Keeping Up with Tara Grant

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Editors Note: Tara will be speaking and presenting at Paleo f(x) this upcoming weekend. On April 11th, from 10:00am-10:25am, she will be giving doing a magic dough recipe cooking demo. On April 13th, from 3:35pm-4:40pm she will be speaking at the Journey of Transformation session. You can purchase a pass to watch the Live Stream by clicking this link or, if you’re in the area, purchase passes to Paleo f(x) by clicking this link.   From Sarah: As my usual late night binge of working on responding to PrimalGirl emails wound down on Thursday last week, I texted Tara with a run down of what I did.  She didn’t respond for a while, which was strange, since usually she’s lighting quick. I had just started to get concerned when an image appeared…. I couldn’t believe it! There with Patricia Heaton, Reese Witherspoon, & Emma Thompson was my friend, confidant, and boss proudly declaring 112 pounds lost from a clean Primal/Paleo diet.  While I was instinctively proud of her and immediately called her so we could squeal like teenagers on the phone I also had a personal reaction that I wanted to share with all of you. I wanted to tell all … 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 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

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

Slim Is Simple and Grass-Fed Beef

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Primal Transformation Seminars I’ll be doing Primal Transformation Seminars in Austin, Houston, Minneapolis and Portland this spring together with Tracy and Matthew from True Nature Training, so if you’re close to one of those areas, sign up! You can find all the information you need right here. If you’d like us to hold a seminar in your area, leave a comment with the city that you live in and we’ll see what we can do. These full-day seminars include a 2.5 hour lecture/discussion with me on the Primal way of eating and lifestyle, followed by a 3-hour training session with Tracy and Matthew. True Nature Training is based on Primal fitness and includes elements of natural movement, parkour and gymnastics. It’s perfect for beginners! Participants will receive copies of The Primal Blueprint 21-day Transformation, the 90-day Journal, a gift bag with goodies and samples from Primal Blueprint, a t-shirt from True Nature Training and the chance to win a copy of the Primal Connection, Mark Sisson’s latest book. It’s going to be an amazing day so make sure you grab your ticket soon. Slim IS simple I have a couple of interesting links to share with you this week. The … Continue reading

November Update

As we speak, I’m living in 600 sq ft with no oven, two screaming toddlers who are very upset with me and little to no will to live. The last couple of months have been so hectic that we’ve been completely overwhelmed. I’ve gone from a 2100 sq ft home, with full-time day care and supportive family around to this – practically overnight. My husband is in the military and in August we received word that we were moving to Phoenix, Arizona, ready or not, by the end of October. We spent most of the month of September out of the country and partying as much as possible with friends we’d never see again. That left October for us to get packed, landscape/sod an entire neglected backyard, look after two toddlers, repair damages to the house, clean it, load up the cars and hit the road. Just parenting these two kids amidst all this other crap has been almost more than I can take. They are out of their normal routine and schedule for the first time in their lives and have turned into little monsters. They demand 100% of my attention, 100% of the time and fight violently with … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reveals: Where I’ve Been

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It’s been a while. Don’t worry, I haven’t fallen off the Paleo bandwagon, I’m still way on board. I’ve just been busy. Super busy. I have three jobs, not including Primal/Paleo blogger/advice giver and time is precious. What I’ve Been Doing: 1. I opened up my own business making custom retro aprons and dresses. I have an ETSY store, but at the moment have been so overwhelmed with orders from home that I haven’t posted items yet. I’ll do that soon and I will be posting a link here – after all, if you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen making delicious Paleo meals, you need to look cute. Show off that cute new body. ^.~ (If you want to order something personally, email me. 2. I’m on the speaker support team for PaleoFX in Austin, Texas in March. I’ve been assigned to the speaker support team and assigned to one of the biggest names on the roster, so I am honored and super excited. PaleoFX is March 14-17. The PaleoFX team is offering free tickets for coaches and trainers so check out their website for the referral program or to get tickets for yourself. This is a … 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

Can going Paleo give you Celiac disease?

The short answer is no. Going Paleo isn’t going to suddenly give you a disease you never had. However, those that have undiagnosed Celiacs or gluten intolerance (so, lots of you) that consume wheat on a (let’s face it) daily basis may not be aware of the symptoms it’s causing until they remove it. They may have learned to live with nausea, fluid retention, hypoglycemia, panic attacks, arthritis or rumbly tummies, or may not even know those ailments are connected to what they’re eating. They may not even notice much of a difference when the gluten is removed. However, it’s hard to ignore what happens when the gluten is reintroduced after a period of time. Suddenly developing Celiacs or gluten intolerance is a common theme on the Paleo forums, because a lot of people may not have known they were sensitive in the first place. About three years ago, before I had ever heard the word ‘Paleo,’ I went to see a gastroenterologist because of all the digestive issues I was having. I was certain I had Celiac disease, or at the very least, was gluten sensitive. The doctor was certain I didn’t (yet another example of doctors failing me). They … Continue reading