35 responses

  1. Michael Johnson
    November 17, 2012

    Do the gluten Free desserts count as paleo?

    • Abel James
      November 17, 2012

      Hi Michael, great question. Technically, no, my approach is more flexible than paleo. We eat a modest amount of non-gmo gluten-free grains, xylitol, and dairy. If you want strict paleo recipes, check out my cookbook with George of Civilized Caveman, The Caveman Feast. Happy cooking!

  2. Gayle
    November 18, 2012

    I loved this interview, enjoyed the banter between you 2 :) .. And Alyson is right XYLITOL IS THE BOMB!!
    I used it to make ice cream and sweet potato pie with a walnut crust for the holiday. It is the best!!
    I will check out your gluten free desert book.

    • Alyson Bridge
      November 19, 2012

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Gayle! Yum, sweet potato pie with a walnut crust sounds incredible. Good thing Thanksgiving is coming up — I see scrumptious pies on the horizon.

  3. Cathy
    November 19, 2012

    LOVED this episode! I’m so glad that weights are making their way into a woman’s workout. I’m 39 and a mom of 2. I’m almost 40, a frequent group fitness participant at the gym, and a 5K runner. A few months ago I realized that things were snapping back as easily as when I was in my 20s and early 30s. I now run about 10-15mls a week, lift HEAVY weights 3 days a week, and do a yoga class to stretch. I’ve been a strict Paleo for 2 months and so happy. As a family were were “75%” Paleo for about a year. I didn’t see anything happening in the gym, so after I hired a personal trainer (who is Paleo too) I went 100% Paleo. I feel better, have lost weight and inches over the last few weeks. I even just completed my first indoor triathlon!!!

    I love my weights!!!!! I can’t imagine running, spinning or stepping every day. I love the mantra, “Strong is the new Sexy!”

    Good luck with the book! It sounds delicious!!!!

    • Alyson Bridge
      November 29, 2012

      Cathy, you are AWESOME! Congratulations on your first indoor triathlon! It’s amazing how incorporating weights and eating mostly Paleo makes our bodies heal and feel like they are thriving, instead of accumulating more problems. I feel happy hearing how successful you are with your eating and exercise routine.

      YEAH, strong is the new sexy! :)

  4. Jeremy
    November 26, 2012

    Just finished listening to this one and found myself smiling. Alyson has quite the infectious giggle.

    Just ordered the E-cookbook you and George released, looking forward to adding some more recipes to the rotation.

  5. Julie Buress
    November 29, 2012

    Hi Abel! Great Podcast! I have a couple quick question for Alyson if you don’t mind…
    Alyson, can you go in to a bit more detail of your workout routine? You mentioned sprints, how many/how long are your sprints? Also, for your weight training, how many reps/sets do you do?

    Thanks! :)

    • Alyson Bridge
      November 29, 2012

      Hi Julie,
      Glad you asked! When I do sprints I try to go as hard as I can for 30 to 60 seconds, and I’ll do that 4 or 5 times. Feels so good. In the back of Abel’s parents’ house in New Hampshire they have a secluded field surrounded by tall old trees. I love running as fast I can through the field leaping off little mounds in the ground. It’s amazing to watch how effortlessly my body can leap and land at sprinting speeds. I feel like a kid when I incorporate jumps.

      As for weights, I really like kettle bells and hand weights. Right now I’m using a 30 pound kettle bell that I swing — straight back, knees slightly bent, both hands holding the kettle bell handle, I swing it down through my legs keeping my arms straight, and then I swing it up in front of my chest like a pendulum using my glutes to power the swing. I usually do 25 reps 3 times. The kettle is great for bicep curls or lifting above my head, too.

      For hand weights, depending on the weight I’ll do 7-15 reps of an arm exercise until I can’t do another one, then wait a few minutes and do them again (2 to 3 sets). The weight I use changes, but I try to get the heaviest I can handle. I also really enjoy deadlifts and lunges with the hand weights. For deadlifts, make sure your back is straight, and face is looking forward as you bend your knees to pick up the weight. The weight I use changes depending on what my body can do – usually 30-35 pounds, 10 reps, 3-5 sets. For lunges, I aim for 25-50 lunges holding 25 pounds in each hand.

      Sometimes I only workout for 3 minutes, sometimes 10, and if I’m feeling extra frisky I’ll go for 45 minutes. It just depends on what my body wants to do. I also just started taking yoga. It’s great because it not only stretches my muscles when they’re sore, but it also works out all those little balancing muscles that weights don’t get.

      • Julie
        November 29, 2012

        Thanks Alyson! :) Really appreciate you providing this information. One more quick question…
        How many days per week do you do the sprints and weight training?

      • Alyson Bridge
        November 29, 2012

        You are most welcome, Julie. I love that you are asking. Some weeks I only do weights/sprints 1 time. Some weeks I’ll do it most mornings for a few minutes. Some weeks I’ll do a moderate amount on 2 or 3 days. It’s pretty varied. I feel like as long as get at least 10 minutes of weights in a couple times a week, my body is happy. And the more days I do it in a week, the more sculpted my body gets.

  6. Julie
    November 30, 2012

    Great, Thanks again! I’m going to try sprints/weight training over the next 30 day

  7. Jessica
    December 28, 2012

    The almond butter chocolate chip cookies are to die for! Thank you so much, they were a huge hit a Christmas!

