Letters From Tara: A Letter To A Couple

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Most of the time, we’re unable to approach strangers and ask them for their story without being told to ‘mind our own business,’ or being given a funny look and then ignored. Sometimes, we daydream about who those strangers are, where they’re going, and why they do the things they do. Usually our internal questions go unanswered, and we forget about them as we go about our busy lives. Sometime, however, the actions of a complete stranger can affect us deeply, and we wish we could just have said…something to them before they faded into obscurity. This is one of those times. Although I wrote this post several weeks ago, I feel that it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. How do you interact with your loved ones when you think no one else is watching? … Continue reading

How My Family Ate at McDonald’s and Still Stayed Primal

Believe it or not, these are double Quarter Pounders with Cheese from McDonald's. Or a Royale with Cheese for you Europeans.

The other day, it was 115 degrees here in Phoenix and my family and I were planning to head over to a friend’s house to go swimming. As luck would have it, we were going to be at their house over the dinner hour. These friends are awesome people but if there was an opposite of Primal, that’s what they’d be. Almost everything they eat comes from a box. They don’t care about ingredients, or gluten, or sugar. They have bowls of Hallowe’en candy out on their kitchen counter all year long. There is nothing in their house that I can eat in good conscience. Before we went over, they suggested that we order pizza in for dinner, completely forgetting that we don’t eat restaurant pizza. The only stuff I had in the fridge were chicken dinner leftovers. I tried to imagine my children being asked to eat chicken and spinach while their peers chowed down on delivery pizza. Not happening. My Primal brain went into survival mode. What restaurant could we get food from that our friends would eat, our children could eat and that wouldn’t make us sick? Somewhere where we could all make our own choices, instead … Continue reading

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

Magical Multipurpose Paleo & Primal Dough Recipe

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I’ve been working pretty hard on this recipe and I think it’s a winner. So much, in fact, that I’ve decided to sell it instead of giving it away for free. “Sell it?!” you ask incredulously. “Why not give it away like everyone else?” The short answer is: I’m broke. My book is still in its editing phase and until it hits the shelves and becomes a New York Times Bestseller, I have absolutely no income. The long answer is: my husband told me this recipe was too good to give away. He wanted me to sell the recipe to a corporation so they could make it and sell it to you. I don’t want you to have to spend $6 for a 10 oz. box of crackers, so I’ve decided to sell you the recipe instead. What is the recipe for? Pizza crust, crackers, rolls and (to a lesser extent cause they’re harder to make) tortillas. That’s right, Primalgirl’s Magical Multipurpose Paleo and Primal Dough Recipe will make ALL those things — and probably more if you’re super creative. I’m happier with the results of this recipe than I have been with any other recipe I’ve found in a … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Paleo Fitness by Darryl Edwards

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I had the pleasure of meeting Darryl Edwards at PaleoFX last year. I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and love for Primal movement. Darryl made a huge impression on me. He was so motivated to help other people that he offered free workshops at PaleoFX without being compensated. (Click here to see the fun I had — the only fun I had — at PaleoFX last year.) Darryl also flew all the way from England to hold free workshops at PrimalCon Austin this year. He was such a hit that rumor has it he’ll be attending both PrimalCon events next year as a presenter. A short video from my friend Bryan Barksdale sums it up pretty nicely: Darryl loves to share information with others, as you can tell from his website and his YouTube channel. That’s why I was so pleased to receive a copy of his new book, Paleo Fitness, a few weeks ago. It was just as I hoped it would be: jam packed full of great information to help anyone get out of a chronic-cardio, globo-gym mindset and back into the fun, carefree way we used to play when we were kids. Each exercise is carefully … Continue reading

Paleo Treats: Rations for the Driven

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My Standards Sometimes people send me things to sample. Usually they’re hoping for a review — some of them ask, some of them don’t. Usually they’re hoping I’ll at least pass on a message to you, dear Reader, and help promote their company. You can see I don’t actually post that many reviews. I try to live by the adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” If I don’t believe in a product or actually use it myself, I certainly don’t advertise for it. I don’t care how much money I can make, I refuse to sell out. My integrity means everything to me. Paleo companies are popping up all over the place, as Paleo becomes the newest and greatest thing since gluten-free sliced bread. Even some Vegans are converting. I’ve received samples from companies claiming to be Paleo but when I read the ingredients on their flashy packaging, I’ve been bitterly disappointed. Not only did I not consume their products, I didn’t blog about them, either. I have standards, you see. Paleo Treats: Rations for the Driven I was contacted a couple weeks ago by a representative of a company called Paleo … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

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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

PrimalCon and Preparing for a Road Trip When You’re Paleo

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I’m getting ready to leave for PrimalCon in a few hours and I am super excited. Not only will I be talking to others about how I transformed myself, I’m planning on concentrating on how I have dealt with the litany of doctors I have seen over the years – to date, I have seen about 50 doctors from four different countries for the various ailments I used to suffer from. I continue to visit the doctor occasionally, if only to test their knowledge and spread the word about things like “gliaden” and natural, nutritional interventions as opposed to pharmaceuticals – the go-to of every conventional doctor I’ve ever seen. Perhaps you get to choose the doctor you go to, but as part of the socialized, industrial machine that is military medicine, I don’t. I get to see a new one every time I go to the office. So, I do what I can to be a shit disturber. It’s just what I do. I’m going to take the time at PrimalCon to relax. I’m bringing my guitar and plan to enjoy the company of my wonderful Primal family, eat everything in sight and eventually let the sounds of the … 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