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!

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

Get Started TODAY  with The JASSA Method!