Barefoot Provisions Whole 30 Emergency Food Kit Giveaway and Discounts for ALL

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! If your name is Heather – check your email!! 

Spring has officially sprung and it’s time to start thinking about awesome things like PaleoFX, school being out, signing up for our first ever JASSA Retreat, and VACATIONS!!!! It’s also time to start thinking about being prepared for being on the road, busy spring and summer months, and making sure your pantry is stocked with plenty of goodness to keep you healthy, happy and strong. That’s were Barefoot Provisions comes in. I’m happy to announce that Barefoot Provisions is one of our awesome sponsors for the JASSA Retreat, and it goes without saying that I absolutely love love love this site -it’s seriously the one stop shop for all things yummy, paleo, and downright legit, and right now my friends at Barefoot Provisions are offering up an awesome giveaway to one of you! Why? Because why not?

Spring is time for beauty, color, green, and giving and so one lucky reader will receive a Whole 30  Emergency Food Kit!! Also, Barefoot Provisions is offering a gift to everyone – simply use the code EDP10 at checkout and you will receive 10% off of your first order!!!! 

To enter, simply head on over to the Facebook page of Barefoot Provisions and like these awesome folks and next, follow ME on Instagram where you’ll see what I eat day to day and what the Fragoso Family is up to!  Next, comment on this post that you did these two simple things and on Monday, March 23rd at 11:59 pm PST a winner will be picked by random selection. 

So, back to the Whole 30 Emergency Food Kit that’s up for grabs – here’s what you’ll find in this awesome kit of pure goodness that could be all yours:

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Grass-Fed Beef Habanero Cherry Epic Bar by Epic

Turkey Almond Cranberry Epic Bar by Epic

Naked Nutrition Bar by Yawp!

Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks by Nick’s Sticks

Free-Range Turkey Snack Sticks by Nick’s Sticks

Spicy Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks by Nick’s Sticks

Original Recipe Kale Joy by Freshly Wild

Grass-Fed Jerky, Fruit and Nut Mix by Primal Pacs

Olive Oil & Sea Salt SeaSnax by SeaSnax

Chipotle SeaSnax by SeaSnax

Rosemary Garlic Gone Nuts!

Cilantro Lime Mojo Pistachios & Pepitas Gone Nuts!

Wild Red Traditional Canned Sockeye Salmon by Vital Choice

Now, here’s to a happy healthy start to spring to all of you and as always, enjoy! 

 

Announcing the First Ever JASSA Retreat in Chico, CA!!!!

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We are so excited to announce our first ever JASSA Retreat taking place in Chico, CA. The dates of the retreat will be September 16th – 20th and will include everything from 12+ hours of lecture with some of the most renowned experts in the field of health and fitness, two half days of movement, lifting, and mobility coaching, cooking demos, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding, delicious food, relaxation and FUN! The retreat will be open to only 50 people so this will be an extremely exclusive and intimate weekend with the opportunity to spend quality time with all the coaches and trainers in order to get the most out of your time spent in beautiful Northern California.

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Here is the retreat itinerary:  

(*Itinerary is subject to change.)

Wednesday

The retreat will kick off on Wednesday evening from 6-9pm at Rendevous with a cocktail hour, introduction and a meet and greet.

Thursday (at Rendevous)

8:00-9:00am Yoga with Lisa Weber

9:30-10:00am Introduction and Welcoming

10:15-11:15am Sustainable Fat Loss Jason Seib

11:30-12:30pm Changing your relationship with food Sarah Fragoso

12:30-1:30pm Lunch (at Rendevous)

1:45-2:45pm Mindfullness Tracy Corbett

3:30-5:30pm Massa Natural Farm Tour or Free time

6:30pm Dinner at Rendevous

Friday (at Rendevous)

8:00-9:00am Breathing with Lucy Hendricks

9:15-10:15am Rest and Recovery Jim Laird

10:30-11:30am Aesthetic Goals Jason Seib

11:45-12:45 Regeneration Duane Massa

1:00-2:00pm Lunch (at Rendevous)

2:15-3:15pm Recovering from Adrenal Fatigue Sarah Fragoso

3:30-5:30 Body Weight Movements and Mechanics

6:30 Dinner at Rendevous

Saturday (at JS Strength and Conditioning)

8:00-9:00am Yoga with Lisa Weber

9:15-10:15 Warm up Exercises

10:30-1:30 Big Lifts – dead lift, back squat, standing press, bench press, etc.

