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Primal Potential - The Anti-Diet Solution to Mastering Fat Loss Naturally

The Primal Potential Podcast is the anti-diet approach to mastering fat loss NATURALLY. Everyone knows they should eat better and exercise regularly but Primal Potential talks about strategy for the tough stuff - HOW to overcome emotional eating, hormonal imbalances, unhealthy habits and your all-or-nothing dieting mindset. Each week we tackle a mainstream myth or challenge, we talk about weight loss facts, strategies and practical solutions for implementation. This isn't another preachy, weight loss show - we get to the root of FAT LOSS and how you can eat, live and think to optimize your body's ability to burn fat and keep it off! Primal Potential is here to help you lose weight, get healthy and master fat loss NATURALLY.
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Sep 19, 2017

We are all coaches. The person we coach most often and most influentially is ourself. Unfortunately, many of us keep calling plays that don't work.

In today's episode I'm sharing a coaching call I had with a Fat Loss Fast Track client that's really about about mindset. We talk about lies we tell ourselves, how the little things actually do matter and how you can identify the strategies you keep returning to that simply aren't working.

We also talk about the trap of "improvement" and how we can use "improvement" at the expense of "progress"

Lastly, we talk a bit about this week's live mindset masterclass. Don't miss it! Register now and be there live!

http://primalpotential.com/390/

Resources:

Next week's Motivation & Consistency Masterclass! It's free!

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Have you tried Thrive Market yet?

Bonus: if you go through thrivemarket.com/primalpotential you'll save an additional 25% & get free shipping on your first order. You'll also get a free 30-day membership!

 In today's episode I talked about Jackson's Honest Sweet Potato Chips.
 
Sep 16, 2017

What's the difference between primal and keto? How do I know if I'm in ketosis? Do I have to be in ketosis to burn fat?

We're tackling these questions and a whole lot more in today's episode.

In episode 387 I laid the foundation for our week of discussion around ketogenic diets. I defined ketosis, ketones and talked a little bit about "clean keto" versus all those keto plans touting ketogenic treats & desserts.

In episode 388 I had the great pleasure of interviewing Mark Sisson (author of The Primal Blueprint) and talking about his newest book, The Keto Reset Diet.

Today we're doing a bit of a debrief on those episodes to answer some questions and dive deeper into some of the powerful points we rushed through in episode 388.

If you've got questions about fat burning, ketosis or anything we talked about in episodes 387 or 388, don't miss this episode!

Reminder: next week I'm hosting a free mindset & motivation masterclass. The more we talk about nutrition & consistency, the more I feel the need to tackle mindset and the ability to create motivation because we can know a lot about nutrition strategy but not have the mental muscle to consistently implement it.

I hope you'll join me!

http://primalpotential.com/389/

 

Resources:

The Keto Reset Diet

The mindset side of change cannot be overlooked. If you struggle with the consistency we talk about in today's episode, make sure you sign up for the free mindset masterclass next week!

Mindset Masterclass: http://primalpotential.com/bestrong

Key terms:

Ketosis is a state of metabolic efficiency where you are able to burn stored energy in the form of body fat and ketones & not be dependent on regular high carbohydrate meals to sustain your energy, mood and cognitive focus.

Ketones are an energy source just like carbs, fat & protein are energy sources. Ketones can be used by your brain, your heart, and your muscles. Ketones are produced by the liver as a byproduct of fat metabolism.

Ketones produced under certain conditions:

  • blood sugar is low
  • insulin is low
  • muscle & liver glycogen stores are low

To understand more about this, listen to the following episodes of the Primal Potential podcast:

Episode 009: Carb Spillover

Episode 058: Understanding Fat Loss

Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

Next week's Motivation & Consistency Masterclass! It's free!

Fall FLFT Wait List

Learn more about the Fat Loss Fast Track

ASCEND Boston 

Have you tried Thrive Market yet?

Bonus: if you go through thrivemarket.com/primalpotential you'll save an additional 25% & get free shipping on your first order. You'll also get a free 30-day membership!

 Here are some of my favorite Primal Kitchen Products:
 
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil

16.9 oz on Amazon:  $14- $20

16.9 Thrive Market: $9.75

Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

On Amazon: $11.45

On Thrive Market: $7.45

Primal Kitchen Sea Salt Macadamia Nut Bars (Box of 6)

On Amazon: $17.28

On Thrive Market: $14.95

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Sep 14, 2017

Today we have best selling author Mark Sisson on the show. Mark's book The Primal Blueprint was a game changer for me when I was initially adopting a primal way of eating. Today we're talking about his newest book, The Keto Reset Diet and how he thinks that phases of what I'll call "clean keto" are the next level of primal in terms of anti-aging, fat loss, performance, satiety & energy.

