Thursday, March 19, 2015

Born Primal Episode 46: Daniel Pardi Dan's Plan

Daniel Pardi is the founder of Dan's Plan and comes to The Born Primal Show this week to talk about his loop model, behavior modification devices like Fitbits, stress, meditation, and sleep. We chat about why devices and books on health aren't enough, and why few corporate environments aren't approaching wellness from a holistic model.

Also in this episode, we discuss the use of melatonin supplements, nutrition, and Dan's recent article "Why dietary fat is fattening, and when it's not."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Born Primal Episode 45: Diana Rodgers Homegrown Paleo

This week I'm welcoming back Diana Rodgers of Sustainable Dish. She just released The Paleo Homegrown Cookbook, the follow up to Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go.

On her farm in Massachesetts, nutritionist Diana has found a way back to a healthy, active lifestyle with a focus on nutrition and delicious eating, raising animals, growing vegetables, and balancing work and play.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Born Primal Episode 44: Primal Parenting

Ancestral Health writer and expert, Karen Phelps, is back for an episode all about parenting. Between us we're raising 5 daughters from the age of 5 up to 13.

This week we talk about raising introverted and extroverted children. We also discuss whether you should pay your children for chores, give them allowance, and reward them for report cards. We add our ancestral lens to the conversation. We hope you'll join in with your comments and thoughts on parenting!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Born Primal Episode 43: Jason Seib

This week I interview Jason Seib, author of The Paleo Coach and The Jassa Method. He also co-hosts the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast with Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo. Jason is the co-founder of and is the owner of CPC Fitness and Fat Loss.

In this episode we talk about the importance of connecting to an ancestral lifestyle, meditation, dealing with food addiction, the shift in the Paleo community, and mindfulness in eating.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Born Primal Episode 42: Cindy Sexton

I first met Cindy Sexton at the Ancestral Health Symposium at Harvard. We shared a cab to the beautiful farm dinner at Diana Rodger's house outside of Boston. Cindy and her husband Dustin exude a peace that I think many of us attain to have in the Paleo community. They walk the walk and have such a sweet presence that I look forward to every conference I get to see them. Cindy is the author of the blog, PALEOdish, and the cookbook, Paleo Takes 5 or Fewer. Enjoy this episode of Born Primal and order Cindy's book!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Born Primal Episode 41: Caitlin Weeks and Diane Sanfilippo

This week's guests are two of the three authors of the upcoming cookbook, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Caitlin Weeks, her husband Chef Nabil Boumrar, and NY Times bestselling author Diane Sanfilippo collaborated to create this culturally accurate cookbook to be released October 28.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Born Primal Episode 40: Kyle Maynard

This week's guest is a powerfully inspiring human being. Kyle Maynard was born with congenital amputation. He is the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He owns a Crossfit gym and he's competing in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in October. All of this he's accomplishing despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees.
In this episode we talk about:
Kyle's childhood
How he became a wrestling champion
Robb Wolf's influence
Paleo diet
The art of grit
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Living your dream

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Born Primal Episode 39: Dr. Emily Deans Evolutionary Psychiatry

Today I'm joined by Emily Deans, M.D., a psychiatrist searching for evolutionary solutions to the general and mental health problems of the 21st century.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Sleep management
  • Parasites treating autoimmune disease
  • Mental health mismatch and benefit
  • Ketogenic diet for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Born Primal Episode 38: Hannah Crum Kombucha Kamp

This week I'm so excited to hang out on the show with Hannah Crum from Kombucha Kamp also known as the Kombucha Mamma.

Hannah has been healing the world, one gut at a time.

In this episode we talk about:

How much booch to drink
History of fermentation

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Born Primal Episode 37: Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jeffry Gerber

Jimmy Moore is back with his new book, Keto Clarity. In this episode I chat with Jimmy and Dr. Jeffry Gerber, Denver's Diet Doctor.

We talk about:

Benefits of Ketosis
Criticism of the Ketogenic Diet
Blood Ketone Testing
MCT Oil- Use It Or Not?
AHS and The Ketosis Talks 
Using Ketosis for Bipolar Balancing
Getting Keto Adapted
Physician Freedom- Ancestral Doctors 
Why Ketogenic Diets Aren't For Everyone

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Born Primal Episode 36: Tony Federico Paleo Grilling

If you've been wondering where I disappeared to, I've started co-hosting a new podcast called Living The Optimized Life. Dr. Daniel Stickler and I are now partnering with some other wellness folks on the website where we have not only the podcast, but a video series and I host a weekly parenting column.

