Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 116

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 116 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to 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:

  • Hunger throughout the day.  (10:35)
  • What we ate yesterday.  (18:47)
  • College paleo.  (31:22)
  • The occasional 5K.  (40:10)

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 115

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 115 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to 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 Sisson joins us today!!  We doubt that anybody listens to this podcast that hasn’t heard of him, but just in case, you can find more of Mark on his enormously popular site, Mark’s Daily Apple.  He is also the author of some of our favorite books, The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation, and (Jason’s favorite) The Primal Connection.  Seriously, if you aren’t following Mark’s work, you are missing out on learning from someone who has been very influential on both of us throughout our careers.

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The JassaFIT discount code for 75% off your first month is FALLFIT.

Seafood Chowder from Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

seafood chowder

seafood chowder

Now that I’m NOT in the middle of writing any more cookbooks for a while, I’m actually able to cook from the ones I have and it’s been really enjoyable just enjoying the fruits of my labors and not still laboring… The weather has finally turned a little and we have had some much needed rain and a few chilly nights which has been nice – and cozy! The last couple of weeks however have been totally nuts with family visiting, major gas leaks in our house that nearly killed us all, and celebrating Jaden turning 11 and Rowan turning 7 – so just a few minor (sarcasm) things that have kept me a little more quiet than usual in internet land but crazy as a barrel of monkeys in my life. Speaking of life, it always has its ups and downs, its madness and chaos, and its quiet – and now I’m trying out just a smidge of quiet for at least this week and so I found some time to write this post and share with you one of our favorite recipes from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.

I made this recipe a few nights ago and subbed regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a more classic clam chowder result. John calls it restaurant quality when I make it this way but I prefer the chowder the way it’s called for in the book – with sweet potatoes, but I’ll let you decide what you like best but most of all, I hope you enjoy!!! Pictured is the soup from the book, when you use white potatoes, it looks more classic clam chowder-y.




Seafood Chowder

2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1 medium white onion, diced

8 bacon strips, chopped (optional)

6 celery stalks, diced

5 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (or white potatoes)

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups chicken broth

10 ounce can of clams plus juice

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 pound wild-caught shrimp, deveined with shells and tail removed or other seafood of your choice

Minced Italian Parsley for garnish

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 4-5 

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion in coconut oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the diced bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp, stirring often.
  3. Add the celery and sweet potatoes and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, clam juice, and black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the bay leaf and let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Using a potato masher, gently mash the cooked sweet potatoes to help thicken the chowder, making sure to still leave some of the potatoes chunky.
  7. Add the shrimp to the chowder and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and tender.
  8. While the shrimp are cooking, drain the clams and chop them into small pieces; add them to the chowder, just until warm. Serve the soup immediately, topped with the fresh minced parsley if desired.


There is NO Magic Pill

To find all of Mark’s work, visit his blog Simply Human Lifestyle and listen to his Podcast

Trying to figure out how to be well and healthy has become a ridiculously complicated, challenging, and unnatural process in the unnatural world we’ve created around us.

From stuff you can sprinkle on your food, to infomercials selling weird contraptions that contort and twist you in strange ways, to Paleo, to vegan, to vegetarian, to pescatarian, to counting calories, to weighing food, to logging exercise — it can get overwhelming faster than you can pull a 1/2 pint of Blue Bell out of the freezer and take it down (which for me used to be about 2 minutes).

But here’s the thing, across the board humans are incredibly adaptive and can handle amazingly diverse foods, climates, and habitats and have been doing so for thousands and thousands of years.

There is no one perfect way to eat or move or live.

There is not a magic food list or precise time to eat that if you follow to the letter, you will look, feel and perform in ways that you’ve always wanted. We’re too diverse for that and anyone who claims to have all the answers or the only right way to do it should be avoided like the person sitting next to you on the plane complaining he’s got flu-like symptoms.

Ben Greenfield  wrote an article earlier this year about all the different variations in diet from robust and healthy cultures throughout world history. It’s a great read — here’s a sample:

  • The Swiss of the Loetschental Valley ate fresh, hand-milled rye bread and lots of raw and fermented dairy.
  • The Native Americans of the Rocky Mountains ate organs and bones of wild animals, gave the muscle protein to the dogs, and ate in-season vegetation including bark and tree buds.
  • The Gaelics in the Outer and Inner Hebrides ate oats at every meal, tons of local seafood (with an emphasis on cod liver oil), and fresh or frozen veggies.
  • The tribes in Eastern and Central Africa ate starches like sweet potatoes, beans, corn, and millet, fish and shellfish, wild game, and insects.
  • The Eskimos of Alaska ate very little vegetation and tons of sea animals (whole sea animals), fish and eggs, and other wild land animals.

