Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 79

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 79 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Barefoot lifting.  (8:30)
  • Exercise and amenorrhea.  (20:11)
  • Grass fed vs. conventional meat.  (32:33)


  1. Ellen says

    Dear Jason and Sarah,

    Your extended answer to Hannah was EXACTLY what I myself also needed to hear, having just come out of anorexia-related amenorrhea that had lasted since mid-2011. I’ve been so focused on my recent, considerable accumulation of fat (from wacky cortisol and stress-induced overeating) that I didn’t give the resumption of my cycle the gigantic sigh of relief it deserved. That, I have to tell myself daily, is the important part; healing my metabolism will take patience, and losing the self-protective layer may happen more slowly than I want it to. And that’s ok.

    Love you guys and your work!

  2. Johanna says

    Dear Jason and Sarah-

    Thanks so much for your amazing podcast. I’ve been following Sarah since she first came onto the Paleo scene and I love the work you two do together.

    I also want to comment to Hannah’s situation. I was also diagnosed with PCOS 16 years ago at age 17 and have been on every conventional treatment for it before finding Paleo. PCOS is one of this conditions that if you have, doesn’t always give the results promised in the Paleo “brochures”.
    I think what Dr. Brooke said last week about being at peace with your goal for the moment is a HUGE mental shift that women with PCOS need to make. The #1 goal needs to be healthy hormones. I needed to find a local naturopathic doctor to help me get the last pieces in place to get my hormones healthy. This included key supplements, some dietary suggestions (just because something is Paleo doesn’t mean it’s ok for women with PCOS) and an outside voice telling me to have patience with myself.
    It’s tough when you have PCOS to feel comfortable with carbs due to insulin resistance but getting greens, vegetables and safe starches at every meal is a great way to get lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s easy to eat Paleo without getting enough vegetables. Joining a CSA last summer put tons of veggies in my kitchen and I really noticed what eating a lot of veggies looks like. I was able to up my carb/fat intake (because all these veggies rate way better with fat) while still keeping my blood sugar level.
    It’s also important to slow down. Walk, relax, reduce stress and this will help get hormones to healthy levels.
    I am currently pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy we used Clomid but with patience and the steps above, I was able to overcome PCOS and achieve this pregnancy naturally. I did have to let go of some image ideas I had in my head because those extra five pounds I carried around last summer allowed me to get my hormones in place and I’m OK with it.
    I wish you the best of luck on your journey to back to health. Never stop looking for a better approach. PCOS can be treated by lifestyle alone (without the pill, metformin, etc) but it requires patience with yourself and peace about the journey.

    • says

      My story is simililar to Johanna’s above in that I had extrememly out-of-whack hormones for years, was finally diagnosed with PCOS at age 34 and took clomid to conceive my first son (now 7). This was after 20 years of going tons of doctors who prescibed synthetic progesterone, birth control pills, etc. No one could ever figure out why I didn’t get my periods. I never connected the dots – I began long-distance running at 15 (right around the time of my first period), grew up on a grape farm that was heavily sprayed (very toxic, congested liver – it was later confirmed that my body was converting progesterone into estrogen), ate a high-sugar/highly processed diet and was a super over-achiever (always stressed). If anything, I blamed my hormonal issues on DES (my mom was one of the last women to take it in the early 70s) which may have very well played into all of this as well. It took 20 years for me to stop all the nonsense (started walking/yoga – stopped cardio, began eating a paleo diet, improved my sleep and decreased my stress). Finally, in my late 30s things started to improve and at age 42 I just got pregnant naturally (didn’t think I could – very big surprise!) – now 5 months along. While I am grateful for where I am now, I truly wish I knew so much of this earlier. My moods are stable, I don’t worry about calories/fat/weight and everything seems calm in my life. I suffered for way too long and hope this will help others….

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