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:45-3:45  Baby Steps Approach to a Healthy lifestyle Jason Seib

4:00-6:00pm Paddle Boarding or Free time

6:30 Private dinner at Sin of Cortez 

Sunday (at JS Strength & Conditioning)

8:00-9:00am Yoga with Lisa Weber

9:15-10:15 Sleep Mark Rogers

10:30-11:30 Meditation Jason Seib

11:45-12:30 Q & A and Book Signing

During the retreat we will try to leave plenty of time for you all to explore beautiful Chico and the surrounding areas and with optional free time built in you will also have plenty of time to simply rest and relax if you feel the need.

Remember, space is extremely limited so sign up today to reserve your spot!

What’s Included:

Over 12 hours of lecture on health and fitness

Over 5 hours of coaching on movement, lifting, breathing and mobility

Lunch and Dinner is included (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Private dinner at Chico’s very own Sin of Cortez

Optional Yoga, Farm tour, paddle boarding, Hike in Upper Bidwell and golf outing

Plenty of free time to explore and enjoy Chico, CA

Coffee, tea and water will be provided each morning

For those who wish to come early there will be an optional outing of golf at Bidwell Golf course and/or Hike into Upper Bidwell Park.   Please email john@jsstrength.com if you would like to participate. Cost of golf is not included.

Click here to reserve your spot!

Early Bird Special Price!!

Book before May 1st for only $499!! After May 1st the price increases to $549.00.

($100 cancellation fee applies)

Now, I would like to introduce you to our esteemed team of presenters and coaches:

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Sarah Fragoso – Sarah Fragoso is a national best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of JS Strength and Conditioning, co-owner of JassaFit, and founder of Everyday Paleo. Sarah also is the co-host of the popular Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast and conducts workshops and seminars nationwide on the subjects of nutrition and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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Jason Seib – Jason Seib is the author of The Paleo Coach, co-host of the popular Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, founder and co-owner of CPC Fitness and Fat Loss, a successful small gym in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as founderand co-owner of JassaFIT.com, an on-line training site and community. He is speaks on the subject of fat loss regularly, delivering his Sustainable Fat Loss Seminar around the US.  Jason’s passion is guiding normal people to extraordinary levels of health and fitness and he has built his career by helping thousands of people change their perspective and find a healthy, sustainable path to their goals.

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Jim Laird –  Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997.  He has 4 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector.  He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL,CFL, LPGA, and MLB.  Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division I schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters, The Miss Fits (who are a part of the GYM Laird lifting team).  You can read about their experiences and successes, including state and national records, at their blog, www.themissfits.com.

As an elite-level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years.  He now understands the difference between working out to be healthy and working out to achieve a high-level performance goal, and he want to help others understand the difference as well.  He has a reputation for two things: getting more results from less work, and getting his clients both strong and healthy.  Jim’s motto of “Training Smarter, Not Harder” has earned him the respect and recommendation of numerous orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.

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Lucy HendricksLucy Hendricks is a graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training program and a current Student Massage Therapist. She has her FMS certification and is also a certified Restorative Breathing Coach. She is a bright, young coach who, at the age of 24, has already had the opportunity to study underneath great coaches and physical therapists like Jim Laird, Sarah Martin, Lois Laynee, Mike Robertson and Bill Hartman. 

Lucy’s journey into personal training and her passion for helping clients started with an internship with Jim Laird five years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since. For the last four years, she’s been an integral part of the GYM Laird Strength and Conditioning team, working with hundreds of clients each week, making a huge impact in all of their lives. Lucy is very passionate about helping clients move and feel better through good movement and strength training! This is just the beginning for Lucy, she’s excited to continue expanding her knowledge in the years to come.

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Mark Rogers – Mark Rogers is a human being being human and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. One of his goals in life is to help people realize that they can get healthy, sleep great, eat how humans are supposed to eat…all while enjoying life and spending time with family and friends. He has been married to the same beautiful, smart woman for 12 years and is the father of two daughters and one son.

