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.

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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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

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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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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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