Optimize Paleo by Paleovalley

Take control of your health by moving beyond the Paleo template and learning about cutting edge health strategies that really work. This podcast will give you tips and tricks from the mouths of experts and common folk alike who discovered exactly what it takes to THRIVE. Join Chas and Autumn Smith, loving and passionate husband and wife and founders of as they guide you on the journey to cultivate vibrant health and wellness.
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Jun 8, 2016
Dr. Jack Tips, aka the WellnessWiz has dedicated his career to advancing the application of natural health practices and bringing to bear the latest research in his own clinic as well as passing on his vast knowledge to others. As a natural health practitioner, WellnessWiz Tips has touched the lives of thousands of people with his keen insights and foundational belief that he stands in service to the body's innate vitality from which optimal health originates.
Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to determine if you are suffering from suboptimal gut function
  • How to optimize the function of your microbiome and bolster your immune system
  • Why probiotics aren't always enough for optimal gut function
  • How to choose the perfect probiotic
Jun 1, 2016

Peter Servold is the owner of Pete’s Paleo, a nationally renowned Paleo company that cooks and ships ready-to-eat Paleo meals around the country, as well as sugar-free bacon and bone broth.

Peter has worked in the culinary and restaurant field nearly his whole life, from washing dishes to running front of house operations in multiple restaurants before attending culinary school. After attending Le Cordon Bleu, he worked at fine dining restaurants where he learned the true meaning of farm-to-table dining: working with the best possible ingredients, from the best local sources. From there he has managed restaurants, catering companies and restaurant consulting firms. Today he brings that experience and passion for real food to Pete’s Paleo, providing fresh, Paleo-friendly meals to customers across the country

May 25, 2016

Rochelle is the founder of & creator of The Rose Method Fertility Cleanse & Baby's First Foods Program. She has a degree in Child & family development & a holds a certificate in nutritional therapy & transformational nutrition. Her heartfelt work is focused on fertility preparation, natural pregnancy support, & nourishing tools for babyhood.

She's not only incredibly passionate, but also super sweet with LOTS of healthy-baby-gems to share.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why you have so much power in the preconception phase
  • The myriad benefits of breastfeeding
  • How the nutrient density of a mothers diet affects her milk
  • What to eat to improve a dwindling milk supply
  • The best options for those who aren't breastfeeding
  • Probiotic strains that are beneficial for baby
  • The one formula to avoid at all costs 
  • The best time to introduce solid foods
  • Which foods to avoid giving baby despite conventional wisdom
May 18, 2016

Jimmy Moore is an enthusiastic American blogger and author who is best known for his "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog and podcast, and more recently for his books on nutrition. He has appeared on television and radio programs promoting a high-fat, moderate protein, low carb diet plan.

He is very knowledgeable and his expertise will help you wade through the murky waters of the cholesterol controversy so don't miss out!

Here's what you'll learn.

  • Why cholesterol has been demonized
  • What the original research actually revealed about the dietary culprit in heart disease
  • The many important functions of cholesterol
  • What we should measure to prevent heart disease
  • Which two foods significantly increase your risk of heart disease
  • The devastating effects of statin drugs (could they actually increase the risk of heart disease?)
  • Why the standards for total cholesterol are faulty
  • What normal cholesterol numbers look like
  • The one kind of food that can lower cholesterol
  • The at-home test you can do to prevent heart disease
  • What tests to ask your doctor about to
    accurately predict your risk for heart disease
  • And MUCH more!
May 12, 2016

Dr. Teta has a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a Doctorate in naturopathic medicine. He is the author of several books including the best-selling Metabolic Effect Diet, and Metabolic Aftershock. He is also a contributor to The TextBook Of Natural Medicine, the number one natural medicine textbook used in medical schools across the country.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why calories do matter but aren't the whole story
  • What other factors you MUST take into account when losing weight
  • The first critical step to losing weight and keeping it off
  • An simple way to tell if your metabolism is balanced
  • A comprehensive and practical way to lose weight and keep it off for good.
May 4, 2016

Just listen to our 28th podcast with Dr. Kaayla Daniel author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food to find out all about it!

Listen in and understand exactly why you should retire your soy habit for good. Then pass it along so that we can spread the good word about the dark side of soy.

