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

The Prize:

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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.


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.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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 that is not really useful to me.

        1. 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!

        2. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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 are at as women rather than eyeing some brass ring of ideals.

        1. 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 twenty years ago. My beauty is better found at this stage of my life my in strength, knowledge, wisdom, patience, and a peaceful, calm spirit. And, a great sense of humor!

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

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

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

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

  2. 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

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

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

    3. 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 can tell, the “we think ketones are bad for the fetus” studies seemed to be based on malnourished/starving people — that means folic acid, iron, other b vitamins, protein, EFAs are all factors. Whereas the hyper-vomiters seems to be a better comparison for the true effects of a ketone/fat burning metabolism while pregnant. I hope there’s a break down before I have my next kid.

      1. 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?

    4. 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).

  3. 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!

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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…

        2. 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.

        3. 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 time. I hope!!!

    2. 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?!).

    3. 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.

      1. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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 a marked improvement not only in my mood but also in how others treat me, thereby essentially hacking my life to make every day a little more pleasant and easier. In addition, if you’ve got some of the classic evolutionary markers of beauty – 0.7ish WHR, clear and glowing skin, good posture, a smile, etc – chances are that you’re also pretty healthy and happy.

      But yeah…Mark and Carrie, please don’t call people objects! I am a beautiful person!

  5. 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.

    1. #5:

      Sounds like substituting one impossible or undesirable ideal for another.

      1. 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.

        1. 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 good in a bikini and some of us care far more about being able to haul a 35 pound pack the length of the Appalachian Trail. Some of us are 20 and some are 60. Some care deeply about supporting fertility, pregnancy, & nursing. Some of us are way beyond that, dealing with the potential issues of increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis that can follow menopause.

          For the record, I’m almost 59, post-menopausal, and planning a 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I will never have a 6 pack, partly because of my age and my extreme short-waistedness but mainly because it’s not as important to me as endurance.

          “Age gracefully”? what does that even mean? it makes me think of sitting in a rocking chair all nice and sweet and calm. NOT ME! LOL!!

        2. 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 represent fitness itself.

        3. 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.

        4. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 1 heart disease prevention
    2 hormonal balance
    3 stress relief
    4 menopause
    5 family/community

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. +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.

    2. +1

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

  12. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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 – women I know, including myself, feel like they have to ‘do it all,’ leading to stress and often disappointment. How to slow down, make time for yourself, and take care of ourselves.

    1. +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.

    2. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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!

    1. 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.

  19. 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

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

      1. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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 force them 🙂

    4. nutritional needs for women – i’m thinking specifically about things we are told we must consume as women – calcium, folic acid, etc.

    5. i’d also like to learn how to navigate the ocean of health information to find answers about nutrition, disease, aging, etc., on my own. i know we should question, question, question – but is a study on breast cancer treatment applicable if the participants ate carbs all day? maybe just a list of starting places/resources (like those included in PB) that focuses on women.

    1. 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 just because something said we should eat breakfast at a specific time… Sitting down and eating a meal at a table together. I know it’s bonding (think family grok around the campfire) but we are often not hungry at the same times!

      This and any other tips for switching from a modern conventional life to a primal based lifestyle with retirement still being so far away still but from the point of view of a mother (working or stay at home)

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.


  28. 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.

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

  29. 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

    1. 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

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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 shopping in their homes, an overview of eating healthy of a budget would be welcome.

    5. Raising a family is another huge part of a woman’s life, it would definitely make a great addition to the book. What to feed your baby after breast feeding is a good sub topic there.

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

  33. 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 environment. How to work with hormones and not against them.

    4) Body image, but not as an ideal. The concept that healthy is the ideal and body image with follow. We should not strive to be someone else’s idea of beautiful, even the newer primal idea of beautiful – lean, muscular, athletic. Even this puts expectations on us that divert our attention from the goal of primal living, which is health and harmony.

    5) The pitfalls women fall into due to comparing ourselves to men in the primal world. This encompasses diet, exercise, fasting, etc.

    1. +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 with that. Everyone will arrive at a different primal endpoint, depending on their individual bodies and minds. So avoid comparisons (yes, they are odious), and just ‘compete’ with yourself.

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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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 🙂

    1. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

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

    I am really excited about this book!

  44. 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.

  45. 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?

  46. 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

  47. 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


  48. 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.”

  49. 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.

    1. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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?

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 1) Strong body confidence.
    2) Ease of movement.
    3) Fearless participation in activities
    4) Fluid movements.
    5) A sustaining whole body strength.

  55. 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?!?)

  56. 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

  57. 1. infertility despite being primal
    2. peri-menopause
    3. Primal friendly HRT
    4. Mammography recommendations/reduction of x-ray exposure.
    5. Intermittent fasting issues

  58. 1. Fat Loss
    2. Hormones
    3. Beauty and makeup products (good/bad ingredients)
    4. Pregnancy
    5. Balancing endurance and strength training for overall fitness

    1. A forum where women are welcome and don’t have to read remarks like this

  59. 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 [email protected])

  60. 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

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  63. 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

  64. Judging from the comments, maybe the entire book should be about hormones.

    (sorry, I couldn’t resist. lol)

    1. 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.

    2. Maybe “How to Serve Man”…A cookbook with recipes for the tougher flesh of Primal men who make impertinent comments!

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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!

  68. 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? =)

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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

  72. Here are my suggestions:

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

  73. 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.

  74. 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

  75. 1. Depression and mood swings
    2. PCOS
    3. Uterine fibroids
    4. Navigating menopause
    5. Birth control

  76. The new book should be called the Catcher in the Rye.. wait, that’s taken.

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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


  84. 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!

    1. 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.

  85. – 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.

  86. 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?

  87. 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.

    1. 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!

  88. 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

  89. 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).

  90. 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

  91. 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)

  92. 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

  93. 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

    1. 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.

  94. 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

  95. 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,

  96. 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…

  97. 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)

  98. 1 – PMS/Menstrual cramps (working out through them)
    2- IBS
    3 – Sore hips
    4 – Acne
    5 – primal pregnancy

  99. 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!)

  100. 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.

  101. 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 🙁

  102. 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

  103. 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

  104. 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!)

  105. 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!

  106. 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

  107. 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

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. -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

  111. 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.

  112. 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

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. hormones
    stress relief
    raising/feeding children

  116. 1)Bone health for women
    3)Nutrition for reproductive health
    4)Strength training for women
    5)Dealing with societal perceptions of femininity vs. primal lifestyle, i.e. the tiny salad vs. a big ol’ steak or 5lb dumbbells vs. lifting heavy/being outside

  117. Not a woman, but things my girlfriend makes me think about:

    1) Body image issues and how to appreciate one’s self
    2) Emotional attachments to eating
    3) Dealing with hormones and making healthy decisions
    4) Primal health and beauty tips/products
    5) Exercising during and after pregnancy

  118. 1. personal story’s
    2. fasting
    3. how to live in your skin without worrying about the scale
    4. motherhood while primal( ie. finding balance with kids who want SAD)
    5. SAD and how it effects women’s emotions

  119. 1) Hormonal issues
    2) depression and anxiety
    3) skin health (acne, rashes, dark circles, wrinkles, pores…)
    4) breast health
    5) nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, and for infants/toddlers

    And 6) hypermobility. I know so many women who have overly loose joints, even before their first pregnancies, and they also usually have issues with 1-4 above. I feel like there’s an undiscovered syndrome here.

  120. 1. Pregnancy, especially how to deal with morning sickness when only toast sounds good and meat turns your stomach
    2. Dealing with PMS or other hormonal cravings
    3. Healthy ways to eat on the go or make a quick meal on busy weeknights
    4. Exercises geared for women
    5. Vitamins and minerals essential for women

  121. I would like to see:

    1. How to deal with hormonal cravings?
    2. Nutritional difference for men vs. women.
    3. Appropriate fitness routines geared towards women.
    4. Tips on eating primal on the go/at restaurants.
    5. Primal impact on pregnancy and infants.

    Looking forward to the book!!!

  122. There are some great suggestions. I know for me, I’d like to see:

    1) Hunter/Gatherer women today and their current health status (ex: health issues they do not have to deal with)

    2) Migraine sufferers and how this lifestyle can help them (a.k.a. me)

    3) Hormone imbalances (echoed above) that also includes other types of imbalances like estrogen dominance

    4) Any specific PB exercises that women could do /modify -especially without equipment at home (like a chin up bar)

    5) More & more recipes. 🙂

  123. 1. Hormones and how they play a role in gaining and losing weight and weight control
    2. Balancing society (and conventional wisdom) verses what is healthy and optimal for your health
    3. Fitness – lift heavy things, do sprints, yes all of this still applies to women 🙂
    4. How to do meal planning for a week for a family or even just for one
    5. Cravings, what do they mean and how do you know what to pay attention to and what to ignore

  124. 1. Handling periods (both sanitarily and other symptoms)
    2. Dealing with resistant or uninterested adolescents/teens
    3. Primally furnishing homes
    4. Negotiating our kids’ school systems (all the sitting, classroom snacks, etc)
    5. How to travel with a primal family

  125. Please write about migraines, particularly in relation to hormones, serotonin and carbohydr

  126. I am SO SO happy to hear that a Primal woman-focused book is in the works!! Carrie, you rock!!

    What I would like to see:
    1. How to live primally as a woman when we have so many roles we are ‘required’ to fill: mother, spouse, career person, etc. In other words, how to find and take time for me without feeling guilty.
    2. Stress management specifics – like an actual plan that I could follow to be more relaxed in general.
    3. Birth control options that are more primal than just popping a hormonal pill (which for me has horrendous side effects).
    4. Tips on raising primal kids, especially when they are picky eaters.
    5. Primal personal care – what really works AND is healthy in terms of lotions, shampoo (or none), makeup, etc.

  127. 1) Before after pictures of older women. What really is possible at what age?
    2) Thyroid issues
    3) Hormone replacement therapy
    4) Time management. How do real mothers do it. Is it possible to raise a primal family, do more cooking and food shopping, without a housecleaner, or without a husband who is on board.
    5) The differences in endurance training for men vs women. I suspect that women respond better to long slower workouts, and that men are more geared towards higher intensity, faster workouts. I am fascinated by the fact that as running races get longer, women’s performance gets closer to men’s, with some women actually beating men in 100k trail runs.
    6) Plastic surgery. Honestly, if that is part of looking great, let’s hear about it.

  128. 1: Body image – strong and healthy=beautiful, not emaciated

    2: Exercises – more than and hour on the elliptical and side crunches; especially upper body.

    3: Specific nutritional needs for women

    4: Primal during pregnancy

    5: Primal Family – how to eat primally when kids and husband might not be on board/how to convince kids to try primal foods and slap the husband upside the head until he does what he’s told. (Just kidding about slapping the husband ^_^)

  129. 1. Shows women as they really are instead of the touched up images everywhere.
    2. Promotes femininity
    3. While teaching how to be physically strong
    4. Has lots of mature women success stories, and
    5. Is really practical and applicable.
    6. Does not try to sell you anything!

  130. The five things I would love to see in Primal Woman are:

    1. Birth control – the effects of hormonal birth control on the body vs non-hormonal (especially permanent sterilization and IUDs)
    2. How a woman’s body differs in its processing of different macro nutrients
    3. Beauty products (including shampoo and soap) and how those work with/against the body
    4. How primal fitness varies between men and women
    5. Weight/inches loss with primal living and women. It just is different for women, and it would be nice to get a woman’s perspective on the issue. Especially since it seems that so often the “primal ideal” of women is so hard to attain.

  131. 1. Being an object of beauty is NOT my goal, nor is being an object of any kind my goal. But it’s someone’s goal. I’d like to hear a nuanced discussion about how looking fit/slim/whatever is important for a variety of reasons, and how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation shapes these goals.

    2. A deeper exploration of the issues with fasting that Stephanie Ruper brought up.

    3. How skinny women can bulk up without adding a lot of fat.

    4. How chubby women can lean down without triggering a cortisol spiral.

    5. Whether there is any difference between men and women when it comes to cravings – their strength and frequency.

  132. 1. Primal pregnancy
    2. Menstrual health – PMS, peri/menopause, etc.
    3. Sexual health – all life stages, including birth control, libido issues, etc.
    4. Female-focused fasting, lifting, fat-burning, etc.
    5. Critical nutrients/supplements for women.

    Can’t wait for the book – go Carrie!

  133. 1) Discussion of how food choices affect PMS and menstruation

    2) How to prepare primally for pregnancy

    3) How fasting/IF affects women vs. men

    4)exercises specifically benefitting women

    5)primal tips on skin and haircare

  134. 1. I’d love to see a Primal perspective on healthy skin/hair/etc care, especially since the cosmetics industry is so unregulated.
    2. Perhaps some ways to deal with cravings, especially during one’s cycle. I’ve been primal since January but I still get hit hard with cravings for sweets and bread, and emotional eating cravings.
    3. Pregnancy eating, including pre (trying) and post (breastfeeding)
    4. Exercise for women, and maybe to address the role of yoga?
    5. Breast health from a primal perspective

  135. 1. How does a paleo diet affect a woman´s body differently from a man´s body?

