I Don’t Want to Look Like a Cavewoman- What it Means to be Paleo with Steph Gaudreau, Episode 017

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Show Notes

Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo takes us through what a paleo diet is. It’s an area of much debate in the media and difficult to determine. The media paints it as the “caveman” diet, which is one we cannot realistically recreate. Others refer to The Paleo Diet which is trademarked and very strict.

What is a paleo diet?

Steph’s definition is to base your diet around whole, real foods that are very nutrient dense. But understand your context, your needs and how to adjust that template based on your needs. Athletes and people who do a lot of tough and endurance training cut out carbs to get lean and adopt a paleo diet, and their performance starts to suffer because carb intake is too low. This is where making adjustments for your body and lifestyle is important.

How to get started on a paleo diet and succeed?

Rather than looking at it as “what am I going to take away”, which tends to lead to feelings of deprivation and cravings for the very thing you’re eliminating, Steph likes to take this approach: “What can I add to my routine? Eat more vegetables. Add fermented foods. Eat better quality proteins. Eat healthy fats. Add something new each week. Perhaps the first week you try a spaghetti squash instead of pasta and see how you like that. Taking small steps is more successful for most.

What does a paleo diet plate look like?

Half the plate is veggies, raw or cooked. The other half is mostly protein and some healthy fats (dressing, avocado, nuts).

Steph’s Books:

The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance– If you’re looking for a balanced approach to fueling, you’re curious about how to apply Paleo to your sport, or you’re a Paleo athlete already but you’re wondering how to tweak your nutrition for better performance (while not sacrificing your health), The Paleo Athlete is for you.

The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Training Harder, Getting Stronger and Gaining the Competitive Edge– The award-winning, ultimate Paleo cookbook for performance-minded people. Over 100 mouth-watering, nutrient-dense, and performance-supporting recipes all in one resource. It’s a perfect companion to her ebook, The Paleo Athlete.

Steph’s Bio:

Steph Gaudreau combines a formal education in biology / human physiology (BS Biology—Human Physiology), 12 years of science teaching experience (MA—Education and National Board Certification), holistic nutrition training (Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner), and an unabashed love of tasty Paleo food (human with taste buds) on her blog, Stupid Easy Paleo. Steph’s mission is to spread the word about how to make simple, tasty recipes to help people in their quests to just eat real food. She wrote the best-seller The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance in 2014, and her award-winning book, The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Eating Better, Getting Stronger & Gaining the Competitive Edge (Page Street Publishing, 2015).

Steph’s 3 Habits for a Healthier Life:

  1. “Operation Take Back Mornings”, she makes time in the mornings for herself. {Does not check email or social media!!}
  2. Train 4 times per week.
  3. Lights out by 10pm.


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