I Take 3 Kinds of Magnesium: Here’s Why

I Take 3 Kinds of Magnesium: Here’s Why

Magnesium is underrated.

70% of Americans do not get the recommended daily dose of magnesium. And magnesium is crucial for more than 300 essential chemical reactions in the body. Without magnesium, these vital reactions simply don’t take place.

Without magnesium, systems malfunction all over the map, from bone growth to adrenal health to the ability to fall asleep at night.

Magnesium is also, and perhaps most importantly, one of the primary nutrients involved in the regulation of cellular stress and activity.

And when I say stress here, I do mean stress. Any sort of cellular activity is a stress of sorts, because it upregulates activity and requires energy and resources.

Magnesium’s role is simple: it opens channels on cell membranes. When a muscle fiber, for example, needs to tense up and become active, magnesium will open the membrane and help usher in calcium, which helps make it tense. Then, when the period of stress is over and the muscle can relax, magnesium opens up the cell membrane to usher the calcium out of the cell again.

The problem for most people is that they have enough magnesium to usher calcium into the cell, but not enough to usher the calcium out.

This leaves them in a chronically up-regulated state, leaving muscles tense, nerves firing, and neurons on high alert. This is why magnesium deficiency is associated with muscle tension, with headaches, with poor adrenal health, and with anxiety.

Without magnesium, the body simply cannot calm down.

A lot of paleo people know about  magnesium already!

So a lot of paleo advocates and dieters know about the importance of magnesium already.

Most books and websites recommend magnesium.

Usually, you’ll find a recommendation for a product called Natural Calm (at Amazon here), which I also recommend.  It’s a great form of magnesium, because it’s in the form of magnesium citrate (and in a fun, fizzy drink form). Magnesium citrate is highly bioavailable – the body can absorb it reasonably well.

Some people find that magnesium citrate gives them some digestive issues, however, because magnesium has a laxative effect. For these people, magnesium glycinate  (at Amazon here) is often recommended by paleo and other natural health guturs, because it tends to be easier on the digestive tract.

But I need more than that…

Even though I was once saved by the miracle of magnesium, I have since discovered that I can support my body even better.

Nowadays, I know that there are many different forms of magnesium. Different forms are better suited to different organs and systems in the body.

I struggle with a lot of issues. I once took a pharmaceutical drug (for my acne) which wreaked havoc on my kidneys. Since then, I have had trouble with my heart beating smoothly, with my stress response staying level, with insomnia, and with anxiety.

For adrenal support…

So these days, I still take magnesium citrate about once a week, for the sake of my adrenals. I also just take it after a stressful event or when I feel like I need my adrenal glands needs to calm down.

Natural Calm in the form of magnesium citrate is a great all-purpose, adrenal-supportive magnesium supplement.

For cardiovascular support…

I also take a small dose of magnesium taurate once a week.

My heart is in better shape than it used to be, but I still want to provide it with the best possible support possible. When I first began struggle with heart palpitations and a racing heart, my doctor recommended magnesium taurate.

Magnesium taurate is an excellent form of magnesium for the heart because the heart loves and needs taurate to work well. Magnesium, when chelated to taurate, like it is in this supplement, goes right to the heart, more efficiently than other forms of magnesium.

I take this form of magneisum taurate once a week.

For brain support…

Finally, and most importantly, I discovered magnesium threonate.

Magnesium threonate is the most absorbable form of magnesium to the brain. It passes the blood brain barrier and acts on neurons with an efficiency paralleled by no other form of magnesium.

When I first took magnesium threonate — and I’m being 100% real, cross-my-heart-hope-to-die honest here — I felt an effect immediately. My eyelids drooped more easily than they had in weeks. I even called my mom, and was like

“mom this is amazing omgggg.”

Magnesium threonate has a potent effect on my insomnia, as well as on my anxiety and my racing thoughts. It’s my favorite supplement of all the ones in my cabinet.

I take a very small dose (I break open a caplet and pinch a bit off the top) of magnesium threonate nightly.

This is the form that I take.

So find the magnesium that works best for you!

If you struggle with mental health or with sleep like I do, then magnesium threonate may be best for you.

If you struggle with heart health, then you may want to consider magnesium taurate.

If you feel stressed out or have a lot of muscle tension, then magnesium citrate will probably work quite well.

And if you struggle with gut problems while on magnesium, give magnesium glycinate a try.

OR, if you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

I really do love and swear by my different forms of magnesium. Of course – I readily admit that I may placebo effect  my way into  being specially affected by them. But I also know that the medical literature describes these forms of magnesium as being particularly complementary and absorable by these different systems — for the magnesium taurate and the magnesium threonate especially.

This is my magnesium regimen and I love it!

How do you get your magnesium?

Chocolate?! 😉

70% of Americans do not get the daily requirement of magnesium. Here's why I take three kinds of this important mineral.


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5 things I wish I knew when I was strict paleo

5 things I wish I knew when I was strict paleo

For a few years, I ate a very “strict paleo” diet.

It consisted of fish, eggs, meats, vegetables, and coconut oil.

I rarely ate fruits or starches. I never ate out at restaurants or at friends’ homes. I never touched a processed snack like a handful of potato chips. I never drank alcohol.

I most certainly never ate bread.

Now, it isn’t to say that that was entirely a bad thing. My diet was perfectly healthy…. in a way.

Nowadays, however, I eat much more flexibly. I’ll have a handful of chips. I’ll drink a glass of wine. I’ll have a Halloween candy or two. If a particularly tasty looking cake is being served in the dining hall, I’ll have a bite of my friend’s. I don’t go overboard and I certainly don’t stock my pantry with these sorts of foods, but when they come my way, I let them.

And it works for me.

