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.

Nell’s Corner: Nourishing Yourself + Baby for an Optimal Pregnancy

And, no, eating “three daily servings of dairy for calcium” needn’t be part of the picture. How does one stay fit, lean and healthy during this incredible time of life while ensuring that baby’s getting what he or she needs for optimal development? When I first got the great news, I immediately began to wonder if I would need to change anything in my eating regime. I felt completely confident that the way I eat is what allowed my own leaky gut to heal almost twenty years ago. But in all honesty, when another human came into the picture (and

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Nell’s Home Birth Part II: Our Birth Day

Please join us in congratulating Paleo Diet® writer Nell Stephenson on the birth of her first son! Here’s part two of the story of her big day and why she choose home birth. Check out Nell’s continued stories on her blog at The Paleoista! Here we are on Yves’ 3 week ‘birthday’, getting some fresh air during our long morning walk, feeling stronger each and every day! In my last post, I shared what I referred to as Part I of our home birth story.   I left off just about the time contractions had begun, although I didn’t know

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Nell’s Home Birth, Part 1: Welcome Yves Blake

Please join us in congratulating Paleo Diet writer Nell Stephenson on the birth of her first son! Here’s the story of her big day and why she choose home birth. Also, to quote Nell, “after having been through this pregnancy journey and learning, unfortunately, that the medical model of care for pregnant women is based not in the best interest of mother and baby, but on the very lucrative model of The Business of Being Born, as so eloquently put in the documentary with the same name. It’s akin to our broken healthcare model as it pertains to nutritional advice and  I now feel just as

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Gut Health and Brain Function

About two years ago, my husband and I did DNA tests.      The raw data received was interesting, including finding out exactly what percentage of my ancestry actually is Norwegian (less than I thought) as well as the option to “trace parts of my ancestry to a specific group of individuals from 1,000+ years ago” and more. It wasn’t until we had our raw data interpreted through Promethease (1), a literature retrieval system that builds a personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia and took this report to

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Nell’s Corner: How Healthy are Those Healthy Snacks?

Are Vegan, Nacho “Cheeze” Flavored, non-GMO, soy, dairy and nut-free, USDA Organic Certified kale chips all they’re cracked up to be? Gone are the days when the line between healthy and so unhealthy was a glaring red divide. Think back to a time when one might wander into any run of the mill grocery store and could either opt for one of two choices: Go down the into the small health food section(a concept I always found odd; if that was health food, what would the rest of the contents in the store be classified as anyway?) or produce section

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“Paleo For Dogs? Vets Say Trendy Diet Could Make Humans Sick”

An article on NPR’s website [1], asked whether a ‘trendy diet could be making dogs sick’. One vet stated in the article, “There are two issues with raw pet food diets…many are not nutritionally balanced for pets … and there’s also the public health issue.“ Fair enough on the first point; wild cats or wolves would not eat just meat, they’d kill something and eat the whole thing, including the contents of the guts. So while letting your pet consume plain raw meat isn’t going to cut it, this in and of itself is not the Paleo Diet® anyway. Another

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Eating For Endurance

If you’re an endurance athlete and you’re reading this post on the Paleo Diet site, then you’re well aware of the misinformation that is still being spoon fed to us in terms of how we need to be eating to fuel those long hours in the water, on the bike or on the trails. Just recently, I happened upon a notice from a local triathlon club announcing a dinner they were going to offer the night before a race: “Reminder!  Free pasta feed for local members this Friday night in Los Angeles. All are invited, along with family and friends,

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Sun Safety, Vitamin D, and Paleo

If you’re following an authentic, modern-day Paleo lifestyle, then you’re well aware that the lifestyle involves much more than what you’re eating. While mimicking what our ancestors ate (incidentally, we don’t even have to go as far back as our ancestors; let’s even take a cue from our grandparents) is indeed the foundation of creating a plan designed to achieve optimal health and performance, there are other aspects of our day to day regimen that are also important. You’re moving your body. You’re spending at least a little time with your feet on the bare earth and you’re allowing for

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Paleo Tuna Poke Bowl

How does a poke bowl sound right about now?   Let’s start with what it is, exactly: Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as a main course (1). When out and about, it can be tough to find viable options that will fit into your authentic paleo regime, so when something does come across our radar, it’s easy to jump right in. But before you pick up your chopsticks, it’s worth taking the time to consider a few key factors. In this case of the poke bowl, let’s call them the

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Nature’s Recovery Drink: Cold Bone Broth

Whether you’re a long time Paleo devotee or have landed here after a foray through a keto diet, relying heavily on sugar to fuel your training and subsequent recovery is a thing of the past.  Rather than minimizing your efforts by downing a sugary sports recovery drink after a workout, replenish your body the natural way: with bone broth. Nourishing, healing and delicious, bone broth, served chilled, doubles as the perfect recovery drink. Pour it over ice and enjoy after a long session in the saddle, on the trail or simply to quench your thirst on a hot day. Ingredients

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