Tis the season for New Year's resolutions, right? Without a doubt, the initial decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle is an important first step. You have to take the first step at some point. However, once you make the commitment, how do you go about implementing it? As they say in business, ideas are a dime a dozen. Execution is everything.
Well, one of the best ways to help you reinvent yourself is to watch and learn from the best. People who have taken life by the horns, blazing trails along the way. People like Steph Gaudreau.
Steph is a certified holistic nutritionist, weightlifting coach, and best-selling author. She is also the owner and primary writer of stupideasypaleo.com, an incredible website that has helped hundreds of thousands of people with its informative podcasts and blogs, nutritious meal plans and recipes, and effective workout programs. Her best-selling The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner's Guide to Real Food for Performance and award-winning The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Eating Better, Getting Stronger & Gaining the Competitive Edge have been smashing hits. And to top it off, she is also an Olympic weightlifter. How do you like them apples?!
We were honored when Steph agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are her answers to your questions…
Step 5 of the Whole 30 program mentions the importance of getting your house ready when making the switch to Paleo. I'm finding that difficult with my spouse and children not on board with the idea. Can you recommend 2-3 ways/reasons to persuade them of the value of going Paleo?
I can’t think of a single person on the planet who wouldn’t want to look, feel, and perform better in their lives. If that short snippet doesn’t win them over, trying to convince them by arguing, bribing or any other means won’t work. Just live by example.
If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?
We’re actually on vacation right now so not a whole lot! But there’s definitely a bunch of different fermented veggies, cold brew coffee, and a vacuum sealed 6-pound pork shoulder for when we get back. You know, the important stuff.
How did you first become interested in Paleo nutrition? Can you take us back to that time and place in your life?
It was fall 2009. My friends told me about a paleo book, and I thought it sounded crazy to change up my diet so much…but I was up for anything. I was racing mountain bikes at the time so I was pretty skeptical of giving up the stereotypical pasta at nights and bagels for breakfast. As it turned out, I ended up with more energy, my racing improved, and I felt better than I had…EVER. No more funky digestive problems, no more struggling to stay awake after lunch every day. It’s been years and while my diet has shifted here and there to accommodate where I’m at in life, it’s still paleo at heart.
What's one bad habit you're trying to get rid of?
Checking social media while eating. I could use the excuse that it’s part of my job to stay on top of social media, but it’s a terrible excuse.
What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
I’m at the point in my fitness journey where I don’t do things I hate anymore. It’s not worth it. Sure, there are some things I find mildly annoying or tricky (looking at you, snatch balances) but overall I know that improving skill comes from doing things I’m good and not-so-good at.
What is something you like that most people would be surprised to learn?
I’m a total Lord of the Rings nerd.
Have you ever used red light therapy? If so, what sort of results did you experience?
I haven’t…yet. Convince me!
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
Hands down, Simon Sinek of TED Talk fame. His work on purpose has been so influential in my life. Check him out here.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
You can never be too strong.
Thanks for submitting your questions for Steph! And thanks again to Steph Gaudreau for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out Steph's website when you get a chance. You're going to love it. Trust us. :)