Back when I ate strict paleo, I wasn’t doing particularly well, physically or mentally. If only I knew some things I do now, I might have saved myself a lot heartache and pain. Here’s a list of 5 crucial things I wish I knew when I ate strict paleo:

1. You don’t have to be paleo 100% of the time to get the nutrients you need

Paleo is an incredibly nutrient-dense diet. If you eat the awesome paleo staples like pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed beef, organ meats, wild-caught fish, leafy greens, a rainbow of other vegetables, and starches and fruits on a regular basis, you are most likely supremely well-nourished.

Having a meal that is less densely-packed with nutrients, such as some sort of mac-n-cheese or chicken-fried rice, will not make you nutrient deficient, I promise. Most nutrients last in the body for quite some time, and the most important ones, like vitamin A and D, can be stored in the liver for several months.

2. If you don’t have leaky gut or an autoimmune disease, you can eat grains occassionally without the world ending

The whole paleo diet world is a bit doomsday-esque about grains.

One experience of mine demonstrates this quite vividly: I was at a “famous” paleo person’s house during a paleo event, and the home was full of big-time paleo names. Just about everyone there was drinking tequila and “paleo margarita’s”, and some were even smoking cigars. During the after-dinner conversation I casually mentioned that I had had a bowl of Raisin Bran cereal the week before. Everyone gasped in horror. 

Grains I believe need to be handled with care. For people who struggle with gut issues, who have an autoimmune disease, or who are trying to manage systemc inflammation, I think avoiding grains 100% is a must. I really, truly do. Many people need to eliminate grains altogether.

For the rest of us, I think it may be wise to err on the side of caution. I personally am not sure how I feel about the “toxicity” level of grains. To that end, I like to play is safe, and to generally avoid grains.

I also know that grains are not high quality food. They don’t really have all that much nutrition in them, and the nutrients that they do have can quite easily be cancelled out by their high phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients bind with “real” nutrients and flush them out of the body, such that they can actually be said to “steal” your nutrients from you.

However: grains can also be eaten by people without particular grain-sensitive issues without the world ending. If you don’t have an autoimmune disease, a cracker here or there, or a piece of cake at your friend’s wedding, probably won’t destroy your health. Grains are not optimal but they are not poison. 

(For most people.)

If I had recognized this back in the day, I wouldn’t have been so fearful about food. I lived in fear so much of the time, because I thought any food that I hadn’t personally prepared might  poison me and cause all these extreme gut and health disasters.

Turns out, they probably won’t, and I personally at least am not burdened with having to avoid grains 100% of the time in order to feel healthy and good.

3. Following diet “rules” can make you eat even worse

When I ate strict paleo, I followed strict diet rules: no booze, no carbs, no grains, no sweets, no treats.

Following these rules made me feel like I was deprived. I couldn’t help it: try as I might, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the foods I couldn’t  have. I obsessed over them. I dreamt about sweet foods like it was my job.

Feeling so deprived and obsessive in the end was terrible for me, because it not only made me feel unhappy in the moment, but it also made me go off the rails in the long run. Then all of my “perfect paleo” would  come crumbling down. I would eat a whole dessert tray full of pastries in an evening, for example. Or, on one particularly unhappy occasion, I ate several full loaves of dessert cake by myself.

Then I would feel terrible about myself and starve myself back in feeling moral, perfect, and “paleo” again.

Then I would feel deprived, and the whole cycle would start all over again.

If I had known then that it was the diet rules that were the problem in the first place, I would have been liberated. I would have been free. I would have been able to relax my grip on my life, and no longer swing between these violent extremes of perfect and disastrous eating.

The way that I now manage my eating is by thinking of paleo as a guidelineI eat paleo because I choose to. It isn’t a rule I have shackled around my diet. It is a healthy, life-giving and life-enhancing choice I make. I don’t have to eat paleo all of the time in order to be physically healthy and fit. I only have to choose it most of the time.

And choose it I can and I do, because now have the power over food, instead of food having the power over me.

4. Wellness is about both physical and mental health

Sure, a handful (or, screw it, a whole bag) of potato chips isn’t the most awesome choice for my health.

But true wellness is about combining physical and mental health to make a happy whole.

Sometimes after a particularly rough day, some dessert really does hit the spot in a way that makes me feel better.

Or, if I am feeling homesick, I may be able to sooth my longing by baking that Irish soda bread my mother used to always make.

Back when I was strict paleo I never allowed my mental needs to weigh in with my physical needs. That was a mistake. It only ever made my emotional state worse, and never let me relax into myself.

If I had allowed myself to let my emotional self make some decisions around food, I wouldn’t have drowned in self-condemnation and harsh judgment. I wouldn’t have had to feel like I was at war. I would have been able to feel at peace with food, and to be able to eat more intuitively and lovingly.

5. Eating paleo won’t make you immortal

This is an important point that I still need help with.

Somewhere, deep inside of me, I am terrified of eating the wrong foods, because I am terrified of dying.

Some part of me thinks that if I eat the perfet foods all of the time, I won’t die.

Or I at least won’t have to die as soon.

Now of course there is some truth to this. Eating well is an important factor in a healthy life. Eating well can save you from Alzheimer’s disease, from autoimmune disease, from heart disease, and perhaps even from cancer.

But it will never make you live forever.

And it will never make you invincible against the invariable forces of chance and fate.

My terror around death drives a lot of my decisions. It drives a lot of the fear I sit with on a daily basis. It drives the choices I make, both big and small.

Fortunately, it is no longer such a big part of my relationship with food. I no longer obsessively control my diet. I no longer fear every tiny morsel of food because of the effect it may have on me. I am always careful to be good, but I am no longer a strict perfectionist about it.

And to be honest with you, in the long run, I think this is even better for me, because being purposeful and happy is just as much a part of a rich, long life as eating well, if not even more so.

