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September 19, 2012

Contest: What Do You Want from Upcoming Book, Primal Woman?

By Mark Sisson
446 Comments

The Prize:

The ULTIMATE posture correction package courtesy of Esther Gokhale, owner and founder of the Gokhale Method Institute!

Do you suffer from mild to chronic back pain, inhibiting your sleep and daily life? Have you succumbed to the fact that this is “just how it is?” Not so fast… The Gokhale Method is a systematic, non-surgical process of restoring pain-free posture and movement based on the way our bodies were naturally designed. Learn how to sit, sleep, stand, walk and bend in ways that actually protect and strengthen your bones and muscles.

The lucky recipient of today’s challenge will receive:

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The Contest:

I’m pleased to announce that my wife Carrie – who many of your have met in-person at PrimalCon, or know through her past blog posts (Dear Carrie: Reader Question Roundup, Dear Carrie: Cellulite) – is writing a book due out at the end of next year tentatively titled “Primal Woman”. It will be her perspective on what it means to be a Primal woman in the modern world: her role as a woman, as a mother, a wife, an object of beauty, and a functioning member of society. She’ll likely be touching on a wide range of topics like body image, aging gracefully, handling relationships, raising a family, making a contribution beyond family, and health-related topics like menopause, PCOS, hormone replacement therapy, and the Primal Blueprint eating and exercise strategy for women to name just a few.

For this contest, Carrie wants to hear from you. In the comment board below, list your top 5 women’s health issues, topics, or questions you’d like to see addressed in Primal Woman, for a chance to win the prize above.

While the general scope of this book is outlined, this is your chance to impact its direction. Let her know what you want out of a book written by a Primal woman, for Primal women.

Eligibility:

U.S. residents only. All sexes welcome. You don’t have to be a woman to care about women’s issues.

The Contest End Time:

September 23, midnight, PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

A winner will be selected at random.

To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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Emily
Emily
4 years 7 days ago

I can tell you what I don’t want from the book: any more mentions of women as “objects of beauty”. When paleo/primal turns into armchair evolutionary psychology, count me out.

Shary
Shary
4 years 7 days ago

I would definitely agree with that. Far too many women are already obsessed with themselves as an “object of beauty” (i.e. “trophy wife”, “arm candy”, “eye candy”, plus a million other pejorative descriptions that dehumanize women). Offhand, I can’t think of a more shallow aspiration for today’s primal woman. I hope Carrie will rethink that outdated notion.

Jenny
Jenny
4 years 7 days ago
For some women, being an object of beaty and desire is extremely important. Like when your life is no longer consumed by a career and/or raising young children, and you are pushing 50 or 60. I’m not sure what armchair evolutionary psychology has to do with being wanted and appreciated. What I would like to see in Primal Woman are photos and stories of fit, acive women in ther 50’s, 60’s and beyond so that normal women can get a realistic idea of what is possible. We are bombarded by airbrushed images of 20-something flatbellies with no life experience and… Read more »
Pam
Pam
4 years 7 days ago

Agree!

… and it isn’t about “being an object of beauty and desire” for others.

It’s about feeling beautiful and desirable just within one’s own soul.

… and getting a compliment from someone else NEVER HURTS EITHER!

DEBRAKADABRA
DEBRAKADABRA
4 years 6 days ago

Amen to that.

Sofie
Sofie
4 years 5 days ago

For some men, being an object of beauty is extremely important. Yet the closest I’ve ever seen to that for them is LGN, which applies to women as well.

doghug
doghug
4 years 7 days ago

+1

FoCo
FoCo
4 years 7 days ago

I think it makes perfect sense to address the issue of woman as “objects of beauty” especially in relation to body image. The idea that strong is beautiful needs to be voiced loudly and often.

