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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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Feb 28, 2017

The other day I sent out an email explaining how I have declared 2017 a year of "push" towards my physical goals.

In less than 24 hours I received over 700 responses to that email and most of you were inspired to push in your own lives. Many people had questions about patience versus surrender - about how to know if you're copping out and making excuses or if you really need to be patient for a season.

I've decided to address all your questions and comments in today's episode, especially things like how to know if you should be in a period of push or patience? When do you push? Towards what? And how?

I'll also address the one (so far) negative response that came in from the email.

I can't thank you guys enough for all the love, support and encouragement. I can't wait to share my journey with you!

http://primalpotential.com/302-push-or-patience/

Resources:

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 25, 2017


Today we're tackling "the gap" - the space between where you are and where you want to be or between what you intend to do and what you actually do.

In that gap are your excuses.

This is a bit of a workshop episode on eliminating excuses. Once you do that, you close the gap between your ideal and your reality.

It's time to stop accepting and believing your excuses. It's time to eliminate them.

http://primalpotential.com/301-workshop-eliminating-excuses/

Resources:

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 23, 2017

Get ready for some serious myth-busting today!

Is it true that you should eat every few hours to keep your metabolism from slowing down?

If you fast, are you setting yourself up to lose muscle?

On today's episode we're tackling those questions and announcing a special Primal Potential & On Air with Ella adventure!

We'll be talking about fasting, extended fasting and the health & hormonal response created by extended fasting protocols.

AND, we'll be inviting you on a special fasting adventure with us!

http://primalpotential.com/300-extended-fasting/

Extended Fasting

Tune in to hear Ella & Elizabeth discuss the following:

  • concerns about crash dieting
  • the physiological response to fasting
  • who should not fast
  • who might want to consider an extended fast
  • anti-aging benefits of fasting
  • body composition impact of fasting
  • our upcoming fasting adventure

Resources:

The Complete Guide to Fasting 

On Air With Ella Episode 090 - Fasting with Jimmy Moore

On Air With Ella Episode 093 - Fasting Prep & QA Part 1

On Air With Ella Episode 093 - Fasting Part 2

Is Fasting Right For Me - Quick Guide

Primal Potential on Fasting - Episode 037

Understanding Insulin

Feb 21, 2017

Have you ever felt like you either enjoy the full spectrum of food or you're missing out? That it's either one or the other and there's no middle ground?

I've been there! But enjoying food without regret is absolutely possible!

Today I'm sharing a conversation with one of my clients who is learning to do just that. She comes from an Italian family where food & drink was not just fuel but a way of life! Plus, she owns a bar so she's around food & drinks pretty much all day!

Not only has she lost 30 pounds, she's teaching herself how to enjoy food, life, alcohol and still feel great about herself and her goals. Don't miss her story!

http://primalpotential.com/299-enjoying-food-without-regret/

Resources:

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 18, 2017

Many of us spend an absurd amount of time thinking. We want to understand our behavior.

We want to craft a perfect plan.

We ask a million questions about our choices, decisions and lack of motivation.

It's time to turn thinking into doing so we can use our precious energy in a way that gets results.

Todays episode is just that: how to turn thinking into doing. Let's go!

http://primalpotential.com/298-turn-thinking-into-doing/

Resources:

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 16, 2017

I'm pumped for today's episode! I'm sharing a coaching conversation I had with one of my Fat Loss Fast Track clients and we're covering everything from parenting to perspective and her progress in creating a sustainable anti-diet approach to fat loss.

I think there's a lot you can relate to her in her story - she's a working mom & wife who has struggled with her weight for decades. She has lost weight and put it all back on, but she's made a shift in her approach to health & food.

We have a really candid conversation about stress, setting an example, and not manufacturing drama by engaging in problems that aren't hers to bear.

