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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.For mothers: tips to get a child who hates vegetables to be healthier (eating primally).
    2. For female college athletes: how to eat as primally as possible when food is provided through meal services and restaurants not of choosing.
    3. Can Carrie have a regular blog, too?
    4. Are there any changes in the Blueprint when transitioning from peri-menopausal to post-menopausal.
    5. Natural beauty tips and resources

    Marcia Sullivan wrote on September 19th, 2012
  2. 1. Periods! How to get back to having healthy, “normal” periods.

    2. How to get the whole family to follow Primal eating, especially when the husband (or partner) is resistant.

    3. Depression. I suffered post-partum depression and “regular” depression a few times. How can a Primal lifestyle help us through it?

    4. Exercise/fitness. What are the differences between men and women and our fitness needs?

    5. How to get from the Mommy track to finding the career/job/outside the home working satisfaction. That might not be “Primal” in the sense we think of Primal, but if I understand some of Mark’s Primal definition, feeling satisfied and fulfilled IS Primal. Having given up a potential career to follow my husband’s career and raise the kids (to school age so far), how do I get back to me and my career needs?

    Can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been having a mid-life crisis lately and my question #5 is at the center of it.

    Kris C wrote on September 19th, 2012
  3. As a 50 year old women, I would like information on hormonal changes, need for calcium, eating patterns changes and another items relating to Menopause.

    Eileen Mackey wrote on September 19th, 2012
  4. Mine would be:

    1.) Irregular menses (non-PCOS), including any real-life stories of other women’s experiences on the Primal diet.

    2.) Like Emily above, weight gain while Primal. I know I’ve been gaining some muscle and my shape has changed, but I’d love to learn some good adjusts to get things kicked into gear toward maintaining (or losing).

    3.) Hormonal issues & ways to balance

    4.) Getting partners & families to embrace the lifestyle with you (or being more supportive).

    5.) Supplements (if any) and how they –or food choices — might differ from men.

    MJ Slazak wrote on September 19th, 2012
  5. 1. Life cycle issues. Should a four year old girl eat/play the same as her twin brother? A 14 year old? Primal pregnancy. Post menopausal primal.

    2. Specific differences from the original blueprint.

    3. Body and self image. Object of beauty. Object of strength. Tribal elder.

    4. HRT and other drugs often prescribed to women.

    5. The fat woman as joke, target, invisible.

    JoanieL wrote on September 19th, 2012
  6. This is awesome! Here are my top 5:

    1. Body image–what does a really truly healthy body look like? I expect primal dieting to give me this body..but maybe I am being set up for disappointment.
    2. Differences between men and women as far as diet needs go.
    3. Emotional eating.
    4. Women and fasting.
    5. Primal tips for things like healthy skin and hair and nails.

    Cristina wrote on September 19th, 2012
  7. This is my first time commenting here after having great success with weight loss since going primal six months ago. I’m fascinated by this community, the knowledge, resources and encouragement you all provide, and the prospect of this book geared toward women. I’m looking forward to getting more involved!

    I’d like to learn more about the following, and see it addressed in the Primal Woman book:
    1) Disordered eating and how tracking micronutrients can exacerbate obsessive thinking. Maybe depression/anxiety as it relates to this
    2) headaches, migraines, trigger foods for each and how primal eating and hormones play into this
    3) choosing not to have children, birth control methods, being a childless woman
    4) strengthening relationships and primal play
    5) recipes, gardening, cooking, etc


    Kris10 wrote on September 19th, 2012
  8. Weight loss after menopause! It’s not an exciting topic, but more info is needed. It’s the one thing I do not find addressed very well, anywhere–by doctors, online, library, etc. I was going through perimenopause, then had a ovarian cancer scare. The ovaries were taken out (no cancer, thankfully) and I was plunged into menopause. Since then, I’ve talked with many women in their 40s and 50s who’ve had similar experiences and it’s nearly impossible to lose weight. Even with a 90%-100% primal diet, we drop around .25 to 1 lbs. a week if we’re lucky. This is for women with over 30 pounds to lose. It has to be due to the metabolic changes and I’d love to have someone intelligent address this physiological change. (Being told I have to ‘want’ it more or envision is properly is frustrating and insulting.) I’d love it if you could cover this topic. Thanks!

