About primalgirl

Tara Grant is an author, speaker, spokesperson and mother of two who has had tremendous success with the Primal/Paleo lifestyle. Her book The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa is available on Amazon.com and through Primal Blueprint Publishing. Tara attends PrimalCon each year as a presenter, will be speaking at PaleoFX in Austin, Texas, and will be volunteering at the 2014 Ancestral Health Symposium in California in August. Tara currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Your Questions Answered: Hidradenitis suppurativa and Autoimmune Conditions

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For the last three years, I have received (on average) about 30 emails a week with questions regarding Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), how to treat it, what foods are safe, what medications people should be taking, even questions on how to quit smoking and deal with the stress of in-laws. In fact, I’ve received so many questions that I wrote a book to try to answer them all at once. Unfortunately, since everyone’s personal situation is unique (and there’s no way I could cover everything in one book. And I have no idea how to deal with your mother-in-law) I’m still receiving tons of questions. In order to try to help everyone who needs help, we’re going to answer your questions here once a week. If you have any questions regarding your HS, achieving remission, taking supplements, or need information to take to your doctor, ask us! Just use the “Ask A Question” tab on the right hand side of the screen. We’ll try to answer them all in the coming weeks. Question 1 Hello Tara, I have been diagnosed with HS and for the last 18 months I have been prescribed antibiotics (doxycycline, clyndamycin and minocycine). They worked to clear … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: Hang Up And Talk

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We hope you enjoyed the last two week’s handwritten posts. This one kind of speaks for itself, so we’ll let it. Enjoy your week and don’t forget to let us know what you think. … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: Finding Your Learning Style

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Those of you that learn easily through visual and verbal means will love today’s post. Not sure what I’m talking about? Read on. Find your own unique learning style! Let us know what you discover about yourself by posting in the comments. Make sure to check back in to PrimalGirl.com this Wednesday – Donyel has a special report on what coconut oil can do for your hair, complete with pictures of her beautiful tresses. Coming soon we’ll teach you how to make your own infused coconut oil, give you some more great ideas of what you can make with our Magic Dough, and much more. Subscribe to updates to make sure you don’t miss a thing! … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: A Letter To A Couple

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Most of the time, we’re unable to approach strangers and ask them for their story without being told to ‘mind our own business,’ or being given a funny look and then ignored. Sometimes, we daydream about who those strangers are, where they’re going, and why they do the things they do. Usually our internal questions go unanswered, and we forget about them as we go about our busy lives. Sometime, however, the actions of a complete stranger can affect us deeply, and we wish we could just have said…something to them before they faded into obscurity. This is one of those times. Although I wrote this post several weeks ago, I feel that it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. How do you interact with your loved ones when you think no one else is watching? … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: We Need More Than That

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This is the first in a series of handwritten letters created by Tara over the holidays and early in the new year. As far as we know, something like this has never been attempted. Whether it’s because you can’t edit a handwritten letter, there’s no spell check available, most people have atrocious handwriting, no one’s thought of it, or no one actually uses a pen and paper anymore, we don’t know. What we do know is that Tara has been writing things by hand her entire life – and she has great penmanship. Whether it’s a shopping list, a note to a friend or a list of tasks, Tara prefers to write things by hand. She explains why this is in an upcoming post about learning and communication styles, which is, of course, handwritten. We think it’s wonderful to be able to see her personality and style right there on the page. This just doesn’t translate to a post typed on a computer and we hope you enjoy getting to know her on a more personal level. Although the ability to blog and update social media on the fly is now possible thanks to smart phones and WiFi hotspots, a … Continue reading

Debunking Myths About Paleo

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Paleo is starting to get a bad reputation. Most of this we can blame on vegans and special interest groups, but partly it’s because we haven’t yet gathered together as a community. We haven’t organized or united in any way. This allows everyone to just run amok calling everything they do Paleo. Eat nothing but bacon? Totally Paleo. CrossFit six days a week? Paleo—just harder. Not eating for three days? PAF.* If this is what the average person hears about the Paleo lifestyle, it’s not surprising that it has started to get a reputation as a “fad diet,” or that we’re starting to get reputations as crazy freaks who are going to keel over and die from a heart attack…at…any…moment…now… Which I assure you, we are not. We know this lifestyle works, and most of us are healthier than we’ve ever been. So, to help us understand some of the preconceptions we need to do away with when we’re proselytizing from our soap boxes (which is another blog post entirely), I enlisted the help of someone who had heard of Paleo but didn’t have any experience with it at all. Virginia Cunningham answered the call and set out to figure … Continue reading

