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  • I live in Melbourne Florida

    I am 53 years old
    I am just starting into this lifestyle '4 days' sugar and grain free'
    a little milk in coffee, some yogurt and cheese still not sure if cheese is OK.
    yes I drink coffee, but it does not taste as good without sugar so I am losing my taste for it
    I am 6-1 257 lbs. I have been puttin on about 1.5 lbs. a year for 30 years. I have a gut and big lovehandles, I am always tired and isulin yo-yo was killing me, a total carb addict.
    walking bicycling, surfing are my favorite activities.
    I love a new york strip steak with a side of shrimp and a huge salad. with avocadoes

    Food is tasting delicious , I am not craving sugars, and in 3 days my energy and mood are already improving.
    The worse part of being primal is answering questions to peopel that buy into the US food pyramid or believe that a restrictive diet of starvation and excessive cardio is the only way. Explaining insulin and refined frains and sugars to people I see their eyes glaze over.


    • Your location: Chicago

      Age (If you want): 38

      How Primal are you: I cook 100% primal at home. If work/social dictates, I'll cheat. I'd say 95%+ primal on food. A few beers/mixed drinks a week. I'm not too much of a stickler when it comes to condiments. If I make a stir fry that is all good meat and veggies, I don't sweat adding a little non-primal soy sauce or some store-bought stir fry sauce with a little sugar in it.

      Do you consume dairy: Yes for cheese...trying to get all raw milk cheese now that I've learned. Occasionally for yogurt. I like almond/coconut milk more than cow milk so don't regularly have milk. If I'm out and a primal-friendly dish is made w/ dairy, I'd have no problem ordering it.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea during the week. I'll drink black coffee on weekends as a treat. I'll occasionally get a coffee during the week if I'm dragging.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: It seems like the most logical way to eat. I'm very big on studying humans from an evolutionary perspective.

      Favorite exercise: Basic bodyweight exercises since I can do them at home. I used to run a lot, but am moving away from that. Started yoga and it kicks my entire behind. But, I recognize this is a good thing.

      Favorite Primal food: Steak, anything pig (esp ribs), smoothies.

      Best part about being Primal: It's livable, I'm not hungry, I'm content, It makes sense to me

      Worst part about being Primal: The trade-offs required for social eating/drinking w/ friends.


      • Hello from Pittsburgh!

        Hello, I'm living in Pittsburgh PA. I've spent 3 weeks grains, some dairy, some IM fasting. Lost 7 lbs, and feeling good. Not sure my energy levels are back to where they were previously though. Also, I'm training for a 1/2 marathon in May 2011. Still getting the hang of working out primally, but keeping my HR below 75% is feeling good.

        Age (If you want): 36
        How Primal are you: Very, eat only green veggies, and carrots, grass fed beef and chicken, whole omega 3 eggs, some whipping cream, almonds, walnuts and 65-85% caocao chocolate (treat).
        Do you consume dairy: Yes, but considering trying a week without it.
        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, 3 cups of coffee per day. black.
        Motivator for switching to Primal: Finding a good way to loose excess bodyweight in prep for first 1/2 marathon...seems to be becoming a lifestyle.
        Favorite exercise: running
        Favorite Primal food: meatballs
        Best part about being Primal: keeping it simple
        Worst part about being Primal: being so new to it (for now)

        Well, that's it. I'm looking forward to developing further as a member and as a hominid!


        • Hello HFF, wow your intro is great. I'm looking forward to seeing results like yours!


          • Going Primal

            Your location: Scottsdale, Arizona

            Age (If you want): 28

            How Primal are you: 90% (I have just made the switch and I find that it's been a mental challenge for me...I really have had the worst sugar addiction ever!)

            Do you consume dairy: butter and a few cheeses made from goat & sheep

            Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea and coffee occasionally

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I just want to be the best ME that I can be! I love the aspect of giving myself some parameters to work with and creating a healthy lifestyle. I also want to help motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle. Oh and I want to be lean!!!

