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Primal Potential

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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Jul 12, 2018

It's our 500th episode! We actually passed this milestone a while back, because I didn't start out naming the Q&A episodes, but this is "officially" episode 500! On top of that, today is Primal Potential's 4th anniversary! The very most important thing on this day is YOU!

From the bottom of my heart - thank you for being a part of the Primal Potential family. There would be no Primal Potential without you. For every email you've sent, for every episode you've listened to & blog you've read - thank you! I cannot to see the changes we make together over the next 500 episodes!

We are really extending the celebration over here! I asked you all what you wanted to hear for the 500 episode and you gave so many great suggestions.

Some of you wanted to hear an update episode with me & my mom. That aired in episode 497. Some of you wanted to hear success stories from clients who have created transformations. One of those aired in episode 498 and another is coming in episode 501. Some of you asked to interview me and that's what we're doing today!

For episode 500, the Primal Potential Masters Club has turned the table and they are asking me about Primal Potential, my struggles and successes and where I want the podcast to go from here!

I hope you and enjoy it & thanks so much for helping me celebrate!

https://primalpotential.com/500/

 

Jul 10, 2018

Every week, I have a live Q&A webinar with clients in my 12 Weeks to Transformation groups. This past week, there was an obvious theme to the questions that came up: guilt.

In today's episode, we're talking about guilt that stems from the story we create around our choices. We unlock a powerful truth: you create the story. You can always create a new one. You are the master story teller and meaning maker in your life.

As you create these stories are food, alcohol, relationships, workouts or anything else - how do you feel? How do you feel when you believe those thoughts? Do you want to continue to endorse that belief?

In today's episode I'm sharing part of the challenge I gave my clients. I had them do 3 things:

  1. Identify a story that isn’t working and/or doesn’t reflect what you want
  2. Define a new story
  3. Practice the new story daily in both thought and action

This is an episode you won't want to miss!

https://primalpotential.com/499/

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Jul 9, 2018

We have so much to celebrate this week! We're closing in on our 500th episode and it's also Primal Potential's 4 year anniversary!

Last week I asked you all how you wanted to celebrate the 500th episode and many of you suggested hear from some of my clients who have created success and change. Today we're doing just that!

You're going to hear from Amber - a working mom who has lost 120 pounds in the last 18 months. While that's crazy impressive, the weight loss isn't the primary change she made. In fact, the weight loss is a result of the changes she made to the way she thinks.

She's going to share how she made these changes and some of the biggest mindset tools that are helping her along the way.

https://primalpotential.com/498/

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Episode 497 - Family Dynamics and Relationships

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Jul 5, 2018

What a special episode! Today I'm sharing a conversation with both my mom & my sister where we answer a handful of questions from the Primal Potential Masters Club & my summer 12 Weeks to Transformation Veterans. We talked about their perspective on my weight struggles and how our relationships have been challenged by them.

We talked about how we have grown and changed as a family and what they have learned from the podcast.

I am so grateful for this episode and it's definitely one of my favorites!

https://primalpotential.com/497/

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Episode 204: My Mom Is On The Show!

Episode 211: Me & My Sister

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Jul 2, 2018

The other day, I got a wonderful question via Instagram direct message. Here's what it said:

"You’re younger than I am and you have your stuff figured OUT!!! How did you get to the point where you stopped binging, stopped making excuses and got consistent?"

I still make excuses. I just have a practice of challenging them and demanding of myself the whole truth.

In today's episode, I'm giving some examples of how I do that so I can be stronger than my excuses. Don't miss it!

https://primalpotential.com/496/

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Problem & Practice Blog

Episode 168 on Journaling

Episode 206 on Journaling

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Jun 28, 2018

All or nothing is about cycles of intensity & avoidance. All or nothing approaches to fat loss overlook the key to success: consistent execution of the basics. We love dramatic approaches that create dramatic results, even if they aren't sustainable. Here's the thing: it's not sexy, it's not glamorous and it's not exciting but it is both effective and sustainable: know your basics and ruthlessly pursue consistency. In today's episode we're talking about what it looks like when we skip the basics and pursue intensity and how to create a much more effective approach.

https://primalpotential.com/495/

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Primal Potential Episode 369: Chasing Excellence

Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

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Jun 25, 2018

The other day, I posted on Instagram that more often than not, it's our internal conditions that need to change, not our external ones. We're so quick to place blame on our external circumstances: we don't have enough time, we don't have enough money. Our work schedule is crazy. We don't have enough support. However, when you realize that your lack of progress & lack of consistency are more about your internal conditions than your external ones, you're in a major place of power.

