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Real Food for Real Life is for people who never stop searching for solutions and inspiration to improve their lives. While we focus primarily on the Paleo and Clean Eating lifestyles, our goal is to give you real food alternatives for your real life—whether that means eating healthier, managing your weight, simplifying your life or simply getting your family around the dinner table. We’ll do this each episode by bringing you a lively mix of informative interviews with some of the most notable names in food, health and fitness.
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Nov 8, 2017

About Pixie:

My name is Pixie, and I’m a registered associate nutritionist (ANutr) (MSc), award-winning food blogger, writer, and speaker.

I eat a plant-based/vegetarian diet, using the scientific definition of plant-based meaning ‘a diet based on plants’, not necessarily a diet solely consisting of plants. This is deliberately vague as I don’t really believe in labeling myself or restricting myself if I want a good old-fashioned burger and fries! Food should not only make you healthy but needs to taste good and make you happy, otherwise what really is the point?

My food journey has taken me from stereotypical college student (think frozen ready meals), to cutting out every food group I could think of in a pursuit of health (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, or joy), to now having a much more balanced and happy approach to food and health.

I am a scientist and a skeptic, so I don’t believe in alternative medicine, or that diet changes can cure everything. That’s just not how the human body works. I do have a passion for helping people to improve their scientific literacy and be more skeptical about the advice circulating online (spoiler alert: 90% of it is BS), and I intend to use it.

As a nutritionist, I work with clients on improving their relationships with food using non-diet approaches. I’m an advocate for Health At Every Size, so you won’t find any diet culture crap here. 

Pixie Resources:

Website: http://www.plantbased-pixie.com/

Cookbook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wellness-Rebel-Plantbased-Pixie-ebook/dp/B074H9QLV1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509618213&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wellness+rebel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plantbased_pixie/

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Vegan to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through AmazonFresh and Instacart or curbside pickup with Walmart Grocery or Kroger ClickList. Start you FREE 2-week trial today.

 

Oct 26, 2017

About Marni: 

Board Certified Sports Dietitian specializing in fueling endurance athletes, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, 12x Ironman finisher, 4x Ironman World Championship qualifier, USAT level 1 coach, business owner, 25-year vegetarian, doggy mommy (to Campy), wife to a cyclist turned Ironman triathlete, speaker, writer.
Big dreamer. Hard Worker. No excuses.

Website: http://www.trimarnicoach.com/

Nutrition & Coaching: http://www.trimarnicoach.com/nutrition-2017/

Blog: http://trimarni.blogspot.com/

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Vegan to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through AmazonFresh and Instacart or curbside pickup with Walmart Grocery or Kroger ClickList. Start you FREE 2-week trial today.

Oct 4, 2017

About Rebecca: 

My husband and I joke that she is our "third baby". We have two real children, ages 2 and 4. Indeed, writing BODY KINDNESS has been a labor of love for the last few years of my life.

It's very personal and important work. Too many of us have suffered at the relentless pressure to diet and strive for a perfect body. There was a time when I thought weight loss pursuits were health pursuits. Life experience and scientific research taught me otherwise.

Now, I'm dedicated to creating a world where we respect all bodies just as they are. For those of us who are health experts, we need to get back into caring for the whole person. We need to support the behavior and not the scale. We need more love and empathy and a lot less shame.

There is a better way to a healthy well-being. I believe Body Kindness is it. When I'm not passionately fighting diet culture, I am probably exercising, cooking with my girls, reading, or dreaming about a beach vacation.

Website: http://www.bodykindnessbook.com/

Buy BODY KINDNESS: http://www.bodykindnessbook.com/shop/

Blog: http://www.bodykindnessbook.com/blog/

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart or curbside pickup with Walmart Grocery or Kroger ClickList. Start you FREE 2-week trial today

 

Sep 19, 2017

About May:

I was born in the Indian state of Kerala, locally known as “God’s Own Country” and named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “ten paradises in the world” because of its natural beauty, tropical climate and varied topography. In Kerala, recognized as the spice center of the world, my family are spice merchants of Syrian Christian descent. Growing up in India, I was always fascinated by the diversity of cultures in America and had an American Dream of my own:  to come to the United States and build my life here.

