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: Paleo Fitness by Darryl Edwards

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I had the pleasure of meeting Darryl Edwards at PaleoFX last year. I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and love for Primal movement. Darryl made a huge impression on me. He was so motivated to help other people that he offered free workshops at PaleoFX without being compensated. (Click here to see the fun I had — the only fun I had — at PaleoFX last year.) Darryl also flew all the way from England to hold free workshops at PrimalCon Austin this year. He was such a hit that rumor has it he’ll be attending both PrimalCon events next year as a presenter. A short video from my friend Bryan Barksdale sums it up pretty nicely: Darryl loves to share information with others, as you can tell from his website and his YouTube channel. That’s why I was so pleased to receive a copy of his new book, Paleo Fitness, a few weeks ago. It was just as I hoped it would be: jam packed full of great information to help anyone get out of a chronic-cardio, globo-gym mindset and back into the fun, carefree way we used to play when we were kids. Each exercise is carefully … Continue reading

Vitamin D, CBS and Pickle Mayonnaise

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Vitamin D and Sleep Dr. Seth Roberts (a PhD and biohacker who presented at AHS last year) has been blogging about my Vitamin D and sleep connection for several months now and has been trying it out for himself. Seth has been trying to improve his sleep for years and definitely thinks I’m on to something. You can read about his experiments here. He’s currently writing a publication on the subject, which I can’t wait to read. He’s also been referring to the topic during some of his talks. I know some of you have tried and have had success with changing the timing of your supplementation – we believe it’s more important than previously thought and can impact the outcome. Paleo on CBS Paleo’s been on the news again! Dr. Kim Mulvihill at CBS San Francisco recently came to PaleoFX and interviewed some of us. There’s tons of great information, including an interview with CJ Hunt about his new movie, In Search of The Perfect Human Diet. (Spoiler alert: it turns out the perfect human diet is Paleo.) Check out the videos on CBS, or click below. I just happen to be in this one. ;) Aired May 14, 2012: New Documentary … Continue reading

Level Health and Nutrition Classes

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Just a quick post for all you guys that are struggling to find support in your area. Like I said in a previous post, I bet a lot of you don’t know a lot of other Paleo people in real life, or if you do, they live far away. That’s the way it is for me. Other than my family, none of my friends that live close to me are Paleo. We need support to make it, a lot of times. We need someone to guide us with advice, tips and sometimes, we just need an understanding person to vent to. That’s why I’m teaming up with Orleatha and Chris Smith at Level Health and Nutrition. They are offering free online Paleo classes, training and support for a limited time. The first class starts this Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. PST. You can sign up here: Level Health – Introductory Session. Check them out on Facebook for more information. If you’re wondering where to start, if you’ve hit a plateau or if you just want to meet a group of people with similar interests, click here and we’ll see you Sunday! Please share this post with your friends and … Continue reading

New Book: The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation

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I’ve got a special announcement today. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, has a brand new book out called The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. It’s a practical, action-oriented guide for how to eat, exercise and live Primally – a step-by-step, “cut to the chase” resource to make a smooth and quick transition into a Primal lifestyle. In it he tells you exactly what to do every day for 21 days to take control of your health for the rest of your life. Mark explains what this new book is all about, what’s in it and who it’s for here. Also, if you turn to the back cover, you’ll see someone very familiar – ME! That’s right, I’m featured in Mark’s new book and I couldn’t be prouder. Mark is looking to score this book on the New York Times best-seller list to gain exposure for the Primal Blueprint message, so he’s put together a loaded special offer. Basically, you order 1 or more copies between October 18 and 24, email your receipt to a special email address and Mark kicks you back a bunch of freebies. It’s a win-win. You get a great book for less than 15 bucks, and … Continue reading

Paleo Goes Mainstream: CBS News Reports

Part One: Caveman Diet Trend Starting To Catch Fire

You may have seen the recent reports on CBS San Francisco about the Paleo movement. Dr. Kim Mulvihill did a fantastic job at covering the topic. In fact, she was the only mainstream press at the recent Ancestral Health Symposium in LA and took part in Dr. Lynda Frassetto‘s scientific study on the Paleo diet herself. Perhaps I’m a little biased, as I’m in the series, but I think that any publicity is good publicity for us! Below you’ll find links to the five videos in the series, just click on the images. … Continue reading