After a lonnggggg break, Born Primal is back. This week it's with one of my favorite Paleo pals. Tony Federico, the host of Paleo Magazine Radio, is on the show to chat about his new cookbook just in time for Labor Day. Paleo Grilling gets the caveman or cavewoman "fired" up and ready to eat some meat over the grill! Here's what we chatted about:

-Trends we're seeing in the Paleo community
-Starches, carbs, ketosis.
-Our Beyond Food panel at Paleo FX 
-Medication in the Paleo community
-SEX: American ideas, monogamy, non-monogamy, sex ed in school, talking to kids about sex, shame

Monday, May 5, 2014

Born Primal Episode 35: Molly Galbraith Girls Gone Strong

This week, Girls Gone Strong Co-Founder, Molly Galbraith joins Born Primal to chat about helping women love our bodies. Molly is so incredibly knowledgable about training women. She just released the Modern Woman's Guide to Strength Training. A must have for every woman, no matter what shape you're in or your experience level. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Born Primal Episode 34: Paleo f(x) Wrap Up With Karen Phelps

Karen Phelps and I rocking our twin bamboo shirts. Gifts from Tess McNulty and her friends at Atlas Wear Clothing

Karen Phelps, my best friend, returns to Born Primal to chat about our fun times in Austin a couple of weeks ago at Paleo f(x). Karen blogs at Paleo Periodical, she writes for Paleo Magazine, and she handles PR for the Ancestral Health Symposium. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Born Primal Episode 33: Sylvie McCracken Hollywood Homestead

This week's Born Primal guest has been a celebrity assistant for the last decade in Hollywood. Sylvie McCracken and her husband unschool their three children and she blogs at Hollywood Homestead. She's also the author of two e-books: The Paleo Survival Guide and The Gelatin Secret. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Born Primal Episode 32: Stefani Ruper Paleo For Women

My mission to encourage people to love their bodies continues today with my guest Stefani Ruper who is the founder of Paleo For Women and just released the book Sexy By Nature. From the moment Stefani came on the Paleo scene she has encouraged women to own and love themselves. In this episode we talk about her new book, ancestral bodies, American obsession with weight. We also talked about Stefani's past struggles with disordered eating and how she's found the body that works for her. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Born Primal Episode 31: Melissa Joulwan The Clothes Make The Girl

Today I'm chatting with Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl. She's the author of three cookbooks: Paleo For Dummies, Well Fed, and Well Fed 2. In this episode, we talk about meditation (see links below,) living beyond food, sleep, having her thyroid removed, taking medication, yoga, feeling good AND looking good together, and Paleo FX.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Born Primal Episode 30: Joshua Weissman Slim Palate

Nothing in this world inspires me more than watching youth "get it." I've worked with and spoken to so many different children and teens through my food policy work. They are sponges and are fascinated by where food comes from and why it's so important. When I first heard Joshua Weissman's story a chord was struck. A teenager who of his own accord figured out how to chance his life. He lost over 100 pounds at 15 years old. But that wasn't enough. Joshua has taken his journey to the next level by blogging at Slim Palate and putting together this tremendous cookbook, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Born Primal Episode 29: Arsy Vartanian Rubies & Radishes

This week I welcome Rubies & Radishes blogger, Arsy Vartanian, celebrating the release of The Paleo Foodie Cookbook. Arsy is also the author of The Paleo Slow Cooker. In this week's episode we chat about her health issues that led her to the Paleo lifestyle and renewed healthy. Arsy lives in California with her toddler and husband. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Born Primal Episode 28: Michelle Norris Paleo FX

Today's guest is one of the hardest working women in the Paleo community. Michelle Norris and her husband Keith are about to host their 3rd annual Paleo FX conference in Austin, TX April 11-13. In this episode we talk about what to expect at this year's symposium. Bigger and better than ever before so get your tickets now!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Born Primal Episode 27: Dr. Shauna Young No Harm Foundation

This week on Born Primal, Dr. Shauna Young talks to me about her traditional naturopathic practice and work with autistic children. Dr. Young has a PhD in Natural Sciences and is a Certified Traditional Naturopath. She developed the free Spectrum Balance Dietary Protocol diet which has helped many of her patients recover from autism and other related disorders. She is also the author of If Naturopaths Are "Quacks"...Then I Guess I'm a Duck

