Paleo eating

Paleo Diet 101

You may have heard of the "paleo" diet. It was the world's most popular diet in 2013.

But what is it? Is it a fad? Is it right for you?

Scientist and "Paleo Mom" Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines it as:

The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutrition while avoiding most processed and refined foods and empty calories.

The name “paleo” is from the “paleolithic” time when earlier humans (thousands of years ago) were hunters and gatherers. It is thought to represent the era of nutrition before agriculture.


What you can (and can’t) eat on the paleo diet

Great question! Of course, being a "diet," paleo has food guidelines. The paleo diet was created to increase the amount of whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods; while reducing the number of gut-disrupting, hormone-disrupting, and inflammatory foods.

But this doesn't mean there are only a couple of foods to choose from! There is a pretty wide variety of food to choose from in the paleo diet.

You can include fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, meat (including organ meats), seafood, healthy fats, fermented foods, herbs, and spices.

The paleo diet excludes processed and refined foods (e.g. sugar, vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners, etc.), grains (e.g. wheat, oats, rice, etc.), dairy, and most legumes (e.g. beans, lentils, peanuts, etc.).

The paleo diet can be thought of as more of a "template," rather than a strict set of rules.

It’s a diet that seems to be easy to maintain, and with little to no negative side effects. There is no measuring or counting of calories or carbs. And there are plenty of delicious and nutritious foods to choose from.

Many proponents of the paleo diet even encourage experimentation by adding in a few of the (healthy whole) foods on their list of exclusions. High-quality dairy, white rice, or potatoes may be added to less restrictive forms of the paleo diet.


How does the Paleo diet affect health?

Several clinical studies have been done to find out whether there are health benefits of eating this way.

Some of the research has shown that the paleo diet can help with weight loss and belly fat. That alone may be reason enough to give it a try.

Not to mention its effect on several modern-day chronic diseases. For example, it can improve risk factors for heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, improve glucose tolerance, and even reduce symptoms of some autoimmune diseases.

It’s also thought to be “gut-friendly” because it includes a lot of high-fiber foods (i.e. fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds), fermented foods (which contain gut-friendly probiotics), as well as being full of nutritious natural foods.


Who should consider a paleo diet?

Some people recommend the paleo diet for those with food intolerances or autoimmune diseases. Those at high risk for heart disease or diabetes may also be good candidates to give the paleo diet a try.

If you react to gluten or lactose, this diet removes them both by eliminating all grains and dairy.

Even if you don't choose to go paleo, the elimination of added sugars, processed and refined foods can (should?) be a goal to move toward.


The paleo diet is based on what hunters and gatherers were believed to have eaten thousands of years ago. It is a whole-food based, nutrient-dense diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, meat, seafood, and fermented foods.

Science has shown that it can help some people to lose weight, reduce risks of heart disease, improve glucose tolerance, and reduce inflammation.

At the very least, eliminating added sugars, processed, and refined foods are a great goal, even if you decide not to “go paleo.”

As always, keep in mind that there are several diet options that will work for most people and it is up to you to choose to practice the one that serves you best.


Recipe (Paleo): Banana Muffins

3 large eggs 5 mashed bananas ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup coconut flour 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners. In a food processor or stand mixer, blend eggs, bananas, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla.

In a large bowl mix coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add blended wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.Spoon batter into muffin tins, ¾ full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden.

Serve & enjoy!

Tip: You can top muffins with walnuts before baking.



Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup


Ingredients: Makes 6 cups (4-6 servings) • 3 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (about 8 cups) • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil • 2 onions, chopped • 2 apples, peeled, seeded and chopped • 1 tsp. sea salt • ½ tsp. black pepper • 4 cups low sodium, organic chicken broth • ½ tsp. curry powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Divide squash, onions and apples in two rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over each tray of fruit and veggies and seasons with salt and pepper. Gently toss all the ingredients together until they all have a light coating of olive oil and seasonings. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Once the ingredients cool to room temperature, put them in the blender (one tray at a time) and add two cups of chicken broth and ¼ tsp. curry powder. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until the soup is rich and creamy.

