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5 Tips to Help You Stay Paleo During the Holidays

December 21st, 2016 | Living, resources

Is this your first holiday season since going Paleo?

Whether you’re participating in our 30-Day Challenge or recently adapted to the Paleo Diet – it can be very difficult to adhere to your new lifestyle during the ‘most wonderful time of the year.

December seems to be full of company parties and family get-togethers that are centered around food and drinks. Our culture encourages us to be ‘Merry!‘ and that usually translates into too much sugar and processed ingredients, and not enough sleep or exercise.

If you’re feeling this Season’s struggle and need some guidance to get through the Holiday guilt-free, check out these 5 tips to help YOU stay Paleo:

  1. Create Awareness
    It’s hard for others to be respectful of your new way of eating if they don’t know about it – So tell them! Take the time to talk to your family, friends and co-workers about your new journey with food and how amazing you feel. Let them know how it has improved your life and how important it is to you to continue to live this way. Ask them for their support and who knows – they might end up joining you and trying Paleo for themselves!
  2. Share Dishes
    Pot-luck parties are the perfect opportunity to introduce other people to the Paleo Diet. Not only will this guarantee you’ll have something to eat at the event, you can expose others to the delicious (and healthy!) foods that you get to eat every day. It’s also a great opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen and take the extra time to prepare a more elaborate dish you wouldn’t usually have time for.
  3. Make Mocktails
    The hardest part about staying Paleo during the holiday seems to be the endless flowing river of libations. Overdoing it on the booze can lead to overeating due to loss of self-control and a little thing called a hangover. Too much alcohol over a longer period of time (i.e. the whole Season) can also lead to weight gain. It’s basically completely counterproductive to everything you’re trying to achieve! If you absolutely want something to sip on during a gathering, try making a ‘mocktail‘ – a cocktail without the liquor. Try experimenting with different herbs, fruits and flavors! My personal favorite is muddled cranberries, mint and club soda – YUM!
  4. Plan Ahead
    Sometimes you just can’t resist Grandma’s non-Paleo Pumpkin pie or your nephews sugar cookies complete with a sweet smile – and that’s OK! You don’t need to punish yourself for veering off the path. But eating too many pieces of pie and too many cookies can set you back huge leaps in your progress. I like to suggest planning ‘Treat Days‘ – specific parties or events that you know for certain you will be indulging. Schedule it and plan accordingly. Do something physical that day to get your body moving and your blood flowing. Hydrate with a lot of water and eat Paleo like you would any other day. Also keep in mind – there are a TON of Paleo-friendly treats that are free of gluten, dairy and processed ingredients. And when the time comes for your treat – Enjoy it! Look at it, smell it and savor every bite.
  5. Pay Attention
    When something is highly palatable (very pleasant to taste) like sugar and other Wintery treats, we tend to have an overwhelming desire to overeat. Sugar sends a signal to our brains to release serotonin (the calming hormone) and dopamine (the reward chemical), which makes us feel happy, excited, and, well, pleased. However, this feeling is short-lived, as our levels come crashing back down once we stop eating. It’s extremely important when indulging in these ‘pleasure foods‘ to pay attention to how you feel. Does your third or fourth bite taste as good as the first one? Are you still eating because you’re hungry and you actually want the food? OR do you feel like you already ‘blew it’ so you might as well finish it? Check in with how you’re feeling emotionally, mentally and physically – you could very well end up eating less than you anticipated!

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday, make sure you continue to take care of yourself by getting lots of sleep, hydrating and exercising. This wonderful time only comes once a year – make the most of it!


Download our FREE Holiday Paleo Cookbook – full of delicious recipes to try this Season.

Article written by: Andi Petty

Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here

Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba via Unsplash

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Are You Making THIS Common Workout Mistake?

January 15th, 2016 | Healthcare, Moving


We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!

We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: STRESS (Part 5)

December 31st, 2015 | Healthcare, Living


This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

STRESS – The Muffin Top Monster


If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

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Avocado Breakfast Bake

December 8th, 2015 | Breakfast, Eating,

Photo by Julianne Shapery

We are always getting asked for Paleo friendly breakfast ideas. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing for breakfast. Mix it up!

