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What are the biggest red flags for different kinds of hormone imbalance?

What are the biggest red flags for different kinds of hormone imbalance? And more science and hijinks on The Paleo View with Sarah and Stacy

March 3, 2014
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Last week Sarah and Stacy had me as a guest on their podcast The Paleo View. They said that it was a moral imperative for them to have me on — other people were starting to come on the show more often, and they needed to keep me as their most frequent guest. This made our fourth episode together, I think.

And what an episode, too!

Let it stand by way of an introduction that I love and admire these two women beyond words. Sarah’s The Paleo Approach, the ultimate guide to autoimmune disease that was released last month and which has made gigantic waves in the paleo and holistic health scenes, and Stacy’s Beyond Bacon and Eat Like a Dinosaur are just some of the many reasons these women inspire me daily.

They also happen to be sassy, and strong, and smart, and mmmmmm yay!

So in this podcast we focus on hormone balance.

What are the primary kinds of hormone imbalance, and what are the signs and symptoms?

What role do hormones play in other health conditions like autoimmune disease? Is there a connection? (Answer: you bet!)

What’s up with birth control and how can it negatively affect hormone balance both in the short and long term?

And boatloads more.

Check it out and read a full, detailed outline of the show @ here, or download episode 80 from The Paleo View in iTunes.



And don’t forget the opportunity to win a free, pre-release, signed copy of Sexy by Nature, by submitting your completion of the sentence “I love my body because…” in the comments at the blog post http://paleoforwomen.com/sbn.

And check back in a few days as I gear up to give away big. 


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


  1. Hi Stefani,

    I admire your work. You are sort of a feisty one, which I also enjoy, so you might get mad at me for what is intended to be constructive criticism. It has to do with your overuse of the word, “like”. You’ve obviously had great success without my input. I just think your message could appeal to even more people if you could break this habit. It might be a lot easier than you think.

  2. Hi Stefani,

    Thanks for this informative podcast. I had a question where you mentioned that too much protein could cause an inflammatory response. Is there anyway you could elaborate on that or point to some resources I can look into that for? I did a quick google search but couldn’t find anything really.

    I have Crohn’s and was recently trying to follow Jack Kruse’s leptin reset and was eating a huge amount of protein in the morning. I have dealt with binge eating issues in the past, and I found that having this amount of protein in the morning and really helped me to not have any sort of binge eating issues and keep my moods stable. Unfortunately I recently flared with Crohn’s, and part of it I know was hormonal, but the other part I’m wondering about is if it is possibly linked to too much protein.

    • OK, I think I found the answer from your blog post: http://www.paleoforwomen.com/protein-cortisol-and-gaba-why-moderating-protein-reduces-anxiety-and-lengthens-life/
      where it talks about m-Tor signaling. Is this what you are referring to?

      I guess for me I feel that I need protein to keep my blood sugar stable and my mood stable, and how PaleoAquatic comments on that blog post, I also feel like my eating gets out of control if I don’t eat a fairly large amount of protein. I’ve also heard from a few sources, including Chris Kresser’s podcast, that having a large amount of protein in the morning, about 45 grams worth, is good for blood sugar regulation. I wonder if not having much protein the rest of the day will lead to blood sugar swings as well.

    • So protein is a building block molecule… and so it makes your body want to “build” things. All the best science and citations I think are best summed up by Seppo Puusa on his acne blog (acne can be an indicator one eats too much protein) http://acneeinstein.com… but the site appears to be down right now so I can’t link to it for you. Paul Jaminet is also an excellent resource on why you want to limit protein in your diet. I’m not sure its inflammatory in the same way omega 6s are inflammatory — that’s an inaccurate statement – but it can participate in “hyper-build” processes. So perhaps Paul is the best person to query / look into to understand how protein might interact with autoimmune diseases. I’ve got to guess, personally I’d say no if your large protein serving is still within reason (around a pound is where it might get a bit extreme for one meal, I’d say)… but in a Chron’s fare up you still mgiht want to look elsewhere. Maybe. Have you read Sarah’s book?

      • Thanks for putting a good word on my site, Stefani :) I had some hosting issues 2 days back and the site was down for 2 hours. Should be ok now.

        Here’s how I understand the protein thing. Proteins, and especially dairy proteins, can increase the levels of various growth hormones, like IGF-1. Lots of amino acids and insulin activate the mTor-pathway, which seems to be a sort of a master regulator protein when it comes to cell growth. Or at least one such regulator, I can’t claim I understand the growth signaling that well.

        However, if either insulin or amino acids, primarily leucin, are restricted the mTor pathway activation doesn’t happen, or it happens to a lesser degree. This would reduce the hyper growth response you mentioned.

        We also have to keep in mind the other side of the coin. High protein intake, and that hyper growth response boosts muscle growth in response to resistance training. High protein diets are also very good for weight loss. So I’m not ready to say one should avoid protein.

      • Hi Stefani,

        Thanks for your input. I have read Paul Jaminet’s book and he mentions how restricting protein can promote autophagy, so I guess in a way, I could see how having too much protein could cause inflammation by not allowing autophagy.

        Sarah’s book is on my list of ones to get, and I’ve only heard good reviews on it.

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