Episode 148: Derailing Evolution

Today’s show opens with documentary and book recommendations. Then, in the News & Views segment: Study suggests healthy diets must be individualized; how the Western diet is derailing evolution. In the Shinrin-Yoku Update: How access to nature affects communities; disturbing losses in the Amazon. We have a Moment of Paleo segment on risk and thankfulness. To close things up, the After the Bell segment is about how to staying calm and make better decisions when we know a stressful situation is coming up.

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Episode 149: No really, celebrate!

In the News & Views segment: The Victorian Era Diet; study sheds light on portion sizes; gut bacteria tell us when we’re full. In the Hunter-gatherer segment: the Awa. The Moment of Paleo explores ideas around indulging on holidays. And After the Bell features a talk about making stress work for you. This talk complements the National Geographic documentary recommendation at the beginning of the show featuring Robert Sapolsky. Enjoy the show!

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Episode 150: Katy Bowman on Movement as Nutrition

This episode features guest Katy Bowman. We discuss movement as nutrition, integrating vs. compartmentalizing what is important in our lives, finding ways to move, doing what works for you and then looking for (and adding) what’s missing, the meaning of ‘you are how you move,’ and much more. After the Bell, it’s Erwan Le Corre talking zoo humans at NASA.

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105 Kid-Tasted-and-Approved Healthy School Lunch Ideas- (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo Options Included)

Written by: Lauren Lax

Move over Cheetohs and Fruit Roll-ups!

“Kid food” and school lunches are getting a makeover with these updated (healthy, gut-friendly and brain-friendly) spins on some of our old childhood favorite food “classics.”

Below is all-you (and the kids) need to survive School Lunches with a “Wired to Eat” approach—eating foods you and your kids were intended to thrive upon—no added sugar, additives or hydrogenated oils included.



Growing up, what did you like to pack in your lunchbox for school?

Every year, I always had a new kick.

  • In kindergarten, I was all about crustless PB & J sandwiches on Iron Kids Bread with a side of Lay’s Potato Chips, Grapes and Oreos.
  • In 1st grade, my taste buds matured on to turkey and Kraft cheese singles, or Oscar Meyer’s bologna and cheese, on my Iron Kids Bread alongside some Doritos and Fruit Gushers.
  • Come 2nd grade, I reached “cool kid” status when my mom bought me turkey and cheese Lunchables, and on special occasions, Pizza or Nacho Lunchables.
  • And by 3rd and 4th grade, I expanded once more to turkey sandwiches on honey wheat bread, other types of fruit and pretzel sticks, and on special occasions, Bagel Bites or Ham & Cheese Hot Pockets with a Capri Sun.

Oh, sigh. The good ol’ days…

As a kid of the Processed Food Generation, I somehow lived to tell about it  (although, I KNOW my gut health in future years suffered tremendously).  And, chances are, if you have kids (or you eat like a kid yourself), they are somehow living to tell about eating these “kid classic” foods and snacks too.

Unfortunately,  in a society where 80% of the foods on grocery store shelves are Man-Made-Food-Like-Products, we’ve raised our kids (and ourselves) to believe that kids ONLY eat “kid food.”

We tell them (and ourselves) that kids are “picky,” and we’ve trained them (and ourselves) to believe that anything outside of the packaged, processed or sugar-filled version of a food is “yucky.”

In order to get them to eat anything “real” (an apple, broccoli, chicken, sweet potato), we have to dress it up in a sugar-filled peanut butter, fake cheese sauce, breaded coating or ketchup.

And we wonder WHY

Is there something in the water?

Our brains and bodies eat what our mouths eat.

While Goldfish, Gushers and Lunchables are definitely tasty “kid-friendly” foods, we are no longer living in the 80’s and 90’s—when processed foods were way cool.

Knowledge is power, and today, we have the knowledge (and awareness) that what we eat (and what our kids eat) matters for our brain health (1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4940716/ , 2 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626) gut health (1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2016-11-08-common-food-additives-linked-to-bowel-cancer/, 2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4303825/) and quality of life overall.


Maybe you DO recognize that “food matters” and you are onboard for feeding your kids “healthy food”—however…pop question:

What IS healthy food anyway?

Is it whole grains? Organic boxed mac and cheese? Sugar-free pudding and Jell-O? 100% real fruit juice? Low-fat cheese?

Or is it something else….

A comparison between the Standard American Diet to the original human diet—real food (before processed foods and Twinkies happened), reveals two completely different versions of health.

On the left, we have:

Standard American Diet
Pretzel Sticks
Whole Wheat Bread
Low-fat Baby Bella Cheese
Watermelon Juice
High-Protein Chocolate Milk
Low-Sugar Cheerios Cereal

On the right, we have:

Original Human Diet
Meats, Fish, Eggs
Leafy greens, starchy tubers and fibrous veggies
Fresh Fruits
Plant Fats (Avocados, Olives, Coconut)
Animal Fats (Butter/Ghee, Tallow, Lard,
Nuts and seeds
—Foods our bodies (and our kids’ bodies) recognize as real food.

