Paleo Beauty Secrets: Coconut Oil

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Hey there, citizens of PrimalGirl! Tara’s assistant Donyel here. I’m going to talk to you all a little bit about how coconut oil can make your outside look just as great as it makes your insides feel. To be honest, when I first heard about using coconut oil on your hair and skin, I was more than just a little bit apprehensive. It just didn’t make sense to me. Although I used coconut oil in my smoothies, coffee, and stirfrys all the time, I couldn’t bring myself to slather it on my skin, let alone my hair? Could something that I was ingesting on a regular basis be used topically too? The more I kept hearing my friends gush about the numerous cosmetic benefits, the less apprehensive I became. I finally mustered up the guts to try it on my skin. I rubbed the oil so that it melted between the warmth of my fingers and then rubbed it into my face before going to sleep. When I woke up in the morning, my skin was soft, supple, and totally moisturized (Note: This causes acne and breakouts for some people depending on your skin type, so my results may not … Continue reading

Cooking With Coconut Oil: A Review

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Maybe I’m strange, but my favorite books to read have always been cookbooks. Even as a small child, I would spend rainy Saturday afternoons curled up on the couch with a stack of my mother’s cookbooks in front of me. I would devour them, page by page, using little strips of torn notebook paper to bookmark the ones that I wanted to make. Few of them rarely made it to the actual kitchen, but I loved reading the recipe descriptions and soaking up the pictures of the finished products. I’ve carried my love of reading cookbooks into adulthood, except now, almost all of them make it into the production stage. So, it was no surprise when I sat down one day last week with Elizabeth Nyland’s (of Guilty Kitchen fame) new cookbook, Cooking With Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes For Good Living. As I thumbed through the pages of the book, it became apparent that I had a growing problem on my hands. It wasn’t which recipe that I wanted to try that was causing my dilemma, but which recipe I didn’t want to try. From baked salmon with blueberry sauce, dark chocolate cherry muffins, and salt-roasted beet salad with … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 5

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We end our week of giveaways here at PrimalGirl.com with the final two winners of our contest. If you’ll recall, the original giveaway was limited to 5 books, but Tara had such a hard time choosing she decided to double that number. Changes in diet can often bring about a remission of sorts from HS, but there are other pieces to the puzzle that can take years to figure out. The information in The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa helps sort out those final, stubborn causes of flare-ups so that you know how to stay in remission. Today, we hear from two people who had a typical experience at the doctors – they were given lots of medication. Sadly, this is typical for those of us that visit the doctor’s office for our HS. These stories also tell another tale–about autoimmunity. Tara explains in The Hidden Plague how autoimmune (AI) conditions are connected. HS isn’t linked to any other AI condition; HS is an AI condition. When someone is suffering from more than one AI issue at a time, it simply comes down to the fact that their body is being attacked on more … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 4

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We continue our week long series with two more stories that were sent to us in exchange for a free copy of The Hidden Plague. Do these stories sound like yours? There are many things that HS sufferers share – including wanting to hide, and isolate themselves. Part of what Tara has enjoyed the most about the release of her book and her interaction with the HS community is being able to show people that they’re not alone! If you have HS, we know there was a time when you thought you were the only one with it. You’re not. Tara meets more and more people in her everyday life that are suffering from HS. Today we hear from two more of you. You are not alone! Submission #7: I remember asking my mother about the knots I felt under my arm pit. She said, “Don’t mess with them,” they are probably caused by the deodorant I use. Of course I was hard headed and irritated the knots under my armpit. That was the beginning of my journey with hidradenitis. Besides from the knots I had under my arms I had boils in my groin. I couldn’t understand what was … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 3

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It isn’t easy living with a disease like Hidradenitis suppurativa, but it’s even harder when you have children to take care of. Most of us with HS are frightened to death that we’ll pass our HS on to our kids. We’re also overwhelmed with medical bills, depression, and pain, which makes it harder to care for others. Our two winners today are mothers. Tara has received many emails from desperate moms, who are only hanging on because of their children. We hope that the information in The Hidden Plague will help them–and mothers everywhere–to overcome this disease and to regain their power. After all, we can’t properly care and give to others when we can’t properly care or give to ourselves. Submission #5: My dear friend (whose husband is dying in the hospital right now), just emailed me this link to your site and told me about your book, of which I was previously unaware.  I almost cried when I read the description of your book: “Have you been plagued with boils, cysts, ingrown hairs, and acne-like bumps that take months to resolve, leave embarrassing scars, and cause considerable pain? Have you been to the doctor, only to leave with … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 2