    UmiK wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • What’s wrong with that rate of weight loss? As a 62 yo guy, that’s all I lost when I went 100% primal, about 1 lb/wk, and that was fine with me.

      Don’t fall for that stuff that you see in the checkstand magazines. Losing 10-20 pounds a week is not healthy. And you may look like five pounds of flesh in a ten-pound bag.

      BillP wrote on September 21st, 2012
  9. – Raw dairy products as they relate to the primal diet (raw milk helps me during my period – am I imagining it?).

    – Hormone changes / imbalances / corrections.

    – I find that I actually don’t end up eating that much meat, though I do a lot of fish and eggs. Do women need less? Is it just me?

    – An exercise routine that also emphasizes flexibility.

    Amy wrote on September 19th, 2012
  10. All manner of women’s hormonal issues!

    Lisa wrote on September 19th, 2012
  11. this is exciting!

    1. skin – i’ve met several women who’s skin has actually seemed to get WORSE after primal/paleo. what are some primal ways to take care of it/why hasn’t primal living cleared it up?

    2. birth control – what are the downsides to current accepted methods (like hormone therapy) and what are other healthier methods?

    3. time management – how do you balance work and workouts and shopping/cooking with quality family time on a daily basis?

    4. are there significant differences between men and women that we should consider when eating primally? things women should eat more of? supplements we really shouldn’t do without?

    5. what’s going on with emotional eating and how do we finally kick it?

    Alyssa wrote on September 19th, 2012
  12. 1. Stealthily incorporating the primal life for the resistant family.
    2. Primal fitness for the previously unfit woman.
    3. What do you do when you’ve forgotten how to play.
    4. Building muscle in the female body over 45.
    5. Primal on a dime.

    Rachael wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Hi, Rachel,
      I had to reply when I saw #3 right after #2 in your list.
      I love hooping – I’ve just started (again, after not hooping since I was a kid). You need a heavier hoop – not what you’d get from the toy store. Here is link to how to make one, or look for hooping classes in your area and the instructor certainly can make one the right size for you.
      I dare you to not smile when you master a new trick!

      Carla wrote on September 19th, 2012
  13. 1. birth control issues/hormone imbalance/endometriosis
    2. thyroid disorders
    3. primal pregnancy/nursing
    4. Intestinal disorders- IBS, Crohns, leaky gut, celiac etc.
    5. Stress/depression/fatigue issues

    Natalie C wrote on September 19th, 2012
  14. 1. Pre-pregnant woman – women who have had no children and are not yet going through menopause.
    2. The pregnant woman – nutrition, hormone changes, body changes, exercise concerns, etc.
    3. The postpardum woman – hormone changes, interupted sleep pattern, breastfeeding, body changes, exercising, nutrition, brain fog from exhaustion
    4. Menopausal woman – nutrition, body changes, hormone changes, excercise, loss of fertility
    5. The post-menopausal woman – nutrition, excercise, health concerns, etc.

    There is so much misinformation out there for pregnant and post pardum moms that it’s a huge concern considering two lives are affected.

    Also have a section in there on the effects of various drugs on a woman’s system (the pill being a major drug most women take during their fertile years).

    Jana wrote on September 19th, 2012
  15. 1) mental / emotional / stress issues, primal mind types of things
    2) natural beauty (not object like, but from the inside out, which would link to #1 I suppose, as joyful people are so much more beautiful, than are the miserable ones
    3) recipes for women who became primal after a lifetime of vegetarianism…..and soy
    4)hormonal / aging beautifully and gracefully without big pharma
    5)primal exercise for women

    Suzanne wrote on September 19th, 2012
  16. 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)

    Andrea wrote on September 19th, 2012
  17. 1. Primal and pregnancy, special circumstantial pregnancy (multiples, at-risk, etc.)
    2. Primal and infant care
    3. Primal and the lady on a budget
    4. Primal and bulimia/anorexia
    5. Primal and loving the pizza-eating significant other

