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Thank You, Sarah Fragoso!

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I love collecting cookbooks and I’ve racked up a pretty extensive assortment over the years.

I keep most of my cookbooks in a custom-built bookcase in the kitchen so I have easy access to them when I’m puttering around the stove. And if you took a peek at my nightstand, you’d see that I have at least six or seven more cookbooks piled on top. There’s nothing I like more than curling up in bed with a new cookbook. 

But before having kids and going Paleo, all I did was flip through the pages of these books and salivate over the pretty pictures. I rarely cooked — we preferred exploring the latest and greatest eateries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nowadays, I’m cooking like a mad cavewoman (obviously) and scouring through my extensive collection looking for Paleo-friendly recipes. Let me tell you: They ain’t easy to find.

So you can imagine how excited I am to add Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo to my library!

I was thrilled to receive my copy in the mail the other day because I’ve been a superfan of Sarah’s blog for months. Not only is her book chock-full of great recipes and pretty pics (I’m all about the food porn), but I CAN COOK EVERY SINGLE RECIPE IN IT! No substitutions necessary!

Given that I just started CrossFit a few months ago, I found the fitness section in the book to be an awesome resource, too. All of the exercises are accompanied by step-by-step instructions and photos, and Sarah shows you how to easily incorporate exercising at home for the whole family. I can’t (yet!) do an unassisted pull-up to save my life, so I’ll be studying her chapter on “Working Toward That Pull-Up” with keen interest. Also, the book offers a ton of short, intense WODs that I can do at home when I can’t make it to my CrossFit box. 

Yes, the great recipes, shopping lists, menus, and exercise tips are all wonderful —but the number one reason I love this book? Her practical advice on how to get your picky kids to eat Paleo. And guess what? IT WORKS!

It’s no secret that Fitbomb and I have struggled valiantly to get Little-O to eat meat and vegetables to no avail. Today, I followed Sarah’s advice and served the kids whatever I was making and eating. When they protested, I just cheerfully said, “This is all we have!” I held my emotions in check and didn’t turn into a monster when Little-O scrunched up his face and refused to try the meal I’d cooked. Okay — I’ll admit there were a few tense words exchanged between mommy and the kids, but Little-O ended up eating the chicken and veggies on his plate!

AMAZING! I am forever indebted to you, Sarah Fragoso. You have some unbelievable magical powers…

In all seriousness, this book is fantastic. It’ll occupy a PERMANENT spot on my nightstand because I’ll be referring to it over and over again. I can relate to so many topics in Sarah’s book, and I’m so inspired by her physical and emotional transformation into a strong, fit, happy mom.

Thank you, Sarah, for motivating me to change my life. I will gladly chair your Superfan Roundtable anytime!


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