“When to quit” with Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo

Ever wonder what it takes to make your side hustle your full-time hustle while working a graveyard shift, publishing New York Times Best Selling Books and raising two kids? If you’re looking to create work in a way that inspires you while still helping the community you serve without selling out who you are, then this episode is for you.

In this episode I get cozy with Michelle Tam.

Michelle is the creator of the Saveur Award winning food blog, Nom Nom Paleo. Together with her husband, Henry Fong, she also produced a two-time Webby award winning cooking app, authored two New York Times bestselling cookbooks, and was nominated for a James Beard Award. Michelle has a degree in nutrition and food science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorate in pharmacy from UCSF. For over a dozen years, she worked the graveyard shift at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as a night pharmacist before her side hustle, Nom Nom Paleo, became her main hustle.

We talk about her new Paleo-Friendly sauces featured in Whole Foods, how to talk to your kids about the food we eat, her unconventional way of writing books, and the journey to building a blog into a business.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Non Nom paleo

Connect with Michelle and Nom Nom paleo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Ready or Not! by Michelle Tam

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam

Non Nom Paleo app

Non Non Paleo in Whole Foods

Command for Instagram

Eva Chen


Key Quotes:

“It’s great to work so hard on something, but it’s even better when you’re passionate and excited about the thing you’re working hard on.” [8:43]

“After doing this for almost 10 years, I’ve totally either grown a thick skin, or people don’t care that much about you.” [12:47]

“I think you have to stop playing small all the time and just try to do the things that scare you.” [15:37]

“I just dreaded going to work, and I just wanted to do all things Nom Nom Paleo, or hang out with my family. That was what was driving me.” [32:17]

“I think you just have to be willing to adapt to change.” [42:48]


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