Here are some of the compelling topics we'll discuss:

  • How & why soy became a staple of the American diet (and it is not due to its health benefits)
  • How soy was able to achieve a heart healthy claim despite its negative effects on health
  • Why people THINK soy makes them feel good
  • How & why Dr. Daniel prevented a cancer-prevention claim for soy
  • The specific & numerous reasons soy harms your health
  • Why Asian cultures aren't necessarily healthier than Americans
  • Why Paleo adherents need to worry about soy sauce
  • What you MUST know if your child suffers from a peanut allergy
  • And much more!
Apr 27, 2016

Daniel Pardi is truly a sleep expert. 

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why you will die from sleep deprivation before food deprivation
  • Sleep deprivation's varied and devastating effects on your health 
  • How one night of poor sleep can inhibit fat burning 
  • How good sleep can keep your child off of medication
  • The ways your sleep affects dietary choices
  • What good sleep can do for your mental performance 
  • And how you can optimize your sleep for health, fat burning & performance
Apr 20, 2016

Ben Greenfield is a pretty big deal in health and fitness.

He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Beyond Training. He was also voted one of the health industry's 100 most influential individuals and one of our country's top personal trainers. Did I mention he completes regularly in Ironman competitions?

He's an animal.

Best of all, he's the bearer of VERY good news if you're looking to be your fittest, most fabulous self, without spending hours at the gym.

And if we're honest....who doesn't want that?

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why excessive cardio is not heart-protective and can actually be dangerous
  • Which form of exercise can actually INCREASE your appetite
  • The best way to exercise for weight loss if you're over 40
  • A simple trick you can use at day in your own home to increase longevity
  • How to train for long term health AND fitness simultaneously
  • And much more!

If you're spending countless hours at the gym doing exercise you loathe, please listen and share this podcast because there is a better way!

Apr 13, 2016

Aaron Anastasi, a graduate of Princeton University and author of The Voice of Your Dreams (as in voice in your head), couldn't be more qualified to teach you all about them. His story is inspiring and his strategies are both cutting-edge and life-changing. Plus he's an avid Paleo-er as well.

Here are some of the fascinating tidbits we discuss:

  • Tips for turning down the volume on the limiting voices that keep you from reaching your health goals 
  • How to transform failure into success
  • How to create goals that you'll actually accomplish 
  • And simple strategies for improving your confidence & results

All of which these can be applied to your health journey.

Apr 6, 2016
Lierre Keith is an American writer, radical feminist, food activist, and environmentalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. She’s also been arrested six times.
You'll learn:
  • How a vegan diet destroyed her health
  • A negative health consequence of vegan diets that can be permanent 
  • Why hunter gatherers didn't get modern day diseases
  • Why animal products and choosing grass fed & pasture raised meats is crucial to mental health
  • Why vegan diets may be harmful for children
  • Why she believes agriculture is the most destructive thing humans have ever done 
  • How we can eat to support healthy body, mind & environment
Mar 30, 2016
In 2001 Jon Gabriel weighed 409 pounds. Even though he was almost ready to give up, Jon developed his own approach and lost more than 200 pounds without dieting, pills, or surgery. He also stopped feeling stressed and overworked and started living the life of his dreams. His book The Gabriel Method is an international bestseller with over 350,000 readers worldwide. 
Here's what you'll learn:
  • How he lost 220 pounds and has kept if off for 11 years 
  • Why he thinks calories in, calories out is "kindergarten medicine"
  • Why being overweight is not your fault 
  • Why diet and exercise does always help everyone lose weight 
  • Why excess weight is NOT your enemy 
  • What FAT programs are and how they inhibit weight loss 
  • How to deactivate FAT programs so you can stop chronic weight gain
Mar 23, 2016

John Durant, the author and self-proclaimed "professional caveman", (as seen on The Colbert Report) is the guest of our 22nd podcast!

Durant is not only an incredibly well-known author and entrepreneur in the paleo space, but he studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness. When he's not busy working he's running barefoot through Central Park, experimenting with intermittent fasting and doing polar bear swims in the Atlantic.

In other words, he's credentialed, walks the talk (for 10 years) and has exciting information that every paleo enthusiast should know. If you're dying to know exactly why the paleo diet is NOT a fad or how you can merge an ancestral approach with cutting-edge health strategies to optimize weight loss and overall health, then this little chat is for you!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why the Paleo approach makes perfect sense
  • What gorillas in captivity teach us about how to eat
  • What ancient remains teach us about what not to eat
  • Why Moses from the Bible was a Microbiologist
  • What computers teach us about how to solve our health issues
  • A simple at-home trick you can do each day to lose weight

Listen up and feel re-invigorated by your love for the wisdom of paleo approach!

