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.

Paleo Parenting: Look No Further than Yourself

If you read enough books on the topic of Paleo parenting, information starts to contradict itself. Many Paleo parents, myself included, find the abundance of opinions and theories overwhelming, leading to more confusion than assistance. Quantitative studies suggest present-day child rearing methods are opposed to our genetic wiring, and could be responsible for affecting a child’s development.1 For these reasons, instead of relying on the latest Paleo parenting bestseller, I chose to tap into my own primal intuition as the main driver to figure out the best way to parent my child. At times, I even imagined how would I

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Posted in Parenting, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Politics

Paleo Gardening No Matter the Color of Your Thumb

Are you looking to save money on your grocery bill while following the Paleo diet? One of the simplest ways to reduce food costs is to grow your own food! Although, planting a garden wasn’t something our hunter-gatherer ancestors had to do, it allows us to reconnect to our food source in modern times by foraging from our own environment.1 Further, having access to fresh vegetables allows you to round out your Paleo meals at a moment’s notice, so you can get dinner on the table quickly. Grilling chicken breasts? Why not pair it with a hearty green salad straight

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

4 Outdoor Workouts to Skip the Gym Without the Guilt

Are you looking for ways to exercise more like a hunter-gatherer? Break out of your regular indoor gym workout routine this summer and discover new ways to challenge your body. The current epidemic of lifestyle related health conditions are linked to the daily physical activity patterns that have evolved with modern life.1 By challenging your body with different movements, especially outdoors, we can optimize our gene expression and get the maximum benefits out of our time spent exercising. Just like we eat seasonally available food, seek out seasonally available activities where you live. Running, swimming, and biking are all common

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

Paleo Independence Slaw

Are you looking for a festive, innovative Paleo dish to serve for your 4th of July celebration? Classic Independence Day fare usually consists of Neolithic foods, such as corn on the cob, baked beans, and artificially colored blue foods.  However, natural red and blue colored foods, such as in this patriotic Paleo Independence Slaw, will brighten your buffet table and deliver a powerful punch to your taste buds. It is loaded with antioxidants, easy to make and it will compliment just about any main dish at your Independence Day BBQ. Fruits and vegetables get their red, purple and blue hues

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Salad, Recipe Library, Women's Health, Vegetables, Paleo Recipes, Women's Corner, Cooking, Cardiovascular Disease, Fruit, Men's Health, Men's Corner

5 Simple Tips to Expand Your Paleo Palate

Have you ever wondered why cilantro tastes like soap to 10% of the population,1 or why pregnant women suffer from food aversions2, or why children are such picky eaters?3 Although seemingly random, all of these are related by the origin of our complex sense of taste. Taste was a necessary evolutionary tool to prevent our hunter-gatherer ancestors from eating poisonous foods.4 The five basic tastes- bitter, salty, sour, sweet, and umami (savory) each work through specialized receptors on our taste buds to ensure our survival.5 However, in modern times they may be leading us down the wrong path. The processed food

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

Quick ‘N Simple Paleo Salads

Are you looking for a fresh way to make vegetables shine on your Paleo diet? Look no further than these two recipes for quick and simple Paleo salads. Their colorful components are high in antioxidants to combat oxidative stress,1 Omega-3 fatty acids to reduce overall inflammation,2 and most importantly flavor to keep you coming back to each recipe. Despite popular misconceptions about the Paleo diet, there’s much more to the lifestyle than eating a lot of meat and protein. Take advantage of the seasonal abundance of locally available fruits and vegetables and experience these recipes for yourself this summer. SPINACH

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Salad, Recipe Library, Women's Health, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Gluten Free, Fish, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Paleo Recipes, Women's Corner, Cooking, Fruit, Men's Health, Men's Corner

Emergency Preparedness for Your Paleo Household

Are you prepared with Paleo foods to survive a natural disaster? Within the past month alone there have been earthquakes in Nepal, and deadly flooding and tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma. For those of us living away from these areas, it’s a sobering reminder to review our emergency preparedness kits, specifically the food rations that should yield at least a three day supply per person in your household.1 In the event of a disaster, worse things could happen than being subjected to eating salt or gluten, but with a little forethought and planning, you can stock up on plenty of

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Omega-3, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cooking, Men's Corner

Autoimmune Disease: Drawing the Lines of Defense

The case for the Paleo Diet continues to grow as the modern diet leads to an epidemic of modern health problems. Over the last three decades, epidemiological data provide strong evidence of a steady rise in autoimmune disease, where the body fails to recognize the difference between its own cells and foreign invaders.1 We have to wonder why more people than ever are afflicted with the following conditions: multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases (mainly Crohn’s disease), systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, myasthenia gravis, autoimmune thyroiditis, hepatitis and rheumatic diseases, bullous pemphigoid, and celiac disease.2 Indicators, based

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Diabetes, Women's Health, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Gluten Free, Paleo Basics, Autoimmune Diseases, Women's Corner, Digestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Men's Health, Men's Corner, Sugar

5 Paleo Experiences to Let The Good Times Roll

Wouldn’t you enjoy taking it easy once in awhile? Our fast-paced, adrenalized modern lifestyle is mismatched with our Stone Age genes.1  Eating and moving like a hunter-gatherer are fundamental changes to support our physiology. However, there are additional ways to optimize our gene expression2 and mitigate the ill effects on constantly being on the go in modern times. Spring and summer are the perfect time to embrace these ideals. Remember what it felt like when you were a child? For me it was sleeping late, spending all day outdoors barefoot, coming home covered in dirt, and enjoying endless amounts of

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

You’re Paleo Too? Swipe Right.

Are you seeking a lactose intolerant cavewoman, ideally with celiac disease, who wears sunglasses at night?  As the Paleo movement was just gaining traction a few years ago, John Durant of The Paleo Manifesto joined The Colbert Report, delving into the idea of a modern, happily barefoot, hunter-gatherer interested in dating someone like this. All laughs aside, it actually isn’t far from the truth for single Paleo men and women in search of love. In fact, a new trend has emerged in matchmaking websites aimed for specific diet and exercise preferences, including those who follow the Paleo lifestyle.  Although having

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Posted in Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Women's Health, Gluten Free, Women's Corner, Cooking, Dairy, Men's Health, Men's Corner

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