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Podcast on women’s mental and physical health at Balanced Bites!

Balanced Bites is a website and paleo advocacy hub run by the brilliant Diane Sanfilippo, and aided by (among others) Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats.  They record a weekly podcast together, typically responding to reader questions, and sometimes interviewing other paleo advocates.

They had me on this week!  That was so nice of them.

You can find it here at the site and download as an mp3, or here at iTunes.

In the podcast, we talk about overcoming disordered eating, health problems that arise from being too restrictive– ie, hypothalamic amenorrhea, other reasons for losing menstruation, and what to do about all of them.


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Managing director of Paleo for Women and author of Sexy by Nature.


  1. I just want to thank you, for your awesome website. I “m recently new to this site, but the content I have been reading has been short of kick-ass!!! They way to so elegantly and presicely describled the stuggles of body image and eating disoders, as if you met me. However now I don’t feel alone, and because of your articles, I have come to realize that hating my body, which is something I’ve done to for long…painfully long, will not get me anywhere.

    I really do have to accept myself for who I am, something that will not take overnight, but the road to self-acceptance and love is nothing but heaven to me unlike the road of hell I’ev been on of bashing and nagatively critizing my own body. I wish there were more women and men like you speaking on topics like this, beacuse these very real and destructive issues for too many people. Maybe one day I can be one to those people to speak out.

    Thank you,

    Steph Myres

  2. Wow.


  3. Hi Stefani!

    I wanted to send you a note to connect with you. I’m a holistic health and nutrition counselor specializing in paleo (ish) nutrition in the Boston area (Medford, MA). I’ve been reading your blog and listening to your podcasts for a while now, but hearing your on the Balanced Bites podcast made me want to reach out to you.

    My passion as a health counselor is working with women who have a history of disordered eating– helping them find food freedom through the Paleo diet and supporting them to love themselves as they are. It’s become clear to me that we have a similar vision for our practices and I would love to help you in the Paleo for Women movement. I’m just a little guy in the nutrition business right now– I started my business in April 2011–but I’d love to contribute to what you’re doing– whether through your podcast, collaborating on a project or just by helping you spread the word.

    My background is in biology– I graduated from Hamilton College in upstate NY, but I came into this line of work because of a disordered relationship with eating and exercise–starting in middle school and continuing into my mid-twenties. Finding paleo– or learning the huge impact that real, whole foods can have on not only your body, but your mind, really set me free and I’m passionate about sharing that with others. I write a healthy living blog called Frisky Lemon– it’s mostly paleo friendly recipes, but it also has some other tidbits (www.friskylemon.com).

    I also work part-time in the office of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, MA– you mentioned on the Balanced Bites podcast that you were studying UU ministry. I grew up UU and really value the UU approach to life. We have a really wonderful minister at First Parish and if you ever want to chat with her about UU ministry, I’d be happy to put you in touch.

    I’d love to learn more about what you’re working on– if you ever want to get together for coffee (assuming you have time with everything you’re doing ;), let me know. It would be great to meet another like-minded professional in the area. I’d love to support you in any way that I can!

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks so much for your time and have a great day!


    • Hi Allison,
      YES I am familiar with your congregation, and have been referred to your minister many times. I may or may not be pursuing an MDiv at Harvard — not sure if I have it in me to stay in Boston for another two years 🙂 — but I am currently working under Terasa Cooley on the Congregations and Beyond Initiative and loving it, mostly because the people with whom I work are so fantastic.
      Sure, I’d love to meet up and chat. Do you do lunch dates during the week? I’m pretty free the week of the 30–don’t have any lunch time appointments currently between the 31 and the 8. Why don’t you send me an email at pepper@paleopepper.com if you want to set something up.

  4. Hi Stefani,
    LOVED the podcast, and your site. I was wondering about birth control options. It seems like the pill messes with your hormones and other things and would like your take on what are the best options for someone with hormonal imbalance, or just to be a healthy gorgeous paleo gal.

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