    TwinDad wrote on September 19th, 2012
  18. 1. Thyroid- Primal diet modifications
    2. Exercises for pelvic floor prolapse
    3. The female body after 50, challenges and related fitness modifications
    4. Spritual mind body connection
    5. NO success stories or photos

    PS wrote on September 19th, 2012
    • Or if there are success stories, please not all of them skinny ladies with 6-packs who never were fat to begin with. I really want to know what a true primitive, paleolithic woman looked like, not what a Cross-fit girl looks like. It doesn’t look like I’ll ever be one of those.

      Diane wrote on September 19th, 2012
  19. Top 5:
    1. Post-Menepaus weight gain
    2. Ideas for going primal solo without family buy in
    3. Travel/hotels and primal
    4. Stubborn belly fat
    5. Emphasis on strong and healthy not looks or size

    Kathi wrote on September 19th, 2012
  20. 1. being a primal mom: feeding primal kids (how to transition kids easily to a primal diet), tips for primal lunchboxes and getting a primal dinner on the table everyday when time is limited.

    2. hormones, menopause, weight gain

    3. lifting heavy things for women. I am never sure if I am doing enough, lifting heavy enough.

    4. aging gracefully and looking your best at any age. Keeping youthful skin.

    5. nutritional needs to woman. How much protein, maintaining bone density,

    Carrie wrote on September 19th, 2012
  21. 1. Integrating primal into your non-primal family, specifically foods so you don’t have to make multiple dishes everynight
    2. What to eat if you are trying to get pregnant as well as during the pregnancy.
    3. We are so busy with work and family…how about the most “effective for the time” weight based workouts
    4. What primal foods can we also use for skin and hair care?
    5. How do our nutrition and supplement requirements change in our 30s? or 40s, 50s, and so on…

    Lori wrote on September 19th, 2012
  22. 1) Hormones!! I’m pre-menopausal and out of whack. Some places say it is that I’ve been too low carb (unintentionally), some say from IF. Would love this topic addressed from a woman’s POV.
    2) Thoughts on so-called “safe starches” for women?
    3) Integrating the family into this lifestyle
    4) Exercises (I’m thinking about my mommy pooch here…)
    5) Recipes (especially interested in slow cooker or quicker meals as I work outside the home and we’re always on a mad dash to sports for the kids)

    MusicMama wrote on September 19th, 2012
  23. 1 – PMS/Menstrual cramps (working out through them)
    2- IBS
    3 – Sore hips
    4 – Acne
    5 – primal pregnancy

    Pooka wrote on September 19th, 2012
  24. 1) menopause and primal living
    2) cravings – I think women are much more susceptible than men
    3) creating a primal home
    4) feeding a female primal spirit
    5) primal birth control (I shudder to think!)

    Kate wrote on September 19th, 2012
  25. In no particular order:
    1) Women and intermittent fasting – there simply isn’t enough information specifically for women on this;
    2)Strength as a part of beauty, image;
    3)The intimidating world of primal weight lifting;
    4) Hormones;
    5) Women’s weight issues in primal lifestyle.

    Rachel wrote on September 19th, 2012
  26. My question is why is this US only? Every other contest you’ve offered substitute prizes if it’s not able to ship across borders. I mean, at least extend something like this to Canada. I frequently ship to and receive from the US and there are never any issues, and it’s cheap. I just don’t see why it’s US only :(

    Chelsea Neville wrote on September 19th, 2012
  27. 1. individualized primal living: mindful, dynamic, ongoing adjustment of diet, exercise, sleep, etc., based on one’s individual body as well as her age, lifestyle, phase of menstrual cycle or pregnancy, season of the year, time of day, etc., etc. (in other words, there’s not one primal diet or answer…so perhaps offer guidance on how to shape–and continually reshape–what’s best for you)

    2. avoiding replacing one standardized, objectified ideal of women (such as Barbie) with another (such as the totally ripped athlete)