I'm super grateful that she was willing to share this story with all of you and I know it will be a great encouragement and challenge to each of you!

http://primalpotential.com/297-parenting-perspective-progress/

Resources:

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 14, 2017

One of the fastest ways to accelerate your progress & increase your results is by training your brain to focus more consistently on what you want most instead of on what you want now.

This is the key to becoming stronger than your temptations & excuses.

In today's episode I'll talk about a 5-minute daily exercise to help you train your brain and I'll share a snippet of a conversation I recently had with a client on this topic. Don't miss it!

http://primalpotential.com/296-training-your-brain/

Feb 11, 2017

Whether or not you've ever heard of billionaire business tycoon Ray Dalio, you can absolutely learn from his philosophies on life & success.

In 2010 he published his own principles & operating systems for wealth, happiness and goal achievement. In today's episode we're mining the billion dollar life lessons contained within.

Without exception, these principles are game changers!

If you're goal is health, fitness, fat loss, financial or anything in between, you won't want to miss today's episode!

http://primalpotential.com/295-life-lessons-from-ray-dalio/

Resources:

Principles by Ray Dalio

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 9, 2017

The other day I was in the middle of a hard workout and I thought of a lesson I learned from one of my past trainers (and great friend), Nathan Keil.

See, I used to use the transition from one exercise to another as a build in pause or rest. Whether it was 5 seconds or a minute, it was a built-in rest.

One day, during a particularly intense workout, Nathan said, "go immediately to the first rep of the next movement. No rest. No pause. Get to the next rep as fast as possible".

Even if I just did one rep of the next thing, the point was to break the habit of that pause.

After my workout, I realized just how applicable this is to life.

Let's say you eat something you wish you hadn't or don't feel too proud of. Isn't it so common to hem and haw about how to get back on track? How to bounce back? We use the transition as pause.

We overthink and overcomplicate.

What if we just got to the next great choice as fast as possible? No thinking, no planning, no strategizing. Just get to the next great choice as fast as possible.

Don't miss today's short episode to figure out how you can bounce back faster and take your performance to the next level.

http://primalpotential.com/294-how-to-bounce-back/

Resources:

Create Your Bounce Back Strategy 

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 7, 2017

I think we can all relate to periods of focus & determination as well as periods of avoidance and not doing the work.

The transition between those two periods begins with drifting. It might start as a slow drift but we gradually turn our attention away from our focus & our goals.

So how do you stop drifting?

Even when you aren't enthusiastically doing the work, how can you avoid the drift that precedes a period of avoidance?

Don't miss today's episode to learn more about how YOU drift and how you can learn to stay!

"Those who stay will become champions"

http://primalpotential.com/293-how-to-stop-drifting/

Resources:

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 4, 2017

In today's podcast I pose a question for you to consider: how are you complicit in your problem?

How are you complicit in creating the conditions of your life that you say you don't want?

We're so quick to point to the things we're doing to make positive changes and we're even quicker to identify how external circumstances hold us back.

But what's your part?

Today I'll be diving into this question and also challenging you to flip the script and identify ways you can be complicit in creating the circumstances and accomplishments you DO want.

http://primalpotential.com/292-how-are-you-complicit-in-your-problem/

Resources:

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Feb 2, 2017

I know that many of you don't have the support of your family & friends as it relates to your health or weight loss goals.

I've been getting an increasing number of emails from folks looking for ways to address family & friends who don't support their goals.

Recently in one of my Fat Loss Fast Track groups there was a conversation about spouses who bring home tempting foods on a regular basis.

Should you try to gain their support? What if you can't? In today's episode we're talking about how to crush your goals even when you don't have the support of your family & friends. Don't miss it!

http://primalpotential.com/291-family-friends-dont-support-goals/

Resources:

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 31, 2017

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Is there such a thing as a fat loss breakfast?

Are there certain foods that turn off your fat burning potential?

Do I have to eat breakfast?

If I put lemon in my water will I stop burning fat?

For how long should breakfast hold me over?

