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

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

The other day, it was 115 degrees here in Phoenix and my family and I were planning to head over to a friend’s house to go swimming. As luck would have it, we were going to be at their house over the dinner hour. These friends are awesome people but if there was an opposite of Primal, that’s what they’d be. Almost everything they eat comes from a box. They don’t care about ingredients, or gluten, or sugar. They have bowls of Hallowe’en candy out on their kitchen counter all year long. There is nothing in their house that I can eat in good conscience. Before we went over, they suggested that we order pizza in for dinner, completely forgetting that we don’t eat restaurant pizza. The only stuff I had in the fridge were chicken dinner leftovers. I tried to imagine my children being asked to eat chicken and … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Primal Cravings

I’ve had Primal Cravings by Megan McCullough Keatley and Brandon Keatley at my house for nearly two months now and have been holding off writing a review because I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I still have really mixed feelings. I was really excited to receive the book. My kids are always clamoring for foods that their peers eat and I’m not always able to make them. However, over the four and a half years that I’ve been Primal, I’ve come up with substitutions for almost everything they want, including pizza crust, crackers and rolls. I already make my own cake, ice cream, soda, beef jerky, cookies, mayonnaise, salad dressings, waffles, popsicles, tomato-free pizza and spaghetti sauce, and pasta. To be fair, there really aren’t a lot of recipes out there that can impress me. (Here’s one for waffles from the Paleo Parents that did.) That being said, I’m always … Continue reading

Magical Multipurpose Paleo & Primal Dough Recipe

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I’ve been working pretty hard on this recipe and I think it’s a winner. So much, in fact, that I’ve decided to sell it instead of giving it away for free. “Sell it?!” you ask incredulously. “Why not give it away like everyone else?” The short answer is: I’m broke. My book is still in its editing phase and until it hits the shelves and becomes a New York Times Bestseller, I have absolutely no income. The long answer is: my husband told me this recipe was too good to give away. He wanted me to sell the recipe to a corporation so they could make it and sell it to you. I don’t want you to have to spend $6 for a 10 oz. box of crackers, so I’ve decided to sell you the recipe instead. What is the recipe for? Pizza crust, crackers, rolls and (to a lesser … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Paleo Fitness by Darryl Edwards

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I had the pleasure of meeting Darryl Edwards at PaleoFX last year. I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and love for Primal movement. Darryl made a huge impression on me. He was so motivated to help other people that he offered free workshops at PaleoFX without being compensated. (Click here to see the fun I had — the only fun I had — at PaleoFX last year.) Darryl also flew all the way from England to hold free workshops at PrimalCon Austin this year. He was such a hit that rumor has it he’ll be attending both PrimalCon events next year as a presenter. A short video from my friend Bryan Barksdale sums it up pretty nicely: Darryl loves to share information with others, as you can tell from his website and his YouTube channel. That’s why I was so pleased to receive a copy of his new book, … Continue reading

Primalgirl Cooks: Paleo Pasta Part One

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For those of you that caught my tweet the other day, you’ll know that I have come up with a Paleo pasta recipe. That’s right: PASTA. I’m not talking zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or those disgusting  zero-carb shirataki noodles that smell like fish. I’m talking real, honest-to-goodness pasta that you can turn into lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli or whatever the hell you want. It’s grain-free, gluten-free, guar and xantham gum free and 100% Paleo. It does take a bit of work though, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. This whole adventure started when George Bryant over at www.civilizedcavemancooking.com posted a recipe for beef bacon ravioli. I’ve been missing Italian food something fierce lately so I eagerly clicked on the link. To my dismay, I discovered that George hadn’t made the pasta himself, but had gotten it from Capello’s Gluten Free Products and that it was $55.00 for … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: The Modern No-Nonsense Guide To Paleo by Alison Golden

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The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo by Alison Golden is available starting today at www.paleononpaleo.com and www.amazon.com! Finally a book about the HOW of Paleo, not the WHAT. I’ve been Paleo/Primal for four years now but never realized that I had adopted many of the principals Alison mentions in this book without knowing it — if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been as successful as I have been. Lucky for you, Alison has taken the time to write everything down and explain things to increase your chance of success with the Paleo lifestyle. After the first 30 days, then what? When the “glow” of a new diet or lifestyle wears off, you need some strategies in place to help you to continue along this path, because trust me — it’s not always easy. In this book, you will learn: * The four keys to paleo success * Why perfection is the ‘enemy of the … Continue reading

Saving Money Living a Primal Lifestyle

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One of the complaints I hear most from people thinking about adopting a Primal or Paleo lifestyle is that it’s too expensive. Meat costs money. Coconut flour is expensive and hard to find. Organic fruits and vegetables cost more than their conventional counterparts. How do you make this type of lifestyle work on a restricted budget? I believe that if anyone can answer this question, I can. We are a single income family with two kids. Technically, we’re below the poverty line, since my husband is enlisted in the Air Force. However, we own our own 4000 sq ft home and have two beautiful (working) cars in the driveway. I have enough handbags and shoes to wear different ones every day for six months and we eat grass fed beef, pastured eggs, organic produce, coconut oil, pastured butter and bacon on a daily basis. I shop at Whole Foods, Trader … Continue reading

A Chance to Win 8 Primal Blueprint Books!

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I checked my email earlier today and was ecstatic to see that Primal Blueprint Publishing is starting to advertise my new book, The Hidden Plague: A field guide for overcoming and surviving Hidradenitis suppurativa, which will be available later this year. The cover art is all done and I think it looks great! If you visit this page here, you can see all the new books that are coming out in the next couple of years. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a contest to win 8 Primal Blueprint books! For those of you trying to manage your HS, this is an invaluable prize. Those books will give you information, recipes and advice on how to best adopt a Primal diet, which is your best chance of beating your HS forever. Do me a favor and leave a comment saying that you want to read MY book the most!! … Continue reading

Slim Is Simple and Grass-Fed Beef

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Primal Transformation Seminars I’ll be doing Primal Transformation Seminars in Austin, Houston, Minneapolis and Portland this spring together with Tracy and Matthew from True Nature Training, so if you’re close to one of those areas, sign up! You can find all the information you need right here. If you’d like us to hold a seminar in your area, leave a comment with the city that you live in and we’ll see what we can do. These full-day seminars include a 2.5 hour lecture/discussion with me on the Primal way of eating and lifestyle, followed by a 3-hour training session with Tracy and Matthew. True Nature Training is based on Primal fitness and includes elements of natural movement, parkour and gymnastics. It’s perfect for beginners! Participants will receive copies of The Primal Blueprint 21-day Transformation, the 90-day Journal, a gift bag with goodies and samples from Primal Blueprint, a t-shirt from … Continue reading