Introducing Jassa Compass Courses!!!

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Jason Seib and I have been hard at work developing a new program to help YOU. Thanks to the popularity of our podcast and workshops, we have come to understand the importance of offering you a hands on approach to a healthier lifestyle. Knowing that we can’t come to visit and sit with each and everyone of you, creating a digital guide seemed like the next best thing so that’s exactly what we did!

Without further ado, we are thrilled to give you Jassa Compass Courses!

What is Jassa Compass? It’s our teamwork combined to give you a tried and true method via digital guides to a lifestyle that promotes health, vitality, and the body you want. We have created three comprehensive courses for you that include:

Beating Grains

Escaping Sugar 

Sprint for Your Life

To find out exactly what Jassa Compass is and what the courses have to offer, follow this link!

Thank you as always for your continued support and I hope you enjoy Jassa Compass!!

Everyday Paleo Workshop Coming to Santa Rosa, CA and Clackamas, OR!!!

Our next Everyday Paleo Workshop is just around the corner!! On August 23rd, Jason Seib and I will be in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA for a full day workshop at Crossfit Force and on September 20th we will be in Clackamas, OR at Jason’s gym, CPC Fitness and Fat Loss!! To register for our next event, follow this link and we can’t wait to see you all soon!

Here’s a bit more about what we offer at our workshops:

Join Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib for a full day of learning, sharing, and growing together during their highly acclaimed Everyday Paleo Workshop. Why should you spend a day with us? Here’s what others are saying about their Everyday Paleo Workshop experience:

“Thank you so much for this seminar. I’ve been paleo for several months but this seminar was full of information that opened my eyes and blew my mind!! You both have such a wonderful perspective on this amazing lifestyle – I have changed my lens!!” Meghan

“Excellent, enthusiastic presenters! Relevant, humorous, believable! Can’t believe I paid attention for 6 hours!!” Julie

“Glad that you were very casual, real, and laid back! It’s always refreshing when professionals will speak real truth, self anecdotal, with facts to back it, who are truly passionate and understand but will NOT excuse the psychological barriers their students face.” Mathew F.

“I have been trying to eat Paleo since May 2012 and was extremely strict for the first 30 days. I have days where I fall off the wagon, and your seminar was extremely helpful in letting me find my motivation again.” Anna V.

Our full day workshop is all about YOU! If you are a beginner, seasoned professional, athlete, trainer, or curious about achieving peak health no matter what your situation might be, you will leave with a better understanding about how our bodies are intended to be treated as we cover everything from the nutritional input, fitness philosophy, family perspective, and the psychological components necessary to live your best life possible.

Together, Sarah and Jason own and operate the incredibly successful online fitness and nutrition site, Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness as well as partner together at the recipe and advice blog, Everyday Paleo. Both are authors of best selling books, strength and conditioning coaches, and lifestyle experts.

The Dark Side of Fat Loss

I must have said it 1,000 times as I read, “Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?”  Sean Croxton‘s The Dark Side of Fat Loss is the book everyone needs to read before they go down the yo-yo dieting, over exercising route of insanity that is the norm for so many people with fat loss goals.  Oh, the the time and tears that could be saved!

I’ve known Sean for a little while now, but I’ve followed his work from nearly the beginning.  Sean was the first guy that I ever knew of who posted regular YouTube videos with nutrition/health/lifestyle information.  He is one of the first guys I would call a leader in this paleo, primal, ancestral, or whatever movement that has taken the world by storm.

Sean didn’t ask me to write this review.  After seeing him a few months ago at Paleo FX, I realized, much to my own embarrassment, that I hadn’t read The Dark Side of Fat Loss.  My email to him a few weeks ago began with an apology for coming around so late, but Sean graciously sent me a copy and I dug in.

What a gem of a book this is!  Sean begins by dispelling the myths that are so ingrained into our society.  You know the ones: calories are the only thing that will ever matter, cardio and starvation is how you lose weight.  I sometimes wonder if we will ever really win this battle in my lifetime, but it’s great to know that there are guys like Sean Croxton out there in the trenches fighting this battle in the name of health and sustainable fat loss.

When you are done reading the first 3 chapters of this book, you will have an excellent understanding of why we gain unwanted fat and how a healthy body should work.  This information can set you free.  When you know what’s going on from a physiological and biochemical perspective, you can make smart decisions about how to get healthy instead of making silly decisions that lead to temporary weight loss and deleterious effects on your metabolism, among other things.

From there, Sean walks us through his guide to JERF (Just Eat Real Food), telling us how to make healthy food choices instead of eating according to the demands of your food scale.  I love how thorough he is in this section, starting all the way down at the soil in which our food and our food’s food grows.  He also gives us some basic guidelines to recognizing real food, he touches on the idea that real food is too expensive, and then he covers every category of food you might ask about when making major dietary changes.

