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    Your location: RI, USA

    Age (If you want): 32

    How Primal are you: 1 cheat meal a week and beer on the weekends.

    Do you consume dairy: yes - milk, butter, cheese

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee with whole milk

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Just felt tired all the time and hit a fitness plateau 5'11, 195, 15%bf. Started researching organic foods and found the paelo diet. Kept researching and found my way here. Down to 185 now and you can see my abs and lost no strength... gotta love it.

    Favorite exercise: Pushup

    Favorite Primal food: Beef on the grill

    Best part about being Primal: Eating the things I love and getting ripped doing it.

    Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get the people who watch my son (mom, inlaws, etc) to understand I don't want him eating macaroni and cheese with potato chips and soda for dinner.


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      Name: Anna, but I go by Daraine online

      Your location: Dallas TX

      Age (If you want): 26

      How Primal are you: somewhat. I have been following Atkins (the correct way, with lots of veggies and not so much bacon) since the middle of April. I have realized my nutritional goals on Atkins line up with those on this site, so I am going to try to add in the exercise and all that. I can't afford to get organic food, or grassfed beef, just yet, but when things look up financially that will be something I do also.

      Do you consume dairy: Yes, but less than I did before.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Unsweetened iced tea, green or black, when I don't want water. Which let me tell you is a real PITA to find in the south.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I noticed how much better I felt on Atkins, but I hadn't forced myself to make the jump to the fact that I wouldn't ever be able to eat grains again even when I was maintaining. Now, after reading all the good reasons, it makes sense. After reading the rest of the lifestyle, I thought I should give it a go, but I've been making small changes since I know that will be better for me than trying to do it over night. I know I'll quit if I do that.

      Favorite exercise: Yoga, it de-stresses and gives me a little bit of work. My class is a little more strength oriented than what I've seen on some sites.

      Favorite Primal food: Steak. By a long shot. I could eat it for every meal if I had the money.

      Best part about being Primal: I feel so much better and my weight is dropping faster than I thought it would, and I haven't even started an exercise program.

      Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it to others who don't think about what they are doing to themselves, but just trust the government to tell them how to eat. Hello? The US government? Do any of those people look healthy, honest and happy? Not by a long shot - so why would we do what they say?

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      "The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan

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        Your location:San Francisco

        Age (If you want):29

        How Primal are you:80/20

        Do you consume dairy:no

        Do you drink coffee or tea:no

        Motivator for switching to Primal:makes sense

        Favorite exercise:bike

        Favorite Primal food:brisket

        Best part about being Primal:feel good

        Worst part about being Primal:trying to explain it to everyone


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          Your location:Southern California

          Age (If you want): 20 but I really think I'm still 19

          How Primal are you: 95% if you count cheese and 100% coco as primal. I would say I'm not 100% only cause I eat cheese, drink kefir, and use stevia or luo han guo a few times a week. Other than that, I'd say I'm almost 100%.

          Do you consume dairy: Yup, kefir almost everyday (I had MRSA, took awhile to get rid of it with alot of anitibiotics so I need the good bacteria back in my gut), cheese about 4 times a week, and the rare treat of raw whole milk.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yeah, green and black tea. Sometimes I'll have an iced coffee or hot coffee but not very often, maybe once or twice a month.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Been into diet since I had acne in my early teens and cleaned up my diet to clear it up. I was always an athlete as well so I ate relatively healthy. Excessive running left me way too skinny, and I've always been that skinny kid who didn't have enough muscle to look ripped but was still way too skinny...I honestly forget how I found this site but I found it a few months ago and after much debate with myself... I gave it a shot 100% as of the end of May and I havent deviated since.. got some muscle on me, close to a 6 pack (got 4 showing all the time and 6 when I flex), and finally some muscle. My skin looks great, I feel strong and energetic and I'm here to stay with this.

          Favorite exercise: I love the Overhead Press. Basically lifting heavy and hiking. I love long walks and nature. (ahha how cliche but really)

          Favorite Primal food: Hard one... maybe Steak & Eggs, Almond Butter, Berries, and Chicken Drumsticks. Fat is so good it's unbelievable sometimes.

          Best part about being Primal: The freedom. Freedom from cravings, freedom from eating 3 or 6 meals a day too. Also, the physical benefits. My skin looks great, I'm in great shape...soon I'll finally be muscular enough to impress a girl on the beach.