We're answering all these questions and more on today's podcast! Don't miss it! If you want more resources on breakfast and fat loss, check out the links below.

http://primalpotential.com/290-fat-loss-breakfast/

Resources:

Q&A 6 How To Make Breakfast A Fat Burning Meal

Episode 115: Breakfast Recipes & QA

Carbohydrate Tolerance

Stages of Carbohydrate Intolerance

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

Dos and Don'ts of Bulletproof Coffee

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 28, 2017

Today I'm answering your questions on emotional eating. This is one of the biggest barriers to progress.

It's not that we don't know what to eat to reach our goals, it's that in moments of emotion or stress, we act as though we don't care.

We certainly DO care, and overeating or overindulging creates more emotion, stress and frustration.

If there is an area where you struggle, don't miss today's episode!

If you are ready to stop feeling limited by your emotional pain but need help breaking through and taking action, please check out Breaking Barriers!

http://primalpotential.com/289-qa-on-emotional-eating/

Resources:

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 26, 2017

Life is hard. Emotional pain from loss, stress, fear or heartbreak can be overwhelming.

It can also be the reason we don't take care of ourselves or prioritize our goals.

In today's episode I'm talking about perspectives and strategies that will help you make progress through emotional pain. If you struggle with emotion, sadness or fear, don't miss this episode.

If you are ready to stop feeling limited by your emotional pain but need help breaking through and taking action, please check out Breaking Barriers!

http://primalpotential.com/288-progress-through-emotional-pain/

Resources:

Breaking Barriers

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 24, 2017

Yup. I love sports. I think they're incredibly analogous to winning in life. And, I love the New England Patriots.

A few days ago I watched the 2014 documentary "Do Your Job", a look inside the Patriots organization.

The parallels between their practice strategies and what is required for goal achievement in general were amazing.

In today's episode we're talking about goals, fat loss, life, sports & the New England Patriots.

This is probably one of my favorite episodes so don't miss it!

http://primalpotential.com/287-do-your-job/

Resources:

Paleo Power Meals (use the coupon code ebprimal20 to save 20% on your first order)

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 21, 2017

In today's motivational minisode I'm sharing a short entry from my journal. I wrote to myself, "When I practice what I preach, my life is pretty amazing. When I do what I know to do, life is easier & I am happier".

Guys, progress isn't a mystery. You don't need to know anything more. If you simply do what you know, not only will you make progress, you'll be happier and less stressed.

You don't have to do everything you know, but if you're willing to be honest with yourself, I am quite certain you can identify 2-3 things that, if done consistently, would make you happier and healthier.

Get to work & do what you know! While you're at it, take a listen to the full motivational minisode!

http://primalpotential.com/286-do-what-you-know/

Jan 19, 2017

When I get emails from clients or listeners who are sharing a struggle or asking for help, I often respond by asking, "what does your practice look like?"

You might understand the problem and you probably understand many of the solutions, too. But, understanding doesn't take the place of deliberate practice.

It's not enough to say "I want to lose weight" because there are a million different things you could do on any given day to lose weight.

Deliberate practice will dramatically accelerate your results. It requires that you identify one specific improvement you want to achieve and define your practice.

From there you must practice CONSISTENTLY & with great effort. Don't miss today's episode for a deep dive into deliberate practice!

http://primalpotential.com/285-deliberate-practice/

Jan 17, 2017

Let's make this year the year of you! Let's make this year the year when your effort isn't negotiable and your progress is consistent.

Today I want to share a personal conversation I had with a client. This particular client is so ready to change but her actions have yet to align with her intentions.

We recently had a tough-love conversation about progress, effort, excuses, negotiation and going all-in on yourself.

I told her that 2017 is my year, it's her year and I want it to be the year of you, too.

If you need a little bit of tough love, don't miss today's episode!

http://primalpotential.com/284-the-year-of-you/

Jan 14, 2017

I talk a lot about nutrition, hormones & mindset and their role in fat loss. However, today I'm talking about the precursor to all of those things. Today I'm talking about the foundation of fat loss that is most often overlooked: self-respect. Self-care. Even, shudder to think, self-love.