Here is a quick, easy  and unique breakfast idea full of great protein and fat! Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Paleo Style

November 23rd, 2015 | Eating, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!

I can’t wait! It’s my all-time favorite holiday…I love the fall, being with family and of course…the FOOD!!

For many folks the holidays are a time when they throw healthy eating out the window and binge on sweets and unhealthy food. And…typically feel like crap after it’s all said and done.

Well..I am here to tell you can still eat healthy during the holidays AND experience delicious food, WITHOUT feeling awful and realizing you’ve gained an extra 10 pounds going into the New Year.

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Chicken with Cherries

November 16th, 2015 | Chicken, Eating,


This is a great dish that gives chicken a little pizazz! And it’s simple with minimal ingredients. Enjoy!


Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1-1.5 lb chicken breast (4 small breasts)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved (option to buy frozen
  • 1 large bunch of asparagus
  • arugula


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pound chicken so they are thin (option to buy thin breast). Clean and break ends of asparagus. Place the chicken on a baking dish drizzled lightly with oil. On a separate baking dish, place the asparagus and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Chop shallot. In a small bowl add shallots, red wine vinegar, oil and cherries. Place chicken on top of a large handful of arugula and add the cherry mixture. Serve with asparagus.

Recipe by Tami Monaghan


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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making Your Fat – Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

November 9th, 2015 | Eating, Healthcare, Living


This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat


If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

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Obesogens… Obese-o-what?

October 19th, 2015 | Eating, Living


Obesogens …Obese-o-what?

Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK.  As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.

So…what role do obesogens play?

Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 2

October 12th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living


Poor Gut Health

This is Part 2 of 5 in the series:  5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat.

If you missed Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels, you can check it out HERE.

We will be discussing Part 3-5 in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss it!

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5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat: Part 1

September 28th, 2015 | Healthcare, Living, Practical Living


If you are having trouble shedding those extra pounds and the scale just won’t budge….I recommend turning your focus towards these 5 often overlooked factors that could be secretly sabotaging your weight loss goals.

Yes…diet and exercise are key components in losing weight, having a rockin’ body and feeling awesome. But…there is much more to the equation that people don’t realize.  Many people dial in their nutrition using a Paleo, whole-food approach and lose tons of weight, and others lose some weight…but not as much as they hoped for. And for those people…there are likely other factors holding you back.

This may be just the information you need to squeeze into that stunning, black dress you’ve been avoiding because it’s a little too snug and exposes your lumps, bumps and rolls OR give you the confidence to strut your stuff in that sexy bikini you bought as an incentive to lose weight (and is currently buried in the bottom of your underwear drawer).

Wouldn’t that be awesome!

What’s even more awesome is that all these factors…if addressed and improved upon…not only help with weight loss, but also help with improved overall health, well-being and disease prevention!!

5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat:

1) Low Vitamin D Levels

2) Poor Gut Health

3) Obesogens…Obese-o-what?


5) Stress: The Muffin Top Monster

We are going to start this week looking at how Low Vitamin D Levels may be associated with weight gain and will cover the rest of the 4 in upcoming posts.

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30 Day Challenge

Laura Testimonial

April 26th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hi Chad & Brenda!

My name is Laura, I’m 49 and live in Los Angeles. I just completed the 30-Day Challenge and have some good stuff to share.

First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful program. You have put a lot of love, thought, and compassion into it and made it fun to follow. I loved waking up to the daily emails with recipes, stories and support!

Second of all, I want to say that as a health-conscious, long-time student of holistic nutrition, I’m very diligent about what I put in my body, and thought I had things pretty dialed in. I was healthy on paper, but I couldn’t deny that I just wasn’t feeling good. I was often depressed and my stomach felt funky. I’d been getting this trio of headache, dizziness, and queasiness for probably 4-5 years now and didn’t know what exactly was causing it. My feet would often swell, no matter if I was sitting or standing at work all day. My big toe joint had been hurting more and more regularly. I was tired and worn out a lot. And something was making me itch like crazy. I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was, but clearly, something needed to change! I’m also entering menopause, so that’s caused a few unwanted pounds to jump on!  I’m already gluten-free and eat lots of whole, organic foods as a given, and I had tried Paleo in the past, but I wasn’t a big meat eater and ultimately stopped doing it full force just because of that. I couldn’t see myself eating wild boar and elk, haha. This time, though, when I saw your challenge, I decided to give it a try and stick with it.

