Frequently Asked Questions
Are you taking 1:1 clients?
I am not seeing clients on an individual basis at this time. I dedicate my time helping those in my group classes, so that is the best way to get general guidance from me with your health concerns. For those needing more personalized support, I’ve hand-selected a team of highly qualified practitioners. Visit this page to learn more about our 1:1 health consulting services and functional lab testing.
I tried to download a free guide/e-book from your website and am not seeing it in my email. What do I do?
If you’ve entered your correct email address and still not gotten the download:
Step 1: Make sure to check your spam/trash/junk folders in your email.
Step 2: Try re-submitting your email and ensure that it is the correct email and spelling.
Head here for the Keto Treats E-Book
Head here for the Keto For Women Supplement Guide
Head here for the Keto For Women Liver Support Guide
Step 3: Still not seeing it? Contact us
I purchased the Fat Burning Female Project and have a question about the class.
Great, I’m happy to help! Please login to your account and submit your question via the course forum. These questions are delivered right to my inbox and always get top priority!
Where do I login to gain access to my course materials?
You can login here. You can either bookmark this page in your browser or just head to the footer of my website to make it easy to access.
I forgot my password to my course forum.
No worries! Head here and click “Forgot Password”.
I’m interested in becoming an NTP like you! Do you recommend it?
I do! It was a great class and experience. It will get you primed to help other people regain their health using a holistic and balanced approach. It is doable with a full-time job and they are very patient and understanding with time constraints. The community is awesome too! You will make lifelong friends! I wrote a blog post after finishing the course that you may find useful. If you choose to move forward with the course, let them know I sent you! And, I’ll see you at the yearly conference. 🙂
I’m heading to Boulder, CO and would love your recommendations!
You will love it here! For food, Fresh Thymes, Flower Child, Riff’s, and Shine are all great options. Exploring Chautauqua is a must, although you really can’t go wrong with whatever trails you come across here. Make sure to stroll Pearl Street for good shopping, entertainment, food/drinks, coffee, dessert, and people-watching.
How often do the group classes run?
The Project is generally offered four times a year—January, April, July, and October—however, October 2019 will be the final FBFP group class. The Project will continue to be offered as a self-study course.
What is the difference between the Self-Study option and The Project?
The Self-Study is a no-frills, DIY version of the course that provides the jumpstart you need to become a Fat Burning Female right away! If you are someone who just wants the content and to make the transition into ketosis without the desire for support, community, or extra guidance from Shawn, this is the option for you. The best part: you can get started right now.
The Project is a group course with a fixed enrollment period and set start date*. This option is great for those who prefer a community environment and peer-to-peer support. If you struggle with accountability and/or tend to have oodles of questions, this is your jam. You will have access to a private Facebook group with over 1k supportive Fat Burning Females, 4+ hours of additional audio content, access to a live Q&A session with Shawn (recorded if you can’t make it), and an invitation to attend the FBF retreat.
For those that need extra guidance and individualized support, the VIP option is for you. VIP’s receive two 30-minute private video coaching calls with Shawn, a personalized Fat Burning Female healing protocol, and unlimited communication and support from Shawn via the private VIP forum (during business hours).
Should I do the Self-Study or the Project (group class)?
The Self-Study was created for the lady that KNOWS she won’t need any help, support, or friendship along the way—a total DIYer. If you have a health issue you are working on, not 100% confident in keto choices, need someone to help motivate or encourage you during a change, or just like groups of like-minded women, then The Project is the way to go. If you want even more guidance and individualization, go for the VIP.
Can I do the Self-Study and upgrade to the Project when enrollment opens?
Yep! You will be given a coupon code within the Self-Study that will take off the amount you paid for the class at Project checkout. Note that enrollment for the final FBFP group class begins September 27th. This is your last chance to join a group class.
Can I do the FBFP if I live outside of the U.S.?
The information you’ll learn in the course applies to all women world-wide! The only challenge to those located outside of the U.S. will be sourcing similar alternatives to the recommended supplements and products listed in the Grocery Guide. Some products and brands may not be available in your country and will require some sleuthing on your part to find compatible alternatives. The great news is that we’ve had ladies from all over the world complete the FBFP. If you opt to join the group course, you’ll have access to the private Facebook page where you can ask alumni for help and recommendations.
Can I do the FBFP if I am a vegetarian/vegan/picky eater?
Sure can! I don’t believe in meal plans, so the class does not have you eat exactly like any plan someone else provides. All you have to do is meet daily targets, but you can do that using whatever real foods you like.
Can I do the FBFP if I am pregnant/trying to conceive/breastfeeding?
Definitely! Many ladies have successfully gone through the class during this time of life and with great results. The whole class is centered around listening to your body and its needs, so you will be in good hands to learn about your body and how to nourish it appropriately during this important time.
Can I do the FBFP if I will be traveling during the 6 weeks of the class?
So many women have been able to keep up with the class during their travels, so it is definitely very possible! Since there is no set meal plan, it makes it really easy to follow along and not be in a kitchen all day. Plus, the online community will be there to give you tips and ideas to make sure you are prepared.
