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Paleo/Primal in Pittsburgh/Western PA

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Created May 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Hi Everyone,

Been about a zillion years since I've posted here, but I'm still alive and kicking. (Or so they tell me.)

I'd like to tell you what I'm up to, and then hopefully I can get some input from Paleo/Primal/real-food eaters in Pgh/Western PA.

I live just outside Washington, DC, and am working part-time in an unrelated "day job" while I try to grow my nutrition consulting practice. I have a master's in human nutrition and am also an NTP (the same certification as Liz Wolfe, Diana Rodgers, and a couple of other people who are far more well-known than I am in ancestral health circles).

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon a lifetime ago (okay, in 2000), and I really love the Pittsburgh area. I'll spare you the details. The short version is, it just suits me. Kind of the perfect fit in many ways. I can very clearly see myself ending up back there permanently, and the sooner, the better. But I'd like to get a feel for whether you think my practice would be economically viable out there. I know Western PA is still very much a "meat and potatoes" type area (which, incidentally, is just fine as far as Paleo goes, but you know what I'm trying to say) -- but I've also seen that Pgh is undergoing a real transformation and is becoming a very vibrant, green, innovative city. (I've heard it called "the Portland of the east," but I hesitate to use that phrase, since some people probably consider it a compliment, but others an insult.) Seems like ancestral health and farm-to-table is poised to get pretty big there.

I've talked to a couple of doctors in Pgh I found on Primal Docs & the Paleo Physicians' Network, but I'd also like to get some feedback from people who live in the area and might have a good sense for how big ancestral health is out there. From what little I've seen, it seems like it's growing. (I say "ancestral health" instead of "Paleo," because to be completely honest, I'm not wedded to Paleo. I am definitely Paleo & Primal friendly, but am mostly just supportive of individualizing for people's unique needs. I'm okay with low-carb, WAPF, and 80/20...even 70/30 and less when people need to just ease slowly into things. As far as I'm concerned, it's all good, and all a vast improvement over the SAD.)

Do you know if there are a lot of nutritionists already doing this out there? Would you say the market is saturated, or is there room (and maybe even a *need*) for someone like me, who "gets it," and isn't a conventional nutritionist/dietitian?

If you have any insights for me, please feel free to email me directly... tuitnutrition (at) gmail (dot) com. (You can also contact me through my website, if you want to check that out: http://www.tuitnutrition.com. Sorry, not trying to advertise at all or drive traffic to my site. Just including it here so you'll know I'm legit.)

Thanks so much, everyone!

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5650 · May 12, 2014 at 2:52 AM

amy, i did find a great farm that i order my meat from. there are a few health food stores i visit that sell good meat, eggs, and dairy. it's funny though. i'm really into making my own ferments and nobody i talk to has ever heard of kefir! it's crazy. the only thing i really want is an organic restaurant! there is no place around me that i can get a grass fed steak or some other high quality meat. we have so many fast food places and primanti's restaurants.

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8014 · May 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Thanks so much for the insight, Joanna. I'm sorry to hear it's bad out there. With all the farms in PA, and all the young people with all the universities, you would think Paleo (or even just real food) would be more popular. *Sigh.*

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5650 · May 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

i've lived in pittsburgh my whole life and i am the only paleo eater i know. anyone i mention it to thinks i'm nuts and does NOT UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH! haha so i really don't talk about it to anyone besides my friends. i honestly can't wait to move out of here because of the low interest in health and fitness here.

i've been to a few nutritionists but they all follow the food pyramid bull.

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8014 · May 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Thanks so much for the insight, Joanna. I'm sorry to hear it's bad out there. With all the farms in PA, and all the young people with all the universities, you would think Paleo (or even just real food) would be more popular. *Sigh.*

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