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.

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

Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health

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

Posted in Athletes, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Ditch the Diets, Focus on Food!

How following a Paleo-inspired eating regime can be your ticket to permanent fat loss once and for all. How are those resolutions you made for 2016 coming along so far? Are you on track, or are you part of the nearly 80 million Americans who don’t even stick with their goals for a single week?1 From losing that extra weight you’ve put on during the holidays, making regular exercise a higher priority or just trying to make healthier food choices to feel better, chances are strong that you’re one of the 45% of Americans who have resolved to take charge

Posted in Autoimmune Diseases, Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diet, and Paleo

It’s often times a diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), or another disease which proves to be the pivot point for individuals to make significant changes to their eating and exercise habits. Whether the change stems from obvious reasons, like losing weight because obesity has been the causal agent for developing type 2 diabetes, or per the advice of their physicians to cut out gluten and dairy following an autoimmune diagnosis, these steps are reactive versus proactive. If we were to exercise daily and eat foods that set us up for health, rather than sickness in the first place,

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Posted in Arthritis, Autoimmune Diseases, Diabetes, Exercise and Fitness, Inflammation, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

So Long Syrupy Sweet Sugar, Hello Coconut Fatty Goodness

If you’ve popped into your local Starbucks lately, you’ve already seen it. The Christmas red cups are here!  As someone who is admittedly an absolute Christmas fanatic, I must say that the hint of the season’s festivities in the air brings a smile to my face and that happy, and coaxes the warm holiday aura. But one thing that doesn’t sit quite right is thinking about the sizeable number of syrupy sweet holiday drinks we’re consuming as a whole, let alone the sheer size of each individual drink has gone from 12 oz to 16 oz to… a 31 oz!1

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Posted in Athletes, Beverages, Beverages, Cooking, Diabetes, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Recipe Library, Sugar, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Leptin: More Than Just a Satiety Hormone

What’s all the buzz about leptin? With over half the American population trying desperately to lose weight,1 it’s no wonder we’ve become fascinated with a hormone that prompts us to think obesity or starvation. Robert H. Lustig, MD, professor of pediatrics at UCSF and a member of the Endocrine Society’s Obesity Task Force explains “Leptin is a protein that’s made in the fat cells, circulates in the bloodstream, and goes to the brain; it’s the way your fat cells tell your brain that your energy thermostat is set right…and you have enough energy stored in your fat cells to engage

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Posted in Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Exercise and Fitness, Hormones, Inflammation, Metabolism, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss

Paleo Fusion: Hawaiian Blue Sweet Potato and Pineapple ‘Poke’

Hawaiian cuisine incorporates five distinct styles of food reflecting the diverse food history of settlement and immigration in the islands.1 Polynesian voyagers brought plants and animals to the islands, contributing to the local fish, taro (which were raised for poi), coconuts, sugarcane, sweet potatoes and yams, and meat, cooked in earth ovens. Later, large plantations developed with the arrival of Europeans, Americans, missionaries, and whalers who introduced cuisine native to their homelands to Hawaii. In the late 1800s, migrant workers from China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Portugal immigrated to meet the growing labor needs of the pineapple industry in

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Posted in Athletes, Exercise and Fitness, Fruit, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes

Treating Candida with The Paleo Diet

You’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it, and chances are you even know someone who’s dealing with Candida:  yeast overgrowth in the gut. Candidemia, the most common form of invasive candidiasis, is one of the widespread bloodstream infections in the United States.  It’s estimated that approximately 46,000 cases of healthcare-associated invasive candidiasis occur each year in the US and overall, where candidemia rates have increased over the past 20 years.1 65+ populations exhibit Candida most where scientists suspect the prevalence of risk factors including diabetes, ICU admissions, or use of immunosuppressive therapies play a role.2 Candida albicans is a

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Posted in Diabetes, Digestion, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Sugar, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Pumpkin- The Perfectly Paleo Carb for Athletes!

With all the nonsense we see these days in the media, it would be easy to misunderstand one of the fundamental principles of a real Paleo diet:  it’s a balanced way of eating. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a regime focused on eating only meat, all day long. In The Paleo Diet,1 Dr. Cordain explains that a true hunter-gatherer diet is comprised of a macronutrient balance as follows: Pro 19-35%, Cho 22-40%, Fat 28-47% How do you like them apples? And while a crisp, green apple is a great way to sneak some low glycemic fruit2 into the

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Posted in Athletes, Cancer, Cooking, Exercise and Fitness, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Women's Corner, Women's Health

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