Thailand Retreat Re-cap!

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We just returned home Monday night from our most recent trip to Thailand (which included a week long Everyday Paleo Retreat in Chiang Mai put on by The Trip Tribe) and I am so filled with joy. Joy to be home. Joy to be rested. Joy to have had the opportunity to once again visit Thailand which is pretty much my favorite place one earth besides California.

It’s been almost two years since our last trip there in which I spent 6 weeks researching and cooking all over the country for the purpose of writing Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine and it was so great to return with a new perspective and purpose. I love Thailand – the food, the people, and the experiences in this country are like no other and when I’m there, I feel so alive, so nourished, so free. Where else can you go that everything you eat is the best food you have ever tasted, beauty and excitement is around every corner, culture shock abounds but in such an astounding and spectacular way, and the rules you can never break back in the states can all be broken (can you say riding in the back of pick-up trucks are taxis – just for starters)… This trip was no exception and since this was our second trip to Thailand, we did not have any nervous expectations or fears, and I wasn’t there to research or work so we were able to just go and enjoy.

Our first few days were spent in Bangkok, acclimating, resting, and eating. I will admit however, the word “resting” and “Bangkok” don’t really go hand in hand but we did manage to get some sleep to recoup from the crazy long trip. On Saturday the 8th we flew from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and our Everyday Paleo retreat put on by the awesome Trip Tribe began! We had two attendees for the trip which was a big change from the 21 attendees we had at our retreat last May in Italy but it was still absolutely amazing. We were able to spend some serious quality time with our two guests and had life changing experiences together that bonded us as friends forever. Life works in such mysterious ways and I love how folks come into my life always for a reason and I know now that Elliot and Rina are meant to be family and our trip together in Thailand was destined. We ate together, cooked together, bathed elephants together, took death defying Tuk Tuk rides, got lost and laughed all over Chiang Mai, talked late into the night about health, wellness, happiness, and life in general, watched Muay Thai fights, had wonderful massages, and learned a lot about each other in such a short few days and gained more knowledge about how this amazing universe works all the way across on the other side of the world.

Here are just a few pictures that capture the week we had together in Chiang Mai.  I hope you enjoy!! Also, in the comments below, let me know where you think we should go next? Where do you want to join me and my family for our next Everyday Paleo Retreat?

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Everyday Paleo Wins Best Paleo Blog Lifestyle Centered and a Giveaway Celebration!!!!!

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! WINNERS HAVE BEEN EMAILED. IF YOU ARE JACKIE, MELINA, OR BRAD – CHECK YOU EMAIL ASAP! 

Wow – honored is not even the correct word. It’s too small! I need a much bigger word to express my gratitude but I’m not sure what that word is or if it even exists!! All I can really do is simply say thank you all SO much for recognizing Everyday Paleo as the Best Paleo Blog – Lifestyle Centered in the recent Readers Best of Issue released by the awesome crew over at Paleo Magazine.

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I love what I do and I am so thankful that you appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into running the Everyday Paleo ship and my hope is to continue for years to come to give you quality information, recipes, and advice so that you can not just survive in this life but THRIVE in it!!

In celebration of winning this extreme honor, I’m going to give you all some goodies thanks to the good folks at Primal Pacs and also a couple of cool things from myself and Jason Seib!!

First gift for all of you! Everyone who orders will receive a very gracious 20% off of one order placed at Primal Pacs!! Simply enter code “EPWINS14″ at checkout! Thank you Primal Pacs for you amazing generosity!! This code is good through February 10th so act now!

Three lucky winners will receive the following:

A variety pack from Primal Pacs which includes 5 of EVERYTHING they offer!

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A signed copy of my 2nd book Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!

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A signed copy of The Paleo Coach  by Jason Seib

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AND finally, each winner will also receive a copy of the latest E-book program written and created by myself and Jason Seib: The JASSA Method!!!!

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To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post with a quick explanation of how you found Everyday Paleo and also please head over and like Primal Pacs, Everyday Paleo, and Jason Seib on Facebook!

*Contest closes on 12am PST February 7th and winners will be notified via email!

The JASSA Method – Success Stories and Reviews!

It’s been almost two weeks already since the release of The JASSA Method and the reviews are already rolling in!

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Here are few reviews and success stories we would like to share with you! Thank you so much for all the feedback and if you would like to submit your own testimonial, please email me directly – sarah@everydaypaleo.com!

