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19 Sep

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

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:

Stretchsit® Cushion: Unlike a lumbar support cushion, Stretchsit elongates rather than compresses your low back, giving you the natural, healthy spinal shape shared by children, athletes and people in traditional societies the world over. This mobile, adjustable cushion can be easily moved from the car to the office, so you can enjoy the benefits throughout the day.

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: A step-by-step guide designed to help those suffering from back pain re-educate their bodies and regain the posture for which our bodies evolved.

DVD – Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution: Follow along with Esther for 60 minutes of guided posture corrections and techniques as she addresses the root cause of most muscle and joint pain with healthy posture and movement techniques.

A hands-on Gokhale Method Consultation: A comprehensive evaluation of your current posture and how it relates to problems you may be having, a projection of what structural changes are possible, and some key ideas and practices to help you improve your structure immediately and long-term. This can be scheduled at one of the many Gokhale Facilities across the country and abroad. Or if that’s not available to you, you can even meet with a qualified teacher via Skype! Isn’t technology great?

Do you already have good posture and find yourself fighting the urge to adjust strangers on the elevator? You can train with the best and become a Gokhale Method teacher yourself! Click here for details about the program.

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.


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.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. 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 wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • 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

      Steffo wrote on September 19th, 2012
  2. 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

    Samara wrote on September 19th, 2012
  3. 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

    Rachel L wrote on September 19th, 2012
  4. 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

    Shay wrote on September 19th, 2012
  5. 1) Fertility/Menstruation
    2) Pregnancy
    3) Breastfeeding
    4) Menopause
    5) Chemicals in makeup/beauty products

    I am really excited about this book!

    Heather wrote on September 19th, 2012
  6. 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.

    Shana wrote on September 19th, 2012
  7. 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, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, etc.
    3. Should women intermittently fast?
    4. What supplements to really need in addition to my diet? I am not a fan of pills, but I am willing to take what is absolutely necessary. My husband takes so many of the primal supplements – just seems like too much to me. Any advice is welcome.
    5. Do natural estrogen replacement therapies work? Are there any side effects?

    Sam Scherff wrote on September 19th, 2012
  8. 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

    Carol wrote on September 19th, 2012
  9. 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


    Grace Wirthwein wrote on September 19th, 2012
  10. 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.”

    Liz wrote on September 19th, 2012
  11. 1) The effects of hormonal birth control on the primal lifestyle. Does taking hormonal drugs make it harder to get positive results as quickly and extensively as others get when switching to a primal lifestyle? (Based on the comments I read in the forums on this site, I suspect it might.)

    2) Primal strength for women — Why women should lift (very) heavy things.

    3) The importance of a healthy posture and good joint mobility, especially as it relates to women. (Eg. Women are more prone to knee osteoarthritis. Perhaps it’s the shoes?)

    4) The benefits of a primal lifestyle for teenage girls going through puberty. (In fact, a whole chapter dedicated to teenage girls would be great! — or perhaps a future book?)

    5) Raising a primal family — or, for some, how to be a good example of primal living when the rest of the family is resistant to making a change.

    Peace Karen wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Yes, Karen! It would be great to have a primal chapter to share with young women going through puberty and starting menstration. While I don’t have a daughter, I think this would be a great resource for those who do/aunties/and health educators.

      hilarydanette wrote on September 19th, 2012
  12. 1. Help for women looking to lose weight. Since our bodies don’t necessarily respond to diet and exercise exactly like a man’s, it is difficult to know which suggestions put forth by our traditional (male) paleo gurus to follow.
    2. Discussion on paleo contraception (heh, that’s probably an oxymoron). Without hormones in the mix, the field is much more limited, so I would like to know all of the options available, with pros and cons (and opinions) of each.
    3. Stress management techniques. I am feeling particularly stressed right now, with a lot of demands on my time… which means that certain things like meditation would just stress me out more, taking up more of my time. Any other options out there?
    4. Ways to deal with food cravings. During “that time of the month” or while pregnant or stressed… women seem to be more sensitive to food cravings, and I’d love to know why this is and what we can do to prevent them, or distract ourselves from them when they do pop up.
    5. Help with health issues in general, for women who are trying to go more natural with their health. For example, I avoid OTC medications as much as possible (ibuprofen, etc). Natural remedies for aches and pains, as well as other ailments that are typically cured with a pill (bowel issues, allergies, other-assorted-what-have-yous) would be really interesting.

