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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Dec 20, 2018

Did you know that 97% of pork, almost 100% of chicken and 70-80% of beef purchased today in America comes from factory farms?

And in case you don’t know, every time you buy conventionally raised meat you’re:

  • Consuming fewer nutrients and more inflammatory fats
  • Contributing to environmental destruction
  • Supporting animal cruelty
  • Allowing for the overuse of antibiotics

We’ve all seen the pictures of what happens on certain factory farms and it’s not pretty.

Dec 12, 2018

When it comes to optimizing health today, we’ve all heard a lot about…

  • What to eat
  • What NOT to eat
  • Chemicals to avoid
  • The importance of sleep
  • The benefits of exercise

And on and on...

But what we don’t hear nearly about enough are the well documented benefits of intimacy. For example, did you know that the simple act of cuddling can boost testosterone levels? That sperm can improve estrogen levels?

Dec 5, 2018

Did you know that there is a drug-free therapy for conditions like PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, bipolar disorder and ADHD that has ZERO side effects and incredible results?

It’s called neurofeedback. And it gave today’s podcast guest, founder of Neuroptimize Rachel Ragsdale, her life back after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder over 10 years ago.

Nov 28, 2018

Have you ever read a book that hit you square in the chest?

That spoke to your heart in such a way that you knew that the way you see the world had just changed FOREVER?

Well this is exactly what happened to me when I read the book, Notching Up the Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser. It was recommended to me by my little guy Maverick’s teacher who said my “spirited little boy”  would benefit greatly from this approach.

Nov 21, 2018

Have you ever heard that all animal products are destroying the environment?

Sadly, it is a very common MISconception today. While it is true that CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) have negative environmental impacts, what is also true, is that certain types of animal agriculture can actually IMPROVE environmental health.

YES, it’s true.

In fact, in today’s podcast associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, Dr. Jason Rowntree, will tell us all about his groundbreaking paper demonstrating that AMP grazing (a type of grass fed and finished grazing system) can sequester atmospheric carbon AND improve the mineral content of our soil!

Which is a HUGE deal because our environment is in big trouble and we all need to learn what we can do to help! So tune in with an open mind and prepare to be impressed by Dr. Rowntree’s awesome research and balanced perspective.

Here’s hoping it changes the way you choose animal products forever.


Nov 14, 2018

Did you know that you can now PREVENT (and even reverse) brain disorders like cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s?

And that one of the main triggers of brain dysfunction seen by world renowned expert and best selling author Dr. Tom O’Bryan, is a sensitivity to WHEAT?!

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true! Which is why you should do yourself a favor and listen to today’s life changing podcast How To Fix Your Brain, with Dr. Tom O’Bryan as soon as you can!

Nov 7, 2018

Do you suffer from acne that sucks the joy out of life?

I used to. I suffered from acne for about 15 years despite trying every acne product under the sun. My acne was so painful for me, that I frequently opted out of fun plans with friends and spent wayyyy too much time hiding due to a SEVERE lack of confidence.  

And YES, I did discover gut health issues and food sensitivities that were contributing. Which was awesome and helped TREMENDOUSLY, but if it wasn’t until I moved to Boulder, CO and found a woman named Jessi, that I stopped breaking out altogether.

Oct 31, 2018

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you didn’t drink alcohol?

Would you:

  • Sleep better?
  • Be more productive?
  • Look younger?
  • Lose a few pounds?
  • Feel less irritable?

Chances are, if you’re like many Americans (my former self included) a glass of wine or beer each night, is a regular thing. There’s even research to suggest that one or two glasses each night CAN be beneficial. But what I’ve also seen, is that alcohol (even in small amounts can hold people back).

Oct 24, 2018

Did you know that there is a MAJOR problem with most keto approaches?

Well there is.

Most of them revolve around high amounts of poor quality dairy and contain far too few non-starchy vegetables. As a result, many keto dieters are riddled with inflammation and may end up with poor gut health despite their diligent adherence to their low-carb diet.

Oct 18, 2018

Do you get sick often?

Have cravings for salty foods?

Need a STRONG cup of coffee to get going in the morning?

Or often get wound up before bedtime?

If so, you’ve probably been told that you have adrenal fatigue. That your adrenal glands (two almond shaped structures on top of your kidneys) are two smoldering nuggets that can no longer churn out the stress hormone, cortisol, at appropriate times.

Oct 15, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the deal is with non toxic cookware?

Do the metals from cookware actually pose a legitimate health risk?

Should people with low iron levels use cast iron pans?

Will it improve their iron levels?

And what is the absolute SAFEST cookware you can buy?

Oct 5, 2018

Do you suffer from digestive issues like bloating after meals, cramping or constipation or have SIBO or IBS?

If so, today’s podcast with Dr. Ken Brown all about his revolutionary, all natural SIBO -IBS solution, may change your life!  

Sep 28, 2018

Have you ever wondered if there was a morning drink you could consume that would make you feel like a superhero, but not have the crash of coffee or other caffeinated beverages?

If so, today is your lucky day because I have the perfect solution.

It’s called Rasa Koffee.

