Autumn Smith: Heal Your Gut, Skin, and Mental Health Through Paleo  – Ep. 253

Co-Founder of Paleovalley, Autumn Smith, joins us today to share her own wellness journey of healing from IBS, her and her husband’s mission to inspire people to take care of themselves through their company plus her daily nutrition, exercise, and gratitude routine for greater physical and mental health.

Autumn is such an inspiring leader in the world of health and wellness. I hope you enjoy my interview with her as much as I did!

In today’s episode, you’ll learn all about:

  • How starting the Paleo diet helped transform her health and heal from IBS.
  • The connection between our gut, mental, and skin health.
  • Studies that show the connection between mental health and the food we eat including the SMILES trial
  • The 3 Game Changers for better health
  • The top foods to eat for better mental health
  • Her wake and thank gratitude practice she does each morning.
  • The best exercises for you depending on your anxiety level


Which foods should you begin adding to your diet for better mental wellness?

These are Autumn’s top fave:

  • Oysters
  • Organ meats
  • Poultry giblets
  • Clams
  • Mussels
  • Crabs
  • Water crest
  • Spinach
  • Mustard greens
  • Lettuces
  • Swiss chard
  • Kale


About Autumn Smith

Autumn SmithAutumn Smith has been a health enthusiast her entire life. She began her academic career with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in dance from the University of Montana. Upon graduation, Autumn danced professionally while becoming a certified yoga instructor. Hoping to combine her love of dance with her passion for health, Autumn became a celebrity fitness trainer with Tracy Anderson, most notably completing a world tour with Jennifer Lopez.

While working as a fitness trainer, Autumn could see that exercise alone was not enough for many of her clients to achieve the radiant health they worked so hard to achieve. Meanwhile, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and anxiety continued to plague her personal health, starting in adolescence. These frustrations further ignited her passion and interest in the study of holistic nutrition. Through self-guided research, she and her husband, Chas, healed her IBS with the paleo diet. She then studied with the Institute for the Psychology of Eating to become a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Hawthorn University where she obtained a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. In 2013, she founded Paleo valley with her husband and brother-in-law. Paleo valley’s mission is to disseminate excellent nutritional information and organic food products with 100 million people worldwide. Autumn’s commitment to health reached new heights last year following the birth of their son, Maverick.

About Paleovalley

Autumn SmithThe story of Paleovalley is a love story. Autumn and Chas Smith, co-founders, met in 2007, fell in love, and married on the magical Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA. This year they were blessed with an amazing baby boy, Maverick.

Autumn suffered acute digestive issues since she was a teenager and numerous experts failed to offer solutions that worked. Very concerned, Chas took matters into his own hands. His extensive research led him to the paleo diet.

Together they implemented its principles for 30 days (eliminated refined foods, shopped at local farmers’ market, ate fresh organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and wild seafood) and by the end, Autumn’s IBS was completely resolved. Autumn was so inspired that she quit her job as a personal trainer at the Tracy Anderson Method, and earned a master’s degree in holistic nutrition.

Though they originally focused on disseminating information, they soon realized that there simply weren’t many truly healthy food products on the market. Many products claimed and even appeared to be healthy, using all the buzzwords such as gluten free, soy free, dairy free, natural and more but they were also nutrient-free; free of the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that promote thriving health.

Realizing that they had an important job to do, Autumn and Chas joined forces with Chas’ brother Matt and a good friend, Matthew, and launched Paleovalley with the belief that everything you eat and every added ingredient is an opportunity to either detract from your health or improve it.

Their mission is to create products that live up to their own strict standards and always prioritize health over profit. Paleovalley creates products with integrity that are free from problematic ingredients and teeming with ingredients that promote vibrant health.

They strive to inspire people to view every dietary choice for what it really is: a profound opportunity to love and care for oneself. Paleovalley products are a labor of love, and their only hope is that they help your family feel as vibrant as theirs.

Stay tuned. Eat Well. Live Vibrant.


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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

2:00 About our guest today – Autumn Smith of Paleo Valley

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4:45 Introduction to Autumn Smith

11:00 Her own wellness and healing journey from physical and mental health problems due to IBS.

12:00 How starting the Paleo diet helped transform her health and heal from IBS.

17:00 The connection between our gut, mental, and skin health.

19:00 How our anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues are tied to what we eat.

20:40 Studies that show the connection between mental health and the food we eat including the SMILES trial.

23:00 The easiest path to live a healthy life

23:20 The top 5 foods and beverages to take out of your diet: gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.

23:40 The negative effects of too much caffeine on the mind if you’re really sensitive to it.

27:00 How alcohol affected her mental health included anxiety.

30:00 The 3 Game Changers for better health

30:50 How depression is actually an inflammatory disorder and not a chemical imbalance.

31:40 The profound effect of nutrition on our gut, skin, and mental health.

32:30 The most common nutrition deficiencies people tend to have.

34:40 Why each person has a unique blood sugar response to different foods according to their genetics and microbiome.

35:00 A simple way to test your blood sugar for different foods at home with a glucometer.

40:50 The top foods to eat for better mental health

45:00 About Paleovalley and their quest to help people live their best lives through good nutrition with updates to their products and new lines.

47:00 The ingredients you need to look out for in your beef sticks and other products from companies that claim to be Paleo.

53:00 What her typical day looks like for her that might help people who are in a similar situation.

55:00 The best exercises for you depending on your anxiety level

59:00 Final comments with Rob and Devon.

1:00:00 Let us know if you want to do a Coaching Call episode with us!

1:02:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing






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