    Crystal wrote on September 19th, 2012
  13. 1. How does the role of energy medicine fit in with primal living?
    2. What are simple changes women can make to lead better lives?
    3. Who should we listen to about our health? The government? Blogs? Scientists?
    4. How much sun exposure is necessary? What is healthy in regards to vitamin D from sun exposure?
    5. What is the best use of the little time we have alone? Meditation? Exercise? Journaling?

    Nicole wrote on September 19th, 2012
  14. I would like to hear about 1) hormone replacement natural. more on how balancing it all 2) cooking on a budget the primal way 3) Fitness/Exercise 4) Traveling 5) How do I inspire my husband to eat healthy even when I am not with him and educate others.

    connie curtis wrote on September 19th, 2012
  15. 1 – Hormonal Imbalance/Balance through diet and fitness (particularly how this plays into ACNE and skin issues in general, and especially right before that time of the month)…this is one thing I haven’t seemed to have beat yet with the primal way as I understand/practice it today…I seem to breakout randomly…I would like to know what I am doing wrong :-)
    2 – Stress management (which probably plays into number 1)
    3 – Fertility
    4 – Cancer prevention (particularly breast cancer)
    5 – Child rearing advice/strategies

    primalpal wrote on September 19th, 2012
  16. 1) Strong body confidence.
    2) Ease of movement.
    3) Fearless participation in activities
    4) Fluid movements.
    5) A sustaining whole body strength.

    Sharon wrote on September 19th, 2012
  17. 1) nutrition requirements for women
    2) optimal exercise routines for women
    3) finding balance with work, family, health, play, housework, friends, etc.
    4) body image and akrasia
    5) hormone/birth control issues (why is my Mirena making me chubby?!?)

    FoCo wrote on September 19th, 2012
  18. 1. Exercise – what works better for women specifically
    2. Hormonal balance
    3. Pregnancy/breastfeeding
    4. Meals for the whole family
    5. How to be even more awesome

    Rebecca wrote on September 19th, 2012
  19. 1. infertility despite being primal
    2. peri-menopause
    3. Primal friendly HRT
    4. Mammography recommendations/reduction of x-ray exposure.
    5. Intermittent fasting issues

    Jenn wrote on September 19th, 2012
  20. 1. Fat Loss
    2. Hormones
    3. Beauty and makeup products (good/bad ingredients)
    4. Pregnancy
    5. Balancing endurance and strength training for overall fitness

    Alison wrote on September 19th, 2012
  21. Scantily cladded women in animal furs would be great and piss off PETA.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • A forum where women are welcome and don’t have to read remarks like this

      Anakei wrote on November 16th, 2013
  22. 1) Hormone issues – what to expect in each decade and how to revive libido. (Glad to know she’ll be covering PCOS)
    2) Other health issues – Thyroid
    3) Balancing work and home life- stress management
    4) Exercies regimens/schedules that incorporate Strength training & Yoga and balance.
    5) Self Esteem(for all ages) -Recognizing who you are – not behaving like you have something to prove. (Ok that one comes about from working in an industry where women feel they have a lot to prove to keep up with the men and they end up being overly aggressive. – I get why it came about but I feel we need to figure out how to show that we are competent without being B!t@hy.)

