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    I am yet another paleo wannabe. I don't know whether I will ever be paleo. Married to a vegetarian. Will use whatever occasions to have healthier stuff. Have lost 10Kgs just by understanding insulin, and how it affects us. I am missing the benefits that other comment about.

    Your location: Bangalore India

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you: 20/80

    Do you consume dairy: Quite frequently

    Do you drink coffee or tea: none

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Losing weight and being healthy. Its not in my hands though

    Favorite exercise: Deadlifts

    Favorite Primal food: Mutton

    Best part about being Primal: Not yet there.

    Worst part about not being Primal: Can only dream of living the Primal life.


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      Age (If you want): Late thirties

      How Primal are you: Fairly

      Do you consume dairy: No, but hope too when my system gets sorted

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

      Motivator for switching to Primal: It redefines my diet which is highly restricted due to digestive and allergic problems. Instead of "I can't eat anything" it's now "I can eat all this, and here's why!"

      Favorite exercise: Lifting, shifting, sledgehammering, wood chopping and basically assaulting my local environment and making stuff

      Favorite Primal food: Seafood / fish / liver

      Best part about being Primal: I feel better

      Worst part about being Primal: Huh?

      My primal journal
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        Hi, I'm Iván, I've gone already primal for the last two weeks and I'll start being more active on the forum.

        Your location: Spain

        Age (If you want): 17

        How Primal are you: I would say mostly primal, although I can't have access to well fed food all the time. I don't have grains or refined sugars (besides some spoon of honey one or two times a month).

        Do you consume dairy: Nope

        Do you drink coffee or tea: I started eating tea (without sugar, duh) this week, I gave up caffeine some years ago but now I'm experimenting with power-napping so I'm trying it.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Get to the next level in my sport.

        Favorite exercise: Wushu

        Favorite Primal food: Steak.

        Best part about being Primal: Amazing energy levels through the day.

        Worst part about being Primal: Eating out.


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          Your location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada

          Age (If you want): 3 days shy of 32

          How Primal are you: Just starting but experiencing what I would consider great success already

          Do you consume dairy: Yes. I drink milk & put some whey in there to supplement protein. Me and fatty yogurt have a love affair.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: No. Never had a cup of coffee in my life and in the technology industry that's a strange thing.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Phase 1 of P90X and how great I felt with little to no bad carbs. Overall health would be a main factor as well. After stumbling onto MDA and pouring through it over the past week, I'm convinced there's no other way to eat.

          Favorite exercise: Pretty much anything that requires moving in any fashion. If I had to choose though, I have an obsession with ice climbing. I did try Tabata sprints for the first time today. WOW!

          Favorite Primal food: A juicy homemade organic beef burger topped with guacamole and caramelized onions. The French around here have a saying 'the fat is the flavor'. Who am I to argue?

          Best part about being Primal: I've already noticed a difference in the way I feel during the day. Also, the food!

          Worst part about being Primal: Living in a small city and not having access to all the foods that the major centres have.

          I grok, therefore I am.


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            Your location: Southern IL

            Age (If you want): 25

            How Primal are you: Foodwise I think I'm pretty darn primal...although I'm still catching on to all the semantics.

            Do you consume dairy: Cheese occasionally

            Do you drink coffee or tea: no

            Motivator for switching to Primal: overall health (and the fact that I look so much better when I eat like this is a big bonus too! lol)

            Favorite exercise: Lifting heavy things (ei. my toddlers!)

            Favorite Primal food: Grilled veggies

            Best part about being Primal: Knowing what's going into my body

            Worst part about being Primal: having to fix two different meals all the time


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              Your location: South Africa

              Age (If you want): 59

              How Primal are you:

              I have been low carb on and more off for about 7 years and abhor diets of all kinds. However, my seemingly uncontrollable appetite, which has been a lifelong nemesis since I truly love all types of food, is really only quelled by palaeolithic/high protein and fat/lowcarb/low GL type eating. I have been resisting it for a couple of years. Now I need to come to grips with it and give it a good go. I came here for the support.

              Do you consume dairy: Yes

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

              Motivator for switching to Primal:Health, good moods, weight loss, personal success.

              Favourite exercise: Yoga, swimming, dancing and free weights

              Favourite Primal food: All good meats, veg, fruits and nuts.

              Best part about being Primal: I will have to see...

              Worst part about being Primal: Ditto above.


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                I've been an MDA reader for a few months now, so figured I'd join in here. I like this community a lot.