It used to be easier to know what to eat because the world was small and travel was rare. You stayed around the same people (and therefore similar genes) and the same area most of your life. Today people can cross the globe in a matter of hours and cultures have blended, which is great for many reasons, but now a little more trial and error has to be done to figure out which of your ancestral genes is controlling the part of you which handles food assimilation, hormone regulation and weight management.

Do you have some Northern European milk drinker genes? Or maybe some Far Eastern starch consumers’? Is it the equatorial tropical fruit eaters? Is it the meat-only Arctic dwellers?

I know in my case, my relatives came from Germany and Austria which may be why I can handle raw and fermented dairy without a problem. And why I also avoid sugary fruits like oranges, bananas, mangoes and grapes for the most part, or I start to swell up like Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Some people do well with ancient/original grains (if you can find them) and some don’t. Some do well with dairy and some don’t. Some do well with tons of fruits and veggies (or maybe even ONLY fruits and veggies) and some don’t.

Some people can eat ice cream and soda and pasta and still maintain a healthy weight (doesn’t mean they’re necessarily as healthy as they could be, but when most people eat those things a lot, bad things happen).

The human diet is as diverse as the number of reasons why a four year old will just suddenly start crying and throwing a fit out of the clear blue.

So again, there is no magic, absolute truth list of foods TO EAT because it varies so much.

However, there IS an absolute truth list of foods to NOT EAT.

Across the board, in every human body, we can say that the following foods will create negative affects in greater than trace amounts — the “Bad List” if you will:

  • processed sugar
  • foods not found in nature (more detail in a minute)

There. That was pretty easy. And pretty hard to argue with. Find me any evidence or research or group of people living on Earth today or at any time which included these two things as staples in the diet and thrived.

Find one example, and I’ll shut up. I promise.

Those two bullet points include

  • soda and diet soda
  • candy
  • fruit juice
  • grains that have been altered from their original chromosomal makeup (most of today’s wheat, rye, soy, corn, etc)
  • synthetic preservatives
  • food coloring
  • emulsifiers and fillers
  • cookies and cakes
  • grain fed or caged animals
  • margarine and trans fats
  • chicken nuggets
  • energy drinks
  • and many more

Quick side-note about liquids — I love Nassim Taleb’s rule about drinking things that are at least 1,000 years old which only includes water, wine and coffee.

Another way to think about it is removing things that did not exist in your ancestor’s habitats — whatever habitat that was and there is a wide range to choose from.

It’s much easier to think about what NOT to do. It’s easier to prove what is wrong than what is absolutely right — generally speaking. What makes people happy is a diverse and complex subject. What makes people unhappy is a little easier to agree on.

So the Simply Human Lifestyle, which tries to get folks to think about eating, moving, sleeping and enjoying to achieve optimal health, is not a cookie-cutter plan. It also doesn’t say you can never ever have anything from that list or you’re going to die. It does say, however, that the modern definition of “moderation” is as messed up as Beauty Pageants for 5 year olds.

It calls for variation, variety and tinkering with different foods and different times to eat to become the healthiest version of yourself. It requires a little bit of work and for you to take control of your own health….gasp!

The hard part is figuring out what works for you. But once you figure that out, it gets much less difficult.

The easy part is knowing what DOES NOT work which is the list of foods and food-like substances above.

Vegan works for you? Awesome. Eat a ton and wide variety of fresh and organic plants.

Paleo is how you function best? Go get ‘em caveman.

Gonna try the fruitarian thing? Buy tons of toilet paper but that’s great, too!

We’re all different. We find health by eating a variety of different things (and that variety is a little different for everyone). We all hurt our overall health by eating from the “Bad List.”

Hopefully this will clear some things up for anyone who is too confused to act — paralysis by analysis — and allow you to start removing things from your life that cause destruction and play around with the good stuff until you find the best combination.


Thailand Retreat and Awesome Giveaways from Primal Pacs, The Trip Tribe, ME and More!!!


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Yes, that’s right, I have once again teamed up with The Trip Tribe and this time we are taking YOU with US to Chiang Mai, Thailand!!!! I’m truly excited beyond measure and can’t wait for what I know will be a once in a lifetime adventure… During this Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat, you will join me for a week of epic adventure, food, and fun. In celebration we have special offers and giveaways just for YOU!

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

We also have GIVEAWAYS!!!