Then he almost lost me.  Chapter 5 is Sean’s 30 day JERF challenge, and it’s probably no mystery to those of you who follow my work that I don’t love challenges.  But I have to admit that Sean has done a great job with his challenge by making it feel sort of like an exploration of what will work for you in the long run.  Most impressive indeed is his Body Language Log which we are encouraged to use as a way to track what we eat during the challenge, not so we can become neurotic about food, but so that we can make note of how we feel when we eat various foods.  Nutrition will never be a one-size-fits-all subject and the Body Language Log is a fantastic tool for getting to the bottom of what works for us as individuals.  To be perfectly honest, I wish I would have thought of it.

The remaining chapters delve into the other essential components of a healthy lifestyle and Sean has you well covered.  His chapter on stress is phenomenal, he breaks down sleep so that it can no longer be taken with a grain of salt, and his chapters on gut health and toxins are extremely informative.  However, as awesome as those chapter are, I am thoroughly impressed with Sean for including his Do It chapter and delving into a bit of the psychology behind making lifestyle changes in the name of improved health.  It frustrates me to know end that my industry is largely driven by people who are only giving the fitness and nutrition consumer a list of rules to follow without ever considering the psychological obstacles that cause most to fail.  However accurate our information may be if, it will all be irrelevant to most people if they can’t actually make the necessary changes.  Sean understands the importance of this stuff that sometimes sounds a little crazy.  He knows very well that major change attempts without the right perspective will usually end in failure.  I commend him for sharing his wisdom with you and not leaving this subject out.

If I haven’t convinced you that this book is well worth reading, just do me one favor.  Go to the book’s website and watch Sean’s video at the top of the page.  You will see his passion for what he does and I believe you will feel the need to learn more from him.  I’m anything but new to this stuff and even I learned plenty as I read this book.  If I’m wrong, come back to this post and give me a ration of what I deserve in the comments.  I think you will be happy that you took my advice.

Go forth and be awesome.

 

Help UCSF Conduct a Study of Dietary Treatments for PCOS (Including a Paleo Diet)!!!

A research team at the University of California – San Francisco — Lynda Frassetto, MD, Umesh Masharani, MD, Heather Huddleston, MD, Michael Cohn, PhD, and Ashley Mason, PhD — is getting ready to conduct a study of dietary treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). They will test a paleolithic diet and an American Diabetes Association diet to see if either or both improves insulin resistance and menstrual cycle regularity for women with PCOS.

Thing is, these folks need your help: As many of you can imagine, it is difficult for researchers to land funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do nutrition-related research in the context of disease treatment or management. This study will give them the early data they need to start large, truly definitive studies of the links between diet (including a Paleo diet) and insulin resistance.

Please check out their crowd-funding website to learn more about the study, the researchers, and make tax-deductible donations to help this research happen. And, if you are going to AHS, one of the backer rewards is having lunch with the researchers – a pretty rare opportunity! 

Click here to visit the site.

Please help them with this study!

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 99

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 99 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:

  • Fitness for newbies.  (14:10)
  • Diet challenges and convoluted paleo.  (22:24)

The EPLifeFit discount code for 75% off your first month:  THAIOHMY

SuperHuman is Extraordinary

Becoming SuperHuman is a goal for many people. The term ‘SuperHuman’ has sprung up the last few years to describe something you can achieve if you get the right amount of sleep, the right vitamins and minerals, move in the right ways, and eat the right things.

The idea is that through various bio hacks and lifestyle changes, you can become something greater than human — a SuperHuman. It’s a great marketing strategy and resonates with many who feel less than human — in other words, they’re tired all the time, always hungry, stressed and in lots of pain.

I think that the term is necessary in today’s culture and health & wellness industry. But I also think it’s an insult to the extraordinary human mechanism and design.

Why? Because the human is inherently “super” — the adjective is unnecessary. The scale that we use to define a healthy human has shifted. Imagine a linear, x-axis scale where the 0 is the average human of today and SuperHuman is off somewhere to the right — say, around 100. That’s how it is today.

But I believe the average human of today is actually way to the LEFT of 0, you know, like in the negatives and that the 0, or “baseline human”, is an extraordinary thing in its own right, all by itself.

