5 paleo weight loss tweaks speed up lose weight plateau paleo diet primal

5 paleo tweaks to speed up weight loss

For the vast majority of people, transitioning to the Paleo diet will often see dramatic improvements in their personal battle with weight loss. However, on some occasions, you may hit a plateau with your weight loss and find yourself struggling to reach your desired weight.

Before I go any further, I must stress that it vitally important not to worry about that number on the scales. If you’re looking and feeling your best, then ignore what the scales are telling you. Chances are, if you’re eating right and training well, you may well have added a little weight in the form of muscle mass.

If, however, you still have that last bit of body fat that you want to lose in order to look, feel, and perform at your optimum level; then you may wish to consider the following ‘tweaks’:

Watch your carb intake

Whilst it is a lot harder to take in excess carbohydrate on the Paleo diet, (largely due to the removal of grains and processed foods) it is still possible – and especially so if you’re not active. You may want to look at bringing your carb intake down to see how this helps you with your weight loss goals. Try cutting back on starchy vegetables like yams, hard squash, parsnips and beets, and replacing them with dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. It may be worthwhile limiting your fruit intake as well to one portion per day. If you do eat fruit, berries are a very good choice. Otherwise, snack on hardboiled eggs, jerky, nuts and coconut to see you through between meals.

It’s important to tailor your carbohydrate intake to your activity level. If you’re relatively sedentary, then roughly 50g of carbs per day from vegetables is more than adequate. If you’re training more (and especially if you partake in high intensity exercise like Crossfit), you’ll be looking at probably double that. Time your carb intake as well – straight after a heavy workout to replace glycogen stores, and in the evening to increase melatonin and ensure a healthy sleep.

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Try Intermittent Fasting

Proven to break through even the most stubborn weight loss plateau, I can’t recommend Intermittent Fasting enough for fat loss and general appetite control. Try exercising when fasted, so your body turns straight to the fat stores for energy.

Move more

Sometimes, conventional wisdom does get it right. If you’re not seeing the fat loss results you’re after, it could be a case of not exercising enough. Just make sure it’s the right kind of exercise and you’re not slipping into chronic cardio territory. HIIT Training, sprints and Crossfit are excellent fat busters.

Sleep more

When you’re deprived of sleep, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which has been proven to increase fat storage. And, in case you needed any more reason to get a solid 8 hours sleep every night, the biggest spike in growth hormone occurs during sleep – which in turn, burns fat. Try sleeping more, and sleeping better too.

Stress less

As with sleep, if you’re stressed, your body will be releasing cortisol. Try meditating, exercising more, or increasing your sunlight exposure to help you manage your stress levels.

These are just a few ideas to help you break through your fat loss plateau. Do you have any other tips for fellow readers?

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Stop being a fat bitch

As someone who's struggled with weight loss, I was surprised to see the name of Lola Berry's new diet plan – “Stop Being a Fat B*tch”. Yes, you did read that correctly.

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Whilst the intention was apparently noble, there was a huge back-lash. With people shocked that she'd chose such an emotive title. These comments summed up the reception of the name of her diet program:

  • Is this a joke? What the hell. This is horrible.
  • How about we teach never to call yourself ” a fat bitch ” – that'd be first mindset lesson in weight loss.
  • Oh my. As a psychotherapist that works specifically with women that are struggling with long term weight issues, I find this completely inappropriate and demeaning. If I REALLY try, I think I can just manage to glimpse where Lola is coming from but it is waaaaaay off the mark and will actually cause more harm than good. This is a classic example of why people need to stay within the boundaries of which they are qualified – I don't go giving nutritional advice so please leave the mindset stuff up to those of us that are qualified.
  • Wow, what a disappointment. In a time where orthorexia, fat shaming, weight stigmatism and eating disorders are on the rise, this title only serves to perpetuate all of those problems, regardless of the intention of the book. Utterly shocked.
  • Seriously? Isn't this encouraging people to call women struggling with weight issues a fat bitch? Disappointing. What about those struggling with auto-immune diseases that are overweight due to illness and need assistance in eating strategies to help with their healing? Are they a fat bitch because of their illness?
  • That's a horrible degrading title, I honestly thought you had more integrity than that. This is a career killer.
  • “Fat” women don't need any help with self hatred. We usually carry it around with us as a visible reminder. Bitch a word used by (primarily) males to shame and assert dominance over women who don't conform to society's ideal- it's not motivational, it's demeaning and petty.
  • I'm in shock!!! Lola Berry we are here to help rid the cultural definitions of what beauty is and to free women from this brainwashing so that they can be comfortable in their own skin, and be empowered to make what ever choices they want for themselves and that includes how they look and feel about themselves. Not re-affirm these ideals of the mainstream -which are only created in the first place to suppress the feminine. By doing so you are affirming that there is something wrong with “not fitting into the mainstream's definition of beauty” and as a result feeding the insecurities of women which is a seed set in our psyche by western media. I hope when you come to speak at a an inspirational women's event later this year that you choose to leave this thinking behind you, it does nothing but support the continual suppression of feminine.
  • As a nutritionist I really feel bad having looked up to you and admired you – you might have called yourself that horrible phrase but how about dropping that phrase from positive conscious thought – why emphasize it when it's so demeaning? As women we should be empowering each other – as nutritionists we should be inspiring and empowering people to make positive choices and sadly I think the title of your weight loss program misses the mark

It looks like the name is going to be changed, with Lola Berry apologising for the upset:

I'm really sorry the name of the eating plan has upset lots of people, that's not my intention at all. The whole point of it was to evoke a change in self talk, but I can see how it's too strong and I'm sorry for that. The content is all about changing your mindset to achieve your health goals. So, I would love you guys to name it. What would you like it to be called?

I'd love to hear your thoughts (please comment below), do you find the title offensive, or do you appreciate the sentiments behind it?

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The Weight Loss Bundle

Sale ends today!

Since I started on my weight loss journey, I've learnt so much. Crucially – there is so much more to weight loss than just “eat less and move more”. That's why I've got together with the leading experts in nutrition, health, fitness and mind to bring you a unique bundle, giving you all the tools you need to lose weight and regain your health, this Easter.

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In this exclusive bundle, you'll find grain-free recipe ebooks, ebooks of ketosis, fermenting your own foods, eating well on a budget, and cooking gluten free dishes. We've also got a couple of meal plans, giving you step by step plans and recipes for every days of the month.

From my recent survey, I know so often weight gain is a symptom of other health issues – that's why this bundle includes several ebooks focusing on health – including specific issues such as Thyroid, Autoimmune conditions and Hashimoto's.

Fitness and movement are also hugely important on your journey, so we've got you covered with programs you can do at home. If you garden, you'll learn how to grow your own produce to support your healthy lifestyle (& save money whilst doing it!)

The talks on mindset were HUGE in the summit in January, so we've included a Mindset Reset for Weight Loss in this bundle and loads of resources to build your self confidence & ensure you succeed on this transformation.

So many of you have emailed me asking for help with emotional and binge eating – this bundle includes several ebooks dedicated to these issues – you can transform these behaviours with the help of these experts. We all know how important sleep is – so if you're not getting good sleep every night, you'll love the Deep Sleep Every Night audio included in this bundle.


The Unconventional Weight Loss Easter Bundle includes 45 ebooks, MP3 audio programs, ecourses and meal plans. Over $1000 of value for just $37!

Find out more about the ebooks, ecourse, mp3's and programs in the bundle below:

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Recipe Ebooks


Seasonal Juicing – Summer by Claire Ragozzino of Vidya Cleanse

The 25 seasonal recipes in this eBook highlight produce and flavors that help align the body with spring, incorporating bitter greens, alkalizing citrus and fresh herbs that promote gentle cleansing and support of the liver, kidneys and colon.

This 40-page eBook includes: 25 refreshing summer recipes for juices, tonics & blended elixirs accompanied with vibrant photographs, A comprehensive “Tools of the Trade” guide to assist in purchasing the right juicer for your needs, and Holistic nutrition tips & herb profiles peppered throughout the pages




1_guide_tofermenting_fruits_and_vegetables_-_3dOh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables by Kelly Liston & Tamara Mannelly

In This ebook, You Will Learn…

  • The importance of the roles gut bacteria play in your digestive tract.
  • The basics of the process of fermentation, how it happens and why.
  • The benefits of consuming fermented foods (there are so many!!)
  • What materials you need to ferment foods at home to get you on your way to becoming a confident fermenter.
  • How you know when you food is fermented and other frequently asked questions.
  • How to make almost 40 different recipes easily in your own kitchen; recipes your whole family will love!
    and more!



