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70: Mary Shenouda — The Paleo Chef, on Living Your Dream Life

By October 22, 2016Podcasts
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NOTE: This podcast and the write-up contain adult language.

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“Everything that matters in my life came after ‘f**k it.’ So there’s just so much magic on the other side of ‘f**k it!’” ~ Mary Shenouda, The Paleo Chef

Mary ShenoudaHave you ever thought about what you would do if you just said, ‘f**k it?”


Stop and think about that for a minute.

What are you not doing because you don’t know how, it’s too hard, you’re unsure of the result, you’re afraid of the consequences, you don’t know where to begin, you’re afraid of screwing it up, the risk is too great, someone may find out you don’t know what you’re doing, or you’re afraid of failing?

Mary’s Shenouda’s life began once she decided to let go of all of those reasons, fears, rationalizations, and made-up consequences of pursuing the life of her dreams. She just started doing it.

Mary ShenoudaSuffering from headaches and migraines for pretty much all of her life, she discovered her own cure by changing the types of food she ate from what you might call a “normal” American diet to paleo. While doing so, she became incredibly proficient in the kitchen, honing her skills as a self-taught chef and coming up with her own twist on recipes and dishes. She even invented a few of her own snacks and treats for which she has become well known (like Unicorn Fuel and Phat Fudge).

The result of this? She’s a highly sought after private chef for the elite of Los Angeles with an Instagram following of over 90,000 and a wildly popular energy snack that she sells all over the world called Phat Fuel.

Mary’s life is an open book and during this podcast she shares a lot of herself and what got her here. She even does a shim-sham flim-flam on me and starts interviewing me at one point.

Check it out —I know you’ll enjoy!

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Links Mentioned

@paleochef on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (also on Periscope and Snapchat)
@phatfudge on Instagram.
The Paleo Chef — Mary’s website.
Unicorn Fuel — A how to video hosted by the creator, Mary!
Phat Fudge — How to buy.
Minding Your Mitochondria — TEDxIowaCity talk by Dr. Terry Wahls
Myers Briggs Type Indicator — Information on how the test works.
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha — by Tara Brach
Squatty Potty — “Healthy Colon : Happy Life.”
Tushy — Simple bidet attachment.

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Andy Petranek
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.