Ok. So I’m officially back to normal life over here in Colorado. I’ve been traveling so much that my sleep schedule is even all f*cked up so it’s been a little tough getting back in the swing of things. But my husband has been freaking awesome and has helped so much. I don’t talk about him too much on here, but he has been such a doll lately with cleaning the house and making food when I’m down in the dumps, that I just had to point it out. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little visual reminder of how thoughtful a person can be. And to remember to be thankful for those people. I mean, it is getting close to Thanksgiving already. Might as well be thankful for the next two months. Amirightoramiright!?

I need your advice. I recently started a podcast…but if you haven’t listened to it yet, you can listen to all three episodes here! It’s been so fun recording podcasts and even cooler hearing from you guys! It’s a little weird because I just sit in my office, talking to myself, doing extreme hand gestures while I explain things…but hey, maybe I was an only child for a reason: so I can podcast alone! This week I’ll be recording an episode talking about paleo on a budget because many people requested that. That being said, do you have any specific questions about paleo on a budget? I’ve had lots of questions I’ve already written down, but if you have any you want to ask, be sure to leave them in the comment section so I can get to them, too! I personally think this topic is extremely boring to talk about by myself, but I’m doing it for you guys! Aiiiiight?!

I’m so pumped to actually be in town this weekend (since I leave for a super quick trip to Vegas next weekend) and I’m taking full advantage of that time. I’m getting dinner with the bff tonight, coffee with another friend tomorrow, gluten free pasta dinner date night with the husband, making cake pops, babysitting a neighbors dog, then brunch with more friends. It’s going to be awesome, especially since it’s suppose to be 80’s all weekend long! I need to pull the shorts out again because these legs are getting pale reaaalll quick like. You could even say pale-OMG. Just saying. It’s just going to be so nice to be in warm weather after a rainy 4 days in Idaho last weekend. Whenever I would mention the rain on social media, someone would say “It’s sunny here in Boise!!” and I would think…COOLNOTHEREINSANDPOINT.IHATEYOU!!! But that could have been the seasonal depression talking.

Wait, can we talk about these fries for a moment? I luuuuuuurvvvv duck fat fries. Honestly, I really love anything duck and duck fat. Most of my favorite meals have revolved around the duck. It just gives any meal the best flavor. So when I was having a craving the other day, I whipped up these little skinny bites of potato joy and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. I tend to bake any sort of potatoes I buy, but this time I was feeling naughty. If you’re sitting here thinking: “But I thought potatoes weren’t paleo and you’re frying them?! This seems like a bad idea. I hate you.” That’s fine, don’t make them and go read a little more about potatoes on the ole’ world wide web. I work out on a regular basis and starches aren’t a problem for me. So instead, make yours with sweet potatoes and bake them. No, I don’t know how you would bake them. Because that’s not how I made mine. Kloveyouxoxobye.

PaleOMG Spicy Curry Duck Fat Shoestring Fries

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Spicy Curry Duck Fat Shoestring Fries

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  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (using a julienne peeler)
  • 12 ounces (1 jar) of duck fat
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • pinch of black pepper


  1. Peel potatoes then use a julienne peeler to peel potatoes into small shoestring fries. Place potatoes in a bowl and cover with cold water for about 10 minutes. Then drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Place a 2 quart dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and add duck fat. Use a candy thermometer to check temperature and once temperature reaches 375 degrees F, add potatoes in small batches (to keep the temperature from dropping too much) and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until potatoes become brown and crispy then use a spider strainer to remove the potatoes from oil and set on a paper towel to drain. Repeat until all the potatoes are done cooking then place in a bowl and add all the spices and toss until completely coated.
  3. Serve immediately.

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  1. Kate says:

    Why can’t I live close to you and also be best friends with you so you could have more help eating all these foods? I would be so down with that because this looks incredible ! I hope your real friends appreciate you. I feel like I need to throw a dinner party so I have an excuse to make these.
    Good on your man for stepping up. Travel is so rough to adjust from and you’ve been all over the place lately!!.

  2. Haley says:

    I LOVE duck fat fries too! If you haven’t been, Highland Tap and Burger has the BEST suck fat fries. They only serve them at dinner time and I crave them. I am normally a sweet potato fry person, but these are to die for as well as their buffalo burger. Thanks for the recipe! Definitely trying these!

    1. Haley says:

      *duck not suck haha

  3. Catherine says:

    If it doesn’t smell like smoke when you’re cooking it should be fine 🙂

  4. Rosita says:

    Being a stay-at-home Mom, I’m on a tight budget. I would love it if you prioritized what to spend money on. For instance, is it better to buy organic produce and conventional meat or conventional produce with grass-fed/pasture raised/non-gunky meat? On a limited budget, do I use my huge economical coconut oil on everything to save money or is it better to prioritize grass-fed butter too and cut back elsewhere? Is it better to eat less meat and have it be well-sourced? What if this means filling up your tummy with a little more carbs? Aggh, so many questions! You get the idea.

    1. juli says:

      definitely listen to my podcast tomorrow then let me know if you have any more questions! i chat about all of these!

  5. Kate says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your podcasts! I like getting glimpses into other people’s lives! I listen to them while I’m walking my dog 🙂 I’d be interested in hearing more about how you’re such a badass and how can I become more badass too? You are so driven with your workouts, and life, and blog, how do you do that? I would love to hear more about drive/setting goals and really going after them. Also, I’m relatively newer to reading your blog but it seems like you don’t really track macros? When you were first cutting size a bit after competing, how did you do that/how do you do it now? Is it truly all trial and error and listening to your body, or do you have any other guidelines you normally keep in mind in terms of portions, etc?


    1. juli says:

      i think being driven comes from finding something you love and wanting to be better at it. i love my gym, i love my workouts, i love my job, i love my relationship – so all those things i want to get better at. and the only way to get better at them is to do them consistently. i set some goals but it’s more long term goals – wanting to be fitter, live longer, feel better in my skin, create a comfortable life for me and my family. and for me, none of those things were ever given to me, i always had to work for them. so that’s what i continue to do every day because i know hard work pays off. and as for macros, i don’t count them nor do i know how to! and it’s just been trial and error and listening to my body, eating more carbohydrates. i just try to eat nutrient dense food, not snack too much and not eat to the point that i’m uncomfortably full, just satisfied! hope that helps!

  6. Suzanne says:

    I’m new to Paleo (sort of). I’m looking for green leaf stevia–is that available on-line only or in stores? Is that a brand name or…? Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      i have no clue. i’m sure google could help you in the right direction better than i could

  7. Maggie says:

    I have been listening to your podcasts, they are very entertaining. Thank you for doing them! Speaking of your large hand gestures(above)… I can’t remember which episode it was, but you were wearing bangles during the podcast. I loved it! I could almost see you! It added another level to the episode:)