The Paleo View

Enter to Join Us on an Upcoming Episode of The Paleo View!

Announcing the First Listener-Joined Episode of The Paleo View!

Do you have questions about transitioning yourself or your family to paleo and want to pick our brains? Would you like to join us on The Paleo View? Well, this is your opportunity!!

This week’s The Paleo View podcast episode is our Paleo 101 Show. In this episode, we go through the basics of the paleo diet and explain the whys behind the various aspects of what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. Next week will be Paleo 102, which covers more of the lifestyle aspects of paleo. What we’re looking for, though, is someone to join us on the 3rd and final part of our Intro to Paleo series, who is new to the whole scene and filled with lots of questions they’d like to ask.

For that 3rd part of the series, we are inviting two lucky listeners to join us on The Paleo View to ask us questions about the paleo diet, implementation, and transition. Yes, two lucky listeners get to pick our brains for a whole hour!

If you would like to join us on The Paleo View, you must:

  1. Be relatively new to paleo (or completely new to paleo!), have lots of questions, and be comfortable sharing your (clean rated) voice with the world;
  2. Listen to our Paleo 101 episode of The Paleo View and have a fairly good grasp of the major concepts behind the paleo diet;
  3. Be available to record via a Skype on Sunday December 16th at 8pm ET for about 1 hour (preferably, we’d like you to be familiar with Skype and, perhaps, own a headset or headphones to prevent echo).

How do you enter?

We’re so glad you asked! To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post explaining a little bit about who you are, what questions you have, and why you would like to join us on The Paleo View (just a couple of paragraphs, no essays please).
  2. Make sure to include your email address so that we can contact the winner.
  3. Start campaigning your fellow The Paleo View fans for the opportunity to represent them on the podcast!

How do you win?

  1. Get the most “likes” of all the comments on this post.
  2. To vote for someone that you think would do a great job asking questions on our podcast, “vote up” their comment below.

The comment with the most likes by the end of the day Thursday, December 13th will be invited to join us on the podcast. One commenter will be selected from each blog (The Paleo Mom and Paleo Parents). You are welcome to enter on one or both blogs.


What if you have a question but don’t want to be on the show? You can also suggest questions for others to ask on your behalf by replying in the comments below. Or if you have another question for the podcast, you can submit it here.


Please note, any inappropriate commenters or negative campaigning against fellow commenters will make you ineligible for joining us on the podcast – we like friendly, upbeat guests!

Now go, share this post with your friends to try and get the most likes!

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  • Ashley

    Hey Stacy and Sarah! My name is Ashley and I would absolutely love to be a guest on the show. I listen to your podcasts on long walks with my dog, and I sooo look forward to listening as often as I can! I started eating paleo/primal in September 2012 and I’m never looking back. I’m 21 years old, and in the past year I’ve lost 31 pounds (the last 10 during my time primal eating.) My fiancé has also lost about 17 pounds in a little over a month! Here’s some background about my story:

    I moved to Louisiana to transfer schools 2 years ago. I was going through a bit of a hard time with depression and was taking steroids to control my adult onset asthma. While the food here is great, eating fried seafood and entire loaves of french bread is not the healthiest choice! My weight crept up very quickly from 155 pounds to 178 pounds. I was absolutely horrified to even look at the scale and I refused to buy any bigger clothes. Coincidentally, I had an annual exam at the “lady doctor” who told me I might have PCOS. I took the 3 hour glucose tolerance test and failed it miserably. I was put in touch with a metabolic specialist who put me on metformin and referred me to the “insulin resistance diet,” which is basically just eating carbs balanced with protein at every meal, but not setting a limit on total carb intake. It took me 9 months and 2000 mg of metformin a day to lose the first 20 pounds, and my A1C was looking good. However, one time I ate a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter on the way to get blood work and my doctor called me back saying my glucose was well over 100 a couple hours later. I didn’t understand how this “healthy” complex carbohydrate source could spike my sugar so high!

    I started reading success stories of people on and really wanted to try to get off medication and continue my journey to health. I decided to stop taking metformin in September and give up my beloved morning oatmeal. It seemed like the weight fell off so easily and I have never felt better. I will never understand why doctors persist on prescribing medications to control issues and not rely on diet alone. It was clear that even on the “insulin resistance diet,” without metformin those 27 g of carbs from my oatmeal would be raising my glucose and insulin levels through the roof. My doctor even doubted that I would continue to lose after quitting the drug! She told me that I might have to go back on metformin because it was likely I would not lose weight without it. Boy, was she wrong!

