Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Get Ready to Reset and Go Keto! Incredible Pre-Order Bonus Offer

inline_ketoreset_mda645As you probably already know, the ketogenic diet has become an extremely popular health trend as well as a personal passion of mine. Google data indicates that “keto” has now surpassed “paleo” as the most popular diet-related search term. Both mounting science and user experiences are validating keto as highly effective for reducing excess body fat quickly, improving cognitive function, minimizing disease risk factors, improving athletic performance, and promoting longevity. I sincerely believe that a ketogenic eating plan could represent the greatest breakthrough in the history of nutritional science—and the history of dieting (finally!)—to promote successful long-term fat loss and weight management.

Unfortunately, the booming popularity of keto has also made it the latest fad diet, replete with marketing hype, oversimplification, misinformation, and promoters misinterpreting the foundational science and proven strategies. Through my own personal keto journey and extensive consultation with the world’s most respected scientific experts, I’ve discovered that there’s a right way and a wrong way to go keto—and knowing the right way can make all the difference in the results you achieve.

I’ve been really focused on sustaining nutritional ketosis this year and monitoring my blood ketone and glucose levels in response to eating patterns. I’ve cranked out some meaty recent posts on the subject with the The Definitive Guide to Keto and Is Keto For Everyone?, among others.

My Primal Kitchen® product line is keto-friendly, many recipes in my new Primal Kitchen Cookbook contain a special icon denoting them as keto-friendly, and we have plenty of keto offerings on the menu at Primal Kitchen Restaurants. Everything is moving so fast in the keto scene!

Consequently, my writing partner, Brad Kearns, and I essentially dropped everything at the start of 2017 to do a total immersion into keto and quickly produce what we believe to be the first truly comprehensive book on the subject.

There are plenty of keto recipe books out there already, and a bunch of quick-fix keto blast offerings of the print and digital variety, but my new book, The Keto Reset Diet (that I first mentioned in the Definitive Guide to Keto post in June) delivers a complete presentation of all aspects of keto.

You’ll follow a thoughtful, proven approach that is flexible, highly customizable, effective, and intuitive instead of regimented. With The Keto Reset Diet, you’ll proceed at a sensible pace and never have to struggle, suffer, or backslide like so many ill-prepared and misinformed enthusiasts. I’m confident the book and your full embracing of a keto lifestyle will change your life!

Pre-Order Bonus Package of Digital Treasures!

With just a short time left before the book’s official release date of October 3rd, I’ve created an attractive bonus package to entice you to order the book and get started on your keto journey as soon as you finish reading this post. Just pre-order the book from your favorite retailer (online or physical store), then complete our simple online pre-order bonus form. You’ll be able to immediately download the following free gift items….

Exclusive Author Talk Show

I detail the scientific particulars of keto-adaptation, the complementary lifestyle elements necessary to succeed, the athletic performance benefits of keto, and the way you can conquer the challenge of fat reduction once and for all by going keto. My co-author, Brad Kearns, and I go deep and unplugged in this never-before-released hour-long discussion!

$10 Gift Certificate

Enjoy your shopping experience at PrimalBlueprint.com with a $10 Gift Certificate that you can use on ANY products (good for any purchase $20 or above). Check out the Primal Kitchen line of healthy salad dressings and mayonnaise—they’re 100% keto-approved and a delicious addition to many meals.

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Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings eBook

Enjoy dozens of low-carb, grain-free preparations that can add variety and pizazz to your primal meat and veggie dishes. Learn about the primal-approved base ingredients, and then it’s off to the races to create your dips, rubs, dessert toppings, marinades, seasonings, salsa, pesto, flavored butter, tapenade, gravy, and much more!

The Keto Reset Diet Recipes eBook

A sneak preview of some of my favorite recipes in the book—conveniently formatted for printout and pasting on the fridge door. These delicious meals will help you realize how easy, fun, and satisfying going keto can be!

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Why Consider Keto?