For me, the main things I had to give up were rice, a modest amount of gluten-free breads and products, my sweet tooth (for “healthy” sweets, mind you!), and my favorite toxic hazelnut coffee creamer. Sigh… But, thanks to you guys, I found something better! I now use a very small amount of raw, organic honey, grass-fed butter, and hemp/almond/or coconut milk in my coffee, and I love it! I also had to add more animal protein and good fats with nuts/oils/grass-fed butter, but this time I made it my own with the foods I liked – wild-caught fish, and free-range eggs, turkey and chicken. One thing I did NOT give up was dark chocolate.

So, to the results…

Almost immediately, my stomach felt better, I didn’t feel depressed, I had a ton more energy, my big toe stopped hurting, and that annoying trio of headache/dizziness/queasiness has disappeared.  None of that has returned, and I’m very grateful for that! Also, my hair is incredibly silky, soft and bouncy! All good stuff. The only downsides were: I have only lost 1 lb total. But, I am pretty positive it’s because I haven’t been exercising, and I know it’s hard for my body to process that much animal protein if I’m not exercising. Also, my skin started itching even worse, and I thought I might be allergic to something on the diet. BUT acupuncture is starting to help that and I haven’t changed what I’m eating, so I’m encouraged by that.

What’s next for me: I will be continuing on with everything, adding more and more of the good foods, trying more of the recipes. AND, I’ll be back to my regular exercise regimen starting today, including your Flat-belly Flow program, and will report back in another 30 days let you know how it went.

Thanks so much for the program and for all you do to help people learn how to eat and get healthy!

Warmest Regards,
Laura Marshall


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30 Day Challenge

Samantha Testimonial

April 25th, 2017 | Testimonials


My name is Samantha Ayam from Florida.

I finished my 30-Day Challenge last week and I am 12 lbs. lighter and feeling terrific.

I am 54 and was beginning to feel that my age was catching up with me and just basically started slowing down – low energy, lethargic and easily tired. With my activity level at a minimum I started gaining weight and needed meds for high blood pressure.

I have to confess that my primary reason for starting the Challenge was to lose weight and I hoped that in doing so I could get back my active lifestyle.

After the initial withdrawal symptoms I was astounded at how energetic I felt and started looking forward to working out every day. I plan to continue for another 30 days. I kept things simple and used your recipes as a resource for ideas.

This is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to me. I no longer require meds anymore for my pressure.

Thank you Brenda and Chad for making this easily accessible to us. I do plan on continuing this as a foundation for my life.




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Alison Bennet Before & After

Alison Testimonial

April 24th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hello Paleo Secret team,

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Alison, and I recently finished the 30-Day Challenge on March 27th. I’m sorry this is so late getting to you. Life has been crazy, but I felt this was an important part of the challenge process – taking a moment out to appreciate the journey thus far. Please find below the information requested:

Name: Alison Bennet
Age: 30
From: Somerville, MA

Summary: After the 30 Day Challenge, I lost 9 pounds and have noticed a considerable difference in how my clothes fit. The most empowering and uplifting aspect of my post-Challenge self is how good I feel, from the inside out. I have more energy, and my skin went from having a patch of eczema on my hand and some breakouts (my signs of stress) to completely clear. I’ve even had my friends notice that my skin is glowing. Moreover, I feel great and in control of my food choices knowing that I’m putting the best possible fuel into my body that it can use to function at it’s best.

What’s next? I’m on Day 43 now, and am down 3 more pounds – fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to in over 5 years. This is my way of life now, and I’m so thrilled that I said ‘Yes’ to this challenge.

Thank you!
All the best,


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1 Weird Hack to Ignite Your Metabolism Today

April 15th, 2017 | Eating, Moving

There are some really weird fat loss tricks out there on the internet today.

It may be overwhelming to try and decipher fact vs. fiction vs. fantasy.

Lucky for you – we did the work for you!

Click here if you want our brand new report “5 Weird Hacks to Ignite Your Metabolism.”

If you JUST want ONE fat loss trick, keep reading..