Our obsession with diets, detoxes, fasts, cleanses and everything in between has taught us to fight against our bodies instead of being on our own side and in our own corner.

You cannot hate your way to a body  you love. You cannot continue to resent your body, resist the process and be a complete dick (pardon me) to yourself and expect to reach your goals.

And if you hate your way to progress, it won't be enough when you get there. You'll be left longing for something more or something different because you lack self-respect and an understanding of self-care.

So we're going there. We're talking about self-respect, self-care and how to develop more of each.

http://primalpotential.com/283-foundation-of-fat-loss/

Resources:

Want to hop on the wait list for the spring Fat Loss Fast Track?

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 12, 2017

The book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind begins with a powerful observation: "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few".

Undoubtedly, one of the ways we keep ourselves from making progress and getting what we want is closing ourselves off to possibilities that could be the very path to progress.

One of my primary objectives within the Fat Loss Fast Track is to encourage my clients to always be a beginner. I want them to set aside any preconceived notions they have an instead listen to their bodies and find their own answers as opposed to clinging to answers they've adopted from other people.

In today's episode I'm going to talk about some of the red flags of a closed mind and how you can accelerate your progress by deciding to always be a beginner.

http://primalpotential.com/282-always-be-a-beginner/

Always Be A Beginner

Quotes from today's episode include:

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's there are few.

Right practice, right attitude, right understanding.

Practice without effort is not true practice. For the beginner, practice needs great effort.

If you lose the spirit of repetition, your practice will become quite difficult.

It is when your practice is rather greedy that you become discouraged with it.

There is no other way of this life than the way of this life

Resources:

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

My #1 Fat Loss Recommendation (Journaling)
Don't forget! I've launched a brand new podcast! It would mean the world to me if you'd check it out! If you find it helpful & enjoy it, please take a couple minutes to subscribe, leaving a rating and write a review!

Check out the new Daily Motivations Podcast here.

Jan 10, 2017

I ask every one of my Primal Potential e-mail readers: how can I help? What do you need from me? Recently, I've seen a number of responses talking about self-sabotage.

I can't say I'm surprised by the number of people who feel like they self-sabotage - like they are intentionally setting themselves up for failure.

Here's the thing though: I don't think it's self sabotage, at all.

I think it's inconsistency and lack of practice. I believe that calling it self-sabotage is way more dramatic than it actually is and I think the drama holds us back and prevents us from seeing a far simpler truth: we're inconsistent and we can change it.

In today's episode I'm talking about self-sabotage, failures and how to change deeply engrained patterns on behavior. Don't miss it!

Jan 7, 2017

Hunger is a spectrum and we all experience it differently.

Maybe you feel like you can't stop eating - even if you eat to the point of feeling full, your hunger returns after just 30-60 minutes.

Maybe you feel like you are only in control of your hunger when you aren't eating, but as soon as you start, your hunger takes off.

Maybe you feel like you're always hungry and never full.

Understanding what causes hunger and the options for decreasing your hunger response & improving your response in general can be a transformative change.

That's what we're tackling on today's episode. Don't miss it.

http://primalpotential.com/280-cant-stop-eating/

Can't Stop Eating? Tips To Take Control of Hunger

One of the primary factors that leads to chronic hunger or hunger when you don't truly need to eat is failing to control your blood sugar.

When you overeat or eat foods which are primarily starch and sugar, you send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. The higher the peak, the lower the valley. When your blood sugar drops down from it's high, your body has to work to bring it back to a balanced baseline. As this is happening, you often experience hunger and/or cravings. This does not mean you need to eat.

In today's episode we talk about how to respond to those sensations more intelligently and how to avoid that blood sugar roller coaster all together.

We also discuss ghrelin, the hormone responsible for triggering and/or suppressing hunger signals and how we can optimize it's expression.