 To prepare, I studied Mathematics and Computer Science (ultimately, earning a Master’s Degree).  I was hired as a knowledge engineer, brought to the United States and became an executive in the financial industry. Throughout my professional endeavors, I maintained my fascination with cultural diversity always centered around food, particularly the spices associated with my family and its spice estates. Coming from a tradition where fresh foods are prepared in seasonally appropriate, wholesome and gourmet manners,

I wanted to share that wisdom with my friends in the West. In search of different cuisines, I received hands-on training sessions with well-known chefs and other top culinary professionals from around the world.  My son has food allergy issues and, after I realized that processed foods were the root cause of his health issues, I researched and endeavored to make all food in a non-processed way. As a result, I have seen a significant improvement in his health and I am thrilled that he can lead a very active and normal life.

Order cookbook: https://www.passionforspices.com/shop/book

Order spices: https://www.passionforspices.com/shop/spices/

May's blog: https://www.passionforspices.com/blog/

 

Aug 15, 2017

About Dr. Kellyann:

Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Dr.
Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet (Rodale, 2015) and Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Cookbook (Rodale, 2016). She also is the host of the PBS special, 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You. A weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert, Dr. Petrucci has a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles.

She is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant.
Dr. Petrucci is a regular guest on television shows including The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and national news programs, and has authored six books for John Wiley & Sons. In addition, she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.

She is the driving force behind the popular website drkellyann.com.

Dr. Petrucci did postgraduate work in Europe, studying naturopathic medicine in England and Switzerland. She is one of the few practitioners in the United States certified in biological medicine by the esteemed Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle in Switzerland.

For more information on her books: https://www.drkellyann.com/books/

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart. Start you FREE 2-week trial today

Jul 19, 2017

About Alexis:

Alexis Davidson is the voice behind Lexi’s Clean Kitchen—the go-to food blog for clean and delicious recipes that shows readers that living a healthy lifestyle can be simple, fun, and above all satisfying. After discovering firsthand the healing power of food, Lexi was inspired to create recipes that omit negative health instigators like gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugars while still delivering the taste and gratification people expect. She inspires readers to get creative, whether they are gluten-free, eat Paleo, or just love delicious food.

To order her cookbook, Lexi's Clean Kitchen: http://lexiscleankitchen.com/cookbook/

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart. Start you FREE 2-week trial today

Jun 20, 2017

About Simone:

Simone Miller first set foot on the culinary scene two decades ago but her passion for extraordinary food stems back to early childhood, where she began to learn from one of the best kitchens in America – her mother’s.  Miller pursued her passion and began to fine tune her skills working in top New York and Connecticut area-restaurants.  In 2007, Miller relocated to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her distinct style and build her career as a personal chef while simultaneously launching a catering company (Zenbelly).  Upon the success of Zenbelly, Miller soon developed a reputation as an elite gourmet chef.

After having battled with a variety of health problems following the launch of Zenbelly, Miller discovered she had food allergies, specifically a very serious sensitivity to gluten. Ethically, Miller would not serve food – without first being a test subject-  and at that point, Zenbelly transformed into one of the most respected gluten-free, paleo-style catering company in the Bay Area.  Miller’s mission was simple: to offer healthy alternatives without sacrifice to quality and flavor.  Miller diligently worked on adapting her gourmet recipes and much to her delight – she found great success and her palate-pleasing recipes soon impressed the most discriminating of tastes.

Miller also augmented her website offering chef’s perspective to paleo recipes on her blog. There, she shares her grain-free recipes that have made believers out of some of the most die-hard gluten eaters, and has encouraged countless people to roll up their sleeves and have fun creating simple, delicious, healthy food.

In 2014, Miller released her first and very successful cookbook, The Zenbelly Cookbook, shortly thereafter, she co-authored The New Yiddish Kitchen, which hit shelves in March of 2016.  Her third book, Paleo Soups & Stews, released in October 2016 is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart. Start you FREE 2-week trial today.

May 31, 2017

About Colleen:

 

For more information in Colleen, visit her site: https://www.colleenquigley.org/

Sign up for her race news and favorite recipes: https://www.colleenquigley.org/contact

 

Colleen on social media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steeple_squigs/

Snapchat: steeple_squigs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/steeple_squigs

 

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart. Start you FREE 2-week trial today.

