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.