It is Guest Blogger Day!
It is with great excitement that that we introduce to you one of our fabulous partners in this journey to improved health - Jennie Harrell of Easy Paleo. She has been a great source of inspiration and encouragement during the launch of the Eat Play Live Facebook page. We asked her to introduce you to her outstanding website/blog, and tell you about her highly recommended (and ridiculously affordable) eBook. Jennie keeps things simple, and her approach to successfully making the switch to a whole foods diet is refreshing to say the least.
Without further due...
My name is Jennie Harrell, and the sweet ladies who run Eat Play Live have asked me to tell you a little about myself and my eBook, Easy Paleo: 21 Practical Ways to Simplify Your Paleo Life. Here we go!
I started eating Paleo-style in July of 2011. My husband and I were encouraged by our good friends to try a Whole30, and just see what we learn. We learned ALOT. Apparently, the foods you put into your body affect the way you look, feel, and perform... who knew? During this 30-day introduction to Paleo eating, we starting having more energy, our digestion problems disappeared, our sleep was better, the chubby "intertubes" around our waists started to melt away, our skin issues cleared up, and our headaches were non-existent. This was too good to be true, right? Nope. It was true. And it is still true. We are enjoying better health than we have ever experienced, and we are so grateful for the constant reminders that real, whole foods are better than man-made twists on food (who came up with preservatives, additives, sugar, and changes to crop growth, anyway?).
After the revelations that took place during those 30 days, I began doing a ton of research, learning a ton of valuable information, trying a ton of Paleo recipes, and having a TON of fun with it all! My husband suggested that I start a blog to record my findings. What started as a fun little "journal" of my Paleo adventure has turned into a full-on website (www.EasyPaleo.com) that is packed with information, recipes, and tips. The website has almost 1,200 Facebook Fans, and we're growing quickly!
In the midst of all this Paleo goodness, I started trying to convince the people around me to give Paleo a try. Do you know what I ran into? Excuses, that's what! The excuse I heard the most was "but it will be too hard... I don't have time for all that!" After hearing that excuse for about the 97th time, I decided that my theme should be "Easy Paleo." My goal is to help people realize that Paleo-eating does not have to be difficult. Whether you’re transitioning into a Paleo lifestyle, or just trying to maintain it in your daily life, my tips, articles, and Food Diary posts are meant to help you simplify!
Since I was learning so much, and my own Paleo experience was becoming so much easier, I decided to write an eBook on the subject. It was a great way to compile my thoughts and ideas in one, compact place. The eBook turned into 75+ pages of suggestions, tips, tricks, and secrets that have streamlined the way I "do food" for my family.
Don't get me wrong... I strongly believe that Paleo-eating is WORTH your time. However, it does not have to take an enormous amount of time. My goal with the eBook is to help you cut down on your time in the kitchen so you can spend more time with your family and friends. I have shared with you my top 21 tips to bring simplicity to your Paleo life (don't you just love that word... simplicity?)
Shortly after the book came out, I got some fantastic reviews from some of my heroes, including Robb Wolf, Whole9, Dr. William Davis (author of Wheatbelly), and Chris Kresser. They had fantastic things to say about it, and I am still star-struck over it! Read their reviews here.
I know what you're thinking... "a fantastic, amazing eBook like that must cost hundreds of dollars, right?" Well thank-you! But no... It's $4.99. I priced the book at $4.99 for several reasons...
1. It's my first eBook! You don't know me yet! How can you be sure that I am to be trusted? Robb Wolf can charge $25 for an eBook, but he's Robb Wolf! I'm not quite to his level yet... almost, but not quite. ;)
2. I didn't want to hear any excuses for NOT taking advantage of this helpful information. $4.99 is nothing... it's less than most of the large drinks at Starbucks! So don't tell me "it's not in the budget right now" (can you tell that I don't like excuses?).
3. Well, there really isn't a 3rd reason. #1 and #2 pretty much sum it up.
So if you're feeling like a prisoner in your kitchen, I hope you'll check out my website and my eBook. Hopefully your Paleo life will become as easy as mine!
Thanks, Jennie! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Keep up the great work!
~Jen and Karina