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Nell Stephenson

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Nell Stephenson is a mom, nutritionist and "brothista."

She was an early advocate of The Paleo Diet and collaborated with Dr. Loren Cordain to co-write The Paleo Diet Cookbook.

She incorporated Paleoista in 2011 and has been featured on Dr. Oz on multiple occasions; she is an established speaker on the topic of creating optimal health through food.

Nell's main ethos is around organic, natural foods, sourcing from local farms with a low carbon footprint, and maximal focus on ethical treatment of animals and sustainably raised vegetables.

From her own digestive health issues starting as a child, Paleoista has grown into a platform for knowledge for clients and followers around the world who are looking for optimal health with optimally sourced and gathered foods.

Her bone broth recipe grew out of her life-long vision to change the way people eat, and her dedication to Paleo-based eating and the ketogenic diet was inspired by her own sickness following years of low-fat and vegan eating.

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 has over a decade of experience in the health, fitness, and nutrition industry. Nell is an elite level marathon runner and Ironman triathlete and has raced eight times at the world championships in Hawaii.

Learn more about her work, private coaching, and bone broth at

Nell Stephenson
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Describe the impact The Paleo Diet has had on your (and/or your family's) life?

It changed my life as it became the foundation upon which we eat as well as how I model and create the customized eating plans for my optimal nutrition coaching clients. An authentic Paleo approach truly means we are just eating real food - loads of local, in season, organic veggies, small amounts of properly sourced proteins and ample, natural fats. My whole family loves it, and we are thriving - husband (we are both athletes), son (13 mos old) and two dogs.

What does “healthy living” mean to you? And what do you like to eat when you go to the movies (i.e. what’s your favorite cheat food)?

Healthy living is a comprehensive approach to how we can choose to create health; not just through food but how we move, rest and recover, and work / play. For my family and me, this means mindful eating, conscious living (including daily meditation and yoga a few times per week) and opting to perform optimally, not just as an athlete, but as a mom, a wife, a business person and coach.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing for The Paleo Diet?

Long walks with my son, family hikes, being outside, Ironman triathlon, cooking and my work: I truly love teaching others about how they can create healing through food. I am particularly excited about the current project I'm working on: building my bone broth company!

See The Articles
Nell’s Corner: Three Protein Myths You Might Still Believe
We know we need protein, but things get confusing once we address how much we need and where we should be sourcing this important component of our diet. Read more for answers to common myths about protein.
By Nell Stephenson
Nell’s Corner: Why Bone Broth is Nature's Best Recovery Drink
Instead of turning to expensive, supplementary products to replenish lost nutrients after exercise, try nature’s recovery drink: bone broth.
By Nell Stephenson
Nell’s Corner: Immunity and Inflammation During COVID-19
We all want to avoid getting sick, but what is most important - avoidance, building immunity or reducing inflammation? Nell’s Corner addresses this questions.
By Nell Stephenson
Is Gluten-Free Really Gluten-Free?
Over 3.1 million people across the United States follow a gluten-free diet. But what does that gluten-free diet look like, and just how healthy is it? 
By Nell Stephenson
Sustainable Eating for Sustainable Health
Can the same eating plan that supports the health of our planet also be the plan which supports our own health? Let us find out.
By Nell Stephenson
Boost Your Immunity Now
Nell Stephenson explains how to stay calm, be prepared and maintain your immune system in this time of uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Nell Stephenson
Paleo Leadership
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark J. Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.