N
N
4 years 7 days ago
I agree with you that the idea that strong is beautiful and addressing body image issues is relevant, yes – but I think the “objects of beauty” bit is awkward phrasing. I’d prefer not to be an “object” at all. And it would be pretty awesome to see performance improvements as part of the body image bit – measurements get a lot less important when a woman can take pride in how fast she can sprint, how heavy she can lift, or whatever personal parameters are important to her WHERE SHE’S AT. We’ve got to start meeting ourselves where we… Read more »
Cara
Cara
4 years 5 days ago
I absolutely agree. I’m one of those pushing sixty and suffering the consequences of depleted hormones. How do you feel like an object of beauty when your hair starts to thin so badly you can see your scalp? You have a belly bulge even when you eat and exercise correctly? Your neck and chin line sag? Etc… At different ages beauty has different stages. I’ve learned to laugh…a lot! 😉 I hope I will always be an object of beauty to those who love me. And never in comparison to those in TV, movies, magazines, or even myself ten or… Read more »
Amy
Amy
4 years 7 days ago

When society stops objectifying women, maybe then we can stop talking about it?

Dea
Dea
4 years 7 days ago

Thank you. I was just about to say the same thing. Ditto to the aging gracefully thing.

Dea
Dea
4 years 7 days ago

Just to be clear, I was agreeing with Emily’s original comment. (There were no other replies when I started typing).

Rio
Rio
4 years 7 days ago

I think Mark was paying his wife a compliment here…..don’t take things so seriously… 🙂

maggie (salad maggie!)
4 years 7 days ago

THIS IS AWESOME! Can’t wait for the book.

Here are my top 5:

1) dealing with hormonal issues – PCOS in particular (I used to have it and have kind of cured myself but would love more info)
2) body image
3) main differences in nutrition requirements for women and men
4) main differences in optimal exercise routines for women and men
5) fertility promoting things

Shosh
Shosh
4 years 7 days ago

Totally love the idea of highlighting differences here, particularly with respect to COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS.

Kelsey
Kelsey
4 years 7 days ago

I second this. I’d like to go more into body image things – like muscle v. fat issues.

Oly
Oly
4 years 6 days ago
Let me add: Primal pregnancy! “The ketones will retard your baby” OB threats scared me fat (I’m not carb tolerant and pregnancy makes me hungry) and then it was “don’t gain too much”. I just didn’t understand why a slightly pink early morning ketone test strip once in a while was a crisis when there are women who vomit their way into hospital stays, losing body fat the entire 10 months but who still deliver healthy babies. (Not that I’m going to try VLC, but if my appetite says “not hungry right now” what’s the harm?) As far as I… Read more »
Oly
Oly
4 years 6 days ago

And I’d like for the establishment to explain why if ketones are so horrible for pregnancy then why were they so awesome for getting me knocked up?

Sofie
Sofie
4 years 5 days ago

+1

Liv
Liv
4 years 6 days ago

Agreed on the few items above. I am a female powerlifter who overcame PCOS/Metabolic Syndrome. I’d love some more information on dealing with hormonal issues and how intermittent fasting may impact women vs. men, menstrual cycles (and how to deal with those awful cravings), listening to your body and eating what it wants vs. will power and sticking to a specific diet (for me, high protein, moderate calorie restriction).

Rachel
4 years 7 days ago

I’d be particularly interested to hear about hormone imabalances and how to rebalance them as naturally as possible. That often seems a very common problem that’s invariably skimmed over in terms of women’s health. Also information on intermittent fasting and how it relates to women’s health, as it seems to affect many women markedly differently to the way it affects men, whilst still retaining the obvious potential in terms of gene reprogramming.

Excited to see what she writes!

hilarydanette
hilarydanette
4 years 7 days ago

I agree, Rachel. I’d like to hear about women’s hormones and their effect on primal women. Also, I’m interested in how intermittent fasting relates to women’s health.

Also, do primal women have different dietary and exercise needs than primal men?

hilarydanette
hilarydanette
4 years 7 days ago

Also, just a side note…

I’ve noticed that my hair has quit falling out/shedding as much as it used to since going primal. I used to lose a clump of hair in the shower each day, and now only lose a few strands. It was an unexpected and happy side-effect, and I’m wondering if any other women have noticed this.

Kitty =^..^=
Kitty =^..^=
4 years 7 days ago

I have. I’d put my hair falling out down to stress but it stopped when I went Primal, thank goodness! Now I’m hoping it’ll grow back…

Natalie
Natalie
4 years 6 days ago

I’d noticed too, mine was falling out in huge huge clumps and had me quite scared after having alopecia in my twenties. I had to scoop handfuls out the bottom of the shower each time I washed it but now, theres hardly any loss. Thank you primal.

