Stephanie Vuolo

About Stephanie Vuolo

Stephanie Vuolo is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, an American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer, and a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach. She has a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. She is a former contributor to Discovery Communications/TLC Blog, Parentables. Stephanie lives in Seattle, WA, where she is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for how diet and lifestyle can contribute to overall wellness and longevity. She has been raising her young daughter on the Paleo Diet since birth. You can visit her website at www.primarilypaleo.com.

Transition to the Paleo Diet Without the Headaches

Are you afraid to transition to the Paleo Diet because you’ve heard you might feel like you have the flu for the first week? The low carb flu symptoms consist of headache, fatigue/weakness, achy muscles, and brain fog.1  Some people have exclaimed, “The Paleo Diet is not for me, I felt terrible eating that way.”   The Paleo Diet is not to blame.   What is at fault is actually not being patient with the transition time required to reset your body’s metabolic process, as well as a few simple errors in the application of the Paleo Diet’s guidelines.  

Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Tooth Decay and the Paleo Child

Cavities remain one of the most prevalent chronic diseases of childhood.1  Nationwide, dentists are seeing an increasing number of preschoolers, at all income levels, with 6 to 10 cavities or even more.  The level of decay is often so severe that they recommend using general anesthesia2 to perform the necessary procedures to repair the teeth, which can even mean root canals for these young children.  Despite the use of fluoride and improvements in preventive dentistry, the burden of dental caries remains unacceptably high worldwide.3 Which raises the question, can the Paleo Diet prevent tooth decay in your child’s mouth? Dental caries

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Paleo Roasted Red Beet and Tomato Soup

The modern Paleo Diet is focused on lean meats, but we love vegetables too. However, many Westerners need to beef up their vegetable intake because over 87% of adults are not eating enough of them each day.1 Although, the Paleo Diet favors foods with a lower glycemic impact, 2 you can’t beat the nutritional benefits of beets. They are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, as well as carotene and B complex.3 Beets provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detox support in the body. They also support healthy bile flow,4 stimulate liver cell function, and provide a protective

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Posted in Athletes, Cooking, Digestion, Exercise and Fitness, Gluten Free, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Recipe Library, Soup, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Treat Today Without Regret Tomorrow

The sea of candies and chocolates will continue to flood supermarket shelves from now through Valentine’s Day. Consumers often think, “It is only one day of the year, why not indulge?” The truth is it is not just one day of the year, but rather one of many days, including all holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, that center around sweets and treats. Today’s food environments exploit people’s biological, psychological, social, and economic vulnerabilities, encouraging them to eat unhealthy foods.1 The obesity and type two diabetes pandemic prevails, with 23.6 million people in the United States, who struggle with Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent

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Posted in Diabetes, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Parenting, Politics, Sugar, Weight Loss, Women's Health

A Paleo-Approved Halloween for Kids

Boo! Halloween doesn’t disguise itself. This holiday is clearly all about candy, costumes, and community. The last two are certainly positive and Paleo lifestyle approved, allowing children to use their imaginations, while fostering connections with our neighbors, with the added benefit of everyone getting outside to walk around for a few hours. Halloween doesn’t have to be all about candy, even if you want to indulge in some sweets for the night, there’s an opportunity to take Halloween to the next level, Paleo Diet style. Instead of being known as the house who hands out the biggest and most amazing

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Posted in Appetizers, Cooking, Dessert, Gluten Free, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Parenting, Recipe Library, Snacks, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Keeping Blood Sodium Levels in Check for Paleo Athletes

For the majority of people, the problem with sodium is too much of it, not too little. National health organizations and the Paleo diet agree that high levels of dietary sodium should be avoided for healthy blood pressure levels and to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.1 However, diets too low in sodium are also dangerous, especially for athletes engaged in endurance sports.  Fortunately, it is possible for athletes to keep their sodium levels in check, without added processed foods, while still following the Paleo diet. Understanding the Importance of Sodium in the Body Although the Paleo diet is in

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Posted in Athletes, Beverages, Cardiovascular Disease, Exercise and Fitness, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Paleo Sandwich Shop

What’s for lunch?  For at least 49% of the U.S., it’s a sandwich. The common sandwich components, such as yeasted grain breads, cheese, and cured meats, are among the top contributors not only to sodium (accounting for at least one-fifth of the total daily sodium intake), but also to excess caloric consumption in the diets of adult Americans.1 Fortunately, the Paleo diet avoids the sandwich components that are added sodium-rich and offer empty nutrients. There’s no disputing that whether you are pack a lunchbox or grab a quick bite on your lunch hour, sandwiches are popular because they are quick-and-easy. Subscribing

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Posted in Gluten Free, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Parenting

The Bare Bones of Bone Health

Did you know that exercise works to strengthen your bones, just as it works to strengthen your muscles? Research shows that regular exercise, mimicking our hunter-gatherer ancestors,1 is critical to the health of our skeletal system. These exercise patterns include endurance activities; as well as weight-bearing, high intensity cross training with adequate rest for complete recovery. Physical activity has been shown to maintain bone mass and reduce age-related bone loss. Further, it preserves muscle strength and postural stability that reduces the risk of falls and fractures, both of which can be deadly.2   Engaging in exercise that promotes strong, dense

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Posted in Arthritis, Exercise and Fitness, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Corner, Women's Health

The Paleo Diet Skinny on Fat: White Fat Vs Brown Fat

Fat gets a bad rap. Our societal standards for attractiveness promotes lean body types, leading to eating disorders and body image disturbances for men and women1 alike, leading most people to prefer to have as little body fat as possible.2 Although we know obesity is a huge risk factor for numerous diseases and conditions,3 there’s more to adipose tissue than meets than eye. In fact, body fat isn’t the biggest villain if we maintain healthy levels and stimulate the best kind of it. Adipose tissue is critical to our survival, and a body without any body fat could lead to

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Posted in Athletes, Cardiovascular Disease, Exercise and Fitness, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Metabolism, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

The Paleo Lunchbox Primer

Back to school means back to packing Paleo lunchboxes! It’s the chore many parents dread to tackle at the end of the day, but all the effort that goes into providing nutrient-dense, energy-rich fuel for your children is well worth it!1 Support your child’s cognitive, academic, and psychosocial development2 with these tips for effortlessly packing your child’s Paleo lunchbox for the next 180 school days. CREATE A PLAN For many busy families it’s challenging enough to plan and shop for meals to be eaten at home, that the ingredients for packed lunches often get left off the grocery list completely.

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Posted in Cooking, Fruit, Gluten Free, Men's Corner, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Paleo Recipes, Parenting, Women's Corner

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