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

Help Support Pure Taste: The UK’s First Paleo Restaurant

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Holly Redman is a woman on a mission– A mission to change the way that people view Paleo food. As a chef, nutritional therapist, and chemistry graduate, she is motivated by her desire to take an uninspiring dietary restriction and turn it into an absolutely mouthwatering way of eating. Let’s hear Holly’s story from the lady herself! As a coeliac (and more recently paleo dieter) married to someone with a dairy-intolerance I know just how frustrating eating out can be for people who avoid certain foods for health reasons. You feel like the Spanish inquisition just talking to the waiter, end up with a much reduced menu, and often have half the food removed from your plate because it isn’t suitable! So I wanted to create a hassle-free dining experience that embraced real food, creating dishes without processed ingredients and common allergens so that people on the paleo diet and other specialist diets could enjoy eating out again. For the last 10 months I’ve been running Pure Taste Popup – a monthly restaurant event in Sussex in the UK specialising in creating gorgeous gluten-free and paleo-friendly food! The response has been phenomenal, each night getting booked up many weeks in … Continue reading

Five Free Copies of “The Hidden Plague For Your Story

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Just in time for the holidays, Tara would like to offer Primal Girl readers a very special opportunity, and has organized a giveaway for five free copies of her latest book, “The Hidden Plague.” What is the book about? “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 a prescription for antibiotics, few answers, and little to no hope? Hidradenitis supprativa (HS) is a poorly understood skin condition that is believed to affect nearly twelve million people in the United States alone. Only a small fraction of those affected have been properly diagnosed, leaving many others to suffer in silence or pursue ill-advised conventional treatment methods that fail to address the cause of this painful condition.” “The Hidden Plague” addresses all of these issues and more. It sets readers on the path towards healing their guts, helping alleviate the discomfort caused by skin issues, and showing them how to reclaim their health. How do I enter this contest? We all have a story. Tell us yours.  Tell us why you need this book. Tell us how it … 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

The Reebok Spartan Race (Giveaway)

Are you tired of hopping on the elliptical for a cardio workout? Is sitting at the leg press machine pumping out reps getting old? Instead of staring out the gym windows every day, why don’t you take your workout to a more extreme level outside!  Looking for something more extreme? The Reebok Spartan Race might be for you. The founders describe it as “an obstacle course race is designed to test your resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, and ability to laugh in the face of adversity.” It’s one of the latest trends for those interested in extreme fitness. In case you haven’t heard of it, The Reebok Spartan Race has been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and is the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005. While it may sound extreme, it’s one of the best (and most primitive) ways to get in the ultimate Primal workout.    There are three levels to every Spartan Race, which means that everyone from beginners to experts can participate. It ranges from the entry level Spartan Sprint (just 3+ miles) to the intermediate Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ultimate challenge of the Death Race (for those with, well, a death wish).  … 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