has a different scale of glycemic load and calorie count. They can be intestinally upsetting.

Help and Resources for sugar addiction:




I hope these help!

Have a healthy day! Sorry if this blog is not nicely put together, but I’m in a bit of a rush today!


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