    3. primal eating and the endocrine system, hormonal balance

    4. primal skin care

    5. potential differences in women and men’s nutritional needs

    dana wrote on September 19th, 2012
  28. My top five would be:
    1. PMS. How to eleviate it if primal eating doesn’t completely fix it.
    2. Pre-Menapause issues.
    3. Controlling weight at different life stages.
    4. HRT
    5. Helping yourself if your family isn’t embracing primal living

    Gail wrote on September 19th, 2012
  29. 1. PMS/hormonal eating, insatiability, and cravings for junk

    2. Trying to conceive

    3. Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    4. Autoimmune issues

    5. Stubborn insomnia/staying asleep

    6. Eating right, but body isn’t changing

    (Bonus sixth one there!)

    Kris wrote on September 19th, 2012
  30. 1) How to deal with emotional eating based on pms, hormones, stress, boredom or a broken heart

    2) How to get back on track after falling off the wagon without stress and negative self talk

    3) How to entertain non-primal guests primal style without making a fool of yourself.

    4) Ideal macro-nutrient ratios for female athletes, including how to figure our carb and sugar needs

    5) How to be a lady and exercise like a boss!

    Rosie wrote on September 19th, 2012
  31. 1. How to balance famuly,work and FUN.
    2. Easy recipes that even teens like.
    3.Embracing the aging process
    4.Quality health at 50 and beyond
    5.How to be a Yogi and stay Primal

    Susan wrote on September 19th, 2012
  32. 1. Body-image
    2. Hormonal changes (pre and post menopause)
    3. pregnancy-related info (for BEFORE attempting to get pregnant, during, and after)
    4. Bone density issues (a big problem for women)
    5. General guidelines for women who have different ideal body compositions than men

    Kyle wrote on September 19th, 2012
  33. 1. How to deal with perimenopause and menipause.
    2. thyroid function and the primal lifestyle.
    3. How do I accept myself the way I am.
    4. How to keep my skin young.
    5. Best exercises for women.

    Marilee M wrote on September 19th, 2012
  34. Two things:
    — Some of you won’t like this, but clothes/shoes are an issue for women. Now that athletic, but very pretty, clothing/shoes are widely available (eg “Athleta”),I believe it is possible for a woman to dress in a way that is both body-friendly and very beautiful. Nothing wrong with aiming for stunning beauty, if it’s based on health.

    — The product “Ketosis Essentials” from natural remedies advocate Julian Whitaker, M.D. ( really works for weight loss if you take the powder dissolved in water before exercise.

    Maidel wrote on September 19th, 2012
  35. -pregnancy
    -ketones and ketosis during pregnancy and nursing
    -apple body shape versus pear body shape
    -strength training and endurance training during pregnancy and post pardum

    Rebekah wrote on September 19th, 2012
  36. I concur with all of the above- would also love to see (and maybe this is a second book?) raising PRIMAL GIRLS.

    Dealing with “girl kid” issues from Pre-K to High School regarding school lunches, sports, body changes and the inevitable comparisons that come with doing something “different” than your peers.

    Karen wrote on September 19th, 2012
  37. My top five are:

    1. Navigating hormone imbalances at all stages of life

    2. Sugar and how it affects women

    3. Body image issues

    4. Emotional eating

    5. A women-specific exercise program

    Becky wrote on September 19th, 2012
  38. 1. Having muscle does not mean being bulky.
    2. How to overcome that cardio obsession directed towards women.
    3. How to handle your renewed libido.
    4. Macronutrient differences between women and men, if such a thing exists.
    5. Arguments against the misleading RDA for things like calcium, iron, etc.

    Luke wrote on September 19th, 2012
  39. 1. Nutritional needs of fertile/pregnant women.

    2. Dealing with hormone imbalances, especially in perimenopause.

    3. Using Natural Family Planning instead of chemicals to control our fertility and timing of pregnancy.

    4. Best exercises for women, and noting we don’t bulk up when lifting heavy things!

    5. Nutritional needs of the post-menopausal woman.

    Daphne wrote on September 19th, 2012
  40. hormones
    stress relief
    raising/feeding children

    Katie wrote on September 19th, 2012

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