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Announcing! The Paleo for Women Forums

July 31, 2012
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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.

Welcome.  :)

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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.

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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.

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Managing director of Paleo for Women and author of Sexy by Nature.

16 Comments

  1. I have registered and have tried to post… won’t let me… Won’t let me read either… but I will come back and try again. LN

    • There was a bug, but it has been resolved, to my knowledge. Enjoy! :)

  2. What a grand idea! I wanted to post a positive comment on the forum but couldn’t see how to do so. Because I haven’t registered? Because I’m using an Android phone? Or…?

  3. Hi Stefani, I am trying to add a post but it’s not working – I just get a “No Results Found
    The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.” error. That happens when I click on any of the forums, or the little button to add a new post in one of them.

    Just thought I’d let you know :)

  4. Wow, id really love that youre starting a forum. im sure gonna subscribe to it,as i really could use some female perspective,guidance and support from fellow paleoista strong women!

  5. The forums don’t seem to work. I get a ‘No results’ page when I try and enter any forum, or start a new topic. Could you check this please?

  6. I think this is a great idea. However, it doesn’t seem that it is possible to post to the forums right now. Is there a configuration setting that needs to be changed?

    I hope this takes off and is successful. My wife and I have started down the road of adopting a more paleo-ish diet and it has made significant improvements in our lives, but there are still issues (especially for her) taht I haven’t seen addressed by anyone. Hopefully this will be a great community to turn to.

    Thanks.

    • We are up and running now, Jeff. We have the potential to be something great for you wife, Jeff. Thanks for swinging by for her :)

  7. Brilliant! I’m thrilled that you’re doing this. Thank you!

    • Mel! Thank you!!!! :)

  8. Ooo- I was hoping the hiatus meant you had something good up your sleeve. I acn’t wait to start a journal on there this weekend. I kept up a journal for a while in MDA but ppl are more food focused on there and about losing weight. I’m really more interested in having weight loss be a side benefit of lowering stress, getting more sleep so I can achieve what I think is more important – hormonal health. Thanks for getting a forum up and running.

    • Thank you, Lex! Yes, I am glad you noticed a hiatus and flattered that you filled it in with productive activities. :)

      The hiatus has in fact been that, and also– well, I have my own health journey, specifically recovering from some medications I had tried and messed up my neurotransmitter levels. I’m currently at one of the bumpier points in recovery, so am spending much of my time working through that and being as restful as possible. Writing here whenever possible, also juggling a handful of jobs. :)

  9. Stefani, I’ve been lurking here for a while and just want to offer my thanks for your fabulous work in this field. I love and admire what you do – it is so needed, and so appreciated.

    Have just joined the forum, so see you in there soon, I hope!

    Hugs from the other side of the world. :)

    • Hi Sigi! Thank you so much. I prefer your side of the world. :) Hoping to get back some day.

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