In late February of 2012 was my four year anniversary of living Paleo. For the first year, I was very focused. I would wake up in the morning and think about how my day would look, how I would manage breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, and how I would tackle any adversity, problems, or temptations that came my way. BUT, I was determined. You can see my before and after pictures here and read a bit more about my journey but in a nutshell, I wanted so badly to feel good that I was willing to push through what was one of the more challenging and yet rewarding years of my life.
After that first year of very hard work, I was transformed. I no longer woke up wondering, I began to finally LIVE!!!
I was so inspired and excited by my journey that I jumped at the opportunity to become a strength and conditioning coach at Norcal Strength and Conditioning and I shelved my dreams of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and realized that I was meant to help people who like myself prior to paleo, were searching for what “healthy” really felt like. I wanted to intertwine what I knew about children, psychology, fitness, and paleo and shout from the rooftops that I think I had something figured out!!!
Next, I rekindled my love for cooking! As a child I was my mom’s constant cooking companion and had always been comfortable in the kitchen. Eating paleo forces you to find skills to make food that isn’t straight from a box, and I was glad that I had a few of those skills stored away. So, with encouragement from Robb, I started this little blog. Of course; being that I was incredibly technologically deficient I needed some help with the blog starting process and out of the clouds dropped my workout buddy and angel Dain, who said, “Sure, I can help,” and the next thing you know, people actually began paying attention!
I’ll never forget that call from Dain when he said to me, Holy S*#@ Sarah, people are reading your blog!!! In fact, a LOT of people are reading your blog!
I was humbled. Scared. Excited. Grateful.
Fast forward to year 2 and I met with this guy named Erich who owns this cool publishing company called Victory Belt and I showed him some of the stuff I had been writing that I hoped someday would be an E-Book that I could offer to my blog readers. He liked what he read and suggested that I could write a REAL BOOK if I was interested! I nearly fell on the floor; and the work began. I am so proud of my first book, Everyday Paleo.
My husband John and I and our boys, Coby, Jaden, and little Rowan all worked so hard to create Everyday Paleo. We cooked together, my husband took all of the pictures, and we worked late into the evening and jumped out of bed at the crack of dawn to get this project done and ready for all of you. I wanted badly to share what had made us all incredibly healthy. I’m still humbled by the opportunity. I know how hard it can be to get a book published.
My mom was a children’s book author and it took her almost 15 years to get her first book published and she was a damn good writer. I will never forget the day we danced together in the driveway as she held the letter above her head from Puffin, the publisher who decided that my mom had a great story to tell; so much so that they asked the amazing Steven Kellogg to illustrate her first book! Here’s a link that will take to you an article written in my mom’s own words about her experience as an author.
I sometimes dream of that day, my mom smiling and laughing and I felt so proud and warm inside, knowing that my mom’s hard work had paid off. I’ll never take for granted that moment. I wish that my mom was here to share this journey with me and she remains in my heart as my constant strength and inspiration.
Fast forward to today. I have so many amazing contributors that make Everyday Paleo what it is today. John and I met Jason Seib and together we created Everyday Paleo LIfestyle and Fitness, another avenue that is reaching folks who are ready to take things to the next level. Next I met Katie of Wellness Mama who is now part of the team and fills a much needed gap with her awesome articles. Erika is on board, showing us that on a budget, in college, and with little time to spare, there is NO excuse to avoid living paleo! Finally, Lisa has been sharing her paleo journey with all of us and now has her own Facebook page. And I now have Dana, my amazing Director of Operations who still needs to give me a picture and bio to put up on my about page. Maybe reading this will give Dana some motivation to get that over to me ASAP so all of you can put a face to the name that has been responding to your emails!!
To wrap it all up, I’m not sure what else I can do but say a huge thanks to all of YOU.
I have been very busy with Paleo Pals, a project near and dear to my heart – I wrote this book for my little boys with hopes that your kids would enjoy and embrace the story as well. I also have another cookbook coming out in July, The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook, and I’m working on a second edition to my current best seller, Everyday Paleo. The work never seems to end but I embrace each day with gratitude and hope that lives are changing.
Tonight, as I write this blog, I celebrate 4 years of really living and to wherever you might be in your journey, please know that you are NOT alone!! I realize that being able to share my paleo journey is something that not so very long ago, I could have never imagined possible. So once again, thank you, be well, and as always, enjoy.