While enthusiasts are vigorously debating the best long-term keto strategy, or whether keto is even appropriate for certain individuals, we must acknowledge that fat- and keto-adapted was the default factory setting of our ancestors.

It’s likely that over the last 2.5 million years, most of our ancestors were in ketosis for a great portion of their lives. Consequently, we retain this hard-wired genetic predisposition to function with fat as our primary fuel source. Acknowledging this, Robb Wolf further speculates that going keto may deliver a reset effect at the genetic level, such that it can help you recover from leaky gut and autoimmune-related health conditions, metabolic damage caused by yo-yo dieting, and even exposure to environmental toxins.

There is no failure associated with keto. Any time spent pursuing keto improves metabolic flexibility and helps release you from the debilitating bonds of hunger, cravings, and frustration with reducing excess body fat.

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While most primal enthusiasts have made the adjustments necessary to escape extreme carbohydrate dependency and wildly excessive insulin production, a great many poor souls still linger in the gray twilight that’s shy of being fully fat- and keto-adapted. (If you don’t know the epic Teddy Roosevelt quote I’m honoring, check it out). This perhaps results in falling a bit shy of reaching and maintaining ideal body composition long-term.

This is why I firmly believe that completing at least one complete Keto Reset journey (The initial 21-Day Metabolism Reset, fine-tuning with morning fasting, then six weeks of focused nutritional ketosis) is a bucket list item for every single one of us. Even if you decide over the long term to consume carbohydrates in a pattern that doesn’t promote nutritional ketosis, you’ll have developed an outstanding level of metabolic flexibility. This is the ability burn a variety of fuel sources, be free from dependency on regular meals, rarely be hungry or stressed about food, and be able to reduce excess body fat once and for all and not worry about it anymore—even if you take occasional departures from your typical ancestral-aligned eating patterns.

The Keto Campfire

A great way to understand how fat and ketones burn more cleanly than glucose is to use the analogy of a campfire.

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A carbohydrate dependency diet is analagous to a crappy campfire built with twigs and wadded up newspaper. You produce a lot of smoke (free radicals caused by burning glucose without the protective effects of mitochondria) and have to constantly stoke the fire with quick and dirty-burning fuels (high-carbohydrate meals and snacks) to stay warm. In contrast, the keto campfire represents a state of fat- and keto-adaptation. You have taken the time to warm up your big logs (stored body fat and ketones) that will burn cleanly and for a long duration.

Speaking of building a proper campfire and becoming metabolically efficient, I want to give you some clarity on something that has recently become my pet peeve: confusing the metabolic state of ketosis (literally, accumulating ketones in the bloodstream faster than you are burning then) with being fat- and keto-adapted (adept at burning stored energy, and free from dependency on regular doses of dietary carbohydrates as your main energy source).

Details are in the book but for now, own this: Just because you’re making ketones doesn’t mean you’re adapted to burn them efficiently. Conversely, you may be producing a minimal amount of ketones (and delivering low blood values) but be highly fat- and keto-adapted so you’re able to reap the benefits of a low-carbohydrate eating pattern.

While the prevailing mindset in the keto community seems to be higher is better with blood readings, I’m feeling increasingly like good old-fashioned subjective evaluation is far more relevant than biometrics. Can you skip a meal and still function well physically and cognitively? Are your appetite, mood, and energy level stable all day long? These are the hallmarks of being a fat-burning beast. I’m preparing an entire follow-up post on these concepts, so stay tuned!

Let’s Go Keto!

I am hopeful that you’ll join me on this journey to fat- and keto-adaptation by ordering a copy of your book today and getting the killer bonus package. Of course I celebrate selling more books, but of deeper significance is the truth that a huge portion of the population is still adhering to conventional wisdom recommendations that we primal folks acknowledge to be harmful and unsupported by real science, leaving many unknowingly trapped in carbohydrate dependency and lifelong insidious weight gain despite careful attention to diet and exercise.

