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 14, 2019

I was shocked when I learned over 90% of the vitamin C on the market today is NOT true vitamin C, but a synthetic form called ascorbic acid.

And that most of the time, ascorbic acid is derived from GMO corn in China and processed using volatile acids.

How do you know the difference between real vitamin C and the synthetic kind?

All you have to do is check the ingredient label on your vitamin C supplement. If it says “ascorbic acid” you’re definitely going to want to learn the important differences from the founder of the Root Cause Protocol, Morely Robbins in this podcast!

Ascorbic acid is NOT the same as vitamin C.

There are important differences that you need to know about!

So listen in and share this podcast so we can spread the good word!

P.S. Don’t let the big words at the beginning of the podcast scare you, it’s critically important to understand the nuances and we get to the suuuper practical take-home message at the end. You’re not going to want to miss it! <3

Show Notes:

The Root Cause Protocol Instruction Manual

Aug 10, 2019

Tune in to our first ever Weekend Wellness Mini podcast! This week we'll be learning about 12 reasons you may be overeating! We'll also discuss how you can transition to a Whole Foods diet! Also, learn how you can try all of our Paleovalley products for the lowest price EVER & join a vibrant wellness community!

Show Notes:

Chronometer - use this site to track your meals and identify your nutrient deficiencies

Nutrient deficiency quiz

Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind by David Zappasodi

Oura Ring Sleep Tracker

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Aug 6, 2019

A lot of women I’ve worked with are doing all the right things when it comes to weight loss and health optimization.

  • Eating whole foods.
  • Experimenting with low carb.
  • Intermittent fasting.

You name it, they’ve tried it.

And often, it isn’t until they learn the strategies we talk about in this week’s podcast that things finally start shifting for GOOD. So if you’ve hit a wall and you’re ready to get things moving, don’t you dare miss this week’s show with Dr. Daniel Pompa, Breaking Through Plateaus, Fasting & Hormonal Optimization!

His strategies are unique, science-based and (most importantly) they WORK.

So listen in and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!


Show Notes


50 Ways to Women’s Wellness Summit

Oura Ring (use code “paleovalley” to save!)

Aug 1, 2019

When Dr. Steinberger (a former clinical psychologist) was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she never filled her prescription. Taking medication just didn’t feel right to her.

After a little digging, she learned that contrary to what conventional medicine generally believes, type 2 diabetes is reversible ... even preventable. With this newfound wisdom, she embarked on a mission to take back her health naturally.

What did she do to reverse her disease naturally? Tune in right now to learn all about the 3 most important steps she took to take her health back!

And as always, do share this life-changing info with anyone you think it could benefit.


Jul 24, 2019

You wouldn’t know it today given all of the lives Dr. Masterjohn has powerfully transformed via the healing power of food, but there was a time he did not feel well. In fact, according to Dr. Masterjohn…

“My experience with veganism was pretty bad...terrible anxiety, borderline psychotic, teeth fell apart, digestion fell apart… 6 or 7 times I ended up in the emergency room at the height of a panic attack.”

It wasn’t pretty. But today Dr. Masterjohn is one of the most respected minds in the wellness space and one of my all-time favorite podcast guests.

(Which is why we’ve had him on 3 times).

So if you’re wondering how he made his remarkable recovery, whether or not veganism can be done safely, the truth about anemia and how to improve mental health via food, don’t you dare miss this chat!

And share this with anyone you know who may benefit pretty please…<3

Jul 17, 2019

Are you sick of being sick? If so, do yourself a favor and listen to this week’s podcast with Dr. Brenda Walding to find out how she finally healed from a multitude of health issues including an antibiotic-resistant infection, chronic fatigue and breast cancer. Her unique approach is powerful and includes steps you can take TODAY, from home to finally take your health back. <3

Jul 11, 2019

Many people today are told that they have low iron levels.

But that often isn’t the whole truth. In fact, according to today’s podcast guest, founder of the Root Cause Protocol, Morley Robbins…

“There is not one person on Earth that has a true deficiency of iron.”

According to Morley, most of us are not lacking iron but the co-factors (namely copper) that allow us to USE the iron properly. The sad result?

Many people today have too much iron in the wrong place which can cause oxidative stress (aka internal rusting).

So if you want to learn about 6 simple steps you can take today to avoid iron issues, age gracefully and reduce your risk of disease, tune in now!

Jul 3, 2019

By now you’ve probably heard that medicinal mushrooms (think reishi, chaga, cordyceps, shiitake) have a WEALTH of health benefits (increased energy, improved immunity, anti-aging, etc.) but you probably didn’t know that most mushroom supplements aren’t actually mushrooms. Often times half of the supplement is actually GRAIN. I wish I were joking. So if you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on mushroom supplements or just want to know how to choose the highest quality mushrooms then listen to this week’s podcast with the founder of Nammex, Jeff Chilton! You’ll be glad you did. <3

Jun 26, 2019

I know by now we’ve all heard that sitting is bad, but I was shocked to learn that for every hour we sit, we lose two hours of life.