May 12, 2017

About Cambria:

Cambria started her YouTube channel back in 2010 as a fourteen-year-old. Being young and with nothing to lose, she uploaded her first video as a freshman in high school. Little did she know, her fun hobby as a teen would turn into something much bigger than herself.

She developed an eating disorder during high school and she thanks God for rescuing her from herself. Her goal is to change the game of the fitness industry by challenging what a healthy lifestyle really looks like. She wants you to stop dieting and start living out a healthy relationship with food and fitness.  Now through her experience, she wants to help you:

  • make peace with your body by ending your war with the mirror
  • strengthen your ability to choose healthy foods without feeling deprived
  • create an effective workout routine you will love to wake up to

Currently, she is studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her love for health and fitness planted this goal in her heart and she wants to help people achieve their goals!

Her hope is that in everything she does, whether it's videos, blogging, or workouts, that the love of Jesus Christ is displayed through her.

Website: http://www.allthingscambriajoy.com/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/breelovesbeauty

Instgram: https://www.instagram.com/cambriajoy/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CambriaJoyy/

 

About eMeals:

eMeals is America’s leading online meal planning solution. With 15 meal plan food styles, from Quick & Healthy and Clean Eating to Low Carb and Paleo, eMeals is the way that smart families do dinner.

eMeals meal plans simplify the process for getting healthy and delicious meals on the table. eMeals provides simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can choose to either pick-up items on the shopping lists themselves or utilize the newly integrated grocery delivery option through Instacart. Start you FREE 2-week trial today.

May 4, 2017

About Russ:

Russ Crandall was born and raised in Washington State. After working as a chef in small restaurants for a few years, he joined the US Navy at age 20, and he continues to serve as a Russian and Indonesian translator. In 2010 he began chronicling his cooking adventures on his popular food blog, The Domestic Man, and continues to post new recipes weekly. His award-winning recipes focus on gourmet, traditional, and international dishes that are inherently healthy. He lives with his wife and son in Florida.

Russ is the author of "The Ancestral Table," and the best-selling "Paleo Takeout."

His award-winning recipes focus on gourmet, traditional, and international dishes that are inherently healthy. He lives with his wife and son in Florida.

Apr 20, 2017

About Robb:

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist, health expert, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Paleo Solution and the eagerly anticipated Wired To Eat.

He has been a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and Journal of Evolutionary Health; serves on the board of directors of Specialty Health medical clinic in Reno, Nevada; and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resilience Program.

Wolf is also a former California State powerlifting champion and holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For more info, check out Robb's website: https://robbwolf.com/

About Wired To Eat:

Wired To Eat explains how more willpower and better discipline are not the missing pieces to health and fat loss. Our genetics are working against us in the modern world of super tasty foods. In this new book you will learn about neuroregulation of appetite and how hyperpalatable foods can bypass our built in “off switch”, causing us to eat far more than we otherwise would. The genes that made our ancestors successful are setting us up for troubles today. You will learn how sleep, gut health, stress, exercise and community can work with or against our goals of health and leanness.

With Wired To Eat you’ll embark on a program to rewire your appetite and regain your health. We will start with a 30 Day Reset that will normalize the neuroregulation of appetite and help us not only to eat the right amount, but also begin to appreciate simple but delicious meals. After the 30 Day Reset we will use the 7 Day Carb Test to map what specific carbohydrate foods we do best (and worst) with. This will move us beyond one-size-fits-all dietary dogma and into the modern world of Personalized Nutrition.

Wired To Eat includes over 60 whole-food recipes and includes meal plans for the 30 Day Reset as well as for autoimmune and ketogenic diets.

Apr 4, 2017

About Sara:

Sara is a professional American middle distance runner. She won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:03 at the 2011 Pan American Games representing the United States.  

She has won several notable mile road races including the US National Road Mile Championships. She is a two time world team member for the United States at the world indoor track and field championships. Her best finish came in 2006 where she finished 12th in the finals of the 3000 meters at the 11th IAAF World Indoor championships. She was also a member of the 2006 and 2015 United States world cross country championship team. She won the 2012 American title at the USA Cross Country Championships

Sara was a three-time NCAA track and field runner up in the 5000 meters and indoor 3000 meters, and a 7-time All-American, competing for Stanford University. In 2003, she finished 3rd at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship, leading Stanford to a team title. As a college athlete she competed in the finals of the United States Olympic trials in the 5000 meters.

