This is not so much a question for you but a question that I have been asking myself over the course of the last few weeks. I am so totally the grandma of paleo. I’ve been in this game for quite a while. Back when you could google the word “paleo” and come back with maybe 100 results and 95 of them being about dinosaurs. I’ve seen this “movement” morph into a giant. A big confusing giant at times with questions, programs, options, books by the gazillion, and more information than google can handle. Trust me, I called the google offices about this whole paleo thing and they have an entire department dedicated to figuring our communities crap out (I’m joking of course, but it’s a fun thought…)
Anyhow, I’ve been thinking about where I fit in currently with all of this madness, almost 6 years later, now that google gives us about 7,520,000 results. What is Everyday Paleo and who is Sarah Fragoso amongst all the good madness and the bad madness and as I chatted about my thoughts with Alexa, my dear friend and the wonderful lady that helps my whole operation keep on spinning here at Everyday Paleo, I realized that Sarah Fragoso and Everyday Paleo is exactly what it’s always been from the very beginning.
I do not offer you a “plan” I do not offer you a “detox” I do not have any sort of pretty packaged product that will make your life different or better as long as you “stick to it” or try it “again and again”. Instead I want to/try to/hope to give you tools, information, real life solutions to help you have the best life possible. I will not and do not give you a reason to try this over and over again, always with a chance to fail, and always with a guilt trip that makes you come back for more (aka yo-yo dieting). I instead want you to work damn hard at trying to be healthy, fulfilled, happy, content, fit, and to find a path to figure out who YOU are and where YOU fit in.
Everyday Paleo was written as a reason to ask yourself, “What’s important to you?”
I hope it’s longevity, I hope it’s playing with your children without feeling like hell after 5 minutes and wanting to lay down, I hope it’s loving deeply, having positive relationships, being kind to others, and making the world a better place. This is why I do not sell you a plan. A plan for a good life and not just a decent month simply doesn’t exist. I wrote all of my books with one thing in mind. What makes ME better? What kind of perspective do I need to have in order to be sane, functional, mentally and physically happy? The answer is NOT dieting, NOT having a plan that rules my day and consumes my every thought, but instead figuring out how to make this whole Paleo thing work with my – wait for it, wait for it: MY LIFE!
I want you to have the best information that we here at Everyday Paleo can offer and then apply it to how you want to live. The information that I give you on this blog and in my books is what I have seen WORK, and I know it works, because I’ve been in the trenches with clients, friends, and family for years. You have to get really healthy first. Clean out your cupboards, fall in love with real food, learn how to cook, not be afraid of who you are, fix your thought process, start to move your body again, be confident, ignore the hype, get enough sleep, stress less, love deeply, respect your powerful self. BAM! That’s it. And then, fill in the blanks of how this paleo thing should work for you. It’s so much more than a “program.”
Some of you need to take baby steps to get there, some of you can jump off the cliff into paleo bliss and never look back. Some of you need to be ready and might TRY something new – but not DO something new; and when you try and you fail – you will blame. Sometimes yourself will be who you turn the ugly head of blame and shame towards; but often the “program” is what you will find at fault and this sends you on your way to find the next one.
This is NOT a program, I remind you again – this is YOUR LIFE.
So, who is Sarah Fragoso? What is Everyday Paleo? Sarah Fragoso (aka me) is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a strength coach, an author, a cook, a woman who wants to share with you her experiences and perspective without shoving it down your throat because it’s really and truly up to you to live the way you want to. You can choose to work hard, you can choose to commit to your health, you can choose to make this your Everyday Routine not just something that seems like a good idea or a way to maybe kick some cravings or get back on track (That’s Dieting). What I offer you is hopefully some insight, how to eat whatever you want to (by figuring out the foods that make you feel, look, and perform your WORST and deciding to, because you want to, to eat the foods that make you look feel and perform your BEST) and if you eat something that doesn’t fit into this model of what’s awesome for you – you have not failed – in the words of my business partner Jason Seib, simply make the next bite that you put in your mouth the best choice for you.
My hope for you is that as you continue on your lifelong path, your journey that is yours and only yours and not one that should be labeled or attempted or purchased or completed or failed; but YOUR journey that has ups and downs, triumphs and hiccups, realizations and epiphanies. YOUR journey that should not end because the 30 days 21 days or 180 days or weeks or months or whatever your “plan” is comes to an end, but your journey to becoming and staying happy, healthy, and a shining example of what this life is really all about. It’s all about really living…
Everyday Paleo exists because I do not want my children to tell people about me and say that I am a mom who is always “trying something new” but I want them to say I am a mom who loves them, who teaches them, who plays with them. A mom who is strong, who lives her life Everyday – not just Everyday Paleo – but Everyday Sarah. I want you to live your life Everyday You. Figure it out. Create your own “plan.” Get as freaking healthy as possible and than eat what you want to, move how you want to, but know consciously what that means for you. With an understanding of what the result of your choices will be. With the decision that whatever your choices are, they need to work with your life and if you have specific goals, learn what will and won’t bring you closer to them.
This is why we have our podcast, why I wrote and continue to write my books, why we travel and do our workshops, why we started EPLifeFit.com, why we continue to give you content that’s INFORMATION not a program that you must adhere to or a wagon train to jump on, and then fall off, and then hop on again; but instead information that gives you a choice to be made; and hard work to be done because you know you deserve it. And that my friends is what Everyday Paleo is and who Sarah Fragoso is.
As always dear readers, enjoy.