Paleo won’t make me immortal. It may help me life well and happy, but I have to remember that it is only one of many factorss, and perfectionism about it – at least for me – does more harm than good.


And with dying, I bring my list of the 5 most important things I wish I knew back when I was so strict paleo. Now I am curious about your experience. How strict are you with your diet? Why? Why not? What has your relationship with paleo been like, and are you happy with it?




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LAST CHANCE to get the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle.. and today it’s 92% OFF!!

LAST CHANCE to get the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle.. and today it’s 92% OFF!!

Hey ladies hey!

Do I ever have some amazing news for you today or what. 

Starting today, Black Friday, and going only through this weekend (Til Tuesday at 3am I think), the fabulous Autoimmune bundle is being re-run by the brilliant people who put it together – The Paleo Mom Team – and at AN EVEN GREATER DISCOUNT THAN BEFORE.

If you suffer from an autoimmune disease or know anyone else who does, this is a truly incredible, life-changing way to treat yourself or another for the holidays.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know about this amazing gift to us from The  Paleo Mom team this weekend.

Happy, happy thanksgiving and lots of love from me!!

Here posted below is the original post I wrote about the bundle a few months back (please ignore the May dates… the actual dates here in November are Nov 27-30), all giddy and celebratory about how kickass it is.

Check it out (here!) and grab it quick if you didn’t manage to last time around! This really is the last time it will be available, ever.


Today I finally get to tell you about an amazing event we have going on this week – The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle.

It contains 45 e-books – 20 discounts from new, innovative paleo companies – and daily giveaways of huge prizes like the latest and highest tech tablets and all access, all expenses paid trips to Paleo Fx.

The AWB was organized by the supreme rockstar Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom, and her team, and it has been contributed to by the top 60 health advocates in the paleosphere.

This is quite literally the best put-together bundle I have ever encountered (and I have encountered perhaps too many). For example, see a smattering of the resources available in the photo below:

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Now – you know me. You know I hate fuss. You know I hate pomp. You know I hate crap and that I have zero tolerance for drivel, for inadequacy, or for posers. 


I never share anything with you worth your time or money unless it’s proven itself to be well worth my own time and money. And boy oh boy, has this bundle (read more about it @ it’s own site here: http://paleoforwomen.com/go/autoimmune-bundle) ever done so. I am so glad  I got it!

First, you might ask, though: what the heck is a bundle, Stef?

Fabulous question!!

Bundle sales have been in the vogue on the internet for the last few years. If you’ve been around the block, you’ve probably seen one, or twenty.

Basically, a bundle is when a bunch of authors come together to sell their books at a wickedly good discount. This is good for the authors because we get exposure, and good for readers, because you get all the books. 

Why is this bundle unique?

By unique you must mean, the best bundle of all time?


There are so many impressive things about this bundle I honestly don’t know where to start.

For one, the authors are the best in the business – from Sarah Ballantyne herself to the body image queen Summer Innanen, to me, to the guru of all gurus, Mark Sisson, to the fitness champion Ben Greenfield, to the ultimate master of autoimmune healing, Dr Terry Wahls (she contributes “essays from 2014” which I loved loved loved reading).

The discounts (I describe them at the end of the post) are unreal. 

The giveaway, literally unbelievable (also described at the end).

The cookbooks are so delectable and by truly amazing chefs – some of which I have had the amazing, unforgettable pleasure of dining with.

The quality of information is unmatched, as is the customer service and whole technical process. The AWB is easy, accessible, a beautiful aesthetic experience, and fun.

Yet most importantly, this particular bundle is sooooooooo exciting to me because it is the only bundle that has ever been created that focuses specifically on (but is not exclusively about) managing and overcoming autoimmune disease.

I am really excited to share this bundle with you because I know how many of you struggle with autoimmune disease, leaky gut, and inflammation.

Autoimmune disease is not easy to tackle. If you know you have an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (there is a book specifically devoted to Hashimotos!), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, or any of the other 200 known autoimmune diseases, this bundle would be an extraordinary resource for you. It’s books are specifically designed to help you manage and overcome your disease, and to become as healthy, vibrant, energetic, and alive as humanly possible.

If you suspect you have an autoimmune disease, but don’t exactly know, this may be an even more amazing resource for you, as it provides the information you need in order to begin figuring out and improving your health.

If you do not know if you have an autoimmune disease but have gut problems or suspect you have inflammation, this bundle is full of great information for you. Autoimmune disease is most likely a result of gut problems, inflammation and immune system dysresulation – so this bundle is packed with information, foods, supplements, and recipes you need to heal your gut and decrease any inflammation you experience.

If you are NOT autoimmune but still love learning about bodies, well – I don’t think I need to say anything more. There is so much information in this bundle even am learning new things about how to treat autoimmune diseases from it!!

If you are not autoimmune but still love learning about paleo hacks, there are tons of lifestyle tips in this bundle that are great for everybody, from sleep hacks to stress management, to birth control use (my own contribution to the bundle is Birth Control Unlocked), to movement and fitness guides.

If you love to cook regardless of your health status, this bundle would be so fun for you. It includes 15 amazingly creative and fun AIP-friendly (so super paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and nightshade-free) recipes – and even a brand new e-recipe book with 160 recipes in it that was written solely for this bundle! It will never be sold anywhere else, ever!

So that’s pretty amazing. My mind = blown.

In this bundle –

1/3 of the ebooks included are cookbooks…

1/3 of the books are informational guides that help you navigate and overcome autoimmune disease…

and 1/3 of the books help you go beyond basics and reach the very elite level of paleo and AIP living.

It’s the perfect mix of information and practical help… I can’t believe how much I am learning from this bundle. That’s not even to mention all the money I am saving with the discount codes, and how many cool new products I get to try out for dirt cheap (!).