For an introduction to ketogenic diets, ketones and other general concepts, check out episode 387 of the podcast where I talk about this stuff from a high level to lay the foundation for today's episode.

For today, we're talking about why Mark considers keto phases the next level of primal, what kind of carb & protein limitations you'll need for success

Mark said a few super powerful things in the episode that I want to really highlight:

Building a fast metabolism as a health goal is completely flawed. Accelerated metabolic function accelerates again. 

Guys, it's not that we need faster metabolisms. It's quite the opposite. We need more efficient metabolisms and we can create that with our food choices.

He also said, "When I'm keto, I'm barely keto & when I'm not, I'm barely not". 

Do you know what that is? It's consistency. It's getting to a place where there aren't wild fluctuations in the quality & quantity of your diet. That's what we need to focus on more than an inconsistent extreme approach.

I strongly recommend you check out his  new book, The Keto Reset Diet & definitely take a listen to today's episode!

http://primalpotential.com/388-keto-reset-diet-mark-sisson/

Resources:

The Keto Reset Diet

The mindset side of change cannot be overlooked. If you struggle with the consistency we talk about in today's episode, make sure you sign up for the free mindset masterclass next week!

Mindset Masterclass: http://primalpotential.com/bestrong

Key terms:

Ketosis is a state of metabolic efficiency where you are able to burn stored energy in the form of body fat and ketones & not be dependent on regular high carbohydrate meals to sustain your energy, mood and cognitive focus.

Ketones are an energy source just like carbs, fat & protein are energy sources. Ketones can be used by your brain, your heart, and your muscles. Ketones are produced by the liver as a byproduct of fat metabolism.

Ketones produced under certain conditions:

  • blood sugar is low
  • insulin is low
  • muscle & liver glycogen stores are low

To understand more about this, listen to the following episodes of the Primal Potential podcast:

Episode 009: Carb Spillover

Episode 058: Understanding Fat Loss

Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

Next week's Motivation & Consistency Masterclass! It's free!

Fall FLFT Wait List

Learn more about the Fat Loss Fast Track

ASCEND Boston 

Have you tried Thrive Market yet?

Bonus: if you go through thrivemarket.com/primalpotential you'll save an additional 25% & get free shipping on your first order. You'll also get a free 30-day membership!

 Here are some of my favorite Primal Kitchen Products:
 
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil

16.9 oz on Amazon:  $14- $20

16.9 Thrive Market: $9.75

Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

On Amazon: $11.45

On Thrive Market: $7.45

Primal Kitchen Sea Salt Macadamia Nut Bars (Box of 6)

On Amazon: $17.28

On Thrive Market: $14.95

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Sep 12, 2017

You can become a better fat burner. If you are overweight, if you have regular cravings or feel like you're hungry all the time, I'd bet that your body isn't very good at burning your stored body fat.

We can change that.

In today's episode we're talking about how you train your body to either be carbohydrate dependent or an efficient fat burner.

If your body can't efficiently access your stored fat as fuel, you'll have to eat more than someone who can efficiently access & burn fat. Plus, you'll be more hungry & have less energy.

We're going to address what ketosis is, what ketones are and how you can begin to train your body to become a better fat burner.

We're also chatting about an upcoming masters class on creating motivation & building consistency. Honestly, none of these nutritional strategies matter if you don't have the discipline to build the habit in the first place. I hope you'll join me! Here's the link to register:

http://primalpotential.com/bestrong

http://primalpotential.com/387/

Resources:

Key terms from today's episode:

Ketosis is a state of metabolic efficiency where you are able to burn stored energy in the form of body fat and ketones & not be dependent on regular high carbohydrate meals to sustain your energy, mood and cognitive focus.

Ketones are an energy source just like carbs, fat & protein are energy sources. Ketones can be used by your brain, your heart, and your muscles. Ketones are produced by the liver as a byproduct of fat metabolism.

Ketones produced under certain conditions:

  • blood sugar is low
  • insulin is low
  • muscle & liver glycogen stores are low

To understand more about this, listen to the following episodes of the Primal Potential podcast:

Episode 009: Carb Spillover

Episode 058: Understanding Fat Loss

Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

Next week's Motivation & Consistency Masterclass! It's free!

Fall FLFT Wait List

Learn more about the Fat Loss Fast Track

ASCEND Boston 

Have you tried Thrive Market yet?