My latest book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, is the inspiration behind this retreat and I’m going to entice you to consider this trip with me by offering you fabulous giveaways!!!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • Two lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, a $100 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions and 5 of each item offered from Primal Pacs!!!!  Holy cow that’s everything from their Just Beef Jerky, to their awesome Primal Pacs, plus Bacon Infusion and Spicy Sticks and more! For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to win – you still get a prize by receiving 10% off your first order by using the code “JASSA” at checkout while shopping at Primal Pacs!
  • One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from The Trip Tribe to be used towards the purchase price of the Thai Retreat plus everything mentioned in the above paragraph!!!! The winner of the $200 gift certificate must use it to book their trip by November 14th! 

No purchase necessary to win, all you have to do is this:

1. Head over to The Trip Tribe and “crave” the Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat!

2. Share this post with your friends on Facebook.

3. Comment on this post explaining why you want to come with me to Thailand and tell me that you craved the trip and shared this post (honor system).

On Thursday, November 6th I will randomly select our three winners and notify the winners by email. 

Now, let’s go to Thailand – below are details of the trip!

All meals are included in the price of the retreat plus everything you see in the following itinerary:

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

Day 1 Introduction

  • Orientation
  • Survival Thai Language
  • Talk on sustainable agriculture
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sightseeing
  • Dinner

Day 2 Culinary Class and Sightseeing

  • Cooking School
  • Lunch
  • Optional Muay Thai training
  • Dinner

Day 3 Markets Visit and Optional Workout

  • Visit to markets Kad Islam and Kad Luang
  • Lunch
  • Optional workout
  • Dinner

Day 4 Mae Ta Village and Muay Thai

  • Van to Mae Ta Village
  • Mae Ta guest speaker
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5 Farm Visit and Walking Market

  • Optional workout
  • Lunch
  • Visit A J. Jeff farm
  • Walking Street Market visit
  • Dinner

Day 6 Sightseeing and Thai Massage

  • Chiang Mai sightseeing
  • Lunch
  • Thai Massage
  • Dinner

Day 7 Culinary Class and sightseeing


Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 113

Jassfit picSarah and I are back with Episode 113 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to 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:

  • Another snack bar update.  (4:15)
  • The CrossFit athlete look.  (21:30)
  • Workout timing.  (33:40)
  • Try to be paleo while running a daycare.  (38:25)

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Is Food Driving You Around?

A client of mine who recently went through the 21-day Simply Human Reset was led to make a pretty profound realization about food and how we think about it (I guess the Reset worked…ha).

The recognition was specifically this — that events and parties and social gatherings should not be driven by the FOOD which will be served. Those get-togethers became traditions and are things we should look forward to because of the PEOPLE we are surrounded by.

That has changed.

Birthdays. Relationship anniversaries. Work anniversaries. Holidays. Going-away parties. House warmings. A Dallas Cowboys victory. The list has gotten pretty long.

Today, many of us have become so used to getting cake and ice cream and “treats” at the myriad of special events throughout the year, that the “treat” is what we end up looking forward to and why we get excited about going.

Yet another way that our current industrialized food culture has completely altered our food reward systems negatively and used the all-powerful and wonderful Dopamine hormone against us.

Am I saying that I think we need to ban cake and cookies from all birthday parties and holidays for the rest of time?

Absolutely not.

Am I saying that if those things WERE taken out of the equation that I would be upset about that or that my experience at those parties would be lessened?

No way.

Ask yourself these questions: would you be outraged if you went to a party and there was no ice cream…just a karaoke machine and some bottled water? would your attitude change from one of festive partier to a disappointed shoulder slumper? Would you tell yourself, “well I’m never coming to one of HIS parties again” and put a flaming bag of poop on his front porch?

If you can honestly answer those questions, and the answer was ‘no’ across the board, then you are showing signs of having a healthy grasp on how food should be viewed by humans.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of them, maybe it’s time you re-think how you think about food and where it is in your symbolic life car — is it packed up in bags in the backseat (reusable bags of course)? Or is it DRIVING YOUR CAR?

So many people today have wrapped up their self worth and their self control in yummy stuff they put in their mouths because of the food system that we are all living in.

If you are someone who wants to become a healthier version of yourself, and if we want our kids to live longer than we are going to — that must change.

We need to get back to enjoying parties for the reasons we as humans enjoyed them in the first place — because of the relationships we share with the people in our lives.

Enjoy the heck out of food. Have a treat once in a while. Go to the State Fair of Texas and eat some deep fried twinkies!

But make sure that food isn’t sitting in the driver’s seat while you are reclined in the passenger seat with your top button unbuttoned asleep and dreaming about the next ice cream bar you’re going to eat or the next “Paleo Cake” you’re going to make.

Dopamine is no joke. Many lives have been destroyed by the way it chemically alters your brain. But it can be controlled and enjoyed in ways which it was designed. You just have to want to control it and kick FOOD out of your driver’s seat.

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