    2. Are women really designed to be super lean? I know in order to menstruate we have to have a certain ammount of body fat. More than a man does. But what was the composition of our female ancestor´s bodies? What percentage of body fat would they naturally have had? And along those lines how healthy/unhealthy is the way our cultures want the female body to be in order to be considered beautiful compared to what the female body needs to be in order to be healthy?

    3. Can a paleo lifestyle help keep balance in female hormones during menstruation and during menopause?

    4. Can a paleo diet/lifestyle prevent breast and ovarian cancer?

    P.S. I´m Canadian, so don´t include me in the contest 🙂

  136. Specialty supplements for specific concerns — such as full, shiny hair, with no gray — eg phosphatidylserine and the hair supplement formula from and natural shampoo without sodiun lauryl or laureth sulfate.

  137. Here’s my top 5!
    1. Adrenal fatigue – what they do, how they work, does eating primal assist in repairing the adrenal glands.

    2. Thyroid issues – how they come about, will eating primal resolve the issues, what does having thyroid issues mean long term.

    3. The role/challenges of being a mom/wife who is trying influencing children and spouse into a way of life that is better for them.

    4. How to take time for me while not seemingly neglecting the needs of my family.

    5.The role of SAD advertising in society and how it affects our children.

    Looking forward to the book!

  138. I would like to see:
    1. Fertility issues.
    2. Aging well, including helping our very oldest folks live the rest of their lives optimally.
    3. Maintaining physical and emotional balance while meeting the many issues and responsibilities of multiple generations.
    4. Foods for women at various life stages.
    5. Self esteem issues.

    And I have to ask, aside from the phrasing, is “object of beauty” really any different than “looking good naked?” I don’t see anyone having a cow about that!
    Is it that guys want to be objects but women want to be respected? Can’t we all have some of each if we want? To say you wouldn’t buy a many faceted book because you don’t agree with one facet, when that facet may be important to your sister or mother or daughter is silly. I’m sure the subject will be handled well by Carrie.

  139. I’m starting to think that there need to be sections for:

    *Primal female puberty
    *Primal female 20-something and 30-something
    *Primal pre-menopause
    *Primal menopause
    *Primal female elder

    A primal woman in one stage of life will want and need different topics that those in other stages of life. Even topics such as primal skincare and primal exercise can be different depending on a womans stage in life.

  140. 1. How does the Primal lifestyle improve the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS, menses, and menopause? Will I ever stop feeling like a crazy person?

    2. What are reasonable expectations at each age decade? I.e., can a 45 year old expect to get her 25 yr old body back?, etc…

    3. Lots of real life stories with before and after pics for encouragement that it is possible and worth the effort dropping my favorite foods.

    4. How can I transition to serving primal meals to my family without a mutiny?

    5. Help with cravings!!!

  141. There’s soooo much already written about body-image, beauty, relationships, time management etc. Many of us have moved on! I would love to read a book that focussed on sharing knowledge, research and expertise on topics as they relate to a primal lifestyle.
    Here are my top 5:
    1. The differences between paleo eating for women and for men
    2. The roles of hormones in a primal diet for women
    3. Osteoporosis and women in the primal diet
    4. An exercise routine for women over 60
    5. Posture as women age (specifically how to avoid rounded shoulders and “humps”)
    I’m adding a sixth…
    6. Sex as we age as it relates to a primal lifestyle. (Maybe this should have been #1)

  142. 1) Birth Control
    2) Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
    3) Breast Health
    4) Weight control
    5) Calcium intake/Osteoporosis prevention

  143. 1. How to manage being the only one in your family that is concerned about the primal lifestyle

    2. The best ways to teach kids to eat in a healthful manner

    3. How to get to the point where you can do a pull-up and push-ups without being on your knees.

    4. Primal lifestyle during pregnancy

    5. Primal lifestyle while nursing.

  144. 1) Benefits of lifting heavy
    2) Importance of protein
    3) Hormonal difficulties (thyroid, stress, menopause, etc.)
    4) Reasons for more “natural”, safe beauty products
    5) Why to avoid low-fat and sugar-free trash

  145. 1. How being Primal can help us develop a healthier relationship with food
    2. Reproductive and fertility issues
    3. A review of the research regarding thyroid disease and a discussion of its prevalence among women and how Primal can help
    4. How to deal with, live with, or get rid of stubborn belly fat
    5. Stress and balancing a busy life

  146. Tell me about the following:

    1. Reclaiming my posture after 4 years of babies.

    2. Ab exercises that don’t strain my back and don’t cause the area around my C-section scars to ache.

    3. What to do when weight loss is stalled.

    4. How to reclaim that sexy feeling post children.

    5. What to do with a period that is too long/too short/ all the time.

  147. Essentially, I’d like to read about how the Primal approach aids in reconciling the age-old conflict between form and function. As much as we can argue back and forth about priorities (health vs. looks, so on and so forth), it is hard to deny that the ideal we all seek, regardless of our genes, circumstances, or beliefs, is one of balance.
    So, I would love to see a book that advises on how a Primal woman would go about:

    1. Balancing the diet (in a way that is unique to women; fact is, we can’t eat just like the guys do)
    2. Pursuing a practical and balanced exercise regimen (in a way that maintains and accentuates all that is inherently powerful-and, yes, attractive-in a woman’s body)
    3. Balancing hormones, specifically of the reproductive variety
    4. Balancing work and play
    5. Balancing rest and activity

  148. 1. Feminism and how today’s women are different from primal women
    2.meeting one’semotional needs
    3. Women’s nutrition
    4. Child rearing
    5. What wan be done for the soul

  149. Wow – so many great topics for discussion!

    While reading the posts, my mind started thinking about how great this information would be in a magazine. (not that this is the type of opinion you asked for, hope you don’t mind)

    After all, the subject of health/beauty/Paleo is constantly evolving and would be great to apply to everyday life.

    just a thought……….

    Or a book covering Primal Woman Basics – and a magazine to follow up. I enjoy reading monthly magazines on current health trends. some sections could be:
    Paleo Woman Play ( exercise/fitness training).
    Paleo Plate (recipes/dining out tips) ,
    Paleo women stories,

    I turned to Paleo when I found out I had Celiac about a year and a half ago. My body has only begun to respond to the change in diet (and I have become more committed to Paleo) So its important for me to know how I can age gracefully, how my body responds to Paleo life and the best ways for keeping myself healthy.

    I look forward to seeing the results of your work – good luck Carrie!

  150. This will be great!
    1. Emotional eating
    2. Food and exercise in relation to hormones
    3. Exercises specific to womens bodies
    4. Fertility
    5. Tips for cooking primal on a budget with a family

  151. My top 5 would be:
    1) Pcos and the primal diet
    2) women and intermittent fasting
    3) Fertility in your 30s
    4) Workout/exercises that are better for women
    5) Skin care for the primal woman.

  152. PCOS, Body Issues, Eating Disorders, Creating Balance both pyshically and emotionally, female specific nutritional needs, skin issues

  153. 1. Primal pregnancy (not that I’m planning to go there)
    2. why it’s harder as a woman to lose weight.
    3. Women and heart disease
    4. fitting paleo into regular family life
    5. menopause

  154. Here are my top 5:

    1) how to deal with age-related issues
    2) hormones and what foods to eat to balance them
    3) a REAL idea of the differences in a man’s body and a woman’s
    4) how to exercise the right way for a woman’s physiology
    5) other benefits of primal eating — our skin, our skeletons, our moods, and our weight

  155. 1) Primal living for optimal health of woman and her baby before, during, and after pregnancy

    2) Primal nutrition for the nursing mom (and consideration of how nutritional needs change over the course of breastfeeding 2+ years if mom and baby nurse for a biologically normal period of time) plus primal nutrition for babies starting solids and young children (perhaps could be a whole book about primal kids!)

    3) Hormones and diet, how to promote thyroid health, balanced sex hormones, and insulin/ghrelin/leptin

    4) Effective exercise for women

    5) How to balance promoting and facilitating a healthful primal lifestyle for our children and combatting negative societal messages to both boys and girls about what they eat + how they look (i.e. rigid dietary controls — linked to anorexia/bulimia).

  156. 1) each topic would need to be divided in at least 3 catagories: youth/adolescent, adult, pre/post menopause
    2)dietary/exercise effects on hormones
    3)female-specific excersises (or variations)
    4)success stories sprinkled intermittently like in the 21-day book
    5)a constant barrage of subliminal suggestions that women have different body types & none of us will look like the ones in the magazines 😉

  157. 1. natural hormone balance – i have endometriosis. how does what i eat effect my hormones/hormone balance?
    2. acne – i know, weird, but i am 35 have been eating strictly primal since June and still have teenage acne. it is hormonal, nothing i have ever done has made it go away except the pill, and i refuse to go on that for health, mental, and life issues.
    3. primal for the family – adapting, time, etc.
    4. binging/obsessing (someone mentioned earlier, great remark) cravings
    5. getting rid of the problem area even when being 100% primal

  158. Looking forward to the book. The top 5 issues I would like to see addressed are: 1) PCOS 2) Body Image in general – being happy with the outside when it’s not quite catching up with all the good stuff you’re working towards on the inside 3) nutritional/dietary needs for women – importantly – ensuring that calcium requirements can be met while eating primal 4) naturally controlling menses and hormones 5) Exercise programs geared more towards women

  159. I’m particularly interested in Paleo pregnancy – how it affects fertility and child development. And any particular foods to enjoy more or stay away from during pregnancy.

    Other topics: balancing hormones, PMS relief, PMS cravings, etc.

  160. Besides info about body image, I’d like to know more about how to live a Primal lifestyle while working full-time and raising a family. It’s hard to do it all!

  161. I would like to see the book cover the following:
    1) Fertility – how improving diet, chemical expeosure etc can improve fertility naturally instead of going straight for IVF
    2)exercise routines for specifically for women
    3)natural beauty remedies
    4)general housekeeping, meal planning for families, going primal on budget, using environmental cleaning products etc
    5)REAL life – show what is possible and attainable to all women in terms of health, fitness and lifestyle not false images from marketing companies and fashion magazines.

  162. So looking forward to this book! My top five issues for a Primal woman all deal with menopause and aging:

    – Thyroid issues
    – Hormone “imbalance”
    – Sleep disruption
    – Hot flashes
    – Osteoporosis

  163. 1) Primal and avoiding pregnancy: dos, don’ts and the effects of various methods of birth control
    2) Exercises for women, given that most of the MDA ones aren’t possible for smaller/lighter women
    3) How to deal with pressure to break Primal, especially given societal expectations of women being conciliatory
    4) How to deal with everyone treating Primal as a “fad diet” not a massive lifestyle change and choice, and therefore trying to get you to break it/leave it for their preferred diet
    5) Controlling or substituting for hormonal cravings, both due to pregnancy and the monthly cycle.

    Seriously, though, the key thing I would like to see is a recognition that women aren’t all either mothers, mothers-to-be, or mothers-in-waiting, and practical advice for women who don’t and won’t have kids as well as for those who do or will.

  164. 1. PCOS (!!), and how (if?) going Primal can help ease the symptoms.
    2. Hormone imbalances that can be addressed by adopting a Primal lifestyle.
    3. Fertility, pregnancy, and lactation for Primal women.
    4. Proper nutrition (including intermittent fasting) and supplementation for all women, but particularly for mature women.
    5. Exercise for women at all stages of life.

    And for heaven’s sake, send a strong message that women are not “objects of beauty,” but *people!* We are just as much people as men are, not baubles to be displayed or bought and sold on the value of our aesthetics.

  165. Ack! I forgot hair loss! Can I have 6 issues? LOL.

    Funnies aside, I’d say 90% of my friends and relatives in the menopause arena have lost hair, some a little, some a lot. No one talks about it. Doctors don’t know squat (imagine that). And yes, it’s a big issue for us. Men balding is a given – women? Not so much!

    Out of all the menopause issues – hair loss is the one that are driving me and my friends to madness!

  166. Really excited about this book!!!

    1) Endocrine issues (amenorrhea in my case)
    2) Differences in metabolism/fat deposition in male vs. female (the article on differences in IF comes to mind)
    3) Paleo eating/exercising for the pregnant woman
    4) Fitness injuries women are more prone to vs. men (due to lower center of gravity, wider hips, etc.)
    5) More natural alternatives for homemaking necessities (dishwasher soap/laundry soap/cleaning products/stain removal/deodorants and anti-perspirants/toothpaste, etc.)

  167. 1. Using primal blueprint to transition into getting your body ready to have a child, be pregnant, and post-baby.

    2. Primal lifestyle and anxiety/depression. The rates of these disorders tend to be much higher in women. What can we eat to address them.

    3. Primal lifestyle and body image issues. ie. learning to respect our bodies for what they can do for us, rather than always focussing on how they look in comparison to the “ideal” of modern beauty.

    4. Primal sexual needs for women. Men aren’t the only ones who needs sex after all.

    5. The benefits of a support system. Often women have the mentality that they have to be independent and do everything on their own, for themselves and their families. How can a primal support system help us.