Pour into a large pot and repeat with the second tray. Warm the soup over a medium-high heat until heated through. Adjust the seasonings and enjoy!

30 Day Challenge: No B & P

30 Day No B & P Challenge
YES I wanna be toned and feel great energy every day and I say YES to No B & P Today!! This challenge is gonna change your life almost inside of the first couple days cause it will not only challenge us to give up the main things that make us gain fat, hold fat, cause us to be sluggish, invoke allergies, create & increase aches and pains related to arthritis, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, and a whole host of other issues, but also keeps us focused on what foods are really in charge of our energy production and whole body leanness.

Here’s What You Do:

No B= no bread (or crackers, baked goods, pastries, etc.)
No P= no pasta
Oh yes it’s just that simple, but it’s definitely not gonna be easy if you regularly eat those two. The hardest part is gonna be the first 2-3 days and the first weekend, but you get past that and you’re good to go.


-The Synergy Stoplight Principle Applies Here-
Replace B & P with living foods that are red, green, yellow/orange
Hey look at it this way: Afterall it’s ONLY 30 days & your results lie in the challenge.

What To Expect:

1) Stop storing fat and jump start your body to burn fat for you 24 hours every day by replacing the B & P with handfuls OR smoothies of veggies & fruit instead.
2) Skyrocket your energy all the time and finally feel alive again.
3) Have to buy new clothes cause the ones you just get too big
4)Complete this challenge right and if you’re exercising at a high intensity on a regular basis you can be sure to watch your waist shrink so fast that your belt tightening can't keep up.
5)Feel your NRG spike every single day – TRUE STORY!
By successfully challenging yourself to No B & P you will greatly increase your energy, detox, experience fat loss, have fewer headaches, mental clarity, hormonal balancing, less to no mood swings, allergies diminish, decreased hunger cravings, overall satisfied feeling of well-being and more.
Keep This In Mind: It is ideal to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of H2O each and every day so that you can experience all the benefits mentioned above as well as increase your overall energy by as much as 50%. DOWNLOAD YOUR SPECIAL 30 DAY CHECK OFF CALENDAR:

Lastly, here's a blog post I put together for you to help gain a good perspective on the mindset of Challenge to motivate you through your No B & P experience.READ MY ARTICLE HERE
Enjoy your No B & P 30 Days. :)

The Simple Secret To Full-Body Health and Energy

Probably not a news flash, or maybe it is, but tis 100% true! If you struggle with your body not losing fat and being low on energy I strongly recommend eliminating or restricting grain consumption (yes all types of grain "foods"), dairy, night shade family foods, and of course sugars.

What to eat? Good question! High fats (all kinds except trans-fat) such as raw nuts/seeds, 80% dark chocolate, avocado, coconut oil, pasture butter, etc. as well as proteins, minimal fruit, and as many leafy greens and root (just not nightshade potatoes) vegetables as you want.

Alongside what to eat is also what to drink. My recommendation is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. When you exercise drink a lot of water during your workout and do not count that in your daily totals.

NEVER DRINK fruit juices of any kind or dairy drinks.

Eliminate or restrict anything and every drink with caffeine as it will drain your adrenal glands and send you on a roller coaster ride of energy levels up and downs.

Try to eat little during the day, just enough to sustain you, but not cause too high of an insulin spike. That is caused by carbohydrates being consumed. Simple carbs are sugar types and complex carbs are starchy, vegetables, and grains (as mentioned- eliminate or restrict all grain type foods).

Use good nutrition, water, regular, consistent exercise & sleep as your source of ongoing, thriving energy. That is the secret. Yes it is rather general and there are people who have certain issues needing things tweaked for them; however the better part of the population majority will greatly benefit by practicing what I recommend here.

