It used to be so easy for me to say to myself, "Alright! I'm really doing it this time! No more excuses! This is it for real! I'm ready!!" But it never happened like that. It just didn't. I became a master of talking myself into whatever choice felt good at the time. I'd say, "It's just this one thing, it can't possibly hurt" or, "I'll be extra strict tomorrow" or "I'll workout later and be sure to burn it off". I knew exactly what debates and arguments worked best. Those types of internal debates are what I refer to as "anchors". They hold you back. They pull you down. They drag you off course. Identifying these anchors and understanding how you justify exceptions is absolutely critical in learning how to stop making excuses. Because really, these excuses, these internal debates are the exact reason you haven't got the results you want. It's the "why" behind your inconsistency. In today's episode we're getting super practical (and personal) about how to stop making excuses by identifying how you justify and excuse choices that won't help you reach your goals.
I've talked about coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in a handful of episodes today but I wanted to take a broader look at the very diverse and powerful benefits of coconut oil. I've previously focused on the benefits of coconut oil as it relates to energy and weight loss but it's so much more than that! Today we're diving into cholesterol, antibacterial properties, hormones and more!
Today's episode is HEAVY but I think it will be extremely valuable. We're going through 13 lessons about fat loss and life that I feel we'll be extremely helpful in your pursuit of your goals. And honestly, these 13 lessons about fat loss are super applicable to EVERY aspect of your life! These will help you conquer goals related to health, fitness, careers, relationships, finances and so much more. I'd love for you to send your thoughts and feedback! Let me know what you think and let me know what you'd add!
We're getting awfully personal in today's episode! Yep, we're tackling loose skin after weight loss and what you can do about it. We'll talk about how often loose skin is a true problem, when it's actually NOT loose skin but actually just stubborn body fat and we'll get into practical strategies for improving the structural integrity and elasticity of your skin via diet, lifestyle and (maybe) supplementation. We'll wrap up with my own personal experience with loose skin, my skin removal surgery and alllllll the intimate details!
Last week I aired an episode discussing 10 reasons you need magnesium for fat loss and health. It was a pretty awesome show and it generated a ton of great questions! The volume and quality of questions clearly indicated the need for a second show! In today's Q&A episode we're answering those questions and diving into deep detail about how magnesium works in the body. Specifically, we're going to talk about magnesium for PMS and how it impacts cravings (especially those for chocolate) and headaches. We're also going to talk about how magnesium impacts workout performance and how & why athletes have different magnesium needs. Lastly, we'll dive into more about supplements, topicals and epsom salts.
I recently wrote a blog post about why you haven't made progress yet and it generated a lot of discussion and a whole bunch of practical questions. In today's episode, we're diving a little deeper into that blog post to answer questions and provide support in finding out why you haven't done it yet. Why you haven't lost weight. Why you haven't changed your eating habits. Why you haven't been consistent. And more importantly, we'll help you take the steps you need to make those changes and start consistently getting results!
Heather Robertson, a working mom of 3, lost 170 lbs after a lifetime of struggling with her weight. She is now a fat loss coach, podcaster and blogger at Half Size Me and we teamed up to address some of the most common fat loss challenges and how we tackle them. We talk about how she taught herself moderation, how she maintains motivation, dealing with food pushers and much more!
Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body and the majority of us don't get enough of it. It is absolutely required for more than 300 reactions in the body. Without adequate magnesium, every single aspect of your health is impaired. In today's episode we'll cover 10 reasons you need magnesium for fat loss, for health, for energy and much more.
Another episode answering listener questions including:
How to go about finding your big rocks
Are carbs OK post workout
Does all fat burning happen in a state of ketosis
If veggies are carbs, how do they fit in the Golden Rules of carbs & fat loss?
Are you eating enough
Being stuck in a detrimental cycle
There are some very common traits shared among high achievers. In today's episode, we're going to talk about this 10 habits of high achievers so you can identify your own gaps between where you are and where you want to be and begin to move more quickly towards your goals!
In today's episode we're going through tons of paleo snack ideas! Snacking can be a tough thing for a lot of people and making healthy choices for snacks can be tricky. In today's episode we talk about snacking in general, whether or not it is best to eat every few hours and then provide a wide variety of paleo snack ideas and options!
For most of us, certainly for me, the key to achieving and maintaining your weight loss goals is in understanding how to stop self sabotage. It's in your ability to understand how you get in your own way, how you routinely sabotage your efforts (consciously or unconsciously) and then changing your behavior accordingly. This is far easier said than done but it is 100% possible if you're willing to pay attention, be honest with yourself and acknowledge that you have everything it takes to improve your life and change your behavior.