1_nourished_cooking_-_3dNourished Cooking by Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured

Nourished Cooking is packed with over 60 nutrient-dense recipes. All recipes in this book are gluten-free and use no refined sweeteners. This book contains 49 GAPS-legal recipes and 58 grain-free recipes, suitable for Primal eating






1_eat_well_spend_less_-_3dEat Well, Spend Less by Tara Buss of We Got Real

If you’re frustrated with your climbing grocery bill, wanting to eat well, but feel like healthy food is just too expensive – this is the ebook for you.

If you’ve taken steps to transform your eating habits, this ebook with help you get your food budget under control & give you lots of ideas for simple and tasty inexpensive real food meals – and help you to source budget-friendly, healthy food.




How to Become a Better Cook - 3dHow to Become a Better Home Cook by Lindsay Moe of Live In Kitchen
When Lindsay first started cooking she had no idea where to start. She dug her heels in and from there built her knowledge to the comfortable level she is at today. This book takes you through the steps she took to teach herself how to become a better home cook. By following these steps you can start your own journey into confidence and joy in the kitchen.

How to Become a Better Home Cook contains 40 pages of tips, tricks, and recipes that allow you to teach yourself how to cook. This allows for a highly individualized learning experience that will suit your tastes, needs, and learning style.




1_desserts_raw_and_simple_-_3dDesserts Raw and Simple by Jules Galloway of

This beautiful recipe ebook features 25 easy-to-make, delicious raw desserts, including the 10 most popular recipes from the blog. Recipes are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Cane Sugar Free and Paleo Friendly. The book gives easy step by step instructions – even for newbies, full colour photos to help you nail your finished product as well as tips and tricks to help your raw desserts turn out perfect every time





1_essential_gluten_free_-_3dEssentially Gluten Free 30 Grain Free Recipes by Ester Perez of Nurture my Gut

Are you on a gluten free or grain free diet and worried what meals to feed your family? Are you working to rebuild your child’s immune system only to find your child refuses to eat everything you make? Is eating a constant battle?

Are you exhausted making meals, only to find your child won’t eat them? Does your child suffer from asthma, eczema, celiac, gluten sensitivity, food allergies or low immunity? Are you on GAPS, SCD, paleo or gluten free diet and want flavourful and wholesome recipes for your family? Are you uninspired by cookbooks with no pictures? If so, this is the perfect grain free kid-friendly cookbook for you!


Naturally Sweet Treats - 3d Naturally Sweet Treats by Jan Berry of The Nerdy Farm Wife

When Jan's son was little, he had to go on a special, grain free diet. It’s tough for anyone to do such a thing, but even more so for a kid who couldn’t understand why he suddenly couldn’t have his favorite foods anymore. It was a huge adjustment period and Jan spent many hours in the kitchen, coming up with ideas for new foods for him.

This eBook contains a summary of his story and many of his favorite dessert type recipes. It only includes foods that could be made with ingredients commonly found in most grocery stores.

Some of the recipes qualify as Paleo, some as GAPS, and some as SCD – but this book is not intended to be a quantitative guide to any of those diets. Dairy, eggs and nuts are included in some (but not all) of the recipes, with substitution suggestions given when applicable.

The Naturally Sweet Treats eBook is perfect for anyone looking for fresh, new dessert ideas!

1_making_organic_food_affordable_-_3dMaking Organic Food Affordable by Justin and Tara Wagner

Making Organic Food Affordable, full of “organic food hacks” to help you do just that: help you make organic food affordable by getting around the high prices and filling your fridge with the healthiest food possible for a fraction of the price.






1_keto-adapted_-_3dKeto-Adapted by Maria Emmerich of Maria Mind Body Health

This ebook is your new nutrition ‘bible’. Maria has included every trick she knows to get you healthy and lose weight fast in this book. Detailed descriptions of Intermittent Fasting, over-eating days, keto recipes and much more!






1_nourishing_eats_-_3dNourishing Eats by Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured

Nourishing Eats contains 60 nutrient-dense, grain-free recipes. All recipes are gluten-free and use no refined sweeteners. This book is perfect for the GAPS Diet since 57 of the recipes are legal for the Full GAPS Diet. It is also suitable for Primal/paleo eating.






1_gluten_free_comfort_food_for_the_while_family_-_3dGluten Free for the Family by Karen Mahoy of Gluten Free for the Family

This ebook is packed full of recipes the whole family will enioy – and all gluten-free!

• 15 chapters chocked full of budget-cutting resources
• 50 pages of simple steps you can take to cut your bill by at least 25% within a month
• What you can do to drop your bill by at least 15% in the next week
• Resources, ideas, tips, hacks, and strategies all in one easy-to-access place and instantly downloadable



1_a_backyard_summer_-_3dA Backyard Summer by Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats Nutrition

A Backyard Summer offers grain, gluten and refined sugar free recipes perfect for all your summer events. Written by Caroline Potter, Nutritional Therapist Practitioner and author of the blog Colorful Eats, this recipe ebook contains over 25 simple and seasonal recipes that all ages, backgrounds and tastes will enjoy. With an emphasis on coming together over food and laughter, A Backyard Summer has entertaining tips to correlate with each recipe so that you can focus on the people who come to gather at your table.




1_cooking_techniques_and_recipes_olive_oil_-_3dCooking Techniques & Recipes with Olive Oil Ebook by Laura Bashar of Family Spice and Mary Platis of California Greek Girl

Gold medal winner of the Global Ebook Award, this new cookbook teaches you how to use olive oil using various cooking techniques, from poaching to baking and everything in between. Includes recipes, tips & photos. Purchase the enhanced pdf-version here.






1_seasonal_juicing_-_spring_-_3dSeasonal Juicing – Spring by Claire Ragozzino of Vidya Cleanse

The Vidya Seasonal Juicing series is meant to provide you with holistic knowledge of the different seasons and how to marry this with your daily juicing habit, so you can connect in with your deepest inner wisdom, your vidya, to maintain that clarity of body, mind and purpose through the ever-changing seasons.

This 40-page eBook includes: A comprehensive “Tools of the Trade” guide to assist in purchasing the right juicer for your needs, The “Juicer’s Pantry” guide featuring seasonal produce charts for early and late summer, and an Ayurvedic herb and spice chart for boosting and balancing your juices and uses Accessible and affordable ingredients



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The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone of

The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough presents a new model for patients and practitioners interested in reversing autoimmune disease as quickly as possible. Learn how to use the autoimmune protocol along with Functional Medicine and Nutrigenomics to investigate and correct the root causes of your autoimmunity.






1_simple_natural_health_-_3dSimple Natural Health by Nina Nelson on Shalom Mama

Simple Natural Health is the book you need if you want to be more intentional about your family’s health. This book isn’t just another dogmatic “what not to do” that will make you feel bad for past choices. Rather, it’s a holistic approach to health – mind, body and soul – with a lot of money and time-saving tips thrown in. You’ll love the comprehensive guide to using herbs, tips for saving money on nourishing whole foods and simple approach to a naturally healthy lifestyle





1_super_moms_guide_to_managing_thyroid_-_3dThe Super-Mom's Guide to Managing Thyroid & Autoimmune Disease without Going Bonkers by Jen Wittman of Thyroid Loving Care and Your Best Thyroid Life

Motherhood is the toughest job in the world—and it only gets tougher when you’re diagnosed with a thyroid or autoimmune disease. Take back your cape with this eguide which provides real-world, actionable lifestyle tips that have worked for me and for dozens of my coaching clients. It’s the perfect companion to The Radical TLC Solution: Home Healing Program to address all those specific challenges that mothers with thyroid or autoimmune disease face.

Streamline your world and take back your (well deserved) title of Super Mom with these simple ways to save time, boost your energy, and be the kind of mother you want to be.



1_healing_hashimotos_-_3dHealing Hashimotos by Dr. Alan Christianson

The most common type of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism and in the modern world, the most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Medical treatment guidelines focus only on thyroid hormone replacement. Mind you this is with precious little finesse in dosing and very few medication options. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a complex interaction of genes, environmental toxins, nutrients, the immune function and other hormones. Consequently, many patients need correction in a unique combination of these areas to really feel their best. The purpose of this book is to serve the savvy, educated patient who is questing to regain their optimal health. For those of you who have done the basic steps and still are not at your best, this ebook is for you.




1_cold_flu_seasons_-_3dColds + Flu Season eBook by Carol Little of Studio Botanica

Carol has written this book for busy people who want to enjoy a healthy winter OR maybe even gallivant through the cold months~ Proclaim this winter THE healthiest yet — starting with 10 TIPS for Prevention. Pamper yourself with soothing baths, healing teas and EASY to make healing remedies from the pantry. Puzzle no more about whether it’s a cold or the flu with a simple symptoms chart to guide you! Promote quick relief for cold + flu symptoms with step-by-step recipes and suggestions.