    It is absolutely amazing to me that doctors would rather a 21 year old rely on medication than face the truth about diet. I have almost completed my undergrad biology degree and I can tell everyone I know that I wholeheartedly believe in this diet. The science I’ve learned in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology just further concrete how beneficial this diet is. I am going into the health care field, hoping to be a nurse practitioner or midwife someday, and I hope to spread the word about the impact good nutrition can have on your health.

    Some questions I have for the future:

    – I recently came off of birth control because I saw it as another ploy to control the symptoms of PCOS, but not address the root causes. Is there anything I can do to help my hormones regulate themselves in the best way possible? I’m no longer insulin resistant. I read from Stefani Ruper that thin women should eat higher carb and overweight women should eat low carb. I’m 5’5″ and 147 pounds and I’m just not sure where I fall into this category! Is there any supplements that are particularly good for hormone regulation?

    – I take a little bit of Lugol’s 2% iodine everyday (2-3 drops) as I heard this is good for PCOS. I do see some conflicting studies about that. Any ideas? I do feel great when I take it and I seemed to have failed the skin test miserably (I know some evaporates off the skin but my iodine patch literally absorbed within one hour). Is the RDA for iodine really too low?

    – I noticed on Thanksgiving (after I indulged in a slice of pie and stuffing), that I began wheezing before bed and had to take my albuterol inhaler. Usually, especially since paleo, my asthma has only been bad during exercise. Is the connection between gluten and asthma real? Even though I know that gluten is not good for ANYONE, is this something that makes me especially gluten intolerant? I try to take my asthma medication only when needed.

    – I walk everyday and try to do a crossfit type workout 2x per week. I like doing these workouts but they leave me feeling tired and cranky. I feel like exercise should leave you energized! Any ideas for why this is happening? Could it be adrenal fatigue or am I just not cut out for intense exercise? I know strength training is healthy for PCOS, so that’s why I keep trying!

    Thank you so much Stacy and Sarah! You are the best!

    • Ashley, thank you so much for being the FIRST entry to our contest! This was the first time we tried to do it this way and we have some tech issues to look into before we launch something like this again, we got notice that the features weren’t working for some people. Instead of going by votes I ended up picking the person I felt would represents what Intro to Paleo listeners would identify with – and since we talk a lot about weightloss I went with a different guest. Also, I’m going to ask Sarah to do a fertility show with Stefani after the New Year and we’ll try to address your questions then, if Stefani’s available.

      Thank you SO much for entry and support. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me through the site or submit to podcast questions and we’ll do our best to get back to you. I’m going to go ahead and put these in the queue for us to address later if we can’t get to them this week.


  • Hello ladies, my name is Jess. I’m
    a 37 year old working mother (of 1) and wife. Since 2006 I’ve lost 125lbs (and a gall bladder) and have
    pretty much stayed at my current weight, give or take 5lbs. I chalked it up to the lack of
    energy, my doctor said I was terribly anemic. In 2010 I was (mis)diagnosed with
    a rare form of anemia that would have left me with months to live, rejecting
    that theory I searched for my own answers. I was tired constantly, bloated,
    horrible stabbing pains in my stomach, but I certainly had NO intention of
    dying. At the same time my
    niece (age 3 at the time) had just been diagnosed with celiac, I had NEVER
    heard of celiac prior to this. A
    few months of searching for answers came and went, when my sister-in-law
    mentioned I had the same symptoms as my niece. Long story short (to late) I was told I had a wheat allergy,
    simple fix. I’ve been gluten free
    since September 2010…ok, there were a few costly cheats L

    Here we are, 2 years later and
    still feeling sluggish, anemic and haven’t lost a pound since making the switch
    off gluten. Continuing my search for answers, I went onto the internet and ran across the paleo movement and decided to start
    another transition in my life. While looking for more informative information I
    found the Paleo View podcast and have emerced myself in trying to understand
    all the paleo “rules”. No wheat (no problem), no dairy, no beans, no sugar
    (ugh). Purchased the Everyday Paleo and Practical Paleo cookbooks (Eat Like a
    Dinosaur is on my daughters Christmas wish list).

    It’s now been 3 months of “honest
    paleo” and the weight remains. The only change is that my skin looks fabulous, I
    have more energy, I don’t obsess over calorie counting and my daughter has been
    diagnosed with a wheat allergy. I
    feel I’m missing something, some simple change that can be made, I’m waiting
    for that light bulb moment.