          Worst part about being Primal: People who don't understand it. It;s hard for me, because I'm pretty thin already... so when I say I don't eat carbs people think I'm anorexic or something. It's a problem with girls too... they don't understand why you don't want to eat their cake or the cookies they bake. My roommates in my house don't get why I don't want to eat the same food as them so we can cook meals together... people get strange when you don't want to be the same as them .


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            Your location: Carlsbad, California (Summer) Vancouver, BC, Canada (Winter)

            Age (If you want): 21

            How Primal are you: 95%

            Do you consume dairy: Not often, not much (intolerance)

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, not daily though

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Wealth of information backing it up, it's logical, general fitness and longevity

            Favorite exercise: Power Cleans. Close 2nds are Squats, Deadlifts, Hang Cleans. Then come every other muscle movement, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, waterskiing, etc...

            Favorite Primal food: Cow, Pig, Lamb

            Best part about being Primal: Eating lots of meat.

            Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it to people.


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              Your location: finland, helsinki

              Age (If you want): 29

              How Primal are you: 90%

              Do you consume dairy: the only dairy i consume is greek yoghurt and selfmade cheeses

              Do you drink coffee or tea: tea, sometimes

              Motivator for switching to Primal: oh, dont remember... that was like years ago.... probably art devany

              Favorite exercise: pullup

              Favorite Primal food: beef and selfmade blackpudding (no grains)

              Best part about being Primal: strength, health

              Worst part about being Primal: no such thing

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                Your location: MNL, Philippines

                Age (If you want): 24

                How Primal are you: 100% since early July

                Do you consume dairy: no

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea

                Motivator for switching to Primal: 10 years yo-yo dieting, this is my last attempt to reach my target goal. Plus it just makes perfect sense (the argumetns and all).

                Favorite exercise: Military press

                Favorite Primal food: Eggs

                Best part about being Primal: Feeling great

                Worst part about being Primal: Seeing my relatives and friends, unenlightened.


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                  Your location:Baltimore, MD

                  Age (If you want):34

                  How Primal are you:85%

                  Do you consume dairy:yes

                  Do you drink coffee or tea:yes and yes

                  Motivator for switching to Primal:stuck weight loss/ desire for better overall strength and conditioning

                  Favorite exercise:walking/hiking

                  Favorite Primal food:a good steak

                  Best part about being Primal: i eat fat with impunity(my bloodwork is great!) and my body is re-composing into something very different than the flabby one i've had for the past 15 years.

                  Worst part about being Primal: having to hear from everyone that HFLC is "cheating" and "everything in moderation" is the way to lose weight. Oh and being "that guy" when ordering out.


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                    Age: 28

                    How Primal are you: Heh, what kind of question is this? "I'm more primal than you are! More primal than you are!!!!!"

                    Do you consume dairy: Raw dairy - I can't resist homemade ice cream... ;o)

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yep.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:

                    Metabolic syndrome

                    General health & nutrition

                    Disgust with the "food" industry

                    Avid gardener, chicken keeper & supporter of local farmers

                    Favorite exercise: Strength training

                    Favorite Primal food: Meat

                    Best part about being Primal:

                    Strong, energetic body & a clear mind

                    Stable blood sugar

                    Healthy relationship with food & everything that "food" implies (natural cycles, the earth, mankind etc)

                    Worst part about being Primal:

                    Judgemental, self righteous, "Us vs. Them" "Primal" and non-"Primal" people (I guess that's the worst part about being human!)

                    Guilt from spending an arm and a leg on healthy food when I know the majority of the earth's population can't afford/doesn't have enough food, healthy or otherwise.


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                      Your location: Texas

                      Age (If you want): 58

                      How Primal are you: Just started

                      Do you consume dairy: Butter. Occasionaly raw cream and raw milk.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea : No coffee. Ice tea rarely.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Makes sense. Health and weight-loss.

                      Favorite exercise: Walking

                      Favorite Primal food: Chicken

                      Best part about being Primal: Future health.

                      Worst part about being Primal: No potato, rice or Bread.


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                        Your location: Edinburgh, Scotland

                        Age (If you want): 22

                        How Primal are you: Fairly, but far from perfect. When I'm at home I eat Primally, but when I'm out, or with family or friends, the standards sometimes slip because Primal food just isn't available and I don't really like being fussy. I drink a little more beer than I should too; this is hard as a young person with an active social life! I'm really trying to get more consistent. I'm still eating supermarket meat, not made the switch to grass fed stuff yet, but that's coming next now that I have a job so can afford it!

