Author Archives: melissa.joulwan

I Hated My Body from a Young Age, But the Paleo Lifestyle Changed (and Saved) Me

By Melissa Joulwan

I have excellent habits 95 percent of the time. I sleep eight to nine hours per night to recover from and prepare for lifting heavy barbells, occasional sprints, and plenty of yoga and walking. I keep the house stocked with paleo ingredients and cook nutrient-dense meals so my husband Dave and I can eat real food every day.Then on rare occasions, I indulge. I become a temporary slug and give i

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9 Paleo-Friendly Foods I Always Have in My Kitchen

By Melissa Joulwan

After years of paleo eating, my husband Dave and I have drilled down our grocery shopping list to the essentials we need to stay, um... well fed. When our local grocery store rearranged all of its aisles, Dave used the map of the new layout to develop a spreadsheet that cross-referenced the stuff we buy most often against its new location in the store. So smart! (And nerdy!)We keep a printout

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Confused by Paleo Breakfasts? Approaching It This Way Will Change How You Eat Forever

By Melissa Joulwan

So here’s an unexpected consequence of switching to paleo: Breakfast might get confusing.Once you stop thinking of breakfast as toast and oatmeal or a muffin and a glass of milk, you might be stymied by how to start your day. Let me make it a little easier for you. Instead of thinking about breakfast as a time when you eat foods that you only eat in the morning, think of it as a time when yo

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30 Reasons Everyone Should Whole30

By Melissa Joulwan

Over the years, I’ve done a handful of Whole30 re-sets, and everyone of them has (a) been different from the others and (b) incredibly eye-opening and helpful in some way. Sometimes I take on the Whole30 because I desperately need to clean up my act (after a European vacation fueled by schnitzel and beer, for example). Sometimes, like now, I go after it because I want to make progress. There are

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Health Hero Spotlight with Melissa Joulwan

This week Further Food is pleased to spotlight Melissa Joulwan, one of our health heroes! After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting (or, as she puts it, "being at war with my body for 30 years") and seeing food as the enemy, Melissa discovered the paleo diet and committed to it wholeheartedly. That same year, she underwent a thyroidectomy, which prompted her to learn about how eating paleo impacts your

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