Own It

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BW5568For those of you who have followed my blog since the beginning (it’s been over 5 years, but who’s counting!!), you know that this blog hasn’t ever really been a whole lot about me but in fact, it’s been a whole lot more about YOU! When I first started my own journey to health, a resource like Everyday Paleo simply did not exist, and holy guacamole, I needed a resource like this one. Therefore, when I started this blog,  I wanted to offer you a resource you could trust. A resource that had information and not drama. A resource that offered the how to’s and why’s, and offered real life examples of how to make this “get healthy thing” work. Well guess what – it DOES work. However, like Jason Seib and I have preached for years. The “paleo diet” does not work. Any “diet” out there does not work. It’s not sustainable, it’s not feasible, it’s not real life. My life however is real. Sarah Fragoso, the woman, is real. I am a mom, a wife, a fighter, a lover, a real darn person and I make this paleo thing work because, well, it simply does when you really live it.

You won’t see a lot of pictures of me on this site. In fact, my before and after pictures from almost six years ago live over at Norcal Strength & Conditioning, and not here at Everyday Paleo. Why? Because this is a crazy space, this internet land that I am deeply embedded in and it can be scary as hell to put yourself out there. However, the paleo community at large is filled with joy, support, love, and kindness but also lurking in the shadows is judgement, disdain, and most of all – that one yucky word that I mentioned earlier – drama… The latter is not a fun place to be so I try very hard to leave the controversial stuff alone, and simply offer you the best information that I can.

However, I need to face my fears. Partly because this is also a healing process for me. I need to own who I am. I need to own my hard work, my dedication, my love for life, my joy of health, my happiness in my success, my strength as a woman, mother and wife. So that’s what this post is. I’m owning it.  You might have read a post I put up recently, What You Don’t Seeand that post was the beginning of my realization that I need to own what I’ve accomplished and share it. I need to share it because I want to give hope. I want to show you that this can work. This is what this lifestyle has done for me and so here goes.  Let’s do this. I’m jumping in with both feet… [Read more…]

Just Paleo

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Since paleo is more of a concept and a perspective than it is a diet, getting started can sometimes be a little confusing.  It’s ironic, but the same internet that allows instant access to tons of good information can also overwhelm us or bury us in bad information.  Low carb?  Carb cycling?  Intermittent fasting?  Avoid starch?  Fruit or no fruit?  Weigh and measure?  Count calories?  High fat?  How much protein?  AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!

It’s important to understand that none of the things listed in the last paragraph will make or break “The Paleo Diet,” but all of them can become worthy of consideration when you ask yourself, “What will it take to get me from my present condition to peak health?”  In other words, they are all possible variables that might be beneficial to various people coming from various states of metabolic health.  Please note, though, that I have never met a single person who required all of these tweaks to get healthy and fit.  Most people, when addressing their nutrition responsibly, will find the results they seek without nearly so much effort.

So dive in and start dabbling??  Slow down there, tiger!  If you want the best possible results, you need to get your basic paleo dialed first, and this is especially true if you have lost and regained weight multiple times in your past or if you have done a lot of cardio and/or starvation diets.  Whether you get there quick or in baby steps, start by just focusing on two things:

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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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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 15

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Sarah and I are back with Episode 15 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:
Surviving the Holidays, part 2  (6:30)
Paleo on the Road  (17:15)
Occasional Distance Running  (24:04)
How to Find a Good Gym  (30:48)
EPLifeFit discount code good through January 31:  EPLF7513

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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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A Case for Baby Steps

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*Note from Sarah: I’m so excited about this most recent post by Jason Seib.  It’s truly epic.  Thank you Jason for writing such an eye-opening and thought provoking article.  I hope you all enjoy and take from Jason’s post as much as I did.  For more of Jason, find him here on Facebook and also check out his soon to be released book, The Paleo Coach available for pre-order on Amazon!

I’ve been doing a little brainstorming lately.  I can’t stop thinking about why so many people seem to have a terrible time getting from zero to paleo despite the fact they they clearly believe it will work for them.  If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have told you that lack of belief was probably the primary force keeping most people from success.  It still sounds logical – if you don’t think something will work for you, or if you think the people that it worked for were special somehow, you will probably have compliance issues.  However, these days I seem to encounter a lot of people who appear to be fully convinced of the merits of eating like a human, but they still can’t make it to the finish line.  “I’m starting my 3rd 30 day challenge,” is a phrase that I seem to hear daily.  All I can think is, “Why didn’t it work the first time?”  My frustration has led me to do quite a bit of research outside the realms of nutrition and fitness and into the intriguing world of psychology, and more specifically, willpower.  I feel like I’m just getting started, and every question raises two more, but I have already learned some amazing things.

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