Cara
Cara
4 years 5 days ago
Just the opposite for me. My hair started falling out profusely after a few months of primal. I’ve read low carb suppresses the Thyroid. I’m not sure about that, at least not for everyone. But, since I already had Thyroid issues before going primal it may have contributed to this. I’ve tried everything to help my hair issues. MSM, Biotin, Gelatin, and so on…nothing has helped as yet. It’s gotten to the point I’m very self conscious about my thinning hair. It was a point of pride for me for over fifty years. I hope it will get better in… Read more »
fitmom
fitmom
4 years 7 days ago

Ditto on the hormones. So much of the good emerging science about health and weight loss hinges on hormones: leptin, insulin, thyroid, etc. But men & women are so different in that regard!

Other issues that come up a lot on the forums: skin/acne/wrinkles, primal for the family, aging, autoimmune, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum.

Not interested in: look at all the hot primal babes (although we are, aren’t we?!).

Melissa
Melissa
4 years 7 days ago

I would also love to learn more about hormones and how the cyclical changes affect the body. Women experience so many hormonal changes in life (such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause) as well as a constantly changing hormonal cycle during the reproductive years. I don’t know enough about hormones, but I do know they have a significant impact in many areas of our lives, including how diseases affect people differently.

Hannah
Hannah
4 years 3 days ago

Seconded about the hormones. I was wondering just in the last few days if there is a way to combat that “must eat everything ever made/all of the chocolate ever” feeling I get exactly once a month! I know it’s all just hormones and probably evolved as a way to boost conception chances during our most fertile days, but it’s very hard to stick with Primal eating when it hits. Any tips or tricks to combat it would be awesome!

Primal V
Primal V
4 years 7 days ago

I totally agree Emily; if it’s not based on evolution and health then it probably shouldn’t be in a book called “Primal Woman” – if we have to be ‘objects of beauty’ then just call it “The Inner Goddess” and we’ll know to avoid it like the plague.

Nelly
4 years 7 days ago
I agree that the term “object” is one to be avoided when talking about any person, but the desire and goal to be (more) beautiful – to yourself and to others – isn’t a bad one unless it becomes an obsession or subscribes to unhealthy practices like eating disorders or plastic surgery addiction. And to be honest, that’s a big draw of this kind of lifestyle for people who were already feeling and performing ok-fine to start with – not only is performance and mental state enhanced, but you also look pretty damn hot. For myself, at least, that makes… Read more »
Scott R
Scott R
4 years 7 days ago

1) body image
2) eating right
3) being a strong, independent woman
4) making workouts count
5) making mention that the new 21st century woman is no longer the stick-thin, durgged up model, but now the ripped, beautiful athlete.

BillP
BillP
4 years 7 days ago

#5:

Sounds like substituting one impossible or undesirable ideal for another.

April
April
4 years 7 days ago

I agree. The whole “strong is the new skinny” thing with posters showing women with six packs is pretty annoying. Not all women are 5’10 (or heck, even 5’5) with slim athletic hips and six pack abs. Not everyone WANTS to be that. Plus, what about the women that are naturally very thin, no matter what they eat or how they exercise? Is that saying that they are somehow unattractive, because they’re not a “ripped, beautiful athlete”? I think it’s best to let go of all notions of what a woman (or man) “should” look like. We’re all different. Period.

Bunny
Bunny
4 years 7 days ago
I completely agree with April re. the not everyone is going to be a ripped and beautiful athlete and holding up ONE image as the ideal woman is unhealthy to the point of harmful for women. This goes for ALL women. Basic body types exist and a woman who’s short waisted is bound to be thicker than a woman with a longer waist. A woman with short legs (proportionately to her height) is not ever going to have a classic “ballerina” shape. These are facts that we just have to work with. About priorities: Some of us want to look… Read more »
Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
4 years 7 days ago
Amen. I was skinny most of my life and did model a bit as a youngster. Everyone thought I was bulimic/anorexic, which is not true and not very nice. However, now past menopause I have gained T&A, so I joke that I got puberty and menopause at the same time. I work out regularly and there is no way I will ever be “ripped” or have a six pack or any such look. You can be very athletic and not look like that, so the look itself only represents a tiny fraction of fit women out there and doesn’t really… Read more »
Kathy
Kathy
4 years 7 days ago

Bunny: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 59 is the best kind of aging you can do! What a great role model you make for women despairing of looking like magazine covers.