Have you ever heard that cold showers are super beneficial to your health? It turns out – it’s true!

Not only do they help energize you and elevate your mood, research shows that they can actually stimulate weight loss. A combination of stimulated hormones, shivering and improved circulation can help kick-start your body into fat-burning mode for the day.

Try it today!

If this weird fat loss trick isn’t quite enough for you, grab our brand new report – which includes 4 additional weight loss tricks!


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Article written by: Andi Petty

Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here

Photo Credit: Ian Schneider via Unsplash

30 Day Challenge

Sharon Testimonial

April 14th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Sharon and I’m from Palmetto, Florida.

I joined the Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge because my husband has been sick for years and we only recently found out that he was intolerant to gluten. I was checking the web for assistance in learning about gluten-free eating and came upon the Paleo Secret. We decided to take the 30-Day Challenge.

Your daily tips and especially your recipes have been very helpful. I was not overweight at the start of this program but I still lost a total of 10 pounds and am now at the lowest weight I have been in 25 years. I used to wear a size 10/12 and now I wear an 8, sometimes even a 6!

Being on a gluten-free, almost 100% organic, Paleo Diet has restored my husband’s health. He is now able to eat again and often takes second helpings. Prior to this – and before we understood that he was gluten intolerant – he would take one or two bites of his meal, excuse himself, and go to bed.

He would often say that his dinner looked great and smelled and tasted wonderful, but his stomach screamed “don’t put one more thing down here or I will be sick!” You wouldn’t believe how many doctors we have seen over the last 10 years to try and get to the root of his problem. Never once did they suggest we go on an elimination diet.

Next steps:

  1. We will continue for the rest of our lives to follow the Paleo diet.
  2. We have finally found a functional medicine practitioner in Sarosata, Florida who will help us in our battle to get my husband off of the toxic pharmaceuticals that the physicians fed him – in lieu of actually understanding and solving the problem.

There is clearly a light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel more hopeful than I have in years.

Thank you, Chad and Brenda, for your part in teaching us how to restore our health. I intend to keep following you guys, and only hope to continue to get healthier and feel better.

Thank you,
Sharon Heath


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30 Day Challenge

LaVerne Testimonial

April 13th, 2017 | Testimonials

Just want to say “thank you” for your guidance, recipes, challenges, books, downloads, and encouraging emails during the last 30 days.

It is not to say that I lost the weight I had hoped to; however, I did lose more pounds than I would have alone. Your books, your recipes, your encouragement all led me to healthier eating, more awareness of what I am eating and when. It has also encouraged me to watch portions and what I am eating when I dine out with friends.

I am feeling more confident about myself, my clothes are fitting better, and I even have to buy new pants/jeans because the ones I have are too baggy. I LOVE that!

Yes, I truly have enjoyed this time spent with you both – Dr. Brenda and Dr. Chad – and all the helpful hints and materials I have received.

I look forward to a future with more weight loss and better health all around. It has even encouraged me to work on better bed time hours so that I get up earlier in the morning. I have cut back on how much time I spend on the computer and find myself signing off much earlier.

Thank you very much. It has been my pleasure to be with you.

I began with weight of 165.6, and today, I weighed in at 157. It has been a long time since I weighed under 157. As I said, I am going to continue.

God bless you.
LaVerne Seefeld


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30 Day Challenge

Carl Testimonial

April 12th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Carl and just had to let you know that The Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge is not like one of my old favorite Humble Pie songs.

First and foremost you guys are totally awesome. I’m 60 years of age and I go to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. Over the last 20 years I have seen it all – pills, drinks, shakes – you name it. I tried Paleo a little in the past so I was familiar with the program but never completed a full 30 days.

On this Challenge I lost about 10 pounds and went down two pants sizes! Your daily emails about what you are going through and what’s going on ed with all the toxins and sugars is truly amazing. I love the part about listening to your body and seeing what happens after you eat certain foods. Wow. I could write a book on everything I learned in the last thirty days.

You are two are truly blessed people. Thanks for helping me find out about my health and my body – just as important as losing weight and looking good.

Thank you for giving away what I think God has given you.


Carl Schaumburg


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30 Day Challenge

Cindy and Allen Testimonial

April 11th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hi Chad and Brenda!