            Favorite exercise: I love push-ups, lunges and stair climbing

            Favorite Primal food: Steak and seafood

            Best part about being Primal: The way I feel and the way I look! My stomach is flat and my thighs are in shape. I don't worry about what I wear. I feel healthy, my stomach doesn't hurt, I'm full all the time, my skin cleared up, the dark circles under my eyes went away....there is no BEST part...there are sooooo many awesome parts!

            Worst part about being Primal: SOCIAL Gatherings....It's so hard to explain that I don't eat sugar, grains, etc...then I have to explain what a grain is, what a legume is and why I don't eat them. I have also found that peer pressure is really hard for me at the moment and sometimes I give in when I should have just stood up for myself and my health. I'm getting better at dealing with it, but it's very hard for me.
            Cheers to LIFE!--Bree



            • Your location: Fort Wainwright, AK

              Age (If you want): 34

              How Primal are you: just starting.

              Do you consume dairy: yes

              Do you drink coffee or tea: unsweet iced tea, hubby does sweetened hot or cold green tea

              Motivator for switching to Primal: after hubby's weight gain after three surgeries and him not meeting military "requirements" in a tape test and my chubbiness, we decided it was time to switch. I saw how healthy and active my friend was doing on it and how much weight she lost! Also have Crohn's disease, so anything that will help lessen the symptoms is an added plus to me!

              Favorite exercise: chasing after my hurricane of a 3yo

              Favorite Primal food: haven't gotten a favorite yet, but I'm loving the fruits!

              Best part about being Primal: haven't come across that yet, we're only 5 days in.

              Worst part about being Primal: The ease of ordering up a pizza.


              • Your location: Cape Cod, MA

                Age (If you want): 21

                How Primal are you: 2 weeks....a youngin'

                Do you consume dairy: yes

                Do you drink coffee or tea: tubs of it. Hot, with cream, or iced black

                Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm suffering from a myriad of health issues, low boy temperature, hair loss, IBS, weight gain, depression....I'm kind of at my wit's end, hoping that going Primal will make a difference. So far I've gained 2 pounds. So I'm going over to PB nutrition to see if I can get some help.

                Favorite exercise: running with my dog on the beach

                Favorite Primal food: any nut, and pumpkin seeds!

                Best part about being Primal: I'm never hungry and I have no cravings.

                Worst part about being Primal: I'm gaining weight. Isn't that exactly what's NOT supposed to happen?


                • Your location: Minnesota

                  Age (If you want): 31

                  How Primal are you: 90%

                  Do you consume dairy: Only butter and a little bit of cheese. No milk or cream.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Pretty much only at parties or at bars. I have lost all desire for alcohol so coffee becomes a replacement in social gatherings.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm fat. Ha. Actually, my colon hydrotherapist recommended that I stop eating grains as it was quite apparent that my body couldn't digest them in any fashion. So I started reading up on grains and I came across MDA. So here I am. I have been pretty much grain-free since Thanksgiving and started incorporating PB stuff around the new year.

                  Favorite exercise: I find great joy in being able to do pushups now. I doubt that I had been able to do a pushup since I was 10 years old. They probably aren't pretty, but they are pushups. Planks are really something as well. My first thought was, "Oh, those look easy enough..." Ha.

                  Favorite Primal food: I am enjoying a pot of venison borscht right now.

                  Best part about being Primal: Progress

                  Worst part about being Primal: My subconscious still doesn't understand that although I am spending quite a bit more money on certain food items than I did before, my total food cost is probably less than it used to be. My brain is programmed that ground beef should cost $1.80/lb so there is a small wince when I pay for grass fed organic. I'll get over it soon.


                  • Your location:
                    Seattle, WA

                    Age (If you want):

                    How Primal are you:
                    I've been following the diet for about 4 months and have been pretty strict. Almost everything I use in my cooking is organic, and animal products come from grass-fed or free-range animals. Exercise has not been easy to work in due to other health issues, and I probably don't get enough sleep.

