Paleo Talk Episode 18

Paleo Talk Episode 18

  • Pregnancy easier after switch to paleo. Now that baby is here, nursing intervals, iron supplements needed?
  • She has celiac disease, a milk allergy, and battled fibromyalgia. Paleo has transformed her life. Her anti-vegetable husband is feeding their toddlers pizza and McDonalds and laughs at this stupid diet.
  • Olive oil and how it should be used – other oils better suited for specific purposes.
  • Paleo. Breastfeeding. Weight loss. Am I doing it right?
  • Husband says this high fat diet is only good in the short term because he read an article in U.S. News. Yes. THAT article. (Robb’s Rebuttal)


  1. says

    Hey Sarah, wanted to say that my wife and I love your Everyday Paleo book and have cooked around 20 or so meals out of it already over the past month and they’re great!

    Anyways, on the topic of that US News report, I put up a blog post noticing something pretty amusing. Just look at the the answers to the question “Did this diet work for you?” to get the REAL truth.

    • Daniela says

      Totally agree! I looked at it, and the numbers blow away any of the other diets! The experts recommend diets that people can’t stick to–how does that make them the top diets? So obvious that the paradigm shift has not yet occurred at the level of academia. I am paleo, have lost weight, reduced my insulin sensitivity, improved my cholesterol etc., and remained healthy for 3 years and started Crossfitting and have done more races and triathlons since. That is considered anectodal, case study type evidence. We need to crunch the numbers after each paleo challenge and report them! I believe there will be statistical significance if the data is pooled. Then the experts can start to believe.

  2. says

    Hi Sarah!
    I have been following your blog for awhile and love using your recipes! Being paleo for over a year now my husband and I are always looking for new things to try. I just started listening to Paleo Talk !! WHOA! I’m only on episode #5 but have gotten so much great info from you ladies. I’m also 4 1/2 pregnant with my first and you guys have answered so many questions that I have had about paleo and pregnancy and raising children paleo. There are not a lot of sources out there about those topics. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I can’t wait to hear more….good thing I have some catching up to do.

    Thanks again you guys rock!


  3. JasonS says

    Nice job with the question regarding the bad husband/father. Yeah, I said it. I could not have been so diplomatic. Listening to that woman’s question made me want to go home and hug my kids.

  4. Beverly says

    I am also breastfeeding, not totally paleo yet but I am also constantly hungry. The only grain I have in my diet right now is some millet/flax bread and I am trying to elimate that. I have lost my milk with the last 4 so I also worry about losing my milk supply – I am already drinking lots of tea’s for that :)
    Wow – over 2000 MORE calories per day to keep up milk supply – my midwife tells me I need 500 extra calories. She always tells me though that I lose my milk because I dont eat enough calories – seems that I would lose weight if I was eating too few calories but I have only gained after each baby (even while breastfeeding – sometimes a pound a week weight gain!).
    Thanks so much for this talk – sorry if this is disjointed – baby is waiting for me and I am typing as I think instead of thinking first :)

    • Rebecca says

      I am very new to the the paleo diet and this blog. However, I feel it is very important to clear up some misinformation and add some resources so that people are successful in their breastfeeding effort no matter what diet they choose to follow.

      When breastfeeding a single baby, you only need to consume 300 to 500 extra calories per day. With that being said, I am in total agreement that you should eat when you are hungry. Drinking plenty of water is also extremely important.

      When you introduce solid foods around 6 months of age, there is no need to start with an iron fortified cereal. You can start with mashed bananas, sweet potatoes, or avacado. The key is to start with one food at a time in small amounts.

      The ways to determine if you are producing enough milk is if your baby is making 6 to 8 wet and dirty diapers per day and gaining adequate weight. Constipation is rarely an issue in a breastfeed baby. You should be able to bring her in for weight checks at her pediatrician’s office as frequently as you want if you are concerned about this. Typically you should aim to breastfeed your baby 8 to 12 times per 24 hours. There are may ways to increase your milk supply if needed and it is best to determine this as soon as possible.

      Breastfeeding can be a very challenging thing for many people, and it can take 6 to 8 weeks to get the hang of things. I know that the paleo diet may seem controversial to your healthcare providers so try and balance your information between your paleo sources and breastfeeding professionals. Please see a lactation consultant or find a Le Leche League group in your area You can also check out the book The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins and the website

  5. Beverly says

    So what are your favorite “cake” options for your kids birthdays? My 2 year old is having a b-day next week and I have a gluten free cake to make him but it has grains in it. I do have a coconut flour cake recipe that is pretty good – what are your favorites?

  6. J says

    My daughter is 7. I’ve been teaching her the right way to eat. When she’s with her father, he gets whatever is convenient. That means the fast food or the convenience store. I called her recently when she was with her father and she reported the “healthy soup” that she made with her father. “It had vegetables and chicken and no noodles!” She sounded so proud. “I’m trying to eat healthy now. I’m trying to support my grandma by eating healthy.” Her grandmother has had lots and lots of health problems from many years of the SAD way of eating and sugar addiction. We’re learning a better way. I’m so proud of her teaching her daddy a better way. Maybe the 2 year old and the 4 year old will be able to teach their daddy, too.

  7. says

    Hey ladies (and Dain),
    You mentioned a statistic during the husband/wife/kids question during the podcast about how we will be watching our children get sick and die if we don’t change our eating habits. Where did that statistic originate from? I would really like to share it with some folks.


  8. Traci (Colorado) says

    I wanted to leave a comment on here regarding the last question on podcast. This question was mine about high fat article that my husband had read. I wanted to let Sarah, Chrissy and Dain know that he fully supports me in the Paleo way of eating and also agrees that is is working! He eats what I eat. I know maybe it came across in my question that he wasn’t supportive or understanding. He was just telling me about the article and somewhat had a questions about it. He has been trying to get his mom and dad to eat more healthy or even Paleo as his dad is diabetic but it is hard to get people to change their way of life or eating. Just wanted to clear any confusion on that question. Thanks!

  9. Greg says

    You may want to do a little work on the volume levels. Dain is significantly louder than Sarah and Chrissy. They both sound like they are in the distance, much further away from the mics.

  10. LJRich says

    I am one who has celiac disease, milk allergy and fibro, too. Sadly, I’m also the anti-vegetable, picky eater as well. Gods help me. I’m new to Paleo/Primal dieting, but have discovered that grains really don’t sit well with me, anymore. Any tips for the picky, texture and taste sensitive paleo?

  11. cooking says

    Useful information. Lucky me I found your site by accident, and I’m surprised why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

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