Includes 32 pages of helpful information & full colour photos. Includes 28 time-honoured proven recipes & links to many more




1_raw_paleo_primal_cleanse_-_3dRaw Paleo-Primal Cleanse by Melissa Heing of Raw Paleo

The DIY Raw Paleo-Primal Cleanse is an instructional ebook. It includes complete recipes and detailed instructions on how to do a raw Paleo-Primal cleanse at home.


Fitness/ Movement

1_move_well_the_ancestral_body_way_-_3dMove Well, The Ancestral Body Way by Charby Ibrahim of The Ancestral Body

If you're sick and tired of busting your gut in the gym, for months and months, only to see modest results… this is the ebook for you. We're all guilty of riding the motivational roller-coaster when it come to exercise; fact is – we're time poor. What if I told you that you could get all the exercise that you needed, without ANY equipment, in just 5-30 mins a day, from the comfort of your own home. This ebook will show you how.





1_homemade_muscles_-_3dHomemade Muscles by Anthony Arvanitakis

On 2013, Anthony had his left leg amputated and it was probably the most difficult time of his life. Instead of letting this event destroy him, he used it to become stronger – physically & mentally. And Homemade Muscle was born. Dedicated to providing people with the best ways of becoming strong & lean without going to the gym. Homemade Muscle is also about motivation

Homemade muscle includes:
• Video Tutorials: Exercise guides, progressions and variations for every level, either you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced trainee
• Muscle building exercises: Which bodyweight exercises you have to do to effectively build muscle
• How to get that Six-pack: Learn which are the typical reasons most people fail to get abs and why doing a thousand sit-ups a day is not the solution to a shredded stomach
• Arms, Chest and Back: The most important muscle-building bodyweight exercises for your arms, chest and back
• Which diets really work – How to lose weight without starving yourself to death!
• Nutritional Tips: Simple to follow nutritional tips that can increase your fat loss results with little effort, put them into action today!
• Which supplements work: Do you need supplements to build a lean mean physique? Which work according to science which ones are a waste of money
• Motivation & Goal Setting tips: The most difficult thing probably when trying to get into shape is staying motivated.

1_fit_mom_blueprint_-_3dThe Fit Mom BluePrint by Lindsay Tupper of Paleo Fitness Mama

The Fit Mom Blueprint Program includes

• Manual: Instantly downloadable and printable program manual.
• Charts: Special food charts to help you stay on track with your goals.
• Workout Program: Exercises designed to be quick but very effective for getting in shape fast!
• Video Demonstrations: Videos of all exercise moves.
• Meal Plans: Sample meal plans, to make sure you are eating a balanced diet.
• Modifications: Special modifications for mothers who are breastfeeding.
• Nutrition Tips: Advice on what to eat for optimum fat burning and muscle building.
• Fitness Tips: Learn the most effective types of workouts to do to get in shape quick!
• Customizable: Select between a beginner and an advanced program to fit your needs. Both are included so move up when you are ready!

1_21_day_flat_belly_jumpstart_program_-_3d1 Day Flat Belly Jumpstart ecourse by Derek Kuryliw

Derek’s program includes

• 21 Day Flat Belly Jumpstart manual
• 21 day exercise plan
• 21 meal tracker
• approved foods list
• private access page


Meal Plans

1_30day_low_carb_meal_planner_-_3d30 day Low Carb Meal Planner by Celeste Ashton of Femme Fit

The 30 Day Low Carb Meal Planner ebook will kick start your weight loss and turn your body into a fat burning machine. The secret to a successful low carb health and weight loss journey is eating foods with a low carbohydrate value, in addition to good sources of fat and protein. This 30 Day Low Carb Meal Planner takes all the stress away as everything has been carefully planned and calculated for you. If you thought low carb eating meant boring foods, you are in for a huge surprise! The recipes are delicious and will delight even the most hardened critic.

What do you get in the 30 Day Low Carb Meal Planner?
• Four weeks worth of mouth watering, induction friendly breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
• Beautiful color photographs of the recipes you will be eating.
• Quick and simple recipes that take no more than 15 minutes to prepare.
• For ease of use all recipes are in metric and imperial measurements.
• Full nutritional information, calories, kilojoules, fat and protein values, on a per meal basis as well as a comprehensive daily count.
• A complimentary BONUS day.
• Induction – 14 comprehensive hints and tips.
• How to lose weight fast eating low carb.
• What is ketosis?
• Glossary of low carb and nutritional terms.

1_7_day_super_healty_meal_plan_-_3d7 Day Healthy Meal Plan For Kids from Super Healthy Kids

Eating healthily is so much easier when the whole family is involved. This is a 7 day meal healthy kids meals plan and includes free printables, and a meal planning 101 guide.



1_the_art_of_gardening_building_your_soil_-_3dThe Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski of Learning and Yearning

The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil e-Book teaches a way to garden that:

• builds healthy soil
• is more disease resistant
• eliminates the need for toxic pesticides
• requires no digging Tomato-Painting
• requires little weeding
• produces delicious, nutrient-dense vegetables

The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil e-Book includes:
• an alphabetical guide to vegetables to help yield a rich harvest from the vegetables you plant in your garden
• 10 recipes that use the wonderful nutrient-dense vegetables that you’ll be growing!
• 67 downloadable pages

1_grow_abundant_herbs_and_greens_-_3dGrow Abundant Herbs & Greens… In Pots! By Nicole Newman

Do you want to easily grow delicious herbs & greens for your green juices, salads, soups & herbal teas? Are you tired of having your herbs turn into ‘dried arrangements’ in pots before you can harvest them? Do you secretly want to feel the sat­is­fac­tion of say­ing “I grew that!”?

If you follow the steps in this ebook you’ll be successfully harvesting your own herbs from pots in less than 14 days. Author Nicola Newman is an organic gardening teacher, fine artist and certified Permaculture designer who teaches busy people how to set up low-maintenance, organic gardens to support their health.


Your Mind

0 Mindset ResetMindset Reset for Weight Loss by Victoria Morrison of Weight Loss Mind Coaching

ebook, mp3 audio and three bonus pdf reports on Thinking Like a Non Binger, Resourceful Beliefs and Mindset and Train Your Brain to Focus.Victoria Morrison is a weight loss mindset expert. 30 years in the health and fitness industry and finally conquering her own binge-eating issues led Victoria into the field of positive psychology. She created Mindset Reset for Weight Loss for smart women who want to drop the struggle and drop their excess weight.

Using CBT, NLP and other modalities, clients quickly transform their mindset and get on track for transforming their bodies permanently. Victoria is passionate about helping others let go of what is holding them back: “It’s easier, faster and more fun than people expect– and the results are amazing. Be your ideal weight and enjoy the experience – why wouldn’t you give that a go?




0 Detox your Mind Transform your Life - 3dDetox Your Mind, Transform Your Life by Hong Curley

Ebook and audio. This ebook demonstrates how changing your perspectives and beliefs can heal chronic diseases and transform your life. Packed with deep, profound spiritual and psychological wisdom and knowledge, it will help you instantly detoxify the thoughts and beliefs that make you sick and transform them into beliefs that create harmony, health happiness and unlimited abundance. Fasten your seat belt because you are about to go on an emotional roller-coaster ride with tears, laughter, excitement and wonderment. This book will put a smile on your face, hope in your heart and joy in your soul.





1_falling_in_love_again_-_3dFalling in Love Again by Elizabeth Rose of Life with Elizabeth Rose

Falling in love again has been written especially for you – the woman who is ready to call in love…beginning with love for yourself. You, the beautiful woman who is ready for mega transformation, lofty dreams and lots of JOY. You are yearning to fall in love again with someone special, and/or ready and willing to fall in love again with you and your life.

But… Although you are ready to call in love, you feel stuck. You’re uncertain of your direction in life and you lack self-love and self-confidence. Secretly, you even feel undeserving of love at times. This is the ultimate love-guide for transforming you, your life and your relationships. It is jam-packed full of heart-centered storytelling, challenges around your mind, body and soul, plus loads of tools and how-to’s to tackle each challenge and live life fully and with love.


Self Confidence & Emotional Eating

1_5_steps_to_overcome_emotional_eating_-_3d5 Steps to Overcome Emotional Eating by Kes Cardoso

So many of us struggle to dissociate food with comfort. If you’re sick of yoyo dieting and emotional eating, this is the ebook that could change all of that. This ebook will help you conquer your innate freedom so you can make peace with your emotional – and finally satisfied – belly.