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Born Primal Episode 26: Adam Farrah Practical Paleolithic

Adam Farrah, author of The Paleo Dieter's Missing Link, joins me on Born Primal this week to talk about the Paleo lifestyle, perfectionism, technology curfews, and more. Adam blogs at Practical Paleolithic and writes a column for Paleo Magazine. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Born Primal Episode 25: Liz Wolfe Eat The Yolks

Liz Wolfe is back on the podcast, this time celebrating her brand new book EAT THE YOLKS. A book that dispels the food myths we've been led to believe for decades about cholesterol, dairy, red meat, whole grains, and more. As always, Liz let's her humor shine through in the book while dishing out the science to back why we need to eat real food. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Born Primal Episode 24: Russ Crandall The Ancestral Table


Born Primal welcomes back Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man to this episode celebrating the release of his new book The Ancestral Table, Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle, available in stores and online now. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Born Primal Episode 23: Zachary Taylor, Ancestral-based Psychology, Nutrition, & Natural Healing

Zachary Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Functional Diagnostic Nutritional Therapist in Virginia. He specializes in bringing together the fields of ancestral-based nutrition with modern psychotherapy and mental health care. His interests lie particularly in ancestral and evolutionary psychology, human stories, the food-mood connection, brain health and nutrition, and in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders. Read here for more on Zachary or to inquire about a consultation.

Topics we discuss: 
*Where medicine and psychotherapy have gone wrong
*The evolutionary roots of depression 
*The social aspects of addiction 
*Modern myths about being happy
*Paleo perfectionism 
*Stress, multi-tasking, meditation
*The 3 F's
*Teens and anxiety
*Tips for improving mental well-being

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 HERE!!

Show Notes:
Zachary Taylor on Facebook and Twitter
NY Times article about the relationship between ADHD and standardized tests

Monday, February 10, 2014

Born Primal Episode 22: The Paleo Mom Sarah Ballantyne

This week's podcast features one of the smartest and down to earth women in the Paleo community. Sarah Ballantyne is the mom of two young girls and has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics. She consistently shares delicious recipes and writes helpful articles to thousands on her blog The Paleo Mom. She also co-hosts the popular podcast The Paleo View along with Stacy Toth of the Paleo Parents.

Sarah's just released what is sure to be a bestselling book, The Paleo Approach. This book is over 400 pages of information on healing autoimmune disease through Paleo. 

During the show we talk about Sarah's fight with her weight for years and learning how to heal her own autoimmune disease by changing her diet and lifestyle including mediation, sleep, and managing stress. 

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 HERE!!

Show Notes:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Born Primal Episode 21: Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo

Michelle Tam joins Born Primal this week to discuss her brand new book Food For Humans co-authored with her hubby Henry Fong. The dynamic duo makes up Nom Nom Paleo.

We chat about how they juggle their lives with their two boys, Michelle's full-time job working overnights, and the blog, cookbook, and app.

Michelle gives great tips on how to hard boil your farm fresh eggs. We also talk about how it takes time and practice to become a better cook. There's hope for all of us! And of course we remind everyone how important it is to avoid perfectionism in this community and just support each other's journeys.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Born Primal Episode 20: Primal Girl Tara Grant


Primal Girl Tara Grant joins me as this week's podcast to talk about her new book The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Tara tells us about her Primal experience and how she lost over 100 pounds, how she kicked sugar addiction, and went on to heal her autoimmune condition.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Born Primal Episode 19: John Durant & The Paleo Manifesto

What happens when your publicly professed caveman crush comes on your show!?! You talk about it of course! In addition to my droolings over John Durant we managed to find some time to discuss his brand new book, The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health. John's book is unlike any other Paleo/Primal book to date. He delves not only into the hunter gatherer aspect of this diet and lifestyle but also the history of our neolithic times. Going as far to explore the bible's relationship to germs and culture. This is a must read for anyone who's interested in not only the basics of the Paleo lifestyle but the history and meaning of it all.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Born Primal Episode 18: Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites

I'm so honored to be joined by New York Times best-selling author, Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced BitesThe 21 Day Sugar Detox, and the Balanced Bites Podcast. Diane has been changing lives in the Paleo world for the last few years with her balanced approach to nutrition and wellness. She gave those with autoimmune struggles an outlet and new lease on life with her first book Practical Paleo. Now she's doing the same for those with sugar cravings in her newest release The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Monday, October 7, 2013