For example, I recently encountered a bestselling author in the health and diet realm who had never heard of ketones! Yes, we are fighting a battle, and we need all hands on deck to spread the word. I want this revolution that started in 2006 at MarksDailyApple to continue to grow and impact more people, and keto represents the highest expression of the benefits of ancestral eating.

I imagine many of you might have a lot to say about keto already, and I look forward to checking out all of your comments from this post. Also, be sure to head over to Facebook and sign up for our burgeoning Keto Reset discussion group. Just submit a request to be added. We’ll keep the dialog going!

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17 Healthy Snacks You Can Find at CVS – Including 8 Personal Favorites

I’m an avid shopper and long-time lover of CVS, so I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy again to help spread the word about #BetterHealthMadeEasy and how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Thank you for supporting CNC! 

I’m sure many of you can relate to running into CVS for a quick purchase and leaving with a bag of peanut M&Ms or canister of dark chocolate covered cashews. Well, ok, maybe that’s just me, but I’m sure you guys have experienced a similar situation when you’re on-the-go and in need of a snack.

If you haven’t noticed already, the checkout area at your local CVS looks quite a bit different nowadays. Instead of the typical sugary candy bars, you have your pick of healthy snacks, including roasted chickpeas, turkey jerky, marinated olives, and more! In fact, nearly half of the foods found in CVS stores are “better-for-you” options.

I’m sure we can all agree that healthy snacking and eating right is important to our overall wellness, so I love that CVS continues to curate a selection of awesome, better-for-you brands that make eating on-the-go convenient and affordable. It’s important to me (and my family) that we can quickly and easily find CVS healthy foods. (Please note my tiny photography assistant below.)

Nowadays, you’ll find more than 250 fresh, refrigerated, and non-perishable healthy foods and beverages inside a CVS store, including more than 175 organic items. Hey, I’m impressed! 🙂 That said, read on for 17 healthy (and awesome) snacks, including 8 of my personal favorites that you can final at your local CVS!


Photo credit (above): Quinn Haupert 

Dark Chocolate Almond Perfect Bar – These babies taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough – perfect if you’re craving something sweet. I also love that they’re a balanced snack with a healthy amount of protein, carbs, and fat. They’re a little high in sugar, but, hey, they’re basically dessert in bar form.

Calories 310 (per bar), protein 12g, carbs 23g, fat 18g, fiber 4g, sugars 17g

Gold Emblem Abound Mango Coconut Nut, Grain and Rice Bites

Another tasty treat if you’re craving something sweet – maybe you’re not a chocolate fan? These rice bites are made from wholesome ingredients and have just 120 calories per serving, so if you want just a “bite” of something, this is the perfect snack. The flavor is subtle, but tropical, so if you like mango and coconut, you will love these!

Calories (per serving) 120, protein 3g, carbs 18g, fat 5g, fiber 0g, sugars 6g

KRAVE Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky

If you’re craving a boost of protein, look no further. KRAVE Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky will satisfy your mind, body, and soul. Ha! Seriously, if you’re hungry and want something tasty and filling, grab a bag of KRAVE jerky. The flavors are awesome and, with 10 grams of protein per serving, it’ll definitely take the edge off your hunger.

Calories (per serving) 90, protein 10g, carbs 10g, fat 0.5g, fiber 0g, sugars 9g

Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips

If I’m feeling munch-y, these kale chips are the perfect snack to keep my mouth busy. They’re well-balanced (macro-wise), made with minimal ingredients, and you get some serious volume for not a lot of calories. And, bonus, they’re a nutritious snacking option with Vitamin A (38%), Vitamin C (9%), Calcium (8%), and Iron 8%.

Calories (per serving) 150, protein 6g, carbs 12g, fat 8g, fiber 4g, sugars 3g

Graze Veggie Protein Power

I love this Graze Veggie Protein Power when I’m in the mood for a salty snack that will fill me up. Made with edamame beans, spicy chickpeas, and black pepper cashews, it’s a both a good source of satisfying protein and fat. I also just love the crunch!

