The Paleovation Team
Who We Are
A chance meeting – that was all it took for Kelly and Rachel to discover that, not only are they both passionate about nutrition, diet and maximizing health naturally, but also about sharing their success by supporting others.
Kelly's experience in healthcare, nutrition and exercise combined with Rachel's background in education, cooking and yoga is the perfect combination to educate and assist others with adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Their initial venture involved developing a class to guide participants through the first month of Paleo. The Paleovation Workbook is a natural progression of their efforts – and the Group Manual in the Resource Section is based on their class structure.
The term, "Paleovation," was coined to represent the merging between the anti-inflammatory Paleo Diet and the ovation one deserves for implementing healthful, revitalizing food choices and releasing old dietary habits.
The Paleo Lifestyle incorporates an anti-inflammatory diet with natural movement, stress reduction, sleep support and community connections. In The Paleovation Workbook, Kelly and Rachel provide the 'whys' and 'hows' to encourage successful, long-term dietary transformation. So take a bow - It's only appropriate that Paleo participants receive a standing ovation for their efforts to restore health naturally!
Kelly has been a practicing chiropractor in Madison Wisconsin for over 35 years. She received her bachelors degree in biochemistry and nutrition from the University of Wisconsin and her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic University. She is a Certified Nutritional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin.
As a chiropractor, her entire life has been dedicated to the concept of nutrition, exercise and natural health. However, despite that knowledge base and what she thought was a 'healthy' diet, over the years she went through several health crises that forced her to delve further into the source of true health. It was on that journey that she evolved into an anti-inflammatory diet. Although following the paleo diet takes dedication and conscious effort, enjoying great health is worth it.
"Although I've gone through periodic strict nutritional detoxes, overall, my dietary changes have followed the 'baby steps' approach. It can be difficult to transition to the Paleo diet and lifestyle cold-turkey. My hope is that by sharing my education and experiences, the transition to a healthier diet will be easier for others."
Kelly is a self-proclaimed 'gym junkie' and also enjoys golfing and bicycling. In addition to exercise, music is her other major hobby and stress reliever - she plays the trombone and is an alumna of the UW marching band.
BS Math/Secondary Ed, Yoga Teacher
For over a decade Rachel believed her heart-healthy, whole grain, plant-based diet was her body’s best fuel. However, as symptoms of chronic aging surfaced (aches, joint stiffness, brain fog, interrupted sleep, an injury from a fall that refused to get better) she began researching inflammatory foods. Though it contradicted her core beliefs, she decided to change her eating habits and reintroduce select animal products for just one month.
Within two weeks she experienced drastic relief from her symptoms plus the unintended bonuses of less hunger, no afternoon slump and effortlessly losing over 10 pounds. Needless to say, she was hooked!
Rachel still cringes when she calls herself a former vegetarian (she always thought they weren’t dedicated enough). However, she’s found her peace with incorporating animal proteins into her diet. Even though she now eats meats, her meals are still based on the colorful vegetable dishes her family loves.
"I eat more vegetables now than when I was a vegetarian."
Since her first venture into the Paleo Lifestyle in 2012, she has maintained a smaller and stronger physique. Yoga is Rachel's playground and she hasn't met a yoga class she didn't like. She currently teaches yoga in the vinyasa style.
Rachel has worked in both the public and private sectors in a wide range of positions, many times falling back on her teaching skills. Her degree in mathematics and secondary education helps her take a complex topic and break it down into logical, understandable pieces. This, plus a passion for sharing renewed health, is the perfect combination to help others transition to a healthier lifestyle!