Born Primal Episode 17: Jimmy Moore of Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

This week I'm joined by long time low carb blogger and podcaster Jimmy Moore of Livin' La Vida Low-Carb. We chat about his huge weight loss success, how he found his way into the Paleo community after finding health through the Atkins community, and how a ketogenic diet has benefited him. Jimmy teamed up with Dr. Eric Westman to bring us the new book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? The book is written with an additional 29 experts in an easy to understand format.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Born Primal Episode 16: Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo

It isn't everyday that you get to have a conversation with your Paleo hero, but this week I had the honor of interviewing Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo. When I first found the Paleo world in those early days of no Paleo cookbooks, her recipes are what got me through that transition. To this day her spirit and love for her family inspires me.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Born Primal Episode 15: The Paleo Doc-Dr. Daniel Stickler

Dr. Daniel Stickler practices out of a concierge health and wellness practice called Synchronicity Wellness in Asheville, NC. He's a former gastric bypass surgeon who's now known as the Paleo Doc. In this episode we discuss his transition from allopathic medicine to functional medicine, the Paleo Wellness Retreat we're leading in Jamaica, and the new wave of stool analysis and stool transplants. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Born Primal: AHS13 Wrap-Up Show Part 1

One week ago we packed up the Sheraton and said farewell to the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, GA. Tony Federico (host of Paleo Magazine Radio) and I teamed up to bring the ultimate AHS wrap-up show. For two days straight we interviewed presenters. Part 1 of our show is here and next week Tony will be featuring Part 2 on Paleo Magazine Radio. Look forward to guests like Mark Sisson, Sarah Fragoso, Hamilton Stapell, Darryl Edwards, and many more! 

This year's conference was no exception to the amazing time the Ancestral Health Society is known to put on. We learned, we laughed, we connected. The take away message from everyone we talked to is that they come to these events for community. Tony and I hope you enjoy this snippet from the conference and we hope to see you at the next one!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Born Primal Episode 13: Dr. Hamilton Stapell

Dr. Hamilton Stapell is an associate professor of history at SUNY New Paltz. He's presenting the third and final part of a three part series based on the past, present, and future of Paleo at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta this week. The first two talks are on video and listed below.

In this episode we chat about what it was like for Dr. Stapell's to find the Paleo diet long before there were books, blogs, and cookbooks on the market. We discuss the physical culture movement of the early 20th century, the recent survey of Paleo folks and what that says about the current movement, and we get a preview of what the future of Paleo looks like. Seems unlikely that we'll go mainstream anytime soon!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Born Primal Episode 12: Diana Rodgers Of Radiance Nutritional Therapy & Sustainable Dish

Diana Rodgers, fellow Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, mother, farmer, and now author, joins us in the third installment of a series leading up to the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, GA next week. At this year's conference Diana's topic is Liberation from the Industrial Food System which she'll be presenting on with Robb Wolf.

In addition to preparing for her AHS presentation, Diana wrote a cookbook called Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go.

In this episode we discuss AHS, her new book, nutritional therapy, sustainability, and farming.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Born Primal Episode 11: Brent Pottenger from the Ancestral Health Society

It's the second episode of our four week lead up to the Ancestral Health Symposium happening August 15-17th in Atlanta, GA. This week I'm joined by AHS co-founder, Brent Pottenger, to talk about the history of AHS and what we can expect at this year's symposium.

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 HERE!!

Show Notes:
Ancestral Health Society
AHS Facebook Group
Brent's blog
Brent on Twitter
Handsome Coffee Roasters

Monday, July 22, 2013

Born Primal Episode 10: Kristi Beguin of Primal Ground

Back from vacation and ready to get this Ancestral Health Symposium countdown on! For the next few weeks, my Born Primal guests will all be presenters or contributors to this year's 3rd annual conference happening in Atlanta, GA August 15-17.

This week's guest is presenting a poster at AHS titled Primal Pregnancy, Primal Birth: Building a Foundation of Optimal Health for Future Generations. This topic is near and dear to me so I'm thrilled to talk to Kristi Beguin about her experiences as an herbalist and doula who also works in the scientific community.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Born Primal Episode 9: Steve Kirsch of The Paleo Drummer

This week the rockin' attorney Steve Kirsch otherwise known as The Paleo Drummer gets Zen on us. We explore the mind-body connection that affects sleep, food, and exercise. We also talk about the importance of stress reduction to fully live a healthy Paleo lifestyle.

