What's Up Weekly wit Diane Sanfilippo - December 13

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Protein 101

In the past couple months, I've addressed fats and carbohydrates.. so now it's time to move on to the last macronutrient: protein!

Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of our body and cells.

In fact, protein is responsible for building every single cell in our body! It also helps control our appetite and satiety and is to credit for strong hair and nails.

Protein is the macronutrient you should begin with when you are building your plate. Similar to carbohydrates, it offers 4 calories per gram. A portion is about the size of the palm of your hand, or about 4 ounces. You should aim for a portion at every single meal.

This week, I'm sharing more about my favorite protein sources and some of my top grab-and-go protein options >


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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2016

The countdown is on… but you may still be struggling with what to gift your loved ones. Not to worry, I've got you covered!

My holiday gift guide post has 10 categories with over 50 gift options (with links if you like online shopping like me)!

Check out my massive list of holiday gift ideas >

Holiday Gift Guide | Diane Sanfilippo

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Giveaways – Both Happening NOW!

Kasandrinos $250 GiveawayKasandrinos $250 Giveaway – Ends 12/17

The holidays are such a joyful time for me because I get to give away so many yummy gifts!

Kasandrinos.com will be the exclusive retailer of Balanced Bites Spices when they release within just a few weeks. And, of course, you can get my favorite EVOO and balsamic vinegars from Kasandrinos as well.

This huge gift certificate will cover all of that and then some!

Click here to follow the directions to enter! Good luck!

HUGE Healthy Eating Giveaway ON Instagram – Ends 12/18

Healthy Eating GiveawayListen up, because I'm giving away 25 prize packs over on Instagram, and they are seriously awesome!

25 (yes, 25!!) lucky winners will win a @PracticalPaleo_Official large red cooler grocery tote/picnic bag, as well as:
🔺3 @vitalfarms coupons good for 3 cartons of eggs
🔺4 bags of @rhythmsuperfoods Kale Chips
🔺2 bags of Basil Citrus and 2 bags of Black Cherry BBQ flavored @kravejerky
🔺3 bags of Classic and 3 bags of Smokehouse BBQ flavored@4505chicharrones / @4505meats


  • You must be FOLLOWING me on Instagram@dianesanfilippo AND
  • Find the “Healthy Eating Giveaway” picture above on my Instagram page. In the comments, tag a friend to let them know about this giveaway!

That’s it! 
All entries must be submitted by 12/18 9pm PST. US Entries only. The winners will receive a direct message the week of 12/19. Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

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Balanced Bites Master Class – enrollment opens soon!

Heads up! The Balanced Bites Master Class is opening for enrollment for the January 2017 class beginning December 26th!

We cover a ton of topics (including protein) during the 10-week course. Liz and I are so excited!

Read all about the Master Class>

Coming Soon: Balanced Bites Master Class

If you want to ask for the course as a gift this holiday season or gift it to a loved one, we have several gift options available now! Simply visit or send your loved one to balancedbitesmasterclass.com.

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Facebook Live NEW DAY: Wednesdays

Join me Wednesday, December 20th to chat about how to start or grow a business without losing your mind during my LIVE office hours over on Facebook.

I'll be LIVE at 4PM PST / 7PM EST. Can't wait to answer your questions!

Join me on Facebook >

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Balanced Bites Podcast Episode #273 – All About Protein


1. News and updates from Diane & Liz [3:34]

2. Shout out: Michelle of Nom Nom Paleo and the Instant Pot [13:50]
3. Questions about protein absorption [14:59]
4. Protein capacity and utilization [20:29]
5. Gelatin versus collagen versus protein powders [29:56]
6. Plant based protein sources [36:11]
7. Losing weight and protein [48:07]
8. Kids and protein [53:18]
9. Protein rapid fire questions [57:26]

Tune in or read more here >

All About Protein - Diane Sanfilippo, Liz Wolfe | Balanced Bites

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New on the 21DSD Blog

21DSD Recipe – Egg-free Lemon Pie

We have a recipe contribution from a 21DSD Certified Coach this week:

“When I hold 21-Day Sugar Detox groups I always bring a snack, something the participants want to try but haven’t yet made. Groups can get tricky sometimes. Everyone might be on a different level, have different food allergies or sensitivities, or be avoiding foods for different reasons.

