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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Feb 14, 2019

According to Dr. Cabeca, for 50% of women today, symptoms like...

Weight gain
Hot flashes
Breast tenderness
Reduced sex drive

Seem to be just part of growing older.

But did you know that these annoying and common symptoms are not actually a “normal” part of aging but are instead symptoms that your hormones are out of whack?!

Feb 1, 2019

Did you know that bipolar disorder can sometimes be improved by stabilizing blood sugar?

That eliminating gluten has been shown to improve schizophrenia?

Or that anxiety and depression can be effectively managed via dietary intervention?


It’s actually possible to eat your way to mental health.

Jan 24, 2019

Did you suffer from pelvic pain, menstrual cramps, incontinence, CONSTIPATION, or pain during intercourse?

If so, I want you to know that these issues may be common they are NOT normal.They are not just things you have to put up with as your grow older. In fact, they are often missed signs of a weak pelvic floor.

Now, before you tell me how diligent you are about doing your kegels, please know that for some women kegels can actually make things WORSE.

Jan 15, 2019

Does your paleo lifestyle ever make you feel isolated?

Maybe you feel like the “difficult” one at parties
Maybe you dread the “gluten” conversation around the holidays
Maybe you prepare a defense around why you don’t feed your children sugar for your family

Believe me, I get it. Back in the beginning of my “food is medicine” journey, it was extremely challenging to find people who understood what all the fuss is about. Who understood why I wanted to scream about the paleo lifestyle from the rooftops. Who understood how liberating it feels to use food as medicine, and take back your health.

Thankfully, that is no longer the case today due to a nifty little event called Paleo FX.

Jan 10, 2019

Have you ever wanted to know which probiotic on the market was the best of the BEST? And by best, I’m talking...

  • Backed by clinical research.
  • Created by a microbiologist
  • Guaranteed to survive the trip through the digestive tract.
  • Empirically shown to heal leaky gut.

In other words, a probiotic NOT created by a marketer like most other supplements?! If so, look no further. The perfect probiotic has officially been created and you can learn all about it on today’s podcast with the super smart, witty and brilliant, Kiran Krishnan. Don’t miss out! Taking this probiotic is like “putting your seatbelt on in a car,” so it’s pretty important stuff!

Tune in now and share this information with everyone you think it could benefit!

Jan 2, 2019

Today almost everyone has heard about the keto diet and its appetite control, weight loss and neuroprotective benefits. But the other things people often associate with “keto”are

  • Crazy carb restriction
  • Constant macro tracking 

Fortunately, in today’s podcast you can learn all about how to experience the powerful benefits of the keto diet without WITHOUT feeling stressed or deprived from the best selling author of Practical Paleo & The Keto QuickStart, Diane Sanfilippo!

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

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