Your internal conditions include your thoughts, words, attitude & perspective, to name a few. In today's episode, we're diving into the how of this. How, exactly, do we do this work to change our internal conditions? I've got you covered! Tune in!

https://primalpotential.com/494/

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Jun 21, 2018

What is CBD? Does it get you high? Can it get you high? CBD refers to cannabidiol and is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. Not only does CBD not make you feel "high", it actually can block the "high" triggered by the psycho-active component, THC.

The reason we're looking at CBD is due to it's anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and endocrine-supporting properties.

We'll talk about what CBD is, what it isn't, how it works, the body systems it influences and how it can be used.

https://primalpotential.com/493/

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Jun 18, 2018

Today's episode is a hybrid - part book club episode, part manifesto on your ability, independent of all circumstances, to create change.

I read an amazing book called You Are The Placebo and it came to mind immediately when I got a couple of critical comments about episode 490 of the podcast. That episode garnered over 400 emails, text messages, direct messages & social media comments from people who found it helpful and inspiring. It also garnered two critical comments from listeners. Both felt they needed to inform me that depression isn't a choice. Interestingly, I agree and never said it was. I do, however, believe that in every circumstance, we DO have power to create change.

That is what we are diving into, especially the science behind our thoughts, in today's episode. This is, without question, one of my favorite recent episodes! Don't miss it!

https://primalpotential.com/492/

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You Are The Placebo

Episode 490: Joy, Pain, Progress & Depression

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Jun 14, 2018

Getting out of debt changed my life. I had no idea that working towards a financial goal would have such a profound impact on health, motivation and fitness, but it did. Some of the biggest lessons I've learned in life came from getting out of debt.

The same is true of working out. Building a habit of going to the gym and embracing fitness has taught me lessons about hard work, consistency and stepping out of my comfort zone. Many of these lessons have come directly from CrossFit and while they were learned in the gym, they've changed my life outside of the gym!

https://primalpotential.com/491/

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Episode 035: Fitness For Fat Loss

Episode 189: Facts About Fitness Trackers & Heart Rate Monitors

Episode 160: Fat To Fit - Fitness

Episode 215: 6 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Workout

Episode 408: Incorporating Fitness & Staying Motivated

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Jun 11, 2018

Change can be hard. It can be frustrating. It can feel lonely. For much of my life I felt exhausted by work I hadn't even yet done...I felt like the road ahead of me was impossible. I have no doubt that those feelings contributed to depression & isolation.

I could absolutely still choose that perspective. I could choose to upset myself by fixating on what I don't yet have, on how far I have to go, on the gap between where I am and where I want to be and the work I'll have to do to change.

Fortunately, I choose a dramatically different perspective and my new perspective makes change dramatically easier and prevents me from experiencing depressive symptoms.

Like many of you, I've been moved by the recent high profile celebrity suicides. In today's episode, I'm talking about pleasure, pain, joy and depression. Even if depression isn't something you're struggling with, this episode might help you help someone you love.

I hope you'll listen.

https://primalpotential.com/490/

If you or someone you know needs assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to the suicide prevention hotline. More information can be found here.

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Jun 7, 2018

There are hundreds of fat loss strategies. Many of them are nutrition strategies. There are also mindset strategies, lifestyle strategies and fitness strategies. In today's episode, we're taking a tactical look at the most important & effective nutrition strategy for both fat loss and energy. This strategy will not only support your fat loss goals but also your overall health, your body's inflammatory response, your hunger, cravings, mood and energy levels. Don't miss this one.

https://primalpotential.com/489/

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Episode 316: Wired To Eat

Episode 195: Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

Robb Wolf: Wired To Eat

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Jun 4, 2018

Friends, I am really excited for today's episode! If you are struggling to stay motivated, this conversation about change being hard versus not changing being hard is one you need to hear. Is it really hard or is it an easier life that is simply unpracticed & unfamiliar? That's what we're exploring today! Don't miss it!

https://primalpotential.com/488/

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May 31, 2018

It is so important to challenge yourself & step out of your comfort zone. If you want to create change in your life, you have to create change in your choices. In today's episode, I'm introducing 5 ways you can challenge yourself today, this week and this month.