On March 15, 2015, she made her marathon debut at the Los Angeles Marathon and battled through cramps, finishing 22nd with a time of 2:48:02 (6:25 minutes/mile). On March 28, 2015, Sara led the USA Team with a 20th place 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race after placing 5th at 2015 Boulder USA Cross Country Championships. Sara finished 10th at 2015 Chicago marathon in 2:31:14, running an Olympic Standard time.

She improved her marathon best with 2:30:06 on April 24, 2016, finishing 12th at the 2016 London Marathon.

On February 26, 2017, Sara again improved her marathon best with a 2:28:26 sixth place performance at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon.

Sara has been married to U.S. Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall since 2005. The two met at Stanford, where they both competed collegiately. In 2009, they formed the Hall Steps Foundation to empower the running community to use the energy and resources that fuel runners’ athletic achievements for social justice efforts. Both are committed Christians.

For more information on Sara, visit www.ryanandsarahall.com.

Mar 7, 2017

About Hayley & Bill:

Hayley Mason and Bill Staley are the founders of Primal Palate, one of the premier Paleo, Primal and Gluten-free recipe sites on the web. Primal Palate is home to over 2500 grain-free recipes that can be browsed and filtered by over 12 special dietary needs, including common allergens, as well as lifestyle choices such as Whole30 and Sugar-free versions of Paleo. They are also the authors of several bestselling Paleo cookbooks, including the popular Make it Paleo (1 & 2), as well as the

Primal Palate is home to over 2500 grain-free recipes that can be browsed and filtered by over 12 special dietary needs, including common allergens, as well as lifestyle choices such as Whole30 and Sugar-free versions of Paleo.

They are also the authors of several bestselling Paleo cookbooks, including the popular Make it Paleo (1 & 2), as well as the award-winning release: Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining.

In 2015, they released their popular line of spices: Primal Palate Organic Spices, which have been a hit in the real food community.

Feb 15, 2017

Paul "PJ" James is an internationally known expert in weight loss, fitness, and nutrition.

Born in Australia, PJ now resides in Los Angeles where he is a personal trainer to the who’s who of Hollywood’s elite. 

As a chef and master trainer, PJ incorporates his knowledge of food, together with nutrition and fitness, to design programs that separate his exclusive clients from the competition.  His unique approach also focuses heavily on mental strength and mind empowerment.

His documentary, FAT AND BACK, aired on the Discovery Channel and other networks in over 35 countries.

PJ’s book, TAKE IT OFF KEEP IT OFF, was launched on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York and debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Bestsellers list.

 

PJ has been a guest on numerous shows across the globe including The Doctors, Inside Edition, 20/20, The Anderson Show, Good Morning America, Fox News and publications such as Men’s Fitness (cover), Iron Man, Weight Watchers, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, The UK Sun, The Daily Edition, USA Today and many more.

For more information, check out PJ's website.

Feb 1, 2017

Yuri Elkaim is a nutrition, fitness, and fat loss expert and the NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet.

A former professional soccer player turned health crusader, he's most famous for helping people who've tried everything to lose weight and get in great shape, with little success, finally achieve breakthrough results.

Yuri is on a mission to empower 10 million people to greater health by 2018 by making fit and healthy simple again.

More about Yuri: https://yurielkaim.com/about-us/

Yuri's homepage: https://YuriElkaim.com

More about The All-Day Energy Diethttp://www.alldayenergydiet.com/

Yuri's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yurielkaim1

Yuri's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/yelkaim1

Jan 19, 2017

About Ciarra Hannah

Ciarra Hannah is the author of the best-selling Frugal Paleo Cookbook and the creator of the drool-worthy blog, Popular Paleo. She transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle in 2012 while researching ways to support an autoimmune hypothyroid and improve her overall health. Shortly after adopting the diet she started PopularPaleo.com where recipes and articles are focused on simplifying Paleo for everyday people like her who share a common goal of improving health through focused nutrition... and really great food.

Ciarra focuses on sharing ways to adopt Paleo in a sensible and delicious way. Her goal is to make food so good anyone will love it — Paleo or otherwise. She lives in Tacoma, WA, with her husband and two rockstar kids.

