Primal Life Kit is Legit!!

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It’s back! Last year this sale was Epic and it’s even more Epic-er this year! I love promoting stuff that, well, I love, and the goodies in this kit are love-worthy. What I like about the Primal Life Kit is that it’s packed with stuff, but all useful stuff, and not so much stuff that you feel overwhelmed, only overjoyed. The best part of this kit (in my obviously biased opinion) you have the option to try out Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness for only 1 cent for your first month and you can cancel immediately after you sign up to avoid the recurring monthly charge so if what we do is not for you – see ya later, no reason to stay, just 1 cent of your time and out. However, I have a feeling you’ll stick around like the 700 plus other folks who are now members. Yup. That’s pretty cool in my opinion and so is all of the other goodies up for grabs. Sooooo, the moral of the story - 49 Primal and Paleo products for only $39 from now until April 28th. BAM! Go get er’ done and I’ll see you over at Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness!!!!!

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 85

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 85 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:

  • Paleo FX recap.  (4:40)
  • Food addiction.  (28:12)
  • Fat balance.  (39:06)

Paleo f(x) Live Streaming Available!!

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I’m headed to Austin, TX in just a few days to speak at Paleo f(x)! Obviously it’s not possible for everyone to attend but the good news is that all presentations on the Paleo Magazine Stage and Victory Belt Stage will be available for Live Streaming for all three days, April 11 – April 13, 2014.  You can either choose to watch the entire event or just a specific day. For example, I’m speaking on Saturday so if you only care about little ol’ me than you can just purchase Saturdays live stream or if you just want to hear Robb Wolf, simply select the day he will be speaking and BAM you are good to go. For more information on how to get hooked up and ready to watch, head on over to Paleo f(x) and for those of you who are attending the event, I look forward to seeing you all soon!

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Join the Fragoso Family in Italy!!!

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As many of you may know, I have teamed up with the good folks at The Trip Tribe to put together an amazing Italy Adventure in honor of my latest book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine and you are ALL invited to join me June 1st-7th in Italy! If you haven’t read the details you can do so by clicking here.

The trip is approaching fast and The Trip Tribe has kindly offered a Spring Special for the next two people who book their trip! Go to the site now, book your trip, and the first two lucky folks who do so will receive 20% off the price of the entire adventure! When you book simply use the code “SpringSpecial” and the first two people who use this code will receive this discount on an unforgettable adventure in Italy with the Fragoso Family.

We can’t WAIT to see you all in Italy!!

Jaden’s Flan

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*Note from Sarah (the mom): I’ve been homeschooling my two youngest sons, Jaden and Rowan, going on our second year now. This is not a post about homeschooling but I mention it because it’s pretty cool what types of projects are considered “lessons” when you DO homeschool, and for Jaden one of his projects has been making dinner for the family. It doesn’t sound like something school related; however it’s a full on production for Jaden and offers amazing life experience with a lot of learning involved. He first will research and plan what he wants to make, creates a shopping list, helps to do the shopping as I just push the cart, and then he does pretty much all the prep work and cooking himself. The only help we offer is when he asks us for specific help and it’s usually related to cutting something up but last time he made dinner, I didn’t even need to do that! At 10 years old this kid is kicking some serious culinary butt and has made amazing dinners for us ranging from carne asada to steak with creamy mushroom sauce and most recently, an asian stir fry that started with a cucumber salad with his own asian inspired vinaigrette. I can see handing the Everyday Paleo reins over to Jaden someday, I really can….

As many of you know, we don’t go to great lengths around here to make dessert and if we want a treat, we usually leave the house to get it or if we do end up making something at home it’s super simple, easy, and affordable like frozen blueberries and almond milk or now and then the occasional treat that you’ll find in my books like my Pumpkin Muffins from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook or on the weekend, the pancakes from Paleo Pals. My favorite types of treats to eat when we do indulge are the creamy, fatty, not too sweet kind and Jaden hit it out of the ball park with his Flan. He made it the night that he made us carne asada and fresh salsa and it was the perfect way to end the meal. (By the way, that evening it was not just for us that Jaden prepared the meal for, but for our friends as well who also have a family of 5 and this Flan makes enough to feed a small army so be aware!) Jaden looked at several flan recipes on the internet and came up with his own version after realizing that everything he found used sweetened condensed milk or tons of sugar.

This is his own recipe and it’s mind blowing good, easy, and as far as dessert goes, pretty darn nutritious!

Thank you Jaden for sharing your recipe with our readers and to all of you, I hope you enjoy!

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(Jaden contemplating his next creation.)