Bonus: if you go through thrivemarket.com/primalpotential you'll save an additional 25% & get free shipping on your first order. You'll also get a free 30-day membership! 

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Sep 9, 2017

This episode will fire you up! We are drawing a line in the sand. If you want change in your life, it's time to change the way you think so you can change the way you act.

Change is possible but you've got to decide to do the hard work. Today's the day for change.

This episode was inspired by the song Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE. If you haven't heard it, take a listen! I've included the lyrics below as well.

Don't miss this episode! It's pure fire!

http://primalpotential.com/386/

Resources:

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ASCEND Boston 

The Thrive Market Product of the Day is: Picnik Butter Coffee (Cappuccino)

Unsweetened, creamy, and delicious, our Cappuccino is an instant classic. Picnik Butter Coffee is made from the highest-quality blend of fair trade organic coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil and packed with 10 grams of grass-fed whey protein.

A 6-pack on Thrive Market is $23.99

A 6-pack on Amazon is $29.99

A 6-pack on Picnik's website is $35.94

Bonus: if you go through thrivemarket.com/primalpotential you'll save an additional 25% & get free shipping on your first order. You'll also get a free 30-day membership!

Hard Love Lyrics

Trading punches with the heart of darkness

Going to blows with your fear incarnate
Never gone until it's stripped away
A part of you has gotta die today

In the morning you gon' need an answer
Ain't nobody gonna change the standard
It's not enough to just feel the flame
You've gotta burn your old self away

Hold on tight a little longer
What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love
You can't change without a fallout
It's gon' hurt, but don't you slow down
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love

You know the situation can't be right
And all you ever do is fight
But there's a reason that the road is long
It takes some time to make your courage strong

Hold on tight a little longer
What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love
You can't change without a fallout
It's gon' hurt, but don't you slow down
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love

When the wolves come and hunt me down
I will face them all and stand my ground
'Cause there's a fire burnin' in me
They will see my strength in this love I found
Oh

Hold on tight a little longer
What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love
You can't change without a fallout
It's gon' hurt, but don't you slow down
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love

It's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love
Oh, it's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love
Oh, it's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love, it's a hard love

Hold on tight a little longer
What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love
You can't change without a fallout
It's gon' hurt, but don't you slow down
Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love
'Cause it's a hard love

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Sep 7, 2017

This episode is a must listen! Today I'm talking to one of my Fat Loss Fast Track clients who, as a busy, working mom, has lost 100 lbs in the last year!

We tackle how she did it, what she focused on to make it easier, more sustainable & more successful than past dieting attempts and what she's struggling with most.

We talk about consistency with workouts, food guilt & assigning emotion to food choices.

For those of you who are interested in the LAST Fat Loss Fast Track of 2017, it kicks off on October 1st and I'll be opening up registration exclusively to the wait list on September 14th. Make sure you're on the wait list!!

http://primalpotential.com/385/

Resources:

195 - Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

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Sep 5, 2017

Today's episode gets to the root of why most people aren't successful:

They aren't sure what they really want and they haven't considered which choices give them what they want and which choices don't.

Seems obvious, I know, but when  you start to ask and answer the questions, you'll be surprised by what you find.

In today's episode I'm sharing a conversation with a Fat Loss Fast Track client where we quickly get to the heart of the matter. I ask her what she wants most.

She wants to finally feel proud of herself.

From there, we dive into what kinds of choices make her feel proud & what choices don't feel proud.

When we look at the choices that don't make her feel so proud, we see that she's not using what she wants most as the determining factor in decision making.

When she uses that simple question, "Will this make me feel proud", her choices become easier and her results improve dramatically.

Reminder: the final Fat Loss Fast Track of 2017 kicks off on Sunday October 1st and registration opens up to the wait list on September 14th! Click here to get on the wait list & learn more about it by listening to episode 352 of the podcast!

http://primalpotential.com/384/

Resources:

Fall FLFT Wait List

Learn more about the Fat Loss Fast Track

In today's episode I also talk a bit about Fatco Skincare - I'm not in any way affiliated with the company but I adore their skin care products.

I had been buying them from Fatco's site but they're so much cheaper through Thrive Market!

I use the Cleansing Oil which is $14.00 on the Fatco site and only 11.49 on Thrive Market!

Plus, the Myrrhaculous Face Cream (the other product of theirs I use) is $28 on the Fatco site and $18.29 through Thrive Market!!