    JackieVB wrote on September 19th, 2012
  23. Great News!! I’m looking forward to the book!
    Some topics I’d like to see covered:

    1: *Hormonal balance*
    2: Natural skincare
    3: Healing from dysfunctional eating
    4: Using food/herbs as medicine for the whole family
    5: Increasing positive mood naturally

    Lauren W. wrote on September 19th, 2012
  24. I kinda stole these, but they sum up exactly what i want to read about!

    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.

    Jeffrey Strickland wrote on September 19th, 2012
  25. Please keep it focused. If it goes too far off into philosophical things about raising a family and contributing to society and her role as a woman then I’m sorry but I’m not at all interested. Those things are all perfectly good and noble and wonderful…but I don’t come here for that. I come here to focus on health, nutrition, fitness, the science behind it and the debates that move the discussion forward. Once things veer off into the fluff, I think you can lose your audience, especially if it’s handled in a way that is belittling to strong, independent women. I want to hear more about how primal eating and fitness should be specifically adapted for women, as the vast majority of the research and discussion is centered on men. As to issues of confidence and body image – you know what? – you do what you need to do to take care of yourself and you won’t have those issues. So let’s keep the conversation there – the ins and outs of tweaking primal for the female body. That would be a book I’d grab for sure.

    Louise wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • I find this whole comment belittling to strong, independent women. Strong, independent women can care about raising families, contributing to society, and their role as women. I’m not looking for philosophical “fluff” from this book, either, but I’m not going to imply that women who do are weak and dependent.

      em wrote on September 19th, 2012
      • As I stated above, those things are all perfectly good, and strong, independent women should absolutely care about those things. But, in my opinion, coming across credibly as a source for that information seems to stray a bit far afield from the core of the discussion on this site. Therefore, you run the risk of only dealing with those things superficially, which can come off as ham handed and fluffy. There is plenty to discuss by just focusing on the core of nutrition, fitness and general wellness/preventative health that a primal lifestyle can afford, without getting into a more peripheral conversation of other social issues.

        Louise wrote on September 19th, 2012
        • I am appeased!

          em wrote on September 19th, 2012
  26. I’m really hoping our local library will get a copy of this when it comes out!

    1. adjusting IF strategies for women’s nutritional needs.
    2. Strength = Beauty, or ways to overcome the media brainwashing, how to see the beauty in ourselves at any age.
    3. PMS Strategies – how to deal with cravings, how those change as women adjust to the PB
    4. simple strength training resources (I can’t afford a CF gym and I’d rather be outside anyway)
    5. Success stories for each section – I’m a sucker for an inspirational story

    One of the Sarahs wrote on September 19th, 2012
  27. Just wanted to share this with all the primal women here who are concerned about make-up toxins/endocrine disruptors:

    I just bought a bunch of mineral makeup from this website (after I threw out almost everything in my bathroom :-(..)…should be here today! Yay!

    primalpal wrote on September 19th, 2012
  28. Judging from the comments, maybe the entire book should be about hormones.

    (sorry, I couldn’t resist. lol)

    BillP wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Seriously. I really hope not. That’s what really turns me off about things written for women, or forums for just women. Many (not all) spend a lot of time on hormones, periods and eating disorders. Plenty of women struggle with things on these fronts for sure, but it’s really really hard to find intelligently written material that doesn’t rathole down those issues and instead focuses on where the bulk of the conversation should be: nutrition and fitness. It’s amazing how some of the other things can be solved by simply optimizing these two variables. Beyond that, it’s a discussion for your doctor.

      Louise wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Maybe “How to Serve Man”…A cookbook with recipes for the tougher flesh of Primal men who make impertinent comments!

      Jenny wrote on September 19th, 2012
  29. 1. Hormonal issues such as PMS
    2. Mindless eating (how to be mindful about it)
    3. Natural pain management
    4. Protein requirements for women (maintenance and muscle building)
    5. Balancing your identity as a person with your identity as a woman. Meaning, dealing with wolf-whistles on the street, feeling confident in your appearance, but also feeling strong as a person and not overly-sexualized.