                Your location: Bay Area, California

                Age (If you want): 25

                How Primal are you: 90% or so

                Do you consume dairy: yes, raw only

                Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea

                Motivator for switching to Primal: discovered the Anabolic Diet about 3 years ago and have been eating high-fat, high-protein since. I naturally transitioned into a more "Primal Blueprint" style diet since it was what I discovered my body preferred (but didn't know about Primal Blueprint yet). One day I found MDA while looking for information on almond flour and was surprised to have found a blog and community that mirrored my attitude and beliefs about diet and exercise almost 100%.

                Favorite exercise: dips with feet forward

                Favorite Primal food: steak

                Best part about being Primal: improved focus, energy, muscle, fat loss, everything

                Worst part about being Primal: I've got nothing to complain about.


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                  Hi, all! Time for another obligatory introduction.

                  My name is Tom, and I currently live in LaBelle, FL (halfway between the bottom of Lake Okeechobee and the Gulf of Mexico). I just turned 47 last month, and I'm 6'1" and 323 lbs. (at least I was last doctor's visit - I don't own a scale). I was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes 7 years ago - along with the accompanying HBP and high cholesterol of metabolic syndrome.

                  I just came across this site a little over a month ago, so I'm not all that primal yet, but I'm working on it.

                  I do eat dairy, but not a lot. And I have coffee every morning (which, come to think of it, is where most of the dairy goes). Love tea, too, when I have time to make it.

                  My main motivation for going Primal, like most people, is for my health. I weighed 345 when I was diagnosed with T2D, went on the ADA 1,800 cal. diet, and between that and exercising 5 days a week (alternating cardio and circuit training) I was able to get my weight down to 280 within a year. But I couldn't keep it up - I was always hungry and eventually I lost the motivation to keep up the exercising - and the weight has been creeping up ever since.

                  I've tried other CW diets since then - the Atkins diet seemed to work pretty well, but my wife said it made me "mean". And so, just prior to my birthday, I decided that I had to try something new. I did some websurfing for fun exercises, found out about clubbells, and found a link to a post here on them. I've been reading this site ever since. There sure is a lot to go through!

                  As for a favorite exercise, I'd have to go with walking.

                  Favorite primal food: MEAT! and veggies.

                  I haven't really been doing this long enough to have a favorite or least favorite thing about going Primal. I'll keep you posted on that.


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                    Your location: Philadelphia PA, USA

                    Age (If you want): 24

                    How Primal are you: About 60%-I'm a work in progress

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both!

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I was diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor mentioned low carb for weight loss. The rest is history.

                    Favorite exercise: Dancing!

                    Favorite Primal food: Steak and Eggs!

                    Best part about being Primal: The first two weeks I started I lost 13 lbs. Then I fell off the wagon. Another great thing is how NATURAL it feels.

                    Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain this to people who rely heavily on CW. And potatoes. That's probably my biggest downfall!


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                      Your location: Tokyo, Japan

                      Age: 51 5-11, 197.5

                      How Primal are you: 100% as of August when I cut out grains. Started sprinting in November.

                      Do you consume dairy: Yogurt milk. Cheese.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee mainly, with cream.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat loss.

                      Favorite exercise: Kettlebell Snatches, Swings.

                      Favorite Primal food: Ribeye steak.

                      Best part about being Primal: It works! Lost about 10 pounds so far. Most of it fat.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Can't eat rice and I'm in Asia. Family and friends have hard time understanding why I avoid grains, starches, pasta, bread.


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                        Your location: Phoenix AZ area

                        Age (If you want): 29

                        How Primal are you: I'm really just getting started, I'm going organic on fruits and veggies, but still trying to find a grass fed meat solution that doesn't break the bank. I'm slowly working my way into crossfit style workouts.

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Originally weight(fat) loss, but now I'm just as interested in overall health and fitness.

                        Favorite exercise: Slosh tube, or throwing around a medicine ball like a rock.

                        Favorite Primal food: Steak.

                        Best part about being Primal: Dropping from 220+ to 195 so far, and simply feeling "better". The looks I get when I take my shoes off in the gym.

                        Worst part about being Primal: The looks I get when I tell people I don't eat grains.


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                          Your location: Central Mass

                          Age (If you want): 40+

                          How Primal are you: pretty much 100% with the diet & trying hard to incorporate more primal exercise into my life.