Books & Meal Plans by Ciarra Hannah:

The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
Dinner in 3, 2, 1 Paleo Meal Plans: An innovative and realistic approach to meal planning.

Social Media and Email Contacts:

The Popular Scoop (eNewsletter): sign up here! Website: http://popularpaleo.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PopularPaleo

Twitter https://twitter.com/PopularPaleo

Instagram: https://instagram.com/popular_paleo/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/PopularPaleo/

Periscope: @PopularPaleo

Plans for 2017

2017 is going to be a great year! With a well-stocked blog, a best-selling book under my belt, and four years of lessons learned in my rear-view mirror, I’m excited to start showcasing all of those resources in new, practical ways for those looking to start Paleo for the first time or fine-tune their personal template.

Look for more meal plans, cooking tutorials, and time-saving recipes from the girl who loves to eat great food without being chained to the kitchen. If you love to cook great (yet simple) meals, but can’t stand the idea of extra dishes to wash, you and I have a lot in common. Stay connected to Popular Paleo and let’s take steps — no matter how small — toward better health together.

Jan 5, 2017

About Mel:

Melissa Joulwan is the author of the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series and the blog www.MelJoulwan.com, where she writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life. Her newest cookbook is Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes Or Less. 

After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath of the surgery and recovery, she became particularly interested in how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood, and motivation. These days, Melissa’s workouts are just as likely to include yoga and meditation as lifting heavy things and sprinting to stay ahead of the stopwatch.

Well Fed 2 was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon.com and was a Washington Post best seller. Her first cookbook Well Fed appeared on the Wall Street Journal best sellers list, and she’s the author of the recipes in the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.

She writes a column for Paleo Magazine and her recipes have been featured in print in Low Sugar Living, Inspire Health, and Where Women Cook, and online at Buzzfeed.com, FoodNetwork.com, Nylon.com, PopSugar.com, and Men’s Journal. She has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods.

Web site: - http://www.meljoulwan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelJoulwan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meljoulwan

Instagram: http://instagram.com/meljoulwan

Dec 23, 2016

About Cassy Joy:

When asked what she believes is her mission on this Earth, she replies, “I strive to empathize with people.  I thrive when I connect with others in order to nurture them in a way that helps them feel that they are not alone in this world.”

This is Cassy Joy Garcia. 
Optimistic. Determined. Encouraging.
Author. Nutritionist. Self-Motivator.

Cassy Joy Garcia is an inspiration to many and has quite a lot on her plate (pun intended). Between her first book, 'Fed & Fit', a weekly 30-minute Fed & Fit podcast, and her healthy lifestyle blog FedandFit.com, Cassy’s achievements didn’t rapidly appear out of thin air; they are a result of a tireless journey down windy roads with arduous speed bumps.  Her personal journey has taken hard work, motivation and perseverance. This is her story.

Cassy, a 30-year-old native San Antonian, grew up in a loving family with three sisters and caring parents who cooked home-cooked meals, which gave them strength and nourishment needed to fuel non-stop teenage girls. As she entered college and lived on her own, Cassy’s classes and social activities kept her so busy that she forgot to eat.  She was becoming noticeably thinner and continued to eat less because her appearance mirrored a healthy lifestyle.  Cassy was borderline anorexic and her family was getting concerned. When she turned 21, her weight yo-yoed and shot in the opposite direction. She was drinking beer, eating pizza and potato skins and just about anything a college student could muster to afford. Her weight gain contributed to a negative body image, and she could barely get through her classes without falling asleep.

So Cassy started the crash diet circuit over the next few years, tackling Atkins, South Beach, Low Calorie, Low Fat.  She even attempted Veganism.  None of these techniques lasted long and she always found herself gaining weight a short time after each diet concluded.  She was depressed and fatigued, and preferred the couch to the gym. It got to the point where Cassy felt like she was living in someone else’s body.  She could barely recognize her physical and emotional self.  She was finally ready for a change.

