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How To: Navigate Practical Paleo Meal Plans | What’s Up Weekly with Diane | August 1, 2017

Diane Sanfilippo What's Up Weekly 11 Comments

Here's what was up last week!

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Diane: Direct Vlog

On this week's vlog, I'm tackling a question I get from you guys all the time: How do I pick the right meal plan in Practical Paleo?!  

Don't worry. I get it! There are 14 meal plans to choose from, and I'm here to help you find the one that's right for you.

For the full episode (+ blog post with even more detail!), click here > 

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Podcast Episode #306: Biohacking and Your Personal Genetics


  1. Introducing our guests, Joe Cohen and Nattha Wannissorn [2:32]
  2. About Joe and Nattha [5:57]
  3. Genetics and SNPs [12:05]
  4. Our genes are not our destiny [17:30]
  5. MTHFR gene and methylation [26:43]
  6. The cannabinoid system [36:31]
  7. Genetic testing for biohacking [42:58]
  8. About the websites; SelfHacked and SelfDecode [50:10]
  9. Personal favorite biohack tips [1:02:58]

Tune in or read more >

Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe | Balanced Bites Podcast | Biohacking and Your Personal Genetics

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August 21-DAY SUGAR DETOX: The next round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox begins this Monday, August 7th!!

Join us on Monday, August 7th for the August community detox. If you order now you'll still be able to receive all of your materials and start your game plan before Monday!

Sign up to join the detox here >

PS – Don't forget, you can work with a 21DSD Certified Coach – Check out our coaches!

21DSD - August

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New Book! The #21DSD Daily Guide

This book has been a long-time coming, and I'm so excited to kick off the New Year with an official release date of January 2, 2018!!

I'm in the thick of writing this book and testing recipes, and let me tell you… it's going to be incredible! The book is available for preorder now, and we have some amazing pre-order gifts planned (releasing in December!) that'll kick you off perfectly for your first few days so you'll be ready when the book arrives.

To pre-order the book click here.

P.S. Don't get too attached to this image, as the cover image is not finalized. Plus, we missed a big typo! 😂

21DSD Daily Guide

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Balanced Bites Spices – Easy Wings Recipe

Wings for days! Simply shake a combination of my COFFEE BARBECUE & DINER #bbspices blend over some chicken wings and grill!

Make sure you're following our Balanced Bites Spices Instagram account for more recipe inspiration!

Want to purchase my Balanced Bites Spices? Check them out here! >

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New on the 21DSD Blog

21DSD Recipe |Spinach and Artichoke Skillet Chicken from Plaid and Paleo

This tasty Spinach and Artichoke Skillet Chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner made in less than 45 minutes from prep to plate! A cast-iron skillet is a must for every home kitchen. The versatile pan makes for easy clean up and plenty of one-pan meals like this quick and easy 21DSD dinner.

See the recipe >

21-Day Sugar Detox | Recipe Roundup - Spinach & Artichoke Skillet

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21DSD Recipe Round-up | Grilled Beef, Pork & Lamb

Fire up the grill and get your char on with these mouthwatering cuts of meat!

These recipes all come from bloggers who have created beautiful, flavorful dishes with real food ingredients. Let us know which are your favorites!

Get the 8 recipes >

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Highlights from Instagram

K.I.S.S. 🍝 // Technically it means keep it simple stupid. But I'd like to say keep it smartly simple 😉. . On my plate, which we eat almost the exact same way on a weekly basis on @fullbodyfix's busiest work days (Tuesdays): – a tiny bit of gf pasta from Trader Joe's (I don't always have this, but Scott has a lot of it!) – roasted broccoli that I cook while I'm making the sauce – and then the sauce which is ground beef (sometimes I use pork) cooked with onions and garlic and spices and red wine then mixed with some Yellow Barn arrabiata sauce – pesto made many days ago – a touch of midnight moon, for good measure 😂 . I promise it's all SO EASY. It sounds like a lot of parts but it really is simple. And if you don't do the gf noodles, it's even easier. . A 21DSD/sugar-noodle-and-booze-free version of this recipe will be in my newest book, releasing in January – it's the 3rd book in my 21-Day Sugar Detox series, this time it's a Daily Guide. You're gonna love it. ❤️

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  1. Hi Diane, Great video but I am still unsure! Sounds like squeaky clean is the way to go from the video. I think I need to pick a plan instead of doing another Whole30 (which I’ve done before and am familiar with paleo). I have had a fatigued adrenals and a sluggish thyroid, feel like my gut is leaky again, and I’ve gain almost 9 pounds in 5 months since returning from Italy. So, squeaky clean, digestive health, thyroid health or fat loss?? Many thanks!!

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      Hi Maria- glad you found it helpful. I’m not going to tell you which plan to follow. Please revisit what is written in the book about how to select one and re-watch the video if you need to (the book has more info, however). Then make a choice for yourself, I believe you can do that!! 🙂

  2. Will do and thanks for your reply. I pulled out your book this morning and looked in your website and later in the day saw the email linking the video! I think it was meant to be!

  3. Hi Diane, Unrelated to this fabulous post and due to the fact that you asked in the podcast for questions and comments to be left in your latest blog post, here I am. 2 things. 1, I made your salsa verde chicken last night, my whole crew loved it and I am excited to make more of your recipes. So thank you for those. 2, I have been on the hunt for a “junk free” deodorant. I got Primally Pure’s and it’s great in that it takes away the stank BUT it seems to leave a greasy spot on my shirt which is not cool. Do you have a good deodorant that REALLY works?! Thanks in advance and I love all that you and Liz are putting out there, thanks for the hard work! P.S. I checked your Favorites page. 😉

    1. Diane!
      I just saw on your instastory about how to search what you’ve said about specific things! So I found it. Thanks.

  4. I purchased the “Practical Paleo” book because it has meal plans, and I really like that. However, I can’t find a shopping list, which means I am delayed because I will have to spend several hours compiling a shopping list for every few days. Is there a shopping list available online to accompany the book?

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  5. I’ve been following your meal plans since the first edition! The meal plans are what sold me and they are what continue to draw me to your books…in short, they are my godsend! I love the new meal plans in the 2nd edition and all the new recipes. I started years ago with the Squeaky Clean plan and moved to the Digestive Plan before ending up in the Athletic Plan where I felt most comfortable. I do better with a few more carbs. I’m now following your 21 Sugar Detox plan for a second time. I’ve noticed in the 2nd PP you included recipes that are 21 Sugar Detox compliant. LOVE this btw! Since I can pretty much cook the recipes from PP in my sleep and am more familiar with the PP plans, could it be possible to follow one of the PP Meal plans while doing the 21 Sugar Detox? I don’t have weight to lose…in fact I’m at my ideal weight and the only health issues I’m dealing with right now is a little fungus…hence the 21 Day detox. I’m not an intense crossfitter, but I am active and exercise every day. Any suggestions would be helpful. 🙂 Thanks so much, Diane for all you do! Looking forward to the new 21 Sugar Detox book!!! If you need a taste tester……;)

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      Thanks for the kind words, Amy. You can follow the Squeaky Clean plan and just tweak it a bit, but you could also use the new book and I think you’ll LOVE how detailed the new plan is — prepping stuff ahead and making it so easy to turn leftovers into new meals without cooking every day! xo, D

  6. Preordering the new book now!!! I can’t wait!!! YEA! 😀
    Thanks so much for the reply, Diane! Taking your advice and tweaking the Squeaky Clean plan from PP2 and adding in some of my favorite 21 Sugar Detox meals! What a lifesaver!Using the recipes and plans this way keeps me stress free and helps me to stay on track! You’re the BEST! :*

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