                    Do you consume dairy:
                    About 10oz whole fat for my daily latte. I use cheese and (non-homogenized) dairy in some cooking. Looking at switching to raw milk soon.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:
                    Two shots espresso or about one cup of drip a day.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:
                    My wife was diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism earlier this year, which meant we had to go gluten- and soy- free. I had a back injury while moving, and gained about 15 lbs of puffy fat all over from the steroids my doctor gave me. Combined with an otherwise poor diet, I was getting sick with a cold every 3-4 weeks, hated the way I looked, and was heavier than I'd ever been.

                    Favorite exercise:
                    Lunges and squats. Really anything using my legs.

                    Favorite Primal food:
                    The World's Best Chili recipe from this site, but I use sirloin roast (beef or buffalo) instead of chuck roast.

                    Best part about being Primal:
                    I lost the steroid weight without even trying. I'm not hungry every 3-4 hours. My skin tone has come back. I can think more clearly. My teeth and gums are healthier. I haven't been sick since making the jump. My seasonal depression didn't affect me this year.

                    Worst part about being Primal:
                    Meal planning is an acquired skill, which I'm still learning. I have a sweet tooth and I miss candy sometimes, but a small square of Theo 84% dark chocolate helps with that.


                    • Your location: 5280 above liquid

                      Age (If you want): 34 years young

                      How Primal are you: 85-90%, with a cheat day thrown in here and there.

                      Do you consume dairy: occasional full cream, no milk, some aged cheeses for the K2

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Heart and overall health

                      Favorite exercise: snowboarding and squats

                      Favorite Primal food:Eggs baby eggs!

                      Best part about being Primal:Not feeling like shit, because I eat like shit...

                      Worst part about being Primal:reduced lager intake:-(
                      Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"


                      • Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia . . . emphasis on the *common* (I'm pretty sure the *wealth* part is siphoned directly from my paychecks).

                        Age: 41 as of October 2010

                        How Primal are you: Just started. At the moment, except for a Coke Zero habit (which I'm working on kicking) I'm pretty much all there. Because of my diabetes and the need to lose about 100 lbs I am doing a VLC version of primal.

                        Do you consume dairy: Butter, definitely, though coconut oil is replacing it for most uses. The singular exception being eggs. There is no better way to prepare eggs than with real butter. I also use cheese on occasion, though from what I've read of other people's experiences that will be one of the first things I wean myself off of whenever I hit my first plateau.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: I do drink tea. Never been a fan of the bean.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Mostly I've just been stupidly pissed off @ my doctors and their bloody useless prescriptions and truckloads of misguided (that is how you spell *just plain wrong* right?) information on a disease they are supposed to be experts in. I want to beat my diabetes. I also want to lose the fat I've ignored for the bulk of my adult life.

                        Favorite exercise: If you can do it with a kettlebell, I'm into it. But I also do a fair amount of bodyweight resistance exercises and varied terrain hiking.

                        Favorite Primal food: It would have to be a toss up between grass fed strip steak smothered in seared mushrooms (both cooked in coconut oil) and jumbo Alaskan snow crab legs. Seared scallops in coconut oil come in a close third. I am beginning to feel I may have been a carnivore in a previous life.

                        Best part about being Primal:
                        Damn near never being hungry. Close second would be regularly baffling cashiers with my choice of groceries.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it to CW addicts who suddenly feel the need to save me from my own *ignorance* once they realize where I'm going with the explanation.


                        • Your location: Washington State

                          Age (If you want): 54 years young

                          How Primal are you: 95%

                          Do you consume dairy: Full Cream, a smidge of cheese upon occasion

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: NO

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Crossfit, wanting to get in great shape

                          Favorite exercise: Rowing, Squats and Yoga

                          Favorite Primal food: Chicken and spinach

                          Best part about being Primal: Feeling Awesome

                          Worst part about being Primal: Steering away from the samples at Costco..


                          • Your location: North Carolina

                            Age (If you want):

                            How Primal are you: 3 weeks! I'm a cold turkey kind of person, so in terms of percentage, I'm 90-100% depending on where you stand on the coffee, dairy, chocolate and wine perspectives.