    • Alyson Bridge
      December 28, 2012

      Yay! Great to hear, Jessica. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. Happy holidays!

  8. Maricela Riddoch
    December 31, 2012

    Hi Alyson,

    We bought your dessert cookbook through the Jason Ferruggia site about a month ago. I’ve made 10+ batches of chocolate chip cookies and a cheesecake and loved them!
    I tried to make the apple pie last night and ran into a few issues. I’m not a baker so my husband is very kind and says it was a great try for my first pie ever.

    The lattice was a bit hard (crumbly) to handle so I couldn’t create the weave lattice.
    After baking the pie was dry (no thick sugar butter) The only substitution I made was 1/3 cup agave nectar in place of the 1/2 cup sugar for the filing. All other ingredients and measurements were as the recipe stated. Any tips on how where I can make improvements for next time?

  9. Bjjcaveman
    January 15, 2013

    Listened to this podcast a while back and got really pumped up about xylitol after hearing you guys talk about it. I tried out a recipe I found in Volek and Phinney’s “The Art of Low Carbohydrate Performance” for a ketosis friendly blueberry cheesecake… which came out delicious. I had 2 pieces (1/8th cheesecake each) … but it was the aftermath that was the problem… I’ll just leave it at… I had some undesirable GI issues. Which after some online sleuthing turns out to be a common problem. I’m just curious if either Abel or you have run into these problems.

    • Abel James
      January 19, 2013

      Hey there, yes! You want to ease into xylitol if you’re not used to it. Eat just a bit at a time (you can use a portion of xylitol with honey or maple sugar and up the ratio over time). Too much at once, you know what happens… But I’m easily able to eat more than a half cup without any negative effects. Enjoy!

  10. Sally
    February 9, 2013

    Just listened to this podcast, sounds like you had a great time. You mention drinking cappuccino – my favourite. Could you give me your recipe for your version! Many thanks

    • Abel James
      February 14, 2013

      Hi Sally, my cappuccino is simple: my own hand-roasted coffee and slightly heated goat milk whipped up with a bit of cinnamon on top. Delish!

  11. Donna
    August 10, 2013

    Alyson,I just downloaded your dessert book and it is SCRUMPTIOUS! I can’t wait to get to baking! I started riffing off of your chocolate shake recipe and invented my “Elvis” chocolate whey powder,frozen banana and a tablespoon of my bacon fat…..mmmmm

    • Emily Dewey
      August 13, 2013

      Ooooo sounds delish Donna! :) – Emily, FBM Team

  12. Kara O
    October 28, 2013

    Hey guys been watching the show for a while but Im late to this podcast. Alyson you have a lovely speaking voice just thought ide throw that in there. I am relatively new to paleo cooking but I have to say I have been a huge fan of fat for a while now and the health benefits that go along with it. I love to cook but my love for baking and sweets goes way deeper which makes me really excited about your book Alyson So I cant wait to do it again but with a guilt free conscience this time…Love it!!! Thanks for accommodating us health freaks/sweet tooths!!!

    Loving the show

  13. Gillian
    November 12, 2013

    wow Abel’s voice is heelova Sexy…………..sorry for going off topic, i had to say that!

    • Emily Dewey
      November 25, 2013

      Lol he was certainly gifted with a great radio voice! No doubt about it :) – Emily, FBM Team

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    December 8, 2013

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      December 11, 2013

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  15. Michael W.
    March 2, 2014


    While Lionel Hampton could have played “Fly Me to the Moon” on your abs, what value do you place on lab tests to help guide your lifestyle?

    For example, do you get an occasional NMR LiopProfile, Hemoglobin A1c, or other test to check your current trajectory? Or, do you more rely on how you look and feel?


    • Abel James
      March 3, 2014

      Hi Mike, great question. It’s really a combination of both. I’ll go crazy with testing and tracking for a few months, then I’ll dial it back and focus on look and feel. Testing is only as useful as you make it. But if you can afford it, I’d always recommend testing and tracking – you can always look back at it later to get powerful insight. Currently, I’m tracking sleep, bodyfat, energy expenditure, productivity, and tested IGG antibodies for the second time in 9 months. Fascinating stuff.

  16. Matthew
    March 19, 2014

    Hi Abel,

    I like quite a bit of what you have to say and having stumbled upon your web casts think you offer a great service to those waking up to the reality ‘we are what we eat’. So, one question…after all your promotion of whole, real foods, how is that you have come to the conclusion that Xylitol is ‘the bomb’???????? It is a completely processed ‘food’ using man-made chemicals…not very natural sounding to me. What about just sticking to good old honey or maple syrup when needing a sweetener for your desserts? Just asking.


  17. Yolanda
    May 30, 2014

    Hello you guys, may I ask why you use White sugar, Brown sugar and other insulin raising ingredients? I thought there was going to be Healthier options. They do look tasty. I might try a couple of the recipes.

  18. Carolyn
    November 10, 2014

    Alyson is our youngest of seven children. She and Abel are a real life blessing to our families. I love everything Alyson has created and made for our family. I feel good after eating her desserts. Back in the day, I would eat dessert and feel bloated, crummy and fat. Not only are you adorable Alyson, but so very talented. Your skin and hair glow and you look very healthy. You are exercising less and look fantastic. You are one of the Xylitol sweetest people I know. You go girl!

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