Yes, it’s THAT bad. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, sitting too much is the 4th biggest preventable killer - contributing to 3.2 MILLION DEATHS annually.

Jun 19, 2019

Did you know that there is a gut - oral health connection?

In fact, when our oral microbiome is healthy, bacteria and viruses (H.pylori, salmonella, the flu) will not flourish.

The only problem?

Most of our mouthwashes and toothpastes contain ingredients like triclosan, fluoride and glycerin that DESTROY the oral microbiome.

So if you’re still using conventional oral care products (or want 50% off all-natural whitening system) check out this week’s podcast with the CEO of Primal Life Organics, Trina Felber!

Jun 12, 2019

Confession time: I am NOT great in the kitchen.

I mean, I LOVE food and am fascinated by its incredible potential for transforming our health, but when it comes to preparing it…I’ve got a lot of room to grow. And honestly, being intimidated by cooking is a common complaint I hear from the people I work with.

Thankfully, I have finally found a solution for us all!

My good friend Leanne Ely (aka the dinner party QUEEN) and the creator of Saving Dinner is on a mission to bring dinner back to American dinner tables via her NutriCoach School Program.

This program consolidates her 30 years of nutrition + kitchen experience and provides instructional videos so you can learn the kitchen skills you need to feel like a kitchen goddess and prepare nutritionally-intelligent nourishing meals.

And because every single meal you feed to your family literally has the power to positively (or negatively) impact their genetic and future health, there is almost nothing more important.

She has decided to take me under her wing (she even bought my little Maverick a kid-friendly knife set for his 4th birthday) and you can learn all about her incredible program and how to get your little ones excited about healthy food in this week’s podcast, Cultivating Kitchen Confidence with Leanne Ely!

Don’t forget to share this fun conversation if you feel so inspired. <3

Jun 5, 2019

If you want to know exactly how to choose the most nutrient dense, environmentally restorative beef on the market, tune in for one of my favorite podcasts to date, The Truth About Beef Your Health & The Environment right now.

I think you’ll be blown away by what he has to share.

May 29, 2019

Spring and detox go hand in hand.

Healthy habits seem easier to cultivate for some reason and swimsuit season is just around the corner!

But before you start the Master Cleanse or grab a generic box of detox pills I urge you to listen to this week’s podcast, Daily Detox & Mold Toxicity with Bridgit Danner!

There are many better ways to detox than others and we’ll teach you the right way AND how to keep it practical. We also cover how to identify and heal mold poisoning (which is at the root of many lingering and unexplainable health issues today).

So listen in, ask questions in the comments below and share this important information before any of your loved ones detox the WRONG way or miss the little known signs of mold issues. <3

May 24, 2019

Many people today are told their labs “look normal,” even if they present with common signs of hormonal imbalance like fatigue, weight gain, heavy periods, cravings, etc. Why does this happen? Because “normal” ranges according to many labs today are based on sick populations.

Which is why many people suffering from hormonal imbalances don’t find solutions.

But don’t worry, by listening to today’s empowering podcast with the founder of Healing Rosie, Misty Williams, you can learn all about the difference between NORMAL and OPTIMAL. She’s even created a lab tracker that you can download for FREE so that you know exactly how your labs should look in order to thrive rather than survive. Don’t miss this one, friends!

May 16, 2019

In the past few months I’ve been traveling like a maniac! From Austin, TX to Vale, CO over to Scottsdale, AZ and I’ll be off to Los Angeles in just a few short weeks. And as I am sure you know, traveling is STRESSFUL. It’s awesome and exciting and I love it, but it can also single handedly kill your health groove and momentum, if you let it. Believe me, I see it all the time in people I work with, and I’ve also experienced it myself. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little strategy, you can travel your heart out and keep your health in check. All you have to do is listen to this week’s podcast with former actor, fitness trainer and founder of Open Sky Fitness, Rob Dionne. And don’t forget to share this awesome info with all the wanderlusts in your life. <3

May 8, 2019

I used to feel STUCK.

My relationships were suffering, my career wasn’t where I wanted it to be and most days I felt like I was spinning my wheels.

Thankfully, one day I came across a podcast with Mary Shores about how we create our realities with our WORDS. At first I was skeptical, but once I heard her story and read her book, I was blown away by how profoundly different life can be when we choose our words (and therefore create our realities) with INTENTION.

Whether or not we realize it, our words control the course of our lives which is why today’s podcast is all about Conscious Communications and the many ways it can change your life. I hope this information is as helpful for you as it’s been for me. <3

May 2, 2019

There are days when eating perfectly just isn’t going to happen. Think holidays, travel days and “oneofthosedays” days. I know you know what I mean. There are also times when I want to lose a few pounds quickly or kick back, think less about what I’m eating AND still feel awesome.