Mar 16, 2016
Many Americans remain undiagnosed because current thyroid testing is inadequate.
What this means is that If you can't lose weight, experience mood issues, or have any of the symptoms above you may be suffering from a thyroid issue EVEN if your Doctor has told you otherwise.
Fortunately, Dr. Nikolas Hedberg is here to help! He is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, a Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. 
He is also the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Ashville, NC where he treats patients worldwide with conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalances, depression, weight gain and digestive issues. 
He is a wealth of information with all the answers to your thyroid issues so don't miss out! Here's what you'll learn: 
  • Why the thyroid is critical to optimal health 
  • Common signs that you may have a thyroid condition
  • The major causes of thyroid issues and how you can decrease your risk
  • Why you may have a thyroid issue even if you TSH is “normal”
  • Why the health of your gut is critical for thyroid function 
  • What you body type can tell you about your thyroid function 
  • What tests will help you adequately asses your thyroid function 
  • How to eat to optimize your thyroid function
  • And much more!
Listen and share it with those you love and want to help achieve their health goals!
Mar 11, 2016
Chef Lance is a certified executive chef and spent 3 years teaching professionally at The San Diego Culinary institute.  Chef lance was dubbed the Flavor chef During this time by Students and Faculty at SDCI. In 2007 Chef Lance began his entrepreneurial venture opening up The Flavor Chef, a catering and personal chef service company.  That same year chef Lance met His first mentor Paul Chek who introduced him to the work of the Weston A. Price foundation.  In November of 2007 Chef Lance received what he dubs Direct inspiration to bring Bone broth to the market and he's been making organic bone broth ever since!
In today's show you'll learn:
  • Why he was inspired to bring bone broth to the masses
  • Why the ancient practice of drinking bone broth fell out of favor
  • How bone broth can heal your gut
  • How bone broth can help heal your bones (hint: it's not because of the calcium!)
  • How to source the perfect bone broth ingredients 
  • Why roasting your bones creates a richer flavor
  • What type of water he uses for his broth 
  • What bones you should be using for maximum collagen content 
  • How you can get organic bone broth delivered straight to your front door
He also provides a 10% discount for our listeners!
Mar 2, 2016

It's our 19th podcast with JJ Virgin, author of the Sugar Impact Diet!

JJ is a legend in the health space and after chatting with her, it's easy to see why. She knows her stuff! And she makes complicated concepts easy to understand.

In fact, she believes that valuable skill is her superpower.

Don't miss your chance to learn from the expert who has literally helped thousands of people kick sugar to the curb.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why exercise cannot compensate for a poor diet
  • Why agave is NOT a health food
  • Which foods your body metabolizes just like sugar
  • The most damaging sugar of all
  • Why we all need to track our blood sugar and insulin response
  • How much fruit you should be eating per day
  • Why bloating after eating lots of fruit may be a GOOD thing
  • How to kick your sugar habit for good, even if you've tried (and failed) a million times!
  • And unlike most sugar elimination protocols, JJ's does NOT advocate eliminating sugar cold turkey. Instead, her program meets you where you are and allows you to taper gradually.
Feb 24, 2016
The guest of our 18th podcast episode entitled Is Your Diet Triggering Cancer? And she's just as lovely as she is effective. 
This episode is for anyone who has cancer, has had cancer or who knows or loves someone affected by cancer. 
So basically, it's for everyone!
In this action-packed episode you'll learn:
-How cancer therapies have changed throughout the years
-Why traditional therapies (chemo, radiation, surgery) are NOT your only options 
-The one incredibly important thing conventional therapies fail to address 
-Why we should not be waging a war on cancer
-What to eat to decrease your risk of cancer 
-A simple at-home test you can use to prevent your chances of developing cancer 
-And much more!
Feb 17, 2016

Donna Gates is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Young: and the Anti Aging Wisdom for Every Generation. She has been on a mission to change the way that the worlds eats for over 20 years and is a respected authority on digestive health and nutrition. No one is more passionate about the gut than Donna Gates and we are incredibly privileged to speak with her during our 17th podcast episode.