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Wait! How can you offer so many resources at such a steep discount?

Fabulous question!!

E-book bundles typically include a variety of e-books and other digital resources sold for a price far lower than what you would pay for each e-book individually. How does this work?

There are two major incentives for authors to donate their e-books to bundles: expanding our audience (my birth control book is a part of this bundle!) and affiliate commissions.

Chances are good that you won’t be familiar with every e-book included in a bundle sale. This is what’s in it for me and other authors: the large number of people who look at our e-books (but normally wouldn’t) then become rabid new PfW community members. Also I and other authors do make a small amount of money on each sale… so we still do financially benefit from sharing our knowledge with the world. We just so happen to be doing so with dozens of other of amazing writers at our sides.

(Quick aside: because we do make a bit of money on each sale, whichever blogger you choose to purchase the bundle from gets your commission! The bundle is the same exact price from everybody who sells the bundle – the only difference is which paleo blogger you choose to support! So choose wisely my favorite best friends in all the universe ;). )

Bundles also typically contain discount codes. Again, this is what’s in it for the companies: you might try out a new product and become a new regular shopper. Or maybe not. But they get exposure and we get a chance to try on something new and awesome for size. Wins all around!

This model only works when bundles are very thoughtfully organized, provide unique and high quality content, and are sold for a very limited time. Very few bundles achieve this! The paleo world has been swamped by different kinds of bundles throughout the last few years… but I only ever participate in the ones that do it right.

That’s why this bundle was so carefully crafted – and also why it is only available until May 25th!

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Bundle Details

When I’m trying to decide on whether to buy a bundle, I look at which books I would enjoy, total up the value, and then see if that’s more than the cost of the bundle (then I treat everything else as a bonus). I mean, it’s great that this bundle includes 45 e-books and is being sold at a 92% savings, but that doesn’t really mean anything if there’s only two books in the whole bundle that I’m interested in! So, here’s the nitty gritty of what’s in this bundle. Have a look and see if this bundle would be a great resource for you.

Here’s what’s included in this bundle:

15 AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans (total value $192)

  • The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott ($17 value)
  • The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt ($17 value)
  • 85 Amazing AIP Breakfast Recipes by Eileen Laird ($13 value)
  • *The Best of AIP Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne ($25 value)
  • The He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook by Bre’anna Emmitt ($15 value)
  • The AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook by Tara Perillo ($10 value)
  • We Can All Scream for Ice Cream by Jennifer Robins and Vivian Cheng ($10 value)
  • Butter Your Broth, the AIP Version by Kiersten Peterson ($6 value)
  • The Paleo Approach Dinner Club by Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
  • AIP Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches by Jo Romero ($7 value)
  • 28 Days of AIP by Christina Feindel ($7 value)
  • 28 Days of Low-FODMAP AIP by Christina Feindel ($10 value)
  • Holiday Feast (AIP Edition) by Cassandra Garcia ($10 value)
  • *The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($18 value)
  • The FODMAP Free Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)

(You can read more about these books and their authors at http://paleoforwomen.com/go/autoimmune-bundle.)

15 Lifestyle and Exercise Guides (total value $202)

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  • The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson ($10 value)
  • *Go to Bed by Christina Feindel and Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
  • *Accessible Workouts by Peter Hirsh ($10 value)
  • Stress Solutions by Evan Brand ($27 value)
  • *Relax by Michele Spring ($15 value)
  • Healing, Humor, and Hashimoto’s (excerpt) by Stacey Robbins ($5 value)
  • 30 Days of Prayer: Healing Autoimmunity for Women by Ruschelle Khanna ($5 value)
  • My Butter Life Personal Care by Renee from Hard Lotion ($5 value)
  • REM Rehab by Evan Brand ($29 value)
  • Yoga for the Everyday Flow of Life by RX Yoga ($12 value)
  • How To Biohack the Ultimate Healthy Home by Ben Greenfield ($6 value)
  • Getting Started with Your Vegetable Garden (Excerpt from “The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook”) by Diana Rogers ($7 value)
  • The Paleo Miracle 2 by Joe Salama ($10 value)
  • *21 Step Body Image Remix Excerpt by Summer Inannen ($39 value)
  • Stretchsitting (Excerpt from “10 Steps To A Pain-Free Back”) by Esther Gokhale ($5 value)

(You can read more about these books and their authors at http://paleoforwomen.com/go/autoimmune-bundle.)

15 Beyond the Basics e-books (total value $132)

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  • The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)
  • *Essays from 2014 by Terry Wahls ($10 value)
  • *The Paleo Approach Reintroduction Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($13 value)
  • Biohacking Autoimmune DIY by Petra Chambers-Sinclair ($9 value)
  • Birth Control Unlocked by Stefani Ruper ($9 value)
  • How To Interpret Your Lab Tests for Optimal Levels by Jamie Koonce ($20 value)
  • Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird ($9 value)
  • *Fantastic Fiber by Sarah Ballantyne ($15 value)
  • Brain Health and Stress (excerpt from Why Isn’t My Brain Working?) by Datis Kharrazian ($5 value)
  • The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Foods to Include and Eliminate by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
  • The 10-Day Paleo Transition by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
  • The Causes of Autoimmune Disease (Excerpt from “The Paleo Approach”) by Sarah Ballantyne ($5 value)
  • Quit PMS by Lauren Geertsen ($9 value)
  • Overcoming Hashimoto’s Fatigue by Izabella Wentz ($5 value)
  • Why Hormones Matter (Excerpt from The Hormone Cure) by Sara Gottfried ($5 value)

(Again, you can read more about these books and their authors at http://paleoforwomen.com/go/autoimmune-bundle.)