When Cassy first attempted Paleo, it was to look skinnier - to fit in those smaller jeans tucked away in the corner of her closet.  She was proud of herself for stepping out of her comfort zone, but it was hard and she wanted to throw in the towel countless times. It wasn’t until she was actually feeling better that made her realize the driving force behind her ultimate life change was a rejuvenation of her confidence, energy and self-esteem.  That was more important. Once she started feeling better, her newfound Paleo lifestyle became easier, almost second nature. Her unhealthy body image washed away, she slept better, and she could drive a car without struggling to stay awake.

Cassy took what she learned firsthand from her health challenges, put in years of research, and is now giving back to those who she hopes can realize that they can do it too.   She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, and is a nutrition consultant and an expert in the kitchen with over 400 nutritious recipes in her arsenal.  She created her website FedandFit.com to empower healthy lifestyle transformations through clear nutrition science and delicious Paleo-friendly foods.  It brings Cassy joy to interact with others that face the same struggles that she too endured.  Cassy calls her site “home”.

Cassy‘s first book 'Fed & Fit: A 28-Day Food & Fitness Plan to Jumpstart Your Life With Over 175 Squeaky-Clean Paleo Recipes', published Summer 2016 (Victory Belt). 'Fed & Fit' features 190 of her grain-free, dairy-free and artificial-ingredient-free recipes spanning every meal of the day, from frittatas, salads and casseroles to slower cooker favorites.

Cassy wanted 'Fed & Fit' to transcend the traditional cookbook and offer readers a roadmap to wellness. She opens the book with a discussion of her "Four Pillars of Health" (Mindset, Sleep/Hydration, Food and Fitness) and goes on to offer tips on portion control and meal prep with an actionable 28-day food and fitness plan for getting healthy. Cassy even enlisted New York Times bestselling author and fitness coach Juli Bauer to contribute workouts to the plan.

Dec 6, 2016

About Todd and Dry Farm Wines:

Todd has been a serial entrepreneur and creator since he was 17.

Today, after 15 years in the wine business his life is dedicated to educating and helping people make better choices about food, nutrition, and how they think about consuming alcohol.

He is the founder of Dry Farm Wines; a writer, speaker, and a leading authority on healthy organic/natural wines and the importance of micro-dosing alcohol for health, longevity, and vitality. Todd’s passion is unlocking the best way to enjoy alcohol, how to enjoy the benefits of moderate consumption while avoiding the negative outcomes.

Dry Farm Wines is the only lab tested, all natural  health quantified wine merchant in the world that bio-hacks wine; quantifying organic and natural farming practices, as well as low-intervention natural winemaking practices. Dry Farm Wines curates all natural pure real  wines from all over the world, working with small family farms that are committed to producing pure natural wines. Dry Farm Wines is also excited to be the largest resellers of natural wines in the world.

Dry Farm Wines are also friendly to Low Carb, Paleo, ketogenic and diabetic low sugar diets. Dry Farm Wines have no impact on blood glucose or ketone production.  Dr. Dominic D’ Agostino, widely considered the most influential ketogenic research scientist in North America also endorses Dry Farm Wines. Jimmy Moore, the best-selling author of Keto Clarity and a leading advocate for the ketogenic diet also endorses Dry Farm Wines.

Todd is a self-described Biohacker who practices daily meditation, Wim Hof breathing, cold thermogenesis, a ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting and he is a fitness enthusiast. He is also a frequent speaker on the ketogenic lifestyle and is completing a cookbook on the ketogenic diet and lifestyle to be released this fall called KetoWell. He was most recently the featured ketogenic speaker at 2016 BulletProof Annual Conference on Biohacking.  He lives in Oakville, California in the heart of the Napa Valley Wine Country.

Oct 19, 2016

About Tiffany:

I’m a former Chemist (with a degree in Biology) in my mid 30’s. I live in Northern Utah with my husband, Justin and our three spunky kids. I think it’s pretty obvious that I love food, (yeah, I created an entire blog, Whole Fork, dedicated to it). I spent most of my career running around the globe teaching people how to use portable Mass Spectrometry to analyze all sorts of chemicals. It was fun, and the travel was amazing (hello Cairo, Moscow, Warsaw and more), but my true passion is food and more importantly health. And maybe even more important than that, what motivates us to eat what we eat.

I spent most of my life not really worrying about what I ate. I was a really active kid and played any sport I could fit in my schedule. Food had very little effect on my body. I ate when I was hungry, and that basically summed it up. That is until I hit college.