  168. I am almost 9 months pregnant and started the primal blueprint about 4 months before I got pregnant. I did my best to stick to the PB during my pregnancy (my doctor said it was okay) and it has been a great experience. I have not had any of the horrible side-effects like bloating, heartburn, and hemorrhoids.
    I think other women need to know that they can also have a comfortable pregnancy if they avoid grains and added sugar. Hopefully this book will have a chapter about it so women can feel safe sticking to this diet while pregnant and also know they’re baby will be getting all the nutrients it needs.

  169. 1) what does the primal woman look like and why, from an evolutionary standpoint (fat storage, etc).

    2) different nutritional needs throughout our monthly hormonal cycle?

    3) how does female weight loss and exercise differ from men’s?

    4) paleo makeup and beauty products/recipes/ideas.

    5) female-specific lab test markers for optimum health.

    can’t wait for the book!

  170. 1. Natural skin care for women, especially regarding sunscreen (yes or no?)
    2. Adjusting the primal diet for women: legumes and nuts, are they ok?
    3. Hormonal balance
    4. Anything for greying hair?
    5. Back issues and bad posture problems
    I have upper and lower back pain almost daily and I’m only 35. 🙁

    1. re #4: embrace the silver!!! I now get black “stripes” added to mine – a quick & easy process with results that younger gals pay a fortune for!

  171. I would LOVE to see more female-related paleo/primal information. I live in Canada so I cannot enter the contest but I’d be very interested in this book when it comes out. My main points of interest (from most interested to least) are:
    1) PMS/PMDD and serotonin levels. Are mega mood swings during this time normal? If they are to a degree, what is the biological function of having low serotonin? Is eating super low carb helpful? Is eating higher than regular carb helpful? What supplements help?
    2) CRAMPS! How to deal with unruly physical period symptoms, especially pain.
    3) PCOS and hormone balance. Symptoms and most primal solutions.
    4) Weightlifting and the menstrual cycle. Personally, I’ve found my get out and build muscle times are from day 3 to 17 while during and after ovulation all I feel like is very light walking and some sprints/HIITs. I think it’s beneficial to go with the “flow” (pun intended), what do you think?
    5) Pregnancy and parenting. Don’t know anything about these… lol.

  172. 1. Bone health
    2. Eating disorders
    3. How to field comments from others about raising a primal family / primal kids / eating primally while pregnant
    4. How to live with a non-primal hubby
    5. Favorite quick primal recipes for a family

  173. Hi Carrie,

    I would very much like to know more about the following in relation to being a primal woman.

    1. Contraceptive options
    2. Body image
    3. Intermittent Fasting
    4. Facial/Body/Hair care products
    5. Aging

  174. -If fat over carbs is a better diet for women
    -How a primal diet effects menstruation (I lost my monthly cycle in February after trying out IFing)
    -Exercises needing no equipment
    -Your favorite, most nutritious meal
    -Body image

  175. Can’t wait for the book. There’s a great need.
    My 5 ideas for inclusion in your book:
    1. Let’s not buy into the quick fix diets. Why a lifestyle change is so much healthier.
    2. Diet cokes/Artificial sweetners are killing women. At a recent luncheon, 5 of my 6 peers order a diet soda. The other put artificial sweetner in her tea.
    3. The M word! Menopause. The havoc hormones can wreak on a women’s body and how primal can help.
    4. Confidence. Women are beaten down by body image, media, unreasonable expectations, etc. How making primal choices is empowering.
    5. Pass it on. How do we educate our loved ones? Co workers? Medical doctors?

  176. I am SO excited for this book! This is going to be great! Here’s what I’d like to see (although it’s certainly not limited to just these 5 items):

    1) First and most general: Many of the “Primal/Paleo” for women blogs and articles I’ve read focus on female-specific disorders (endometriosis, etc). While important to address, I’d like to see more information out there for and about generally healthy women.

    2) Pregnancy and beyond. How to feed a primal fetus, how to exercise primally while preggo, nursing diet, primal baby food, and the vain 20-something in me would also like to add, “how to get your sexy, flat tummy back.”

    3) How not to get pregnant. Birth control methods, and their health implications.

    4) Aging across the spectrum. Certainly menopause and “aging gracefully,” but also surviving puberty, helping offspring to survive puberty, etc. (If I had understood my hypoglycemia and how my diet was causing it when I was 13, I and everyone around me would have been SO MUCH happier!)

    5) Body image and woman as an object – and agent – of beauty. I think it’s totally worth talking about. Reconciling real health and vitality with what we see in advertising – looking strong v looking waifish. Also having “healthy looking skin” v having actually healthy skin. Skin and hair health, how to avoid products that will give you cancer, etc.

    And…like…I don’t mean to sneak in a #6 or anything, but I’m certain one that cannot write about these topics without also touching on women’s perceived role in society, and how that jives with a strong, thoughtful, primal way of life. I really look forward to reading Carrie’s thoughts on this!

  177. 1. Hormones/Balancing
    2. Vitamins/Supplements for women
    3. Fitness – cortisol and chronic cardio re: I assume women did more of the gathering and less of the running and hunting….should women do even less cardio than men but lift even heavier? Our muscles recover faster than men’s so maybe women are supposed to lift more often and harder than men.
    4. Nutritonal requirements for women vs men.
    5. Eating disorders and control. How to eat healthy primal without turning it in to control. For example orthorexia. I read alot of posts and blogs related to primal and paleo that make me wonder if a lot of primal/paleo followers are orthorexic.

  178. 1) Optimizing the Primal diet for the different life stages of women
    2)Specifics on exercise physiology to women vs. men
    3) Hormone effects and balancing!!
    4)Primal strategies for aging healthfully and gracefully
    5) Bone health and posture

  179. Please offer insight on migraines, particularly in relation to hormones, serotonin and carbs.

  180. 1. how much you weigh is not a measure of how healthy (or how fit) you are, and health is more important than weight
    2. you don’t have to be good at an athletic activity to have fun. I had a wonderful time coming in near to last in some triathlons in my early 50s.
    3. subclinical hypothyroid and what to do about it (and how to avoid autoimmune thyroid issues)
    4. gestational diabetes and what to do to avoid getting diagnosed later with type 2
    5. natural beauty as a primal ideal–think natural eyebrows rather than shaped

  181. 1. Menopause
    2. Excercise – em
    3. Nutrition guidelines for the Woman Primal Athlete
    4. Aging gracefully and pain free
    5. Excercise -Emphasis differences for woman

  182. My top 5 would be:
    1. body image
    2. hormone issues
    3. emotional/mindless eating
    4. nutritional requirements for women
    5. skin/hair issues and how they can be affected by primal eating

  183. I feel that filtering out the relevant information from the overload is a major issue for older women like myself. Especially since we are getting to the party after a much longer period of eating poorly than the majority of the young “whippersnappers” (grin) and therefore have a tendency for different and often more intractable health issues.
    1. Hormones are a big issue at all ages – especially balancing what is optimal vs. what is truly necessary for health.
    2. Emotional/habit eating – not so much in the extreme realm of anorexia/bulemia, but dealing with lifelong habits like snacks, particularly sweets. When you have had an after-dinner snack almost every day for over 50 years, stopping is really tough.
    3. Prioritizing – do you try to work on it all at once? Or do you fix the thyroid, THEN the adrenal fatigue, THEN the sleep schedule, etc. Or should those be in reverse order?
    4. Some women really don’t like to cook – especially when we live alone or we work long hours and can’t use up multiple fresh ingredients before they go bad, and/or we are dealing with miniscule kitchens and freezer space, . Suggested SIMPLE eating plans would be helpful to make sure we are getting what we need over time.
    5. There are LOTS of places to get cosmetic/beauty tips. I don’t think that type of thing is really necessary when there is so much women-centered health information that is really important and much harder to get.

  184. This is so neat! Finally something just for us women. The 5 things I’m looking forward to most in this book:

    1. How intermittent fasting is different for women (if at all)
    2. How to be paleo/primal for fertility and through pregnancy, how it differs from conventional wisdom
    3. How to raise a family primally (We don’t have kids yet, but I’m stockpiling info for when we do start a family)
    4. Macro-nutrient requirements for women: what are the nutrients we should be most concerned about getting, and which foods provide those?
    5. Organic/primal beauty tips/recipes (I’m thinking face masks, hand salves, things like that that would be fun to make myself and pair well with living primally)

  185. So many great comments have addressed the content of the book, so I’d like to address the structure and scope.

    1. Keep the idea of primal blueprint for women up front. Don’t get so caught up in details that you lose focus on the holistic nature of the PB. Women’s lives have some unique areas that I know we’d all like to see addressed like primal parenting or primal housekeeping (not that men don’t parent or wash dishes, but it is something they don’t typically talk about.)

    2. Sidebars with thought provoking insights or resources that will keep us all working on our own n1 experiments in our lives.

    3. A balance between being issue structured and life-season structured and a consciousness of the wide variety of women who will read the book so we can all find what we’re looking for all the way through.

    4. A consciousness of the roles we play typically as caretakers, nurturers, breadwinners, teachers, and more. If we can approach taking care of both our kids and our parents as well as ourselves primally, we’ll all be better off!

    5. Don’t stress too much that you can’t cover everything we want! We have far more questions than there are answers at this point. We all are going to have to band together to help each other find these answers since the CW medical establishment isn’t going to do it for us.

    And finally, Carrie, be ready to take this message public!! When the world of women around us see us living these wildly wonderful primal lives, they’re going to want to know more.

    Thanks in advance for what is going to be a fabulous book!! My daughter and I can’t wait!

  186. 1. Primal eating and weight loss for over-50 women – calories, I believe, do count.
    2. Mood, depression and anxiety.
    3. Arthritis and joint pain.
    4. Looking and feeling good naked.
    5. Hierarchy of “lesser evils.” E.g. You’re very hungry and your food choices contain grains or sugar or funky oils, what is the best strategy?

    Thanks for asking!

  187. I love what all the women are posting!! Unfortunately I think she would have to write many books to cover the wide range and needed depths of the topics mentioned. Obviously majority of women are having serious hormonal issues. I really believe it is a growing epidemic that is diminshing our quality of life….how truly sad! I suggest reading “primal body, primal mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. She does an amazing in depth look at the primal diet and how it can effect your hormones. Which leads me to my first request out of my top five.
    1.) absolutely would love to hear the latest in how the primal diet can effect our hormones in relation to depression, anxiety, weight, pms, menopause, fertility etc.
    2.) I want a meal plan designed strictly for women a 21 day transformation for women. Taking into account portion size etc.
    3.) a list of possible reasons why someone following primal may not lose weight including effects of food allergens, saliva testing hormones, adrenal and stress issues, and redblood cells ( I was one of those primal peeps that couldn”t lose weight and it wasn’t untill I had live blood analysis that i discovered my pituitary axis was shot and my body wasn”t processing fat or protein…not good considering thats all i was eating. discovered i was iron and b12 deficient because of it, so energy was super low etc.) now I am losing weight!!
    4.)KIDS,incuding toddlers is primal doable? An example of eating plans for children including snack ideas
    5.) Success stories a wide range of them!!! with pictures!

    1. Hi Karen,
      I am interested to know how you discovered that your pituitary axis was shot etc. I have been Primal for 2+ months and also started running and have not lost a pound….it is very discouraging and the test my MD ran all came back normal….can you point me in the right direction? I would appreciate anything you can send my way!

      1. hi rose
        first of all don’t give up hope! I think women are a mess these days! high stress and hormone imbalances are almost always a factor to having an inability to lose weight. Simple things to do first is cut out dairy, figure out how much protein your body needs it is usually much less then you are eating and the body will trun any excess protein into glycogen/sugar then fat. also do alorie counting just to be sure your not going totally overboard. Mark has a formula on how to find out how much protein you need per pound of LEAN body mass which is not your standing weight. If you have done all this, which i had, then comes the next step which I believe is a must for all women have your hormones checked! not with an MD but with a natropath or clinic that does SALVA hormone testing. Docs do only blood testing which are very inaccurate. Do a basal body tempature test for thyroid (google it for direction)its the most accurate for thyroid test. Then do an allergen test also soooooo important to weight loss that is often overlooked. If you have an allergen to food you are keeping your body in a constant state of inflamation which in turn can lead to leaky gut syndrome which can make it hard to lose weight. Don’t think that because you have no outward signs of allergens that you don’t have any. i found that i had a severe allergen to eggs but ate them all the time and didn’t know what it was doing to me. Till i switched to paleo diet and was eating eggs everyday and suddenly my body turned on meand broke out in rashes all over my body. Lastly if all else fails try to find someone in your area that does live blood analysis (google it) it was my final missing piece he knew i had an inability lose weight and that my body wasn’t processing fat or protein, and was holding onto alot of water! he put me on high doses of iron, b12 which gav eme instant energy which in turn made it so much easier to work out, high amounts of probiotics and butylic acid to heal my guts so I could start absorbing things better and heal leaky gut, dandelion root and celery root for water retention and liver. its been 3 months i have lost a few inches and a few pounds and slowly my hormones seem to be correcting themselves. Also my hormone test was that my cortisol was super low so I ave been on adaptogens for that. This is my story and all stories are different but if your not losing weight there is usually a reason. i would also look at jack kruses leptin resistant info, and read Noras gedaudas book “primal body, primal mind” and be patient once you get your test results back it willl then take time to heal yourself. hope this helps. any other questions feel free to ask.

