Thursday, August 23, 2012

Celebrating my 5-year Paleo Journey with a Giveaway of Practical Paleo!

The winner for this Giveaway has been chosen! Thank you to those who participated and shared your inspiring journeys with eating Paleo! Scroll to the comments section to read those stories.

The differences between merely surviving and living optimally are vast, and I would have never found that out if I didn't give Paleo a shot 5 years ago. It's been a great journey and I'd like to celebrate with a little giveway...

But first, back when I started Paleo I was lucky to have the help of a Paleo friend, but there wasn't much good literature available on the subject. I did pick up a few books upon my friend's recommendation that gave me insight into Paleo and what real food/organic movement is all about: The Paleo Diet by Dr. Cordain and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I really enjoyed Pollan's book as it sparked an interest in me to shop at farmers markets more and to get to know the farmers and ranchers that grow my food. 

Since then, the Paleo community has grown significantly and I'm honored to be part of it with my jerky business I started just a few years ago out of my personal need for a traditional, nutrient-dense snack made from quality ingredients, such as 100% grass-fed beef. Knowing the source of my food is very important to me, and I can see it is just as important to most of you. 

Lucky for us, there are very hard working people in the Paleosphere nowadays that are making our transition to Paleo much easier. From Mark Sisson to Robb Wolf to amazing recipe featured on The Food Lover's Kitchen. One of my personal favorite blogs is by Diane Sanfilippo called Balanced Bites, which is a great resource for a more holistic approach to health and wellness. 

Over the last year, I've gotten to meet and bond with Diane - she's been a great supporter of Jerky Chews and even mentioned Sophia's Survival Food brand in her newly released book - Practical Paleo. Diane is very passionate about helping people and just an inspiration with how she is capable of presenting easy to make recipes and breaking down the science behind Paleo in a clear way. In her Practical Paleo book, she does the same incredible job of laying out all the critical points about Paleo with incredibly easy to understand wording, diagrams and MEAL PLANS! All the recipes look very tasty and you don't have to be the Naked Chef to throw them together. In no time, you'll have a better understanding about how your body 'should' work, how certain foods react with your body, and ways to go about improving your health. I really wish I had this resource available to me when I started on this journey five years ago.

So, what's in the GIVEAWAY? A copy of Practical Paleo, of course!! I will also include new flavors of Jerky Chews and Real Salt Shakers!

How to enter:
  • Like Balanced Bites fb page
  • Like my Sophia's Survival Food fb page
  • Share in the comments that you liked the above pages, and if you'd like, mention a little about your paleo/real food journey with us!
  • And, last but not least: This contest is open to US residents only. 
I will announce the winner on Monday 8/27/12, at noon PST!