Joyce
Joyce
4 years 6 days ago

Thank you BillP and April!! I’m so glad someone has finally said it! This is one of the most annoying aspects of the primal community and a big reason I’m no longer in love with the movement.

Cara
Cara
4 years 5 days ago

AMEN to that!!!

Emily
Emily
4 years 7 days ago

1. Weight (How to lose it by eating primal, what to do if eating primal has resulted in a gain)
2. Exercise (What is a good plan?)
3. Cosmetics/Beauty Products (Can we translate the primal lifestyle to what we put ON our body as well as IN in?
4. Supplements (Women specific, what do we need, how to get it)
5. Aging (How to age gracefully using the Primal Blueprint)

Aimee
Aimee
4 years 7 days ago

+1

mel
mel
4 years 7 days ago

as to #3 there is a great website for stuff like that http://www.ewg.org/skindeep, but i agree it should also be addressed at how that applies to being primal, etc.

Kea
Kea
4 years 4 days ago

There’s also crunchy Betty http://www.crunchybetty.com/ who does a lot of natural beauty ie face cleaning and moisturising ( think cleaning your face with pure honey or pure oil)

Merky
Merky
4 years 7 days ago

+1

daidai
4 years 7 days ago

1. Hormonal impacts of the primal diet.
2. Hormonal impacts of stress and supplementation/primalism to fix it.
3. Effects of fasting for women.
4. Body dismorphic issues.
5. Lifting heavy things for women.

Susie
Susie
4 years 7 days ago

+1

Pam
Pam
4 years 7 days ago

Yes, agree with these five!

gibson girl
gibson girl
4 years 7 days ago

+1

Rebecca
Rebecca
4 years 7 days ago

1 heart disease prevention
2 hormonal balance
3 stress relief
4 menopause
5 family/community

leida
leida
4 years 7 days ago

1. Fat loss for the stubborn feminine areas and dealing with the 2-tier body structure – skinny on top, fat on the bottom
2. Muscle building (getting ripped) for a female
3. Nutrition and fasting for females
4. What works for Primal Men but doesn’t Work for Women
5. Sugar and Carbohydrate Issues for women

Bex
Bex
4 years 5 days ago

Agree with 2,3,4 & 5!!! Thanks Leida.

Rob
Rob
4 years 7 days ago

Im no woman, but Id love to get this with my back problems (2 surgeries – ouch!). I find that when Im 100% primal back pain is much MUCH less than when I succumb to SAD foods.

Anyways:

1. Fertility
2. Skin – sun exposure, etc
3. Primal benefits during pregnancy
4. How foods that benefit men may not for women
5. Fitness!

Gymblogger
4 years 7 days ago

Totally agree, for me (with back problems) what I eat is so very important, eat bad and feel it in your back within a couple of hours.

Goldie
Goldie
4 years 7 days ago

I’d like to see:
1) More information about intermittent fasting for women–pre- AND post-menopausal.
2) Strategies for overcoming eating “disorders” (binging, obsessing, etc.) that may not necessarily be severe enough for a formal diagnosis.
3) Hormone replacement past menopause–some experts recommend progesterone or estrogen even for women who are clearly post-menopause.
4) Bone health; calcium supplements or not?
5) Carbohydrate and protein requirements during pregnancy; some research has shown that low carb intake for the mother during pregnancy correlates with higher obesity rates in children.

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 7 days ago

+1

Goldie–I really like your #2. Such a challenge for me not to eat to soothe emotions. Been doing it since I was about 6 years old. Still is my greatest primal challenge by far.

Kathi
Kathi
4 years 5 days ago

+1

I’m in peri-menopause now and it seems to affect everything in my life!