Conventional Wisdom Conundrum

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I’m on my way to a National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) workshop in San Francisco. For two days, I’ll be taught about the “proper” way to train clients. I’m sure that the practical side of things – learning about liability insurance for instance – will be helpful in the future, but there are some things that NASM preaches that I just can’t get over. When I first received my NASM  text book, the first thing I did was flip to the nutrition section. Of course I did, that’s what I’m really interested in. I needed to know what I would have to “fake learn” for lack of a better term. (Does anyone actually have a term for that? If so, please let me know.) Here’s how it’s gonna work: I know certain things to be true. They’re true for myself and for a lot of you too. They’re backed up by serious science. However, the NASM text book doesn’t seem to agree with a lot of them. Or it’s stuck in 2001 scientifically. One of these things is that excess carbs jack up your blood sugar, leading to excess insulin which makes you fat. The NASM textbook states that … Continue reading

Primal Exercise: you’d be surprised how little you actually have to do

When I went to the hospital a couple weeks ago to get tested for Celiac’s, I mentioned to a doctor that I had lost over 100 pounds in the last two years. His response, verbatim, was: “Wow! You look great! You must have had to work out like mad to have results like that.” No. No, I didn’t. I work out about twice a week, normally. I do the bare minimum every time and I told him this. I also told him it’s all about what you eat. ME telling a doctor how it works. Something’s not right here. The fact that a doctor said those words to me was insane. What is wrong with the medical community? Are they seriously not getting it yet? In the battle of the bulge, “eighty per cent of your ability to reduce excess body fat is determined by how you eat, with the other twenty per cent depending on proper exercise, other healthy lifestyle habits, and genetic factors,”[1], according to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple and author of The Primal Blueprint. The other “healthy lifestyle habits,” including getting adequate sleep and Vitamin D, can be just as important as exercising if you’re trying to trim down. This post is for all the people … Continue reading

Enhanced Water You’ll Want to Drink

I’ve been seeing all kinds of crazy crap on the market lately. Water full of vitamins, flavors, calcium, electrolytes, herbs, and weight-loss ingredients. There’s even a fortified water for dogs (FortiFido) and one enhanced with “positive thoughts” to “raise consciousness in humanity” (Aquamantra). I can’t make this shit up. Apparently people don’t want to drink regular water anymore. I, myself, have no problems with it, but sometimes like to “spice it up” a little and make my sports drink. I’m not going to let the industry “enhance” it for me, though; their track record isn’t great at keeping toxic chemicals and sugar out of my food. I’m certainly not going to let them mess up the one calorie-free thing I consume. My husband and I were in a Thai restaurant a couple of years ago and the water we were drinking was the most delicious, refreshing water we’d ever had. We had no idea why, until the waitress came over to refill our glasses. In the pitcher was a slice of strawberry and a slice of cucumber. She told us that they add the strawberry and cucumber (one slice of each is enough for an entire pitcher of water) and refrigerate … Continue reading

Body Image: When You’ve Met Your Goal But You Still Feel Fat

This post is really as much for me as it is for you. It has taken me almost a month to compose. It is disjointed, all over the place, and yes, I whine in parts. It’s a glimpse into the mind of someone who has a mild case of body dysmorphic disorder and it may be hard for those of you who have high self-confidence or who have always been fit to relate to. To those of you that are struggling with your body image, I hope this post helps you feel less isolated. Everyone has something they struggle with. Some of us are luckier than others and I realize I am one of the blessed ones. ******************************** Hi, I’m Tara and I’m fat. Wait, no I’m not. I am 5’9″, weigh 150 lbs and am a size 6/8. People who haven’t seen me in a while compliment me on how great I look. Women shoot me glaring looks in coffee houses, clutching their husband’s arms, seeing the new me – not knowing who I really am. Or was. I’ve always thought of myself as “the fat girl” but I’ve never really been that big. I’ve lost almost a hundred pounds … Continue reading