“Just finished, this book is awesome! I love the plan, it seems very achievable the way it’s laid out. Thanks! I can’t wait to get started!”  Jodi Alex

“Started this week and thank you! Everything makes so much sense and for once I’m exited for my journey to health instead of feeling completely overwhelmed.” Shirley LaRosa

“The Jassa Method book was life changing …and believe me, I have tried everything. I’ve attended Jason’s Seib’s seminar, listened to the podcast regularly and am a member of Jassa Fit but I still got new information from his and Sarah’s new book. Over the past two years, I’ve dialed in the nutrition and lifting weights part but could never get myself to commit to all the other things (probably the more important things) that go along with getting on the path to a healthy body. The Jassa Method helps you understand the emotional and mental aspect of sustainable fat loss in a way that no other weight loss book does – and I’ve read them all.  I would consider myself an expert in all things weight loss…I’ve read hundreds of books, I work in the fitness industry and I still could not get it right. There are so many excuses… My foot hurts, I’m not seeing results fast enough so I give up, it’s too cold out, it’s too hot out, or simply..I just don’t have time. Although I thought this book would be for beginners, I was wrong. I’ve applied the baby stepping methods here to include stress management, moving and mobility every single day since I read it.  And every day, I feel better and better and have the desire to MAKE the time to do this. The section on willpower alone changed the way I think forever. This book has a very caring undertone all throughout….no beating yourself up. In fact, the more you really take care of yourself, the more results you will get.”  Erica

“Outstanding Job Jason and Sarah! You nailed it, you can dial your diet all you want but until you add the right exercise, stress management and sleep you will never be successful. I worked with Jason prior to the book release and it takes some trust to just walk and lift up heavy things instead of doing cardio like a crazy person and to allow yourself to love and accept yourself, but once you slow down and take a deep breath success will come your way! Thank you for writing this book and sharing with the world your knowledge and sincere outlook on healthy living. This lifestyle works!” Erin

“I started my journey into the Paleo world about 4 years ago now but I can’t say I started my journey off on the right foot exactly. As someone who has always loved food I started my journey just focusing on that and turned my love of food into a food blog. The problem was that I was just focused on the food for a long time and it was all I thought about for at least the first year or so of my Paleo journey, that is until I stumbled upon the work of Jason Seib and Sarah Fragoso. The first time I listened to their podcast ‘Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast’ it was as if a light went off in my head. Here were two people talking about so much more than food and soon I came to realize that even though my heart had been in the right place I just didn’t have all the inputs I needed to truly live this lifestyle. I won’t lie and say that everything was perfect from then on but every time I stumbled (sometimes I still stumble), I just go back and listen or read what Jason and Sarah have to say and I pick myself up again. This is why when I found out about the release of the Jassa Method I knew I had to purchase a copy to show my support to two of who I consider the most influential people not only in my journey but in this community as a whole. I have learnt so much from Jason and Sarah, from their blog posts, their podcasts and their previously released books that I knew even though I wasn’t exactly a beginner in all of this that I would still gain something from the Jassa Method. I read through the Jassa Method twice and absolutely loved the way it was written and broken down. I believe my own journey into this lifestyle and that of a lot of others would have been so much more easier if we just had this book a few years earlier! Everything in it, just as everything Jason and Sarah share makes sense and there’s a lot of information out there that is just plain confusing! I’m so glad that this information is now out there in this book for those who are just starting out or who may be struggling with all of the inputs of this lifestyle, the Jassa Method is THE book to help you along your journey. This book has been written with love and consideration by two people who genuinely care about helping others and I genuinely believe it is a MUST have resource for everyone no matter where you are in your journey to health.”  Nazanin Kovács

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Cabbage Salad with Cumin & Lime Dressing

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Stop the presses!!! Look out!! HOLY GUACAMOLE!! I’m actually posting a recipe – finally…

I’ve been so busy finishing up and releasing The JASSA Method that I haven’t even had time to think about recipe posting but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking!

This is a fast and scrumptious cabbage salad that is good with just about anything! We ate this salad for lunch the other day with my Spice-rub Crock Pot Chicken and a side of sliced avocado. For daily pictures of a what we eat and other fun stuff, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

I would suggest serving this salad with anything from fried eggs to pot roast to taco style ground beef.

Enjoy!

