13 responses

  1. Martin Levac
    April 28, 2012

    Shannon’s story is so typical. From the long time it took to diagnose celiac, to the mistake of avoiding fat, she’s basically telling the story of most people who end up eating low carb. Good interview.

    • Abel James
      April 28, 2012

      Thanks Martin! It’s a shame more MD’s aren’t picking up on how common of an issue gluten intolerance is – but it seems like it’s changing for the better. Cheers!

  2. jake3_14
    April 28, 2012

    Abel,

    You frequently ask how you can take over the top podcast spot from Jillian Michaels. Here’s my idea. Women, and especially moms, are the primary health guardians in the home, unless Dad’s an MD. Women already love your program (yeah, your voice is sexy). So, create a “busy mom” contest for 4 of your motherly listeners: Take another mom who’s interested in your paleo success but hasn’t started on the path under your wing for 90 days, and report the results every three weeks on the show for 15 minutes per pair of moms. Ask other paleo luminaries who are also moms to offer support once a week by phone to help the newbie and her mentor.

    If this succeeds, repeat the contest.

    Normally, there’d be a grand prize, but paleo-quality health and vitality ought to be prize enough. If not, how about a web page devoted to the participants that has a permanent home on your site. You could also hold a lottery among the participants for an all-expense-paid trip to the next Paleo FX gathering as an incentive.

    • Abel James
      April 30, 2012

      Hi Jake,
      Thanks for the feedback! I’ll definitely think on that – I’d love to give busy moms a few pointers. And an all-expenses-paid trip to PaleoFX certainly sounds nice… :) Cheers, Abel

      • jake3_14
        May 1, 2012

        Hi Abel,

        I don’t think I was clear about who would be coaching whom. I’m suggesting that an experienced paleo mom mentor an inexperienced one, with only one hour total of professional coaching for each pair of moms per week in a conference call. That reduces the time commitment on your part, keeping you more available for paid consulting.

        You can contact me privately about getting some free skilled labor for the website end of this idea.

        Cheers,
        jake3_14

      • Abel James
        May 1, 2012

        Hi Jake,
        Gotcha – thanks for the offer! I’ll shoot you an e-mail.

        Cheers,
        Abel

  3. Cathy
    May 6, 2012

    Great interview. I wish everyone was told right away that gluten free doesn’t mean healthy. When I first went gluten free eight years ago, I started off eating really well because at the time there wasn’t much on the market that was gluten free. My health improved. However, as the gluten free products became available, I indulged and my health suffered. Finding Paleo has made living gluten free so much easier. I don’t try to find gluten free alternatives any longer. Instead, I focus on delicious food that comes as it was meant to be.

    • Abel James
      May 6, 2012

      Thanks Cathy – that’s great insight. Too often people look for gluten-free/sugar-free/whatever-free “alternatives.” But they’re still just products. If it comes in a box, it’s probably an indulgence, not health food. So glad you’re on the right track!

  4. John
    May 8, 2012

    She was cool.
    I really enjoyed her interview. What a fun gal.

    • Abel James
      May 8, 2012

      She’s a cool cat.

  5. Andrea
    May 23, 2012

    The gluten-free industry and products comment is so true – it mimics the “fat free” debacle. Oh, I can eat as many Snackwells as I want!!!

    I think it would be a great service BY nutritionists/dieticians or anyone talking about a celiac-friendly lifestyle if they could coach the new gluten-averse this way:
    While they transition they should treat processed and packaged gluten free foods in the same way you’d treat Ensure if you are recovering from surgery or something that required liquid food.

    It’s a BRIDGE, and a temporary one at that, meant to keep you functioning but just barely until you are ready for the next step.

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