*Books released exclusively with this bundle!  Yes, there are nine e-books launching with this bundle!

For example, the Best of AIP Cookbook was created exclusively for this bundle!

If you are into cooking – even if you aren’t autoimmune – this is an incredible resource. And it’s only available with this bundle, this one time only. It has contributions from more than 30 leading Paleo and AIP bloggers and authors. It is 100% AIP friendly. It’s meals are extraordinarily creative and delicious. It includes over 160 of the best AIP recipes ever created to date.

Want to know more details about the included books? Simply go to the bundle website and click on any book image for a full description!

Now, you can see why this bundle isn’t just for those with autoimmune disease!  Even just a quick glance at the resources included is enough to know that this bundle is filled with amazing resources that everyone will enjoy!

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Exclusive Discounts and Coupon Codes

Like providing the world’s biggest supply of autoimmunity resources isn’t enough (!) – this bundle comes fully equipped with discount codes for 26 different AIP-friendly vendors and products.

Because Sarah and her AWB team don’t want to assume that you’ll use every coupon code – because let’s face it – none of us ever would – the huge amount of money you could save by taking advantage of these discounts has not been calculated into the value of the bundle. The extraordinary $500 value of the bundle does NOT include the coupons and discount codes!

Discounts are yet another way I determine if a bundle is a good deal for me. I see whether any of the included discount codes and coupons are for products I normally buy or have been meaning to buy. If a good coupon (or two or three) will save me the cost of the bundle just by purchasing items I would have anyway, then I get to look at all the included e-books and other discount codes as a bonus!

Plus, I just really love when I get exposede to all the cool, new paleo products out there in the world. Before exploring this bundle and writing this post, I had no idea that half of these amazing products existed. Now I do know, and I am so excited about the new stuff I’ve ordered.  I am particularly excited about getting some broth from Bare Bones, and some meals from Pete’s Paleo, which I’ve heard from just about everybody is the ultimate paleo meals to-go company. (I also just ordered bacon from them!!!)

Discounts and Coupon Codes


  • Paleo on the go – $20 off (!!)
  • Pete’s Paleo – $10 off
  • Primal Life Organics Starter package for $49
  • SAD to AIP in 6 Weeks $20 off
  • Step and Go 10% off
  • Clear.Heal – $100 off
  • AIP Batch Cook – $20 off (!!!)
  • Bare Bones – 10% off
  • Barefoot Provisions – 10% off
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness Systems – 10% off
  • Chrisal – 30% off select products
  • Delicious Obsessions – 10% off
  • Dr Ron’s – 10% off
  • Fatworks – 20% off
  • Footloose and Chairfree – 5% off
  • Gokhale Method – 15% off regularly priced items (excluding chair)
  • Kasandrinos Olive Oil – 15% off
  • Klio Tea – 10% off
  • Kombucha Kamp – Free gift with purchase
  • Morrocco Method – Free gift with purchase
  • One Stop Paleo Shop – 10% off
  • The Eczema Company – 10% off
  • ThePaleoMom Consulting – $25 off
  • US Wellness Meats 15% off
  • Vital Proteins/Corey – 20% off + free shipping
  • Wild Zora – 10% off

I just… omg. Not only are there 10, 20, and 30% discounts included in there… (definitely going to use that %15 at US Wellness Meats!), but there are $10, $20, and even $100 off of purchases.

Can’t. Even.

(Read more & get here: http://paleoforwomen.com/go/autoimmune-bundle)

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Daily Giveaways!

If you think what the bundle organizers have put together is impressive so far – Just you wait!


There is one more reason to act, and to do so like now:

If you buy the bundle right now you are automatically entered to win a new giveaway every single day remaining in this sale!

Every giveaway is international and no restrictions apply!  Yes, you can enter this giveaway from anywhere in the world!

And the prizes are the most spectacular I have ever encountered in the paleo world (not exaggerating):

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May 20:  Kindle Fire HD 7 16GB ($160 Value)

May 21:  $200USD Amazon Gift Certificate (winner may choose which country’s amazon site)

May 22:  AIP Print Library ($260 Value), includes physical copies of:

  • The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
  • The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
  • The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, MD
  • The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers, MD
  • The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP
  • Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt
  • Nourish by Rachael Bryant
  • He Won’t Know It’s Paleo by Bre’anna Emmitt

May 23:  Kindle Fire HD 9 32GB ($400 Value)

May 24:  Two Premium Paleo F(x) 2016 tickets ($800 Value)

May 25:  All-Expense Paid Trip for Two to Paleo F(x) 2016 ($2600 Value)

  • 2 premium Paleo F(x) 2016 tickets
  • 3 nights stay at a nearby hotel (shared room)
  • 2 $400-travel vouchers
  • $200 in gift certificates to local Austin restaurants
  • AIP Travel Food Gift Baskets in your hotel room when you arrive ($200 value)

So feel free to wait to get in on the good stuff. But just know that while you’re waiting, (and, to be fair, other community members) am getting a chance to win big.


So anyway. The sooner you buy, the greater your chances and the more you could win! Your single purchase enters you automatically for all remaining giveaway of this bundle event!

Click here for more giveaway details.

So, what are you waiting for?

Pretty amazing deal right? I definitely thought so. Lol. …As if my rabid enthusaism didn’t hit you like a freight train several times throughout this post.

I think probably the best part of this bundle is how high the quality of every resource is.

Every single resource has been specially selected and vetted by Sarah & the organizers to create the highest quality bundle possible! This really is the ultimate resource for the autoimmune community or anyone looking to heal their bodies and enjoy optimal health.

This is a VERY limited time offer so go here and check out all the details and see just how much you are getting for the awesome deal of $39!

If you bought every e-book in this bundle separately, it would cost you over $500! But, it’s available for a short time for only $39! That’s 92% off the retail price. 