 

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Lisa Weber – Lisa began practicing yoga 15 years ago while training for marathons with the intention of balancing the endurance training of running with the physical and mental benefits of yoga. During that time, Lisa discovered what yoga truly has to offer. Lisa is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level through Northern California Yoga Institute. Lisa’s teaching style is deeply rooted in the Integrative Dynamic Yoga (IDY) method. IDY blends classical yoga and meditation practices with contemporary exercise science and fitness methods to establish optimal health, wellness, fitness and ​spiritual awareness.

IMG_7131Jenny Labaw –  Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level.  She’s a 2-time CrossFit Games competitor, earning 6th in 2012 and winning her Northern California Regionals in 2013.   Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny’s true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus, and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a strength and conditioning coach so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. She is a strength and conditioning coach at Norcal Strength and Conditioning. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Profile (1)Traci Corbett – Traci Corbett currently works as a Health Coach and Seminar Facilitator with JumpstartMD, a leading Bay Area Healthy Weight Loss and Wellness clinic.  In addition, she provides individual, family & community education and coaching in Fitness, Nutrition & Healthy Habit Change as the founder of WholeLifeLifted.

She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree as well as a BA in both Developmental Psychology and Exercise Physiology.  Traci has worked professionally in Human Services for over 15 years in corporate, non-profit and government organizations, earning her a clear and reputable identity as a holistic health specialist; She has a seasoned background in working with Children, Youth and Families and in the fields of Education, Fitness and Nutrition.  She holds a variety of certifications including NASM Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, as well as an AFPA Holistic Nutritionist Certification. Traci is passionate about self-care, fostering healthy relationships, generating and building joyful paradigm shifts in community, and inspiring health and wellness in the world.  Traci lives in Pleasanton, CA and has four amazing children ages 16, 15, 12 and 11.  She is fully embracing living, loving and learning every day!

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Taq’s active nature took on a new form in 2002 when he stumbled upon Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu.  While training in these two sports, Taq met a coach and soon to be mentor, who taught him the fundamental roles nutrition and fitness play in succeeding in athletics, preventing injury, and in promoting vitality and overall health. This led Taq to his current passion of researching and implementing the right way to exercise and the right way to fuel the human body. Taq took his newfound passion seriously and everything he learned he would share with his friends and family.  Taq’s enthusiasm for helping people train smart, led him to work with both athletes at the competitive level, as well as, individuals who were brand new to the fitness industry.

Taq graduated from Chico State in 2007, and continued to further his knowledge of fitness and health while pursing a career in the health industry. Taq’s journeys eventually led him back to Chico where he discovered that his old friends John and Sarah Fragoso had recently opened JS Strength and Conditioning. Taq completed an internship with John and Sarah and today is a vital part of the JS team. With Taq’s extensive background in fitness and nutrition, Taq continues to serve his clients as a knowledgeable strength and conditioning coach, helping those that he works with to achieve their goals.

sharonSharon Larson – Sharon has been practicing massage in Chico, Ca. since 2008 and is a graduate from California State University Chico with a Bachelor’s of Science in the field of Biology. Sharon uses her training as a massage therapist, along with her formal education, to provide a superior level of service to her clients. With her background in biology, and as a life-long athlete, Sharon has a deep understanding of the human anatomy and functional movement.

Sharon uses this knowledge to help educate her clients on proper posture, movement patterns, and self-care. She is passionate about helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. She has had success in helping many clients free themselves from chronic pain and discomfort using massage as a tool for pain management.

Sharon is also passionate about living an active and balanced lifestyle. When not helping others to improve their lives through massage and movement training, Sharon can be found on the soccer field, in the yoga studio, lifting heavy weights, snowboarding, or playing in nature. She balances her active time with meditation, spending time with family and friends, reading, or going for leisure hikes in Chico’s own Upper Bidwell Park.


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– Duane Massa is a 5th generation California farmer and biologist. Duane was raised on the family farm and cattle ranch in Northern California, where he gained an appreciation for all things biotic and began to nurture his love of natural systems. Duane earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from CSU, Chico and pursued a 16-year career in fisheries science; conducting biological evaluations of native salmon and steelhead populations for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and later for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. He has presented his scientific work at numerous symposia and was invited to speak at American Fisheries Society in Boise, ID in 2013.

Duane’s studies have focused on aquatic ecology and how to merge those systems with best current water/land use practices. It is this experience that provided the nexus between ecological systems and farming; he has blended the farming experiences from his youth with his knowledge of ecological systems in new and innovative ways to embark on methods of farming that go beyond the threshold of sustainability and focus on a new frontier in farming, regenerative agriculture.