It’s during these instances that I LOVE intermittent fasting (IF).

Apr 18, 2019

I used to be one of those girls who couldn’t do ANYTHING before or during her period.


I was basically out of commission for 10 solid days a month. Then, through my holistic health studies, I learned that PMS is NOT normal. My crazy period was basically my monthly “report card” telling me something wasn’t right.

After a ton of research into how to balance my hormones I found author of Period Repair Manual, Lara Briden. Dr. Briden has been working in women’s health for over 20 years and her tips and tricks have helped hundreds of women finally find balance. After implementing her strategies I barely even notice my cycle every month! Tune in to this week’s podcast to find out exactly what Dr. Briden recommends.

Apr 12, 2019

I suffered from acne for over 12 years. Not just the occasional pimple either, but the kind that stole my confidence and made me want to hide out in my house.

At first it was “just something I had to deal with as a teen,” but when I got into my 20’s and 30’s and it was STILL lingering, I knew it was time to do something to get the root of my skin issues.

Acne is NOT something you just have to deal with, it’s a sign of imbalance, and now that I’ve identified and addressed my imbalances, I’m acne free! (unless I eat garlic, that is!)

So if you’ve got skin issues listen (or know or love someone who does) tune into this week’s podcast to see what I (and my dietician friend and fellow FDN-P practitioner, Amanda Montalvo) did to clear up our skin for good!

Apr 10, 2019

Do you know how to activate your vagus nerve?

If you said “no” you may be missing out on one of the most underutilized strategies for healing things like:

Digestive issues
Gallbladder dysfunction
Food sensitivities
Anxiety & Depression
Autoimmune disease

In fact, according to author and functional medicine specialist, Dr. Habib...

“100% of those with autoimmune issues and digestive issues have vagus nerve dysfunction.”

Mar 27, 2019

Did you know that the QUALITY of your relationships can make or break your health?

I think most of us are aware of the research demonstrating that people with MORE social ties have better health outcomes. But what I don’t think is talked about often enough is that the QUALITY of your social ties is just as (if not, more) important.

In fact, a recent Harvard study revealed that…

“...high conflict marriages are worse for our health than divorce.”

This same research also found that when looking at the data from the 700 participants in the Harvard Study of Adult Development...

“...It wasn’t their middle aged cholesterol levels that predicted how they were going to grow old, it was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.”

My point is...when it comes to health, it’s not about having a lot of relationships, it’s about having high quality, “securely attached” relationships.

Mar 20, 2019

Imagine being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 9 years old.

After 10 years of trying to successfully manage your condition to no avail you end up in a freshman biology course that finally helps you understand WHY you developed an autoimmune disease and why chronic disease rates are rising rapidly.

And most importantly, WHAT you need to do to feel better than you ever have in your life.

This is what happened to this week’s podcast guest, board certified chiropractic and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Stephen Hussey.

Dr. Hussey has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from the University of North Carolina Asheville, a Master’s in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Doctorate of Chiropractic both from the University of Western States. He is the author of The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health and The Heart: Our Most Medically Misunderstood Organ.

Dr. Hussey is passionate and super nerdy (in the best possible way!) which made for a fascinating conversation! Here are some of the fascinating tidbits you’re in for...

What he did to manage his autoimmune condition
The food group that was wreaking havoc on his gut health
The 4 principles of evolution that explain the rise in chronic disease
The 5 imbalances that cause chronic disease
What 3 things TRULY cause heart disease
Why I used to pass out in high school
And so much more!

I hope you listen in and feel ENLIGHTENED and EMPOWERED, and then share this important information with everyone you know and love.

Thanks for listening!

Mar 13, 2019

If there is ONE thing that concerns me deeply, it’s the fact that mental health issues are on the rise in a big way. In fact, according to the WHO, between 1990 and 2013 the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by almost 50%!

Today, depression is the major cause of suicide, certain people become suicidal shortly after using antidepressants and almost ⅓ of of those treated with antidepressant therapy, do NOT respond.

That. Is. Terrifying.

Mar 6, 2019

Are you consuming a paleo diet yet still struggling with digestive issues or symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as stubborn weight gain, fatigue, skin breakouts or PMS?

If so you MUST listen to this week’s podcast, Cultivating Body Wisdom (and healing from the root cause!) with Registered Dietitian and FDN-P (and one of my favorite people), Amanda Montalvo.

I met Amanda at Paleo FX last year and fell in love immediately. She was passionate, educated and as nerdy as I was about all things wellness. As we got to know each other better, we realized that we were attracting the same type of clients:

Motivated women who were eating a paleo diet, but were still stuck.

Feb 21, 2019

Have you ever heard of HRV testing?

If not, you’re going to want to keep reading ESPECIALLY if you want to optimize your diet and lifestyle without spending thousands of dollars on expensive testing.

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