This episode is brimming juicy tidbits so if you have a gut, don't miss it!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What inspired Donna to go on a mission to change the way the world eats 
  • Why she brought the sweetener stevia to America 
  • Why she was considered a crazy person in the beginning of her career
  • What are the biggest threats to the health of our guts today 
  • How the way you were born affects your gut health
  • Why most babies are born with yeast infections 
  • Why it pays to be a conscious parent 
  • What to feed your baby to ignite a preference for healthy foods 
  • Who should be eating fermented foods 
  • How to make your own fermented veggies
  • Any easy way to cure constipation 
  • Why some mothers feel better than ever after giving birth 
  • And much more!
Feb 10, 2016

Dr. Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and has earned 4 degrees including a Ph.D. She has published over 170 referenced articles and though she began her career in electrical engineering, she is now focused on nutrition and human health, specifically the devastating effects of glyphosate.

Other things you'll learn in today's episode:

  • What glyphosate is and where it's found
  • Why Stephanie warns, "if you're eating a box of cereal, you're eating a box of glyphosate,"
  • Where glyphosate is lurking (this will shock you!)
  • Why her anti-GMO message is not penetrating the mainstream
  • What Stephanie believes it will take for people to pay attention
  • The 4 main ways glyphosate wreaks havoc on your health
  • How she believes glyphosate increases the risk of autism
  • What role an organic diet played in her husband's heart health
  • And much more!
Feb 4, 2016

Dr. Daniel Stickler is a former surgeon turned human potential specialist on a mission to reverse human aging AND transform the way we approach wellness.

Rather than treating symptoms after they develop, he's teaching people how to use diet and lifestyle to optimize human potential and stay well AND young in the first place.

And even though you may have already begun your wellness journey, Dr. Stickler had a lot of insights that may take your health to the next level. Today's talk was fascinating and for everyone who loves to live on the cutting edge of health!

Don't miss out or you may never know:

  • Why Dr. Stickler left his 7 figure job to make $57,000
  • The difference between allopathic and functional medicine
  • How much nutritional training he had as a surgeon (this will shock you!)
  • Why some people need starchy carbs to lose belly fat (Yes, for real!)
  • Why 15% of the population may receive a heart benefit from alcohol
  • The Difference between nutregenomics and nutrigenetics
  • Whether or not age reversal is possible in humans.
  • Why one woman used herself as a test dummy in the name of science
  • The #1 trick you can use to starting turning back the clock
Jan 27, 2016

In our fourteenth Optimize Paleo Podcast episode you will meet Cain Credicott, the magical man behind it all!

And like many of us who adopt the paleo diet, Cain has a transformative health story that is just as wonderful as his magazine.

And he’s just a SUPER passionate guy too, so don’t miss out!

In today's show you'll learn:

  • When Cain knew a vegan diet wasn't for him.
  • Why is so passionate about the Paleo diet
  • Why he thought a physical Paleo Magazine needed to happen
  • Why he maintains strict standards for those he allows to advertise
Jan 22, 2016

This thrilling episode features America's favorite farmer, Joel Salatin! Joel has literally revolutionized farming with his incredible books including Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Everything I Want to do is Illegal. You may also recognize him from the documentary, Food Inc.

HE is truly unstoppable force in the sustainable food movement.

The best part is, he's just as articulate and entertaining as he is informative. In fact, he calls himself a lunatic farmer.

Believe me, you don't want to miss it. Especially if you've ever been told that the Paleo diet (brimming with its grass fed meats) is not sustainable.

Joel wholeheartedly disagrees.

In today's show you'll also learn:

  • Why Joel refuses to ship his product more than 4 hours from his farm
  • Why he has an open door policy and sign that reads "trespassers will be impressed."
  • Why it's important to let cows express their cowness
  • How a world-class & trail blazing, sustainable farm operates
  • How you can support farmers who are doing right by the planet AND your health
Jan 13, 2016

In this interview we talk to Dr. Marion Nestle who is the Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.  Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.  She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; and What to Eat

In today's show you'll learn: 

  • Why we have an obesity epidemic and food security issues at the same time 
  • What food politics is 
  • Why producing too much food is an issue 
  • Why you can buy 5 hamburgers for the price of one salad
  • What change Marion would make to agricultural policy if she were president for a day 
  • And much more!
Jan 8, 2016

In our 11th episode, one of the world's foremost gluten experts Dr. Tom O'Bryan explains the truth about gluten.

You'll learn why gluten is toxic for everyone, hidden foods containing gluten that will shock you, the harmful effects it has on the immune system, how gluten increases the risk for ALL autoimmune conditions and what you can do to reduce the damage of an inadvertent gluten exposure!

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