Plus there are all the discount codes to consider.

Also, it’s only available for five days. 

And all the giveaways, on all of the days.



And scene.





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.

This Week in Paleo: A New Way to Get Grassfed Beef

This Week in Paleo: A New Way to Get Grassfed Beef

If you’ve read my bestselling book Sexy By Nature (or any of my fabulous e-books like PCOS Unlocked and Weight Loss Unlocked) or just generally hung around the Paleo community for more than a couple hours, you know how important grass-fed meat is.

It is almost impossible to balance hormones, support sustainable agriculture or eat healthfully without buying grass-fed and finished meat.

That’s because conventionally raised animals are fed corn, antibiotics, hormones and animal byproducts that make the animal unhealthy.

Animals store those toxins in their fat.  And that fat is in your meat.

But grass fed cows are fed what they were meant to graze on- grass. That means a healthier animal and a healthier you!

That’s fantastic and exciting!

But it can be SO expensive.  And it can be SO hard to find. 

Only 1% of the beef available in the U.S. is sourced from grass-fed animals.

No wonder it’s so hard to find grass-fed beef at the grocery store or even online for a reasonable price!

That’s why I’m SO excited to share a new resource with you.

ButcherBox is a BRAND NEW company offering a clever and fun new way to get grass-fed beef.  

When you sign up, every month you’ll receive a box of delicious beef sourced from hand-picked farmers.

Each box contains about 15-20 meals worth of beef; from classic cuts to interesting and different items like the nutrient-dense organ meats we love so much.

And for those cuts you’ve never used before, they send awesome, step-by-step recipe cards!

And all of this for around $7 a meal!

That’s a FANTASTIC deal!

ButcherBox is truly changing the way we eat, making it possible for all of us to enjoy the benefits of grass-fed meat even when we can’t find it locally or it is normally out of our price range.

I’ve talked with Mike, the owner of Butcher Box, personally, and I can promise you he is as passionate and committed to quality meat sourcing as you might expect.  Meaning very!

If you’re looking for an affordable way to get more grass fed beef into your life (including those usually ridiculously expensive cuts like rib-eye) give ButcherBox a try.

I’m so excited to try a box myself and I’m looking forward to the mystery!

Here’s a link to their kickstarter account where you can learn more about becoming part of the grass-fed revolution! 

As always, I want to hear from you! Will you try ButcherBox? How do you source your grass-fed meat?



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.

Get a 96% Discount on 42 Paleo Resources, This Week Only!

Get a 96% Discount on 42 Paleo Resources, This Week Only!


What’s up?

Let me tell you what’s up.

An incredible paleo sale, that’s what.

Starting this week, and going only for the next 5 days,

40+ paleo authors (including me!) are offering their books at an incredible discount…

at 96% off!

This is not a joke. And it is definitely not a lie. It is not even an exaggeration.

This is actually a bundle sale. 

If you have been around the paleo internet for any amount of time, you know that every once in a blue moon we find ourselves so lucky as to catch a bundle sale. I

n these rare-spotted sales, paleo authors take the books that they normally sell for 10, 30, 40, 50, 70 dollars, whatever, and get together and offer ALL of them for the price of ONE.

ALL of them for the price of ONE.

It still blows my mind.

This August’s sale is a truly incredible one (you can check it out at this link if you’d rather skip all my rambling: http://paleoforwomen.com/go/paleo-reset):

It includes books by amazing authors like Abel James, the Fat Burning Man, Sarah Ballantyne PhD The Paleo Mom,  Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry The Paleo Parents, Dr. Loren Cordain – the founder of the Paleo Movement, and so, soooo many more.

You can see all their pictures and their street cred in the photo below:




Each of these authors, myself included, because the books contain such specific, technical, and high quality information, ordinarily sell our books at a high value. My own Weight Loss Unlocked, for example, is a $37 book all it’s own.

For the next five days, however, you can get that $37 book along with 40 other books for almost the exact same price… it’s like buying Weight Loss Unlocked with 40 free books attached to it.

42 amazing, high quality paleo ebooks for $39.

(Check it out HERE)

can’t even.


When I was approached about participating in this bundle, I was hesitant. Do I really want to include a book that I think is so worthwhile, and that I know so many of my readers have already purchased at a high value, in a bundle? Is it fair to my readers to sell WLU at a 96% discount right now?

I had to think about it for a few weeks before I decided that my answer was yes. And the reason I did decide to include it is that this is such a high quality bundle, people who don’t have Weight Loss Unlocked yet get an amazing deal – I get to share with you a really amazing deal – my book plus 40 other books for the price of one –

And for people who do already have Weight Loss Unlocked, you still get an amazing deal, because you also get 40 books for the price of one. 

It’s really amazing. I know  I keep saying the word “amazing” but that is literally the best one I can think of to describe this super amazing thing we have to offer you.

(And of course, it’s totally cool if you don’t want it… but I just have to share just in case because, did I mention it’s amazing?!)

