So What’s the Deal with the Part-Time Part?

By Leanne Ely, CNC

I get asked all the time what’s up with the “part-time” aspect of going paleo. It’s quite the conundrum to have to reconcile all of this as a nutritionist,foodie, cook and cookbook author. This idea of eating paleo was a big surprise to me initially and blew up a lot of what I believed to be solid nutrition. I truly had to scramble to figure out my next chapter.

On the other side of the coin, I’ve been a foodie since I was a child, a creative cook, (JJ calls me a “chef”) since I earned my first Girl Scout badge and wrote my very first cookbook over 20 years ago.

So to have to completely rearrange my thinking, cooking, teaching and eating to deal with an out of control thyroid condition (Hashimoto’s), was huge. But I did what I had to do.

That said, I found it difficult—remember the part about being a cook and a foodie? I adore cooking, love to entertain and (God help me) love to eat— I’m not a skinny chick, there’s some definite curves going on.

But getting well and being able to just function was of primary importance! So I tackled paleo full on, lost a pile of weight, cleared up my face (I was hiding out at over 200 pounds and had a face full of rosacea, not fit for the public!) and learned a new way to cook, entertain and eat.

Along the way, I recognized the fact that we’re cooking and feeding humans here. We miss certain foods when we start eating in a new way; we love the comfort food brings. So rather than get super rigid and throw the baby out with the bathwater, I looked for ways to make this work for all. This is how Part Time Paleo was born– in my own kitchen.

There are a few rules to follow—simple and easy, I know you’ll like them:

1. Skip the dairy. For the most part anyway. If you have it, have just a little, and make sure it’s quality cheese, aged over 120 days (to breakdown the lactose). Use as a condiment, not the main thing.

2. No. Gluten. Ever. Yes, gluten is evil and will take down your health, pronto. But if you have to have some pasta, then go with a quinoa pasta- just watch your portions (the carb count on quinoa is ridiculous). Carbsbreak down into sugar; so excessive carbs lead to a sugar overload in your body.

3. Legumes. Legumes aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet because they are full of lectins and can rip up your gut (you can read more about lectins in the book). But if you’re craving split pea soup, go on and sprout those split peas and have ’em. I’ve done this. Soak them overnight, allow those little guys to sprout for a couple of days, then make some fantabulous split pea soup. Sprouting grains and legumes destroys their lectins, making them Paleo-friendly. You’re welcome.

4. Potato patrol. Skip the white ones and go for the purple ones, which have much more nutrition. Even so, see No. 2 regarding quinoa pasta. Same goes for purple potatoes–go easy.

5. Eat veggies! Go crazy and bulk up on as many green veggies as you can, since you won’t be filling up on bread and grains. Watch the starchy veggies and go with lower-glycemic stuff like broccoli, cauliflower, and, of course, dark leafy greens.

Those are the rules—easy, right?

It’s pretty straightforward. Get those veggies in—learn ways to make them so they’re delectable (I can help you with that). Enjoy fabulous steaks, pork, fish and poultry (make sure you’ve sourced it well; organic, grass fed, pastured, etc.) and follow the Part Time Paleo Rules. You’ll be glad you did!

To celebrate the release of Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy, Leanne has put together a special
FREE Part-Time Paleo Starter Kit to get you going on your own Part-Time Paleo journey. In it, you’ll received a Part-Time Paleo Primer with recipes galore, plus Leanne’s Whole Foods Tour and more!
Click here to get yours now (before September 30th!)

dll-collageSpring is here and it is time to start thinking about “Spring Cleaning” of our bodies and mind so that we can shed the toxins we accumulated in Winter and become our most brilliant and healthy self. That is why I am so excited to share with you my upcoming ALL-INCLUSIVE 3-day, 2 night weekend “Spring Cleaning” retreat happening at the Deer Lake Lodge on April 26th – 28th.  This very special 3-day retreat was designed with my clinic patients and online community in mind will be an exceptional opportunity to jump start your brilliance.

During this special “you” weekend, you will learn to tap into your inner strength and be brilliant so you can achieve your life goals and passions by improving your nutrition and lifestyle. My goal for the weekend is to provide specific, practical and easy-to-apply suggestions, which can improve your ability to reach your optimal potential in physical and mental health.

The Deer Lake Lodge is a unique wellness resort which specializes in cleanses and detoxification in a natural, sustainable setting. Their holistic approach addresses your mind, body and spirit. The Deer Lake Lodge is simply amazing in all that they offer their guests in complimentary classes, products, use of their equipment and so much more! Here is only a partial list of the many amenities that you will receive during your stay: daily cleanse program, organic robe and slippers, himalayan rock salt, organic juices, specialty teas for cleanses, supplements, yoga classes, nutrition and raw food classes.

dll-swimmingpoolDuring this 3 day, all about you weekend, you will learn:

  • About food allergies and how they contribute to inflammation; disease, and obesity;
  • Why sleep can be your best medicine and how to get more!;
  • How to recalibrate your “Bio-Rhythms of Life” to increase energy, vitality, lose weight and increase lifespan;
  • 7 foods to eat for energy, mental clarity and weight management;
  • How to prevent the three most common physical complaints of America- fatigue, indigestion, headache;
  • Why time management is key to your health and success.

