PaleoF(x) 2015!

Why should you save some of your tax return money for the most awesome weekend getaway ever?




Not only are you making a long-term investment in your health, and the health of your family, but you are meeting awesome leaders in the Paleo and Primal community! 

Paleo f(x) is a huge exciting event for everyone in the paleo community, as well those new to paleo and wanting to learn much more about the paleo lifestyle. There are many reasons to attend Paleo f(x): The exciting location, the cutting edge speakers and topics, the innovative fitness demos, the social and networking opportunities, and the valuable information that you can immediately use to improve your health.



The Experience.  Nowhere else in the Paleo world can you find three days that add up to a life-changing experience of information and inspiration, connection and friendship, than at Paleo f(x).  And nowhere else can you find the diversity and combined quality of speakers—athletes, scientists, physicians, nutritionists, trainers, bio-hackers, sustainability activists, and more—than at Paleo f(x).  Paleo f(x) encompasses every facet of paleo/primal living — there is something here for everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that I will be speaking on the On Ramp Stage at Paleo FX! 




If you want to learn all about infant and childhood nutrition, when to start your baby on solid foods, signs baby is ready to eat, as well as how to feed busy toddlers, come see my talk!



I hope to see you at Paleo FX 2015!




5 Foods To Avoid Introducing to Children



There are many foods out there that are marketed to parents and children. Companies produce fancy packaging, loud commercials with happy kids, and buzz words for parents like:

“part of this nutritious breakfast”

“part of a balanced meal”

“18 vitamins and minerals included”

“healthy whole grains”

We are HUGE consumers here in the U.S. and we fall for much of this marketing. Foods are even packaged to appear healthier, by using colors that consumers view as a healthy color…like earthy greens and browns.

green natural and bio sign

It’s all marketing.

Here is a piece I wrote all about the marketing of food in our culture.

Many of these processed convenience foods have added vitamins and minerals. However, these vitamins are synthetic forms and therefore are not assimilated and utilized well in the body. Real vitamins and minerals come in real food (meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats) and do not need to be synthesized or added to food.

Synthetic Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Biotin: d-Biotin
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

List taken from: The Global Healing Center


Most processed foods in general will keep your child’s blood sugar spiking and plummeting. Your child craves more sweets and sugary foods, and never feels satiated. In the primal community this is known as being “sugar adapted”. Yes, children do need carbohydrates for energy. I’m not suggesting a low-carbohydrate diet for children. There is a huge misconception that people who follow the primal lifestyle eat low-carb. That just isn’t the case. Most children consume massive amounts of processed carbohydrates on a daily basis, and this is considered the cultural norm. Therefore anything less than that is automatically viewed as low carb. It starts with parents being told by medical authorities that they should start their baby on nutrient void rice cereal to fill them up. Next it leads to drinkable sugar laden yogurts marketed to babies, then cute little plastic toddler cups filled with finger sized crackers and cookies, then it leads to big bowls of sugary cereals. Removing these processed foods from a child’s diet and offering real food to children does not make you a bad, rigid, or depriving parent. You may feel like a fish out of water at times, but you are making the right decision for the health of your children, both now and in the future. Children can get adequate nutrients from a real food diet of meats, vegetables, fruits, and small amounts of refined sugar-free treats made with natural sweeteners. Yes it might not be as convenient as we are use to in a rush rush culture, however, the future health of our children depends upon us making changes in the right direction.

 Pictured:  Burgers On A Stick with dipping sauce!



What are MY top 5 suggestions of foods to avoid giving to children?

1. Cereal

Any and all cereal. Rice cereal for babies, cold cereals, quick oats, etc… Here is a blog post I wrote about cereal. In a nutshell: Cereal is made with grains (usually with added sugar and food dyes), and grains are broken down into the body as sugar. Yes, you do need carbohydrates in your diet, but there are more nutrient rich sources that will not leave your child’s blood sugar to spike and plummet. Eating a bowl of cereal makes the child’s pancreas work extra hard in order to process it all. It also fills them up with little nutrients or healthy fats. I also wrote a Primal Feeding Guide for Babies and Toddlers which explains why rice cereal is not a good first choice of foods for infants.