  188. 1) Fertility (conception and birth control)
    2) Skin care-how to care for our skin when most drug-store products contain parabens, petrochemicals, and endocrine disruptors
    3) Hormonal issues/changes as we age and how they relate to weight
    4) Intermittent fasting for women
    5) Mental health-overcoming eating disorders (ie: binging, anorexia) when coming into a primal lifestyle

  189. I agree with Maggie and Rachel. I want to know what is unique to women and how to address the hormonal issues to be vibrant and healthy.

  190. #1 how to cook primal for kid’s lunches. This is a huge one for me. My daughter (15 yrs old) is an athlete, playing 2 hrs or more of volleyball 5-6 days a week. We are trying to go primal (for the most part) but making sure she gets enough to eat and it is primal is HARD.

    #2 easy primal dinner recipes for women without a lot of time on their hands. Let’s face it. Women are the primary kitchen preparers. I find I get in ruts pretty easily.

    #3 women’s body issues

    #4 aging gracefully

    #5 skin care (which sort of relates to #4 🙂 )

  191. i would LOVE to see some information about keeping primal while pregnant and breastfeeding. i had fantastic results with it (still breastfeeding my almost 14mo son) and it was by far the best experience out of all of my children living this way. i would also like to see something about hormone imbalances not just with menopause either and how what we eat and do affects it.

  192. How about covering the major phases of female life? Then it covers moms, daughters, sisters, and everyone in between.

    1. Primal Youth – benefits to teens, 20s and 30s, stabilizing hormones, skin problems, primal first dates (which are sometimes hard to explain), maximizing our genetics while they’re still solidifying

    2. Primal Breeding – fertility, pregnancy, breast feeding, how to make up for lost sleep

    3. Primal Mom – bringing primal to the family, budgeting, feeding fast and furiously, most productive workouts in short time periods, nutrition concerns for the kids, making it “cool” for school

    4. Primal Menopause – more hormone stuff, minimizing the agony, retaining strength, maintaining youthfulness

    5. Primal Retirement – making the most out of the golden years, modified exercises to accommodate older bodies new to primal, how to max primal benefits under medical treatment (cancer, major surgery, etc.), how to adapt when a system fails (hearing, sight, mobility)

  193. 1. How to deal with issues like acne, birth control, balancing life, hormones, diet differences,sleep etc during different life stages.
    2.How to find and/or talk with a medical professional that will listen and step out of the norm. Possible resources.
    3.Health markers woman need to know and what is “optimal”
    4.Ideas for those times when eating right and exercising aren’t “working”.
    5.How/why nutrition and exercise needs are different for woman.

  194. 1. Effect of various foods at various times in the cycle– what to eat when for greatest benefit/least misery
    2. Suggestions for coping with households where not everyone is on board or supportive
    3. Suggestions for building upper body strength
    4. Primal diet & bone/joint health
    5. IF & other protocols that seem to work differently for women, & why

    And yes, skin care & such would be nice, but please, leave out the “object” word! That really stings.

  195. Primal eating and epigenetics for pregnancy, and in general. I would like to see an in-depth section expanding on how eating optimal foods leads to proper methylation of genes, especially in the context of pregnancy, and the healthy changes it can bring about in the developing fetus. There is research that indicates many disease states appear to be minimized or prevented by proper diet due to epigenetic changes.

  196. 1. Primal eating during pregnancy and nursing
    2. Primal exercise during pregnancy and after birth
    3. Primal remedies for menstruation problems
    4. Primal food for babies, kids
    5. Primal personal care products (hair, make-up, etc.)

  197. 1. Ways to get your hormones to where they should be
    2. Help for weight loss plateaus that seem common for women.
    3. Natural skin care, make-up etc
    4. Exercising for women
    5. Converting reluctant family members to the primal way of eating

  198. I’d love to hear about how Carrie handles social events and eating out with friends. So many female social functions feature baked goods and sugary treats that are obviously non-primal. Eating healthy is such a touchy topic among females, even close friends. How would Carrie recommend sticking to the primal philosophy, while not making her friends feel judged?
    I’d also like to hear from Carrie about how to raise primal kids. How should women go about getting their kids proper nourishment and outside play when most friends watch multiple hours of TV a day and eat junk food? How do you explain prevent a child from getting so much exposure to and participation in unhealthy habits at school and with friends?
    I am looking forward to hearing about primal living from Carrie’s perspective!

  199. My top 5 (based on my age/experience)

    1. Hormonal impact of Primal living
    2. Learning to eat intuitively
    3. Heavy lifting for women
    4. Engaging your family in Primal Living
    5. Tips for managing Primal living in our busy mom (or just female) world!

  200. The female primal experience differs from the male, and I’d love to see more on how to make primal successful for women. Including…

    1. PMS — I’m primal 3 fantastic weeks of the month and then it all falls apart. And then it repeats. Every single month, despite me trying a bunch of different things (and no, not different types of chocolate.) The only way for me to be primal during PMS week would be to lock me in a cage and regulate my meals. Ideas and solutions. Lots of them.

    2. IF — worked for me for a little bit and then was like a boomerang for carb overeating. Would love to dig into how to make IF work, really.

    And… weight loss, supplementation, nutritional balances/ratios, sleep needs (different for women? different at different times of month?).

  201. 1) body image issues
    2) “primal” skin/hair care
    3) being primal with young children
    4) how women respond to working out (being muscular as a woman)
    5) ways for a busy mom (or any other woman) to relax and unwind

  202. Would love more information on dealing with hormones and balancing them…before menopause. I think that would be important information, not only for me, but for my younger sister and eventually, my daughter as they age. I think it’s impossible to overstate the importance of their role in health.

  203. As a mom, and one of two daughters I would love to see information on 1- balancing hormones 2- making paleolithic work for the whole family 3 – exercise 4-fertility, pregnancy and nursing 5- all of abov backed up with good research.

  204. 1)Hormone Balance issues.
    2)Primal Lunches on the go….
    3)Dealing with guilt when you can’t maintain Primal eating.
    4)Managing carb cravings during your cycle.
    5)What to do when you are not getting the results (weight loss and body shaping) you want from the Primal lifestyle

  205. 1. Hormones
    2. Exercise addiction
    3. Dealing with PMS cravings
    4. Paleo lifestyle friendly birth control
    5. Balancing Paleo with having a social/family life

  206. 1. Primal lifestyle during pregnancy and breastfeeding-how I wish I had known of this during my four, very challenging pregnancies.

    2. Menopause and after-which is where I am now.

    3. Strength for women-any modifications we need?

    4. How women can support each other in primal lifestyle-women need social networks (it seems.) My work is helping breastfeeding mothers and I see how that peer to peer support makes all the difference.

    5. Sleep, sleep, sleep-maximizing that in the reality of such busy lives.

  207. 1. Fertility and diet
    2. Nutrition during pregnancy
    3. Improving body image
    4. Recipes
    5. Supplements – are they necessary and which ones should I be taking?

  208. What a REAL healthy body is.

    The most compliments I’ve ever gotten on my beauty and fitness was during a time in my life that I smoked and did drugs. I was a size 2 and got so much praise for how good I looked and how healthy I was looking these days.

    I think that says a lot about how we preceive what a fit/healthy body is.

    Many people who follow PB look “fat” The image of fat or unfit is so so skewed.

    Also at my smallest, a size 2 (bones protruding), I weighed 145-155 lbs and I am 5’6″ , In my opinion I think women are still lieing about their weight to what we think is a healthy weight. I know we are all different but every size 2 does not weigh under 115 lbs.

  209. I would love to see the following topics addressed.
    1. Primal Pregnancy
    2. Primal family life
    3. Vaginal Health
    4. Mental Health
    5. Primal Excersie for women

  210. 1. how to handle cravings related to pms
    2. managing bloating and pain naturally
    3. how to teach young children healthy eating habits
    4. easy recipes
    5. interacting eith others who arent primal in a respectful yet firm way

  211. I thought Carrie was a vegetarian? I’m sure I read that somewhere it here. Not that it matters of course. Just thinking if that is the case, it would be unusual for her to write about primal/paleo. Or perhaps primal includes vegetarianism? Oh gosh now i’m confused! 🙂

  212. 1- acne
    2- period cramps/PMS
    3- Fertility/endometriosis/PCOS
    4- dietary needs for life phases (baby, child, teen, before 40, etc…)
    5- body image/perceptions of beauty

  213. I’m not a US citizen (Australian) so not eligible to win…but would like to put some suggestions in.

    1. Talk about how BCP mess with your system, I know that Mark has done a post on this, but i’d like to see a more in depth view. I’ve recently given up the BCP (NOT to get pregnant)and I can’t believe the positive changes it has had to my mood and energy. On it I was starting to become irrational, very angry and feeling despondent. Interestingly these effects were felt most AFTER i became Primal…almost like now that my endocrine system was (trying) to work properly, the pill was screwing all that up.

    2. Women specific responses to stressors including exercise and certain foods as well as specific hormonal processes..

    Excellent idea guys!!
    Rio 🙂

  214. I would love to see these issues addressed:
    1. Hormonal conditions that are effected positively by primal lifestyle, especially thyroid issues.
    2. How primal lifestyle can impact diminished female libido.
    3. How primal lifestyle can impact autoimmune disorders.
    4. How bone health is impacted by primal lifestyle.
    5. How to effectively cope with being sabotaging partners/family members/friends who do not truly buy into the primal lifestyle.
    6. Also would love to see alot of focus on real aging women that are successfully living the primal lifestyle.

  215. 1. Primal while breastfeeding
    2. Primal while pregnant
    3. introducing primal solids to kids
    4. primal health as linked to higher self esteem and a more positive body image
    5. Emotional eating

  216. Ohhhh – what a great idea! I will definitely be buying this book! My suggestion: In the next few years we want to start a family so I would love to see how best to have a primal, natural pregnancy and birth. Everything from the best primal foods to eat to primal birthing techniques.

  217. Ditto on a lot of these comments. As an otherwise normal woman who will never have 6-pack abs, or even abs you can see any definition of – not even eating Primal 99% of the time – I resent how I’m subjected to images of same in the primal/paleo context. It just reinforces feelings of failure. We have enough of that crap outside of primal/paleo without having it echoed here. It represents neolithic thinking about women anyhow.

  218. When I was researching the primal lifestyle I was expecting my 4th child. I could only find anecdotal information, i.e 2-3 women who briefly discussed that they were primal on a forum here or there. Also, there is virtually no info on the primal lifestyle while nursing. What I mostly found while doing my research was that a lot of women are looking for this information. I realize that when a baby is involved, that info provided carries more risk for the author, depending on the information provided, but I sure wish more info was out there!

  219. 1. Body image
    2. Changes w/ aging
    3. Exercise – especially weightlifting
    4. Hormonal issues
    5. Differences between men & women, and what current paleo-related research is showing about gender differences

  220. 1. Maintaining healthy bone density
    2. Non-HRT approaches to dealing with hot flashes
    3. Dealing with insomnia (not exclusively a woman’s problem, but it seems to be very common in women)
    4. Eating for healthy skin
    5. Understanding how calorie requirements change with age

  221. My top 5 are:

    1. PMS/PMDD – Eating to balance the hormones.

    2. Ways to eat healthy when you can’t cook five nights a week.

    3. Time management – juggling work, family, exercise, and time for me.

    4. Suggestions for tasty brown-bag lunches for kids and parents

    5. I don’t know…

  222. 1) the most important preparations before trying to get pregnant

    2) ways to improve chances of pregnancy

    3) any special issues with pregnancies after age 30

    4) skin care; what makeup / beauty products to be aware of

    5) tips for rearing primal kids

  223. Top five for me!

    1.PCOS and fertility problems associated with it and other endocrine problems such as thyroid disorders.
    2.Exercises for women trouble areas hips,thighs,belly etc
    3.Grokette’s history seems like Paleo/Primal books are always aimed at cavemen what about cavewomen and what they did
    4.Motherhood for the primal mom & Pregnancy including maternal bond
    5.Eating to support healthy hormones for woman

    I would love to see these talked about in a book!

  224. -excercise: am I doing it right? How do I know?
    -what level of fitness can a 55 yr old woman expect with normal excercise?
    -how can I incorporate my passion for wine into my paleo lifestyle?
    -how can we inspire our daughters to take care of themselves now
    -will the flab ever go away?

  225. 1. I’ve been on biodentical HRT for several years (I’m 57), and it cleared up many of the issues that Paleo also helps with. I’ve been doing a paleo lifestyle for 5 months and am considering going off the drugs. Would love to hear discussion of this-pros, cons, whether I can now go without.
    2. Everything from the perspective of post-menopause – lifting, losing fat, gaining muscle, losing the pregnant belly leftovers, fasting, HIIT.

