May Day Reflections and PrimalCon


May Day. A day to herald the coming of Spring with song and dance, a day for children with flowers in their hair to skip around beribboned maypoles, a time to crown May Day queens.

A day for blog posts, apparently. And phone calls, texts, emails, dings from Twitter, pings and pongs from Facebook, returns to Amazon and endless hours in Starbucks.

I’m trying to recapture the feeling I had at PrimalCon a couple weeks ago, sitting in the sweet-smelling grass, basking in the sunshine, surrounded by bare feet with the wind whipping through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. I’ve written a review of PrimalCon down below. I’m feeling the pull of Harbin Hot Springs, the need to disconnect and get back to nature. To start my cold thermogenesis therapy in their cold pools, to say ‘to hell with the cold, I’m getting in the hot pool and soaking for a while,’ to have non-food related conversations with vegans, to play guitar under a tree. And yes, to put flowers in my hair and dance naked under the stars. I’m a hippy pagan at heart. My heart yearns for these things.

I’ve been trying to figure out what direction to take with my life and this whole Primal/Paleo thing. I know I need to do something within this community but until now, I haven’t been too sure what that something is. I have wicked fantastic ideas that unfortunately require a staff (or at least a partner) to bring to light. This is what I’ve decided to do:

  • I will still maintain this blog, but I’m taking a little break. I’m only answering comments once a week and will only post every so often.
  • I am offering one-on-one biohacking consultations. (Try and sue me, North Carolina, I’m pretty sure ANYONE can call themselves a biohacker. I’m not a nutritionist, nor a registered dietician, nor do I pretend to be. I am a pretty wicked biohacker, though.) I don’t pretend to know everything, but I have tons of contacts that know more than me and I’m not afraid to use them. I know how to use Google like a pro. I also know that individual help is what most people need when starting their Paleo journeys. This lifestyle is NOT one-size-fits-all. I’ll be putting up a consultation page on this blog soon, if you’re interested please let me know!
  • I’m writing a book. I am going to go offline for a bit and get this damn thing written. I’m dedicating a good chunk of each day to writing. I’ll be turning off my phone and even my internet connection during this time. I’m going to go to Harbin to write some of it so I’ll be even further out of touch.
  • I’m considering new partnerships with people in the Paleosphere. I’d love to do something and if you are looking for a partner or a new project, let’s team up. At the moment, I’ll only commit to something I know I have time for, a short-term project for example.

I’m continuing to biohack myself during this journey. I fear I may have something called fructose malabsorption. It would certainly explain a lot. If you have been Paleo or Primal for a while, but are still experiencing skin issues or depression, check out the link from Peggy the Primal Parent. It will blow your mind. It’s a REAL thing! Dr. Emily Deans blogs about it here, too. I’ll let you know how I fare, but let’s just say I won’t be treating myself with honey straight out of the jar anymore. :(

So on, to PrimalCon:

PrimalCon was amazing. Here’s my review in 70 words or less:

AHS was academic. I learned a lot about evolutionary biology. I came home spouting off about IGF1. PaleoFX was academic and practical. I made tons of friends and learned a lot about the lifestyle. I came home spouting off about the benefits of Kombucha. PrimalCon…was amazing. I learned about myself. My limits, my body, my mind. I came home, sore and sunburnt, and was completely silent.

And that’s saying something.


May Day Reflections and PrimalCon — 14 Comments

  1. What timing! I was just googling “paleo & gas” when your post popped into my inbox. Guess I’ll try eliminating all fruit, too. Bye bye morning green smoothies :(

    • Yes! It was. And it was SO nice to meet you! I hope that your Paleo weekend goes smoothly, I’m sure that you are going to have a blast! How are the reduced price ticket sales going???

  2. I read Peggy’s article too… And I was afraid, “Oh no, there are more things I may not be able to eat? This transition is difficult enough already?!” and I’m concerned that my daughter might have the issue too – she has the bloated belly. It has only been a couple of months since we’ve gotten off gluten, so I was hoping it was due to wheat. It will be so hard for her to cut out fructose, if that indeed is the problem. It sounds like little Evelyn is feeling much better though… Hmmm, some more things to think on. Keep us posted on your trial & error experience with fructose.

    Happy to hear that PrimalCon was amazing! I’d love to go one day…and I’m excited about your new pursuits. I hope you find some quiet time to sneak away to Harbin & get some writing done :)

    • I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting with the fructose thing and have found that I can tolerate certain foods (onions, for example) better than others. I’ve also been eating a glucose tablet before foods that have a higher fructose load than glucose (to “tip” the scales) and have been getting good results. I’m not ready to post about it yet, but that may be a solution for certain things. My kids have the bloated belly, too. They eat A LOT of fruit. :(

  3. I wish you well in your many endeavors. You were the first blogger I read when I started considering this lifestyle 6+ months ago. I read the posts where you were describing your hospital stay, and I have to say I thought you were crazy for eating a pat of butter rather than break your “diet” while admitted. 6 months in I totally get why you did that now and would likely do similar things like wait for someone to bring me avocados and hard boiled eggs. All the best…

  4. I just want to say Namaste, Tara. You are doing wonderful things and I think it’s great you are willing to say to yourself, time for self care and take time off. Although, of course, I will miss your frequent posts, I can’t wait to read your book! I have been captivated by your story since first seeing it on the apple and was intensely pleased you were featured in Mark Sisson’s 20 Day book. I too have multiple food intolerances (first wheat, dairy, soy, then eggs and almonds (tree nuts?), and histamine(?)) and symptoms (migraines, hives and angioedema, joint pain, swelling, eczema, depression, “IBS”) as well as PCOS and insulin resistance/hypoglycemia. I do remarkably better on Paleo-Primal (lower carb though, fruit not so good). I live in Sonoma County, so I completely understand the draw of Harbin. I also can’t wait to get involved in the NoCal meet-up, although I am tied up with the C Bar exam for another three weeks. In that circuitous manner of arrival, my point is: From one vintage-glam, pagan, hippie, warrior goddess to another, my hat is off to you, Mama! You rock!

    • Why thank you!! :) I can’t wait to see you at a meetup, we can chat a little. I also had a lot of the symptoms you had. Have they gotten getter since you changed your diet? Since you don’t do well with fruit, you may want to look into FODMAPs or fructose malabsorption. Good luck with your exam and let me know how it’s going!

      • My symptoms are soooo much better with primal/paleo! A big part of it was definitely the wheat/dairy/soy intolerances but I think the underlying cause of everything was whacked out insulin, damaged metabolism, and chronic systemic inflammation due to growing up as a junkfood vegetarian (read: lots of sugar and white flour, very little fat and protein). So, getting the insulin under control is a major help to everything. I find that I am less sensitive in general when my blood sugar is nice and stable, as well as much happier, clearer-headed, and energetic. I’ve checked into FODMAPS a bit, but am not sure it’s quite the right fit. I’ll take a look again. Fruit mostly makes me hungry and a bit gurgly. I’m wondering if there’s such a thing as a minor intolerance without full-on malabsorption issues. Thank you for the info! I’ll definitely check in about the meet-ups.

  5. Addendum to give credit where credit is absolutely due: When I said “the apple,” I meant Mark Sisson’s Blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, at, and when I said “Mark’s 20 Day book,” I meant Mark Sisson’s book The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation.

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