Monthly Archives: June 2013

Giveaway: The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking

The giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!

So, you guys know that I’m a health coach, right?  I help people who need to or want to lose weight, learn to eat more healthfully, and generally turn their lives around from not-so-healthy habits to ones that will hopefully aim them towards longevity, health, wellness, and happiness.  I do this by educating my clients about ancestral eating (Paleo, primal, Weston A. Price) and by teaching them how to cook, grocery shop, food quality, sleep, stress management, goal setting, etc.  This is my jam!

Well, last year Practical Paleo came out.  You know, the book by Diane Sanfilippo that pretty much put into book form my entire health coaching schtick.  I mean, it’s not like I had original ideas or had done cutting edge research on my own, but I assembled a TON of material in the form of handouts and links and emails and documents.  And then gosh darn that Diane! She went ahead and wrote a book that so perfectly and succinctly summed up nearly everything that I try to teach my clients over the course of their three months with me, AND she added a fab cookbook, AND it looks way better than my collection of handouts, AND it’s a New York Times bestseller.  I’m sarcastically shaking my fists!!!

I kid.  Kind of.  I mean, I love Diane.  She’s a friend and all, and I looooooove seeing my friends succeed and kick butt at life.  She’s definitely doing that.  But you know that feeling when you have a smashing good idea and then you find out that someone has beaten you to the punch and taken your good idea and turned it into an epic masterpiece a hundred times better than you ever could?  It’s a womp-womp of major proportions.

Well, tonight I’m having that big ole womp-womp feeling again.  You see, I have sitting next to me a copy of Hayley Mason and Bill Staley’s The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.  I’ve had it here on my desk for a few weeks now.  Being friends with The Food Lovers has its perks.  I got me an advanced signed copy, thankyouverymuch.  And then I opened it and took a look at the content and then MORE FIST SHAKING!!!

30 day guide to paleo cooking

THIS!!!!  This is the other book I wish I could have written for my clients.  This is the book that is for anyone and everyone who is just entering into the world of ancestral eating and needs a guide, a hand-holding guide that will take you through what it means to eat well, eat responsibly, and eat healthfully.  This isn’t some complicated science book that will confuse you with all kinds of biology lessons.  This isn’t some kind of anatomy book that will outline all the enzymes and hormones in your body.  This isn’t some kind of fancypants cookbook that is full of dishes that are just out of reach of the average home cook’s skill set.

My friends, this is a book for the masses.  This is for those of us who are regular work-a-day people who are trying to eat well, who are trying to learn more about the quality of our food, who are trying to put good, clean meals on the table for ourselves and our families.  And to boot they throw in some success stores for inspiration.

This is the everyman’s (or everywoman’s) guide to eating Paleo.

A month’s worth of meal plans and recipes.  Shopping lists, page after page of info on what’s in season, what flavors go together, what fats and oils are recommended, how to grow your own food, what to drink, how to answer Paleo FAQs, snacks, quick meal fixes, and of course the recipes all with gorgeous photos.

Why didn’t I write this book?!?!?!  I’m kicking myself!!!

But!! If I didn’t write it, I’m beyond thrilled that my friends did. And let’s be honest.  They have done a better job with it than I ever could.  AND! I now have a beautiful book to use with my clients.  Looks like we all win.

Speaking of winning, I just so happen to have a spare copy of The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.  Yes I do.  And I’m going to send it off to a lucky reader.

Here’s the scoop on how to score this hot little number for your very own. A random drawing is in the offing and here’s how you can enter:

1. Leave me a comment and tell me how you started down the ancestral eating path.  If you haven’t yet started eating Paleo, primal, or Weston A. Price, tell me what has attracted you to this way of eating.  Share your story with me!

2. Sign up for my newsletter for an additional entry. I swear there will be no spam or excessive letters from me clogging your inbox.

3. Come on over and join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for even more entries.

4. One bonus entry if you pre-order the book I did write, Fermented: A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods.  Just forward along your pre-order confirmation to me via email and you’ve just earned yet another shot at winning The 30 Day Guide.

Here is the fine print:  Because I think this book is so great, I’m going to leave this giveaway open for 5 days.  You have until Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at noon EDT to enter.  I’ll then pull one name at random, and that person will be the winner.

Get on this one, folks!  You definitely want to win this!

And just as a disclaimer, I am friends with Hayley and Bill, but these opinions are my own and brutally honest.  I really do love this book this much, and I really do wish I had written it myself.  Whenever I write about a book or product on this site, know that the opinions expressed are always my own.  Here is a link with my own personal rules and promises about reviewing anything on FirstComesHealth.com.  Honesty will always come first whether it is flattering or not.

Strikes and Gutters

The past week has been one of ups and downs.  Extreme highs and low low lows.

Last Thursday my mom and I went to San Francisco for my cousin Suzanne’s wedding.  If you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook you got a very small sampling of my trip including a shot of a really super tasty prosciutto cone I had courtesy of Boccalone.  I got to spend time in a city I’ve never visited before with some of my very favorite people in the whole world.  Plus, my beautiful cousin married a truly wonderful man, Austin (of the 2013 Goals Project fame!), and we are honored to officially count him as a member of our family.

When I got home very early on Monday morning, I got word that my grandma was not doing well and was probably in her final days.  At 97, she got pneumonia and was not strong enough to fight it off.  She died Monday night.

When you are almost 40 years old and your grandmother is 97 (just a few months shy of 98!), her death isn’t that much of a shock.  I assumed (hopefully wished?) that she would make it to 100, but once I knew that she had pneumonia I was realistic about how this would weaken her.  Getting the phone call from my mom on Monday night didn’t completely surprise me.  I was planning to go say my final goodbyes to her on Tuesday and she just didn’t make it.

My grandma, Concetta Latagliata Ciciarelli, had a huge impact on my life.  She was the embodiment of what I hope to be – strong and soft, pragmatic, adventurous in the kitchen, traditional, witty, fun-loving, a great wife, accomplished knitter, savvy investor, and someone who just loved her family.  I think the biggest loss in her passing is that there will be no more lessons from her.  She taught me so much and now I won’t have another opportunity to learn anything more.

So, if I’m not around the blog or social media for the next few days, and if you’re missing the 2013 Goals Project post it’s because I’m saying my final goodbyes to my dear sweet grandmother.  I’ll be back over the weekend and next week.