  226. Sounds like a good project and much needed. Here are my top areas of interest:
    1. Healing a damaged metabolism after years of yo-yo dieting.
    2. Handling the physical consequences of long-term stress especially for older women.
    3. Any hormonal-related issues from PCOS to post-menopausal.
    4. How to build up to better strength and flexibility when you’re starting way behind the curve (due to old injuries, general lack of fitness, etc.)
    5. What works specifically for women and is it different at different ages?

  227. It’s only one request, but PLEASE feature pictures of women with all sorts of body types and colors. Primal for one may be ripped but primal for another may be slim, but no “padding.” If the goal is optimal gene expression, then it stands to reason that we are all going to end up looking a little different. It’d be nice to know what the range of “normal” looks like.

  228. I’d like to see-
    1. Hormonal issues addressed
    2. Fertility, pregnancy, and most importantly- nutrition during the breastfeeding years- real, sound information and facts- not ‘booby trap’ type of advice.
    3. What a woman needs vs man
    4. What a woman on the primal diet looks like
    5. How to manage a family and be primal

  229. There are too many pages to see if this has been said already but I’d really like to know more about motivation to move more and sticking to primal eating when hormonal (or in the grip of emotional eating). Those few days seem to be where I come undone. Overcoming the sense of failure (and desire to quit trying) then becomes a bigger issue.

    Inspirational stories are always a winner and an emphasis on being the best you can be not aiming for a set idea of perfection.

    Looking forward to the book!

  230. What a great contest!

    1: Managing sugar/pleasure(food related) cravings that are so rampant during a woman’s cycle

    2: Woman’s bone health

    3: Endometriosis

    4: Pregnancy and fertility nutrition and even nutrition on infants/growing children

    5: Mental health, depression, bipolar, etc.


  231. Yay! A ladies PB book!!!
    1. Hormone imbalance & perimenopause
    2. Why do I need more sleep than my husband
    3. Why is the fat carried where it is? (Tummy/thighs/butt)
    4. Men vs women fitness
    5. Men vs women nutrition, what do we need different?

    1. I forgot!! 6. How intermittent fasting affect women differently, and how it relates to hormones. I’ve noticed it is easier/harder for me depending on where i am in my cycle.

  232. Can’t wait for the book! Wish it could be sooner. But here is my list:
    1. Fasting is it good for us or not.
    2. Menopause/pre and the transition to post
    3. Exersise: Is there something I should be doing different for me.
    4. Nutrition:different from mens?
    5. Family: Child of the girl type age 10
    6. Skin Care with out the chemicals.
    I know I am not the only woman that would like to see this sooner.

  233. I am 56 (10 years post-menopause) and despite following the primal diet (95/5) for almost 2 years am still struggling with weight loss, sleep, exercise, hormones,and stress management. How does a woman who ate low fat high carb for twenty years recover?

  234. In no particular order:

    1. Women’s reproductive health issues (birth control options, how to deal with painful periods, hormone balancing, pregnancy, etc…. Could be a book all on its own!)
    2. Workout options and plans
    3. Supplements for different situations (incl. brand recommendations)
    4. Life balance
    5. Body image

  235. I’m thrilled another book is coming out to add to my collection. My suggestions are:

    1. HomeMade recipes for Personal Care (conditioners, face masks, body scrubs, etc.)

    2. De-Cluttering homes, offices, garages, yards and how it leads to a simpler life and more TIME.

    3. Metabolism and how it slows with age.

    4. Herbs & Supplements and their Health Benefits.

    5. All things related to skin health (and Dry Skin Brushing)

    Thank you for asking. This is my first post!

  236. This book is a great idea! As a post menopausal woman I’d like to see info on:
    1. Correcting a lifetime of eating SAD
    2. Lifting heavy things for in home training sessions.
    3. Primal health and beauty products…name names!
    4. Post menopausal primal health…heart disease, autoimmune disease.
    Last but not least
    5. Primal Women role models….I don’t care about wrinkleless faces, perfect bodies, hot primal babes etc. I want to learn about women who can show us how to navigate the years 60 and beyond and who love the Primal lives they are living!!

  237. Wow! I can’t believe it! just look at all these comments and so many of them resonate with my own thoughts. So many post-menopausal women in the primal community! Who knew?! I thought, living here in the Middle ( of the USA), that I was almost the only one wondering if a primal lifestyle could reverse (or even have much effect after) a lifetime of SAD. This is amazing. Somehow ,I am encouraged just reading the suggestions for the book.

  238. 1. menopause/hormone replacement/bioavailable hormones/diet
    2. skin care
    3. sleep quality
    4. upper body strength training
    5. intermittent fasting

  239. Got to agree with the posts on “object of beauty”. I have lost 45 lbs so far on the P.B. diet (and this included 8 days on a Disney vacation!) and my husband is excellent about commenting on changes he’s seeing as my body slims down. I really appreciate that a lot. But “object” is an off-putting word.
    My 5 top things :
    1. Hormonal stuff, especially HRT (I’m 55 and well and truly menopausal), adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, and how the PB diet can affect those.
    2. IF-how it works or doesn’t for women, both regular hormones and menopausal.
    3. Best ways for women to get healthy exercise. Even the low stress body weight exercises like wall pushups were causing shoulder and back pain; I ended up getting a personal trainer, who spent basically the first two weeks helping me loosen up my joints before he ever let me lift anything. I’m about two months into the program and doing much better. It would have been nice to have thought of that before I started primal movements.
    4. What’s it like at various stages of a woman’s life-what challenges face the teen, twenty y/o, etc., all the way to late age, like 90 and 100. I realize that PB has not been around long enough for someone to have actually aged through their life , but surely we have some women who are older who could contribute info.
    5. I would like some info on moisturizers, cosmetics, etc. that are not going to contain lots of chemicals.
    Looking forward to your book!

  240. 1. How is primal nutrition different for women than it is for men? Or–what is the idea primal nutrition for women?

    2. How is primal exercise different for women than it is for men? Or–what is the idea primal exercise “routine” (I know, it’s not a routine routine) for women?

    3. The healthy body vs. the ever-changing, media-dictated “ideal” body.

    4. Weight Loss and the Primal Woman

    5. Dealing with your period–natural pain relievers, managing the fatigue, cravings and mood swings that come monthly, etc.

  241. The top five subjects I would like to see in the book are:
    1. Pregnancy (nutrition, exercise, vitamins, birth, etc.)
    2. Breastfeeding and raising a primal baby
    3. Carb requirements for women vs. men
    4. Birth control
    5. Role of the historic primal women and how that compares to/influences the roles women play today.

  242. 1. What is a healthy level of exercise for women?
    2. What is a healthy amount of body fat for women?
    3. What should women who can’t gain weight do, just give up and let the body be what it wants to be, or eat more/differently?
    4. How should women eat differently at different times in their cycle?
    5. What should women be especially careful of when following a primal diet, too much/not enough of certain minerals, vitamins, nutrients?

  243. I know I’m just going to reiterate a bunch of already-mentioned ideas, but here are my top five:

    1) Body image: What DOES a healthy female body look like? How does it clash with our particular society’s ideals? How do we determine what our ideal size and shape is?

    2) Disordered eating, including mild disorders such as obsession tat don’t warrant a diagnosis.

    3) Achieving hormonal balance naturally, in all stages of life, and how can you tell when you have achieved balance?

    4) Exercising for women, with information for the beginner up through the competitive athlete.

    5) Dealing with stress.

  244. Can’t wait for this book!

    My top 5:

    1) Primal Pregnancy 🙂
    2) Body Image (and Body Dysmorphia)
    3) Breaking free from a dieting mentality
    4) Workout plans
    5) Managing stress

  245. How exciting to have our female perspective attended to! I’m so aware of the spectrum of our experience — being the 53 yo daughter of a 76yo mother,and the mother of a 24yo daughter–all of us as primal as we are able.

    For my daughter I am concerned about her migraines, her physically draining career as a stage actress, and her desire to have healthy babies in the next 10 years. For my mother I mourn her diminishing flexibility (both physical and mental), her dread of the “finish line”,and especially her sadness at being expected to age “gracefully” when she feels 30. For myself, I am frustrated by following my interpretation of the PB…(IF until noon everyday –well I do have my coffee and cream; working out fasted, eating primal/paleo 90% of the time, 100% grain free, never liked sugar anyway, love my fats: crispy grilled steak and salmon skin fat, coconut oil, EVOO, red palm oil; and my own organic veggies from my garden. We have one of those pull up thingys in our bedroom doorway and I do parallel pullups half a dozen times a day, and yet… (;_;) Why am I not burning up that belly fat? Why is my skin not “bouncing back” when I lose those 5 lbs (over and over)? When I get that nice golden tan from lying out in the sun am I risking wrinkles and melanoma for the sake of Vitamin D which I already supplement with 5000 IUs daily?

    Blah, blah, blah. 1. Under 30 — migraines, stamina, fertility and healthy pregnancy. 2. Over 70 — physical flexibility, joint and muscle health; mental flexibility, depression, and what to do if you plan to live forever, but probalby won’t. 3. 50-ish — What about this skin suit we’re stuck with? How do we get the most bang for our buck? Ha! (My buck has no complaints about his bang, but then, he loves me just the way I am.) (^_^) That being said, it does not mean I don’t want more — health and long happy life!

  246. Looking forward to this book, Carrie. Good luck with the writing. My top 5:

    1. Optimal exercise for women – particularly across the various stages of life from teen to old age.
    2. Effects of fasting on hormones and weight loss
    3. Raising primal kids – the issues and how to manage them
    4. Integrating the best of traditional nutritional advice (i.e. age-old wisdom from our mothers and grandmothers) for women into the paleo lifestyle
    5. Differences in diet (amount, calories, nutrients) btw us and the men.

  247. 1. Conventional wisdom truths and misnomers (how much calcium do we really need to avoid bone loss?
    2. Hormones hormones hormones. How do our hormone levels change naturally and how does what we eat affect then? What emotional issues are caused by hormones? How can we use Primal food or activity (exercise, sun, sleep, etc) to smooth out mood swings?
    3. A fitness plan for women just starting out. Pull-ups are just not happening for me!
    4. Birth control pills may not be primal but I’m not going to stop taking them! How do they effect my gene expression, hormones, and weight?
    5. What long term effects do beauty products have (heels, acne face wash, makeup, spanx, bras, etc)?

    Really looking forward to the book!!

  248. 1. It’s never too late – Before and afters of women over 50
    2. Losing fat, building lean body mass
    3. Primal beauty, skin, and hair care
    4. Healing women’s health issues
    5. Primal pregnancy and child birth

  249. Here are my top 5:
    1) Feeding a family the primal way (how to get the kids on board when all their friends are eating cheetos)
    2) Foods that soothe hormonal issues (PMS, stress, fertility, menopause)
    3) When everyone around you thinks your nuts because of your primal lifestyle
    4) Finding time for yourself the primal way
    5) Finding a balance with food, exercise, and life (what to do when one puts too much time, effort, thought into eating and exercise)

  250. When I got pregnant I had a hard time finding resources for how to approach nutrition and exercise primally. I’d love to have a resource for this stage of a woman’s life.

    1. Nutrition during pregnancy
    2. Exercise during pregnancy
    3. Postpartum health
    4. Balancing the priorities of many women (family, marriage, work, friends, and self)
    5. Sex. My level of intimacy and desire could really use a primal boost.

  251. 1. Exercise and the Primal woman.
    2. Hormones and a Primal Diet
    3. Raising Kids in a Primal Home
    4. A Primal Diet and Disease
    5. Fitting it all in to daily life

  252. Nutrition and exercise during pregnancy, lactation, post partum. I’d like to see a wide range of primal women from a functional and aesthetic view point. What is realistic? (women are supposed to sport a fair amount of fat, right?) Hormonal issues. Non drug birth control. Studies done on women! emotional/binge eating, and value judgements about food (guilt etc).

  253. 1. Labido/Sex in general
    2. Aging
    3. Women specific stress/anxiety/depression/hormones
    4. Body Image
    5. Women specific nutrition

  254. 1. How to prepare for menopause
    2. Primal nutrition and exercise while pregnant
    3. Primal nutrition and breastfeeding
    4. How to age gracefully
    5. Primal diet differences between men and women

    Thank you!

  255. Here’s my list, sorry if I’m repeating…
    1. Fitness throughout the seasons of a woman’s life
    2. Nutritional needs throughout the seasons of a woman’s life
    3. Addressing hormonal issues (PCOS, fertility, contraception) primally
    4. Uh, balancing our lives?
    5. Can the book just celebrate women and their primal achievements, and the diversity of those achievements?

  256. 1. Hormonal issues/menapause
    2. Dealing with stress eating
    3. Body image
    4. How to get teenagers on board with Primal eating
    5. Proper nutrition for post menapausal women (need for calcium to protect bones)

  257. !. Weight Loss—or lack thereof

    2. Mood swings

    3. Fertility issues

    4. Real information on family planning—not just why hormonal contraception is not primal, but info on how women can work *with* their cycles to avoid/achieve pregnancy.

    5. Peri- and post-menopause

    There’s a lot to cover, I think!

