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Two Sites You Need To Know
I don’t generally like to give advice. I’m glad to share my experiences and provide a point of view, but I feel really uncomfortable telling someone else what they should do. And I feel even more uncomfortable when anyone says to me, “You should… blah blah blah.” So I’m not saying you should visit these sites, I’m just saying if you did visit them, you might like them. I do.
Paleo For Women
Now that paleo is settling into itself as a recognized thing, the experts are realizing that when it comes to tweaking the paleo framework to deal with weight loss and/or health issues, it’s not exactly the same for men and women. That’s where Stefani Ruper swoops in, and I’m so glad.
Her deeply researched, well written blog posts cover topics that are relevant to women trying to adopt and optimize the paleo diet for mental health, physical wellness, weight loss, and reproduction. Between the Whole9 and Paleo for Women, I feel like I have access to the best in the latest scientific thinking and research. Stefani has wonderful things to say, too, about healthy body image, produces a kickass podcast called Live. Love. Eat., and recently launched a forum where we women can chat about the stuff that matters to us.
If you read nothing else on her site, do yourself a favor and explore her Kickass Womanhood Rules to Live By.
These are a few of her other posts that I found very helpful:
Shattering the Myth of Fasting for Women: A Review of Female-Specific Responses to Fasting in the Literature: This was very interesting to me because there’s so much talk about intermittent fasting these days, and it really isn’t right for everyone, as Stefani explores in her article.
Carbohydrates for Fertility and Health: Also really relevant to me because I accidentally went very low carb last year. It wasn’t intentional, I just kinda stopped eating starchy stuff and fruit, then didn’t pay attention to getting enough vegetables. Turns out, that’s not such a good idea for people with hypothyroidism:
… Low-carbohydrate diets contribute to hypothyroidism. Glucose is required for the conversion of T4 to T3 in the liver, so without adequate glucose supplies, the body’s thyroid functioning suffers. This is a problem that many paleo women wrestle with. Adding just 50 or 100 grams of starchy carbohydrate to a daily diet, however, can increase energy, improve sleep quality, improve quality of skin and hair, and also boost reproductive function.
This is just a sampling of the great stuff Stefani is cranking out. Go visit her!
Punchfork is a foodie site that gathers recipes from popular mainstream sites like Simply Recipes, The Pioneer Woman, Leite’s Culinaria, Bon Appetit, 101 Cookbooks, Picky Palate, and more. But you know what’s really exciting?! Punchfork recently added a Paleo option to its sorting capabilities and is now featuring recipes from Nom Nom Paleo, Health-Bent, and me! It’s delightful to see our web sites in the company of these big-time foodies, and I’m thrilled that Punchfork can help introduce people to the truth we already know: at its heart, eating paleo simply means eating really good food. Dig into Punchfork.