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  • Hi, I'm Jennie

    Your location: Tuscaloosa, AL

    Age (If you want): 34

    How Primal are you: maybe 80% right now

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, in the form of cheese... no milk.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, black coffee and sometimes with half & half. I'm experimenting with Stevia and it's just super sweet and doesn't taste good to me yet. Tea... herbal & mostly iced.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to lose 10 - 15 lbs, cut back on wine consumption, and convert fat to muscle

    Favorite exercise: Walking & Biking

    Favorite Primal food: Shellfish... love mussels & oysters

    Best part about being Primal: Looking pretty darn good in a bikini

    Worst part about being Primal: Cutting back on wine

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    • Picky eater taking the plunge!

      Your location: Michigan Age: 39 Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick of being tired/tired of being sick. Favorite exercise: shoveling snow

      I have been going back and forth about starting this diet. Lifestyle change if you like. Everything about it makes sense to me and I want to do it, but then I look at the recipes and become disheartened to see that I don't want to make most of them. I didn't think I was a picky eater, but apparently I AM!

      It is easier to say what I do not like: I think bell peppers ruin everything they touch. That's the big one. They are in so many recipes and their flavor is so strong I assume that omitting them is out of the question. Is there a good substitute? Also: raw onions, raw tomatoes, raw carrots and broccoli, though I don't mind them cooked.

      I like cauliflower somewhat, but I tried the "rice" and none of my family would eat it. Cauliflower is used to replace so many carbs and I don't think it's going to work out.

      Anyway, I want to get started. I have access to tons of recipes, and even if we only rotate the same 10 dishes I think we'll be okay. I do plan on trying new foods, like yams, which I didn't care for in the past.

      Any other picky eaters out there? Any suggestions?

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      • Your location: The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn

        Age (If you want): 21

        How Primal are you: I drink lots of raw milk, don't pay too much attention to buying grass-fed meat (yet), and get a tad too little sunlight. Otherwise, I think I'm doing very well.

        Do you consume dairy: Yes, I do, because I don't seem to have any issues with it and apparently it's very anabolic.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: No, not really. Green tea once in a very long time.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Health is my biggest value so I want to keep improving it continously.

        Favorite exercise: Dynamic stretching and strength training.

        Favorite Primal food: All types of vegetables and fatty meat.

        Best part about being Primal: Food is delicious, energy is awesome, mind is happy -- what else is there to want?

        Worst part about being Primal: I have many ways to make my lifestyle even better, but some of it is restricted by my current financial situation.

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        • Kevin here (my nickname on the site is my last name + first initial, but "Gunnk" sounds like Grok's first cousin, doesn't it?)

          44 yr old in Carrboro, NC (next door to Chapel Hill and UNC).

          How primal? 80%? Yeah, I eat dairy (lots of eggs, cheese and milk) and I drink tea and coffee... AND I mix the them! Mmmm... mochas.... No more skim milk, though. Whole milk now in my mochas.

          I'd tried and succeeded at being fit via CW, but life happened and couldn't keep up with the demands of all the hours at the gym and on the roads and the calorie restrictions. Added back almost 30 pounds to my "race weight" (runner).

          I got here via Tim Ferriss' The Four-Hour Body which got me to try ditching most simple carbs. The improvement in my health was stunning in just the first four days. Enough to send me looking for reasons... which eventually led to PB. Along the way I learned quite a bit about lectins and gluten, but PB is the jackpot in understanding carb vs fat metabolism, insulin, the impact of grains on the body and all the rest. I'll write more about my health challenges soon in a "success story". Let's just say that it's been an eye opener!

          Fave exercise: running. Generally not huge distances, but I do love getting out for a leisurely 5K a couple or three times per week. I'm not finding it necessary since my fitness improves on primal without it, but I enjoy it. I also love the kettlebell my wife gave me for my birthday.

          Fave food: Steak. Thick cut, medium rare. Add a touch of pepper (maybe) and a little Irish butter (maybe) or just dig straight in. Fire roasted veggies make a great side.

          Best part about primal: I feel superhuman. Happy, alert, relaxed, strong, lean and fast. Almost all the extra "life happens" weight is gone and I'm below my high school weight.

          Worst: Missing molten chocolate lava cake? However, I've learned I really can't have wheat, so it will be a rare, rare, RARE case in which I partake of even the best of the best. I also miss my signature mixed drink, but the Orange Vodka is grain-based (and something seems to carry through the distillation process that gives me the same problems as wheat).

          So... HI EVERYBODY!
          Life is short: Void the warranty.

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          • Primal living in the Big City.

            Hello fellow Cave People!!

            My name is Brett and I am from Los Angeles. I am currently 44 years old and I have a 2-1/2 year old son and a 3 month old son. That being said, my reason for going primal is simple. Gotta stay young and healthy for my sons!

            My wife and I are both very primal. The only dairy we consume is butter. I do drink coffee every day though.

            I have not gotten to the gym as much as I would like. Small kids require alot of attention.
            I do manage to walk a couple miles daily and get to the gym about 2 or 3 times a week though.