  258. I struggle with not putting myself last in the family. My husband won’t touch coconut,almonds & the only veg he will eat is lettuce, peas and carrots! My son won’t touch anything that doesn’t come breaded or with pastry. My daughter is hugely addicted to sugar. I have coeliac, so always been gluten-free. I work full time so there is little time to cook or prep with 2 hours commute and after years of battles over meals, my very limited cooking skills fail me trying to bring together the reduced selections left. I’d like to know how a ‘modern’ world can mean quick and easy meals for families and how to overcome everyones ignorant view points and even put my own needs first for a change!
    Sorry if I rambled, I get quite emotional with the daily stress of evening meals.

    1. OMG you poor thing.
      I have coeliac too, and once had picky husband and toddler who ate wheat and grain stuff and threw tantrums (of sorts) if they didn’t get it. Then I remembered all the times I’d been addicted to things like sugar, wheat, nicotine, etc. and understood they were expressing withdrawals. It’s not a pretty time or situation.

      I decided to get them off it by starving their supply, making one sort of food that was good for me (meaning all of us), and lo & behold within a week and a half they were both well-tempered and ‘over it’.

  259. 1. eating and female hormones, how to maximize mood.
    2. bone strength strategies
    3. how heavy do women need to lift
    4. best ways to look and feel youthful
    5. how to be primal when family is not on board

  260. 1.) How nutritional and exercise recommendations might differ from men
    2.) Nutrition and natural solutions for skin and hair
    3.) Digestion wellness
    4.) Getting too low weight on a primal diet
    5.) Discussion of the effects of the pill on the body

    Cant wait for the book!

  261. I agree with all the women wanting more information on hormone therapy and the effects on our bodies. As a 20-something cavewoman myself, more than anything I’d love to learn more about non-hormonal methods of birth control. Every method of hormonal birth control that I’ve tried since I was a teen has turned me into a different person-one I didn’t like- and after trying countless kinds and getting the same horrible results, I’ve sworn off any hormonal method. For my body, it does not feel natural to be putting these man-made hormones in my bloodstream. I’ve also tried the IUD and as someone who hasn’t had any children, it was very painful. If anyone in the forum has input too, I’d love to hear it!

    1. I am also a 20-something and, while I do track using FAM (buy “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”, it is the best book ever), I can’t ONLY rely on tracking! I need some backup! So when possible, I use condoms. I also use a cervical cap, which is excellent. I make a homemade spermicide using lemon juice because spermicide gives me an unpleasant rash. On really fertile days, I combine condoms + cervical cap usually. Non-fertile days, usually just condoms if the boy is down, otherwise the cervical cap.

  262. This is such exciting news! I can’t wait to get my hands on that book.

    How about the possible negative effects of a Primal lifestyle on the female body? Let’s be real, here. Many women lose their periods in pursuit of their goal for the ‘perfect’ body. How about recommendations on how to avoid falling into that trap?
    Things you can do to get your fertility back if you DO fall into that trap
    Definitely include photos of what a healthy female body ACTUALLY looks like. Most of us can’t sport a 6 pack AND be fertile at the same time.
    Natural beauty products?
    I want to hear, in depth, about how Carries health and fitness lifestyle has changed over the years.

    Thanks guys!!

  263. 1. How to live primally with children in the mix. Especially making sure that children who eat primally get what they need nutritionally. How to make following the primal diet fun and doable for parents and kids.
    2. Primal Exercise & Workouts specifically geared for women’s bodies and needs. How to involve your children in your workouts.
    3. Emphasize that the health, strength and happiness that come from Primal Living make you look and feel beautiful. I think a big part of living primally is to get rid of as much of the bad stuff modern living gives us. Grok,his mate, and his family were not bombarded constantly with media making them feel inferior. They did not spend hours in front of the mirror or on scales weighing themselves obsessively. Grok was the mirror and the judge of beauty for his mate. For me, Primal Living means limiting myself to activities and people that make me happy and feel beautiful.
    4. Finding balance in the roles of wife & mother. Finding energy and time for romance with my mate, finding time to play as a family.
    5. How to make taking time to take care of yourself an integral and important part of your life. As women we do a great job of taking care of others, but not always ourselves. How can we ask for help from others? Since we started living primally my husband has been cooking dinner 2-3 nights a week so that I can exercise. he has been involved in planning meals and shops for me sometimes.

  264. Not an American 🙂 But still interested in women’s health as a women. I would love to see topics on:

    1) Pain management. This effects both men and women, any kind of chronic, regular debilitating pain (back, endo, CFS, fibro) can be really hard to manage without painkillers. Some natural methods discussed (meditation, exercise, yoga, tumeric) would be helpful.

    2)Body dysmorphism. 14 year olds going on paleohacks and worrying that they don’t have an “aesthetic” body is very troublesome. Within the paleo/primal community there are a lot of good body imagery, but also a lot of “women get 6 packs no problem” imagery which, c’mon, is pretty crazy.

    3) Birth control. Lots of women use FAM (including myself) but I think discussion for women where that isn’t going to work exclusively very well (aka essentially all single straight cis women) and since our health teachers breezed past everything but condoms in terms of barriers, that would be a great topic. Cervical caps, diaphragm, the sponge, spermicide…effectiveness, and if some of those chemical should even be going up there.

    4)Fertility and body fat. Very strong relationship, sometimes gets ignored in the pursuit of that 6 pack.

    5) Endometriosis. Apparently 10% of us have it, but I often feel like I am the only one and can only get a limited amount of “eat vegan” advice while I’m trying to struggle through optimal micro/macro nutrients for the debilitating pain and disruption it bring me. Going primal/paleo was wonderful, but it did not nix the pain and discomfort I get every month. I would love to know more about how to manage this issue (and I’m sure the others in the 10% would too!).

  265. You always have such great graphics! I would love to see a section with a Primal Women’s Timeline covering:

    1. nutrition and supplements
    2. skin and hair care including products and maybe a few homemade recipes
    3. exercise recommendations including lift heavy things!
    4. emotional health (stress management,etc.)
    5. sexual health (birth control options, fertility issues, menopause, hormonal changes)

    And index format with pages/chapters to refer to would be helpful. I can visualize finding ‘my place’ (and my teenage daughter’s/my mother’s place!) on the timeline while connecting with where I am and what I have to work towards.

    Basically follow the life span of a primal woman and the experiences and challenges she will encounter on her journey of health, wellness and empowerment- not only to herself, but others in her tribe.

  266. 1) Birth control options and their effects
    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) Primal during pregnancy

  267. 1. Primal hormonal recommendations for women who have had a total hysterectomy.
    2. Fitness advice for “slightly” older women who may not want high impact anymore.
    3. Dietary advice.
    4. Mental health advice geared to balancing the stresses of aging self, aging parents, and not-quite-grown kids.
    5. Beauty tips for (again) a “slightly” older woman.;)

  268. #1 Time management for busy moms: Primal goals require time… time sleeping, time planning and cooking meals, time playing, time working out, etc… I usually have to sacrifice one for another becuase there is not time for it all.
    #2 Cosmetics, beauty products: Now that I’ve gone “back to nature” with my diet, I feel really sceptical about most beauty products
    #3 Weight loss advice: plateaus, advice on trouble areas, etc.
    #4 Getting kids (and husbands) on board with eating primal
    #5 Lifting Heavy things for women, especially building upper body strength

  269. Thank you for finally promoting a specific breakdown for women. The paleo/primal world of bloggers, authors, and podcasts are majority male dominant and when adopting a Primal lifestyle I want to ensure I am doing the correct things!

    – #1: Pre/Post Natal Nutrition and exercise for optimum baby and mama health.
    – #2: Supplimentation. Daily vitamins to take and serving size amount, please also list recommended brands/providers as there is so much junk out there.
    – #3: Primal nutrition and exercise for women for goal specifics: ie: gain muscle, loose weight, maintain, correct issues with blood pressure, thyroid, anemia.
    -#4: Skin/Hair/Nails (although, after adapting a primal lifestyle and eating my fair share of saturated fats my skin, hair and nails look fantastic :))
    -#5: Tips for a Primal family: How to get kids and hubbys on board, how to adapt to common social issues (school lunches, family get togethers)

    Additionally, i would love a quick reference guide of key peices of fact based information with references to studies/authors/books. This way when we are faced with all the questions about why? and what? we have a quick point of reference to share with friends and family.

  270. I’d like to see you break Primal Woman into two volumes: one for women under 40 and one for women over 40. So many diet/health books focus on younger women, and I know that won’t be the case with Carrie’s work, but I think she could make two books out of the differences.

    I often see many requests on this site for primal success stories for women over 40. And in my own circles I often hear: “After 40, it’s harder for women to lose fat/get fit/build muscle/etc.” or “Now that I’m over 40 I have to eat practically nothing/workout all the time/suffer a whole lot more to look the way I want to look.”

    Personally, I think after 40 the body just says, “screw it, you’re gonna eat garbage, then you’re gonna look like garbage.” At 52 I’m finally achieving the fitness and appearance I want –but only after I seriously cleaned up my diet.

  271. The top 5 women’s concerns I would like to see addressed in the book from a Primal perspective are:
    1. Osteopenia and osteoporosis: How to build bone later in life.
    2. Calcium: Is plant-based (algae derived) calcium better than stone-based calcium?
    3. Magnesium to calcium: what should the ratio be?
    4. Bio-identical hormone replacement
    5. Maximizing your hormone production through eating a Primal diet .

  272. Please have a chapter titled “The Last 10 Pounds.” I was unable to find a strategy for this last stubborn bit of fat that did not want to leave my body. I ended up finding a solution on my own (Primal based, of course) but it took almost a year of trial and error and was far more difficult to lose than the first 15 lbs.

  273. 1. most necessary vitamins dependent on where you live geographically: ex. the rainy NW vs. sunny southern California
    2. peri-menopause
    3. menopause
    4. eating for insulin resistant women
    5. pre-period hormones and weight gain

  274. As a 60 year old woman who just started the primal lifestyle a year ago, I would like to see topics that relate to aging, such as:
    exercise as you age
    aging skin and skin health
    vitamin/mineral supplementation; needed or not
    Thanks for the opportunity to way in.

  275. 1) Hormones (again, like everybody else) and fat. Are some hormones fat soluble? How does changing weight relate to hormone levels? [I’ve been wondering about this since I first went Primal. When the pounds started melting off I also went through a rollercoaster of emotions that felt like PMS (except it wasn’t).]

    2) Pregnancy/Fertility

    3) Supplementation- specifically with regard to calcium and bone health, as osteoporosis is such a concern for women.

    4) Most scientific studies use men as subjects. What are some known metabolic differences that might affect the choices we make?

    5) Skin care. Balancing getting sunshine with not getting wrinkles (vain, I know).

  276. My top 5 would be:
    1. Hormones/Fertility-how primal affects these
    2. Raising/Feeding kids with primal solution
    3. Primal nutrition for women vs men, what’s different? why?
    4. Fitness women vs men, should workouts be the same? what benefits women more?
    5. Primal Pregnancy-what to do during pregnancy as well as pre and post, supplements, etc?

  277. (In no particular order)

    1. A specific exercise routine that is flexible and accommodates different levels of fitness.
    2. Ways to do primal on a budget. Not necessarily women-specific, but important nonetheless. As a waitress I don’t have all that much extra cash to spend on lots of supplements and grass-fed beef (as much as I would love to).
    3. Ways to fight cravings.
    4. Specific anthropological information on paleolithic women.
    5. Herbs. I find making tinctures, salves, lotions, and teas from herbs is not only fun, cheap, and beneficial to my health, but very primal.

  278. I really think my wife would enjoy this book. She’s trying hard to live primal but at the same time cope with her addictions. I’ve seen her transform herself over the past several years and listening to her complaints and seeing her aches and pains I firmly believe she can benefit from the primal diet. Hopefully this book with help push her over the edge.
    1.) How diet coupled with excersice and meditation can help with substance abuse and addiction problems.
    2.) How being a primal woman can help with self worth and a general well being
    3.) How living primal can ease stresses brought on by situations one has no control over.
    4.) How a primal woman can greatly influence her children by only her actions.
    5.) How a primal man and primal woman, together, can live longer, enjoy themselves further and be capable of enjoying their family as it ages and grows.

  279. 1. Keeping a Primal perspective when body image issues creep up.
    2. Embracing strength and power in stead of the thin ideal.
    3. Hormone balance: How to know when you’re in the right spot and how to stay there.
    4. The best game plan for battling bone loss.
    5. Relatable anecdotes. (And not in the widely seen vein of ‘Primal mother/wife with a busy life.’) It would be great to read something that speaks to those of us who are not part of that mainstream lifestyle.

  280. 1. The effects of primal living on aging
    2. Raising a family the primal way
    3. Primal living and pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. Maybe primal and the beginning stages of motherhood (pregnancy, infancy, and so on).
    4. effects of primal on metabolic syndrome
    5. How to slow down and care for self in a world that expects so much from women. How to meet our needs when we’re so busy meeting everyone else’s needs.

  281. 1. How to sell the entire family on the primal life.
    2. Better nutrition for allergies
    3. Effective time management for purchasing and preparing meals.
    4. You have ME time, now what?
    5. Caring for an aging body.