*Note from Jaden: While making this flan, I thought “Oh boy, I sure hope this turns out as good as I intended!”. My mind never came close to thinking that this would be on my mom’s blog. I’ve got to admit, this is pretty cool. Like my mom said, I found a recipe online, and it was basically canned sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and eggs. It’s been pretty fun making dinner and setting the table all fancy, and making sure everybody wears pretty dresses and drinks with their pinky out!(Please note that I was joking about dresses and pinkies!) I do love to cook, so it’s cool to be able to share my “creations” with other people. It was pretty hard to make this flan, yet really quite fun. No matter what my mom says, her, my uncle Mark, and my dad always help me in the kitchen. So put on your dress, stretch out your pinky, and enjoy!!

Jaden’s Flan

Serving size for this particular recipe is 12, feel free to cut ingredients in half as needed. Warning – you might have to blend half of the ingredients at a time if you do not have a GIANT blender!!! 

3 cups full fat coconut milk

2 cups heavy cream (or use 5 cups total coconut milk if you do not eat any dairy)

8 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey for flan

1/4 cup honey to caramelize

Squeeze of lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

  1. Combine coconut milk, heavy cream, eggs, honey and vanilla into a blender and blend until all ingredients are mixed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a small saucepan put in 1 tbsp of water, a squeeze of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of honey over low to medium heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is golden brown, remove from heat immediately (note: don’t stir too much because honey will crystallize).
  4. Then take a glass baking dish (we used a 3 quart glass baking dish) and another glass baking dish that is slightly bigger. Pour the caramelized honey into the smaller baking dish and spread out with a spatula, be sure to cover the entire dish, and then place the honey basted baking dish into the larger baking dish.
  5. Pour into the larger baking dish about an inch high of hot water.
  6. Pour the blended flan mixture into the smaller baking dish over the caramelized honey and bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the middle has set into a custard like texture. Let the flan cool for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

As always, enjoy!

 

Emotional Eating

A few days ago, I posted this inquiry on my Facebook page:

Are you an emotional eater? If so, and if you aren’t actually emotionally eating right at this moment, I have a serious question for you. (This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know the answer.) How long does the relief/pleasure last after you turn to food for a little therapy in tough times? In other words, if we start the clock at the first taste, how long, if at all, do you get to bask in the feeling that you were looking for?

Thank you to everyone who responded.   I truly appreciate your honesty on this tough subject.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any magical answers for you, but maybe I can help you understand what’s going on so you can make a rational decision to avoid the guilt next time.

Dopamine, the hormone that you’re chasing when you eat to relieve negative emotions, might be better described as a “wanting” hormone than a “liking” hormone. It makes us pursue things that are supposed to be good for our survival (food, sex, social contact, etc.), but it is not designed to leave us satisfied for long.  If long term satisfaction were the result, we probably wouldn’t be here because these pursuits have always been essential to the survival of our species.

Highly palatable foods, like the junk food most people turn to when emotions drive them to eat, are foods that produce an extra large dopamine spike.  Flavor, usually in the form of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or man-made fats, has been added to these foods without the addition of the the nutritional value that our sense of taste was designed to detect.  In other words, we evolved our sense of taste to tell us when we have found something good to eat, and dopamine’s job was to make us eat it again.  Until recently on our timeline, there weren’t any unhealthy options and the system worked perfectly.  “Yum” meant “This is good for me and coming back here for more of this is a good idea.”  Today, we all know that flavor is often completely unrelated to whether or not a food is good for us.

Does this knowledge make it easier to not eat garbage when you’re frustrated or sad? Maybe not. In truth, making this change will require some serious willpower, but focusing on the facts can make things a little less painful. As I’ve said before, I think change is best addressed in baby steps, but the most important two steps you can take to avoid emotional eating are 1) get the garbage food out of your house and 2) try to change the habit instead of breaking it.

Getting the garbage out of your house should be easy for most of us.  If you live with people who don’t share your goals, you will probably need to ask for some support.  Ask them to keep their junk food out of sight, but be sure to respect their position, as well.  It isn’t mandatory that anyone else share your desires.  We all have our own bodies.  Don’t evangelize, belittle, or condemn.

Changing your emotional eating habit will require a little more thought.  Rather than trying to just sit there in anguish when you get low, you need to find something to replace emotional eating, and it needs to be something that actually feels good, instead of only feeling good for a second before making you feel worse than before.  I suggest going for a walk, working out, taking a bath, meditating, or getting something done that has been on your to-do list for too long.  All these things have the potential to make you feel good about yourself and none of these things will cause guilt or remorse.  I’m sure there are lots of other equally healthy things that you might come up with, this is just my own go-to list.

In the end, your desire to change will decide whether or not you beat emotional eating.  Change is hard, but as I’ve said before, when you want thing A badly enough, you will never let thing B get in your way.  Stop and weigh your choices at every turn.  The severity of your goals will do the deciding.

Go forth and be awesome.

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 82

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 82 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:

  • What we ate.  (12:58)
  • Almond milk.  (24:33)
  • Cortisol and the sleep deprived.  (32:32)
  • Exercise in our busy lives.  (44:09)