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Today we hear from two women who have been struggling with HS since the onset of puberty. Although 23 is the average age that autoimmune conditions strike, it’s becoming more common to see symptoms appear earlier. Tara’s HS first showed up when she was fourteen. The onset of puberty is a tumultuous time at best; imagine adding a skin condition like HS into the mix. The first story especially resonated with Tara–her connection to the military and her failure with military doctors (and their prescription-happy attitude) is mentioned in The Hidden Plague. We’re happy to be able to help these two women gain the tools they need in order to regain control of their lives. Submission #3: Where to begin… I was 14 and going through puberty the first time I had a boil flare in my armpit. My pediatrician gave me some antibiotic ointment and sent me home with mom. We had noticed a slight darkening of the skin in both armpits shortly thereafter. I’m not sure if that was a precursor of what was to come or not. Eventually my disease spread into other areas of my body like my groin, inner thighs and buttocks. I didn’t have too … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 1

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Those living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) can tell you that there is no cure. It does not ever just… go away. It’s painful. Unrelenting. You take it one day at a time and learn to live with it. The men, women, and children living with this disease are some of the strongest people we know, and Tara decided that she wanted to do something for them. With the release of her latest book, The Hidden Plague, thousands of people have been able to read about Tara’s personal experience living with HS, have found out what causes the disease, and have been given a detailed action plan to put themselves into remission. However, for every person that is able to purchase the book, there is someone who cannot. Medical bills pile up, there are rent checks to be paid, and food needs to be put on the table. Many people with HS are on disability, or have wasted money on gimmicky-cure scams in the past. We understand that sometimes, a book like The Hidden Plague is a luxury. Sometimes, it’s just not in the budget. This deeply affected Tara. She spent one and a half years writing The Hidden Plague so … Continue reading

Food Is Not The Enemy

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Sarah forwarded me this Huffington Post article recently, entitled “23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing”. I started to read down the list, and some of the items really resounded with me. Then I got to number four: “Viewing Food as the Enemy”…. We all have different relationships with the food we put into our bodies. Sometimes, that relationship is a healthy one. However, more often than not, that connection is unfortunately an unhealthy one. It bothers me when people call eating in a Primal or Paleo way a “diet”. Although it does not have to, the word “diet” can carry so many negative connotations. When I think of a diet, I think of cabbage soup diets, the grapefruit diet, the Hollywood diet,  the cayenne lemonade diet — all of which have at least one thing in common — they’re all restrictive. And when a person constantly restricts and prohibits a wide range of foods, they run the risk of beginning to view food as the ‘enemy’. Many people struggle to view food as an enjoyable way to fuel their bodies, rather they wonder, “How many calories is in that?” or “I’m not allowed to eat that!” True, eating a … 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: The Modern No-Nonsense Guide To Paleo by Alison Golden

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The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo by Alison Golden is available starting today at www.paleononpaleo.com and www.amazon.com! Finally a book about the HOW of Paleo, not the WHAT. I’ve been Paleo/Primal for four years now but never realized that I had adopted many of the principals Alison mentions in this book without knowing it — if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been as successful as I have been. Lucky for you, Alison has taken the time to write everything down and explain things to increase your chance of success with the Paleo lifestyle. After the first 30 days, then what? When the “glow” of a new diet or lifestyle wears off, you need some strategies in place to help you to continue along this path, because trust me — it’s not always easy. In this book, you will learn: * The four keys to paleo success * Why perfection is the ‘enemy of the good’ * How to create a paleo life that operates on autopilot and why it is important. * Why willpower is a myth and what to do instead * How to resist temptation and stay motivated * How to shop, organize your kitchen and stay on budget * Ways to … Continue reading