Sep 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to survive cold and flu season unscathed?


Or how to kick (or prevent) candida and parasites?


Preserve brain health?


Or reduce pain and inflammation naturally?


If so, you’re going to LOVE my interview with the WONDERFUL, Jane Barlow.

Aug 31, 2018

Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN is a “real food” Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living on a working organic farm west of Boston. She runs an active nutrition practice where she help people with weight, metabolic, and intestinal issues recover their health through diet and lifestyle. She’s also an author, host The Sustainable Dish Podcast, and the mom of two active kids. She speaks at universities and conferences internationally about nutrition and sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and food policy issues.

Diana. Is. AWESOME.

We had wayyyy too much fun and also talked about the benefits of high quality animal products, the irreversible danger associated with vegan diets for kids and whether she regrets being trained as a dietician.

So listen in and share this important information with anyone you know and love.

(Not to mention anyone who harasses you for consuming meat due to its “harmful” effects on the environment).

It’s time to spread the good word!

Have a beautiful day!


Aug 23, 2018

Do you suffer from symptoms like…



Mental fog


Chronic sinus infections

Excess mucus


Food or environmental allergies

Depression and anxiety?

If so, you could be dealing with an overgrowth of an opportunistic yeast called Candida Albicans. You may have read online about the anti-candida diet, or perhaps you’ve even tried it to no avail. I’ve been there myself.  But I want you to know no matter what you’ve tried before, there is hope.

You CAN kick candida for good.

In fact, today’s podcast guest, Christa Orecchio, creator of the Whole Journey and the Kick Candida for Good Program knows alll about it as she has helped thousands of people heal their candida. Even and especially the tough cases. Her program is the best one I’ve ever found.

So tune in and learn how to tell if you have candida, (she even created a cutting-edge quiz you can take), WHY it matters, and what you need to do to get it out of your life forever.

In Health,


Aug 2, 2018

Did you know that 80-100 million Americans are thought to suffer from Fatty Liver Disease? And while you may be thinking…


“I don’t drink, so I’m not at risk.”


Think again.

Jul 13, 2018

Have you ever wondered things like…

Which diet is the best for those with autoimmune disease?

Whether the ketogenic diet is right for everyone?

Why the word “cheating” is a mental poison?

How you can find the carbs that are best for you body?

Or why the extra weight you’re carrying around, is NOT your fault?

If so, stop what you’re doing and watch our LIVE podcast with paleo great, Robb Wolf! It’s one of my very favorite episodes EVER! Soooo much great information.

Aaaaand in case you’ve been living under a rock, Robb Wolf, is a former research biochemist and the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat.  Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars.

So tune in, learn some awesome stuff, tell your friends and have an awesome day!

In health,


Jul 6, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you can’t always follow through with the habits you know are good for you?

Why sometimes you can’t seem to bridge the gap between KNOWING and DOING?

If so, you MUST listen to the life-changing LIVE podcast with awesome human and founder of Wellness Force, Josh Trent. We talk alll about how to move toward a life of congruence. One where we can get out of our way and truly start thriving!

His knowledge, insight and sweet soul will upgrade your life, no doubt!


So tune in here or watch it live on Facebook by “liking” our Paleovalley or Autumn Smith Wellness pages.

Oh and don’t forget to comment if you have questions and share this important information with everyone who will listen!

Autumn Smith

Jun 29, 2018

Katie, the “Wellness Mama” is a wife and mom of six, as well as an award-winning blogger, author, podcaster and real food crusader. Her mission with is to provide simple answers for healthier families through practical tips, real food recipes, natural beauty and cleaning tutorials, natural remedies and more. As a mom of six, Katie has developed systems and tips for living a Wellness Lifestyle™ with a family and on a budget and she was recently named by as one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness along with Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola, Food Babe and Tim Ferriss. She writes at and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.


And like I said, this is a LIVE podcast, so when you watch it, you can actually ask questions in the comments and we will answer every single one!


Don’t miss this one! Her knowledge base and strategies are impressive and life changing!


Oh and if you comment “vitamin C” in the comments, you might just win a free bottle of the most potent, organic food-based vitamin C on the market.


So what do you have to lose? Head on over and watch it now and don't’ forget to share it with all your friends!




I hope you love it as much as I did!

Jun 15, 2018

Did you know that 1 out of 5 Caucasian children will have Type 2 Diabetes by age 12?

For African Americans, the number is 1 out of 2. 

And at this rate, in just 12 short years, 100% of America's GDP will be spend on caring for the sick, most of which will suffer from metabolic diseases that are 100% preventable. 

That's staggering right?

Clearly parents today are more confused than ever about what to feed their children.

Thankfully, that confusion can end today when you listen to my awesome LIVE (yes with video and you can ask questions LIVE) interview with Justin Nault, the CEO of Clovis Kids and the creator of the first ever macronutrient calculator for KIDS!

Justin is a Certified Nutritional Therapist and a Specialist in Sports Nutrition. After a life long professional musician and fitness addict, Justin didn’t choose Nutrition as a career. Like many others... Nutrition chose Justin. Events in Justin’s personal and family life lead to a rude awakening of the dysfunction within the nutrition, fitness, and medical communities. Justin has spent the last 7 years dedicated to researching and optimizing human health and has transformed the lives of hundreds of people and kids all across America. 