Build A TreadDesk For Less Than 20 Bucks

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Build your own mobile workstation! Using a treadmill, some wood and a couple of screws, you can have your own TreadDesk at home in a matter of minutes. Disclaimer: If any of you build one of these improperly and trash your laptop or other valuables, I will not be held responsible. Please make sure you’ve got the necessary skills to build a secure, safe desk, or take this project to a carpenter. I can’t be held responsible if you injure yourself while using your homemade TreadDesk, either. Please be careful. I just finished writing a book. It took about a year and a half, and during that entire time I was pretty much uncomfortable the entire time. My back, neck, and hips would just ache after a day of work. I was hunched over at a desk that was too short, on the world’s shittiest chair for hours on end. I knew I had to do something and figured that a standup work station would be the way to go since I was SO sick of sitting. Mark’sDailyApple did a post about standup work stations a while ago, and at the time I remember thinking, “Well, that’s just a tall desk. I’m not … Continue reading

PrimalGirl Reads: Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch

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I’m jealous. Really, really jealous. Most of you know I had a miserable pregnancy. Everything that could go wrong did—and I mean, everything. Extended bed rest, hemorrhaging, hemorrhoids, depression, carpel tunnel, pre-eclampsia, early delivery, no milk production—I was a mess. I spent over ten years trying to get pregnant, and then spent the entire pregnancy in fear that I would lose the babies. I would have, had it not been for the modern neonatal intensive care unit five minutes from our house. This was back in 2008. Not so long ago, really, but before I found the Primal lifestyle. Before I knew how food affected my health—before I got it. My pregnancy textbook was What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I was labeled a “high risk pregnancy” by incompetent military medical staff simply because I was carrying twins. They told me early on that I would have to have a c-section and probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed. I had (on average) three to four ultrasounds a week. Nothing was natural, nothing was easy. It was just…miserable. I followed all the advice given to me by my doctors, and it turns out this was a very bad thing to do. … Continue reading

Help A Community Garden Rebuild: the African Alliance of Rhode Island

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I don’t often ask for help, but I need to now. I would love it if you could help support the African Alliance of Rhode Island. Julius Kowalowe, the founder of AAofRI, created a community gardening program to achieve two things: 1. Provide African refugees, a majority of whom have extensive farming experience, who arrive in the U.S. with a communal space to meet, share stories, build friendships and stave off mental stress and resulting illness that is to be expected when you are scrambling to create a new life in a foreign world and your current skill set is by and large, obsolete. 2. Provide these same refugees with a direct means by which to feed their families, as they keep 100% of the crops yielded. The community gardening program is at an exciting stage right now as they have achieved surplus levels and have been able to sell their produce at a local farmer’s market. The woman are now able to bring in a small income in addition to ensuring quality produce for their families. This is big. The ability to earn an income and feed your family should not be “optional” in the United States. These people … Continue reading

How My Family Ate at McDonald’s and Still Stayed Primal

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The other day, it was 115 degrees here in Phoenix and my family and I were planning to head over to a friend’s house to go swimming. As luck would have it, we were going to be at their house over the dinner hour. These friends are awesome people but if there was an opposite of Primal, that’s what they’d be. Almost everything they eat comes from a box. They don’t care about ingredients, or gluten, or sugar. They have bowls of Hallowe’en candy out on their kitchen counter all year long. There is nothing in their house that I can eat in good conscience. Before we went over, they suggested that we order pizza in for dinner, completely forgetting that we don’t eat restaurant pizza. The only stuff I had in the fridge were chicken dinner leftovers. I tried to imagine my children being asked to eat chicken and spinach while their peers chowed down on delivery pizza. Not happening. My Primal brain went into survival mode. What restaurant could we get food from that our friends would eat, our children could eat and that wouldn’t make us sick? Somewhere where we could all make our own choices, instead … Continue reading