Erin
Erin
4 years 7 days ago

I’d like to see some info on weightlifting for women with an emphasis on the fact that lifting heavy does not turn you into a bulging bodybuilder. Some info on ways to make your skin care and hair care routine more primal would be nice. Finding the correct macro nutrients for women and fasting for women would be beneficial, since there are a LOT of posts in the forum about this. And lastly, some info on feeding primal babies.

Anne Marie
4 years 7 days ago

Would love to read about anemia/iron deficiency!

Parson
Parson
4 years 7 days ago

Yes, that would be great and supplements in general. Does that Primal stuff they sell here work for both women and men? I often hesitate to buy something that’s not at the very least weight specific.

SophieE
SophieE
4 years 6 days ago

And adding to that, iron excess (cant think of the proper terminology at the moment- mind blank) past menopause and perhaps specific tests that should be run to check for it.

Kathy
Kathy
4 years 7 days ago

How about a chapter (or two) for the Primal “Old/Mature” Woman? I’ll soon be 65 and most current information doesn’t address the issues of trying to correct a lifetime of eating SAD. I’m healthier than I was 10 years ago, but feel there’s still room for improvement. Am I just dreaming? Is this as good as it gets for those who have managed to survive the SAD?

Catherine Kostyn
Catherine Kostyn
4 years 7 days ago

1. Body Image
2. Different nutritional requirements between men and women
3. IF for women? Discussion of pros and cons
4. Athletic women who participate in endurance activities – how best to approach fueling for these activities Primaly – and address any differences between younger and older women.
5. Hormonal issues

I agree to the general consensus against the whole women as “objects of beauty” topic. For me that would insure that I wouldn’t buy the book.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 years 7 days ago

1. Thyroid issues: does Primal help deal with hypothyroid; should there be adjustments to way of eating to support thyroid when hypo?
2. Hormonal issues/menopause issues
3. Starting out and/or making big changes at mid-life or older
4. Empty nest time — what can/should change at this point
5. Skin care

reluctantMANGO
reluctantMANGO
4 years 7 days ago
Love the book idea! Here are my top 5, in no specific order: 1. Hormonal balance/health, especially PCOS, Fertility, Menopause, Thyroid. 2. Body Image, with a focus on non-scale methods of measuring weight loss/muscle building/body composition progress. Why are we so addicted to the scale?? It lies!! 3. Primal Beauty – treatments/solutions for dry skin, blemishes, etc. and primal beauty products/make your own? 4. Primal Family – the struggles of leading a primal family; how to explain your family’s choices to others, how to convince your husband and children that this lifestyle is to their benefit. 5. Mental health –… Read more »
Carla
Carla
4 years 7 days ago

+1 for number 4.

I have a heck of a time convincing my 9 year old that what they are teaching her in school about nutrition is wrong. Add to that the impossible-to-avoid wheat-sugar “treats” after a wheat-PUFA “meal” at various things she attends, and I am lucky (*lucky*) to have her eat primally 50% of the time. I can write a whole essay, but I’ll stop there. This is probably my biggest challenge.

Laura
Laura
4 years 7 days ago

Absolutely, I struggle with this too.

hilarydanette
hilarydanette
4 years 7 days ago

Regarding number five, I’d actually love to see a primal book about mental health, mental illness, and primal treatments that applies to both genders.

Nikki
Nikki
4 years 7 days ago

Here are my top five things I would like to see addressed in Primal Woman:

1. Scientific studies that feature women (so many of the studies we rely on to dictate our health use only male subjects).
2. Body image issues
3. Fasting for women (yay or nay?)
4. Skin problems (specifically acne and sun exposure)
5. Primal eating & pregnancy

Alice
Alice
4 years 7 days ago

1) I would love to see a detailed exercise section for women that starts at the beginner level.
2) I would like to read about how the primal lifestyle positively impacts women’s hormonal symptoms (PMS, cramps, etc).
3) I would like to read a lot of success stories (with pics, of course!) for inspiration.
4) I am interested in adding things like herbal teas to my diet….a section on herbs would be great.
5) I would like to read about the ways women’s nutritional needs differ from men’s.
Thank you!