  282. 1. The effects primal eating has on hormones (I am 40- not in perimenopause)

    2. Belly Fat and primal eating

    3. complexion issues – how primal eating affects your skin

    4. Adjusting the family eating plan to primal

    5. Inflammation in the female body

  283. How to deal with people that look at me when I order a 12 oz steak and a sweet potato with butter at a restaurant (instead of the spinach salad)…

  284. #1 More in depth IF tailored to women
    #2 Issue relating women cycle and how to tackle them primaly (ie, constipation around ovulation time etc)
    #3 Women oriented primal excercises for specific problematic areas for women
    #4 Healing foods
    #5 a way to figure out nutrient requirement at a personal level.

  285. How much weight a senior woman should lift without damaging insides so that organs don’t “fall”. I had to have that surgery already this year and don’t want to have it again.

    Or a great weight lifting program for senior women.

    A guide to eating while on a cruise.

  286. Hey – Could really use this – pinched a nerve in my back this week – killer!

    1) PCOS/hormones and Primal eating
    2) Thyroid and Primal eating
    3) Primal eating as part of a larger family dynamic
    4) How to raise kids to love real food w/out passing on eating disorders or food stress
    5) How to eat primally in a social circle w/out putting undue requirements/strain on others

  287. Food for healing.
    realistic fitness
    aging issues
    Overcoming the SAD diet myths

  288. 1. Why is PCOS becoming so widespread?
    2. Balancing personal time with family management.
    3. Food triggers and Fibromyalgia.
    4. Link between PCOS, migraines, and Fibromyagia.
    5. Turning your brain off to help sleeping.

  289. Top five areas on my list would include:
    1. Hormone balance including both pre- and post-menopause
    2. Cardiovascular health on primal
    3. Thyroid disorders and general endocrine health
    4. Developing and maintaining muscle mass and proper posture post menopause
    5. Staying strong and healthy while aging gracefully

  290. My top five would be:
    How aging affects your weight gain/loss potential
    What effects of peri-menopause and menopause can be lessened by eating a primal diet.
    How do you control those “cravings” during menstruation for unhealthy foods.
    Pregnancy and primal living.
    How do you balance when your spouse is more dedicated than you are.

  291. 1. Body composition and fat metabolism differences between men and women.

    2. Primal Pregnancy

    3. Need/desire for socializing and how that plays out. Stereotypically I see men engage in an activity together with less talking, women engage in more personal and longer conversations. Obviously some women find great bonding time in shared activities and some men are willing to bare their souls, but as a general trend I think there is some truth there.

    4. Heat and cold. Again, stereo types. Of the couples I know in general the men “run hotter” and don’t feel the effects of low temperatures as readily as women. Why? Is it simply size? I doubt it because my body shape is long and lean, a poor shape for heat retention, yet I am unphased by cool house temps. More muscle mass (higher maintainence metabolism)?

    5. Stress and its effects of menstruation.

  292. Great idea about Carries’ book but wondering when Carrie will be able to get around to writing it if she has to read all the comments here LOL.
    Seriously, as a almost 60 y.o. keen to see – 1. something on the post-menopause
    2. other hormonal issues, especially thyroid probs
    3. dealing with aching legs (RLS), while trying to maintain the primal workout regime
    4. One thing I’ve had trouble finding info on is maintaining primal eating whilst on the road, and by that I mean travelling around in a caravan/motor home for several months at a time, and
    5. Dealing with a spouse who is not very primal :))

  293. I would like an intro with info on weightlifting, fasting, and nutrition. How is it different for women?
    Then, a timeline of issues some primal women face:
    Raising Cavekids
    How to deal with PMS cravings
    Menopause (including some real pics of nonsurgically-altered women)

  294. Women an fat.
    Why fat is even more essential to women than men.
    Why we shouldn´t hate our fat deposits: it helps sustain and develop our children while pregnant and nursing.

    I think this is a BIG hurdle for many women who have been brought up to fear fat like the devil itself and hate their bodies for not beeing fat free..

  295. Carrie,
    Science behind benefits of primal diet on eliminating brain fog (blood sugar stabilization and removal of gliadin ), science behind effects of primal on elimination of abdominal fat, science behind primal diet on balancing hormones premenstrally, … during pregnancy … during menopause, shortcuts and timesavers for food prep and storage, & tricks to go primal on a shoestring budget. Please don’t make it a book about how to be pretty.

  296. 1. Hormone issues
    2. Overcoming emotional/ comfort bingeing.
    3. Primal lifestyle at different seasons of life: pregnancy, peri and post menopause.
    4. Exercise at different seasons of life.
    5. Supplements

  297. I would like to see something specifically addressing the differences of primal for women…
    For example:
    Effects of hormones, hormonal changes and IF
    Hormones and (sugar) craving
    And more focus about differences in body composition and weight loss patterns for a women getting into primal
    And some practical training tips
    Oh, and contraceptives and hormones and how to manage the side effects

    1. Oh, and maybe something about any injuries and suchlike that are more commonly/likely/prone to be experienced by women.

  298. I would love to read a review of cholesterol and specifically, statins for women. Dr Briffa ( is among the physicians who’ve shown statins don’t save the lives of women, even those at high risk of cardiovascular disease but of course this information is ignored or unknown by the Standard American Medic (SAM). Statins are simply not the answer but most women rely on their SAMs. I would also like to see a section on the weight loss stall with respect to the protein. Protein is essential. Carbohydrate is not. That’s easy to understand but the problem is that protein isn’t a “free food”. I suspect that the problem is worse for women. After weight loss stalls, look at the amount of protein because gluconeogenesis from an “excess protein” is often the cause and often ignored. Weight gain doesn’t occur but this is misleading. I haven’t read the large number of comments above so I apologize if mine are already covered.

  299. A book exclusive for the primal woman is going to be wonderful! Thanks Carrie
    #1 Hormonal issues and what natural plant based solutions are out there.
    #2 The wonderful differences in diet and exercise of woman vs men.
    #3 In depth exercise for the female physique, with intensity for greater strength, not body building by far, but to attain a nice level of muscle tone.
    #4 How to control the “beneficial for women” beloved chocolate cravings.
    #5 The natural, primal and beautiful image of a woman. Woman should be strong and capable yet humility is wherein their beauty lies, not outwardly as to become objects of wrongful desire. The more we remain objects for the amusement of men, the less we will be taken seriously.
    Good luck with the book!

  300. Here are my to p5 things I would love to see addressed:
    1. PCOS
    2. How to not get stressed out while handling all that life requires
    3. Women’s heart health issues
    4. How to shop primal on a budget
    5. How to deal with a spouse/significant other who isn’t primal but you still want to cook nutritious and delicious meals for

  301. My top 5, which are not necessarily all women specific
    1) PCOS, hormonal imbalance (what brought me here to begin with)
    2) Belly pains,IBS, inflammaion and its specific impact on women’s bodies
    3) Pregnancy and Primal living (my current status :)). And how to manage to stay primal in the first 3 months. Was convinced I would and I miserably failed. Would like to understand why i needed so much carbs (seriously that’sall I could eat and I am a disciplined eater)
    4) what doesn’t work so well with women in the basic Primal rules and how to adapt them. i.e recent studies show that fasting for ex doesn’t seem to have the same positive impact on women, at least women do’t lose weight, they tend to store more.
    5) Are there some specificities in women’s relationship to food that have an impact on how much we eat/should eat. I.e in my personal experience and some others I think, the “eat all you want of fat and protein” doesn’t work as well for women, is it because women are more disconnected from their real appetite and eat for other reasons? Is it because a lot of us have been on too many restrictive diets already and our bodies are defending themselves? Now I am good but at the beginning I had to keep an eye not only on eating primal but also on not eating too many calories, it took me a year to reach the right balance. Now I can finally completely ditch the calorie thinking and eat primal AND following my appetite but at first it didnt work, i was eating too much and had to keep counting calories.

    1. Forgot a point 6…
      6) fitness for women who are 100% into cross fit. Don’t get me wrong, I love my weight training/strength training exercises but I am also a huge fan of what pilates is doing to my body. For me I like the long and lean look better than the efficiently strong my primal man is getting with cross fit..

  302. Here’s my idea: Carrie should write the book and call it “The Primal Blueprint”. Mark should re-title his book as “The Primal Blueprint for Men.”

  303. 1. How much weight should I be lifting/how many reps of each?
    2. Motivation for growing older and having better health.
    3. Weight loss over 50
    4. Sprint options if you have arthritis in knees and over 50/not a runner
    5. Starting a small town Primal Group

  304. 1. Infertility
    2. Acne
    3. Fasting
    4. Strength Training
    5. Healthy Pregnancy

  305. I haven’t seen this mentioned but at 57, I am facing knee and shoulder replacements and this scares me. The prospect certainly isn’t Primal, but there’s got to be many in the same position. My weak, mis-aligned joints keep me from doing any meaningful weight lifting, running…so—
    1. Aging joints and how to exercise around them.
    2. Facing joint replacements
    3. Different body shapes—this new waist circumfrence for example, puts me as almost obese at a 33″ waist. But I’m 5’7″ and at 130 lbs, finally slender.

    4. IF. One meal a day has worked for me when nothing else would to finally lose weight.
    5. What do we REALLY need? I spend a fortune on supplements and tried bioHRT with no results but high cost.

  306. 1. What it means to be a primal woman (in Carrie’s own words & possibly those of others)
    2. Men vs women: the latest research pertaining to physiological differences between the sexes & primal diet & exercise tweaks to accommodate
    3. Primal through the years: specifics related to major life milestones like pregnancy and menopause
    4. Raising a primal family: the challenges as a caregiver & ideas (for diet, play, etc)
    5. Finding bliss: how a primal lifestyle can help you to be the best you that you can be (emotionally & concerning emotional disorders)

  307. 1. General health
    – Overview of the female body
    – Different body types
    – General health principles
    – General diet and exercise principles
    – Sexism in medical research and practice

    2. Hormone balance
    – The menstrual cycle
    – Sex, libido, fertility, contraception
    – Puberty
    – Menopause
    – Post-menopause
    – Thyroid issues

    3. Reproduction
    – Setting up for pregnancy
    – IVF
    – Pregnancy diet and exercise
    – Primal birth and breastfeeding advice
    – Weaning

    4. Cultural issues (especially as instilled into you throughout your life)
    – Overcoming cultural expectations of how to behave
    – Overcoming cultural preconceptions of beauty
    – Overcoming cultural obsession with youth

    5. Mental and emotional health
    – Dealing with stress
    – Dealing with depression
    – Dealing with PMS
    – Dealing with PND

    A lot of these overlap, of course.

    All of the above should be highly science-based (but still readable), referencing recent studies where possible and explaining the rationale behind the advice/information.

    What I don’t want to see:

    – Household management tips. There are other books out there for that, and to put them in a book about women reinforces the idea that this is ‘women’s work’.
    – Stuff about makeup and beauty – though I’m aware a lot of other people will be interested.

  308. My wife and I are both working on being as Primal as possible…  We’re interested in how a primal woman would:
    1) give definitive guides to personal care products (i.e. rules of thumb in picking out make-up, lotion, hair care products, etc.).  This is really big for us… perhaps a list of cosmetic/care product ingredients to avoid and reasoning behind why?
    2) handle functions unique to women such as: menstruation (pain-relievers, none, or other; pads/tampons & issues with chlorine) and giving birth (naturally, without anesthetics, midwife, self? [like Sacajawea])
    3) deal with current social pressures while remaining true to her primal instincts (i.e. to “hunt” or “gather” or both?) We’d like to know how roles diverge and converge with that of men and the women of then.
    4) acquire the physiologically ideal female body image backed by ancestral evidence (Mark touched on this with the “Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism” post but more details on the subject matter would be enlightening).
    5) have unique dietary and fitness requirements and how she would fulfill them.

    Perhaps a small section of the book devoted to helping men understand the Primal woman would be nice as well.

  309. address the frustration of what works for men doesnt work for women, and the science of why!
    he’s lost 40/i’ve lost 9… very very frustrating!
    he says i need to eat more often, but my job does not allow me to just graze throughout the day.

    Anemia, how to control the ups/downs in iron levels, as I age the downs are harder to recover from.

  310. 1. How to get over your fear of becoming primal.
    2. Primal pregnancy.
    3. Primal child-rearing
    4. Primal approach to women-specific health issues.
    5. Primal weight-loss for bikini season.

  311. A full section devoted to peri and post-menopause! Life is VERY different for many of us who are older. PCOS is not a problem, but weight-gain that does not budge even with 95% compliance can be. Essentially, women are not particularly monolithic — girls who are just starting to menstruate have very different needs and problems from adult women who want to have kids or who are currently pregnant. Adult women past child-bearing are again, very different — physiologically! — from twenty-five year olds.

    You are looking at one BIG book here, with sections devoted to different stages of a woman’s life and the different problems we face at each stage. The Post-menopause years may very well last 30 or 40 years for a healthy, primal woman! We want to know how to stay healthy and fit for the second half of our lives!