1_binge_eating_breakthrough_-_3dBinge Eating Breakthrough by Chelsea O'Brien of Binge Eating Breakthrough

Here's how to stop binge eating and eat in the way you've always wanted. In this ebook you'll learn the exact steps and specific directions for how to get control over your cravings (even if you've been trying for years). This book takes the guesswork out of how to stop binge eating or compulsive overeating by utilizing resources you already have…but may not have realized how to use effectively. The book explains the simple yet effective way to re-create your relationship with food.
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How to Stop Binge Eating and Take Control of Your Life! by Kristin Gerstley of End Binge Eating

There is an amazing life just waiting for you once you beat binge eating. This ebook will teach you:
An easy-to-follow three-step process to sky rocket recovery and overcome binge eating once and for all
The seven factors that may contribute to the development of Binge Eating Disorder according to the latest research and how they affect you
The five ways you can achieve a healthy, positive body image right now – even if you are at your lowest point
Why dieting is a BIG no-no if you are a binge eater and what steps to take so that you never have to diet again
The simple three-step process to finally stop jumping on the “diet of the month” train, while still losing weight The easy to follow four-week plan to see results almost instantly
How your daily routine may be adding fuel to your binge
A little known technique that will not only help you overcome binge eating, but it will also put you on the fast track of living the life you have always imagined



1_nourish_yourself_-_3dNourish Yourself by Anastasia Amour

In a perfection and Photoshop driven culture, so many of us automatically link food with the need to change our bodies. The result? Guilt. Fear. Negativity. Perpetuating the cycle of body loathing, even if we think we aren’t. What we need is to eat out of nothing but the utmost respect for our amazing bodies. What we need is a healthy relationship with food.

Do you:
• Spend a lot of time thinking about food?
• Feel guilty after you indulge in a treat?
• Want to eat healthily, but can’t seem to get out of the cycle of eating junk?
• Go through periods of bingeing/purging?
• Find yourself putting items in your shopping basket that you don’t really need or want?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, these are all signs that your relationship with food may have some unhealthy elements to it. This guide is for you.

1_a_teenages_perspective_on_food_restrictions_-_3dA Teenager's Perspective on Food Restrictions by Erica Braha of Edible Attitudes

This ebook reflects a raw, honest experience of living with food sensitivities… This guide breaks down all of the conflicts that arise when going against the norm of the Standard American Diet in an effort to heal the damage that it causes. Erica dissects these issues and the emotions that accompany them in an effort to help others both understand her experiences and also to help them face their own challenges with greater ease.





1_healing_whats_eating_you_-_3dHealing What's Eating You by Rev. Ke'ala Vai of Aloha Healing Women

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Unconventional Weight Loss Summit 2015 paleo network UWL

Wondered why I’ve been so quiet?

I hadn't disappeared, in fact, I've been working harder than I've ever worked before.

I told you a while ago about my struggle to lose the rest of the weight I had to lose. Not a great situation for a health blogger, I can tell you! How despite having a really good, clean, paleo diet – my weight just wouldn't budge.

I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating it is. When everyone tells you “you just need to eat less and move more”, when you know it just isn't that simple.

I decided to get to the bottom of it.

How can I finally start losing weight, the right way?

I sought out 30 of the World's leading experts in everything to do with weight loss and they graciously all allowed me to interview them. I'm still amazed at some of the big names who gave me their time to help me solve this puzzle.

I've spoken to best-selling authors, doctors, scientists and real people with incredible success stories and health transformations. Jonathan Bailor, Jon Gabriel, Jimmy Moore, Nora Gedgaudas, Keoni Teta, Marc David and many others you'll be very familiar with, shared some pretty life changing information with me. You can find out more & register here

Believe it or not, nutrition is just one part of what we spoke about, we also spoke extensively about metabolism, hormones, physiological blockers to fat loss, emotional eating, food cravings, mindset – and so much more.

After sharing my story, I had hundreds of emails from people also struggling to lose weight, so I've decided to share this information, completely free – because I want to help as many people as possible to lose weight (the right way), this New Year.


How's it going to work?

There are 28 talks in all, and each talk is going to be shown online (for free) for 24 hours during the week long event. It starts in a few days time (4th Jan), so if you want to hear the life-changing talks, all you need to do is register here, simple. You'll also get a free ebook about resolving emotional eating, when you register.

Here are the experts I spoke to


Jonathan Bailor

Bestselling author of the Smarter Science of Slim & The Calorie Myth

The Calorie Myth & How to Eat SANE

  •  Why a neurological problem is often wrongly labelled as willpower
  • How we can quickly identify which foods we should eat – and which we should avoid
  • Why exercise could hinder your weight loss efforts
  • Our body weight set-point

Dr. Bryan Walsh

Naturopathic Physician who helps patients who are struggling to lose weight

Fat Is Not Your Fault

  •  Why it’s about physiology, not calories
  • The specific physiological reasons that may be preventing you from losing weight
  • How to identify which issues are affecting you
  • How hypothyroid symptoms can be missed by doctors

Sam Feltham

Founder of Smash the Fat, author, Health Activist & Personal Trainer

Smash the Fat

  •  The physiological drive that causes some to store more body fat
  • Why the advice “Eat Less: Move More” is negligent
  • The different biochemical reactions from different foods
  • Why setting goals is detrimental to your fat loss attempts
  • The exact steps Sam’s clients do to lose weight

Bob Briggs

Health Activist who lost 145 pounds & shortly after his video “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off” went viral

Bob's Story: Butter Makes Your Pants Fall off

  •  How Bob lost 145 pounds
  • What he ate & did to lose the weight
  • How his arthritis disappeared
  • The steps to take to lose weight for good

Jon Gabriel

Jon Gabriel is the author & creator of the book, The Gabriel Method, an international best-seller. He lost 220 pounds (100kg) & now helps others

Weight Loss Without Dieting

  • The specific non-food factors that can cause your body to hold onto weight
  • What signals the body into fat storage mode
  • Why our brains think we’re in famine
  • Why we may feel safer in a bigger body
  • Changing the body at a hormonal level
  • The importance of meditation & visulisation



Dr. Corey Schuler

Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and Functional Medicine Practitioner in the field of natural health and metabolism.

Metabolism & Weight Loss

  • How to change the set point of your Basal metabolic Rate
  • The crucial role of hormones in fat storage and release
  • Why being overweight is an inflammatory condition
  • Why age 35 – 43 is a critical time for overweight women
  • The tests you should have

Kevin Bees

Strategic Interventionist, Coach, and Entrepreneur

How to Change Your Mindset to Guarantee Success

  • Why your mindset is crucial in your transformation
  • Why we take actions that sabotage our goals (i.e. binge eating)
  • The six needs that drive all of our actions
  • A technique to change disordered & unhelpful behaviours
  • Why we must celebrate to break our bad patterns
  • How to set up our goals to guarantee success



Orleatha Smith

Health Coach & Health Activist

How Orleatha Lost 125 Pounds & Solved Her Health Issues

  • The health problems that Orleatha suffered from – and overcame
  • The diets she had tried previously
  • Why a gastric bypass wasn’t the answer
  • How Orleatha got rid of her food cravings



Jimmy Moore

Creator of Livin La Vida Low Carb, Author of “Keto Clarity”

Ketosis: Using Ketosis to Lose Weight

  • What is ketosis & how it causes fat loss
  • How to eat to get (and stay) in ketosis
  • The protein impact
  • Eliminating food cravings



Nora Gedgaudas

Paleo Nutritional Consultant, Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist and the International Best-Selling Author of Primal Body, Primal Mind.

The Impact Our Adrenals, Stress What We Eat Have On Our Ability to Lose Weight

  • The significant impact stress has on our ability to lose fat
  • How (even with a perfect diet) cortisol can lead to fat storage
  • Why an in-sync circadian rhythm is essential
  • How to investigate



Tara Grant

Health Blogger & Author

Tara's Story: How Tara Lost Over 100 Pounds & Resolved Her Health Issues

  •  The health conditions Tara suffered
  • The turning point that made her transform her life
  • The importance of self-experimentation
  • The impact of gut health

Bob Montgomery

Chef and Founder of “Not So Fast Food”

Bob's Story: How Bob Lost 90 Pounds & Started Not So Fast Food

  • How imminent surgery prompted Bob to transform his life & health
  • The non-dietary changes Bob made
  • How Bob now helps others to eat well
  • Why Bob offers his customers non-gluten free bread

Dr. Keoni Teta

Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist and Author of the Metabolic Effect Diet

The Metabolic Effect

  • Why food is so much more than just fuel
  • The crucial role hormones play in our weight
  • The “What the Hell” effect
  • The crucial difference between willpower & mindset
  • Why yo-yo dieting leads to weight loss – not fat loss
  • The three key things that impact metabolism
  • The H.E.C. check we should all do



Adam Kosloff

Yale University Educated Blogger, Author and Science Enthusiast

The Black Box

  • The Black Box factors that make you store fat
  • How prescription drugs can mess with your Black Box & make you store fat
  • The triad of evil foods we should avoid
  • The mechanisms by which dairy can cause weight gain



Carla & Emma Papas, The MerryMaker Sisters

Health Bloggers

The Merrymaker Sister's Journey (& Mistakes!)