Here are some of the other killer things a part of this bundle:

For the Kitchen: 13 Stunning, Fully Photographed Paleo Cookbooks (a $201 value)
Section Graphics, For in the Kitchen, The Cookbooks
Fearless Sauerkraut Recipes, Sarah Ramsden
Make it Merry: A Healthy Cookbook, Carla & Emma Papas
7 Steps to Better Grain-Free Baking, Kelly Smith
And Here We Are At the Table, Ariana Mullins
Health Happiness Paleo, Leslie Auman & Chelsea Gold
Paleo Desserts for Dummies, Adriana Harlan
The Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook, Davida
Real Food Recipes, Kelly Brozyna
Paleo in a Pinch, Sarah Al-Khayyal
Modern Paleo Holiday Cuisine, Alanna Figueira
Family Feast eBook, Cassandra Garcia
Salads without grain, Hayley Ryczek
Paleo to Go, Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry
(The Food Porn in this books is to die for. I literally spent three hours this morning just looking at the books.)
For Planning: Tools & Tips for Self Love, Killer Sleep, Easy Shopping, and Balance (a $486 value)
Section Graphics, For Planning & Strategizing
Holistic Jump Start, Caitlin Weeks
The Gratitude Workbook, Nicole Pittman
Bite Size Paleo, Kelly Bejelly
Full Plate: Nourishing Your Family’s Whole Health in
a Busy World, Sarah Kolman
The No Brainer Wardrobe, Hayley Morgan
Clean & Colorful Cooking and September Jumpstart Grid, Ashely Reeves
Simplify, Abby Lawson
Self Care for Self Love, Summer Innanen
Once a Month Meals, Kelly Seaton
The Wild Diet Shopping Guide, Abel James
The Ancestral Blueprint’s Guide to Sleep Troubleshootin
g for All Ages, Dr. Natcha Maithai
Fall Watercolor Planning Printables, Caroline Potter
Go to Bed, Sarah Ballantyne
For Strategizing: Health Game-Changers on Fitness, Weight Loss, Pregnancy, Families and More (a $220 value)
Sections Graphic, Health Game Changers
Unprocessed Living, Cindy Santa Ana
Paleo Made Easy, Sylvie McCracken
The Empowered Mother, Cara Comini
The Kitchen Workout, Natalie Wright
Weight Loss Unlocked, Stefani Ruper
The Dietary Cure for Acne, Dr. Loren Cordain
Beauty’s Dirty Secret, Trina Felber
Mind & Body Balancing: A Guide to Counteract Inflammation Through Food & Lifestyle, Kari Owens
Kick Pain in the Kitchen, Barbara Searles
For the Kiddos: How to Raise a Healthy Family!!! (a $100 value)
Section Graphics, For the Kiddos
Little Paleo Big Wins, Jennifer Robins
Baby’s First Foods, Rochelle Serna
Teacher’s Notebook Packet, Carisa Hinson
Kids’ Bundle, Emily Chapelle
MOMables, Laura Fuentes
Wait there’s more?!?!?!
YES. There’s more.
In addition to the thousands of dollars worth of ebooks, there is also a bonus discount page, with 28 exclusive discounts.
I personally use the discounts at Exo, at Pete’s Paleo, at US Wellness Meats, at Safecatch… I mean, if you are looking for the highest quality paleo foods – like grass fed meat and wild caught fish, free of toxins and rich in vitamins and minerals – then these discounts are the number one way to eat them as affordably as you would meat at your local market.
You can’t find amazing discounts like these anywhere else. In fact, if you use them (as I intend to, after I purchase mine) the money you save from using the discounts can more than enough make up for the cost of the bundle itself!!!
And yet even more…
Finally, this bundle offers a bonus 2 week meal plan, bundled together from the recipes and the authors together who collaborated in this bundle.
Basically, two dozen brilliant paleo chefs came together and created a unique 2 week meal plan, for you.
Ah. Mazing.
So why this bundle, why now?
Stacy and Matt were the two geniuses (and round-the-clock work-horses) who put this whole thing together.
They wanted to do it because autumn is here.
School is around the corner.
Summer is coming to a close.
Real life appears to be closing in around us. (Yikes!)
But we don’t have to go back to real life and be bored, they say.
We don’t have to enter the new school year and be exhausted on day one, they say.
We can be healthy, and have healthy kids, and enjoy our family time together during the school year, they say.
We can reset our bodies, they say.
We can thrive, they say.
And obviously I agree with them.
With books on self love, on body image, on weight maintenance, on healthy families….
I really couldn’t agree more.
There’s no time like today to get started on a reset.
The amazing thing about this bundle is that it has everything you need.
It has weight loss tools, meal plans, discounts, how-to shopping guides, how-to baking guides, how-to raise your kids paleo guides, how to do paleo inexpensively guides, how to do paleo quickly guides, how to heal yourself from autoimmunity guides…
It truly is the resource to end all resources, the best and most cost effective way to do paleo right. 
(If there is such a thing. 🙂 )
You can check out the amazing stuff at this link:
(And yes, this is an affiliate link, which means I get a small commission, since I am selling my book as a part of the bundle… but that’s at no extra cost to you, and think of it this way: wouldn’t you rather support me than any of those other paleo hacks? 😉 )
It will be fully available for purchase starting at 7:00am EST on Friday morning, the 21st. And only for the subsequent few days!!
 Here is the link again, one more time:
Now happy reading!!!
Social Media Image, The Full Library


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.

8 Signs You Need to Eat More Carbohydrate

8 Signs You Need to Eat More Carbohydrate

Low-carbohydrate diets are super popular right now, especially among paleo dieters.

This isn’t without reason. Low-carbohydrate diets can be therapeutic. They often help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. People who suffer from certain types of cancer, chronic migraines,and chronic infections also often benefit from going low carb.

Yet low-carbohydrate diets can cause problems, too. It entirely depends upon your own genes, health, and health history.

Sometimes, the answer to your health problems isn’t to eat fewer carbs, but to eat more. 

Here is a list of signs and symptoms you might benefit from increasing your carbohydrate intake.

Times when you should eat more carbs

1. You tire easily

Do you find yourself out of energy by the end of the day? Do you lose your breath after a flight or two of stairs? Are you often fatigued? You may need more carbs.

(Though some things, like iron deficiency, can also cause fatigue.)

Carbohydrates are the body’s favorite fuel to burn. If you eat carbs, they are immediately available for energy on demand. If you do not eat carbohydrates, your body always has to manufacture them. If you’ve been eating low-carbohydrate for a while, your body might be tired of producing it’s own sugar.