And much more!

This amazing three day experience will help you revitalize your energy, stimulate your mind, bring out your brilliance and set you on a path for optimal health and personal success.

Click here to find out more now and to reserve your space. If you register before March 31st, you will save $500. Also, if you choose to come in early you can do so for just $200.

I would love to see you there!  Step into your brilliance and sign up today for a weekend all about you that will cleanse your mind, body and spirit so that you can be your most brilliant self.


On Saturday, February 2nd I will be participating in the first Parent University sponsored by the Brentwood School Parents Association for the Brentwood school community. My presentation entitled “Nutrition, Sleep Hygiene and Body Image” is at 10:00 am – I encourage you to attend. If you are not a Brentwood Parent, I will be offering this as an audio very soon!

This one day event will take place from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm on the East Campus and features a series of guest lecturers. This is going to be an amazing day for parents and I hope to see you there.

I will be providing specific, practical and easy to apply suggestions that can improve your ability to assist and guide your children to reach their physical potential, tap into their inner strength and achieve their life goals by improving their nutrition and lifestyle.

I will cover issues such as:

  • What to feed your growing child for energy and mental clarity;
  • Why sleep can be your child’s best medicine;
  • How to address the three most common physical complaints;
  • Why time management is key to your child’s success in school and much more.

To find out more about the agenda and additional breakout sessions, click here.

To register, click here.

I hope to see you on Saturday!


Dr. Susanne Bennett



Helping people live well and natural is my core focus. When I treat my patients I am sure to include every facet of their life into my treatment. I consult my patients to work out new recipes, when to rest and even new places to eat and vacation with the family. Living with allergies, aches and pains should not keep you from doing the things that you love for yourself and family.

I am happy to announce that I have just been mentioned in an article in Woman’s World magazine. The article is about helping women find time for themselves and using simple, at home remedies to detox the body through bathing and get into better health.

I am always willing to talk to new people to discuss ways for enhancing their life. Whether you have extreme allergies, an upset stomach, indigestion or just trouble sleeping I can find natural ways to improve your body and mind. If you have any comments, you can reach me through my website, facebook or twitter. Love to hear from you!

Learn proven methods on how you can break free from allergies and restore you and your family’s health. Asthma, migraines, arthritis, ulcers and obesity have all been linked to allergy. Fatigue, irritability, body aching, digestive problems, and other vague ailments are typical of allergy.

Join me Wednesday, September 19th,  2012 @ 8:00pm Eastern (NY) time. (5:00pm Pacific, 6:00pm Mountain, 7:00pm Central).

Registration is FREE Reserve your space right here:

Find Out:

  • How allergies relates to environmental factors, food additives, diet, digestion, body chemistry, addiction, yeast, molds, parasites and childhood illnesses-
  • Simple, effective day-by-day guides with specific “action items” so you know exactly what to do to eliminate your allergies.
  • How to change your diet and eliminate the worst allergy culprits.
  • Turning your home into a breathe-easy space

We all have a wide array of kitchen products that we use on a daily basis for our favorite meals, be it mixers, blenders, or juicers. One of my favorite kitchen tools though, is a wonderful blender that truly does work wonders, called the Magic Bullet.

I use my Magic Bullet for everything. If you have not heard of them, they are high-speed blenders with all the makings of a great kitchen product; they are efficient, easy to clean up, and are really simple to use. I usually use it to make salad dressing, salsa, to chop up vegetables for omelets or make really delicious smoothies all in under ten seconds.

Getting your own Magic Bullet is fairly simple. You can find them at your nearest Walmart for about the same amount as an ordinary blender, with much less space. You will no longer avoid making meals that demand a blender or food processor, the Magic Bullet does it all and in just seconds. It is lightweight, compact and never rusts.

When you have a spare moment, it would not hurt to check out the website and read the hundreds of reviews from people just like me that adore their Magic Bullet. The website also has great how-to videos and meal ideas to get you started. Let me assure you that once you have one, you will use it for every meal you make. Finding an excuse to not use it, will soon become your biggest problem!


With summer heating up and raising more than just your core temperature, it is best to learn some easy tricks to cutting down that AC bill. Not only can turning off your AC save you money, but in the long run it may actually benefit the environment as well.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “heating and cooling systems emit over half a billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, adding to global warming”. Not only are Americans literally raising the temperature outside but our air conditioners are also contributing to acid rain.