Best of luck and keep me posted with your questions and comments. I love hearing from you! :)

Your Nutritional Questions Answered & Fat Loss Secrets Revealed

I get asked questions by a lot of people like: 1) "So you don't eat any meat? What about protein for muscle?" 2) "You ONLY eat vegetables? Where does your energy come from?" 3) "Why shouldn't I eat grains? I thought whole grains were healthy?" 4) "So where do you get your protein from on a plant based diet? Soy?" 5) ...and the one I love the most: "Can you wash my shirt on your stomach?".

Well not sure about the last one, but I'll try. The others though I do have the answers.

1) "So you don't eat any meat for muscle? What about protein?" Yes and no... That is correct for the most part. I'm not one to ever say "never", but I will say 99% of the time I am predominately plant based. Most people are used to hearing the media claim meat is healthy and go eat some for protein. Most people do this. They are used to it. You've probably eaten it your entire life and it's just something that seems or feels natural to you. Eating meat is difficult to digest and is not really the best source for getting your protein contrary to popular belief. Most people over eat meat. If you are going to eat it, eat what you need which is about as much as is the size of your fist- at most. That is far less than you probably currently eat, but your body will digest more efficiently and absorb more nutrients from the plants you will be eating alongside.


2) "You ONLY eat vegetables?" Eating to ensure you consume a complete diet is how I focus rather than trying to get individual nutrients. If you eat living foods, foods of color, you will have a complete diet. If you are eating a diet with dark green leafy veggies such as kale, spinach, chard, arugula as well as beets, sweet potatoes, squashes avocados, coconut, olives (olive oil), cabbage, carrots, celery, and you have most of your needed nutrients. Then for protein be sure you eat raw walnuts, almonds, pecans, macademia nuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds & mangos, cherries as well as any berries and you will have your nutrition complete is the best you can do for your one and only body.


3) "Why shouldn't I eat grains? I thought whole grains were healthy? Logically: If eating low fat and grains was healthy or worked then no one would be fat, unhealthy, and sick(fluctuating seasonally chronic or acute). Much of the information to consume grains comes from the grain and food industry itself. Eating a diet high in healthy fat is actually the best way since eating fat is going to immediately be used as fuel or be eliminated from your body. Too many people think they'll get fat if they eat fat, but in reality just the contrary is true. If you want to be lean and energized then eat fat. If you want to store fat and feel sluggish then eat sugars and grains regularly.

YES I'm human too so I do eat grains, whole & organic when I do, and enjoy my bowl of icecream. In the BIG PICTURE, however, infrequent grains is the best you can do for yourself and family.

Different people do in fact react differently to varying fuel sources; however the majority of people do much, much better eating a higher healthy fat diet ongoing.

One way to test yourself is in how your body responds hormonally, physically, and mentally. There are other tests, but that is the basic one. Most people don't know the difference because they eat a cornucopia of foods every day. I recommend going low carb and high fat for 14 days and then have a higher carb day with more grains and fruits. You will know from there.

If you are having cravings that is a direct sign that your body is not getting what nutrients it requires. If you are craving carbs such as breads then it is clear you are not eating enough fuel. When eliminating breads, pastas, and consuming minimal grains you need another fuel source. Enter: FAT.

Fat is the best form of fuel as it is either used or removed. When you eat it your body will use it right away and allow you to get energized quite well. Any fat that is not used is shuttled out of your body. Your body will not store fat from consuming fat. We store fat mainly when we consume sugars and grains in excess.

So I recommend eating 1-2 handfuls of almonds, pecans, or walnuts and 1-2 avocados every day.


4) "So where do you get your protein from on a plant based diet? Soy?" Most of the dark green veggies that I consume such as spinach, kale, chard, and arugula all contain proteins, but I also eat A LOT of nuts and seeds as I mentioned above. Eating nuts/seeds for protein also doubles as consumption of healthy fat. So essentially you're killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

As for soy, I don't ever touch the stuff. Soy is one of the worst things you can ever eat. It's not even fit to feed a pig!

What are your questions? What are you wondering about regarding nutrition for strength, weight loss, toning, overall healthy living? Let me know and I'll answer them for you.

