The Paleo for Women forums have finally been built (!) — and can be accessed here.
This is something about which I could not be more excited. It’s one thing to try and have discussions in the comments off of a post, but it’s a whole other one to be able to delve deeply into specific and personal issues. And it’s one thing to be able to discuss these issues on PaleoHacks or MDA, but it’s a whole other to find solace and unconditional support and love in a place like this. Because that is what we are building with this community. Science, yes, and experimentation, undoubtedly, and also solace and unconditional support and love.
The forums have been roughly divided into five different categories.
First is a place at which we can discuss all things female / hormonal health. Troubleshooting PCOS, hypothalamic amneorrhea, some mix between the two, under-and over-weight, endometriosis, cysts, fibroids, PMS, PMDD, fertility, pregnancy, menopause, etc.
Second is a place at which we can discuss all things disordered eating.
Third is a forum I’ve created for documenting, or blogging, our own journeys. Want to keep a journal of your disordered eating habits? Your negative self-talk? Would you like community support and accountability in your growth and development? We’d love to hear about your struggles and triumphs, as well as support you, here.
Fourth is a meeting place. I anticipate this forum being used less commonly than the others, but I believe it is important. Post here, introduce yourself, if you are looking for a partner in accountability and support. Sometimes it is helpful to have one go-to person, someone who understands, always at your back. I used to play this role for many women, yet time constraints have made that near impossible now. I think you might be surprised at how easy it is to find an empathetic and sympathetic ear.
Finally is the ‘rando’ forum at which all other things can be discussed, including other health issues, commentary on the paleo world, feminism, how much we all love Justin Bieber, etc.
There remain a couple of other important points for the forum. Yes, they are new, so no, no one (to date, July 30) has as of yet posted on them. This is always true of new forums. They take time to grow membership and content. It’s okay! Don’t hesitate to write anyway. There are people out there looking for sympathy, and troubleshooting the same problems, and any kind of story you can tell or advice you can give will go miles in making the world a more comfortable place. I mean that so sincerely. Get it out there, and people will respond.
Some trusted women I have met through my work, especially who have been on the podcast, have volunteered to be moderators, and to spend a significant portion of their time responding to queries and managing the forums with me. These are Manda, Juliet, and Lex. They have all been on the Live. Love. Eat. podcast, which is where their personal contact information is archived, and can also be accessed through the forums themselves.
And finally: regarding my own advice and practice. I recently took the ‘contact me’ page down from the website, having been swamped by the number of queries and pleas I had been receiving. I did of course respond, and thoughtfully, to all of them, but I nearly lost control of my life as more and more of my energy was being funneled down that path. I have since reopened a contact form, but I explicitly only wish to use it for work/idea related contacts and for contacts regarding Live. Love. Eat. the podcast.
That does not mean I wish to abandon anyone or this work, however. This is the plan: if you have a question for me, instead of contacting me via email, post it on the forums. I will see every single post that goes up on the forums, so chances are excellent that I will respond to you. Near certain. Much more certain than email, since unfortunately emails can get lost in the flood. Moreover, you may benefit from the advice, wisdom, and resources of others. There’s plenty out there that I do not know, and there are plenty of women out there with diverse experiences. Posting troubleshooting problems in the forums is probably the most efficient way to get you the information you need. I will be there, but other women will be there, too. We all will be.
For people who become active in the forums, I would like to thank you in advance. Please know that my gratitude in this regard is near boundless. Perhaps we can work closely together on some projects in the future.
And that’s it! If you have questions, please post them in the forum! If it’s for some absurd reason inappropriate for that venue, please still feel free to contact me via the contact form, here. I will of course happily engage with you.