Primalgirl Reads: Primal Cravings

I’ve had Primal Cravings by Megan McCullough Keatley and Brandon Keatley at my house for nearly two months now and have been holding off writing a review because I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I still have really mixed feelings. I was really excited to receive the book. My kids are always clamoring for foods that their peers eat and I’m not always able to make them. However, over the four and a half years that I’ve been Primal, I’ve come up with substitutions for almost everything they want, including pizza crust, crackers and rolls. I already make my own cake, ice cream, soda, beef jerky, cookies, mayonnaise, salad dressings, waffles, popsicles, tomato-free pizza and spaghetti sauce, and pasta. To be fair, there really aren’t a lot of recipes out there that can impress me. (Here’s one for waffles from the Paleo Parents that did.) That being said, I’m always on the look out for recipes that use new and different seasonings, or that combine different gluten-free flours to come up with amazing new combinations. When baking ingredients are given in ounces or grams, I’m able to substitute different flours for things I have on-hand or to avoid things we’re … 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

Primalgirl Reads: Eat This, Not That and Rich Food, Poor Food

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One of the things that upsets me the most whenever I’m in a book store is the prominent position of stupid books like Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding. I flipped through it to see what the authors had to say and went through all five stages of grief within a one-minute period: 1. Denial: No. Noooooo. No way are you telling me that I should choose Breyer’s ice cream over Haagen-Daas. Why the hell would I want a lower fat content, added stabilizers and unpronounceable chemicals?! And you’re telling me the reason that the Dairy Queen Banana Split is healthier is because it has a freakin’ banana in it?! What about the high fructose corn syrup poured all over the top?! I can’t believe that people would fall for this!! 2. Anger: O.M.F.G. This book is going to perpetuate the obesity epidemic in this country and isn’t going to help ANYONE. It just validates people’s shitty choices and makes them feel good about ordering a chicken burger with fries and a diet soda instead of the hamburger with fries and regular soda. W.T.F. 3. Bargaining: Maybe if I put sticky notes on the front of every one … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

I was thrilled to recieve my advance copy of Mark Sisson’s latest book in The Primal Blueprint series, The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, last week for several reasons. First (and foremost), I was interested in seeing how Mark interpreted a topic that should resonate with us all at our core. Second, I was curious to see how the book was laid out, seeing as I’m writing a very similar book myself. (Thankfully, Mark has covered the bigger topics I haven’t, and my book may end up being a great companion to this one.) Third, I was excited for people to actually read this book and start making changes in their lives — changes that would make it easier for me to interact with them, to connect on a deeper level and to form tribes based on shared human experiences instead of the latest model of a designer purse or the shared love of Nikon cameras. Why I Need This Book I’ve been feeling majorly disconnected from modern society for about four years now — about the same length of time that I’ve been Primal. I’ve lost touch with many friends, as I no longer … Continue reading

May Day Reflections and PrimalCon

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May Day. A day to herald the coming of Spring with song and dance, a day for children with flowers in their hair to skip around beribboned maypoles, a time to crown May Day queens. A day for blog posts, apparently. And phone calls, texts, emails, dings from Twitter, pings and pongs from Facebook, returns to Amazon and endless hours in Starbucks. I’m trying to recapture the feeling I had at PrimalCon a couple weeks ago, sitting in the sweet-smelling grass, basking in the sunshine, surrounded by bare feet with the wind whipping through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. I’ve written a review of PrimalCon down below. I’m feeling the pull of Harbin Hot Springs, the need to disconnect and get back to nature. To start my cold thermogenesis therapy in their cold pools, to say ‘to hell with the cold, I’m getting in the hot pool and soaking for a while,’ to have non-food related conversations with vegans, to play guitar under a tree. And yes, to put flowers in my hair and dance naked under the stars. I’m a hippy pagan at heart. My heart yearns for these things. I’ve been … Continue reading

Favorite Paleo Goes Mainstream: What’s in the Paleo Diet?

Part Three: Caveman Diet Shows Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Benefits

CBS has been airing more segments about the Paleo diet and lifestyle. Dr. Kim Mulvihill has done a fantastic job at explaining the Ancestral Health Movement, in fact she’s made it so simple even a caveman could understand it, ha ha ha. Here are the latest videos (note: I’m having problems with the embed code, I’ll be doing separate posts for each video). I especially like the last one about saturated fat, even though she got it slightly wrong. There are tons of resources on the CBS website, including sample Paleo diets and direct links to research. It’s nice to see a news agency trying to actually educate the public instead of deceiving them for once. What’s In The Paleo Diet? Featuring Dr. S. Boyd Eaton, Mark Sisson, Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Lynda Frassetto. Aired November 3, 2011. Watch More: Part Two | Part Three | Part Four … Continue reading

Paleo Goes Mainstream Part II

Part Two: Surprising Results from the Caveman Diet

Dr. Kim Mulvihill is at it again! She feels so good on a Paleo diet that she says she’s going to stick with it for life. This is a special edition breaking down just what you can eat on the Paleo diet and how to cheat (although I’d never cheat with wheat!). Next week, she’ll be bringing us another week long series on the Ancestral Health and Paleo movement. Stay tuned! (If the video above doesn’t load, please try refreshing the page.) … 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