*low nutrients

*synthetic vitamins added

*anti-nutrients that can affect digestion

*high sugar

*low in quality fat and protein


 2. Kid marketed crackers and cookies like those little golden fish crackers, and little bear cracker cookies, etc.

Just like the cereal above, these small toddler marketed crackers and cookies might look exciting and fun, as well as easy and quick. Kids may love the taste of them. However… for all the same reasons mentioned above regarding cereal, these crackers are full of artificial ingredients, synthetic vitamins, food dyes, high amounts of sugar, and are very low in quality nutrient-dense fats and proteins that children need to feel satiated, happy, and stable. Again, this gets children sugar adapted and reaching for processed carbs vs real food. Did I say avoid all carbohydrates for children? Absolutely not. Here is a post I wrote all about healthy snack ideas for children.

*low nutrients

*synthetic vitamins added

*low in quality fat and protein

*high sugar


3. Most commercial yogurts:


Commercial yogurts contain as much sugar as a bowl of ice cream or other sugary desserts. One 8-ounce serving of low-fat or fat free sweetened yogurt can contain as much as 47 grams of sugars. This amount of sugar is equivalent to almost 12 teaspoons of sugar. People think because it’s yogurt, it must be healthy. Most yogurts should really be treated as a dessert rather than a nourishing snack or meal. It is difficult to find yogurt that does not have some or all of the fat removed from it. Fats are nutrient dense sources of energy for growing brains. However, yogurt manufacturers are still removing fat from yogurt, and adding sugar and food dye. If you are going to give your child yogurt, the best option is raw (unpasteurized), unsweetened, full fat yogurt. Plain yogurt does not contain any added sugar, but still contains naturally occurring milk sugars called lactose. An 8-ounce serving of plain yogurt still contains approximately 12 grams of sugar. This amount of sugar is equivalent to 3 teaspoons of sugar. Homemade plain yogurt that has fermented for 24 hours, does not contain sugar. The lactose is digested by beneficial bacteria, bringing the amount of sugar down to nothing. Raw yogurt has beneficial enzymes and probiotics to help with digestion, and can help colonize the gut with good bacteria. It can be sweetened with a little fruit or drizzle of raw honey.

*very high sugar

*food dye

*low in quality fat unless full fat


4. Kid Marketed “Energy” bars:


These “power” or “energy” bars marketed at kids contain a long list of ingredients that can be harmful on the gut, and contain a high amount of refined sugar. many contain as much sugar as candy bars, even organic ones. Please note… not everything that is labeled “organic” is necessarily good for your body. An organic pop tart is still a pop tart. It still contains high carb, low healthy fat, low protein. We want our kids to power up with nutrient rich healthy fats and proteins!

Here is an example of ingredients from a popular brand of energy bars targeted at kids:

INGREDIENTS: Organic Oat Blend (Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Oat Fiber), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Fruit Paste Blend (Organic Date Paste, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Raisin Paste), Organic Cocoa, Organic Soy Butter (Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soybean Oil, Salt), Organic Chocolate (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Natural Flavors, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Baking Soda. VITAMINS & MINERALS: Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Ferric Orthophosphate (Iron), Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Beta Carotene (Vit. A), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Folic Acid (Vit. B9), Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12). ALLERGEN STATEMENT: CONTAINS SOY AND TRACES OF DAIRY. MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS, WHEAT, AND TREE NUTS.

As you can see the bar contains mainly grains and sugar (both cane syrup and fruit sugar), soy, processed oils and synthetic vitamins and minerals.

If your child is participating in sports and needs extra boosts of carbohydrates, try making homemade energy bites or balls. You simply process nuts with dates, shredded coconut, and coconut oil. Here is my recipe for Blood Orange Coconut Balls.