You can save even more at Thrive Market if you shop through the thrivemarket.com/primalpotential discount link

You'll get an additional 25% off your first order + free shipping on that order and you'll get a free 30 day membership! 

ASCEND Boston

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Sep 2, 2017

A few weeks ago I shared a voice note with my Masters Club. I was nervous to share it. I didn't want to offend anyone or make it seem like I think behavior change is easy. I don't think it's easy.

But, I do think that we have, as a whole, become self-centered and weak minded. I think, because so many of us haven't personally lived through war, concentration camps, military combat or other intense trials, we've allowed our perspectives to become small.

So small, in fact, that we've convinced ourselves that food has more power than we do.

So small that we think, though well fed and safe in our homes, resisting a cookie after dinner or abstaining from a third glass of wine is what "hard" looks like.

I'm not suggesting it doesn't feel hard. What I'm suggesting is that if that's what hard means to you, we've got to adjust your perspective.

In today's episode I'm sharing some things that have really adjusted mine and making some recommendations for those of you who are feeling like change is hard.

I hope you enjoy it. I hope you hear it in the spirit I intend it - love and helpfulness.

http://primalpotential.com/383/

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 31, 2017

In today's episode I'm talking with one of my current Fat Loss Fast Track clients. For the first weeks, she was struggling to see results. But, in the two weeks prior to our chat, she had lost 5 pounds.

I asked her what changed. She said, "I started really paying attention to my hunger."

Guys, hunger is so major.

Sometimes, as was the case for this client, when we're eating healthy or fat loss friendly foods, we feel entitled to results. We get emotional about it.

"I'm eating healthy! Why isn't the scale moving!"

Because you're giving your body fuel when it doesn't need it.

Sure, when you feel like snacking you're choosing veggies and hummus instead of chips & dip but the reality is this: you're giving your body more fuel than it needs.

Extra fuel, regardless of the type, gets stored. There's no emotion about it. You don't "deserve" results.

Today we'll chat about understanding hunger, the common sense approach to knowing when you need more fuel and snacks that don't work.

To see the snacks I recommend in today's episode, see below.

http://primalpotential.com/382/

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Here are the snacks I recommended in today's episode. Historically, I'd have bought these on Amazon, but let's compare prices for a second, okay?

Epic Bars - Turkey Almond Cranberry - Box of 12

On Amazon: $37.56

On Thrive Market: $25.99

Primal Kitchen Macadamia Sea Salt Bars - Box of 12

On Amazon: $30.53

On Thrive Market: $27.99

Artisana Coconut Butter Squeeze Packs - 10 Count

On Amazon: $22.13

On Thrive Market: $17.95

You can save even more at Thrive Market if you shop through the thrivemarket.com/primalpotential discount link

You'll get an additional 25% off your first order + free shipping on that order and you'll get a free 30 day membership! 

Also mentioned but not available via Thrive Market: Naked Cow Beef Jerky

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 29, 2017

I'm pretty excited about today's episode - it's about how your perspective might be keeping you from creating success in the areas that matter most to you.

In episode 380 I shared with a listener a statement that has been really powerful in my life:

If you don't like the story you are in, leave.

If you don't like the story you are in, you have the power to change it - to create a new one.

Fortunately, I had an experience while traveling this weekend that really brought this to light so we're going deeper into this idea of story & perspective.

After all, our thoughts are infinitely more powerful than we realize and once we understand the way they are holding us back, we can create stories & beliefs that move us forward.

http://primalpotential.com/381/

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 26, 2017

Remember a couple months ago when I suggested having some free coaching calls & airing them as podcast episodes? We're doing it!

Today I'm talking with a mom of 2 toddlers who has lost 50 lbs in the last 6 months and wants to lose 50 more but she's struggling with both confidence & consistency.

We cover a lot in today's episode including getting motivated to workout, feeling like you're not good enough and staying focused when your sense of urgency decreases as a result of success & progress.

She shared with me that she struggles to accept compliments on her weight loss. I asked her why and she recounted a story of her mom telling her, as a child, to suck in her gut.

Even with 50 pounds of weight lost, she feels not good enough.

At one point I shared a favorite quote of mine with her: if you don't like the story you're in, leave.

I think you'll really enjoy this episode!

I'll be opening up more free coaching opportunities soon, so make sure you're on the VIP email list so you don't miss out!

http://primalpotential.com/380/

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 24, 2017

I'm pretty excited to share with you some of my favorite fat loss foods because I recently found a way to get them for less!

I'm a huge fan of saving money. I believe in the idea that it's not about how much money you make but rather about how much money you keep.

