Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 131

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 131 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

 Here’s what we discuss in this episode:
  • Moving north.  (19:26)
  • Chronic fatigue.  (31:47)
  • An amazing testimonial for meditation!  (41:25)
  • Getting motivated and back on track.  (45:08)
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Naps are OK!

I know a girl.

She’s like a wild animal. A honey badger. Her hair is tangled and frizzy. She drools from the sides of her mouth. Her clothes have stains on them and holes from where she’s recently thrashed about.

She’s unreasonable. Moody. Hateful.

She’s violent. She bites and claws. She won’t eat food or drink water. Her eyes are bloodshot and swollen. She scares me.

This girl is someone I’m very close to. She’s my 4-year old daughter…when she doesn’t get her afternoon nap.

I’ve seen a lot of internet action surrounding a meta-analyses which assessed “evidence regarding the effects of napping on measures of child development and health” for children 0-5 years old. It was published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
A meta-analyses is a study that basically looks at a bunch of other studies and comes to a conclusion. This meta-analyses looked at 26 sleep studies and it sort of came to the conclusion that there was an “association between napping and later onset, shorter duration and poorer quality of night sleep, with evidence strongest beyond the age of 2 years.”

So because of that little tid-bit, a bunch of articles have sprung up here and there about how maybe letting kids older than 2 take naps could be a bad thing.

What a lot of those articles AREN’T telling you about is this little snippet towards the end of the Abstract:

The evidence regarding behaviour, health and cognition is less certain. There is a need for more systematic studies that use stronger designs”

and this one:

The findings regarding cognition, behaviour and health impacts were inconsistent…

Also, many of the studies relied on parents to report on napping habits and not based on actual sleep studies.

Now — I’m all for doing this meta-analyses. Good for the researches who took time to do this. Sleep studies are important.

But before we start forcing little ones to stay awake throughout the day because we think they might not be able to fall asleep quick enough at night and not get good sleep at night because of a nap…let’s just take a deep breath and think this through.

Will kids fall asleep faster at night if they haven’t had a nap? Of course. Because they’re exhausted. And one of the things I tell adults and parents is that if they or their children are falling asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, they are not in a good place.

Despite what many people think, conking out as soon as you lay down is a sign of over-exhaustion and means that you need to either get more sleep or manage your stress better.

Another thing this study can’t account for is how many of these kids in these studies were exposed to artificial light after dark on a consistent basis — I bet it was a large percentage. And any data you collect from kids who are trying to go to sleep in an unnatural sleep environment (one that is filled with WAY too many stimuli like TVs, phones, tablets and computers) can just be thrown right out the window as far as I’m concerned.

That’s like doing a meta-analyses on obesity rates for people who eat exclusively at Cinnabon and Chuck E Cheese’s. Not going to get a great read on reality there.

You have kids? Good.

Then you probably know the child I described at the beginning of this post. It’s not fun. I remember in my “Pre-Kid” life that I used to roll my eyes at parents that would ruin a whole afternoon of fun because their “precious little angels” had to take “naaaaap”.

How silly I was.

Here’s a quote from John Medina in his book Brain Rules:

When you look at all of the data combined, a consistency emerges: Sleep is rather intimately involved in learning. It is observable with large amounts of sleep. It is observable with small amounts of sleep; it is observable all the time.

He goes on to make a solid case that adults who don’t get enough sleep have poor attention, executive function, motor dexterity, short-term memory, mood and more.

And that’s in ADULTS. Do we really want to try and take naps away from KIDS whose brains are firing on all cylinders trying to learn new things every second of every waking hour? And if you take motor dexterity away from my already clumsy 4-year old…that’s just an ER visit waiting to happen.

She doesn’t ever look where she’s going — HEY! LOOK UP! WATCH WHERE YOU’RE….[CRASH, BANG, WAAAAAAAA!!!!!]

No. Your kids need sleep. They need ALOT of sleep. I would bet they need more sleep than they’re getting — no matter what age they are. I would bet YOU aren’t getting enough sleep.

So save yourself from having to deal with a moody, irritable, clumsy, forgetful little person and for goodness sakes — make your kids take an afternoon nap and eliminate the artificial lights from TVs, computers, and tablets after dinner.

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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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 130

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 130 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:
  • Jamie Scott Joins us today!  We had some connection issues, but it was a great podcast, nonetheless. Jamie, the blogger formerly known as “That Paleo Guy”, is a health researcher working in corporate health and wellness, in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Jamie holds undergraduate qualifications in exercise science and in nutrition science, and post-graduate qualifications in sports medicine and nutrition medicine.  He has been a popular speaker at the annual Ancestral Health Symposium in the United States, and is the current president of the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand.  He currently writes, with his partner, Dr Anastasia Boulais, on their new site re-evolutionary.com.

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 129

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 129 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:
  • Mark Rogers joins us again today for another one of my favorite episodes.  Be sure to check out Mark on his site, on his podcast, and on Facebook!

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 128

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 128 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

 Here’s what we discuss in this episode:
  • Mark Rogers joins us today and ranting and comedy ensued.  Be sure to check out Mark on his site, on his podcast, and on Facebook!

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!