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, 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 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.