#099: Femininity without Fertility, Stress and Cortisol, & Persistent Acne

#099: Femininity without Fertility, Stress and Cortisol, & Persistent Acne

Hey lady loves,

It’s episode 99!!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

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This week, Noelle and I discuss what it means to be feminine without your fertility, the relationship between stress and cortisol, and what to do about persistent acne.

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Topics

[10:49] Femininity Without Fertility
[28:46] Stress and Cortisol
[43:22] Persistent Acne

Links!

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http://strongfromhome.com

http://prepdish.com/paleowomen

PCOS Unlocked

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

PrepDish

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After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs, Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna, and Almond Butter Cookies.

Allison, a Registered Dietician, Chef, and the founder of Prep Dish is offering listeners a free 2-week subscription! Go to http://prepdish.com/paleowomen to take advantage of this special deal.

Thanks for your support, and for listening! We absolutely love being a part of your lives.

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The right way to set weight loss goals

The right way to set weight loss goals

I’ve been a blogger the natural health scene for several years now. This means that I have seen half a dozen New Years celebrations come and go. As I have done so, I have helped usher literally thousands of people through their New Years Resolutions.

Some have done amazingly well.

Many, unfortunately, have not.

There are many reasons, I think I have learned, as to why. There are many mistakes that people commonly make. Yet one of them is the most glaring to me, and also one of the easiest to fix.

This is the mistake:

People set weight loss targets – or goal weights.

Why is this a problem?

Setting a weight loss goal, say, of “I am going to lose 30 lbs by June of this year” or “I am going to finally reach my goal weight of 130 lbs” makes it harder to lose weight and keep it off. 

It tends to keep your mind focused on the number on the scale. This draws you into making comparisons, judging your progress, and obsessing over how well you are doing. You may end up focusing on your appearance. This is bad because it keeps you away from the healthier and more sustainable alternative, which is to focus on other benefits of eating healthy and losing weight  such as gaining energy, developing fitness, and freeing yourself from common complications of heavier weights such as joint pain.

When I was at war with my body fat for the first twenty or so years of my life, I constantly focused on my goals. I measured my hips with a tape measure after every workout. When I did that, I noticed immediately if I had done “good” – that is, if I went down a half an inch. This was cause for celebration – which might lead to me feeling confident and eating some ice cream (here’s a link to the good stuff). I also noticed immediately if I had done “bad’ – that is, if I went up half an inch. This was cause for frustration and disappointment, which might lead to me feeling terrible and eating ice cream. Even if I resisted eating the ice cream for a while, it always won in the end.

When i was finally successful at reaching and maintaining a healthy weight that felt good on my bones – I had done so because I stopped obsessing over my goal. I stopped day dreaming about where I might be some day. I know that sounds weird – if I didn’t think about my goal, how could I be motivated? But trust me.

What I did was focus on a system. I decided to think about health. I decided to eat well. I developed a plan (which I describe at length in my manual for weight loss, Weight Loss Unlocked: The Paleo Woman’s Solution) and I followed it. I might have vaguely noticed my “progress”, and I do still vaguely keep track of my size — mostly by whether or not my clothes still fill — but this was not my obsession.

It was okay for me – and it would be okay for you – to distantly keep an eye on how you are doing. But that is entirely besides the point. If you start on a program that you trust, and know that it is rich in health benefits no matter your size, then it is good for you, and it is the system worth focusing on, not the goal.

Don’t think about where you are going, or what you want your body to be. That would be focusing on the destination. Instead, think about the how of your every day life, and the benefits that it is bringing you on a day to day basis. This would be focusing on the journey. Sure, you might drop weight  in the long run, but in the short run are you not experiencing  better sleep, clearer skin, less painful menstrual cramps, or anything else?

The key to losing weight is dropping the obsession over losing weight. This doesn’t mean you can’t try, or shouldn’t care, which I talk about at length in this blog post: My 6 Favorite Reasons for Losing Weight. What is does mean is that the goal is best as secondary, in the background. Implementing a system, doing it well, and enjoying the benefits along the way is the best way to keep yourself both mentally and physically happy as you move into a new year and a newer, more energetic, more alive you.

If you do happen to be looking to lose weight in a sustainable, permanent, and healthy weight this year, I personally have had great success – as have many of my clients and my audience – with the methods I explain in Weight Loss Unlocked: The Paleo Women’s Solution. If you are possibly interested but not sure, don’t worry. You can try it on for size and if you don’t like it you’ll get

All my best and love to you on your new years journeys, whether they be weight oriented or not. Other great suggestions, and ones that I am personally thinking much about, might be committing yourself to more service, donating more money, or finding  and developing your passions.

 

 

 

 

 

Implement systems; not targets. Don’t think about your goal, think about

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#098: Bone Broth vs Collagen Supplements, Bloating and Gut Distress, & Salt Cravings

#098: Bone Broth vs Collagen Supplements, Bloating and Gut Distress, & Salt Cravings

Hey lady loves,

It’s episode 98!!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

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This week, Noelle and I discuss disordered eating and restrictive diets, boosting your immune system, & digestive issues on paleo.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

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10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[18:20] Bone Broth vs Collagen
[33:57] Bloating and Gut Distress
[53:32] Salt Cravings

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

http://strongfromhome.com

PCOS Unlocked

Weight Loss Unlocked

Beef Liver Capsules

Vital Proteins Collagen

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil

Got Gut Problems? It Could Be FODMAPS.

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

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The Paleo Women Podcast #097: Disordered Eating and Restrictive Diets, Boosting Your Immune System, & Digestive Issues on Paleo

The Paleo Women Podcast #097: Disordered Eating and Restrictive Diets, Boosting Your Immune System, & Digestive Issues on Paleo

Hi loves,

It’s episode 97!!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. I would appreciate hearing from you more than I could possibly say!

This week, Noelle and I discuss disordered eating and restrictive diets, boosting your immune system, & digestive issues on paleo.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

Listen right now here:

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10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[13:05] Disordered Eating and Restrictive Diets
[36:53] Boosting Your Immune System
[49:09] Digestive Issues on Paleo

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

Coconuts & Kettlebells Coaching Team

Nasal Spray: Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol for Immune Support

Emulsified Vitamin D

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil

Pure Synergy Vitamin C

Zinc

Echinacea

Simple Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Beta TCP

Prescript Assist Probiotic

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

The Holidays are here and that probably means you’ve got family in town or are getting ready to visit them.

Parties and get-togethers will abound and you know how they’ll go.

There will be buffets and smorgasbords of delicious foods that you will want to avoid for various reasons.

Maybe they hurt your stomach or sabotage your health.

Whatever the reasons are, a great trick for any health conscious party-goer is to bring something that you can eat and enjoy to the party. 

That way you’re a pleasant and considerate guest AND you know you have something to eat even if everything else there is off-limits for you!

And if you want to go off the paleo plan for the party (which is totally fine!) you can also consider taking a digestive enzymes supplement like this one with lactase, lysine, lipase and others to help your body process any of the dairy, grains, or excess fat you encounter.

These Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs make a great recipe to take to a party or make as an appetizer! 

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Ingredients:

Recipe:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a dish ensuring the shrimp are well coated
  2. Cover and leave in refrigerator for around 4 hours
  3. Preheat a grill to moderate heat. Meanwhile, thread shrimp onto skewers.
  4. Cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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What will you be making for holiday parties this year?

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