If “health” is being the most optimized version of a human being we can be (brain health and gut health included), you cannot go wrong with real food.


Never say never…


The good news?

“Healthier” foods don’t have to equal cardboard rice cakes, dry salads or grainy wheat bread.

Your kids (and you) CAN have your cake and eat it too with

105 Kid-Tasted-and-Approved Healthy Lunch Ideas (Real Food Included).

The best part?

You (and your kids) get to choose your adventure!

The following Real-Food School Lunch Cheat Sheet included categories with each of the food groups that make up a “balanced” meal—proteins, healthy fats, carbs (namely veggies and fruits) and of course, some healthy treats.

All you (and the kids) have to do?

Simply choose your adventure—mixing and matching different options at lunch time for TONS of flavor and variety for the year ahead!

Here’s to real food, healthy brains and loved guts.

All you need?

  • A Cool Insulated Lunchbox

(Bonus: You may, just may, notice a difference in your own kiddo’s behavior, demeanor and health the more you feed him or her real food options).

  • Dr. Lauryn’s 105 Kid-Tasted-and-Approved Healthy Lunch Ideas (Real Food Included).


“Grown up and kid friendly lunches…No boring dry salads recommended….”



Pick and choose one option from each group. (Or see Meal Combo Ideas below for inspiration on how to put together a mean, lean lunch that puts the Hot Pockets to shame)

    • Burger Patties
    • Rotisserie chicken meat
    • Grass-fed burger sliders
    • Ground turkey patties
    • Hard-boiled Eggs
    • Canned or packet of wild tuna/salmon
    • Grilled salmon
    • Homemade egg/tuna/chicken salad (made with Dijon or Primal Mayo)
    • Taco Meat
    • Pulled Pork
    • Homemade Chicken Nuggets (made with almond flour, arrowroot or coconut flour)
    • Fish Sticks (made with almond flour or coconut flour)
    • Turkey/Bison Meatball Bites
    • Homemade Chili or Chicken Soup
    • Organic Chicken Thighs
    • Salmon Burger Patties
    • Chicken Drumsticks
    • Meat & Veggie skewers
    • Egg Muffins or Omelets
    • Omelets
    • Nitrate-free Prepared Meats
      • Bacon
      • Hot Dogs
      • Jerky
      • Sausages
    • Nitrate-free Deli Meats
      • Chicken
      • Ham
      • Pepperoni
      • Salami
      • Turkey
      • Prosciutto


    • Plain Grass-fed Yogurt
    • Olives
    • Avocado/Guacamole
    • Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, or Sunbutter
    • Coconut Butter & Coconut Oil Packets
    • Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing http://amzn.to/2vWzfoi
    • Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard http://amzn.to/2fFYi8D
    • Grass-fed Butter
    • Ghee
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (drizzle on salad greens or veggies)
    • Olives
    • Paleo Mayo (avocado oil) http://amzn.to/2vWgCk4
    • Raw, Grass-fed, Full-fat Cheese (cheddar, goat cheese, feta)
    • Full-fat, Plain Coconut Yogurt
    • Raw, Grass-fed, Full-fat Yogurt (Strauss Family Creamery or Wallaby’s plain, no-sugar added)
    • Goat’s Milk Yogurt & Kefir
    • Nuts (opt for raw; Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Macadamias, Pistachios, Walnuts)
    • Seeds (Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds)


    • Asparagus (wrapped in turkey bacon)
    • Beets, Steamed
    • Bell Peppers
    • Broccoli
    • Butternut Squash (diced) or “Mac & Cheese” version (see above)
    • Cabbage/Slaw
    • Carrots/Carrot Fries
    • Cauliflower/ “Cauliflower Popcorn”)
    • Cauliflower Mash/Rice
    • Celery Sticks
    • Cucumber (with mayo dip)
    • Crispy Brussels Sprouts
    • Green Beans
    • Kale/Kale Chips
    • Kimichi (or sauerkraut)
    • Lettuce/Salad
    • Pickles
    • Spinach
    • Snap Peas
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Sweet Peppers
    • Sweet Potatoes/Sweet Potato Chips/Fries
    • Tomatoes (Baby)
    • Zucchini Chips (Baked)
    • Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)


  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
  • Dried Fruit (eat sparingly; opt for no added sugar/high-fructose corn syrup)
    • Apple Chips
    • Banana Chips
    • Cranberries
    • Dried Dates
    • Fruit Leather (no sugar added)
    • Plantain Chips
    • Prunes
    • Raisins