**As a sidenote — humans have gotten unhealthier and unhealthier over the last several decades for a number of reasons which include Government guidelines, the belief that high cholesterol causes heart disease, the industrialization of the food industry, and the boom in the pharmaceutical industry — all things that take the blame out of the unsuspecting and unhealthy humans’ control. Not all blame is removed, but a ton of it is…

Back to the point — the human body is the most complex and miraculous gadget on the planet. Nothing matches its ingenuity or marvel. This organism that uses unbelievable functions to fight off disease and adapt to surroundings in amazing ways — not to mention the other billion incredible things the body can do like neuroplasticity or synaptogenesis — has been mistreated and allowed to function at a less than ideal capacity.

And now we’ve come to the point where being healthy is something that is beyond human — SuperHuman.

I believe the term SuperHuman is redundant.

Describing a healthy human as SuperHuman is like saying a Large NFL Lineman, or my Beautiful Wife, or a Worthless Cat, or an Annoying Mosquito, or Insane DennisRodman.

The adjectives preceding each noun are unnecessary since the noun is inherently what the adjective is describing.

Like a Hormonal Pregnant Lady, or a Stupid Man (yes we’re all stupid in our own different and stupid ways), a Faithful Beagle, or a Stinky Gas Station Bathroom.

A human in its most baseline and properly functioning state is, inherently, extraordinary. But humans have skewed the definition of “health” by not taking care of humans properly.

Imagine a field of highly efficient, powerful Formula 1 race cars.

All of the cars’ crew chiefs mistreat the machines. They don’t perform proper maintenance. Oil isn’t changed. Transmissions aren’t flushed. They run the engines way too long at the wrong times in the harsh weather. They put a low grade, synthetic fuel in the tank that the car can technically run on because it’s an amazing specimen of technology and can adapt to a less the optimal fuel, but it’s not the fuel the engine was designed to use.

They leave the cars in the elements all year round — rain, sun, snow, wind. All the cars are treated this way. It’s the norm. To the mass of crew chiefs, there is no convincing scientific or compelling evidence to make them think that anything they’re doing is causing any harm.

Now imagine that one of the cars does receive proper maintenance from its crew chief. The engine’s oil is changed. Gaskets are replaced. Tires are rotated. This car is kept under a sheet in a garage and only run when it needs to be run. It receives the fuel that it was designed to use. This car wins every race on the circuit and laps just about every other car on the track. This car is taken care of. The other crew chiefs think this car is extreme and its crew chief is crazy, off his rocker, and doing things that couldn’t possibly be expected from a “normal” crew chief.

Should this lone car be defined as a “SuperCar”? Or is it just an incredible piece of engineering and machinery designed by millions of hours of testing and brain power that is functioning how it was designed to function?

Becoming SuperHuman is nothing more than being this lone car — it’s allowing the most incredible thing on the planet do what it was designed to do — be extraordinary.

Having to label health as “super” is an insult to the human definition. I believe the term SuperHuman is necessary today, but it’s just a sign that we’ve over-complicated the process of becoming healthy and defining health by underperforming and allowing the most incredible piece of machinery in existence to function below its optimal capacity.

My goal is for humans to re-take control of their humanness, start taking care of themselves and begin functioning in the extraordinary way that the human body is designed to function.

Join me.

*To read more of Mark’s great articles, visit his awesome blog Simply Human Lifestyle and listen to his Podcast

 

Primal Pit Paste – Get Your Stink GONE!

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Contest is now closed! Congratulations to our winners: Megan, Tammy, Yolanda, and Stephanie!! 

This one will be short and sweet and to the point. You’re trying to live a natural life style. You realize that the world is out to get you and you avoid everything from packaged processed food to unlabeled GMO veggies and fruits to toxic chemicals in your cosmetics and body products so you’ve made some big big changes! You’re buying local as much as possible, eating grass fed beef, washing your face with stuff you buy from Tropical Traditions and yet, you can’t go the natural deodorant route. Why? Because being smelly SUCKS! You lose friends, you lose jobs, you lose your sex life. None of those things are good. Smelling nice is good. That’s were Primal Pit Paste comes in. It’s deodorant that won’t kill you faster and the best part is, it really stinking WORKS!! (pun absolutely intended) I have tried every single natural deodorant known to man and woman, the end result, my pits smell like lavender scented grossness at the end of the day.  But finally, thank goodness, I’m so happy I tried Primal Pit Paste, my life is back to being happy and smell free again!!

Because I love Primal Pit Paste and because I love you,  Primal Pit Paste wants you to have a life again that INCLUDES natural deodorant!  So they are giving away FOUR as in 4 lucky people a $25 gift certificate to use as you like to try their amazing products!!!

All you have to do to enter is this:

Like Primal Pit Paste on Facebook.

Like Everyday Paleo on Facebook.

Post that you liked both pages to comments below!

Tomorrow at 11:59 pm PST our lucky winners will be picked by random.

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