    Today I received a call from my
    doctor with my blood work results, my iron is up, everything is looking
    fantastic BUT I don’t have a wheat allergy…I have celiac. Not a huge deal, I’m
    on the path to my perfect paleo and gluten has no part in that.


    • Jess, I got your note about the votes on the site being broken. My sincere apologies! This was the first time we tried to do it this way and we have some tech issues to look into before we launch something like this again. Instead of going by votes I ended up picking the person I felt would represents what Intro to Paleo listeners would identify with – and since we talk a lot about Celiac/Weightloss already I went with a different guest.

      Thank you SO much for entry and support. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me through the site or submit to podcast questions and we’ll do our best to get back to you.


  • twopinktulips

    Ooh, this sounds like fun! I’m in!

    I’m turning 30 in a month and have 13-month-old twins after a 2+ year battle with infertility and suspected PCOS. I’ve had hormone-related skin and health problems since I was a young teenager and have struggled with my weight for the better part of the last seven or eight years. I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and actually enjoyed my controlled-carb diet, but as soon as my girls were born I went back to my old “all carb, all sugar, all the time” habits. Since then, I’ve dropped 10 pounds thanks to nursing and another 15 through Weight Watchers, and I’ve recently dropped grains from my diet after learning about the Paleo diet through your podcast, which I downloaded on a whim while thinking about a blogger I know who incorporates some of the Paleo philosophy into what she and her family eat.

    I feel tired and achy much of the time, and I’ve been somewhere on the spectrum of “tired” to “flat-out exhausted” dating back to my teenage years. I’ve had allergy testing and seen an endocrinologist before, with no real results. I’m finding going grain-free has really been helpful so far in generally feeling good digestively because it’s helped me focus on eating more fruits and vegetables, and I’m starting to admit to myself that I really need to drop sugar as well.

    My husband is currently losing weight and eating better with the help of a strength training/nutrition program he’s doing, so our household is very much in flux right now and our momentum is towards making more conscious food choices and this is prime time for me to really get my footing in Paleo to see how I can continue to make positive changes in my health. I’d also like to learn more about how to start modifying my children’s diets now while they’re still young before they put up much resistance to change, but I want to be conscious of the nutritional needs of young toddlers, too.

    I will add that my mom is the last of the 4 women in her family to have a gall bladder, and my family is chock-full on both sides of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc… I really want to take this as a lesson to me to take better care of myself now while I’m young.

    My email address is

    • TwoPinkTulips,
      Thank you for entering our contest! I love to hear that you found us so casually and are incorporating paleo concepts into your lifestyle. Unfortunately, this was the first time we tried to do it this way and we have some tech issues to look into before we launch something like this again, we got notice that the features weren’t working for some people. Instead of going by votes I ended up picking the person I felt would represents what Intro to Paleo listeners would identify with – and since we’ve already covered kids & paleo extensively, I went with a different guest. Also, I’m going to ask Sarah to do a fertility show after the New Year and we’ll try to address your questions on hormones/PCOS then, if Stefani’s available. Also our 101, 102 and Gallbladder shows would be great for you, if you haven’t listened already 🙂

      Thank you SO much for entry and support. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me through the site or submit to podcast questions and we’ll do our best to get back to you. I’m going to go ahead and put these in the queue for us to address later if we can’t get to them this week.


  • Kate

    Hi Stacey and Sarah! What a wonderful opportunity. I am a 39 year old mom of two and full time elementary school teacher. I am passionate about nutrition, and have learned so much about how what we eat affects us over the last six months. I am new to Paleo – I’ve been solidly eating Paleo for about six months now. I still have a LOT of questions, but first, a little about me:

    My background goes along like many others – lots of diets, success losing weight by counting points, weight coming slowly back on, ignoring points in favor of pregnancy and babies, and lots of processed foods.

    When my youngest was three, I finally got back on the exercise train, and went back to counting points. I lost about ten pounds but this time I was just unhappy with the way I felt. I had several asthma episodes, and my face was breaking out all the time. My sister suggested many times that I try out a Paleo diet, but my responses were along the lines of… “But healthy grains are good for you!” and “I can’t survive without my Greek yogurt!” Finally, I had a fitness assessment during which my body composition was taken. My body fat was 36%. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that as an avid exerciser, I STILL would have such a high number (what I felt was high). I finally realized that it had to be the food. Initially, I cut out processed foods, but over a few month’s time, I finally found my way into the Paleo way of eating, and have never turned back. I saw great improvement with my asthma, and my skin is glowing like it never did before.