I won’t lie, I was still pretty fit in college, but my diet was terrible. A lot of fast food, anything I could eat on the go, and many late night burrito runs with my roommates. Like most college freshman I gained a little weight which made me feel self-conscious. Since my early 20’s my weight and health have fluctuated due to stress, school, marriage, pregnancy etc. Finally, I decided I was going to shed any of those extra pounds once and for all, and feel comfortable taking my kids to the swimming pool. I spent that first summer counting calories, eating fat-free Frankin’ foods, processed stuff that came in boxes, bars, and shakes that came in powder form. And, I spent hours riding my bike. I tracked macros, points, calories in, calories burned, weighed and measured all my food, and I was a slave to the scale. It was exhausting. I was hungry, cranky, tired and I had a lot of headaches. Worst of all, my body wasn’t really changing.

While surfing the interwebs and Instagram I kept coming across clean eating. It made sense to me to eat foods that come from nature…fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy oils. At first I thought it sounded crazy restrictive and I couldn’t imagine losing weight while welcoming healthy fats. I was a child of the 80’s raised on skim milk, margarine and fat free cottage cheese. Eating an entire avocado was a completely foreign idea that seemed scary.

But, people kept posting their results, and I couldn’t ignore them.

So I did my homework, read several books and scientific articles and I couldn’t argue the research. The science is solid, and it’s exactly what I learned in all my human biology classes while studying in college.

So I decided to jump in, face first, by going 30 days without any processed foods. Seriously none. Not even a bite, or a lick.

The results were nothing short of life changing. No, really, life changing.

My results: I lost 6 lbs, headaches gone, stiff joints gone, asthma and seasonal allergies gone. My skin completely cleared up, skin tone evened out, redness gone, and I started to have a healthy glow. My energy shot through the roof. I no longer had the 3pm drag and I stopped taking naps on the weekends. I fell asleep faster and slept throughout the night. My tastes had changed, and sugar no longer had a hold on me. And all my digestive issues (bloating, cramping, constipation) all completely went away.

Since our initial dive into clean eating we still try to find that balance between eating mostly all whole food meals, while allowing for a few treats every now and then. I feel like I’m in better shape and have a younger body than when I was in high school.

My love of food has made it fun to create tasty and exciting dishes, so my family doesn’t feel deprived while still eating wholesome meals. Feel free to email me if you have any questions attiffany@wholefork.com.

About Whole Fork:

Whether you call it grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo, whole foods, clean eating (I’m sure I’ve left several other names out)…all the recipes here are created from vegetables, meats, poultry, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. It’s JUST REAL FOOD. We eat (mostly) whole, real foods at home, and this is where I share all those recipes.

I started Whole Fork as a way to keep me on track while diving face first into the health world. I spent countless hours on the internet trying to find recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, information on how to start my new healthy lifestyle and be part of a healthy community. Which is exactly what you’ll find here.

The first part of that health equation is FOOD. My entire life I have loved food. Creating new and exciting, healthy dishes helps me stay on track with nutrition. I have found that what we put in our bodies affects our health and weight more than anything else. Simply put, you can’t out medicate or out exercise what you eat…you simply can’t outrun your fork! (Hence the name Whole Fork.)

No one wants a bland or boring diet. Head on over to my recipes page and start searching for something that makes your mouth water. I figure, if health food can taste amazing I won’t go searching for the junk.

The other part of that healthy equation is fitness. I believe in making fitness fun, which lends a hand to me having too many hobbies. Kayaking, golfing, motorcycling, hiking, backpacking, camping, and cycling to name a few.

 

 

Oct 5, 2016

About Steph Gaudreau:

Steph combines a formal education in biology / human physiology (BS Biology—Human Physiology), 12 years of science teaching experience (MA—Education and National Board Certification), holistic nutrition training (Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner), and an unabashed love of tasty Paleo food (human with taste buds) on her blog, Stupid Easy Paleo. She also writes at StephGaudreau.com.

Steph launched Stupid Easy Paleo in 2011, and it has become an award-winning and most-loved resource in the Paleo community for recipes and information. Steph’s down-to-earth approach and no-nonsense teaching style shine through in her posts. Join the more than a quarter of a million others hanging out with Steph on social media: Facebook (Stupid Easy Paleo | Steph Gaudreau), Instagram, Pinterest, SnapchatTwitter, and YouTube.

