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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Aug 10, 2016

Dr. Lissa Rankin is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online health and wellness community Discouraged by our broken health-care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. She is on a mission to put the "care" back in health care and has a fascinating story and research that will blow your mind!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What Dr. Rankin thinks is the #1 biggest risk factor in health
  • Why the Spontaneous Remissions Project is important
  • What those living longer lives have in common
  • How she knew at 7 years old that she was born to be a doctor
  • Why she knew she had to turn her back on the traditional medical system
  • What the placebo and nocebo effects teach us about our ability to heal
  • Why fake knee surgeries can be as effective as real surgeries
  • The main factors affecting your health that most people NEVER think about
  • How often Americans are in the stress response
  • How we can activate our self-healing mechanisms
  • Why your chronic repetitive stress WILL end in diagnosis if left unaddressed
Aug 3, 2016

Just dropping by to let you know our 2nd Transformational Podcast is live! And this episode is all about how, our very own listener, Jill Samter healed her autoimmune disease and improved the health of her entire family with food!

Which is no small feat.

Because autoimmune diseases (except for Celiacs Disease) are technically "incurable."

Clearly, she's got a LOT of wisdom to share.

So take 20 minutes and have a listen! Her story is not only only incredibly inspiring, but it's also packed with practical tips for anyone trying to navigate a healthier lifestyle while raising a family.

Here's are some of the juicy tidbits you'll learn:

  • Why Jill went from raw food to vegan to Paleo
  • What a vegan diet did to her health
  • How she healed her autoimmune disease
  • How her children felt when they went from vegan to Paleo
  • The unanticipated positive benefit her children experienced from the addition of animal products
  • How she healed her children's guts
  • Why she thinks cereal breakfast is one of the biggest mistakes made in our culture
  • How her kids made the dietary transition without pushback
  • The food that finally got my one year old excited about eating
  • A fun, sneaky way to bolster your child's gut health
  • How to make drinking green juice fun for kids
  • Who did not support her children's new diet (this is shocking!)
  • A quick healthy recipe the kids love
  • A simple way to have healthy meals ready everyday
  • The one thing she wished she knew before her health journey
Jul 27, 2016

Research now suggests that the greater the bacterial diversity of your microbiome (i.e. the bugs in your gut!) the BETTER your health outcomes.

In other words, the war on bacteria is counterproductive.

And today, Dr. Josh Axe, the guest of our 40th podcast, talks all about our war on bacteria, the importance of healthy bacterial exposure and his new book, appropriately entitled, Eat Dirt.

And in case you're a little skeptical and freaked out by the thought of eating a daily fistful of dirt in the name of health, just know, that is NOT what he's suggesting.

(I'm not even sure I would do that, and I'm game for pretty much anything that could improve health)!

Turns out there are far more sophisticated (and sneaky!) ways to get your daily dose of healthy bacteria without the awful taste and ridicule from your loved ones.

Trust me, it's worth listening to and your immune system will THANK YOU.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why Dr. Axe was inspired to teach people about the healing power of food
  • Why leaky gut is the most important health issue today
  • The 6 main factors driving the leaky gut epidemic
  • The #1 cause of leaky gut today
  • Why leaky gut may be the cause of your autoimmune condition
  • Why he believes grains are not ALL evil
  • Why your gallbladder can help prevent leaky gut
  • What a "Type A"'personality has to do with a leaky gut
  • What you must know if you're taking medication
  • Why local honey helps fight allergies
  • 3 Not-so scary ways you can "eat dirt"
  • The devastating effects of 10 days of fast food on your microbiome
  • Foods to eat and eliminate for optimal gut health
  • Which 2 gut healing supplements Dr. Axe recommends for most people
  • A gut friendly at-home cleanser you can make in 2 minutes!
  • And much more!
Jul 20, 2016

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower anxious individuals worldwide about natural solutions for anxiety, stress and emotional eating.

Trudy also presents nationally to nutrition and mental health professionals on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients.

Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings (New Harbinger 2011) and host of The Anxiety Summit.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why rates of anxiety tripled between 1990-2000
  • How to know if you are suffering from anxiety (it's not always as obvious as you'd think!)
  • Why diet can work even for severe anxiety
  • The shortcomings of our current treatment models
  • The dangers of the #1 most commonly prescribed anti anxiety med
  • The common anti anxiety medicine that significantly increases children's risk of future addiction
  • Why addressing anxiety issues is important for children with attention issues
  • Foods that could be triggering your anxiety
  • A nontoxic natural anxiety therapy that works in under 5 minutes for many people!
  • And much more!
Jul 6, 2016

David Zappasodi is a motivational speaker, fitness training professional, and international best-selling author of the book Immovable Heart ~ Unstoppable Mind. For the past twenty years, his innovative approach to health and fitness has helped many people transform their lives.