Prior to losing weight, I paid off about $130,000 in student loans and personal debt and since then, even with a divorce and starting a business, I have remained debt free.

The little things add up and in today's episode I'm sharing my top fat loss foods that I don't want to live without and how I'm saving money on them.

http://primalpotential.com/379/

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The folks over at Thrive Market emailed me a few weeks ago to suggest I shop for some of my fat loss friendly groceries on their site.

I won't lie: my first response was "Thanks, I'm good. I get great deals and free shipping on Amazon."

Fortunately, they persisted. They told me their prices were lower than Amazon's and their membership fee was less AND they were willing to give me & my listeners a free 30 day trial, 25% off our first order and free shipping on that first order!

Below is my list of things I'm loving from Thrive Market and I detail in today's episode how these prices compare to some retailers and Amazon.

To take advantage of this great deal, just go to this special link:

thrivemarket.com/primalpotential 

Once you're there, you'll get:

  • A free 30-day membership
  • 25% off your first order
  • Free shipping on your first order

Tune in to today's episode to hear why I love and how I use:

  1. Coconut cream
  2. Coconut aminos
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Butter coffee
  5. Himalayan sea salt
  6. Coconut butter squeeze packs
  7. Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

And more!

To get the special offer you must go to thrivemarket.com/primalpotential

Here's that cabbage salad recipe I mentioned! 

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 22, 2017

Is a high protein diet the metabolic equivalent of a high carb diet? In a lot of ways, yes.

Our bodies do not have a storage form of protein. Excess protein - more than the body needs to maintain lean mass and repair tissue - is often used in a process called gluconeogenesis, or the creation of new glucose (sugar) from protein.

Most people are eating far more protein than their bodies need and even when they're trying to minimize carbohydrate consumption, they are disregulating glucose & insulin due to their protein consumption.

In today's episode we're talking about things you need to know about protein to help you shed excess fat, reduce hunger, minimize cravings and be as healthy as possible.

http://primalpotential.com/378/

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In today's episode we talked about aiming for around 0.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass. Lean body mass is your body weight minus your fat mass.

You can figure this out if you know your body fat percentage.

For example, if a 200 lb individual is 30% body fat we can calculate that their fat mass is 60 pounds because 30% of 200 is 60.

Then, we'll subtract 60 from 200 to see that their lean mass (total mass minus fat mass) is 140 lbs.

Using the calculation of 0.5 grams of protein per pound of lean mass, this individual would target around 70 grams of protein per day.

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Aug 19, 2017

Progress stems from what you do. Change requires action yet most of us spend most of our time in thought.

In today's episode we're talking about the destructive impact of overthinking. You do not need to learn from your theoretic strategy - you will learn from your actual strategy.

When you aren't sure what to do, simplify your thought process, pick the choice that is most likely to help you grow and then learn from your action.

I'll be sharing a couple of messages I recently received from a client and her struggle to discern the "best path" from her overwhelming barrage of thoughts.

http://primalpotential.com/377-2/

Aug 17, 2017

There is a way to reduce hunger, minimize cravings, burn more fat, have more energy and dramatically improve your health that very few people are talking about: reducing internal inflammation.

We are missing the boat when we think of inflammation only as pain & swelling. It's so much more than that. Inflammation that we can't see or feel in the traditional way is often responsible for cravings, hunger, brain fog, headaches, acne, constipation, bloating, trouble losing weight, and so much more.

However, when we talk about the impact of inflammation, most people jump to considering anti-inflammatory foods & supplements. That's not the best way to go!

That's kind of like trying to put out a fire with water while you continue to stoke it with logs & newspaper.

Step one when trying to put out a fire is: stop fueling it!

In today's episode we're talking about strategies to stop fueling the fire of inflammation.

http://primalpotential.com/376-silent-inflammation/

How To Stop Triggering Inflammation In Your Body

  • Get a water filter (and here's an episode I did on the importance of water filters)
  • Eat less sugar
  • Reduce processed food consumption
  • Try reducing common irritants from the following categories discussed in the episode:
    • lectins
    • phytates
    • oxalates
    • mold toxins
  • Minimize or eliminate gluten consumption
  • Avoiding overeating (even overeating whole foods like protein)
  • Get more sleep
  • Stop overreacting - don't sweat the small stuff

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 15, 2017

The way we think about & approach fat loss is a problem. When we focus too much on the overall strategy and not enough on the daily strategy, a few things happens:

We can undervalue the importance of today because there is no immediacy to the macro view
We can overwhelm ourselves because we're looking at all the work that needs to be done & all the changes that need to happen instead of narrowing our focus to just today's work
Mental & emotional commitment to a strategy or approach doesn't equate to daily execution. You can attach to a big picture or a lifestyle without ever living it.

