Love List – Victory Belt Publishing

Oh my goodness, this has been a whirlwind of a weekend so far. About a month ago I entered a contest to celebrate the release of a new cookbook by some of my favorite bloggers with the hopes of winning a chance to hang out with George of Civilized Caveman, Julie of PaleOMG, and Pete of Pete’s Paleo in San Diego. And guess what guys? I won! There was a lot of dancing around and maybe just a little celebratory giggling.

So to celebrate this awesome experience coming my way, I purchased the rights to and made this whole blogging thing officially official. Also, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Victory Belt books because if you don’t already know what awesome works these guys have published, you need to know!

The Paleo Kitchen

Preordering this awesome cookbook entered me to win the contest, and it will come out on June 10th and you should go reserve your copy now if you haven’t already. Juli was the first paleo blog I ever subscribed to, and her slow cooker recipes have saved me more than once. If you miss some of your pre-paleo grain filled favorites, you need this cookbook because George has gotten paleo baking down to a art form!

The Paleo Coach

Jason Seib is just an all around amazing guy. If you’ve gotten all the information you need about diet and nutrition, but can’t seem to act on it, this is the book you need. Jason dives into the science of why the standard American diet isn’t working for us, and the psychology behind making real change in your life. He presents everything in a super easy to understand voice so don’t worry, you don’t need a MS in Nutrition to get all of the information you need.

Practical Paleo

If you’re just starting with a paleo lifestyle, this is book I recommend you pick up. Most of Diane’s recipes can either be precooked ahead of time, or are easy to put together on a weeknight after work (trust me, I’ve followed her digestive health meal plan!). She starts by breaking down the nuts and bolts of nutrition with a TON of great visuals, and then you get a whole cookbook attached to it too! It’s seriously two books in one. I love it!


Are you looking to take your whole food or canning game to the next level? Pick up a copy of Fermented by Jill Ciciarelli and you’ll be transported to a whole new world of preserving and improving your favorite foods. I have always struggled with digestive health, and especially after having to be on some pretty serious antibiotics at the beginning of the year, and a little bit of super flavorful fermented foods can really go a long way in getting me back on track.

So that’s what is sitting on my bookshelf from my friends at Victory Belt. Do you have some cookbooks you’re looking forward to, or have read so often they automatically open to your favorite pages? Tell me all about them in the comments!

Disclaimer! All of the book links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links, so any purchases made by following those links will help support this blog. I have not been asked to endorse any of these products, I just love them and I think you would love them too! 


Some of my Favorite Podcasts

Happy Thursday everyone! I wanted to share some of my favorite health & fitness podcasts. I do a lot of driving with a 40 minute commute each way, and try to do some walking every day, and while I love music, I love learning even more. Here are the podcasts I plug into the most often…


The Jillian Michaels Podcast

Jillian is like my fitness psychiatrist, I don’t agree with everything she says, but she’s got the why behind weight gain and obesity down to a science. I can’t agree that weight loss is simple math and if you take in fewer calories than you burn that you’ll get the body you want. However, I love the banter between her and her producer and she gives some advice that blow my mind sometimes. If you need some real talk in your life, or are looking for something to inspire you to start your journey or take the next step, give Jillian a listen.


The Everyday Paleo Podcast

 I’ve been eating paleo for almost a year now, and Jason and Sarah have really helped me to shape my plan. They break it down in a way you can understand, and never get too technical, and always sound like they’re having a good time. Thanks to these guys I’ve started eating more protein and fat throughout the day, and have started to ween myself off my morning smoothies. These are the guys to ask if you have questions about making it over the cravings hump or burning fat. I have Jason’s newest book “The Paleo Coach” and I can’t wait to dig in and help dial my eating in.


The Paleo Solution Podcast

Robb Wolf hosts The Paleo Solution, and if you’re interested in the biochemistry of what you eat, this is a great podcast. I have an educational background in the sciences, but I think even those with a very basic understanding of how the body works could follow most of the episodes. Most of their training tips are more male-centric, but if I ever had a question about what I needed to do to dial in a specific effect (reduce psoriasis flare ups, set a new PR, or paleo pregnancy questions) I would ask these guys.

Those are my top three, what are you guys listening to on the road or treadmill? I always love new recommendations.