Can I do the FBFP if I don’t have a gallbladder?
Of course! Keto is great for those without a gallbladder. You may just need to provide a little extra liver support to make sure you are fully digesting your fats. This is something you will be provided in class with extra support along the way.
What is the refund policy?
Due to the nature of the course material, no refunds can be provided after the course start.
I purchased the FBFP, but didn’t start with the group. What do I do now?
You have access to the course forever, so you can get started when it’s a better time for you! I would suggest starting with the next group so you can get the benefits of the group format.
I still feel like I need more information.
No problem! I spent the first half of this podcast episode explaining in-depth what to expect; you might find it useful.
Ketosis is a state where your body produces ketones. Ketones are produced in the body in the absence of glucose (sugar/carbs) and are signalers in the body to begin use fat as fuel instead of glucose.
How do we get this to happen?
You do this by altering your diet to be high fat, moderate protein, and very low carb.
What does this diet look like?
Take what you would consider a high fat diet and double it. Add ample fat to everything. Have a small portion of protein at every meal. Get your carbs from non-starchy veggies, nuts, seeds, avocados, etc.
Why does it need to be such high fat?
We need those fatty acids for the ability to produce ketones. It is an enzymatic change in the body that only happens with these building blocks.
Why do we need to moderate protein?
Protein can have an effect on blood sugar as much as carbohydrates can. Keeping our blood sugar response stable will get us and keep us into ketosis.
Should I try to eat zero carbs?
No, that’s not necessary, and I don’t advise it because that means you are eliminating nutrient-dense and highly needed vegetables from your diet.
But, don’t we need carbs and glucose for certain processes in our bodies (thyroid, adrenal, muscular)?
We actually don’t. Carbohydrates are the one macronutrient that isn’t needed in our bodies. There are a small number of processes that require glucose in the body, but our body make that glucose on its own every single day regardless of what we eat.
Is ketosis right for me?
That’s for you to decide! Let’s put it this way—there’s no one that keto ISN’T good for, in my opinion. But, if it isn’t appealing to you, then don’t do it!
Why does it matter to be in ketosis or not?
Producing ketones is an extremely healing place to be. Ketones have more purpose than just signaling to produce fat. They are the preferred fuel source of your body, so energy and mental clarity greatly increase. They are anti-inflammatory and immune regulating. They fuel your brain on a whole new level. Not to mention, relying on glucose (sugar) for fuel, as most of us do, is hard on the body and the culprit to so many modern diseases.
Is ketosis dangerous?
Quite the opposite! Keto is a natural, normal, preferred response in our body. Our ancestors quite commonly were in a ketogenic state during times where plants and fruit was scarce and they were relying on the meat and fat of an animal.
Does this mean I can never have carbs again?
No way! Carbs are not the enemy and once you heal your blood sugar, you will most likely be able to tolerate some carbs and stay in a ketogenic state. That’s why this way of eating is the coolest thing ever and easy to make a lifestyle!
How do I know I’m in ketosis?
You need to test instead of just guessing! I highly recommend the Precision Xtra blood ketone meter and test strips. I have used them with great success and accuracy for a year now. While it seems a bit pricey, once you are in ketosis, you won’t really need to test that often at all.
When do I test?
It’s best to test later in the day and not right after eating or working out. I like to test right before dinner.
But, don’t you only eat meat, butter, eggs, and cheese?
NO way! This is the keto stigma out there but it’s so not true and something I am working HARD to change in the community. Keto needs to also be nutrient-dense to be healing, which means ALL the veggies, a wide variety of healthy fats, and properly-raised animal protein! Yes, this include can include eggs, cheese, and butter, but only if it’s grass-fed, raw, pasture-raised for me, please!
Why is keto different for women?
Because we have hormones that like to get all whacky with the slightest bit of stress! And teaching your body a new fuel source is stressful when it’s not approached the right way.
How do I get started?
Slow and steady! There’s no need to go keto as fast as you can. It will, in fact, only cause more damage to your body with the stress that will cause, especially for women, which is why I created a whole (really awesome, fun, and supportive) class just on this subject! Join the next round of the Fat Burning Female Project to make SURE you are doing it in a healthy, safe way.
Can I eat keto without a gallbladder?
You can! I’ve answered this question several times on the Keto For Women Show, specifically in this episode and this episode.
I’m not losing weight on keto. What am I doing wrong?
Absolutely nothing. I’d encourage you to listen to this episode of the podcast.
I’m not feeling the way everyone said I would when I started keto. What’s up?
There’s a lot of reasons you may not be feeling the benefits of ketosis. Check out my Keto Roadblocks Video Series to learn about some of them.
Is keto for EVERYONE?
I do think most people would do really well on a ketogenic diet to heal their bodies while preventing future issues. I think it is most important for that person to be mentally ready to adopt keto as a lifestyle for it to actual be truly beneficial. So, if there is someone I would say isn’t a good candidate, it would be the person who is looking for a quick-fix diet and not a healing lifestyle change.