Let’s try to avoid running for that thermostat at the first sign of heat and brush up on a few ways to cool your house the natural and cheap way. The first mistake that people make is opening windows. You might be craving a cool breeze, but bringing in extra air means you are bringing in extra heat. It is best to insulate your house during a hot day. Make sure all of your windows are closed and sealed. Most heat radiates through the walls and through openings in your house, so creating a seal will protect against the heat creeping in.

Next invest in a fan. As simple as this sound it really works. A good ceiling fan or standing fan will do just the trick. For an extra kick, try placing a cold bowl of water in front of the fan. This will create condensation and blow nothing but cool, water vapor.

Also, if you have a lot of plants and trees, they are wonderful at creating natural shade outside of your windows. It makes for a much cooler environment. Also, if you have some nice heavy drapes, you can also easily shut those to keep the sunlight out, giving your home a nice, dark, cool feel. Try out a few of these tips and see they work out for you. They might just save you some green in the end!


Don’t just cover up those smelly odors with air fresheners, get rid of them the right way. Millions of Americans each year rely on air fresheners to add a fresh scent to their homes, but most families are not aware of the incredible health risks involved. Those Spring-scented plug-ins do more than just brighten the smell of your room–they are capable of killing the nerve-endings and even taking away your ability to smell.

Despite the word on the street, air fresheners simply do more harm than good. Instead of cleaning the air in your home, they add harsh chemicals to cover up and dilute the smells in your house, which can coat your nasal passages with an undetectable oily film. There are countless effects on the body caused by the “clean” air fresheners, such as irritated eyes, nose and throat, respiratory problems, lung irritation, fatigue, and nausea. A quick read of the label will tell you just how many toxic chemicals you are letting into your house each day, like benzyl alcohol, camphor and dichlorobenzene.

I strongly urge against the use of air fresheners anywhere in your home or office. A better solution would be to let natural air freshen your home. Try opening more windows and let in that cool summer breeze. There are countless ways to reduce the risk of being harmed by these ‘convenient’, yet dangerous fresheners. The best way to prevent any harm to you or your family is to read up on the household cleaning or air-freshening products used in your home and search for better, natural solutions—why take the risk?



There is no sweeter feeling of serenity or tranquility than when you pause to enjoy the beauty of your own garden. Watching your plants grow and participating in their growth reconnects you with nature, and almost immediately dissolves any other troubling thought. Digging your hands in the earth’s soil, planting seeds that will eventually grow, all of these activities associated with gardening have the power to alleviate tension and ultimately nurture the soul.

Research has shown that connecting with nature can provide extraordinary health benefits. Setting the mind at ease, and putting it almost into a meditative state, gardening has the power to boost immune function, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and improve your overall livelihood.  It allows your body to soak up healthy vitamin D from the sunshine, and studies have shown that being outdoors in garden-like settings even has the ability to reduce agitation and aggression among older patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Best of all, gardening is a great form of healthy exercise. Imagine doing something you love and still burning calories? It has been said that 30 minutes of gardening can get all of your major muscle groups working, like your legs, arms, shoulders, neck, buttocks, and back. Moving heavy bags of mulch and carrying heavy, potted plants is enough to really get your blood pumping!

Lastly, gardening is a great activity to not only bring the immediate family together, but whole communities, especially if everyone works for a cause, like growing organic vegetables to prevent exposure to pesticides and other toxins present in commercially grown food. The benefits from this tranquil yet productive activity are truly limitless!


Last month I had the opportunity to get involved in one of the greatest beach festivals in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival!  I am such a big fan of stand up paddle that I decided to register for their annual paddle race, which took place June 11th.

One of the ancient forms of surfing, stand-up paddling is a great way to work out your core, and is gaining widespread popularity. You typically do not hear of many stand-up paddle races, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to participate. It seemed like everyone at the festival came together for their shared love of this water sport, which made it all the more enjoyable. There were paddle board and dory boat races, live music, Heal the Bay Beach Clean Up, a Paddle Board Museum with unique set of antique surf and paddle boards and vintage surf photos, all in the name of fun. On top of everything, the event contributed to a great cause. A portion of the proceeds went to Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization that strives to keep the Santa Monica Bay clean.

Pier Paddle Race Video 6/2011

(The video link above is of the racers entering the Santa Monica ocean at the start of the race. I am the one with the Yellow/Blue striped SUP board.)

(I am anxiously waiting for the race to start!)

This stand-up paddle race was the first competition I have ever participated in. I raced in the two mile paddle and was pleasantly surprised when I came in 4th place in the “40 years old and up” division! I have been paddling for fun for only two years so you can imagine how great it felt to get out there and challenge myself. If you love to stand-up paddle, I highly recommend getting involved next year and join me! The most important thing to remember though, is to wear a wet suit. Even with summer finally here, the water is chillier than it looks (58 degrees)!