  • The turning point that made the sisters change their lives
  • The huge changes they made to their relationships and even careers
  • The mistakes they made that caused them to regain some of the weight the lost
  • How they overcame their soft-drink addictions



Tessa Cason & Faith Shevlin

Life Coaches, Authors and EFT Practitioners

Free Yourself From Food Cravings and Emotional Eating

  • The crucial role of our emotions and beliefs in weight loss
  • Why food cravings are symptoms
  • Why we crave the particular foods we crave
  • How the specific food we crave is a clue to which emotion needs to be healed
  • How to understand & resolve our own disordered patterns



Marc David

Founder of the Institute For the Psychology of Eating, and Best-Selling Author of the Slow Down Diet and Nourishing Wisdom

The Psychology of Eating

  • Why 99% of all people on a weight loss plan will put it all back on within a year
  • Why self-hate biochemically impacts our ability to lose fat
  • Why it’s predictable that some people will binge eat
  • Why your willpower problem isn’t down to willpower at all



Matt Stone

Independent Health Researcher and Author


  •  Why we should take our body temperature
  • The factors that significantly impact or metabolisms
  • The beneficial, and harmful types of exercise on our metabolisms
  • Why many of us drink too much water

David Mendosa

Journalist, Diabetes Advocate and Medical Writer

David's Story

  • How David put his diabetes into remission
  • How he lost half his body weight
  • What he does to ensure he remains at his current weight


Crystal Fieldhouse

Paleo Blogger, Podcaster & Founder of Ecology Skincare

Crystal's Story: How Crystal & Her Husband Lost 50 Kilos & Healed Their Health

  • How Crystal initially reversed her health issues and lost weight
  • But how her symptoms started to come back – despite eating a perfect diet
  • What caused Crystal to lose too muchweight
  • The tests Crystal has to get to the bottom of it
  • Why it isn't just about food
  • The simple changes she made to get her health back on track

Christine Cronau

Nutritionist & Best-Selling Author of The Fat Revolution

The Fat Revolution

  • The impact Christine’s low-fat vegetarian diet had on her health
  • How Christine healed
  • The fibre myth
  • The truth about eating an alkali/ acidic diet
  • How to change your diet



Dr. Susan Smith

Holistic Health Educator and Author

Metabolism & Rejuvenation

  • Why extra weight is so detrimental to the body
  • The importance of muscle mass on our metabolism
  • The specific superfoods that may be beneficial to weight loss
  • Why sleep & water are so crucial



Kelly Larisey

Nutritional therapist & Life Coach

Kelly's Story: How Kelly Reversed Emotional Eating & Lost 55lbs

  • How Kelly lost 18 pounds (8 kg) in the first 30 days
  • How Kelly dealt with her emotional eating patterns
  • The impact the weight loss has had on Kelly’s life



Eve Parker

Life Coach and Weight Release Guru

Eve's Story: How Eve Lost Over 150 Pounds By Harnessing Her Personal Power

  • Why we need to call it “weight release”, not weight loss
  • The stark moment that made Eve realise she had to make a change
  • The importance of understanding the ego
  • Understanding primary & secondary food cravings
  • Why we must re-connect our mind and body – and how
  • No shame eating

Zoe Harcombe

Obesity Researcher & Nutritionist

Why Conventional Dieting Fails – and What We Need to Do Instead

  • The eating problems that lead to Zoe studying nutrition
  • What happens 6 – 24 months after a typical low calorie diet
  • The worst carbohydrate
  • The three common medical conditions that cause food cravings
  • The perfect diet
  • Why we mustn’t graze



Dr. Jill Tieman

Clinical Nutritionist, Chiropractor & Blogger

Nourishing Food

  • The one thing you must do before trying to lose weight
  • Which real food diet is most suitable for you
  • What happens when we eat grains
  • Why you should eat something fermented at every meal



Hannah Sutter

Former Barrister, Health Activist & Best Selling Author of Big Fat Lies

Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work – and What We Should Do Instead

  • Why we got fat
  • What happens when we calorie count
  • Why people are doomed to regain the weight the lost right after a diet
  • The foods we must avoid to lose weight
  • The steps to transition from a sugar burner to a fat burner



Larry Diamond

Health advocate

Larry's Story: How Larry Lost Over 100 Pounds In A Year

  • The turning point that made Larry transform his life
  • How Larry went from being hungry all the time, to never being hungry
  • The importance of the “motivational high”
  • The steps to take to emulate Larry’s success


Just register here to hear the talks!

If you've got friends or family who will benefit from this information, please share with them too. Let's make this the last New Year with the resolution to “lose weight & get healthy”.

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MTHFR – say what?

If you've been following my series on investigating my inability to lose weight, you’ll have read about my blood test results last week. (Catch up on the other posts in the series here, here , here , here and here). Well, the other component to those test results was the genetic results…

I knew these results were fine too, as I’d scanned through them when they arrived in the post and didn't see any words like “fault” or “mutation”. Wrong again. That innocuous word “heterozygous” in the results column, does not mean “nothing to see here, move on!”

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Introducing MTHFR…

One of the gene sequences they tested for was the gene MTHFR (methyl-tetrahydrofolate reductase). Yep, I'd never heard of it either. There are more than 50 known MTHFR variants, and they seem to only test for a few of these (with 677T and 1298C being the most common). It turns out I am heterozygous for MTHFR 1298C. Heterozygous means I have one affected gene and one normal gene, whereas homozygous would mean both genes are affected. Being heterozygous, it’s quite possible I could have no issues whatsoever, but having looked through the list of symptoms and seeing pulmonary embolisms feature, it’s clear I am affected by this mutation.

Having had two unexplained “random” pulmonary embolisms and none of the risk factors (as I wrote about recently) I am shocked and upset that this was not uncovered before. I had the genetic tests before and didn't see them myself, but was told they were fine. It’s clear to me now that they would only have told me if I has a homozygous result!

The MTHFR enzyme works in a process called the methylation pathway, and basically seems to explain why my B12 (and therefore Iron) are so low, as a mutation means B vitamins aren't processed properly. I'm no scientist, so I highly recommend reading this excellent MTHFR website. The treatment is to take B12 supplements, but in the active form of Methyl B12, and I've also started taking another supplement called “Methyl-Guard Plus” that works with the B12. Luckily iherb sell both, so I was able to get them and start taking them quickly.

Interestingly fortified folic acid or folate foods have a further detrimental effect on this pathway and are to be strictly avoided as you’re not able to process they folic acid. The folic acid then has no where to go, so causes inflammation and increased homocysteine levels. I can’t help wondering how many expectant mothers diligently taking folic acid also have MTHFR mutations and are doing a lot more damage than good with these well intended supplements…

In a few weeks time I'm going to have a repeat of all of the tests (and a few extra) to see how the treatment and supplements have been working. Depending on the results I'm also going to look into having further testing into some of the other 50 known MTHFR variants. After my Pulmonary Embolism experience I want to know as much as I possibly can about my health and genetics, to avoid that ever happening again.

How is this related to my weight?

On the surface, it’s not completely clear – there is just so much going on. But given how many things seem to be linked, the doctor and naturopath seemed to think it likely that this is all related to my weight. If things aren't working properly, it makes sense that my bodies process for fat loss is not efficient either. And now that I have several biochemical reasons as to why I am so frequently tired – perhaps this is also related to my low metabolism? A low metabolism must have a significant bearing on weight loss…
Have you had genetic testing? What did you find out – and what have you done about it since finding out?

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My DXA body scan

Last week I wrote about my weight loss struggles, and my first appointments with a naturopath and functional doctor…

Exactly how overweight am I?

As I spoke about in my first post, my weight has not budged within a 3kg range since 2010, despite following a paleo diet and exercising regularly. Everyone always tells you that muscle weighs more than fat, but does it really? Does this apply to me?