 5. “Whole Grain” breads:


The breads today are not the breads of our ancestors. Our earliest ancestors did not eat bread. Approximately 10-12 thousand years ago (note that we’ve been around for over 200,000 years in our human form) grains were introduced into our diet. Many traditional cultures did not have bread as such a huge portion of every meal. They did not eat sandwiches daily. They also knew how to properly prepare breads (soak, sprout, and ferment) so that the body can digest and assimilate nutrients from it. The issue related to bread consumption is not only just the buzz word “gluten” that we hear. Yes, gluten is a huge offender to many people. Probably more than we can begin to realize. However, there are many other components to bread that can also have an affect on our health. Breads that are not properly prepared contain phytates and lectins, also known as anti-nutrients that can bind to minerals and render them unavailable to our bodies. These anti-nutrients also contribute to inflammation and leaky gut. Leaky gut can lead to allergies and autoimmune conditions. There are proteins found in bread other than gluten that may also have a profound affect on many people. Just like cereal, cookies, and crackers, eating bread as a staple keeps children sugar adapted, and not feeling satiated.

So what can I give my child in place of bread?

Some suggestions: Applegate Farms (GF, dairy free, soy free, and humanely raised) deli meat roll-ups, bun-less Applegate Farms grassfed hotdogs usually cut up with toothpicks and dipping sauces, bunless burgers or lettuce for the bun. Almond or sun butter used as a dip for apples or carrots rather than on bread. On the occasions my children do have bread, I make sure it is the Sprouted grain kind. However, sprouted or not it is still digested in the body and broken down to sugar. Therefore, eating several slices a day would still have a profound affect on the sugar handling of a child.


*low in quality fats and proteins

*high in sugar


In a nutshell… carbohydrate rich processed foods tend to be high in sugar and low in nutrients. It might not be easy to cut these foods out and replace them with real nourishing foods, but try in steps.

What are some tips to getting your children to enjoy real food?



*Involve them in the process of cooking. If your child helped prepare the meal, they are more likely to enjoy eating it.

*Children love to eat things on platters with toothpicks.

*Children love to forage for food! Take them apple picking and berry picking. We also love to collect fiddlehead ferns in the Spring.

*Explain to them the reasons behind your decisions.

*Lead by example. If those processed foods are not an option, they will start to enjoy real food more.


About Kathryn:


Kathryn Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)  through The Nutritional Therapy Association, and a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor through The University of San Diego. Her undergraduate degree is in Movement Science from Westfield State College. Her Master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. She specialize in healing digestion, balancing blood sugar, balancing hormones, and autoimmune conditions. 



I am speaking at Paleo FX! Get your tickets here to see my talk!





* Please note: This is a personal blog.  All data and information provided on this site is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitution for professional medical advice.






Paleo F(x) is Coming to Austin TX!


Paleo f(x)™ Austin is the single largest Paleo conference in the world.  This signature event includes the following lineup for 2014:


  • Dozens of world-class speakers including physicians, nutritionists, research scientists, professional athletes, coaches, trainers, bloggers, podcasters, sustainability and food activists, biohackers, and more.
  • Many speakers are leaders in their fields and include New York Times best-selling authors, professional athletes, and renowned activists in diverse fields.
  • Confirmed speakers:  Robb Wolf,  Chris Kresser,  Mark SissonSarah FragosoDallas & Melissa Hartwig,  Nora Gedgaudas, Michelle TamDr. Terry Wahls,  Nate Miyaki, John Durant, Diane SanfilippoLierre Keith, Molly Galbraith, and dozens more, plus many exciting additions TBA.
  • Five stages: two premiere stages for presentations and Mastermind panels, the Strength and Conditioning stage, the Cooking Demo stage, and the Paleo On Ramp stage.
  • Something for everyone: a variety of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sessions, including Paleo 101 talks by experts, designed to introduce beginners to Paleo.
  • The Strength and Conditioning expo floor with demos and workshops lead by master trainers and natural movement experts.
  • The Paleo f(x)™ vendor and sponsor fair — an array of health-conscious, paleo-friendly vendors and sponsors.
  • Post-event Video on Demand, so that you can catch some of the sessions you might have missed, after the event.
  • Located at the Palmer Event Center, a premier event space in downtown Austin, with close proximity to many of the city’s finest restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions.

Premiere tickets and Expo tickets are available.  Register Now


For press inquiries, or to request press passes, contact


Can’t make it to TX this year, but don’t want to miss all the great speakers? I am personally excited to see the “Robb and Mark show!” I learned all I know about the primal lifestyle from Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf. How exciting is it to have them speak together about ancestral health. You can watch from your home via livestreaming!