Steph’s mission is to spread the word about how to make simple, tasty recipes to help people in their quests to just eat real food. She wrote the best-seller The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance in 2014, and her award-winning book, The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Eating Better, Getting Stronger & Gaining the Competitive Edge (Page Street Publishing, 2015).

Steph’s recently taken to the airwaves with her chart-topping podcast, Harder to Kill Radio, where she interviews experts in fitness, nutrition and mindset about how to build unbreakable humans, and she’s the creator of the wildly popular Women’s Strength Summit.

In addition, Steph’s an international speaker on the subjects of nutrition and strength training, giving talks at PaleoFX, AHS, and AHS New Zealand. Steph’s been recognized in the media by publications such as Outside Magazine, Triathlete and SELF, has appeared on ESPN Radio, and her blog was named by Greatist as one of its 60 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness blogs of 2015. Scroll down to see more media appearances.

Her dedication to learning the finer points of sport is evident in her numerous coaching certifications such as USA Weightlifting Level 1 and multiple CrossFit disciplines, including Level 1. She’s competed in everything from endurance mountain biking to CrossFit (competing on a team at the SoCal Regionals in 2013) and now weightlifting where she earned qualification to the American Open in 2014. In addition to competing, Steph coaches weightlifting at CrossFit Fortius in San Diego and has coached CrossFit in gyms reaching from Scotland to SoCal.

Steph’s Books

The Performance Paleo Cookbook, available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Indiebound, Target.comiBooks and Google Play

The Paleo Athlete, available as PDF, Kindle and iBook

Sep 14, 2016

About Carrie:

 

Carrie is the author of the successful cooking blog Deliciously Organic and has authored two cookbooks: Deliciously Organic and The Grain-Free Family Table

After struggling with health issues for years, Carrie turned to an unprocessed, grain-free diet and has been able to overcome Hashimoto’s disease, chronic migraines, IBS, and eczema.

She has a passion for teaching others how to use a nutrient-dense diet, detox, lifestyle and essential oils as tools to live a healthy life.

Carrie has also partnered with Season Johnson (NTP) to create a popular webinar titled “Essential Oils for Thyroid Support”.

Aug 31, 2016

About Jennifer Robins:

Jennifer is the voice and whole-foodist behind the popular food blog Predominantly Paleo, and bestselling author of Down South Paleo, The New Yiddish Kitchenand Paleo Kids Cookbook.

After being diagnosed with several autoimmune conditions and chronic infections, including Lyme disease, Jennifer became gravely ill and mostly housebound. When traditional medical treatments failed to help, Jennifer turned to food for healing.

Removing grain, dairy, and refined sugars and eating “predominantly Paleo,” she started reclaiming her life, one whole-food at a time.

As a wife and mother of three, Jennifer hopes to instill healthy habits in her children now in hopes of creating wellness for a lifetime. 

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Aug 17, 2016

About Diana Rodgers:

Diana Rodgers is a “real food” Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner living on a working organic farm west of Boston. 

She runs an active nutrition practice where she helps people get on track with diet and lifestyle. 

She's also the author of several Paleo cookbooks, host The Sustainable Dish Podcast, and the mom of two active kids.

Diana speaks at universities and conferences internationally about nutrition and sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and food policy issues. 

She is the Consulting Dietitian to several gyms and also to: The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Fresh Advantage.

She's a staff writer for Paleo Magazine, contribute regularly to several blogs and my work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, and Mother Earth News.

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Aug 3, 2016

About Beth Lipton:

Beth is a food writer, recipe developer and health coach.

She has been a food editor at national magazines for the past 12 years, the last 3 at Health Magazine.

Beth has authored 2 cookbooks: Peaches by Short Stack Editions and You Made That Dessert?.

As a health coach and founder of Strive/Nourish/Play, she works with clients one-on-one and in groups to help them reach and exceed their health goals.

She also gives private cooking classes. Beth graduated from the chef's training program at Natural Gourmet Institute and from the health coach training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

She loves doing anything active and this year celebrates 30 years as a runner. Beth is also a dedicated Vedic meditator.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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