            My favorite primal meal would have to be grass fed burger patty with a big kale salad an avocado and maybe some other veggie of the day. This is quite affordable for someone with a growing family. I also bring hard boiled eggs to work most days.

            My favorite exercise is anything that gets me off my butt and moving.

            I would say the best part about being primal is losing the fat, gaining the muscle and having the energy.

            There is no worst part. I love living this way.

            \m/(*_*)\m/

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            • Originally posted by kimberkara View Post
              Your location: Michigan Age: 39 Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick of being tired/tired of being sick. Favorite exercise: shoveling snow

              I have been going back and forth about starting this diet. Lifestyle change if you like. Everything about it makes sense to me and I want to do it, but then I look at the recipes and become disheartened to see that I don't want to make most of them. I didn't think I was a picky eater, but apparently I AM!

              It is easier to say what I do not like: I think bell peppers ruin everything they touch. That's the big one. They are in so many recipes and their flavor is so strong I assume that omitting them is out of the question. Is there a good substitute? Also: raw onions, raw tomatoes, raw carrots and broccoli, though I don't mind them cooked.

              I like cauliflower somewhat, but I tried the "rice" and none of my family would eat it. Cauliflower is used to replace so many carbs and I don't think it's going to work out.

              Anyway, I want to get started. I have access to tons of recipes, and even if we only rotate the same 10 dishes I think we'll be okay. I do plan on trying new foods, like yams, which I didn't care for in the past.

              Any other picky eaters out there? Any suggestions?

              Just start simple. I was making easy stuff for my family and did not even own a primal cookbook. Just make a roast and some veggies. If you like potatoes, use sweet potatoes instead. A grass fed burger patty and avocado or salad or asparagus. Roast chicken. It is almost summer. Break out the grill and enjoy it. It is way too simple to be healthy with this approach.

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              • Your location: St. Louis, MO

                Age (If you want): 28

                How Primal are you: Eh, I just started this week. I'm giving the major switches (cutting out pasta/rice/potatoes and processed foods) some time to sink in before I start fine tuning my approach to marinades/condiments. So far, so good.

                Do you consume dairy: I like dairy. A lot. But in the interest of this experiment, I'm going to stick to minimal amounts of kefir/yogurt until I know a bit more about how my body responds to this way of eating.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and yes. Black coffee and all teas, mostly loose-leaf green.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Fatty food is freaking delicious. I've always eaten excessive amounts of sweets, and recently I've been wanting more and more of the rich, fatty stuff, too. The combo was... problematic, to say the least. It was time to choose, and I picked the option that required less math.

                Favorite exercise: Roller derby!

                Favorite Primal food: Homemade stocks, kale, Thai curries, and slow-cooked pork with chiles.

                Best part about being Primal: Renewed interest in cooking. Farmer's markets.

                Worst part about being Primal: Feeling pretty closeted right now. I don't want to have conversations with friends/family/roommates about what I choose to eat, so I'm starting small with this forum.

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                • The Questions:


                  Your location: AK-Rowdy, Ohio

                  Age (If you want): 24

                  How Primal are you: 95% (except greek yoghurt)

                  Do you consume dairy: Only greek yoghurt with live cultures

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Na, huge fan of water. Though, I do enjoy tea every now and again.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Self-experiment

                  Favorite exercise: Push-ups. Seriously. No need for caffeine after a few push-ups, plus, I can duck into a conference room at work and do a few when I need to clear my head

                  Favorite Primal food: Anything seasonal, really. I love love love headcheese (and all that gelatin helps me maintain my 'Rapunzel' status)

                  Best part about being Primal: Grilling out! Plus, it's really quite easy even with my extremely busy schedule. Divide a plate into thirds, fill 2/3rds with veggies, fill the other 1/3rd with lean protein. I can handle that!

                  Worst part about being Primal: There are just certain places I can't eat. I don't eat out a lot, but I used to love Panera's and a place called 'Melt' (think gourmet grilled cheese). But the scary part is that I don't even view bread as a food any more. After everything I've read....it kinda grosses me out. And most breakfasts that are easy to eat on the go...come wrapped in bread.
                  Warning: I'm the most laid-back primal gal you'll ever meet.

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                  • Your location: Central Illinois

                    Age (If you want): 26

                    How Primal are you: 75%. I'm working on it though.

                    Do you consume dairy: Goat milk kefir and some cheese.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I used to go through a 2 liters of Diet Dew a day. I gave up caffeine about a month ago in preparation for going primal. I'm very glad I did so, because the withdrawals were a royal b... erm... bear. Yeah, bear's what I wanted to say.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I have a family history of Type 2 diabetes, thyroid issues, Alzheimer's, and arthritis. I was sick and tired of being chained to having to eat every 3 hours or else get light headed whilst on the Slim-Fast plan. I was tired of alway feeling hungry and I was tired of starving myself to only lose a pound a month.

                    Favorite exercise: Does sleep count? I do lift weights and walk.

                    Favorite Primal food: The paleo pad thai from theclothesmakethegirl and home made broccoli beef.