“Paleo f(x) is livestreaming their event, check it out!”


“We Love Paleo”, A Documentary!

I recently corresponded with the film makers of an upcoming documentary called “We Love Paleo!” I am very passionate about this cause, and wanted to support them.

Please consider spreading the word or donating so they can meet the funds to move forward with this! We need to change the way we view food, and this movement needs all of our support!


“We Love Paleo” Page

What’s so special about your feature documentary, We Love Paleo?

Our film project is the world’s first crowd-funded documentary on Paleo. Besides, there was only one other feature documentary that implicitly advocated for Paleo which was The Perfect Human Diet. Here, instead of shying away from the term ‘Paleo’ (which is sometimes albeit disenfranchising) we show our colours right away.

Why are you making this film?

Three main reasons…

We want to spread throughout the world, what we think is a worthwhile message: the existence of the Paleo lifestyle. So many people need to know about it still. As a matter a fact we even have plans to translate the film in FRENCH, SPANISH and GERMAN and that’s reflected on our campaign page at the bottom under ‘Stretch Goals’. We want people to be informed about this healthy alternatives to the Standard American Diet. So building awareness through the medium of film is our first big motive…
Our second motive is that,  I have heard SO MANY falsehood about this lifestyle. It’s crazy! Every Paleo person out there can remember a conversation where the whole concept of Paleo living had been completely misinterpreted and practically made up. My most recent conversation about this was with someone who clearly had no idea of the Paleo main tenants and thought we ate 75% meat! What complete nonsense. The debunking aspect of it is therefore also a strong driver. We don’t claim to be able to eradicate all misconceptions but we can help this process with a documentary for sure. And the last reason is to inspire people you know… Hopefully some people will use this as an introduction and be inspired to seek the truth for themselves and try it out!

Who’s in it?

We’ve really teamed up with people who will, in our eyes, contribute a great deal to the film! Amongst them there’s Dr. Cordain (US), Dr. Briffa (UK) but also some big names in the food, nutrition and fitness community around the world such as our the passionate guys at The Naked Ape, Darryl Edwards (UK) from the Fitness Explorer, Michelle Norris from Paleo F(x)™, Irena Macri from Eat DrinkPaleo (Australia) and several more! The complete list of participants can be found here.

What are some of the perks? 

People will receive in exchange for their donations: the film’s final cut as a download, tickets to Paleo F(x), Ecookbooks and print books, cinema tickets, Skype chats with the filmmakers, health/fitness consultations with the panel of participants and much more!–I know everyone says this, but seriously people should see for themselves cause we have much more stuff on there!)

How can the Paleo community help?

People can go to this page and click on ‘Contribute Now’ to donate whatever they feel comfortable donating right now. We truly believe that only the Paleo community as a whole can and will make this happen! The second way they can help us is to share this campaign to others using the link at the bottom of our video on our Indiegogo page: Thanks a lot for helping us spread the word and thanks to every single person who helps us get the world’s first crowd-funded documentary on Paleo made!

Why this documentary needs to be made:

Each and every one of us has (or knows) a friend, relative or acquaintance that is either diabetic, overweight, has chronic heart disease or God forbid, all three at once. Then, there’s the rest of us who think we lead healthy lives, conducive to well-being and longevity. The thing is, most of these ”healthy lifestyles” aren’t healthy at all!

This, summed up, is what drives our whole team to make this film. The topic of this film touches everyone.

  • We mainly intend to spread the message about Paleo and raise public awareness of the existence of this healthy alternative to the Standard American/Western Diet (SAD).
  • Reinforce the link between optimal health and what we put in our bodies.
  • We also want to give people basic tools and advice on how to start converting their lifestyle to Paleo if they feel inspired to do so. (And we bet they will!)

Our dearest wish is to engage people and inspire them to adopt healthier lifestyles. The healthier the world gets as a whole, the better off we will all be.


Are you a paleo/primal blogger?

The film makers are currently searching for key on-line bloggers, or influencers who are able to write/blog/facebook share about their film, in return for social media support!