This is the fundamental difference between intention & action.

This is what we're breaking down in today's episode.

http://primalpotential.com/375/

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ASCEND Boston

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Aug 12, 2017

Back in July  you guys suggested that we turn the tables on the podcast and I be in the hot seat for an interview. I turned to my Primal Potential Masters Club to put together a list of questions and I'm sharing parts of the interview with you!

We are talking struggles, moderation, body acceptance, goals and so much more on today's podcast. I share my thoughts on what has surprised me most about Primal Potential, when I decided to start my own company and lots of thoughts on my own personal journey and experiences as a podcaster/teacher.

If you have questions you'd like me to answer, put them in the comments and I'll make sure to answer every one either in the comments or on my Anchor channel.

http://primalpotential.com/374/

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ASCEND Boston

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Aug 11, 2017

This is a special, random, unexpected mini-sode. Today, in fact, just a few minutes ago, my girlfriend Ella from On Air with Ella called to ask me about ASCEND.

When I picked up the call she said "I'm recording us" which was totally fine because we've had about a million casual conversations where after the fact we've thought - hey, that was some deep stuff. That could have been a podcast! Warning: because this was just a casual chat and we weren't thinking of it as a podcast, I do cuss. Sorry 'bout it! This episode is marked explicit.

While today wasn't deep, we still wanted to share with you our chat about ASCEND Boston, what it is and Ella joining the party for a special workshop!

I don't usually drop Friday episodes but this is a short one and I really hope we'll see you at ASCEND. Click here to get your tickets or read more below!

http://primalpotential.com/373-ascend-ella/

More About ASCEND

For years, the weight of that question, "why do I suck?!" pulled me into an almost constant state of frustration, disappointment and resignation.

To listen to extra info instead of reading it, click here.
Full link here: http://primalpotential.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Ascend-Boston-Email.m4a

I really, really, really wanted to change. I wanted to be healthy, lean, confident, energetic, fit & sexy.

But, I wasn't doing the work. 

I wanted it more than anything. I really did. But, in moments of temptation, emotion, fatigue or any number of other things, I'd turn to excuses like, "I'll start tomorrow" or "just one last hurrah to get it out of my system".

Then of course I'd wonder, "Why do I suck? What is wrong with me? What's it gonna take? Will I ever do it?"

After losing nearly half my body weight and shocking myself more than anyone else with my determination & persistence, I knew I had to help people like me.

It really wasn't just about weight loss because to be honest, my weight wasn't the only reason I had this "why do I suck?" feeling.

For a long time, I felt the same way about my finances. I was in debt. I was making decent money at my job but it was all spoken for before it hit my bank account each week because I owed on student loans, credit cards, a mortgage, car payments and a million other things.

I desperately wanted to be able to enjoy my money and find a way out of debt but I continued to buy clothes I didn't need and coffees that were 4 times the cost it would be to make at home.

So with well over 100 lbs lost and nearly 130K in debt paid off, I knew I had to help others fight the fight. But HOW?

I've done a lot of things. Primal Potential is 3 years old and it's helped hundreds of people with the Fat Loss Fast Tracks, the podcast, blogs, emails, Breaking Barriers & Carb Strategies.

BUT. It's not enough. It's not making the impact I know needs to be made. It's not making the impact I know I'm here to make.

I knew that there were still hundreds, if not thousands of people who were inspired by the content but haven't taken the steps to make meaningful change in their lives. 

I had to do more. What's the next evolution? But what? And how? How do I reach them?

ASCEND is how. It cuts through all the crap, rhetoric & theory and helps ME get to YOU. It's for you and about you. It's about actively MOVING to the next level of life & achievement. Right there. Right then. Together.

Last year, after feeling like I could only help so much with the podcast, I decided to host a live weekend even in Nashville Tennessee. I remember telling people, "I promise, it will change your life".

A few days before the event in Nashville, one of my clients emailed me. She had been explaining to her young daughter that she was going on a trip to see Elizabeth Benton. Her daughter replied, "Because she's going to change your life, right?"

Gulp. No friggin' pressure! I remember talking on the phone with my mom last night and recounting the story to her. She flatly replied, "Well, you told them you would."

As many of those original ASCEND attendees sign up for our second weekend event this November, I know they got what they came for, I know I did as I promised and here's the best part.