CDH
CDH
4 years 6 days ago

Agree with #1 Exercise – I have read both the PB and 21 Day Quick start and it’s a little lacking in the exercise department. Individual exercises discussed ~ fine, but I want something more organized.

Lay out a week’s worth of exercise routines for women to do on a rotational basis. Maybe add in some quick exercises to do if time is short.

Gen
Gen
4 years 7 days ago

1) hormone therapy replacement during/after menopause

2) intermittent fasting for women

3) effect of carb restriction on fertility

4) effects of hormonal bc on health and future fertility

5) female-specific requirements for protein intake

jk
jk
4 years 7 days ago

Hormone balancing as it relates to
1. Menopause
2. Skin
3. Bones
4. Endocrine system
5. Aging gracefully

rose
rose
4 years 7 days ago

ditto

Cheryl Bertin
Cheryl Bertin
4 years 6 days ago

Ditto to all those things and Perimenopause. Should Hormone replacements, even bio identical, be considered?
Also what is a healthy amount of fat to carry during your post reproductive years?
Ooh and how to maintain a healthy libido after 40? I have had my kids and don’t have much drive but my husbands isn’t slowing.

Jo
3 years 10 months ago

yes to all of these

momupthecreek
momupthecreek
4 years 7 days ago

1. Taking care of myself & my family who may not be on board.
2. How to encourage family.
3. Hormone fluctuations & how we should aproach them.
4. Section relating to childrens primal needs & how to apply program to them.
5. How the primal lifestyle benefits womens health.

Noel
Noel
4 years 7 days ago

1) How to live the primal lifestyle during and after pregnancy.
2) An exercise section for women.
3) Health and beauty products that fit into a primal woman’s lifestyle.
4) Women specific nutrition needs and eating plans.
5) Quick, easy recipes since most women now work outside the home and still run their household.

Scott UK
Scott UK
4 years 7 days ago

1. Getting and being pregnant
2. Nursing and feeding baby
3. Raising a child / anchoring a family
4. Passing through menarche, menopause, and everything inbetween, gracefully.
5. Last but not least, how to make the most of your appearance — yes, how to be BEAUTIFUL — without relying on nasty chemical cosmetics.

Women — you are beautiful — get used to it.

Allison R
Allison R
4 years 7 days ago
first of all – beyond excited about the prospect of this book. 1. body image for women of all ages. i’ve seen articles with visuals for grown women in their 20s and 30s – but I want my 9 yr old to know she is not fat. My 60 year old mom would like to know what is realistic. 2. Primal living pre and post pregnancy 3. how to lead a non-primal family into some primal habits. how do i get my kids and husband to eat better (i.e. vegetables)? be more active? i want to inspire them – not… Read more »
Kea
Kea
4 years 4 days ago
Agree! I’m going primal during this pregnancy via intuition. I know every pregnancy is different, but would be good to hear a few well balanced case studies (for example I have gained 10 kgs in 7 months, where other primal pregnant blogs I have read they barely gain any weight). Some scientific background on the pregnancy and ketones. There’s a lot of CW floating around out there about that! A big thing for my family now ( now we are all 80% primal) is that now that we are trying to eat primally, including WHEN we are hungry instead of… Read more »
Jackie
Jackie
4 years 7 days ago

1. Birth control options and their effects.
2. Skin issues and how primal can help.
3. Fertility issues and how primal can help.
4. Calcium and bone health.
5. Exercising and weight lifting for women.

Barbara
Barbara
4 years 7 days ago

I second the birth control options and fertility issues!

SophieE
SophieE
4 years 6 days ago

I second the skin issues

DiEly
DiEly
4 years 7 days ago

The benifits of a Primal Diet/lifestyle in regaurds to:

1. Hormonal issues including menopause issues
2. Fitness/excercising/lifting heavy things – proper eating on heavy workout days
3. Raising/feeding young & older kids – ideas for teaching/adapting the Primal Lifestyle changes
4. How has this changed your view and/or participation in society? Suggestions for others.
5. How, if at all, will this change the outlook of long term care when we do grow old gracefully.

