In the first episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we shared real-life examples of what reversing autoimmune disease looks like. Today’s episode breaks down what paleo is all about. We talk about the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and why. We also bust some myths, like, “Aren’t meat and saturated fat bad for you?” and “I thought vegetarianism was the healthiest diet.” If you’re new to this lifestyle, you probably have these questions yourself. If you’ve been eating this way for a while, you have undoubtedly heard these questions from family and friends. I’m joined by paleo expert, Liz Wolfe, to bust the myths and help everyone understand why paleo is a healthy way to live and eat. As always, I’ll be filtering all of this information through the lens of autoimmunity.
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- Intro (0:00)
- Meet Liz (1:28)
- She is a nutritional therapy practitioner and author of Eat the Yolks.
- Co-host of Balance Bites Podcast, and co-teacher of the Balanced Bites Workshops.
- Author of the blog Real Food Liz (formerly Cave Girl Eats).
- Her health journey: from counting calories and suffering poor health, to discovering paleo and learning what healthy really feels like.
- Overview of Paleo (6:01)
- The yes/no food lists.
- The difference between historical re-enactment vs. eating paleo for your health
- What’s the trouble with grains?
- What’s the trouble with legumes?
- Vegetarianism vs. meat consumption.
- How can meat be healthy?
- Grassfed vs Grainfed meat.
- Busting nutrition myths. The politics and faulty science behind conventional nutrition dogma.
- Why we need to eat fat, to be healthy.
- Healthy vs. unhealthy fats.
- Nutrient comparison between Paleo and the Standard American Diet.
- Paleo Tips (22:58)
- Paleo isn’t a meat-only diet. #morevegetablesthanavegetarian.
- Personalizing the paleo template. Being empowered to be in charge of your own health journey.
- Baby steps to paleo vs. diving in 100%.
- Some easy meal suggestions for people new to paleo.
- Eileen’s favorite high-omega tuna for her lunch salads: American Tuna. Update: I now prefer Vital Choice – it has a better flavor.
- Paleo dressings: Tessamae’s and PaleoChef
- Paleo spices: Primal Palate
- Some Paleo Grey Areas and Special Concerns (36:07)
- Healing Foods (46:34)
- Summary (56:50)
- Part of transitioning to a paleo diet is understanding that the nutrition we’ve been taught for decades was based on politics, faulty science, and corporate interests. We’re rediscovering that the more natural a food is, the better it is for us, which is just common sense. Liz Wolfe’s Good Nutrition in 100 Words.
- Outro (1:02:42)
- You can keep up with all of Liz’s work through her website, Real Food Liz, and follow her podcast via the website, Balanced Bites. Her book is called Eat the Yolks.
- Eileen (your podcast host) has written 4 books: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (paperback, kindle and audio versions), Reintroducing Foods on the AIP (PDF ebook), The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook (PDF ebook), and 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts (PDF ebook).
- If you purchased A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol , you are eligible for some free PDFs – The AIP Food Pyramid, the AIP Foods to Avoid, and an AIP Grocery List. Send your receipt through my contact form. And if you loved the book, please write a review on Amazon.
- Check out the entire archive of podcast episodes.
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