Author Archives: Aimee McNew


About Aimee McNew

Aimee McNew, MNT is a certified nutritionist who practices functional and integrative nutrition therapy. She specializes in Paleo, autoimmunity, digestion, fertility, and women's health.

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How to Focus on Slowing Down During the Holidays

It's that time of year — the one where everything is merry and bright, and people are cheerful, and there's no stress anywhere. Oh wait. For most of us, I think the holiday reality is something closer to chaos, frenzy, and exhaustion. Frankly, I always love the idea of holidays, but when they arrive, suddenly it's all about trying to find the presents, making food, arranging schedules, and generally wishing for January 1st. Maybe it's the introvert in me, but holidays tend … Continue reading

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32 Best Paleo Books of 2016

I've always been a bookworm, and my transition to a Paleo lifestyle has transformed my book collection, too! Each year I look forward to new Paleo book releases, and eagerly collect new offerings from favorite authors, as well as diving into the work of new Paleo thinkers, writers, and experts. 2016 was a little extra special for my Paleo library, too, because I actually wrote my first book, The Everything Guide to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Healing Plan for Managing Symptoms … Continue reading

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Which Version of Paleo Is Right For You?

The Paleo diet has exploded in popularity in the last five years, primarily due to the success of low-carb diets, celebrity endorsements and success stories, and emerging research that proves that Paleo can lead to better health. Health benefits of the Paleo diet can include: Reduced body fat Reduced cholesterol Improved digestion Defense against chronic and degenerative diseases Protection against heart disease and diabetes Principles of the Paleo Diet Unfortunately for modern America, the typical diet that our culture embraces … Continue reading

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47 Best Paleo Desserts for the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, yet many who eat allergy-restricted diets feel like they're left out of all the fun. The fact is that there are dozens of fabulous, delightful Paleo desserts that rival conventional desserts on every level. I've gathered 47 of the best Paleo desserts for your holiday parties and family get-togethers. They're festive, grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for any time of year. Paleo Chocolate Desserts Chocolate makes the world go 'round, right? Well, we've got … Continue reading

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Is the Paleo Diet Safe for Babies?

It’s a big deal when a baby goes from only drinking formula or breastmilk to making the leap into the world of solid foods. It’s exciting, and also terrifying, for most parents — especially new parents. As a new parent myself, I thought that introducing solid foods would feel exciting, but when the time came to try some foods with my son, I felt more scared than anything else. Even as a nutritionist, I worried that I would do the … Continue reading

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The Definitive Guide to Paleo and PMS

Perhaps nothing is more complex and infuriating than hormones who aren’t playing nice. Women are subject to the cyclical tug of war that happens between the two dominant reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone, with others stepping in at various times of the menstrual cycle. While some women will never experience PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), hormone imbalances, or other similar issues, there are many who suffer on a regular basis. When hormones are not balanced, women will experience a wide range of … Continue reading

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65 Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time of year where we come together with family and friends and celebrate the things that we are grateful for. But it is also, of course, about the food that we eat, and if you're following a Paleo diet, holidays may feel extra restricting. But I've rounded up 65 of the best Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that exist, and frankly, are every bit as delicious as their gluten and dairy-filled counterparts. I hosted an all-Paleo Thanksgiving a few … Continue reading

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What Is the Best Paleo Baking Flour?

I frequently get asked, “What is the best Paleo baking flour to cook with?” I get it. Paleo flours can be expensive, and when you’re new to the diet, it feels like you’re dropping a small fortune to stock your initial Paleo pantry. The flours that you’ll need for your go-to baking staples will depend on what you’re most going to bake or cook. Here’s a breakdown of the most common ones seen in Paleo recipes, and how often you might … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Right Probiotic

If you went Paleo because of digestive health issues or other severe conditions of the intestines like Crohn’s disease, IBD, or ulcerative colitis, you’ve probably been taking probiotics. In fact, many who switched to a Paleo diet for autoimmune reasons, chronic health reasons, thyroid problems, hormone issues, or other conditions involving the stomach eventually start focusing on leaky gut and overall gut health, and for good reason. If your gut isn’t protecting your body from an onslaught of toxins and … Continue reading

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Do You Have to Eat Paleo Forever?

If you're new to the Paleo world, or even if you've been at it for awhile, one of the top questions we get is “How long do I have to eat a Paleo diet to get results?” I think many worry about the inconvenience of following a restrictive diet for a long time. Paleo, also referred to as an ancestral or caveman diet, feels and looks very different from the Standard American Diet. It excludes grains and legumes, which for … Continue reading

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How to Stop Drinking Soda

If you search for advice on how to stop drinking soda, you're going to come across "experts" who suggest that you switch from regular to diet soda (hello — diet soda is still soda), or that you simply replace your soda with an equally as sugary but not carbonated beverage. While this blog post will focus on soda, it applies to any overly sugary beverage that does not offer nutritional value. But first, let's discuss why soda is really so bad for you, and it … Continue reading

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How to Start Eating Vegetables (When You Don’t Like Them)

One of the biggest concerns that I get from people who are considering switching over to a Paleo diet is that they don’t like this, that, or the other kind of vegetable. Do you have to LOVE vegetables to be able to eat a Paleo diet? The answer may surprise you! No — you do not have to love vegetables to follow a Paleo diet. You only have to be willing to try them. I’m not saying you have to … Continue reading

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The Best Paleo Halloween Recipes

Halloween is a festive time of year known for sweets and spooks, and we are here to tell you that you can be 100% Paleo and all-in for a delicious, allergy-friendly Halloween. The recipes in this roundup will help you throw the tastiest Paleo Halloween party on the block, or just spice up your kiddo’s lunchbox with meals that his or her friends will wish their moms had packed. Not convinced why a Paleo Halloween is necessary? After all, how … Continue reading

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Paleo and Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease

Millions of people are walking around with impaired metabolisms, carrying extra weight that won't budge, suffering from depressive tendencies, inflammation, chronic pain, dry skin, brittle hair, persistent insomnia, and debilitating fatigue. What if I told you that for some people, all of these life-altering symptoms were due to a single disease? And what if I told you that in many this disease regularly goes undiagnosed for years, or is misdiagnosed by medical professionals who often don't run the correct lab … Continue reading

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Paleo Superfoods for Adrenal Health

The adrenal glands are two small organs that sit around the middle of the back, above the kidneys. They produce hormones, including reproductive hormones and stress hormones that help you produce life, grow life, and survive life. Cortisol is probably the most notable adrenal hormone that is produced in response to stress. Adrenal glands, as all endocrine organs, are susceptible to hormone fluctuations based on a number of factors, including diet, food allergies, stress, lifestyle, and resting habits. A Paleo … Continue reading

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The Best Paleo Foods for Kidney Health

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that sit around the middle of the back. Most people don't give their kidneys much thought unless there's an issue, but by that point, the pain can be excruciating. There are specific nutrients and foods that can keep these little organs working effectively and efficiently, and we want you to know about the best Paleo foods for kidney health (complete with recipes to get you started). What Do Kidneys Do? Kidneys filter and collect toxins from … Continue reading

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