Judy
Judy
4 years 7 days ago

I am soooo looking forward to Carrie’s book. I know you said 5 but I only have 1 concern that I’d like to see covered. What is the role of calcium (milk, cheese, yogurt) in the primal diet as it relates to post menopausal ladies. We are out here and it is one of my concerns.

Thanks

Melody
Melody
4 years 7 days ago

1. How to deal with painful periods without recourse to medication.
2. How the way we eat can affect our fertility.
3. How to ramp up upper body strength from virtually zero.
4. How to cook for growing kids on a budget.
5. What vitamins and minerals our babies most need when we’re pregnant and during lactation.

CDH
CDH
4 years 6 days ago

Melody, I’ve suffered with painful periods my whole life. Try a heating pad, when your having bad pain. It really helps.

Patty
Patty
4 years 7 days ago

My top five would be:
1: post-menopause weight gain. Eating primal but the weight is not coming off.
2: exercise for women
3: eating issues ie: emotional eating. Just because it is primal, mindless eating is still mindless eating
4: Time management issues. How to take time for ME but not drop the ball for the rest of the family
5:Macro-nutrients requirements for women

Connie Bonnie
Connie Bonnie
4 years 7 days ago

How primal living affects fertility
Primal eating and pregnancy
Exercise for women/weight loss for women
healing our bodies with primal eating
stress/emotional eating for primal women

Simone
Simone
4 years 7 days ago

1) How to get your lover to cook primal for you 🙂
2) how SAD eating affects hormones and how primal can reverse it
3) counteracting depression
4) children with behavioural issues, including ADHD, aggressive behaviour etc.
5 ) understandable guide to supplements for women

looking forward to the book!

Kim
Kim
4 years 7 days ago

1. Hormonal issues
2. Weight loss/gain and how it differs from how men lose/gain weight with respect to what works, what doesn’t (IFing?), fat storage in different places, etc
3. Exercise will not make women bulky!
4. Primal pregnancies (with anecdotes would be cool)
5. Mental health

Vicki N.
Vicki N.
4 years 7 days ago
1. A list of female challenges that you have seen disappear when going primal (for example, for me, my time of the month shortened by 2 days, no more cramps, my skin cleared up, no more irritable days each month). I’ve seen other women report a reduction in facial hair. 2. Please–do mention being an object of beauty–looking good is important to many people, and clearly it is a topic of debate. Would love to hear your thoughts on it. 3. Aging gracefully is a great one, glad to see you’ll cover it. 4. Since many women do the grocery… Read more »
Shana
Shana
4 years 7 days ago

No more cramps??? Mine also shortened to 2 days, but the cramps are horrible!!! Much worse than pre-primal. It’s my only complaint.

Steffo
Steffo
4 years 7 days ago

THERE’S A PRIMAL WOMAN BOOK COMING OUT?!

Alisha
Alisha
4 years 7 days ago
1) Living well primally. Its not all about eschewing modern life, but how to live healthfully within that framework. 2) Choice. Not taking the path of least resistance, but deciding to live intentionally and choose how we want our lives to be. Primal living may have the benefit of increasing our choices by allowing more health and vitality into an older age. 3) Hormones and how they affect everything from mood to energy levels to weight. How to have a knowledge of what is happening hormonally and how primal living actually puts us more in touch with our hormones and… Read more »
BillP
BillP
4 years 7 days ago
+1 One thing should be emphasized to all women thinking of going primal: it is not going to, or supposed to, turn you into a buff Barbie, with the energy of ten people, the emotional & mental maturity of a paragon, a full bank account, and no more problems in life. This is the false ideal that is promoted, often implicitly, in the usual diet articles & photos of young diet models. You ARE probably going to feel and look better, and be healthier, and have a rosier outlook, and be set upon a better path in life. Be satisfied… Read more »
Jen S
Jen S
4 years 7 days ago

1. Thyroid health/illness
2. Fertility
3. Difference in weight loss for women (vs men).
4. Skin Care
5. Fitness for Women

Kim
Kim
4 years 7 days ago

1-fighting the age battle
2-entering into menopause
3-Hashimotos thyroiditis
4-realization that not all women are created equal
5-how your eating habits affect every aspect of your body

Stephanie
4 years 7 days ago

1. Emotional Eating
2. Raising Primal Children
3. Exercise for Women with infants
4. Fasting for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
5. Being a Primal Family

Agnes
4 years 7 days ago

How about more ‘primal’ ways of dealing with menstruation? Specifically, using alternatives to tampons, like the Diva Cup or Keeper. These are are reusable and don’t leech chemicals into your body or dry you out, and there is no risk of toxic shock syndrome.