Thank you for helping my boyfriend and I through this 30-Day Challenge! Your daily reports are encouraging and educational, and I think that was a major key to keeping us on track. I was more dedicated to sticking to the plan, but Allen has had more difficulty in eliminating sweets.

He’s always had such a sweet tooth, and since being with him, I’ve put on weight…in part because there have been so many sugary products around the house – but Allen is the one who lost the most weight (8 lbs.), while I lost (1-2 lbs.)!  However, my pants are MUCH looser, so I know something is definitely working.

In addition, we both are simply feeling a lot better, and I’m sure it has everything to do with inflammation reduction! I have dealt with chronic migraines since third grade, and they are a regular part of my life. Since a serious motor vehicle accident in April of 2013, I’ve lived in constant pain.

In addition to the broken bones, my back and neck were severely compromised. In fact, back surgery is in my near future. I will never walk without a limp, which causes back misalignment and other aches and pains. Since the challenge, I have noticed a definite decrease in this chronic pain, and Allen has noticed that his arthritis isn’t flaring up as much!

In addition to the Paleo challenge, I am doing the flat belly exercise program that you developed. Since the accident, my exercise has been minimal because it causes me so much pain, but I’ve been able to keep up with the stomach exercise routine, and I feel much stronger and can move much easier… and yes, my belly is definitely flatter! Thank you!

We plan on continuing with the Paleo lifestyle, and I will continue with the exercise program with hopes I will gradually be able to do more! Every day before work, I read all kinds of information offered to naturally improve our health, and I appreciate all that the two of you have contributed.

Thank you so very much! We are forever grateful for the knowledge and encouragement! Please keep up the good work!


Best regards,
Cindy Gaines and Allen Fretz


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30 Day Challenge

Happy Testimonial

April 10th, 2017 | Testimonials

Chad and Brenda,

Thank you! What an amazing adventure this has been. I am a 60-year-old female living in Durango, CO – a beautiful mountain town, where most everyone is an outdoor enthusiast. I am ready to hike a mountain!

I feel wonderful. I have lost 12 lb.’s and have more energy than I have had in quite some time. The challenge was much easier than I originally anticipated. I thought I would crave bread, cheese and a multitude of other things – that just did not happen. No cravings whatsoever.

I have suffered from severe heartburn and acid reflex for many years. Probably the biggest change I have seen is that I have not had any since I started the program. I used to live on Tums and medication to control my acid reflex. I am happy to report I have not had a Tums in 30 days!

I also have much less congestion and mucus, which was my goal. I am certainly in for another 30 days and I suspect many more after that.

I would encourage anyone who is considering this program to try it! What have you got to lose?


Happy Harrington


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3 Things You Need to Know About the Ketogenic Diet

April 7th, 2017 | Eating, Resources

Are you still living in fear of eating too much fat?

Once considered detrimental to health and body composition, dietary fat is now making a comeback in the world of diets and nutrition.

The Ketogenic Diet – or, Keto Diet for short – is the center of conversation on this topic. Originally used as a method to treat epilepsy, many people are finding long-term health and weight-loss effects from this fat-burning food plan.

Here are 3 things you need to know about the Keto Diet:

Fat is where it’s at in this diet. It centers around constructing every meal with QUALITY dietary fat sources as the main component. Fatty meats and seafood, avocado, eggs and nuts are all examples of staples in the Ketogenic Diet. The rest of your meal should be comprised of a moderate amount of protein and little to no carbohydrates.

While glucose via carbohydrates is the most efficient fuel source for the body, it doesn’t need carb in order to survive. With an adequate abundance of fat in the diet, your body shifts into ‘fat-burning’ mode – which means it uses that fat and stored body fat for energy. It’s a process called ‘ketosis’ – which is where the Keto Diet gets its name from.

Many people who adapt to the Ketogenic Diet experience side effects that include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Relief from Metabolic Disorders
  • Clear thoughts/heightened ability to focus

While this covers the basics, there is SO much more to know about the details and health benefits of the Keto Diet.



Want to learn it all? Click here to download our Beginner’s Guide to the Ketogenic Diet==>


Article written by: Andi Petty

Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here

Photo Credit: Eduardo Roda Lopes via Unsplash

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