Duane and his wife, Wendy, operate a multi-species farm just 15-minutes from Chico where they raise cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and horses naturally on pasture using high intensity, quick duration grazing techniques to mimic natural processes. These methods act to lock atmospheric carbon back into the soil (where it belongs). Through careful management practices and animal selection, the Massa’s are uniquely creating a regenerative farming system that is a healthy alternative to factory farm practices.

Recommended Accommodations: 

Hotel Diamond – we have a block of rooms held for folks attending the retreat. If you call to book, mention The JASSA Retreat to receive a discount! The rooms all include breakfast and the hotel is located in beautiful downtown Chico within easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants. If you book online, enter promo code JASSA at checkout to show the discounted rates. 

Residence Inn by MarriotWe have a limited block of rooms discounted at the Residence Inn with the option of a studio suite or one room suite. All rooms include breakfast and the hotel is just a few minutes drive from downtown Chico. When you call to make a reservation refer to the JASSA retreat block to receive the discounted rate. Individuals must make reservations no later than 8/26/15.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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!

Give Your Kids a Fighting Chance

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I know I’ve written about what to feed your kids before. Many of you get it and feed your kids real, human food for the majority of the time. But until I go to places where I see kids eating (schools and sports facilities where MY kids are — I’m not hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese by myself or anything) and see most of the kids eating FOOD, I believe it will be an important topic to continue covering.

Here is a compilation of foods I gathered and staged for a pic:

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This is a very realistic compilation of foods that I see kids eating on a regular basis. And before anyone crucifies me for being “the parent that runs across the room and slaps the birthday cupcake out of my kid’s hand at HIS OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY”, let me say that my three kids get non-human food. They just don’t get it on a regular or everyday basis.

How is this meal a good way for a child (or ANYONE) to start their day??!!

I mean, is there anybody out there who actually believes that this meal is somehow “good”?

  • a sugar-filled nonfat yogurt and artificial flavoring/chemical concoction with a super cool picture on the bottle
  • something along the lines of a pop-tart (which is just processed flour with candy on top and some stuff inside that is the same color shade as some fruits on Mars)
  • fat-free pasteurized milk.

This is dessert. This is a birthday party treat. This is Halloween candy. This is NOT A MEAL. But this is not out of the ordinary either. It is the norm.

Eating something like this for breakfast everyday could be something they make a documentary about.

Think about this: when babies are born their brains are only partially complete. According to John Medina in his best-selling book Brain Rules, lots more work has to be done and the majority of that work isn’t done until your 20s with fine-tuning being completed in the 40s.

How can anyone expect a brain to get the fuel and building blocks it needs eating what’s pictured above? And I’m just ranting about the brain here. What about bones?! Muscles!? Joints!? Eyes!? Teeth!? the Digestive System?! How does anyone expect a young person to function normally at school or daycare or at home after eating that garbage??

I’m preaching to the choir here mainly, I get that. But listen to me Choir, WE HAVE GOT TO TRY AND FIX THIS!

Well how are we supposed to do that Mr. Smart Guy?

I don’t have the answer. I do know we CAN’T go into schools and start telling parents that they’re being bad parents because I don’t believe that in the large majority of cases it’s an indication of neglect — I think it’s ignorance. People just don’t know.

So what can you do? Well, take a page from Sarah Fragoso’s book and copy and paste what she did at her son’s gymnastics center. She didn’t just think, “welp, we’re fueling our little athletes with Snickers…guess it won’t KILL them today” and go on about her day.

No. She DID something about it. In a very diplomatic and sensitive way. And side note — there’s a point where sensitivity and tact fly out the window. But those are extreme cases — you know the kind of people I’m talking about.

This food won’t kill our kids today or tomorrow or in 10 years. Chances are it won’t kill them before they’re able to reproduce and have children of their own. Which is why our genes are allowing this type of behavior to continue.

But know this — eating this type of food on a daily and repetitive basis WILL eventually kill you.

Start off the day with foods that your brain needs to function (and for kids what their brains need to GROW!): eggs, bacon, fruit, veggies, beef…see where I’m going with this list?? It’s FOOD!

So give your kids and yourself a fighting chance. Especially in the morning. And don’t just sit by and do nothing. Inspire your kids. Inspire people around you with choices that you make and behaviors that you choose.

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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