Why I don't make New Year's Resolutions

Why I don't make New Year's Resolutions

At the end of my workout class yesterday, the instructor called out, "Have you been working on your resolutions? The year is almost over!  You know, only 9% of people keep their resolutions all year! If your resolutions have anything to do with diet and exercise, you HAVE to be that 9% and you need to STICK WITH IT!" 

I know that she had the best of intentions for motivating us, but I found that somewhat depressing. I walked away from the class wondering if anyone would take on the challenge, or would they decide to give up on their goals before they even start. I mean with those odds, why bother trying? 

I followed the Keto Diet for 10 days, and here's what happened

After following a Paleo diet for the past 4 years, I've been eating relatively low-carb, but with all the buzz about the even lower-carb Ketogenic diet, I wanted to give it a try. I followed the program for about 10 days, and I learned a few interesting things about myself and my habits along the way:

1) Less carbs made me feel less hungry. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually didn't NEED any snacks between meals, even when eating later than usual. 

2) I'm not great at tracking my food.  WOW, some of you guys are amazing at this, and I truly give you a ton of credit. It wasn't easy to track every bite of food that I ate, which is why I found it much easier to stick to a plan as written so I didn't have to count macros! That being said, I'm not exactly sure what my carb counts were each day, but I know they were far lower than usual. Before the keto challenge, I normally would eat a banana in the morning and a paleo protein bar in the afternoon - and those add up to more than an entire day's worth of carbs on a keto program!

3) I felt much more clear headed, but my workouts weren't as strong until the last few days.  This is a true testament to the fact that Keto is NOT a quick fix program. It's a lifestyle that requires a bit of effort, but when you stick with it and your body adjusts, you will see results. 

4) Last but not least, I lost 5 pounds, which brought me back to what I consider to be my "ideal" weight. It's interesting to notice what foods move the scale as I add back some additional carbs, and it's helping me to assess what foods I will keep out of my diet for good. 

If you're looking to create some new habits in the New Year, to cut sugar and carbs to reduce inflammation to look and feel your best, now's the time to secure your spot in the next  21-Day Sugar Detox with Julie! 

The 21-Day Sugar Detox  has several similarities to a Keto protocol, but with a bit more flexibility. There's no counting or tracking of macros (and it allows for more healthy carbs than keto). I've completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox several times on my own, and have led hundreds of others through their own journey, with consistently successful results. Participants report eliminating or dramatically reducing sugar cravings, improving energy, reducing joint pain, and learning how to eat just REAL FOOD.  If you know you're likely to indulge a bit over the holidays and want to lock in your commitment now for a reset, you don't want to miss this PRESALE opportunity!  READ PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK ABOUT THE 21DSD

An Organic Tea for Calm, Clean Energy

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Slow Cooked Salsa Verde Chicken from Practical Paleo

Slow Cooked Salsa Verde Chicken from Practical Paleo

I'm somewhat obsessed with my crock pot. I have a fancier 6-in-one type of pot too, but somehow I always make my way back to my tried and true, 5.5 -quart ceramic Crock Pot.  I use it for bone broth, chili, and a variety of chicken and meat dishes, but far and away the recipe that gets made the most often in my house is this slow cooked salsa verde chicken from Diane Sanfilippo's Practical Paleo 2nd edition. 

Gluten-Free Energy Balls and Bars

Gluten-Free Energy Balls and Bars

I often get asked about my favorite take-along snacks, and while there are many healthy packaged options out there these days, nothing beats a homemade treat. This is a collection of some of the gluten-free, protein packed snacks that are easy to make ahead for any time you need a quick pick me up! Not all are paleo, as a few include oats or beans, but all are gluten-free, healthy and delicious. 

You CAN Drink Red Wine Without a Headache

You CAN Drink Red Wine Without a Headache

Back in 2010, I spent a long weekend with my family in California, mostly enjoying the outdoors with picnics of fruit and cheese with loads of crackers and cookies (this was in my pre-paleo days) and wine tasting at vineyards in Napa Valley.  As you can imagine, with all that gluten, sugar, and alcohol in my system, I felt like crap. I was so bloated that my clothes hardly fit, and when I finished my migraine medication (usually enough for a month) by the third day, I knew something had to change. 

7 THINGS YOU'LL NEVER SEE IN MY SHOPPING CART

7 THINGS YOU'LL NEVER SEE IN MY SHOPPING CART

Honestly, we have enough things to stress us out these days.  From finding the perfect glasses to watch the solar eclipse without getting blind, to everything that is going on in our country right now, the LAST thing you may want to be worrying about is what you're eating. I get it. Food is comforting and in times like these sometimes it's easier to just grab whatever is there without even thinking about added ingredients that may be harmful to your health. As my wise Grandmother often says, "You can have millions of dollars to do whatever you want, but none of it matters one bit if you don't have your health".  And it's true.  Being healthy and feeling strong is THE most important thing you can do when faced with stressful times. You need to feel your best to be ready to make sound decisions, provide emotional and physical support for those who need it, and be able to handle all the stress happening around you - all while being able to fall asleep at night. 

Curb Your Cravings and Lose Weight with a Good Night's Sleep

Curb Your Cravings and Lose Weight with a Good Night's Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep might be the #1 most important thing you can do for your own health.  When you don’t get enough sleep, even if you’re not feeling tired, your body is feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can impact everything from energy levels, memory, immunity, and physical and mental health. It can even be an important factor in curbing cravings and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.  Here are five ways to get a better night's sleep tonight!