Kickin It Old School Challenge UPDATES

WE are almost 3 weeks into our 30 Day Kickin It Old School Challenge and my clients are experiencing some amazing results.  In case you don't know what our challenge is about click on the name of it in the sentence above or go here: Instead of writing about it today I wanted to look you in the eye and share with you about some of the great results my clients are seeing as well as go just a little more deeply into what Paleo diet eating entails and how easy it is for you to jump on our wagon too.

Watch my video and if you have any questions or comments I would LOVE to hear from you below. Also if you've been eating Paleo I'd love to hear about your progress and results. Sometimes hearing about how other people have adapted to it helps encourage others to do so too. So please, please share your story. We'd love to hear it. Thanks!

30 Day Challenge: Kickin It Old School

"Kickin It Old School" is a challenge that I've been super excited about and waiting to bring to you cause honestly eating Paleo has changed my life. To be blatantly honest, even as a personal trainer, at one point in my life I got out of shape and gained a lot more weight than I ever was comfortable with. You see I took a 3 year break from training several years ago and worked for GNC. During that time I used to be a bit overweight, constipated, bloated, depressed, and completely frustrated with myself. I would workout when I can, but just felt like I was spinning my wheels going nowhere. At one point I even went on Rhodiola Rosea and some other stuff just to pep me up and get through the day.I ballooned up to about 190lbs and at 5'6" that's not healthy at all.

One day I decided enough was enough and I made my change. I did it cold turkey and pretty much instantly because I knew I had to. Through some friends and reading I was doing I discovered great resources that changed my life. I began eating in two different ways. The first was Intermediate Fasting where I ate very little during the day and consumed the volume of my food in the evening. The other thing I did was began eating only Paleo type foods. In doing this I actually lost close to 40lbs inside a pretty short time and began feeling energized and healthy again. Directly because of this I got back into fitness coaching and wanted to pass along my knowledge to others. It is my hope for you that you will experience results as I have and that this challenge takes you where it has me.

This month we're going back. In fact we're goin waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back. Some of you might remember this time, but most I'd venture to say probably not. Let's jump into our time machine and journey back to the time right before the time that time forgot.

Get all that? Ok good. Ready???!!! Kick on the Flux Capacitor, set the time circuits to 10,000 B.C. and let's go!!!!!

We're gonna go all the way back to before agriculture was invented and where our ancestors were the healthiest in their balanced nutrition of the truest sense of that phrase. When people say eat a balanced diet we normally think of the Food Pyramid and eating whole grains, veggies, fruits, etc. BUT what is not conveyed in that message is who's making money in it by defining exactly what foods are in the Pyramid to eat. Trace each of the most popular foods in the Food Pyramid and you find big companies and the government earning a big buck on the food products we purchase to consume.

Most of this is also a revolving door because there isn't money in good health. If people weren't sick then doctors and hospitals wouldn't be needed as much. There isn't any money in healthy people. Without going all conspiracy theory on you... Misinformation and sophisticated swayed studies all the systematic toxification of our environment and food system.

Monsanto's, one of the largest agriculture companies in the world, motto is this: "Better living through modern chemistry". That about sums it up right there why we need to protect ourselves and our families from the modern era of food production. There is a better way and it's very, very simplified and basic to follow. I challenge you to take the journey for 30 Days and experience a better, greater, and healthier well-being.

Remember: pre-challenge, you probably “feel fine” eating grains, sugar, beans, & dairy every day. If you’ve been eating this way your entire life, your body doesn’t know anything else. In that case, you’ll want to fully drop it for at least a month to get an accurate assessment of how you feel and how your body will respond. Thus the 30 Day Challenge. Together we'll journey to experience a better version of you to become the best you can be. Read on... and I share more below.