Plus, I'm doing a giveaway to encourage you to embrace these challenges (with a great attitude!)

To be eligible to win a Thrive Market or Amazon giftcard, you'll need to do the follow prior to June 15th 2018:

  • Follow @elizabethbenton on Instagram
  • Tag @elizabethbenton in a post of a screenshot of or quote from your favorite Primal Potential podcast episode
  • Include in the caption the way you successfully challenged yourself for a day or week

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https://primalpotential.com/487/

May 28, 2018

We've been talking a lot lately about this idea of your personal brand and rebranding yourself in a way that raises your performance to a higher standard. In episode 480 I introduced the idea for a Primal Potential rebrand and in episodes 481, 484 and 485 I shared some of my Masters Club clients rebrands.

Those episodes generated a TON of enthusiasm & excitement as well as a bunch of questions. In today's episode, we're answering those questions including:

Elizabeth, what's your brand? What motivates you?

We'll also tackle on some seemingly unrelated questions about working out, the microbiome and how frequently we indulge.

https://primalpotential.com/486/

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May 24, 2018

This episode is explicit. This is a real conversation with a client who has struggled with body shame, self-criticism and simply being unkind to herself. While working on a personal rebrand, we have a candid conversation about where she has held her treatment of others to a different standard than the one she has for herself. It's not right. More than that, it's taking joy from her life and causing her pain. Most importantly: it's self-inflicted which means she can create a change right now.

If you are sensitive to strong language, this isn't the right episode for you. If you're ready for a bit of fire and truth, take a listen!

https://primalpotential.com/485/

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May 21, 2018

Last week, I had a powerful call with one of my Primal Potential Masters Club friends. We were talking about how she wanted to rebrand herself. We're doing this to give us a great sense of certainty & direction that will help in all our many moments of decision making.

Hotel behemoth MGM recently decided to rebrand themselves. In their video, they clarify their new brand: "We're not in the hotel business. We're in the holy sh*t business".

Having that clarity in their brand makes all their decisions easier. As they decide what should be in their lobby, what the guest rooms should look like, what their restaurants should serve and which books they should act, they will be guided by their brand: we are in the holy sh*t business.

So, those of us in the Primal Potential Masters Club are doing the same. Today, I'm sharing with you one of those conversations. I know you're going to love it!

https://primalpotential.com/484/

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Watch that MGM commercial - it's going to fire you up!

Episode 480: Transformation Is Now

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May 17, 2018

What are the narratives you escape to that have nothing to do with what you're trying to achieve and where you're trying to go? In today's episode, we're pointing out where you're giving your energy & thought that simply isn't relevant. It's either attaching you to a problem or past pattern or it's keeping you from stepping into the solution.

If you're struggling to get out of your head, out of your way and make consistent progress towards your goals, you don't want to miss today's short episode!

https://primalpotential.com/483/

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May 14, 2018

We have more bacterial cells than human cells. We have more bacterial DNA than human DNA. There is no question that our microbiome has a massive impact on every single aspect of health. If there is an issue with your bacterial diversity or quantity, it will have an impact on your health.

The bacteria, viruses and fungi that make up your microbiome play a massive role in digestion, metabolism and body composition, but that's not all. They are a major player in immunity, mood, cognitive ability, heart health, inflammation and more.

In today's episode we're looking deep into the impact of the microbiome and what we can do about it!

https://primalpotential.com/482/

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Episode 055: Probiotics for Health & Fat Loss

Episode 432: How Your Microbiome Can Help You Burn Fat

Q&A 7: Cholesterol Is Not the Culprit

075: How Much Fat Is Too Much Fat?

