Cooking with Chef Virginio at Osteria Da Gustin

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Unbelievable beauty and complete serenity.  There is really no other way to describe the little Osteria tucked away in the Marche hills of Urbino. John and I literally had to pinch ourselves when we stepped out of the car, and as we looked around I was quite certain that I could simply live here, disappear here, and just settle in and live…  After meeting Chef Virginio, owner and resident of Osteria Da Gustin, I understood his passion immediately. His passion for his work is intimately intertwined with his own desire to live the best life possible with his wife and children, surrounded by fertile land and folks who care deeply for the “little things” in life like staying close to their roots and knowing exactly where their food comes from. Chef Virginio’s message is simple. He chose to leave a high powered position at a busy 5 star restaurant back in the states in exchange for a slower paced life in which he could spend his time with his loved ones, running the family business, and supporting his local community by only providing food to his guests from suppliers that literally live down the street.

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The Secret

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Note from Sarah: Please enjoy the latest post by Jason Seib and be sure to check out his soon to be released AMAZING book – The Paleo Coach, now available for pre-order here on Amazon!

In my line of work – as a gym owner – I have been asked at  least a thousand times for the “secret” to creating a great body.  In truth, there is not necessarily a “secret” formula; but after reading this post, we might all agree that we are coming closer to figuring out the answer.

If you follow my posts and/or listen to our podcast, you know that a common theme in my work is that sustainable fat loss happens only through improvements in health, and that purely aesthetic goals can make success very difficult.  Today I would like to give you a little more insight into the minds of the people who make full body overhauls look easy.  Once again it’s all about perspective.  These people aren’t genetically superior to the rest of us.  They simply have more powerful motivators than most.  Their goals are supercharged by passion instead of inhibited by desperation or halted by self destructive behavior.  These things are choices, not character traits, and there is no reason why anyone should be exempt from changing their perspective to something more healthy and productive.  Allow me to explain.

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Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for 2012!

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I love this time of year, I really really do, and thanks to my mom’s genius plan that she put into place years and years ago, I appreciate the holidays even more.  When I was about 12 years old, my mom put her foot down and decided to take a more realistic and sane approach to this often crazy and stressful time of year.  As children, we never had buckets of money laying around.  My dad worked as a school teacher and my mom choose to stay home with us and on a school teachers salary, my mom made up for our one parent income by making most of our clothes by hand, maintaining a year round garden, making all of our food from scratch, and planning our family entertainment around board games or playing music together.  With that being said, Christmas time for us meant being frugal, yet still joyful.

My mom’s “genius plan” that she came up with all those years ago was quite simple.  The kids would get a few gifts, and my parents would donate a little bit of money to a favorite charity.  On Christmas day, when the aunts, uncles and cousins would arrive, we would have a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and some of my favorite holiday memories consist of our entire family laughing hysterically at the funny, thoughtful, or silly gifts that each family member would wrap.  Did any of us feel deprived? No way. The relief of NOT purchasing extravagant or unnecessary gifts for every person in our family was wonderful; and instead we all felt good about buying one simple or funny gift to share and many of us have followed in my mom’s footsteps of giving to a favorite charity.  Of course, and at the holidays especially, I miss my mom terribly; however, I’m so grateful for all that I have learned from her and every year I hold my children a little tighter, grateful to be here with them and hopeful for many more Christmas day’s together with the ones I love.

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The Primal Chef Cooking Show – Episode 2!!

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*Note from Sarah: This summer I was asked by Gil Butler to be a part of his Primal Chef  cooking show, and I’m so glad that I said yes!  Although I had no idea what to expect, and quite honestly walked into the whole event a little bit skeptical, I ended up having an amazing time!  I got to cook in an awesome kitchen, I met some incredibly cool people, and most of all, I was completely impressed by Gil’s professionalism, kindness, and vision.  Below are some words from Gil with details about what his project is all about, as well as the FREE video of Episode 2 of the Primal Chef !!

Hey everyone! Gil Butler here from Primal Chef. Have you ever noticed that every cooking show features ingredients you would never use? You deserve better. That’s why I created a competitive cooking show with only Paleo ingredients in the kitchen.

Episode 1 of Primal Chef was made with virtually no budget while I was attending college full time. Once Robb Wolf accepted a spot in that episode, I knew I was onto something good. That episode generated enough interest to provide a very limited budget to make three new episodes last spring….this time featuring Sarah Fragoso!

It is now my dream to produce broadcast quality episodes we can put on TV to show the world how delicious Paleo food can be. When we succeed, you’ll no longer have to explain Paleo to every person you meet, because they will already know! To get there though, I need your help.

Interested? Here’s how you can help in just two simple steps:

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Video Tour of Osteria Del Parco with Chef Samuele

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I’m truly glad to be back home, but a rather large part of my heart will always remain in Italy. I still have SO much to share with all of you so please hang in there with me while we continue to sort through photos and edit video and I’ll continue to post stories and videos of our amazing journey.  I’m also starting work on my next cookbook which will be the first of many for an international paleo cookbook series! The first book will of course be all about Italy with accompanying recipes; all paleo but as authentic as possible!!!  I’m so excited to expand our paleo lifestyle into international travel and cuisine – we are learning about life from others who truly know how to live it and now we can share it with you and my heart is truly bursting with joy, excitement and anticipation…  Our lives are forever changed, we’ve had to make huge changes on the home front in order to make this all happen, but life is so darn short, and it’s worth the risk, worth the fear, worth the craziness with kids and family, worth putting it “all on hold” in order to dive head first into really living…

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TREATS

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* Note from Jason:  Here’s another excellent post by blogger, Jeromie Preas.  Enjoy!

This is NOT the post you think it’s going to be; I am not going to come down on you for the “cheat” treat that you may’ve indulged in recently. Rather, I want to use “treats” as an acronym.

People forget that results come with being consistent and mastering the basics. There are too many people who give up too easily or too soon. If you jump from diet to diet, training program to training program, or you burn the candle at both ends, you’re failing to master the basics.

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An Intro to the Beautiful Marche!!

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As many of you know, my family and I are traveling through Italy, soaking up the culture and cooking our way through several different regions of this spectacular country.  We started our journey first in Bologna and moved on from there to Pesaro. All last week we were staying near the Adriatic Sea, in the region known as Le Marche.  Il Pignocco was our home base; a magical, fairytale location perched on top of a hill overlooking Pesaro.  The charming Il Pignocco is an old Italian farmhouse dating back to the 18th century that has been restored into a beautiful holiday house that is perfectly located – hidden away – and a beautiful place that we would have been happy to stay forever.  Everyday if I could, you would find me resting under the ancient olive trees and listening to the birds sing, but as always, real life intercepts my fantasies…

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