Paleo Eating In A Nutshell

Paleo eating is entirely based on the foods that our hunter/gatherer ancestors ate during the pre-agriculture or paleolithic era of about 10,000 years ago. Essentially what this means is to eat lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The big picture of human nutrition took a turn approximately 10,000 years ago when agriculture came into play.  When this began "foods" such as cereal grains, legumes, dairy, vegetable oils, salt, alcohol, and refined sugars sprung up and etched their way into our current western society.  The resulting effects have been adversely effecting our health ever since and are continuing trends that show an even greater increase in many "diseases of civilization", such as diabetes, celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases, obesity, hypertension, certain cancers, acne, polycistic ovary syndrome, myopia, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, etc. (Source:

We Will Eliminate or Restrict For 30 Days

Refined sugars, grains, and other high-glycemic carbohydrates such as baked goods, sweets, bread, rice, pasta, etc.
Processed foods, transfats, and unhealthy oils such as vegetable(aka soy) oil, canola oil, etc.
Added salt
High sugar beverages like soda and juice

We Will Eat Plenty Of The Following For 30 Days

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Lean meats and seafood
Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and oils such as unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, and almond oil.

Your Paleo Meal/Food Test Question

Ask yourself one question if you are in doubt that a certain food or food like substance is Paleo or not. If the answer to your question is yes, then it’s a food that your body can best digest, is "Paleo", within the 30 Day Challenge Rules, and good for you to eat. If your answer is no, don't eat it.
Here's your challenge question: “Is _______ food (or item including all of its ingredients) one that I could go out into the wild, pick/hunt and eat with minimal processing?

A Meal Is Paleo If It Contains

Meats/Eggs, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Fruits

These Foods Are Not Paleo

Grains, breads, legumes, cereals, rice, dairy products (eggs are not considered dairy)*
Sugars, artificial sweeteners.
Salt: Try to add very little, or no salt (see section below), to your foods.
Sugar: Limit "Natural" Sugars: Agave, cane, honey, molasses, etc.

Eating Out & When Travelling

Restaurants: Give compliments to the server, manager/owner, & chef regarding the menu and its items; however briefly explain that you are doing a challenge for your gym.  Most chefs and restaurant owners will jump at the opportunity to impress a guest so kindly ask them to make you something with your choice of meat and tons of veggies. Ask them to use olive oil as well.

Fast Food & Most Restaurants: Ask yourself the Test Question. If the answer is no to any part of it (ex. the sauce, marinade, topping, breading, croutons, rub, etc), don’t eat it, or have that be a cheat meal.

Alcohol: 1 alcoholic beverage = 1 non-paleo/cheat meal. 1 alcoholic beverage = 1 beer or 1 shot or 1 glass of wine. Remember those pictures in high school health class as to what “1 serving” is? That’s the one.

Supplement Shakes and Bars: This is something you just don't need and are never in such a rush or hurry that you necessitate this. My recommendation: EAT REAL FOOD and eat it when it's available to you. That's the Paleo way.

Why We Shouldn't Eat Grains, Beans, Dairy, Etc.

Grains(See Q&A below), and especially gluten containing grains. Gluten is a prolamine protein peptide associated to many diseases typical of western civilization such as Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Ataxia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and others. Beans, Legumes, Soy products(tofu and tempeh are also sources of soy), Dairy, Salt, Alcohol, and Refined Sugar should not be consumed when eating Paleo. Our bodies become acidic and toxic when we consume these on a regular basis. Being acidic is the environment needed for diseases to flourish.

More About Grains (Source: Dr. Loren Cordain) Q: Aren't whole grains good sources of fiber, minerals, and B vitamins? How can I get these nutrients if I cut down or eliminate grains from my diet?

A: Cereal grains are minimally digestible without milling (grinding) and cooking. The milling serves to breakdown the cell walls and cooking gelatinizes the starch thereby making both the starch and protein within the grain digestible inside the human GI tract. On a calorie-by-calorie basis, whole grains are lousy sources of fiber, minerals, and B vitamins when compared to the lean meats, seafood, and fresh fruit and veggies that dominate The Paleo Diet. For example, a 1,000-calorie serving of fresh fruits and vegetables has between two and seven times as much fiber as does a comparable serving of whole grains. In fruits and veggies most of the fiber is heart-healthy, soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol levels -- the same cannot be said for the insoluble fiber that is predominant in most whole grains. A 1,000-calorie serving of whole grain cereal contains 15 times less calcium, three times less magnesium, 12 times less potassium, six times less iron, and two times less copper than a comparable serving of fresh vegetables. Moreover, whole grains contain a substance called phytate that almost entirely prevents the absorption of any calcium, iron, or zinc that is found in whole grains, whereas the type of iron, zinc, and copper found in lean meats and seafood is in a form that is highly absorbed.