  312. Primal living and fertility/cycle regulation
    Truth about chemical birth control and it’s effects
    Healthy during pregnancy (maybe controlling morning sickness)
    beauty habits/products that may be harmful
    feeding a baby primally
    (a bonus sixth) breastfeeding on a primal diet

  313. 1. menopause
    2. Are men necessary?
    3. women’s friendship networks as a source of health, stress reduction, etc.
    4. yoga as an alternative to “lifting heavy things.”
    5. primal gender politics.

  314. A detailed exercise program that reflects all pb fitness principles/pyramid.

  315. 1. Specifically what features of eating and exercising may be different for primal women than men.
    2. Hormone fluctuation and how diet can assist in balance, again with specific practical tips!
    3. Primal through pregnancy
    4. Self image/body image issues
    5. Learning how to listen to your body (and interpret what it’s telling you!)

  316. Menopause. Middle aged spread. Feeding picky eaters. Fixing past eating mistakes. I want to know why I gained weight so quickly and easily on fast food and soda and despite reformed habits lose weight so slowly. I want to understand why I ate a few donuts on vacation (ok so 8. Isn’t that a few?) And gained 8 pounds in 7 days. I want to know how to get back into exercise when I ache every morning. Ok so that’s 6 items.

  317. I agree with everyone!

    Something about how WE want OUR bodies to be. To look, to feel! Not what society deems correct.

  318. 1. Exercising when you already have pain like back and knee issues
    2. Importance of lifting heavy things for women
    3. Maintaining healthy friendships with other women
    4. Any differences between the ideal diet for women v. Men
    5. How to talk with your friends about the primal diet since lots of women are still counting calories

  319. 1. Hormonal problems
    2. How to deal with non-primal family.
    3. Stress/emotional eating
    4. Pregnancy and primal
    5. Dealing with carb cravings after months of being primal

  320. 1. Optimum nutrition for conception
    2. Optimum nutrition for pregnancy
    3. Optimum nutrition for lactation
    4. Optimum nutrition for menopause
    5. Squatting vs. kegels … which is the best for the pelvic floor, should we do both, and how the heck do I squat properly anyway?

  321. I would love to see a whole book or at least a whole chapter on the Primal Pregnancy:

    1. Did the Primal mama-to-be sprint (ie- run from bears)?
    2. What part did she play in contributing to “lifting heavy things” during pregnancy?
    3. Primal morning sickness, heartburn, etc. remedies
    4. Vitamin D – supplements or UV (or both) and why? Address issues of PPD in relationship to Vitamin D
    5. Food-based prenatal vitamins

  322. When I was struggling with infertility,I really needed a shoulder to cry or scream on. No doctor ever suggested I change my diet. I worked out often, ate well, was of good BMI. Not until I followed the primal eating religiously did I get pregnant. And then had the healthiest of all pregnancies because I was anal about it. My dr was impressed but had no desire to understand why it was working so well for me. I wish the book would have info for pregnant and nursing women.

  323. Only one from me: menstrual cycles.

    It’s funny how despite many dieters being women, the male-centric “what’s good for you is good for you all the time” approach dominates the field. If we consider levels of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen to be a major source of differences between men and women and their metabolisms, why overlook the fact that these vary A LOT during menstrual cycle in women? What if women’s dietary needs are somehow altered by it, and cravings are actually a sign of it? Are there any studies around that have considered this variable? What about the effects of birth control pill on metabolism?

  324. I can’t wait for this book! I would be most looking for:

    1. Discussing the primal lifestyle with friends and family not only to build a support system but also help those you care about live healthier lives. How to explain that society “has it all wrong” without it sounding like your friend’s lifestyle is all wrong.
    2. Fasting for women.
    3. Playing – in ways unique to women.
    4. Most necessary vitamin/mineral supplements for women (if any) – I really dislike taking pills if I don’t have to.
    5. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) as a way to approach your primal goals.

  325. I’d like to see these issues addressed:
    1. The safety of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
    2. Strategies for overcoming eating disorders by adopting the primal lifestyle
    3. Analysis of the effects of cosmetic fillers such as botox, restalyne, juvederm, etc.
    4. Recommendations for Primal friendly make-up and skin care at every price point
    5. Solutions for hair loss and stubborn weight loss

  326. 1. Belly fat in women
    2. Best exercises for women to burn fat
    3. Primal pregnancy
    4. Easy, quick, primal meals
    5. How primal differs from men and women


  327. As with most of the comments,

    1. Hormonal changes
    2. Primal Pregnancy and CRAVINGS
    3. How can we women, lift heavy things?
    4. Primal eating for a large family on a budget
    5. How to get rid of the STUBBORN last 5lbs!

  328. 1: How to maintain a primal body in an un-primal world (I find it slightly ironic that the giveaway here is all about back pain. I am a medium sized woman and work in a bakery. I am the only shaping person, which means I shape about three hundred loaves of bread everyday, mostly baguettes, with continuous repetitive motion. I also lift heavy things I.e. loaders full of bread and 50lb bags of flour on a regular basis. Needless to say, I have back, shoulder, wrist etc. troubles. How can a young woman avoid long term damage in such an environment? Or any physically stressful work environment. Which I guess leads into:

    2: How to primalize your work life. Both for people with desk jobs( I.e. getting a standing work space) and for people with active, repetitive or physically taxing careers.

    3. How to understand your primal body. : In the direction of fertility, menstruation, primal birth control or family planning, etc.

    4. How being primal affects your primal young ones. Babies, toddlers, etc. How it affects their bone/ muscle growth and metabolism . Early development, etc.

    5. When(if) women should fast, and why(not)

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to input!

  329. Can’t wait for this book! Thank you for addressing our specific needs.
    1. Perimenopause issues, how to eat to make us feel better, what supplements to take.
    2. Along with the first, how to alleviate menstrual cramps with food/exercise.
    3. Lifting heaving things designed for women.
    4. Breakouts/skin issues
    5. Snacking tips for stress eaters!

  330. Primal menopause
    lifting for women
    primal kid lunches for school

    how grok guys & gals differ & program tweaks for women

    top 5 snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners

  331. My 5 ( similar to posts above)
    1) dealing with hormonal issues – PCOS in particular (How paleo can treat it and symptoms)
    2) fertility promoting food and supplements and activity to do
    3) main differences in nutrition requirements for women and men- and how to ‘lose last 5 lbs’
    4) main differences in exercise routines for women and men
    5) body- how to flatten tummy and get rid of cellulite


  332. I really want the book to cover the havoc that going too low carb/low calorie/too must fasting can wreak on hormones. I went lower and lower carb, as advised by the paleo community, in an attempt to lose the last 5 pounds. Then sub 1000 cals a day. Then IF. Minimising insulin production as advised…but couldn’t lose the weight. No periods for over a year. Eventually discovered that in ladies it often happens that if you keep insulin too low, all the time, then you get low leptin, leading to low active Thyroid t3, hypothalamic amenorrhoea and all the issues it causes (impossible to lose more weight, no sex drive, cold, etc etc etc)….quite a lot of women seem to get this is a result of too low carb and it can be hard to find the answer as it isn’t that widely discussed.

    Women lose weight with more difficulty than men and often don’t respond well to VLC-VHF and IF. Needs to be covered!

  333. Things I would like to see in the book would include:
    1)Primal Pregnancy info
    2)How to provide the best Primal foods for our families
    3) Primal Body Types for Women
    4)How to figure out what our optimal fat ratio for our bodies
    5)Aging Primally- how to move into our latter years with grace

  334. I realize the contest is ended, but I want to put in a good word for Natural Family Planning / Fertility Awareness Methods. I chart my fertility signs with this each month, and as a result, I can really see the difference between the months when I stick with the Primal Blueprint (=healthy cycle) and the months when I fall off the wagon (=icky cycle and bad PMS).

  335. 1. I would love for you to address a woman’s role as a PRIMAL mother. I am male so I don’t want to sound like a male chauvinist but here is goes….. Since most of our lives have become much more hectic and women have entered the workforce, women’s traditional roles in the family have changed drastically. While I think men should help pick up their fair share of the slack (which we haven’t), I don’t think women have picked up theirs either. I believe a PRIMAL father/mother role should be nature/nurture. Most modern day mothers have left all of their traditional nurture roles behind to climb the corporate ladder. What should be the mother’s PRIMAL roles to and in front of her children (and also the father’s PRIMAL roles if you don’t mind touching base on male issues in your book.

    2. What is a women’s role as an object of beauty? Hopefully, a primal view on this topic will change society’s view of women. Shouldn’t a woman’s beauty be seen as how primal she appears (looks like she eats primal and lives an active lifestyle) and not how much makeup she can throw on or how skinny or tone she is. While few/some/most men can appreciate all of these appearances, it’s destructive for women (especially pre-teen and teen girls) to aspire to the latter.

    3. Should women exercise as much as men and to the same extent since most women don’t want to bulk up? If trying to become primal, shouldn’t women do whatever is best for their health regardless of the physical changes to their bodies?

    4. Relationship standards have changed over the years as well as the increase in divorces and children born out of wedlock. Should women fall back into their former relationship roles as a girlfriend/wife or try to develop new ones? Once again, touching base on your opinion of the male side of this would also be helpful.

    5. How should mothers raise their children in this face-paced lifestyle? While mothers still carry a significant load in the household, work and running the kids to soccer practice, there isn’t enough time in the day to maintain a primal lifestyle and maintain a career, household, and little Timmy’s dead-end soccer career. Where should sacrifices be made and where should the line be drawn?

  336. I realize the contest is over, and I haven’t read all the entries here, but I’d like to add things I would like to see addressed in the book:

    1) Dry skin-I live in a dry climate, and even when I was younger I always had dry skin, and I’ve always used lotion. But I read recently that if you use lotion all the time your skin doesn’t work the way it should. Since going primal (admittedly I haven’t been strict about everything) my skin hasn’t changed, and I’ve continued using lotion up until I recently stopped. I will see what happens, as I’m starting to make sure I use the cooking oils Mark recommends as Primal. I would just like to hear Carrie’s experience, since you are also in the California (dry) climate, and I know this is an issue for many women. (My husband’s skin is not dry, and he’s not even living a primal lifestyle. yet.)

    2) Vaginal dryness, and painful sex. I think this is a pretty common problem for women as we add years, (I’m 59 and post menopausal) and would love some primal recommendations.

  337. 1. Can primal lifestyle reduce odds of having a child on the AUTISM spectrum? (Also, can it reduce symptoms of autism? I have a 19 yr. old son with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s a sugar/ carbaholic, so getting Primal compliance from him is only partly under my control).

    2.Can Primal living reduce/ eliminate post-partum depression? I strongly suspect it can. I went through severe PPD after my first son’s birth but not after my second son’s birth. I have a young friend struggling w/ PPD now (Closer to post-partum psychosis) who consumes the Std. Amer. Diet & gets little exercise. I would not approach her about primal living without good documentation to back up its effect on PPD. (Too much resistance)!

    3. The ridiculously high rate of Cesarian Sections in the U.S. & most industrialized countries! So many are unnecessary, & though I’m generally a believer in choice, I can’t believe how many women elect to have first or repeat C-sections. Our society mostly dismisses truly natural childbirth (primal!) & does a terrible job preparing a woman who wants natural childbirth (No drugs or epidural, Lots of truly helpful support from a doula…) Modern medical practice strongly reduces the possibility of natural birth. I discuss this as a woman who has done both. My first child’s birth was a horrendous hospital induced emergency C-section. My second child’s birth was vaginal, drug free, still in a hospital, and the most empowering experience of my life. I realize this is a complex topic full of polarization and strong emotions. I hope that you will do some deep primal delving here! (A very interesting, related topic involves protective microbes that are passed vaginally from Mother to baby during birth. Extensive Research into protective ancestral human gut microbes has been done by Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello Ph.D. She is featured on a fabulous documentary called “Aliens inside us” which aired on Smithsonian channel. Next air dates are: 6/25/13 4:00pm, 6/26/13 5:00 am, & 7/3/13 1:00 pm, all Eastern Pacific time. Fabulous!).

    4. On a less intense note, dealing with facial wrinkles without resorting to injecting toxins- aakkk!

    5. Natural hormone replacement via methods such as Sotto Pelle, and ditto to the many important points by previous ladies posts. Can’t wait for your book!!

  338. 1. fasting, and is it safe for women and if so how should we do it differently than men?
    2. should we have any different ratios of protein/fat/carbs than are usually recommended for primal men?
    3. hormones and how they affect health
    4. also how to know what a healthy weight is for you, and figure out alternatives or adjunct ways of measuring than just using a scale.
    5. skin care

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  340. Hello,

    First this sounds like an awesome title and subject for a book. I for one can’t wait to read it and get some healthy primal tips. Regarding what I would like to see:

    Proman men always look so WILD and FREE rafting, hiking or just looking great in their well-toned bodies at whatever age they happen to be. I would love for you to write about women simply staying VITAL, filled with energy, cool looking and mostly WILD and SEXY. We can get pretty serious.

    The vegans look like they are having all the fun on the beaches and wearing amazing funky clothes and jewelry with slim, tanned bods. I’m 50+ and I would like to eat healthy, have FUN, exercise without getting injured, EAT good clean basic food that doesn’t have tons of ingredients. I want simple, basic, clean, sound principles and FUN!!

    Thanks again!
    Cheryl xx