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

Your Questions Answered: Hidradenitis suppurativa and Autoimmune Conditions

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For the last three years, I have received (on average) about 30 emails a week with questions regarding Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), how to treat it, what foods are safe, what medications people should be taking, even questions on how to quit smoking and deal with the stress of in-laws. In fact, I’ve received so many questions that I wrote a book to try to answer them all at once. Unfortunately, since everyone’s personal situation is unique (and there’s no way I could cover everything in one book. And I have no idea how to deal with your mother-in-law) I’m still receiving tons of questions. In order to try to help everyone who needs help, we’re going to answer your questions here once a week. If you have any questions regarding your HS, achieving remission, taking supplements, or need information to take to your doctor, ask us! Just use the “Ask A Question” tab on the right hand side of the screen. We’ll try to answer them all in the coming weeks. Question 1 Hello Tara, I have been diagnosed with HS and for the last 18 months I have been prescribed antibiotics (doxycycline, clyndamycin and minocycine). They worked to clear … 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

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

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

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