    Of course, six months is not long, and I still have lots of questions. One of my biggest stumbling blocks is what to eat when I just don’t feel like cooking, or when I really just want a snack. Last night, I got mad – really, MAD! because I was hungry at 8:30, and all I could think of to eat was an apple and some almond butter. I was furious because I really did not want to eat it! Also, I worry that when something in life comes along that takes up even more of my time, how will I ever find the time to cook and prepare the way I do now? I wonder if I should try to reintroduce gluten just to see how it makes me feel? So as you can see, I have a lot still to learn.

    I’ve been listening to your podcast from the start, and really enjoy it. Sometimes I wish that I could step in and say what I’m thinking! Once, you answered one of my questions, and I was so excited! It was about feeding my non-meat eating son (who ate an entire grass-fed burger last night, by the way).

    I would love to talk with you both on your podcast – it seems like an amazing opportunity. Thanks for reading!


    • Kate

      I wanted to add that my most recent body composition was taken a couple of weeks ago, and it is down to 26% all thanks to eating Paleo.

      • Kate, thanks for your enthusiasm for being on the podcast and with paleo! We’d love to have you on the show. I’ll e-mail you information. Thanks!

  • Kate

    Hey Sarah & Stacy,

    I hope you don’t mind I’m informal with you because I feel like I know so much about you and love both of you like dear friends already, even though we haven’t talked beyond a few comments on Facebook and your blogs. I am a 33 y.o. mom of some of the most active 3 year old twin girls you’ll ever meet, and found out in July I have an autoimmune disease, narcolepsy. While I’m thrilled to have a reason for why I have no energy much of the time, I’ve been going through the stages of grief since my diagnosis and struggling to get back to what I know will help me (and has helped other PWNs–people with narcolepsy), low carb Paleo!

    I started hardcore research back a year ago to try and find answers, and after getting my thryoid meds tripled a year ago (likely have Hashi’s), I started to crawl out of the hole I had fallen in and kept at trying to find answers. Doctors really couldn’t find answers, blamed it on my weight, or indirectly on my willpower or that I must be lying about my attempts to lose weight. I weighed almost as much as Stacy did back in the day when I started gluten free on April 15, and Paleo on May 1. I lasted 6 weeks before getting cocky about my new found energy and slammed by stressful events for the last 4-5 months, both little and big things, (everything from messed up banking that was the bank’s fault to the terminal diagnosis and death of my FIL), on top of processing my diagnosis, and my eating has gone down a grain-and-sugar-filled hill from there. Now that I’m finally starting to turn the corner on processing my diagnosis, I know I have to get back to fully focusing on my health, and you two are the most inspiring people I know to help me do that.

    *How do I get back in the saddle, get unstuck and not get overwhelmed? What are the easiest recipes to make? Even cooking one day a week isn’t reliable, either because it’s too much for me to handle or I’ll get stuff prepped but not have the energy to finish and it goes to waste, ugh! We’re on a budget with me staying home and all the medical bills that have added up as I tried to find answers. My meals are usually good, maybe tweaked a bit, it’s the snacking in between that gets me the worst–something about meals/my brain/my emotions/my energy isn’t enough/right that I want to snack this much.

    *How do I get my hubs on board? He is fine with me being gf but doesn’t think that eating wheat is a problem if you’re not gluten intolerant, and that I should still eat other grains. Not sure I can even approach AIP without doing it totally by myself, but I need his support and help for days I don’t have enough energy to do it myself. I have asked him to read things, including the increasing the “getting it on” post on Paleo Parents, but he’s not on board yet if he’s doing the cooking.

    *How do I get my kids to be better eaters and start exploring new foods, they’ve really contracted in the options they reliably eat, even when I have the energy to engage them in cooking from ELaD? My not-so-good-sleeper/extrovert loves the cartoon part of ELaD and picking out a few things to make, my great-sleeper/speech-delayed introvert loves to help/be in the kitchen, but doesn’t neither equate that with eating what we make, lol! If it’s in sausage or burger form, my girls will usually eat it, but not always, so I try to do that with as much grass fed or at least no chemicals added meat as I can.

    *Any advice on processing my diagnosis and finding ways to destress despite having my 3 year olds climbing all over me while doing it? Esp on days my non-sleeper doesn’t nap despite needing it and mommy REALLY needing it–all the more when the cycle of my monthly hormones making my compulsion to sleep worse?? Inspiration to keep going and not turn to food when it gets hard and I need the immediate burst of energy to get through the next few hours til we pick up hubs at work or they go to bed?

    Thanks for the opportunity!!