                          Do you consume dairy: yes, but much less than before & I'm trying to cut back on that.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: half caf coffee, about 2 cups/day.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I could not lose weight & felt like blech! I tried lots of things, including the eat more complex carbs w/ lots of fiber. Things really came to a head in July when I ate lots of bread for a week and starting having stomach issues. The fact that blood sugar problems & diabetes run rampant in my family was no small concern, either.

                          Favorite exercise: mountain biking, hiking & dog walkies.

                          Favorite Primal food: bacon & roast chicken with kale.

                          Best part about being Primal: Freedom! I'm totally not a slave to carbs anymore. I hated having to eat just to keep from feeling like crap (shakes, grumpiness, etc). I can easily go 18 hours with no food & no problems. Plus I feel absolutely awesome.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Cooking extra food for non-primal members of household and having to explain that "moderation" just doesn't work for me. No, I can't just "have a little".


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                            Your location: Calgary

                            Age (If you want): 42

                            How Primal are you: 90% most of the time.

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes. Small amounts.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: No.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: I was always in great shape but my blood pressure was too high 156/88. I started PB and my blood pressure has dropped to 121/80.

                            Favorite exercise: I like them all but hiking and pull ups are my favourites. I love the variety and non-conventional workouts.

                            Favorite Primal food: Steak.

                            Best part about being Primal: Not feeling bloated and gassy all the time. I have never felt so good. No muscle pains or inflammation.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Having to eat crow now. Not literally! I was always telling the masses that a vegetarian diet was superior (12 years). Meat is bad for you. Fasting is a way for your body go into starvation mode and store fat. 6 meals a day was the key to fat loss. Now they see me eating the PB way and I have to tell everyone I was wrong all those years.


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                              Your location: Davenport, IA

                              Age (If you want): 33

                              How Primal are you: I went cold turkey and will say 100% but I know a diehard would probably call me 80%+

                              Do you consume dairy: Very little before now. This included milk in cereal and a tall glass of chocolate milk after a run

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Usually 2 or 3 cups of coffee in the morning.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I made a serious life change almost a year ago. I stopped eating junk and started running lots of miles. Before now I had pared down the grains and legumes quite a bit. After reading Voodoo Doll over on RWOL for the past few months she has motivated me to investigate PB and I finally got the guts to pull the trigger this week. I knew there had to be an easier way then pouring on 100's of miles a year.

                              Favorite exercise: ATM Running...but that is quickly changing.

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak

                              Best part about being Primal: All the steak I can eat

                              Worst part about being Primal: CW limits options in the real world.

                              I really have to thank Voodoo Doll for pushing me in this direction. She is a true believer of the PB and I figured she was either crazy or what she was preaching was true so I looked into it myself. I have been a bigtime runner for the past year and the lifestyle eats up a lot of time and nursing injuries is par for the course.

                              I started just this week and although it has been rough at times I can't believe I have been missing all this great food. I went out grocery shopping tonight and looked at things from the PB point of view for the first time. I found raw almonds and can't believe I have never enjoyed these before. It was also interesting at the meat counter as I perused all the lean meats and then found a nicely marbled ribeye that was absolutely delicious. All this great food is ecxtremely refreshing and after a great dinner tonight I have figured out that I was sorely lacking fat in my new PB lifestyle. A handful of almonds and a nice fat laden cut of meat does a body good and I was full before the plate was empty. That never happened in my narrow tuber, grain fed, legume encrusted world.

                              Sorry if I am carrying on but after 3 days of living even close to the PB I am feeling a drastic difference. Thank you Mark Sisson for a new and wonderful way to live.

                              Check out my primal blog:


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                                Location: I'm in Los Angeles, CA, USA

                                Age: 32

                                How Primal are you: Only food and sleep, so far.

                                Do you consume dairy: Yepp, but without trying I've cut cheese by about 60%. Go figure.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasional espresso.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Constipation (since I was a toddler). Insomnia (also since I was a toddler). Overweight (since I was 16, but in the last two years it has worsened dramatically).

                                Favorite exercise: Tough one, seeing as I don't. Exercise, I mean... but about ten years ago I absolutely loved lifting weights, dancing, acrobatics (floor tumbling), trampoline, and hand stands.

                                Favorite Primal food: Steak! Baby back ribs! Melted butter! Fat sauces! Cauliflower soup with smoked salmon! Deviled eggs! Shrimp with mayonnaise! Come to think of it, it's really hard to pick a favorite.

                                Best part about being Primal: I NEVER HAVE TO EAT WHOLE GRAINS EVER AGAIN.

                                Worst part about being Primal: I'm racking my brains here.

                                quette's journal