Cabbage Salad with Cumin & Lime Dressing

4 cups chopped or shredded purple cabbage

4 green onions, sliced

1 small cucumber, diced

1 small orange, segmented and cut into small pieces

4 radishes, cut into half and sliced

1 cup cilantro leaves

Juice from 1 lime (or to taste)

3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or to taste)

2-3 teaspoons cumin (or to taste)

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Hot sauce to taste (we used Tapatio)

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! Feel free to use jicama in place of the radishes or in addition to! I would have used jicama in this salad but didn’t happen to have any on hand.

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Introducing The Jassa Method E-Book – Achieve Everlasting Fat Loss!!!

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Most of you know that Jason Seib and I have been working together for several years now; podcasting, blogging, and on the road hosting seminars and movement days, and finally, finally, FINALLY we have written a book together that encompasses all of our years of research and hard work.

We are beyond thrilled to introduce to you The Jassa Method!

At last we have a product that you can hold in your hands that will give you all the results that you want. Health, sustainable fat-loss, and most importantly, a program that you can do without fearing that you’ll go right back to where you were before. You don’t “complete” this program – you live it!!

Now, head on over and check it out. We are so sure that this book will be the final answer to your questions on health, longevity, and fat loss that we are offering a 60 day money back guarantee.

Jason and I would appreciate your help to spread the word so please share this post, tell your friends, call your city officials, hang posters in your downtown storefronts, shout it from the mountain tops because The Jassa Method IS the answer that so many have been looking for!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continuous support as we fight the good fight to help you live your best life possible and now with The Jassa Method, achieve Everlasting Fat Loss!JASSA 3D Book High Res

Barefoot Provisions Holiday Giveaway and Discount! Deliciousness for You and Yours this Holiday Season!!!

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Happy Holidays – the big day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your town, but MY town is currently a gridlocked, cranky-pants, wet with rain, rage filled crazy driving, crying children in cart, long-lined, INSANITY FILLED TOWN at the moment. Don’t you DARE run out of toilet paper right now because you will have to go to your local store and face the madness. This is why I love shopping online this time of year and this is why Holidays for our family is about good food, good wine (for us, not the kids), good music, and good fun. Long ago my mom made us all focus on each other during the Holidays (hard to do when you are 13, yes, but I’m so glad she made US the priority and not STUFF the priority because the tradition of each other and love and music and food is still strong in our family.)  Yes, we do give a few gifts, but we don’t go nuts and I try super hard to not get caught up in the madness, because we all know what stress does, and it just isn’t worth it.

So, when an awesome, wonderful, amazing company like Barefoot Provisions goes to the trouble of creating a nifty little Holiday Kit of scrumptiousness that I can choose from to give to folks in my life or just have around my house for my visitors to happily munch on – I am ECSTATIC with joy and cheer and you should be too – no going out in the madness to shop but instead, just a few mouse clicks and a smile and your goodies are on their merry way to your front door.

Even better?? Barefoot Provisions is giving to one of my readers a FREE Holiday Kit!!!!  That’s right – you can WIN all the goodness you see on this page and that’s pretty dang awesome!! All you have to do is head over to the Barefoot Provisions Facebook page and “Like” them and simply comment on this blog post that you did so and tell me which item in the Holiday Kit looks the yummiest to you and why! The winner will be randomly selected at 11:59pm PST on Wednesday the 17th and announced on Thursday the 18th via email or Facebook!

Another gift from Barefoot Provisions for ALL of you – between today, December 15th – December 22nd my readers can use the coupon code BAREHOLIDAY10 for 10% off your order from anything you decide to purchase from this, their Holiday Collection at checkout!! Now that’s the Holiday Spirit in action!  Enjoy!

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Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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This recipe comes from my book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine.  With December in full swing, easy recipes that nourish your family on cold winter evenings are an absolute must and this recipe fits the bill. My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! Remember when you are holiday shopping that all the Everyday Paleo books make wonderful gifts for those that you love. I’ll be back soon with more deliciousness but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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Succulent meatballs swimming in a sea of easy-to-make tomato sauce! This is comfort food at its finest. Frying the meatballs first will seal in the flavors, and the brightness of the fresh basil at the end ties it all together.

Meatballs
1 pound white mushrooms, finely diced
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Italian parsley, finely minced
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee for frying the meatballs

Sauce
1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (or other tomatoes of your choice)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the mushrooms, beef, garlic, Italian parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper.
2. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan, and brown them on all sides.
4. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan, and set them aside.
5. Make the sauce by adding the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the same pan used for the meatballs. Cook over medium heat, and bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6