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The Paleo Foodie Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

photo-6If you’ve read my article What “Paleo” Means to Me, you’ll know that I see community as one of the biggest draws to eating a healthy diet. To make and share a meal with friends is truly one of the best pleasures in life. But if you have food sensitivities, this can be hard. You need to watch out for hidden grains or gluten, and the whole experience can become a lot more stressful. Well, Arsy Vartanian, the author of The Paleo Foodie Cookbook makes eating with a grain or gluten sensitivity a breeze. Better yet, she makes it a delight.

This cookbook is one that will be on your shelf for decades, with the pages worn and dog-eared, food splatters and all. That’s the sign of a good cookbook – one that looks like it’s been in the kitchen for your whole life.

The book starts with a brief introduction to a Paleo/Real Food diet from Amy Kubal, a wonderful Registered Dietitian who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. That means you can gift this book to someone who isn’t quite familiar with Paleo and they’ll still hear the why behind a real food diet.


Up next are the appetizers, a delicious array of foods perfect for a snack at home to bites you’d be proud to bring to any party. Some of my favorites include pancetta-wrapped figs with walnuts (YUM), sardine spread (nutrient-rich goodness), sweet potato salmon cakes (actually a wonderful breakfast!), and spicy sausage-and-walnut-stuffed mushrooms (is your mouth watering yet?).


Next come the entrees…ohhhh, the entrees. They are amazing. The Paleo Persian Kotlets offer an easy, delicious way to use ground beef, with the flavors of onions, cloves, turmeric (hello, anti-inflammatory herbs!), and sage. Arsy’s take on Osso Bucco is just amazing; perfect for a cold, winter day when you’re feeling decadent. If you’re a duck lover like me, you’ll die for the Macadamia-Crusted Duck Breast with Spicy “Soy” Ginger Sauce. Mmmmm…


Salads can get a little boring if you’re constantly eating the same ones over and over again. Luckily, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook offers a plethora of salads to choose from, from the Fig, Pear and Prosciutto Salad; to the Curried Cabbage Salad; all the way to the Roasted Bone Marrow with Arugula and Parsley Salad. You’ll never be bored of salad again.

Soups and Stews

Who doesn’t love soup? Not only is it such a comfort food, but it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can go for. Personally, I love creamy soups so the Curried Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup sounds like heaven. The Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Oxtail Soup looks amazing, and I’m always a sucker for something I can throw in the slow-cooker!

Side Dishes

I’m always on the lookout for new side dishes. Food variety is so important for a healthy diet, so I always encourage my clients to eat as many different foods as possible and not get stuck eating the same foods again and again. The side dishes in this book definitely inspired me! The chorizo cauliflower rice sounds like an amazing pop of flavor – I can’t wait to try it. I also love brussel sprouts and am always looking for new ways to cook it. Arsy’s Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta…I can’t even contain myself they look so good.

Sauces and Salsas

This section is awesome. I love learning how to make sauces from scratch because they can truly make or break a dish. I’m dying to make the Pistachio Pesto and the Four-Herb Spicy Chimichurri! I also have been using canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to make sweet potato chipotle soup, but now with Arsy’s recipe to make it myself I’m going to do just that!


This cookbook is definitely a keeper, which is why I’m so happy to give one copy away to a lucky reader! Enter below and good luck!

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How to Achieve Your Health Goals

How to Achieve Your Health Goals

1277878_24146173Have you ever gone through phases where you just can’t get yourself motivated to do something? You know you should do it, but you go through every excuse in the book to get out of it.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

Perhaps you want to lose weight, or get your disease under control. We all have these big, overarching goals but what we’re missing is the way to get there.

What I want to do today is lead you through an exercise that gets your goals super clear and allows you to discover the WHY behind them, along the way finding the motivation to get. it. done.

If you’re a subscriber to my email list, you’ll get the FREE downloadable worksheet to go along with this exercise. Go through these questions and write down all your answers – you’ll have a nice action plan when you’re done!

What is your biggest, most pressing health-related goal you’d like to accomplish?

Think big here – this isn’t something that needs to happen overnight. For many of us it could be to lose weight. For others, it could be to eat better. What matters is that it’s important to you. For example, if you want to lose weight just because you feel you’ll then fit other people’s idea of being beautiful, that’s not what we’re looking for here. We want to get to the root of the goal; we want something that matters to you deeply.

What will achieving this goal do for you? How will people treat you differently? How will achieving these goals radiate beyond you and affect other people?

Once you start eating better, for example, you might find you have more energy for the tasks during your day. Because of that, you may find you’re more productive and get a lot more done than usual. Your boss might notice your increased productivity and praise you for it (who knows what that could lead to down the road). As a result of all of this, you go home feeling content knowing you did a great job at work and are on top of your game. You have the energy to cook your family a wonderful dinner and to spend time with them in the evening. I want you to visualize EVERYTHING in your life that could possibly be affected by achieving your goal. Go crazy here – really think about all the possibilities.

What are the obstacles standing in your way? What has prevented you from reaching this goal already?

You’ve probably been thinking about achieving this goal for some time now, even if it’s only been in the back of your mind. What’s stopped it from coming to the forefront? Or perhaps you’ve tried to achieve this goal before, but were unable to. What got in your way? Think about all the things that have caused you to hold off on achieving this goal.

Brainstorm 5 ways you can overcome these obstacles.

One of your obstacles could be that you don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast in the morning. Let’s think about some ways you could overcome that. First, you could possibly be staying up too late at night watching TV or on the computer. What if you went to be half an hour earlier and got up half and hour earlier so you’d have more time?

Or maybe you’re enivisioning that making breakfast would have to take an hour. Well, let’s challenge that belief and brainstorm ways it wouldn’t have to take that much time. What if you spent some time on the weekend preparing a big batch of salmon cakes for breakfast and froze them? Then, spend 5 minutes heating them up in the morning and voila – you’ve got breakfast ready in 5 minutes every morning. Not bad, huh?

What I want you to do is challenge yourself to think outside the box. If a friend came to you with the same problem, how would you counsel them to get around it? Often, we’re our own worst enemies and we come up with great excuses. Challenge yourself to find ways around the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals.

Break it down: Think of 5 Action Steps to get you to your goal

Having a big, overarching goal is great but we need smaller chunks to work on to get there. If your big goal is to eat better, your Action Steps could be:

1. Make a meal plan each week, including recipes and grocery lists.

2. Grocery shop at Trader Joe’s on Tuesdays at 5pm. (Giving yourself a date and time that’s consistent is key.)

3. Prep meal ingredients on Sundays, as well as make salmon patties for the week.

4. Set a reminder to thaw meats the day before they are to be cooked.

5. Start cooking dinner at 6pm every night.

The more specific you can be, the better. Put dates and times into your calendar so you’ll always know what you should be doing.

This is where I see people trip up the most. They don’t think they need to make smaller goals to accomplish the big goals, and they’re dead wrong! I consistently see people who make small goals actually implementing them on a daily basis and always getting closer to their big goal, while those with only a big goal are way behind.

What are the big goals you’re working on? What are your smaller Action Steps? Share in the comments below!