Diane
Diane
4 years 7 days ago

1. Why not every woman ends up with a 6-pack.
2. Why not every woman automatically loses weight.
3. Why many women eat primally, lose a little weight but are still at least 20lbs overweight.
4. Is slow cardio really so awful if you really enjoy it?
5. Not every woman wants to have babies, so framing everything in terms of being a baby-maker can be kind of annoying to some of us, no matter how evolutionarily appropriate that might be.

Steffo
Steffo
4 years 7 days ago

1. body image in todays society
2. pregnancy
3. illness more prone to women (osteoporosis, breast cancer etc.)
4. female fitness (is there a dif? something we should focus on more?)
5. nutrition (what do we need more of? how does out nutrition differ from mens if it does and how about fasting?)

cant wait for book! waiting customer right here 🙂

Steffo
Steffo
4 years 7 days ago

and by body image in todays society i’d want to read how to overcome it. how to accept and love our bodies for everything they are

Samara
Samara
4 years 7 days ago

1) weight training
2) what to eat during pregnancy
3) food prep tips for quick and easy meals during the week
4) birth control
5) intermittent fasting

Rachel L
Rachel L
4 years 7 days ago

1. Paleo pregnancy
2. Paleo eating on female-centric hormonal issues
3. Reducing stress when we try to “do it all”
4. Paleo and fertility
5. Different needs for women and exercise

Shay
4 years 7 days ago

I really just have 2 burning topics, but there are a ton of sub-topics within these:
1) Hormone regulation
2) What is healthy body fat composition- we are aren’t all supposed to be ripped athletes (to borrow from a previous comment) but how do we know when we’ve reached a good place

Heather
Heather
4 years 7 days ago

1) Fertility/Menstruation
2) Pregnancy
3) Breastfeeding
4) Menopause
5) Chemicals in makeup/beauty products

I am really excited about this book!

Shana
Shana
4 years 7 days ago

1. Fasting for Women
2. challenges in weight lifting for women/exercise
3. hormone balance, pregnancy
4. role of women in ancient societies in relation to food gathering, cooking, home life, etc
5. Supporting today’s family unit incorporating primal lifestyle changes to the household.

Sam Scherff
Sam Scherff
4 years 7 days ago
My husband and I were just having a conversation like this the other day. I am really looking forward to this book and hoping it puts to rest some of the nagging questions I have such as: 1. How should I modify my diet as I move into middle and and menopause? I am eating properly and doing the work in the gym just as I always have been, but the weight is NOT coming off. It’s disheartening and incredibly frustrating. 2. Can I modify my diet to counteract some of the symptoms of middle age such as dry skin,… Read more »
Carol
Carol
4 years 7 days ago

I would love for her to cover:

1. Primal Women vs. Primal men – similarities & differences.

2. Achieving hormone balance through all stages of a woman’s life.

3. Fertility

Grace Wirthwein
Grace Wirthwein
4 years 7 days ago

1) How the Primal diet can be integrated into a younger woman’s life (I’m in college and would love more resources aimed at my age group!)
2) Body image issues
3) How to deal with people who are less than encouraging and understanding of a Primal lifestyle
4) Relevant biological differences between men and women in regards to nutrition
5) Anything related to PMS and reproductive health

🙂

Liz
Liz
4 years 7 days ago

I’m gonna sound like a broken record, but I think the #1 issue needs to be tailoring the paleo lifestyle to a woman, and this includes hormones, fat loss, muscle gaining, etc. All too often women are left frustrated b/c all the “diet” advice out there is geared towards men. It’s like being the only left-handed kid in a gym class after the teacher spends an hour telling you how to do it “righty.”

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