Steve and I are kicking off our month of meditation for July. Listen to the show to find out more and read The Paleo Drummer's blog post called 30 Days To Freedom to find out what we're up to!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Born Primal Episode 8: Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats

Liz Wolfe is the author of The Skintervention Guide. She blogs at and co-hosts the Balanced Bites podcast. She recently took a big leap from the city to purchasing her dream farm with her husband. In this episode we talk about Liz' adjustments to country living, her work with Steve's club and their new farm to club efforts, plus how to find the local producers at your farmer's market, the Weston A. Price conference, urban farming, skincare and so much more! 

Balanced Bites Workshop 2012...Beginnings of the Girl Crush :-)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Born Primal Episode 7: Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man

Russ Crandall (aka @onionsaregross) has been sharing his Paleo-centric recipes on The Domestic Man since finding the lifestyle and managing his rare, autoimmune disease through diet. He's found a unique path in the community by focusing on the historical aspect of recipes. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Born Primal Episode 6: Tara Chaput of The Foodie & The Family

Tara Chaput lives with her husband and five children in Canada. She shares recipes and stories of her busy life at The Foodie and The Family.

In this episode we talk about balancing our lives while caring for our large families. How we find "me" time. We also chat about feeding picky eaters and trying to expose our children to primal food. Tara and I are both studying nutrition and healing our own health issues through the process. Tara shares her secret to successful meal planning.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Born Primal Episode 5: Darryl Edwards The Fitness Explorer

Darryl Edwards also known as The Fitness Explorer from London, is the author of the brand new book Paleo Fitness. He developed the PRIMALity methodology to inspire others to make activity truly fun while getting incredibly healthier, fitter, and stronger in the process.
In this episode of Born Primal, Darryl and I have a conversation about the importance of play for children and adults, plus the differences between Paleo in the UK versus the US. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Born Primal Episode 4: Bringing Food Education Into Schools With Sarah Johnson

If you've ever wanted to know how to teach school children about healthy food or what role you can play in improving school lunches, you don't want to miss this episode! This week I'm joined by Sarah Johnson, Food Policy Council coordinator, Farm to School project manager in New York, and all around awesome Paleo gal.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Born Primal Episode 3: The Paleo Lifestyle From A Coaching Perspective

In this week's episode I'm joined by Ally Sharpe and Trey Potter. Both are trainers with a focus on  emphasizing a primal lifestyle to their clients. We discuss how to incorporate a Paleo template with clients, recommendations for people looking to work with trainers, and tips for those new and interested in beginning a primal way of life.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Born Primal Episode 2: Paleo Periodical Blogger Karen Phelps

This weeks guest is a writer, editor, MovNat instructor, mother, and blogger extraordinaire. Karen Phelps and I discuss American parenting versus other countries, survival skills, and future homesteading plans.

Podcast available on iTunes or download mp3 here.

Show notes:
Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? -Huffington Post Article
Being Strong To Be Useful - Karen's Article
Fitness Explorer- Darryl Edwards
Krav Maga

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Born Primal Episode 1: Julie Mayfield from Paleo Comfort Foods & Amber Lewis of Modpaleo

Almost 19 years ago I walked into a radio station with a dream. I was fortunate to fulfill that dream and left radio a few years ago but have continued to work as a voice actor. Over time I realized that being a DJ wasn't fulfilling for me. A year ago I decided to embark on a new adventure and find a career doing what I loved. Teaching others about living a healthier life. I've spent the last 9 months studying with the Nutritional Therapy Association. Studying nutrition has taught me that what I really want to do is talk to people about the things I love. That's why I created Born Primal. A place to gather with people who inspire me, people who I believe have a message to share with others. This isn't a podcast just for nutrition though. It's about all aspects of living this unique lifestyle. Sleep, movement, relationships, parenting, ancestral life...the list goes on.

I'm proud to introduce two women on the first episode who continue to amaze me. Amber Lewis, owner of Modpaleo, started a Paleo prepared food service for the Crossfit community and beyond in our great city of Charlotte, NC. 


New mom and gym owner, Julie Mayfield and co-author Paleo Comfort Foods.

Listen to the podcast here or on iTunes