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Book Review: Everyday Paleo

I made this super-easy Karina's Sausage Hash from the new cookbook "Everday Paleo." Made it with four ingredients and it only took me 15 minutes!

Okay gang, I'm back. Still reeling from a rather stressful month, but am back—well kind of.

So last night I sat in the local emergency room for five hours, observed a few things and had a long, overdue chat with myself. It seems three years worth of stress finally caught up with me in the form of chest pain. It had been going on a week and I finally decided I'd better get checked out.

The talk I had with myself went like this "let things go, stop trying to control everything, worrying is not getting you anywhere (but the ER!), find joy and laughter in everyday things, have compassion toward others, love the soul and focus less on the human faults."

Then there were the observations. First, I marvelled at how the emergency staff was able to provide compassionate care yet not get emotionally wrapped up in every case that walked through the door. A big lesson for me. They helped as they could, did the best they could, were kind and comforting, but did not crack under the pressure. The second observation was the number of sick and wounded that came in. Miscarriages, car accidents, migraines, chest pain, illness, wounds, young and old. That's when I thought to myself that into every life the unexpected comes. Trials and heartbreak. No one is spared. I can go on about the stress in my life, but it doesn't make me special, we all have it. What I need to turn my attention to is how I react and respond to the annoyances and bumps in life.

So what does all of this have to do with a book review?

This morning I spent more time with Sarah Fragoso's new book, Everyday Paleo: Embracing a Natural Diet & Lifestyle to Increase Your Family's Health, Fitness, and Longevity and Sarah gave it to me straight (she's a personal trainer afterall)!

In the chapter "Sleep and Stress" she was speaking right to me when she says:

"[The] secret to successfully destressing is the same as my secret to
maintaining a healthy lifestyle—make the choice to do it! We can choose
to always wallow in the challenges that life throws at us or we can embrace
life's challenges, grateful for all of the good in life that we do have.

Bad stuff happens, every day, all of the time, but managing your
health first is the most important factor in surviving the bad
and coming through it thriving!" 

What I really admire about Sarah and her book is that she, like many of us, is an active mom who has had her share of painful experiences and personal challenges. But looking at her today, I see an overcomer. She glows and inspires.

I think of Everyday Paleo as a 3-in-1 therapy, recipe and fitness book. Sarah's goal is to help you lose weight, regain your health and achieve a level of fitness you never thought possible. She gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle. She shows that eating a Paleo diet is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life changing. She offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common road blocks, such as eating out and school lunches. Finally, to keep your entire family fit and sane, she lays out easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do at the gym or at home.

If you've been curious about the Paleo way of eating and want an easy to follow plan, this would be a good book to buy. Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, wrote the forward to Sarah's book. You might check out his book for an indepth look at the diet.

I'd say that our family follows a Paleo-inspired diet. I am not sure if we would ever go 100% Paleo, but the tenets of the diet make a whole lot of sense to me. And the simple, wholesome recipes in Everyday Paleo are all ones I plan to try.

Everyday Paleo can be purchased from Amazon. Oh and don't forget to check out the Everyday Paleo blog!


The Concept Behind the Paleo Way of Eating
"We should eat as our ancestors once did, we should eat based on how we
are genetically wired to eat, and we should eat foods that are not processed,
modified, or tampered with in any way, shape, or form."




Reader Comments (10)

Lexie, so, so pleased to see you back. You have been in my thoughts since Chicago. As for the book-I bought this on your recommendation and agree with you that I may not go full time paleo. I am certainly moving in that direction and so is one of my kids. It is a great starting point.

I also live a paleo/primal inspired diet. Haven't heard of this book, but it sounds awesome! Sorry to hear things are so stressful! I can definitely relate right now. Hope things get better :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Glad to hear you with positivity behind you, it's such a driving strength. I know that Paleo has driven me and our family to a happy, healthy place and I hope it helps you too!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Wendy and Stephanie, thanks for stopping by!!

Stacy ... your family and story is so inspiring. I pop in now and then and admire the journey you are on as a team. And psst, for those who have not checked out your blog, I strongly recommend they do : ) www.paleoparents.com


May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Oh no Alexa - well, sounds like you have emerged healthier from the ER visit, no? I hope so.

This book sounds fantastic, and I could use that destresser too!

Even the best of them say to only strive for 80% with the Paleo diet, otherwise it starts to have diminishing returns (in terms of enjoyment, emotional health, etc.) for most people (not all, but most), so you are probably doing the right thing :)

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Hi Lexie,

I'm so glad to have you back and "reflecting" on changes for a better future. You make such excellent points. They're ones we all know, but forget when we get caught up in the drama that is often life. I very much appreciate your review of this book. It sounds terrific. I'm halfway through Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. He embraces the 80/20 approach because of the diminishing returns that Alisa talks about. I really think it's very doable. When I first went gluten free, I also was pretty much paleo and saw great results physically and emotionally. The fact is I just don't do well with grains. So maybe my flourless and crustless approach has been a stepping stone to grain free and paleo. And I agree with you on Stacy's blog with her family; it's very inspiring!

Hugs and thank you's to you as you recover from a very difficult time and find a better you!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Alisa and Shirley ... thanks for sharing that 80/20 thought. I think that's where we are at. Funny how I feel the need to label how we eat, but it does help in setting boundaries, helps me focus on filling the fridge and pantry with good food, the right food. Shirley, I'll order Primal Blueprint right now. :)


May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie


I'm glad you are back! Life can be a rollercoaster - I hope things are calming down for you. I have been trying to cut grains from my diet, so this review is very helpful.

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Wow, Lexie and Shirley - thank you!!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

The funny thing is that I could totally picture you sitting in the ER and having that life-reflecting chat! I am so glad that it was not more serious, especially considering your last couple of weeks. I am here for you if you need anything! I really really mean it, missy! Just so glad that you are back in the saddle! ;)
I actually agree with what both Shirley and Alisa said about going 80/20 with the Paleo Lifestyle. I have read a lot about it and have leaned towards this method as well. I think right now we are probably more like 51/49, but I do feel so much better when we eat that way!
Thanks for sharing your review of the book! ;)

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