ASCEND Boston will be even better. I am 10000000% certain of that. I was nervous going to ASCEND last year but this year I am just over-the-moon-excited.

Like I said, there's only so much I can do on the podcast. We can't dive deep into YOU. I can't talk to YOU about your excuses and what's really behind them. I can at ASCEND. 

On the podcast, I can't carve out the time for you to REALLY connect with yourself, what you want and what needs to change for you to get it. I can at ASCEND. 

On the podcast, I can't sit down with you and say "there's a lot more behind what you're saying is hard. Let's power through that now. Let's set you free from that." I can at ASCEND. 

I got so, so excited today while I was working on ASCEND. See, I've committed a minimum of 1 hour every single day, 7 days a week, between now and ASCEND in November to work on NEW breakthrough topics & challenges to share. As I sat for my hour today I thought, "I think this is my favorite one ever!!! I wish it was November already..." But I know that by then I'll have 2 solid days worth of new & insanely powerful topics and challenges for us to go through together and I'll be just as excited to explore each one with you.

I say with confidence & excitement: ASCEND will change your life. 

And and I'm almost as excited that today is the day I get to invite you! 

ASCEND tickets are now on sale! There is tons of information below including what, where, why, how much & what else! Just don't forget: there are only a total of 80 tickets available for the event.

If you KNOW you need to be there and have heard how spectacular last year was, head to this link now to buy your ticket: http://primalpotential.com/ascendboston/

If you need to know more, I've got your back. Let's cover all our bases.

  1. You can read more about it here.
  2. You can listen to my thoughts, excitement and objectives in this voice note
  3. You can read through some FAQs below.


When? 
November 3rd & 4th in Cambridge, MA (just a stone's throw outside of Boston, right along the beautiful Charles River) There will also be a casual meet up with food & drinks on Thursday night November 2nd. Sessions will start at 8am Friday November 3rd so make sure you're there by then!

Where?
The Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge in Cambridge, MA just minutes from Harvard Square.

How much?
Tickets are $597. It was important for me to lower the price from last year when tickets were between $797 and $979. This year I challenged myself to give more to more people for less money. It's about impact, for me. Not income.

What does the price include?
Go here for more info (but read the rest first in case I cover another one of your questions).

Is ASCEND a weight loss event? 
No, it is not, though it will absolutely help you take ANY goal, including weight loss, to the next level. This is about you, getting what you want, and figuring out how to not let previous obstacles & roadblocks stand in your way anymore.

How is ASCEND different from what I talk about in the podcast?
The podcast is general. The podcast isn't about YOU. The podcast doesn't allow for personalized attention and activities. It's information. ASCEND is investigation. Personal investigation and a concentrated focus on YOU.

And if you didn't listen to the voice note yet - here's that. My thoughts & intentions about ASCEND. http://primalpotential.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Ascend-Info.m4a

If you have any questions and you've reviewed all the above information (and links), don't hesitate to reach out! I'm happy to chat it through with you!

I really hope to hang out with you in Boston in November! Here's that link again to learn more about what's included in the ticket price & to purchase your tickets.

http://primalpotential.com/ascendboston/

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Please note that tickets are non-refundable & non-transferrable. Fortunately, you will not regret attending this event. It might be the best weekend of your year! :-)

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 10, 2017

Dating & fat loss. We are going there today. Whether you are married, dating or single, this episode will tackle mindsets & strategies for staying true to your goals regardless of what people in your life eat or choose.

The reality is: no matter who you are with or what anyone around you chooses, you are always 100% in control of what you put in your mouth, how much & when.

Does this make it easy to make progress towards your goals when people are around you are indulging? Nope. But this is life.

I think it's a huge asset to have people in your life who eat differently than you do. It's an incredible opportunity to practice and become resilient.

I'm excited to talk about how I approach difficult situations, how I say no, when I indulge and how I strike balance between social eating situations and my goals.

If you have questions or strategies, please share them in the comments below!

http://primalpotential.com/372-dating-fat-loss/

Dating & Fat Loss Strategies

  • Pay attention to the kinds of choices that make you feel your best
  • Optimize your habits outside of date night
  • Don't apologize for or feel the need to explain your choices
  • Don't be dramatic -  you're not a victim of your choices
  • Stay away from self-deprication - it's not sexy or funny
  • Make dating about fun & connection, not food
  • Know what's worth it & what's not

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 10, 2017

Dating & fat loss. We are going there today. Whether you are married, dating or single, this episode will tackle mindsets & strategies for staying true to your goals regardless of what people in your life eat or choose.

