About Aglaée the Paleo dietitian

Learn a bit more about my story and find ways to support my work at the bottom of this page, whether you want to donate, purchasing one of my ebooks or participating in one of my monthly REAL food challenge!

My story in a nutshell...

Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD

Aglaée is a Canadian registered dietitian and has completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Nutrition at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). She worked as a diabetes educator in Ottawa for over 3 years before realizing that the training she received wasn't allowing her to help people as much as she had hoped. She then decided to open her mind to other schools of thought and initiated an extensive research. Since then, she developed an evidence-based alternative approach that helped her manage her personal health struggles and get better results with her clients. 

She recently published a book called "Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues" in June of 2013 and a companion cookbook by the same name will be released in December of this year. She also regularly contributes to many publications, including Paleo Mag and Today's Dietitian. She is now studying naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Please find ways to support me at the bottom of this page. :)

Thank you!


The long version...

My Conventional Education & Training

I completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degrees in Nutrition at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. I then worked as a registered dietitian (RD) in various fields, including gyms, programs for overweight kids and families, Health Canada (a governmental health agency equivalent to the FDA) and a community diabetes education program (as a certified dietitian diabetes educator), for a few years before I decided I was not ready to settle.

I took my backpack to South America for a few months to improve my Spanish skills, travel and volunteer before living abroad in Australia and Germany for a few years with my now-husband.

My Paleo "Conversion"

Surprisingly, it is only once I escaped and stopped working my 9 to 5 job that I started opening my eyes, ears and mind to all of the contradictory evidence I had previously dismissed. I remember listening to many nutrition- and health-related podcasts* during my travels and even took an online nutrition workshop from Harvard-trained biochemist Mat Lalonde, PhD, during a 24-hr Guayaquil-Lima bus trip.

At first, I thought that all of this was ridiculous. Then, disbelief turned into uncertainty… which pushed me to review my biochemistry, read many scientific studies and listen to experts of all fields. I was so shocked by all this new information, and yet I felt like I wasn’t sure of what I knew anymore. I recall spending many sleepless nights just thinking over these new concepts and re-educating myself.

I soon started to better understand why my former clients, which I thought were simply being “non-compliant”, did not achieve their weight goals nor improved their blood sugar, blood pressure and other health parameters while following my advice of eating less fat and more whole grains. My own weight struggles and addiction to sugar and carbs also finally started to make sense.

I adopted a low-carb diet and started playing with the principles of the Paleo diet at the end of 2010. Less than 2 months later, I had eliminated all grains, legumes (beans, lentils, soy and peanuts), vegetable oils, refined sugar and processed food and ingredients from my diet. I have been eating Paleo ever since and don't intend to ever go back to the low-fat vegetarian diet I followed for many years.

* a special thanks to Jimmy Moore for his excellent podcast The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show who helped me learn so much from a variety of experts in the field of low-carb and Paleo diets.

My own path to health

→ IBS

For the first part of my life, I never had any significant digestion problems… but this all changed in 2010 when I travelled to South America and caught a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis. Although doctors and gastroenterologists don’t agree that this parasite is actually harmful for human health, either the parasite or the antibiotics I was prescribed changed my gut... forever!

Since then, I have been dealing with post-infectious IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), which, just like other types of IBS, can greatly affect quality of life. Abdominal pain, extreme bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation as well as fatigue became part of my daily life… despite eating a 100% Paleo diet. I then discovered I had fructose malabsorption and started on the low-FODMAP diet. After a few months of not getting better, I found out I also had SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and decided to adopt the GAPS diet, a diet in line with the Paleo diet principles but promoting different gut-healing components such as homemade bone broth and fermented food. Since then, things have been going a lot better. Although I still need to be careful with what I eat, I feel that I have finally regained control over my digestive system, my health and my life.

PCOS

I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) in 2011, although I probably had it for longer as many women with PCOS do. It is when I stopped taking the birth control pill that I discovered that my cycle was not regular… or actually totally absent. Receiving a PCOS diagnosis was very difficult, knowing that it is the first cause of infertility and is accompanied by a tendency to gain weight easily, an inability to lose weight as well as an increased risk of developing serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, I also know that diet is part of the solution to balance hormones and manage PCOS. After over 14 months of amenorrhea, eating a low-carb Paleo diet allowed me to resume a normal cycle and I now have hope that I will be able to live healthy and conceive naturally when the time comes.

Adrenal Fatigue

Although this condition is unrecognized by many doctors, it is real and it can seriously affect your quality of life. People with digestive issues and other health problems often have an impaired adrenal function. I am working on maintaining a good sleep hygiene and adhering to a clean and healthy caffeine-free Paleo diet to keep me on the right path to healing. I am still working on the stress management and relaxation piece... but I won't give up until I am the healthy and energetic me again.

Working {trying to} as a Paleo Dietitian

Since 2010, I have learned so much about nutrition and believe that I finally discovered the true nature of the missing link I always knew existed between food and health. I am so excited to now be a Paleo dietitian that I wish to share what all I have learned with everyone, especially those suffering from the consequences of the standard American diet and food pyramid-like advice. I am also a proud member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, the Paleo Physician Network, Primal Docs, the Paleo Foundation and a featured expert on the Ancestral Weight Loss Registry. You can also see a current list of my publications here (including various ebooks, podcast interviws and articles in the Paleo Magazine).

I strongly believe in the power of eating real food, as promoted by the Paleo diet, which means I will never be able to work as a “regular” dietitian/RD again. I could never stand having to follow the standard of care prescribing low-fat diets, plenty of whole grains and little animal food… and I have the feeling that I may not be able to keep my job if I recommend unlimited amounts of eggs, meat and fat and convince people to ditch their grains. ;)

I decided to found my own private practice as a Paleo dietitian so I can really practice the way I believe is best, combining the biochemistry and science I learned at university and my more recent personal researches about what foods are optimal for human health. I invested countless hours and a significant amount of money in training, workshops, books and scientific articles to find real answers about nutrition and re-educate myself as a Paleo RD. You can find ways to support what I do below.

Career Upgrade: Naturopathic Medicine

[December 2012 update!]

Back to school? YES! I am returning to school to study naturopathic medicine at CCNM (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I feel like food and nutrition are a big piece of the health and wellness puzzle but I strongly believe that adding other modalities to my toolbox will help me better achieve my goal: help people heal and live a healthy life using holistic and natural options. :)

Going to naturopathic medicine school is a big time commitment (4 years) and financial investment, but I feel it's worth it. I really hope to be able to help many more people like you once I become a naturopathic doctor (ND)... in 2016! :)

Did you know? Naturopathic physicians are rigorously trained, just like conventional MDs. You can compare the ND and MD curricula here. Naturopathic medicine is based on these 6 principles:

1. The Healing Power of Nature

Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.

2. Identify and Treat the Causes

Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.

3. First Do No Harm

Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.

4. Doctor as Teacher

Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.

5. Treat the Whole Person

View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.

6. Prevention

Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

You can find out more about this type of medicine on the website of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine Colleges (AANMC): aanmc.org.

*** By the way, je parle français (c'est d'ailleurs ma première langue: consulter mon livre en français sur la nutrition Paléo ici) and me defiendo bastante bien en español. Feel free to communicate with me in either of these languages.

My goal as a Paleo dietitian is to help you
discover health by eating real food.

I hope that you find the free information on my website useful. If you have a project that you believe a Paleo dietitian could help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please find ways to support what I do below.

Thank you!

Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD (and future ND)



Ways to support me

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