I’ve been going to the gym regularly for the last few years, and for the last year or so I’ve been doing CrossFit. My arms have distinct muscle in them that I swear didn’t used to be there, and I am making good progress on increasing the weight I can lift – so that would suggest I have more muscle than I used to. So if I do have more muscle, and it weighs more, how can my total weight still be EXACTLY THE SAME?

The naturopath had suggested I go and have a DXA (Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; formally called a DEXA scan) body scan performed so I could see exactly what my body composition is. I was initially quite wary about the radiation, but apparently it’s the same dose of radiation as a short flight between Sydney and Melbourne. I take domestic flights often, this is important, so I figured it was worth it.

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The DXA scan

Have you had one of these body scans? It’s completely open (I was expecting it to be enclosed, like an MRI scan) and not unlike being photocopied (I’d imagine). You lie on the DXA machine and it whizzes over you for about ten minutes whilst you watch an image of your body appear on the screen on the ceiling. I found it really confronting. Your fat mass is displayed in yellow. Lying flat on your back, no tailoring can disguise the yellow fat shown in the image.

I’m not ready to post my scan images just yet – it was enough to convince myself just to write about my weight loss struggle, let me tell you! The images in this post show some example DXA scans I found online. When I go back for my follow up scan in a few months, I will post both scans, side by side to show the difference and all of the statistics that go with it.

The image shows your bone in blue and your lean body mass (i.e. muscle & vital organs) in red. What amazed me was my skeleton. It is small – the “I’m just big boned” excuse can be completely dismissed. And how much would you expect your skeleton to weigh? Well mine is just over 2.2 kilos. Incredible. These DXA scans are also used to look at bone density, so I was pleased to see my bone mineral density is excellent (note to all those who’ve been told paleo doesn’t give your body enough calcium!). I also had slight variances between my left and right side, with my right side weighing fractionally more. Interesting – I wonder if many people have exactly the same on both sides?

In terms of muscle mass, the physiologist who conducted my DXA scan, and talked me through the results was surprised by how much muscle mass I have. He seemed to think I have about 10kg more muscle than an “average” woman of my weight and height would have. This was great to hear – and also surely must mean that I have in fact lost fat – it must just be a coincidence that my total weight number has not changed…

Unsurprisingly, my fat mass was too high – but only about 6% above a healthy range (I expected it to be a lot worse than this). The DXA scan clearly showed what I already knew, I store my fat around my hips (a typical pear shape). The danger zone is storing fat around your middle (the “central abdominal zone”, so I’m glad that’s one risk factor I don’t have. My estimate had been that I needed to lose about 15kg of fat, but the actual measurements, suggest I may “only” need to lose 11.9kg. It’s still a lot, but thanks to the bonus lean muscle mass, less than I expected.


The scan also calculated my Resting Metabolic Rate, which has opened up a whole new avenue on my journey of discovery…. metabolism, it turns out, is absolutely crucial in weight loss.

The DXA scan measured my resting metabolic rate as 1639 kcal a day. That means just to exist with absolutely no physical activity, my body needs 1639 calories a day…

I’m going to talk a lot more about metabolism in my next weight loss post – and share with you what I’ve found out – and what it means.

Before then, please share your experiences below. Have you had a DXA body scan? What did you find out?

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Getting answers – why can’t I lose weight?

Last week I wrote about my weight loss struggles, and how I finally realised there might be more than “eat right, eat less and move more” to the weight loss equation…

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The Naturopath

After speaking to my naturopath-trainee friend Jodie, I got an appointment with one of Sydney’s top naturopaths. I've always been a little wary of seeing an expert, for fear of being told to make sure I eat my whole grains and switch to soy milk. Luckily my naturopath happens to completely support & endorse the grain-free, organic, natural food diet that I eat.

I completed a detailed questionnaire before my appointment, and during my appointment we went through a lot of detail about my medical history, things that may have affected my past and how I feel. Reflecting on it now, it’s quite amazing to think no doctor had ever asked me for such a complete picture before. Questions like: Have I ever had food poisoning? What illnesses have I had? Do I get pins and needles? Do I retain water? What do I eat in a typical day? How do I sleep?

We spoke for almost an hour and it made me think about things I've never thought about before. Now I come to think of it, I do quite often wake up with pins and needles in the middle of the night. I quite often feel exhausted. I've been seriously ill with two unexplained pulmonary embolisms. There was that time I capsized in the river three times during my first (and last) time canoeing, shortly after heavy rainfall – and got suspected Weil’s disease. I got food poisoning when I backpacked in India. All of these things, perhaps completely irrelevant, have never been considered together.

Next Steps

What I love (and hadn't realised) about naturopathy, is that it’s a fusion between age-old herbs, and cutting edge science. I’d naively dismissed naturopathy, as I imagined I’d be given a mysterious overpriced mixture of herbs and sent on my way. I couldn't have got it any more wrong.

The naturopath took notes as we spoke, of things she wanted me to be tested for – and at the end gave me a referral letter to take along to a doctor. An actual medical doctor, who specialises in functional medicine and works closely with the naturopath.

A few weeks later I managed to get an appointment and went along to this doctor, expecting her to charge me a lot of money in exchange for a 2 minute appointment and a form for the blood tests I needed. Wrong again.

I was with the doctor for almost an hour, during which time she asked me a barrage of questions again, homing in on particular areas as my answers lead her. Was I breast-fed as baby? Was I premature? Did I take lots of antibiotics as a child? Did they find out why you’d had the Pulmonary Embolisms? Have you had genetic tests? And on, and on.

She not only knew what paleo was, but spoke to me about Chris Kresser’s latest book. She completely gets it and believes in going grain and sugar free.

As with the naturopath, the doctor was not surprised I have struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise alone and explained how so many different biochemical reasons can prevent fat loss. What a relief to hear there may be an answer out there.

I was surprised at her interest in my Pulmonary Embolism episode. Yes, I had had genetic tests, but come to think of it, I had never seen the results myself and just took the assurances that everything was fine. She compiled a fairly sizeable list of blood tests she wanted me to have, then asked if I have ever had food poisoning, before giving me a kit for stool samples. I knew that was completely unnecessary, but took the kit to humour her.


A few mornings later I went to the clinic for the blood tests, which other than being quite lengthy due to the huge number of vials they needed – was quite uneventful. I also provided the urine and stool samples, and waited for the results, fairly convinced we were going to find some sort of thyroid related issue.

I've been on a big journey of discovery over the last few months, and will be sharing with you what I've learnt about my own weight loss struggle over the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments, below. Do/ did you struggle to lose weight? Have you seen a naturopath or functional doctor?

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Why can’t I lose weight? My story…

Ask almost anyone how to lose weight and you’ll get the same answer. It’s easy. All you need to do is eat less and move more. In the Paleo world it's almost as bad – eat Paleo and your weight will naturally regulate. For a lot of people, this seems to be the case – but unfortunately this simplistic view just does not work for everyone. I’m now almost certain that for myself, weight loss is a far more complicated equation than eat Paleo,eat less, move more.

I’ve made a lot of huge discoveries in the last few weeks, and am starting to understand why my body is fighting all efforts to burn fat. It’s time to share my weight loss struggles with you…


As you may have read when I first found Paleo in 2010, I quickly and effortlessly lost 17 kilos. This was several dress sizes and changed me quite dramatically. I felt so much better, my asthma disappeared, my sleep improved – I felt like a brand new person. With another maybe 15 kilos to go, I assumed my weight loss would continue – perhaps not at the same speed – but I thought I would gradually get to the right size for me (that’s what the experts tell you, after all…)

But then nothing happened. Nothing. For the last four years I have stayed within a 3kg weight range. I have been completely unable to break through this barrier, no matter what I’ve tried. And believe me, I have tried almost every approach.


With the distractions of day to day life – a busy corporate job with weekly inter-state travelling, running a business, blogging, multiple house moves etc etc– I’ve always been able to blame my inability to lose weight on a variety of things I’ve “been getting wrong”. My favourite thing to blame has always been sleep. When I’m stressed, I don’t sleep well. Poor sleep increases cortisol causing the body to hold onto its fat stores. Therefore even though I'm eating well and lifting weights, it must be the poor sleep preventing weight loss, right? Or perhaps the problem lies with one of these problems:

  • Living alone and cooking for myself, perhaps I had been eating huge football team size portions, without realising?
  • Perhaps I've been lying to myself all along and punctuating my amazing Paleo meals with McDonalds every few hours?
  • Perhaps I've been sleepwalking to the fridge with no knowledge or recollection?
  • Perhaps it's my adrenals?
  • Perhaps I'm just big boned?
  • Perhaps I'm just meant to be this weight?