My current group has someone egg-free and I wanted the Tart Lemon Torte on page 194 of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook. What’s a person to do? Make some substitutions! This is my version, an egg-free lemon pie, and it’s fantastic!”

Get the recipe >


21DSD Recipe Roundup | Not Sweet Treats (Cookies & Truffles)

Tis the season for sweets and treats, but you can satisfy your cravings with these not-sweet cookies & truffles! Make some to keep yourself on track, share with friends, or leave out for Santa…they’re ALL sugar and sweetener-free!

Get the 8 recipes here >


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Highlights from Instagram

Balanced Bites Spices. Coming soon. . First to the line are the Practical Paleo Blends, to make cooking from the book *even* easier. . To answer a few questions: 1. I don't have an exact date for you yet, but trust me, you will know when! 2. There are 3 nightshade-free blends for those of you who eat AIP (I do *not* consider seed-based spices problematic for most on AIP through my work with countless folks over the years). 3. These blends all contain sea salt. #noblandfood (If you need salt-free blends for medical reasons you can mix these from recipes in the book without the salt or another brand will work better for you.) There is only sugar in one blend, the Coffee BBQ. 4. The bottles are large, but not gigantic or bulk sized. They're about 1.5-2x the size of standard grocery store-sized spices, by my visual estimation. 5. They will be shipping in the US & internationally. . You can see more at #BBspices and you'll be able to tag what you make with them that way as well. #paleo #glutenfree #organic #healthy #spices #21DSD (all except the Coffee BBQ).

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Do that. . Then do some more of it. . Then keep going when others tell you you’re crazy. . Ignore the noise. Ignore the haters. Ignore the “have nots” who think that it’s pointless to work so feverishly on something for which you don’t know the outcome. . You can’t build a business by trying to make money. . You also can’t build a business by doing a thing that you think you should do to be successful, happy, or make money. . Building a successful business DEPENDS on you being SO FREAKING LIT UP about your work that you can’t put it down. You can’t stop thinking about it. You wake up early to work on it. Your head is filled with ideas at night as you fall asleep. . You see, you guys tell me every day that you aren’t sure what kind of business to start or how to build a business. . I’m saying, don’t think about building a business. I mean, yes, at some point you need to have infrastructure, an emailing list, etc… . But you don’t create a business by checking off a list of “doing the things you’re supposed to do to create a business.” This is why I haven’t created a program for you all at this point. . I can’t teach you passion. I can’t teach you drive. I can’t teach you motivation. I can’t teach you what lights you up. . You know what lights you up. . Your friends know what lights you up. . But when are you going to stop being afraid of that thing and let it overtake you and run with it? . Only then will your passion combine with a drive and work ethic you never knew you had to create a business where people are magnetized to you and work work. . Because they can’t not be. Because passion and energy like that is magnetic. . What lights you up? Do that. . More on this in episode 54 of my business podcast, available via the link in my bio http://blog.balancedbites.com/build-a-badass-business-podcast-54-what-i-can-cant-teach-you-about-building-a-successful-business/ . #dianeUNscripted @dianesanfilippo #entrepreneur #girlboss #ladyboss #bossbabe #business #smallbiz #selfemployed #makeitwork #whatsburning #whatlightsyouup

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As the great Will Smith once said, “and if it ain't broke then don't try to fix it.” . My breakfast most mornings is pretty much this: two fried eggs with goat cheese and chives, oven fries / baked potato “chips” from #PracticalPaleo just cut thicker with some organic ketchup, and a huge pile of kale cooked with bacon and spices and finished with lemon (not pictured here for some reason). . Many of you know that I have been using two different spice blends on my breakfast that I created after writing PP and also after updating it, and that they're not part of the initial line of #BBspices. They'll probably come soon after this first 8. . So that's my Everything Bagel blend and my Trifecta blend. . QUESTION: I'm curious if there are other flavor profiles or blends you've used in the past (maybe they weren't organic or it was a really long time ago) that you haven't been able to replace? . I'd love to hear what flavors you'd like to create/re-create in your kitchen! Let me know below! . #harpermills #ovenfries #paleo (not the goat cheese) #summasummasummatime

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