                            Do you consume dairy: yes, but considering nixing it

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: just started with the coffee. it's more the ritual of making it that I enjoy than anything else. I also love me some sweet tea, but have been making it with stevia for the last few years

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Dx'd with Crohn's, type 1 diabetes, and precursors to hashimoto's in the last ONE year. Gluten is O-U-T OUT forever. I hope I can get by with a little dairy, but I'm sure I'll never be able to drink glass after glass of milk or munch on cheese all day or anything.

                            Favorite exercise: running and lifting!

                            Favorite Primal food: brazil nuts right now...and salmon :drooool:

                            Best part about being Primal: I like not being hungry, I like eating eggs for breakfast, I like that I can skip a meal without being told I'm going into "starvation" mode and that my metabolism will forever be ruined (I never ever believed that crap anyway...never wanted to!) I like not having to be obsessive in order to get healthy and stay at a good weight.

                            Worst part about being Primal: I've switched through quite a few diets for the past few years trying to achieve optimal health, but have never been overweight. I've done vegan, vegetarian, specific carbohydrate (while trying to be vegan, no less); so I just feel like the people in my life are not going to accept primal any more than they ever accepted me eating any other non-standard way. I don't like feeling judged so for the past couple of years I've been very withdrawn about food, which blows because food has been such a big part of my life. I'm not looking forward to telling my whole family that I'm not eating grains or sugar...but I feel like it might be easier this time because the diabetes definitely demands a huge diet overhaul, and low-carb is something that I can defend easily with diabetes.
                            Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                            2012 Goals:
                            Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                            More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                            LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                            • Hi everyone! This is only my second day of living the PB "lifestyle." So far so good. I think this might actually work for me!

                              Your location: California, USA

                              Age (If you want): I'll be 30 in just a few more months.

                              How Primal are you: Well, not very since I just started. ;-) But I'm trying to give up grains cold turkey. Legumes too, although I just had some hummus a few hours ago, not realizing what it's made from. Oops. I love the kind of exercise recommended!

                              Do you consume dairy: I think I'm going to allow myself ice cream once in a while (like once a month?) and the occasional slice of swiss cheese or parmesan cheese (my favorites). Also plain yogurt.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: I don't like coffee. I do drink tea a few times a week - usually TMs red raspberry leaf or Mother's Milk plain or with a drop of honey.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I really enjoy learning about how humans lived before civilization and I think that a lot (not all) of the way they did things back then were better than they way things are done now. Also, I'd really like to lose a few more pounds and get more defined muscles.

                              Favorite exercise: I enjoy riding my bike, swimming (although I don't do it much anymore), walking/hiking, kayaking on gentle waters (I'm afraid of rapids ;-) ). I like doing stuff that doesn't feel like exercise.

                              Favorite Primal food: So many! I like eggs, all fruit, nuts, fish...

                              Best part about being Primal: It just feels like the right way to live.

                              Worst part about being Primal: I'm addicted to sugar. No sugar cravings yet, but I haven't been to any parties/family gatherings yet.


                              • Your location: Long Island NY

                                Age (If you want): 29 this month

                                How Primal are you: I would say I am 80% primal

                                Do you consume dairy: yes, greek yogurt and organic no hormone Milk in my coffee..

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: yes coffee and herbal teas, I got this great decaf green tea with mint around christmas time at traderjoes that has been my crave beverage

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I have multiple food allergies, celiac positive eating this way has been something I have been doing since 2000, but now with greeter understanding of what works for me and what doesnt

                                Favorite exercise: Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and 6 week six-pack, -she is very "Grock-ish " in theses dvd's. I like to walk sprint and weight train for fun

                                Favorite Primal food: nitrate free turkey jerky, blueberries, meat and boston lettuce

                                Best part about being Primal: being healthy and thin

                                Worst part about being Primal: the occasional reseeses or cake craving, which i indulge in an then get sick (celiacs) and then get ace on the Grock wagon