Nell Stephenson, B.S.

About Nell Stephenson, B.S.

Nell Stephenson is a competitive Ironman athlete, personal trainer, and a health and nutrition consultant. She has an exercise science degree from the University of Southern California, a health/fitness instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, and over a decade in the health, fitness and nutrition industry. To support her training for the Ironman Triathlon, Nell has tried many different nutritional plans and has found that the Paleo Diet is superior to all other ways of eating. She’s found that she’s leaner, faster, and fitter than ever before and uses her own experience to teach clients how to achieve optimal nutrition and health. Visit her website at paleoista.com. Download meal plans tailored to you here.

Nell’s Corner: Daily vs Less Frequent Rule Breaking – What’s the Best Balance?

How many times have you heard it? “I tried Paleo and it didn’t work” or “I couldn’t stick with something that required me to eat so much meat”. How about my personal favorite, “I got bored because there are only so many ways to eat broccoli”? Yikes! All of the above comments can certainly be grounds for terminating any dietary approach, let alone a Paleo-style diet which seems to be more misunderstood than many others, in my experience. Before we foray into the grey area of how often to have a cheat meal or eat a food that’s not exactly

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Nell’s Corner: My Mom, M.S., and Paleo

During the holidays, I tend to get a bit nostalgic.  OK, a lot nostalgic!  We decorate our tree the day after Thanksgiving, I distribute my favorite winter forest candles throughout the house, and I have Pandora piping up as much Christmas Music as possible. And I think a lot about my mom. While we certainly didn’t have grand Christmases while I was growing up, the spirit of the holiday was omnipresent. Giving.   Being kind to others and helping those less fortunate.   Receiving gifts played a small role as it would for any child, but far more important was

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Reflecting on Kona: Writer Nell Stephenson Reflects on Her Top Five Performance at the Ironman World Championships

For those of you who follow our Facebook feed, you’ve been reading about our own Nell Stephenson’s journey to the Ironman World Championships – her challenges, her tough hours training, and how the Paleo diet helped her along the way! Nell wanted to thank all of you for reading and share with you her thoughts now that the race is done. Enjoy! Reflecting on the Race… The day after any race is always an emotional one for me, and the day after Kona tends to be that and then some, taking those feelings to the nth degree, given its significance

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Coconut Milk – Is It the Paleo Milk Substitute?

When I was vegan for two years, I regularly indulged in soy lattes. Sometimes they’d be plain, other times flavored with a sugar- free syrup (which was still technically vegan; but not healthy by a long shot either.) Soy milk became a part of my daily ritual Little did I know that drinking this milk alternative was actually working against me. One of the very reasons I’d opted to foray into a vegan approach was to address the nagging stomach issues I’d had since I was a small child. And they were getting worse by the day.    At the

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Healthy Skin, Healthy Body

If you’re someone who has followed a real Paleo diet for a while, then you’re likely not going to buy something labeled as an ‘energy bar’ and eat it without checking the label first. Nor will you reach for an unmarked bottle of salad dressing at a buffet luncheon and pour it all over your veggies without checking to see if it had soy or dairy in it. Chances of doing anything like that is slim to none, right? We have learned, as part of the Paleo lifestyle, not to be haphazard about what we put in our bodies. But

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Paleo-friendly Fruit / Vegetable Juice and Puree Recipes – Fruit Juice Part II

Jonesing for Juice? Got a hankering for a smoothie? Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that because your sugar is coming from fruit that it’s okay to eat a lot of it. “The liver doesn’t know whether sugar came from fruit or not,” said Kimber Stanhope, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, who studies the effects of sugar on health1. In part I of my series on fruit juice I explain why you need to be careful about fruit juice, even when it comes from fresh fruit. But while relying on a daily morning all-fruit smoothie is

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Is Juicing Paleo? Or Even Healthy? Hint: it’s in the glycemic load… Part I

We’ve all done it. We’re rushing out of the house in a hurry and rather than making time to eat a properly balanced meal, we decide to stop off at the local juice bar to grab a ‘healthy’ meal to go. But is this really a good idea? It’s easy to think so. After all, when we walk into a juice shop and see phrases and words we identify as healthy like cold-pressed, natural, organic or alkaline, we’re conditioned to think that the food or beverage is therefore a great option for nourishment, especially when we compare a juice to

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The Paleo Diet and Endometriosis

We’ve already read about how replacing the conventional corn-fed meat in our diet with grass fed meat has health benefits in terms of reducing our bad cholesterol levels 1. We’ve also heard that cutting out gluten can help alleviate symptoms of auto immune issues 2,3. But can following a real Paleo Diet help in addressing endometriosis? Absolutely. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus 4. According to the Mayo Clinic 5, the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with one’s menstrual period and although many women experience cramping during their menstrual

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Is Watercress the New Kale?

I love kale.   I’ve loved it for a long time and have been a staunch promoter of it, and in large doses, no less. And while I continue to enjoy growing my own, preparing it and suggesting it to clients and blog readers alike, I must admit that it’s not the only leafy green we should be incorporating into our regular regime. Another cruciferous vegetable – Watercress – has been gaining popularity. But can Watercress compete with kale as the new ‘it’ veggie? Let’s take a look at the nutritional breakdown and compare the two leafy greens. While both

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Fueling to Perform…with Food

“Just get the calories in, it doesn’t matter where they’re coming from.”   “As an endurance athlete, you need to consume a lot of carbs to fuel that training.” “You can’t train too long on an empty stomach; you’ll get dizzy and it could be dangerous.” Wow! It’s overwhelming, isn’t it? Sadly, these three misconceptions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding how we need to fuel our bodies for sport. As a long time ironman triathlete who’s been racing for nearly 20 years, I can honestly say that I’ve probably tried every gel, sports

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