                        Do you consume dairy: Yeah... butter, a bit of milk (would get raw milk if I could find it anywhere!), whey protein, and I couldn't give up my cheese (although I have cut down). Doesn't seem to do me any harm, but sometime I'll try a couple of weeks dairy free to see if I feel any healthier.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yeah, but very rarely more than 1 cup a day, and I rarely take sugar.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanting to be healthier. In particular I was always feeling tired, regardless of amount of sleep, stress levels, and the other "usual suspects". I've found that eating less grains has helped a lot with that. I had been trying to eat healthier for a while (with a more traditional "healthy" diet involving plenty wholegrains) then discovered this site, and also a guy who really knew his stuff on another forum I visit (RSDnation) was going on about the benefits of a natural and grain free diet, and it all made a lot of sense to me. And if it gives me a leaner body then all the better :P (not that I'm anywhere near fat).

                        Favorite exercise: Overhead press is fun; lifting a big weight above your head seems decidedly primal. I like Squats but can't do them right now as I've injured my knee from running. Cardio wise, HIIT all the way (be it running, on the cross trainer, whatever), really tires you out and feels great afterwards.

                        Favorite Primal food: Chilli con carne (without the beans or rice of course!)

                        Best part about being Primal: Aside from the health benefits, I just enjoy eating the food! It's all delicious meat, nuts, veg, and fruits, rather than boring and tasteless grains which do nothing but "pad out" a meal.

                        Worst part about being Primal: The difficulty of eating well when out, as I already described. Even salads tend to come with bits of bread, and I'm the sort of person who'll eat anything that's put in front of him, and I'm hardly going to refuse pizza or cake if a friend's offering it. I guess self control's a lot of it :P. Also it's hard to explain it to people, particularly since I'm fairly slim so apparently have no reason to be "on a diet".


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                          Your location: Columbus, OH, USA

                          Age (If you want): 40

                          How Primal are you: Trying to be completely so.

                          Do you consume dairy: Not often, but occasionally. Less than once a day.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, occasionally.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: reading PB, listening to Nora Gedgaudas's podcast "Primal Body - Primal Mind" and hearing all the positive body and mind changes that can be made by this diet. I'd tried a starch-free diet in the past, but PB and the podcast filled in the blanks for me about HOW this works.

                          Favorite exercise: Burpees and other full-body bodyweight exercises.

                          Favorite Primal food: Fish and seafood

                          Best part about being Primal: Being super healthy and having a great time playing with my wife and kids.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Lack of ice cream. Oh well.


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                            Your location: Canton, Oh

                            Age: 29

                            How primal are you: 90% since the beginning of June

                            Do you consume dairy: I eat cheese sometimes and I cook with clarified butter.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, green tea occasionally.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: reading site's articles and lurking in the forums. Seeing the results in my friend who told me about the Paleo diet.

                            Favorite exercise: Deadlifts

                            Favorite Primal food: All the beef dishes I no longer feel guilty about eating.

                            Best part about being Primal: Seeing my body transform daily, feeling energetic all the time, and not killing myself jogging anymore.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Trying to figure out what to eat when I'm out with friends and trying to stay away from beer.


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                              The Questions:

                              Your location: Oxford, U.K

                              Age (If you want): 31

                              How Primal are you: Have got the diet down (i think), Exercise still mostly conventional CV (no sprints) with Strength training 5x5 etc. I am working on improving this.

                              Do you consume dairy: No

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee, white tea only

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: improved health and feeling great

                              Favorite exercise: SQUATS

                              Favorite Primal food: BBQ Chicken

                              Best part about being Primal: Increased energy, and I can see and feel the results.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Nothing so far


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                                Your location: Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea

                                Age (If you want): 25

                                How Primal are you: ...ish, I'd say I'm 45% I have a lot of room for improvement.

                                Do you consume dairy: Actually, no, I don't.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Chammomile

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I hate being sick

                                Favorite exercise: Deadlift

                                Favorite Primal food: Fresh caught Salmon

                                Best part about being Primal: More energy, better tasting food, workouts are more fun, living is more fun.

                                Worst part about being Primal: There really isn't a worst part about being Primal. The bad part is where you live and the availability of PB foods. I live on a remote base in Korea so good wholesome food is harder to come by.