"To be an overnight success, you must be an EVERY DAY HUSTLER" - Cassy Joy Garcia
Cassy Joy Garcia is a woman of many talents: professional chef, blogger, podcast aficionado, nutritional consultant and expert, soon to be NY Times best selling author, health and fitness connoisseur, beauty and cosmetics guru, and an absolute JOY to be around!
We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with her and we know you will as well. Cassy takes us through her personal health and fitness journey, from her humble beginnings as a self-proclaimed "gym bunny," which involved countless hours on the elliptical and following fad diets, to the wellness wizard she is today.
The death by cardio and calorie-cutting mentality left her constantly in pain, chronically inflamed, perpetually fatigued, and in her own words, just down-right "sick". Not until stumbling upon the Paleo diet and adopting a more balanced fitness regimen did Cassy start to find relief from her sickness. Little did she know this would eventually radically change her life and career.
Cassy took to the internet and world of blogging to chronicle her experience. Her research and expertise began guiding others in search of a healthier lifestyle. Her journey on the interwebs started with the inaugural post Go Ugly Early on FedandFit.com, which at the time only had 21 followers. Since that first post, Fed and Fit has blossomed into a full-scale business with thousands of followers and fans.
Cassy's passion and purpose in life is to "empower healthy lifestyle transformations through clear nutrition science and delicious Paleo-friendly foods." So, in this episode of the Too Fit Podcast, we dive into all things Paleo and much more including:
What exactly is Paleo
Biggest obstacles to eating Paleo and how to overcome them
The problems associated with conventional dairy
What dairy products are actually considered healthy
Cassy's 5 go-to cookware options (plus a bonus option)
Rules of thumb for avoiding gluten at the grocery store
Organically growing a business in the age of internet and connectivity
Tips for starting a blog and strategies on how to scale
Optimizing health, fitness, diet, and life on your own terms
Cassy will be releasing her first book Fed & Fit this summer (2016) nationwide in Barnes and Noble as well as Costco. Fed & Fit will include a "28 day food and fitness plan to jump-start your life, in addition to over 175 squeaky clean recipes." She will be embarking on a nationwide book tour following the release date. See the full schedule here, and order your personal copy of Fed & Fit here.
This was an information packed conversation with tons of laughter (as usual). So grab a pen and paper and take some notes before heading out the door on your next grocery trip.
P.S. A big thanks to our friends at Bedlam Crossfit in San Antonio, TX for allowing the three of us to come crash their box. If you're ever in the area, check these guys out. You will not be disappointed!
Show Notes and Other Mentions
We have all seen that guy: the one walking down the street, minding his own business and looking perfectly normal except for one thing, he's barefoot. He's as happy as can be trotting down the street, running and hiking, in the supermarket, at trade shows, and even on an airplane!
Steven Sashen, owner of Xero Shoes is here to tell you why you should be that guy and how you can do it in style!
You may remember Steven and Xero Shoes from his now infamous Shark Tank episode. However, the journey of barefoot life began long before the cameras started rolling. Around 2009 Steven was returning to his roots as a sprinter, but was constantly plagued by chronic and nagging injuries, achy joints, tender knees, and sore hips. It came to the point where Steven was having to convince himself that he was having fun sprinting again, yet it was more painful than ever before.
It was not until a friend suggested he attempt barefoot running with a group in Boulder, Colorado that he found relief from his pain. On day one of running barefoot, Steven wound up running over 3 miles! After a couple of weeks, his pain dissipated. He would later become a Masters All-American Sprinter.
This newfound technique radically changed his life and he wanted to live barefoot as much as possible, however we know that is not always practical. So, Steven took matters into his own hands when he walked into his neighborhood Home Depot and built the closest thing to a barefoot running shoe the world has ever seen! He has since grown his "rubber and string" shoes into a multi-million dollar business.
In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, we uncover the entirety of Steven's story as well as:
By the end of this episode you'll be swearing off your brand name shoes and itching to embrace the barefoot lifestyle!
So kick off your shoes, literally, and allow Steven to drop some serious barefoot health knowledge on you!
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