    Tasha wrote on September 19th, 2012
  30. 1) Body image after having kids
    2) Remembering self-care, when you are the caregiver
    3) Tips for keeping a family of 5 primal and active
    4) Coping with stress and anxiety
    5) Best way to lose that ‘baby fat’ from having kids

    Melonie wrote on September 19th, 2012
  31. 1. Dealing with PMS, aka not having it! I’m tired of being on an emotional rollercoaster. How can primal help with this?

    2. How to raise your kids Primally from the get go. I don’t have any yet, but when I do I want to instill good habits early on, because my carb and sugar addictions and hatred of veggies are a nasty thing to break 30 years later.

    3. Natural beauty products, natural healthcare tips. Your own deodorant? Your own cleaning products? Get rid of the chemicals!

    4. Fasting and women’s issues.

    5. exercise tips that aren’t cheesy like just get on an elliptical. We are srong primal women!

    Amy wrote on September 19th, 2012
  32. I don’t have any new topic suggestions that haven’t already been addresses by other comments, but I am curious about the “diseases” and conditions that seem to be more prevalent in women than men (e.g., IBS, depression, etc.), particularly gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. What is it about being female that makes us more likely to have these conditions? Or is it just flawed studies based on typical CW-style research methods? I’d also like to see the issue of osteporosis prevention and/or treatment while living and eating Primally. CW currently says “calcium, calcium, calcium,” but we Grokettes know there’s more to it than that. Carrie, any ideas? =)

    Siren wrote on September 19th, 2012
  33. 1.Menopause/Hormone replacement/Female specific issues
    2.Primal Beauty/Self Esteem for women
    4.exercise for women of all ages
    5.Joy, peace, centeredness for women

    kerry adelmann wrote on September 19th, 2012
  34. 1. i feel like the 30’s and 40’s is kind of a missed topic with women. After child bearing,. when you have kids in the 8-18 range and your not ready to hear about menopause and those related issues yet.

    2. best workouts
    3. nutrition
    4. supplements – vitamin and other
    5. natural preventive measures for the long haul

    AB Smith wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Amen to that.

      Louise wrote on September 19th, 2012
  35. Sweet! Here are my top 5:

    1.) What’s the primal take on birth control (medication / alternatives, etc.
    2.) Dealing with join issues as age progresses (specifically in exercising)
    3.) Primal eating in the home (cooking for children under 10 yrs old / packing healthy lunches for school
    4.) Food addictions
    5.) Planning a week of meals on a budget

    Tonya Brown wrote on September 19th, 2012
  36. Here are my suggestions:

    4)varicose veins/ spider veins
    5)hormone balance (pituatary/adrenal)

    Laura wrote on September 19th, 2012
  37. A section on older women including:

    1. Nutritional needs for post-menopausal women.
    2. Advice for the aging female athlete, including dealing with injuries and appropriate training to maintain and increase performance.
    3. Evidence-based recommendations for preventative women’s health care.
    4. Healing long term damage due to SAD.

    Robin wrote on September 19th, 2012
  38. In the book I’d love to hear about:

    1: Strategies for living a Primal lifestyle while raising a family
    2: Fitness/exercise and diet strategies for weight loss and muscle toning with specific info on intermittent fasting
    3: The differing nutritional needs of women vs men
    4: Fertility and pregnancy issues, such as living Primaly while trying to conceive, during pregnancy and the hormonal issues that may arise from certain contraceptives and what this means for the primal woman
    5: Address body image issues for women of all ages

    Beth wrote on September 19th, 2012
  39. 1. Depression and mood swings
    2. PCOS
    3. Uterine fibroids
    4. Navigating menopause
    5. Birth control

    Damien Gray wrote on September 19th, 2012
  40. The new book should be called the Catcher in the Rye.. wait, that’s taken.

    Animanarchy wrote on September 19th, 2012

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