Justin. Is. Awesome. 





And his story will give you goosebumps.

(I actually cried the first time he told me). 

Amazing stuff, right?

Soooo stop what you're doing RIGHT now and listen in so you can learn all about what it takes to help our littles THRIVE.

Their destiny is in our hands (and on their forks) after all. 


Jun 8, 2018

Are you someone who has 40 or more pounds to lose (or more) and has tried EVERYTHING?

If so, your life is about to change because one of the more effective practitioners (and soulful people) I’ve ever met, David Zappasodi, is live in today’s podcast to teach us exactly what we need to do, to finally achieve sustainable weight loss.

So if you’re beating your head against a wall trying every diet you can get your hands on to no avail, just stop. Right now. And listen to this life-changing podcast!

His strategies will surprise you, but most importantly, they WORK.

So have a listen, change your life and spread the good word by sharing this valuable information with anyone you think it could help!


May 31, 2018

Have you been wondering about whether or not the ketogenic diet could work for you?

Or how to know you’re in ketosis without pricking your finger?

If so, today is your luck day! Because our first LIVE podcast is dedicated to all things keto with special guest and keto expert Joe Anderson.

Joe Anderson has over 20 years of experience in pulmonary physiology and breath research science.  He is the owner of Anderson Bioscience and is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, where he obtained his Ph.D in chemical engineering.  He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications. 

He is currently working with a company called LEVL to understand ketosis in health and disease and how measurement of breath acetone can help individuals better manage their health and wellness.

The keto diet is allll the rage right now for good reason. I actually cycle in and out of it regularly because it makes me feel awesome!

So listen in...ask your questions in the comments (we’ll answer every, single one), and decide whether or not keto is right for you!

You’ll could also win a free pack of beef sticks (woohoo)  so don’t miss out!



May 23, 2018

Ken D Berry, MD is a Family Physician, Speaker, and Author based near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. Ken was born in Linden, Tennessee, and grew up in the very small Southern town of Hohenwald, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Animal Biology and Psychology, from Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1996.

He received his MD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2000. Ken has been practicing Family Medicine in rural Tennessee for over a decade. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has been awarded the degree of Fellow, by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Having seen over 20,000 patients during his career of all ages, he is uniquely qualified to write on both acute and chronic diseases. More and more, Dr. Berry has focused on the chronic diseases caused by the Standard American Diet and Lifestyle and has made it his mission to turn the tide on the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes, chronic inflammation, and dementia.

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • Dr. Ken Berry’s story: 3:50
  • Dietary strategies Dr. Berry implemented to lose weight: 7:05
  • How do outcomes compare between traditional medicine and Dr. Berry’s new approach: 13:58
  • Signs to look for that you have a good doctor: 16:09
  • Will eating fats and saturated fats will lead to high cholesterol, obesity, and heart disease?: 18:31
  • Drinking milk is good for you and it will keep your bones strong?: 24:48
  • What about hormones?: 29:24
  • What’s the difference between bio-identical hormones and synthetic like hormones? 31:41
  • Your runny nose, earache, and cough won’t get better if you take antibiotics: 37:47
  • Human breastmilk is deficient in Vitamin D?: 43:46
  • Exposure to any sunlight increases skin cancer and you should stay out of the sun as much as possible and apply the highest SPF possible?: 47:55
  • Connect with Dr. Berry: 53:44
May 16, 2018

According to Dr. Michelle Perro….

"Eating processed foods that are high in carbs, sugar and hollow calories is the first problem but not the main problem. The more insidious danger is foods that are full of pesticides hormones and antibiotics.”

Now Dr. Perro is not someone who has always thought this way. Though she’s been a pediatrician for over 35 years, it took her own son’s illness for her to understand the incredible importance of organic foods. Since she’s incorporated organic foods into her recommendations (and other strategies) for kids suffering from autism and other cognitive disorders, mental health issues and illnesses like eczema, the transformations have been ASTOUNDING!

So astounding that she felt compelled to team up with vice-chair of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Vincanne Adams to write a book all about the dangers of our industrial food system called What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illnesses and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It.

Here’s what your lucky ears are in for:

  • Why our kids are sicker now than ever
  • Why Dr. Perro is SO committed to this cause
  • What’s wrong with our medical system
  • What eco-medicine is, and why it matters
  • Why GMO’s are not feeding the world
  • Why GMO’s are not the same as other foods
  • Why GMO’s are not reducing pesticide exposure
  • What the science really says about the dangers of GMOs
  • The 3 ways Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) harms your health
  • What Glyphosate is doing to your microbiome? (even in small amounts)
  • How many of us are being exposed?
  • What foods we can eat to limit our exposure
  • 2 lifestyle strategies for reducing exposure
  • Which foods we can add to our diet to help detoxify
  • A remedy you’ll want to have on hand to help you detoxify glyphosate
  • What we need to do to transform the system
  • What warrior moms are and why you want to be one
  • And so much more!
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