Episodes mentioned in today's podcast include:

The Golden Rules of Carbs & Fat Loss

051: Real Hunger & False Hunger

Q&A 34: How To Manage Hunger & Cravings

137: Always Hungry?

174: Hacking Hunger

Oh! And there was a huge announcement at the top of the episode! I've launched a brand new podcast! It would mean the world to me if you'd check it out! If you find it helpful & enjoy it, please take a couple minutes to subscribe, leaving a rating and write a review!

Jan 5, 2017

One of my clients, Chris, joined the Fat Loss Fast Track because though she had already lost a lot of weight, she was beginning to put it back on.

This wasn't a new cycle but it was one she didn't want to continue. She didn't want to keep doing what she'd always done - losing weight, gaining it back, working hard to lose it again.

Today we're having a candid conversation about why she turned to the Fat Loss Fast Track to help avoid weight regain and how she broke out of that cycle.

Not only does Chris talk about what worked for her like journaling and switching to more fat loss friendly breakfast options, but we discuss what's not going so well. We talk about overeating at night and struggling with the pursuit of perfection.

I think you're really going to enjoy Chris's story!

http://primalpotential.com/279-avoid-weight-regain/

How To Avoid Weight Regain

After beginning to put on weight she had lost, Chris joined the Fat Loss Fast Track. She shares that some of the most effective strategies she adopted include journaling and eating a fat loss breakfast.

I've shared my thoughts on journaling here and go over the details of what makes up a fat loss breakfast here and here.

We also talk a lot about implied apologies for imperfections and the all-or-nothing attitude which I've talked about here.

Resources:

Check out the all new Daily Motivations Podcast! If you enjoy it, please leave a rating & review.

If you have no idea how to leave a review, I've put instructions here.

To join the winter 2017 Fat Loss Fast Track, click here.

For more on Breaking Barriers, click here.

Jan 3, 2017

I used to set a lot of goals. I didn't achieve most of them.

I thought about them a lot & wanted them badly - I even had a plan for achieving them. But routinely, I failed to do the work and, year after year, I had less confidence in my ability to achieve.

Fortunately, things have changed. I have changed. And in today's episode I want to share with you my 2017 blueprint for achievement, completely goal-free.

http://primalpotential.com/278-2017-blueprint/

2017 Blueprint for Achievement

When I set goals, I didn't realize at the time that I was basically convincing myself that things, as they were right now, weren't enough and I was always wishing for some future point in time.

When I lost weight...

When I had more money...

When my relationship was better...

By always wishing for a different time, place, or circumstance, I wasn't fully present in the moment. And not being fully present, I couldn't really take advantage of the ONLY time & place where change was possible: the present.

But, I'm a high achiever. I don't want to settle. How to remain fully present in the current moment and also reach my highest potential?

I do that by having a manifesto or a blueprint.

By creating the standards by which I want to live my life and focusing on them each day, the results take care of themselves.

When I live according to my values and principles, the outcomes are a byproduct without sacrificing mindfulness and gratitude.

In today's episode, I'm sharing with you my revised manifesto.

I created it and put it up on the Primal Potential blog in August of 2015 and boy does it ever need some updating.

I hope you'll tune in to hear my blueprint for success in 2017 and also take some time to create your own.

I am strong with purpose & light at heart

I give myself the best

I look for chances to make myself proud

I travel light, refusing to carry what's not mine to hold

I cherish those who cherish me

No matter what happens, I am not a victim

Life is hard, and I’m grateful for the challenges

I am unapologetically authentic and those who don't accept that help me ensure my inner circle is true & real

I spend for more time acting on what I want than thinking about it

My attention flows to solutions, not problems

I challenge myself to go a step further than I think I can

I make no assumptions – when I am unclear, I ask questions

I never lie, especially to myself

I am generous with my time, my heart and my money

I am patient with myself and everyone I meet

I appreciate moment and maximize minutes

I outwork yesterday's best

Doubt is a liar and courage will set me free

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