  • Simple Mills Crackers (grain-free crackers, like these: http://amzn.to/2lgfU8n)
  • Siete Coconut Flour Tortillas
  • Siete Tortilla Chips
  • Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potatoes
  • Grain-free Granola (Like Paleonola http://amzn.to/2lbUbTc)
  • Small Square of Dark Chocolate
  • Evolved Chocolate Patty
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Homemade Larabars (fruit included)
  • Homemade Banana Bread (made with almond/coconut flour)
  • Homemade Muffins (peach, strawberry, blueberry, banana)
  • Avocado-Cacao Pudding
  • Chia pudding made with coconut milk
  • “Powerballs” (made with 1 TBSP nutbutter, 1 TBSP coconut flakes and 1 TBSP Enjoy Life chocolate chips per ball; store in freezer then move to fridge once hardened)
  • Homemade Energy Bar (fruit included)

“Balance: Teach kids to fuel their bodies with REAL food MOST of the time. The other 20-percent? Let life happen.”


  • THE MENU: 10 KID-FRIENDLY LUNCH IDEAS (includes proteins, veggies and fats in one)

            • “Cheesy” Spaghetti. (Spaghetti Squash* + Ground Turkey Meat* + Shredded Grass-fed Cheddar or Dairy Free Cheese Sauce* ). Side of Broccoli Fritters.*
            • AB & J. Natural Raw Almond Butter (Other options: Sun-butter, Peanut Butter, or Turkey & Cheese) + Coconut Flour Bread* or Coconut Flour Tortilla + 100% Natural Fruit Preserves (Other option: Sliced Bananas or Apples) + Baby Carrots + Goat’s Milk Yogurt (Redwood Hills)
            • Quesadillas. Coconut Flour Tortillas + Grass-fed Cheese + Organic Turkey + Bell-Peppers + Primal Kitchen Ranch Dip
            • Meatballs. Turkey Meatballs + Honey Mustard* + Carrot Fries
            • Chic-Fil-A Chicken Tenders* + Sweet Potato Fries* + Zucchini Chips*
            • Chicken Sausage Link + Celery Sticks with Sun-butter + Berries + Dark Chocolate Square
            • Tuna Salad* (Optional: Chicken) with Cucumbers + Diced Grapes + Simple Mills Cheddar Crackers http://amzn.to/2vDHVgK
            • Egg Muffins* + Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus + Cantaloupe
            • Grown Up Lunchable  Organic Turkey & Ham Roll-ups + Simple Mills Crackers http://amzn.to/2fGn9sX or Homemade Plantain Crackers* + Grass-fed Cheese or Coconut Butter + Apple Slices



    Want help getting started, meal planning, transitioning your kiddo to real food or “food chaining” (introducing new foods)?

    Contact Dr. Lauryn or Book a session at Thrive Wellness & Recovery to learn more about her Family Fuel Program and her 1-on-1 work with kids and their families to improve their health, from the inside out.

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Episode 151: Should Be

Today’s show starts with a special announcement along with documentary and book recommendations. In the News & Views segment, we cover the latest in food labeling news and the Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD), which is designed to slow aging and reduce cancer risk. In the Shinrin-yoku Update, we talk about nature as medicine. In the Moment of Paleo, we explore how our ‘shoulds’ could lead to stress. After the Bell, we hear a presentation about what really makes for a good life.

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Episode 152: Reverse Diabetes

Today’s show begins with new documentary and book recommendations. The News & Views segment features stories about the new USDA guidelines, beating diabetes vs. managing the disease, and why beards are good for your health. In the Shinrin-Yoku segment, thoughts on nature therapy “going mainstream.” In the Moment of Paleo segment, we explore tweaking self-talk and inner dialogs. After the Bell we feature a talk about introversion.

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Episode 153: Convinced You Should Wear Deodorant?

Today’s show starts with recommendations for Michael Pollan’s latest documentary and a new audiobook. In the News & Views segment: the broken calorie; underarm deodorant, the skin microbiome, and how we were convinced that we smell bad in the first place; also, the top 20 perils facing America…100 years ago. In the Shinrin-yoku Update, the Every Kid in a Park program is explained. The Moment of Paleo segment explores why you aren’t—and shouldn’t expect to be—the average. After the Bell we have two great pieces: Trail Angel Ponytail Paul followed by a talk by 91-year old legendary coach John Wooden.

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Episode 154: Fiber the New Protein?

On this episode of Latest in Paleo, we look at recent research regarding dietary fiber, indicating benefits to health and appetite control. One study suggests the lack of gut microbiome diversity seen in people who don’t eat much fiber may be passed down to future generations. And finally, is the fiber hype entering fad territory or is it legit? We also take a look at claims a Cochrane Collaboration co-founder has leveled against the pharmaceutical industry; he says they fit the definition for organized crime. This is really a must-listen segment.

Also this week, we feature a Human Movement Update after the News & Views, and we look at which exercises might be most effective for the brain. The Documentary Recommendation, Moment of Paleo, and After the Bell segments all relate to The Overview Effect; how seeing things from a higher level can drastically change our thinking. Enjoy the show!

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