325: Which Fats To Avoid & Why

424: Dietary Fat & Blood Lipid Concerns

Episode 048: Leverage Your Genes To Fit In Your Genes

046: Water Filters & Hydration

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May 10, 2018

As I shared in episode 480, I'm working to help my Master's Club clients create new personal brands. It's an amazingly fun project & today I'm sharing a bit of it with you! One of my clients felt that she needed more control. The thing is, we already have all the control we need. There is, however, a difference between having control and taking control.

Listen to the episode for more!

https://primalpotential.com/481/

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The MGM commercial

Episode 480: Transformation Is Now

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May 7, 2018

It's not about becoming someone different. It's about, in any moment, choosing to BE different. Choosing something different. Transformation is later. It's not after weight loss. It's not down the road. It's a choice you make in every moment.

I don't want to give a long intro to this episode. Simply, you need to hear it. Make the time. It matters.

https://primalpotential.com/480/

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May 3, 2018

Today, I'm talking to you. Not a group of you, just you. You are capable of infinitely more than you think you are.

In every situation, you are response-able. You are able, in any moment, to choose a strong, positive response.

I'm sharing this with you today, in this way, so you have this as a tool in your toolbox when you need it most.

Enjoy!

https://primalpotential.com/479/

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Want more motivation? Episode 284: The Year Of You

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Apr 30, 2018

Today I'm answering YOUR questions! I really see this as OUR show and one of my primary objectives is to give you want you need. I want to help you overcome your challenges and excuses. I want to help you make progress towards your goals. One of the ways I can do that is by addressing what's on your mind and what's going on in your life.

In today's episode, I'm answering questions you've sent in, including:

  • How do you stay motivated after you've made considerable progess?
  • What are your fears?
  • Do you need to eat every 2-3 hours to maintain blood sugar?
  • I really struggle with moderation. Is it possible to change that mindset or is that just the way I am?
  • Do you ever have a bad day? What does that look like?
  • What are your personal tools for persevering in a negative environment?

Don't miss this episode! Make sure to let me know if you have questions!

https://primalpotential.com/478/

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5 Mindset Shifts That Changed My Life Part 1

5 Mindset Shifts That Changed My Life Part 2

5 Mindset Shifts That Changed My Life Part 3

5 Mindset Shifts That Changed My Life Part 4

5 Mindset Shifts That Changed My Life Part 5

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Apr 26, 2018

Today I'm answering YOUR questions! I really see this as OUR show and one of my primary objectives is to give you want you need. I want to help you overcome your challenges and excuses. I want to help you make progress towards your goals. One of the ways I can do that is by addressing what's on your mind and what's going on in your life.

In today's episode, I'm answering questions you've sent in, including:

  • What's my love language?
  • What are my go-to snacks?
  • What are my pet peeves?
  • What's my approach to pre and post workout nutrition?
  • What are the 3-5 changes I'd make immediately if I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

If you have questions you'd like me to weigh in on or topics you want my take on, go ahead and leave them in the comments or shoot me an email! I'll be doing a part 2 episode soon!

https://primalpotential.com/477/

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The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Lumberjack Coffee Co

046: Water - What You Need To Know for Health & Fat Loss

Jessie Mundell - To Birth & Beyond

Brazil Nuts from Thrive Market*

Episode 476: Food as Medicine - Brazil Nuts

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Cashews from Thrive Market*

Artisana Coconut Butter from Thrive Market*

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Apr 23, 2018

"Let food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food"

~ Hippocrates

Today we're taking a look at another food that can deliver medicinal benefis. Brazil nuts, largely because of their high selenium content, have a huge impact on thyroid health & inflammation. Beyond that, they can improve sperm production & motility, increase HDL cholesterol and combat depression!

Guess what? Brazil nuts aren't actually nuts! They are seeds from a larger nut. I had no idea!! The nut looks a lot like a coconut and inside are encapsulated seeds - the things we consider brazil nuts!

Tune in to hear who should eat some brazil nuts, who shouldn't, what you want to look for when you're buying them and how many is too many!

https://primalpotential.com/476/

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450: Food As Medicine - Coconut

458: Food As Medicine - Turmeric

466: Food As Medicine - Sulfur

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