Monthly Archives: September 2013

Victory Belt Giveaway

Hello friends,
A few weeks ago I promised you a giveaway to celebrate First Comes Health hitting 3000+ fans on Facebook.  Well, due to my burn out and subsequent staycation, I didn’t make good on that promise.  Until now.
As you all know by know, my book Fermented was published by Victory Belt.  Well, there are several dozen other real-food and Paleo geared authors who publish with Victory Belt and I have yet to find a single book from them that isn’t spectacular.   I’ve been gifted a group of four of my recent favorites, ones that I’ve been enjoying and cooking from for the last couple of months, and I want to share fresh copies with you!  Enter to win this bundle of some of my Victory Belt favorites!
photo(9)Here are the gems you can win:
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly StarrettThe Paleo Coach by Jason Seib
Paleo Slow Cooking by Chrissy Gower
Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Victory Belt book is (aside from mine, of course! Ha ha!)  Check out their website to see fantastic selection in their catalog.
2. Give me a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.  Already follow me? Then tell me so in the comments.
3. Sign up for my email list.
TWO bonus entries: Take a photo of yourself with your copy of Fermented and email it to me or post it on Instagram (Be sure to tag me so I can see it!)
With all of this, you can enter this giveaway a whopping EIGHT times.  I’m going to close this one off on Tuesday, September 24 at noon EDT.
And as I mentioned before, the reason for this giveaway is to sincerely thank each of you for your continued support of me, Fermented, and First Comes Health.  You make me happy to be doing the work I do.

Self Imposed Staycation

Hi everyone.
I owe you all an apology.  I’ve been falling down on my duties as blogger, teacher, and communicator. I just looked at this site for the first time in a while and it turns out I have neglected it and I’ve neglected YOU!  So so sorry.
During the past few weeks I’ve been sporadically busy and sporadically not busy.  I’ve been doing my best to do my best by Fermented.  I’ve been doing signings, book fairs, etc.  I officiated the wedding ceremony of my friends Hayley and Bill and I got to hang out with a bunch of the Paleo world superstars.
I’ve also been doing a bit of nothing.
It turns out, writing Fermented took it’s toll on me.  I’m not saying this for a whiny pity party woe-is-me-I-wrote-a-book kind of thing.  I’m telling you that my emotional health has suffered a bit.  It turns out a year of high anxiety, sleepless nights, wacky diet, worry, and anticipation will turn in to a bit of a crash when it’s all over.
Lately I’ve been getting up and feeling a sense of dread when I think about fermenting, Facebooking, Instagramming, blogging, etc.  So I decided not to do it for a week or two.  I mean, I have been around, but wasn’t doing anything I didn’t want to do for a few days.  And it was the right thing to do.
I used to scoff at people when they said things like “I NEEEEEEEEED a vacation!”  Who in the world NEEDS a vacation? I am eating those words now.  I needed a vacation. So I took a staycation.  Dude and I aren’t going anywhere for vacation for another few months so I decided to just to check out and watch The Office on Netflix and take a few naps.
And it was awesome.
So why am I telling you all this?  Because I think I owe it to you to be honest.  Nobody’s perfect and we all struggle.  Different things cause us all to check out and need a break from time to time.
Now I’m back and I have a few things planned.
First and foremost, is the long-ago promised giveaway for reaching 3000 Facebook fans.  That’s coming tomorrow.
Second is some regular recipe posting.  I have some good ideas coming up.
Third is more fermentation content.  I’m working on something really basic, easy, but extremely tasty.  Can’t wait to share.
So, that’s about all I have to report.  Thanks for understanding.  More soon. 🙂