Compared to fruits and veggies, cereal grains are B-vitamin lightweights. An average 1,000 calorie serving of mixed vegetables contain 19 times more folate, five times more vitamin B6, six times more vitamin B2 and two times more vitamin B1 than a comparable serving of eight mixed whole grains. On a calorie-by-calorie basis, the niacin content of lean meat and seafood is four times greater than that found in whole grains. Click here to read more about cereal grains.

Mark Sisson, author of "The Primal Blueprint", on dairy:

I think dairy is less than ideal for human consumption, though I do like yogurt because it’s a fermented food. Raw dairy is healthy and enjoyable for many people, but generally, I think quality meat is better for you than quality milk. Less processed cheeses such as ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese and mascarpone are superior to more heavily processed cheddar, colby and jack. I think a little cream and butter are fine in cooking, because I don’t fear saturated fat, but I am concerned about folks who substitute lean, nutritious meat with highly-processed cheese.

You could listen to Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, and other strict paleos who adamantly oppose all forms of it. They offer a number of reasons why dairy doesn’t belong in the human diet – mainly lactose intolerance and casein intolerance. Yet, the truth is,  lactose (a form of sugar) and casein (a form of protein) are both found in human breast milk, so each of us – and certainly every one of our ancestors – was not only able to tolerate but to thrive for some time during infancy depending on both of these “questionable” molecules. That’s the main thing that makes eliminating dairy a little less clear cut than eliminating grains and legumes.

In the end, is there a definitive stamp of Primal approval, or Primal disapproval? I just can’t go either way. Sometimes, the correct path is to admit that you simply don’t know. You can read all the blogs you want, pour over every comment, follow every link, and pontificate about every hunter-gatherer group on the planet, but if you don’t try things out for yourself – either by trying certain dairy products or by eliminating them and noting the effects – it’s all just speculation and hearsay. In the murky, milky world of dairy, it’s up to you to decide your ideal path.

Fruit Consumption

Dr. Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet book, recommends to eat fresh fruits as a regular part of your diet; however ifyou are overweight or are insulin resistant you will need to limit their intake. Fruits such as avocados, lemons, limes, tomatoes, olives, figs, dates, and cucumbers are fine. Their alkalinity and fiber content is of great benefit to regularly consume these.

Check out all the common fruits alongside where their sugar stands with candy:

Added Salt

Paleo eating habits also focus on low salt and this includes sea salt as well. A common practice during the Paleolithic age was simply consuming foods as they were naturally which excluded salting foods. Low Salt diets keep the body in a more alkaline state which directly improves conditions such as insomnia or exercise induced asthma.

Recipes & Food Substitutions

In case you are wondering exactly how to prepare your meals while eating Paleo here's some GREAT recipes and substitutions for everyday Western Diet foods that will bring your body to a perfectly balanced health state.

Click Here for super yummy recipes & food sub ideas.

Got Specific Questions

If you have any specific questions regarding Paleo eating here's Dr. Loren Cordain's web page FAQs. He addresses pretty much anything you can think of from weight loss on Paleo eating to the science behind it.

Best of luck, and again, it is my hope for you that you will experience results as I have and that this challenge takes you where it has me.


If this was easy everyone would be doing it. Don't say you can't do something. How do you know? Why can't you? Why not? I challenge you to take the Kickin It Old School journey and explore the new you!

Comment Section: I'm looking forward to hearing your experiences, struggles, benefits, questions, successes, and whatever else you care to share in the comment section of this post. I love hearing from you. :)