In today's episode we're talking how to increase energy with specific food choices. There are specific strategies (beyond caffeine and sleep) that will make a significant difference in your energy levels, focus and performance. We'll talk about the dos and don'ts of increasing your energy and talk about food choices that can help boost your energy.
In today's episode we're addressing a listener challenge that, to me, points to the gap between planning and doing. Maybe you recognize this pattern: you establish a plan. You set goals. You draft a menu for the week. You pre-determine how many workouts you'll get in. You stock up on healthy groceries. You don't execute. The groceries go to waste. You don't make it to the gym. You bring home takeout after working late. The next week, you go back to the same process. You refine your plan. You make it more specific. You spend more time on the plan than on the execution of the plan.
This is the 100th episode of the Primal Potential podcast! In this episode, I'm sharing some specifics about the factors that led to my emotional eating, weight gain and unhealthy relationship with food as well as the strategies I used to permanently overcome the factors that held me back for most of my life.
In today's episode we're tackling lots of questions about dietary fat including how much fat is too much, whether or not dietary cholesterol raises serum cholesterol and if fat really clogs your arteries. Plus, we'll go into healthy fat sources, how to incorporate fat into your meals and snacks, signs that you need more fat and how to monitor and adjust your fat intake.
In today's episode we're talking about all things CrossFit and weight loss with my own personal trainer and owner of CrossFit Altius, Nathan Keil. Nathan and I chat about how he programs workouts for fat loss and the keys to efficient, safe and effective workouts. We'll get into the specifics of workout timing, movements and myths and he'll even share 25 minutes reviewing what he ate yesterday (kidding, kidding....kinda). Nathan is a true expert in his field and is currently training for the 2016 CrossFit Games. Though he has super human strength and far above average fitness, he's a great teacher, motivator and coach. He shares his insight on who might benefit from a personal trainer and how do you even know if your trainer is any good.
One of the most popular Primal Potential podcast episodes was all about how to create a fat loss breakfast. I think a lot of people have a hard time with lunch, even more than breakfast, because they're often out of the house and eating on-the-go. In today's episode we're talking about paleo lunch ideas, recipes, and basic principles to put together a primal or paleo fat loss friendly lunch no matter where you are or how much time you have! Plus, we'll talk about strategies and ideas for making good choices when lunching out!
Last weekend I attended a conference called Podcast Movement and the opening keynote by Pat Flynn so closely paralleled what I talk about on Primal Potential about sustainable fat loss that I just HAD to share it with you. Pat shared 7 ways to defeat resistance as it relates to pursuing your business dreams and it confirmed for me something I proved to myself years ago: when you master weight loss, you can master anything. In fact, what is required to master any achievement can be transferred to any goal you have in life. Pat outlined 7 strategies and in today's episode I'm going to share with you how they can be applied to fat loss, nutrition and health.
Impatience. It’s a real problem. We make good choices for a day or a few days and then get incredibly frustrated that we aren’t seeing results. That the number on the scale isn’t lower. What the heck? Why am I not losing weight? I did my part! Why isn’t my body responding?? In today’s episode we’re talking about just that: impatience with the process.
In today's episode we're talking about 7 ways to break weight loss plateaus. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like your hard work isn't reflected by your body or the scale. Fortunately, these 7 strategies make a huge difference. With the experience of the many plateaus I hit during my weight loss and watching my coaching clients ebb and flow, there are a few simple strategies that can take you from stuck to success.
In today's episode we're talking about influencing family and friends when you're trying to adopt healthier habits. We answer listener questions about how to motivate and encourage people we love to make healthier choices and how to handle family and friends who don't support our choices and goals.
I'm sure you realize that your stress levels might be contributing to your trouble losing weight. But I'm not sure you realize what is contributing to your stress levels. Sure, emotional stress is a big problem. But what about physical stress? Processed foods, sugars and toxins create a stress response in your body whether you feel it or not. They cause damage at the cellular and vascular level that you might not recognize or feel for years. In today's episode we talk about stress management for weight loss: the common causes of stress, the symptoms of elevated cortisol, how it impacts your health and fat burning potential and how you can control cortisol via diet and lifestyle.
Fat loss is 90% what you eat. What you eat is 90% mental. If you don't control your thoughts, they will control you. This is very clear when we consider all the times we've really wanted to make good food choices but cave to temptation in the moment. Controlling your thoughts isn't just about positive thinking - in fact, positive thinking often falls far short. This is where power thinking comes into play. In this episode we talk about why positive thinking isn't enough and how power thinking can make a huge difference in your life regardless of your goal.
One of the most common questions I get is, "How can I lose weight after menopause?". So many women feel like their bodies have changed and no longer response to the weight loss strategies that always worked in the past. There's no question that weight loss and weight maintenance are more difficult after menopause, but it is still 100% possible. In this episode we talk about the most important and effective strategies for weight loss after menopause.