Last year I went to PrimalCon for the third consecutive year and felt really embarrassed to have made no progress over the course of another year. I spoke at length to Sarah Fragoso (of Everyday Paleo – one of the sweetest most genuine people you could ever hope to meet) about my weight loss plateau. Sarah didn't take the “eat better/ move more” approach, but really encouraged me to focus on stresses in my life and get my sleep in check. Coming back I had a renewed belief that I could change this – and a determination not to give up.


Last year, I was fortunate enough to have several months off the corporate conveyer belt, for the first time in years. Escaping the daily early mornings/ commute/ work/ meetings/ pressure/ deadlines/ late nights gave me a golden opportunity to experiment with everything. I could to finally start losing some weight.

What I did every single day

The first change I incorporated was sleep. Just how much was that really impacting things? In all the time I wasn't working, I only set an alarm twice. I stuck thick cardboard* to my widows to make sure my room was darker than a remote cave in the middle of the night.

After sunset I turned off all main lights and used side lights with red bulbs. I forced myself to turn off all screens (tv, laptop, iPhone) at least two hours before bed.

I read. Real physical fiction books before bed.

I turned off the wifi in my house overnight and switched my iPhone/ iPad to flight mode (I still do this)

I did interval sprits to the local outdoor swimming pool most days. I swam. I lifted weights.

I got sunshine everyday.

On the nutrition side, I took the time to get excellent, quality food (pastured/ grassfed/ organic – you know the drill). As always, I cooked everything from scratch.

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Changing things up

Once I had my baseline established, with the new habits I mentioned above, I tried pretty much every piece of paleo weight loss advice. Whenever I tried something new, I stuck at it for a few weeks, without introducing any other changes. Here are some of the things I tried:

  • Intermittent fasting. Without the usual life stresses this was the perfect opportunity to give this a real go.
  • I tried very low carb (below 50g a day, then lower, about 20g a day)
  • I tried high (relatively speaking) carb, which meant eating a lot of things like pumpkin and sweet potato.
  • I tried counting calories strictly, sticking to a conventional wisdom approved daily limit (keeping it paleo, within that limit)
  • I tried eating more fat
  • I tracked my macros and micro nutrients and made sure I was hitting all of the recommended amounts of everything (except for calcium)

And guess what happened….

Nothing. That’s right. NOTHING. I could get to the bottom of my 3kg range, but I could not break through that barrier.

Perhaps I eat too much?

I was able to spend a couple of months in the UK with my family during my time out, which gave me some great insights into this weight loss puzzle.

Looking at me and hearing about my weight loss plateau, I'm frequently quizzed on my portion sizes. I know people think I must be eating an entire chicken, 2 packs of bacon, 6 eggs and a litre of coconut oil for a mid-afternoon snack. Well, actually no. And my time in the UK proved this to me.

My parents are both slim having lost a few pounds when they went Paleo three years ago. For the duration of my stay we ate exactly the same for all but two meals. Same food and similar portion sizes (my Dad having slightly larger portion sizes). They are at ideal body weights – and their weight remained constant. I didn't lose any weight, despite having significantly more kilos to support than my parents do.

So what's going on?

For the first time I felt I had conclusive proof that there was more going on in my body, than I could control with nutrition and movement…
I was explaining my puzzle to my friend Jodie – who happens to be a trainee naturopath (and eats a natural, real food diet too).  “There has to be more to it than eat less, move more?“. Her empathetic agreement encouraged me to delve a lot further into this and for the last few months I’ve been on a journey to find out everything I can….

Over the last few months I’ve been on an incredible personal journey into this puzzle. Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to share with you who I’ve met, what’s really going on – and what I’m doing to fix things. From emails and comments I get from you, I know I’m not alone in this struggle. For all of those who are doing everything the “paleo experts” tell you – and are still struggling to lose weight, I think I have some answers that will help you, which I’ll be writing about in detail in the coming weeks and months.

You can read the next post on my weight loss journey here

In the meantime, if you’re struggling to lose weight (or you overcame a struggle), please please leave a comment or email me. I’d love to hear about your journey and what you think the problem is for you.

* If you're renting, don't do this. It took hours and hours to scrape the glue off the windows when I moved out
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How Losing Weight Almost Killed Me

This post, on the surface, hasn't got much to do with the paleo diet. It’s also pretty self indulgent. I’m writing this post in the hope that people who relate to anything I’m about to write below, will get in touch. Perhaps we’ll be able to compare our stories – maybe someone will point out similarities we hadn't even considered?

Apologies – this is a long post, you might want to make a cup of tea first…

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So, let’s go back. In early 2010 I lost weight, A lot of weight. About 20kg (44lb) in fact. I found out about paleo, completely transformed my diet, started walking/ running to work and developed a mild addiction to taking dance classes. Over the three months I lost the weight, I could almost see it falling off. Every day at work people would comment. But then as quickly as the weight loss began, it stopped. A huge plateau (I’ll be writing a lot more about this in future posts). I remained 17kg lighter, and didn't put any back on.

Around three months after my weight hit a plateau, I travelled back to the UK for the wedding of one of my oldest school friends (that makes her sound old, but you know what I mean). This is a long, long journey, that I’d made several times before. I had never been as slim and physically fit as I was then; I felt great and was itching to show my family and friends in England the new me.

The Flight

It’s a long old flight, is Sydney to London. I opted for the shortest time, a mere 26 hours, meaning I had just a couple of hours stopover in Singapore. I've always been cautious on flights, walking around lots, moving my feet and ankles constantly and wearing flight socks. I even special-ordered my flight meals, with the aim of keeping to my healthy paleo diet. I never drink alcohol on long haul flights, and even carried my own water bottle to make sure I kept hydrated. I must have been one of the most health-cautious passengers on the entire plane.

So I got to England, went to the wedding, saw my friends and family and generally had a great time. Due to the level of fitness I’d built up, I went out for a few runs during my trip. I had been diagnosed with asthma in 2005, but it had almost disappeared earlier that year, after adopting a paleo diet – or so I thought*. In England, on my last run, I really struggled to breathe. Really struggled. In this situation in the past using my inhaler wasn't an instant remedy, but it always made breathing a bit easier. This time however, it didn't even touch my breathing difficulties, which was quite scary. I put it down to the change in climate (that November in the UK was pretty cold and wet) and decided not to do any more runs until I got back to the Australian sunshine.

Towards the end of my trip I’d started to feel, what I assumed was, a really uncomfortable heartburn sensation. My “asthma” wasn't improving either. The pain got progressively worse – and I did think it odd that it didn't seem to make a difference whether or not I’d eaten. I chose to blame it on eating white potatoes for the first time in ages – see – proof that paleo is the right way to eat!

I left England, with what had become quite constant pain, and headed to Bangkok, Thailand.  I had a few days planned to see the sights, before heading back home, to Sydney.


When I woke up on my first morning in Bangkok, I was in a lot of pain. I knew it was my lungs, and I kind of knew it was a “serious” pain. To breathe, I had to double over and take very shallow breaths. For some stupid reason, the night before I had thought it a great idea to unpack my suitcase so I could repack it neatly the following day. It took me most of the day to repack as the pain was so great, and the effort so exhausting. I had to sleep sitting upright, but as I needed to bend forward to breath – and was in pain, and scared – I didn't get any sleep.

I foolishly decided not to tell anyone, whether in Thailand or back home. I knew if I did, I’d have to go to a Thai hospital, and my panicked self thought that would not be a good thing**. So somehow, I and my suitcase, made it to the airport and through check in, despite being doubled up and probably quite obviously in pain. Very, very foolish, I know.

I got back home to Sydney, made it through what seemed like a never ending queue for immigration and went immediately to my doctor. After hearing I’d just got off a long haul flight, my doctor was very concerned and called the emergency department of the nearby hospital, to tell them I was coming. I declined her suggestion of an ambulance, and drove myself, feeling scared, but relieved it was all about to be sorted out and this horrific pain might actually stop.

I didn't meet any of the non-flying risk factors associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) as I was young, a non smoker, didn't have it in the family, hadn't had surgery and was not taking the contraceptive pill. So I was given an x-ray, which (of course) gave me the all clear. I was told it was probably muscular, and to go back to my doctors in a week if it hadn't improved. I knew it wasn't muscular – but these were the experts – the x-ray showed nothing – they had to be right?