Calories (per serving) 150, protein 7g, carbs 10g, fat 9g, fiber 2g, sugars 1g

Gold Emblem Abound Barbecue Quinoa Chia Chips

These good-for-you barbecue chips are made from superfoods quinoa and chia, so they’re a fun way to sneak in some extra nutrition into your diet. The barbecue flavor is spot on, so it doesn’t taste like you’re eating “healthy” chips at all. They totally hit the spot when you just want chips!

Calories (per serving) 130, protein 2g, carbs 16g, fat 6g, fiber 1g, sugars 2g

Moon Cheddar Cheese

Moon Cheddar Cheese is definitely a family favorite! Every time I buy a bag, it’s gone in practically a matter of minutes. These little bites of cheese are perfect for when the craving hits. And, bonus, you get a little extra protein into your diet. Moon Cheddar Cheese is, for sure, a favorite snack!

Calories (per serving) 70, protein 5g, carbs 1g, fat 5g, fiber 0g, sugars 0g

Harvest Snaps Caesar Snapea Crisps

Oh, how I love these Harvest Snaps Caesar Snapea Crisps. They just have the best flavor and texture – I could seriously eat the whole bag! Made from green peas, they’re a deliciously balanced snack and a good source of fiber. These Sneapea Crisps are the best crunchy snack and the Caesar flavor is to die for!

Calories (per serving) 120, protein 5g, carbs 16g, fat 5g, fiber 3g, sugars 1g

And here’s even more healthy snacks that you can find at CVS:

  • EPIC Bison Bars – made from 100% grass fed bison, a nutrient dense snack
  • That’s It. Bars – a two-ingredient snack bar made with fruit and fruit
  • Go Raw Bars – nutritious raw sprouted pumpkin seed snack bars
  • Alo Exposed Original – organic aloe vera juice and pulp with a splash of real fruit juices.
  • Karma Probiotics – supports digestive and immune health with 2 Billion Cultures protected in the patented KarmaCap until you release the contents.
  • Bai drinks – made with antioxidant-infused coffeefruit
  • Biena Chickpeas – packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized, naturally gluten -ree and non-gmo verified
  • Oloves – natural green pitted olives, easy to open sachets for on-the-go
  • Superseedz – gourmet pumpkin seed snack, seasoned with 100% pure maple sugar and unrefined sea salt.

Question of the Day

Do you live near a CVS? What’s your favorite healthy on-the-go snack?

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2 Cool 4 Skool

Mazen started school yesterday! We decided to wait another year to send him to public school kindergarten since he is not quite five years old. (Although he made the cut-off so we could have sent him.) When I polled a hundred people last year, the unanimous answer was to give boys with late birthdays an extra year. So instead of doing a repeat pre-K year at his former school, we thought it would best to move to another school so he would have a change of pace. A stepping stone to the big halls of kindergarten next year.

Pro: Mazen is still asleep when the neighbors get on the school bus, so we are both happy that his new school doesn’t start until 9.

Con: $$$. I was looking forward to not having a school line item in my budget, but that will have to be postponed!

We are excited for him to learn Spanish and even more math!

And if you needed a little refresher on first days past, here you go ; ) He has really grown into that backpack! (And I got it really clean by hand washing it last week.)

Some meals….! Easy berries and vanilla bean yogurt.

A delicious salad with figs!!! And goat cheese, chicken, carrots, tomatoes, greens.

And an awesome shrimp curry that I put together on the spot. First I sautĂ©ed shrimp. Then green peppers and carrots. The sauce was 1.5 tbsp Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste with a splash of fish sauce, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cornstarch, and about 1/3 cup water. All simmered down with half a can of regular coconut milk.

Have a great day!

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Clean Eating Corn Salad Recipe

I’ve always loved buying this salad at Whole Foods. It’s so fresh and bursting with flavor. But it’s such a simple salad, I just couldn’t see why I couldn’t make it at home for half the price. I mean… Read more →



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