2. You struggle to perform consistently or well while exercising

Carbohydrates get stored in the muslces as glycogen, which the body loves to burn while exercising. This is why athletes often “carb load” before a big event.

If you exercise often but your glycogen stores are low, you may not be able to perform your best. At minimum athletes should keep their glycogen stores topped off. You can do this by always replenishing carbs after a tough workout and/or making sure to eat at least 150 g of carbs on a work out day.

3. Your muscles don’t grow even though you work out

Struggling with mass gains? Your body won’t pack on muscle unless you give it both carbs and protein after a workout (the ideal ratio is 3:1, so 30 grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein).

Refueling as soon as possible after a workout can help, but don’t forget that muscle repair happens for days after a tough workout, so keep the good carbs coming.

(THIS is my favorite post-workout snack, rich in protein and carbs with a little bit of fat… from grass-fed buffalos! I also really like this Wild Alaskan Salmon from Vital Choice with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some fruit.)

4. You feel cold all the time

A low carbohydrate diet can cause hypothyroidism, or at least symptoms of hypothyroidism.

This is because glucose is necessary for the body to make T3 out of T4. T3 is the form of thyroid hormone that actually delivers energy (which is heat) to cells.

Women are infamous for feeling so cold all of the time, and hypothyroidism is a big part of that.

Being cold is one symptom of hypothyroidism. Brittle hair and nails, thin eyebrows, and difficulty with weight loss are some other symptoms. Check out a symptom list here.

If you eat a low carb diet and you struggle with these symptoms, carbs may be a part of your solution.

5. Your weight loss has stalled

Thyroid hormone is absolutely crucial for weight loss. Since thyroid functioning can be impaired by a low carbohydrate diet, sometimes a low carbohydrate diet (especially if eaten for a long time) can stall or even reverse weight loss.

On a low carbohydrate diet, the stress (adrenal) glands also sometimes start to fire heavily. With high levels of stress hormone in the body, fat burning molecules work less efficienty.

I recommend starting with 100 grams of “dense carbs” a day. I talk about this in great depth in my program for women’s weight loss, Weight Loss Unlocked. You can check it out at this link.

6. You have a stressful life

Carbohydrates are necessary for supporting the adrenal glands. Without adequate carbohydrate intake, the adrenal glands have to work harder to try and maintain adequate sugar levels in the blood. When this happens, stress hormone levels rise even higher.

Now, of course a very high carbohydrate diet can also cause the adrenal glands to work too hard. The solution here is balance. A balanced diet can help keep stress hormone levels in check.

Carbohydrates also help the body – and especially the female body – produce serotonin. Serotnin is the calming “feel good” neurotransmitter. Get adequate carbs to help you feel more calm in times of stress.

7. You don’t sleep well

In addition to being calming, serotonin also helps people (especially women) sleep.

A meal that includes at least 30 grams of carbohydrate 4 hours before bed has been shown to improve sleep quality. (This is my favorite carb-inclusive paleo cookbook.)

8. You have irregular, absent, or painful menstrual cycles

Sometimes women lose their fertility if their bodies are stressed out by a low-carbohydrate diet.

The female body really, really wants to feel “fed.” If it does not feel fed, it thinks that it might be in a period of famine, and it shuts down reproductive function to protect itself from pregnancy at a dangerous time.

Carbohydrates are an important component of getting the body to feel fed.

They can also help the body regulate it’s hormone levels, and help prevent the estrogen problems that can cause painful cramping and the like (though there are many things that can contribute to that).

Which carbohydrates to eat

The main part of the reason carbohydrates have such a bad name is that a lot of carbohydrates are genuinely bad for you: breads, cereals, pastas, pastries, and other processed foods can all cause weight gain and be pretty harmful.

The most important part of being healthy and losing weight is the quality of the food you eat, however.

So simply don’t eat the bad carbs, and focus on the good ones.

Good carbs are 1) the sweet and starchy vegetables like beets, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, batata, cassava, and taro, and 2) fruits. Quinoa and rice are also okay.

Most people I notice tend to do better with either starches or with fruits – the only way to know which is better for you is to try them out and see for yourself.

How many carbohydrates to eat

How many carbs you should add to your diet after being on a low carbohydrate diet (or on any diet) is complicated. It varies from person to person.

Pregnant women should definitely err on the side of eating more. So should athletes.

For that reason, I recommend starting with 100 grams of dense carbs (so starches and fruits) every day.  if that seems like too much for you, especially if you are coming from a very low carbohydrate diet, then simply add them slowly. Once you get started it is very easy to find your own person range or sweet spot.

Best carbohydrate snacks and cookbooks

For meeting your carbohydrate needs on-the-go, I recommend (all Amazon links):

Jackson’s sweet potato chips, fried in coconut oil!

Just Mango unsweetened, unsulfured mango

Freeze-dried fruit (these are my faves)

Coconut yogurt, full of good fats and some decent sugar.

Taza chocolate (made in my hometown!)

For carbohydrate-friendly paleo cooking, my favorite recipes are in:

Russ Crandall’s Ancestral Table  (specifically written with carbs in mind)

Pete Servold’s Paleo by Season

George Bryant and Juli Bauer’s The Paleo Kitchen

And this one for sweet teeth: The Paleo Chocolate-Lover’s Cookbook



For more details on carbohydrates and women’s health and fertility specifically, check out this post!

For more on my theories about carbohydrates and weight loss, check out my risk-free program for women’s weight loss, Weight Loss Unlocked, at this link.


What do you think? Do you need more carbs? Less? Am I smart? Crazy? Let me know what you think!!

8 Signs You Need to Eat More Carbs - Paleo for Women


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.