In today's illuminating podcast we highlight some of Dave's remarkable insights that helped me cultivate better health, deeper relationships and more effective coaching strategies. We also talk about practical ways to start changing the behavioral patterns that may be keeping you from the health you've always imagined TODAY.

Here are some of the juicy tidbits you'll learn:

  • The personal challenges that inspired his international best-selling book
  • A simple mind shift that can make you feel empowered regardless of the circumstance
  • Why Dave is convinced that mindset is one of the most important elements for reaching your health goals
  • What you're actually looking for when you set health goals! (This will surprise you!)
  • How to set goals that will help you get long term results
  • Why Dave says we ALL have a problem with obesity
  • What generosity, integrity and patience have to do with weight loss and health
  • The one thing thing Dave would change about his past
  • And much more!
Jul 5, 2016

Today's interview was with Jennifer Redwitz all about the dramatic differences she experienced in her family's health with the Standard American Diet vs. the Paleo Diet and it's brimming with valuable insight!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • What ditching the SAD did for her family
  • The dietary changes that allowed her to get off of multiple prescription meds
  • The food her pediatrician recommended that made her first baby sick
  • The dietary changes that transformed her child's health
  • How she got her family to accept the dietary changes
  • How she dealt with her child's processed food addiction
  • What she fed her second child that allowed her to thrive
  • And much more!

Do yourself a favor, listen and effortlessly recommit to healthy decisions this week!

Jun 29, 2016

Mark is the founder and CEO of McAfee Farms and Organic Pastures Dairy Company. He is pre-med trained, a retired Paramedic and a Health Department medical educator. Mark has lectured on Raw Milk production, food safety, and nutrition at Stanford Medical School, Rutgers University, 30 different states and internationally. He is certified in HACCP management from Chapman University and has developed and implemented award winning Food Safety Plans including Raw Milk Risk Analysis & Management Plans (“RAMP”) and the 1997 Odwalla Apple Juice “Field HACCP”.

As you can see, food safety is one of Mark's specialties which made for a truly enlightening conversation. Here are some of the juicy tidbits you'll walk away with:

  • Why Mark became a dairy farmer
  • How a raw milk company became the #4 best selling organic brand in America
  • Why raw, grass fed milk is VERY different than conventional milk
  • How pasteurization creates an allergic product
  • What pasteurization kills besides bad bugs
  • Whether or not raw, grass fed milk IS safe
  • How we know our ancestors consumed milk and cheese
  • The profound, research-based benefits of raw grass fed dairy
  • And much more
Jun 22, 2016

Dr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Health Care in Sugar Land, Texas.

Often times referred to as "The Gluten Free Warrior", he is one of the most sought after
functional medicine doctors in the world. His practice is centered on helping those with painful chronic degenerative and autoimmune diseases with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Dr. Osborne received his doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College.

He is one of the world's leading authorities on gluten sensitivity, and lectures nationally to both the public as well as doctors on this and many other nutritionally related topics.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How he reversed rheumatoid arthritis in a girl that saved her life.
  • How 46 million people have an autoimmune condition and what to do about it.
  • How and why gluten causes leaky gut. Why traditional medicine can cause more harm than good.
  • Why prescriptions are the #4 leading cause of death in America.
  • Why rice and corn is also a major problem with our health.
  • The list of grains to avoid for optimal health and healing.
  • The 4 reasons why you may have an autoimmune condition.
  • Plus more...
Jun 15, 2016

Celeste Longacre is the author of Celeste's Garden Delights: Discover the many ways a garden can nurture you. She's also an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over 35 years. Celeste preserves the garden’s bounty by canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting it as well as storing her produce in a root cellar. She and her husband, Bob, live sustainably in a handmade octagonal home.

  • How to live sustainably and self-efficiently in the 21st century
  • The benefits of fermented foods
  • How to make probiotic-rich versions of 2 common condiments
  • How to make a fermented drink that is anti-inflammatory and lowest systolic blood pressure with one glass!
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!
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