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Real Food For Real Life

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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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. 

Please send us comments, feedback or requests for future guests to community@emeals.com OR you may send via Twitter @eMeals using the hashtag #AskEmeals.

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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.

Please send us comments, feedback or requests for future guests to community@emeals.com OR you may send via Twitter @eMeals using the hashtag #AskEmeals.

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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.

Please send us comments, feedback or requests for future guests to community@emeals.com OR you may send via Twitter @eMeals using the hashtag #AskEmeals.

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Jul 5, 2016

Welcome to our first-ever podcast called Real Food for Real Life. This podcast 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 have lively, informative interviews with some of the biggest names in food and health. We’ll also feature experts who understand the importance of food and it’s connection to a healthy and happy family. Subscribe now and make us a new part of your podcast listening routine.

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