Healthy Holidays the Paleo Way

Paleo vegetable stuffingAsk The Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

What you need to know to keep following the Paleo diet from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

Q: My husband and I have experienced amazing health transformations since we began eating a Paleolithic diet about six months ago. We have lost weight, have more energy and improved digestion, and have normalized our previously high blood sugar levels. We want to keep that good health going during the holidays, but we know there will be many temptations. Are there any tips you can give for going through the holidays the Paleo way?

– Amy T., Chicago, IL


The Paleo diet, often referred to as the “caveman diet,” advocates eating unprocessed foods that our ancestors would have eaten during the Paleolithic era – i.e., meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil – and on some versions of the diet, organic grass-fed butter – may also be included.

As you and your husband found out, eating Paleo food provides the body the foods it needs to thrive, stay healthy, and normalize weight. The key to continuing both the diet and the health benefits you’re experiencing is to plan ahead. Doing so is extra important during the holiday season when there are many more activities, food temptations, and social pressures than normal. It takes a little effort, but if you keep the following tips in mind, you can have healthy holidays the Paleo way:

A Nutritionist’s Take on GMOs:
Read My Recent 2-Part Interview

Nutritionist's Take on GMOsI was delighted recently when Ann Louise Gittleman, a fellow nutritionist who helped inspire me to go into the line of work I do about two decades ago, asked to interview me about my new book Going Against GMOs for her blog. She and I share the same passion and speak the same language of nutrition for optimal health, so I was able to go into much more depth about why people need to go beyond just avoiding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) than I normally do in most interviews!

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview she conducted with me at the following links:

The Scoop on GMOs, Part 1

How to Steer Clear of GMOs for Health, Part 2


Going Against GMOs a Special Price
at the Food Co-Op during October!

Book Special at Food Co-OpLive in southern Arizona? As a Non-GMO Month special – only during October – the Food Conspiracy Co-Op at 412 N. Fourth Avenue in Tucson is offering Going Against GMOs for the ultra-low price of $15.00!

Get your copy of the book at this price while supplies last!

Copyright 2015 Melissa Diane Smith

Special ‘Why and How to Boycott GMOs’ Talk Oct. 17th at Armory Park

Boycott GMOs eventby Melissa Diane Smith

Be sure to come to my special presentation, “Why and How to Boycott GMOs,” at Armory Park Senior Center, 220 South 5th Avenue, in Tucson this Saturday, October 17th. I, Melissa Diane Smith, will explain the top reasons why people want to say no to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), exactly how to boycott them when shopping for food, and other strategies for economic action and activism against GMOs.


Tips to Help You Eat GMO-Free

by Melissa Diane Smith

Want to avoid laboratory-created, genetically modified organisms? October is Non-GMO Month – the ideal time to follow the Eat GMO-Free Challenge and learn how to remove GMOs from your diet.

Eat GMO-Free Challenge Tip 1A few years ago, I realized that general GMO avoidance guidelines aren’t enough for most people who want to stay away from genetically modified foods. That’s why I created the Eat GMO-Free Challenge—a series of tips to follow each day for 31 days to help people slowly learn how to remove sources of GMOs from their diet (no matter what type of diet they follow!).


Oh, My Aching Head and Tingly Toes!

Headaches and glutenAsk the Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

Q: I get frequent bad unexplained headaches. Some of them are debilitating migraines. I’m also often depressed and have other baffling symptoms such as problems with balance, and tingling in my feet and toes (my physicians told me this is peripheral neuropathy). I have seen many doctors and they say they can’t find any reason for my chronic headaches or other symptoms. Is there any kind of nutritional treatment that might help?

– Monica S., Atlanta, GA

A range of dietary factors—from regular consumption of aspartame artificial sweetener to eating foods that contain monosodium glutamate—can trigger headaches. However, one of the most common yet least-known ones is sensitivity to gluten, the problematic protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

The other maladies you list also have been associated with gluten sensitivity. Unfortunately, many doctors—including neurologists—aren’t up-to-date on research in this area, and thus aren’t aware that neurological symptoms are often linked to adverse reactions to gluten.


‘Going Against GMOs with Quality Food’ Special Event on Sept. 26th
at New Natural Grocers in Tucson

NaturalGrocers-meme-092615by Melissa Diane Smith

Be sure to catch the “Going Against GMOs with Quality Food” special event on Saturday, September 26th, at the new Natural Grocers store at 6320 N. Oracle Road in Tucson. It will feature a presentation by me, Melissa Diane Smith, starting at 11 a.m., followed by a Taste the Difference tasting fair at which you can sample the higher quality non-GMO foods Natural Grocers offers.



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