Review: Everyday Paleo

If you’re part of the online paleo community, you’re probably familiar with Sarah Fragoso and her family-oriented paleo blog Everyday Paleo. If not, here’s the Cliffs Notes version: she’s a CrossFitter and paleo eater, but she wasn’t always that way. She and her family have redefined what family meals and family time in the kitchen can be – and she’s sharing her hard-won knowledge in her new book Everyday Paleo.

I know, I know. You think you know everything you need to know about paleo already. You’ve done a Whole30 or you’ve been primal with Mark Sisson for months or you read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.

To that I say, there is always something new to learn.

And to convince you, I present…

Five Awesome Things About Everyday Paleo

1. Sarah shares her “pre-paleo” life story – and she pulls no punches.
It’s a touching story that’s really about family first and nutrition second. I particularly liked this quote:

“If you are eating paleo, exercising, sleeping enough, and finding time to play, all the other difficult stuff does not disappear, but it does become manageable.”

And isn’t that we we’re all really looking for? A full life with “manageable” bumps in the road.

2. Information is presented in tasty, easy-to-digest chunks.
Oh, the helpful lists! A fridge list. A pantry list. An “approved foods” list. A kitchen equipment list. And a handy breakdown of common questions like “What’s the deal with bacon?” and “What about eating out?”, along with some straight talk on nuts, salt, and paleo treats.

Ahem. “Anything in the recipe section that looks like dessert should be considered something for a special occasion.”

I like the way she thinks!

3. Recipes!
A paleo/primal/Whole30/dino-chow eater can never have too many recipes! And Sarah’s contributions to our growing body of good eats are easy-to-make and will get you in and out of the kitchen in a flash. Remember, this is a busy mom, so her recipes are designed to get tasty food on the table with a minimum of fuss. There’s plenty of variety, so even picky eaters (a.k.a., kids!) will be willing to dig in.

4. Your plans are made.
Getting started can be a dicey proposition, but Everyday Paleo lays out both a 30-day meal plan (with shopping lists) and workout programs for newbies and veterans that include step-by-step photos. No CrossFit gym nearby? No problem. Sarah shows you how to get a killer workout with just your bod and your motivation.

5. The wee ones!

Throughout the book, photos of Sarah and her kids bring the information to life. The chapter on kids’ fitness delivers helpful tips for moving your kids away from the XBox and into the yard where they can run around like the little maniacs they’re meant to be. Photos of the wee ones demonstrating exercises are not only informative, but just might convince a reluctant child you know to give it a try. And bonus! Sarah demonstrates how to use your sweetheart for added resistance and stretching assistance. I can’t wait to tell Dave we’re doing partner pushups!

Everyday Paleo will be officially released on April 25, but you can pre-order now… and Sarah’s running a fun drawing on her site from now ’til the publication date. Visit Everyday Paleo now to learn more about how you can win! And definitely bookmark/subscribe to her blog – you can never learn too much about nutrition, exercise, good health, and yourself.

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  • Meagan says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Every Day Paleo, BUT: I was just in the airport and I glanced up at TV, and the woman with the black hair and bangs from the tv show about the crime and the science and the lab…(Oh my god, two years without TV and I forget my words?) I thought to myself, "what is Melissa doing on TV???" Never mind that I've never seen you in real life, but seriously, you have an uncanny resemblance! It took me at least 10 seconds to realize it was crime show gal and not dino chow gal I was looking at.

    Now I'll go back and read your post 😉

  • Funke says:

    ^^^ Meagan's post just drove home the similarity between you and Abbie ( i LOVE NCIS)! you both are quirky! and y'all sure love your black outfits!

    I love Sarah Fragoso! My ever-procrastinating self needs to head to to pre-order!

  • Meghan says:

    Absolutely can't wait to get my copy of this book. As a mom of 2, I so appreciate the lessons and recipes she shares on her website…having the book at my fingertips will be even better!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been working on getting myself 100% paleo. I started March 8th and would say, I am about 75% there. I am looking forward to this book arriving in my mail soon. Thank you for the post.

  • LauraAnne says:

    When my hubby quietly suggested going Paleo for my stomach issues, I was super not happy about it cause I thought everything would be bland and I would be always munching on bad stuff in hiding. I did all the normal beginners stuff with Robs book and more…but when I found Sarah's page, I kinda fell in love with Paleo. This coming from someone who burned mac n cheese last year.
    And the other really awesome thing about Sarah is she led me to YOUR website and I check it every day!!

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Meagan –> That's fun! Yeah, Abbie and I are kinda dopplegangers… except she's, like, 5'10" and I am SO not.

    LauraAnne –> Glad you found me! And glad to hear that you're conquering your kitchen. YAY!