                    Best part about being Primal: Not being hungry all the time.

                    Worst part about being Primal: Food: no more red beans and rice. Life: Having my Grandma worry about me because 'The Doctor said that you need whole grain, you're going to have a heart attack.'

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                    • Your location:

                      Chiang Mai, Thailand

                      Age (If you want):

                      36

                      How Primal are you:

                      Only just starting out.

                      Do you consume dairy:

                      Yes

                      Do you drink coffee or tea:

                      Yes

                      Motivator for switching to Primal:

                      I watched the video: Nourishing Traditional Diets, and it made perfect sense.

                      I had been vegetarian for 10 years, consumed a lot of dairy and soy. Always suffering with a cold, or digestive issues. I quit smoking, put on weight, so started going to the gym. I was working out too much - 2-4 hours a day, spin, cardio, classes - way too high intensity. didn't loose weight, still always sick. Persuaded to begin eating lean animal protein by my instructor - which I did (chicken, tinned tuna) reluctantly along with lots of salad, protein shakes, and other 'marketed "health" foods', grains, especially. (Still avoided fat like the plague). Now, not only sick, but also always aching. Lots of gym injuries, pains in my knees, shoulders and tight chest. Looking back I was probably run-down, exhausted, lacking proper nutrients... living in a fully polluted Asian city with no clean air. And still fat! Instructor used to joke that I snuck out after my 3 hour workouts to eat donuts!!! Fell off the gym wagon, began eating lots of lean meat, but not much in the way of vegetables, and lots and lots of grains, and for the first time in my life - processed foods! (My hubby thrives on a diet of beer and pizza. While I am constipated, full of gas and bloating, lethargic and there never seems to be a day when I feel 'energetic'.) I watched Tradional Nourishing Diets, and it all seemed to add up. In the last three days I have cleaned out my cupboards and attempted to clean out my bad diet.


                      Favorite exercise:

                      At the moment: none! but, I'm going too once I've transitioned.

                      Favorite Primal food:

                      salmon sashimi, NZ beef, NZ lamb, soft boiled eggs

                      Best part about being Primal:

                      Not sure yet.

                      Worst part about being Primal:

                      Ditto.
                      SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                      УYour work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.Ф ~ Buddha

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                        • Your location: Kansas City MO

                          Age (If you want): 42

                          How Primal are you: 75% or so... we don't keep nonprimal foods in the house, but sometimes I slip at work functions and/or parties....

                          Do you consume dairy: cream, butter, fermented dairy

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: being way overweight and unenergized

                          Favorite exercise: hula dancing - awesome low level cardio exercise

                          Favorite Primal food: bacon and ribs

                          Best part about being Primal: great energy levels

                          Worst part about being Primal: my kids miss my old pancakes, and I haven't found a substitute recipe that hits the spot...

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                          • Your location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

                            Age (If you want): 43

                            How Primal are you: Just beginning, but have followed an "Atkins-ish" plan since 2008

                            Do you consume dairy: small amounts

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: unsweetened iced tea is a staple for me.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Makes sense to me...wanting to get beyond where I've reached doing just basic low-carb.

                            Favorite exercise: heavy weight lifting...I recently placed 1st in my division in my very first bench pressing competition...at 43 years old!

                            Favorite Primal food: steak

                            Best part about being Primal: Again, it just all seems to make sense to me.

                            Worst part about being Primal: I love peanut butter!

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                              Your location: St. Louis, MO Age (If you want): 28 How Primal are you: Eh, I just started this week. I'm giving the major switches (cutting out pasta/rice/potatoes and processed foods) some time to sink in before I start fine tuning my approach to marinades/condiments. So far, so good. Do you consume dairy: I like dairy. A lot. But in the interest of this experiment, I'm going to stick to minimal amounts of kefir/yogurt until I know a bit more about how my body responds to this way of eating. Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and yes. Black coffee and all teas, mostly loose-leaf green. Motivator for switching to Primal: Fatty food is freaking delicious. I've always eaten excessive amounts of sweets, and recently I've been wanting more and more of the rich, fatty stuff, too. The combo was... problematic, to say the least. It was time to choose, and I picked the option that required less math. Favorite exercise: Roller derby! Favorite Primal food: Homemade stocks, kale, Thai curries, and slow-cooked pork with chiles. Best part about being Primal: Renewed interest in cooking. Farmer's markets. Worst part about being Primal: Feeling pretty closeted right now. I don't want to have conversations with friends/family/roommates about what I choose to eat, so I'm starting small with this forum.
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                              • Your location:Portland Oregon

                                Age (If you want): 42

                                How Primal are you:95%

                                Do you consume dairy:No

                                Do you drink coffee or tea:Coffee

                                Motivator for switching to Primal:I was encouraged by my acupuncturist.

                                Favorite exercise:Walking,jogging,tennis

                                Favorite Primal food:Everything!

                                Best part about being Primal:The way i feel.

                                Worst part about being Primal:Frustration when my kids ask for pasta. Also, when I get behind prepping for meals.

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