The reality is: no matter who you are with or what anyone around you chooses, you are always 100% in control of what you put in your mouth, how much & when.

Does this make it easy to make progress towards your goals when people are around you are indulging? Nope. But this is life.

I think it's a huge asset to have people in your life who eat differently than you do. It's an incredible opportunity to practice and become resilient.

I'm excited to talk about how I approach difficult situations, how I say no, when I indulge and how I strike balance between social eating situations and my goals.

If you have questions or strategies, please share them in the comments below!

http://primalpotential.com/372-dating-fat-loss/

Dating & Fat Loss Strategies

  • Pay attention to the kinds of choices that make you feel your best
  • Optimize your habits outside of date night
  • Don't apologize for or feel the need to explain your choices
  • Don't be dramatic -  you're not a victim of your choices
  • Stay away from self-deprication - it's not sexy or funny
  • Make dating about fun & connection, not food
  • Know what's worth it & what's not

Resources:

ASCEND Boston

How To Leave A Rating & Review (thank you!!!)

Aug 8, 2017

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to everyone on my free VIP email list with my thoughts on the documentary "What the Health". Since then, I've received hundreds of questions about meat eating, dietary fat, fat loss, low carb diets and everything along that spectrum.

In today's episode, I'm going to share my thoughts on "What the Health" but also share some deeply data driven opinions of experts, including some of the highlights and considerations from Primal Fat Burner, a new book from Nora Gedgaudas.

I think it's a huge mistake to try to define ways of eating as "right" or "wrong". I think we waste a ton of energy & potential labeling vegan, paleo, primal or low carb as "good" and "bad". Realistically, they can all be done well and they can all be done poorly. They can all be built on high quality foods or low quality foods. They can all be designed to deliver great health or to create disease.

It comes down to quality, individuality and hormonal implications. That's what we're talking about in today's episode.

http://primalpotential.com/371-what-the-health/

Resources:

Primal Fat Burner by Nora Gedgaudas

Robb Wolf & What The Health

Understanding Carbs & Fat Loss

Understanding Insulin

Carb Strategies for Fat Loss E-Course

195: Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

Carb Timing

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 5, 2017

There's a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about food and metabolism. Every couple of months I want to devote an episode to misunderstandings about fat, misunderstandings about protein and misunderstandings about carbohydrates.

In today's episode, we are tackling some major misunderstandings about carbs and blood sugar. We'll also talk about specific changes you can make to improve your carbohydrate choices without drastic dieting choices and cutting out carbs.

If you have questions about carbs in general and want to get more clear on the basics, please check out episode 122 of the Primal Potential Podcast.

http://primalpotential.com/370-carbs-blood-sugar/

Resources:

Understanding Carbs & Fat Loss

Understanding Insulin

Carb Strategies for Fat Loss E-Course

195: Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

Carb Timing

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 3, 2017

Ben Bergeron released his first book a couple weeks ago: Chasing Excellence. I ordered it the day it was released, read it the following day and re-read it over the weekend. I then bought 21 more copies and will probably buy more.

I strongly recommend you get a copy and read it with your journal nearby.

In his book, he talks about the mindset required to be excellent. He trains some of the best athletes in the world and his primary focus is how they think.

He focuses first on the person: their character, mindset and mental toughness. Only with that solid foundation can he maximize their abilities.

In today's episode, we're talking about some of my favorite parts of the book and his principles can be applied to help you reach your goals.

http://primalpotential.com/369-chasing-excellence/

Resources:

Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

ASCEND Boston

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Aug 1, 2017

Today's episode might feel like tough love & you're not going to want to miss it. Do you talk yourself into "easing off" because it feels easier? Do you allow stress & emotion to justify not taking great care of yourself?

This episode is straight truth & fire about emotion, excuses, circumstances and growth. I think you're going to love it!

http://primalpotential.com/368-easing-off-isnt-easier/

Resources:

Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

ASCEND Boston

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Jul 29, 2017

What do you do when you don't feel like doing the work?

I am all for indulging when it makes sense, but I also know that continuously justifying indulgences & overeating can keep you from your goals and be a huge source of frustration.

In today's episode I'm sharing a few of my own personal strategies for overcoming that desire to throw in the towel or turn away from my goals.

If you feel like you need a better way to respond to temptation, stress, or simply the way you talk yourself into over-indulging, today's episode is for you!

http://primalpotential.com/367-overcoming-excuses/

Resources:

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