At this point, the story goes off on a bit of a tangent, which I’ll include for completeness, but feel free to skip…


Before being discharged, the nurse gave me some Nurofen to help with the “muscle pain”. I’d already told her I was allergic to drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen, but just to be safe, I asked her if that was definitely ok for me to take, since I was allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen. She went away and “checked” and came back to assure me it’s fine, take them. I knew Nurofen make ibruphen, but since it’s a brand name, I assumed they must make other drugs too and took the two white pills she gave me from the little plastic cup and off home I went.***

I got home and was heading to the shower when my face began to feel really odd and tight. It felt odder and odder by the second. I went back downstairs, where my housemate took one look at me and told me to get straight back in the car. I thought it odd that Kev kept looking at me and telling me it had almost gone, whilst at the same time driving fast and straight through several dodgy amber lights… most unusual behaviour.

As soon as I got back to Emergency, they took one look at me, realised I was having an anaphylactic shock and took me straight to the resuscitation area, despite the fact there was a huge queue – and I hadn’t even filled the registration form in. I then had seven doctors and nurses around me and was being given adrenaline in one arm, and antihistamine in the other – as well as wearing a mask giving me more adrenaline (and who knows what else). All I could see was a little corner of my hand, tight, swollen and covered in bright red hives. I could feel my face was tight and swollen. I really thought I was going to die****. After a while the anaphylaxis went away and I started to feel more relaxed (except for the shaking, which I think is a result of the adrenaline) – but then it came back again. Round two followed – more adrenaline, more doctors, more fear – before finally, it went away and stayed away. I spent the night in the emergency medical unit being monitored every 30 minutes or so. Everyone had completely forgotten about my chest pain, and I was still recovering from the adrenaline and shock.

Back to the main story….

The chest pain. I went back to work a couple of days after the anaphylactic incident and spent the week trying to carry on as normal, it was just muscle pain after all. I forced myself to go on walks at lunchtime, but it was excruciatingly painful. That Saturday morning, I went straight back to my doctor, who was horrified and convinced it wasn’t muscle pain. She sent me straight back to emergency, who this time did lots of other tests that they hadn’t even mentioned the previous week. A nurse scanned my legs, looking for a clot, but nothing was found. I had a couple of different scans. The first one, I think, was a CT scan. The VQ scan turned out to be the crucial one. For the VQ scan, you’re given a funny tasting radioactive gas to breath in, then your lungs are scanned. Next you’re given a radioactive injection in your arm, so the scan can match the first scan to the blood vessels in your lungs. I’m not remotely medical, so this is a very basic (and quite possibly inaccurate) explanation. In healthy lungs, the scans match. If they don’t match it indicates a clot. Lo and behold, there was a mismatch.

It turned out I had a Pulmonary Embolism (PE), at just 30 years of age without any of the major risk factors (well, except for flying). PE’s often happens after DVT, due to a clot leaving the legs and travelling to the lungs. It’s often hard to tell what caused it, unless a clot is found in the legs. Apparently the clot can break away from your lung and go to your heart, which would be fatal. And to think I was wondering around for ten days in ignorance trying to (as they say here in Australia) “man up”… I was admitted and immediately given Clexane (heparin) injections twice a day to thin my blood, until the Warfarin (also know at the anticoagulant Coumadin) drugs I was given took effect.

As much as I try to avoid drugs and anything artificial, in situations like this, I’m always thankful for science. Three days later I went home, but had to take the Warfarin for a further six months and go to the doctors every few days to have my INR levels checked. You have to really watch your Vitamin K intake when taking Warfarin, and can’t have certain foods, which wasn't exactly the situation I wanted to be in. The drug was originally developed as rat poison apparently, so I was keen to come off it as soon as I was out of risk.


About nine months after the first instance, I travelled to America for the Ancestral health Symposium in LA in August 2011. I was off Warfarin and completely clued up. These things don’t happen twice. I didn’t only have flight socks, I now had whole body skins. I spent most of the flight pacing up and down. I managed to use my Qantas points to upgrade one of my flights to business class. I gave myself Clexane injections, before during and after the flight. It was only half the distance of a trip to the UK. What could go wrong?

I remember having a pain in my calf when I got to San Francisco, but put that down to all of the hills and thought I’d probably pulled a muscle. I had a great trip, the symposium was amazing, all was well. On my return flight I felt great, really well and full of healthiness. All of a sudden, I felt very really ill, from completely out of the blue. I got up and walked to the bathroom. The next thing I remember is being in a really nice deep sleep and being abruptly woken up by two aircrew (who were also registered nurses – how good is Qantas!) It turns out I’d passed out on the way to the bathroom and had hit my head on the way down. They insisted on me breathing from an oxygen canister for the rest of the flight, and I felt fine. The next few days I didn't feel “quite right”, so went back to the specialist (who I’d been assigned nine months before) and had another VQ scan. It turned out I had a new, but very small, Pulmonary Embolism. Another one! How is that even possible?

I ended up taking Warfarin for another six months before getting the all clear again, and coming off the Warfarin. I had all of the genetic clotting tests, and nothing was found. My specialist said it seemed to be “just one of those things”. I don’t agree with “one of those things”. Even if it was the long haul flight, something else must be going on to make me more susceptible to this. I live on the other side of the World to my family, I can’t simply not travel ever again? I have taken a lot of long haul flights since this, and been completely fine. I don’t fly more than eight hours without at least a night’s stopover. I have also exhausted all of my Qantas points upgrading as many long haul flights as I can, to business class, so I can keep my legs in what seems to be a safer horizontal position.

So, this is how it was left, until a chance conversation with one of my friends in Sydney. Her fiancé is also on Warfarin, having had a PE too. He doesn't have the typical risk factors either. We then realised he and I had both lost a considerable amount of weight just prior to getting the PE. An interesting coincidence. I mentioned this to a doctor I saw recently, who realised she had seen the same in one of her patients too – a PE after a significant weight loss.

Do processes to do with circulation not adapt quickly to reduced body weight? Do people who have recently lost a lot of weight, still produce too much of certain chemicals? I wish I was a scientist…

I’m now seeing a functional doctor and am having a lot of tests (more on this soon), so I hope to find out if there is anything underlying going on.

Why am I posting this?

I want to hear from other people who’ve had out of the blue PE’s (or DVT) like this. If you or someone you know has had a Pulmonary Embolism, I’d love to hear more about what happened to you – and what you think caused it or made you more susceptible. Had you also lost weight soon before getting the PE? If you don’t want to leave a comment, please send me an email, I’d love to hear from you.

* Incidentally in another interesting discovery, my asthma completely disappeared, after the massive doses of adrenaline I was given. I’ve found a few studies (I’ll link to them here when I find them again) that use adrenaline in asthma treatment. Very interesting.

** And before you ask – yep, I had a very comprehensive travel insurance policy. I should have used it.

*** I now won’t even take paracetamol without reading the packet myself. I also wear a medic alert bracelet, to make sure this won’t happen again.

**** Perhaps the worst moment was when I asked one of the medical team this exact question and they wouldn't answer me. This still puzzles me, I'm sure they aren't allowed to say you’re going to be ok (for legal reasons?) but in that situation, I just want to be lied to and reassured that everything is going to be fine. Even if it isn't. Lie to me, please!

TL/DR: Went paleo, lost a lot of weight fast, got a Pulmonary Embolism; wondering if rapid weight loss makes people more susceptible to DVT & PE’s?

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Time to get healthy?

Post Christmas is a popular time to readdress your goals. Perhaps you got a bit carried away with the festivities and have realised you are carrying more weight than is healthy? Or perhaps you have a few health issues that you want to concentrate on, and resolve once and for all? Now is the perfect time to get healthy!

It starts with food

Diet is a great place to start. Instead of waiting until all if the festive food has been eaten (we've all done that!) why not just throw it away – or give it to someone who will appreciate it? Your health will thank you!
Once you've cleared out all the not-exactly-paleo food – it's time for the good food!  Make a list, plan out your meals for the next week and go and get some good wholesome paleo foods.
I like to make up big batches of dishes like soups and curries. It's great to freeze them in small portions, making it super easy to get healthy meals, quickly.
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What about lifestyle?

Lifestyle is a huge health factor! In fact, I'd argue that even with a perfect diet unless you have got the lifestyle factors right it's almost impossible to get healthy.

How's your sleep?

Have late nights and difficult mornings started to creep in? Are you getting enough sleep? This is a great time to work out how much sleep your body needs – and how you're going to get it.


Another huge factor – do you have enough time in your life for your friends and family? Do you have enough time to relax and just be? If not – what can you change to create more balance in your life?

Get healthy with fitness

This is another important factor. Do you lift heart things and get in the occasional sprint? Being fitter seems to go hand in hand with overall health and well being. You don't have to start big – try walking more.
I'd love to hear what you're planning to work on over the coming months, what changes are you planning to make to your life?